October 5, 2018
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 thinking about all that they have learned about their students from you in conferences and in class. Each teacher strives to 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. When we felt your support and care through the nourishing (and fancy) meal, 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! Teachers and I loved getting the opportunity to chat with so many parents! Your support at the party was appreciated! Thanks also to Frankie and Amy Newman and their 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, Chris and John Worrell and Jeff and Julie Gladnick. We appreciate all who attended and to those who have made their pledges to the annual fund. You are making sure that great things happen here at Polaris for our kids!
Another shout out has to go to Carrie Lamb and her helpers for a very successful Jogathon. It was a beautiful day and students had a blast. Dressing in under-the-sea 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!
We are nearing the end of the process of hiring a new secretary. A HUGE SHOUT OUT goes to Ana and Cristina for their flexibility and support of families and staff throughout the process. We hope to have our new secretary on-boarded soon. Thank you for your patience and flexibility with our abbreviated office hours.
Our temporary RN has finished her stint. We are grateful to nursing services for providing us with someone until they could hire an RN. Our new nurse’s name is Laura Hess. She has already gotten to know many students and is also looking forward to meeting you. Please stop by to say hello and introduce yourself. She will be in our building all day on Thursdays.
Please also give a warm Polaris welcome to Alyse Hirschorne. She is our new para in third grade. She will work with Ms. Dineen and Ms. Cheron and also supervise lunch and recess. Alyse is a licensed elementary school teacher, so she comes with lots of great skills and experiences. She has already proven herself an asset to our school.
We are now entering conference season. Conferences are being held throughout the remainder of the month for all students. October 19 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 or special education teacher, please contact him or her directly to set up your conference. October 22 and 23 are professional learning and planning days for teachers. We are excited to learn how to use Thinking Maps. “Thinking Maps are consistent visual patterns linked directly to eight specific thought processes. By visualizing our thinking, we create concrete images of abstract thoughts. This patterns help all students reach higher levels of critical and creative thinking-essential components of 21st Century education. In a school-wide implementation, Thinking Maps establish a consistent language for learning.” I know you will enjoy seeing your students learn and use these valuable tools.
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!
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