December 12, 2014
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This week, because of past issues with faulty weblinks, we wanted to make sure everyone knows ways they can still access important and time-sensitive information if such an issue reoccurs. So, if a link doesn't work you can:
1) Click the link to the blog that's below the "Upcoming Dates" box on the right and scroll down to find the information.
2) Clicking on the faulty link should take you to a websearch page where websites with similar links show up. The proper website should appear in that search.
3) Both times this has happened before, the issue has been an extra "http://" at the beginning of the URL, so if you click on the link and copy the address that shows up in the search bar, just delete that extra text and it should work. 

We're sorry for any issues this has caused, and hope this helps in case it happens again. Thank you all for being so understanding and supportive!

Hope you have a great weekend!
Jami and Cora
New This Week 
NSAA Basketball Promotion
In conjunction with North Star High School basketball, the athletic association (NSAA) will award $25 to the elementary classroom with the most students in attendance at each of the 8 home games this season.  All the students have to do is check in when they enter the gym and it will be recorded.
Choir Concert
On Thursday night at Hope Lutheran Church, the North Star choirs put on a spectacular show! They all worked very hard to put together such an awesome performance. The sixth grade, seventh grade, eighth grade, and high school choirs were featured, along with a small percussion group of juniors from our high school band. Thanks to Hope Lutheran Church for allowing us to utilize an acoustically pleasing venue, and thanks to Mr. Downs for his dedication to our music program and a great performance. 

Photo Credit: Dave Schwartz
Board Updates -
Invite for Town Hall Meeting

Dear North Star Parents:
We cordially invite you to a Town Hall Meeting and Celebration.
Date: December 18, 2014
Time: 6:00PM
Location: NS Band Room
Purpose: To celebrate our bond restructuring and change in authorizer, and thank our stakeholders.

Two Ways to Maximize Every Donation to North Star
#1: Idaho Education Tax Credit

The State of Idaho allows eligible individuals to take a tax credit if they make contributions to public education entities like North Star. Tax payers filing a joint return are eligible for up to a $1,000 tax credit (50% of all donations up to $2,000). And, depending on your taxable income, you may be eligible for federal and state deductions.
#2: Matching Corporate Gifts
Many corporations are committed to supporting nonprofit organizations and education. They do this in many way, one of which is called a company match program. This is where you make a donation coupled with a matched donation from your company. Please check with your Human Resources department to see if your company will match your donation to North Star.
See the full letter
Breakfast With Santa
On Saturday, Dec. 6th, North Star families enjoyed breakfast and crafts with Santa. More than 200 people attended our annual Breakfast with Santa event. PTO thanks all participants and our amazing volunteers under the leadership of Elysianna Ashcraft.
PTO/Booster News
Entertainment Book Returns

Send Back Unwanted Entertainment Books!

Booster Club Entertainment Books sales are winding down and we had a great inaugural year. Prizes are ordered. We made over a $1000 on sales, mostly to 6-8 grades. One young salesperson sold nearly thirty books. Read her and other great sellers stories next week! 

We know you are busy, but we need unsold books back before Holiday Break. Otherwise, we lose money for playground improvements. Please, send them back to your child’s teachers. Thanks!

“Teacher Gifting Tree” in NSCS Lobby
Our teachers do a great job. They deserve a remembrance in gift giving season. Stop by our lobby to get an idea about what teachers need. As in years past, you and your child can bring the gift to the teacher before Christmas break.

Meeting Times
All further meetings for PTO/Booster club have been reaffirmed as the 2nd Wednesday of the month at 3pm in Mrs. Drick's Room. 

PTO Donation
The first part of our donation of playground equipment came last week! It included basketballs, footballs, tetherballs , and jump ropes.

From Last Week
“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. 

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
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! 

December 13: All School Caroling at  2:45-3:30 at the Gazebo at Heritage Pak in Eagle 
December 16: Secondary Art Show 6:00
December 18: Town Hall Board Meeting 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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