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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

 

 

 

PCS News 02/09/2018

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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.

Late Arrival Policy

We provide a full twenty minute arrival period to allow for unpredictable traffic conditions and to
ensure that your child is able to settle before Morning Gathering starts.
Because of the importance of this Gathering time, we ask that parents attempt to limit late arrivals to
unavoidable circumstances. If you cannot avoid a late arrival, please contact the school office before
8:20 a.m. to notify us that your child will be late.
EITHER:
Email attendance@polarischarterschool.org. Messages should include the student’s name,
parent’s name, and the reason for the absence.
OR:
Call the attendance line (634-0034) AND submit a written verification of the reason for the
tardiness to the school office upon the student’s arrival.
If you arrive after 8:20, please accompany your child into the school building and sign them in on the
Student Attendance Log on the main floor. They will be marked tardy. The tardiness will be
considered unexcused unless one of the designated exceptions applies or there was an unavoidable
travel delay

Core Value – Fairness

February is Fairness month! We first talked about what it means. To help illustrate this, we viewed the following cartoon:

Students were able to really grasp that everyone getting the same thing is not necessarily fair.

Star Student

Our Star Students recognized on February 5 were: Matthew, Kamden, Mikail, Tricia, Jolie, Nicholas and Kaelan

Congratulations!

 

Vela Class Share

The Vela Class shared recent projects they have been working on.  Students have been learning about Simple Machines and made marble ramps on the walls to control which direction their marbles traveled.  They also recently did a writing/art project based on the book Chicka Chicka Boom Boom and wrote snowmen poems.

Primary Class Visit

Primary had ANOTHER parent visit this week!!  Mr. Whitney came in on Friday, and taught us all about Polarized Light!!  He first taught us about what an engineer is and what they do.  Then he told us all about Polarized Light and what that is!  Mr. Whitney explained what a polarizer is, and had enough for each student to try using two polarizers to look at the light!  We learned that when you have one polarizer, the light still comes through, but when you add a second one and turn it, the light is blocked.  We also learned that if you add a third polarizer to the MIDDLE, diagonally, the light was no longer blocked!  We then got to create Polarized Light Art!  Thank you for the AMAZING visit Mr. Whitney!  I know the kids won’t soon forget this visit!!

Upcoming Events

Feb 26-March 2  February VacationMarch 14  

March 5-9 Spirit Week!

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 16 No School Teacher Workshop

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School due to 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

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 8th.

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 02/02/2018

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Scholastic Book Fair

February 5-9, Polaris will have our first Scholastic Book Fair! This book fair will help us earn free books for our library! The book fair will be held at school as well as online. Students will visit the book fair with their classes for a preview of what is available. They will be able to complete a wish list which parents can then choose to buy books from, or add them to the class wishlist. Each class will have a wishlist for community members and parents who wish to donate a book to their child’s classroom. Donated books will be adorned with a special bookplate acknowledging the donor. If you are interested in donating but cannot attend, please email Mrs. Apac at b.apac@polarischarterschool.org

We will also host a family night so families can shop with their children.  You can also watch a parent video about the book fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parentvideo

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on January 29 were: Khoi, Lilly, Maya, Colton, Jace, Tricia and Ahmed

Congratulations!

 

Sculptor Class Share

Last week the Sculptor class shared their planet projects, which includes creating a government system, educational system and inventions for their planet.

Hydra Class Share

Miss Haynes’ class has been learning about poetry, and they read poems from the book Clay Feet. In this book, the illustrator drew pictures and then the poet wrote poems based on the illustrations instead of the other way around. Miss Haynes’ class did the same thing. Each student drew a picture of anything they wanted, and then the pictures were randomly handed out to the class. They then had to write a poem based on the picture they received. Students studied different types of poems and got to choose which kind they wanted to write. They came up  some very descriptive poetry!

Primary Class Visit

Mr.Velez came to visit the Primary Classrooms this week.  During his visit, he led the three Primary classes in an exciting and engaging conversation about the 6 simple machines they have been learning about.  He asked the students questions that tested their knowledge of simple machines!  He ended his visit by challenging the students to engineer a solution to an everyday problem!  The students had to work in groups to figure out how they would get a piano from the Gathering Room to a moving truck in the parking lot!  Students needed to collaborate and decide what they would need, how they would use it, and act out what they would do!  It was a great visit that the students couldn’t stop talking about!!


