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August 29, 2014
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Principals' Corner
 
It has been a wonderful first week of school! Ms. Andersen, Mrs. Davis and Mrs. Drain have spent a lot of time in classrooms, in the cafes and at recess. There are a lot of great things happening and a lot of excitement in the air.

If you have any questions or concerns do not hesitate to email your child's teacher first, then contact administration if needed. Open communication and trust is important and we want that to be an important part of the North Star Way.



 
Time to sign up for PTO! Please download the following link for more information.
PTO SIGN UPS
 
Booster Club Meets After Labor Day!
In early September we will be meeting to discuss our mission and belief statements. If you are interested contact either Michelle Lambright mrlcpaidaho@msn.com or David Potter joemorgan409@msn.com  for more details.

Picture Day for Grades 6 Through 12 Coming up on September 8th 

If your student missed all of the registration days and does not have a student ID they will need to let the photographer know and one will be printed for them. 
**If they paid for an Activity Card and have not received one they will need to show the photographer their receipt and one will be printed for them, but they must provide proof of payment**
 


A college fair featuring Duke, Harvard, Georgetown, Penn and Stanford will be held in downtown Boise at the Grove Hotel on Monday, Sept.8.  Click on this link for the flyer.

Service Learning Trip to Belize
 
Join us for our Service Trip to Belize, October 10-18th, 2014. Fulfill service hours while gaining invaluable global knowledge and life experience in beautiful Belize.
 
The link to our planned trip page:  http://www.globalservicepartnerships.org/planned-trips.html or flyer
For details email/call: Krista Oberlindacher at koberlindacher@northstarcharter.org or 
 

Octopuses, Octopi or Octopodes?

A 600 lb. octopus can squeeze through a coin-size hole. They can do that because they are boneless: Animals without Backbones. The only hard part of their bodies is their beak-like jaw. Their bodies are extremely flexible and can wiggle through incredibly small spaces.

All octopuses are venomous like spiders and their blood contains the copper-rich protein hemocyanin for transporting oxygen. Hemocyanin makes their blood blue.

What is the preferred plural for this interesting and intelligent creature?Octopus is an ancient Greek word. Most dictionaries use "octopuses” as the correct English plural. The Latin “Octopi” is generally considered incorrect but is listed because of its wide use and the Greek plural form "octopodes" is considered correct but used less. 

 
PTO is open for sign ups. Please download the following file for more information!
PTO SIGN-UP


Booster Club Meets After Labor Day!
In early September we will be meeting to discuss our mission and belief statements. If you are interested contact either Michelle Lambright mrlcpaidaho@msn.com or David Potter joemorgan409@msn.com  for more details.

Picture Day for Grades 6 Through 12 Coming up on September 8th 

If your student missed all of the registration days and does not have a student ID they will need to let the photographer know and one will be printed for them. 
**If they paid for an Activity Card and have not received one they will need to show the photographer their receipt and one will be printed for them, but they must provide proof of payment**
 

Service Learning Trip to Belize
 
Join us for our Service Trip to Belize, October 10-18th, 2014. Fulfill service hours while gaining invaluable global knowledge and life experience in beautiful Belize.
 
The link to our planned trip page:  http://www.globalservicepartnerships.org/planned-trips.html or flyer
For details email/call: Krista Oberlindacher at koberlindacher@northstarcharter.org or 
 

NS Board Notes

The North Star Board meets once a month. Typically it is the 3rd Thursday. Please click the following link to see upcoming meetings.
http://www.northstarcharter.org/board-meetings/


 
  • Results from the North Star Board Elections:  Congratulations to Dr. Bill Russell, Mr. Bruce Dukelow, Ms. Sherawn Reberry, and Mr. Roy Ledesma for being elected to North Star's Board of Directors.  Dr. Russell (community seat #3), Mr. Dukelow (parent seat #1), Ms. Reberry (community seat #7) and Mr. Ledesma (parent seat #2) will serve a 2-year term.  Our board is comprised of 7 seats consisting of community members and parents.
 
Free and Reduced Lunch 
Click on the following link, print off the form and return it to North Star by mail or with your child to the front office.
link

 
Welcome Back!!! We are excited to serve North Star Students and Staff again this year! Our menu is better than ever! Students and staff may choose from hot plates, sandwiches and salads each day.

We’ve kept the ordering schedule the same. Order by the WEEKLY/MONTH or beyond. Ordering is available online now at 
www.orgsonline.com.  Please follow the prompts to set up your account if necessary. The North Star Charter school code is: 298NCSID

Things to remember….
NEW order forms are AVAILABLE every THURSDAY. Each order form CLOSES WEDNESDAY AT 10PM. Meals can be ordered for the Monday following the order form closing date and will include up to 5 WEEKS of ordering options.

CHOCOLATE MILK is available every WEDNESDAY!
PIZZA BY THE SLICE is available every TUESDAY AND THURSDAY!

