Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week nets impressive mileage

The report on Walk/Bike to School Week for spring 2017 is here! During the week of May 8-12, Poly Drive students logged an impressive 795.3 miles. That’s one-third the length of Mississippi River, or all the way across Montana and half way back!
There were 1,585 trips. Mrs. Egan’s class had 131.7 miles, for a free recess win. And Mrs. Hanley’s fifth-graders logged 97.6 miles, winning them the intermediate grades’ extra recess prize.

What fuels all this energy? While we don’t have a confirmed report, we do know there have been some serious efforts on the Box Tops for Education front. In fact, Mrs. Whittmeyer’s class turned in the most Box Tops (829) winning them an afternoon treat of Wilcoxins ice cream bars. Congratulations and thanks to everyone for participating!

Poly Drivers: Read-a-Thon a spooky success

Poly Drive students found time to gobble up good books with their Read-a-Thon efforts. One hundred fifteen students read thousands of minutes and raised $10,115 for various PTA programs. Of this amount, $2,000 will go to Poly Drive’s library.
In the primary hall (grades K-3), the top pledge earner was Stella N. with $625. The top sponsor earner was Armin V. And Emma O. read the most, at 1,206 minutes. The primary classroom with the most minutes was Mrs. Colby’s, and the top earning classroom was Mrs. Whittmeyer’s.
In the intermediate hall (grades 4-6), Lydia P. won honors for top pledge earner, most sponsors and most read, with $435 pledged for her 3,077 minutes of reading. Top earnings and most minutes read classroom honors went to Mrs. Hanley’s class.
Poly Drive PTA extends a tremendous thank you to the Read-a-Thon’s sponsors: The Grand Escape Room, Get Air, Zoo Montana, Centennial Ice Arena, Wise Wonders Children’s Museum, Grandpa’s Corn Maze and Playnation, for their great prize contributions. We also thank Mrs. Caskey for her assistance and support with this event. And a huge thank you to all the Poly Drive students, parents, PTA volunteers and pledge supporters that participated in Read-a-Thon 2016!

Poly Drivers: Walk/Bike to School Week keeps ’em moving

Rainy weather and chilly temperatures were the hallmark of early October. But that didn’t stop Poly’s Walk and Bike to School Week, Oct. 3-7. Congratulations to the 128 students and 101 parents that participated. We had a whopping 1,335 trips, totaling 690.1 miles. Mrs Egan’s and Mrs. Robinson’s classrooms won the free recesses.
A huge thank you to our generous sponsors: The Bike Shop on Grand, Midland Implement, Cross Petroleum Service and Poly Drive PTA. We couldn’t have done it without you!

Poly Drivers: Soggy weather can’t stop Saturday Live fun

By Mary Lave
Saturday Live chairperson

Wow! What a day for Saturday Live. Despite the inclement weather, we stuck it out all day as did many families (thankfully!) who enjoyed the abbreviat-ed activities. Because of the rain and wind, our Bungee Run was the only inflatable in the park, we didn’t even inflate until the rain stopped around 11; after that there was no stopping the masses! Many enjoyed Mystery Doors until we had to take it down due to wind.
The rest of our offerings were huge hits as well: Hot drinks and the Emoji store sold out of all available product just after 2, and Sweet C’s Kettle Corn couldn’t pop fast enough.
As a result, our net income from this event was $1,970- down just $80 from last year. All things considered, an amazing pull out!
According to the Education Foundation, the Poly Booth was the top dollar performer for this year, which we believe is a first!
Countless people are needed in order to make this event happen, so I would like to say THANK YOU to the all of the parents, teachers and students that helped in so many ways. And a special thank you to these businesses/parents who donated product and prizes:
-City Brew: coffee, hot water and accompaniments.
-Sweet C’s Kettle Corn & Splat Inflatables for giving us a screaming deal on our most popular offerings.
-Lave Masonry: prizes for Mystery Doors
-Shannon W: cocoa, tea, cider mixes, creamer, etc.
-Brooke S: candy for Mystery Doors
*And…the party isn’t a party if people don’t come, so THANK YOU, THANK YOU for bringing your families out to the park in spite of the weather-it was an awesome day after all!

Poly Drivers: STEM takes Poly by storm

This spring, over 60 parent, teacher and community volunteers came together to host our first Poly STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) Day. On a sunny April day, 115 kids learned about local bird tracking, soil composition, bugs found in our area, technology in our own library and robotics. We watched in awe as the LifeFlight Medical Team landed their helicopter on our playground, stayed the day to share their knowledge, and took off as parents arrived for their students. What a day, what a school and what a great group of people making the day happen. Thanks to all!

Special thanks to school nurses Melissa Archilla and Debbie Davis. And thank you to parent volunteers Caroline Chviliek, Robyn Willett, Amber Erlenbusch, and Jon and Jessica Peel.

Poly Drivers: Vision screening

On Oct. 8, school nurses and parent volunteers ran an efficient and effective vision screening. The vision screening consists of a distance visual acuity test for grades K-2 and grades 3-5. It detects those students who aren’t seeing well at a distance. It is important for parents to note that this test does not take the place of a comprehensive eye exam with an eye doctor, which also addresses near vision and eye health. The American Optometric Association recommends that children have a full eye exam prior to kindergarten and at least every two years thereafter.

Special thanks to school nurses Melissa Archilla and Debbie Davis. And thank you to parent volunteers Caroline Chviliek, Robyn Willett, Amber Erlenbusch, and Jon and Jessica Peel.

Poly Drivers – Talent show shines

A packed house enjoyed the many talents of Poly Drive students during the Talent Show on Feb. 27 at Lewis and Clark Middle School. Following a dinner catered by Poly Food Basket and homemade cookies, families enjoyed student artwork displays. The hard work of many Poly Drive teachers, staff, PTA members and former students, as well as community support from Rimrock Foundation and Shane Fairbanks, made for a memorable evening.