All Families

  1. COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR PARENT SOCIALS We hope everyone had a great time at the parent socials last weekend.  A special thank you to the new Loblaws City Market for donating all the party trays.  Thank you Loblaws!
  2. PARENT DISCOVERY NIGHT Reminder of the upcoming Parent Discovery Night on Mon, Sept 23rd.  We encourage at least 1 parent to attend our interactive information sessions.  Sign-up sheets for attendance and childcare are posted on the office bulletin board.  Please sign up by end of day Friday!
  3. WEALTHY SCHOOL REVOLUTION was officially launched at last weekend’s Community Ambassador Parent Socials.  Maria Wentzel will be our contact for this program.  The first order cut-off date is Wed, Sept 25th with an Oct 3rd delivery date.
  4. USBORNE BOOK SALE is scheduled for Fri, Sept 27th.  Feel free to check out the online catalogue at www.usborneonline.ca/christine if you wish to browse or pre-order prior to the sale.  We will also have a paper catalogue available at the front desk.  An information flyer has been placed in your family pocket.
  5. LATE PICK-UP POLICY We understand that everyone is transitioning into the new academic year however we would like to remind you of the following Late Pick-up Policy which can be found in your Parent Handbook.  After School Care is available for children in Kindergarten and beyond and the drop-in rate is $25/day.

    “Late Pick-up Policy  We expect children to be picked up from the school or after-school care program by completion time.  A penalty of $1 per minute will be charged if your child is not picked up on time.  If you have not picked up your child or called the school within twenty minutes of the program completion time, a staff person will contact alternative persons from the authorized pick-up list (completed by each family upon enrollment) to pick-up your child.  If those persons are unavailable, and you have not contacted the school we are required by law to notify Emergency Services of the Ministry for Children and Families.  Parents will be asked to sign a ‘Late Pick-Up’ form with the total penalty fee clearly indicated.  They can pay this at the time of pick-up or at morning drop-off the following day.  Children will not be permitted to enter the classroom without payment.  North Star employs this policy as there are a limited number of spaces in the ASC program and teachers, Head of School and administration have other commitments after school hours.   If there is an extenuating circumstance, it will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.”

  6. AFTER SCHOOL PATIO A quick reminder that licensing requires our outside patio be cleared immediately following both morning and afternoon dismissals.  We encourage you to use the local park if you wish to play after class.  Thanks so much for your cooperation.
  7. FAMILY POCKETS Each family has a pocket outside their child’s classroom for school communication purposes.  Please note that if you have more than one child, your family pocket will be outside of your eldest child’s classroom.
  8. MOJA MONDAY Our first Moja Monday of the year will be held on Mon, Sept 30th!  Maria Wentzel (North Star parent & Moja Coffee owner) will be in our lobby on the morning of Sept 30th to help start your day with a delicious cup of coffee.  Moja coffee will also be available for purchase at that time.  This is a fundraising effort that directly impacts your child’s classroom.  Coffee bean sales = classroom materials and classroom materials = a prepared and happy learning environment!  Enjoy!
  9. MONTESSORI MOMS BLOG Aid to Life Facilitator and new Mom to twin boys, Christie Stanford, has started a blog along with her Montessori classmates.  On this blog they write about incorporating the Montessori methods at home.  Check out www.montessorimoms.wordpress.com

Casa

 Please see the “All Families” section and check back next week for Casa specific information!

Kindergarten

  1. LUNCHES In an effort to help students learn about waste and be stewards of the environment, we ask that all families do their best to provide a litterless lunch.  Avoiding packaged foods (particularly individual serving) and using cloth napkins, reusable containers and utensils are great steps toward being responsible environmentally.  Remember to send your child to school with a full bottle of water.  Please also note that waste from lunches will be sent home in your child’s lunch kit.  Once the Elementary compost is up and running this year, you will be notified of items that can be disposed of in the compost.  Thanks for your help!
  2. KINDERGARTEN PE The Kindergarten students will participate in co-operative games next week.

Elementary

  1. LUNCHES In an effort to help students learn about waste and be stewards of the environment, we ask that all families do their best to provide a litterless lunch.  Avoiding packaged foods (particularly individual serving) and using cloth napkins, reusable containers and utensils are great steps toward being responsible environmentally.  Please also remember to send your child to school with a full bottle of water.  Please also note that waste from lunches will be sent home in your child’s lunch kit.  Once the Elementary compost is up and running this year, you will be notified of items that can be disposed of in the compost.  Thanks for your help!
  2. GRADE 4 & 5 SNOWPASS.  It is that time of the year again for the Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass!  The Grade 4 & 5 SnowPass is a not for profit program that is offered by the Canadian Ski Council and administered by Canada West Ski Association for British Columbia and Alberta.  It provides the opportunity for every 4th & 5th grader to ski or snowboard  across Canada this winter for free!  Please see www.skicanada.org for more information.
  3. TERRY FOX RUN The Elementary students will be running an honorary Terry Fox Run at 1:00pm on Fri, Sept 27th to raise money for Cancer research.  If you are available to assist in leading a group of children on the run please sign up outside of the Arbutus classroom.
  4. LOWER ELEMENTARY PE The LE students will be participating in a fitness program with Level 10 Fitness.  Please sign the attached Level 10 permission form and submit to the front office by Mon, Sept 23rd.
  5. UPPER ELEMENTARY PE The UE students will continue with bike riding.