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December 7, 2014
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               Letter From Administration

Dear North Star Parents, 


Notice for parents and students using the lunch vendor program


By mutual agreement, our lunch provider will not be returning after the holiday break.  As a result, starting January 5, 2015, we ask you to provide your students with lunch and snacks brought from home. 


At this time, we do not expect to have a lunch program for the remainder of the school year.  However, if circumstances change, we will let you know. If you currently have a lunch order deposit beyond 12/19/14, our food provider, G & A foods, will be in contact with you to make sure any deposits are refunded to you. We thank you for your patience and apologize for any inconvenience this may cause your family.




North Star Administration
 
New This Week
PTO/Booster News

“Teacher Wishing/Family Giving Tree” in NSCS Lobby
As in years past, a “Giving Tree” is in North Star’s front lobby. Pick up a wish and you and your child can bring the gift to the teacher before Christmas break. 

BOOSTER NEWS
Meeting: Wed. Dec. 10 at 3. See you there HO! HO!

Down to our last E. books:  Booster Club is offering sales of Entertainment Books to High School families. Pick up order forms in office and return them there also. 
Send comments and concerns to 
Michelle Lambright mrlcpaidaho@msn.com
North Star GoodShop Fundraiser 
What if North Star earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support North Star? Well, now it can!
 Read more!
High School Basketball Home Game Schedule
December- 4,8 12; January- 13, 24, 30; February- 4,13
JV game starts at 6:00pm followed by Varsity around 7:30. 
Holiday Caroling
The annual Holiday All School Sing-A-Long will be in the gazebo at Heritage Park in Eagle 185 E State St on Sat. Dec. 13 from 2:45 – 3:00
Caroling books will be provided!  Come join us in this NSCS tradition!  Dress warm and be ready to join in the fun.
Fact of the Week
“Pick up your room or you’ll be grounded!  But Mom…!”

New research on the teen and pre-teen brain shows not only do kids react negatively to Mom’s nagging, but parts of kid’s brains actually shut down when she begins her familiar litany.

Teen-parent relations can be a tricky business. And parents as well as kids easily fall into ruts in how they deal with each other. Now neuroscientists from several leading US universities think they’ve found some new brain evidence that helps verifies what kids and Moms all know. Here’s the main take-away: when listening to Moms’ criticism, and for a period afterwards, the teens’ brains showed more activity in areas involved in negative emotions (no surprise there) but they actually showed reduced activity in regions involved in emotional control and in understanding and taking other people’s point of view. Kids seemingly become defensive and then just shut Mom out. Scientist are still on the track of why.  However, in the long run there might be a benefit to these behaviors, because we all know it’s not smart to mess with Mother Nature.
IB News 
Catch the latest news on IB here!
6th Grade AAU Basketball
The 6th Grade boys are finishing up their AAU season in the next couple of weeks and invite anyone interested to come out! The games are in held at Eagle Middle School in either the main or auxiliary gym. Read more for game details! 
From Last Week
PTO/Booster Club - 
PTO and Booster Club want to thank all members of our North Star community for the heroic effort and support you have put out since our last turkey break. We are truly blessed with generous, caring, hardworking teachers, parents, staff, students and leaders. PTO and Booster Club thank you! 
Read more about The Giving Tree and Santa Breakfast!
Fact of the Week - 
Scientists have discovered that there are two basic kinds of colds. There are those colds that last 14 days and also colds that last two weeks.

Also, do you remember “Kiss the Girl” from The Little Mermaid? Well scientists point out that the song neglects to mention what is also "in his kiss" - 80 million bacteria. Results have shown that after kissing, the quantity of probiotic bacteria in the other individual's saliva rose threefold, and during a 10-second kiss, a total of 80 million bacteria were transferred. Read more!
Elementary Basketball Night - 
The NSAA is sponsoring a promotion for the Boy's Basketball Program. Here's how it works: for all elementary students attending the game, stop at the table by the entrance and as you come in and give Mr. Schwartz the name of your teacher. That will be recorded and the teacher with the most attendance will receive $25 in cash from the Athletic Department to be used in their classroom. This will continue throughout the season for each home game. Hope to see you at the games! 


To get a handle on what successful step-parents do, it's helpful to first get a glimpse at what less successful ones try. I call the first well-intentioned yet doomed approach the "Wrecking Ball" step-parenting style. These folks take on the role of demolition expert in the family. They storm in with a crash, trying to rebuild every aspect of the kids' behavior. Like drill sergeants, their favorite tools include lectures, threats, lots of new rules and plenty of micro-managing. Read more!

Part Two - 

Six-year-old Paul was at the family reunion when he asked his uncle if he could see the moths in his billfold.
 
“What do you mean?” asked Uncle Fred. Read more!
Student Video Contest -
Hello School Leaders!
We are excited to announce the beginning of our School Choice Week Celebrations! As part of a broad Educational Choice coalition we are hosting a K-12 Student Video Contest. 
If you want to learn more about the student video contest, click here!
Veterans' Day Assembly - 
Last week's Veterans' Day Assembly was a great success and a moving ceremony. The gymnasium was packed with performers, veterans, family members, and students alike. Thank you to Mr. Ledesma, Mrs. VP, Mrs. Andersen, Mr. Davidsen, and all our beloved veterans.
 
Photo Credit: Dave Schwartz
From Two Weeks Ago


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“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.


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BOOSTER NEWS

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 mrlcpaidaho@msn.com

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!


http://audubonpto.org/home/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/photo3.gif
“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.


http://p5cdn4static.sharpschool.com/UserFiles/Servers/Server_3116034/Image/Athletics/Booster%20Club/Booster_Club_flag.png

BOOSTER NEWS

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 mrlcpaidaho@msn.com

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!


December 6: Breakfast with Santa: 9am
December 9: 1st and 2nd Grade Music Performance 6:30-7:30
December 11: Holiday Choir Concert 
December 13: All School Caroling at Eagle Island 2:45-3:30
December 16: Secondary Art Show 6:00
December 16: Holiday Band Concert 7:00
January 16: All School Talent Show
February 10: 3rd & 4th Grade American Folklore Program
March 10: Spring Band Concert
March 17:
5th Grade Character Concert
March 19: Pre-Festival Choir Concert
April 2: Open Choir Festival 
April 15: SAT Testing
April 29: SAT Make-up (Tentative)
May 1: State Solo High School
May 1: NSCS Jazz and Art Night 
May 7: Final Choir Concert 
May 12: Final Band Concert
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