Enrollment packets for families currently enrolled in Discovery Link are now available – check with the Discovery Link staff if you haven’t received one! Packets for new enrollments will be available starting May 1st. If you have questions, please visit the DPS Discovery Link website or contact the Polaris site director, Shavon Glasper at 720-692-7987 (cell) or 720-424-7909 (office).
EUREKUS SUMMER CAMP 6/12-6/16
Master Makers – For Polaris Students Only
Join us for an immersive full-week, full-day summer camp of cool engineering and Maker projects. Dig deep while designing, building and exploring with visiting artists Tyler & Monica Aiello. Imaginations are charged with more complex sculpture projects and inventing with emerging technologies. Campers enjoy woodworking, soldering, electronics, circuitry, motors and more. This camp is dedicated to Polaris students and is designed for upper elementary and those with some making experience. Min 10/Max 25
Times: June 12-16, 2017; 8:30am – 3:30pm; Polaris Art Room
Grades: 3rd – 5th; Or younger students who have taken Eurekus and/or other basic electronics classes
Tuition: $260/week; $20/sibling disount; Payment Plan Available (Includes all materials, tech & snack)
Contact: Monica Aiello – firstname.lastname@example.org | www.eurekus.org
Details & Registration on our Website: http://www.eurekus.org/summer-camps-2017/
School Out Day Art Camps, Let’s get Creative!
March 27th-31st 9:00am-12:00pm Ye Old Community Firehouse in THE HIGHLANDS $45.00 a day $165.00 for the week
April 3rd 9:00am-12:00pm Ye Old Community Firehouse in THE HIGHLANDS $45.00
We will use a wide variety of art materials to make projects that relate to the season. Lunch Bunch is available from 12:00pm-1:00pm each day for an additional $10.00. Full details and to enroll: SweetRidgeStudios.com. Art Makes Life Sweet!
Enrollment is Open for 2017 Summer Art Camps!
Full details and to enroll: SweetRidgeStudios.com. Art Makes Life Sweet!
Discovery Link, DPS’s after school program, is hosting its first annual Summer Opportunities Fair at Teller Elementary!
March 15th, 2017 6:00pm – 8:00pm
Over 100 day and overnight camps, summer classes, and unique program providers have been invited to meet with families and talk about options available for kids, open house style. Opportunities start as young as four years old and go all the way through high school graduates. Free for families to attend, fun for the whole family!
For more information please visit our website!
Looking for options for your child on school holidays and spring break? Consider the Greenway Foundation’s SPREE (South Platte River Environmental Education) camps. SPREE is a DPS partner, providing field trip opportunities throughout the school year. Download the informational camp flier here.
Calling all Polaris parents in the fourth and fifth grades! If your student is a dancer, singer, musician, comedian, juggler, magician—or has another talent—they are invited to perform at the Polaris Talent Showcase. This annual event is held in the auditorium in conjunction with the January 26 Family Fun Dance Night.
Fourth or fifth graders who want to perform (individually or as a group) can have the stage for up to 5 minutes for any kind of performance. Click here to sign up! We have only ten performance slots remaining at this point.
We recommend that you sign your child up by Friday, January 13, even if they are not sure exactly what their act will be. After Friday, remaining spots will be offered to 3rd graders on a space-available basis.
To be clear, this is NOT A CONTEST, just a showcase of the wonderful talent of our Polaris stars!
Please visit the science fair page for information about this year’s science fair.
Every year, Polaris students participate in a Holiday Giving Project as a way to give back to the community. This year, Student Council has selected The Gathering Place to be the recipient. In December, students will sell greeting cards hand-made by homeless women and sponsor a toiletry drive. Please visit the Polaris Random Acts of Kindness page or download this flier for a list of items needed, the dates the cards will be sold and more information about this project.
The Sticky Fingers Cooking after-school enrichment class is now enrolling for the winter session! The start of the session has been postponed from 11/29 to 12/6 due to low enrollment – don’t miss out on this chance to get your kids cooking! See the enrichments page at http://polarisprogram.dpsk12.org/parent-resources/enrichment for more information.
On October 10, Polaris students kicked off a school-wide social emotional program called Random Acts of Kindness (RAK). RAK is an organization that believes spreading kindness will make the world a significantly better place. Their website is a great resource full of kindness ideas, stories and resources (www.randomactsofkindness.org). The program director for RAK, Brooke Jones, is a parent of a 5th grader at Polaris. We expect you will be hearing a lot about kindness since our wonderful Polaris teachers will be using the RAK curriculum with students this school year.
With the leadership of our school psychologist, Lisa Strassburger, and our Student Council, Polaris will kick off the RAK program with a “star project” focusing on acts of kindness to self and others. Look for stars to decorate the halls all over our building. We will continue the kindness theme throughout the year. In December, students will focus on kindness to the community by participating in the Holiday Giving Project. In Spring, we will focus on kindness to the earth with a “green project”. The culminating event with be at the Spring Showcase where students can share displays of their kindness work in the community by creating a display board.
