November 15, 2014
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Letter From the Editors - 
Edits from last week's newsletter - 
The link to the Love and Logic article about lending money to children was faulty. Here is the correct link if you're interested. Sorry about that!

We're happy to say that we've already received several pieces of feedback this past week, and we wanted to thank you! Keep it coming!

Send us your thoughts at: or reply to this email.
We look forward to hearing from you!

Jami and Cora
New This Week
“Big Push for Playground!”

Elementary Entertainment Books


The numbers are being crunched, prizes are ordered and soon we’ll know the final total. Next week the PTO will finish an outstanding year of fundraising. The PTO is getting bids to make some immediate improvements to our playground. The plan is to install 3 more basketball hoops, 2 additional tetherball poles and more playground equipment such as basketball, footballs, bouncy balls, and soccer balls...there will be more to come!


It’s “Wishing-Giving Tree” Time

It is that time of the year when all teachers wishes will be granted…well, at least some of them. Teachers gave us a short list of their classroom needs and wishes. We will hang them on the “Wishing-Giving Tree” (it really depends on your point of view).  There are many generous parents who would love to help out this holiday season.  Parents, check the Wishing Tree starting soon.


Booster Club Endorses

Giving Tree and Santa Breakfast!


Coupon Entertainment Book Sales End

The Booster Club needs to wrap up sales of Entertainment Books. We need to get the finals sales in and the unsold books back. If we have extra books, we hope to get book sales to our High School families.    

Send comments and concerns to

Michelle Lambright

Fact of the Week - 
Are The Polar Vortex, Siberian Express, Polar Pig, or Polar Express similar?
A polar vortex is typically the coldest air in the Northern Hemisphere. It is a large pocket of frigid air which sits and spins over the North Pole during the winter season.
The frigid air comes into the United States when a large high pressure area in the Pacific drives the vortex from the North Pole down across Canada into the US. Then it becomes the Siberian Express, Polar Pig or Polar Express.
As the polar vortex is pushed farther south, it occasionally reaches the Midwest and northeastern portions of the United States. At times it reaches even further south and it pushes northern weather in front of it.  The vortex is capable of delivering subzero temperatures to the United States and Canada for several days at a time.
When the strong high pressure air from the Eastern or Western Pacific weakens and falls apart, the polar vortex will retreat into place near the North Pole. It is not a recent event but a phenomenon talked about by meteorologists for decades.
So button up and enjoy, it should be over soon, unless times are a changin’.
4th Grade Students Learn about Gems - 
The 4th grade students would like to thank Dan Norman from Norman Jewelers for visiting their science classes this week.  Mr. Norman is the grandfather of Grant Jakobson and is a certified gemologist.  He spoke with the students about gemstones and precious minerals as part of their Rocks and Minerals unit.  Read more!
Grant Money for Chromebooks - 
Technology grant money was recently awarded to Megan Beglinger and the Secondary Math Department from the Morgridge Family Foundation through Khan Academy.  It was a matching grant, and we will be able to purchase 15 new Chromebooks to use in the math classrooms. We will be using the Chromebooks in class to access Khan Academy and do research.  Thank you to the North Star Administration for matching the grant!
Volleyball Season Wrap-Up - 
The 2014 season was quite a year for the North Star Huskies Varsity Volleyball Team. The "Dawgs" finished their remarkable season with more match victories than in the previous six years combined, they set new attendance records at home, swept Marsing and McCall and split with Melba and finished the season in fourth place, the highest finish ever for a North Star team. The team also notched tournament victories against 3A Nyssa and Parma. Second year Head Coach Michael Jordan was named the Western Idaho Conference Coach of the Year by his peers and was selected to coach the "2A" Senior All Star Team, yet another first for the NS Volleyball Program. Read more!

From Last 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. Thank you so much for your contribution.

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 please 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 Two Weeks Ago
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
December 9: 1st and 2nd Grade Music Performance 6:30-7:30
November 19: Start of the Teachers' Giving Tree
November 20: Board Meeting: 6pm
November 24-28: Thanksgiving Break
December 6: Breakfast with Santa: 9am
January 16: All School Talent Show
April 15: SAT Testing
April 29: SAT Make-up (Tentative)
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