Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for December 3, 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.

Click HERE to visit our school website!

Grant Strong Event! Come, Support, Register

This is one of our Starside students. Grant is in need of a bone marrow transplant. You can help! Next week there will be a donor registry event at the Huhtamaki Hardwood Classic Basketball Tournament at DHS. Stop by, get a cheek swab and join the registry for Be The Match. You could save a life!! Let's show our support! #WeareonebigfamilyatStarside
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Donation Drive

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Congratulations to the PTA Reflections Contest Winners

Congratulations to our winners of the PTA Reflections Contest!

This year the theme was I Will Change the World By...

In the Primary Visual Arts division our winner is Thomas McGivern. He created a Robot Mailman Scanner to help in the community.

In the Intermediate Film Production division our winner is Davio Diaz. He produced a film titled Warmin' Busters about ending global warming.

We are proud of you for entering the PTA Reflections Contest and thinking about how you can make a difference in the world.

Save the Date


  • 1 - Begin 12 Days of Kindness!
  • 1-8 - Library Book Fair
  • 13-16 - No SPARK or Clubs
  • 16 - Winter Classroom Movies
  • 16 - Half Day - Dismissal @ 12:10

December 17 through January 4, 2022 - No school for students


  • 3 - No School for Students - Teacher PD Day
  • 4 - No School for Students - Teacher Work Day
  • 5 - Start of Q3
  • 7 - Q2/Semester 1 Grades posted
  • 5-7 - No SPARK or Clubs
  • 10 - PTA Chipotle Restaurant Night
  • 11 - PTA Meeting

Thanksgiving Thanks!

Thank you to our wonderful PTA for the gifting of a Barista to warm our hands and mouths as we prepared for the Thanksgiving Holiday! It was very much appreciated!

12 Days of Kindness

To celebrate the holiday season and give thanks, Starside will participate in the annual tradition of the 12 Days of Kindness. Many of these activities will be done while at school but there may be some of these activities that you want to participate in at home with your students. Enjoy and most of all spread kindness!
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Counselor's Corner

SPARK & Clubs

No SPARK or Clubs December 13-17, due to Winter Break! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mispagel or Miss King!

SPARK and Clubs begin again the week of January 10-14!

McKenzi Mispagel,

Madison King,

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Order your Starside Yearbook now!!

Be the first one to order your Starside Yearbook!

The online ordering code for Starside Elementary just opened:

If you have any questions about Yearbook, please contact Mrs. King or Mrs. Hessong.

Maddie King,

Danielle Hessong,

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Starside's Book Fair is finally here!

The Book Fair is here!

Dec.1 - Dec.8, 2021

PTA is graciously supporting the students at Starside by giving each student a $5.00 gift certificate. The certificate is to be spent at the book fair! The certificate is kept with the cash registers as each student spends it. Can I have a big shout-out to Starside’s PTA!

Below is the following link to the Scholastic Book Fair home page, where you will find information about 3 ways to share the Book Fair with Grandparents, Aunts, Uncles, and anyone else! and an event option to visit the Book Fair in the Evening with your Family. Books make a great gift – for your child’s teacher or anyone! You can give books to classrooms or others by emailing me and I will help you with a certificate, by adding money to your student’s E-Wallet account, or by sending a check or cash with your child.

For information on the Online Book Fair, Virtual Book Fair, and E-Wallet, visit this link:

This link is also to sign up to shop with your child:

This link is for VOLUNTEERS! We need your help!:

Thank You,

Mrs. DeHoff, Library Media Specialist Teacher

Mrs. Jacobsen, Discovery RM Teacher and and Co-Chair

5th Grade Winter Band Concert

When: December 7

Where: LTMS Gym

Students need to be at LTMS no later than 6:15 pm. Please leave all instrument cases in your car! Kids should show up to the gym with their yellow band book and their instruments already put together.

This is a combined concert with the Starside Elementary School 5th grade beginning band and the LTMS 6th grade beginning band. This concert will last 20 minutes!

Immediately following our performance, please exit the building immediately. The LTMS 7th/8th-grade concert will start at 7 pm following our performance.

LTMS Concert Protocol: All band families are welcome to attend the concert!!!! However, students and audience members are required to wear a mask inside LTMS!

I am excited for you to hear your young musicians on our upcoming Winter Band Concert! It is a dress-up (Look nice) concert. I would prefer students not wear shorts, athletic attire, or t-shirts. Please do not go out and purchase new clothes just for this, but students need to dress nice. Christmas sweaters, festive outfits are encouraged!

Since this is a holiday, band students may wear Santa Hats, Reindeer antlers, Rudolph Noses, and Elf Ears! I want the kids to have fun!

Decorating Instruments: Kids are fine hanging ornaments onto their instruments, using tinsel, having Christmas Lights on instruments, etc... use tape! Do not use glue as it will damage the instruments.

I am very proud of your band students and look forward to seeing you at our concert!


Rob Foster

SE/LTMS Band Director


Happy Holidays!

If you need a great idea for a teacher or staff gift for the holidays, please use the Staff Favorites located on the PTA website. There are ideas for any dollar amount:

Teacher Favorites (

Check out the link to our updated calendar on our website - Starside PTA Calendar.

Or go to and click on Calendar and then the Calendar file.

You can also view our monthly meeting minutes from November on the website, too.

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

SE Community Information

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WARM UP with new books!

Tired of reading the same books over and over?

If so, please take part in our book swap by having your family go through your books at home. Send in gently used books and your student can swap them out by choosing fresh new titles. This is a great way to update home libraries and to get prepared to stay warm this winter by reading your new books!

Please join us for shopping to exchange your books

on the afternoon of Wednesday, December 15th from 3:00-3:45 p.m.

or the morning of Thursday, December 16th from 8:30-9:30 a.m.

Continuing Construction News

Eastbound K-10 on-ramp and highway are now open! Both East and Westbound K-10 will remain open until construction begins on the Westbound ramp and highway in late spring or early summer!

Substitute Teachers Needed

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Nurse's Notes

Reminder of Student Needs

  • Coats: Weather changes mean coat weather - hopefully not left in lost & found!
  • 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 for 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. Masks ARE still required at the elementary level and we've seen a large increase in kids asking for new masks. Some of this may be related to wanting a new or different kind of mask. If you have cloth masks at home, please wash and re-use them!

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

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Lost & Found - You may need over Winter Break!

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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.

Be sure to add to your contacts list so we don't end up in your spam folder!

LIKE the Starside Facebook page!

"Like" our new Starside Facebook page: to receive updates on school news and events via Facebook!

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

What is Bullying?

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SKYWARD Report Card Access

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.


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

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.