K-5 CLASS PICTURE Information

Packets for class pictures should be coming home, as pictures will occur this Friday, March 3rd! The cost of a class picture is $9!

If your family is currently in need of some financial support please reply by Thursday, March 2nd with your student’s name(s) & grade(s). You will still need to send a completed picture packet with your student to school!
Unfortunately, I only have so many coupons and I will reserve them on a first come, first serve basis! I will respond to all requests so you will know if your student will receive a coupon or if we have run out. I wish I was able to accommodate all requests!


If you have any questions or would prefer to discuss this over the phone, please do not hesitate to call me!

Danica Hare

Elementary School Counselor
High School IB Coordinator
North Star Charter School
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NSCS parents –

 The International Space Station will next be visible to us in Boise at 6:29 AM for 1 minute. Remember it will be traveling fast. Cloud cover and light pollution may make it difficult to see.


Astronaut Shane Kimbrough performed the first interactions with student experiments at 6:15 AM ET on 2/25, the North Star Charter School experiment did not require an interaction at this time. To follow: Astronaut Shan Kimbrough (USA): Astronaut Peggy Whitson (USA): Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (ESA):

The North Star Charter School experiment, Triops: Living Water Filters, is projected to have its first astronaut interaction on Tuesday, March 7th. At this time one of the Astronauts on the ISS will open one of the clamps and shake to introduce the Triops eggs and dehydrated carrots to the spring water for initial hatching. Additionally, they will expose the tube to light for an extended period. At a later date, once the Triops have hatched and are feeding, the astronauts will release a second clamp that will introduce water from Eagle Island State Park (that we have tested for microbes) and we will see if Triops are able to remove the microbes from the water as efficiently in microgravity as hear on Earth. The North Star Charter SSEP will simultaneously be conducting the same experiment here on Earth.

Treasure Valley COLLEGE FAIR

Treasure Valley College Fair

Date:  Saturday, April 1, 2017

Time:  3–6PM

Location: Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom

Parking:    Free Parking is available at the Lincoln Parking Garage

Special Pre-Fair Workshop

Paying For College: How to Get Scholarships and Financial Aid

Presented by Josh Ritchie, Boise School District, College and Career Counselor

2:00pm – 3:00pm, Jordan Ballroom





A group meal has been created using, and you’ve been invited to participate!

This group meal is for: Staff Appreciation
To occur on Fri, January 27 at 10:15

If you would like to sign up, you can access the group meal by clicking here, or by visiting and locating the schedule by coordinator last name (Upchurch) and password (0127).

I have included additional notes about this group meal below. If you have any questions, please let me know!


Katie Upchurch

Additional Notes:  Olive Garden is catering in salad and breadsticks! Please bring in your family’s favorite soup (or something similar). If you have a crockpot, that works best, if not, let me know, we have a couple extra to transfer your soup into that morning. Thanks for you support and hopefully, we won’t need to cancel this lunch due to weather!

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North Star Parents,


The chair of our board has approved the plan for the days that all NS students in grades K-12 will need to make -up according to NS policy and state requirements for instructional hours.


Of the five days missed, we will be required to make-up three. They will be:


Wednesday, February 22nd
Thursday, Feb. 23rd
Friday, Feb. 24th


This falls at the end of the current Winter Break. Students will still have Monday and Tuesday off. However, if there are any more snow days, they will have to be made up and will come off of this break as well. We are really hoping this is not the case!


We understand that no matter what dates were chosen for our required make-up days, there would be staff and families who had already made plans. For those of you with travel plans that week, we will work with your student to ensure they have the work they need to be successful. We will not penalize students for this crazy weather. We are just hopeful many of you will still be in town and our classrooms will be filled with children learning!


Thank you for your understanding.


North Star Administration

Informational LOTTERY TOURS

Lottery Tours


Just a reminder that NSCS Informational Tours for grades K-12 will be on the following dates:

Wednesday, February 8th: 1:30-2:30pm

Thursday, March 9th: 6:00-7:00pm

Tuesday, March 21st: 1:30-2:30pm

Please meet in the Choir Room for the first 25 minutes and then tour the school to see classrooms and speak with teachers about specific grade levels and programs.

Encourage your family and friends to come learn more about NS!!

The lottery will be here soon!

