School Events

Principal’s Message

May 1, 2013
Dear Parents,

We are in the home stretch. In just a few short weeks summer will be upon us. Please remind students that now is not the time to slow down the pace. It is now time to turn on the final sprint and stretch for the tape!

CRT testing has started today and will continue for the next three weeks. Please make every effort to have your children at school, well rested, and ready to test.

As always, thank you for all you do.

Principal’s Message

Mrs. Charné Adams

Charné Adams


April 10, 2013
Dear Parents,

We will be doing an earthquake drill April 17, 2013 in conjunction with the Great Shake Out Program. I want you to be aware that we will be playing the audio sent to us by “The Great Shake Out Program.” This will make the drill more realistic. Please be sure to prepare your students if you feel they may be anxious.

After the drill we will be sending a phone broadcast to all phone numbers in our system. A text message will also be sent to all parents who register their cell phone number with our phone system. The purpose for this message broadcast will be to check our system.

Follow these instructions to register your cell phone number:
Text ‘Alert’ to 22300.
If this is not the primary number you want for everything else in our system, please call Connie in our front office.

Next week our Elementary Awards Assembly is being held on TUESDAY April 16th and the Middle School Awards Assembly will be on WEDNESDAY April 17th, both at 2:15pm.

Sincerely,
Charné Adams
Principal

Principal’s Message

Mrs. Adams
April 2013

Dear Parents, Teachers and Students,

Welcome back from Spring Break. I hope the warmer weather and the beautiful blue sky brings joy to your days as we look forward to the summer months ahead. My favorite is seeing the miracle of tulips pop up through the snow!

We have many activities and events coming up as we prepare for these final weeks of the 2012-2013 school year. Be sure to check our school calendar, newsletter, and website for details. Our Spring Music Concert is Thursday, April, 4 at 7pm. It promises to be very entertaining, full of student talent, as well as demonstrating hard work and effort by all involved. End of quarter is April 5th, with our Awards Assemblies soon thereafter.

Congratulations to many students who succeeded in Science Fair this year. They include: Emily Van Wagoner, Emma Lambert, Aaron Slade, Katherine Van Wagoner and Ben Welton.

Our teachers have worked hard to prepare North Star Academy students to once again shine on the upcoming CRTs. It is imperative that students are well rested for these tests. Many students have achieved and improved upon their personal quarterly goals, which will stand them in good stead to succeed on the CRTs.

Have a fantastic final quarter of the school year!

Charné Adams

Principal

Principal’s Message

Mrs. Charné Adams

Charné Adams


February 27, 2013
Dear Parents,

Clusters have ended with this week being our week long “Cluster Celebration”. Please be sure to stop by and walk the hallways to browse the wonderful posters and photos reflecting each Cluster and middle school Academy. Thank you to all our facilitators for making the Clusters and Academies enriching student-led experiences.

Thank you to our PTO for organizing the annual Maturation Program last week Thursday.

Parent Teacher Conferences are tomorrow until 8pm and Friday afternoon. Remember both Thursday and Friday are early out days. We look forward to seeing all parents at these meetings. A big thank you to the PTO for providing dinner for teachers tomorrow evening at 5pm. If you are in the building around this time, please allow the teachers to have their dinner. Thank you for your support and continued interest in education.

The PTO has worked long and hard to set up the Book Fair for everyone’s benefit. Take a moment during PTC to stop in at the library and browse the selections.

Looking forward to seeing you in the building this week.
Sincerely,
Charné Adams
Principal

Assistant Principal’s Message

Troy Fernley

Troy Fernley

February 20, 2013
Dear Parents and Students,

We are part of a community that cares for each other and is dedicated to the betterment of all involved. I feel privileged to work in such an environment. Thank you for your positive attitudes in the one goal we are all working towards – preparing young people to live productive, happy lives.

I recently read an article that has some relevance to working as a community to help prepare our students for success. You can read the article in its entirety here (Mind Shift Article). The main point of the article is the fact that children need free playtime to develop important life skills. What I found most interesting though is the “7 C’s of Resilience” mentioned in the article. While you may or may not agree with everything here, I believe we all agree with the main point. Helping children succeed in life is a team effort.

7 C’s of Resilience

  1. COMPETENCE: Young people need to be recognized when they’re doing something right and to be given opportunities to develop specific skills.
  2. CONFIDENCE: Confidence comes from building real skills that parents and educators can teach and nurture. Confidence can be easily undermined, but also bolstered by tasks that push learners without making the goal feel unachievable.
  3. CONNECTION: Being part of a community helps kids know they aren’t alone if they struggle and that they can develop creative solutions to problems.
  4. CHARACTER. Kids need an understanding of right and wrong and the capacity to follow a moral compass. That will allow them to see that they cannot be put down.
  5. CONTRIBUTION: The experience of offering their own service makes it easier for young people to ask for help when they need it. Once kids understand how good it can feel to give to others, it becomes easier to ask for that same support when it’s needed. And being willing to ask for help is a big part of being resilient.
  6. COPING: Kids need to learn mechanisms to manage their stress by learning methods to both engage and disengage at times. Some strategies for doing this include breaking down seemingly insurmountable problems into smaller, achievable pieces, avoiding things that trigger extreme anxiety, and just letting some things go. After all, resilience is about conserving energy to fit the long game and kids need to know realistically what they can affect and what should be let go.
  7. CONTROL: In order to truly be resilient a child need to believe that she has control over her world. Feeling secure helps engender control, which is why kids test limits.

Thank you for all you do to make NSA such a positive community to be a part of,
Troy Fernley
Assistant Principal