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Letters from Dr. Jakubowski

North Star Elementary

Vision: North Star will be recognized as a school that inspires a love of learning.

October, 2020

Welcome to North Star Elementary School!

I am Principal Jakubowski and this is my 10th year at North Star and I’m excited to share with you a little bit about our school.

We are the North Star Bears and our motto is “Kind Learners Are Responsible and Respectful”.

We are a supportive community and constantly look for ways to encourage students to reach for the stars!

We offer a Talented and Gifted class weekly for students in grades 2-5.

We have a beautiful Outdoor Classroom where teachers take their class to have lessons and activities.

We have close to 630 students, with 5 homerooms in grades K-3, and 4 homerooms in 4th and 5th grade.

Students in grades 4 & 5 can choose to play an instrument and receive weekly lessons in school and put on a winter and spring band concert.
Students in 5th grade participate in chorus during the school day and also put on a winter and spring concert.

When you walk into our school, you will feel the positive, welcoming, warm and inviting culture that exists because of our exceptional teachers, staff, paras, specialists, custodians, cafeteria staff and office staff.




August 18, 2020

Dear North Star Families, 

Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year! First and foremost, I hope that this communication finds you and your loved ones healthy and well during these unprecedented times. We are looking forward to an awesome year! We are not returning to normal, we are coming back better! We can’t wait to see our returning students and families, and we want to welcome all of our new families to North Star. We are a supportive community and our goal is to foster the love of learning in every child to become lifelong learners. 

With the start of this upcoming school year looking so different, we wanted to provide you some information that may be beneficial to you as you make family decisions.  While we are still working on transforming our program from in person learning to a remote model for the first six weeks of school, I do want to publicly commit to you that we are determined to provide your child with the best education possible under these very unusual circumstances.  

As our district recently announced, the first day of school is September 8. We will phase in our instructional model and all Red Clay students will start the 2020-21 school year in a remote learning environment for the first six weeks. You can learn more about Red Clay’s Roadmap to Reopening at

Complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24

Our district plans to phase in a hybrid learning environment for specific grade levels/programs later this school year, with families that choose in-person learning. In this scenario, families that wish to keep students home would be provided with remote learning support.

To help us plan for the phased reopening, please complete the Safe Return to School Questionnaire by August 24. We need to hear from every family so that we can plan a safe and efficient return to in-person learning when it is time to reopen our doors.

Check your mailbox for your child’s Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit

Please check your mail for the Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit, which should arrive in your mailbox around August 29. This kit provides important details to help your family start the school year, including your child’s Google account, parent/guardian login information for Home Access Center (HAC) and Schoology, and the contact information that we have on file for your family in School Messenger.

Pick up your child’s Chromebook and learning materials on September 2 (Grades 3-5), September 3 (Grades K-2) 

To support remote learning, a device will be provided for every student and we will work to ensure that all families have access to the internet. We will distribute instructional materials, school supplies and Chromebooks to students on September 2nd and 3rd. We will email you the distribution pick-up schedule by homeroom in the next email. 


Online Learning at North Star Elementary

Remote learning will happen Monday through Friday. Unlike the Spring of 2020, the Fall of 2020 will be as interactive as possible. This year we will not be posting class lists on the front doors of the school. Next Wednesday, your child(ren) will receive a letter from their teacher via email introducing themselves and sharing with you a detailed remote learning schedule. Live zoom sessions will be scheduled within these time periods for each grade: Kindergarten 8:45-12:20pm, 1st Grade 8:45am-2pm, 2nd Grade 8:45am-2pm, 3rd Grade 8:45am-2:30pm, 4th Grade 8:45am-2:40pm, 5th Grade 8:45am-2:50pm.  Classes will be taught using a synchronous (live) model. This means that students and teachers will have the ability to interact with each other. 

Attendance & Grading

Consistent attendance, participation in learning activities and completion of assignments are critical to your child’s success with remote learning. Attendance and participation will be monitored and your student’s work will be graded. Teachers will provide more details in the coming weeks.

Red Clay Remote Care

We understand that childcare may be a challenge for some families during these unprecedented times. Red Clay is working with the Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, the YMCA of Delaware and the Latin American Community Center to offer on-site care this school year. This will be similar to the before care and after care that we have typically provided during inservice days.

For more information, please contact: Thomas Shinn,

Social/Emotional Support at North Star Elementary School

We have built time into our school’s schedule to support social/emotional learning. Please look out for our upcoming Home Student Wellness Questionnaire, which will assist our team in identifying students who may be in need of additional social/emotional support.

