September 26, 2014
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Principals' Corner

It has been a great week of learning at North Star! The NSAT team is thankful for all of the positive support we have been given by so many as we start another successful year!

A Note From The Office
Please remember that you must provide a doctor's note for your child's absence or tardy to be excused. It can't be changed in the system without this note. 

Thank you!
Dee Young
( attendance secretary)





As the first big cool autumn storm blows in, it’s time to start thinking about getting a better playground for our North Star kids.


This year the PTO Entertainment Book Fundraiser will focus on raising a big pile of cash that will go to new playground equipment and activities for the little kiddos. This fundraiser has been a huge success in years past and we need to once again call on the near boundless generosity of our parents.


The drive will begin early next week. Be on the lookout for information or order forms coming home with your kids.


It will run through most of October.

Contact us or go to the website at North Star PTO or look at the PTO Bulletin Board

Time to sign up for PTO! Please download the following link for more information.

Next meeting: Thurs. Oct. 9th 3:30 Mrs. Drick’s Rm

The NSCS Secondary Booster Club met recently. We talked about several issues unique to NS Secondary School.


First, we decided to join with PTO and their Entertainment Book Fundraiser.  More information is coming!


Mrs. Andersen gave an overview of the Three C Campaign. It will focus on addressing issues and concerns facing North Star in the realm of Curriculum, Culture and Communication.  It is an ambitious and necessary campaign. A key thrust of the work will be to align and unify our Primary and Secondary programs even more.


Boosters enthusiastically supported 3Cs and were quite curious how parents and students can be part of the 3CCampaign. An immediate result is that students are helping with this NS Newsletter and researching opportunities for students to be made more aware of what is happening at North Star.

Way to go guys!

Send comments concerns and your volunteer’s information to Michelle Lambright

The mission of the NSCS Secondary Booster Club is to enhance and support the educational experience at NSCS, to develop a closer connection between school and home by encouraging communication and parental involvement, and to improve the culture at NSCS through volunteer and financial support. The NSCS Secondary Booster Club supports the raising of funds for critical items needed by the staff and students not covered by existing North Star resources.
Send comments to Michelle Lambright
Next meeting:


Message From PE
Please note that tennis shoes are required for PE classes. This is a safety issue along with keeping the gym floor free of black marks.Please ask your child's teacher for the days they have PE so you can assure they have the right shoes and clothes on to help keep them safe.
Thank You,
Ms. Sawyers

Picture Day for Grades K - 5 is on Friday,  October 3rd.
Won't you consider joining our Service Learning trip to Central America in February over Winter Break?  
It is open to 8-12th graders (and their siblings if accompanied by a parent), parents, faculty and staff, and chaperons. You can learn more information by visiting the website or you may contact the lead teacher from North Star, Krista Oberlindacher at (208)939-9600 x413


Hello wonderful North Star families,

Since our hot lunch program is on a pre-order basis our lunch vendors are unfortunately unable to accommodate students who have forgotten their lunch. So when a student forgets their lunch and cannot reach mom or dad to bring them one, we need to find a way to fill their tummies and get them through their day! We are calling on all elementary parents to please make donations so that we can supply each teacher with an “emergency food cupboard”.

Due to strict dietary standards and food allergy risks please only bring in the items that are specifically listed.

**Food items should not contain any type of nuts, peanut butter, chocolate, sugar or artificial sweeteners and need to be non-perishable**

  • Fruit or Applesauce Cups

  • Dehydrated fruit

  • Cheese and crackers (the spreadable kind that is individually wrapped) Or the individually wrapped sandwich type cheese and crackers.

  • Plain granola bars (something like the Natures Valley Brand)

  • Juice boxes or water bottles

     Thank you in advance for your generosity.

Welcome Back!!! We are excited to serve North Star Students and Staff again this year! Our menu is better than ever! Students and staff may choose from hot plates, sandwiches and salads each day.

