I am amazed at how the days have suddenly gotten shorter! As I was saying goodbye to the children on Halloween, I was struck by how much darker it was and how long the shadows were. Even though we’ve had great weather, the cold is sure to come soon! Here at Polaris, we believe that unstructured playtime outside is critical to the development of our children– just as much as reading and math! Therefore, students will go outside to play whenever possible. Please be sure to send kids with warm clothing. Our weather can change in a flash!
Denver has completed their tabulation of scores for our DPS School Performance Framework (SPF). We were one of the schools whose overall rating declined, and yet, we have much to celebrate. We continue to “Exceed Expectations” in the areas of academic status (the number of students who scored in advanced and proficient ranges) and parent and student engagement. According to many school rating sites, our academic status is number one in Colorado! Unfortunately we were “Approaching Expectations” in student growth. We only receive growth scores for fourth and fifth graders. Our fourth grade growth scores were amazing! We were disappointed with our fifth grade growth scores, and we have already put improvements in place to ensure that we do better in 2017. I will present our SPF in greater detail at CSC on Monday, November 7th at 4:00pm. All are welcome.
Halloween parties were amazing! Thanks to all who organized, helped, and attended! In my opinion, the perfect balance was struck between healthy and sugar! The pumpkin cuties with celery stems were my personal favorite. Our parents did a great job providing creative, healthy and fun treats!
I can’t wait to see you all for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 17th! If you did not purchase tickets for a guest meal, you are still welcome to come and sit with your student. Some lunch times are adjusted slightly, see the website for lunch times. I look forward to seeing you there!
The lost and found is getting full! Please stop and take a look to see if anything there belongs to your family. All unclaimed items will be donated on November 18th. (The last day of school before Thanksgiving Break).
It was great seeing all of you at conferences as well. I know you all agree with me that our teachers do a great job planning learning experiences that encourage our students, help each child grow, and establish a love of learning. When a teacher does something that you notice as exceptional, it would be very special if you could take a minute to let them know.
It’s hard to believe that this is the time to start considering schools for next year. If you have a student leaving Polaris, the Denver Great Schools Expo is a wonderful place to get information on many schools in order to narrow your choices. It takes place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 9th from 6:00 to 8:00.
We are still working with the GT office and the Choice Department regarding admissions to first grade. CSC has formally requested that any kindergarteners who qualify as highly gifted be allowed priority to attend Polaris for first grade. The GT and Choice Departments will host a kindergarten parent meeting here at Polaris on November 16th at 5:30 p.m.
There are many fulfilling aspects to my job, and when I think about what they have in common, they all revolve around helping and being with people. I love seeing you and your children at drop off and pick up. Your warm greetings in the morning set a happy tone for my day! I am available to you at other times, though. If you have questions or need something, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Anne Sterrett, Principal
Polaris at Ebert