September 5, 2014
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Principals' Corner

Tuesday night was a successful Back to School Night for elementary families. Thank you to all of the parents who came and learned more about North Star expectations and curriculum. If you missed the event, please ask your child's teacher to email you their Power Point presentation. This will help you work as a team towards your child's success. We look forward to seeing secondary parents at Back to School Night on Tuesday, September 9th from 6:00-7:30.
Important Information from the front office:
Parents please remember phone messages are taken on EMERGENCY basis only, as we have a large school and very busy school office.  Please make arrangements with your students for busing, after school pick up, etc. PRIOR to morning drop off.
Parents please remember when signing your students in or out, please included the students FULL name, date and time. 
Parents reminder that any late lunch brought to school will be taken to the café for student pick up.  Please remind your students of this new procedure.
Thank you!
Ms. Fahl, Ms. Young and Ms. Kliest
Time to sign up for PTO! Please download the following link for more information.

We are hoping to complete two fundraisers in elementary school this semester.  The goal of our fundraisers is playground improvement. We need one parent from each classroom to help organize fundraisers in your child’s classroom. Contact us or your child’s teacher for more information or to sign up.
We are also looking for a volunteer to head our annual Giving Tree. Giving Tree is a request of small items and wishes needed by our teachers and staff at gift giving season. The volunteer would gather the wishes and make them ready for our Giving Tree.
We already have the Box tops coordinator ready to start counting.  Last year we were very successful in donating the money back to our teachers. This year we are going to give back 50% in cash directly to each classroom that submits box tops. Watch for the next date to submit the box tops.

 Tuesday, September 9th at 4 PM in the Library SEE YOU ALL THERE!



Mrs. Moffis, a booster Mom, has created this beautiful North Star “Husky” quilt out of old NSCS
T-shirts.   We will be selling raffle tickets at next Tuesday’s Secondary Back to School Night.
The Booster club would like to thank all those parents who stopped by our table at registration. If you were unable to show your interest contact Michelle Lambright for more information
Next week: What is NSCS SECONDARY BOOSTER CLUB and why do we need it? Also, first meeting information.

Picture Day for Grades 6 - 12 is on Monday,  September 8th 

Picture day for grades 6-12 is Monday September 8th, order forms will be sent home on Friday. If your student registered late or missed registration and did not receive a student ID card or has paid the $60.00 fee for an activity card, they will need to provide a receipt to the photographer and they can have a card made at that time. Student ID cards are free so they simply need to let the photographer know that they haven't gotten one yet. If your student did not bring home an order form, they will be available in the front office all week. Life touch takes late orders.

Picture Day for Grades k - 5 is on Friday,  October 3rd. More information to come soon!

A college fair featuring Duke, Harvard, Georgetown, Penn and Stanford will be held in downtown Boise at the Grove Hotel on Monday, Sept.8.  Click on this link for the flyer.
Service Learning Trip to Belize
Join us for our Service Trip to Belize, October 10-18th, 2014. Fulfill service hours while gaining invaluable global knowledge and life experience in beautiful Belize.
The link to our planned trip page: or flyer
For details email/call: Krista Oberlindacher at or 
Service Learning achieves 8 Learning Outcomes for CAS  
Juniors and Seniors in the IB Diploma Program take 6 classes over 2 years with the same instructor, ensuring breadth and depth in their knowledge acquisition.  Students also take Theory of Knowledge, Extended Essay, and do 150 hours of CAS (Creativity, Action and Service).  
CAS goals are for students to achieve 8 Learning Outcomes which are: Increased awareness of strengths and areas for growth, Undertaking new challenges, Planned and initiated activities,  Working collaboratively with others, Showing perseverance and commitment, Engaged with issues of global importance, Consideration of ethical implications, Developing new skills.  When we participate in Service Learning, all 8 Learning Outcomes are achieved.  
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  or you may contact the lead teacher from North Star, Krista Oberlindacher at (208)939-9600 x413

What happened to Tomatoes?

The tomato is the vegetable (or fruit) that just doesn’t seem to be as good today as when we were growing up. We know how good it can be and how bad the store-bought ones usually are. How did it get that way?


