1545 North Morton Drive
Salt Lake City, Utah 84116
Phone: 801.578.8448
Fax: 801.578.8445

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7:55a - Get Ready Bell
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News & Announcements

Spring Break! No school Monday, March 30 - Friday, April 3!

Spring Break
Have a great break and we will see you Monday, April 6 at 7:55a sharp!


Stargazer News for March 23, 2015


District Mobile Pantry comes Monday from 3-4:30p Don’t miss this opportunity for the community! The Mobile pantry will distribute groceries until all the food is gone, but come early before they run out.

Thursday 03/26 Spring Photos Any student who is ordering Spring Photos may choose not to wear a uniform on Thursday.  Please be advised that the district dress code will still be enforced.

Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24 5-7p The last Family Night of the Year is coming up fast! We need all the help we can get, so call the office if you can volunteer.

•    Get a whole meal for $1–pizza, fruit, drink, and a cookie

•    Rotate through 3 arts centers (30 minutes each)

o    Movement

o    Music

o    Visual Arts

•     Make something special to take home with you!

Remember, this is a family event. Students with adult supervision are welcome to attend.

College week begins after Sping Break Let’s go to college! Higher education should be a priority to every North Star student. Everyone knows that a college graduate can earn more money and become more successful than someone without a college degree. Decide today to go to college, and bring your parents to College night on Thursday, April 16.

Concessions in the lobby after school Friday Parent Volunteers are hosting concessions, including popcorn, drinks, and candy!



Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24 at 5p

Family Arts Night

Family Arts Night is just over one week away! Dinner is only $1! There will be three workshops: music, movement, and visual arts. You can eat and participate, and even take home something special! Don't miss our last Family Night of the Year! Call 801-578-8448 to volunteer today!


Stargazer News for March 16, 2015

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It’s time to order yearbooks! If you pay for your yearbook before April 15 2015, you only pay $10. If you wait, you pay $15. Order forms are in the office. Bring in your $10 today!

Thousands attended the public education spending rally – According to the Wall Street Journal (06/03/2014), Utah ranks dead last of all 50 states in public education expenditure. It’s no wonder thousands of concerned citizens participated in the Stand Up 4 Utah Schools rally at the State Capital last week. It’s also no wonder that the North Star Elementary community stood right up front! It’s time to make education our first priority!

Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24 5-7p

The last Family Night of the Year is coming up fast! We need all the help we can get, so call the office if you can volunteer.

•             Get a whole meal for $1–pizza, fruit, drink, and a cookie

•             Rotate through 3 arts centers (30 minutes each)

o             Movement

o             Music

o             Visual Arts

•             Make something special to take home with you!

Remember, this is a family event. Students with adult supervision are welcome to attend.

Concessions in the lobby after school Friday – Parent Volunteers are hosting concessions, including popcorn, drinks, and candy!  Stop by to celebrate Friday the 20th with us!


Public Education Rally at the State Capitol on Monday, March 9 @ 5:30p

Utah teachers, parents and students have waited six years for an improved economy that might drive additional funding to support our public schools. It is TIME to devote significant funding to Utah’s public schools! Support a 6.25% increase on the Weighted Pupil Unit (WPU) as proposed by the Governor.

If you are concerned about the state of Utah public education, WE NEED YOU! Join us for a rally at the Utah State Capitol Rotunda.

Rally supported by the Utah Education Association, the Utah PTA, Utah School Boards Association and the Utah School Superintendents Association, Utah School Employees Association and others.

Share on social media with #StandUp4UtahSchools!



Stargazer News for March 9, 2015


It’s time to order yearbooks! If you pay for your yearbook before April 15 2015, you only pay $10. If you wait, you pay $15. Order forms are in the office. Bring in your $10 today!

Look for your report card this Friday!

Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24 The last Family Night of the Year is coming up fast! We have lots of great activities and ideas to put into action, but we can’t do it without your help! Please call today if you can help with food or acitivities!

Box Tops for Education Prize Drawing Winners Our fabulous Questar Volunteers have drawn the winners of the first BoxTops for Education challenge. Congratulations to all our winners, your contribution to our school is much appreciated!
•             Kaylee Higbee won $10 cash
•             Avery Jones won $10
•             Tiara Safir won a soccer ball
•             Xavier Chavez won a scooter
•             Class treat goes to Ms. Beatty’s 3rd grade class for the most participation.
Keep collecting Box Tops. There will be another drawing before the end of the school year!  Thanks Questar Volunteers!

Concessions in the lobby after school Friday Parent Volunteers are hosting concessions, including popcorn, drinks, and candy!  Stop by to celebrate Friday the 13th with us!


