Polaris Charter School

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PCS News 06/20/18

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Update From the Board

Update from your Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees is looking forward to our last formal meeting of the 2017-2018 school year.  It has been a busy year for us, supporting Jen Murdock-Smith as the sole Director for Polaris Charter School, welcoming three new Board members, (Angela Olesen Seggie, Jeff Tatro, and Don Winterton), and managing four diverse goals, which we set for the Board and the Administration this year.
The annual goals for 2017-2018 included:
1. Increase the size of the Board to nine dedicated members
2. Develop strategic partnerships between Polaris and the Business Community
3. Increase the Fundraising Efforts within the School Community and Beyond
4. Increase the waitlist of prospective students throughout the 2017-2018 School Year
On Thursday, June 17th, we will be discussing our progress in meeting those goals, with a particular emphasis on the new fundraising efforts we tried in 2017-2018.  The meeting starts at 6 PM and, after a reading of the school’s mission, there is time set aside for public comment.  We always welcome members of the public to attend meetings of the Board of Trustees, which are held on the third Thursday of each month, with the exception of July.
The Board of Trustees wishes all of you, and especially our current and future Polaris students, a healthy and beneficial summer vacation, wherever your imagination and interests take you!

 

 Learning Celebrations

The students worked very hard on their Journeys and Cycles projects. They were proud to share them with their friends and families.

 

 

Field Day

Polaris student’s and staff had a great time at field day!

We enjoyed water games, dancing with the DJ, sports on the field, playing in the fort and an ice cream sundae bar!!

 

 

Visit with Geiger 

The students at Polaris enjoyed their visit with Geiger-A Therapy Dog in Training!

Geiger has been working very hard with his trainer Barb, and graduates from therapy dog school in August!

We are so excited for them to visit us again soon!

Perfect Attendance 

The following students did not miss any school during the 2017-2018 school year!

Congratulations!

Serena, Casey, Gavin, Yvette and Tricia

 

Certificate of Completion

We wish all our students leaving Polaris the best of luck!

 

 

 

 Pegasus Class Share

 Ms. Gilbert’s class has been learning about the Solar System. They chose to share about the moon!

Hydra Class Share

Miss Haynes’ class has been spending time reflecting on the year and the time they have spent at Polaris. They each wrote down some of their favorite memories and shared them with the school.

 

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Maryam, Joshua, Spencer, Christian, Kaelan, Delaney and Kylie

Congratulations!

 

Alyvia, Benjamin, Ellie, David, Johnny, Maya and Oliver

Congratulations!

 

Cooper, Dominik, Emmy, Tricia, Nadia and Mrs. Apac’s class.

Congratulations!

 

Upcoming Events

July 14 Polaris Annual Picnic
July 19 PEF meeting
Shorty’s in Manchester, NH at 7:00 PM

PEF News

Polaris Annual Picnic – JULY 14TH starting at 12PM

The PEF annual picnic is set for July 14th , 12PM at Clough State Park, Weare, NH. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing good time with current and new Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting area will be established, so new families can be introduced and friendships can begin to unfold. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great event. This is a great event for our new families to come join and meet next year’s classmates. The PEF is always looking forward to meeting new families and introducing them to the Polaris family.

We have officially voted in next years PEF board.
President Melissa McCann
Vice President Jenna Bridgett
Secretary Rebecca Lacy Foxon
Treasurer Pam Spencer-Lienhart
Fundraising Jessica Neuenfeldt Perkins
Events Jessenia Henriquez
Enrichment Elizabeth Velez
Destination Imagination Yvonne Riehl Dusaitis

How to get involved?

Polaris Educational Foundation (PEF) is our version of a PTO

The next PEF meeting is set for July 19 at 7:00 PM at Shorty’s in Manchester, NH.  

Please join us!!!

Please feel free to contact any member of the PEF with any questions you may have. We love to see new faces and get fresh ideas. https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The PEF is an integral part of the school and we need your support. If you are unsure of who a PEF member is feel free to contact Jenna Bridgett. She is always willing to talk about the PEF.  jpbridgett@gmail.com

 

HAVE A GREAT SUMMER!!!

 

 

PCS News 06/1/18

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Update From the Board

The Board of Trustees will be meeting twice in the month of June to wrap up the 2017-2018 school year and to set new goals for 2018-2019.

The Board’s regular monthly meeting will be held at Polaris Charter School on June 21st, starting at 6 PM.  The agenda will include the completion of our Director’s evaluation and a self-assessment of the Board’s work on governance and fiscal responsibilities for Polaris. Also, Jen Murdock-Smith will be sharing the preliminary results of the parent survey and the Annual Report, which is required from all public charter schools as an accountability measure for the Department of Education.

On June 24th, the Board will be engaged in a strategic planning workshop from 4-7 PM. (The location of this workshop and the facilitator are still to be determined.) The workshop will enable the Board to focus on the data reviewed during their June 21st meeting to determine appropriate and necessary goals for the upcoming school year. Once these are approved by the Board of Trustees, the goals will be made public.

