Starside's Comet

The Starside Communication - February 5, 2016

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.

A Message From Your Principal

Greetings, Starside Families!

It was such a pleasure to host another successful "Coffee with Kris" community event. Thank you to those of you who were in attendance. Our conversation was insightful and I appreciate your feedback and ideas for making Starside the best school it can be.

As an educator, I have always enjoyed the month of February. It brings the community into our building through Parent/Teacher conferences, Valentine's Day parties, Bingo Night, and more! It also means the end of winter is near and Spring Break is around the corner! February also tends to be a time where our students seem restless and more emotional; likely due to a lack of vitamin D from not being outside in the sunshine.

As we move through third quarter, our teachers have been encouraged to use "brain breaks" throughout the day and take walks around the building to get our blood flowing. Mrs. Cook, Starside's PE teacher extraordinaire, is leading our school in Jump Rope for Heart activities throughout this month. Many medical reports link physical fitness to increased school performance. Students who remain active throughout their schooling years often exhibit increased academic achievement and social/emotional health. At home, please encourage your child to get up and be active! Ask them to share the activities they have learned about movement and heart health at school.


Kris Meyer

PTA Information

Teacher Appreciation Meal for Conferences

Hello Starside parents! Each year the PTA, with parent support, provides a meal for our hard working teachers who are at the school all day for conferences. This is an easy way to show our appreciation for everything they do each day for our children. This year we will be providing a soup supper for the staff on Wednesday, February 10th. Below is a link to the Sign Up Genius if you are able to donate something for the meal. Thank you so much for all of the ways you support the kids and staff of Starside!

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Valentines Day Parties

Valentine parties for Kindergarten/HOC: Tuesday, February 9th

Pre-school AM: 10:30-11:30 Pre-school PM 2:30-3:30

AM Kindergarten: 11:00-11:30

All day Kinder: 3:00 - 3:30

Valentine parties for Grades 1-5 are Wednesday, February 10th @ 3:00 - 3:30.

Thank you to all of our parent volunteers for your generosity of time, talents and treats to make these celebrations happen!

Thank you for remembering that the parties are intended for our Starside Elementary students of attendance only. Parent (or approved high school) volunteers are welcome, however, coordination through PTA is appreciated so that we don't overload any of the classrooms. We do not have babysitting services during parties, so please make other arrangements for siblings if you intend to attend.

Travel Changes

If your child has a travel change for the day, please let us know by 3:00 so we can make sure that your child and their teacher are well informed. Thank you so much for your help!

Bus Company - First Student

BUS INFORMATION- Starside has a contract with First Student for our busing. If you have an issue/question concerning the bus, please contact them directly at 422-8501. They will be able to answer any questions you may have.
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Jump Rope for Heart

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Spring and Class Pictures!!

Mark your calendar! Picture Day is coming Tuesday, February 16, 2016 .Your child will be bringing home their Spring Picture Packets soon. Look for more information regarding clothing suggestions, online payment details and more at:

Opportunity for extra cash!

Looking for a way to earn some extra cash while your students are in school? The Student Nutrition department is looking for people to work in our kitchens under a substitute capacity. Hours would be approximately 10am – 2pm and days are flexible. If you are interested in this opportunity, please apply online at the link below.


Amy Droegemeier

Director of Student Nutrition

USD 232 De Soto

(t) 913.667.6200 | (f) 913.667.6202

Front Office Staff:

Kris Meyer


Susan Spear

School Improvement Specialist

Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)

Tami Gothard

Building Secretary (attendance)

Tara Brown


McKenzi Crow