Stargazer News for March 3, 2015


Only one trimester till Summer Break! Congratulations North Star Navigators, Thursday is the end of the second trimester. Just one left. Pat yourselves on the back – twice! Now is the time to buckle down, get into your work, and be busy with school. When you make the most of your time, it seems like school takes no time at all!

This week is a short week! 12:30p release Thursday and no school Friday. Enjoy your long weekend!

Leave Me Home Your personal sports equipment, electronics, candy, and toys are not allowed at school. Your Elementary Handbook states that these items, “...if brought to school by students, will be confiscated and returned only to parents upon request.”  Don’t be a fool. Don’t bring it to school.

Can you believe it’s almost the Last Family Night of the Year? Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24 @ 5p This is your chance to get involved. The more volunteers we have, the more fun we can provide! Please remember, only students with adult supervision may attend. More information to come!

Come to the Parent Volunteers and PTA meeting Thursday at 12:45p Family Arts Night is Tuesday, March 24.  Let’s plan and strategize how to make the night a success!

Daylight Savings begins on Sunday Don’t forget to set your clocks ahead one hour, and be on time to school next Monday!


Stargazer News for February 23, 2015


Turn in your No Screens Week signature slips! Every student who turned off their mind-numbing screens last week has earned a free book!  To get your book, you must turn the signature slip that parents signed each day. We will be handing out free books this week!

Ride for Reading cycles to North Star Elementary! On Thursday, February 26, 1:15a-2:50p, the Ride for Reading group is riding from Library Square downtown to our school. Why? Just to GIVE FREE BOOKS to EVERY NORTH STAR STUDENT!  Would you like to ride?  Would you like to help give away great books?  Sign up on Facebook by searching Ride for Reading, and select our event. To learn more go to rideforreading.org. Happy Reading!

Come to the School Community Council (SCC) meeting Thursday at 2:45p Join our group of teachers, administrators, and parents to decide how we run our school.  Stay informed and make decisions, including how we spend our Land Trust monies!  We hope to see you there.

Thanks to every student who entered the give-away, sponsored by our revered Questar volunteers. Best of luck to all of you! Keep saving, there will be another drawing at the end of the year!



Stargazer for February 17, 2015

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No School Monday, February 16!

No Screens Week starts Tuesday, February 17! Turn off your mind-numbing video games and televisions and devote your time to reading! Check your backpack for your signature slip, have your parents sign for each day that you turn off your screens, turn in your signature slip on Monday, and earn a book! Remember, reading and learning apps are okay to use this week because they don’t numb your mind!

Next week begins week 25 of the Road to Success Reading Program. The more you read, the more you succeed. Turn off your mind-numbing screens and enjoy the gift of reading. Magazines, Books, and E-books are great ways to enlighten the mind and enliven the spirit. As famous children’s author Mo Willems wrote, “books beat boredom.” And by logging your reading with Road to Success, you could be our next grand prize winner! You could win an ipod, a bike, or a scooter!

Glendale Library now open! Since it’s No Screens Week, why not head over to the new Glendale Library? 1375 South Concord (1240 West)

Questar presents the first prize drawing this month! You enter the drawing by turning in 50 unexpired boxtops at a time by Friday, February 20. Sorry, but soup labels don’t count. If you don’t have enough to enter this drawing, don’t worry! There will be another one!
• Scooter
• Soccer Ball
• $10 cash (x2)

Thanks to every Teacher Appreciation and Book Fair volunteer!


Parents! Teacher Appreciation Potluck tomorrow at 11a

Please bring your contribution to our Teacher Appreciation Potluck to the school by 11a


SEPS and Book Fair!

Book Fair

Student-Educator-Parent (SEP) conferences Wednesday and Thursday Remember your meeting time and get up-to-date news about your student’s progress and make plans for the rest of the year. 






Regular Release 2:30p

Regular Release 2:30p

Early Release 12:30p

Early Release 12:30p

Early Release 12:30p


Don't forget - Tuesday is Family Movie night, showing Finding Nemo at 5p



Mobile Pantry Cancelled at North Star Elementary - Now the Mobile Pantry will be at Backman Elementary on Friday, February 6th 1-2:30p

Food Truck - Rerouted


CANCELLED - District Mobile Food Pantry comes to North Star Elementary on Friday, February 6th from 1-2:30p

Food Truck

Don’t miss this opportunity for the community! The Mobile pantry will distribute groceries until all the food is gone, but come early before they run out!


Parent Volunteers need food for the Teacher Appreciation Potluck next Wednesday 02/11/2015


Let's show our teachers how much we love them by bringing them a dish to share during SEPs. The luncheon begins at 11a on 02/11/15, and will feed 50-80 people. Can you participate? Please call 801-578-8448.