 

Parent Survey

If you have not done so already, please take a couple of minutes to compete our annual parent survey. It is very important that we hear from everyone. This is your chance to have a voice in our plans for next school year.

https://goo.gl/forms/HTOvZ8gRHQ9d7hp22

 

Game A Thon

Our annual fundraiser was held at the beautiful LaBelle Winery. We had amazing food (my personal favorite was the macaroni and cheese bar), drinks and fun! Playing games was not required but it was a great way to mingle with others and spark conversation. It also raised money to support our students and teachers. Thank you to everyone who participated. I would especially like to thank Sharon Klardie for all of her hard work planning and organizing this event!

 

Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast

We were happy to celebrate our volunteers!

Thank you to those of you who joined us.

We appreciate all you do for Polaris!

Miss Haynes’s and Mrs. Vlasich’s Field Trip

Miss Haynes and Mrs. Vlasich’s class had a great time visiting the Massabesic Audubon Center! Students explored the outdoors for native plants and insects, learned about the food chain and got to meet some of the animals!

Primary Field Trip

The Primary Class’s enjoyed their visit to the Montshire Museum! They learned about The Digestive System, The Respiratory System and The Cardiovascular System. This was a nice addition to their trimester learning. Students also got the opportunity to explore the exhibits at the museum! 

 

 

Core Value Determination

Sculptor Class Share

 The Sculptor Class has been working on life cycles of animals and volcano’s. The students have also been working on how to become better presenters. Students shared some information about their life cycle as well as including a hook and a cliff hanger into their presentation. Many of the students wanted to leave their audience with a desire to come see their project during the Learning Celebration.

Vela Class Share

The Vela Class shared the first page of each of their Journey Stories. They each had to write a story about a journey that they have taken in their lives. They had to include an introduction, supporting paragraphs and a conclusion.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Brissa, Moxie, Sawyer, Aiden, Dorian, Teagan and Andrew

Congratulations!

Mara, Jazlyn, Lamija, Mark, Molly and Lilyana

Congratulations!

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.

Parent/Teacher/Student conferences will take place the afternoon of June 20th and on June 21st

Upcoming Events

June 6 Field Day at Camp Carpenter
June 12 PEF Meeting at 7:00 PM
June 13 Intermediate Learning Celebration 5:30 PM-7:00 PM
June 14 Primary Learning Celebration 5:30 PM-6:30 PM
June 23 Polaris Annual Picnic

PEF News

Polaris Annual Picnic – JUNE, 23rd starting at 12PM

The PEF annual picnic is set for June 23rd, 12PM at Clough State Park, Weare, NH. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing good time with current and new Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting area will be established, so new families can be introduced and friendships can begin to unfold. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great event. This is a great event for our new families to come join and meet next year’s classmates. The PEF is always looking forward to meeting new families and introducing them to the Polaris family.

How to get involved?

Polaris Educational Foundation (PEF) is our version of a PTO

The next PEF meeting is set for June 12 at 7:00 PM at Polaris. At this meeting we will vote in the new officials. 

Please join us!!!

Please feel free to contact any member of the PEF with any questions you may have. We love to see new faces and get fresh ideas. https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The PEF is an integral part of the school and we need your support. If you are unsure of who a PEF member is feel free to contact Jenna Bridgett. She is always willing to talk about the PEF.  jpbridgett@gmail.com

 

 

PCS News 05/18/18

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Update From the Board

The Trustees are excited and looking forward to challenging their fellow Board members, parents, and community friends at the May 23rd Game-a-Thon, to be held at LaBelle Winery in Amherst, from 6-9 PM.  The game store “Boards and Brews” will be running the event, which promises to be a fun, fund-raising way for all participants to support Polaris Charter School.

At the May 17th meeting, the Trustees shared some thoughts on the type of regular financial reporting, which would keep the Board informed on the fund-raising needs and sustainability of Polaris in future years.  The Board also wants to develop greater awareness and media coverage of our Annual Fund Drive as participation was not as broad as we had hoped.  Financial considerations are likely to become part of our goals for 2018-2019, which will be established in a strategic planning workshop on June 24th.

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be held on June 21st at 6PM.  This meeting will be the last scheduled meeting of the Board of Trustees for the 2017-2018 school year.  As always, members of the public are welcome to attend.  There is time reserved at the beginning of each Board of Trustee meeting for public comments.

 

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thank you PEF for the donuts and coffee, the luncheon and the gift baskets!

We appreciate all you do for Polaris!

 

 

Core Value Determination

 

We have had fun listening to songs about determination. We also discussed how different types of music can motivate us when we need to persevere. You can click on the following links to listen:

Song 1

Song 2

 

 

 Perseus Class Share

 The Perseus class shared their rock cycle projects. The class studied different types of rocks and how they are made. We learned about metamorphic, igneous and sedimentary rocks. Each group shared some fun facts as well as their favorite type of rocks on a poster that they designed together.

