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

December
December 5th-9th - Scholastic Book fair

December 5th 7pm - PTA meeting

December 22nd - No school (Staff in service)

December 23rd–31st - No school (Winter break)


District Links

Red Clay Website
Home page

Red Clay School District 2016 – 2017 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. 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

Grade supply lists
2016-17 supply list.

Parent/Student School Handbook
The 2016/2017 school handbook.

North Star Homework Policy
The letter regarding the current homework policy from school is on their website

Food Allergy Information 
For information on Food Allergies and School Meals Program please click here.

Cafeteria guests
Lunchtime visits start Monday September 26th and end Friday May 12th. There are no parent lunches on delayed opening of the school as schedule is changed.
For further details see page 13 of the school handbook.

SMARTER BALANCE ASSESSMENT INFORMATION
Smarter Balance FAQ
Smarter presentation for PTA mtg 2016

PRODUCT INCENTIVES
Box Tops, Zingos receipts, and Amazon Smile.
Proceeds from all of these help fund school and PTA programs.  For further details click here.

If every student brought in 3 Box Tops a month during the school year we would raise nearly $2,000!

2016-2017 Bear Care Registration Forms
Details and enrollment forms for Bear Care for the 2016-2017 school year are available here. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact Bear Care at (302) 463-6188. 
You can also email the Site Director, Alison Vickers.
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 AND NEWS​

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR - OPEN THIS WEEK
The scholastic book fair will be at school from December 5th - 9th, all students will visit during their gym special.

To ensure the book fair can remain open all week we need parent volunteers.  Please sign up here

Purchases can be made with cash, checks payable to North Star PTA, and debit or credit cards.


HOLIDAY SHOPPING AND 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.

National PTA Reflections Program
The North Star PTA is inviting all teachers and parents to encourage their students to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program. This year’s theme is “What is Your Story?" Teachers can link this year's theme to work that is already being done in the classroom. For instance, teachers may consider having a poetry, creative writing, or drawing project in class as it pertains to the theme. Parents can encourage their children to tap into their creative spirit to showcase their talents.

Students can submit entries in any of the following six categories: literature, visual arts, photography, music, dance, or video/film production. The competition is judged primarily on how well the individual student uses his or her artistic vision to portray the theme.

For additional information and forms click here.

ORIGINAL WORKS - DECEMBER 15th
Thank you for your generous contribution to our North Star PTA Art Fundraiser to all families who placed an order for keepsakes.
Pickup of orders at school by parents or family members will be on December 15th and 16th and orders containing only unbreakable keepsakes will be sent home with students on December 16th. 
More details coming soon.

HELP THE OUTDOOR CLASSROOM GROW
The outdoor classroom is a wonderful space for all students to enjoy, and to maximize the learning opportunities supplies are needed. Classroom supplies will be kept in a wagon and general supplies will be stored in the outdoor classroom shed.

If possible please sign up for an item (or two) and then send into school marked for "outdoor classroom".
Thank you for your support.

ONILINE MEMBERSHIP, PAYMENTS AND DONATIONS
We have a new system for taking online payments, for more details click here.


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