It’s time to register for before- and after-school enrichments for the winter/spring semester, which will run Monday, January 22nd through Friday, May 11th. To view the weekly schedule, learn more about what is offered, and register for individual classes, please visit the Polaris website at http://polaris.dpsk12.org/family-resources/before-and-afterschool-programs/enrichments. If you have questions about the enrichment program or if you would like to suggest a potential enrichment activity for the school, please contact Heather Ottele at email@example.com.
The Polaris Talent Night for 4th and 5th graders is coming on Thursday, January 18 – right after we return from the holiday break! Students who wish to participate need to print, complete and submit the signup form to the office BEFORE DECEMBER 21ST for priority placement for night-of performances.
Free Denver Carousel ride vouchers for students at Polaris located at the Denver Pavilions Holiday Carousel
Get into the holiday spirit by taking a ride on Downtown’s 1st & only Holiday Carousel from December 15-January 2, 11am-9pm daily.
So rekindle some of that childhood magic at the Denver Pavilions. $3 per ride or FREE w/ a voucher from any Denver Pavilions merchant. A portion of proceeds goes to Food Bank for the Rockies.
Here is information regarding the carousel on our website: www.denverpavilions.com. Please print attachment.
Big Thanks to the Denver Pavilions for their generosity!
Join the Polaris community from 4-7 pm on Wednesday, December 6th for a wonderful evening of pre-holiday shopping at The Bookies! If you haven’t been there, The Bookies is an experience not to be missed. An independently-owned, community-focused store, The Bookies has an amazing selection of children’s books – both fiction and non-fiction. Their knowledgeable staff can help find a book for every reader. BUT THAT’S NOT ALL! They also have games, toys, science kits, craft kits, adult books, gift items…the list goes on!
Besides being a fun community event, Polaris Night at the Bookies is an important fundraiser for our school library. A portion of all sales are donated to Polaris, and are used exclusively for the purchase of additional library materials. Teacher wish lists for classroom books will also be available.
If you can’t make it on December 6th, don’t worry! The fundraiser runs all week, so stop by any time between December 3 and December 9. Be sure to mention that you are shopping with Polaris!!
The Bookies Bookstore
4315 East Mississippi Avenue (off of Colorado Blvd. and Mississippi)
Regular store hours:
Mon-Sat: 10am – 6pm (extended hours on 12/6)
Sun: noon – 5pm
Dear Parents and Guardians,
Beakers and volcanoes and electromagnets, oh my! The time has once again come for the Polaris Science Fair. We call our evening celebration event “Salute to Scientists” and is scheduled this year for Thursday, December 7th from 6:00-7:30pm. This event is designed to teach children how to really think like a scientist and how to utilize the Scientific Method in their research and development of a science fair project. It is the goal of our school to have every Polaris student participate in this incredible learning opportunity in some way. First and second grades will conduct various experiments in their classrooms prior to Science Fair. Students in these grades are welcome to operate their own inquiry-based projects independently or in a group setting. Students in grades three through five will be required to design their own Science Fair project. Students are expected to stand by their science fair boards and share their scientific findings during the following times: 6:00-6:30 pm (3rd Grade), 6:30-7:00 pm (4th Grade), 7:00-7:30 pm (5th Grade). During other times, students should investigate their peers’ work. To help model this behavior for our children, we also encourage any parent visitors to talk with a variety of students about their science fair boards. Community judges (academic scientists from Denver area universities) will be present to talk with the Polaris young scientists. The intention behind the community judges is to give the students an opportunity to share all that they have learned with “real” scientists. In previous years, this aspect of our event has been a real highlight for both the community judges and the students.
This project is meant to be experimental in nature and centered on the Scientific Method model, not a demonstration. If a student wants to study sports, he or she can fashion experiments to test whether a particular pre-game preparation improves the percentage of shots scored. If a student wants to study the heart, he or she could conduct an experiment on how caffeine affects heart rate (following reasonable safety considerations and parent supervision, of course). Developing a scientific and testable question has proven to be one of the more challenging steps in the Scientific Method for elementary students; students in 3rd-5th grade received a lesson on this topic the week of October 23rd in school. For additional support, students were given the option of submitting their question or hypothesis to be reviewed by the science fair committee. Students who submitted their questions/hypotheses by the deadline of November 1st met with a member of the science fair committee during the school day. During these one-on-one sessions, students received feedback on their question/hypothesis and plans on how to proceed with a strong experimental design were discussed. If students would like additional help, Peggy Batchelor has a limited number of slots available after school on Mondays and Thursdays as well as some lunchtime slots on Wednesday.
