Announcements

North Star Cheer Clinic

CALLING ALL FUTURE NORTH STAR CHEERLEADERS

Join us for a FUN & EXCITING NEW PROGRAM at North Star! We are welcoming students 7th through 12th for a cheerleading clinic. Come find out what cheer is all about and see if it is something you would be interested in doing as a sport this year! You will learn jumps, cheers, basic cheer motions & a routine that will be performed at the Sports Season Kick Off on August 31st!

North Star will have a middle school & high school program lead by Coach Ashley Loos. She has 10 years of coaching experience under her belt and is ready to build a new program at North Star. She, along with one of her previous high school cheerleaders, will be leading this clinic. THis is a great time to get to know her, about the program, her coaching style and make dreams for the team!

Cost: The cost of the camp is $30.00 and includes instruction by Coach Loos and Brianna. Please make checks payable to North Star Charter School. Camp cost will include a cheer shirt!

What to Bring: Please bring workout clothing, tennis shoes, a water bottle and a snack! Hair must be up and out of face and all jewelry removed.

WHEN & WHERE: NORTH STAR GYM ~ SATURDAY, AUGUST 26TH ~ 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Contact Information: Ashley Loos, Head Coach        aloos@northstarcharter.org

*Family health insurance is needed to participate. Please return all forms to North Star main office or scan and email to Ashley’s email address! Forms are due no later than Tuesday, August 22nd!





Middle & High School FALL SPORTS MEETING

 Fall Middle & High School Sports Meeting

Attention All Middle and High School Students and Parents:

Preparation for this season’s Fall Athletic Programs is underway. North Star currently offers cross country and volleyball for grades 7-12.  Parents and students interested in participating will need to attend the below informational meetings. This will be an opportunity to meet the new Athletic Director, volleyball and cross country coaches, turn in paperwork, fees, etc.

Grades 7-12 Volleyball: August 10th  at 6 p.m. in the North Star Cafe

Grades 7-12 Cross Country: August 10th  at 7 p.m. in the North Star Cafe

 
FORMS AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO BY AUGUST 10th IN ORDER TO ATTEND THE FIRST PRACTICE ON AUGUST 11th
 
All necessary paperwork can be found on the North Star Website under AthleticsRemember all 9th and 11th graders (and any new student to North Star in grades 10 & 12)  need a physical prior to being eligible to practice. There has been a change in fees for the upcoming school year in order to cover the cost of purchasing new uniforms/ equipment/etc. It will be $175 for high school and $150 for Middle School. If you have any questions please let me know.

 



NO SCHOOL – August 21 Eclipse

Due to the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21, North Star has decided to make a change to the 2017-2018 school calendar. We will not have school on the day of the eclipse. We will make this day up at the end of the school year, changing our last day from Thursday, May 31 to Friday, June 1st.

We hope you are all enjoying your summer!

-North Star Administration


ELEMENTARY Information

Elementary Families,

 

Below you’ll find important elementary (grades K-5) information to help you gear up for school and plan:

SAVE THE DATE

There will be more info to come as the events get closer

August 15th from 4:30-5:30 :  Meet and Greet (drop off supplies and meet teachers)
August 17th:  First Day of School
September 5th 5:30-7:00Back to School Night for grades K-4 ( Informational Night -parents only)
5th Grade Info Night – Date to be announced soon!

CLASS LISTS

Class lists are on the front doors of the elementary entrance. They will stay up for the next few weeks. Please keep in mind that teachers worked very hard to carefully place each child based on many factors including teacher/ student relationship, social consideration, and academic needs. We are hopeful that you trust how seriously the teachers take this important task.
Students will not be changed once the lists are posted as we are confident in the placements that teachers have made.   The secondary school does not post class lists, so this information is for K-5 only!

SCHOOL SUPPLIES

Elementary SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS


IMPORTANT VOLLEYBALL SUMMER Information

Below you will find the summer information for students interested in Girls High School Volleyball (grades 9-12).

