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February 21, 2015
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PTO Report
PTO Gives $6,000 for Math at North Star
North Star PTO donated $ 6,000.00 to the school to buy needed math manipulatives and other math items.  These materials will strengthen our elementary math program.  Items will be purchased over break and students can expect to start using them when school resumes.

Teacher Appreciation Friday
We fed the teachers and appreciated teachers again. THANKS TO OUR GREAT VOLUNTEER PARENTS!

Questions: email Jitka at: ptonorthstar@gmail.com
Booster News
Flowers for Mom on Mothers' Day
Booster Club will be offering hanging baskets to give to our Moms as Mothers' Day gifts! More information will be forthcoming after Winter break.

THANKS TO PIZZA FRIDAY VOLUNTEERS!

Contact Michelle Lambright mrlcpaidaho@msn.com
SAT Testing
11th graders you will be taking the SAT test here at school on April 15th. 
Official test prep is available through College board. Please follow the steps provided. This free study strategy is a great idea. 

As part of the SAT® School Day initiative, eligible students will receive free access to The Official SAT Online Course™ until Jan. 31, 2016. The SAT Online Course, available anytime and anywhere, is one of the most effective ways to get ready for the SAT. Your students will have access to a wealth of features and benefits, including:
  • 10 official practice tests from the test maker
  • 18 interactive lessons covering SAT mathematics, reading, and writing
  • Detailed answer explanations that review concepts
  • Auto essay scoring with instant scores based on real SAT essays
  • Immediate and personalized feedback
An SAT Online Course welcome email was sent to the designated Online Course coordinator at your school with instructions for accessing the Online Course. You can find educator resources, including a training video, lesson plans, and communications materials, atsatonlinecoursetoolkit.org. Please share this information with your staff and ask them to encourage students to fully explore this important tool well before test day by visitingsatonlinecourseschool.org.

If you have any questions about the SAT Online Course, contact us at 
satonlinecourseschool@collegeboard.org or 800-416-5137.

The SAT School Day initiative is meant to help more students perceive themselves as college-bound, particularly those for whom weekend testing can pose a barrier. Providing access to The Official SAT Online Course can help these same students put their best foot forward on test day and gain confidence as they continue on their journey to college.
Sincerely,
The SAT Program
Treasure Valley College Fair
The Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC) is hosting its annual Treasure Valley College Fair in April. Over 50 colleges from the Northwest and beyond are expected to be represented (current list is provided below). The fair is an excellent opportunity for your students to explore higher education options.
Treasure Valley College Fair
Date:  Saturday, April 18, 2015
Time:  3–6PM
Location: Boise State Student Union Building, Jordan Ballroom
Parking:    Free Parking is available at the Lincoln Parking Garage
Special Pre-Conference Workshop
College Admission, Financial Aid, and Scholarships: What You Need to Know to Start Your Search
Presented by Josh Ritchie, Boise School District, College and Career Counselor
Student Union Building, Brink Room
2:00pm-3:00pm
FAFSA
We are now just less than 30 days away from the deadline to apply for the Opportunity Scholarship and to submit FAFSAs, both of which are due on or before March 1, 2015. We wanted to remind you about the Idaho Governor’s Cup scholarship which will be closing on February 15th, or about two weeks from today. The Governor’s Cup is a merit based award which is heavily weighted towards students with strong records of community service, leadership and volunteerism. Please encourage your students with cumulative GPAs of 2.8 or above who fit this description to apply. They will need to write a short essay which includes what they are planning to study in college, and what they hope to accomplish individually and for others in the future. The essay should share something interesting about the applicant and not just be a recap of the accomplishments included in the application.
Idaho Opportunity Scholarship Application
Deadline March 1st
Idaho Resident College Students Can Receive Up to $3,000 for Tuition and Fees
 
(Boise). The Idaho State Board of Education has $5 million in Idaho Opportunity Scholarship funds available for Idaho resident undergraduate students to attend an Idaho college or university in the 2015-2016 school year.  Scholarship recipients can receive up to $3,000 in a single school year for tuition and fees.
The deadline to apply for the scholarship is March 1, 2015.  To be eligible, current high school seniors or undergraduate college students must:


Have an unweighted, high school or college cumulative GPA of 3.0 or above 
Be an Idaho resident
Be a graduate (by the end of the Spring 2015 semester) of an Idaho public or private high school or its equivalent, including home schooling or a GED from Idaho
Complete the online State Board of Education scholarship application (www.boardofed.idaho.gov) by March 1, 2015
Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) prior toMarch 1, 2015
Enroll as a full-time undergraduate student at Lewis-Clark State College, University of Idaho, Boise State University, Idaho State University, Brigham Young University-Idaho, or enroll in at least nine credits at College of Western Idaho, College of Southern Idaho, Eastern Idaho Technical College, or North Idaho College

