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Week of January 21st
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Attention Spanish Speakers!
Rising Star Elementary School now has a Spanish interpreter to help you communicate with the school in Spanish. Marlene Ridge is a native Spanish speaker and is at your service to help you get the most out of your child’s school involvement. Marlene loves children, she is patient and understanding. Please contact her when you need to speak to someone at Rising Star. Don’t miss out on this great service the school provides.
I am reaching out to you because SMSD is participating in a Kindness Challenge Week from Jan. 28 - Feb. 1. During this week, schools across the district are celebrating acts of kindness, and the district is encouraging students, teachers, and staff to find ways to celebrate and promote kindness.
At Rising Star Elementary we are going to be celebrating Kindness Challenge Week through gratitude and kindness lessons in the library, photographing acts of kindness, creating a kindness tunnel, and much more—and we need your help with the kindness tunnel!
A kindness tunnel is a line of community members, parents, and staff giving high-fives and warm welcomes to students as they go to their classroom. This would be an excellent way to finish the week strong with highlighting how the community can show gratitude. An example of our kindness tunnel last year can be found here: https://youtu.be/YIpsIxDoN28
If you or your organization would like to help us make our kindness tunnel a reality, Rising Star will host this event on Friday, February 1 from 7:50 AM -8:15 AM. We will welcome students as they come through the hallway to the classroom and charge them up for a fantastic Friday! On that date and time, volunteers will enter through the office, and we will direct you to your positions at that time!
If you would like to attend this event, please RVSP here: https://goo.gl/forms/ud7iWbxJr3fXaA8p1 The more community members , families, and partners, the better! Please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Wilson atRyanWilson@smsd.org or Tammy Horn atTammyHorn@smsd.org if you have any questions about this event!
BINGO Bash & Silent Auction
Friday, Feb. 1st, 6-9pm
8600 Candlelight Lane
Free Bingo, Prizes & Photo Booth
Dinner: Jason's Deli Dinner Box with our choice of Ham, Turkey, Chicken Salad or Vegetarian with chips, pickle and cookie for only $5! Make sure to RSVP here to guarantee your dinner. All other dinners are First come, first serve. Click Here to RSVP
Concessions: Candy, Soda Pop, Water & Popcorn
Silent Auction: Check out the Rising Star 2019 Silent Auction online NOW!!!
- More items are being uploaded every day!
- Choose which items you want to watch now, bidding begins on 1/25!
- Bidding will transition to Live Auction on February 1st. If you can't come to the event.
- Consider the Buy It Now Option!
- We are unable to ship gift baskets but can ship Gift Cards for bidders outside of Lenexa.
- See our Silent Auction Website here
How can you help?
MVP Trainings NOW AVAILABLE at Rising Star!
Are you interested in becoming a My Volunteer Pal (MVP) at Rising Star? We are now offering training sessions at Rising Star that are flexible with your schedule! If you would like to schedule a training, please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lv7lJ8rLuFQmuONp2
The My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. MVP connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-kindergarten to age 18. Volunteer Pals choose from a range of in-school activities, including:
* School Field Trips
* Serving as a Lunch or Recess Buddy
* Weekly or Monthly Classroom Volunteer
* Chat ‘n Chew
* After-School Program Volunteer
Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and all activities take place on school grounds during school hours, with the exception of field trips.
If you’re unsure if you need MVP training, or if you have further questions, please direct questions to RyanWilson@smsd.org for help!
“Students with influenza should remain home (except for medical appointments and care) for 7 days after the first symptoms appear to insure complete recovery and avoid transmission to other students as recommended by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE)”.
To protect your student and prevent the spread of disease, please keep your student home when any of the following conditions are present:
- Temperature of 100 degrees or greater
- Severe sore throat or pain with swallowing
- Severe headache
- Severe cough
- Undiagnosed rash or skin lesions or sores that are weeping or draining
- Live head lice
- Any suspected or doctor-diagnosed contagious disease
Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.
Students should be checked by the school nurse after head lice treatment before returning to class.
If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child's doctor.
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!
Items & Support Needed!
The Rising Star Bingo Bash and Silent Auction is February 1st! This is the last fundraiser of 2019!
Want a fun way to support our school, please consider donating a Silent Auction Gift Basket. Need ideas - check Google or Pinterest for Silent Auction Ideas!
Click here to sign up!
Own or have contacts to a local business that might consider donating a Basket or Gift Certificate? Please consider donating to this great cause.
All donations are Tax deductible, we can provide you with our IRS nonprofit info upon request.
Please contact us if you have any questions!
Rising Star PTA Fundraising Team
Next Chat 'n Chew Dates
Chat & Chew Books & Dates
Books can be found in our Rising Star Library, in most teacher’s classrooms, at the Johnson County Library & of course on Amazon or in brick & mortar stores. If you choose to purchase the books for your student, please consider donating them at the end of the year so that we can have more copies available to lend out each year. Donated books can be given to Mr. Wilson in the library. Thank you!
*Chat & Chew Party: Those students who have read & attended at least 3 Chat & Chew book sessions are invited to bring their lunch & their favorite book to share with their peers.
(Chat & Chew is held in the classroom during the student’s lunch period)
Future Chat 'n Chew Dates
West is Best Scholarship Fund
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