News from RStar

Week of September 10th

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

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!

MVP - Volunteer Support

MVP (My Volunteer Pal) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. MVP connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-kindergarten to age 18. Volunteer Pals choose from a range of in- school activities, including:

  • Mentoring

  • Serving as a lunch buddy

  • Classroom or school volunteer

  • Sharing special talents or career interests

  • Tutoring

  • Being a friend who listens

  • Overnight chaperones for USD approved field trips

  • Chat ‘n Chew

  • Watch Dogs


Steps to Become an MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

  1. Complete an online MVP application.
  2. Attend a MVP training session. Combined training and fingerprint screening dates are offered on Tuesdays (see schedule below)
  3. Drop-in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. to 12p.m. and from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Finger prints can only be done AFTER attending a training session.

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

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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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Food Services

Click this button for more information about SMSD food services

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

Need a Car Pick-Up Sign?

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DS Bussing Information

Click this button for more information on Bussing.

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PTA Reflections Contest

The PTA Reflections Contest is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the current year's theme. This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me."

Only new and original works inspired by the theme "Heroes Around Me" will be accepted. Enter in 1 or more of the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts

Go to for your Entry and Official Rules! Submit your Reflections entry to Rising Star Office by October 15th!
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Join Our PTA Family!

Greetings Rising Star families! I hope you all had a fabulous summer! I wanted to thank you for your contributions to Rising Star PTA last year. We are excited for another year and hope you will continue to support the students, faculty and staff at Rising Star Elementary. As we’re all rushing around preparing for back to school and all the chaos and to-dos this time of year, we wanted to give you an opportunity to get one more thing crossed off your list before school starts! We are excited to have an easy, user-friendly way for you to sign up for PTA. Simply use the link below. Payments can be made by using Pay Pal or by sending cash or check to the address provided on the link. Again, we thank you for your past and future support!!
Click HERE to Help with Chat-N-Chew

PTA sponsors Chat & Chew 4 times each school year for grades 2-6. Students read a preselected book and spend lunch discussing with their classmates. Adult volunteers are needed to host each Chat & Chew session. Sign up for one or all sessions.

Click HERE to be a Room Parent

Room parents are needed to plan, organize and run 2 class parties each year: Halloween & Valentines Day.

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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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