November 7, 2014
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Letter From the Editors - 
This week, we would like to ask for some contributions to the newsletter from its audience, and propose a way to get in contact with our audience more directly. We've been looking for a means of obtaining feedback on the newsletter itself, some thoughts from our school's community about events, and a way to address any questions our readers might have. Hopefully this will be possible through a new email address set up specifically for this purpose. Send us your thoughts at: 
We look forward to hearing from you!

Jami and Cora
New This Week
Pennies for Jenny - 
One of our wonderful North Star families is in need of our support and we are ready to help them! Jenny Custer, a mom of a NS 2nd and a 5th grader, has been suddenly stricken with a very rare autoimmune disorder called Neuromyelitis Optica. This disorder has brought Jenny from vibrant and healthy to almost complete paralysis within 24 hours. She is now in Salt Lake City, where a University of Utah hospital team of specialists are working with her.  She has been holding strong and fighting hard. Read more

Please click on this link to make direct donations:

additional video:

Picture Retakes - 

K - 12 Picture retakes are taking place on November 14 starting at 7:45. 6-12 grade students  who didn't get their school ID can get it at retakes.
Belize Teacher Swap - 

Ms. Emily Martinez spent the day with our North Star students K-12, sharing her culture, teaching students about Belize, singing songs and drumming. She also spent time observing two kindergarten classes, and is hoping to bring some new teaching strategies back to her school. Read more
International Club Backpack Drive - 
Hello North Star Parents and Students!

International Club is getting involved with World Relief Boise. Their mission is to help refugees from other countries begin to rebuild their
lives. In order to help the children integrate into school life smoothly, International Club is having a Backpack Drive from November 3-21. Read more! 
New Signs - 
Check out our beautiful new signs at school! Many thanks to Marketing Committee parent Brodie Tyler of Inbound Systems for making these signs happen for our school.

Love and Logic - 
Trish and Dad were walking through the mall when Trish spied the most “spectacular” pair of dark glasses.
“Oh, Dad. They’re perfect. They’re just what I need to complete my collection of eye-wear. I’ve got to have them, but I don’t have the money. Will you loan me some? Pleeeeze! I’ll pay you back.”

Dad knew that a loan to Trish was never a loan. In the past, asking for re-payment drew fits and sulking. With this in mind, he knew that he had only three choices:
Loan her the money and fight with her for re-payment.
Give her the money and avoid all the hassle.
Make her sign a promissory note and hope for better results this time.
But wait! Why are these his only choices? Contrary to what the media and advertising says about having it now and paying later, there is another choice. 

Read more
Art Moms -
Sarah Hillbig, one of our great art moms, celebrated El Dia de Los Muertos with flare this past week. 
Senior Pictures - 
The Yearbook staff has requested that all seniors that want their own pictures in the yearbook send them in by Dec. 4. They ask for one picture from under the age of 5 and any professional pictures taken as well. Send all pictures to: 
Lost and Found - 

A 3rd grade student brought her brother's collection of Pokemon cards (about 200 cards in a Pokemon tin) to school. After trading cards during lunch recess, she set it down on the play ground and it disappeared. She asked the duty and her teacher but no one had seen it. Please watch for this tin of cards at your house. Thanks for your help!

Harvest Festival a Hoot

On Tuesday evening an estimated 300 elementary kids and family members came out for a good ol’ down home Harvest fest. Kids strutted their stuff as they showed off their costumes for Friday night. Big events at the Fest were the Photo Booth, pumpkin carving contest and apple dunking. 

When it comes to bobbing for apples, no one can hold a candle to our elementary girls. They showed a tenacity and fierceness that shamed some of our boys. Getting water up their noses or getting hair and costumes wet was not a deterrent to these young ladies. Thanks to our Jitka and Elysianna. 

Entertainment Books Update
There is a strong indication that Entertainment Books set a new sales record this year. What that means is that your PTO will have more resources to go toward an enhanced playground. Parents, we thank you.

More Thank You's
Thanks to Lorraine for prepping a great lunch for teachers at Parent Teacher Conferences. Also thanks to our Booster and PTO volunteers for helping with the potluck.

Giving Tree
Teachers are making their list and checking it twice. The annual Giving Tree is only a little over a month away. 

Contact us or go to North Star PTO
Booster Club - 
Coupon Entertainment Book Sales Continue

The Booster Club will continue sales of the popular Entertainment Books.  Families can make use of these valuable coupons and deals. Please consider a purchase. A sizeable part of your cost goes to the Booster Club, so they can do good works in the secondary school.  Keep sales rolling in!