Fifty years ago grandma grew heirloom tomatoes that were misshaped with cracks and ugly green shoulders.Those parts were generally hacked away before the juicy sweetly acid flesh was eaten. But shoppers wouldn’t buy them if they were not perfect or appeared unripe. Somewhere in America before 1930, a tomato grower noticed a plant that was producing a fruit that turned red from stem to tip in a uniform way. They didn't have any of those bothersome green shoulders. That was great for marketing in stores.


But breeders did not realize that the chlorophyll in those ugly green shoulders were also directly making the tasty sugars in the ripe tomato.  Get rid of the green shoulders and there goes the taste. Looks triumphed over taste and we now have pulchritudinous tomatoes that taste like cardboard.


Those “All Red” genes are in almost all tomatoes today. Scientists are beginning to breed green shoulders back into locally grown varieties. But we may have a dry spell of all-red tomatoes with no taste. Look for those ugly green shoulders if you want to try to get that old time taste and encourage breeders that taste is important.

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.

Results from the North Star Board Elections:  Congratulations to Dr. Bill Russell, Mr. Bruce Dukelow, Ms. Sherawn Reberry, and Mr. Roy Ledesma for being elected to North Star's Board of Directors.  Dr. Russell (community seat #3), Mr. Dukelow (parent seat #1), Ms. Reberry (community seat #7) and Mr. Ledesma (parent seat #2) will serve a 2-year term.  Our board is comprised of 7 seats consisting of community members and parents.

Free and Reduced Lunch 

Click on the following link, print off the form and return it to North Star by mail or with your child to the front office.

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 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.


School Bus Drivers needed

Our bus service provider, Brown Bus Company, is looking for a few good men and women to be careful caretaker of our students and drive them safely to and from school.

For more information, contact Brown Bus Co. at

Dress Code

Warm weather is still with us and the tendency to wear short shorts, tank tops and other warm weather clothes. Please remember our dress code states:
A student may not wear:
Leggings/tights/yoga pants - 
Stretch pants unless they are covered with a shirt, skirt, shorts or dress that reaches the mid-thigh dress code. (Yoga pants, leggings, tights) 

Shorts - 
It is still shorts season, and our dress code requires that shorts come down to MID-THIGH. 

Dress code in our handbook

  • Class of 2014 IB Exam Results:  North Star is proud to announce that four students (Sam Ledesma, Sam Potter, Stefan Dahne, and Dawson Dayton) from the graduating class of 2014 earned the coveted IB Diploma.  
  • The IB Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum for motivated high school students. Juniors and seniors take six courses in the following subject groups: language; second language; experimental sciences; the arts; math and computer science; and individuals and societies. IB students also engage in three core requirements: an extended essay (4,000 words); theory of knowledge (interdisciplinary course); and creativity, action, service (community service).  
  • Students who perform well in all six subjects and the three core requirements and earn passing scores on the final exams are awarded the IB diploma. Those who take individual IB courses rather than the entire program receive certificates of completion. Only schools authorized as IB World Schools can offer the IB Diploma Programme; there are currently 1,861 IB World Schools in 130 countries that offer it. Of these schools, 637 are in the U.S.  
  • The IB Diploma Programme helps you develop critical-thinking, independent learning, and research skills. It also provides a gateway to the development of intercultural understanding. IB courses aren't about reciting facts and figures - the IB Diploma Programme helps you learn how to learn, and appreciate the process. The IB diploma is recognized by universities around the world. However, you can generally get U.S. college credit only after taking the full two-year program that leads to the IB diploma. That means if you just take a few one-year IB courses, depending on the university, you may not be eligible to receive college credit. If you're hoping to save time and money in college by taking IB courses in high school, be sure to find out the IB policies of the colleges that interest you first.  Please contact Ms. Oberlindacher or Mr. Pettit if you have any questions about the IB Diploma Programme or college admission requirements.
Elementary music teacher Mrs. Shirley VP recognized by the American Orff-Schulwerk Association. PLease click on the attached link to read this letter of praise for one of our own!  letter

What is the Orff Approach?