 Star Students

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Ryan K, Jonas, Teagan, Ryan H, Kamden, Yvette and River

Congratulations!

 

Ella, Katie, Evalynn, Bella, Sean, Maya and Elias

Congratulations!

 

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 if 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 June 6th for our Field Day at Camp Carpenter. 

Upcoming Events

May 6-May 19 Polaris Read-A-Thon

May 23 Reach for the Stars: Game-A-Thon

May 28  Memorial Day No School
June 6 Field Day at Camp Carpenter
June 7 PEF meeting at 6:30 PM
June 23 Polaris Annual Picnic

PEF News

Reach for the Stars:  Game-a-thon

(Polaris Annual Fundraiser)

LaBelle Winery on Route 101, Amherst, NH
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (6:00PM to 9:00PM)

 We hope to see you there!

Polaris Read-a-thon ends Saturday May 19th. 

 Please send money in with your student by May 25th at the latest.

 Polaris Annual Picnic – JUNE, 23rd starting at 12PM

The PEF annual picnic is set for June 23rd, 12PM at Clough State Park, Weare, NH. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing good time with current and new Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting area will be established, so new families can be introduced and friendships can begin to unfold. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great event. This is a great event for our new families to come join and meet next year’s classmates. The PEF is always looking forward to meeting new families and introducing them to the Polaris family.

How to get involved?

Polaris Educational Foundation (PEF) is our version of a PTO

The next PEF meeting is set for June 7 at 6:30 at Polaris. At this meeting we will vote in the new officials. 

Please join us!!!

Please feel free to contact any member of the PEF with any questions you may have. We love to see new faces and get fresh ideas. https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The PEF is an integral part of the school and we need your support. If you are unsure of who a PEF member is feel free to contact Jenna Bridgett. She is always willing to talk about the PEF.   jpbridgett@gmail.com

 

 

PCS News 05/4/18

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Update From the Board

At the April 19 meeting of the Board of Trustees a budget of $792,015.58 was approved for the 2018-2019 school year.  This budget is largely focused on wages for our wonderful and hardworking staff and building maintenance and lease. The school calendar for next year was also approved. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be May 17, 2018, starting at 6pm. The Board is very excited about our joint fundraiser with the PEF on the evening of May 23rd at LaBelle Winery.  We encourage everyone to purchase tickets for yourselves and your friends to join in the fun, games, prizes, and laughter. Please see https://www.reachforthestarsgala.org/events/reach-for-the-stars-game-a-thon  for more information and ticket sales.

 

New Playground Equipment

Thank you PEF!

We appreciate all you do for Polaris!

 

 

Donation Request

The students are still hard at work, and the teachers are in need of some supplies! Any donation of the following items would be greatly appreciated.

Tissues, markers, glue sticks, lined paper, colored pencils, index cards, pencils, 13 gallon trash bags, paper towels, cleaning wipes and band aids

 

 

Healthy Minds 

This week in Healthy Minds, Ms. Butterfield introduced the topic of stress to both Primary and Intermediate students. She taught the students about how their bodies react to stressful situations, and how we can recognize our bodies symptoms when under stress. Symptoms such as, elevated body temperature, sweaty palms, feelings of anger or frustration, upset stomach, and butterflies were discussed. After recognizing our bodies are undergoing stress, we must find ways to calm ourselves down and relax. A class conversation about different strategies to calm down were then discussed amongst students. Solutions such as meditation, deep breathing, finding a place to be alone to regroup, talking to a friend, parent, or teacher, and lastly squeezing a stress ball to relieve tension within our bodies. The students then made stress balls using balloons, flour, and rice. Students were encouraged to ask permission by their classroom teachers to use in class if undergoing a significant amount of stress.

Core Value Determination

As we approach our last few weeks of school, it is a good time to focus on determination. We read the book “Courage” by Bernard Waber.  We also watched several clips from the movie “Finding Nemo” that showed great examples of perseverance.

 

 

 Pavo Class Share

 The Pavo Class has been learning about the ocean, the creatures that inhabit it and the harmful effects pollution has on both. Tying into this month’s core value of ‘determination’, each student created a slogan encouraging people not to pollute our oceans and beaches. These slogans were accompanied by a picture that reflected the slogan’s message.

 Star Students

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Alayjah, Ellie, Lilly, Mikail, Maryam, Wendy and Maru

Congratulations!

 

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 if 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 June 6th for our Field Day at Camp Carpenter. 

