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NorthStar Winter Showcase

It's official!


When: Monday, December 18th

Time: Stage performances 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Where: United Covenant Methodist Church


To note: There will be some rehearsals preceding the Winter Showcase from 9:00-11;00.  Please connect with your club teacher for exact times. Jr. Drama will perform during the 11:00-1:00 show while Sr. Drama will perform that night. (See Below)

Sr. Drama Winter Performance


When: Monday, December 18th

Time: 6:00 p.m. (Rehearsal and set up starts at 5:00 p.m.)

Where: United Covenant Methodist Church

Help Those in Need!

The Alvarez Family is spearheading a donation drive to help the neediest in our community. Now through December 15th please bring your donations of toys, pet care items, toiletries, towels, pajamas, toothbrushes, toothpaste, floss, sweat pants, Q-tips, coffee, and sugar etc. Any basic necessity is a welcome donation to those in need. Please see the poster created by the Alvarez family in the NorthStar foyer for more details. Donations are accepted in the bin below the poster.

Recycling Poster Contest

Kindergarten through eighth grade students who live in jurisdictions that participate in the Spokane County Re- gional Solid Waste System are invited to enter the 17th annual Spokane Recycles poster contest. The theme of this year’s contest is:

I Recycle


Poster Deadline is
Friday, Oct. 13.
Finalists will have their work displayed in River Park Square Oct. 27- Nov. 20. Fifteen winning posters will be selected to appear in the Spokane Recycles 2018 Calendar. Finalists will also be recognized at a Board of County Commissioner’s

meeting in November. See page 3 for more details.

America Recycles Day is part of the Keep America Beautiful campaign. For more infor- mation, visit:

North "Star" Graduate Valerie Rehmke honored in the Spokesman Review
Graduation - The Class of 2017
Please join us in celebrating the academic careers of our 2017 Graduates.
Date: Tuesday, June 6th
Time: 6 p.m.
Location: NorthStar School 14617 North Newport Highway
The Tumblers are here!
NorthStar PTO has received its first shipment of tumblers.  Check them out at the Celebration of Learning!
Youth and Government Representative - Gabby Alvarez!
NorthStar's own Gabby Alvarez just returned from Washington D.C. where she represented Washington State for the YMCA National Youth Advocacy Days.  This was the first time someone from Eastern Washington was chosen for this position. While she was there she met with our state representatives and senators on behalf of the YMCA Youth and Government Program.
GO FOR ORBIT - Science Presentation at Gonzaga University

It begins with the question: How did a small-town girl become a surgeon and one of the first six women astronauts for NASA in 1978?


At 7:00 pm on Monday, March 27th in Gonzaga’s Hemmingson Ballroom, discover how Dr. Rhea Seddon navigated a man’s world to accomplish her dream of conducting medical experiments in space, and what it took to become a healthcare leader at the Vanderbilt Medical Group for over a decade. Dr. Seddon’s tale of opportunities and mentors weaves a remarkable career journey that will inspire you and the youth of Spokane to reach for the stars.


This community event is free and open to the public, and I invite you, your colleagues, and students to join us. Complete information can be found on the event’s webpage,

 Running Start Informational Meeting
These are optional meetings but include opportunities to visit each campus in person. (They are not official orientations.)

Mead High School:
Monday, February 27th, 6 pm theater, SCC, SFCC, and EWU

EWU, March 15th, 6:30 pm, Patterson 126 (free parking after 5)

SFCC, March 21st, 7 pm, music auditorium bldg 15

SCC, March 23rd, 7 pm, Lair - Sasquatch room bldg 6
8th Grade Orientation Meetings

Mead School District offers several options for high school including continuing at North Star through high school graduation.

Any 8th grade students who are considering enrolling at Mead High School or Mt. Spokane High School next year should plan to attend a Student/Parent Information Night.

Information on registration for classes, academic and activity opportunities, and graduation requirements will be discussed.
NorthStar will also have an 8th grade orientation. Dates TBD.
Mead High School
Wednesday, March 1st 5:30 p.m.

Mt. Spokane High School
Wednesday, February 15th at 6:00 p.m.

Running Start Informational Meeting
Attention: 10th and 11th Grade Students! Running Start is a program that provides eligible high school juniors and seniors an excellent opportunity to earn both high school and college credit at almost no cost.
Students who are interested, along with a parent should plan to attend this information meeting on February 27th at 6 p.m. in the Mead High School Theatre.
Representatives from Eastern Washington University and Spokane Community Colleges will be present.
Second Semester Registration
Please call Miss Kelsey on TUESDAY if you need to reset your WINGS password for registration.

