My heart is full of love for our community and gratitude to you! This year was fantastic, and I can’t believe it’s over!
What a wonderful place Polaris is! Through the lessons and experiences our teachers so carefully plan, our students are able to learn at high levels while still immersing themselves in creativity! The band and choir have outdone themselves this year. The electives our students participated in allowed them to pursue individual interests. Thank you, Mrs. Aruca and all parents who helped!
As I look back on the year, I’m incredibly proud that our students were able to partake in such exciting and engaging learning experiences. For instance, yesterday I witnessed second graders making gum surrounded by the tree houses they built with their visiting architects and their South American rain-forest QR Code reports. Earlier, third graders ate their fill at the Asian feast surrounded by the beautiful Asian lettering they created. They also wrote insect poetry illustrated with the most beautiful drawings. Fourth graders have shown their multiple talents in poetry writing and creation of video games for Colorado learning. Fifth graders have had a busy year with exciting learning experiences, including a field trip to the National Renewable Energy Lab. A week ago, I enjoyed seeing them show their knowledge of economics at Young Ameritowne. Their Shakespeare plays were amazing! First graders were busy today with their Polynesian Day. They were sweet enough to bring me back a beautiful lei. It’s been a great year!
Field Day was fantastic! Thank you, Coach Brown and volunteers for a terrific day! The students all had a great time engaging in friendly competition. Getting to celebrate the teaching careers of Coach D and Mrs. Richards was an added bonus. I know they enjoyed the opportunity to reminisce with parents, teachers and, most importantly, students. Both have given so much to so many students! Thank you each for your service to kids and to education! You will be missed!
The spring showcase was amazing. Thanks, to Collin Lamb and your crew of volunteers, to Corrilee Kielmeyer for her organization and the outstanding performances, and to the teachers for all the work they put into the event. Thanks especially go to our wonderful students. It was such fun watching them and seeing the pride in their work. Gail Axt and her volunteers did a great job putting on a marvelous book fair. Several students were so excited that they made a special effort to show me what they would be reading over the summer! And last, but not least, Eddie Abeyta and DeAngelo Meehan did a wonderful job getting the school back in shape for learning. The event also showcased the warm community we’ve developed. It was a perfect evening. It was a beautiful night and our “stars” shined bright!
I’m excited to bring another excellent teacher into our community next year. You may have heard that our beloved Mrs. Wagner moved to Arvada and is also moving into school leadership as a Dean at a Jeffco school next year. While we are sad to see her go, all of us here at school are excited for her and for the fortunate teachers who will benefit from her talents.
I am pleased to introduce Talia Cheron as our new third grade teacher. She was the unanimous number one choice of the personnel committee, and she beat out a number other highly qualified candidates. I met Ms. Cheron in December because she researched our school and contacted me to visit in order to introduce herself and to tour the school. She found us on the internet and thought Polaris sounded like a great fit for her. When we interviewed her, we agreed that she would make a great addition to our team. She will be moving here from Florida, and I know I can count on you to welcome her with open arms.
Please mark your calendars for our Back to School Meet and Greet on Friday, August 17 from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Students can stop by school to visit classrooms, meet their teachers, and enjoy a treat on the playground. Homeroom teacher assignments will be available at noon on August 17 on Infinite Campus. Curriculum Night will be Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 p.m. I will provide more details in August.
And now here we are on the final day. I’m sad it’s over, excited about next year, and grateful for our wonderful community. Have a safe and relaxing summer!