I hope this finds everyone comfortably settling into 2nd Semester. I have a few pieces of information to share as you prepare to enjoy the weekend.
First is the Annual Parent Forum Polaris Auction on Friday, February 27th. This event promises to be a great time for all and represents Polaris' largest fundraiser of the year. As per tradition, our Advisory will be contributing the much coveted "Doggie Delight" basket. This year Parent Forum is asking that you either bring in a contribution for the basket OR a cash/gift card donation. The monetary contributions will be gathered prior to the auction and Parent Forum volunteers have offered to do the shopping for us to supplement the basket. They are asking for all contributions to be in by Friday, February 13th. If anyone is interested in bringing in a doggie bed to serve as our "basket", please let me know. If you are shopping yourself, you may contribute anything a dog or dog lover would enjoy; toys, treats, etc. I usually look for cute items that are on sale to maximize the bang for the buck of our basket. For more information on the auction or if you are interested in volunteering and/or know of someone interested in donating an auction item to benefit our school, please visit the associated page on the Polaris website.
The auction will also be held on the same day that Polaris celebrates Anchorage's Centennial. The Secondary students are creating a tent city reminiscent of Anchorage 100 years ago. Our Advisory will proudly be representing the Alaska Railroad. 9th grader, Savannah Paul, utilized her connections to secure some fantastic swag for our booth! We each got engineer style hats to wear and items to distribute to the younger kids as they tour the tent city. Thank you to Savannah and the Alaska Railroad!!!! We will get pictures for sure!
Second semester student-led conferences will be held on Friday, April 17 and Friday, April 24. We are starting early to prepare for conferences. For the last two weeks, students have had the opportunity in Advisory to set-up their websites to be functional for years to come. This will develop into a place to store and showcase previous work and capture new artifacts of their learning. We will continue to work on this in class and will soon begin to build Scholarship Portfolios. More information about that process is available on our Advisory website and will be distributed in class.
Polaris is now a Certifying Organization for the President's Volunteer Service Award. If you are interested in pursing this honorable distinction, please visit the associated page on the Polaris website.
Finally, the website and Wolf Weekly continue to be a wealth of current information. If you are not receiving those weekly emails, please contact Angela Borjon (Borjon_Angela@asdk12.org) in the front office to ensure that you are on the distribution list.
Today in Advisory I asked students if they wanted to do something fun and play a game. To my shock, they turned me down in favor of completing assignments and homework!!! I applaud their efforts to stay on top of their game and am impressed with the overall dedication and commitment of this group.
Have a wonderful weekend and, as always, if you have any concerns please let me know.