North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
APRIL
4/18-4/25 Spring Break
4/28 Barnes & Noble/California Pizza Kitchen North Star PTA Fundraiser
4/29 5:00 PM K-2 Lip Sync
MAY
5/5 Staff Appreciation Lunch
5/6 5:00 PM 3-5 Lip Sync
5/20 7:00 PM PTA Meeting
5/22 6:30 PM Spring Program, 3rd Grace, Chorus, Band and Strings Program
5/27 Sing into Spring 5th Grade Chorus at Dickinson HIgh School
5/30 Field Day

District Links
Red Clay Website
http://www.redclay.k12.de.us/
Red Clay is on Facebook
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

LIP SYNC
Grades K-2 Tuesday April 29
Grades 3-5 Tuesday May 6
Submission deadline for Lip Sync was April 16.

BARNES & NOBLE BOOKFAIR/
CALIFORNIA PIZZA KITCHEN FUNDRAISER
On Monday April 28 you can do some shopping at Barnes & Noble, have lunch or dinner at California Pizza Kitchen (both at Christiana Mall), and the North Star PTA will receive a portion of sales from both places! Look for flyers to be sent home from school, which you'll need to present at time of purchase. Visit Barnes & Noble between 6-8:00 pm for a special North Star craft table (volunteer here to help greet North Star customers or at the craft table).

2014-2015 PTA BOARD
Are you interested in stepping up your involvement with the PTA? Please email our incoming board president, Julie Alvarez (juliealv@yahoo.com), to find out more about open positions on the board and committee chairs.
Announcements

North Star Elementary School STAFF APPRECIATION DAY- May 5, 2014
Hello N*E 4th and 5th grade families! As we reach the end of this school year, we reflect on the many hours of dedication and hard work our teachers, special instructors, counselors, administrators, office personnel, cafeteria staff, custodial staff and other support staff have put towards our children and their educational experience at NSE. As a way to say “Thank You” to these special people, we hope you will join the PTA in honoring them with donations for a special lunch and gift card basket (which will be raffled off for a lucky staff member to win). Please go to signupgenius.com to see how you can contribute food, paper products or gift cards toward this worthy event! You can also send in cash or checks (made payable to North Star PTA) to school marked "PTA - Staff Appreciation". Any questions, please contact Patti Westergard at westergard@comcast.net. The PTA appreciates all your support. We cannot do it without the generosity of N*E families!

LOST AND FOUND
The school lost and found is overflowing with winter apparel. During the week of April 14–17th all items will be available for pick up in front of the school entrance.  Any items left after April 17th will be donated to charity.  Please stop by and look for that lost item. Visit our Facebook page for pictures of our Lost & Found inventory - maybe you'll see something you recognize.

PTA Meeting Minutes
March 4, 2014

Yearbook Pictures
The 2013-14 Yearbook is going to the Printers! Check here for details next month, as they will go on sale in May.

Library Volunteers Needed!
Calling all volunteers!!  Please sign up once a week, once a month or whenever you have free time. Your responsibilities will be shelving books, organizing the shelves, checking in/out books, and helping children find their books. Please direct any questions to Renae Boulogne.

Shoes 2 Share
Donate unused shoes today, the shoe bin is located in the front lobby. Click here to find out more about Shoes 2 Share.

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.
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.