The Community Service Elective needs your canned foods! Please bring items to the library foyer. We cannot accept food that will spoil when they are not refrigerated. We will be accepting canned food through tomorrow, then we will deliver it to the Park Hill Food Bank. We are also collecting clothes for kids. Help our Park Hill Community!
Thanks to all the families who participated in the Original Works program this year. All items have been distributed. Polaris families ordered 390 art items and raised $1,330 for our wonderful full-time art program. Thank you all!
With the 3rd quarter of electives wrapping up tomorrow, I would like to thank all the wonderful volunteers who taught classes or helped. We can’t tell you how much we appreciate your contribution of time, effort, resources and passion. We ask parents to please encourage your children to give a word or note of thanks to their electives teachers tomorrow!
Additionally, we will have the Cheerleading & Poms Elective class performing tomorrow at 1:30 p.m. in the Auditorium. We hope to see you there!
We have some fun events coming up in the near future. The event coordinators and I truly appreciate you doing whatever you can to ensure that they are as successful as ever!
As always, thanks for doing what you can!
Volunteer Coordinator email@example.com 303-831-9518
Current Volunteer Needs:
Art/Science Wine Tasting: You probably thought the food for the wine tasting last year was provided by a caterer given the quality and beautiful presentation. Nope! It was all provided by Polaris parents and presented by parent volunteers. This year we have the addition of a sushi bar to be operated by Polaris parent Jane Hartgrove, but some food items and volunteer help will be needed for this event on March 3. Please see the Sly Reply below to supply a food item and/or volunteer at the event. http://www.slyreply.com/Event/EventDetails.aspx?eid=mAKIgaw1AMA%3d
Generator Needed: A generator is needed for the March 22 Love of the Arts event. Like last year, the event will feature a chili tasting, but unlike last year we hope to keep the chili hot and avoid blowing all the circuit breakers! If you can provide a generator for the evening, please contact Alicia Rigsby at firstname.lastname@example.org or Laine DiPasquantonio at email@example.com.
Book Fair Coordinator Needed: Gail Axt, our fabulous librarian, is looking for one or two folks to help her coordinate the Spring book fair this year (May 8-10). Duties will primarily involve recruiting and training the parent volunteers to staff the cash registers during the three-day event and during the Gala the evening of May 10. Basically, you will need to create and monitor a SLY REPLY for the staffing and contact the parent volunteers to fill them in on the process. Please contact me if you can assist Gail with this exciting event. (The kids LOVE the Book Fair!)
Coordinator(s) Needed for Gala: A coordinator or co-coordinators are needed to organize the annual Gala (Thursday, May 10). This school-wide community event held at the school is a wonderful showcase of so many of the children’s talents and is a fantastic way to celebrate and close out the school year. If you can step up to coordinate this event, please contact me and I will put you in touch with the person who coordinated the event last year.
Just a quick reminder that the 4th quarter elective deadline is approaching and we are still in need of classes. If you are interested in helping in any way (teaching, assisting, or possibly just being a sub) please let me know by Friday, Feb. 24.
4th quarter dates are as follows: March 9, March 16, April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27 (6 weeks).
The elective class times are as follows: first hour from 1:05-2:05 p.m.; second hour from 2:10-3:10 p.m.
Again, this quarter we are trying to simplify the process by asking teachers to fill in their class information online. If you are interested in teaching please click here to sign up your class information.
If you are unable to teach an entire quarter, another way to get involved is to be part of our new “Potpourri” class. This class utilizes guest teachers and each guest teaches one or two Fridays within the quarter. This class allows parents to pick any topic that they choose to share on their assigned Friday. This is a great way for parents/artists with limited time to be a part of the elective program. If you would be willing to teach in the potpourri, class please contact Stephanie Bakken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any problems signing up online, do not hesitate to email your class information to email@example.com.
Looking for a great night out that benefits our great art and science programs? Well, Polaris parents, SAVE THE DATE! On March 3, Romancing the Vine will take place at the William Havu Gallery at 1040 Cherokee Street. Tickets are $40 per person in advance, $45 per person at door. Tickets are on sale at the office and coming soon to PayPal! Don’t miss the fun and a chance to gather with Polaris parents for wine tasting and art viewing. Sushi will be served!
Buy Tickets Online Now!
Please also consider sponsoring a teacher to attend the wine tasting at no cost. Just a couple extra donations from each class will give the staff a night out for all their hard work!
The Polaris Canned Food Drive was a complete success! The school was able to collect almost 800 items for donation to The Gathering Place and the Denver Rescue Mission. A special thanks to Tonya Barber and Tammy Chamberlain for driving the items to the organizations. That was no small feat!
The student council will continue to support The Gathering Place in the coming months by collecting toiletries for the women and children who visit the shelter. If you would like to donate items, please send them to Mrs. Rigsby’s room. They are looking for shampoos, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant and so on. If you are going on vacation this spring break, hotel room toiletries are the perfect size for the women to use at The Gathering Place. Please contact Jen Rigsby at Jennifer_Rigsby@dpsk12.org if you have any questions.