Mandatory Informational Meeting: August 10th  at 6 p.m. in the North Star Cafe

 
FORMS AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO ME BY AUGUST 10th IN ORDER TO ATTEND PRACTICE ON AUGUST 11th
 
All necessary paperwork can be found on the North Star Website under AthleticsRemember all 9th and 11th graders (and any new student to North Star in grades 10 & 12)  need a physical prior to being eligible to practice. There has been a change in fees for the upcoming school year in order to cover the cost of purchasing new uniforms/ equipment/etc. It will be $175 for high school and $150 for Middle School. If you have any questions please let me know.

 

We are looking forward to a great season this fall!

 

Katie Francis
Athletic Director
Coordinator of Teacher and Student Success

IMPORTANT CROSS COUNTRY SUMMER Information

Secondary North Star Families,

 

I hope everyone has had a great start to their summer and enjoyed the holiday weekend. Next week Coach Dillon will start Running Club for all 6th-12th students interested in Cross Country. Please see below for specific dates and times that are pertinent for the upcoming season.

 

Running Club:  July 11th, 13th, 18th, 20th, 25th, 27th & August 8th 
7:00 – 8:30 pm
 Reid Merrill Community Park, 637 E. Shore Drive, Eagle ID
     We will meet by the water park and run the Greenbelt. Please wear supportive athletic shoes and plenty of drinking water.
  Coach Kelly Dillon Direct Contact Information- 208-251-0886

 

Mandatory Informational Meeting: August 10th  at 7 p.m. in the North Star Cafe
 

 

FORMS AND PAYMENT MUST BE COMPLETED AND TURNED INTO BY AUGUST 10th IN ORDER TO ATTEND PRACTICE ON AUGUST 11th
 
All necessary paperwork can be found on the North Star Website under Athletics. Remember all 9th and 11th graders (and any new student to North Star in grades 10 & 12)  need a physical prior to being eligible to practice. There has been a change in fees for the upcoming school year in order to cover the cost of purchasing new uniforms/ equipment/etc. It will be $175 for high school and $150 for Middle School. If you have any questions please let me know.

 

We are looking forward to a great season this fall!
Katie Francis
Athletic Director
Coordinator of Teacher and Student Success

 


Elementary SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

Parents,

Please see the below classroom supply lists for each grade level. This will allow families to catch deals and spread spending out over the summer. Please note that if finances are an issue, only buy what you are able to do. These are suggested supply list and we understand not everyone can provide all items.

Kindergarten lists are different for AM/PM classes compared to Full Day , so  make sure to look at the correct list.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks!

Shay Davis

North Star Charter School
K-5 Administrator
208-939-9600







TEACHER APPRECIATION LUNCH Signup

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

This group meal is for: Teacher Appreciation
To occur on Fri, May 5 at 10:15

If you would like to sign up, you can access the group meal by clicking here, or by visiting PerfectPotluck.com and locating the schedule by coordinator last name (Upchurch) and password (5517).

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

Thanks,

Katie Upchurch
208-412-8659
ptonorthstar@gmail.com

Additional Notes:  We will be have a Cinco de Mayo themed lunch as a fun end to a wonderful Teacher Appreciation Week! We will have a make your own taco bar or taco salad bar.
Thanks for helping make this one EXTRA special!

 


Elementary FUN RUN SCHEDULE

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GRADETIME
2ND9:30 - 10:00am
1ST10:10 - 10:40am
3RD 10:50 - 11:20am
AM KINDER & MS NIELSEN'S FULL DAY KINDER11:30 - 11:50am
4TH 12:00 - 12:30pm
PM KINDER & MS VANDERWIEL'S FULL DAY KINDER1:00 - 1:30pm
5TH1:30 - 2:00pm

Sponsor your student in the Color Fun Run and help our PTO!!

 

 

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School Board NOMINATIONS & ELECTIONS

BOE Nomination

ATTENTION: This is the last week to submit Board Election Nominations and Applications!