The scholarship funds are available for one school year.  Recipients must re-apply each year and are eligible to receive the scholarship for a maximum of four years.  Additional information regarding the Idaho Opportunity Scholarship and other scholarships offered by the State Board of Education can found on its web site, www.boardofed.idaho.gov or by calling Joy LaRue, Scholarship Program Manager, at (208) 332-1595.
The State Board of Education is charged with the general supervision, governance and control of the public educational institutions and the public school system of the State of Idaho.  To learn more about the Idaho State Board of Education, please visit www.boardofed.idaho.gov.
Enrollment Lottery
North Star's 2015-2016 Lottery is fast approaching! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about our wonderful school. If a family applied last year and is currently on the wait-list, they must reapply for the 2015-2016 school year. The wait-list is cleared every spring and a new one is built.

Informational tours will begin January 14th and run every Wednesday until March 18th. 6-12th grade tours will be from 9:00-9:30 and K-5 tours will run from 9:30-10:00. 

The Application Deadline is: Friday, March 20th @ 4:00
The Lottery Date is: Thursday, April 2nd

Current NS families only need to let us know if their child or children will not be returning for the 2015-2016 school year. This must be done in writing or through an email which should be sent to rfahl@northstarcharter.org. If we do not hear from your family, your child will be promoted to the next grade level at NS. *The only exception is for incoming kindergarten siblings. NS families must fill out an application for their child that will be going into kindergarten next year by the March 20th deadline or the child will not be placed in the lottery.*
From Last Week 
Learn More About North Star
Last school year, North Star students and staff were interviewed and a video was put together in order to show people a little bit of what our school is about. For any of you that haven't seen the video, it's on the school website here.
Parking Lot Procedure

A friendly reminder on the best ways to keep our parking lot safe:
  • When picking up or dropping off is going to take longer than usual, please park in the actual parking lot.
  • Please do not park in the pick up/ drop off lane. Not only do we want to keep lines moving and traffic off of Linder Road, but the lane is also a fire lane.
Thank you for being conscious of these things and making our school a safe place to be and to drive!
Guest Speaker: Mr. Partridge
Unparalleled Teaching by a Dad With Amazing Experiences Leads to Unparalleled Learning
Tuesday afternoon was full of a one of a kind excitement for North Star's 1st grade students and their teachers! After having studied about many of the unique aspects of this far-off continent, we learned that one of our very own 1st grade North Star dads, Mr. Partridge, had lived for 6 months as an assistant to the scientists at Mcmurdo Station, Antarctica. He graciously volunteered to put together a presentation for our first graders.What a one of a kind opportunity and connection to our learning! We all sat enthralled as Mr. Partridge took us "on a trip" of our own to Antarctica showing the nearly day-long travel on many planes from Boise, Idaho to Antarctica followed by the many amazing experiences in picture, word, and video form! We learned of many of the studies that scientists perform there, of the frigid, cold (as in -95 degrees Fahrenheit), sun-filled, summer days. We learned of the penguins and their behaviors that would make anyone laugh including that of the rookery where thousands of penguins gather to build and tend to nests made of rocks. Although there was no shortage of penguins in the pictures we saw, there did seem to be a shortage of rocks. The penguins would spend their days sneakily taking rocks from each other's nests to complete their own only to find some had been removed from theirs and the cycle went round and round! This was only one of the enlightening but funny stories told. We also learned other interesting facts. For example, summertime in Antarctica is filled with 24 hours of daylight and a quite interesting travel pattern of the sun around the sky! We learned that most of the continent is ice, including some of the ocean around the land where in at least one location the ice was as thick as Mr. Partridge was tall. We learned many more priceless facts and experiences of what it is truly like there than we could ever write in this short bit. We are so excited to begin our culminating writing that will forever record the knowledge gained of this distant Antarctica! We are so grateful for the priceless gift of what Mr. Partridge shared and for the time he gave to help take our learning to a different level!
Ski Team - Week 3
The North Star Ski Team is in its 3rd week of competitive and fun racing!  We have racers grades 6-12 competing among many schools in the valley and North Star is doing awesome!  Our high school racers are Joyce Fehlau, Mitch Vorbeck, Aysia Kernin and Asahi Kobashi.  Our middle school racers are Stuart Bird, Jalen Chan, Cole Davis, Colton Hawkins, Justin Hawkins, Abbey Hutchins, Ben Hutchins, Cole Lame', Matt Lyon Florent Salome, and Zakary Teeter.  This week's highlights are:
Colton took first as well as Justin, Aysia Kernin rocked the freestyle snowboarding and slalom snowboarding competitions, Magalie Salome came in 1st for expert female skier, Mitch Vorbeck has another impressive 1st place for men's nordic expert (a new discipline for the school ski races).  This week's middle school highlights are Justin Hawkins/ impressive snowboard freestyle, along with Cole Lame' freestyle snowboard. The young men are also dominating the slalom races with Jalen Chan in snowboard intermediate, Stuart Bird ski intermediate, and Florent Salome as an expert ski.  Way to go Huskies!!!
North Star 6th Grade AAU Basketball