Upcoming Events

May 10 at 7:00 PM PEF Meeting

May 6-May 19 Polaris Read-A-Thon

May 23 Reach for the Stars: Game-A-Thon

May 28  Memorial Day No School
June 6 Field Day

PEF News

Reach for the Stars:  Game-a-thon

(Polaris Annual Fundraiser)

LaBelle Winery on Route 101, Amherst, NH
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (6:00PM to 9:00PM)
There is still time to purchase your tickets!!
Link to purchase tickets:

https://www.reachforthestarsgala.org/events/reach-for-the-stars-game-a-thon

Tickets $50/pp – includes fun, games and food full of creative twists on American classics 

A fun night has been planned to raise money for Polaris. We kindly ask that you purchase tickets ASAP, as knowing the # of participants will help determine some of the games played. All attendees will receive Polaris Tokens (Yes, tokens especially made for Polaris, how cool is that!!). Additional tokens may be purchased if needed. There will also be games that do not require tokens to play.

Our Polaris “Wish on the Star” wish list for the school will be coming back for parents to help light up the night with donations going to the school.

Please join us to help raise funds for Polaris and earn bragging rights by bringing home the trophy! YES, there is even a trophy!!

Polaris Read-a-thon

Our Read-a-thon is set to start this SUNDAY May 6th – May 19th. While this a fundraiser for the school, it also instills the core value of reading. Prizes will be awarded for not only money raised BUT also for the time spent reading. You do not have to raise money in order to participate. Reading alone will get rewarded. Please watch for additional information coming soon.

 Polaris Annual Picnic – JUNE, 23rd starting at 12PM

The PEF annual picnic is set for June 21st, 12PM at Clough State Park, Weare, NH. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing good time with current and new Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting area will be established, so new families can be introduced and friendships can begin to unfold. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great event. This is a great event for our new families to come join and meet next year’s classmates. The PEF is always looking forward to meeting new families and introducing them to the Polaris family.

How to get involved?

Polaris Educational Foundation (PEF) is our version of a PTO

The next PEF meeting is set for May 10th at 7PM at the school. Please join us as we always have much to discuss. Polaris teachers will be at the first half of the meeting. Come out for a meet and greet! This month we will be nominating people into new positions. Voting will then take place during our June meeting. Positions to fill for the 2018-2019 school year:

1)     Officer: Treasurer – Are you good with organizing and tracking? Balance sheet & Income/Expense sheet to manage.

2)     Committee Chair: Student Ambassador Program – Amazing kids with great ideas ready to take leading roles within Polaris to help support core values, students, teachers and the community. We can’t wait to see what they will do! The concept has been created and we just need a parent to help lead and nurture them throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

3)     Committee Chair: Destination Imagination – Our kids really can do it all by themselves! This first year here at Polaris was a great success and we are looking for a couple volunteers to help keep this program here at Polaris in 2018-2019. See for more info http://nh-di.org/

4)     Member at large: Looking for 2 more members to attend meetings, vote and support other committees

Please feel free to contact any member of the PEF with any questions you may have. We love to see new faces and get fresh ideas. https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The PEF is an integral part of the school and we need your support. If you are unsure of who a PEF member is feel free to contact Jenna Bridgett. She is always willing to talk about the PEF.   jpbridgett@gmail.com

 

 

PCS News 04/20/18

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Update From the Board

At the April 19 meeting of the Board of Trustees a budget of $792,015.58 was approved for the 2018-2019 school year.  This budget is largely focused on wages for our wonderful and hardworking staff and building maintenance and lease. The school calendar for next year was also approved. The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be May 17, 2018, starting at 6pm. The Board is very excited about our joint fundraiser with the PEF on the evening of May 23rd at LaBelle Winery.  We encourage everyone to purchase tickets for yourselves and your friends to join in the fun, games, prizes, and laughter. Please see https://www.reachforthestarsgala.org/events/reach-for-the-stars-game-a-thon  for more information and ticket sales.

North Star Dance

Thank you to the PEF for all your hard work and dedication!

The dance was a blast!

 

Book Buddies

Ms. Gilbert’s class and Miss Hayne’s class celebrated Earth Day reading and making crafts together!

Core Value Trustworthiness

During the month of April, we focused on our Core Value of Trustworthiness. We talked about what it means, ways we show it and we read a couple of fables including The Sultan and the Seed.

 

 

Pegasus Class Share

The Pegasus classroom discussed how trustworthiness relates to friendships. They read a Frog & Toad story and discussed the ways in which Frog goes beyond being just a friend but is also a trustworthy friend to Toad. For their activity, students were partnered with a classmate. One partner came up with a situation that a friend would do while the other partner built on that scenario by adding in what a trustworthy friend does/doesn’t do in that same situation. 
 
Ex: “A friend will build a block tower with you but a trustworthy friend will help you clean up the blocks if it gets knocked over”. 

Hydra Class Share

Miss Haynes’ class is learning about the Oregon Trail as part of third trimester’s theme journeys and cycles. They are each creating a character that will travel along the trail and will be creating scrapbooks. The scrapbooks will be a record of the different events that their character will go through as well as the different things they will see. The first task that each student completed, was creating a character description/introduction in which they included information on what their life is like. Information such as why their character decided to make the trek Westward and what some of  their character’s personality traits were. During the share, students read the descriptions that they worked so hard on.