 

Intermediate Class Field Trip

Mr. Bailey’s and Mrs. Apac’s class went on a field trip to Saint Paul’s School. High school students created presentations about thermodynamics and temperature for Polaris students. The presentations included aerodynamics of aircraft’s, expanding and condensing molecules, temperature in space and much more. After these experiments, we learned a little bit about space and went on a tour of the school. During the tour, we saw Saint Paul’s robotics and engineering lab; where students were working on an autonomous go cart. On the tour we also explored the green house, solar telescoped observatory and other labs.





Perseus Class Project

The Perseus class completed their buoyancy experiments this week by building tin foil boats. Every team conceptualized and constructed a boat and made a prediction of how many marbles it would hold. Several teams beat their prediction several times over! After the first trials, teams revised their design and tested again. The students really enjoyed this project and are looking forward to their next exploration.

Upcoming Events

Feb 5-9  Scholastic Book Fair

Feb 26-March 2  February Vacation

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School due to conferences​

PEF News

The PEF is looking for a volunteer to re-decorate three bulletin boards. If you are able to help out, please email us at PEF@polarischarterschool.org.

Save the date: March 24, 2018 is the Annual Gala at LaBelle Winery. Stay tuned for more information.

Please join us at the next PEF Meeting: February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held at Polaris.

We will be looking for several new PEF board members for the next school year. We anticipate half of the PEF board will need to be replaced. Now is the time to jump in and get involved!

 

 

 

PCS News 01/19/2018-1/26/2018

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Information Session

Our last scheduled Information Session is Saturday, February 3, 2018 at 2:00 pm.  If your student is interested in being a tour guide please contact Nancy.

Core Value – Acceptance

Week before last, we watched the first five minutes of Martin Luther King, J.’s  speech: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=smEqnnklfYs and then we watched our favorite “president” (Kids President) speak about the importance of Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x69xdlzczSs.

Last week, we read the book “Strictly No Elephants” by Lisa Mantchev. It was a story about respecting differences and including others. We also listened to two songs by Peter, Paul and Mary. The first was “Right Field” and you can listen to it here.  The second was called “Don’t Laugh at Me.” Students reflected on the lyrics message as well as the feelings that they illustrated.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on January 16 were: Ella, Kayella, Lamija, River, Serena, Sophia, Gwenan and Molly.

Congratulations!

 

Pavo Class Share

The Pavo Class presented their week’s share on Martin Luther King Jr. After listening to class readings and participating in class discussions each student chose a word to describe Martin Luther King Jr. Some of the words they used were unique, kind, observant, passionate and inspiring. Then they wrote what their personal dream or dream for the world is and made an illustration to go with it.

“I have a dream where I’m a professional Boxer, part-time Engineer, and a good cook.”
“I have a dream to go to MIT for college.”
“I have a dream that everyone will be treated fairly, no matter their size, or looks.”
“I have a dream that there will be more acceptance than not, and that there will be World Peace.”

Perseus Class Share

The Perseus Class shared about the upcoming book fair. The students watched a short video with authors talking about their books and the writing process.

 

Upcoming Events

Feb 5-9  Scholastic Book Fair

Feb 26-March 2  February Vacation

March 14  Primary Learning Celebration

March 21  Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23  No School due to conferences​

Scholastic Book Fair

February 5-9, Polaris will have our first Scholastic Book Fair! The book fair will be held at school as well as online. We will also host a family night so families can shop with their children. This book fair will help us earn free books for our library! If you have any questions, please email Mrs. Apac at b.apac@polarischarterschool.org”  You can also watch a parent video about the book fair at http://www.scholastic.com/bookfairs/parentvideo

PEF News

The PEF is looking for a volunteer to re-decorate three bulletin boards. If you are able to help out, please email us at PEF@polarischarterschool.org.

Save the date: March 24, 2018 is the Annual Gala at LaBelle Winery. Stay tuned for more information.

Please join us at the next PEF Meeting: February 8, 2018 at 7:00 PM. This meeting will be held at Polaris.

We will be looking for several new PEF board members for the next school year. We anticipate half of the PEF board will need to be replaced. Now is the time to jump in and get involved!

 

 

 

PCS News 01/12/2018

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Update From the Board

Best wishes to all for a healthy, peaceful, and joyful 2018!
 
