Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for November 5, 2021

Starside Elementary

Our Starside Mission:

Through a collaborative learning community we will build a foundation upon which all students can develop essential academic and life skills.

Click HERE to visit our school website!

Fall Parade and Parties Were a Hit

Last week kids and teachers enjoyed the fall parade and parties! Thank you to all the families who braved the rain to watch our costume parade. Thank you PTA for organizing the parties and thank you to everyone who donated supplies. All in all it was a huge success. Below are a few pictures showcasing the creative costumes and parade fun. Enjoy!

Zoo to You!

As a celebration for students who raised $50 or more for Walk a Thon the Zoo came to Starside. Students enjoyed many different types of animals and learned specifics about each species. What a fun learning experience! Thank you PTA for the organization of this event.

Plan Now - Late Start Day Next Week:

The Board of Education approved three (3) delayed start days for the 2021-22 school year. The second delayed start date is Wednesday, November 10th. Students will begin school two (2) hours later than normal. Students will need to be at school for their first class at 10:45 a.m.

Students who ride the bus will simply add two hours to their normal pick up time. For example, if the normal pick-up time is 8:05 a.m., the pick-up time on November 10th would be 10:05 a.m.

Teachers and support staff will report for duty at their normal time. Schools will utilize time with staff for needed training and professional development.

Save the Date


  • Tuesday, 11/9 - 2nd PTA Meeting 6-7 PM, Social 7-8 PM
  • Wednesday 11/10 - 2 Hour Delayed Start
  • Thursday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day
  • Friday, 11/12 - Winter Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • 11/24-11/26 - Thanksgiving - No School, District Closed

Substitute Teachers Needed

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Counselor's Corner

SPARK & Clubs

SPARK and Clubs began this week! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mispagel or Miss King! Dates coming up:

No SPARK or Clubs the week of 11/22-11/26

McKenzi Mispagel,

Madison King,

Veteran's Day

Virtual Veterans Day Assembly 2021

To honor those who have served or who are currently serving in the armed forces, our school is planning a Virtual Veterans Day assembly. Our Virtual Veterans Day Assembly will be shown to classes on Thursday, November 11th.

We will honor our veterans in a virtual photo presentation which will be part of the assembly. If you have a veteran or current member of the armed forces you would like to honor, please email their name, rank, military branch, dates of service, and your Starside student’s name to Mrs. Brown at by Friday, November 5th.

Email Template:

Name of Veteran: ______________________________________________________________________

Military Branch and Rank: ________________________________________________________________

Dates Served: _________________________________________________________________________

Name of Starside Student(s): ______________________________________________________________

Relation of Veteran to Student(s): __________________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please contact, Michelle Brown. Thank you for your assistance in making our Veterans Day Assembly a success!


Starside Staff and Students

Nurse's Notes

Reminder of Student Needs

  • Coats: Weather changes mean coat weather - hopefully not left in lost & found!
  • Water Bottle: Please remember to send a water bottle each day. Did you know that dehydration is a major cause of headaches, stomachaches, and lethargy?
  • Extra Clothes: Please send an extra change of clothes for ALL students (5th graders spill too) to keep in their locker/ backpack.
  • Extra Mask: Please send an extra mask (or two!) in your child’s backpack each day. Masks ARE still required at the elementary level and we've seen a large increase in kids asking for new masks. Some of this may be related to wanting a new or different kind of mask. If you have cloth masks at home, please wash and re-use them!

As Always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.

Tara Brown, BSN, RN, AE-C

Phone: 913-667-6270

Fax: 913-667-6271

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Order your Starside Yearbook now!!

Be the first one to order your Starside Yearbook!

The online ordering code for Starside Elementary just opened:

If you have any questions about Yearbook, please contact Mrs. King or Mrs. Hessong.

Maddie King,

Danielle Hessong,

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Starside's Book Fair is coming!

I have a special announcement to share about the book fair.

Drum roll, please………

PTA is graciously supporting the students at Starside by giving each student a $5.00 gift certificate. The certificate will be spent at the book fair during Library time from Dec. 1 - Dec. 8!

