During the Gala, check out the neat reusable bags made from repurposed billboards These products keep used billboard materials out of our landfills and turn them into items we all need: shopping bags, lunch boxes, wine bottle carriers, and more. The bags are made by Billboard Ecology, owned by our very own Polaris parent, Scott Schaible. Scott has generously offered to return a portion of the proceeds from the sale of the bags back to school. So, by buying a bag you are helping the environment, supporting our school, and getting something useful for yourself. It’s a win, win, win situation! If you have any questions, please contact Steph Friday at email@example.com. Thank you
Archives for April 2012
Thanks so much to all who participated in the Polaris Hat Day. As a school, we raised $786.34! That is enough money to pay for three surgeries through Operation Smile. Just from wearing a hat, the students were able to change the lives of three children with cleft palates.
The heat is rising and summer is near! Need a way to cool off? Polaris will be hosting a sweet and delicious Dessert Fundraiser at the Golden Spoon in Quebec Square (7505 E. 35th Avenue) on Wednesday, May 9 from 6 – 8 p.m. What a great excuse for an after-school gathering with classmates, post-game/practice with teammates, or for just a fun indulgence with your family…and to raise money for Polaris too!
Congratulations to all three 5th grade classes! They all earned a stage time at the 27th annual DPS Shakespeare festival on Friday, May 11. On April 11, each class presented a portion of “As You Like It” for a panel of jurors. For a scene to earn a stage time, they needed to score at least a 75%. While the exact scores and stage times have not been announced, we have been assured a stage.
To prepare for the festival, students need to begin gathering their costumes. I have a few pieces that students can borrow, but they are mostly accessories (vests, hats, capes etc.) Information and pictures of costumes can be found at http://www.elizabethancostume.net/. Students who are playing male characters need the following items:
- Shirt: white/cream/gray/light colored dress shirt. Ladies’ blouses work best. These can be found at thrift stores at a very low cost.
- Knickers: These are short pants that can be rolled up to just below the knee. Capris or baseball pants work nicely. Also, a pair of plain-colored sweat pants pushed up will work just fine.
- Socks: long socks that will reach their knees. These can be dress, soccer or baseball socks as long as they are of a neutral color (white, black, cream, gray etc…).
- Shoes: Students will be walking to the festival in comfortable shoes, but they need to bring a pair of black or brown dress shoes. Merrils, flats, even Keds will be OK. We are trying to be as authentic as possible, so no tennis shoes, please.
I have costumes for the female characters. The only piece they need to provide is black or brown dress shoes. Musicians in each class need to wear a Polaris t-shirt from any year with nice-looking pants or shorts. Jeans will be fine as long as they do not have holes or stains.
Students need to bring their costumes to Polaris before Thursday, May 3rd. All costumes (except for shoes) will stay at Polaris until after the festival. Please contact Corrilee Kielmeyer with questions.
This year’s celebration of our Polaris students’ accomplishments will be Thursday, May 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. and will feature musical performances, art displays, and class productions.
We’re trying something completely different for dinner options at the Gala this year. The Steuben’s Bus, the Cupcake Truck, and Biker Jim’s hot dog truck will be parked on Welton directly in front of the playground for the evening. Each vendor has graciously agreed to donate a percentage of their sales for the evening back to Polaris. So the more people eat, the happier everyone will be. The offerings are sure to be delicious, so please plan to eat dinner at school! Watch for menus in the next ePost.
Finally, there will be a silent auction of all the fabulous baskets provided by the classrooms. Please mark your calendars for this not to be missed event!
I am very pleased to announce that we have now filled all the PTO officer positions for next year. Kevin Reidy, father of first grader Diana, has stepped up to serve as our treasurer for the next school year. Kevin will be joining Meaghan Shaunghessy, President; Jessice Cavens, Vice President and President-Elect; and Marisa Hudson-Arney, Secretary. They are all incredibly competent and able, and I know will serve our school community with distinction. Please take a moment to thank them when you see them.
Alenka Han, PTO President
About 93% of Americans eat at least one pizza every month. Now here’s your chance to be a statistic and help raise money for Polaris! Mark your calendar for the community dinner fundraiser at Marco’s Pizza in Northfield on Friday, April 27 from 4 to 8 p.m. Marco’s is located right next to Harkin’s Theatre so maybe make it a family night of dinner and a movie! Flyers will be enclosed in the Thursday folders. Click here to view menu and coupons.
Mark your calendars! Friday, April 27th a few of the performing art elective classes will be performing for each other, as well as their parents. The performances will be in the Gym from 1:30 to 2:05 p.m. for the following 1st hour classes: Ms. Cheris’ Fencing for Fun class and Ms. Alexis’ Cheerleading/Pom class. From 2:30 to 3:10 p.m. the following 2nd hour classes will be performing in the Gym: Ms. Alexis’ Tap Dancing Class, Ms. Kielmeyer’s Honor Choir Class, Ms. Jen’s Guitar 101 class, and Mr. Devin’s Hip Hop class. Hope to see you there!
New Family Night is scheduled for Wednesday, April 25, at 6 p.m. Last chance to let me know if you have information about a school program, function, or aspect you would like conveyed to new families on this evening. Although the agenda is planned out, we can make adjustments if there is information you would like passed on. If so, please contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org by the end of the day tomorrow. Also, please have copies of any hand-outs ready for distribution no later than Monday, April 23. Please leave the copies in the office with Laura Cox.
