January 9, 2015
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Teacher Appreciation Day Luncheon

Grade 1 & Grade 7 Parents
It is your turn and opportunity to help support North Star Teachers:

Our next luncheon is next Friday, January 16th.
Bring potluck lunches to “lounge/ kitchen" area across from the front office
Bring food prior to luncheon.
Sign up below let others know what you are bringing
Luncheon starts at 10:50 - 1:30
Or volunteer to help serve lunch.

Here is a link to your new group meal to see what other folks are bringing.  or
Another way others can access your meal schedule is:
Coordinator Last Name: Jones   Password: 3225
We thank our potluck coordinator Lorraine Jones
Questions: email Jitka at:

North Star PTO monthly meeting
Next Tuesday Jan 13th at 4pm in the library

Further discussion of plans to improve playgrounds 
Future of fundraising umbrella
Late winter and spring events at NSCS: Fun Run- March 20 and Carnival-May 27 
See you all there!
Booster News
1st Pizza Feed on Friday a success!

Hot Slice of Pizza Clipart
Booster Club has started selling Pizza slices from the Café 
Every Friday you can get wholesome Idaho Pizza slices.
A single slice is $2 dollars 
Our first day was a success. We want many more.
Tell everyone and send cash with your student!

Booster Club monthly meeting reminder
Next Wednesday Jan 12th at 3pm in Mrs. Drick’s room: See you all there!
Fact of the Week: New Antibiotic Discovered
Bacteria are mostly good neighbors with humans. They coexist with us in the trillions and are critical to our thinking, immune and digestive systems. However a few are deadly to us. With the advent of antibiotics we were able to combat effectively these killer bacteria. But as the years have rolled by, these bacteria have evolved resistance to our medicines and we have been unable to find new ones.

Good news has emerged. Scientists have discovered a powerful new antibiotic they say can kill an array of germs without the bugs easily becoming resistant to it. It is a breakthrough because it finds and can develop these new sources of antibiotics in the actual environment rather than just in labs as were earlier antibiotics. While the antibiotic is promising in animal studies now and won’t be ready for human use for a few years, the technique for discovery will proceed and hopefully find other antibiotics in the future.  In the meantime get in the habit of taking your full prescription of antibiotics to help combat bacteria from building more resistance to our current and future antibiotics.
Enrollment Lottery
North Star's 2015-2016 Lottery is fast approaching! Don’t forget to tell your friends and family about this wonderful school. If a family applied last year and are 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/ren 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 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 

PTO/Booster News

Holiday Greeting From PTO/Booster to North Star

We want to give a loud and boisterous Holiday cheer to all of our great parents, teachers and our principals Melissa, Shay and Shari for helping us to a great 1st semester of 2014/15 school year. HO! HO! HO!

Kudos to Great E Book Sellers

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Outstanding Ebooksellers L to R Sarah Sandberg, Parker Middleton, Jennifer Caulfield and Kaylie Reed

Booster thanks all the North Star secondary students who sold entertainment books this year. Booster now has seed money to begin assisting teachers at our great school.

Booster Club wants to give a big shout out to the Entertainment Books sellers in Mrs. Drick’s A3 classroom.  In that classroom alone the top 4 sellers sold nearly 50 books. (see photo)

A standout among the top sellers is Jennifer Caulfield. She sold the old fashioned way by going door to door on her own. She took only her dog for protection. She sold 27 books, the most in North Star this year. She has qualified for the top prize, a bike helmet camera. Thank you, Jennifer.

Thanks to Mrs, Drick. Mrs. Scott, Mrs. Hawkins, Mrs. Gardner and Mrs. Smith for their unflagging support!   

We believe all prizes have been awarded. If you feel you were missed, please get in touch with Michelle Lambright she will make it right.

PTO Wraps Ebook Sales

The prizes for Entertainment books sales have been awarded to individual students and ice cream parties are awarded to

  • 3rd grade Mrs. Eardley's class for 1st place,

  • 5th grade Mrs. Stringfiled's class for 2nd place,

  • 4th grade Mrs. Pembel's class for 3rd place

for the most entertainment books sold in elementary classrooms.

We thank everyone for their support.

I would like to thank the PTO board members, Craig Frank, David Potter and Elysianna Ashcraft for a great first semester of the school year. This is their second year, and they keep bringing their energy, knowledge and focus to every event, they make sure that every  promise we make is fulfilled and every obligation is met. PTO may not sound like the most  fun place to work, but for me it is. They make it that way. And  I cannot forget their families, that allow them to spend the time with PTO. Without their support it all would not be possible.
And PTO could never be successful without tireless support from our Elementary Administrator, Shay Davis. Amongst all the things she does, she always finds time to help us out and to make things work. We appreciate that more, than we can say.

