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Week Ending 5/12/17

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Update From the Board of Trustees

The Board has agreed to be a part of New Hampshire’s Day of Giving- an opportunity to raise funds online for Polaris and to connect our school to a much larger community of givers in New Hampshire and beyond.  We need lots of help planning and implementing a cohesive marketing strategy to get the most out of our participation in the 24 hours of NH Gives, which is scheduled for June 6th, starting at 6 PM and ending at 6 PM June 7th.

We are hosting a kick-off meeting, for planning our participation, on Wednesday, May 24th, from 1-2:30 PM, at Polaris.  (There is a full day of school on this Wednesday.) We need to decide a theme to entice potential donors to contribute to Polaris, a dollar amount goal for this campaign, help with networking on social media, and fundraising champions, who will drive people to our NH Gives Profile on June 6th and 7th.  Our success depends on our volunteer effort.  Please help!!  For more information on NH Gives, please refer to the toolkit for nonprofits on www.nhgives.org

The Board is considering a new policy designed to assist parents with a school-related problem which they would like to have resolved.   Before adopting a new or revised policy, the Board is required to post the item on the agenda at each of two regular meetings.  We must also offer concerned groups and individuals an opportunity to react to new or revised policies.  To raise awareness of the new Parental Concern or Complaint Policy, (KEB,) we have attached the draft of the proposed policy here.  Anyone wishing to respond to the contents of the policy is welcome to do so by either contacting the Chair of the Board of Trustees, Jill Cane, (j.cane@polarischarterschool.org) or to address the Board during the public comment section of the next regular Board of Trustees Meeting, to be held on June 19th at 6 PM.

Lost and Found 

Recognize anything? Our lost and found bins are overflowing with clothing, snow pants, gloves and other miscellaneous items. If we are unable to find the owners, items will be donated at the end of the year.

Buddy Time 

Mrs. Fesh and Mrs. Rainey’s class worked on helping their buddies with their dodecahedron book reports!

Mrs. Rainey’s class has been learning all about volume in Math. Students worked in teams to measure the volume of various boxes. The scribe was responsible for recording information. The measurement masters measured the boxes and the mathematicians calculated the volume.


Stem and Music

This Trimester in STEM primary kids are focusing on Space Science. We are covering the planets in our solar system as well as other things that can be found in the solar system. They will be making pictures of the solar system to use as a reference to see the distance of the planets, the size and the color. We will then go on to talk about their distance from the sun, space travel and what the planets are made up of to help them better understand not only the planet they live on but also the others.

The Intermediate kids are focusing on post Zombie problems. Now that they have the basic layout of Manchester and the area around the school they are starting to brainstorm projects that would build a sustainable society. They will all decide what aspects are the most important to focus on. (Food, Water Purification, Engineering, etc.) They will then be able to choose a focused project to present to the rest of the class that will benefit the group as a whole, (be it in the form or a 3D model, a poster etc.)

In Music, primary kids are reviewing the different categories of instruments, (Reed, Woodwind, String, etc) and sketching instruments, out of their imagination that they would like to craft as well establishing which category they fit in. We will then be creating basic instruments with simple craft supplies. (Maracas, Guitars (with rubber bands and tissue boxes) etc.) This is all to make sure that the kids have a hands on activity to show their understanding about what puts an instrument in which category. For example, percussion instruments are instruments that are hit, or something hits them, while wood winds are instruments you blow into. Each table will be working together to sketch out and then make instruments in each category.

The Intermediate kids are reviewing the parts of a ukulele and learning how to read tab style chords. This is expanding on the music reading skills that they have started to develop in the last two trimesters. The goal in this trimester is for them to learn multiple chords on the ukulele as well as a hand full of songs. If possible, they will have the opportunity to write their own songs (simple of course) to bring together all they have learned about music theory, music symbols and reading different kinds of music.

Perseus Class Share

Ms. Perham’s class learned the song “If You Want to Sing Out” by Cat Stevens and they sang it and shared the lyrics with us. It corresponded with our Core Value of Courage.

Star Students

Our Courageous students that we recognized this week were: Binta, Deepthi, Ellie, Lexi, Khoi, Mara, Raden and Spencer. Super work!

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: Monday, June 5 at 7pm at Polaris with special Volunteer Appreciation social prepared by Polaris Staff to begin at 6:30pm  All parents are invited to our next PEF Meeting and Volunteer Appreciation Social on Monday, June 5th 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. The Volunteer Appreciation Social will begin at 6: 30pm and the meeting will begin at 7pm. We will be voting on next year’s officers and finalizing our budget for the upcoming year. Please attend if you are able.

Read-a-thon- The Polaris Educational Foundation’s Read-A-Thon is officially over.  All reading logs, paper pledge forms (and any checks/cash collected) need to be turned in to your child’s teacher by May 30th. Any child who participated in the Read-a-thon, reading at least 420 minutes will be receiving a stainless steel Polaris water bottle. Additionally, any child who raised 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. The PEF is utilizing an online component https://99pledges.com/fund/PolarisReads2017 to aid friends/family to with providing their sponsorships to your child via credit cards. Any online donations need to be filled in to the system by May 30th as well.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at pef@polarischarterschool.org.

NH GIVES– The Polaris Staff and Board of Trustees are preparing for an upcoming charitable drive, NH GIVES.  They specifically have asked for assistance from Parents.  Any parents who can help would need to be available to meet on Wednesday afternoon at Polaris on May 24th from 1- 2:30pm.  Parents would be an active member of the Polaris NH Gives planning team- helping to coordinate and promote the Polaris NH Gives website/link (and potentially donate $$$ if they were able though this is not a requirement).  Additionally, if the parent had any photos they are able to bring to the table of their child(ren) that day (electronically) to contribute to the final montage. If you are interested and able to help the school, please either comment here or email us at pef@polarischarterschool.org

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 have three openings on our board for the positions of Member-at-Large (2) and Event Coordinator.  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.

Yearbook–  There will be a yearbook this year for purchase.  The price will be $18.  Please be on the lookout for the order form as you must pre-order a yearbook in order to get one.

Polaris End-of-Year-Picnic  June 3rd 10:00am- 12:30pm Clough State Park: Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing and playing with other Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting zone will be established so that new families and those looking for playmates can meet. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great morning! This is a great event for new families to come join the fun and meet next year’s classmates. PEF members are always happy to help introduce you and their children to those who attend.

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

  • Next PEF MeetingJune 5th -6:30/7pm at Polaris

June 3rd– 10:00am-12:30pm- Polaris End-of-Year Picnic (Clough State Park)


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