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Welcome Back Letter

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School Supply Lists

Sneak Peek, Ice Cream Social & Back to School Night

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Sneak Peek/Back to School Night..Merging of Events

This year we will be combining Sneak Peek and Back to School Night all into one night! Students will still be able to come in, meet their teacher, drop off supplies and enjoy our PTA festivities on the back playground from 5:30-7:00 on Wednesday, August 8th. While here, families will also be able to get a teacher informational sheet, as well as scan QR codes outside of classroom doors that will deliver a grade level or teacher specific video that will cover the information offered at a Back to School Night. We feel that this will help with busy August schedules and families will be able to refer back to this important information at any time!

Lunch Prices

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NEW No-Birthday Treat Guidelines

Our elementary school is implementing a “no birthday treats” guideline. This decision was made after much thought and discussion at the building and district level. There are a variety of reasons why we made this change, the main one being to coordinate with our district’s wellness policy on making healthy choices, in alignment with federal regulations.

Other rationale for restricting treats at school include the following concerns:

  • Allergies: Due to the increasing number of students with food allergies, schools have had to be extremely careful with any food items entering the school building. It is a safety issue and something that we need to take very seriously.
  • Promoting Healthy Lifestyle: The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that one in six school-age children are overweight; triple the proportion in 1980. The agency has projected that one in three children born in 2000 will eventually develop a form of diabetes linked to being overweight.
  • Equity: Some parents are not able to provide treats for their child on birthdays or special days because of financial hardships.

The purpose of this change is to assure a school environment that promotes and protects students’ health, well- being, and ability to learn by supporting healthy eating, physical activity and healthy choices. This change brings together current research to create guidelines that help us with healthy choices for all of our students. If you are interested in reading the district’s policy on wellness, it is available on the District website.

Classroom teachers will continue to recognize and celebrate children on their special day in special ways.

Thanks in advance for your flexibility and for caring about the health of our students.


  1. Ask your teacher about a special “recess pass” and choose the main activity the class does at recess time.
  2. Bring in your favorite book and the teacher will read it to the class.
  3. Give a gift to the class, such as a book (write an inscription inside), a toy for the play area, or a game.
  4. Get a special crown to wear at school all day.
  5. Provide a special craft for the class that day.
  6. Decorate your desk with balloons for the day.

Arrival & Dismissal

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Traffic Pattern Video Explanation

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Parking to pick up students?

Arrival and dismissal will be the same process as last year with the exception of students whose parents park and walk to pick up their student(s). For safety purposes, we will be tightening up procedures at the front of the school. Parents wishing to park in the parking lot at dismissal should walk to Door 18 where students will be released by a Rising Star staff member.
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MVP Volunteer Application

We would LOVE to have you be an MVP for our school!

Help/Volunteering Wanted

Are you interested in helping or volunteering in the Rising Star Library and MakerSpace? If so, please fill out the form below, and Mr. Wilson will contact you to set up your visits! We have lots of fantastic volunteer opportunities available!
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Sign-Up to Receive our Digital Flyers

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DS Bussing Information

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Food Services

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Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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West is Best Scholarship Fund

West is Best Scholarship Fund was founded in 2012 to provide financial assistance to students to participate in after school sports or scouts. Recipients must live or go to school in the SM West attendance area. Over the years, we have provided over 520 scholarships totaling over $56,000 to area youth in all grades, K-12, at all West-area schools. For more information or our scholarship forms, please visit our website at

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