North Star Elementary PTA
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Calendar
November
11/22-11/23/2021 - No School (Parent/Teacher Conferences)
11/23/2021 - Chipotle Fundraiser 4-8pm (Kirkwood Highway location)
11/24-11/26/2021 - No School (Thanksgiving Break)
11/29-11/30/2021 - Book Fair (kids visit during their library special)
11/30/2021 - Evening Book Fair Hours 4:30-6:30pm
December
12/1-12/3/2021 - Book Fair (kids visit during their library special)
12/2/2021 - Evening Book Fair Hours 5:30-7:30pm
12/9/2021 - PTA Meeting at 7pm
12/9/2021 - Moe's Fundraiser - all day (Kirkwood Highway location)
12/23-12/31 - No School (Winter Break)




District Links

Red Clay Website
Home page

Red Clay School District 2020-2021 School Year Calendar

Red Clay is on Facebook
School Closing Information
http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/
What's For Lunch Today?
Click here for the lunch menu





Our Vision
North Star Elementary School is a family of learners dedicated to nurturing the mind, body and spirit of each child by encouraging intellectual growth, developing character, and instilling a love of learning.

Our Mission
At North Star we are committed to creating a caring, nurturing environment, where all children achieve to their fullest potential, as they are actively engaged in exemplary instruction tailored to individual needs.
Announcements

Parent/Student School Handbook
Parent/Student Handbook

Bear Care
Forms for Bear Care - Before and after care.

Contact: Tom Shinn
NSPTA Weekly e-News
If you are not receiving weekly emails from the PTA with the latest news, please take a few minutes to add yourself to our distribution list.
Questions, comments or postings for our website and/or weekly enews should be directed to the PTA general mailbox: nsptaboard@gmail.com.
Become a member of the PTA for 2021-2022 and give money to the kids of North Star at the same time! We would like to reach 500 members by 11/30/2021.

2nd Annual Virtual Stuff an Animal
Choose from one of three stuffed animals to stuff (polar bear, unicorn, dinosaur).  You must order through cheddar up, as we are not taking paper orders.  These make great holiday gifts.  (Zoom to stuff with your North Star family will be sometime in early January.)  Orders are due 12/3/2021 by 11:59pm.  Order to reserve yours today!

Book Fair
Our semi-annual book fair is beginning 11/29/2021 and ending 12/3/2021.  Students can bring money to shop during their library special that week. We will have evening hours for parents to shop on 11/30/2021 from 4:30-6:30pm and on 12/2/2021 from 5:30-7:30pm.  Due to COVID protocols, everyone over the age of 2 must wear a mask for our evening shopping hours and must remain socially distanced from other families who are shopping.  Please use this sign up to pick your shopping time.  We will not be able to admit anyone for shopping who has not signed up.  Online shopping can be found by searching for our book fair on the Scholastic website.  Online shopping is from 11/22-12/5/2021.  (Please note - Scholastic looks for volunteers but we can not use that link.)  If you have any questions, please email the Kristen's . 

School Supply Lists for the 2021-2022 school year
If you missed the school supply kit sale or wish to shop for your child's supplies, here are the lists. If you have any questions, email Kristen Dassel. 

Restaurant Nights
Take the night off from cooking and/or enjoy dessert and support the PTA as you eat take out from the comfort of your home. Just mention North Star when paying.
1. Chipotle - Kirkwood Highway location - November 23, 2021 - 4-8pm - just mention North Star
2. Moe's - Kirkwood Highway location - December 9, 2021 - all day - just mention North Star

2020-2021 Yearbook News
If you didn't order a yearbook, you can order online through cheddar up and then email Kristen Dassel to arrange pick up.  

Spirit Wear Update
Our fantastic Spirit Wear chair, Stephanie Conway, is busy preparing some amazing spirit wear drives with new and exciting product.  Information coming soon!  For any questions, contact Stephanie Conway.
We have also decided to partner with 1st Day School Supplies, our school supply company, because they have designed some shirts for North Star.  Their spirit wear part of their business is called 1st Day Spirit Wear.  If you choose to order through this website, everything is done through their website and questions about orders placed should go to them.  For any other questions, contact Kristen Dassel.

PTA Meetings
Our next PTA meeting is October 21, 2021 at 7pm. 
Agenda: review of budget, update on upcoming events, Hal Urban will to presenting "How to Talk to our Child"
Our meeting will be held virtually.  Email the Kristen's for the zoom link.  (thekristensnspta@gmail.com)  In order to vote, you must be there in person and you must be a member.  

NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL


NEWS FROM DISTRICT SCHOOLS


Join the PTA for the 2021-2022 school year!
Please consider joining the PTA. Single memberships are $10 and two parent/guardian memberships are $15. Additional membership levels are $25 and $50.  By joining the PTA, some of your money goes to the many activities, assemblies, etc that are provided for the kids of North Star by the PTA. Complete the membership form or you can pay online on the North Star PTA Cheddar Up. 
Joining doesn't mean you have to volunteer. It helps the kids, but if you would like to volunteer, there will be many opportunities throughout the year. Please contact Kristen Dassel

Box Tops
Did you know Box tops has an app! You register for free on the website, download the app, buy products, scan your receipt and our school earns money. It’s very simple! For more information check out the Box Tops website at www.boxtops4education.com. Two local grocery stores have a program for box tops. Acme's program is called Growing Local Learning and Shop Rite's program is called Shop Rite for my School.


AMAZON SMILE
Please support the PTA while shopping on Amazon by using Amazon Smile. Shopping through Amazon Smile is the same as shopping via Amazon but with the added bonus 0.5% of the purchase price being donated to the PTA.
NEW!! Amazon Smile can now be used with the app on your phone.  Simply follow these directions and Amazon will donate a portion of your sale to North Star PTA: 1. click the three lines in the upper left corner of the app (once it is open) 2. got to settings (at the bottom) 3. click on AmazonSmile 4. choose North Star PTA and make sure the donation button is turned ON

EARLY DISMISSAL/ABSENCE NOTES
Please help our office staff keep track of early dismissals and absences by using this handy form letter to communicate 
with them

Reflections Winners

Community Happenings
​School of Rock in Lantana Square is offering 15% off their summer camps using the code NORTHSTAR at checkout.  

​Kumon is Lantana Square is offering $50 off families that join.  Just mention you heard from the North Star PTA website.