The Board of Trustees is continuing to pursue the 2017-2018 goals we set for ourselves. One of these goals is to increase membership on the Board of Trustees to a total of nine members. We are currently searching for one or two new parent representatives and two additional community representatives. Attached is a copy of the Trustee job description. If you know of someone who might be interested in becoming a Trustee for Polaris Charter School, please share the job description and encourage the individual to contact our Director, Jen Murdock-Smith at j.murdocksmith@polarischarterschool.org or the Board of Trustees Chair, Jill Cane, j.cane@polarischarterschool.org for more information.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees is on Monday, January 15th, starting at 6:00 PM.  (Although there is no school that day, the Board is still meeting.) The agenda includes the monthly report on the financials for Polaris and the monthly report from our Director.  We will also have updates on our current projects, including our governance, outreach, and fundraising goals for the current school year.  Visitors are always welcome and a time for public comment is reserved at the start of every Board of Trustee meeting.
 

Re-Enrollment for the 2018-2019 is Open!

You should have received an email with your login/password for Sycamore Education this evening and another one with instructions. If you did not, you should contact Jen.

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.

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)                          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 snow pants and boots.

Cold and Flu Season

Since the leading cause of student and employee absence each year is illness, we ask parents to use discretion when deciding whether to keep their child home from school. Unnecessary absences should be avoided, however, we ask that you keep your child home until they have been
free of ALL of the following symptoms for AT LEAST twenty-four hours WITHOUT assistance of medication.

○ Vomiting
○ Diarrhea
○ Temperature above 100 degrees  F
○ Undiagnosed rash

 

Donation Request

We are looking for donations of tissues, disinfecting wipes, Lysol, hand sanitizer and three new 13 gallon garbage cans with covers. Please drop them off in the front office.

 

Toy Policy

We have seen an increase in the quantity, and size of toys coming to school from home, which have been a source of distraction and conflicts. Please do not allow your children to bring toys to school. They can bring one stuffed animal but it should be no larger than the size of a lunch box.  We appreciate your help!

 

Core Value – Acceptance

Throughout January, we are going to be talking about acceptance.  We read “The Cow that Went Oink” by Bernard Most. One of it’s messages was the importance of helping others, even if they are different. We also watched this wonderful video that explains autism:

http://amazingthingshappen.tv/projects/amazing-things-happen/

It “aims to raise awareness among young non-autistic audiences, to stimulate understanding and acceptance in future generations.”

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on January 12 were: Sean, Harlee, Nicholas and Belle.

Congratulations!

 

Dorado Class Share

For the Dorado Class Share, we explored what Kindness looks like in our own lives.  We made Geometric stars, and connected all of the points through glitter.  We related this to how kindness can be spread like glitter from person to person.  We then wrote what Kindness looks like daily in our lives.


 

 

Upcoming Events

Jan 15– No School Holiday

Jan 20-10:30 AM Information Session

Feb 26-March 2 February Vacation

March 14 Primary Learning Celebration

March 21 Intermediate Learning Celebration

March 23 – No School due to conferences​

Holiday Donation Update

Thank you to those of you who donated to our Holiday Donation Drive. Our donation box was overflowing! We were able to give to many patients at Dartmouth Hitchcock, Lebanon.

 

PEF News

The Polaris Educational Foundation wants to wish you a very new year. It is never 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.

PCS News 12/22/2017

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Stay Safe and Warm!

 Re-Enrollment for the 2018-2019 is Open!

You should have received an email with your login/password for Sycamore Education this evening and another one from me with instructions. If you did not, you should contact Jen.  Happy New Year!

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.

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)                          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 snow pants and boots.

 

Cold and Flu Season

Since the leading cause of student and employee absence each year is illness, we ask parents to use discretion when deciding whether to keep their child home from school. Unnecessary absences should be avoided, however, we ask that you keep your child home until they have been
free of ALL of the following symptoms for AT LEAST twenty-four hours WITHOUT assistance of medication.

○ Vomiting
○ Diarrhea
○ Temperature above 100 degrees  F
○ Undiagnosed rash

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

Jan 15– No School Holiday

Jan 20-10:30 AM Information Session

Feb 26-March 2 February Vacation

PEF News

The Polaris Educational Foundation wants to wish you a very new year. It is never 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.

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.

PCS News 11/17/17

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Update From the Board

The next meeting of the Board of Trustees will be Monday, November 27th, starting at 6 PM.  One of the most important items on our agenda will be a second reading and discussion of our Bullying Policy.  The Board still has much work to do before this policy will be ready for approval, but members of the public may find the discussion very interesting.  The policy, which is required by NH State Law,  details how bullying incidents should be defined and resolved at Polaris Charter School.  A time for comments from the public is reserved at the beginning of the meeting, but the entire meeting is open to the public.

