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Week Ending 5/5/17

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Science NECAP

Science NECAP testing for students in fourth grade will occur May 9th, 10th and 11th from approximately 9:00-11:00. Please make every effort to have your child here and on time.

Teacher Appreciation

Thank you so much for our wonderful lunch and the amazing transformation of our staff room! Most of all, we appreciate our parents who really go above and beyond to support us.

Core Value – Courage

This month we will talking about ways to show Courage. We began by discussing what it means to be courageous.

On Wednesday we talked about bullying and how it takes a lot of courage to be an Upstander. When we see someone not being treated kindly and we do not do anything we are a bystander which adds to the problem. An Upstander speaks up and stops the problem, even when it might be to a friend. We also talked this week about occasions when we have shown Courage outside of school and at school.

Star Students

Students who really exemplified our Core Value of Trustworthiness were recognized on Monday. Great job Belle, Bindhi, Ella, Madelyn, Tania and Torrey.

Pegasus Class Share

Ms. Gilbert’s class shared ways that they could make our planet better focusing on reduce, reuse and recycle. They really showed how they “give a hoot.”

Important Dates

  • 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.

PEF News

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

All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting on Thursday, May 11th at 7pm at the school.  Every parent, guardian, teacher, administrator and Polaris Board of Trustee are members of the Polaris Educational Foundation. We encourage all Polaris community members to attend these meetings. We have very full agenda and we want to hear your voice. Please attend if you are able.

Read-a-thon- The Polaris Educational Foundation will be holding our fifth annual Read-A-Thon. It will run from Friday, May 5th through Thursday, 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 percentage 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.  If you need another copy of the forms, please click HERE.

Please feel free to use the links on the 99Pledges website to share your donation requests on social media or email!  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pef@polarischarterschool.org

Teacher Appreciation Week happens each year during the first week of May.  This year, the PEF, as the Parent Teacher Organization, decided we wanted to do something extra nice for our teachers and take their break room and give it a little makeover.  With some serious scrubbing, cleaning, a few gallons of paint, about 3 hours of online shopping, taking out old furniture, assembling new furniture, bringing in all the new furniture, appliances and accessories and then putting everything together we finally have had a finished product.

We then treated the teachers to a luncheon on Wednesday afternoon from Portland Pie Co. and several parents brought in homemade desserts and decorations.  We hope that all of the teachers and staff know how much the Polaris parents appreciate them and think the world of them!!!!  Happy Teacher Appreciation Week!!!!!  Thank you to all of those parents who made this possible.

After School Enrichment Classes:

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.

Family Movie Night: Friday, May 12th at 6pm-  Join us for pizza, popcorn and Big Hero 6 in the gathering room! We suggest you wear comfy clothes and bring a pillow or blanket or both. Chairs will be set up as well. We have worked to improve the movie quality this time around. The PEF has all the cost of refreshments, the movie license covered so this event is completely free to all Polaris families. Families who have officially enrolled for next year are welcome to join us. All family members are welcome but an adult must accompany children, this is not a drop and go event. Parents who would not mind pitching in a bit or helping with clean up and set up are greatly appreciated! Please e-mail pef@polarischarterschool.org  if you can assist us.

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 5th-May18th Read-a-thon
  • May 12th– Movie Night 6pm @ Polaris
  • June 3rd– Polaris End-of-Year Picnic (location TBD)


Giving Tuesday

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