I hope you had a relaxing Thanksgiving Break. I thought of you and our students many, many times over the holiday, and each time I reflected on how thankful I am to be working with you, our students, and Polaris staff. Our work at school is complex and challenging, yet it is always a joy to be able to help and teach others, especially our students. Thank you for trusting your children to us! We have lots of fun community events planned this month that showcase our students, and I look forward to seeing you often!
First trimester report cards went out yesterday. The Standards Based Progress Report is ultimately a communication tool between teachers and families to support student achievement. Each trimester a student’s progress toward mastery of the grade-level standards is reported. This could be thought of as a prediction of the end of year level. Additionally, academic content is reported to indicate whether the student is working on grade level content standards (GL), on grade level standards with an individualized education plan (IEP), or working on above grade level standards with an advanced learning plan (ALP). For questions about report cards and report card interpretation, please contact your child’s teacher.
I’ve had a great time working with Jason Prussman and Stacie Colling for Mock Trial Elective. The students are awesome! Please consider teaching an elective next quarter. If you’d like to help but don’t know what to teach, we can help! We’ve developed some “classes in a box”! Please be on the lookout for requests from our Awesome coordinator, Deb Aruca.
Speaking of being on the lookout, have you checked out our new Facebook page? Just search “Polaris Elementary”. It’s a great way to see events and to get more information about gifted kids.
Please join me and the Polaris staff on Wednesday, December 6th from 4:00-7:00 pm for our annual Open House Night at The Bookies Book Store (4315 East Mississippi Ave) featuring refreshments and holiday cheer in addition to books galore and free gift wrap! Polaris teachers will have their own classroom wish lists available if you’d like to contribute to classroom libraries. If you cannot join us on December 6th, you can shop anytime during the following week and let The Bookies staff know you are part of the Polaris community allowing our school to receive credit for your purchases. The Polaris library receives 20% of cash or check sales and 15% of credit card purchases.
Our students have learned lots about scientific method including reasonable questions, fair tests and independent and dependent variables, and I can’t wait to see the application of this learning at Salute to Science night on December 7 from 6:00-7:30 pm.
Continuing in the spirit of the holidays, the following week on December 12 from 6:15-7:45 pm we will get to enjoy our outstanding band and choir in concert with a yummy cookie reception! Students have learned lots about music, and if their practice is any indication, you will be thrilled with the sweet sounds you hear!
For all you Facebookers out there, be sure to like our new FB page! You can search for it under “Polaris Elementary”. On it you will find articles related to education or gifted education and events.
Big Kudos to Heather Ottele for coordinating afterschool enrichments. Afterschool enrichments Jan 22- May 11. Registration opens Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Please don’t hesitate to contact me or another staff member if you have questions, concerns, or just want to talk about an idea.
Anne Sterrett, Principal