School Community Council and Parents Meeting WEDNESDAY at 2:45p
SCC and PTA are meeting on Wednesday, September 17th at 2:45p. Don't miss your chance to participate and prepare for Family Literacy Night on Thursday!
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SCC and PTA are meeting on Wednesday, September 17th at 2:45p. Don't miss your chance to participate and prepare for Family Literacy Night on Thursday!
Complete Reading Activities to get a FREE BOOK from the mini book fair.
Paul Brewer the Reading Magician starts his show at 6:30p.
Bring your appetite, your small bills, and your love of reading, this will be an inexpensive night to remember for the whole family!
Uniform Swap tomorrow 9/11 - Friday 9/12. Are your students growing out of their uniforms? Bring old uniforms to the Swap and trade them for clothes that fit! If you bring clothes to trade, get a two-for-one deal. If you don’t have trade-ins, choose up to two free items per student.
(Rick Egan | The Salt Lake Tribune) Mohsen Ghaffari, a fifth-grade teacher at North Star Elementary School, has been named the 2015 Utah Teacher of the Year. Friday, September 5, 2014
Iranian native who teaches at North Star Elementary is chosen among 21 candidates from school districts and charter schools.
By Lisa Schencker
| The Salt Lake Tribune
First Published Sep 05 2014 09:01 pm • Last Updated Sep 06 2014 04:45 pm
The two people who most inspired Mohsen Ghaffari to teach had very little education themselves.
Ghaffari’s mother was taken out of school in second grade to work in a rug factory in Iran. His father didn’t make it past fourth grade. Yet education was important to them.
"They were highly intelligent people who did not have an opportunity to become educated," Ghaffari said. "I think they were incredibly smart, and they wanted a better life, so their emphasis was on education."
That emphasis motivated Ghaffari to move to the United States more than 35 years ago to teach. On Friday, the North Star Elementary school educator found out that he’s been named Utah’s 2015 Teacher of the Year.
Ghaffari, 55, said he never expected to be recognized for his work teaching fifth grade, though he acknowledged he takes it very seriously. At school, he’s known for always wearing a tie to work (in addition to kicking butt during the school’s annual students versus teachers soccer match).
But those who work with and know Ghaffari say the honor is no surprise.
"He deserves it because he’s not afraid to do things that he knows are good for students," said Ashlee Ekins, a second-grade teacher at North Star who helped nominate Ghaffari for the award. "He just really knows what his students need and he stands up for them."
She said he does a lot of hands-on activities with his students to help them learn material, such as asking them to create models of the earth showing its composition, or to write books which they then present at a publishing party.
And North Star Principal Lew Gardiner said Ghaffari is a natural-born educator, in addition to being a hard worker.
"His class is very well ordered," Gardiner said. "There isn’t any wasted time. The kids know what’s expected and they recognize that he cares about them."
Registration is taking place August 11th-14th, 2014 from 8:00am to 2:00pm. Back to school night will be August 21st from 5:00pm to 6:30pm.The first day of school is on August 25th. First bell rings at 7:55am and the tardy bell rings at 8:00am. This first week's schedule is a regular full day schedule.
We currently have morning and afternoon summer school slots open for all grades! The session goes from June 9 to July 10, Monday through Thursday from 8:00a-12:15p and 11:45a-3:00p (your child can attend both sessions). Breakfast and lunch are included. Please contact the After School Coordinator, Isadin Hussein, or the main office for more information. 801-578-8448
Parents can register for free and reduced meals for next year starting July 1st, 2014. If you complete the form before July 1st, your application will still count for this year only. Complete the online form or download a paper form at http://www.slcschools.org/departments/child-nutrition/Free-and-Reduced-Meal-Application.php.
Here at North Star Elementary, we do everything we can to reduce class size. We dedicate every extra penny toward hiring enough teachers to adequately educate our students. Next year, the District Board has the discretionary funds to supply us with the teachers we need. This will free up school budgets to further augment our student’s education! Be present at the next meeting to convince them to provide us with enough teachers: May 6th at 6:30p at the District Office, 440 East 100 South. Can’t be there in person? Email Tiffany Sandberg at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 801.541.4769.
