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

December
December 4-8 - Book Fair
December 7 - Book Fair Evening hours 4:00-6:30pm
December 22-31 - Winter Break

January​
January 1-2 - Winter Break
January 3 - Classes resume
January 15 - No School
January 26 - No School (staff development)


District Links

Red Clay Website
Home page

Red Clay School District 2017 – 2018 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


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 or pay and join online.
Make an online donation to the PTA.  

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: Alison Vickers
302-463 6188
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.

BOOK FAIR EXTRA AFTER SCHOOL HOURS
Our Book Fair is in full swing! We are opening the gym doors for additional Book Fair shopping hours on Thursday from 4:00pm-6:30pm for anyone who couldn't make it Monday night or during the day or who just can't get enough of these wonderful books! Shop on your own for holiday surprises or bring the family to pick out their favorites. We are looking for volunteers for the extra hours, and a few other times throughout the week. Please click here to sign-up, and thank you for your support. 

The book fair is open from December 4-8, and is a great time to allow your kids to purchase books and also a great opportunity for you to purchase gifts at low prices!  

 If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Dassel.

National PTA Reflections Program 2017 - 2018
The North Star PTA is inviting all teachers and parents to encourage their students to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program. This year’s theme is “Within Reach" Teachers can link this year's theme to work that is already being done in the classroom. For instance, teachers may consider having a poetry, creative writing, or drawing project in class as it pertains to the theme. Parents can encourage their children to tap into their creative spirit to showcase their talents. Click here for all the details. 

Staff Lunch
Please help honor our wonderful North Star staff by signing up to send in a side, drink, or paper products on December 8, 2017.

Family Fun Survey
North Star PTA is asking for your help in deciding future family fun opportunities. Please complete the following survey.

Fall Family Fun Dance - Input Requested
Please respond to this short survey about the Fall Family Fun Dance.

North Star Elementary Spirit Wear 2017
Go here to order NSE Spirit wear 

North Star Coat Drive​
North Star is giving back to the community! We will be collecting gently used or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for Red Clay School Children.
If you would like to donate, please send the clothing in your child's backpack or in a bag and label it "Coat Drive". This drive will start today until mid January.
If you have any questions please email Sue Reichle.

Free Home Repair
McKean High School will be hosting a group of high school students from Group Work Camps this summer. This group will be assisting homeowners with maintenance projects and other upkeep they may not be able to do themselves. The group is sponsored by St Barnabas Episcopal Church and they are looking for applicants. The application is confidential and sent to the church. Use this link for the application. For more information, go to https://groupmissiontrips.org
Purpose and History of Group Workcamps
Free Home Repair Application.

Help the Outdoor Classroom
The school's Outdoor Classroom Committee is selling Pickets ($10 each) and Rocks ($5) to be painted. The rocks will be made into a "river bed path". All proceeds from the picket and stone sales will go directly to further development of the outdoor classroom. If you are interested in purchasing these items, please contact Kristen Roebke.

Needed Red Clay Parent Ass. Rep
Needed Red Clay Parent Association Rep to assist current committee chair by alternating attending the monthly meetings. Please email Frankie Kutsch 

Still Need Spirit Wear?
If anyone missed the deadline for online spirit wear orders, the PTA has some limited spirit wear shirts and shorts in stock that can be purchased anytime. Please contact Stephanie Conway for information.

Box Tops for Education
Support North Star through the Box Tops for Education program. Cut out the box tops from everyday household products and food packaging and send them into school. We earn 10 cents for each box top collected. (Please make sure the codes and expiration dates are not torn off). Attach the box tops to a box tops sheet or put them in a baggie and drop them into the bin marked "Box Tops for Education", located in the school vestibule.
Let's see how many box tops our school can collect ! For more information about this program, visit their website at www.btfe.com

Join the PTA!
Please consider joining the PTA. Single memberships are $10 and two parent/guardian memberships are $15. 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 CheddarUp page.

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 to volunteer or look for the sign up genius link for various events throughout the year.

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.
Also please don't forget to send into school your Box Tops and Zingos receipts too.

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