We’ve kept the ordering schedule the same. Order by the WEEKLY/MONTH or beyond. Ordering is available online now at  Please follow the prompts to set up your account if necessary. The North Star Charter school code is: 298NCSID

Things to remember….
NEW order forms are AVAILABLE every THURSDAY. Each order form CLOSES WEDNESDAY AT 10PM. Meals can be ordered for the Monday following the order form closing date and will include up to 5 WEEKS of ordering options.

CHOCOLATE MILK is available every WEDNESDAY!

PIZZA BY THE SLICE is available every TUESDAY AND THURSDAY! Don't forget to send your child's pizza money in a sealed envelop the morning they want to order. Teachers will turn it in to GNA Foods so Mr. Andrews can order the correct amount of pizzas for the day. Pizza is $2 per slice.

Absentee credits must be requested within 24 hours of the EXCUSED absence by emailing .  All absences will be verified with North Star Charter School attendance.

Lunch order instructions
August - October menus  

Procedure for Forgotten Lunches
Your student ran off and forgot their lunch... no problem - just drop it by the front office window with your student's name written on it and it will be taken to the cafeteria where the hot lunches are served. Then all your student needs to do is go to the window and ask the nice lunch man for their sack lunch that they forgot. Please make sure your child is aware of this new procedure.


What's New In IB
8 IB juniors and seniors took advantage of this year's first of several planned Extended Essay workshops.  They came from 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM and said they either learned more about the expectations of Extended Essay (juniors) or appreciated the quiet opportunity to sit and work in an academic setting for a few hours (seniors). The next affectionately-titled "lock in" is Thursday, October 30th from 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM in room 302 (teachers will be in conference and students have the day off).  Any junior or senior may attend.  Bring your materials and a laptop or thumb drive.

Thursday October 9th will be the Fall Choir "Informance", featuring the 6th, 7th, 8th, and High School choral ensembles.

White Lion Kajukenbo after school martial arts lessons begin Sep 16th from 4-5 in the elementary café.  Bring your workout clothes and come give us a try! Classes run every Tuesday and Thursday and the cost is $53 per month. Contact Ms. Everts if you have questions.
Playground Design Experience Needed

North Star is in need of someone with landscape design experience to help us lay out a plan for our playground. We want to set goals and raise money to beautify the back field. Please email George Coburn if you are willing to help.
            A Love and Logic Lesson on Homework:

Alex and Jason come home with the same math homework.
Alex complains to his mom, "It's just not fair. Mr. Jenson gives us too much homework. I don't know how to do this. He never explains anything. You need to help me. It's going to take too long!"
"How did he explain this homework?" asks mom.
"I don't remember. You need to help me," says Alex.
Mom opens the book and points out the answers. She gets the task over quickly and then lectures, "You'd better start paying attention in class!"
Jason makes the same complaint to his mom.
"How did your teacher explain this homework?" asks mom.
"I don't remember. You need to help me," says Jason.
"How sad," answers Mom. "I'll be happy to help when you work harder on your schoolwork than me, and I know that you are listening in class." With that, she tells Jason to open his book and try to remember how the teacher told him to do the work. "You can watch your program when it's finished," she tells Jason.
Which mom did the best job of parenting?
Which kid is more likely to start listening better in class?
I bet you know the answer.

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

September 26: Volleyball Home Game vs. McCall @ 7
October 4: Girls Basketball Info Meeting
October 9: Choir Performances 
October 29: PSAT (9-12 Grade)
April 15: SAT Testing
April 29: SAT Make-Up (Tentative)

For all events, including sports events, click here.


The PSAT test will be offered to North Star  students grades 9-12 on Wednesday, October 29 during the school day. The PSAT test is a great opportunity for students to prepare for the SAT test that is given at the end of the Junior year. The PSAT practice test is composed of out of date SAT tests so it gives students a good idea of what to expect and a realistic view of where they are academically. Additionally, Juniors who take the test have the opportunity to qualify for the National Merit Scholarship program based on the testing results.
To register for the test please contact Mr. Pettit or Ms. Kliest in the main office. The last day to register for the PSAT will be Tuesday, September 23rd. In order to register your student,  you must pay for the test in advance. The cost to take the test is $22.00 for students in grades 9,11,and 12. Tenth graders will take the test free of charge and do not have to sign up.
If you have any questions please contact Mr. Pettit in the counseling office.


