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11 May, 2015
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New This Week 
Early Release Days
May 28th: 6th-12th: 10:45
May 29th (Last Day of School)
6th-12th: 11:45
K-5th: 12:45

May 29th, the last day of school, will be early release for all grades. School will be out at 11:45 and 12:45 Buses will still pick up students at this time. This half-day puts students heading home approximately 3 hours earlier than usual, so please plan accordingly. Thank you!
CAS Gallery Showcase
Please save the date for Wednesday, May 20th from 4:00-6:00 PM in the North Star Band Room. Class of 2015 will present their Creativity, Action, and Service projects to the school community.  Junior students are required to attend and this is a North Star Graduation requirement for seniors.

We need your help!  In order for this to be a special, festive celebration, I am asking a few parents to step up and donate the following:

3 cases of water
Bucket with bags of ice
Sheet cake
Plates
Forks 
Napkins
Flowers 
Balloons

Our school colors are Navy blue and silver.  If you can help with any of the above items, please
let me know.  I greatly appreciate it!  Thank you!

Sincerely,
Krista Oberlindacher
Love and Logic - Happy Mother's Day!
A loving mother is beyond compare! I was blessed to have one whose words were always an encouragement…whose hugs made me feel safe and loved…whose smile always gave me hope…whose hard work always made our house a home.
 
My mother grew even more loving and encouraging as she grew to realize that she could only demonstrate love when she was taking good care of herself. How hard this must have been for her to realize. From the time she was old enough to play with her baby dolls, she mused, "When I'm a mommy, I'm going to take good care of my babies. When I'm a mommy, I'm always going to make them feel loved and happy."
 
My mother passed away on February 2nd. She's gone from this world, yet her light still shines in my life. She gave me the gift of unconditional love, because she learned to take care of herself. She taught me how to treat others, because she expected me to treat her well. She taught me that choices have consequences, because she thoughtfully allowed me to experience the consequences of my actions. In essence, she brought light into my life by learning an important life lesson:
 
Our light can't shine on others if our batteries are dead. 
 
I was sixteen and suffering from TBFB (Too Big For Britches) syndrome. "Mom, I need you to type this report for me. I need it done by tomorrow!"
 
With great love, she replied, "I'll be happy to do that for you, but I'm not sure I'll have time to do a great job."
 
Frustrated, I demanded, "Can't you just help me this once?"
 
She typed the report. Unwisely, I neglected to read it before handing it in.
 
In the midst of massive typos, run-on sentences, and fragments, was a little note: "This is Charlie's mother. He procrastinated a bit and then asked me to type this for him. Please accept my apologies for any errors; please give him the grade you believe he has earned."
 
My teacher had great respect for my mom, and so did I!
 
Moms: Take good care of yourselves. Everybody else: Take good care of your moms!
 
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

Student Spaceflight Experiments Program
A New Odyssey in STEM Education for North Star Charter School

 The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP) began in 2010 by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education in with NanoRacks, LLC. It is a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) education initiative that is aimed at providing communities of upper elementary, middle, or high school students (grades 5-12) the ability to design and propose microgravity experiments for fly in low Earth orbit on the International Space Station (ISS). SSEP provides schools the opportunity to immerse their students in real science, where they can discover and explore science as a journey, struggle with real-world problems, and uncover the joys of learning.

North Star Charter School will hold a flight experimental design completion in the fall of 2015 with selected grade-levels from upper elementary, middle school, and the high school students will mirror how professional research is done, by submitting formal research proposals. The proposals will go through a 2-step review process to select a flight experiment to represent the community. The selected student team will take on the role of being North Star Charter School’s space flight ambassadors and their experiment will become the North Star Charter School’s science experiment on the ISS. Our science ambassadors will be invited to attend the launch of their experiment and to present their research at a Space Flight Experiment Conference in Washington D.C.

The opportunities that will unfold for the entire North Star Charter School community are immeasurable. To read more about SSEP please see their webpage at:  http://ssep.ncesse.org/. There have been many news articles written about the SSEP experience, here are a few: Scientific American –Not Your Grandma’s Science Competition , NASA – Students Scientists Fly Investigations to the Space Station, and Scholastics Classroom News – A Science Fair in Outer Space

To make this experience become a reality for North Star Charter School, SSEP will be helping use raise $23,000.00. As a school community we have committed to raise at least $3,000 of this money, the more we raise, the higher the chances of us meeting the total funding goal. If you are interested in donating or your know someone that would be interested in donating please contact Jill Hettinger at jhettinger@northstarcharter.org.  Your donation is tax deductible. 

Repeating Announcements
"It's the Rule: Shots Before School"
Attention 6th grade students and parents:
Ready for 7th grade?  All incoming 7th grade students must have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot ("Tdap") and a meningococcal shot, or file an exemption, in order to attend school in the fall.

Attention 10th grade students and parents:
The Idaho State Law also requires all incoming 11th grade students to have the whooping cough booster shot ("Tdap") and a meningococcal shot, or file an exemption, in order to attend school in the fall for the 2015-2016 school year.

Talk to your doctor for more information.

-- Thank you :)
Summer School Information
Students who have failed classes or are performing below the C math standard are required to make up credits through summer school.
 
North Star does not offer summer school, therefore students will need to attend West Ada, or Boise School districts to make up missing credits. 
 
Middle School Summer School: (7-8)
Location: Lewis and Clark Middle School
4131 E.Pine Ave.
Meridian, ID 83642
 
High School Summer School: (9-12)
Location: Rocky Mountain High School
5450 N. Linder Road
Meridian, ID 83646
 
Please contact Mr. Pettit,in the counseling office, for summer school forms. There is a registration period, and a counselor recommendation form that must be turned in to the school the student will attend. 
 
Student schedules will be held, at the beginning of the next school year, until summer school credits are received by North Star.
May 12: Final Band Concert
May 20: CAS Gallery Showcase - 4-6pm in the Band Room
May 20: Box Top Collection Deadline
May 26: Graduation Ceremony - 6pm at Star Community Center on 439 North Star Road

May 27: Carnival
May 28th : Grades 6th -12th- Early Release Day 10:45
May 29: Last Day of School - Early Release: Grades 6th-12th-11:45. Grades K-5: 12:45
May 29th: Kinder Graduation at Zoo Boise
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