North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
May
May 1 - Cafeteria Staff Appreciation Coffee
May 5 -  Staff Appreciation Lunch (change in date)
May 12 -  Lip Sync (K-2)
May 18  - PTA Meeting, 7pm
May 19 -  Lip Sync (3-5)
May 29 -  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.
Announcements

From the Nurse's Office:
Its Strep Season! Just a reminder that school-aged children have the highest rate of "strep infections" because of close contact with other children. A child diagnosed with strep throat may not return to school until 24 hours have passed from when antibiotics were started. The symptoms of strep throat are sore throat, fever, headache, pain with swallowing, abdominal pain, nausea, vomiting and enlarged/tender lymph nodes.

SMARTER BALANCE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Smarter presentation for PTA mtg 2015
Accessing the Smarter balanced practice test
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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.


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

LIP SYNC
It's time to start thinking about song selection! North Star's Lip Sync dates are: Tuesday May 12 (K-2) - Tuesday May 19 (3-5)
The registration deadline is Friday April 24th (no exceptions), for the registration form click here.

PTA BOARD / COMMITTEE 2015-2016
Please consider joining the PTA board or volunteer to be a committee chair for 2015/16.  We need a treasurer and also have various other committee posts available.  If you are interested or would like any further details please contact Ann Pollock,

Let Me Run
The Let Me Run Spring 5K is Saturday, May 2nd at 9am at the Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church.  Click here for information:

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.

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: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.

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.
The deadline to submit year book photos is April 20th.  Details coming soon on yearbook sales.