Shining Star News

Re-imagining the Star in 2016! Week of January 25-29

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Hoit's Highlights Week of 1/18/2016

Week of 1/25/16

One Star Family,


What an exciting week last week with the KC Snow, Shining Stars Spelling Bee, and Star Dad Breakfast (donuts)! Thank you for your patience with added time during arrival and dismissal in effort to get all students in school and home safely and enduring extra traffic with our Star Dads breakfast earlier today. We can’t do what we do without your care and support so thank you for all you do behind the scenes to support us here at school.


Spring Conferences are Friday, February 5th and teachers are in the process of communicating with you now if he or she needs to meet with you personally based on progress made from fall conferences. If you have not heard from your child’s teacher and wish to meet, please contact the building and the office will put you into contact with your child’s classroom teacher. We look forward to seeing you at the Star and celebrating your child’s growth and successes.


Again, please be sure to check out the At-a-Glance weekly schedule to prepare your student for the week ahead. We have another short week, with No School Friday, January 29th for teacher professional learning and workday (3rd quarter mid-terms). We have a lot to look forward to 3rd and 4th quarter and please continue to check out Star social media links to stay current with what’s trending at the Star!


As Always, Today is a Great Day to Shine Bright!


Three Claps,


Mrs. Hoit

Congratulations to the Rising Star Spelling Bee Champion - Deepak!

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This Week in Art

Students created weaving in art class this week and experimented with large weaving material.

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Furry Friend Fundraiser

Rising Star Student Council is putting on a fundraising for our furry (or scaled!) friends! January 25-28, students are encouraged to bring in their spare change to donate to Great Plains SPCA in Merriam, Kansas. Shelters are in need of so many supplies, so our donations will go towards whatever the shelter needs most! There will be STUCO representatives dressed as animals (yes…really!) in the cafeteria every morning next week to collect donations! Thanks for helping our animal friends!

Pet Week

Box Tops for Education

The box tops are coming in and currently Mrs. Keys & Mrs. Miramontez classes are tied for 1st place! Keep clipping and sending them in with your students. We will keep collecting until March and the winning class will get a party! Check out the website below for coupons and more ways to earn money for our school!
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Kansas Day Celebration

4th grade will be celebrating Kansas Day on January 28th from 2:00-3:00. Students and parents are welcome to participate in many time honored Kansas Day Celebrations. Festivities will be held in the Rising Star Gym

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Zoo to You

Kindergarten classes were treated to a special Zoo to You presentation from Ernie Miller Nature Center.
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Mrs. Osner & Ms. Nelson - 3rd Grade

Mrs. Osner and Ms. Nelson’s students did an activity in science comparing white eggs and brown eggs. They made observations about the exterior and interior of the uncooked eggs. The conclusions had to be tied into Martin Luther King Day! The kids did an amazing job making the connection!

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Middle School Classroom Information Meeting

On February 1st counselors from Trailridge and Westridge Middle School will be here to meet with the 6th graders and give them information about enrollment and how to choose classes. They will return later in the month to help enroll.
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Last Call for the Lost & Found!

We have some many items in our lost and found that have not been claimed! Please ask your child to look through to see if anything belongs to them. The tables in the North lobby will remain up until Friday, February 5th. Anything not claimed by then, will be donated.
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Dental Services & Screening

Dental Services:There will be a dental clinic for those of you would like your child to get dental services while at school. There will be a dental form from health partnership coming home for that. If you do not want services at school do not send the form back.

Dental Screening: On February 3rd we will be having an all school dental screening. This information, in numbers only, will be supplied to the state. It is a quick look in the mouth – no work will be done. It takes less than 30 seconds per student. There will be written information coming home about that as well. There will be an opt out form. If you don’t want your child to participate in the screening it needs to be in writing, signed by the parent, to the nurse by Feb. 1st.

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Chat & Chew Book List & Dates

Kindergarten: Taste of Chat & Chew

  • April 6 Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas


1st Grade: Taste of Chat & Chew


  • April 5 A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon



2nd Grade:


  • Jan 26 Owen Foote, 2nd Grade Strongman by Stephanie Greene
  • March 1 Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborn



3rd Grade:


  • Jan 27 Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  • March 2 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner



4th Grade:


  • Jan 27 The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
  • March 3 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg



5th Grade:


  • Jan 28 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • March 4 The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman



6th Grade:


  • Jan 28 The Fear Place by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
  • March 4 Every Soul a Star – Wendy Mass





Chat and Chew Year End Party (for students participating in 3 sessions)


  • March 29 –April 1

Rising Star Spirit Wear

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Little Vikings Baseball Camp

The Little Viking baseball camp will focus on the basic fundamentals of baseball with the exception of catching. The camp will also include situational work and defensive alignment using the SM West system. Hitting instruction will be given at all levels, but specific to 6th- 8th grade players. There are a limited number of spots, so sign up early!

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Are You a Member of the PTA?

Join PTA for just $7 per person or $12 for couples in the same household! And don't worry, by joining you are not committing to meetings and volunteering all the time. You are free to choose what you attend and volunteer for!



What does your $7 do? $3.50 goes tot he State PTA. The rest is used to help our kids! Last year our budget called for $8,000 for school field trips! We put on Family Fun nights and 2 class parties per year! And those are just a small amount of the awesome things our PTA does! So please join and help us continue to be able to fund these awesome items!

Forms are available in the office or email Ellen Sandelin ellenmarie2013@gmail.com

or Jen Hight jhight503@gmail.com.

FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that physical activity and nutrition work together for better health? Regular physical activity can produce long term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. For more information, please visit: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity.html or http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html.

Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.

The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at http://foodservices.smsd.org.