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Week Ending 6/2/17

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Annual Parent Survey

A link to this year’s parent satisfaction survey was emailed today, June 2nd. You can also access it here. Your feedback is very important to us so please take a few minutes to complete it. If you have more than one child at Polaris, please complete a survey for each of them. Thank you!

Update From the Board of Trustees

The Board is encouraging all Polaris families and friends to join us in New Hampshire’s Day of Giving- scheduled for June 6th, starting at 6 PM and ending at 6 PM June 7th.  Please help us spread the word that this 24-hour online opportunity could help us raise some much-needed funds for our wonderful school, full of deserving students.  We will have photos and videos posted on the NH Gives website, (www.nhgives.org,) to show examples of the marvelous learning that is taking place on a daily basis at our small, but vibrant public charter school. On June 7th, at 1:45 pm, our Board Chair, (Jill Cane,) will be live on the NH Gives Facebook page, sharing some Polaris success stories.   Tune in, be proud, be generous, and encourage your own family and friends to support Polaris Charter School during the 24 hours of fundraising on NH Gives!!

The next regular meeting of the Board of Trustees is Monday evening, 6pm on June 19th.  Please note that this meeting will provide the second opportunity for the public to respond to the proposed Board policy KEB, titled the “Parental Concern or Complaint Policy,” before the policy is either tabled for  further revision or approved.   A copy of the proposed policy is attached 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.

Charter Renewal Visit

On Wednesday May 31st we were visited by Jerry Frew and Keith Burke from the Department of Education. They were given a school tour led by Lucas and Molly and then there were forums with parents, teachers and board members. A period of time was allotted for review of documentation and then they debriefed with Jen and Liz. The outcome was very good. They did not note anything significant that we need to be worried about. In fact, they shared that we have a really good story to be told and we need to get that information out to the public. Toward this end, we plan to revamp our website to show how bright we shine!


This week we read the story Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty.  It is the story of a shy girl who found items in the trash that she turned into inventions. She kept them to herself until one day she decided to share something she invented for her favorite uncle – but he laughed. After that, Rosie gave up her engineer dreams until her great, great, great Aunt Rose came to visit. Aunt Rose had worked a long time ago building airplanes however she had fulfilled her dream of flying. Rosie really wanted to help her aunt but she was afraid of failing. She had really had to find courage and take a risk again.

We also learned the definition of the word homage (show respect) and how this book also paid it to the millions of female workers represented by the image of Rosie the Riviter who entered the workforce when men went to fight in World War II. They filled the roles in factories, construction, steel mills, etc. that were traditionally viewed as “men’s work.” It was a symbol of dedication and courage for them to test limits and try new things.

Field Day 

This year’s Field Day will take place on Wednesday, June 14th and it will be held at Camp Carpenter. There will be lots of fun activities and this year we will even have a DJ courtesy of the PEF. In order for this celebration to be a success, we need parent volunteers. Please contact us if you are able to are able to assist.

Pavo Class Share

Several students from Polaris entered The NHPTV KIDS WRITERS CONTEST.  It is open to kids in grades K-5, and runs from January to March of each year. Students are asked to write and illustrate an original story. A first, second and third winner is selected from each grade level and Madison G. in Mrs. V’s class won second place for 5th grade! She read her story for us on Friday and you can view it here. Congratulations Madison!


Star Students

Special congratulations to this week’s Star Students: David, Ephrim, Joshy, Jules, Matthew, Sofia and Sydney.


Important Dates

  • Intermediate Learning Celebration is June 7th
  • Primary Learning Celebration is June 8th
  • Field Day June 14th
  • 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 Tuesday 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.

Pizza Ordering– Reminder: if you wish to place a weekly 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.

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

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

Giving Tuesday

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