Can I have a big shout out to Starside’s PTA! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you!

A sign-up will be sent out next week asking for volunteers to work the fair.

Also, look for more information on an evening sign-up for families.

Thank You,

Mrs. DeHoff, Library Media Specialist Teacher

and Co-Chair Mrs. Jacobsen, Discovery RM Teacher


Winter Spirit Wear Orders:

Online order link:

Website order link:

Flyer is attached below as well! Orders are due by 11/12!

Join our Facebook and Instagram pages at Starside PTA and starside232, respectively, to stay up to date on information and events.

Fundraising Opportunities:

  • Casey's Rewards - download their app and earn points
  • BoxTops - download the app and scan your store receipts
  • - choose Starside PTA as your favorite charity
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Lost & Found

HELP! SE taken over by Lost and Found!

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SE Community Information

Continuing Construction News

The construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 91st Street is complete! They are now adding landscaping along the outside, so please continue to be alert and cautious of pedestrians as you traverse this area!

K-10 near Lexington Avenue has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. The Eastbound K-10 on-ramp will remain closed for the duration of the construction project through November.


Contacts: Front Office

Email: to reach our secretaries, Starla Newberry and Jackie Johnson, and Nurse Tara Brown with your inquiries, attendance reporting, or student enrollment/records requests.

Be sure to add to your contacts list so we don't end up in your spam folder!

LIKE the Starside Facebook page!

"Like" our new Starside Facebook page: to receive updates on school news and events via Facebook!

Making A Difference

We are blessed to have such an amazing staff members here at Starside! They deserve to be recognized! Through the Great American Bank and our very own USD 232 Education Foundation they are providing you the opportunity to recognize staff members that you feel go above and beyond in their daily interactions with our students. All you need to do is click on the link below and fill out some general information of the deserving nominee. Thank you for helping our staff feel special!

Making a Difference Nomination Link

Community Service

Community service hours should be tallied from April 1, 2021 to March 31, 2022. Attached you will find a form for tracking service hours. All service hours are due no later than Monday, April 4th this school year.

The definition of service under the President’s Volunteer Service Award program includes any activity that has a significant impact on meeting the needs of the community. Services that are paid for or carried out for a family member do not count towards service hours. Some examples of services include helping with community organizations, school-based programs, scouting services, or any effort to help others.

Students are responsible for keeping track of ALL of their community service hours including hours completed at Starside such as Comet Guard. If you have any questions, please feel free to call me at Starside at 667-6270 ext. 2196 or e-mail me at Thank you for your support.


McKenzi Mispagel

Starside School Counselor

What is Bullying?

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SKYWARD Report Card Access

Parents – This year Starside will not be printing grade cards to send home with students. However, you may access your child’s grades in Skyward.


Log in to Skyward Family Access

Click on the Documents tab on the left side

Next, click on the blue link that says 21-22 Q1 Report Card

For further instructions please reference the Link (Pay close attention to page 3 and page 7):

Skyward Directions

USD 232 Parents As Teachers

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Clickable Links:

Virtual Tour of Starside with Principal Hicks

Welcome to Starside
USD 232 Text Alerts

Sign up to receive alerts regarding special events like school closures, school pictures, late start reminders, etc.

2021-2022 School Year District Calendar

Details on school dates - late start dates and holidays, etc.

Starside Website

Your best resource for all things Starside!

Skyward Family Access Guide

Skyward Family Access instructions to check grades, SE Messages, fees, enrollment, and more.

Nutrition Resources

Menus and information regarding the USD #232 Nutrition program.

FirstView Student Bus Application

Parent App providing up-to-the-minute bus information including estimated bus arrival time, opt-in district messaging regarding delays or issues and customizable alerts.

Starside Family Handbook

Details on Starside procedures regarding arrival and dismissal, attendance notification, birthdays, snacks, special events, transportation changes, and everything Starside!

USD 232 Flyers

Electonic flyers for Scouts, Clinics & Camps, Sports & Miscellaneous events.

Family Resources

Community resources and information for USD 232 Families.

Education Foundation

Benefitting the District and enhancing the services and education provided by USD232.