Shining Star News

November 23rd-December 4th

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Family Fun Night - This Tuesday!

B.I.N.G.O & Pizza!

You can still RSVP by sending in your flyer Tuesday morning and join us at 6:00pm Tuesday in the cafeteria.

D.A.R.E. Graduation

Families of our 6th graders are invited to the 6th grade D.A.R,E. graduation. Friday, December 4th at 1:30pm. Join your 6th grader and celebrate their accomplishment. Refreshments to follow the ceremony.

Listen to the Music

Lots of singing going on this week!

Come hear our Choir sing:

Dec. 1st ­ Crown Center Holiday Choir Performance - Crown Center Entrance


Dec. 3rd ­ Holiday Concert ­Choir Concert Rising Star Gym

School Performance ­ 2:00

Winter Holiday Concert Choir, Band & Strings

Evening Performance ­7:00

Dec. 4th ­ Lenexa Tree Lighting at Sar-Ko Park

Choir Performance ­ 6:00

Chocolate Bar Fundraiser

Thank you so much to those who participated in our World's Finest Chocolate Bar fundraiser. Yellow "you owe" receipts were sent home with your child if you have not returned all your money yet. In order to qualify for prizes, money must be returned to school by THIS Friday, December 4th. Please label your money with your child's name! If you need to write a check, make it out to Rising Star Elementary. Unsold chocolate bars/boxes can not be returned - only money. Thanks again for your support!

Did you know?!

Rising Star earns money with gift card purchases.

Scrip gift cards are the same gift cards you can purchase from the retailer. With over 300 of the country’s biggest brands, including grocery and department stores, gas stations, restaurants, hotels and home improvement stores, Rising Star's Scrip Program has something to appeal to every family.

We order Gift Cards at a discount, and you pay face value for their gift cards. That difference is an instant rebate for our school, and your families don’t have to purchase anything they don’t need. You can but directly from our Scrip Coordinator Carolyn or go online:


1. Go to and click “create an account”

2. Complete the Family Registration

3. Enter Rising Star’s Enrollment Code: 4ALCABFA17561



Carolyn Raper-Hortua


Star Dads

Star Dads is a school based father involvement program that works to support education and safety. It includes Dads of Great Students which are fathers, grandfathers, step-fathers, uncles, and other father figures who volunteer at the child’s school each year.

Our goal at Rising Star is to provide an opportunity for Dads to volunteer to help support the team at Rising Star and learn more about what happens during their child’s day at school. Your day typically gets started before school by helping assist the 6th grade safety patrol with drop off. Once school starts, Dads get the opportunity to work with their child in the classroom. They attend specials like gym, art, music or even the library and then finish off the morning by having lunch with their student. After lunch, Dads can even go out on the playground during recess to help monitor it.

Research has shown that children whose fathers are highly involved in school activities perform at a much higher academic level than those whose fathers are not involved. Students benefit from seeing fathers involved at the school because it reinforces their father’s value of education.

We look forward to seeing you at Rising Star this year.

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

or Jen Hight