North Star News
NSN Volume 4 ⭐ December 1, 2022
Here is your December North Star News!
FROM PRINCIPAL MORROW'S DESK
Dear North Star Families,
I’m so grateful to be a part of our incredible community of students, staff and families. We faced some scary circumstances yesterday that everyone handled with grace and flexibility and we stayed true to our goal of keeping students safe at all times.
All North Star students followed directions, stayed calm, helped each other and did everything they needed to do, and we know it was a hard day. We had counselors with us this morning speaking with students and staff and they are always ready to help if needed. Please contact us if you would like a counselor to check in with your child.
The entire North Star team would like to thank parents, grandparents and guardians for being patient, calm and supportive while information was released and while waiting to be reunited with your children. Bringing families back together went smoothly and without incident because of your help.
You may read in the newspaper or hear from others that the suspicious box was "just an empty box". Thankfully, the box was empty. Security footage of a man we didn't know, dropping the box off at our door at 2:00am, and the markings and mechanism on the box, made law enforcement officials take this matter very, very seriously. We followed protocols and trusted KPD and the Alaska State Troopers to guide us.
In the end, it wasn't a real threat and it wasn't even a prank. It was a neighbor thinking they were being helpful. Regardless, it ended with the best possible outcome, everyone being safe.
Thank you again for all that you do. Please call the school if you have any questions and as we move into the holiday season, let's keep being there for each other.
Copy of incident letter for families from Dr. Cyndy Mika sent 11/30/22
I want to thank everyone for their patience as the events of the day rapidly unfolded and information was limited. I’m relieved to let our KIBSD family and community know that law enforcement has determined that the suspicious box was not a threat and North Star Elementary is no longer an active scene. The campus has been released back to the District, all roads surrounding are back open to the public, and students will return to school tomorrow.
Around 10:00 this morning, a suspicious box was identified at the North Star Elementary entrance. The markings and design of the box were such that administration notified law enforcement and sheltered students in place away from the area. Law enforcement deemed it a credible threat and the order to evacuate was given. At this time, Jerry Clark, First Student Transportation, mobilized buses on which students and staff were evacuated to Bayside Fire Department. Once all North Star was accounted for at Bayside, the District began the reunification process with families.
Law Enforcement called for additional support from the FBI. During the investigation by the Alaska State Troopers, a community member came forward with information and let law enforcement know that he had found the box and left it at the school, thinking it was a student’s toy. As a result of their further investigation, law enforcement determined that there was not a threat to the students or staff.
I know that today was a stressful situation for all families and staff involved, as well as our entire KIBSD community. Our response was in the best interest of student and staff safety, which will always be our highest priority.
I want to thank everyone involved today for their efforts in keeping our students safe and quick response. I want to especially thank the North Star families for entrusting their most precious children to our care and for their patience as we mobilized for their reunification. KIBSD administration will be conducting an after‐action review with emergency responders. This will help us identify what went well and areas for improvement should such an emergency occur in the future.
An event like this reminds us of how connected we all are to each other. I’m grateful to live in a community that works together in times of need. I know that as I drive home tonight and greet my son with a huge hug, I’ll be saying a prayer of thanksgiving that the events of the day were resolved in the manner they were and that all our students and staff are safe.
Cyndy Mika, Superintendent
-MARK YOUR CALENDARS-
12/1 - North Star Giving Tree will be up in the foyer (see flyer below)
(We are a little behind getting our tree up, but it is happening!)
12/2 - Popcorn Friday hosted by Mrs. Costello's class (Bring your popcorn money! 50 cents!)
12/2 - Coffee Break with the Principal in the library @10:00am
12/8 - Skate With Santa at the Rink! 5:30pm - 7:30pm (Volunteers needed!)
12/9 - Popcorn Friday hosted by Mrs. Costello's class (Bring your popcorn money! 50 cents!)
12/16 - Popcorn Friday hosted by Ms. Zee's class (Bring your popcorn money! 50 cents!)
12/13 - Wrapped Giving Tree gifts due back at school
12/18 - Battle of the Books - Read By deadline - 8 Books!
12/19 through 1/2 - Winter Break - No School
1/3 - School is back in session
1/16 - KIBSD Staff Inservice - No School
2/20 - KIBSD Staff Inservice - No School
-NOTES, MENUS, BUCKET FILLERS and OTHER REMINDERS-
Introducing Student Council Officers - 2022!
President - Kayla Schauff
Vice President - Stella Kondro
Secretary - Doris Schroeder
Treasurer - Riley Ferreira
Historian - Iryna Petropavlovskaya
What an amazing community feast and celebration!
Our wonderful staff of volunteers and students served over 600 delicious meals that day.
It was such a pleasure to welcome our families
and long standing North Star traditions back into the school.
Thank you all for joining us!
2022-23 Battle of the Books
Potential Battlers - be sure to have at least 8 books read by December 16th!
December 2022 Lunch and Breakfast Menu
KIBSD Meal Program and Account Payments
If you want to deposit lunch money with a credit card through your PowerSchool parent portal,
please remember that you will need to access the online version.
You can find that link on the www.KIBSD.org website, under the FAMILIES tab.
KIBSD does not support the PowerSchool App, so you won't be able to pay fees that way.
Even though some student info is viewable on the app,
it does not connect to our PowerSchool lunch or activity fee accounts.
We are also always happy to accept cash or checks for student lunch accounts in the office.
Call us @907-486-7500 if you have questions or need any help with parent portal access.
READY TO VOLUNTEER?
Please see the new volunteer sign-up process listed in the flyers below.
We look forward to having you help out around the school!
A Note from the Nurse
Please remember to send your student to school with their coats, hats, gloves and snow pants everyday. Teachers try to get their classes out for recess as much as possible, so we all need the appropriate gear just in case.
On that note - We are going through our warm glove stash very quickly these days and are always accepting donations of any style and youth size. If you have a pair or two to spare, please drop them off at the office and we will add them to our borrow bin for any student that needs them.
Thank you in advance.
PTA ⭐ CORNER
⭐ NAVIGATOR FINE ART HIGHLIGHT⭐
Ms. Martha's 4th grade class has been working on different pen and ink marking
techniques that add movement and texture to single color landscapes.
Feast your eyes on the monochrome compositions by Hendrik, Arowyn and Edison below!