North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
OCTOBER
10/17 9:10-9:30 AM Parent Volunteer Training
10/23 Fall Family Dance Party 5:30-8:00 PM
10/27 7:00 PM PTA Meeting
10/30 Spirit Day - wear your blue and green!
10/31 In-service Day No School

NOVEMBER
November 17-21 BOOK FAIR (evening hours on November 20)
November 3rd to 17th ORIGINAL WORKS

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

ORIGINAL WORKS
November 3rd to 17th
Our school has teamed up once again with Original Works to offer a very special program that is widely liked and appreciated every year: Your very own artwork on products for you and your family !
The children have created beautiful artwork in Mrs. Slesinski's Art Class and we are currently setting up an online Art Gallery.
North Star families will view the Gallery, enjoy an online School Art Show, and will have the opportunity to order keepsakes featuring their child's artwork.
Families will purchase keepsakes online from home from November 3rd to 17th.
More details coming home soon.
Questions: Lucie Gonneville

FAMILY DANCE PARTY
Thursday Oct. 23 5:30-8:00 PM
Start practicing your dance moves for this fun family event sponsored by the PTA. Admission is free, and we'll have some refreshments for sale. Children must be accompanied by an adult (younger and older siblings are welcome).
PTA MEETING
Monday October 27 7:00 PM
Agenda items will include a presentation about Cyber-bullying by Red Clay's Safety Director, Brian Moore. We'll also host another parent volunteer training session presented by the school's administrators.

LIBRARY VOLUNTEERS
Mrs. Minchini needs help checking books in and out, helping children find books, shelving books, doing inventory and helping organize the library. You can sign up for as many (or few!) hours as you wish. You are welcome to volunteer during your child’s library time, but this is not mandatory. Sign Up here. You must complete the school's mandatory parent volunteer training (October 17 from 9:10-9:30 AM or our October 27 PTA meeting) prior to volunteering at the library.
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.

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.
Announcements

REFLECTIONS
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.  Examples of previously established themes are as follows:

2013-14 “Believe, Dream, Inspire” …………North Star had some state winners last year!
2014-15 “The world would be a better place if” ………Info coming soon on how to enter this year's art
contest based on this theme.
2015-16 “Let your imagination fly”.……………...Not until next year!

AT THIS TIME the National PTA is  looking for a THEME
for the 2016-17 Reflections Competition.  The deadline for submission is November 14th.

Please click HERE for the Theme Search information sheet or HERE for the Theme entry form. You can
also check out the National PTA and the Delaware PTA links for more information:

Email our Reflections Chair Jayshree Tailor at com with any questions.
PTA Programs
Delaware Reflections
Delaware Reflections Toolkit

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND AND LEGO LEAGUE
Odyssey of the Mind and Lego League teams are forming now. You can read more about these programs and find forms to register here.

SPIRIT WEAR
Our Spirit Wear Online Mall is up and running! Visit here anytime to order Spirit Wear, and it will be delivered directly to your home. Be sure to check out the amazing new selection of gear and customize it with your choice of North Star logos. You can purchase spirit accessories with this form.Please direct any questions to nsptaspirit@gmail.com.











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