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Ordering Process and Dates (revised 9/3/2020)

Please remember that the district cannot reimburse families or club advisors for materials they purchase with their own money.
In keeping with the law, the mentor teacher will ensure that a student has the approved materials needed and identified in the written student learning plan (WSLP), which is always written in collaboration with families. As is our practice, learning materials must be: 1) On our approved materials list  2) Included in the learning plan  3) No faith-based materials
 
STEPS TO ORDER CURRICULUM MATERIALS
1. The mentor teacher will approve and enter the list of materials approved for ordering into the WSLP and take care of placing the order.
2. When the materials arrive the office staff will check them into the system and out to the family.
3. The materials will be labeled with the family name by the office staff and placed on the "hold" shelf.
4. The family will be contacted by email by the office staff to come and pick up the materials.
5. Parents will return non-consumable materials to the school when the family is finished with them. or at the end of the school year for inventory.
6.After inventory, parents can  then re-check out those they would like to continue to use. 

Which curriculum is approved for purchase?
North Star provides core and support curriculum materials for the current year. These include textbooks, trade books, educational CDs and DVDs, subscriptions to approved online learning products, and math manipulatives that still function if a few small pieces are lost such as pattern blocks or unit blocks;
 
We do not purchase supplies that are consumable, with the exception of workbooks.  We do not approve kits that could lose small pieces and then be unavailable for other students. We cannot purchase coloring books or art supplies. We also cannot purchase items that would normally be included on a "classroom supply list" such as paper and pencils.
 
All the materials we purchase must be those that COULD be used in a public school, meaning that they show a diversity of opinions and viewpoints and are secular.
 
In particular, items we cannot purchase and providers that we cannot use include:  Learning Language Arts Through Literature; Apologia; Horizons; Bob Jones; Abeka; Alpha Omega; Prima Latin; Lego's kits

What about science kits?
Mentor teachers may order secular science kits for students that are COMPLETELY CONSUMABLE such as the Young Scientist Club Kits or specimens for dissection.  We cannot order Lego's or K'nex or similar kits for science.  We might also order science materials kits that are COMPLETELY NON-CONSUMABLE...such as a model of the human heart. These materials will be returned at the end of the learning unit or school year. 

What about off-site classes like piano, karate or CYT?
We offer a wide variety of such activities on-site as clubs, but we are NOT able to pay for off-site vendors.