North Star Elementary PTA
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar

August
August 27 – Meet Your Teacher 

August 31 – School starts

September
September 4 - No school (Staff in service)

September 7 - No school (Labor Day)

September 8 - 9.15am, parent social at Drip Cafe

September 10 - Back to school night

September 14 - No school (Rosh Hashanah)

September 17 - PTA meeting, 7pm

September 23 - No school (Yom Kippur)



District Links
Red Clay Website
http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/
Red Clay is on Facebook
School Closing Information
http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/
What's For Lunch Today?
Click here for the lunch menu


Join the North Star PTA!
The North Star PTA supports our school by providing funds for instructional materials, school improvement projects, family activities and various educational programs.  Members are required to re-enroll each year in order to stay active in the PTA. Membership is $10 for one adult and $15 for two adults. Help us achieve 100% participation! Complete this form to join. 
Make an online gift to the North Star PTA
Use this link to make a credit card or Paypal payment. Please be sure to designate the PTA activity or function (such as Staff Appreciation) so we can apply your gift appropriately. Thank You!


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

Food Allergy Information 
For information on Food Allergies and School Meals Program please click here.

SMARTER BALANCE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Smarter presentation for PTA mtg 2015
Accessing the Smarter balanced practice test
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PRODUCT INCENTIVES
Box Tops, Zingos receipts, Amazon Smile and Name Bubbles.
Proceeds from all of these help fund school and PTA programs.  For further details click here.

If every student brought in 3 Box Tops a month during the school year we would raise nearly $2,000!

2015-2016 Bear Care Registration Forms
Details and enrollment forms for Bear Care for the 2015-2016 school year are available here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Bear Care at (302) 463-6188. 
You can also email the Site Director, Brittney Moore.
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.

UPCOMING EVENTS

"ADOPT A TEACHER / WISH LIST"
This year we are excited to be inviting all North Star staff members to complete an "Adopt a teacher / wish list" form which once completed will be held a binder in the main office. The plan being if you are looking for ideas of what to buy a teacher for their homeroom or themselves, it is a great place to start.

Also please remember that all teachers are grateful for donations of kitchen towel, tissues, hand soaps, hand sanitizers, and disinfectant wipes. They may no longer be on supply lists but they will most definitely be used and appreciated.

SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR 2015-2016
Details of school supplies by grade for the 2015-2016 school year can be found here.  

UPDATE - We have had a request from the second grade team to kindly ask for rising second graders to add a soft pencil case to their supply list and that the two plastic 3-prong folders be green and blue - thank you.

FALL SPIRIT WEAR ORDERS
Orders are now being taken for our Fall Spirit Wear Sale. All checks to be made payable to North Star PTA.
Orders are due by September 1st to have orders delivered via the school in time for Spirit Fest.

LAUNCH
For details on the Fall Launch programs and registration visit our Launch page.  Registration closes September 8th.

PTA BOARD / COMMITTEE 2015-2016
Please consider volunteering to be a committee chair for 2015/16. We need a Red Clay Parent Association Rep. If you are interested or would like any further details, please contact Ann Pollock

HEART IN THE GAME: SEPTEMBER 19
For information on the FREE EKG screenings for ALL Delaware students aged 10-19. See message from Nurse Bugbee.

PARENT VOLUNTEER TRAINING 2015-2016: Message from the Principal
"Volunteer Packets and attendance at a Volunteer Orientation training session are required for:
· Classroom volunteers
· Field trip chaperones (off-site and on-site)
· Mystery readers
· Parents as Players / Parents as Reading Buddies 
· Library volunteers

Volunteer Packets must be completed each year, in accordance with District and State regulations, and are available from the school office or click here.
Individuals who attended a Volunteer Orientation training in 2014-2015 are not required to attend again for 2015-2016, as the content of this presentation is unchanged. Rather, a one-page summary of all pertinent information will be sent home for your review and reference.

We ask that parent volunteers refrain from bringing younger siblings into school, as this may be disruptive to the learning."

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

Credit Card Donations to PTA
In order to reduce overhead costs, the PTA is switching to using Network for Good exclusively for credit card gifts. Set up your account here, and you can make gifts to the PTA online all year long.