We have observed many cars dropping off in the bus zone during bus-only hours of 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. This is not only against city ordinance, but also unsafe. To help remind drop-off drivers, we will be placing signs on the curb each morning. Please set a good example for our children by obeying the city laws and our Polaris policies and drop off your students in back of the school where the doors are open and attended to by one of our paras beginning at 8:30 a.m.
Archives for November 2014
Please join the Honor Choir, Beginning Band, Advanced Band and Violin Classes for their annual winter concert on Thursday, Dec. 4. Each group will present songs showcasing their musical growth and achievements at 6:30 p.m. in the gym.
Students need to report to their teacher at 5:45 p.m. to warm-up and have their picture taken for the yearbook. Ensemble photos will be available for purchase from LifeTouch Photography.
For more detailed concert information, please visit the Polaris Band Blog at http://www.polarisbands.wordpress.com or the Polaris Choir Blog at http://www.polarischoir.wordpress.com. Parents can also email Mrs. Kielmeyer at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 9, and all online gifts made that day are eligible for a partial match from the $1 million CGD Challenge Fund – the more we raise, the more challenge dollars we receive. The best part is that you don’t have to wait until Dec. 9 to make your gift; ColoradoGives.org allows you to schedule your CGD donation now. Thank you for your generous support of Polaris @ Ebert.
The celebration will be held 6-7:30 p.m., Wednesday, Dec. 10. Students will present their work in the auditorium and gymnasium. First and second graders will show off group/class projects, while third through fifth graders will each have a poster board summarizing their individual science projects.
We recognize this comes at a busy time of year, but we need parents’ help to make the event a success. Light appetizers and desserts (graciously donated by you) will be served at the evening celebration, and we need volunteers to “listen” to fourth and fifth graders present their projects (day-time). Please sign-up here for those opportunities.
Grades 3-5: Displays are due Monday, Dec. 8. Display boards are on sale in the office for $5. Teachers (grades 3-5) have already started working with their classes and passed out this year’s Science Fair Packet. If you have yet to see the packet or need extra resources, go to the updated Polaris Science Fair webpage.
Project Angel Heart has been selected as the recipient of the 2014 Polaris holiday giving project! Project Angel Heart is a non-profit organization operating in Denver and Colorado Springs which provides free, made-from-scratch, home-delivered meals to over 1,000 Coloradans each week who are coping with life-threatening illness.
Project Angel Heart staff will be visiting Polaris classrooms to speak about their mission as part of the kick-off for the food drive on Nov. 21.
We will have a friendly classroom competition to see to see which class collects the most boxes of cereal for Project Angel Heart! Bring cereal to your classroom collection bin by Friday, Dec. 19. Other food drive items include: standard-sized boxes of low-sugar cereals, granola bars, raisins, plain canned tomatoes (low-sodium preferred), and (unsalted for baking) walnuts, pecans and almonds.
In December, students will decorate meal bags, pack boxes of food and load the boxes into the Project Angel Heart vans as part of their winter classroom parties. Please email Haley Figueroa at email@example.com with any questions.
Thank you to all the families for a great turnout at our Tony P’s community dinner this month. Please save the date to join us for our next community dinner event the week of Dec. 8 at Wahoo’s Fish Taco (225 E 20th Ave). More details to come.
Polaris has a collection box in the office for your old electronics (items like cell phones, tablets, handheld personal gaming devices) and empty ink jet printer cartridges. The school sends them off to be recycled with a program called Cartridges for Kids and they send the school a check for each submission. Good for the planet, good for the school.
A small number of 2014 Polaris t-shirts remain available. T-shirts are $10 each and can be paid for in cash or by check made payable to Polaris PTO. If you are interested, please contact Alenka Han at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wednesday, December 10, 6:00-7:30 PM
- Displays are due Monday December 8th. Display boards are on sale in the office for $5. Teachers (3rd-5th grades) have already started working with their classes and passed out this year’s Science Fair Packet. If you have yet to see the packet or need extra resources, go to the updated Polaris Science Fair webpage. http://polaris.dpsk12.org/current-parents/2012-science-fair-information/
- The celebration will be held on Wednesday December 10th from 6:00-7:30pm. Students will present their work in the auditorium and gymnasium. First and second graders will show off group/class projects, while third through fifth graders will each have a poster board summarizing their individual science projects.
- We recognize this comes at a busy time of year, but we need parents’ help to make the event a success. Light appetizers and desserts will be served at the evening celebration (graciously donated by you!), and we need volunteers to “listen” to 4th and 5th graders present their projects (day-time). Please sign-up for those opportunities here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0d48afaf2ea02-salute
During winter weather conditions, the decision to open or close schools is not a simple one. However, this decision is made with one overriding factor in mind – the well-being of our students, their families and DPS staff.
