On Nov. 13, from 6-8 p.m., Polaris alumni will hold a middle school information panel in the gymnasium. Children in all grades and their families are welcome. This night is primarily kid-on-kid so students can ask former Polaris students about the DPS Middle School they attend. Polaris alums in attendance will represent Morey Middle School, Hill Middle School, Hamilton Middle School, McAuliffe, DSST (Stapleton), Denver School of the Arts (DSA), GALS (Girls Athletic Leadership School) and DCIS (Denver Center for International Studies).
Archives for November 2013
Second-grade students will again be selling holiday cards created by the women of The Gathering Place. The Gathering Place is a daytime homeless shelter for women and children. The card project provides a safe and supportive environment for women to express themselves artistically and an opportunity to experience growth and obtain financial reward.
The cards will be for sale beginning Nov. 21 at the holiday luncheon and they will be sold every Friday at lunch and after electives from 3:30-3:45 p.m. The cost is $2 per card.
These beautiful cards are created at the Gathering Place by homeless women. Proceeds from sales are split: 25 percent goes to purchase supplies for making cards and 75 percent goes directly to the woman who created the card. If you have not ever visited The Gathering Place, we highly recommend it.
Thanks for your support and have a wonderful Holiday Season with your family!
Ms. Brown and Mrs. Kat
We are looking for a few more folks to appreciate our staff! Now, that seems silly, doesn’t it? Because we all appreciate this amazing staff more than they will ever know! But would you like to SHOW it? We are looking for a few more people to help us out as part of the Staff Appreciation Team.
Our team is responsible for organizing the staff lunches that aren’t already covered by grade-level parents. For the month of October, we created the Polaris Deli, a yummy sandwich bar that included salads and desserts! It was a complete hit! We will need to cover three more events: Dec. 17 (a holiday breakfast), Feb. 11 (lunch with Kinder parents), and May 13 (final appreciation lunch).
Thank you to all of you who have signed up already. If you would like to join our team, we would love to have you! Please email Leta Sharpe with your name and contact information.
Many, many thanks!
Leta Sharpe and Cristina Muldoon
We have a collection box in the school office for all empty ink jet cartridges as well as outdated personal electronic devices to be recycled through the Cartridges for Kids program. Drop off your items to be recycled in an environmentally friendly way that helps bring cash back to our school.
We are still about 10 slots short for the Potpourri electives class. Please help! All sections of the potpourri class are second hour, from 2:10-3:10 p.m. Teaching a potpourri class only requires a one-hour commitment. If you can help on one or two Fridays, contact Jennifer Zuniga.
Dates for second quarter: Nov. 1, 8, 15 and 22, and Dec. 6 and 13.
The November orders are now in and waiting for pick-up in the school office. If you would like to add to your order for holiday shopping (you can use your grocery cards to buy gift cards too), please contact Molly Kirschling at 303-875-6936 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
I hope you will plan to join us for our first community event, the Family Dance Party and Polaris Talent Showcase, on Friday, Nov. 8. Parent and volunteer extraordinaire, Molly Kirshling, is working hard behind the scenes to coordinate this event, so I ask that you please do what you can do to help her make it a success.
As always, thanks for doing what you can!
Family Dance Party
Second grade families have primary staffing responsibility for this event on Friday, Nov. 8, and have already filled a large number of the volunteer slots. This event does have a lot of staffing requirements, however, so if you and your family are planning to attend, please consider giving 30 minutes of from 6-8 p.m. Polaris your time to make it a successful and fun night for all. Please see the Sign Up Genius below.
Wine Tasting Committee
Kristen Alix is on the case as our chair and is ready to start planning the annual Art of Science Wine Tasting that raises money for our fabulous art/science program which allows kids to make films and be exposed to incredible speakers and artists. Please contact Kristen if you can be a part of this fun committee that will start meeting soon. The event is in February so this is a short-term commitment!
Assist Jay Vasconcellos with development of the yearbook which is a treasured tradition at our school. Because she produced the yearbook almost singlehandedly last year, Jay is now very familiar with the process and the software used to create the yearbook pages. She will be able to guide you every step of the way. Jay would also love to help with taking photos, conducting surveys and writing content. You’ll be proud to be part of this wonderful product when you see how much the children cherish it!
PTO Chair Elect
Serve with our current PTO Chair and prepare to take the reins next year. This job is not as daunting as it sounds. You’ll have a good team of people to make everything happen while you provide the guidance and leadership to steer the ship.
Green Team Committee Members
Valerie Schwebach stepped up to be the chair of the Green Team. Now all we need are a couple more parents who also have a passion for protecting our environment and teaching our children how to live lightly on this earth. If you are interested in this important mission, please let me know and I will put you in touch with Valerie. As I have said before, there is no set agenda for this committee; you and Valerie decide the goals and initiatives.
Would you be able to spend 20-40 minutes each week helping a student with his or her reading? Students who could use a little extra help will be matched with an adult reading buddy for the remainder of the school year. Don’t worry if you’ve never taught a child to read before, we have many great resources to help you. Please contact Alex Kwan if you are interested in finding out more about this very rewarding volunteer opportunity.
The Polaris Film Project, our unique arts integration program, needs parent volunteers to help us bring movie-making magic to every Polaris student this year. Contact Vinnie Piturro to get on our schedule
On Thursday, Nov. 21, the gymnasium will be set up to accommodate the Thanksgiving lunch. The tables will be set up by the facilities management staff, but a few parent volunteers are needed to cover the tables with colored paper. Your help would be needed from about 8:45 to 10:00 a.m.. Please sign up here if you can help
Thank you to those who have stepped up! Thank you to Renee Allen and Georgia Edson for stepping up to work on the Wine Tasting event with the chair Kristen Alix. These important events don’t just happen on their own. It takes committed and willing parent volunteers to pull it all together. Thanks again Renee and Georgai!
If you can help with any of the positions above, please contact me!
Many families have already accessed the DPS’ Parent/Student Portal. Designed specifically for DPS parents and students, the new portal:
- Helps parents and students access information about how their students are doing in school.
- Connects parents and students with tools and content to support learning at home
- Is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Arabic and Somali to serve the vast majority of DPS families
If you have questions about the portal, please contact the Parent/Student Portal team.