North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
JANUARY
January 26 PTA Meeting 7:00 pm
FEBRUARY
February 3 Winter Launch Begins
February 24 Red Clay Operating Referendum 10:00am to 8:00 pm at all Red Clay Schools


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
2015 NORTH STAR CARNIVAL
Planning for the 2015 carnival is underway and will soon be here! Save the date for Carnival Night: Friday March 20.

Basket Auction: We are asking for donations that will be used to purchase items for all classroom baskets which will then be raffled off on the night of carnival, Friday March 20th.  For a list of basket themes by homeroom click here, and for a copy for the basket donation letter / form click here.

Basket Shoppers: Calling all avid shoppers!  We are looking for basket coordinators for each classroom to shop for their class basket.  For more details and to volunteer please click here.

Red Clay Operating Referendum Feb 24
Red Clay residents who are U.S. citizens over the age of 18 can vote at any of the schools in our district from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday, February 24, 2015. Voting is also available at Hilltop Lutheran Center.  Voter registration is not required for voting in a referendum. You'll need a valid license or proof of residence.

You can learn more about the referendum here.
You can get an absentee ballot here 
And pledge your support by signing your name here.

Parent Volunteer Training
Parent Volunteer Training Workshops will be offered at the conclusion of all PTA meetings throughout the year.  The PTA meeting schedule is as follows:
1/26/15 @ 7:00pm, 2/23/15 @ 7:00pm,  4/14/15 @ 9:15am, 5/18/15 @7:00pm

Volunteers who will be working with small groups or individual students are required to attend a training workshop. This training is not required for parents who will be Mystery Readers readers and read-around volunteers. Volunteers for PTA-sponsored events do not require this training unless otherwise specified.

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 a 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
COAT DRIVE
As part of this year’s S.M.I.L.E. theme, North Star Elementary will be collecting gently used coats for donation to the Sunday Breakfast Mission. Coats will be collected from Tuesday, January 20th through Friday, January 30th and can be brought into school and placed in the boxes outside Ms. Reichle’s Kindergarten classroom. Donations will also be collected at the PTA Meeting on Monday, January 26th at 7pm.

WINTER LAUNCH
The PTA Launch Program (Learning and Understanding New Challenges) is an after school program now open to students in 2nd-5th grade.  Contact Linda Walck with questions. Click here to find out more and to register. For information on need-based scholarships, please contact Karin Jakubowski

SING INTO SPRING AD BOOK
Find information about advertising in Red Clay's Sing Into Spring Program Book here.

BOX TOPS
Don't forget to collect Box Tops for North Star!  Proceeds from these collections help fund school and PTA programs. And now you can enter for a chance to win 1 million box tops or up to 10,000 instant win prizes for North Star. Keep an eye out for specially marked Box Top products with a code to enter at www.BTFE.com/BigMoney.

FAMILY DIRECTORY
Has been updated for this school year!

NORTH STAR EXPRESS
This is an internal postal system at our school.   Parents can write letters to their children and drop 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. Our 3rd graders, along with parent volunteers, act as our postal staff.  Volunteer 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.