Family Science Night Tonight! 5:30p

Mad Science

Food for sale! Pizza and chips together = $1. Water, cookie, or apple = 50¢

Activities and Passports - complete activities in 4/5 pods and get your passport stamped. The you can enter the drawing for incredible prizes. Activities are:

  • Purple Pod: EAT A BUG! No Joke! Eat a bug and earn a bravery sticker!Blue Pod: make fake snow, make snap circuits, and discover fossils
  • Green Pod: take the Car Tower Challenge, make incredible art with litmus paper and disappearing paper, discover optical illusions
  • Yello Pod: take the Marble Roll Challenge, blast off with film canisters, and make your own UV bead bracelet
  • Red Pod: Turn Newton's laws of physics on its head with Newton's Nightmare and Rattlebacks, create your own poster, and discover sound waves
The Mad Science show begins at 6:30p, don't miss the crazy science fun! We will draw for prizes after the show. Hope you can be there!



Thursday at 5:30p is Science Night - don't miss out on the fun!

Mad Science

Science night will be spectacular, with a Mad Science demonstration, food, prizes, and great activities for all ages.

Activities begin at 5:30p, and rotate every fifteen minutes. Participate in 4/5 activities, get your passport stamped, and you can enter the drawing to win huge prizes! Activitiy highlights include:

  • Purple Pod: EAT A BUG! No Joke! Eat a bug and earn a bravery sticker!Blue Pod: make fake snow, make snap circuits, and discover fossils
  • Green Pod: take the Car Tower Challenge, make incredible art with litmus paper and disappearing paper, discover optical illusions
  • Yello Pod: take the Marble Roll Challenge, blast off with film canisters, and make your own UV bead bracelet
  • Red Pod: Turn Newton's laws of physics on its head with Newton's Nightmare and Rattlebacks, create your own poster, and discover sound waves

At 6:30p, feast your eyes on the crazy wonderful nature of science with the Mad Science Demonstration!

After the demonstration, stay for the drawing for great science prizes and more!



Traffic, Idling, and Jaywalking still a problem at North Star Elementary

No Idling

Parents, please be more mindful of your children's safety.

1. Don't teach your children to Jaywalk - North Star Elementary students were recently featured on ksl - as jaywalkers. Click here for the newsreel North Star Elementary Students Need to Learn the Dangers of Jaywalking.

2. Obey the speed limit, especially around our school. Be patient while waiting for students to use the cross walk. There is no reason to inch forward into the cross walk while children are using it.

3. Turn your car off while waiting in the parking lot. The emmisions are harmful to your children.




S.A.F.E Neighborhoods is conducting a training opportunity, Thursday January 22 at 6:30-8:30 pm at North Star Elementary School for Disaster Preparedness

S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods

The American Red Cross has partnered with Salt Lake County Government and School District to create a disaster preparedness program called S.A.F.E. Neighborhoods. This program is centered on the principle of “Neighbors helping Neighbors” and creates a plan for where community members should go immediately following a catastrophic disaster to receive information about what to do next and how to receive help. Wherever you are during a catastrophic event, “Grab your 96-hour kit, and walk to school” meaning, take your personal, car, or office 96-hour kit and walk to the nearest Elementary School to you.

S.A.F.E Neighborhoods is conducting a training opportunity, Thursday January 22 at 6:30-8:30 pm at North Star Elementary School for Disaster Preparedness, how S.A.F.E Neighborhoods works, and how you as a community member can help your neighborhood in the event of a disaster. For those interested in attending, you will need to register online at http://safeutah.org/register.htm and click on the option for North Star Elementary, S.A.F.E Neighborhoods Orientation. If you are unable to register, feel free to attend the training anyway!


New WOW Program


Starting January 5th, 2015, the WOW Attendance Program has changed for students:

  • Rewards are even bigger than before!
  • Each student must be in class, on time, and in uniform.  If a student violates these rules ten times, that student will be temporarily excluded from the program. 
  • The teacher will discuss this policy with the student, and send a letter home to inform the parents.
  • To be re-enrolled in the program, the student must be in class, on time, and in uniform for ten consecutive days.



Thank you QUESTAR!

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We at North Star Elementary feel so fortunate to have QUESTAR as a business partner. Questar volunteers read with our students, provide Box Tops challenges, and bring winter cheer! Thank you for your gifts of the season, as well as your dedication throughout the year!


Hour of Code

Hour of Code
North Star welcomed Nicole Reitz-Larsen from code.org, Megan Russell from Pluralsight. Joe Eames brought his daughter Katja, who learned to program from high school class. North Star students are code savy programmers!