Alenka Han, PTO President
Last week, we announced that Sean Semler is a recipient of this year’s Denver Teacher Award. Mr. Semler will be honored at the annual Excellence in Education Banquet on Friday, May 11, at the Doubletree Hotel, 3203 Quebec Street. Please help us recognize Mr. Semler for his achievement and consider attending the banquet. There will be a reception beginning at 5:30 p.m. and dinner will be served at 6:30 p.m., with a program to follow. Tickets are $35 each and can be purchased through Pamela Wall in the main office. Deadline to purchase tickets is Monday, April 30. To reserve your tickets, please sign up through this Sly Reply.
For further information, please visit: http://www.denverteachersawards.org/
Polaris received a fabulous cooking kit from Slow Food Denver and the Seed to Table Alliance. These groups support schools in teaching students where our food comes from, how to prepare it, the importance of food choices and the pleasure of sharing with friends and family. It is all designed for safety in teaching our kids how to cook. This kit will provide greater opportunity for our students to explore cooking. Come see it in action tomorrow at the Earth Day Celebration. Thank you SFD and STT!
The Green Committee is looking for a few sustainably minded folks to get involved with the many exciting programs that they have already developed as well as to help implement more programs to make our school community as sustainable and healthy as it can be. This committee not only worked to secure and install the school garden which has become an integral part of many electives classes and classroom projects, but also brought composting to our cafeteria and recently raised funds thru the Little Red School House and the textile recycling program to purchase silverware for the cafeteria. No more plastic forks and spoons going to the landfill! In addition to other green committee volunteer opportunities, we are looking for a Compost Coordinator and a co-Garden Leader. If you would like to be part of this important group, please contact Steph Friday at email@example.com or Leslie Demmon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As many of you have probably realized, we are quickly moving into what I like to call “wrap up” mode. There are just over five weeks left to the school year and two of the most popular events, Gala and Field Day, are just around the corner. There are volunteers needed for these events as well as for the Book Fair and the New Parent Night and we’ll be getting the details out as each event nears. Please mark your calendars, though, as you and your children will not want to miss these events!
As always, thanks for doing what you can!
Tammy Chamberlain | Volunteer Coordinator | email@example.com | 303-831-9518
Current Volunteer Needs:
New Parent Night – Two parents are needed to supervise children on the playground while the new parents participate in New Parent Night next Wednesday, April 25 from 6-8 p.m. Please contact me if you can help with this.
Spring Clean Up Anyone? – It would be wonderful to get the playground tidied up before Field Day on May 18. If you would like to host a spring clean up, please let me know. All it takes is rounding up a few folks (which I can help with) and showing up with your rakes, brooms, trash bags and weed pullers. Please contact me if you’d like to take this one on!
Polaris T-Shirt Coordinator – Thank you to Alenka Han for stepping up to coordinate the sale of the annual Polaris t-shirt. These unique t-shirts are designed by Polaris students are a very special and treasured part of our school culture. We are so lucky to have Alenka at the helm to ensure that the tradition continues.
All of our 5th graders recently had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Fifth Annual “Rockies Honor Robinson” Youth Artistic Contest.
One of the most significant moments in Major League Baseball history is when Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier on April 15, 1947. In 2004, Commissioner Selig proclaimed that April 15 would always be known as Jackie Robinson Day. Our goal is to celebrate this moment by bringing more exposure to the life, values and accomplishments of Jackie Robinson and other African American leaders who have inspired us to break any barrier and succeed.
The contest theme was “Breaking Barriers” and students submitted anything artistic to describe what breaking barriers means to them.
Each 5th grader who participated received four tickets to an upcoming Rockies game. In addition, out of the 2,400 submissions, Polaris had two students who made the finals.
Reed Hendler received “Honorable Mention” and Macy Gosch won “First Place.” Both students received VIP tickets and will be recognized by the Rockies before the game on April 15.
Check out some of the Breaking Barriers art on display near the school lunchroom. Congratulations to our students!
We are very fortunate to be part of a great school community and we are so lucky to have amazing teachers dedicating their tremendous talents to our students every day. Although we could easily recognize all of our Polaris teachers, we nominated Sean Semler for the 2012 Denver Teachers’ Awards.
We are thrilled that Mr. Semler was selected as a recipient of this year’s award! Only one nomination is allowed per school and just six Denver Public Schools teachers earned this prestigious honor.
Mr. Semler received his award at a surprise assembly last Friday with 4th and 5th grade students. For more than 50 years, the award has recognized teachers who motivate students through creative, positive methods and enrich their school communities.
We are grateful to parents and students who contributed recommendation letters to the nomination portfolio.
As one of the award recipients, Mr. Semler will be honored at the annual Excellence in Education Banquet on Friday, May 11 at 5:30 p.m. at the Doubletree Hotel, 3203 Quebec St. Families and faculty are welcome. To attend, please sign up through this sly reply: http://www.slyreply.com/Event/EventDetails.aspx?eid=ondpzalwPKo%3d
For further information, please visit: http://www.denverteachersawards.org/
Congratulations, Mr. Semler!
Berni Slowey and Sherry Beardshear
The Green Committee is looking for a few sustainably minded folks to get involved with the many exciting programs that they have already developed as well as to help implement more programs to make our school community as sustainable and healthy as it can be. This committee not only worked to secure and install the school garden which has become an integral part of many electives classes and classroom projects, but also brought composting to our cafeteria and recently raised funds thru the Little Red School House and the textile recycling program to purchase silverware for the cafeteria. No more plastic forks and spoons going to the landfill! In addition to other green committee volunteer opportunities, we are looking for a Compost Coordinator and a co-Garden Leader. If you would like to be part of this important group, please contact Steph Friday at firstname.lastname@example.org or Leslie Demmon at email@example.com