We look forward to watching the kindness spread in our school, community and homes.
Parents continue to communicate about pick up time on Glenarm, Teachers are asked keep on the lookout for students who need help and situations that could present danger to our students like getting in the wrong car, interaction with people who are not part of Polaris, ensuring all students are picked up. There have been some requests to make the pick up a “line”. This presents problems since all students aren’t ready at the same time. The process is more like the airport pick up—pull in and pull out carefully being mindful and courteous. It’s great for cars to move north as allowed, and if there are empty spaces, cars can also carefully move in. Also like airport pickup, there is no double “parking”. We have a staff member on the corner of 22nd so students who need to cross Glenarm or 22 should be head down to those corner. Thank you for all you do to keep students safe!
A huge thank you to Stephanie and Paul Falcone, Meaghan and Reed Elliot, Tim and Lori Kirkland, Amy and Frankie Newman, Meg and Jeb Freedman, Eric Rasmussen, and Sara Baack for hosting the grade level socials. The parties were a fantastic chance for parents to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know parents as well. They were also a great opportunity to become informed about the Polaris Annual Fund. The Annual Fund monies are instrumental in stretching the Polaris budget. They have allowed us to purchase extra materials, technology, exciting educational experiences, and additional para time which reduces the adult to student ratio. If you have not already made your gift, please contact Vanessa Pierce, our fundraising chair to make your contribution today. Polaris students are counting on you!
A letter from our superintendent, Tom Boasberg, came in last week’s Thursday folders. It outlines what items for Polaris are included in the mill levy proposal. I encourage you to read it in order to be informed. Thank you for your attention to these important issues. If you have additional questions, please visit bond.dpsk12.org or reach out to email@example.com
You are probably already planning for Halloween! The parade will begin at 2:15. More info about the parade will come in a separate email.
- 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!
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Happy Fall Everyone!
Student Council will coordinate two community service projects this school year to benefit community agencies. Do you or your child have a great idea for a project? Fill out this form by October 14th. Student Council will review all submissions and select the two projects (December and Spring).
Thank you for helping make this an outstanding first week back to school. If it is any indication, we are going to have a terrific year! I am sending out this special edition to provide you with information about a few nuts and bolts.
Curriculum Night: September 1, 2016 at 5:30-6:40
Please plan to attend Curriculum Night on September 1. This adult only night is designed to promote partnership between home and school and to provide you with information to help you best support your child’s learning. In order to facilitate families with more than one student, there will be two identical sessions. The first session begins at 5:30 and runs until 6:00, and the second session will begin at 6:10 and end at 6:40.
Parents of fifth graders, please plan to attend the first session in the auditorium to meet all three teachers.
Morning Drop Off:
You may drop your child off anytime between 8:30 and 8:40. Please do not bring your child to school earlier than that unless you are attending Discovery Link or another special program. There is no staff supervision outside prior to 8:30. Please do not park on the east side of Glenarm (near the building) as this is loading only. It is expected that those who use this loading area will be swift and pull up to the furthest space toward Park Avenue in order to make room for other parents who would like to drop off their children. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
The east side of Glenarm (nearest the building) is for loading only. Please pull up as far as you can and do not leave your car. If you’d like to park or to chat with friends, we’d love to have you hang out! Please park on the west side of Glenarm or in another designated parking area.
Accessing the building during the school day:
Last year, our safety committee worked with the DPS Safety Department to improve the safety of our children during the school day. As a result, our playground will be locked during the school day. We will keep it open during morning drop off and open it again for after school pick up. If you need to come to the building during the school day, please come to the marked door on Park Avenue and ring the bell. The office staff will always ask you to identify yourself, so please don’t be offended! This new protocol ensures the safety of our children, so please pardon any inconvenience. It’s worth it! Mr. Mey will be designing a student public art display that will mark the entrance in true Polaris tradition!
Gifted and Talented Parent Nomination Form:
This form is available on the Gifted and Talented website. If your child has not been identified HGT, please go to the website and complete the form!
Destination Imagination fosters collaboration, creativity and problem-solving, and it’s great for gifted kids, but Polaris doesn’t have a team. In order to have a team, we need a coach. Please consider whether this is something you would enjoy doing with your student and some other Polaris friends. It is an awesome program! If you are interested, please see Gail Axt. She can provide you with more information. You can also visit the Destination Imagination website.
We still have a few more slots to fill. If you are willing to teach, but need ideas/curriculum, we can support you. Just let me or Melinda know what subject area you are interested in.
Have a great weekend!
Anne Sterrett, Principal
In case you didn’t make it to the Polaris Gala on May 12, or didn’t have time to check these out, there are still spots available for Buy-A-Share events and a few silent auction items. Check out the link below to see what’s available.