August 15, 2018 

Upcoming Events

Back to School Meet & Greet: Friday, August 17th 4:30-5:30pm
Welcome back to school! Come meet your teacher, find your classroom, see old and new friends and have a popsicle on the playground. There will be information on PTO, volunteer opportunities, the Electives program, the upcoming Jogathon fundraiser, and more.  
PLUS *new* Polaris gear for purchase! See you there!
(Feel free to enter the school on Tremont St., as the playground gates will be open.)

Grade Level Parent Socials
These are casual adults-only gatherings coming up in September. Come mingle with other Polaris parents, talk with Polaris teachers and principal, nosh on light appetizers and treats, and to learn more about Polaris and how you can support our school. More info in the weeks to come, but schedule your sitter now, as you won't want to miss these!
1st Grade - Thursday September 20
2nd Grade - Thursday September 13
3rd Grade - Thursday September 20
4th Grade - Friday September 14
5th Grade - Thursday September 6

Volunteer Needs

Polaris PTO Needs YOU!
Our programming would not be possible without the fabulous volunteers whose time and dedication make Polaris events and programs successful and meaningful. We invite YOU to join and participate in the Polaris PTO this year. Whether you have 30 minutes or 30 hours to give, your help is greatly appreciated by our school community.
Volunteer opportunities include, but are not limited to:
Room Parent, Fundraising Team, Day-of Event staffing, Community Dinners, Social Committee, and the Auction. Contact Kara Chitwood (polarisptochair@gmail.com) to get involved.

JOGATHON Needs HELP 
JOGATHON 2018 will be Friday October 5th! A team of parents have been working hard this summer and we know this year will be even better than last. In order for that to happen we need your HELP. Please email Jogathon Chair Carrie Lamb at polarisptojogathon@gmail.com to find out how you can help.

Staff Appreciation Team- JOIN US
Looking for an easy, fun way to get involved at Polaris? Every month our community provides our wonderful staff with a meal. Half of the meals are sponsored by a single grade, and the remainder of the meals are sponsored by the Staff Appreciation Team. We also help support Teacher Appreciation Week in May, as well as other things that pop up throughout the year.
Interested? Contact Staff App Team Co-Lead Jami Davis, ksujami@hotmail.com.
The first staff appreciation meal will be Sept. 12th and hosted by the 5th grade families. Room parents will circulate a sign-up as the date gets closer.

Support Our School

Fundraising at Polaris
Public school budgets are tight across Colorado. Polaris PTO needs to raise $130,000 this year to provide paras, Friday Electives, STEAM and other programs.
Here are the ways you can give:
Annual Fund - 100% tax deductible. (click to donate)
Jog-A-Thon - student-led event October 5th
Auction - adult-only event in April
Other ways: Single-Use/Re-loadable Grocery Cards, Amazon Smile, Community Dinners, Yearbooks and Polaris Gear

Cool New Polaris Gear 
Want a simple way to support Polaris and show school spirit at the same time? Come to the Back to School Meet & Greet ready to purchase a Polaris t-shirt, baseball tee or hoodie! We have fresh new gear for you this year in both kid and adult sizing. Items will be available for sale periodically throughout the year, as well. We can take cash, check or card (via PayPal mobile card reader).

Re-loadable Grocery Cards 
Easy Money for Polaris! We encourage Polaris families to use re-loadable grocery cards as an easy way to contribute funds to our school through everyday purchases. For every $100 spent using a grocery card, Polaris receives $5. These small increments add up and result in donations to our school that don't come out of your pocket! Grab extra cards to give to grandparents, aunts/uncles, and friends to spend at participating stores (King Soopers, Safeway) and their gas stations. We also have Sprouts one-time purchase cards for sale. Get your card at the Back to School Meet & Greet; if you can't attend, or have any questions, contact Megan Webber (megan_webber@hotmail.com).

Help Needed With Electives Kickoff
The Electives Program is revving up for another exciting year of programming. Volunteers are needed to teach or assist on Friday afternoons: September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th and 12th.
New families: Electives offer a wonderful opportunity to get to know our school. Some ways to get involved: · Propose and develop your idea for a new elective class · Teach from one of our existing curricula · Assist in your child’s elective class · Or consider financially sponsoring an elective with one of our visiting teachers from the community.
If interested, please contact Deb Aruca at polaris.electives@gmail.com by Tuesday, August 21st.

Key Dates

Beginning of School
Friday, August 17th 4:30-5:30pm  Back to School Meet & Greet
Monday, August 20th 8:40 AM  First Day of School
Thursday, August 30th time TBD  Curriculum Night
Monday September 10th 3:45p CSC and 6:00p PTO meetings

Grade Level Parent Socials
Thursday September 6 - 5th Grade
Thursday September 13 - 2nd Grade 
Friday September 14 - 4th Grade  
Thursday September 20 - 3rd Grade 
Thursday September 20 - 1st Grade

Use Google Calendar 
Please check the Polaris Google Calendar on the homepage of the school website for the most up to date information

Did You Know?

Register Soon for Before and After School Enrichment Programs
Polaris offers a wide variety of before-and-after school enrichment opportunities, some taught by our own wonderful teachers. To view the weekly schedule, learn more about what is offered, and register for classes please visit the Polaris website. Registration for the fall 2108 semester opens Monday, August 27th and classes begin the week of September 10th, 2018.
Please direct questions to Heather Ottele at polaris.enrichment@gmail.com.

Install the My School Anywhere Mobile App
Polaris Elementary and the Polaris PTO will be using the My School Anywhere app this year.  Install the My School Anywhere app on your iOS or Android phone to access the school directory and more.

Keep In Touch

Use Our Website & Facebook
You can keep up with what is going on at Polaris by using the Polaris website: http://polaris.dpsk12.org/ or the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/giftedmagnet/
While not directly affiliated with the PTO or Polaris, each grade has a parent-led Facebook group as well. You must be logged in with a profile to view all Facebook groups.

FIRST: Polaris Class of 2030: https://www.facebook.com/groups/869514639918741/
SECOND: Polaris Class of 2029 :https://www.facebook.com/groups/Polaris2029/
THIRD: Polaris Class of 2028: https://www.facebook.com/groups/114812222558692/
FOURTH: Polaris Class of 2027: https://www.facebook.com/groups/135615197018928/
FIFTH: Polaris Class of 2026: https://www.facebook.com/groups/405852689941500/

Our fundraising goal is $130,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.  Click here to support Polaris.