Macy's Make-A-Wish Foundation Santa Letters

Make A Wish

Macy's wants to thank all the North Star students who made thousands of dollars to the Make-A-Wish Foundation! We've contributed almost 2,000 letters to Macy's Make-A-Wish Foundation Letter Drive!


Santa Photos Delivery Update

Santa Pics

Thank you everyone for ordering pics with Santa! Pics will be sent home on December 15-16.


Parent Volunteers and PTA meeting Thursday, December 11 @ 2:45p

knife and fork

Don't miss the PTA and Parent Volunteer meeting Thursday, we will be discussing the Teacher Appreciation Holiday Luncheon on the 18th!


Fox 13 Features Mohsen Ghaffari and the North Star Fifth Grade

Mr. Ghaffari

In Thursday’s edition of Booming Forward, Dave Nemeth introduces us to a member of the baby boomer generation who was honored as Utah’s Teacher of the Year.

Click here for a video about Moshen Ghaffari, who teaches fifth grade students at North Star Elementary School in Salt Lake City.



Santa Pictures Friday 11:30a – 2p


The Parent Volunteers and PTA are pleased to have Santa back for photos.  Photos are $3. If you want a digital copy emailed to you, it’s an extra $1!  Photos will be printed in 5x7 inch, and will be returned to you before the winter break.


Thanksgiving is next week, remember to Choose Your Plate wisely!

Choose My Plate
Don't forget to challenge yourself to make half your plate fruits and vegetables this Thanksgiving! Pumpkin, corn, squash, beans, cranberries, cherries, potatoes - these are all valuable to your nutrition! Go forth and give thanks, and eat well!


Parent Volunteer Meeting Thursday 11/13 @ 2:45p

Jet Blue

Please join us for our monthly meeting! We will be discussing Reflections, Family Math Night (11/18 @ 5p) and more! Remember, every volunteer has a chance to win two round trip tickets to wherever Jet Blue flies (thanks to Mr. Gonzales!)


School Community Council (SCC) meets Thursday, November 20th @ 2:45p




Family Math Night - November 18, 5-7p

Math Night

Family Math Night begins November 18th at 5p. Play math games and get math rewards! More information to follow. Don't miss it!


Why I Teach - Mohsen Ghaffari, 2014 Teacher of the Year

Mr. Ghaffari

On Tuesday, October 28th, Utah Teacher of the Year and North Star Elementary Fifth Grade teacher Mohsen Ghaffari spoke at the Academic Excellence Conference. North Star is so proud to be a school of academic excellence


Reflections Arts Program - Parent Supported!

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National PTA's Reflections program encourages students in pre-K through grade 12 to explore and be involved in the arts.

The theme for the 2014-2015 school year is The world would be a better place if... Thousands of students will reflect on the theme and create original works of art in the categories of dance choreography, film production, music composition, literature, photography and visual arts.



Halloween Parade Friday, October 31 @ 9a


Don't miss our annual Halloween Parade! Every child is welcome to dress up and show off a costume. It's a great way to start your weekend celebration!

No masks

No weapons (real or fake)


It's Student-Educator-Parent Conference Week

Book Fair

SEPs are here. Get up to date with your student's progress by attending your scheduled conference. Also, don't forget to stop by the Book Fair, each child who attends their SEP gets $2 off any book!


We Are Now Hiring
North Star Elementary School Afterschool Program

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Join Our Team!
We Are Now Hiring
North Star Elementary School Afterschool Program

Group Leaders

Monday Through Friday
Homework Tutoring, Enrichment Activities, Fieldtrips.

Maxine Gilmore
Phone:801-578-8448 ex120


Teacher Appreciation Potluck Lunch 10/13 at 11:30a


Can you contribute an entree, side dish, dessert, or plastic plates and utensils? Plan for about 50 people, and call 801-578-8448 or email gina.weaver@slcschools.org to help out!


Sir Readalot's Castle Comes to North Star on October 13th and 14th

Book Fair

Enter the Kingdom of Books at Sir Readalot's Castle in the school library during SEPs for a fabulous book fair experience. Volunteers get extra fun freebies, so call 801-578-8448 to sign up today


PTA Elections Today at 2:45p

volunteers needed
Join us and vote for PTA Officers today at 2:45p


Thank you for making Family Literacy Night a Success!


Thanks to all our volunteers, administration, faculty, and staff for working so hard to make Literacy Night a success! Also, thanks to our business partners for their donations of prizes and food - SUPER SAVER, WALMART, OLIVE GARDEN, LOFT HOUSE COOKIES!


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!


