A huge thank you goes out to the entire Polaris community for another successful Jogathon! Donations are still being tallied, but are at $31,500 and counting. The online donation link will remain open through this Friday, October 11th for any final contributions.
Come along to the Stapleton branch of this popular venue. We’ll be there for some friend-ly games, community building, and to share a bite or beverage with friends new and old!
We invite you to the Polaris playground to stay, play, and connect with families the next four Fridays 9/20,9/27, 10/4 and 10/11 from 3:30-4:30pm. Each Friday has the added bonus of a good number of parents who are already on-site teaching the electives program. Why not hang back or drop by and help build and nurture our Polaris Community?! Hope to see/meet you!
Picture Day is coming up on October 2, 2019. Online ordering is the easiest way to get photos. Please be sure to order by Wednesday, October 2nd. Use the Picture Day ID: CG949175Y0 at mylifetouch.com.
Dear Polaris Families,
Congratulations on making it through the first few weeks of school, as it is a busy and exciting time for all. The Polaris staff and I thank you for all of your support as we have launched the 2019-2020 school year. We have truly enjoyed getting to know you and your child, learning about their interests and passions and working to build strong learning communities across our school.
Jogathon is coming up! Students are hard at work gathering donations in preparation for the main event on Friday, October 4th. Help them reach the $35,000 fundraising goal!
Click here to make an online donation!
Please be sure to enter your student’s name, grade, and teacher in the Special Instructions.
Visit the Jogathon page for more information.
Parent Socials This Week:
1st and 3rd Grades: You should have received Evites (please check your spam folders as they sometimes get re-routed) or email reminders regarding this weeks Grade Level Socials, graciously hosted by Polaris families. If you have not received these emails, please contact me directly at email@example.com
– Wednesday the 11th: 1st grade social hosted by Jocelyn and Oliver Arnold from 6-8 pm
– Friday the 13th: 3rd grade social hosted by the Follett and Shearer families from 6-8 pm
– Thursday the 19th: 2nd grade social hosted by the Gladnick family from 6-8 pm
– Wednesday the 25th: 5th grade social hosted by the Freedman family from 6:30-8:30 pm
– Thursday the 26th: 4th grade social hosted by the Sawyer family from 6-8:30 pm
Please click here to see which Enrichments still have spaces available
In addition to the enrichments offered through Discovery Link, Polaris offers Beginning and Advanced Band, Girls on the Run, and Real Numbers Math. Visit the enrichments page for more information. (https://polaris.dpsk12.org/family-resources/before-and-afterschool-programs/enrichments)
Don’t forget to sign up for before and after school enrichments! Enrichments will run on a trimester schedule this year and all registration will run through Discovery Link. You do NOT need to be enrolled in Discovery Link to participate! Course offerings include:
Denver Young Artists Orchestra
League of Wayfinders
Omniform Martial Arts
Eurekus STEAM & Maker Discovery
Sarah’s Spanish School
Sticky Fingers Cooking
Improv Games & Acting
Little Belly Breath Yoga
Battle Bots Robotics
Craftsman & Apprentice
Art! Art! Art!
Sound Formation – Rhythm & Percussion
Click here for more information! (https://polaris.dpsk12.org/family-resources/before-and-afterschool-programs/enrichments)
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Dear Polaris Families,
Hello! It is my sincerest pleasure to welcome you back to the 2019-2020 school year! I have been looking forward to writing this letter as it means that the first day is right around the corner. I always love the start of a new school year because it is filled with so much promise. We get the opportunity to reconvene as a community and do the most important work of supporting and nurturing our students. I am energized by the fact that we get the chance to try something new, push the limits of our creativity, learn from one another, cultivate relationships and continue to grow our school community.
I am so grateful to become a part of the Polaris team. I am committed to listening to you, learning with you, and diving in to the collaboration required to make our school the best it can be. It is my goal to cultivate an environment where students and families feel safe, empowered and encouraged to grow and thrive. I want Polaris to be a school that we are all proud of and a place that ignites creativity and a passion for learning. I truly look forward to the partnership and I know that together we are going to have an incredible year!!
Below you will find some important information to keep in mind as we approach the beginning of the 2019-2020 school year.
Annual Family Update – (Online)
July 15th thru August 30th at 4 pm.
The Annual Family Update is the process by which you finalize your child’s registration and update student information online, before the start of the year. Visit THIS LINK, click the green button and login using your Parent Portal username & password . Please reference the 2019-2020 Family Navigation Guide ( English / Spanish) to support in this process.
We will have walk-in hours for families needing assistance with the Annual Family Update on August 14th from 9:00am-12:00pm and August 15th from 12:00pm-3:00pm. If you have specific questions regarding registration, please contact the Polaris office (720-424-7860) Monday thru Friday, 9:00am-2:30pm.
Back to School Meet & Greet
Friday, August 16th – 3:00-5:00pm
Welcome back to school! Come meet your teacher, visit your classroom, and have a popsicle on the playground! This is an open house style event, so come anytime from 3-5pm. Please enter the school via Tremont St., as the playground gates will be open. See you there!
First Day of School
Monday, August 19th
The first day of school is a full day. There will be supervision on the playground beginning at 8:30am. The first bell rings at 8:40 am, prompting students to line up. Students walk in and are in class with their teacher for an 8:45 am start to the instructional day. All students are dismissed at 3:30pm.
Thursday, August 29th 6:00-7:30pm
Please plan to join us for Curriculum Night (adults only), where you will learn about the instructional experience being provided to your child in the 2019-2020 school year. We will begin with a welcome to families in the auditorium from 6-6:25pm. To accommodate families with more than one child, we will have two classroom-based sessions taking place from 6:30-6:55pm and 7:00-7:25pm. Both presentations will be the same in content. Additional information will be communicated by classroom teachers.
Daily Drop-Off & Pick-Up
We realize that parking and drop-off/pick-up times are challenges for schools, like Polaris, that are located in dense urban areas. Please refer to this parking map to see locations for bus drop-off/pick-up, kiss and drop and visitor street parking.
Keeping Polaris safe and secure is of the utmost importance. During the school day, all building doors will remain locked. Visitors must be buzzed in through the front door only. If you are coming to pick up your child, outside of the regular dismissal window, please be prepared to show photo ID. This safety measure allows front office staff to verify that the individual picking up a student is approved to do so, per the students information in Infinite Campus.
After School Enrichments
The catalogue of fall enrichment offerings will be coming out on August 22nd. Online registration will be open from 6am on August 23rd through 6pm on September 5th, with enrichments beginning on September 9th. More information will be coming soon regarding the online registration process.
Later this week, teachers will be returning to Polaris from their summer breaks. Their energy and enthusiasm will breathe life into the building after a quiet summer. They will set up their classrooms, plan instruction and collaborate with one another to ensure that we are fully prepared to welcome your child to a new school year. I hope that you and your family enjoy these remaining days of summer break and we cannot wait to see you in the coming days.
Thursday, August 29th 6:00-7:30pm. Please plan to join us for Curriculum Night (adults only), where you will learn about the instructional experience being provided to your child in the 2019-2020 school year. We will begin with a welcome to families in the auditorium from 6-6:25pm. To accommodate families with more than one child, we will have two classroom-based sessions taking place from 6:30-6:55pm and 7:00-7:25pm. Both presentations will be the same in content. Additional information will be communicated by classroom teachers.
Friday, August 16th 3:00-5:00pm Welcome back to school! Come meet your teacher, find your classroom, and have a popsicle on the playground! Enter the school on Tremont St., as the playground gates will be open. See you there!