October 19, 2017




North Star Academy’s 6th Annual Fun Run

Join us for our 2017 Fun Run!

Friday, October 20, 2017

The NSA Fun Run has arrived! Come out and support your kids during the run! Here are the run times for Friday, October 20th 

Schedule of Run Times:

 8:20am – 9:00am          5th Grade

 9:10am – 9:50am          3rd  Grade and AM Kindergarten

10:00am – 10:50am     Middle School (6th – 8th Grades)

11:00am – 11:40am      4th Grade

11:40am – 12:40pm      LUNCH/BREAK

12:40pm – 1:20pm         PM and Full Day Kindergarten

1:30pm – 2:10pm           2nd Grade

2:20pm – 3:00pm           1st Grade


Look for t-shirts coming home today with your students.  Each child should receive a t-shirt for the run from their homeroom teacher.  Students are to wear their  t-shirts with dress of choice shorts or pants and tennis shoes.  If you have any questions or concerns about the t-shirts please contact Heidi Thompson at hthompson@nstaracademy.org.

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts and making a difference in our school!  

Have questions? Contact Sasha Shutter at sasha.shutter@gmail.com, Darcy Hendricks at darcy34@yahoo.com or Heidi Thompson at hthompson@nstaracademy.org.



NSA Calendar

Please note that the NSA calendar on our website is now a google calendar.  The same information is there, but just in the google format.

Thank you!





End of 1st Quarter and AR Marking Period is Friday, October 20th.  2nd Quarter begins on October 23rd.  Report cards to go home on the 26th.



Thank you to all who supported the Scholastic book fair this year.  It was a huge success!  A big thank you to those who donated money to support the Hurricane Harvey victims with your left over change.   We raised $75 for ‘All For Books’ and will be sending some new books to a school in Houston.  We so appreciate your support!



Attention all NSA Families:

Please be aware that ALL families need to fill out the Returning Family Commitment Letter. The letter will be coming home in the students Thursday Folder. Please complete and return the letter, to the office, no later than November 2nd to secure your student(s) enrollment for 2018/2019 school year. Please contact Michelle Snyder, Registrar, at msnyder@nstaracademy.org with any questions.

We are always excited to welcome new families to North Star. Many of our families found out about the school from other enrolled families. If you are asked about enrollment, let them know it’s easy to get into the lottery. Just go to our website: www.nstaracademy.org , click on the Enrollment tab then the Intent to Enroll Form. Fill that out and you’re in the lottery.

New for 2018/2019 school year, we are adding Pre-K to NSA. You will see the section on the form to fill out if you would like you student to join us for Pre-K!

If your student is not planning to return to NSA next year, make sure to check the enrollment requirements and timeline for your new school.


Thank you,

Michelle Snyder






Attention 5th Grade Parents!

Would you like a lesson in Cornell notes? 

Join Ms. Steadman for a lesson about where the notes come from in the curriculum, how the notes are taken, and how to study effectively for tests using the notes.  Since studying is a main portion of homework from 5th grade thru 8th grade, I would like to offer the opportunity for you to learn about the process your student goes through from note to assessment.

Date: Tuesday, October 24th

When: 6:00 pm – 7:00 pm

Where: Ms. Steadman’s room

If you should have any questions please contact Ms. Steadman at ksteadman@nstaracademy.org



After School Activities


Ready….Set…. Maestro!  After-School music

Thursdays 3:20-4:30 – $99/session (Minimum of 6 students)

Please (click here) to see flyer!

Session II Oct. 26- Dec. 21 

Session III Jan. 11-March 8

Session IV March 29-May 17


Strategic Chess

Beginning on 11/8 and held each Wednesday from 3:20 – 4:20 pm  Please (click here) for more information.


Strategic Star Wars Lego

Beginning on 11/17 and held each Friday from 3:20 – 4:20 pm.  Please (click here) for more information.





For 8th Grade Families!

ThunderRidge High School International Baccalaureate (IB)  Information Night and Reception on Wednesday, Nov. 1st at 6:00pm.  See (flyer) for more information.




Need volunteer hours???

Scrip is Back!  

Need gift cards for the holidays?

For every $100  gift card purchase, receive one volunteer hour and a percentage comes back to NSA! It’s quick and convenient!

NSA will be ordering scrip each week beginning October 30th!  Take advantage and give back to your school!

Log onto www.shopwithscrip.com and see the thousands of gift cards to choose from!

If you are new to our Scrip program, enter NSA’s enrollment code to register: C344BC7213368

After the enrollment code is entered, start shopping!  It’s that easy!