JAN 16             M.L. King Day (Holiday) (Monday only families, please make contact)
JAN 12             High School ADVISORY work day for HS
JAN 18             Registration for 1 (CERTIFICATED TEACHER) second semester class 10 am 
JAN 19             Registration for up to 4 more second semester classes 9 am
JAN 20             Registration for up to 5 more second semester classes  9 am
JAN 23             Last week of 1st semester classes

JAN 30             First day of 2nd semester classes
FEB 6-10          Progress Meetings      


Announcing Six Upcoming STEM Forward Tour Events

Event #1:  Friday, December 9 - STEM Forward @ Mobius, 6-8 pm.
This was an opportunity for 7th and 8th grade students, accompanied by an adult, to explore STEM opportunities together. The event, attended by more than 150 individuals, included Mobius demonstrations, the opportunity to explore the Bodies Exhibit and tinker with various technologies and electronics (Mindstorms, Ozobots, 3D Printing, littleBits and SuperCircuits). 
Pictures and a rocket video demonstration are posted on our STEM Facebook page.
Event #2:  Friday, January 27 - STEM Forward @ WSU Spokane Health Sciences, 6-8 pm (5th-8th grade students)
Event #3:  Tuesday, February 7 - Mead School District STEM Night @ Mead High, 6-8:30 pm
Featured Speaker: NASA Astronaut Dottie Metcalf-Lindenburger, 6-6:45 pm in the Theatre
Event #4:  Saturday, February 11 - Mead SD Bridge Building Competition @ Mt. Spokane, Finals 11 am
Event #5:  Saturday, February 25 - Mead SD Robotics Competition @ Mt. Spokane, Finals 12:30 pm
Event #6:  Friday, March 17 - STEM Forward STEMposium @ Whitworth University, 6-8 pm (7th-12th grade students)
Holiday Showcase
Date: Wednesday, December 21st (Last day of NorthStar classes in December)
Time: 1:00-2:00 Stage Performances, 2:00-2:40 Class Exhibitions
Who: North Star students, parents, family, and friends.
Silver Ski Program 

Silver Ski Program website is now ready!

Sign up by December13th 8pm deadline!
for our first ski day on December 16th 
$10 lift tickets for all ages. 
Invite your friends to join you and help us
kick off the season with a bang!

High School Advisory Deadline
High School students will not be able to register for 2nd semester classes until all Advisory tasks for their grade level are complete.

If work is not completed and handed in by January 12 the student must wait until after February progress meetings to have work checked, recorded, and then will be approved to sign up for second semester classes.
Please contact Miss Tracey ASAP for help!
North Star Debaters Excel!
In their first year of formal debate, 75% of North Star participants placed at the Coeur D’ Alene Challenge, a multi-state debate tournament. From left to right:  Didi Djataj, 8th grade,  participated in her first ever debate and provided moral support. Gabriella Alvarez, 10th grade, placed 2nd overall in the Lincoln Douglas Debate, novice division in the tournament. Isabella Alvarez, 8th grade, made it into the quarter-finals in the Lincoln Douglas Debate, novice division.  Finally, Anna Wolfe, 9th grade, placed 2nd overall in the Expository Speaking Event, novice division. Congratulations girls!
Valerie Rehmke: Commended for PSAT Achievement 

North Star Senior, Valerie Rehmke, has been recognized by the 2017 National Merit Scholarship Program as a Commended Student. 
Commended Students are being recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry. Congratulations Valerie! We salute your many years of hard work. 











SHE-TECH Equipping Girls for STEM Careers

SHE-TECH. Equipping Girls and Women for STEM Careers.

Organized by Hannah Camacho of Gravity Jack. Sponsored by Startup Spokane.

Friday, October 21, 2016, 6 PM - 8 PM

Location: Startup Spokane, 610 W 2nd Ave, Spokane, WA
Details are here.

Are you a "she" interested in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) career or do you know of one? Have a daughter interested in STEM but aren't sure how to help her explore the possibilities? Then this event is for you! Attend a night of fun with local female tech rock stars who can answer your questions and get you pumped up about the possibilities! Startup Spokane has graciously agreed to host the event and we can't wait!

rama Production for 2016-2017

The Drama class will be producing "A Little Princess" by Francis Hodgson Burnett.

Auditions will take place on September 7th at 1pm at North Star.

Interested students in grades 7-12 will need to enroll in the class during registration.

Each student enrolled in the class will be cast. 

For auditions, please prepare one of the following:

- A children’s story to read expressively with movement. (You can have the book with you.)
Read 2 pages from a classic story expressively with movement. (You can have the book with you.)
  • A poem of at least ten lines memorized with movement. (Please bring a paper copy for the panel. )
A Shakespearean monologue memorized with movement. (Please bring a paper copy for the panel. )
If you have a unique physical talent (gymnastics, stage combat, dancing, juggling)
    prepare to give a 30-60 second demonstration. (This is not required)
Be prepared to answer a few questions about yourself.

The story:
A wealthy and precocious girl, Sara Crew, comes from India to New York to live at a boarding school while her father is called up for service in WWI. She holds herself to a standard of kindness and altruism, behaving as a princess. When her father is reported dead, she is stripped of everything to become a poor servant girl. “Shocked and alone, Sara nearly gives into despair, only to remember her game of imagining herself a princess. For her, being a princess did not involve wealth or luxury, but compassion and altruism, and so she resolves to continue to behave like one even in the midst of her poverty; even towards those who mistreat her. It's not always an easy task, but Sara finds the strength and resilience to endure her new life, at least until fate attempts to reverse her fortunes once more.” (review on Amazon) Stories, war, Indian culture and a monkey combine in a magical and beautiful tale of goodness.