Has your student’s teacher been fabulous this year? This week is your chance to thank them for their hard work. The Parent Volunteers and PTA are proud to serve lunch on Thursday, May 8 at 11:30a. Please contribute drinks, chips, and desserts to show your support!
Register your kindergarten students
Remember to please bring your child’s:
For parents who register students on a home computer, please remember to print the finished form and bring it to the office (along with the other documentation.) Parents can also register students at the school from 8am-2pm May 5-7.
Kindergarten Orientation starts at 3pm May 7, 2014 (or all new/entering Kindergarten students.)
All other students register for the 2014-15 school year online August 11-14.
Parents, does your student work best in a certain classroom style? If so, please submit a written letter to your student’s current teacher by May 5th. Rather than just requesting a specific teacher, your letter should address your student’s preferred classroom style. Issues to include might be discipline techniques, parent participation, schedules and routines, and grading and testing. Classroom style letters help ensure that the teachers can collaborate and place your student in the most appropriate class for next year.
Family Arts Night is Thursday, March 27 @ 5:30p. With performances, give-aways, and great food, you can’t afford to miss out! We will have pizza for $1 and nachos, drinks, and ice cream for 50¢. Students of all ages will receive gifts of books. Two lucky parent volunteers will win round-trip tickets from Jet Blue!
The yearbook committee needs your photos! Please share any photos you have of school events from this year for the yearbook. Please bring photos to the office or email them to Anita.Hunt@slcschools.org by April 3.
On April 24, 25, and 28 from 8:30am to 6:00pm registration for Salt Lake City School District's pre-kindergarten program for North Star Elementary will be held at Glendale-Mountain View Community Learning Center. Located at 1388 South Navajo Street (1340 West) Suite A Salt Lake City, Utah. For more information please visit: http://www.slcschools.org/departments/early-childhood/ or call: 801-974-8396
Now is the time to nominate North Star teachers who really shine for District Teacher of the Year! Four finalists will receive $500, and the Teacher of the Year will receive an additional $2,000.
Use these criteria and guide you in the nomination process:
● Inspires students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
● Is an active participant in the school community and community at large.
● Merits respect and admiration of students, parents, staff, and colleagues.
● Encourages students to reach their potential.
Pick up a nomination form in the office or download it at http://www.slcschools.org/news/2014/TOY-2015-Nomination.pdf. Please return your nomination by March 28, 2014. Submit it to the office, email it to email@example.com, or fax it to 801-578-8440.
It’s time to give back to our North Star students by becoming our new Parent Volunteer and PTA President! The parents who volunteer at North Star help make learning and caring fun! We provide book fairs, community nights, teacher appreciation, arts programs, concessions, activities, and more to North Star. Not only do we support the hardworking faculty, staff, and administration here, but we also focus on the students. We provide incentives to achieve, like free books, assemblies, and class and individual rewards. Don’t let this chance slip away, nominate someone today! Call the office, or visit our Facebook page or website to nominate yourself or another parent. Your North Star students need you now more than ever!
NEXT MEETING: Friday, March 21st @ 8:15a, everyone welcome, translation provided
Don't forget to attend your SEP next week, it's your chance to put your finger on the pulse of your child's education!
Also, in order to provide for SEPs, next Tuesday-Friday (February 25-29) will be 12:30p early release days.
Book Fair set up starts on February 25! Every Book Fair volunteer gets an entry to win 2 plane tickets to wherever Jet Blue flies! Jet Blue give-away will be awarded to a lucky volunteer on the last day of the Book Fair. Please call the office at 801-578-8448 to sign up!
In order to provide support for Student Educator Parent (SEP) meetings, the Parent Volunteers will meet next Wednesday, February 19th at 8:15a. We will discuss our plans to provide a Teacher Luncheon during SEPs. DON'T MISS IT!
