We are excited to welcome the Grammy Award Winning Alphabet Rockers to Polaris on Friday, March 9. They will be helping our kids realize that they have the power to make others feel welcome and accepted and to encourage them to speak out and stand up for justice, creating a world where we all feel free to be our true selves! Thank you, PTO for your generous donations to the school that make assemblies like this possible, and thanks to Allison Pettersson (parent of Niklas and Jessie) for suggesting this assembly! Parents, if you have ideas and suggestions for ways to help us ensure that Polaris is a supportive, and nurturing environment for all kids, please reach out and let me know!
Parking has improved in our hug and drop zone! Thank you for not only adhering to the rules, but also for contacting Denver Parking officials to help support the loading zone. I’ve been working with the companies responsible for the two projects all year, and they continue to make new trades people aware of the parking rules. Its an on-going effort and I appreciate your patience and support.
Listen well, dress up and smile! On March 13 we have vision and hearing screening for all grades except fourth and on March 14 we have class picture day!
Last year our parent surveys showed that we could do a better job with communication. This year, we have a new website. On the website you will find our communication plan. I hope this helps you have the information you need to fully participate in all Polaris has to offer, including talking with your child about school and calling or coming to the school to ask questions or offer suggestions. We have a terrific school and that’s due to a long tradition of full partnership between families and the school. We also brought in Kate Bachtel for a parent workshop regarding supporting the social emotional needs of gifted learners as a result of your feedback and I am planning another parent workshop this spring. Your feedback matters! Soon you will receive another Parent Satisfaction Survey from Denver Public Schools. The staff and I would really appreciate it if you could take the time to provide us with your thoughts about our school!
The Auction is coming up! Lyllis Emerson and Cedra Goldman shared the plans at PTO this week, and I’m so excited. It’s going to be lots of fun! You can go here to purchase your tickets: http://polaris.dpsk12.org/archives/16825
We miss fifth graders this week while they are off at Balarat, but I know they are having a wonderful time learning about our beautiful Colorado mountains. It’s a big undertaking and I’d like to that all of you and the fifth grade teachers for making this opportunity for our students!
We have conducted tours for over two hundred individuals interested in sending their children to Polaris. Thanks to all who have recommended us to friends and family. We are now excitedly awaiting our list from the choice department so that we can begin to welcome new families. If you have thoughts about what would have made you feel more comfortable as a new parent to Polaris, I’d love to hear about them so that we can make everyone feel like part of the Polaris family as quickly as possible.
Mr. Mey and Mrs. Richards are retiring after this year. I’m sad to see them go as they have been amazing teachers for hundreds of students over the years. We will keep you updated about the retirement celebration!
Our Personnel Committee has been hard at work! Thank you to Marissa Hudson-Arney (Willian Arney’s mom), Anne Witwer, Ellen Malan, and Angela Dire. Alysha Policicchio, who was filling in for Karen Wagner’s maternity leave will continue in third grade in Mrs. Richards’ position. Jessica Rogers, current second grade teacher, will be sharing her talent with the entire school as our new visual arts teacher. We will begin interviewing for the second grade position next week.
Just a reminder about our CMAS testing schedule:
5th Math: March 20, 21, 22 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
3rd, 4th and 5th Literacy: April 10, 11, 12 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
3rd and 4th Math: April 17, 18, 19 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
5th Science: April 17, 18, 19 (Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)
Makeups: As needed throughout testing days and April 20-27
All testing will be in the morning. Fifth graders will have specials first, but other grades wil begin testing quickly after attendance while the students are fresh. Please be on time as students who are late may have to make the test up. We cannot admit students to the testing room once it’s started. Literacy tests are 90 minutes and Math are 65, but by the time we read directions, use the restroom, get water and get out the computers, it pretty much takes up the morning. Thanks for helping your children get a good night’s sleep and ensuring they eat a healthy, protein filled breakfast.
Thanks again for your partnership!