At the 2017 Annual Election of the Board of Directors there will be three (3) seats up for election as follows:

Seat 4: Parent seat – 2 year term
Seat 5: Community seat – 2 year term
Seat 6: Community seat – 2 year term

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

 

1. Email to Paige Olivetti, polivetti@northstarcharter.org
2. Deliver to the school to the attention of Paige Olivetti, Board Clerk.

All nominations must be sent in by Wednesday, April 26, 2017, and all applications must be in by Friday, April 28, 2017.

Thank you for your commitment to serve on the North Star
Charter School Board of Directors.



TEACHER APPRECIATION Lunch Sign-up

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North Star Parents,

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

MEAL FOR: Staff Appreciation Lunch
DATE: Friday, April 14 at 10:00am
MEAL INFO:  We will be setting up a sub sandwich bar so each staff member can personalize their sandwich!

This week, ISAT testing begins. Let’s let our teacher’s and staff know how much we appreciate the effort they put into our children’s education. Please join us in expressing our gratitude!

Please access the group meal and sign-up, locating the schedule by coordinator last name (Upchurch) and password (0414) or by visiting PerfectPotluck.com.

If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks,

Katie Upchurch
208-412-8659
ptonorthstar@gmail.com

 



ISAT TESTING Information

2017 ISAT Tests and Alternative Schedules

ELEMENTARY TEST DATES

GRADETEST DATENOTES
3RD GRADE MATHAPRIL 18TH/20THCheck with teacher for specific time.
3RD GRADE ELAMAY 2ND/4THCheck with teacher for specific time.
4TH GRADE MATHAPRIL 17TH/19THCheck with teacher for specific time.
4TH GRADE ELAMAY 1ST/3RDCheck with teacher for specific time.
5TH GRADE MATHAPRIL 11TH/12THCheck with teacher for specific time.
5TH GRADE ELAAPRIL 25TH/26THCheck with teacher for specific time.
5TH GRADE SCIENCEMAY 9THCheck with teacher for specific time.


MIDDLE SCHOOL TEST DATES

GRADETESTING DATENOTES
6TH GRADE MATHAPRIL 13THTo be taken during their normal Science class time.
6TH GRADE MATHAPRIL 14THTo be taken during their normal Math class time.
6TH GRADE ELAAPRIL 26THTo be taken during their normal ELA class time.
6THGRADE ELAAPRIL 27THTo be taken during their normal Social Studies class time.
7TH GRADE MATHAPRIL 10TH/11THTo be taken during their normal Math class time.
7TH GRADE ELAAPRIL 24TH/25THTo be taken during their normal ELA class time.
7TH GRADE SCIENCEMAY 2NDTo be taken during their normal Science class time.

7TH & 8TH ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULES

PERIODTIMENOTES
1ST7:45 - 9:15Effective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
NO ADVISORYEffective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
3RD9:20 - 10:55Effective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
LUNCH10:55 - 11:30Effective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
4TH11:30 - 1:05Effective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
5TH1:10 - 2:45Effective April 10th, 11th, 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.


HIGH SCHOOL TEST DATES

GRADETESTING DATETIMENOTES
9TH -ELA ASSESSMENTAPRIL 19TH7:45 - 10:55Will need earbuds/book to read.
9TH - MATH ASSESSMENTAPRIL 20TH11:40 - 2:45Will need earbuds/book to read.
10TH - ELA ASSESSMENTAPRIL 19TH11:40 - 2:45Will need earbuds/book to read.
10TH - MATH ASSESSMENTAPRIL 20TH7:45 - 10:55 Will need earbuds/book to read.
9TH & 10TH MAKE-UPAPRIL 21ST9:25 - 10:55
10TH GRADE SCIENCEMAY 4THTesting will occur during Chemistry class in either 2A or 3A.If you do not have Chemistry, contact Mrs. Drain in secondary office or email sdrain@northstarcharter.org to schedule a time.

