August 29, 2018 

Upcoming Events

Curriculum Night August 30th
Please join us tomorrow, Thursday, August 30 at 6:00 for Curriculum Night (adults only), where you will learn all the nuts and bolts about your child’s classroom. To accommodate families with more than one child, we will have two sessions: 6-6:30 and 6:30-7:00. Both presentations will be the same.

Parent's Night Out After Curriculum Night
Interested in meeting more people in our Polaris community? Join us after Curriculum Night at our first Parent's Night Out. 
Meet @ Horseshoe Lounge, 414 E. 20th Ave, from 7:00-9:00pm.


​​​​​​Band Instrument Petting Zoo September 6th 
Join Mrs. Kielmeyer and her instrument ambassadors in the auditorium September 6th from 3:30-4:30 to learn about instruments of the Polaris band. Third-fifth grade students can hold and play flute, clarinet, alto saxophone, trumpet, trumpet, trombone, baritone, snare drum and orchestra bells. Parents are encouraged to attend, but if a parent cannot attend, students can bring a signed permission slip with them to the event. Permission slips are available in the music room and can be downloaded here. More information about the program can be found here

Grade Level Parent Socials 
Book your sitter now so you can attend our casual adults-only gatherings coming up soon! Hang with other parents, talk with teachers and the principal, nosh on light apps and treats, and to learn more about how you can support our fabulous school.
Keep your eye on your email in-box for your grade-level invite.
If you haven't received the evite, please contact Frankie Newman, polarisptosocial@gmail.com.
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
 

Jogathon 2018 October 5th
This community event is a great way to come together, have fun and fund the gap! Look for a letter in this week's Thursday folder for more information about the event. .

From the Calendar

August/September
Thursday
, August 30, 6:00-7:00  Curriculum Night
Thursday, August 30, 7:00-9:00 Parent's Night Out

Thursday, September 6, 6:30 Fifth Grade Parent Social 
Monday September 10, 3:45 CSC & 6:00 PTO meetings
Thursday, September 13, 6:00 Second Grade Parent Social
Friday, September 14, 6:00 Fourth Grade Parent Social
Thursday, September 20, 6:00 First & Third Grade Parent Socials

October

Monday, October 1, 3:45 CSC & 6:00 PTO meetings
Friday, October 5, Jogathon
Friday, October 19, NO SCHOOL
Monday, October 22, NO SCHOOL
Tuesday, October 23, NO SCHOOL

Volunteer Needs

Attorneys Needed for Mock Trial Elective
Last year, Principal Sterrett and a committed group of Polaris parents introduced a popular Mock Trial elective for 4th and 5th graders. The lead teacher’s child has moved on to middle school, so we are looking for a new lead as well as assistants to share their legal expertise. If you are an attorney and have some flexibility on Friday afternoons, please consider volunteering in the Mock Trial elective. Classes will meet between 1:35-3:20 on September 14th, 21st, 28th, October 5th and 12th.
If interested, please contact Deb Aruca, polaris.electives@gmail.com this week. Thanks!


Jogathon 2018
We need volunteers! We are still organizing and have lots of volunteer slots available. We have both small and larger jobs available. Please click here to find a list of needs or reach out to Carrie Lamb at polarisptojogathon@gmail.com
Look for a letter in this week’s Thursday folder with more details about the event. Thank you!


Community Dinner Organizer Needed
Love helping organize social events? Then here is the volunteer role for you! The Social Committee needs someone to help schedule dining out nights at local restaurants for our community. We have many restaurants we have partnered with in the past so you don't have to reinvent the wheel! Email Social Chair Frankie Newman (polarisptosocial@gmail.com) for more info. Thanks!

Seeking Graphic Designer
Seeking a graphic designer than can spare a few design-time hours creating a quick logo for the PTO Corporate Sponsorship Program. If you have design skills (Illustrator) and are willing to help out, please contact Corporate Sponsorship Coordinator Amy Newman at 678-908-1034 or polarisptocorpspon@gmail.com for further details. Thank you!

Polaris PTO Needs YOU
Our first meeting will be Monday, September 10th @ 6:00pm.  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.

Support Our School

Help Us Fund the Gap
The Polaris administration collaborates with the PTO to fund the $130,000 funding gap. These funds provide paras, Friday Electives, STEAM, Specials and more.
Here are the ways you can give:
- Online
- Automatic secure transfers from your bank account
- Checks dropped to main office/mailed to: Polaris PTO,410 Park Ave W, Denver CO 80205.
Please make checks out to: Polaris PTO. Questions? polarisptofundraising@gmail.com


Corporate Sponsorship
Do you have a business that you would like to bring visibility to? How about having your name/logo on a banner hanging on the Polaris School fence for a year? Sponsoring Polaris will support the school AND help your business. Sponsorship levels from $250 to $2,500 are available. 
Download the sponsorship form for more information.


Purchase Polaris Gear Online
Polaris t-shirts, adult baseball tees, hoodies and car magnets are available now with the help of the My School Anywhere app!  Please click here to order.  Your gear will be delivered to your child's classroom on the Thursday following purchase.

Yay Polaris!

Great First Week
Thank you to all the teachers and staff for a tremendous start to the school year.  This is going to be a great year! 

Did You Know?

Register Now For 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 website here.
Registration for the fall 2108 semester opened Monday, August 27th and classes begin the week of September 10th, 2018. Please direct questions to Heather Ottele at polaris.enrichment@gmail.com.

Keep In Touch

Polaris Elementary Website
Polaris Elementary Facebook Page

Our fundraising goal is $130,000 for the 2018-2019 school year.