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February message from Mrs. Thomas

This is National School Counseling Week, an opportunity to recognize the tremendous role Mrs. Westcott plays in our school community. As our school counselor, Mrs. Westcott helps students focus on academic, career and social/emotional development so they can achieve success in school and be prepared to lead fulfilling lives as responsible members of society. Thank you, Mrs. Westcott!

Report Cards for 2nd marking period will go home this Thursday. Within all report card envelopes, families will find a simple 4-question survey on North Star’s revised homework policy. As we are half-way through year one of implementation, we thought this would be a fitting opportunity to gather feedback. Participation in the survey is optional and anonymous. If you choose to participate, simply return your completed survey within your child’s signed report card envelope. For families with more than one child attending North Star, kindly complete a survey for all children, as our hope is to capture overall impressions by grade-level. It is our intent to share the outcome of this survey at the February PTA meeting on Monday, February 27th.

Picture Day is scheduled for Wednesday, February 15th. Flyers went home last week and order forms will go home this week. Please ignore the pre-stamped date on these forms, as it is incorrect. Picture Day is February 15th.

You will be receiving a paper version of the Delaware School Climate Survey developed by the Delaware Positive Behavior Support Initiative. We are asking that you complete the survey to help us learn what parents and guardians think about our school. Your thoughts and opinions are very important to us. The survey will only take about 15 minutes to complete. A letter will accompany the survey with pertinent information. There is an online version of the survey that can be taken if preferred. That link is

Thank you for your help and cooperation.

As you know, our theme this year encourages students to Find their Super Powers. At North Star, we know that super powers aren’t magical or impossible. They are things we do all the time… we simply happen to be super good at them and they make us feel super good.

For the second half of the school year, I would like to use our Morning Announcement broadcast system as an opportunity for students to experience the power of their words. If a student is interested in being a guest anchor on our morning broadcast system, they are invited to complete the form below and submit it to the Main Office. Students may choose to present a current events story, an interview, a book review, a thematic celebration (ie: Black History Month, Women’s History Month, etc.), or a brainteaser/riddle.

Submissions will be accepted and reviewed on a rolling basis. If chosen to guest anchor announcements, students should be able to read their piece in a “loud and proud” voice. Hopefully, this opportunity will allow students to feel the power of their words, as their ideas enjoy a moment in the spotlight and are heard by an audience of 700 in our school community.


Morning broadcast guest anchor form