College Bound Scholarship for Middle School Students

The College Bound Scholarship is designed to inspire and encourage Washington

middle school students to prepare for and pursue postsecondary education. The

scholarship is available to 7th and 8th grade students who are eligible for free and

reduced lunch or whose family’s income meets the guidelines. The deadline to sign

up is June 30th of the students’ 8th grade year. For more information go to


Brr….It’s Cold Outside!

Our students are often outdoors for recess and outdoor classes like archery.

Please make sure your children come to school with

warm winter clothing. Thank you!


Lost and Found

Please check the school Lost and Found for items that may belong to

your child. Any items which have not been claimed by December 18th

will be donated to charity.

Free 5th Grade Ski Pass!

If you are in the 5th grade you can ski for FREE at any participating ski area

with the 5th Grade Ski Free Passport Program. The Ski Free Passport is a

great way to experience outdoor winter recreation with your family and

friends. The passport allows you to ski or snowboard for free for just a $20

processing fee. For details and online registration check the website,


Flocabulary creates educational hip-hop videos, interactive activities and online assessments for students in grades K-12. Over 35,000 schools use Flocabulary to engage students and increase achievement across the curriculum. The company's team of artists and educators is committed not only to raising test scores, but also to fostering a love of learning in every child.


5th Grade Ski Free!

Free 5th Grade Ski Pass! If you are in the 5th grade you can ski for FREE at any participating ski area with the 5th Grade Ski Free Passport Program. The Ski Free Passport is a great way to experience outdoor winter recreation with your family and friends. The passport allows you to ski or snowboard for free for just a $20 processing fee. For details and online registration to 

RAZ Kids and Enchanted Learning - Subscriptions Now Available

Dear families-

We have now purchased two site licenses that may interest you. 

The first is Raz-kids, a site that provides over 400 eBooks with quizzes to build reading fluency and comprehension. 

The second is Enchanted Learning. This site provides K-12 educational material that is published online, including websites, games and worksheets, easily searchable by topic.  They have 35,000 pages on our website.

If you would like a seat in either site, the cost is only $10 per year.  Please contact Christine if you are interested. 

The Hazardous Series by Nathan Hale.  Historical Fiction

Gr 3–7—In this series, a fictionalized Nathan Hale (a patriot from the American Revolutionary War) tells stories about America's most extraordinary heroes and villains. - School Library Journal

Nathan Hale is the author and illustrator of the Eisner-nominated, New York Times bestselling graphic novel series on American history Nathan Hale's Hazardous Tales.

He is the illustrator of the graphic novel Rapunzel's Revenge and its sequel, Calamity Jack. He also illustrated Frankenstein: A Monstrous Parody, The Dinosaurs' Night Before Christmas, and many others. 

Science Website Resources:

Here is a company description of the science resources you can find at Make Me Genius.  This may be just the resource you were looking for to enhance your child’s study of science.

“It would be a "smart" idea to use Make Me Genius to support or enrich your science instruction. Finding relevant science information for students is difficult. The material on this site is safe and accurate for students. Search by grade level or most popular. Tons of engaging videos are available on topics such as Newton's Laws of Motion, the solar system, ecology, and more. Links to cool facts and educational PowerPoint is a genius idea to provide information to extend students' learning. "Tech out" science project ideas or brush up on your science knowledge with the practice quizzes. Make Me Genius will make you look like a genius. This site does include advertisements. But it is worth avoiding the "nuisance" to view these quality videos. “ -MMG Management

Spark Center - A Non-Profit Learning Center and Community Space

Spark Center - A Non-Profit Learning Center and Community Space

Be Your Own Superhero with Deseure DeBerry

What is keeping you from creating your own superhero? Or better yet, being your own? If you feel you need a safe and supportive environment to create your comic/zine, come to this skillshop! By the end, you will have a grasp on (A) the history of comics and superheroes, (B) numerous issues within the comics industry and superhero comics, (C) what it takes to self-publish, and (D) the elements involved with re-creating yourself and your support systems. All skill levels welcome. Register online.

Oct 20, 2015
6:00pm – 8:00pm


The Latest News!

Because we are always trying to improve, and we want our efforts to be helpful and
meaningful to our families, we would like our current families to take this survey.
It will to guide our efforts to improve support for writing to our students and families. 


Kirsten's pre-writing survey

Please only take this survey if Kirsten is your mentor teacher.


Shellie's pre-writing survey

Please only take this survey if Shellie is your mentor teacher.


Ginny's pre-writing survey

Please only take this survey if Ginny is your mentor teacher.

Pirates on an Island: Ensueno! 
The news that many have been waiting for...our own Platon Hogan (now retired) has written a pirate play just for out students. Mystery, adventure and comedy....our spring drama production will be a pirate lover's delight. Drama students--get ready!