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Week of March 4th

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Kid's Heart Challenge

Dear Parents,

Students in grades K-6 have the opportunity to participate in “Kid’s Heart Challenge”” This is a statewide program sponsored by the American Heart Association and recognized by the Shawnee Mission School District. This event is held to fight heart disease and promote cardiovascular fitness. Jump rope and basketball fitness will be featured along with other movement activities.

The Rising Star “Kid’s Heart Challenge” will be held the week of March 25th – 28th during your child’s Physical Education class.

All money collected will go directly to The American Heart Association. All donations must be turned in to Mr. Haskell no later than Wednesday, April 10th. Refer to the packet for gifts that will be given for designated amounts raised. Make checks payable to the American Heart Association. Online donations are also available.

Students were given “Kid’s Heart Challenge” packets during Physical Education class.

One name will be drawn from all the participants and that student will receive a pizza party with two friends and Mr. Haskell!

Students do not have to know how to jump rope or play basketball in order to participate. Other activities will be offered to accommodate various ages and abilities. Students are not under any pressure to perform, but to simply exercise at their own pace and have fun.

Thank you,

Richard Haskell

Physical Education


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**New Immunization Requirements**

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment has issued new vaccination requirements for the 2019-2020 school year. Read here about the new requirements that affect Kindergarten, 1st grade, 7th grade, and 11th grade students.

Please push this information out to your families in multiple ways - email, newsletter, website, etc.; this is a big change, so it's essential to start getting the word out as soon and as often as we can. The Communications department will be sending out several communications on this as well.

A full listing of immunization requirements for the 2019-2020 school year can be found here:

Secretaries will be advised to print this to use in your enrollment packets. The immunization form, however, has yet to be updated by KDHE, so we will need to continue to use the one that we have for the time being (it may or may not be updated in time to use it for Kindergarten Round-Up).

Please let Shelby Rebeck know if you have any questions.

Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

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:

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
* Mentoring
* 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 for help!

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Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

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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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

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2019-2020 Transfer Applications Accepted March 1 to April 30

The Shawnee Mission School District will accept transfer applications beginning at 8 a.m. March 1, 2019, through 5 p.m. April 30, 2019.

Click here for Transfer Procedure information. Links for electronically submitting applications will become available at 8 a.m. on March 1, 2019 on this page.

Please note that the Board of Education adopted the following considerations as part of the district transfer policy on Jan. 14, 2019.

  • Siblings of current District Transfer students receive first priority consideration.
  • In-District students of employees will receive the second priority consideration.
  • In-District Transfers are reviewed first in the order they are received.
  • Remaining transfer requests are considered in the order they are received.

Transfer students will not be required to apply for readmittance annually. This includes students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school.

The full transfer policy can be read here.

Current transfers (of any grade level) do not need to - and should not - reapply for transfer.

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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