North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
OCTOBER
10/30 Spirit Day - wear your blue and green!
10/31 In-service Day No School

NOVEMBER
November 17-21 BOOK FAIR (evening hours on November 20)
November 3rd to 17th ORIGINAL WORKS

District Links
Red Clay Website
http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/
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School Closing Information http://schoolclosings.delaware.gov/
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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.
Upcoming Events

Send a SMILE 
The North Star Express is now up and running!
This is an internal postal system at our school.  This program was designed several years ago to promote reading and writing skills while having fun!  Parents are invited to participate by writing letters to their children and dropping them in the mailbox located at the entrance of our school office.  A binder with supplies and further instructions is located in the school entryway.
Each week, ten 3rd graders will act as our postal staff by collecting, canceling, sorting and delivering the mail.  The program will take place each Friday during 3rd grade recess from 12:45-1:15.  3rd grade parent volunteers are needed to help student postal workers.  Sign up here

ORIGINAL WORKS
November 3rd to 17th
Our school has teamed up once again with Original Works to offer a very special program that is widely liked and appreciated every year: Your very own artwork on products for you and your family! The children have created beautiful artwork in Mrs. Slesinski's Art Class and we are currently setting up an online Art Gallery.  Families will be able to purchase keepsakes online from home from November 3rd to 17th. More details coming home soon. Email questions to Lucie Gonneville

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
Mrs. Minchini needs help checking books in and out, helping children find books, shelving books, doing inventory and helping organize the library.  Sign Up here. You must complete the school's mandatory parent volunteer training at our October 27 PTA meeting prior to volunteering at the library.

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.

YEARBOOK PHOTOS
If you've got great photos of school and community events or you and your friends just having fun, we'd like to see them. Our photographers can't be everywhere. Help us get as many photos as possible to create a terrific book everyone will want to have.
Announcements

REFLECTIONS
AT THIS TIME the National PTA is  looking for a THEME for the 2016-17 Reflections Competition.  The deadline for submission is November 14th. You can learn more here.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND AND LEGO LEAGUE
Odyssey of the Mind and Lego League teams are forming now. You can read more about these programs and find forms to register here.

SPIRIT WEAR
Our Spirit Wear Online Mall is up and running! Visit here anytime to order Spirit Wear, and it will be delivered directly to your home. Be sure to check out the amazing new selection of gear and customize it with your choice of North Star logos. You can purchase spirit accessories with this form.Please direct any questions to nsptaspirit@gmail.com.

STOCKINGS FOR SOLDIERS
Our collection drive for Stockings for Soldiers runs through November 20. Donate toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, gently used CDs, paperback books (no romance novels), DVD movies, hot cocoa packets. There are collection bins in the vestibule. Read more about this and other North Star community service projects here.
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.