The Orff Schulwerk, or simply the Orff Approach, is one of several developmental approaches to teach music education to students. It combines music, movement, drama, and speech into lessons that are similar to child's world of play. It was developed by the German composer Carl Orff (1895–1982) and colleague Gunild Keetman during the 1920s. The Orff Approach is now used throughout the world to teach students in a natural and comfortable environment. The term "schulwerk" is German for (literally) "school work" or "schooling", in this regard in the area of music.  It is designed to release creativity that extends far beyond the music classroom.  In Orff Schulwerk classrooms, children begin with what they do instinctively: Play!  Imitation, experimentation and personal expression occur naturally as students become confident, life-long musicians and creative problem solvers.  The Orff approach to teaching is a model for optimal learning in 21st Century classrooms due in part to its compatibility with multiple intelligences, critical thinking and learning styles (listed below).  For more information go to
The Seven Learning Styles
Visual (spatial):You prefer using pictures, images, and spatial understanding.
Aural (auditory-musical): You prefer using sound and music.
Verbal (linguistic): You prefer using words, both in speech and writing.
Physical (kinesthetic): You prefer using your body, hands and sense of touch.
Logical (mathematical): You prefer using logic, reasoning and systems.
Social (interpersonal): You prefer to learn in groups or with other people.
Solitary (intrapersonal): You prefer to work alone and use self-study.


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.
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Dear Parents,

My name is Becky Albin and I will be teaching 1st through 6th grade computer classes.  I moved here from Colorado this summer and feel very fortunate to be at North Star.  I have 7 years of experience teaching computer classes in a computer lab.  This year will be my first time teaching computers on the go.  I will be bringing a cart of Chromebooks around to each room and spending half an hour with the students two to three times a week.  Since my cart is very full, I really can’t carry around 35 pairs of bulky headphones like the black ones pictured here. Therefore, I am requesting that each student have one pair of earbuds that they can keep in their desk to use for my classes.  In addition to cutting down on bulkiness, earbuds are considerable more sanitary to use.  Shared headphones go from one head to another without an opportunity for good cleaning in between.


Earbuds can be purchased inexpensively at many local stores from $1 (Dollar Tree)  to $10 (Target, Walmart, Toys R Us, etc.) . If there is no case, please put them in a small Tupperware container or a zip-lock bag, so they don’t get tangled with other school supplies.    Please label the earbuds and the container with your child’s name.  In the event that your child is unable to have earbuds at school, I will have the headphones pictured above available for them.


I would love to have these brought to school as soon as possible, and I certainly appreciate your help.  I look forward to working with your fantastic kids!

Thank you!


Mrs. Becky Albin

9/8 -    Picture Day
9/8 -    College Fair at the Grove Hotel
9/9-     PTO Meeting at 4:00
9/9 -    Secondary Back to School Night

            6:00 - 7:30 P.M.
10/29 - PSAT test

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.


We will be hosting Back to School Nights for our Secondary parents (students don't attend).  You will have the opportunity to meet your student's teachers, learn about curriculum and expectations, and ask questions. 

Secondary - Tues. Sept 9, 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
See you there!

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

Cross country is up and running! :) Practices are daily at 3:00.  Anyone is welcome to come out.  For more information, email coach Wally Bashaw at
North Star HS Cross Country Team at the Camelback Meet

Volleyball Recap

The Lady Huskies dropped their home opener to the New Plymouth Pilgrims last night in straight sets. (15 - 25, 13 - 25, 24 - 26) It was clear from the opening serve that the Huskies were off their game as they appeared hesitant and uncomfortable on the floor against a vastly more experienced Pilgrim team. Head Coach Michael Jordan stated after the match: "First home match, friends and family in the stands, new uni's....this young team crumbled under the pressure and we were lacking in several areas on the floor. Poor serving percentage and too slow to make critical decisions.That's all there is to it. Frustrating match as we match up on paper very well against the Pilgrims and we'll look to steal one from them when we visit their barn." Even though the Huskies appeared to be over matched in the first two sets, they showed that they indeed can play some exciting V-Ball as in the third set, they took the Pilgrims to the limit, but couldn't quite close them out. Jordan added: "We made a few adjustments and talked about lifting each other up, giving each other a smack and remembering that we can play at a high level when we're not afraid to just let loose and love the game." Coach Jordan indicated that the GAME DAWG goes to the fans and family that came out to support the Huskies.
The Lady Huskies travel to McCall on Tuesday to square off against the Vandals and their next home match will take place on the 11th against Melba.

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