North Star Elementary PTA
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
​Quick Calendar
March
March 31 - No school (Staff in service)

April
April 3 to 7 - Carnival basket preview 
week

April 7 - Spirit Day

April 7 - Carnival 4:30-8:00pm

April 13 - Staff Appreciation lunch

April 14 to 21 - No school (Spring break)


District Links

Red Clay Website
Home page

Red Clay School District 2016 – 2017 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

Grade supply lists
2016-17 supply list.

Parent/Student School Handbook
The 2016/2017 school handbook.

North Star Homework Policy
The letter regarding the current homework policy from school is on their website

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

Cafeteria guests
Lunchtime visits start Monday September 26th and end Friday May 12th. There are no parent lunches on delayed opening of the school as schedule is changed.
For further details see page 13 of the school handbook.

SMARTER BALANCE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Smarter Balance FAQ
Smarter presentation for PTA mtg 2016

PRODUCT INCENTIVES
Box Tops, Zingos receipts, and Amazon Smile.
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!

2016-2017 Bear Care Registration Forms
Details and enrollment forms for Bear Care for the 2016-2017 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, Alison Vickers.
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 AND NEWS​

CARNIVAL
It is time to pre order carnival tickets for preview week and "will call".  Either complete the form within the carnival letter and send in to the PTA with payment or pay online (no need to send in a form). To have your tickets labelled with names all pre orders are due by March 29th.

We are asking for parent volunteers to help at preview week, and also help with getting pre orders ready.  Please sign up for a shift or two.  

For the list of local businesses and individuals who have kindly donated items to the carnival silent auction and baskets; list of silent auction items so far; and further details on the carnival see our carnival web page.

LIP SYNC
Plans are being put into place for the schools 2017 Lip Sync event, which this year does include the option of a skit!  Further details will be coming home with students soon.
At least one parent / guardian per group of performers is required to attend an information session to get full information about the event. The dates for the sessions are as follows:
Monday 3/20 @ 6:30pm, leading straight into our regularly scheduled PTA meeting @ 7:00
Tuesday, 3/28 @ 8:10am
oFamilies should plan to park in the lower lot and enter the building through the exterior blue café doors.
oStudents may enter, with their parent, and will dismiss from the café to their classrooms at 8:35.
oKindly, do not park in the bus lot AND do not buzz through the Main Office.
Wednesday, 3/29 @ 3:10pm
oFamilies should plan to park in the lower lot and enter the building through the exterior blue café doors.
oFamilies may send a dismissal note to the office on the morning of 3/29 if they would like their child to dismiss to the café at 3:35.
oKindly, do not park in the bus lot AND do not buzz through the Main Office.
Friday, 4/7 @ 4:10pm, leading straight into the Carnival which opens at 4:30
oFamilies should plan to park wherever possible.
oFamilies should enter through the kindergarten entrance, with plans to hold the meeting in room 110.

PTA BOARD/COMMITTEE NOMINATIONS FOR 2017/18
We are planning ahead and looking for North Star parents who would like to be part of the PTA board and committees for 2016/17.  For further details and the form click here.

B+ FIFTH GRADE COMMUNITY SERVICE PROJECT
Fifth grade has started their Annual B+ Foundation Community Service Project, for further details read their letter which includes a link to donate click here.

MEMBERSHIP
It is not too late to join the PTA. Your membership dues support the PTA which in turn benefits North Star students and staff. Send in your completed membership form and payment, or do everything online.

HELP THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM GROW
The outdoor classroom is a wonderful space for all students to enjoy, and to maximize the learning opportunities supplies are needed. Classroom supplies will be kept in a wagon and general supplies will be stored in the outdoor classroom shed.

If possible please sign up for an item (or two) and then send into school marked for "outdoor classroom".
Thank you for your support.

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.

ONILINE MEMBERSHIP, PAYMENTS AND DONATIONS
We have a new system for taking online payments, for more details click here.


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