RStar Weekly News

Important Back to School Information- August 2, 2021

Hello Rising Star Families,

I am the new principal at your school and I would like to introduce myself so that you know a little about me.

I am a wife and a mother of three children (one girl and two boys). I have one granddaughter, and a grandson who will be here in October. We all love our dogs who are also a part of our family.

This school year will be my 22nd year as an educator. Teaching has always been my passion! I was an elementary teacher in both the primary grades and intermediate grades for 7 years. I was an assistant principal and activities director at the middle school level for 6 years in my hometown of Garden City, KS. My family and I moved to the KC metro 8 years ago where I began my career as an elementary principal and then became the middle school principal in the Bonner Springs school district. This past school year I made the exciting decision to join SMSD!

I have been working in the SMSD for just a few weeks and I have loved every minute of it. What an amazing district to be a part of! The Rising Star family has been very supportive as I make a smooth transition into my role in your school community. I look forward to getting to know all of our Rising Star families.

Today’s newsletter is to provide you with information to help you and your family make a smooth transition into the school year. If you have any questions feel free to call the school at 913-993-4500.


Tammy De La Rosa

Rising Star Principal

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First Day of School

The first day of school for grades 1-6 is Thursday, August 12th. This will be a half day of school. School begins at 8:10 a.m. and ends at 12:30 p.m

SMSD Mitigation Measures

Below you will find Proposal B that the SMSD BOE adopted on July 26, 2021. Please read through this document to fully understand the plan for the start of the 21-22 school year. Pay special attention to the section that focuses on elementary student masking.

This document will be available in Spanish in next week's newsletter.

We thank you in advance for understanding that our goal is to keep all students healthy, safe, and in school.

Urgent- Online Verification

Please make sure that you have completed the 21-22 school year Online Verification. This is an important step that must be completed every year for each child in Skyward. This is where you will complete the Acceptable Use Agreement to receive a district device, as well as our district Photo Use Policy, Art Policy, Weapons policy, and other important documents for your child. This is also a good opportunity to update contact information, including emergency contacts, email addresses, and cell phone numbers to ensure you are receiving all district communication. Online verification is required for every SMSD student.
Skyward Family Access

Use to complete online verification

Meet Your Teacher Night!

This year our Back to School Night has been renamed to Meet Your Teacher Night. On Tuesday, August 10th we invite all of our Rising Star Families to join us for a drive through event at Rising Star.

Families with a last name that begins with A-J are asked to drive through and meet your teacher(s) from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Families with a last name that begins with K-Z are asked to drive through and meet your teacher(s) from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

As you drive through your child/children will get to meet their teacher, take a picture with their teacher if they would like to, drop of your school supplies, pick up a "take and make" STEM activity, pick up a "take and bake" pizza for your family, and sign up for PTA.

If you are not ready to drop of supplies on August 10th your child can bring these to school with them on the first day of school, Thursday, August 12th for grades 1-6; Monday, August 16th for pre-k and kindergarten.

Teachers will send out information soon about when we will offer an information session for parents so that you have all the information you need to start the 21-22 school year on a positive note. We are currently finalizing those details.

If you have any questions please contact the school office. We are excited to see you all on August 10th!

Class Placements

Wondering who your teacher will be this school year? We will have this information available in Skyward on August 9, 2021. We have not received a specific time so if you don't see it in the morning check again that afternoon.

On Tuesday, August 10th your child's teacher(s) will email you to introduce themselves. And, then you will get to meet your teacher(s) that evening.

New Rising Star Team Members

Principal- Tammy De La Rosa

Clerical Aide- Gina Bristow

Spanish Interpreter- Vicki Kopp


K- Keri Schulteis

3- Julia Kusy

4- Mia Spano

5- Kennedy McKernan

Librarian- Carolyn Rodriquez

Kitchen Manager- Gabrielle White

Building Sub- Wenonah Carmody

Pre-K Families

Welcome to Rising Star! Pre-K conferences are on August 12th and 13th. Please use this link to schedule your conference time with Miss Jamie.

This meeting with the teacher is very important to ensure that you have the information that you need to help your child be successful in Pre-K.

The first day of Pre-K classes is August 16th. More information will come from you Miss Jamie.

Kindergarten Families

Welcome to Rising Star! Kindergarten conferences are on August 12th and 13th. In next week's newsletter (week of August 9th) we will share a SignUp Genius link where you can schedule this conference with your child's teacher. This meeting with the teacher is very important to ensure you have the information that you need to help your child be successful.

The first day of Kindergarten is August 16, 2021.

Panorama Survey

Attached below you will find a letter that explains the SMSD Panorama Student Survey.

At Rising Star our students will complete the survey once in September and again at the end of February/beginning of March 2022.

After reading the letter, if you have any questions feel free to contact us at the school.

Food Service

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS- School breakfast and lunch meals are FREE to ALL students at all schools for the 2021-22 school year. Once again, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put into effect nationwide waivers allowing school foodservice departments to continue to serve healthy school meal options free to all students.

General Education Bussing

Any student wanting to ride the general education bus must register with DS Bus Lines.

DS Bus Lines Registration:

SMSD Transportation Page:

  • Elementary bus drop window is 7:50-8:10 a.m.
  • Middle School bus drop window is 8:20-8:45 a.m.
  • High School bus drop window is 7:10-7:40 a.m.

Bussing information can be found in your family's Skyward account.

Special education bussing information is shared with individual families.

All bussed students must wear a mask on the bus. Drivers will wear masks as well. This is a federal regulation that applies to school busses.

Have Questions?

Our office staff members are: Mrs. Farr, Mrs. Bristow, and Mrs. Kopp. They are available over the phone or in person. If coming in person, a mask is required.

If you need assistance, please call us at (913) 993-4500. Mrs. Kopp is able to answer your questions in Spanish.

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