NSD Edition VIII December 21, 2018

As a collaborative collection of announcements and information, our staff here at the North Star Digest will do their best to ensure all information is accurate and up to date. If you ever have any questions, concerns, corrections, or even compliments, please email our staff at northstardigest@northstarcharter.org
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December 21, 2018: North Star Digest Edition VIII :
If you have any pictures, blurbs, announcements, or information that connects to our North Star community, please send it to us at the Digest so we can help our community be as informed as possible about all of the great activities and people at our school.  Please remember that older issues of the North Star Digest can be found on the menu bar to the left.  
Holiday Edition!

General School Information: 
The First/Second grade holiday concert was a hit! Thank you everyone who helped or attended!

Discovery at North Star!
In 4th grade science class, we are sorting through some sediment that was gathered in Eastern Montana by the University of Washington Paleontology Department.  We are looking for micro-fossils.  These cute girls made a pretty cool discovery recently.  This is a triceratops tooth from the late Cretaceous Period.  It was pretty exciting! We have found some other really cool stuff like fossilized turtle shell, a partial tooth from a Pachycephalosaurus, along with lot of fish scales, tooth and bone fragments.  This is the biggest specimen that we have found so far.  

The 4th grade singing in the rotunda at the Idaho State Capitol was amazing.  They will remember this experience their whole life.  Thank you to Shirley VP and Matt for making it happen!

North Star Families,

North Star's 2019-2020 Lottery is fast approaching! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about this wonderful school. If a family applied last year and are currently on the wait-list, they must re-apply for the 2019-2020 school year. The wait-list is cleared every spring and a new one is created.  

2019 – 2020 North Star LOTTERY Information

January 2, 2019 – Application process begins  

Live link will be posted on the website @ www.northstarcharter.org

Applications accepted through March 1, 2019 @ 4:30pm

Lottery Drawing for all grades : March 7, 2019 at 4:30pm

North Star Informational Presentation and Tours:

January 17th, 2019  ( Thursday)

 K-5th Grade: 6:00 to 7:00pm

 6th-12th Grade 7:00 to 8:00pm

February 26th, 2019 ( Tuesday)

K-5th Grade: 6:00 to 7:00 pm

6th-12th Grade : 7:00-8:00 pm

Current NS families, please let us know if your child will not be returning for the 2019-2020 school year. This must be done in writing or through an email which should be sent to rfahl@northstarcharter.org if your child is in 6th -12th and to jgibron@northstarcharter.org if your child is in K-5th.  If we do not hear from your family, your child will be promoted to the next grade level at NS. If you currently have children enrolled at NS and have a sibling who has not yet made it in to NS (including new kindergarteners) you MUST fill out an application online for 2019-2020 so that they are entered in the lottery.


This year, yearbook orders will only be taken on-line at the Jostens website. 
Paying for it during registration was NOT an option back in August. Nobody has paid for one at school. 
Please order a yearbook early, as there may be no further opportunity to purchase
yearbooks after we submit the final order.
The two links below will take you directly to the North Star Yearbook account, where you 
can order and personalize your yearbook.

The friends. The classes. The teachers. Safeguard the memories, big and small, 
by ordering a 2018-2019 yearbook for $50.00.
The magic of a yearbook is even stronger with personalization. Enhance the cover with a name, crest, monogram or icons to make it truly yours.

Dear North Star Parents,

We are in our final year of the Sports Complex and Playground Campaign.  Because of the support of so many of you, we have been able to make significant improvements to our field and playground over the past two years. Our students and teachers benefit every day from your generosity.  This new area is often highlighted when giving tours of the school to legislators, prospective students, or the charter commission.  It is one of our proudest moments to say that OUR North Star community came together to build it.

As we wrap up this campaign, we need your continued support.  Our goal is to complete the outdoor classroom plaza area and provide shade for our elementary and secondary courtyards this summer.  We are excited about the opportunities that an outdoor classroom will provide for our students and teachers!  We envision everything from science experiments to creative writing and special celebrations happening in the outdoor classroom.   In addition, as a K-12 school housed in one location, we are challenged to provide areas for students to create community amongst their respective schools and peers.  With the addition of shade sails and tables to our Elementary and Secondary courtyards, our students will have dedicated space for building relationships during lunch, breaks and occasional special events.


In order to get the necessary permits and contractors for this summer, we need to raise the majority of the money by December 31.  Please consider making a contribution to the campaign today.  As charter school, we receive about 22% less funding than the district schools.  Without your support, we would not be able to make critical improvements such as these to our school. 

As an additional incentive, Idaho offers amazing tax benefits for gifts to educational institutions.  Please see specific information about the Idaho Education Tax fund below.  It’s a win-win opportunity for you and North Star!

You can drop off or mail a check donation directly to the school or give online today. 

To make a donation:  CLICK HERE 

To purchase a brick/table:  CLICK HERE


We thank you in advance for your support.  Gifts of ALL sizes matter and add up!  Please contact our Director of Development, Joanna O’Donnell if you have any specific questions on the campaign jodonnell@northstarcharter.org.

PTO Information:
The most recent teacher appreciation lunch was extremely delicious! Thank you so very much to the wonderful and generous people that spent countless hours, or even days, preparing samosas, briyani,naan,  and various masala galore! WOW! It is the lunch that the entire staff looks forward to every year, and we are very thankful! We offer our most sincere and emphatic appreciation! #Spicy

 Mr. Lavin's 5th grade class won the box top party for the month of December. They collected the most Box Tops for this month. Keep those box tops coming!

High School Information:

Middle School Information:
Andrew Jenson collected 23 blankets for the families at the Ronald McDonald House this month. He worried they wouldn’t be warm this Christmas.
Thank you Andrew for being a shining star in the constellation here at North Star Charter!

The holiday door decoration contest was a huge success! Thanks everyone who helped!

Elementary Information:
Friday, Dec 21 will be our last Elementary HAT FRIDAY.  Bring $2 and kick off the holiday break by wearing your favorite festive holiday hat!  It’s a fun way to support your school and show off your style! Thank you for your support!


Basketball season is in full swing! Come on out and support your student-athletes!
Shout Outs:  
Shout out to all of the North Star Choir and Band students! Their holiday concerts really rang in the spirit of the season! From: Cammack!

Miscellaneous: A bankrupt Santa is Saint Nickle-less.

Lost and Found: There are quite a few items already piling up...water bottles, jackets, books, headphones...please check the elementary and secondary lost and found for misplaced gear. Please check the lost and found for any items you might be missing. Everything will be donated over the holiday break.