Absentee credits must be requested within 24 hours of the EXCUSED absence by emailing 
gwen.gandafoods@q.com .  All absences will be verified with North Star Charter School attendance.


Lunch order instructions
August - October menus  


 
Procedure for Forgotten Lunches
 
Your student ran off and forgot their lunch......no problem - just drop it by the front office window with your student's name written on it and it will be taken to the cafeteria where the hot lunches are served. Then all your student needs to do is go to the window and ask the nice lunch man for their sack lunch that they forgot. Please make sure your child is aware of this new procedure.


 

School Bus Drivers needed
 

Our bus service provider, Brown Bus Company, is looking for a few good men and women to be careful caretaker of our students and drive them safely to and from school.

For more information, contact Brown Bus Co. at
466-4181.

 
Welcome Back!!! We are excited to serve North Star Students and Staff again this year! Our menu is better than ever! Students and staff may choose from hot plates, sandwiches and salads each day.

We’ve kept the ordering schedule the same. Order by the WEEKLY/MONTH or beyond. Ordering is available online now at 
www.orgsonline.com.  Please follow the prompts to set up your account if necessary. The North Star Charter school code is: 298NCSID

Things to remember….
NEW order forms are AVAILABLE every THURSDAY. Each order form CLOSES WEDNESDAY AT 10PM. Meals can be ordered for the Monday following the order form closing date and will include up to 5 WEEKS of ordering options.

CHOCOLATE MILK is available every WEDNESDAY!
PIZZA BY THE SLICE is available every TUESDAY AND THURSDAY!

Absentee credits must be requested within 24 hours of the EXCUSED absence by emailing 
gwen.gandafoods@q.com .  All absences will be verified with North Star Charter School attendance.


Lunch order instructions
August - October menus  


 
Procedure for Forgotten Lunches
 
Your student ran off and forgot their lunch......no problem - just drop it by the front office window with your student's name written on it and it will be taken to the cafeteria where the hot lunches are served. Then all your student needs to do is go to the window and ask the nice lunch man for their sack lunch that they forgot. Please make sure your child is aware of this new procedure.


 

Dress Code

Warm weather is still with us and the tendency to wear short shorts, tank tops and other warm weather clothes. Please remember our dress code states:
 
A student may not wear:
 
Leggings/tights/yoga pants - 
Stretch pants unless they are covered with a shirt, skirt, shorts or dress that reaches the mid-thigh dress code. (Yoga pants, leggings, tights) 

Shorts - 
It is still shorts season, and our dress code requires that shorts come down to MID-THIGH. 

Dress code in our handbook

School Bus Drivers needed
 

Our bus service provider, Brown Bus Company, is looking for a few good men and women to be careful caretaker of our students and drive them safely to and from school.

For more information, contact Brown Bus Co. at
466-4181.

  • Class of 2014 IB Exam Results:  North Star is proud to announce that four students (Sam Ledesma, Sam Potter, Stefan Dahne, and Dawson Dayton) from the graduating class of 2014 earned the coveted IB Diploma.  The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum for motivated high school students. Juniors and seniors take six courses in the following subject groups: language; second language; experimental sciences; the arts; math and computer science; and individuals and societies. IB students also engage in three core requirements: an extended essay (4,000 words); theory of knowledge (interdisciplinary course); and creativity, action, service (community service).  Students who perform well in all six subjects and the three core requirements and earn passing scores on the final exams are awarded the IB diploma. Those who take individual IB courses rather than the entire program receive certificates of completion. Only schools authorized as IB World Schools can offer the IB Diploma Programme; there are currently 1,861 IB World Schools in 130 countries that offer it. Of these schools, 637 are in the U.S.  The IB Diploma Programme helps you develop critical-thinking, independent learning, and research skills. It also provides a gateway to the development of intercultural understanding. IB courses aren't about reciting facts and figures - the IB Diploma Programme helps you learn how to learn, and appreciate the process. The IB diploma is recognized by universities around the world. However, you can generally get U.S. college credit only after taking the full two-year program that leads to the IB diploma. That means if you just take a few one-year IB courses, depending on the university, you may not be eligible to receive college credit. If you're hoping to save time and money in college by taking IB courses in high school, be sure to find out the IB policies of the colleges that interest you first.  Please contact Ms. Oberlindacher or Mr. Pettit if you have any questions about the IB Diploma Programme or college admission requirements.
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9/1 -    NO SCHOOL
9/2 -    Elementary Back to School Night
           
6:00 p.m.
9/8 -    Picture Day

9/8 -    College Fair at the Grove Hotel
9/9 -    Secondary Back to School Night

            6:00 p.m.
10/29 - PSAT test

For all events, including sports events, click here.

