Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for September 24, 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!

Conferences September 29th and 30th

We're looking forward to seeing everyone in the building as you head to your conferences this week. This is always such a fantastic time to collaborate with your child's teacher and discuss your child's progress. The fall conferences are teacher led. We ask that students and younger siblings are not present. This keeps the conference productive and the main focus on your student .

By now you should have received your confirmation reminder stating your conference day and time. If not, please reach out to your child's teacher.

During conferences everyone will enter through the front office of the school. Please remember masks are required to be worn in the school building. If you are not comfortable with that please let us know and we can schedule a virtual zoom conference with you. If you forget your mask we always have extras on hand as well. Again, thank you for your time and commitment to your child's school success. See you soon!

Principal Hicks


You are invited to an informational meeting about the Title One program, funding, and how it assists children who attend our school.

TIER services are pull-out/small group lessons delivered by our reading and math specialists.

Parents of students who are receiving TIER services were notified by letter.

If you would like to hear more about our TIER programs, please join us at Starside Elementary on Wednesday, September 29th from 7:00-7:20 PM.

Save the Date


  • Friday, 9/24 - PTA Walk-A-Thon Kickoff (W-A-T paperwork goes home)
  • Wednesday, 9/29 - Half Day K-8; Dismissal @ 12:10 PM; P-T Conferences 4:40 - 8:10 PM
  • Thursday, 9/30 - No School for Students, P-T Conferences 10 AM-8 P


  • Friday, 10/1 - No School, District Closed
  • Friday 10/8 - Walk-A-Thon
  • Thursday, 10/14 - End of Quarter 1
  • Friday, 10/15 - No School for Students, Teacher PD/WorkDay
  • Monday, 10/18 - No School for Students, Teacher PD
  • Tuesday, 10/19 - Begin Quarter 2

Making a Difference Award Nomination Link

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

Nurse's Notes

Healthy Futures through Heartland Community Health Center provides FREE in-school dental care. If your child does not see a dentist regularly or you are looking for a new dentist, simply fill out the attached consent form by clicking on the QR code!

Tara Brown, BSN, RN, AE-C

Phone: 913-667-6270

Fax: 913-667-6271


· Water Bottle: Please remember to send a water bottle each day

· Extra Clothes: Please send an extra change of clothes with 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.

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

Music with Mrs. Pradhan

Starside Choir

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Students and Family,

It's not too late to join Choir! The attached choir handbook includes information that you will need during the school year. Please read the entire handbook as important dates and policies are included. If you are interested, please read the handbook, and sign up to join!


Maria Pradhan

Starside Music Teacher

Counselor's Corner

October Spirit Days!

October is filled with activities for Kindness Week (Anti-Bully) and Red Ribbon Week. This year we will have Spirit Days every Wednesday during the month of October. Students will get a BINGO card with activities to encourage participation throughout the month. We will also celebrate in different ways at school throughout October.

McKenzi Mispagel

Starside School Counselor

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Community Service

Dear Starside Parents/Guardians,

Starside would like to continue the tradition of recognizing students for their community service efforts. 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.

Students who achieve between 10 and 25 hours will be recognized with a Starside Community Service certificate. Students who earn 26 hours will receive a bronze pin and certificate from the President’s Volunteer Service Award organization. Students who achieve 50 hours will receive a silver pin, and the gold pin is awarded for 75 hours.

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 service 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


Parent Teacher Conference Meal Donations

Food items donated need to be brought to Starside no later than 3:30 pm on Wednesday, September 29th. These items should be placed on the table in the inner vestibule (middle doors) of the entryway. Please do not go past the entryway unless you have permission from the front office. Please label your donation "Parent/Teacher Conference Meal."

To volunteer or donate, please see the link below!

Walk a Thon

Walk a Thon is coming! More information is coming home today with students! This is a great opportunity to give of yourself financially. All proceeds benefit Starside directly. It is also a great time to promote fitness and spend time with your children. Visitors are welcome! Please see the attached flyer for more details. Best of all, if we raise our school goal of $7,000 Mrs. Hicks will get silly stringed!

Starside Walk-A-Thon electronic donations are welcome! Scan the QR code or visit our website at via PayPal. Click Events, Walk-A-Thon and Donate. Make sure to click “Please list student name, teacher, grade”. Share with your family, friends, and neighbors!

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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

SE Community Information

De Soto High School

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USD 232 Parents As Teachers

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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.


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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!

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.