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  • iPad Forms Due

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 9/30/2020 1:00:00 AM

    Hello North Star Families,

    This is a reminder that today is the last day to pay for iPad insurance online.  Beginning tomorrow, October1, if you choose the optional insurance, you will have to come to the school to pay in person.   If you choose not to purchase insurance, we ask that you still go online and fill out the Hold Harmless Agreement AND mark decline on the insurance.  That way we know who has and who has not responded to both of these items. 

    iPad coverage can be paid for by cash/check/credit card in-person at the school.
    iPad coverage can be declined online.  

    If you are a previous student and held onto your iPad over the summer, you still need to complete these forms.  Note that if you kept your ipad and are purchasing insurance, the librarian will need to do an inspection of the iPad.  This can be done over video chat, in-person at school, or pictures can be sent to show that the iPad is not damaged.  If you are new to North Star you don't need to have the iPad inspected as yours was already inspected at the beginning of the year.  

    Thanks very much for taking care of this.  At this time 50% of our families have completed both forms.  Please help us to get this necessary task complerted.  Click here to get to the forms you need.  

    Mr. Rushing

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  • Hold Harmless Forms Due for All Students

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 9/21/2020
    What:  iPad - Required Hold Harmless Form plus Optional Insurance

    Who:  ALL STUDENTS WITH AN IPAD including students that kept their iPad over the summer. 

    How:  Click Here for directions on how to go online and accept/decline insurance and sign a Hold Harmless Agreement.  

    When:  By September 30    (October 1 online payments will no longer be accepted.  Only in-person payments will be accepted.)

    Just as students/families are responsible for taking care of textbooks, library books, equipment, and instruments that are borrowed from school, so too are they responsible for iPads.  While using iPads at home, please take care to ensure they are handled properly and stored in a way where they cannot get damaged or lost.  If an iPad goes missing or is damaged, it could cost you between $140 to $400 to fix or replace the iPad.  Bethel School District offers low cost, optional iPad insurance.  For full details click Here.   

    Note:  If you kept your iPad over the summer, you still need to fill out a new Hold Harmless Form for the 20-21 school year.  The one you filled out in the spring was good until the end of August.  
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  • We need your help!

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 9/1/2020

    Good afternoon North Star Families,

    The school district is in the process of moving to a new student records system.  This is creating a variety of issues with class rosters and being able to connect to our curriculum management programs called Seesaw and Canvas.  Technicians are working hard to get this corrected before Thursday.  

    In anticipation that these issues will continue, I have asked teachers to send the Zoom Link for their class to you by email since students cannot get the link from their Seesaw or Canvas pages.  

    To ensure everyone gets the link, we need your help.  Please check your email and look for an email from your teacher and then REPLY to them.  This will let us know if you are getting emails that are sent to you.  Our first step is to make sure that when the link is sent, you can are sure to get it.  Teachers will try to contact you by phone if they don't see a reply by tomorrow morning.  

    Because of these technical issues, we will have classroom teachers meet with you live during your grade level morning Zoom time on Thursday and Friday.  Teachers will do their live activities and then then give you directions on what activities to complete for the remainder of the day.  Without access to Seesaw and Canvas, we need to use Zoom and email to provide directions for activities.  Once the management programs are up and running, you will get all of your information from Seesaw and Canvas.  

    The second topic is regarding what to do if you are working during the day and aren't available to help your child.  There is a big concern about students needing to be on Zoom sessions all day long.  I would share your concern if my child had to be at Zoom sessions continuously for 6 hours a day.  Our schedule is actually more flexible than that and does not consist of that much Zooming.  

    The part of the day that we ask that you try your best to be at is the 70 minute block of time in the morning for SEL/Math & Language Arts.  If you can work that out, the rest of the Zoom sessions are additional opportunities for your child to get help from their homeroom teacher or support staff.  The 70 minute morning block and Specialist time (Art, Music, PE, Library, Computers) will be recorded so that you can watch them if the those session times won't work.  The rest of the Zoom times on the schedule are by appointment only and are for specific types of support.  Meaning, all students are not attending all extra Zoom sessions, every day.  

    I hope that clarifies the schedule.  If you still have questions about the schedule or any other topic, please send me an email at and I will check in with you.

    Now, first things first!  Please check your email today and reply to your child's teacher.  That will help us tremendously.  

    Take care and thank you for your time.

    Mr. Rushing

    Hi again,

    If you didn't see an email from your teacher, be sure to check your Junk or Spam folder.  It should be a address but just in case, look for a reference to Synergy which is the new student records program.  

    Some of you have seen messages in ParentVue and tried the button that says "Click here to reply to message".  When clicking it we are experiencing an error message.  If that is happening to you, just email me at and I will forward the message to your teacher.  Please include the name of the teacher so I can get it to them quickly.  If you aren't sure of your teacher, then provide the name of your child and I will look up their teacher.

    Thanks again for working with us to problem solve until the systems are up and running smoothly.

    Mr. Rushing

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  • Welcome Back!

    Posted by STEPHEN RUSHING on 8/26/2020

    Principal's Video Message

    School Office Hours:
    9 AM-Noon, 1-3 PM
    Phone:  253-800-8800
    Please call before coming to the school to see if we can help you remotely.  If that is not possible you are welcome to stop by and we will assist you.

    Grade Level Schedules can be found in the Schedules tab at the top of this screen.

    iPad Pick Up K-5

    Greetings North Star Families,

    Hope you are all safe and well.  The staff at North Star is looking forward to a year full of learning together!  We will distribute iPads beginning next week to all students who do not currently have one.  This includes incoming Kindergarten students, students new to North Star, and those who turned in their iPad in June.  The date for preschool iPad distribution will be published soon.

    This year families will have the option to purchase insurance for the iPad.  Before coming to school please make your selection regarding insurance, and complete the Hold Harmless form online.  iPad insurance is optional, and if not selected families would be responsible for any loss, theft, or damage to the iPad. Click here for additional information on iPad insurance.  For those families who kept their iPad over the summer, please complete the Hold Harmless form and make your insurance selection online prior to September 15th.  

    Listed below, you will find directions for iPad distribution.  We will be practicing social distancing and cleaning protocols.  Masks will be required for anyone entering the building.  We are looking forward to distributing iPads to families in order to support remote learning.  

    iPad Distribution Schedule:




    August 31, 2020


    All K-5th

    September 1, 2020


    All K-5th

    Directions for iPad Distribution:

    1. Before coming to school, make your insurance selection and complete the Hold Harmless agreement online at   Paper copies will be available on site, however online completion will result in faster pick up.
    2. Enter through the front doors and follow signs to the gym.
    3. Wait until you are called to a table for the check-out process.
    4. Follow the exit signs when you are finished at the check-out station.

    Back to School Information

    Click here to see a revised calendar and quick links to things you may want to know about.

    Click here to see directions for ParentVue, the online tool for seeing everything from teacher assignments, grades, attendance and more.  


    Yearbooks are in.  If you purchased a yearbook please swing by school during the iPad distribution times and we will get that to you.  If you didn't purchase one, we will have some extras available.  But remember first come first served on the extra yearbooks.  

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