For more Lottery Information …


snowdayStudents and Parents,

School for Tuesday, January 10th will be closed due to road conditions.  We’re hopeful that Wednesday, January 11th school will resume. It will be an ‘A’ day for secondary students.

Please be safe and enjoy this time off!

North Star Administration



With the snow day, students missed their first two finals. After consulting with teachers, here’s the new schedule:

 High School Finals Schedule




Middle School Finals Schedule


While students will leave at 11:40, these are full contract days for teachers. I have no meetings on my agenda for the afternoons. This is time to grade tests and projects, and hopefully leave paper/test free for a relaxing Christmas Break!

Elementary Holiday GIVING TREE


Here is a wonderful way to show your appreciation for our elementary staff!

You can now access The Giving Tree online or in the foyer of the elementary entrance.

Please help fulfill these wishes and show our teachers how much you care!

Sign Up Now!



Also, remember to use Amazon Smile to support North Star and let your kindness do double duty!

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Dear NS Families and Friends,

Friday, November 11th at 9:30 a.m., North Star Charter School will be having a Veterans Day Assembly to recognize local Veteran’s in our community and in our families.In the past we have created a “Wall of Heroes” to honor those we know who have served in the armed forces.  Students are invited to ask about any Veteran in their family, place the information listed below on a 3×5 index card with a picture on the card if possible. These cards will be used to honor our community veterans on the Wall of Honor.   They can be turned in at the secondary office.

We would also like to recognize Veterans who have received the Purple Heart Medal of Honor and those who were a POW.  We will be collecting monetary donations for the Wounded Warrior Ministry. A $1.00 donation would help pay for collectibles to be sent to the ministry. Please leave your donations in the office labeled Wounded Warrior.

Please complete the form and return it to the office by Friday, 11/4/16. The forms will be placed on the wall in the cafeteria as a visual “thank-you” to our veterans.

An invitation is also included for you to present or mail to any veterans that are friends or family.  Even if they cannot attend, they will appreciate knowing we are thinking of them.  North Star invites these guests to join us for a social gathering with snacks before the assembly, and then process in with the color guard.

If a guest veteran would like to visit a classroom and answer questions, please check with the classroom teacher first.

Thank-you for your support.


Mrs. Van Paepeghem

Music Teacher

SUPPORT North Star!

October 17, 2016


Dear North Star Community,

This fall, we embark on a monumental campaign to advance the exceptional education offered at our school.  Through the development of our field and playground, the North Star Sports Complex and Playground Campaign supports our mission to educate the whole child by providing safe and appropriate outdoor play along with improved athletic and exercise opportunities.

Why is this necessary?  Research shows the critical role that outdoor play, sports, and exercise can play in child development and academic performance.  North Star is well-known for setting and achieving high standards in academic performance, but our offerings for play, sports and exercise are quite limited.  Our current field and playground has great potential, but is under-utilized and under-developed.  We have an opportunity to create a school of excellence in building strong minds and strong bodies.

How much will it cost and how will we achieve this goal?  Enclosed with this letter is a rendering of the complete vision of this campaign.  The estimate for the entire project is between $1.5-$2million.  In order to accomplish a project of this size we will need to break it up into three phases.  Phase I will be our focus for this year.  We are aiming to raise $250,000 to complete the extended playground, sport court, courtyard, and outdoor classroom plaza area.

Why me?  Did you know that on average charter schools in Idaho receive 22% less funding per pupil than the municipal public district school?  As a charter school, we are not able to raise additional funds through local bonds and levies for capital projects.  We are seeking support from multiple constituencies such as foundations and corporations for this project.  But our most invested and biggest benefactor is you, our current families.  This year, we are aiming for 100% parent participation.  Your support shows a collective commitment to our school and speaks volumes to potential major donors.

Will you join us in supporting this effort?  Please consider an amount that is meaningful for your family. Gifts of any size matter and are appreciated.  Thank you for investing in the lives of North Star students today and for generations to come.


Joanna O’Donnell

Director of Development


  1. Please take a moment to review the tax document HERE to learn more about the unique tax benefits Idaho offers for gifts to educational institutions.

Parent Teacher CONFERENCES


Next Thursday and Friday are Parent/Teacher Conferences for all grades K-12, however the schedules are different between the two schools.