And shout out to our Boosters, you all ROCK!!!!

Thank you.
Jitka Elizarraras
NSCS PTO President

Special Parent Volunteers Needed
Looking for a fun, school based, short term project in the New Year?
Want to give back to North Star? 

The secondary Booster Club (with PTO) is exploring the possibility of offering Idaho Pizza Company pizza on Fridays to students at NS starting in January. We need: 

  • At least one organized and responsible parent to oversee student orders and collection of monies. 
  • Additional volunteers every Friday to distribute pizza to students.
We want and need your help!

Please contact Michelle Lambright

4th Grade Holiday 
The 4th graders represented our school proudly on Tuesday, December 16th at the Idaho state capitol building! Read more!
Congratulations to Colton Winegar
In 2013 over 1.5 million juniors took the PSAT.  Of those 34,000 students, the top five percent, are recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Congratulations to North Star Charter School senior Colton Winegar for receiving a Letter of Commendation from the National Merit Scholarship Corporation.
Holiday Caroling a Success
North Star students and their families celebrated the 11th annual Eagle Country Christmas with sing-a-long carols and candy canes on Sat. Dec. 13th.  Thanks for the great turn out!
Band Concert
Photo Credit: Dave Schwartz

The band concert on December 16 featured the 7th grade, 8th grade, and High School concert bands. The selection was mostly Christmas music, but with a few kinda Christmas-y sounding pieces that made the concert overall a cheerful and varied performance. Thanks to our amazing band director, Mr. Davidsen, and to all that were in attendance. Our next concert is on March 10 - hope to see you there!
Some Myths about Sleep

And Mama in her 'kerchief, and I in my cap,
Had just settled our brains for a long winter's nap
— Clement Moore

Getting caught up on sleep during Holidays? 
Well think again.

In the short term, if you miss an hour or two of sleep, you can catch up the next night or nap later that day without too many side effects. However, you cannot continually miss one or two hours every weekday and expect to make that up on Saturday or Sunday morning. At Penn State, 30 Participants slept eight hours for a few days to establish a baseline, and then slept only six hours for six days followed by three days of 10-hour recovery sleep. Researchers found that two days of recovery sleep alleviated daytime tiredness and inflammation, but that attention performance did not rebound following recovery sleep.

Text messages, kittens on YouTube or TV are a Good Way to Wind Down. 
Throw the smart phone away 

Experts recommend not getting in bed until you feel sleepy, and associating as few activities as possible with your bed.  Many people have a hard time hitting the sheets and falling right asleep, so flipping on a show or reading a book while lounging in bed can seem like a good way to relax and get sleepy. It's well known that televisions contribute to sleep problems by way of light and distractions; however it was also found that reading on a tablet, laptop or smartphone can steal sleep.

Counting Sheep Helps You Sleep. 
Only if the sheep are relaxing and peaceful 

You've heard the idea that counting monotonous objects can help you drift off, but one Oxford study of insomniacs recently found that rather than encouraging sleep, counting sheep actually delayed rest compared to other methods. What did work to encourage faster sleep was visualizing a relaxing scene.

Insomnia Is Mostly Caused by Worrying Thoughts
Ignoring the gym can hurt also

Stress certainly doesn't help sleep, but it's not the only thing that can keep you up night. Insomnia has many causes including psychological strain, poor or inconsistent sleep habits and physical pain. Insomnia is also not at all uncommon, and upwards to 60% of people regularly experience symptoms occasionally according to surveys from the National Sleep Foundation.

So, here's to a good night's rest!
January 10: BBB @ McCall JV-6:00 V-7:30
January 13: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
January 14 every Wednesday until March 18: Informational Tours - 
6th-12th grade: 9:00-9:30
K-5th grade: 9:00-10:00
January 16: All School Talent Show
January 16: Teacher Appreciation Day Luncheon - 10:50-1:30
January 12: Booster Club Meeting - 3:00 in Mrs. Drick's room
January 22: BBB @ Nampa Christian JV-6:00 JV-7:30
January 24: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
January 28: BBB @ Marsing JV-6:00 V-7:30
January 30: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
February 4: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
February 6: BBB @ Melba JV-6:00 V-7:30
February 7: WISCL Tournament 7:30am-3:30
February 10: 3rd-4th Grade American Folklore Program
February 13: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
February 28: BBB State Play-In Game 1:00-2:30
March 10: Spring Band Concert
March 17: 5th Grade Character Concert
March 19: Pre-Festival Choir Concert
March 20: Application Deadline - 4:00
March 20: Fun Run
April 2: Open Choir Festival
April 2: Enrollment Lottery
April 15: SAT Testing
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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