Next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, come by North Star and exchange students' uniform clothing. As your children grow, give back to the clothing bank and take from the clothing bank. Also, check lost and found for your stuff! For security reasons, don't forget to check in at the office first!
You no longer have to show proof of zip code to visit the district mobile pantry! Show up at any of these schools at the designated time and get free food!
February 6th from 3-4:30p Mountain View
February 7th from 2:30-4p Franklin
February 24th from 3-4:30p North Star
February 28th from 12-1:30p Riley
March 6th from 3-4:30p Parkview
March 7th from 1:30-3p Bryant
March 24th from 3-4:30p Glendale
March 28th from 2-3:30p Edison
April 10th from 3-4:30p Parkview
April 11th from 12-1:30p Backman
April 28th from 3-4:30p Mountain View
May 2nd from 1:30-3p Bryant
May 8th from 3-4:30p Meadowlark
May 9th from 2:30-4p Newman
May 30th from 1-2:30p Jackson
Kindness is magical. We hope you engage in the magical type of RAK. Yes, picking up a pencil for a friend who dropped it is nice, but magical RAK means something more.
Do you know a student who is having trouble making friends, understanding math, or who is just feeling sad? These are the kids who need you. Can you think of a magical way to make their lives better?
Stretch your thinking and search your heart. Try to go beyond the usual, casual kindness. Find a way to make your RAK magical. For certain, someone will notice. You can inspire others with your actions. Someone may even write a card about you.
From now until Valentine’s Day, open your minds, be reckless with your kind-heartedness. At the end of these two weeks, see how you feel. Is the world a better place? If it is, it’s because of you.
There is a bare tree in the front lobby. Let’s use kindness to make it bloom.
Three things in human life are important; the first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. The third is to be kind. ~ Mother Teresa
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. ~ Aesop
Kindness is in our power, even when fondness is not. ~ Samuel Johnson
How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single minute before starting to improve the world. ~ Anne Frank
Kindness is a language which the deaf can hear and the blind can see. ~ Mark Twain
Kindness in words creates confidence. Kindness in thinking creates profoundness. Kindness in giving creates love. ~ Lao Tzu
Wherever there is a human being, there is an opportunity for kindness. ~ Seneca
Always be kind, for everyone is fighting a hard battle. ~ Plato
Smith’s Community Rewards donates thousands of dollars to North Star Elementary, and all you have to do shop at Smith’s!
You will still earn all the Fresh Values Rewards you already love, but Smith’s will donate additional rewards to North Star!
Monday, January 20th is a national holiday and there will be no school. This holiday celebrates the legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr, who pioneered the struggle for civil rights using non-violence. On this holiday, what will you do to promote freedom and equal rights for all?
Tuesday, January 14th at 5:30p is our next Family Math Night. With concessions, games, and a Wii grand prize, you can't afford to miss it! Come for the concessions and a dinner in a sack: turkey dog, chips, fruit, and a mint all for $1. Stay for the fun, yours may be the lucky family that takes home a brand new Wii!
Last Friday, Santa Claus visited North Star to bring some holiday cheer. He took pictures with the kids, here are some highlights!
The Road to Success reading program is still underway over Winter Break! Record your reading and let your teacher know how much you've read during vacation. If you have been logging hours online, don't forget to keep reading and logging!
For the coming school year, students interested in enrolling in a Salt Lake City school, who live outside the district or school boundaries, may apply for an Open Enrollment Application during the Early Enrollment period from December 2, 2013 through February 21, 2014. Applications are taken in the Student Services Department of the Salt Lake City School District Administration East Building, 440 East 100 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84111.
Click here for more information: Open Enrollment
Please remember your Turkey Trot Money Collection Envelopes on Wednesday to be considered for prizes on Friday's Town Hall! Thank you for your effort in supporting North Star Elementary!
