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PCS News 12/15/17

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Update From the Board

At the December 18th meeting, the Board of Trustees will begin discussions about an annual strategic planning session.  This will be an opportunity for the Board and the Director to receive input about the direction of the school and to broadly communicate the Board’s annual goals, budget, and vision.

Also on the Board’s December Agenda will be a vote to approve the Bullying Policy which you can view  here, an update on the Annual Fund Campaign, and a review of the revised Board Member Job Description, which includes more detailed descriptions of the role of each Board Officer. If you have not yet contributed to the Polaris Annual Fund, we encourage you to make a tax exempt donation before the year’s end. If you have made a donation, please accept our sincere thanks on behalf of all the children and staff at Polaris Charter School.

Information Session

Our next Information Session is Saturday, January 20, 2018 at 10:30 am. Please help pass the word about our school by telling people you know!

Intermediate Learning Celebration

The intermediate classes enjoyed a celebration of their learning over the last trimester. Students were excited to share their projects with their families. The project theme for this semester was “Who Am I?.” Students explored topics ranging from genetics to immigration and created presentations, performances and books about what they learned. Thank you for joining us as we celebrated the hard work of our Intermediate students.

Weather/Recess

As winter weather is approaching, this is a good time to review Polaris Charter School’s school cancellation/delay policy.  Our school follows the Manchester School District’s weather-related decisions; if they are closed/delayed we are too.  Cancellations or delays will be announced before 6:30 a.m. on the following radio and TV stations:

WZID-FM (95.7)                     WMLL-FM (96.5)

WGIR-AM (610) & FM (101.1)         WMUR-TV Channel 9

We also typically send an email and post it on the PEF Facebook page.  On occasion, Polaris may make an independent weather-related decision, as our students come from many towns and cities in New Hampshire. In such instances, the radio and TV stations mentioned above will carry any special announcements for Polaris Charter School. Parents are encouraged to use their own discretion in commuting on days with snow or icy conditions. If you decide that travel conditions are too hazardous, whether or not school has been delayed or cancelled, your child(ren) will be given an excused absence. If Polaris is in session, weather-related absences should still be called in to the School Office and followed up with a written excuse, signed by the parent/ guardian. You can also email at attendance@polarischarterschool.org

If there is a delayed opening for the Manchester School District on a Wednesday, Polaris Charter School will be closed.

Recess will be held outdoors unless it is actively precipitating or the “Feel’s Like” temperature is below 20 degrees F. Due to our limited staff, we cannot keep children inside when they are not dressed appropriately.  We ask parents to ensure that their child comes to school dressed for the weather conditions, including appropriate coats, snow pants, boots, mittens, hats, etc. Please label all clothing with your child’s name. Children will not be permitted to play in the snow without snowpants and boots.

Core Value – Kindness and Caring

I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples.”

-Mother Teresa

We cast stones with the words we say, the actions we take and they can have a ripple effect that can continue indefinitely.

 

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on December 11 were: Amadu, Colton, Eric, Josiah, Josie, Temperance, Kayla and Teagan.

Congratulations!

Pegasus Class Share

Ms. Gilbert’s class read the story “What If Everybody Did That?” by Ellen Javernick. In the story, situations are given and the audience is asked to think about the bigger picture-imagine what would happen if everyone thought it was okay to do something- example littering. For our class project on kindness and caring, we flipped the conversation by brainstorming random acts of kindness that we wish people did more of. We created our own class book titled “What If Everyone…?”

 

 

Upcoming Events

Dec 20– Parent teacher conferences continued (after school hours)

Dec 23Jan 1 Winter Break

Jan 15– No School Holiday

Jan 20-10:30 AM Information Session

Feb 26-March 2 February Vacation

Holiday Giving

This Holiday Season, Polaris will be coming together to collect supplies for children and their families who will be spending their holidays at Dartmouth Hitchcock Lebanon, where the children are undergoing cancer treatment. Donations are due by Friday, December 22. If you would like to contribute, we are collecting the following items:

Lip balm, small or travel size shampoo, conditioner and soap, books, crossword puzzles, sudoku books, pens, colored pencils, coloring books, crayons, nail files, nail clippers, nail polish, head scarves, travel games that are magnetic, fuzzy socks, gift cards to Dunkins, gas, grocery store any denomination, android/I phone chargers, small bags with handles that can be reused like purse sized or draw string bag (fabric not gift bags), play doh (small play sets or just the play doh), little people (individual people or small sets only nothing large), magnetic play sets-dress up dolls or settings, small blanket with toy attached and LETTERS if the kids want to write  letters for the kids as encouragement that would be nice too!

PEF News

The Polaris Educational Foundation wants to wish you a very happy holiday season. As 2018 approaches, we remind you it is not ever too late to join the devoted team of parents that help build the community of Polaris.

We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your financial support and for your time.  We have done so many great things that are beyond the normal budget with your support! 2018 will finally bring a new, taller fence and (pending city approval) a small expansion to the playground area, the award winning North Star Dance and a school wide field day that is truly a new and remarkable Polaris tradition.  The best is truly yet to come and the future is bright!

I AM GRATEFUL FOR POLARIS HOLIDAY CHALLENGE

You don’t need money or much time to help strengthen Polaris, you just need to share your story.

With little or no marketing budget, Polaris really counts on families to spread the word about the wonderful opportunity for an alternative public education available right in Manchester. Would you please take a few minutes before the January 20th open enrollment session at least five places.

We ask you to:

  • Go to your social media and share your feelings and a link to Polaris
  • Pick up a few flyers from the upstairs office already available and put them up at libraries, your child’s kindergarten, the local convenience store and office community bulletin board.
  • Go on Google and write a great review!
  • Find out what kind of grants and sponsorship opportunities are available for our small charter school through your employer.

Spread the word that Polaris is a special place.

Familiarity brings a strong attendance rate, community sponsors and support.  To be a success Polaris cannot be a secret.

Giving Tuesday

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