HIGH SCHOOL ALTERNATIVE SCHEDULE

PERIODTIMENOTES
1ST7:45 - 9:20Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
2ND9:25 - 10:55Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
3RD11:00 - 11:45Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
LUNCH11:45 - 12:25Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
3RD 12:25 - 1:10Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.
4TH1:15 - 2:45Effective April 24th, 25th, and May 2nd.



BOARD ELECTION Announcement

Dear Stakeholders:BOE Nomination

The Board of Directors of North Star Charter School would like to announce that nominations for open school Board of Directors positions are now being accepted until April 26, 2017.

 

At the 2017 Annual Election of Board of Directors there will be three (3) seats up for election as follows:

Seat 4:  Parent seat – 2 year term

Seat 5: Community seat – 2 year term

Seat 6:  Community seat – 2 year term

 

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

  1. Email to Paige Olivetti, polivetti@northstarcharter.org
  2. Mail to 839 N. Linder Rd, Eagle ID 83616, Attention: Paige Olivetti, Board Clerk
  3. Deliver to the school to the attention of Paige Olivetti, 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.

 

Thank you for your commitment to serve on the North Star Charter School Board of Directors.


Community BOARD SEAT Openings

Dear North Star Parents,

 

The Board of Directors needs your help!

 

As a parent of a student at North Star, you hold an important role in the success of our school, as a North Star Stakeholder. Other North Star Stakeholders include all teachers and staff of the school.  As stakeholders, you have a unique positon, namely to be the sole participants in the public election of the North Star Board of Directors.  The Board of Directors is responsible for the governance and oversight of the school.  This differs greatly from regular public school districts and district magnet schools in the valley.  We abide by the same Federal and State education requirements as all public schools.  However, within our approved Charter the Board makes many decisions regarding policy, curriculum and finances to ensure our students receive the highest quality education.

 

Critical to the overall health and sustainability of any enterprise is its Board’s breadth of experience, knowledge and wisdom that the Board imparts on the administration of the organization.   I have been privileged to serve on the Board of North Star since 2010 and can testify to the value that many of our current and past Board members have brought to North Star.  Over the past seven years, their commitment and dedication to North Star has significantly helped pave the way and guided us as we navigated through good and difficult times.

 

Today, we are at a unique phase in the life of our school.  Financially secure, at record high enrollment, with strong base of new applications and waitlists; along with a staff and administration of the highest caliber, North Star is positioned to reach new heights.

 

Currently, we have two open seats on our Board.  We need your help in identifying candidates to serve on our Board.  Over the next several weeks, you will be receiving more information regarding the annual election of Board members.  This is a request in advance for you to network within your community, neighbors and business associates to identify folks who have a passion for education, a commitment to the success of the next generation and a willingness to get involved in one of the most important aspects of our nation’s future, namely to educate students.

 

Our bylaws allow for up to a seven person Board (serving two year terms), consisting of three parent representatives and four community representatives.  A community member is a person who is independent from the school (has no children in the school, is a relative of the school or has any financial tie to the school).

 

We have two vacant community seats.   One of the vacant seats will be filled through our annual election process and we will need candidates for that position.  The other vacant seat is not up for reelection this year.  The Board will fill this vacancy by board appointment.  We are seeking your help as a North Star Stakeholder to identify and encourage qualified candidates to apply now for this vacant seat on our Board.

 

What “qualifies” someone as a candidate?  We do not have specific qualifications, other than a Board member is required to be a person of integrity with life experiences that have trained her/him for leadership.  Education, business, marketing and entrepreneurship are all skillsets that would provide “added value” to the process of oversite and governance of schools.

 

Please help us by encouraging members of your community to apply and participate in leading our wonderful school into its next chapter.  Please have them forward their expressed interest to Gcoburn@northstarcharter.org or Mjedry@northstarcharter.org

 

Thank you in advance for your interest in furthering the mission, vision and long-term success of North Star Charter School.

 

Sincerely,

Bill Russell

Chairman, Board of Directors

North Star Charter School

 

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




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!
Thanks!