Get donations and pledges from everyone you know. Use your money collection envelopes to either take donations now, or to record pledges for the fun run. Donors can pledge per lap to inspire you to run farther at the run on Friday.
Donations are tax deductible, and the money goes directly back to North Star students. No third-party vendor takes the money.
For every $5 donation a donor makes, they are entered to win a free Thanksgiving Turkey Dinner with all the trimmings! If a donor spreads a donation across many students (like family siblings), just make sure to tell us the total and we will make sure your donor gets the correct amount of entries.
Don't bring your pledge envelopes on Friday! Wait to collect your pledge money after you know how much money you made at the run.
Do bring a non-perishable food item to register for the race. If you forget the food item, you can still run anyway!
Think of what you can win! The class that earns the most money gets the Grand Prize Winter Party, classes that earn more than $300 get computer lab game parties, every student that earns more than $150 individually gets to choose from a host of grand prizes, our longest-distance runners get a swanky medal, and our coloring contest winners get a gift certificate.
Remember, the Turkey Trot pays for Arts programs, educational programs, library programs, and free book give-aways. Don't miss out on your chance to enhance your own education!
Check out the latest edition of the North Star Stargazer. Click on the language below.
Tuesday, October 29, 2013 is Family Literacy Night.
Come and join us for an evening of fun, food, and magic.
5-6 pm Food and a visit from Chief the Dog
6:15 pm Paul Brewer, the Magician
Our Halloween Parade will take place Thursday October 31, 2013.
Please remember not to wear masks and weapons (real or fake) are not allowed.
Thursday will be an early release day.
Congratulations to our final two Grand Prize winners on the "Road To Success" last year. Vanessa Escobedo and Jason Peral Cortes both won a certificate to Walmart, where they were able to choose their own prize, a bike, or a scooter, or an iPod.
"Road to Success" sponsored by Ken Garff, will continue this year. Students need to keep track of their reading so they can be eligible for the drawings.
YES, please! We collect Box Tops for Education (pink), Labels for Education (Campbell’s soup, and many other brands), and Tyson A+ Labels (often the top tab of Tyson frozen food packages). These programs donate to our school, and they really add up! Please collect them for us, keep an envelope or zip bag in your kitchen for them, and send them to school. Make sure your child’s name is on the envelope, bag or collection sheet—they can win treats for their class, and other prizes.
Yes, that's right. Smith's will give FREE MONEY to our school when you connect your Fresh Values card to North Star, and it doesn't cost you anything!
The Smith's bar code flyer was sent home a few weeks ago. If you haven't already done so take it with you next time you shop and use your Fresh Values card. Ask the cashier to scan it, and that's all you need to do... just one time at the beginning of each school year. For the rest of the year, Smith's will donate money to our school every time you shop there. It's easy and helps our school in many ways. Thanks!
North Star Elementary is OPEN for open enrollment during the 2013-2014 academic year. Currently enrolled nonresident students will typically be permitted to remain enrolled, without renewed applications; however, attendance, including excessive tardies and/or absences will be considered in evaluating continued enrollment for nonresident students.
Does it seem like everyone you know is sick or getting sick? You’re not imagining it, the cold & flu season is hitting us hard this year, but you can help. Please donate disinfecting wipes (like Clorox or Lysol, or other brands) to your child’s classroom, for student desks and computer keyboards. If you can donate 1 + 1 (one for your classroom, and one for another classroom), it will help stop the spread of germs back into your homes and the entire community. For more information about the flu this year, compared to years past, visit Google’s Flu Tracker site, http://www.google.org/flutrends/us/#US.
We're now on Facebook and Twitter!
Facebook - facebook.com/NorthStarSLC
Twitter - twitter.com/NorthStarSLC
The North Star STARGAZER newsletter is published and distributed to classrooms every Monday. If you aren't sure the "backpack express" is making regular deliveries, or you just want the ease of viewing it online, you can read it HERE, in English or Spanish, on our website in the Stargazer Newsletter archive.