North Star Elementary School
Red Clay Consolidated School District
1340 Little Baltimore Road
Hockessin, DE  19707
(302) 234-7200
Quick Calendar
DECEMBER
December 9 PTA Meeting 9:15 AM
December 9 6:00-8:00 PM
HB duPont Middle School Choice Open House
December 10 6:30 PM Holiday Concert
December 23 Spirit Day


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

Reflections
The North Star PTA invites students to participate in the National PTA Reflections Program.  This year’s theme is “The world would be a better place if ...”  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.
Please make sure all entries include the student’s name, teacher's name, and room number on the BACK of the entry.  National PTA does not limit the number of entries a student may submit. All completed entries should be turned in to the Reflections Box in the front office by Tuesday, January 6, 2015. Click HERE for the rules and forms for each category.  For questions or more information please contact Jayshree Tailor.

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:
12/9/14 @ 9:15am, 1/26/15 @ 7:00pm, 2/23/15 @ 7:00pm,  4/14/15 @ 9:15am, 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.

WINTER LAUNCH
The PTA Launch Program (Learning and Understanding New Challenges) is an after school program now open to students in 2nd - 5th grade.  The Launch Program is committed to offering various programs which enhance a child's critical and creative thinking, concentration, self-discipline, and accurate decision making. Contact Linda Walck with questions.  Click here to find out more and to register. For information on need-based scholarships, please contact Karin Jakubowski

PTA ByLaws
The PTA Bylaws have been updated for approval at the December 9th PTA meeting. Please contact Julie Alvarez with any questions or comments

Send a SMILE 
The North Star Express is now up and running!
This is an internal postal system at our school.   Parents can write letters to their children and drop them in the mailbox located at the entrance of our school office.  A binder with supplies and further instructions is located in the school entryway. Our 3rd graders, along with parent volunteers, act as our postal staff.  Volunteer here.

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.

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
PTA MEETING DECEMBER 9
Join us on Tuesday December 9 at 9:15 AM (scheduled for parents that can't make our evening meetings). In addition to reviewing and voting on amended bylaws, we'll have a presentation from Christiana Care's ThinkFirst injury-prevention program. ThinkFirst's information booth at last year's Family Fitness Night was a big hit with North Star students.

FAMILIES HELPING FAMILIES
North Star will be participating in Red Clay’s Families Helping Families program to aid six families whose children attend Warner Elementary, our sister school. Each grade is sponsoring a family - find a wish list by grade here. THANK YOU!

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND
Odyssey of the Mind teams are forming now - there is still room on problem 3 and 5 teams. You can read more about these programs and find forms to register here.

ORIGINAL WORKS
Thank you so much to all who have placed an order for keepsakes, we had amazing participation this year.
Pickup times (REVISED) are:
  Tuesday Dec 9 9:00AM-3:00PM
  Tuesday Dec 9 3:45PM-6:00PM
There's been a delay in shipping, so NO PICKUP ON MONDAY (SORRY)!

For orders containing only non-fragile items you have the choice of either picking up, or we will send home with your children on Wednesday. Orders containing fragile items wil not be sent home with your child. Email questions to luciegon@verizon.net. You can also let Lucie know if you would like to pick up your order after Tuesday's PTA meeting, or at Bear Care.

FAMILY DIRECTORY
Has been updated for this school year!
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.