 Dorado Class Share

This week the Dorado class reflected on individuals in their personal lives that they can trust. They explored why they felt they trust them, and how they can show trustworthiness themselves.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Jace, Andrew, Julian, Casey, Emmy, Amadu and Gavin.

Congratulations!

 

Amara, Vive, Muhammad, Katie, Taylor, Colton and Josie.

Congratulations!

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 if 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 June 6th for our Field Day at Camp Carpenter. 

 Upcoming Events

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

May 10 at 7:00 PM PEF Meeting

May 6-May 19 Polaris Read-A-Thon

May 23 Reach for the Stars: Game-A-Thon

May 28  Memorial Day No School

PEF News

Reach for the Stars:  Game-a-thon

(Polaris Annual Fundraiser)

LaBelle Winery on Route 101, Amherst, NH
Wednesday, May 23, 2018 (6:00PM to 9:00PM)
Please RSVP by 5/1/18
Link to purchase tickets:

https://www.reachforthestarsgala.org/events/reach-for-the-stars-game-a-thon

Tickets $50/pp – includes fun, games and food full of creative twists on American classics 

A fun night has been planned to raise money for Polaris. We kindly ask that you purchase tickets ASAP, as knowing the # of participants will help determine some of the games played. All attendees will receive Polaris Tokens (Yes, tokens especially made for Polaris, how cool is that!!). Additional tokens may be purchased if needed. There will also be games that do not require tokens to play.

Our Polaris “Wish on the Star” wish list for the school will be coming back for parents to help light up the night with donations going to the school.

Please join us to help raise funds for Polaris and earn bragging rights by bringing home the trophy! YES, there is even a trophy!!

Polaris Read-a-thon

Our Read-a-thon is set for May 6th – May 19th. While this a fundraiser for the school, it also instills the core value of reading. Prizes will be awarded for not only money raised BUT also for the time spent reading. You do not have to raise money in order to participate. Reading alone will get rewarded. Please watch for additional information coming soon.

 Polaris Annual Picnic – JUNE, 23rd starting at 12PM

The PEF annual picnic is set for June 21st, 12PM at Clough State Park, Weare, NH. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a splashing good time with current and new Polaris families. A Polaris “hub” meeting area will be established, so new families can be introduced and friendships can begin to unfold. Bring all the towels, sunscreen, food and beach chairs you need to make this a great event. This is a great event for our new families to come join and meet next year’s classmates. The PEF is always looking forward to meeting new families and introducing them to the Polaris family.

How to get involved?

Polaris Educational Foundation (PEF) is our version of a PTO

The next PEF meeting is set for May 10th at 7PM at the school. Please join us as we always have much to discuss. Polaris teachers will be at the first half of the meeting. Come out for a meet and greet! This month we will be nominating people into new positions. Voting will then take place during our June meeting. Positions to fill for the 2018-2019 school year:

1)     Officer: Treasurer – Are you good with organizing and tracking? Balance sheet & Income/Expense sheet to manage.

2)     Committee Chair: Student Ambassador Program – Amazing kids with great ideas ready to take leading roles within Polaris to help support core values, students, teachers and the community. We can’t wait to see what they will do! The concept has been created and we just need a parent to help lead and nurture them throughout the 2018-2019 school year.

3)     Committee Chair: Destination Imagination – Our kids really can do it all by themselves! This first year here at Polaris was a great success and we are looking for a couple volunteers to help keep this program here at Polaris in 2018-2019. See for more info http://nh-di.org/

4)     Member at large: Looking for 2 more members to attend meetings, vote and support other committees

Please feel free to contact any member of the PEF with any questions you may have. We love to see new faces and get fresh ideas. https://polariseducationalfoundation.org/

The PEF is an integral part of the school and we need your support. If you are unsure of who a PEF member is feel free to contact Jenna Bridgett. She is always willing to talk about the PEF.   jpbridgett@gmail.com

 

 

PCS News 04/09/18

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Update From the Board

The Board of Trustees have changed their monthly meeting day to the third Thursday of each month.  Their next meeting will be on Thursday, April 19th, starting at 6 PM.  Prominent on the Agenda will be the current financial status of Polaris and our future plans, including a five-year budget forecast and the budget for the 2018-2019 school year.  Members of the public are always welcome to attend the Board of Trustee meetings and have an opportunity to share their thoughts and suggestions at the beginning of each meeting.

 

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 if 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.

 

Intermediate Learning Celebration

It was great to see so many families!

Polaris students worked hard this past trimester learning “How Things Work.”

All of the projects were very creative!

 

 

 Vela Class Share

Mrs. Fesh’s class is starting to learn about different types of Journeys and Cycles. Each student wrote about “When I think of a journey, I think of….” and came up with ideas like birds flying North back from the South, traveling to my summer house in Maine, planets moving around the sun and many more!

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized so far this month were:

Serena, Keegan, Andrea, Sawyer, Cooper and Connor.

Congratulations!

Izzy, Morgan, Binta, Calvin, Noah, Sydney, Temperance and Dominik.

