February 6, 2015
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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.
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 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 Report

Thanks again to our great volunteer parents for another successful Pizza Friday!

February Elementary Pizza Orders Due

∙     Deadline: end of the day Monday Feb 2.

∙     This order is for grades 1-5 only.

∙     Please send money to your teacher and not to front office.


These added guidelines will help facilitate PIZZA DAYS

  • Our elementary teachers and volunteers are very busy getting money and orders together for all the students.  They will not be able to process orders that are late. No Late Orders Please!
  • Orders for pizza slices apply to one day only. Orders cannot be combined with other days. The 2 slices for $3.50 applies only if you purchase them in a one day order.
  • Please consider your original order carefully. Orders cannot be changed after they are processed.

Would you kindly follow the previous guidelines! We need your cooperation!

Thank you!

Questions: email Jitka at:

Booster News


Contact Michelle Lambright at for any questions or more information.

Boise State Stem Exploration Day
Boise State Stem Exploration Day will be Feb. 7th (9am-4pm)  Cost: Free

Experiments in Science, Technology, engineering, and math.  You will have access to cutting edge technology in Labs, and different college buildings.

Astronaut and educator Barbara Morgan will speak at 10am in the Student Union building. Check it out!

Sock Hop Decades Dance
On March 7th from 7pm-11pm, there will be a Sock Hop Decades Dance at the Hidden Springs Community Barn at 4768 W. Farm Court Hidden Springs, ID 83714. With an activity card it’s $5; $7 without.
If you paid for an activity card but your actual card says “ID only”, contact Mr. Conti to obtain a proof of purchase that you may use in place of an activity card at the dance.
If you would like to bring someone that does not attend North Star, there is paperwork to be filled out in the office. If not filled out, they will not be allowed to enter the dance: no exceptions.

Ghana Make a Difference?
Read about our 5th Grade Leadership Team's project to help children in Ghana here.
Fact of the Week
Is MSG a silent killer or useful flavor booster?

MSG, monosodium glutamate, has been called the silent killer lurking in your kitchen.  MSG has also been blamed for obesity, high blood pressure and even snoring. While a small fraction of people who eat MSG-rich foods report discomforting symptoms, once again for most people, none of the above claims stands up to scientific scrutiny. The evidence that MSG is harmful tends to be based on poorly conducted studies with lots of extraneous factors. Almost all of the glutamate that we eat, including that from MSG, is used up as an energy source by cells in the gut before it has a chance to get to any other parts of the body.

The fact is that MSG can be very useful for elderly people who lose their sense of taste and have difficulty getting the proper nutrition just because “ nothing tastes good.” MSG, in fact enhances the umami (savory) taste receptors giving older eaters a punch of good taste.

Scientists think that the umami flavor stimulates the production of saliva. The researchers found that their volunteers produced more saliva in response to umami than to sour, salty, sweet and bitter flavors. Saliva plays an important role in our ability to taste – it is thought to break down food into chemicals that our taste buds pick up, as well as protect taste receptors from damage. 

By boosting the production of saliva, MSG can enhance the taste of food, stimulating a healthy appetite which helps those of us that are creeping up in years.
Love and Logic
The Root Causes of Technology Addiction

At Love and Logic, our focus has always been to provide simple, down-to-earth strategies for raising happy and well-behaved kids. As such, we don’t typically spend much time describing the scientific research behind these strategies. 
I’d like to make an exception this week. I’d like to summarize a body of research that gets directly to the heart of why some kids (and adults) become so addicted to technology that their lives begin to fall apart. 
The problem…and the solution…have relatively nothing to do with technology…and everything to do with relationships.
The bottom line:
People at risk for developing these problems feel so badly about themselves, and their lives, that they will do anything to escape into a world where they feel competent, powerful and liked.
For example, researchers Kwon, Chung and Lee found that those at highest risk score high on the following variables: 
 Escape from Self
The child believes that they don’t measure up. Compared to the perceived standards of their parents, peers, school, self, or world, they feel inadequate, unattractive, or responsible for everything that goes wrong. 
Negative Mood
Severe anxiety and depression are the logical result of a child believing that they’re worthless. 
Perceived Parent Hostility/Lack of Affection
Loving relationships matter! Kids at risk for escape from self and depression believe that they can’t do anything to please their parents: “Nothing I do is good enough.”
Low Parental Supervision
Lack of supervision communicates lack of valuing: “My parents don’t even care enough about me to wonder where I am, who I’m with, or what I’m doing.” 
Lack of Supportive Peer Relationships
When kids lack the skills to develop and maintain positive peer relationships, a vicious cycle develops: Lack of friends = Negative Mood = Negative Behavior = More Negative Mood
While practical limits and accountability are always essential, lasting solutions require that we help all children feel competent, loved unconditionally, and capable of enjoying positive peer relationships.
For those who enjoy reading research articles, see:
Kwon, J., Chung, C. & Lee, J. (2011). The Effects of Escape from Self and Interpersonal Relationship on the Pathological Use of Internet Games.Community Mental Health Journal, 47:113–121
For great techniques to building a loving relationship with your child, check out Parenting with Love and Logic.
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
Elementary Computer Class
Did you know?

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Your child may do better on electronic tests, typing, and projects if they have their own earbuds to use in computer class? 
 Please check with you child to see if his or her earbuds are still in tact and purchase new ones if necessary. They are only $1 at any dollar store!

Thank you, from Mrs. Albin.                                                    
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During computer class, students in 2nd-6th grade participated in the world-wide Hour of Code along with 97,069,119 kids! The Hour of code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. Visit to try it out or ask your elementary student!
February 7: WISCL Tournament 7:30am-3:30
February 7: Boise State STEM Exploration Day
February 10: 3rd-4th Grade American Folklore Program - 6:30 - 7:15
February 11 and every Wednesday until March 18: Informational Tours - 6-12th grade 9:00-9:30am, K-5 9:30-10:00
February 13: Boys HOME basketball game JV- 6, V-7:30
February 26: Board Meeting - 6:00pm
February 28: BBB State Play-In Game 1:00-2:30
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 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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