Information Session

Our first Information Session was held Wednesday, November 15th. Thirteen families were in attendance. Our student tour guides did an amazing job talking about their experience at Polaris. Please help pass the word about our school! Our next Information Session is January 20th at 10:30 am.

Cinderella

The whole school traveled to The Founders Academy to watch their production of the musical “The Story of Cinderella” directed by Jane Cormier.  The cast and crew put on a fabulous performance and a couple of our students were even included to try on the glass slipper. Most importantly, Polaris students did an incredible job of being attentive and respectful listeners.




Core Value – Citizenship

During the month of November, we will be discussing our Core Value of Citizenship. We began with talking about Veteran’s Day and watching a short video. You can view it here.

We also talked about the Declaration of Independence and made our own Declaration of Good Citizenship.

Finally, we shared things we are grateful for. Many students said family, friends and teachers. Others were thinking about their upcoming meal. One student expressed that he was thankful for pain. When asked to explain further, his response was without it he would not appreciate joy.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on November 6th were:  Abdullah, Aiden, Avery, Jerzee, Katie, Sydney, Teagan W. and Wendy.

And Stars celebrated on the 20th were: Elias, Ella, Delaney, Julia, Maryam, Molly, and Ryan K.
Congratulations!

Perseus Class Share

Students in Mrs. Apac’s class learned about Native American culture during Social Studies work. Part of Native American culture is the belief in spirit animals. We studied spirit animals and took an online quiz so determine our own in correspondence with our Trimester theme of All About Me. Students then created the spirit animals that were shared using whatever medium they chose. These were later incorporated into their Totem Poles, another important part of Native culture.

 


 

Sculptor Class Share

Mr. Baily’s class has been writing short stories and they shared their summaries and book covers.


Upcoming Events

  • Nov 22-24 Thanksgiving Break No School
  • Nov 29 – Picture retakes
  • Dec 6 – 5:30- 6:30 Primary learning celebration
  • Dec 13 -5:30 Intermediate learning celebration

PEF News

A favorite tradition at Polaris continues! Game Day December 2nd at Polaris Charter School. Try dozens of of great games for kids of all ages free and enjoy light breakfast bites. No pressure at all to buy. However, there is no better way to choose games you love to bring home or order them for the holidays. Games sell at the same retail price as Amazon but 40 percent of the order price goes to the PEF. Credit cards accepted.

Polaris Educational Foundation is selling an awesome gift in time for the holidays – Chunkys gift cards! Tickets are good for any Chunkys location (Manchester, Nashua, Pelham & Haverhill) and are good for any movie*, anytime Monday-Thursday. Tickets have no “Black Out” dates. Tickets have a 1-year expiration date. Ticket Selling Price: $6.00 per ticket or $5.00 per ticket for 10 or more. Money must be collected and turned into the school before the tickets are ordered

*A $3.00 surcharge will be added at the ticket counter when pre-paid fundraising admission is redeemed for a 3D film.

E-mail Pef@polarischarterschool.org for order form if one did not come home with your child. Orders due 12/8

We need a really strong team to help with this year’s auction. Many things can be done at home. E-mail pef@polarischarterschool.org  If you do not have much time to help but have a few moments, could you please find the Polaris Auction page on Facebook and share?

Hold off buying gift cards just a little longer for the holidays! Our annual order to Scrip will allow you to buy them via the PEF at face value and up to 8 percent of the cost will go to fund our mission. Forms will be out soon!

Finally. we have reached our budget limits for scholarships funds for after school enrichment. This does not mean the PEF cannot help, It means though your name will remain anonymous, we need to vote on allocating more funds to the cause. Please do not sign your child up without payment and assume it will be taken care of. Scholarship requests should be directed to Sue Swanson, Treasurer only and not the school.

