NSD Edition II September 16, 2016

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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September 16, 2016: North Star Digest Edition II:
As this is our second edition of the digest, we thought it appropriate to let readers know that older issues of the digest are located on the menu bar to the left. Thank you true-believers!

General School Information:        
Fall Festival coming up soon!

A form will be going home with your child this week for prepaid tickets. Please fill it out and return it before Friday, September 23.  Tickets will be available at the gate also. There will be a cash prize for the winner of our Chili Cook Off (sign up link at the bottom of this email) so please enter in your Chili! Follow the link below and sign up to help at a booth! Thanks!

North Star & North Star PTO presents…
3rd Annual

Friday, September 30th
All North Star Families Are Welcome

Photo Booth

Parents, a gentle yet firm reminder that there is no parking along the front of the building, especially during morning/afternoon drop off and pick up.  Thank you for your consideration.

Dear NS Parents and Community,

As the recipient of your generous donations, we take seriously our role as good stewards of your gifts. I hope you will take a moment to read the enclosed report to see some of the incredible ways your donations are impacting our school today. 

As you read this report, I hope you will see the impact, feel the appreciation, and know that your investment in us was well spent.

Joanna O’Donnell

[Click on report to read, even if it looks mysteriously blank]

PTO Information
PTO will meet Monday, Sept.19th and 26th at 9:30am in the cafeteria to go over Fall Festival details. Please join us!

PTO will be selling t-shirts and booster t-shirts tomorrow at 2:45 and 3:45. We will also have Linder Farms vouchers ($5 for a $10 voucher), car stickers, license plate holders, and headbands.

Please park in a marked space so there isn't any interference with parent pick up

The first Box Top collection date will be OCTOBER 14th, which is the ONLY collection before the fall send in! Please clip them from everything you can in your pantry and turn them in!!  We will be mailing it off before the end of October, so anything dated 11/1/16 will count. We collect from every teacher, every grade, and this money goes right back to the teachers classroom!

Hi Folks,
We're down to ONE WEEK of GIVING to our TEACHER WISH LIST and there are SEVERAL needs that HAVEN'T BEEN MET. 
We all know that buying for multiple people can be costly. IDEA - Consider a small donation that can be combined with others to work toward something even bigger! Example: Giving $10/teacher and other families can fill in.
The TEACHER WISH LIST is being done NOW rather than at Christmas, as in years past, so our STUDENT'S WILL BE ABLE TO BENEFIT ALL SCHOOL YEAR by these additions!

Thanks so much!!

NSCS Booster's Club

High School Information
 Keep up the great work on those Extended Essays!

Dodge ball tournament coming up on the 28th of September...is your team ready?  Remember the 5 D's of literary dodge ball: describe, denotation, didactic, dialect, and double dactyl.

Middle School Information: 

As parent teacher conferences get closer, we would like to take this time to remind all our hard working and patient parents that middle school conferences are done 'arena' style.  All teachers are available to speak with, so just come on in and you can meet with whomever you like.  It's like a bountiful buffet of academic and communicative nourishment. Enjoy

Elementary Information
 North Star Elementary students have been working hard on what it means to be a S.T.A.R. Ask them to explain what this important message means and for examples of what it looks like in their classroom, hallways and at recess!

On September 8th, science students in 4th and 1st grades worked with volunteers from the Micron Foundation to investigate States of Matter.  They participated in some fun, hands-on experiments involving dry ice and "Oobleck".   Thank you to all of the awesome parent volunteers that helped make it a successful day!

STEM Bus USA is coming to North Star!
  • We are happy to announce that our school will be hosting the STEMbusUSA.org Mobile STEM Lab and Assembly on Wednesday September 28th! STEMbusUSA.org gives a truly unique and hands-on experience so students can dive into science, technology, engineering, and math. The STEM Mobile Discovery Lab is equipped with the latest technologies, enabling 30+ students at a time to learn and explore. Students can expect to see drones, robots, smoke and explosions. They will also get to experience high-end, hands-on tools like virtual reality, circuitry and much, much more! This day will be full of fun and learning!  All students in grades 2-5 will be able to visit the bus and participate in the fun activities.

  • To get a glimpse of what’s to come, take a look at this video, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UhgP_YZNE7E, and you’ll see why we are so excited about what this day will be like for our students!

  • STEMbusUSA.org  will also be open for one hour after school (elementary hours) for parents and students to visit together!This would be a great way for our students in 1st grade and kindergarten to visit the bus. Please come and explore STEM with your child.

If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Rex at prex@northstarcharter.org

Check out the Stem Video!


    Sports Information:

    The North Star Girls High School Cross Country  team is rank 1st in the 1A state this week after a stunning victory in the small school division (1A-3A) this past Saturday at the Roger Curran Meet in Nampa. Both in the varsity and JV categories. The Varsity team consisted of Jillian Culbertson, Karissa Culbertson, Gabby Reibeek, Emma Hoerfelt and Pauline Finkbeiner. The JV team had 3 runners, Elizabeth Sosa, Anna Knapp and Becca Flowers. Rounding out the rest of the team is Sydney Petrehn who didn’t run due to an injury. On the boys side, the team is ranked 3rd in conference and 5th in state.  The boys team roster is Luke Fleming, Ryan Bethel, Jake Dukelow, Gavin Culbertson, James Reed, Hunter Kenerly, Colin Maroe, Benson Transtrum and  Jamison Garcia. Everyone who ran on Saturday ran either a personal best or season best time.


    In the middle school division North Star had some top 15 finishers on Saturday also. Anna Lozano placed 4th and Mckinley Wilkey 15th in the girls division while Quinn Forman took 5th and Sam Hess 14th. The other members of the middle school are Carter Grant, Ned Eyers, Lucas Vane, Lokiel Redd, Mason Reed, Ashton Klein, Owen Transtrum, Anna Rodriquez, Elizabeth Steed and Ellie Brown.  There are 4 meets left of the regular season. They are posted on the school calendar. Please come out and support these fantastic teams.  Go Huskies!!!

    North Star Shout-Out: 
    Students enjoy lunch out on our new turf inbetween the two elementary wings. Thank you to all the students, parents, and staff that help keep our school looking fantastic!

     Wanted: any request can be placed here, just email northstardigest@northstarcharter.org and we will place your ad.

    Miscellaneous: Just a little reminder about "school deliveries."    All deliveries to the secondary office will be kindly placed on the table outside the office for student pick up.  This will help cut down on classroom disruptions :)
    Thanks so much.

    Lost and Found:  Please check the Elementary office if you have lost anything recently.