North Star Elementary PTA
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Calendar
October
October 16 - PTA Meeting, 7pm
October 19 - Friendly's fundraiser
5pm to 9pm
October 23 - Capriotti's fundraiser
10am to 8pm
October 27 - Fall Family Dance 
October 27 - Spirit Day
October 30 - No School (Teacher Professional Development Day)

November
November 6 - Tile Night
November 10 - No School (Veterans Day)
November 20-24 - No School (11/20 & 11/21 - Conferences)


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/
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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.
Fall Family Dance Party - 2017
Do you like to dance and have fun?
Come dance the night away at the annual North Star Fall Family Fun Dance. DJ Mike Sammons will be back to entertain this year. October 27 from 6-8pm. Costumes are optional. Pizza ($2 a slice), pretzels ($1), and water ($1) will be available for purchase. Please volunteer to help sell food, give out light sticks, or sell spirit wear. Use this link to sign up.

PTA MEETING OCTOBER 16TH AT 7PM:
The agenda for the meeting is
- Budget and financial updates;
- Fall activity details;
- Fundraising updates; and
- We will be joined by Mr. Bastianelli from HB Du Pont Middle School where he will be talking about not only middle school but all the amazing things HB has to offer.

For this meeting we would like to extend an invitation to 5th grade students to attend (along with their parents/guardians).


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 at fkutsch1207@gmail.com

North Star PTA is bringing back Tile Night!! 
November 6th from 5-7pm
Tile Night began when the school first opened. When walking through North Star, you have probably seen some of the tiles created by families during these tile nights. We would like to add to the art work and allow our current families to paint a tile, that will be glazed and fired, and then hung in the halls of North Star. Each tile will cost $15. Your family can paint more than one tile. Sign up here.

Get Ready for Spirit Fest!
Thanks you for supporting Spirit Fest.  If you still have donations, you can send them into school.  Prizes will be distributed soon.  Proceeds from the Spirit Fest go towards supporting ongoing PTA activities and raising money for the end of year PTA gift to fund further expansion and support of the outdoor areas of the school. Our goal is to raise $13,000. If every child donates $20, we will reach our goal. We need your support!
Pledges can be made by returning the completed form along with payment via cash or check to North Star PTA or ​online donations can be made via Cheddar up (no form needed).

Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Students are invited to submit one piece of original artwork to be considered for the cover of the 2017-2018 Yearbook! Our theme this year is… ‘Smile Bright and Shine Your Light!’ Entry Deadline is Friday, October 20, 2017.  Please see the flyer for more details!

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.

Capriotti's Fundraiser 
Thank you for your support, another night on 10/23!
A huge thank you to our North Star family for supporting our Capriotti's fundraiser on 9/18/17. North Star showed up in record numbers. 
This was Capriotti's first-ever school fundraiser and they are so excited to host the 10/23 fundraiser for North Star as well. We're promised a bigger and better event - so mark your calendars for October 23rd, and join us again at Capriotti's in Hockessin for another night of supporting North Star!

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.

NEW for the Outdoor Classroom!! Expressions Photography is partnering with North Star this fall to raise money for the outdoor classroom!  If you would love some new family portraits this season, book a session for Nov. 4th and at least $90 of your session will go toward the outdoor classroom! Please call Ana Yevonishon at Expressions Photography for all the details and to book!  Spots are limited!  302-300-7569.

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


1st Grade Yearbook Volunteer Needed
Love to take pictures? If so, please consider volunteering for the yearbook committee! We are looking for a 1st grade representative who will be responsible for collecting pictures from each class in first grade (from teachers and/or parents), taking pictures during classroom and school-wide special events, taking portraits of students who miss picture day and helping in the creative process. Sign up hereIf you have any questions, please contact Kristin Freberry.

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