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PCS News 03/27/18

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From the Board

Polaris Board Meetings will now take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month at 6:00pm.

School Calendar Changes

Due to the number of school cancellations, we have made the following adjustments to our calendar:

  • The third trimester Learning Celebrations have been moved from June 6th/7th to June 13th/14th
  • We now have school June 15th, 18th, 19th and 20th (regular early release day)
  • Our last scheduled day is June 20th. This is subject to change f we have more cancellations
  • Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will take place the afternoon of June 20th and June 21st
  • We will also be adding one full day of school on a Wednesday. The date is to be determined as we plan this to be our Field Day at Camp Carpenter.


Our Lottery for admission for the 2018-2019 school year was held on Friday March 23rd at 7:00pm.  We were delighted to have Stan Spirou, who recently retired after 33 years as SNHU’s basketball coach, pick the numbers for us.


Primary Learning Celebration

It was great to see so many families!

Students chose their own environment to display their simple machines.

They were proud to show their projects of “How Things Work”

Mr. Ford’s Art Class

In culmination of our first trimester’s theme, “All About Me!”, our students have been working hard on their self-portraits. Using a template & special ruler, they first learned the proper dimensions, proportions, and spacial relationships of all the features of the face. They learned some biology of the physical construction, and they viewed a wide array of self-portraits done by famous, amateur, obscure and other student artists, thus combining math, science, and history. This assignment also fosters cultural and racial understanding by examining their visual similarities and differences in a purely aesthetic context.
They were then given mirrors and encouraged to personalize their drawings with their unique individual features, colors, and fashion choices as they see them. They exceeded all expectations. More than a few students achieved a likeness well beyond the scope of the assignment. Virtually all of them are working above age level in accordance with standard proficiency. These drawings exude personality and reflect the hard work they put into the assignment. They will line our front and back stairwells for the next few weeks, please make a point to take a look.

Pavo Class Share

The Pavo Class explored how we associate with a specific color. We reflected on how the color resides with each of us. We wrote how the color looks, smells, sounds, tastes, and makes us feel.

Sparkly Blue looks brand new.
Sparkly Blue smells like a freshly painted canoe.
Neon Pink smells like sugar icing on a cake.
Neon Pink sounds like bubbles popping.
Sweet Apple Green is water trickling off the leaves of a tree.
Sweet Apple Green makes me feel calm and new.
Have you ever thought how you connect to a certain color?

Sculptor Class Share

Mr. Bailey’s class gave a preview of their invention projects they have been working on. Students explained what their projects are, how they work, why they chose it and what the challenges were while doing their project.

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were: Spencer, Deeya, Nicholas, Deepthi, Damian, Kayla, Ahmed and Johnny.


Core Value – Responsibility

We have been talking about Responsibility during March. We read the book “The Paper Boy” by Dav Pilkey. Each morning, the young boy rises before dawn, gets on his bike and delivers papers to his customers. Doing a job like that requires a lot of responsibility. We also created an acrostic poem.

We used Aesop’s fable “The Wolf and the Crane” to discuss how decisions and actions have consequences. The wolf had a bone stuck in his throat and he told the crane he would pay her if she removed it. After she did it and asked for payment the wolf replied that her reward was that she was permitted to live after withdrawing her head from his mouth. Often in life we do things without thinking about the potential consequences and our safety.  Thinking things through is another way to be responsible.

Upcoming Events

March 23 and April 4 Second Trimester Conferences

March 28  Intermediate Learning Celebration

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

May 28  Memorial Day No School

PEF News


Over just a few years, the PEF annual auction fundraiser has evolved from a small breakfast with a few items to a large scale event expected to raise more than $10,000 this year for Polaris.

We’re moving the date of our annual PEF fundraising event to mid-May.

This new upcoming PEF sponsored event is being changed from a “Gala” event to a live “Game-a-Thon” event. We are excited to offer this new and fun way of raising monies for our community of learners at Polaris.

Stay tuned as we will be sharing more information about this event and how you can plan to attend in advance. Thank you for your continued support of our largest fundraising event of the year.

The event will be held in May 2018 at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, NH.

Information on ticket sales will be posted to the PEF Facebook page and Polaris Newsletter in the near future.



The dance will be held on April 7, 2018 from 5:00-8:00PM at the Founder’s Academy in Manchester, NH.

The North Star Dance that earned the award by PTO Today as best family event of the year will return and move to Founder’s Academy for more fun!

Students of Polaris are encouraged to choose their “North Star” who is an adult to the dance. Their “star” can be any adult that helps build them up and shine brightly in the classroom and community. And we encourage students to also invite their family as well including older/younger siblings.

We will be moving some of the fun items that were once part of the annual auction to this event. We welcome and appreciate can any gift certificates and/or items to help with teacher, student and adult raffle baskets.

DJ WANTED – do you know a DJ that would be willing to donate his/her time and skills for a great cause? Please let us know.


Many of those who run the PEF as board members will be completing their final year in 2018.This organization needs several new parents to help backfill these positions and get ready for the 2018–2019 school year.

Please take the time to consider how you may be able to contribute. Free training!

In addition to anticipated vacant board positions, we need a Chair to start a Robotics Program and also a Chair to take over the Student Ambassador program. Contact us please for more information if interested.

Please e-mail pef@polarischarterschool.org


A sledding party, a student choice event, the annual Read-a-Thon and much more are in progress! Stay tuned…

Best Wishes, 

Jayme Putnam, Miles Martin

PEF Presidents



Giving Tuesday

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