Congratulations!

 

Mrs. Apac’s Class

Mrs. Apac’s class did an asteroid STEM activity this week. Students were given a list of materials (foil, golf balls, tennis balls, ping pong balls, paper bags, tape) with which they could engineer an asteroid that would create a crate 2″ wide when dropped into a pan of flour from a distance of 3′. The team that came closest made a crater that measured 1 7/8″ across.

 

Upcoming Events

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

May 28  Memorial Day No School

 PEF News

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT 

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.

 

CHANGES FOR PEF in 2018-2019 – HELP WANTED

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

MORE TO COME! 

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

 

 

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.

Lottery

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.

Congratulations!



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

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT 

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.

AWARD WINNING – NORTH STAR DANCE

SAVE THE DATE!

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.

CHANGES FOR PEF in 2018-2019 – HELP WANTED

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

MORE TO COME! 

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

 

 

PCS News 03/09/2018

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Update from the Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is Monday, March 12th, starting at 6 PM.  The agenda includes an overview of the 5-year budget plan for Polaris Charter School.  As always, members of the public are welcome to attend. Time for public comment is reserved at the start of the meeting.
Please note that the Board is considering a scheduling change in their monthly meeting days.  Pending the outcome of the discussion and vote on March 12th, any change in the regular meeting date will be posted and would start in April.

Spirit Week

We had a fun week at Polaris!

 

Crazy Hair Day

 

Backwards/Mismatch Day

 

Pajama Day

 

Polaris Pride

Career Day will be celebrated on Wednesday, March 14th.

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized on March 5th were: Max, Summer, David, Eliza, AllanaLiz, Eric and Avery.

Congratulations!

Core Value – Responsibility

We read The Paperboy by Dav Pilkey. It is a story about about the mornings of a responsible boy with a paper route. While everyone is still asleep on Saturday morning, the boy sorted the papers, loaded them in a bag, got on his bike and delivered papers.
We also talked about ways we were responsible and helped out at home when we had our snow day.

Upcoming Events

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 16  No School, Teacher Workshop

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School, Conferences

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

PEF News

ANNUAL FUNDRAISING EVENT 

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.

AWARD WINNING – NORTH STAR DANCE

SAVE THE DATE!

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.

CHANGES FOR PEF in 2018-2019 – HELP WANTED

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

MORE TO COME! 

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

 

 

PCS News 02/23/2018

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Update from the Board of Trustees

The Polaris Board of Trustees is very pleased to announce that  Angela Olesen Seggie  has joined the Board of Trustees as our newest parent representative.  Angela comes to us with many years of experience in marketing and sales, which will enhance the capabilities of the current Board as we work toward our outreach and fundraising goals for 2017-2018.
The other two parent representatives who are currently serving on the Board of Trustees are Sharon Klardie  and Elizabeth Velez.  Our four current community representatives, who hold a majority of the Board membership, (as stipulated in our Charter,) are Jill Cane, Camila Miranda, Jeff Tatro and Don Winterton.  Biographies and photo  of all seven Trustees will soon be updated on the Polaris Charter School website.

Members of the public are always welcome to attend the Board of Trustees meetings.  Time is reserved at the beginning of each meeting for anyone wishing to make a public comment.  The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, March 12th, starting at 6 PM.

Spirit Week

We are very excited for Spirit Week here at Polaris!

Monday, March 5, 2018- Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, March 6, 2018- Backwards/Mismatch Day

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-Pajama Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Career Day

Friday, March 9, 2018- School Color Day/School Gear Day and Free Pizza Day

School Gear can be purchased here: https://ssastores.com/polarischarterschool

Primary Class Field Trip

The Primary Class visited the SEE Science Center on Thursday. This was a great learning experience that tied into their study of Simple Machines and “How Things Work”. Students got to experience a Van-de-Graaff, Harmonograph and a Moonwalk. Students also participated in a LEGO team build!

 

Intermediate Field Trip

Mrs. Apac and Mr. Bailey’s classes visited the Manchester Millyard Museum Friday. The students learned about the industrial revolution in New Hampshire. Some of the topics covered were hydro power, steam engines and what life was like for children during the industrial revolution. We completed a fun scavenger hunt activity where each group became experts in one area of the museum and presented what they learned to the whole group. We also learned about inventors, including “Lady Edison”, Margaret Knight. She started inventing when she was only 12 years old and received 27 patents in her lifetime. Her inventions include shoe-manufacturing machines, a “dress shield” to protect garments from perspiration, a rotary engine as well as an internal combustion engine.

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized on February 19 were: McKensey, Gwenan, Yousif, Oliver, Camilla, Alexandria and Jonas.

Congratulations!

100th Day of School Celebration

Primary Students celebrated the 100th Day of School this week. Students were challenged to build structures using 100 marshmallows, made necklaces and showed how to count 100 several different ways.

 


Dorado Class Share

The Dorado Class reflected this week on our past 100 days together. Each student shared their favorite memory they have from the start of the school year until now!

