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 – firstname.lastname@example.org | 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.
I am amazed at how the days have suddenly gotten shorter! As I was saying goodbye to the children on Halloween, I was struck by how much darker it was and how long the shadows were. Even though we’ve had great weather, the cold is sure to come soon! Here at Polaris, we believe that unstructured playtime outside is critical to the development of our children– just as much as reading and math! Therefore, students will go outside to play whenever possible. Please be sure to send kids with warm clothing. Our weather can change in a flash!
Denver has completed their tabulation of scores for our DPS School Performance Framework (SPF). We were one of the schools whose overall rating declined, and yet, we have much to celebrate. We continue to “Exceed Expectations” in the areas of academic status (the number of students who scored in advanced and proficient ranges) and parent and student engagement. According to many school rating sites, our academic status is number one in Colorado! Unfortunately we were “Approaching Expectations” in student growth. We only receive growth scores for fourth and fifth graders. Our fourth grade growth scores were amazing! We were disappointed with our fifth grade growth scores, and we have already put improvements in place to ensure that we do better in 2017. I will present our SPF in greater detail at CSC on Monday, November 7th at 4:00pm. All are welcome.
Halloween parties were amazing! Thanks to all who organized, helped, and attended! In my opinion, the perfect balance was struck between healthy and sugar! The pumpkin cuties with celery stems were my personal favorite. Our parents did a great job providing creative, healthy and fun treats!
I can’t wait to see you all for our Thanksgiving Feast on November 17th! If you did not purchase tickets for a guest meal, you are still welcome to come and sit with your student. Some lunch times are adjusted slightly, see the website for lunch times. I look forward to seeing you there!
The lost and found is getting full! Please stop and take a look to see if anything there belongs to your family. All unclaimed items will be donated on November 18th. (The last day of school before Thanksgiving Break).
It was great seeing all of you at conferences as well. I know you all agree with me that our teachers do a great job planning learning experiences that encourage our students, help each child grow, and establish a love of learning. When a teacher does something that you notice as exceptional, it would be very special if you could take a minute to let them know.
It’s hard to believe that this is the time to start considering schools for next year. If you have a student leaving Polaris, the Denver Great Schools Expo is a wonderful place to get information on many schools in order to narrow your choices. It takes place at Sports Authority Field at Mile High on November 9th from 6:00 to 8:00.
We are still working with the GT office and the Choice Department regarding admissions to first grade. CSC has formally requested that any kindergarteners who qualify as highly gifted be allowed priority to attend Polaris for first grade. The GT and Choice Departments will host a kindergarten parent meeting here at Polaris on November 16th at 5:30 p.m.
There are many fulfilling aspects to my job, and when I think about what they have in common, they all revolve around helping and being with people. I love seeing you and your children at drop off and pick up. Your warm greetings in the morning set a happy tone for my day! I am available to you at other times, though. If you have questions or need something, please don’t hesitate to call me.
Anne Sterrett, Principal
Polaris at Ebert
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.
Parents continue to communicate about pick up time on Glenarm, Teachers are asked keep on the lookout for students who need help and situations that could present danger to our students like getting in the wrong car, interaction with people who are not part of Polaris, ensuring all students are picked up. There have been some requests to make the pick up a “line”. This presents problems since all students aren’t ready at the same time. The process is more like the airport pick up—pull in and pull out carefully being mindful and courteous. It’s great for cars to move north as allowed, and if there are empty spaces, cars can also carefully move in. Also like airport pickup, there is no double “parking”. We have a staff member on the corner of 22nd so students who need to cross Glenarm or 22 should be head down to those corner. Thank you for all you do to keep students safe!
