Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for November 19, 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!

Save the Date


  • 22-26 - No SPARK or Clubs
  • 24-26 - Thanksgiving - No School, District Closed


  • 1-8 - Library Book Fair
  • 13-17 - No SPARK or Clubs
  • 16 - Winter Classroom Movies

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

Veteran's Day!

To honor our Veterans on Veterans Day our students spent the day doing a variety of activities to honor our servicemen and women. Some students did crafts, some learned about the history of the flag and the history of Veteran's Day, some talked to Veteran's and asked questions and some learned songs. The students enjoyed the day and most of all showed their respect for our military. In case you didn't get to see the decorations out in front of the school, please enjoy the pictures below. To all that have served or are currently serving... We Honor You!

Here is our very own Starside choir singing the Veteran's Day song they learned. Nicely done choir!

Starside Choir Link

Also, please check out the slideshow below highlighting pictures of Veterans provided by Starside families!

Slideshow Link

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 next week, due to Thanksgiving! If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Mispagel or Miss King!

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 coming!

I have a special announcement to share about the book fair.

Drum roll, please………

PTA is graciously supporting the students at Starside by giving each student a $5.00 gift certificate. The certificate will be spent at the book fair during Library time from Dec. 1 - Dec. 8!

Can I have a big shout out to Starside’s PTA! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 Thank you!

The gift certificates have to be spent at the cash register in the Library during the fair.

We will have a family night, where families can sign up for a 20 minute time just for their family. Watch for more information to come on this.

There will be an online Book Fair happening at the same time as well as classroom wish lists too! Flyers will go home November 29th with more information about all of the Book Fair details!

A sign-up link is below, for parents willing to volunteer to help work the fair.

Thank You,

Mrs. DeHoff, Library Media Specialist Teacher

and Co-Chair Mrs. Jacobsen, Discovery RM Teacher

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


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

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

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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.