News From RStar512

Week of October 22nd

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

Staff Shout Out Thank You!

Thank you to those how have given Shout Outs to our staff members. We want you to know that we are making sure to recognize those staff members and that YOUR WORDS MATTER. Please, continue to provide Shout Outs to our wonderful Star Staff!

APEX Fun Run is HERE!

What is the APEX Fun Run?

The Apex Fun Run is the ONLY “fun”raiser for this semester at Rising Star! Spring will bring back the Bingo Bash and Silent Auction! No selling chocolate, cookie dough or gift wrap!!! Woo Hoo!

The Apex leadership lessons teach the kids to be Apex Strong:Selfless, Trustworthy, Refuel, Overcome, Next level and Grateful!

When is the Fun Run?

Friday, October 26th OUTSIDE on the Playground!

Race Schedules:

We have 2 race schedules (Outdoor & Indoor Rain) for the Apex Fun Run on Friday, October 26th. Please consider signing up to volunteer to mark laps or pass out water at the water station!

What if it rains?

In the event of inclement weather, we will move the race indoors. The decision will be made on 10/25.

Can I come to the Fun Run?

Absolutely! Bring your signs and noisemakers to cheer on your racer! Or better yet, volunteer to help mark student laps! It’s a ton of fun and so easy!

Sign up to volunteer here --->

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What is the Apex Fun Run Goal?

Our goal is $780/Lap. If we hit this goal, the PTA is able to fund Field Trips, Cultural Assemblies, Staff Appreciation and Supplies, Chat and Chew, Grand Luncheon AND... build a GAGA Ball pit on the playground for students!

How close are we to the Goal?

As of 11 a.m. on Friday - $430/lap!

What is difference between Pledges and Donations?

Pledge is a dollar amount that is paid after the Fun Run based on how many laps the student runs. Laps are capped at 36. So, if you pledge $1/lap, and they run:

  • 20 laps - you will be charged $20
  • 30 laps - charged $30
  • 36 laps - charged $36
  • 48 laps - charged $36 because laps are capped at 36.

Donations are flat dollar amounts. No amount is to small or too big!!

How do I share this?

Log on to

Enter your student’s access code

Look for this Share Wizard - to view a phone script, email, text and share on Social media!

61% of the pledges so far have been from outside the school - Neighbors and friends - so the more you send the link out the better!

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Parade and Party Time!

Hello Parents! This year our Halloween Parade will begin about 1:45. This will give us time to share all of our fabulous outfits and then head back to our classrooms for our class party. If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher.
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Library/MakerSpace Support

Help/Volunteering Wanted

Are you interested in helping or volunteering in the Rising Star Library and MakerSpace? If so, please fill out the form below, and Mr. Wilson will contact you to set up your visits! We have lots of fantastic volunteer opportunities available!
Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

Click this button to help out in the Library and/or MakerSpace with Mr. Wilson!

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Flu Like Symptoms?

If your child is having flu-like symptoms, Nurse Purcell would like you to call her!
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New exclusion policies for Flu and Mumps

The Kansas Department of Health and Environment issued new requirements for Isolation and Quarantine of Infectious or Contagious Diseases.

New this year:

  • Influenza: Physician diagnosed cases of influenza will be excluded from school attendance for 7 days following the onset of illness.
  • Mumps: Students who have not received age appropriate immunization for mumps will be excluded from day 12 to day 25 after exposure to the infectious case. (In the past there was an opportunity for students to be immunized within 24 hours of being notified of exposure, it is now an automatic exclusion.).

MVP - Volunteer Support

As of September 24th, SMSD is NO longer requiring fingerprints.

  • If you HAVE attended a training AND HAVE BEEN fingerprinted, you DO NOT need to do anything further.
  • If you have ONLY done the training, BUT have not been fingerprinted please complete the form from the link below for your security clearance marked 2).
  • If you HAVE NOT begun the MVP Volunteer process, please complete both 1) and 2).

The MVP process has changed. Two steps are now required to complete the MVP process:

1) Attend an in-person training.

Trainings will continue to take place every Tuesday at 9:30am at CAA

2) Visit Validity Screening to complete the online, background screening process. This information will be provided at the training.

  • If you have already completed the required training, visit this link to complete the process.

E-mail or call (913) 993-8750 for more information.

MVP Volunteer Application

We would LOVE to have you be an MVP for our school!

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Sign-Up to Receive our Digital Flyers

Make sure you have signed up through PeachJar to receive our digital flyers. This is how we distribute community flyers for upcoming events and information.

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Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

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DS Bussing Information

Click this button for more information on Bussing.

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Sign-Up for PTA Here

Click on this button to sign-up for PTA!

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Chat & Chew Books & Dates

Books can be found in our Rising Star Library, in most teacher’s classrooms, at the Johnson County Library & of course on Amazon or in brick & mortar stores. If you choose to purchase the books for your student, please consider donating them at the end of the year so that we can have more copies available to lend out each year. Donated books can be given to Mr. Wilson in the library. Thank you!

*Chat & Chew Party: Those students who have read & attended at least 3 Chat & Chew book sessions are invited to bring their lunch & their favorite book to share with their peers.

(Chat & Chew is held in the classroom during the student’s lunch period)

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West is Best Scholarship Fund

West is Best Scholarship Fund was founded in 2012 to provide financial assistance to students to participate in after school sports or scouts. Recipients must live or go to school in the SM West attendance area. Over the years, we have provided over 520 scholarships totaling over $56,000 to area youth in all grades, K-12, at all West-area schools. For more information or our scholarship forms, please visit our website at

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