Danica Hare

Elementary School Counselor
High School IB Coordinator
North Star Charter School
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NSCS MICROGRAVITY EXPERIMENT update

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): https://twitter.com/astro_kimbrough Astronaut Peggy Whitson (USA):https://twitter.com/AstroPeggy Astronaut Thomas Pesquet (ESA): https://twitter.com/thom_astro.

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

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TEACHER APPRECIATION Sign-up

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A group meal has been created using PerfectPotluck.com, 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 PerfectPotluck.com 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!

Thanks,

Katie Upchurch
208-412-8659
ptonorthstar@gmail.com

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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Snow MAKE-UP DAYS!

North Star Parents,

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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

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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 …



SNOW CLOSURE!

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


Secondary FINALS’ SCHEDULE

Parents,

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

 High School Finals Schedule

 

DATECLASS FINALSDISMISSAL
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19th3A, 4AFULL DAY
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20th1B, 3B, 4BHALF DAY - RELEASE @ 11:40am
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21st1A, 2A, 2BHALF DAY - RELEASE @ 11:40am

 

Middle School Finals Schedule

DATECLASS FINALDISMISSAL
MONDAY, DECEMBER 19TH4A, 5AFULL DAY
TUESDAY, DECEMBER 20TH1B, 4B, 5B,HALF DAY - RELEASE @ 11:40AM
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 21ST1A, 2A, 2BHALF DAY - RELEASE @ 11:40AM

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!
Melissa


Elementary Holiday GIVING TREE

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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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NSCS VETERAN’S DAY Assembly

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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.

Sincerely,

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.

Sincerely,

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

Parents,

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

208-939-9600


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
ext. 407

DODGEBALL Tournament

DO YOU HAVE WHAT IT TAKES TO BE THE CHAMPIONS ?

 

NORTH STAR 2nd ANNUAL DODGEBALL TOURNAMENT

The North Star High School Girls Basketball Program is hosting

a Dodgeball Tournament for 6th-12th grades.

Dodgeball

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
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


HOW DO I SIGN UP??
Team Packets located outside of Room 303

EVERY TEAM HAS TO HAVE A RELEASE FORM AND SIGN UP TO PLAY.

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

 

THERE WILL BE PRIZES FOR THE FIRST PLACE TEAMS AWARDED ON FRIDAY DURING LUNCH!!!

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.


Fall FESTIVAL VOLUNTEER SIGN-UP

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This is a VERY FUN NORTH STAR FAMILY EVENT with

multiple activities, games, and food for ALL AGES!

WHEN: FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 30TH

TIME: 6:00 – 9:00PM

There is A LOT YOU CAN DO to MAKE THIS YEAR’S

FALL FESTIVAL A SUCCESS!! 

It’s a great way to MEET YOUR NORTH STAR COMMUNITY,

SHOW YOUR SCHOOL SPIRIT, and GET VOLUNTEER HOURS!

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

Scholarship Night

 

All HIGH SCHOOL PARENTS AND STUDENTS,scholarshipopportunities

Looking for ways to PAY FOR COLLEGE?

 

Tomorrow, North Star Charter School will be
PRESENTING OUR FIRST EVER SCHOLARSHIP NIGHT.

 

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
your student and help DEFRAY COSTS OF HIGHER EDUCATION.

 

Please JOIN US TOMORROW,

 

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

 

SEE YOU THERE!

 


SECONDARY Back To School Nights

Hello,

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.

Melissa

6th Grade Schedule

7th Grade Schedule

8th Grade Schedule

9th Grade Schedule

10th Grade Schedule

11th Grade Schedule

12th Grade Schedule

 

 



GIRLS VOLLEYBALL Information

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 dconti@northstarcharter.org.


CROSS COUNTRY Information

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 dconti@northstarcharter.org.

 

 



LUNCH vendor INFORMATION

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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, www.wtcafe.com.

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

www.wtcafe.com,  208-941-2720