Happy Fall! This season always makes me think about cycles in life… Like our lives, schools have cycles too. In August and September, we are getting to know our students and their families, and by the end of September, we begin planning based on that knowledge. This is the time when our teachers are involved in writing Advanced Learning Plans (a state requirement for all identified gifted children), and planning for conferences. In addition, our teachers are thinking about what they have learned about their students and how they can maximize strengths and build up areas of challenge for their charges.
It’s a busy time, and that’s one of the reasons we are deeply appreciative of the beautiful lunches our parents provided in September and October. When we felt your support and care through nourishing (and fancy) meals, all our spirits were lifted. Thanks to all who organized and all who provided food. It means more to our staff than you could ever know!
Speaking of nice times, the Annual Fund Grade Level Socials were fabulous! I loved getting the opportunity to chat with so many parents! Your support at the party was appreciated! Thanks also to Nicole Getzleman and her hardworking crew for providing a great fundraiser and a nice evening of fellowship for parents. Thanks also to our hosts Eric Rasmussen and Sara Baack, Meg and Jeb Freedman, Don and Sarah Sawyer, Lori and Tim Kirkland, Christine and John Worrell and Christina and James Verretta. Thanks to all who attended and to those who have made their pledges to the annual fund. You are appreciated!
Another shout out has to go to Carrie Lamb and her helpers for a very successful Jogathon. The students had a blast. Dressing in tie-dyed garb and being outside cheering our precious students on a beautiful fall day was wonderful for staff and parents, too! In addition, it was a very successful fundraiser! Thanks to all who supported this effort!
It is with great pleasure that I am able to announce that Ana Orozco has accepted a position as our new school secretary. Ana is coming to us from North High School where she is the lead secretary. She is a great fit for our school and we are thrilled that she will be starting on October 13. Many, many thanks go to Pamela and Christina for the way that they have cheerfully and skillfully done the work of three people!
We are now entering conference season. Conferences are being held throughout the remainder of the month for all students. November 3nd is a day off from school to compensate teachers for outside of the school day conferences. By now you should have received information from your classroom teacher about sign ups. If you are interested in having a conference with a specials teacher, please contact him or her directly to set up your conference.
On October 17, from 3:00-9:00 p.m. Mici Handcrafted Italian Restaurant will donate 20% of purchases when Polaris is mentioned.
We hope to see many of you Tuesday October 311h at 2:15 (or earlier if you’re helping little ones into costumes) for our Halloween festivities.
- All costumes should be “G-Rated”.
- Please apply fake blood to costumes ahead of time and ensure that it does not drip.
- Absolutely no weapons (real or fake)!
- We welcome costumed parents and family, but please no adult masks.
- Please remember we have little ones, so nothing too scary!
I’m pleased to announce an exciting and informative parent event! Plan to join other GT parents at Polaris on November 14 for Dr. Kate Bachtel’s presentation:
The Heart of EQ: Gifted Student Emotional Development
Emotional intelligence is inextricably tied to cognition, achievement and well-being. This presentation will provide educators and parents with a variety of evidence-based strategies and tools to cultivate the development of discrete social and emotional skills in gifted learners.
Learn ways to avoid the pitfalls of perfectionism, develop optimism, engage intrinsic motivation and enhance emotional literacy while growing healthy relationships. All will leave empowered with practices to support student social and emotional development in school and at home.
Fall is my favorite time of year and this one might be my happiest. Our Polaris students and staff are so special; each day with them is a blessing. I am also enjoying partnering with you, our terrific parent community. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need something. If I can’t help, I’ll do my best to find out who can!
Anne Sterrett, Principal