Thursday, October 27–Grades 6-12 will have school. Buses will run as usual for our secondary kids. P/T Conferences parent-teacher-conferencereducedare 3:00-7:00 pm. Sixth grade teachers will be in the locker area located by their classrooms. The rest of the teachers will be in the cafeteria.

Friday, October 28–No school for grades 6-12. P/T Conferences are 8:30 am-12:30 pm in the same areas listed above.

Secondary conferences are “arena” style, meaning there are no appointments. Show up in the times given. As teachers are available you have about five minutes to meet. Please be respectful of the time, especially when there are lines. If you feel you need more time with an individual teacher, be sure to contact them by email or phone.

Elementary (K-5) Conferences are by appointment on Thursday and Friday (10/27-28). There is no school these two days for elementary.

Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
North Star Charter School


Fast Forward Program INFORMATION NIGHT

next-steps-idaho2xHello North Star Secondary Families,


Students in grades 7-12 attending public school in Idaho have an allocation of $4,125.00 to use towards the cost of:

1. Overload Courses

2. Dual Credits

3. Exams

This money is provided through the Idaho Department of Education and the Fast Forward Program!

Please join us at North Star on Thursday October 13th at 6pm and hear from a Department of Education Representative as he provides information and answers questions on how these funds can benefit your student!


We hope to see you there!

Danica Hare

Elementary School Counselor
High School IB Coordinator
North Star Charter School
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Community BOARD SEAT Openings

The North Star Charter School Board currently has two open Community Board Seats. Community Board Seats are held  by outside members of the North Star community. They may be an individual with no affiliation, direct or indirect, with any students or their families, other Board members, school staff, contractors to the school, vendors or any other affiliates of NSCS.

More information can be obtained on the website at Board Information.

DODGEBALL Tournament




The North Star High School Girls Basketball Program is hosting

a Dodgeball Tournament for 6th-12th grades.


WHEN: September 28, 2016 5-8 p.m.

WHERE: North Star Gym

WHO: 6 Players per team

COST: $15 Per Team, $3 for Spectators ($2 with an activity card)

DIVISIONS: High School, 7th-8th Grade, 6th Grade, Teachers and Parents

Team Packets located outside of Room 303


Sign- Ups DUE no later than September 22nd. GET YOUR FORMS IN ASAP.



Food will be available for purchase throughout this event at the Snack Shack in the Cafeteria. We will have pizza, popcorn, chips, water…. and lots of other yummy treats.




multiple activities, games, and food for ALL AGES!


TIME: 6:00 – 9:00PM





Let’s work together and bring your help or expertise to this event!

The booths are already in place, we just need you to man them!

We encourage you to BRING FAMILY AND FRIENDS to help!

Sign Up Now!



Scholarship Night


All HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS AND STUDENTS,scholarshipopportunities

Looking for ways to PAY FOR COLLEGE?


Tomorrow, North Star Charter School will be


The State Board of Education will be hosting the event
and will be discussing scholarships specific to Idaho.


THIS IS A GREAT OPPORTUNITY to find out what is available for




TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20th from 6:00 – 7:00pm
in Room 310.




SECONDARY Back To School Nights


This year we are experimenting with the Back to School Night format.

Instead of one evening with 7 minutes to get information from each teacher, we are hosting two evenings:

  • Wednesday, September 7, 6:00-8:00 pm and
  • Wednesday, September 14, 6:00-8:00 pm.

Each night will have different teachers in attendance, and they will present for 20 minutes.

The goal is to provide better up front communication as to what you and your student can expect for the school year.

These nights are  for parents only.  Space will be tight for some class sessions.  Please leave students at home. Schedules are below by grade.


6th Grade Schedule

7th Grade Schedule

8th Grade Schedule

9th Grade Schedule

10th Grade Schedule

11th Grade Schedule

12th Grade Schedule




Girls Volleyball is available to all Secondary girls grades 7-12. The High School team (9-12) began practices on Friday, 08/12/16 and Middle School team (grades 7 & 8) will begin practice Monday, 08/22/16.

If you are still interested in joining, please see the information below and come to practice after school from 3:00 – 4:30pm in the gym. Please wear athletic clothes, good supportive shoes, and bring a water bottle.