Our school has a support team consisting of a school counselor, school psychologist and tiered support leaders to support your child remotely and in person. If you have a concern related to your child’s social/emotional health, please contact our support team members below: 

Kelly Westcott (School Counselor) -

Elizabeth Russell (School Psychologist) -

If your child is in need of immediate assistance, please contact Child Priority Response (Mobile Crisis) available 24/7 at 800-969-4357 or the 24/7 Crisis Text Line (text “HOME” to 741-741).

Special Services & English Learners

We are committed to supporting all learners. During remote learning, all services and supports outlined in students’ IEPs will be provided through remote instruction and telepractice. The special education teacher/case manager and related service providers will communicate the schedule for special education and related services with the family. For students with 504 plans, all supports outlined in the plan will be incorporated within remote learning sessions or through telepractice (e.g., therapies, counseling services). English learners will continue to receive English Language Development support integrated with their class schedule.

For more information on supports for students with disabilities or English learners, please contact our support staff:

Special Education Coordinator: Kelly Graybill

504 Coordinator: Kelly Westcott

English Learner Contact: Ellen Benitez

School Health Services

Your school nurse is here for you and your child. During remote learning our school nurse will be providing support such as health care management, care coordination, health education and family consultation including connection to community resources and services. It is important to stay up to date with routine health exams and immunizations including the flu shot. 

It is imperative that we have updated student health information on record for your child. Please complete the Student Data Card and return it to school by scanning it to, mailing it to 1340 Little Baltimore Road, Hockessin, DE 19707, or dropping it off at school.

How to reach us

Principal: Karin Jakubowski, Ed.D. -

Assistant Principal: Tylisha Saunders -

School Secretary: Megan Stewart -

Clerk: Theresa Barbato -

After September 1st: Colleen Sadak -

Our main office staff will be available Monday through Friday from 8am-4:30pm. 

Stay up to date with School Messenger

We use School Messenger to communicate important information from the school and the district. When you receive your Red Clay Back-to-School Starter Kit in the mail, please verify the contact information that we have on file for your family and follow the directions to update your information and manage your communication preferences.

In Closing

We look forward to helping your child(ren) succeed in 2020-21. Please look out for a message from your child’s teacher with more details next Wednesday!

We hope that this information helps form a picture of what remote learning will look like for your child(ren) this Fall and is beneficial for you to make preparations at home.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.


Karin Jakubowski, Ed.D.

Principal of North Star Elementary School


Estimadas Familias de North Star Elementary School:

¡Bienvenidas al Año Escolar 2020-21!

Tal como lo anunció recientemente nuestro distrito, el primer día de clases será el 8 de septiembre. Vamos a ir implementando gradualmente nuestro modelo de instrucción, por lo cual todos los estudiantes de Red Clay comenzarán el año escolar 2020-21 con aprendizaje a distancia durante las primeras seis semanas.  Pueden obtener más información sobre la Hoja de Ruta para la Reapertura de Red Clay en

Completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto

Nuestro distrito planea implementar gradualmente el aprendizaje en un entorno híbrido para determinados grados/programas más adelante este año escolar para las familias que opten por el aprendizaje en persona. A las familias que deseen mantener a los niños en el hogar, se les ofrecerá apoyo para el aprendizaje a distancia.

Para ayudarnos a planificar la reapertura gradual, por favor completen el Cuestionario sobre el Regreso Seguro a la Escuela a más tardar el 24 de agosto. Necesitamos escuchar la opinión de cada familia así podemos planificar un regreso al aprendizaje en persona seguro y eficiente cuando llegue el momento de reabrir nuestras puertas.

Revisen su correo ya que recibirán un Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases de Red Clay para su hijo/hija

Por favor revisen su correo ya que recibirán un Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases, el cual debería llegarles a su buzón cerca del 29 de agosto. Este paquete brinda detalles importantes para ayudar a su familia a comenzar el año escolar, incluyendo la cuenta de Google de su hijo/hija, la información de acceso de los padres/tutores para el Centro de Acceso desde el Hogar (HAC, por sus siglas en inglés) y Schoology, y la información de contacto que tenemos en nuestros registros para su familia en School Messenger.

Vengan a recoger la Chromebook y los materiales de aprendizaje de su hijo/hija el September 2nd and 3rd.

Para apoyar el aprendizaje remoto, se le entregará un dispositivo a cada estudiante y trabajaremos para garantizar que todas las familias tengan acceso a Internet. Vamos a entregar los materiales de instrucción, los útiles escolares y la Chromebook a los estudiantes el September 2nd and 3rd.

Aprendizaje Online en North Star Elementary School

El aprendizaje a distancia tendrá lugar de lunes a viernes en el horario de 8:45am-3:45pm.

La semana próxima la maestra de su hijo/hija les brindará un cronograma detallado del aprendizaje remoto.