Thanks again to the amazing Polaris community for making such a huge impact in the lives of those that are less fortunate!
The Polaris @ Ebert Yearbook Committee is busy compiling our 2011/2012 yearbook. This year’s color edition will cost $16 per copy.
We will also continue to set aside pages in the yearbook for parents to purchase messages/dedications to offer kids congratulations on a year well spent, or words of encouragement for their endeavors in the next grade. We use this as an opportunity to offset the cost of the yearbook and provide financial assistance to families in need. Dedication space will be offered on a “first come first serve” basis. Pricing for the dedications is:
- $5 for a single line dedication (text only, limit 120 characters)
- $25 for a 2″ x 3″ dedication (text and artwork/photo)
- $40 for a 4″ x 3″ dedication (text with artwork/photo).
Yearbook and dedication orders will be due in early March. Questions? Contact Elisabeth Lawrence at 303-270-0151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Join us for Girls on the Run! Mondays and Thursdays from 3:30-5 p.m.
The Girls on the Run Spring Program starts the week of March 5 and ends May 14. The Girls on the Run 5K is on Saturday, May 12 at City Park in Denver.
Online registration now available:
- Go to www.girlsontherunrockies.org. Click Register & Locations on the left side and select Register.
- Find and select your specific school in the drop down box.
- This will lead you through registration and you will receive a confirmation email from both Girls on the Run and PayPal.
Contact Christy Jones if you have any questions: email@example.com or 303-809-6993.
Thanks to everyone who donated to our textile recycling drive. We collected 1,150 pounds of clothing, shoes, and other textiles. The proceeds will be used to buy silverware for the cafeteria, further reducing our school’s non-recyclable footprint.
The Little Red Schoolhouse will remain in the staff parking lot. Please continue to recycle there and tell your friends about it. Clean items in any condition (including stained and torn) are accepted. Click here for a complete list of acceptable items. Proceeds from the donations will help fund future Polaris sustainability projects through grants funded by Red Apple Recycling.
The 4th grade has produced some amazing animation videos that can be found on Cathy Forington’s class page.
Our volunteer needs are minimal again this week thanks to all the folks who are stepping up to coordinate the last major events of the year. Thank you to Alicia Rigsby and Laine DiPasquantonio for agreeing to coordinate “For the Love of the Arts” once again and thank you to Kristen Nadeau who is going to take on the annual yard sale this year. Molly Kirschling and Alenka Han will head up “New Parent Night” and last but certainly not least, a huge thank you to San Ong for stepping up yet again to oversee the much loved Field Day event. Please keep your eyes open for more volunteer needs for each of these events!
As always, thanks for doing what you can!
Please join the Polaris community for dinner at Beau Jo’s pizza at 2710 S. Colorado Boulevard (at Yale) on Wednesday, Feb. 29 from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beau Jo’s will donate 20% of the evenings sales to Polaris families back to our school. Flyers will be distributed in Thursday folders and will need to be presented to Beau Jo’s at the time of ordering. Thank you to Berni Slowey for coordinating another opportunity for Polaris families to break bread together and raise easy money for our school.
Still trying to figure out what you’ll do with the kids on their next school-day off? Join us for our second community playdate of the year on Tuesday, Feb. 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Big Time Trampoline Fun Center, 7330 W. 52nd, Arvada! (Just off I-70 and Wadsworth, near Sam’s Club.)
The kids can wear themselves out on the trampolines, diving into the foam pit, careening through the obstacle course, and playing chess with giant game pieces. Mention you’re with Polaris and Big Time will donate $2 back to our school with your paid admission. We hope to see you there for this fun and active fundraiser!
Believe it or not it is time to start setting up the LAST quarter of electives. If you have been meaning to teach an elective class or help with electives this year, this is your chance. Listed below is the Elective schedule for the remaining part of the 2011-2012 school year:
4th Quarter- March 9, March 16, April 6, April 13, April 20, and April 27 (6 weeks).
Elective class times: 1st hour from 1:05-2:05 and the 2nd hour from 2:10-3:10.
Again, this quarter we are trying to simplify the process by asking teachers to fill in class information online. If you are interested in teaching please click here to sign up your class information.
If you are unable to teach an entire quarter, another way to get involved is to be part of our new “Potpourri” class. This class utilizes guest teachers and each guest teaches one or two Fridays within the quarter. This new class allows parents to pick any topic that they choose to share on their assigned Friday. This is a great way for parents/artists with limited time to be a part of the elective program. If you would be willing to teach in the new “Potpourri” class please contact Stephanie Bakken at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We also need volunteers to help on Fridays between 1:05-3:10 pm as assistants, substitutes or resources for teachers and students. If you would like to teach or help in any way, please let us know by Friday, Feb. 24.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any problems signing up online do not hesitate to email your class information to email@example.com
Sherry Beardshear – Elective Coordinator