Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for July 30, 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.

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Starside's New Administration Team

Principal Hicks

Being the principal at Starside is truly a dream come true for me! I consider the De Soto District my home and Starside has always had my heart. I have been in education since 1998 where I started my career right here at Starside. Since then, I have taught at the primary and intermediate levels, was a reading specialist for several years and most recently was Starside’s School Improvement Specialist. So, when the principal position opened at Starside this last May, I jumped at the opportunity to become the next Starside leader.

On a personal note my husband Denny and I live in Olathe with our dog, Tucker. We have two beautiful daughters. Our oldest, Kaci is married and has three girls of her own. That's right, I'm a Nana! Our youngest, Kaylee is a senior at Pitt State majoring in education and is the Captain of the Dance Team. On my down time I enjoy spending every second making memories with my family and friends at Lake of the Ozarks and out on our boat.

I'm excited to be your principal and looking forward to this new school year! My goal is to continue the rich traditions already in place and watch the Starside community thrive for years to come. Soon, students will be roaming the halls again. Also, I can't wait to show you the new front entryway and cafe. I want to personally welcome each and every one of you to Starside for a new year of learning. Starside is a special place to be! Go Comets!

SIS (Assistant Principal) Brown

I am so excited to join the Starside community! I can already tell what a special place this is and I am grateful for the opportunity to join such an amazing team. Professionally, I taught second grade for many years in both Blue Valley and Shawnee Mission. For the past six years I served as an instructional coach in the Shawnee Mission School District. Education has always been my passion and I am ready and eager to serve the students, families, and staff at Starside!

A little about me personally...My husband Stephen and I celebrated our 25th anniversary last month. We have four amazing kids. The three oldest have moved on into adulthood, but our youngest son Walker is currently a sophomore at Mill Valley. I have enjoyed being a parent in the USD232 community for many years and have always been impressed by the opportunities and support our kids received. When this opportunity became available, I knew it would be a great fit! I am looking forward to an amazing year!!

Enrollment is Complete!

New student enrollment was completed Thursday and Friday and now Administration and teachers begin the process of preparing for classes! We are looking forward to the 21-22 school year!

Online Enrollment of returning students should have been completed by now. If you have not completed online enrollment via Skyward already - please complete those steps immediately to prevent your student from being withdrawn from USD232!

Save the Date


  • Tuesday, 8/10 - Starside Back-2-School Night, 5-6:30 (details below)

  • Thursday, 8/12 - First HALF Day of school! 8:45 AM – 12:10 PM

  • Friday, 8/13 - First full day of school! 8:45 AM – 3:50 PM


  • Monday, 9/6 - No School - Labor Day - District Closed
  • Wednesday, 9/8 - School Pictures

Back-2-School Night

B2SN Schedule (Meet and Greet):

Tuesday, August 10th

5:00 – 6:30 PM

In an effort to reduce the number of people in one area at a time, the schedule below is recommended. Please aim for your suggested time frame below if at all possible.

5:00 – 5:30 Last Names Beginning with A-H

5:30 – 6:00 Last Names Beginning with I-P

6:00 – 6:30 Last Names Beginning with Q-Z

5:00 – 6:00 5th Grade Band Q and A Session with Rob Foster

Meet our teachers, visit classrooms, drop off school supplies and eat a treat from the Starside PTA! No formal presentations by teachers.

At the time of this release, all masks are optional 7-30-2021

Other SE Community Information

Construction News

Starside is currently a construction zone as they increase the size of our cafeteria. The front entrance access is closed. If you need to drop something off or pick something up, please call first to arrange a meeting time and location. Construction is scheduled for completion before school begins, but it all depends on supply and delivery issues!

The construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Lexington Avenue and 91st Street is planned to be completed before school begins on Thursday, August 12th.

K-10 near Lexington Avenue has been reduced to one lane of traffic in each direction. The Eastbound K-10 on-ramp from Lexington Avenue will be closed for the duration of the construction project, which is planned to be completed in November.


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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.

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Clickable Links:

Virtual Tour of Starside Elementary

The current video is from our prior beloved Principal Kris Meyer.

A new video from our new lovable Principal Jan Hicks

will be coming after SE construction is complete!

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.