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

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

December
December 4-8 - Book Fair
December 22-31 - Winter Break

January​
January 1-2 - Winter Break


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/
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

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.

THE Book Fair is HERE! December 4-8, 2017
North Stars annual book fair is here. The book fair is a great time to allow your kids to purchase books and also a great opportunity for you to purchase gifts at low prices!
We need volunteers to make our book fair a success. Please consider volunteering two (or more) hours, sign up to volunteer here.  If you have any questions, please contact Kristen Dassel.

Fall Family Fun Dance - Input Requested
Please respond to this short survey about the Fall Family Fun Dance.

North Star Elementary Spirit Wear 2017
Go here to order NSE Spirit wear 

North Star Coat Drive​
North Star is giving back to the community! We will be collecting gently used or new coats, gloves, hats and scarves for Red Clay School Children.
If you would like to donate, please send the clothing in your child's backpack or in a bag and label it "Coat Drive". This drive will start today until mid January.
If you have any questions please email Sue Reichle.

Free Home Repair
McKean High School will be hosting a group of high school students from Group Work Camps this summer. This group will be assisting homeowners with maintenance projects and other upkeep they may not be able to do themselves. The group is sponsored by St Barnabas Episcopal Church and they are looking for applicants. The application is confidential and sent to the church. Use this link for the application. For more information, go to https://groupmissiontrips.org
Purpose and History of Group Workcamps
Free Home Repair Application

Reflections - Deadline Nov. 13th
Reflections is a National PTA program and annual competition established over 40 years ago to encourage the creativity of our children in the categories of visual arts, dance choreography, music composition, photography, literature, and film based on a chosen theme.  

At this time the National PTA is looking for a THEME for the 2019-20 Reflections Competition. The student with the winning theme selected at the National level will receive $100 and recognition at the National PTA Convention in 2018. Reflections Theme Search Entry Form

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.

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 


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.

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

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