This past fall, some of our 6th-graders formed a basketball team to compete in the AAU league. The team was composed of players with several seasons of experience, as well as some who had not played organized basketball before. The season started a little rough as the team lost their first 2 games. They rebounded quickly and lost only one more time the rest of the season. The end of season tournament for their division included 19 teams. Your Huskies stormed through the tournament, knocked off the number one seed, and WON THE CHAMPIONSHIP!!! Huge Congratulations to Daniel Barnett, Jaxen Chan, Porter Ellison, Cody Gardner, Justin Hawkins, Davis Larsen, Hunter Leatherman, Jackson Smith, Armaan Sodhi, and Cooper Stokes. The team was coached by Jason Chan and Terry McGhee. Great job guys!
Guest Speaker: Tayler Enzler's Grandma, Gigi Davis

She is a master scuba diver and has been diving for 37 years. She owns a store in Boise and trains people (starting at age 12) on how to dive.  She also travels with them all over the world to dive and explores the many beautiful mysteries of our world's oceans. She came and taught our class (Mrs. Vanderwiel's kindergartners) all about diving, scuba and snorkeling equipment, the beauty and mysteries of the ocean, as well as how to get started! She also shared some videos of amazing underwater dives! It was a great learning experience for our class to add to our unit on "Oceans"!
Love and Logic
Don't Steal from Your Kids by Giving Them too Much  

I know a loving mom who does just about everything to make sure her kids are happy every second of the day. If there isn't the type of food they like in the fridge, she runs to the store to buy it. Whenever the newest electronic device comes out, she makes sure they're the first to own it.
 
Of course, she refrains from requiring any chores out of them, because she knows they work hard at school. Besides, it upsets them when she asks them to help.
 
Unfortunately, and unintentionally, mom is stealing from her children. They are two of the most miserable human beings on earth. They walk around; actually they sit around most of the time, with scowls on their faces. Because mom has stolen their self-esteem and gotten them hooked on stuff, nothing seems to bring happiness or contentment. Everything is "stupid" or "boring."
 
When we train our kids to believe that getting stuff is the key to happiness, might we be stealing their lifelong joy and sense of fulfillment? In our CD, From Innocence to Entitlement, we teach that true contentment comes from earning things rather than being showered with them.
 
To protect your children from this type of insidious theft, experiment with the following:
 
•       The next time your child wants something, ask, "How do you think you might earn that?"
•       Instead of taking on the problem of affording the item, say, "You may have that as soon as you can afford it."
•    Give them some ideas about how they might earn the required cash, and give yourself a pat on the back for not giving in.
•    Notice how proud they are when they earn things through good old-fashioned perspiration.
 
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
 
Jim Fay
Elementary Yearbook Purchase Form
Click here to access the form to buy a K-5 yearbook.
February 26: Board Meeting - 6:00pm
February 28: BBB State Play-In Game 1:00-2:30
March 1: Idaho Opportunity Scholarship and FAFSA Application Deadline
March 7: Sock Hop Decades Dance - 7pm-11pm at the Hidden Springs Community Barn
March 10: Spring Band Concert
March 13-15: Moss
March 17: 5th Grade Character Concert - 6:30 - 7:15
March 19: Pre-Festival Choir Concert
March 20: Enrollment Lottery Application Deadline - 4:00
March 20: Fun Run
April 2: Open Choir Festival
April 2: Enrollment Lottery
April 6: Voting Deadline for Kiss The Pig
April 15: SAT Testing
April 15: Application Deadline for Summer STEM Program
April 18: Treasure Valley College Fair - 3-6pm at BSU Student Union Building: Jordan Ballroom
April 29: SAT Make-Up (Tentative)
May 1: State Solo High School Competition
May 1: NSCS Jazz and Art Night
May 7: Final Choir Concert
May 12: Final Band Concert
May 27: Carnival
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