PCS News 10/16/17-10/27/17

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Update From the Board

At the October 16th Board of Trustees Meeting, Jen Murdock Smith reported the results from the 4th grade Science NECAP.  Polaris is required to administer this Science Test as a public school in the State of New Hampshire.  We were pleased to learn that last year’s fourth graders at Polaris did very well, out-performing the State average.  Congratulations to the students and their teachers for a job well done!
Since August, the Board of Trustees has welcomed two new members. One of these openings occurred after the resignation of Susan Hartford, who was nominated as Chair Emeritus of the Board for her long-term service and commitment to Polaris as a Board of Trustee member, Chair and most recent Secretary.  Susan is one of the Founders of Polaris and a strong advocate for gifted children.  While the Board will miss Susan’s quiet and thoughtful manner, we understand her desire to devote more time to her own family.
The Board is excited about our 2017-2018 goal to expand our membership to nine, which will eventually include four parents and five community representatives.  One of our new community members is Jeff Tatro, who is a Senior Vice President for Health Care and Not-for-Profits at Citizens’ Bank.  Our newest Board member is Don Winterton, who is a retired Director of National Field Sales for a pharmaceutical company, and a grandfather of a Polaris student. Please watch for their full bios to be included on our website. As the Board searches for additional members to strengthen our ties to the communities where Polaris students reside, we welcome your suggestions..  Please contact Jen Murdock-Smith if you know of someone with the skills, knowledge, and background to serve on our Board of Trustees.
The next meeting of the Board of Trustees has been moved to the fourth Monday of the month to avoid potential conflicts during Thanksgiving Week.  The November meeting will be held on Monday, November 27th at 6pm in the basement office.
In addition, the Polaris Charter School Board of Trustees fully supports the Annual Fund Drive, in which many parents and Board members are already involved.  If you have not yet made a pledge or a donation to Polaris this year, the Board strongly encourages you to give as much as you are able.  Our target is to raise $15,000 in 2017-2018 to help with increasing costs for instructional materials, as well as to assist with our rising costs for salaries, benefits, and lease agreement. Although Polaris is a NH public school, we do not receive any funds from local property taxes, nor can we charge tuition, as would a private school.  All public charter schools in NH must rely on state grants, (which amount to less than half of what your local public schools receive,) and the generosity of the parents, the Board of Trustees, and the local business community.  Our Annual Fund Drive depends most heavily on the parents with children enrolled at Polaris.
Because Polaris is asking so much of our small community, we are not formally participating in #Giving Tuesday this year. (#Giving Tuesday is an international social media fundraising campaign that follows Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, the broadly advertised sale days right after Thanksgiving.)  However, we are informally adopting the mantra of #Giving Tuesday, which is: Giving shows our thanks for what we have already received. The Polaris Board of Trustees and the Administration want to express our appreciation to all our teachers, staff, parents, and community members who have given so much of their time, skills, energy, and money to help Polaris be the successful charter school that we are today and, with your help,  will continue to be going forward.

Standardized Test Results

The results  of the Smarter Balanced and Science NECAP aggregate results have been released and we are excited to share the results!

Smarter Balanced Assessment

Percent of Students Scoring Proficient and Above

Polaris  ELA 2016-2017 State ELA   2016-2017 Polaris Math 2016-2017 State Math  2016-2017
Grade 3 SBAC 61% 54% 61% 55%
Grade 4 SBAC 75% 56% 65% 51%
Grade 5 SBAC 75% 61% 62% 45%
Grade 6 SBAC 80% 57% 80% 46%

Science NECAP For Grade 4

Percent of Students Scoring Proficient and Above

Polaris 2017 State 2017
82 49


Low Income Eligibility Forms

If you have not already done so, please complete turn in your forms!!

Core Value – Respect

Listen here to what Kid President has to say about Respect  https://ed.ted.com/on/gGcZ8ATe

Following this, we spent mornings answering the following Discussion Questions:

Kid President says “Before you say something about the barbecue sauce on somebody else’s shirt, take a look at the barbecue sauce on your own shirt.” What does he mean by this? (Hint: It has NOTHING to do with barbecue sauce!)
 Describe 2 situations where saying “nothing” is better than saying anything else.
At the end of the video, Kid President asks what you think needs to be said more often. What should be added to the list.

Star Students

Our Star Students recognized on October 16th were: Andrew, David, Drew, Eva, Maddie L., Tricia and Yousif.

And Stars celebrated on the 23rd were: Amara, Andrew, Bria, Gavin, Julian, Mark and Maru.

Congratulations!

Staffing Announcement

We are grateful for Sarah Ginley for her time as our Administrative Assistant. Unfortunately, personal reasons precluded her for continuing with us. We are pleased to announce that Stacey Lunderville will now be fulfilling this role. Stacey has been a Primary Education Assistant and has also provided coverage in the front office so she is very familiar with our school.
Stacey graduated from Southern New Hampshire University with a Degree in Applied Science. She has also been a home caregiver for the past eleven years and finds helping others rewarding and her compassion has transitioned nicely into the classroom. When Stacey is not working she enjoys spending time with her family.