Orders will be placed on the following schedule:

October 30, 2017  –  will be ready for pick up at NSA on November 3, 2017

November 6, 2017   –    will be ready for pick up at NSA on November 10, 2017

November 13, 2017    –   will be ready for pick up at NSA on November 17, 2017

      November 27, 2017    –  will be ready for pick up at NSA on December 1, 2017

December 4, 2017 –   will be ready for pick up at NSA on December 8, 2017

December 11, 2017  –  will be ready for pick up at on December 15, 2017

    December 18, 2017   –   will be ready for pick up at NSA on December 22, 2017

All orders must be placed by 9am on the order date to receive that week!

Payments can be made by cash, check (payable to NSA) or online (Presto Pay account must be set up)


Winning gift cards will be awarded on December 22, 2017

 Questions regarding NSA’s Scrip program?

Contact Angie Cape at acape@nstaracademy.org


Save the Date!

Our Veterans Day celebration is coming up on Friday, November 10th.  




The Holidays are getting closer, are you ready?


Our 8th grade students can help you get ready, with Butter Braids! This year, 8th graders are selling these yummy pastries and snacks to help fund their trip to Washington DC in the Spring! These make great breakfast treats for family gatherings or anytime, just because! This year, the flavors that are available are Apple, Blueberry Cream Cheese, Cinnamon, Strawberry Cream Cheese and Caramel Rolls. Also this year, they have 4 Cheese and Herb bread, and Gluten Free cookies that are Chocolate Chip Oatmeal Walnut and Double Chocolate! Your order will be delivered to the school in plenty of time for Thanksgiving! To place your order, you can reach out to any 8th grader or Janelle Doud at jbdoud2@msn.com, if you don’t know or have an 8th grader! 

Place your order today and help simplify your Holidays and support our 8th graders at the same time! 








We have almost completed the first quarter of the 2017 – 2018 school year and we still have families that do not understand or are not following our Traffic Plan!  If you are not familiar with the NSA Traffic Plan, please take a few moments to review it.  You have two (2) options; Park Across the Street and WALK, OR drop-off / pick-up via VEHICLE.  Students CANNOT be picked up in the Classroom.  If you need clarification, please contact Dee Griffin at nstraffic@hotmail.com or Dawn D’Amato at volunteer@nstaracademy.org.  In addition:


  • Please do NOT park in the Keystone Stacking Lane during PM Pick-up.  If you are parked in the Stacking Lane, you MUST be in your vehicle no later than 3:00 PM.  As you know, we are having significant issues with vehicles parking in our Stacking Lane.  The problem continues to get worse.  We are reaching out again to Douglas Country Traffic for assistance.  We will keep you notified of any changes we make to PM Pick-up.
  • Please do NOT send family / friends to pick-up students without reviewing the NSA Traffic Plan with them!
  • Do NOT park anywhere along the Loading / Unloading Zones including the bottom half of our cul-de-sac.  We have two (2) teachers parking in this location as we currently do not have enough spaces for Staff.  These are the ONLY vehicles that should be parked ‘permanently’ in the cul-de-sac during Drop-off / Pick-up.
  • Make sure your HANGTAG is visible at all times during PM Pick-up and that your student(s) know their NUMBER.
  • If you are switching between Vehicle Pick-up and Parent Pick-up via walking, please make sure your student AND their teacher know how the student is being picked up!!!
  • All Call is 3:25 PM most days.  Late Pick-up is 3:35 PM!
  • Follow the rules and drop-off / pick-up with be SAFE for our students and EFFICIENT for parents!



If you signed up to bring items for the Cake Walk – THANK YOU!

If you haven’t signed up and can help WE NEED YOU!  We currently have approximately 104 Cakes, Cookies, Pies, etc. donated, but we could really use more!  PLEASE HELP AND SIGN UP TODAY!

DONATE CAKES FOR THE CAKE WALK**:  http://signup.com/go/XZxKXBk

**[Cake Donation – ‘Store bought’ cakes are preferred.  Cakes can be Nut-Free or Gluten-Free but MUST be clearly labeled.  We are also accepting cupcakes and pies!  You will receive credit for 1 volunteer hour for each $20 in donated cakes (HOURS WILL BE LOGGED FOR YOU BASED ON CAKES LOGGED DURING CHECK-IN).  Volunteers MUST include a receipt (clearly labeled ‘First and Last Name – Cake Walk’) with the cake at drop-off.  Important:  PLEASE INDICATE THE NUMBER OF CAKES YOU ARE BRINGING IN THE COMMENT SECTION OR SELECT MULTIPLE SPOTS.]

Please contact  events@nstaracademy.org with questions.




The next Lost & Found collection is the week of 10/23.  We make our best effort to return labeled items to students during this monthly clean-up, however this is not always possible.  To ensure your student(s) items are returned, please label lunchboxes, water bottles, jackets, etc.  Also, please keep track of students missing items, and retrieve them promptly.  Any unlabeled items are bagged during the clean-up, and given to charity.  Thank you!





Community Night with the Denver Nuggets!  Denver Nuggets vs Orlando magic on Sat. Nov. 11th at 7:00pm.  See (flyer) for more information.


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