The PSAT test will be offered to North Star  students grades 9-12 on Wednesday, October 29 during the school day. The PSAT test is a great opportunity for students to prepare for the SAT test that is given at the end of the Junior year. The PSAT practice test is composed of out of date SAT tests so it gives students a good idea of what to expect and a realistic view of where they are academically. Additionally, Juniors who take the test have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program based on the testing results.
 
To register for the test please contact Mr. Pettit or Ms. Kliest in the main office. The last day to register for the PSAT will be Tuesday, September 23rd. In order to register your student,  you must pay for the test in advance. The cost to take the test is $22.00 for students in grades 9,11,and 12. Tenth graders will take the test free of charge and do not have to sign up.
 
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Pettit in the counseling office.
 
 

We will be hosting Back to School Nights for our Elementary and Secondary parents (students don't attend).  You will have the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, learn about curriculum and expectations, and ask questions. Teachers will run 3 rotations that are approximately 25 minutes long to allow families with multiple children at NS to attend.

Elementary  - Tues. Sept 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Secondary - Tues. Sept 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
 
See you there!


School Busing Information

In order to ensure smooth transportation to and from school on the buses, please review this letter from Brown Bus Company. It is important that your child know where to catch the bus, where to get off and how to walk home, and be ready to get on the bus when it arrives. These steps help to make everything flow smoothly and efficiently.

Letter from Brown Bus Company
Brown Bus Company website
New Middle and High School
Bell Schedule for 2014-2015
Currently all middle school and high school students go through their days on the exact same time schedule.  The problem with this is 366 students transitioning at the same time makes the hallways tricky, and lunchtime is difficult to supervise.  Next year the schedule will be offset for middle school and high school by the addition of an advisory period and separate lunch times for the middle and high schools.  The schedule will be:
                     Middle School            High School
1st Period   7:45-9:15 (90 min.)        
7:45-9:15 (90 min)                                           Advisory  9:15-9:30
2nd Period  9:20-10:50 (90)              9:35-11:05 (90)
                                             
Lunch  11:05-11:35         
3rd Period  10:50-11:35 (45)           11:35-1:05 (90)
       Lunch  11:35-12:10
3rd Period (cont'd) 12:10-12:55 (45)
4th Period    1:00-2:30 (90)              1:10-2:40 (90)
                                         Advisory   2:30-2:45

Important Sports Dates


Our website calendar is in transition at this time, so event listings are not complete. Here are a few upcoming sports dates to know about:



Cross country is also up and running! :) Practices are daily at 3:00.  Anyone is welcome to come out. Their first meet is at Camelsback Park on August 30.  For more information, email coach Wally Bashaw at 
wbashaw@cableone.net

Check out our calendar for upcoming games and come out to support our Huskies!


9/1 -    NO SCHOOL
9/2 -    Elementary Back to School Night
           
6:00 p.m.
9/8 -    Picture Day

9/8 -    College Fair at the Grove Hotel
9/9 -    Secondary Back to School Night

            6:00 p.m.
10/29 - PSAT test

For all events, including sports events, click here.

We will be hosting Back to School Nights for our Elementary and Secondary parents (students do not attend).  You will have the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, learn about curriculum and expectations, and ask questions.

Elementary  - Tues. Sept 2, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Secondary - Tues. Sept 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.

 
See you there!


School Busing Information

In order to ensure smooth transportation to and from school on the buses, please review this letter from Brown Bus Company. It is important that your child know where to catch the bus, where to get off and how to walk home, and be ready to get on the bus when it arrives. These steps help to make everything flow smoothly and efficiently.

Letter from Brown Bus Company
Brown Bus Company website
New Middle and High School
Bell Schedule for 2014-2015
Currently all middle school and high school students go through their days on the exact same time schedule.  The problem with this is 366 students transitioning at the same time makes the hallways tricky, and lunchtime is difficult to supervise.  Next year the schedule will be offset for middle school and high school by the addition of an advisory period and separate lunch times for the middle and high schools.  The schedule will be:
                     Middle School            High School
1st Period   7:45-9:15 (90 min.)        
7:45-9:15 (90 min)                                           Advisory  9:15-9:30
2nd Period  9:20-10:50 (90)              9:35-11:05 (90)
                                             
Lunch  11:05-11:35         
3rd Period  10:50-11:35 (45)           11:35-1:05 (90)
       Lunch  11:35-12:10
3rd Period (cont'd) 12:10-12:55 (45)
4th Period    1:00-2:30 (90)              1:10-2:40 (90)
                                         Advisory   2:30-2:45

Important Sports Dates


Our website calendar is in transition at this time, so event listings are not complete. Here are a few upcoming sports dates to know about:

Volleyball practice has started, and the first game is scheduled for Aug. 28.  

Cross country is also up and running! :) Practices are daily at 3:00,  Anyone is welcome to come out.  For more information, email coach Wally Bashaw at 
wbashaw@cableone.net

Check out our calendar for upcoming games and come out to support our Huskies!
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