Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for April 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.

Click HERE to visit our school website!

SWAG Week (Staff With Amazing Grace) Staff Appreciation Week of May 4-7

STUDENTS: Please Bring Fan Mail (Letters, Cards, Happy Notes) for your teachers!

Help us treat the AMAZING Starside Staff like the STARS they are!

This school year has been incredibly difficult and there is no better way to show our appreciation than to give them the Starside Staff the Red Carpet treatment!

Fan Mail will be collected in the Fan Mail Box in the front atrium and delivered to teachers on Thursday.

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Sharpen-the-Saw Family Night is returning to Starside!

When: Thursday, May 13 from 5:30-7:00 PM

Where: Outdoors and on the Starside Campus

What: All Starside Students are invited to participate! Students will have a 2-guest limit. Families will work together to sharpen their minds, bodies, and souls by completing an activity passport. A photo booth will be available to take family pictures for FREE! Chris Cakes will be here for dinner! Adults may purchase an all-you-can-eat dinner for themselves, but STARSIDE STUDENTS eat FREE!


  • We will have a 2-guest, per student limit.
  • Families must check in outside when arriving.
  • Social distancing, mask-wearing, and hand-sanitizing protocols are still in place outdoors to help prevent the spread of disease.
  • Since the event is outside it is also weather permitting. In the event of inclement weather, Family Night and all related activities, including Chris Cakes will be canceled.

Thank you to Bridge Church of KC for providing lunch for SE staff during our Professional Development Day!

Nominate a Deserving Starside Staff Member for April!

USD 232 and the USD 232 Education Foundation present the Making a Difference Award!

Nominations are due April 30, 2021! The recipients will be recognized in May.

This award is designed to honor and recognize those staff members who go above and beyond, exceeding expectations, to make a difference for the students, families, and other employees in our district.

Award Criteria

• Anyone (staff, parents, students, etc.) can nominate any USD 232 employee

• Each recipient of this award will be presented a check for $250 along with a special trophy designed and manufactured by our high school students

Making a Difference Nomination Form


Walk-a-Thon (WAT) Success!

Thanks to Caroline Friday (lead WAT sponsor), Kim Manson (WAT corporate donors sponsor), Mary Gastulum and Kelly Hawkins (WAT co-sponsors), and the PTA Board Members (Tracy Gaultney, Kristen Whitley, Christine Green, and Laura Anderson) for their assistance when planning and orchestrating the 2021 Spring Walk-a-Thon!

Spring Walk-A-Thon

Our Spring 2021 Walk-A-Thon was a total success! A great time was had by all, we beat the rain, and we collected $340 in family donations as well as $16,850 in corporate donations for this school year and next! We appreciate all of our donors!

A huge shout out to Merck Animal Health as our top "Ultimate" level donor (a donation of $3000 or more of monetary or in-kind) and our Platinum level donors (a donation of $750 or more of monetary or in-kind): KM Printing and Promotions, Harps, Plumbing by Fisher, Barbwire BBQ, Moser Lawn and Landscape, LLC, KJs Pizzeria, Jarvy's Shave Ice, Sunflower Fundraising, Engineered Air, SD Home Team, Geoff Harvey Trucking, LLC, Harvey Brothers Trucking and Wrecking Co, Inc., Great Southern Bank, Mekea Bartlett Photography, Mr. Goodcents Franchise Systems, Inc., Julie Coover - American Family Insurance, Huhtamaki, and Merck Animal Health.

Did you miss your chance to donate? No worries! We're always accepting donations (just email for more info)! However, we'll be back in the Fall with the 2021-2022 Walk-A-Thon. These donations make so much possible for our students and staff!

We appreciate your support!

With Special Thanks to our Corporate Donors!

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PTA School Supplies for 21-22

See Flyer below to order boxed school supplies for next year! Orders Due May 14th!
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Save the Date


  • Thursday, April 29 - Last day of Spark!

  • Friday, April 30 - No School for students; Teacher PD Day


  • Monday, May 3 - No School - District Buildings closed

  • Friday, May 7 - Comets Care Day

  • Thursday, May 13 - Sharpen The Saw Family Night

  • Wednesday, May 19 - 5th Grade Farewell

  • Friday, May 21 - Field Day, K-5

  • Thursday, May 27 - Last day of school for HOC

  • Friday, May 28 - Starside Virtual Variety Show shared with families!

  • Friday, May 28 - Last day of school for SE; Half Day Dismissal @ 12:10

Counselor's Corner

Comets Care Day, Friday, May 7, 2021

We have some fun classroom activities planned for Comets Care Day! Starside Staff is looking forward to sharing activities that encourage kindness and community involvement - be sure to ask them what they did once it's over!

Vaccine Clinic Information

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Summer Camps and Clinics!

Click on the link to find options for summer clinics and camps for all sorts of different activities!

See flier link below for more information and to register
21-22 Kindergarten Enrollment: Click HERE!

If you have a child who will attend kindergarten during the 2021-22 school year, we've already had Kindergarten Round-up, so please check out this USD 232 link for more information!

Nurse Tara's Health Notes

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Sending Treats to School

Due to the need for extra safety precautions during the pandemic, students will not be permitted to bring homemade treats to share with their class for birthdays or any occasion. Families who wish to send birthday treats to share with the entire class may send in store-bought (sealed) baked goods or store-bought, individually-wrapped treats.

Technology Corner

Parents: Do you ever wonder what your child searches for on their school device?

Do you ever wonder what websites your child most often visits?

Do you ever wonder how much time your child spends on their device while at school?

If you answered 'YES' to any of these questions, you are strongly encouraged to check out the Securly Home App! Securly is a free web-monitoring platform available to all USD 232 families.

See your child’s online activity in real-time and catch up with weekly email snapshots!

For more information and to learn how to install the app, click HERE.

USD 232 Lost/Damaged Technology Policy

The following cost structure will apply when iPads are sent home with elementary students. If damage or loss occurs due to intentional acts or as the result of negligence in handling the device:

-1st Incident: No Fee;

-2nd Incident: $25.00;

-3rd Incident: $50.00 and

-4th and Subsequent Incidents: Actual cost of repair/replacement

The repair cost structure will reset annually for elementary students. In the event a device is stolen, a police report must be filed with local law enforcement and a copy of the report submitted to the school administration to prevent being charged the replacement cost of the device.

Accessories and parts that do not carry a warranty are charged at actual replacement cost.

Replacement cost for lost crayon (digital pencil for iPad):

-1st Incident: $25.00

-2nd and Subsequent Incidents: $50.00 (full replacement cost)

Replacement cost for lost/damaged charger:

-1st Incident: $11:00

-2nd and Subsequent Incidents: $22.00 (full replacement cost)

Technology Help Desk

Please remember that the fastest way to start getting a solution to any technical issues is to contact our help desk. This is also available to all students.

Technology Help Desk

Get help with district technology

Students and Parents: You can reach our Help Desk by calling 816-382-4840.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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Contacts: Front Office

Email: to reach our secretaries, Starla Newberry and Jackie Johnson with your inquiries, attendance reporting, or student enrollment/records requests.

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Contacts: Student Services

Kris Meyer


Jan Hicks

School Improvement Specialist

McKenzi Mispagel


Tara Brown


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