More information can be obtained for Middle School Volleyball or High School Volleyball. Any further questions can be directed to the appropriate coach or our Athletic Director, Dan Conti at


Cross Country is available to all Secondary students grades 6-12. Both the High School team (9-12) and Middle School team (grades 6 – 8) began practice on Friday, 08/12/16.

If you are still interested in joining, please see the information below and come to practice after school from 3:00 – 5:00pm. Runners meet out on the blacktop of the play area. Please wear athletic clothes, good supportive shoes, and bring a water bottle.

More information can be obtained for Cross Country. Any further questions can be directed to the the coach or our Athletic Director, Dan Conti at




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Dear Parents,

Welcome back to the school year and WT Café’s healthy lunches.  We are happy to be able to help you meet the nutritional needs of your family.

If you are new to WT Café, we provide made from scratch lunches that meet our strict requirements which includes using food that does not contain high fructose corn syrup, nitrates, or nitrites.  We also use whole grain products and minimal sugar.  Even our chicken strips are natural and hormone-free.  Registration and ordering is easy on our website,

For families that are already using our convenient online order system, you may have noticed that our menu has changed.  Please allow for a few extra minutes to create a new password and update your account.  You will also notice that we now take ACH as a form of payment

Remember, if you need to cancel an order and do so by 8:00 am, your account will be credited for the full amount.

If you have any questions, feel free to give us a call.  We are here to serve you.

Healthfully yours,

Valerie Ellis

WT Café of Boise, Owner,  208-941-2720


Secondary registration is next week August 11 and 12 from 8-11 and 1-4.  Both days are open to all secondary grade levels, 6-12.  At this time students will receive their schedules, lockers, take pictures for activity cards, and purchase a parking permit to place in their vehicle for our drivers.

If you can’t make it to this registration, we offer late registration on Monday, August 15 from 8-4. If none of these dates work for you, your student will have to pick up their schedule the first day of school, Thursday, August 18.  Doors are unlocked at 7:30 am.  You or your student could also log onto Powerschool to access their schedule, if you remember your login information.
Supply lists for the different grade levels are located on the NS website.
We are revamping “Back to School” Night for this year.  Details are coming soon. This opportunity to meet your student’s teachers will occur in early September.
Have a wonderful day!

ELEMENTARY Save the Dates

Save the Dates
For Elementary Families

K-5 Meet and Greet

Tuesday, August 16th from 5:00-6:00.

This is an opportunity for students to stop by anytime between 5:00 and 6:00 to drop off school supplies, see their new classroom and meet their new teacher.

5th Grade Informational Night

Tuesday, August 16th from 6:00-7:00.

For students and parents. This is an opportunity to learn more about our new compartmentalized 5th grade program and to meet all the core teachers.

K-4th Grade Back to School Night

Tuesday, September 6th from 6:00-7:30.

This is a chance for parents to come learn more about the North Star Way,  grade level curriculum, class expectations and procedures and to get any questions answered. This event is for parents only. Students will already have it down at this point!

As in the past, we will have a few rotations in order to allow families with several children to see more than one presentation.


Shay Davis
Elementary Administrator

IMPORTANT info about next year for 5th GRADERS!

Dear Parents of 2016-2017 5th graders,

We want to share some exciting changes to our fifth grade program next year. We have chosen to go back to a compartmentalized system as was done successfully at North Star for several years. What this means for your child is that they will have a math teacher, a reading teacher and a social studies/writing  teacher. Our core teachers next year will be Mrs. Tammy Warnick, who will teach math; Ms. Ashley Koch who will teach reading and Ms. Julie McMahon who will be in charge of social studies and writing.  Patrice Rex will continue teaching 5th grade science and all special teachers will remain the same. 

All 5th grade students will be assigned a homeroom teacher with whom they start and end each day.  This homeroom class will also be the group of students that your child rotates with to each subject as well as all specials, recesses, school activities and they are the kids they eat lunch with. Students will have each core class (math, reading and social studies/writing) for a total of 90 min. per day. This time is not necessarily in a 90 min block, but may be two 45 min. blocks separated by a special or lunch or even a 30 min. portion and then a 60 min. portion. When you receive your child’s schedule from his/her homeroom teacher, you will see how your child’s day is laid out.  This compartmentalized model begins the process to better prepare students for the middle school years, but even more importantly, allows students to receive instruction from a teacher who can devote a lot of time and preparation with one core focus. We are excited to return to this model at North Star!