Upcoming Events

Feb 26-March 2  No School, February Vacation 

March 5-9  Spirit Week

March 9  Free Pizza Day

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 16  No School, Teacher Workshop

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School, Conferences

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

PEF News

ANNUAL GALA UPDATE 

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.

This year the fundraising event will evolve yet again. In lieu of the auction fundraiser, we will be hosting a Gala to raise additional monies for Polaris. We expect the 2018 Gala will attract local businesses and philanthropists leading to a wider net of donors.

We are privileged this year to have some very influential and experienced Gala chairs working hard to coordinate this event in ways that will maximize the overall financial benefit to Polaris and our children.

This year’s gala will have no auction component. It will be a fun, adult only gala event with a more upscale menu.

Thank you in advance for understanding this new concept to widen the support for Polaris Charter School, as we aim to fulfill the Polaris Educational Foundation mission for 2018.

The event will be held March 24, 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. Mark your calendars!

SPIRIT WEEK IS COMING !

 March 4-9!

FREE PIZZA FOR ALL 3/9

MORE FUN ACTIVITIES AND PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED…Lets brighten the gloomy weather with warm, school spirit

GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR NOW

School Spirit Wear is a great way to show your Polaris Pride. This year we have chosen a supplier that offers more colors, more logo options, more styles and more item including bags, hats, coats, pants and coffee mugs.

Spirit Wear can be ordered any time—there is no order deadline but it takes 2-3 weeks to arrive so ORDER NOW. A portion of your purchase will go to Polaris. There is no requirement to order Polaris Spirit Wear but it a fun way to show school pride and makes participating in school spirit days more fun. Choose a shirt, sweatshirt, hat or anything you can think of!

Ordering is simple:

Log on to: https://ssastores.com/polarischarterschool

You can order via smartphone or tablet but the app works best on a real computer.

Choose the item you want and then choose one of a dozen Polaris designs from the right. Please note that one Polaris Logo has a white background for darker colors. Choose the one that looks best on your preview screen. When you click on the design it will preview on your shirt. Choose the color and size you wish to order and quantity. Verify on the left that the preview item is what you want it to look like and then add it to your cart.

Custom Labels: To choose designs that can be unique to your family member or as a teacher gift choose the blue box above the designs that says Get More Designs. Choose the design that fits best such as Grandma, Pops, Aunt, Dad, Mom, Godmother, Sister, Brother (and many more). After you choose this title a series of design options will appear. Pick the design you like and it will be available to preview on your item to the left.

AWARD WINNING NORTH STAR DANCE

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: The dance will be held April 7, 2108 NOT April 8, 2018

The family dance event 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! The event will be April 7th.

We will be moving some of the fun items that were once part of the auction part of the gala to this event. If you have any items, gift baskets or can get gift certificates from your business we welcome your donations!

WE ARE IN NEED OF A FREE DJ-and we know there is a parent that volunteered but have not been able to find them, can you help?

We also need a strong committee to keep the best event all year going. Please e-mail pef@polarischarterschool.org to get started.

If you could run an event such as a robotics tournament, ninja challenge, hoops tournament or something that will be appealing to our non-dancers please let us know!

MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE PEF NEXT YEAR 

The overwhelming majority of those who run the PEF as board member will be completing their final year this year. This organization needs several new parents to step up and get ready to take on the challenges of next year and get some training on how things run before the current members leave their posts (and in many cases the school). Please take the time to consider how you can contribute.

In addition to current board positions, we recognize a chair to start a robotics program and take over Student Ambassadors.

MORE TO COME! 

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

Best Wishes, 

Jayme Putnam, Miles Martin

PEF Presidents

 

 

 

PCS News 02/16/2018

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Update from the Board of Trustees

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is scheduled for Monday, February 19th, at 6 pm in the basement office of Polaris Charter School.  As always, our meetings are open to the public and we welcome your suggestions and questions during the public comment section at the beginning of our meeting.
The agenda for this meeting will include our regular monthly reports on finances, the PEF activities, and an update from our Director, Jen Murdock-Smith.  In addition, we will have updates on the Gala being planned for March 24th at LaBelle Winery and on our 2018 Outreach goal to increase Board membership to nine representatives.  The final agenda will be posted at school a week prior to the meeting.

Spirit Week

We are very excited for Spirit Week here at Polaris!

Monday, March 5, 2018- Crazy Hair Day

Tuesday, March 6, 2018- Backwards/Mismatch Day

Wednesday, March 7, 2018-Pajama Day

Thursday, March 8, 2018- Career Day

Friday, March 9, 2018- School Color Day/School Gear Day and Free Pizza Day

School Gear can be purchased here: https://ssastores.com/polarischarterschool

Pegasus Class

Students from Ms. Gilbert’s class showed their love of Polaris by drawing pictures!

