Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for August 27, 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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Hello Starside Families!

It has been another busy week around Starside. Students are starting to get in a groove and learning is in full swing. With that in mind I wanted to tell you about some exciting news. One of our school goals is to expose our students to as many career opportunities as possible even starting at the primary level. This also aligns with the Kansas Career Cluster standard. Our goal is to help students realize and build upon their own individual interests and strengths. To help us with this Starside has partnered with the World of Work Company. They are committed to helping students grow and investigate different career paths. We look forward to watching our students explore these new possibilities as this school year progresses!

I hope you all have a restful, fantastic weekend!

Principal Hicks

Make Plans Now

The Board of Education approved three (3) delayed start days for the 2021-22 school year. The first 2-hour delayed start date is Wednesday, September 22. Students will begin school two (2) hours later than normal. Students will need to be at school for their first class at 10:45 a.m.

Students who ride the bus will simply add two hours to their normal pick-up time. For example, if the normal pick-up time is 8:05 a.m., the pick-up time on September 22 would be 10:05 a.m.

Teachers and support staff will report for duty at their normal time on September 22. Schools will utilize time with staff for needed training and professional development. The other two dates for 2-hour delayed starts will be October 10 and April 6.

Save the Date


  • Tuesday, 8/31 - PTA Spirit Wear orders due


  • Monday, 9/6 - No School - Labor Day - District Closed
  • Tuesday, 9/7 - PTA Meeting, 6 PM
  • Wednesday, 9/8 - School Pictures
  • Wednesday, 9/22 - 2 Hour Delayed Start - 10:45 AM
  • Friday, 9/24 - Java with Jan - 9 AM
  • Friday, 9/24 - 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

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

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Music with Mrs. Pradhan

District Music Program Guidelines

Dear families,

The school district’s elementary music team would like to share information about this year's music performances to help with planning. In an effort to return to as much normalcy as possible, while prioritizing student and staff safety, we will use the following guidelines:

  • · We will prepare grade-level programs in music class and combine those classes in the gym for their scheduled performances.
  • · In lieu of evening performances, a school-day performance will be recorded and shared with families.
  • · In-person audiences will be limited to staff and students.
  • · Information about the 4th and 5th-grade choir will be shared with families soon.
  • · Procedures for choir performances will be the same as grade-level programs.

Thank you so much for your support of your child's music education in USD 232.


USD 232 Elementary Music Staff

Starside Choir

Dear 4th and 5th Grade Students and Family,

The choir is a great avenue of musical performance for our 4th and 5th graders and is open to any 4th or 5th grader who chooses to join. My goals for choir include rehearsing choral music for fun as well as for the improvement of vocal techniques (including matching pitch, singing with a pleasant tone, singing in harmony, etc.).

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 want to improve your singing and you enjoy performing with a group, then the choir is what you need.

If you are interested, please read the handbook, and sign up to join! Let’s have fun, make beautiful music, and make some new friends.


Maria Pradhan

Starside Music Teacher

5th Grade Band

  • Students need to have their instrument and yellow Essential Elements Band Book by Tuesday, Sept. 7
  • Instruments may be purchased from any music store (Meyer Music, Blues to Back, BAC, REW, and Olathe Band, Music & Arts) – or used!
  • You can rent month to month ($25-$35 per month)
  • Purchase instrument
  • Practice is required to improve and to sound good!

For more information, please contact:

Rob Foster, SE/LTMS Bands; Cell phone: 913-980-0622

Counselor's Corner

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

Comet Guard application

COMET Guard is a safety patrol designed to serve our community during arrival and dismissal. COMET Guard is a student yearlong commitment with high expectations. If your student is interested, please see the parent letter below. It must be completed and returned by Monday, August 30th. Late applications will not be accepted.


McKenzi Mispagel

Starside School Counselor

Media Center

Scholastic Book Fair

Starside will have its Scholastic book fair from September 22nd-30th.

More specific information will be coming your way very soon, including a signup genius and information on using the e-wallet!

Thank you,

Lana DeHoff

SE Library Media Specialist


Spirit Wear orders are due August 31st.

Show your school spirit by wearing a cool new shirt or sweatshirt! Starside Spiritwear Fundraiser 2021 Or visit the PTA website at and click the Spirit Wear link.

General PTA Meeting, Tuesday, September 7 from 6-7. All parents are welcome!! Room Parents will have a meeting following the general meeting at 7 to learn more about school parties this school year. And then please join us for an adult social event at JT's from 7-9.

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

Kindergarten ASQ Reminder

The goal of Kindergarten Readiness is to ensure that each student enters Kindergarten at age five socially, emotionally, and academically prepared for success.

To help us meet this goal, we are asking you to please consider participating in the state’s child screening program. Please click the following links to begin the questionnaires:

ASQ3 Questionnaire:

ASQSE2 Questionnaire:

Parents have the option to either complete the questionnaire online, or to print the questionnaire, complete it, and then enter information online at a later time. If you would like paper versions of these questionnaires, please contact your child’s school and they will be happy to provide them to you. We ask that questionnaires be completed by September 20, 2021.

Other SE Community Information

De Soto High School

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Job Opportunities

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Continuing Construction News

The construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 91st Street is nearing completion but is still coned as a construction zone, so be alert for changes each day as you travel!

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.

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Clickable Links:

Virtual Tour of Starside Elementary

The current video is from our prior beloved Principal Kris Meyer.

A new video from our new lovable Principal Jan Hicks

will be coming after SE construction is complete!

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.