We have assembled a packet to help your child in their experimental project (with a suggested timeline to keep students on track and prevent an unpleasant Thanksgiving Break). This packet was distributed to students the week of October 23rd. A pdf copy can be found on the science fair website. This packet is intended as a guide. If your child wants to veer from this packet, let them. We encourage you to support your student when asked, but PLEASE refrain from being overly involved. Please see the Science Fair Do’s and Don’ts pdf on the Science Fair website for guidance on appropriate parent involvement. Students are to design, conduct, and record their experiments on their own and also create a science fair display board, which are on sale now in the Polaris front office for $5.00. Please purchase one with a color corresponding to your child’s grade level: 5th-black, 4th-blue, and 3rd-red. There are a limited number of white boards available for 1st and 2nd graders who are interested in doing an optional independent science fair project. (NOT MANDATORY FOR THESE GRADES). This display board does not have to look like it has been professionally done; it is okay to let children hand write sections of the display board (a pdf of an example layout is available on the Science Fair website).
One great way to be involved in your student’s science fair project is to volunteer to be a parent listener. Students LOVE to share their work with a willing audience. Please see this sign-up genius to sign-up for a parent listener spot or volunteer to help set-up or clean-up for the Salute to Scientists event.
Thank you for your support,
The Science Fair Committee
Ian Hodges (5th grade teacher)
Kim Rebholtz (5th grade teacher)
Lynn Richards (3rd grade teacher)
Peggy Batchelor (parent volunteer)
The annual Polaris Thanksgiving lunch will be held this year on Wednesday, November 15. We need volunteers to help this event run smoothly! If you’d like to pitch in, use the Polaris Thanksgiving Lunch 2017 online registration form. Shifts are short and can be planned around your student’s mealtime, listed below. Tasks are easy and include helping sign parents in, directing traffic, and cleaning up.
Lunch times for each grade are as follows:
- 1st Grade: Eat 11:15-11:45, Recess until 12:10
- 3rd Grade: Eat 11:30-12:00, Recess until 12:20
- 5th Grade: Eat 11:45-12:15, Recess until 12:30
- 2nd Grade: Eat 12:00-12:30, Recess until 12:45
- 4th Grade: Eat 12:15-12:45, Recess until 1:00
Meal tickets for parents or other loved ones are now sold out. However, we encourage parents to bring their own lunch and visit with your child during their lunch hour even if we are not able to serve you our Thanksgiving meal.
The Original works deadline has been extended!! You now have until Monday, November 13th to send in your order. In the past, this program has raised a significant amount of money to help fund the arts program at Polaris. Coach D is really counting on your support! We would love to be overwhelmed with orders!!
Keep in mind, you can send in any artwork (that fits the guidelines!) You can send in sibling’s artwork as well if they are younger or go to a different school. These make great gifts for grandparents and relatives and the kids love to see their artwork transformed.
Thank you in advance for your support. If you have any questions please feel free to email:
Your Original Works Committee
We need your help to continue making Friday electives classes so wonderful for our students! Please consider assisting with any of the following needs for electives this quarter:
- Donate old electronics for the Take Apart class. Bins are located in the hallway opposite the art room.
- Mr. Hodges is teaching a Math Is For Girls elective and wants to bring in female guest speakers who use math in their professions to share their experiences and stories. Contact: Ian_Hodges@dpsk12.org.
- We need volunteers on Friday afternoons to assist in classes, substitute teach, and provide on-site program support. If available, please email Deb Aruca, Electives Coordinator, at Polaris.Electives@gmail.com.
- Plans are underway to offer a Spanish elective beginning 3rd quarter. If you’re interested in teaching or have any references for language instructors and curriculum, please email Deb Aruca, Electives Coordinator, at Polaris.Electives@gmail.com or 303.638.7073.
Student Leadership Council has counted our students’ generous donations brought in for Spark Change. Our students raised $1164.34 for the Humane Society Disaster Relief Fund. Great job students! Thank you so much for your generosity! Stay tuned for information about The December Holiday Giving Project benefiting The Gathering Place.
