April 6, 2015
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Camp Invention
Week-long summer science camp for grades K-5. More information here.
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School Bus Drivers:
Eagle Area
- North Star Charter School
-  No weekends or holidays
-  Local job - no long commute
-  Paid training and help with C.D.L.
-  Be home when children are
Application available on “Join Us” tab at:
Love and Logic
Loving our children and our students requires that we first take care of ourselves in loving, unselfish ways. That's the First Rule of Love and Logic!
Too frequently, we are led to believe that "good parents" and "good educators" should sacrifice their own needs to serve their children. While this sounds sweet and ever so politically correct, trying to accomplish it leaves our love-reserves depleted:
When our bucket is empty, we have nothing to give.
Love and Logic is not about being narcissistic or selfish, it's about giving kids the gift of patient, encouraging, relaxed, and enthusiastic role models. Listed below are a few quick reminders:
Focus on what you can control.
A sure recipe for disaster involves trying to make kids happy, attempting to make them be good students, trying to make them get enough sleep, ensuring that they pick the right friends, etc.
What we do have control over is what we model, the types of limits we set, and how we respond when these limits are tested.
Set limits to avoid becoming a doormat.
Effective people set limits by describing how they will take care of themselves… not what others should do. For example:
      I do the extra things I do around here when I feel respected.
      I listen to students when their voices sound calm like mine.
      I _______ when I don't have to hear complaining or arguing.
Provide discipline when it's convenient for you… not for the kids.
Avoid falling into the trap of trying to solve problems or provide immediate consequences. Take care of yourself by taking time and handling the problem when you have the time, energy, and support you need.
Refresh your skills at our annual
Love and Logic Summer Retreat.
One teacher stated: "Love and Logic really works well when I remember to use it." Living these skills requires constant repetition and practice. I even find myself slipping when I've taken too long a break from learning.
Plan your summer vacation around our annual Love and Logic Summer Retreat. Enjoy three days of inspiring presentations, amazing mountain recreation, and some of the most awesome scenery on earth. We guarantee that you’ll leave refreshed and ready to enjoy your kids!
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.

Dr. Charles Fay
Northwest International Student Exchange
North Star families have a unique opportunity this summer to host students and their chaperones from China for either a 10-day or 3-week program.  There are opportunities in Emmett and Boise! Attached here is a flyer with some of the details.

If you are interested in hosting as well as having your student participate, please contact me, Liz Martin, at I have all the details beyond what is on the flyer.
Jazz Night Donations
Parents! Can you hep with these needs for the May 1st Art and Music Jazz Night!

White Christmas lights (please label them if you want them returned)
Random ribbons, silk flowers, raffia or basket decorations
Auction item donations

Please bring in these items asap or contact Shirley Van Paepeghem
Choir Festival News
Congratulations to Mr. Downs and the NSCS 7th, 8th and High School Choir for excellent performances at the District III Open Choral Festival! They represented NSCS in the best of fashion.  

They were also selected to receive the "Spirit of Festival" award given to the choir/school which is most supportive of other groups, is open to suggestions made by the clinicians, follows direction while treating the facility with respect, and demonstrates gratitude for all the efforts of the day.  

We can all be proud of our NSCS musicians.  
PTO Updates
Dear North Star Parents,
Thank you for the great support you showed during our Fun Run on March 20th. We would like to let you know that every student that brings pledged money back by Friday, April 10th, is going to be entered into a drawing for one of 4 Roaring Springs Day Passes.
Thank you for all your help.
Happy Happy Spring  to 4th and 10th grade parents!!!

It's your turn to host this month's Staff Appreciation Lunch on April 15th ( tax day - yikes! ). Please take a moment to sign up for a donation. Our staff is so appreciative of these meals and the awesome parents who make them possible. 

Don't forget, we are still collecting recipes for the cookbook we hope to give all our staff members in May so please send me your recipes!

As always, thank you for your participation. You make North Star great!
Please sign up  to donate a dish here:

Here is a link to your new group meal:

Another way others can access your meal schedule is:

Coordinator Last Name: Jones   Password: 9783

Contact Jitka Elizarraras with any questions at:
Repeating Announcements
"It's the Rule: Shots Before School"
Attention 6th grade students and parents:
Ready for 7th grade?  All incoming 7th grade students must have proof of an adolescent whooping cough booster shot ("Tdap") and a meningococcal shot, or file an exemption, in order to attend school in the fall.

Attention 10th grade students and parents:
The Idaho State Law also requires all incoming 11th grade students to have the whooping cough booster shot ("Tdap") and a meningococcal shot, or file an exemption, in order to attend school in the fall for the 2015-2016 school year.

Talk to your doctor for more information.

-- Thank you :)
Summer School Information
Students who have failed classes or are performing below the C math standard are required to make up credits through summer school.
North Star does not offer summer school, therefore students will need to attend West Ada, or Boise School districts to make up missing credits. 
Middle School Summer School: (7-8)
Location: Lewis and Clark Middle School
4131 E.Pine Ave.
Meridian, ID 83642
High School Summer School: (9-12)
Location: Rocky Mountain High School
5450 N. Linder Road
Meridian, ID 83646
Please contact Mr. Pettit,in the counseling office, for summer school forms. There is a registration period, and a counselor recommendation form that must be turned in to the school the student will attend. 
Student schedules will be held, at the beginning of the next school year, until summer school credits are received by North Star.
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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