The fifth grade teachers began planning for this new 5th grade program before school was even out! They are excited to create a dynamic program that not only focuses on high achieving academics, but one that develops the whole child. Children that dream, set goals, persevere, have mutual respect for peers and who think beyond themselves.  Through their homeroom advisory class, students will be taught character education and organizational skills that will help them not only this year, but as they move through school as this tends to be a major issue for many children as they make the transition from elementary to middle school and beyond. Homeroom classes will also spend extra time together to work on community building, leadership skills and economics.

The fifth grade team is dedicated to a high level of communication and is excited to work together with parents to ensure that students have a successful 5th grade year. Students will use agenda books on a daily basis and teachers will send out a weekly newsletter with a 5th grade portal link that will make finding assignments, due dates and additional information extremely easy for both students and parents. There will be more information to come at the 5th Grade Information Night which will be held on August  16th  from  6-7 so mark your calendars.  We are all very excited about the upcoming school year!


Shay Davis

North Star Charter School
K-5 Administrator


Summer HOURS


Summer Break is here!

The school will be closed during the month of July and resume normal business hours in August.

We hope you enjoy your summer and have a safe and fun break.

Secondary – We NEED YOUR HELP

North Star Secondary Parents,

To CELEBRATE the end of the school year we are asking for your support by donating to The SECONDARY END of YEAR BBQ.

The BBQ is this FRIDAY (in two days – Yikes!) and to date we LACK THE FOLLOWING ITEMS in order to make this event SUCCESSFUL:BBQ

1. 7th grade students – still need another 150 patties donated

2. 9th grade, last name N-Z, Ice – need 10 more sacks

3. 10th grade, last name ending A-M – Water bottles need about 400

4. 11th grade, need coolers, two more BBQ’s

5. Parents to help barbeque (Please contact coordinator Michelle Lambright asap @ For those parents interested in cooking, start time would be 8:00-8:30am in order to have enough burgers cooked for all our students by 10:45am.

ALL DONATIONS can be taken to the front office prior to Friday.

Please support this VALUABLE Secondary EOY activity. Our students ENJOY wrapping up the year with FOOD, FRIENDS, and YEARBOOK SIGNING.


Board Candidate INFORMATION

North Star Parents,

Board election ballots have been sent to all stakeholders. Below you will find the resume on each candidate in order for you to make an informed decision on who you’d like to sit on the NS board.
Please remember that ballots must be postmarked this Friday, May 20th, to be eligible towards the ballot count.
Thank you for your interest in North Star!
North Star Administration


Board Candidate MEET & GREET

North Star Parents,


Board elections are right around the corner and our candidates are in place.


There will be a Meet and Greet on Wednesday, May 11th at 7:00 P.M. here at NS. It will give you a chance to talk to the three candidates and get to know them better before you vote.


Below you will find the resume on each candidate in case you are unable to attend the Meet and Greet and for additional information. Their resumes are also posted on the website and are in the front lobby of the school.


Each NS parent will be receiving a board ballot in the mail soon. Directions on due date and process will be included in your letter.


Thank you for your interest in North Star!


North Star Administration



Good Afternoon,
May 14 and May 21, 9-11 AM are this semester’s Saturday School dates.  Students who have received six or more tardies in any of their classes will need to attend if they want to retrieve the credit they have lost.  If your student has lost credit in two classes, they will need to attend both sessions.  Our attendance secretary begins sending out tardy notices when students receive three or more tardies in any of their classes.

Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
North Star Charter School

End of Year BBQ SIGN-UP

The Secondary 7th End of Year BBQ is fast approaching. In order for it to be a success, please donate the item listed for your child(ren). It’s a fun tradition on the last day of school that allows the kids to eat, hang out and sign yearbooks.   Our awesome students really enjoy this time together!



Good Morning Parents,

Please read below regarding Board elections.  We have a number of seats up for election. If you, or somebody you know within the community, are interested, please consider getting involved.
Have a wonderful day,

Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
North Star Charter School

April 8, 2016

Dear Stakeholders:


The Board of Directors of North Star Charter School announce nominations for open school Board of Directors positions are now being accepted until April 27, 2016.