Hydra Class Share

Miss Haynes’s class learned about the different geological eras. They each chose a creative way to help people remember what the different eras were and what happened in them. Some of them made books, some created skits, and one group even made a rap! Also, as a school we have been talking about bullying and even saw a presentation a few weeks ago. Miss Haynes’ class also read the book Confessions of a Former Bully, and learned about different tools we can use to combat bullying. Students then created comic strips portraying a situation in which a bullying tool could be used.

 

Dorado Class Share

In the Dorado class we have been working on All About Me books and Posters!  We have spent countless hours scouring magazines for the perfect pictures to represent our Hobbies, Families, Favorites, School, and Friends.  We also brought in some pictures from home to add to our posters and books.  We shared a small piece of our posters during Morning Gathering.

Upcoming Events

  • Nov 5th – Day light savings time ends
  •  Nov 7th – No School Teacher Workshop
  •  Nov 10th – No School Veteran’s day
  •  Nov 15th – Information Session for Polaris Admissions
  •  Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th- Thanksgiving Weekend No School

PCS News 10/13/17

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Update From the Board

The Board of Trustees will be meeting this coming Monday evening, October 16, 2017, at 6 PM.  Included on the agenda will be updates on the Board and Administration’s Goals for 2017-2018, a report from our Director on the school’s most recent test results, a discussion of hosting another “Open Forum” for parents and others on a topic to be determined, and the first reading of the Board’s Bullying Policy.  A minimum of two public readings of new policies are required before they are approved. Members of the public are always welcome to attend the Board’s regular monthly meetings, which are held on the third Monday at 6 PM in the Basement Office.  Opportunity for public comment is reserved at the beginning of each meeting.

Governor and Council Meeting

While Governor Sununu and the Executive Council typically holds their meetings at the State House, their October 11th  meeting was held at The Founders Academy Charter School. Dean Mooney invited other NH charter schools to attend and I, as well as other charter school leaders had the opportunity to speak about our school and mission.

TIGER

We had an amazing performance by TIGER from Plymouth State University in Plymouth, NH. TIGER stands for “Theatre Integrating Guidance, Education and Responsibility” and is a professional educational theatre company that tours throughout New England with performances based on the writing of children about difficult social issues due to bullying behavior.   The kids all seamed to love the presentation and were really responsive to interacting and even helping the actors.   The event was great and made us all aware on how to be more like a “TIGER”!  Thank you Polaris Educational Foundation for organizing and sponsoring this.






Core Value – Respect

During the month of October, we will be talking about the Core Value of Respect.

Star Students

Camilla, Ella S., Dylan, Johnny, Maddie W, Nadia and Nadia were our Star Student honored the first week of October.

 
Our Star Student recognized for their Respectfulness last week were: Casey, Ella M., Ellie, Harlee, Jolie, Keegan and Molly.
  Great Job Stars!

Box Tops

Please remember to cut and save these! This is a really easy way to raise money for the school on items that you purchase anyway. If anyone is interested in helping us gather and submit them, please let me know.

Vela Class Share

Mrs. Fesh’s class shared 3 things from the “favorites” section of our All About Me posters.


Pegasus Class Share

Our class created beetle glyphs to convey important information about ourselves. Students had to follow a legend to carefully assemble and decorate their beetle using the criteria specified by the legend. We then organized the beetles by different criteria (ex: our favorite seasons) and made graphs together on the computer to display our class data. Visit https://nces.ed.gov/nceskids/graphing/classic/bar.asp to have your child create a bar graph of their own!


Upcoming Events

  • Oct 25th – Book Character Dress up day
  • Nov 5th – Day light savings time ends
  •  Nov 7th – No School Teacher Workshop
  •  Nov 10th – No School Veteran’s day
  •  Nov 15th – Information Session for Polaris Admission
  •  Nov 22nd, 23rd, 24th- Thanksgiving Weekend No School

Middle School Options

Is your student going on to middle school next year? If so, here are some options as well dates for their information session where you can learn more:

Academy for Science and Design:
Oct 21st
                http://asdnh.org/admissions/information_session_reservation

The Derryfield School:

November 12, 2017 from 1-3
               December 12, 2017
The Founders Academy: October 19, 2017 6-7
​                     November 6, 2017

PEF News

Join us for Polaris Paint Night 🎨 Enjoy an adult night of painting $40 per person, beer and wine to purchase to benefit Polaris Charter School at Chez Vachon 6:00 PM. October 19th. Reservations required. Invite a friend or three! Register at: https://www.paypal.me/mywildflowerstudio/40

Fantasy Potuck October 21 3 pm at Polaris. Costumes and Fantasy Finger Foods