North Star's new DECA chapter for high school students is underway!  We have 24 members and look forward to a great year competing in areas of Finance, Entrepreneurship, Marketing and Management!  The North Star DECA chapter will also be planning and executing 3 fund raising events, 3 community service events as well as preparing for our first state competition here in Boise in March!
Students grow their leadership skills, presentation skills and professionalism as they present their projects in front of volunteer judges from the community who specialize in fields in which the students are competing.  For more information about DECA please go to and check it out!

School Busing Information

In order to ensure smooth transportation to and from school on the buses, please review this letter from Brown Bus Company. It is important that your child know where to catch the bus, where to get off and how to walk home, and be ready to get on the bus when it arrives. These steps help to make everything flow smoothly and efficiently.

Letter from Brown Bus Company
Brown Bus Company Website

Volleyball Recap
Your North Star Huskies came out guns blazing last night and took down the six year curse of finally winning a game on our home court. They took the Marsing Huskies in a straight 3 match win. Also, they honored their only senior, Heather Iseri, before the game. They'd like to thank all the fans that came out last night. They were definitely a driving force in their win. On that note, the team wants to continue that momentum by asking that everyone come out again to their next match at home against McCall next Thursday (October 2). They will be holding a canned food drive to donate to the Idaho Food Bank. Each can or box of food will get you a raffle ticket to win one of three prizes that will be given away after our second set. Go Huskies!     

Basketball News
Girls High School BASKETBALL Parent – Athlete Meeting 9:00am Saturday 10/4.  Information on the Girls basketball program.   If you are interested you will need to attend, we will be asking for firm commitments.

Check out our calendar on the website for upcoming sporting event and and come out to support our Huskies!

The 24 Hour Think Challenge
Oct. 2 & 3, at the Century Link arena in Boise, is a community conversation and design thinking challenge. We’re bringing 120 juniors together to learn design thinking based on Stanford University’s curriculum, hear from internationally renowned speaker Sam Levin (his TED Talk is available here: and spend 24 hours solving some of Idaho’s greatest challenges in health and education. This is going to be an excellent opportunity for students to learn and practice 21st Century skills in a facilitated environment. The event kicks off on Thursday at 9AM, and culminates with a Pitch event where students will share their findings on Friday the 3rd 2:30 - 4PM. Members from the community are encouraged to attend the Pitch on the 3rd. I’m attaching a flyer with further information, and here’s a link to the registration page: 

NS Board Notes

The North Star Board meets once a month. Typically it is the 3rd Thursday. Please click the following link to see upcoming meetings.


The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly.

Face mites, like this one shown in an electron microscope image, appear to live on the faces of all adult humans.

Face mites, like this one shown in an electron microscope image, appear to live on the faces of all adult humans. (USDA Confocal Electron Microscopy Unit)



The word “infant” is from the Latin for “unable to speak.” Offspring of a polar bear and a grizzly bear is called a “pizzly bear.” Fred is Swedish for “peace.” 



The remains of birds hit by airplanes are known as “snarge.” An endling is the final individual in a species. A century ago in September 1914, Martha, the world's last passenger pigeon, died at the Cincinnati Zoo. The passenger pigeon was once the most abundant bird in North America, and possibly the world.  It accounted for more than a quarter of all birds in North America. The species lived in enormous migratory flocks that would black out skies for whole days as they passed. Martha was an endling.



Until recently, scientists thought that only a small portion of humans had face mites. It now appears all adults have two species of face mites. Infants have no face mites. Face mites have eight legs, look like tiny, see-through caterpillars and are not visible to the human eye. One species Demodex brevis is perfectly adapted to wiggle and burrow into the pores of your sweat glands.  The other species, Demodex folliculorum, lives in hair follicles of our eyelashes, eyebrows and facial skin. Mites collected from faces in different places, such as China and the Americas, can be genetically distinguished from one another, which makes them useful for tracing human populations and their migrations.

On that special note… go in Fred
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