At the 2016 Annual Election of Board of Directors there will be four (4) seats up for election as follows:


Seat 1:  Parent seat – 2 year term

Seat 2: Parent/Community seat – 2 year term

Seat 3:  Community seat – 2 year term

Seat 7:  Community seat


You are invited to submit nominations for Board positions.  The nomination(s) must be in writing and sent to the Board Clerk, Ellen Bates.  You may submit the nomination in the following ways:


  1. Email to
  2. Mail to 839 N. Linder Rd, Eagle ID 83616, attention Ellen Bates, Board Clerk
  3. Deliver to the school to the attention of Ellen Bates, Board Clerk.


The Board Clerk will contact all nominees to confirm their willingness to be considered for a position on the Board and will provide the nominees with the application and election process timeline.

DRESS Coding

Good Afternoon,
As the weather warms up, we have had a few students showing up in summer clothes.  Shorts can not be shorter than mid thigh,
the mid point between the knee and inseam.  Tank tops cannot be cut out low in the armpits, back, or front and no spaghetti straps. Three finger width is what we look for.

The message we send to students is that school is their place of work, and we would like them to dress accordingly.  Most adults are not allowed to wear short shorts and  tanks that show a lot (for men and women) to work.
If your student makes it out of the house and is “dress coded” by their teacher, they will be asked to change.  If they don’t have anything to change into, they will be sent to the office to call home for clothes.
Thanks for your help,


Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
North Star Charter School


Pizza Friday SIGN-UP


Please sign up for selling pizza on Fridays. Many of our students appreciate being able to purchase pizza for lunch.  We thank you in advance for your help!  Most of our remaining Fridays have only one volunteer.
Thank you!


Melissa Andersen

Secondary Administrator
North Star Charter School



NS Parents,


Our elementary school will have a few early release days and one NO school day over the remainder of this school year. I wanted to communicate these to you so that you are able to plan accordingly.


Buses will still run on all early release days, it will just change what time your child will be dropped off in the afternoon. These early releases change half day kindergarten hours so please look carefully if you child is in Ms. Nielsen’s am or pm kinder class. Full day kindergarten runs on the same schedule as the rest of the elementary.


April 6th: Elementary gets out at 12:45. Buses should be exactly 3 hours ahead of schedule for the afternoon bus drop.
Kindergarten hours: AM: 9:15-10:45,  PM: 11:15-12:45


April 28th: Elementary gets out at 1:45. Buses should be exactly 2 hours ahead of schedule for the afternoon drop.
Kindergarten hours: AM: 9:15-11:15,  PM: 11:45-1:45


April 29th: NO SCHOOL for grade K-12


May 27th ( last day of school) : Elementary gets out at 12:45. Buses should be exactly 3 hours ahead of schedule for the afternoon bus drop.
Kindergarten hours: AM: 9:15-10:45,  PM: 11:15-12:45


Shay Davis

North Star Charter School
K-5 Administrator


DODGEBALL Tournament





The North Star High School Girls Basketball Program is hosting

a Dodgeball Tournament for 6th-12th grades.

We are fundraising for our upcoming tournaments.


WHEN: April 1, 2016 5-7 p.m.

WHERE: North Star Gym

WHO: 5-7 Players per team

COST: $15 Per Team, $2 for Spectators

DIVISIONS: High School, 7th-8th Grade, 6th Grade


Team Packets located outside of Room 303


Sign- Ups DUE no later than March 29th. NO LATE ENTRIES CAN BE ACCEPTED.

PRIZES: There will be prizes for the 1st and 2nd place team in each division.


Prizes will be awarded for the team with the best uniform/costume!!!

Prizes from Roaring Springs, Dave and Busters,  Dutch Bros., Wahooz, Big Al’s, The Village Cinemas, Majestic Cinemas, Jamba Juice, and more to come.

Food will be available for purchase throughout this event at the Snack Shack in the Cafeteria. We will have pizza, churros, popcorn, chips, water…. and lots of other yummy treats.

ISAT Testing

To: Parents at North Star Charter School

From: Mrs. Drain

Re: Upcoming ISAT Testing

After Spring Break, we begin administering the ISAT tests in the areas of ELA (English Language Arts), Math in grades 3rd-10th and Science in grades 5th and 7th.  In classes, teachers will review the testing calendar and practice for the upcoming ISAT assessments.