As winter approaches, the DPS transportation department has made preparations to ensure buses are running and students arrive safely to school. Drivers participate in a comprehensive training program that includes preparation for driving in inclement weather and adverse conditions. They also conduct a daily pre-trip inspection of their buses before they go on their route.
DPS transportation will monitor weather, roads and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) schedule for plowing of streets traveled by buses and children. Please remember that weather and street conditions can vary greatly within Denver boundaries.
If DPS Schools Close Due to Severe Weather
Transportation will not run any buses. The decision to close is made by the Superintendent based on information provided by representatives from transportation agencies, the weather bureau, city and county law enforcement and DPS transportation. All after-school activities, including middle and high school athletics, are cancelled. Therefore, there is no transportation for these activities either. It is the responsibility of parents/guardians to make contingency plans for the care of their student in the event that school is canceled.
If DPS Schools Remain Open During Inclement Weather
The required transportation is provided. However, services may be modified to ensure both driver and student safety and welfare. Traffic conditions may require students to spend additional time en route to school, special activities, programs or home. Buses could be delayed up to 15 minutes due to the inclement weather.
If Severe Weather Occurs During the School Day
DPS will closely monitor severe weather conditions and forecasts throughout the day to ensure student safety. Should severe weather begin during the school day, bus routes will run in the same order as normally followed in the afternoon. Depending on conditions, arrival times at home may be delayed. After-school activities (athletic events, enrichment programs, etc.) may be modified or cancelled as a result of the weather conditions.
School Closure Communication
If the decision is made to close school, the DPS Communications Office will immediately notify local television and radio stations, which will broadcast regular announcements of school closures or delays. Information is also available at DenverChannel.com, 9News.com, KDVR.com and denver.cbslocal.com. Notifications in Spanish will be made on radio newscasts on 1150 AM, 1280 AM and 1090 AM.
Announcements to close school will also be posted to the district’s Facebook (www.facebook.com/DenverPublicSchools) and Twitter (@DPSNewsNow) pages, as well as the DPS Transportation Facebook (www.facebook.com/DPSTransportation) and Twitter (@DPSschoolbus) pages.
A message denoting the closure or late start will also be left on the school district’s closure hotline at 720.423.3200, as well on the DPS Transportation hotline at 720.423.4699.
Polaris at Ebert is offering the popular Original Works art program again this fall. You’re children should be bringing home their artwork and order form in today’s Thursday Folder so be sure to check it!
Through this program your child’s own artwork can be reproduced onto a selection of over 20 quality products. Kids are producing their artwork as part of the regular school art curriculum – but can use any artwork on 8.5 x 11 cardstock. Parents, siblings and teachers can also order items using their own art. These make great gifts for Grandparents or other relatives and are a fun and useful way to preserve and display your kids art.
Orders will be due Nov. 7, and final products will be delivered before winter break in time for holiday gift giving. Each order raises money to pay for art supplies in support of our wonderful full-time art program.
Please join us for our first community dinner of the school year at Tony P’s Pizzeria (777 E. 17th Ave) on Wednesday, Nov. 12. Tony P’s will donate 20% of attributable sales to Polaris, including ALL DAY dine-in, carry out and gift card sales. You must mention Polaris when placing your order! Further, the class with the most dine-in attendance from 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. on Nov. 12, will receive a prize following the event!
A small number of t-shirts, in a limited number of sizes, leftover from the 2014 fall t-shirt sale, are available.
The following is available: one youth extra small, one youth large, two youth extra large, and two women’s small.
If you are interested in purchasing any of these t-shirts, please write to email@example.com. T-shirts are $10 each and can be paid for in cash or by check made payable to Polaris PTO.
With the help of almost 70 Polaris families, we have raised over $18,000 toward the $20,000 Polaris Annual Fund matching challenge. Thank you! And for families who prefer to make their gift on Colorado Gives Day, our online giving partner has given us an exciting reason to extend the kickoff challenge for just a few more days.
Colorado Gives Day is Dec. 9, and all online gifts made that day are eligible for a partial match from the $1 million CGD Challenge Fund — the more we raise, the more challenge dollars we receive. And the best part is that you don’t have to wait until Dec. 9 to make your gift.
ColoradoGives.org allows you to schedule your CGD donation now, and all pre-scheduled donations made through Nov. 15, will also count toward the Polaris Annual Fund’s $20,000 matching challenge.
Go to http://www.coloradogives.org/polaris to schedule your gift now. And thank you for your generous support of Polaris at Ebert.
Parents, please mark your calendars for the second and last parent only event only of the year. The Art of Science Wine Tasting fundraiser will be held on the evening of Saturday, Feb. 7. This fun and elegant event raises money to support the Art/Science program that provides each child the opportunity to create a stop animation film as well as to bring in national level speakers and programs related to the Arts and Sciences. If you are interested in being part of the planning committee, please contact Kristen Alix at firstname.lastname@example.org