Parent Informational Meeting
Wednesday, October 25th
Polaris at Ebert Elementary in the Cafeteria
We did it! Thanks to everyone’s hard work, Jogathon 2017 surpassed our goal of $25,000 and raised $32,500 to help support the amazing work being done at our school!
- Special thank you’s go to our corporate sponsors, Olson Law Firm, Scales’ Pharmacy, and Choozle.
- Additional thank you’s for drawing donations go to Sweet Action Ice Cream, Chipotle, Oblios’s Pizza, Cake Crumbs, and Quisitive.
- Big thanks to all the parent volunteers and cheerleaders who came out to support students during the event, and especially to the 2017 Jogathon Chair, Carrie Lamb.
- Student awards went to:
- Individual top earner: Chris Rheem – $1380
- Individual most pledges: Sam Chenard – 26
- Top earning class: Ms. Malan – $3828
- Second place class: Mr. Hodges – $3111
- See the Jogathon schedule. You’re welcome to come and cheer on your kiddos during their scheduled run time!
- Please send your child to school Friday morning in jogging gear and tie-dye theme or other colorful clothes!
- You can still submit pledges online, or by filling out the Jogathon pledge form and putting it in the Jogathon box in the main office – preferably by this Thursday, October 5. Students who collect 5 pledges or 10 pledges and more will be entered into a drawing for fun gift cards to places like Little Man Ice Cream, Chipotle, Cake Crumbs, and more! And the student who raises the most money will get a $100 Amazon gift card.
- If you have time to volunteer at Jogathon, please see the Sign Up Genius to sign up! This is a fun event, but it takes a team to pull it off!
- For more information about Jogathon, see the Jogathon web page or email Carrie Lamb at firstname.lastname@example.org.
GT Family Fun Night flyer:
Polaris offers a wide variety of before- and after-school enrichment opportunities, several taught by our own wonderful teachers. To view the weekly schedule, learn more about what is offered, and register for individual classes, please visit the After School Enrichments page.
August 15, 2017
Dear Polaris Parents,
As you know on Monday, August 21, our first day of the school year, Denver will experience a 92%
partial eclipse. The event is being called “the Great American Solar Eclipse,” because it is the
first time since 1918 a total solar eclipse will be visible across the entire continental United
States. Here at Polaris, we are planning activities so that all our students can experience and
learn about the eclipse, even if they do not go outside. In addition, we have purchased eclipse-
safe viewing glasses for all students, staff, and volunteers. There have been reports of
counterfeit viewing glasses on the market. Ours were purchase from a reputable company and were
made by American Paper Optics, one of the five companies with ISO certified glasses.
As always, student safety is our top priority. Looking directly into the sun is unsafe! The only
way to look at the eclipse or partially eclipsed sun is through special-purpose solar filters, such
as eclipse glasses. Per NASA, homemade filters or ordinary sunglasses, even very dark ones, are not
safe for looking at the sun. We are taking precautionary measures with both students and staff to
make this experience safe and enjoyable. Although there is no way to fully guarantee student safety
during such a rare event, we will take precautionary measures including pre- education to make sure
students are aware of the risks involved in directly looking at the sun. At no time should students
remove their eclipse glasses and look directly at the sun as it could cause permanent eye damage
or other unknown effects. There is no way for the school to guarantee that your child will not
remove their eclipse glasses at all times during the event. We are asking for your help at home to
reinforce the need for all students to follow the safety rules. We have included the Eclipse Safety
Information Page on the back of this document. Please read and review this document with your
students before Monday, August 21st.
If you want your child to participate in the outdoor viewing activity planned on August 21st,
please review, sign and return the attached permission slip. Permission slips may be returned at
our Meet and Greet, August 18, or on the first day of school, August 21, to your student’s teacher.
We are also requesting that each child who is participating in outdoor viewing bring a fitted hat
with a brim to wear. This will help safeguard the eyes as we put glasses on and take them off.
By signing this permission slip, you as a parent/guardian are acknowledging that you are aware of
the risks associated with this event, are freely assuming those risks, and waive the right to
pursue any and all claims against the District, its agents, employees, Board of Education members,
and others acting on the District’s behalf, of and from any and all injuries resulting from viewing
the Solar Eclipse. Students who do not have a signed permission slip and a hat on Monday August 21
will not be able to participate in the outside activities that day but will
be able to participate in-class activities.