A huge thank you to Stephanie and Paul Falcone, Meaghan and Reed Elliot, Tim and Lori Kirkland, Amy and Frankie Newman, Meg and Jeb Freedman, Eric Rasmussen, and Sara Baack for hosting the grade level socials. The parties were a fantastic chance for parents to get to know one another in a relaxed setting. I enjoyed meeting and getting to know parents as well. They were also a great opportunity to become informed about the Polaris Annual Fund. The Annual Fund monies are instrumental in stretching the Polaris budget. They have allowed us to purchase extra materials, technology, exciting educational experiences, and additional para time which reduces the adult to student ratio. If you have not already made your gift, please contact Vanessa Pierce, our fundraising chair to make your contribution today. Polaris students are counting on you!
A letter from our superintendent, Tom Boasberg, came in last week’s Thursday folders. It outlines what items for Polaris are included in the mill levy proposal. I encourage you to read it in order to be informed. Thank you for your attention to these important issues. If you have additional questions, please visit bond.dpsk12.org or reach out to email@example.com
You are probably already planning for Halloween! The parade will begin at 2:15. More info about the parade will come in a separate email.
- All costumes should be “G-Rated”.
- Please apply fake blood to costumes ahead of time and ensure that it does not drip.
- Absolutely no weapons (real or fake)!
- We welcome costumed parents and family, but please no adult masks.
- Please remember we have little ones, so nothing too scary!
I’m looking forward to seeing you there!
Happy Fall Everyone!
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).
Thank you for helping make this an outstanding first week back to school. If it is any indication, we are going to have a terrific year! I am sending out this special edition to provide you with information about a few nuts and bolts.
Curriculum Night: September 1, 2016 at 5:30-6:40
Please plan to attend Curriculum Night on September 1. This adult only night is designed to promote partnership between home and school and to provide you with information to help you best support your child’s learning. In order to facilitate families with more than one student, there will be two identical sessions. The first session begins at 5:30 and runs until 6:00, and the second session will begin at 6:10 and end at 6:40.
Parents of fifth graders, please plan to attend the first session in the auditorium to meet all three teachers.
Morning Drop Off:
You may drop your child off anytime between 8:30 and 8:40. Please do not bring your child to school earlier than that unless you are attending Discovery Link or another special program. There is no staff supervision outside prior to 8:30. Please do not park on the east side of Glenarm (near the building) as this is loading only. It is expected that those who use this loading area will be swift and pull up to the furthest space toward Park Avenue in order to make room for other parents who would like to drop off their children. Thank you for your thoughtfulness!
The east side of Glenarm (nearest the building) is for loading only. Please pull up as far as you can and do not leave your car. If you’d like to park or to chat with friends, we’d love to have you hang out! Please park on the west side of Glenarm or in another designated parking area.
Accessing the building during the school day:
Last year, our safety committee worked with the DPS Safety Department to improve the safety of our children during the school day. As a result, our playground will be locked during the school day. We will keep it open during morning drop off and open it again for after school pick up. If you need to come to the building during the school day, please come to the marked door on Park Avenue and ring the bell. The office staff will always ask you to identify yourself, so please don’t be offended! This new protocol ensures the safety of our children, so please pardon any inconvenience. It’s worth it! Mr. Mey will be designing a student public art display that will mark the entrance in true Polaris tradition!
Gifted and Talented Parent Nomination Form:
This form is available on the Gifted and Talented website. If your child has not been identified HGT, please go to the website and complete the form!
Destination Imagination fosters collaboration, creativity and problem-solving, and it’s great for gifted kids, but Polaris doesn’t have a team. In order to have a team, we need a coach. Please consider whether this is something you would enjoy doing with your student and some other Polaris friends. It is an awesome program! If you are interested, please see Gail Axt. She can provide you with more information. You can also visit the Destination Imagination website.
We still have a few more slots to fill. If you are willing to teach, but need ideas/curriculum, we can support you. Just let me or Melinda know what subject area you are interested in.
Have a great weekend!
Anne Sterrett, Principal
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.
While the deadline to order Edukits has passed, we still have a few extra kits available at the office! (Sorry, no Kinder kits.)
See Andrea or Pam in the office to purchase. Payment can be made by check to Polaris PTO.
Polaris families can purchase school supplies one of two ways.