Manténganse informados con School Messenger

Usamos School Messenger para comunicar información importante de la escuela y el distrito. Cuando reciban por correo el Paquete Inicial de Regreso a Clases de Red Clay, por favor verifiquen la información de contacto que tenemos en nuestros registros para su familia y sigan las instrucciones para actualizar la información y administrar sus preferencias de comunicación.

Asistencia & Calificación

La asistencia constante, la participación en las actividades de aprendizaje y el cumplimiento de los trabajos asignados son fundamentales para que el niño/niña tenga éxito con el aprendizaje remoto. La asistencia y la participación serán monitoreadas y el trabajo del estudiante será calificado. Los maestros les brindarán más detalles en las próximas semanas.

Cuidado Remoto de Red Clay

Comprendemos que el cuidado de los niños puede ser un desafío para algunas familias durante estos tiempos sin precedentes. Red Clay está trabajando con el Boys and Girls Club of Delaware, la YMCA de Delaware y el Centro de la Comunidad Latinoamericana para ofrecer cuidado en el lugar este año escolar. Esto sería similar al cuidado previo y posterior al horario de clases que habitualmente hemos ofrecido durante los días de capacitación docente. Para más información, por favor comunicarse con For more information, please contact: Thomas Shinn,

Apoyo Social/Emocional en North Star Elementary School

Hemos destinado un tiempo dentro de nuestro cronograma escolar para ofrecer aprendizaje social/emocional. Por favor estén atentos ya que próximamente les enviaremos un Cuestionario sobre el Bienestar del Estudiante en el Hogar, el cual ayudará a nuestro equipo a identificar a los estudiantes que pueden estar necesitando apoyo social/emocional adicional.

Nuestra escuela tiene un equipo de apoyo integrado por una consejera escolar, psicóloga escolar y líderes de apoyo por niveles para ayudar a su hijo/hija en forma remota y en persona. Si tienen alguna inquietud sobre la salud social/emocional de su hijo/hija, por favor pónganse en contacto con los integrantes del equipo de apoyo que figuran a continuación:  

Kelly Westcott (School Counselor) -

Elizabeth Russell (School Psychologist) -

Si su hjo/hija necesita ayuda inmediata, por favor comunicarse con Child Priority Response (Crisis Móvil) disponible 24/7 al 800-969-4357 o a la línea para Crisis 24/7 donde enviar mensajes de texto (enviar el texto “HOME” al 741-741).

Servicios Especiales & Estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés

Nuestro compromiso es brindar apoyo a todos los estudiantes. Durante el aprendizaje remoto, todos los servicios y apoyos detallados en los IEPs de los estudiantes serán brindados a través de instrucción remota y telepráctica. La maestra de educación especial/administradora del caso y prestadores de servicios relacionados comunicarán el cronograma de educación especial y servicios relacionados a las familias. En el caso de estudiantes que tengan un plan 504, todos los apoyos detallados en el plan serán incorporados dentro de las sesiones de aprendizaje remoto o a través de la telepráctica (por ej., terapias, servicios de counseling). Los estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés continuarán recibiendo apoyo para la adquisición del idioma inglés, integrado a su cronograma de clases.

Para obtener más información sobre los apoyos para estudiantes con discapacidades o estudiantes que están aprendiendo inglés, por favor comunicarse con nuestro personal de apoyo:

Special Education Coordinator: Kelly Graybill

504 Coordinator: Kelly Westcott

English Learner Contact: Ellen Benitez

Servicios de Salud de la Escuela

La enfermera de la escuela está aquí para ustedes y su hijo/hija. Durante el aprendizaje remoto, nuestra enfermera escolar estará brindando apoyo tal como el manejo de la atención médica, la coordinación de cuidado, educación sobre salud y consultas con las familias incluyendo conectar a las familias con recursos y servicios de la comunidad. Es importante mantenerse al día con los exámenes de rutina y las vacunas incluyendo la vacuna antigripal.

  Nuestra enfermera escolar es Megan Fioravanti 302.234.7200, 1340 Little Baltimore Road, Bear, DE 19701

Cómo comunicarse con nosotros

Director/a: Karin Jakubowski -

Vicedirector/a: Tylisha Saunders -

Vicedirector/a: Megan Stewart -

Secretaria escolar: Theresa Barbato -

Administrativa: Colleen Sadak -

 El personal de nuestra oficina principal estará disponible 8am-4:30pm.

Para concluir

Esperamos con entusiasmo ayudar a su hijo/hija a desempeñarse con éxito en 2020-21. ¡Por favor estén atentos ya que recibirán un mensaje de la maestra/o de su hijo/hija con más detalles la semana próxima!


Karin Jakubowski, Ed.D.

Director/a de North Star Elementary School