Poly Drivers: Local author visits Poly for assemblies

Mike Thayer, a local author of children’s fantasy adventure stories, spent the afternoon at Poly on Wednesday, Sept. 25, speaking with 3rd-5th graders.

His first novel Passage to Avalon (Book 1 in The Epic Adventures of the Techno Wizard) is the story of a boy from Montana who gets transported to a strange and magical world, but still maintains cell phone signal back to Earth.

During his presentation, Thayer spoke about nurturing creativity, developing a productive obsession, and shared an in-depth look at the novel writing process. His second book in this series will be released this December.

This event was made possible through donations to the Poly Drive PTA. Thank you for your support of offerings like this one.

Poly Drivers: Poly PTA supports inclusive playground

In August, the Poly Dive PTA Board voted to make a $500 donation to the Every Child Plays – Rose Park Elementary Inclusive Playground project with a small portion of our unspent funds from last year.

Our school continues to receive so much support from our families and we wanted to share that with a local community project. This also gives Poly families an inclusive and engaging place to play outside school hours that is also in our neighborhood.

The goal of the Every Child Plays project goes beyond the simple addition of a few accessible pieces of equipment, but instead focuses on the mutually benefi cial and important value of inclusive play between students who are typically-developed and those of diverse abilities.

For more information, please visit http://www.everychildplaysbillings.org.

Poly Drivers: Polar Bears race, among other things

The Great Polar Bear Race of 2018 has come to a close. This membership drive encouraged some healthy competition between classes to get the most new Poly PTA members.

And the results: Classroom Ice Cream Party: Mrs. Watson (kindergarten); Mrs. Robinson (4/5 combo; Ms. Phillips (4th grade)

Teacher Giftcard Drawing: Mrs. Delcamp; Ms. Phillips Congratulations to the winners!

If you haven’t yet joined Poly Drive PTA, come on over! Contest or not, we all win with efforts to make each of our student’s potential a reality, through advocacy, partnership and enrichment. Become a member for just $10 in dues.

Poly Drivers: Walkers/bikers push past weather

What is it about Walk/Bike to School Week (WBTS) that triggers winter-like weather? Poly Polar Bears weren’t daunted by it, as they logged 690.96 miles, with 1,431 total trips, and 137 student participants.

During the week of Oct. 8-12, kids and parents got moving through the streets surrounding Poly. Mrs. Byrd’s class won extra recess with 55.5 miles tallied in their classroom. And on the intermediate side, Mrs. Walker’s class won with 61.9 miles logged. Fantastic work, everyone! Volunteers, you take the prize for making this fun week possible.

Reflections At a Glance

The Reflections Arts Program offers an opportunity for creative young people to participate in a themed National Arts Competition with six separate categories.
Theme for Reflections: The theme for this year’s competition is Heroes Among Us; it’s the 50th anniversary.
Reflections categories: The categories are Visual Arts, Photography, Dance Choreography, Music Composition, Literature, and Film Production.
Who can enter? All students attending Poly Drive are eligible to enter the competition. Work is judged by age division. The Primary division is kindergarten-2nd grade. The Intermediate division is 3rd-5th grade.
Do I have to buy art supplies in order for my child to participate? No. The PTA has purchased art materials that are available for students to borrow, and take home in order to create their submission piece.
When is the entry deadline? Entries must be received by Friday January 18, 2019 in order to participate in the competition.
What happens after the work is submitted? The entries are judged first at Poly Drive. The top two entries in each age division and category will move on to the state level Reflections competition, with the possibility of advancing to the national level.
Where do we sign up? Contact Reflections Chairperson Deva Gallagher to be added to the email list at gdevatom@yahoo.com
Go to http://www.montanapta.org for official rules and more information.
All entries will be displayed at the Poly Drive Talent night, and at a local art gallery with an opening reception for all participating students.

Let’s party like it’s the end of the year

The End of the Year Celebration will feature food trucks, fabulous games, and lots of time for friends to celebrate the 2017-18 school year. Join us on the playground from 12-2 p.m. on Friday, June 1.

Poly Drive PTA sponsors this celebration for our Poly Drive community. Enjoy the great activities (free with signed waiver) and tasty treats available for purchase, including gourmet hot dogs and grilled cheese sammies, and Summer Snow frozen treats. Games will include a climbing wall, free photo booth, and game truck. Adult volunteers are needed to help with the games. Please go to bit.ly/pdspring2018 to volunteer. Parents are required to be present during the celebration.

FAQs can be found here: EOYC FAQ 2018. For more information, contact/text Jourdan Guidice.

STEAM Night at Poly

Make Friday night Family Fun Night on April 27. The PTA is sponsoring a STEAM (Science Technology Engineering Art and Math) Night, from 5-7 p.m. The night will feature STEAM activities that can be completed by students and their accompanying adults. Students will receive a passport to get stamped at each activity in which they participate. They may then turn in their passport to be entered in the student raffle.
We will also be raffling off a new Chromebook for adults who participate in our PTA Survey. SCRaP Billings, a non-profit creative reuse center, will be on hand for an activity, as will Wise Wonders Children’s Museum. Other activites include: a math and engineering project about the membership igloo, STEM games, teepee construction, tin can flashlights, Discouraged Drawer Prevention Society, Poly Neuroscience Club, and Makerspaces. Contact Amber Erlenbusch for more information.
Also that night, Poly Drive Library will host a bookfair from 4-8 p.m., with titles from Usborne Books available for purchase.

Poly Drivers: It’s no mystery – Poly Readers rocks!

Poly Readers wrapped up in March, and celebrated with Krispy Kreme doughnuts on March 6.

Eighty students participated in 13 reading groups, with 14 reading group facilitators. Over the four to five-week time frame, the students met at lunch once per week to discuss their mystery books. PTA supplied the age-appropriate books for the program, and plans to use them in subsequent years.

Thanks to all our PTA reading group facilitators, chairperson Amber Erlenbusch, and all the classroom teachers who allowed the use of their classrooms. We appreciate you all!

Poly Drivers: Talent Show brightens our winter

That’s a wrap, folks! Thanks to all who participated in and attended the Poly Drive Talent Show on Friday, March 2. The well-attended event was packed with plenty of great music, variety, art, dance – and dessert!

A big round of applause goes to the wonderful student, parent and staff volunteers who helped make the evening possible, the dedicated PTA planning committee and Mrs. Langeliers for presenting a star-studded show! Thanks to Mr. Croff for continued support of the beloved Poly tradition. Thank you to Deva Gallagher and Ms. Walker for coordinating the Art Shows. Sincere thanks also go to Principal Sulser and staff at Lewis & Clark Middle School for being great hosts, and to MSU-B for their student volunteers.

Sponsors included Starbuck’s on Grand, Allegra Printing and GE Capital. We appreciate you!