Send comments, concerns and your volunteer’s information to Michelle Lambright

Fact of the Week - 
Scratching an itch only makes it worse. Scientists at Washington University School of Medicine have determined that scratching causes the brain to release a chemical, which intensifies the itch sensation.

Previously scientists knew that scratching creates a small amount of pain in the skin. That pain briefly interferes with itching by getting nerve cells in the spinal cord to carry pain signals to the brain instead of itch signals.

The problem is that when the brain gets those pain signals, it responds by producing serotonin, the well-being and happiness neurotransmitter to help control that pain. But as serotonin spreads from the brain into the spinal cord, we found it can “jump the tracks,” leaking from pain-sensing neurons to stimulate nerve cells that influence itch intensity. Scientists uncovered serotonin's role in controlling pain long ago, but this is the first time the release of the chemical messenger from the brain has been linked to itch.

The research provides new clues that may help break the vicious cycle of itching and scratching, particularly in people who experience chronic itching. Until then scientist suggest that those who itch pay attention to mom's advice and try not to scratch.

From Last Week
DECA - Halloween Helpers
The North Star DECA chapter gathered enough candy to donate 50 individual trick-or-treat bags filled with candy to the Ronald McDonald house. Read More

Home From Belize
We welcomed back a great group of students and teachers from North Star Charter School (Eagle, Idaho) who just returned from serving in the village of Mahogany Heights, Belize.  The group successfully created educational materials in partnership with Belize students, teachers and community members.  We are so grateful for the students and teachers who are instrumental in this service work and partnership!
Submit Photos for the Yearbook
The yearbook staff would love for you to share pictures you take at sporting events and school activities. Upload your photos to under NSCS. Thanks for your help!

We invite you to join our event on Wednesday, November 5, 2014 from 6:30-9:30p at the Basque Center for a great evening of celebrating the work of our service volunteers and experiencing GSP's impact in Belize and America.  We will be featuring Belize auction items and food, as well as live music from Boise's Amuma Says No!

Each admission includes a drink ticket and great music.  Individuals may register at the door.

PTO and Booster Club


Teachers to be fed at parent teacher conferences

PTO and Booster Club are putting together meals for NSCS staff at next week’s Parents Teacher Conferences. We are looking for donation of items for meals. To sign up, please follow the links below or to Or just bring in something to help. The items can be brought to school and put into fridge in the kitchen any time on Thursday.


Also we need a few volunteers to come and set up and help with dinner. Dinner for K -12 is: 5:00-5:40.


Once again, Lorraine Jones, our favorite Potluck Lady is helping plan the meals and make the lunch. Help her by going to links below and entering your offering. We thank her so much.

Main Link
Another Link:
Coordinator Last Name: Jones   Password: 6551




Thank you for all your help.


Fire Safety Presentation
The Eagle Fire Department visited K-5th graders at North Star to teach fire safety. The kids enjoyed their presentation and learned a lot! 
Love and Logic - Arguments Between Children
It came from the backseat. It crept up while we were on the phone. It wasn't a monster, but something much more menacing - kids arguing.

Have you noticed that kids pick the worst times to start bickering? Few things can be as annoying or draining for parents. What options do we have when kids argue with each other? How about:
  • Whether we are physically present to hear it or not?
  • How much we charge to listen to it?
  • How we react?
  • What we model?
What statements can we make in these situations to help keep the problem of arguing on the kids' shoulders where that problem belongs? Read More

Fact of the Week

Fact guy is pressed for time this week, so he just has some random words to use or not as you wish. If you have wondered why your pet canary got fidgety in the autumn, this may help. At least it will give you a name for it.


·       Zugunruhe is the restlessness of caged birds in the migration season.


·       The French disdain for English created motdièse (or sharp-sign word”) instead of usinghashtag


·       Yawning and stretching at the same time is called Pandiculation


·       Vowel-schmowel: the practice of adding a rhyming word beginning with sch- to another is called “shm-reduplication.”


·       The phrase "you’re toast" was first used by Bill Murray in "Ghostbusters."


·      In Finnish an exclamation mark is a "shout mark"; in Spanish it’s a "wonder symbol."

November 3 - 21: Backpack Drive
November 11: PTO Meeting at 4
November 11: Veteran's Assembly
November 14: K-12 Picture Retakes 
November 14: 
Monthly Teacher Appreciation Lunch
November 19: Start of the Teachers Giving Tree
November 20: Board Meeting: 6pm
November 24-28: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Breakfast with Santa at 9am
January 16: All School Talent Show
April 15: SAT Testing
April 29: SAT Make-up (Tentative)
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