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 – email@example.com | 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!
February 21, 2017 2017 PARCC Schedule
Dear Polaris Families:
We will begin the Colorado Measures of Academic Success (CMAS) assessments on March 14, 2017. These assessments focus on the knowledge and skills our kids need for success in our global economy, including skills such as analytical thinking and the ability to solve complex problems. The CMAS assessments focus on four different content areas depending upon the grade your child is in: English Language Arts (ELA) and Math – 3rd, 4th, 5th grade, Social Studies – 4th grade, and Science – 5th grade.
These assessments give our teachers critical information to help our students be on track for college and career readiness. They also help us ensure that our students have the necessary skills to succeed after high school. Additionally, here at Polaris we use these scores to differentiate instruction, place in advanced curriculum, and identify for gifted, including additional strength areas.
Calendar: Please see the attached calendar for testing dates and times. We ask parents and families to ensure their children get plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast every day, but especially on assessment days. If there are doctor’s appointments or other appointments that need to be made, we hope this calendar will help you to make those appointments on non-assessment days and during non-assessment times.
Volunteers: Please also note the days in which we cannot allow volunteers in certain floors of our building. This is to adhere to the ethics and other policies set forth by DPS and the State of Colorado to maintain a secure testing environment.
Attendance: We also want to communicate that all students should be in school on-time, all day and every day, regardless of whether assessments are occurring or not. Important teaching and learning happens in between testing, so it is imperative that students are here. Our expectations remain around vacations and we expect parents to continue to plan vacations around the DPS calendar.
Make-Ups: Students do best when they are in their classroom environment for testing. In the event that your child has to miss a test session, they will have to make up the test during other instructional time. In addition, because our teachers are teaching during all non-testing days, our paraprofessionals are used to give make-ups, which takes them from supporting the classroom. To prevent disruption to your child’s and other student’s day, please make every effort to ensure that your child is at school every day and limit their absences to only when they are sick.
We appreciate your support during this time. Assessments, including CMAS as well as those taken throughout the year, are vital tools for teachers to support student success. There are online resources to help parents and families support their student during CMAS testing, located at standards.dpsk12.org If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to me.
Anne Sterrett, Principal
Denver Public Schools
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!
Superintendent Parent Forum &
ELA District Advisory Committee (ELA DAC)
Thursday, December 8, 2016
9:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
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.
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).
All Visitors to Polaris outside of pick up and drop off times will need to use the new main entrance on Park Avenue West. The entrance has a camera and push button to request entry. The large blue gates to the playground will remain locked except when school busses are loading and unloading. Large deliveries or handicapped persons may phone the main office (posted on gate) to request entry. We will also be getting signage for a handicap space and loading area on the north end of Tremont.