 

Core Value – Fairness

 

We read the book the “The Little Red Hen” by Paul Galdone.  The little red hen lived with at cat, dog and mouse in a cozy house.  While the hen did all of the house work, the rest napped all day. One day, the little red hen found some grains of wheat which she planted and tended to. When she asked for help, the cat, dog and mouse all replied “not I.” Eventually, the wheat was harvested and ground into flour which the hen used to make a delicious cake. As soon as the cat, dog and mouse smelled it baking, they woke from their naps expecting it to be shared with them. However, since the little red hen had done all of the work, she ate the cake all by herself.

We related to this to our work in the classroom on projects. It’s not fair if one person does most of the work while others sit back. It is important for everyone to share the responsibility and the rewards.

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized on February 12 were: Daisy, Lucas, Christian, Molly, Madelyn, Mason and Bella.

Congratulations!


Pegasus Class Share

The Pegasus classroom celebrated Valentine’s Day this week by writing compliments for each other with an activity called “I give a rose”. We talked about recognizing the good in people, even if that person isn’t our best friend. We tied this activity in with our core value of fairness by assigning each student a different classmate to write a compliment for. Some students stepped up and made a second compliment for those who were absent the day of our activity to ensure that no one felt left out! 

Upcoming Events

Feb 26-March 2  No School, February Vacation 

March 5-9  Spirit Week

March 9  Free Pizza Day

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 16  No School, Teacher Workshop

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School, Conferences

April 23-April 27  April Vacation

PEF News

ANNUAL GALA UPDATE 

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.

This year the fundraising event will evolve yet again. In lieu of the auction fundraiser, we will be hosting a Gala to raise additional monies for Polaris. We expect the 2018 Gala will attract local businesses and philanthropists leading to a wider net of donors.

We are privileged this year to have some very influential and experienced Gala chairs working hard to coordinate this event in ways that will maximize the overall financial benefit to Polaris and our children.

This year’s gala will have no auction component. It will be a fun, adult only gala event with a more upscale menu.

Thank you in advance for understanding this new concept to widen the support for Polaris Charter School, as we aim to fulfill the Polaris Educational Foundation mission for 2018.

The event will be held March 24, 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. Mark your calendars!

SPIRIT WEEK IS COMING !

 March 4-9!

FREE PIZZA FOR ALL 3/9

MORE FUN ACTIVITIES AND PRIZES TO BE ANNOUNCED…Lets brighten the gloomy weather with warm, school spirit

GET YOUR SPIRIT WEAR NOW

School Spirit Wear is a great way to show your Polaris Pride. This year we have chosen a supplier that offers more colors, more logo options, more styles and more item including bags, hats, coats, pants and coffee mugs.

Spirit Wear can be ordered any time—there is no order deadline but it takes 2-3 weeks to arrive so ORDER NOW. A portion of your purchase will go to Polaris. There is no requirement to order Polaris Spirit Wear but it a fun way to show school pride and makes participating in school spirit days more fun. Choose a shirt, sweatshirt, hat or anything you can think of!

Ordering is simple:

Log on to: https://ssastores.com/polarischarterschool

You can order via smartphone or tablet but the app works best on a real computer.

Choose the item you want and then choose one of a dozen Polaris designs from the right. Please note that one Polaris Logo has a white background for darker colors. Choose the one that looks best on your preview screen. When you click on the design it will preview on your shirt. Choose the color and size you wish to order and quantity. Verify on the left that the preview item is what you want it to look like and then add it to your cart.

Custom Labels: To choose designs that can be unique to your family member or as a teacher gift choose the blue box above the designs that says Get More Designs. Choose the design that fits best such as Grandma, Pops, Aunt, Dad, Mom, Godmother, Sister, Brother (and many more). After you choose this title a series of design options will appear. Pick the design you like and it will be available to preview on your item to the left.

AWARD WINNING NORTH STAR DANCE

PLEASE NOTE THE DATE CHANGE: The dance will be held April 7, 2108 NOT April 8, 2018

The family dance event 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! The event will be April 7th.

We will be moving some of the fun items that were once part of the auction part of the gala to this event. If you have any items, gift baskets or can get gift certificates from your business we welcome your donations!

WE ARE IN NEED OF A FREE DJ-and we know there is a parent that volunteered but have not been able to find them, can you help?

We also need a strong committee to keep the best event all year going. Please e-mail pef@polarischarterschool.org to get started.

If you could run an event such as a robotics tournament, ninja challenge, hoops tournament or something that will be appealing to our non-dancers please let us know!

MAJOR CHANGES FOR THE PEF NEXT YEAR 

The overwhelming majority of those who run the PEF as board member will be completing their final year this year. This organization needs several new parents to step up and get ready to take on the challenges of next year and get some training on how things run before the current members leave their posts (and in many cases the school). Please take the time to consider how you can contribute.

In addition to current board positions, we recognize a chair to start a robotics program and take over Student Ambassadors.

MORE TO COME! 

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

Best Wishes, 

Jayme Putnam, Miles Martin

PEF Presidents

 

 

 

Giving Tuesday