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

February
2/24/20 - Friendlys Fundraiser 5-9pm
2/27/20 - PTA Meeting 7pm
​2/27/20 - Duck Tape Fundraiser 7pm

March
3/13/20 - Pi Day
3/19/20 - Staff Lunch
3/20/20 - Rocks Your Socks Day
3/26/20 - Spirit Day
3/30-3/31/20 - Basket Preview Week

April
4/1-4/3/20 - Basket Preview Week
4/1/20 - Para Appreciation Day
4/3/20 - Carnival
​4/23/20 - PTA Meeting 7pm
4/24/20- Spirit Day
4/30/20 - Kindergarten Registration



District Links

Red Clay Website
Home page

Red Clay School District 2018– 2019 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. Other levels are $25 and $50. 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: Tom Shinn
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.


Take a night off from cooking!
Mark your calendar and join your North Star family at one (or all) of our restaurant nights this year:
Friendly's      2/24/20     5-8pm    **mention NSE**
McGlynn's      3/5/20     5-9pm  **Must bring flyer**

Information about Carnival
Things to know: 
1. North Star students, parents, and family always enjoy our fun themed baskets that are available to win through a raffle.  Please sign up to help shop for one (or more) of the many baskets we will be raffling off at the end of Carnival.  (Each basket has a budget and you will be reimbursed for your purchases.)
2. In order to have our fantastic baskets at the carnival, we need to provide a budget for our shoppers.  Please use the following form (or donate online) to donate to our baskets.  The prize for each student in the highest donating class in each grade will receive 10 tickets to carnival.  
3. If you own a business and would like to donate to one of our baskets or to our silent auction, please email Kristen Dassel (kwdassel@gmail.com).
4. Get ready for a fun filled family night on April 3, 2020 at North Star's Annual Carnival.  Save time and pre-order your tickets (paper form OR online).  (Tickets can be used on games and bounce houses.  Face paint, spray tattoos, and balloon art are cash.  Food is cash or card.)  If you order your tickets by 3/13/2020, your tickets will be labeled with your child's name. 
5. We need volunteers for Preview week to help students purchase tickets for the baskets we are raffling off.  Please sign up for a slot (or two) to help!


Fundraiser NEWS
Duck Tape Fundraiser - Purchase duck tape using the order form ($2 for 2 feet) and help us duck tape Dr. J to the wall during our February PTA meeting.  (Order form will go home soon.)  If you can't attend the meeting, we will make sure your tape is used to see if we can successfully duck tape Dr. J to the wall.  (Pictures will be posted on our Facebook page.)
Money Wars - We will still be doing Money Wars, but have moved it until after Carnival.  Each grade will compete from (dates to be determined) to see which grade has the heavier jug of coins. (Flyer will go home closer to the start date.)  Jugs will be labeled by grade and outside the nurses office on the shelf.  All kids in the grade with the heaviest jug at the end of the day on (date to be determined) will each receive (prize to be determined!  
**We are so excited to help our sister school, Warner Elementary through these two fundraisers.  Thank you to those members who attended the January meeting and voted for 100% of all money collected for the Duck Tape and Money Wars fundraiser to go to the new Warner Elementary PTA.**

Staff Lunch - 3/19/2020
We are excited to be able to provide a lunch from El Deablo for the North Star staff on 3/19/2020.  We are purchasing the main course and we need your help in providing the sides.  Please consider donating an item or two for the lunch.

PTA Meeting: February
Thank you to everyone who attended our January PTA meeting.  Our next PTA meeting is Thursday, February 27, 2020 at 7pm.  The agenda will be posted closer to the meeting. 
DURING our meeting, kids will be able to help duck tape Dr. J to the wall!  Join us for the fun!!
​We have had to cancel our March meeting due to carnival planning.  We hope to see you in February, April, and May.

Library Volunteers Needed!
Please come help Mrs. Minchini out in the North Star Library.  She needs help checking books in and out, shelving books and helping children find books. Please use sign up genius to volunteer.  Please direct any questions to Carter Bowersox.

NEWS FROM THE SCHOOL
If your son would like to participate in Let Me Run this spring, please see this website for details.  Please email Dan Rynkiewicz for additional questions.
If you daughter would like to participate in Girls on the Run, please use this link for registering.  If you have any questions, please email Coach Freebery and Coach Fullerton todya

NEWS FROM DISTRICT SCHOOLS
HB duPont Middle invites you to see their production of Frozen on March 12 (7pm), 13 (7pm), and 14th (2pm & 7pm).

Join the PTA!
Please consider joining the PTA. Single memberships are $10 and two parent/guardian memberships are $15. Additional membership levels are $25 and $50.  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 Cheddar Up.
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

Box Tops
Did you know Box tops has an app! You register for free on the website, download the app, buy products, scan your receipt and our school earns money. It’s very simple! For more information check out the Box Tops website at www.boxtops4education.com. Two local grocery stores have a program for box tops. Acme's program is called Growing Local Learning and Shop Rite's program is called Shop Rite for my School.


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

Reflections Winners

Community Happenings

THANK YOU to the following businesses who have made donations to offset costs of events and items we normally purchase for the school so far this school year:
Corrective Chiropractic (Chad Lawrence), Costco, Delcollo & Salvatore Real Estate Team, Dicks Sporting Goods, El Diablo, Kids First Swim, North Star Pool, Oriental Trading, Penna Orthodontics, Rawlins Orthodontics, Ring, Tiger Kicks