Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for October 22 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.

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Silly String Fun!

Q1 Grade Cards on Skyward

Parents – This year Starside will not be printing grade cards to send home with students. However, you may access your child’s grades in Skyward. Grades will be posted on October 22nd. Please see below for instructions.


Log in to Skyward Family Access

Click on the Documents tab on the left side

Next, click on the blue link that says 21-22 Q1 Report Card

For further instructions please reference the Link (Pay close attention to page 3 and page 7):

Skyward Directions

Mark Your Calendars - Fall Parade October 29th at 9:15am

Fall Party Fun Day is Coming Soon!

Students are invited to wear a Halloween costume to school!! They will stay in costumes for part of their day, so it’s important to choose a costume that allows them to move freely and see clearly so they don’t miss out on any of the fun (and other school responsibilities.). Costumes should be interesting and not too scary. Please do not include blood, guts, gore or weapons of any kind. Accessories may stay at home and be saved for Halloween night trick-or-treating. (Don’t forget to coordinate your face mask!)

PTA room moms worked hard to create a party experience for each classroom. Thank you to all who have donated supplies to make this successful. Each classroom teacher will facilitate their own class party at some point during the day.

Wait, what? Adults aren’t coming inside to attend a party? Nope, we will not have visitors inside the building that day for the parties but visitors are invited to attend our parade! The parade will start at 9:15 am and will be held in the bus loop in the front of the school. Visitors are encouraged to park in the car loop parking lot, on the street and on the west side of the school. The parade will walk in the parking lot around the bus loop (same area where Walk a Thon took place this year). Visitors will stand on the side walk around the bus loop and watch for our little monsters, movie stars, scientists, musicians, scarecrows, animals, super heroes, creators, book characters, princesses, toys and more to parade by. I can hardly wait! See you then!

Save the Date


  • Friday, 10/29 - Fall Parties


  • Monday, 11/1 - Spark and Clubs Begin!
  • Thursday, 11/4 - Picture Re-Take Day
  • Friday, 11/5 - WAT PTA ZOO Day
  • Tuesday, 11/9 - 2nd PTA Meeting
  • Wednesday, 11/10 - 2 Hour Delayed Start
  • Thursday, 11/11 - Veteran's Day
  • Thursday, 11/11 - Restaurant Night
  • Friday, 11/12 - Winter Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • 11/24-11/26 - Thanksgiving - No School, District Closed

Counselor's Corner

October Spirit Days!

October begins with Kindness (Anti-Bullying) Week and ends with Red Ribbon Week – so we celebrate being drug AND bully-free for the whole month.

Spirit Days - The last Wednesday during the month of October will be PJ Day to put Bullying and Drugs to rest! Thanks for participating in "Bully & Drug-Free Looks Like ME" in October!

Bingo - Next week is the last week to complete your Bingo card - you can go for a BINGO, or you can try for a blackout to get your picture posted at Starside!

McKenzi Mispagel

Starside School Counselor

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What is Bullying?

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Veteran's Day

Veterans Day Assembly 2021

To honor those who have served or who are currently serving in the armed forces, our school is planning a Virtual Veterans Day assembly. Our Virtual Veterans Day Assembly will be shown to classes on Thursday, November 11th.

We will honor our veterans in a virtual photo presentation which will be part of the assembly. If you have a veteran or current member of the armed forces you would like to honor, please email their name, rank, military branch, dates of service, and your Starside student’s name to Mrs. Brown at by Friday, November 5th.

Email Template:

Name of Veteran: ______________________________________________________________________

Military Branch and Rank: ________________________________________________________________

Dates Served: _________________________________________________________________________

Name of Starside Student(s): ______________________________________________________________

Relation of Veteran to Student(s): __________________________________________________________

If you have any questions, please contact, Michelle Brown. Thank you for your assistance in making our Veterans Day Assembly a success!


Starside Staff and Students

4th Grade Visitor

To conclude the unit on Government, fourth-graders got to participate in a question-answer session with former De Soto Mayor Dave Anderson. (and Papa to Lilli, Drake and Ries Manson) He spoke about what the responsibilities are as a mayor, who the mayor works with, and how tax dollars can help make improvements in the city (such as the pool and parks). A great way to wrap up our unit of study!


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Winter Spirit Wear Orders:

Online order link:

Website order link:

Flyer is attached below as well! Orders are due by 11/12!

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
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SE Community Information

Seatbelt Enforcement Week

Next week, Oct 24th – 30th, will be a state-wide seatbelt enforcement campaign. Officers all over the state will be keeping an extra close eye out for people not wearing their seatbelts. I will also be in the parking lots and student pick-up lines throughout the week, handing out information and reminding parents and students to buckle up. Johnson County has been above average for seatbelt compliance and hopefully, it stays that way.

KS State Statue 8-2503 requires all occupants, not just the driver, to wear a seatbelt at all times. For more information:


Deputy Newson 1808
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
De Soto School Resource Officer

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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.


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!

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Water, Clothes and Extra Masks please!

· Water Bottle: Please remember to send a water bottle each day. Did you know that dehydration is a major cause of headaches, stomachaches, and lethargy?

· 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

Making A Difference

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

Community Service

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.

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 services, 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

USD 232 Parents As Teachers

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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.