Each grade level will have a different testing schedule. These testing schedules will be communicated by homeroom teachers in grades 3rd-6th and posted on North Star’s web page for grades 3rd-10th, after March 7th (please see below).

Please remember that testing does not mean the end of teaching and learning. It is still important for students to maintain momentum and take full advantage of classroom time.

Before your student’s grade-level testing days, teachers will discuss the benefits of students taking the test seriously and showing their best work to demonstrate their knowledge and ability to apply the Idaho Core Standards.

We hope to work together to make this a successful testing experience for everyone.


Sheri Drain

Academic Administrator

North Star Charter School

Test Schedule Grades 3-6
Test Schedule Grades 7-10



ALL 6 – 12 STUDENTS (AND STAFF) – we are in need of pictures for the yearbook.  Please take and submit pictures of your school activities, club activities, school sports, or any other school related picture to the yearbook.  You can either email the images to, or add the Replayit app (with permission) to your smart phone and upload directly from your smart phone.  You can also upload images to from your computer.   Remember – Please do not take any pictures during class time without the express permission of your teacher and the people you are taking pictures of. without the express permission of your teacher and the people you are taking pictures of.


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2016-17 APPROVED School Calendars

At last week’s Board of Directors Meeting, North Star’s 2016-17 school calendar was approved.

One change to be aware of is the week of Fall Break.  It has moved to correspond with State Teacher Inservice Days, thus allowing our teachers the opportunity to attend professional development opportunities in their content areas.

We hope this aids in your planning for next school year.


THANK YOU North Star!!

Dear NS Parents,


Because of your generosity, I am thrilled to report that we have raised $76,325 for much needed technology for our school.  Thank you!


During the month of January we met the matching gift challenge of raising $15,000. Thank you to all that contributed and to the NS families that so generously offered the matching gift.


We could not have done this without the generosity and support of our NS community.  Many gifts, of many sizes made up this campaign.  NS board members, staff, parents, and businesses participated. The collective support of our community is quite remarkable!


In addition, I want to give a special thanks to the parents that served as volunteers for this campaign.  The time and talent they contributed truly cannot be measured.   Tobe Brockner, Joe Meeks, Katie McDaniel, Lindsey Burnett, Christianne Crump, Cynthia Wilkie, Chandy Fabrizio, Natalie Jardine, Grandpa Jeff Bailey, and Janet Dukelow.


The new technology will be in place in the Fall of 2016.  I look forward to reporting back on the impact of your investment in our school.


Thank you again for making this possible for our students and teachers.  We are beyond grateful.








Joanna O’Donnell

Director of Development

North Star Charter School

SPECIAL MATCH CHALLENGE for Leading Edge Technology Campaign!

TO: North Star Parents

FROM: Joanna O’Donnell

SUBJECT: Exciting News for North Star!!


Dear North Star Community,


I have some exciting news to share with you!


Two North Star families have just committed to match half of the remaining balance on the Leading Edge Technology Campaign ($15,000) if the rest of our school community can come up with the other half ($15,000) by January 31st. These families are stepping up to help make sure the remaining funds are raised.


In their words, “Our children deserve the best education we can provide, including technology in every student and teacher’s hand. We support this campaign as an investment in the future of this great school and its amazing students, and hope that our contribution will inspire other North Star parents to give generously.”


Starting today, this amazing opportunity will allow your gifts to be essentially DOUBLED! If you have not yet made a contribution, please make a donation today. If you have already given, we encourage you to give more.


The match challenge starts today and will end Jan 31st. Our goal is not only in sight, but it is achievable. Help us take advantage of this generous gift that will allow us to complete our Leading Edge Technology goal of $75,000 to purchase much needed technology for our school.


Please help up by DONATING NOW. Or you can mail your check to the school, attention: Joanna O’Donnell. Today is the LAST day of 2015. Give today and take advantage of the amazing tax benefits Idaho has to offer for gifts to education institutions (note: it must be postmarked by Dec 31 to be considered a tax-deductible charitable donation this year)!


Please pass this information on to your family and friends who may also want to help. Together, we will make this happen!




Joanna O’Donnell

Director of Development

North Star Charter School