Family Literacy Night starts on Thursday September 18 at 5p!

Literacy NIght

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

Uniform Shirt

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.


Utah Teacher of Year credits parents, who valued education

Mr. Ghaffari

(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."


New Stargazer Newsletter Every Week

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Don't miss out on important school information - read the Stargazer every week! From this home page, click on Our School and select Stargazer Newsletter to read in English or Spanish.



BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT August 21st at 5p

Meet your students' teachers, learn what you need to do as a parent, and have a little fun at Back To School Night!


Welcome Back

Welcome Back Sign

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.


Summer School - It's for You!

Summer School is Cool

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


Empower the District Board of Education to Reduce Class Size!

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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 tiffany.sandberg@slcschools.org, or call 801.541.4769.


Next Week is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Teacher Appreciation

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!



Kindergarten Registration and Orientation

SAVE THE DATEs—May 5th-7th

Register your kindergarten students

Remember to please bring your child’s:

  • birth certificate (it will be copied and returned before you leave that day)
  • immunization records (they will be copied and returned before you leave that day)
  • proof of residency (utility bill—something that shows your address)

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.


Classroom Style Requests for 2014-15 school year due by May 5th

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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.



Don't Miss Family Arts Night TONIGHT AT 5:30p!


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!


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.



Pre-Kindergarten Registration

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


Make a North Star teacher District Teacher of the Year

teacher's apple

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 jeanette.hartley@slcschools.org, or fax it to 801-578-8440.



Will you be our Parent Volunteer and PTA President next year?

Parent Volunteer Teamwork

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



Teacher Appreciation Luncheon during SEPs - Tuesday, February 25

Teache Apprecation
We need donations of drinks and desserts for the Teacher Apprecation Luncheon on Tuesday, February 25! Please deliver your donation between 7:30-11:30a. Thanks!


Student Educator Parent Meetings (SEPs) begin next week

Parent Teacher Conference

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 starts next week during SEPs

Book Fair during SEPs

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!


Parent Volunteer and PTA meeting CHANGED to Wednesday, February 19th at 8:15a

Parent Volunteer Meeting

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!


Free Uniform Exchange Next Week

Uniform shirt

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!


SLCSD Mobile Pantries Update

mobile pantry

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

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May 2nd from 1:30-3p Bryant

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May 30th from 1-2:30p Jackson


Random Acts of Kindness 2014 (February 3-14)

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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


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smiths community rewards

Smith’s Community Rewards donates thousands of dollars to North Star Elementary, and all you have to do shop at Smith’s!

  • Visit www.smithscommunityrewards.com to assign your Smith’s fresh values card to the North Star account.  (Already enrolled this year?  Your information is already in the system, you are ready to shop!)
  • Use your fresh values card to 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! 



Martin Luther King, Jr. Day - No School


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?


Math Night Was A Success!

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Congratulations to our big winners at math night! Omar and Victor Zapata won the Wii grand prize, and Elaina Estrada won the Road-to-Success 2nd grand prize of the year!


Family Math Night!

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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!


Open Enrollment for Curriculum and Assessment Lab Programs

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Curriculum and Assessment Lab Programs are for both elementary aged students, and for middle schoolers as well. These programs provide a different learning style for self-motivated students. Hawthorne and Ensign Elementary Schools provide the program for students grades 1-6, and Clayton Middle School supports grades 7-8. There are informational meetings for interested students and parents later this month, contact Steve Russo at 801-578-8284, or visit the website at http://calab.slcschools.org/.


Santa Visits North Star

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Last Friday, Santa Claus visited North Star to bring some holiday cheer. He took pictures with the kids, here are some highlights!


Road To Success Reading

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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!


School Choice-North Star Elementary is an Open Enrollment School

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


Turkey Trot Donations are Due Wednesday, November 20!

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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!


The Turkey Trot Fundraiser, Fun Run, and Food Drive is on Friday, November 15 after school!

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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!


Family Literacy Night!

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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


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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.


Road To Success

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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.


BoxTops and Labels and Points, oh my!

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.Campbells Soup Label sampleBoxtop sample imageTyson label image



Smiths Earn and Learn logoYes, 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!


Yes, We're Open

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.



Help "Wipe Out" the Flu

Disinfecting Wipes containerDoes 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.


Cool School Rules

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Cool School Rules were presented at today's North Star Town Meeting: C=Care with Words and Actions, O=Objects, Hands & Feet to Yourself, O=On Time and Prepared, L=Listen & Follow Directions. Thanks to Mrs. Robinson and her students for presenting the Cool Rules and the Peacemaker program at this first school assembly of the year.


Stargazer Newsletter

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.


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