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Week Ending 4/21/17

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April Vacation

We hope that everyone has an awesome week!

Academic Forum Update

Following our last forum, staff immediately got to work identifying common themes in the feedback received and discussing ways to make improvements. More information will follow and we work to implement some changes.

Important Dates

  • No school April 24th – April 28th
  • Science NECAP testing for 4th grade will be May 9th – May 11th
  • We will have a FULL day of school on Wednesday, May 24th.
  • No school May 29th
  • Charter Renewal visit is on Wednesday May 31st
  • Intermediate Learning Celebration is June 7th
  • Primary Learning Celebration is June 8th
  • Our last day is now Friday, June 16th.
  • Conferences are on Wednesday June 14th beginning at 1:30 and on Monday, June 19th.

Core Value – Trustworthiness

This week we listened the “The Truth Song” again but this time the lyrics were projected so that we could all sing along. It was meaningful but also a lot of fun!


Star Students

Evan, Jael, Maryam, Molly, Taya, Teagan, Vivi and Yousif were honored for their Trustworthiness this week. Congratulations!

In addition, a special Star Student certificate was given to Drew by Ayla and Lexi for how responsibly he used the library.

Vela Class Share

To recognize Earth Day, Mrs. Fesh’s class sang and taught us the song “We’ve Got the Whole World in our Hands.” They also completed a water color project that listed one way that they could help save our planet.

PEF News

Next PEF Meeting: Thursday, May 11th at 7pm at Polaris

Read-a-thon- The Polaris Educational Foundation will be holding our fifth annual Read-A-Thon.  It will run from May 5th through May 18th.   This fundraiser is designed to encourage the students to read and build literacy skills, while raising money to support the operation of the Polaris Educational Foundation and events such as school dances, movie nights, End-of-Year Picnic and more!  Any child who raises at least $30 will receive a % of their total raised in the form of Barnes & Noble gift cards to buy books of their choice. Classrooms with the most minutes read will also receive a $50 gift card!  This year, in addition to the paper tracking form, we are offering an online component to allow friends and family who are not local to sponsor your child.  Pledges can be made online by visiting https://99pledges.com/fund/PolarisReads2017 and typing your students name in the search bar.  Please look in your student’s folder for your Read-a-thon packet as there is an additional personalized url for your child https://99pledges.com/fund/PolarisReads2017/first name-last name 

(Please use the specific url that was assigned to your child.) Please feel free to use the links on this site to share your requests for donations on social media and through email!  If you have any questions regarding the website please feel free to contact us at pef@polarischarterschool.org

Teacher Appreciation Week: (Teachers- DON’T READ!!!) This year we are looking to make Teacher Appreciation Week extra special.  We will be making over the Teacher Kitchen to be prettier and more functional (some work will extend to the teacher bathroom). We will be adding some new furniture, shelves, a new microwave and asking you to contribute either a financial contribution, your time or an item from our wish list to make this happen.  We have set up a sign up sheet for both volunteering and items on the wish list. We have some great plans to makeover this space to better serve the teachers and also be a ‘tiny’ retreat for those few minutes they might get to themselves for a bite of lunch. The PEF will also be catering a lunch for the teachers on May 3rd.  Right now we have a GREAT need for someone to attach/install shelves into the cinder block walls on either May 1st or May 2nd.  Please contact pef@polarischarterschool.org if you can help with the shelf installation. Please Sign up for volunteering and to contribute cash/items by clicking HERE .

After School Enrichment Classes:

Yoga with Leah! Time:   Wednesdays, 1-2PM ßBegins THIS Wednesday, May 3rd

Dates: 5/3, 5/10, 5/17, 5/31 (full day 5/24 so no class on this day) $40 for 4 sessions

Earlier this month, talented yoga teacher Leah Pacione offered a free, trial yoga class for Polaris students. I had the opportunity to watch her lead our children in an engaging, mindful yoga sequence and she was fantastic both in keeping the children’s attention and in adapting traditional yoga to make it accessible for students. She incorporates Spanish, scarves, stickers, and breath-work into her program, all while using very child-friendly language.

Leah has kindly offered to run a 4-week yoga program starting on Wednesday, May 3. Please sign up for this yoga program by clicking HERE . 

Art Class: I Love Paper: Fold it Dates: 5/16, 5/23, 5/30, 6/6; $68

This four week session will focus on paper to create dimension. Students will improve spatial reasoning in 3D-from the single dimension that paper represents to the multiple dimensions we can create with folds! First, we will make Pop-Up cards made of, you guessed it, paper! The next two weeks will focus on complex origami folds and how to make paper pop off the “page” in more ways than cards. At the end of the fourth week, students will walk away with a paper lantern, made with the folds they learned in class. We all need a little light in the winter! Sign up for I Love Paper: Fold it by clicking THIS LINK

Stem Fundamentals with Legos 2nd Sesson 2 May 18th – June 8th:  3:00pm – 4:30pm for Grades 1 – 4; $71 for 4 Sessions; Power on your engineering skills with Play-Well TEKnologies and tens of thousands of LEGO® parts! Apply real-world concepts in physics, engineering, and architecture through engineer-designed projects such as Snowmobiles, Towers, Catapults, and Battletracks! Design and build as never before, and explore your craziest ideas in a supportive environment. An experienced instructor will challenge new and returning students to engineer at the next level. Science and engineering terms will be explored such as belt movement, overlapping, levers, and rack gears. Abstract concepts will come alive as we build and learn together.  Sign up online for Stem Fundamentals 2nd Session by clicking THIS LINK. 

Pizza Ordering– Reminder: if you wish to place a monthly order, we ask that you please use the order forms.   If for some reason you are not able to use the forms, it is very important that you include your child’s NAME, CLASS, and # of pizza slices and if the pizza is Gluten Free (GF) with the money that you turn in.  Otherwise, your order may not be placed correctly and your child is likely to be disappointed. Thank you!

Box Tops– We will be having a Box Top for Education campaign for Polaris throughout the end of the school year.  Please be saving your Box Tops.  You can send them in to school in a plastic bag and turn them in to the front office.  Thank you.

PEF Elections– The PEF is an amazing organization that could not function if not for the time dedication of parents. For this, we are blessed.  We have the most terrific parents who go above and beyond.  Our officers in the PEF need to shift positions within the PEF and not all can stay in their current role.  Therefore, we an opening on our board for the position of Member-at-Larger.  If you are interested in joining the PEF in a more active role, please contact pef@polarischarterschool.org and a board member will be in contact.  We can use all levels of help/leadership.

Below, you can find some important dates for your School Calendar:

  • Next PEF MeetingMay 11th -7pm at Polaris
  • May 12th– Movie Night @ Polaris
  • June 3rd– Polaris End-of-Year Picnic (location TBD)


Giving Tuesday

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