Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for October 16, 2020

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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Picture Day for In-Person Students

Tuesday, October 20 is Picture Day for In-Person Students.

Order online at:

Order Code: 53551HB

A note on masks: Teachers will ensure each child is ready to have their picture taken and their mask may be removed if they feel comfortable. Our photographers may simply ask, "Would you like to take off the mask for your portrait?" Teachers will remind the students that when it's their turn to take their picture, it is okay to remove the mask and hold it in their hands.

Picture Day for Optional Remote (Virtual) Students

Thursday, October 22 from 12:00-3:00 PM is Picture Day for Optional Remote students!

Order School Pictures online at:

Picture Order Code: 53551HB

A note on arrival: Please park your vehicle in our car loop and walk your student to the front door where you will ring the bell to notify the office you are here. Students must wear a mask in order to enter the building and will have their temperature scanned at the door. Students will be escorted inside by a member of our staff. Parents may wait outside or return to their vehicle in the car loop.

A note on masks: Students may remove their mask for the photo if they feel comfortable. Our photographers may simply ask, "Would you like to take off the mask for your portrait?" Parents/Guardians, please remind your child that when it's their turn to take their picture, it is okay to remove the mask and hold it in their hands.

A note on Starside yearbooks: All OR students will be listed in the yearbook and same as our in-person kids!

Fall Parties @ Starside

When: Wednesday, October 28, 2020

What to Expect for IN-PERSON Students: Classroom teachers are planning a fun-filled day where they will host fall parties similarly to our winter movie parties in previous school years. Head room parents will collaborate with classroom teachers to determine the need for sending items to school for fall parties. Please stay tuned for more specific information from your child's teacher and/or head room parent.

Students are encouraged to wear their favorite fall colors on Wednesday, October 28!

What Not to Expect for IN-PERSON Students: Due to the need for extra safety precautions during the pandemic, students will not eat any treats or goodies for fall parties on this half-day. However, classroom teachers are coordinating plans with their head room parent to determine if they want to collect and send store-bought, individually-wrapped treats home.

Since we will not be wearing costumes at school, we will not host a parade this year. Thank you for your understanding that while we can still have fun and celebrate during a pandemic, we must make the necessary changes to keep our kids and staff safe!

What to Expect for VIRTUAL Students:

OR teachers are planning a fun-filled day where they will host fall parties in a virtual format. Head room parents will collaborate with virtual teachers to determine the plans. Please stay tuned for more specific information from your child's OR teacher and/or head room parent.

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.

Yearbooks for the 2020-21 School Year are on Sale Now!

Yearbook orders will take place online (paperless unless otherwise requested.) To order online, use the link and code provided below. If you prefer a paper order form, please email Maddie King ( or Danielle Hessong ( with your child’s name and teacher. We will get an order form for the teacher to send home with your student.

Important Note: Due to an increase in production cost, yearbooks are $14 and there is not an option to order a personalized book. If ordering via the paper order form, make checks payable to Starside!

To Order Online: and enter code 53592X


Maddie King & Danielle Hessong

Car Loop Reminders:

Morning Arrival:

Be ready…As you enter the car loop students need to have:

  • Backpack on!
  • Mask on!
  • Water bottle in hand!
  • Promptly exit car on the sidewalk side of car!

Afternoon Dismissal:

Car Loop Numbers:

  • Hanging from the rearview mirror of your vehicle
  • Should remain displayed until your child is in the vehicle
  • If you need another car loop number, please contact the office.

Colored Cones:
  • Pull forward to fill the 6 spots designated with colored cones
  • Do not leave the line or try to bypass the line.

  • Must enter the vehicle from the right side (sidewalk side)
  • Must remain behind the painted white line until all vehicles have come to a complete stop.
  • Please remind your child to memorize and listen for their number.

  • Remain in your vehicle.
  • If you need to assist with seatbelts or other items, you should pull up to the designated spots beyond the colored cones.

Save the Date

  • Tuesday, October 20 - On-Site Student Picture Day
  • Thursday, October 22 - 12:00-3:00 PM Optional Remote Student Picture Day & picture retakes
  • Wednesday, October 28 - Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom from 4:45-8:15 PM
  • Thursday, October 29 - Parent-Teacher Conferences via Zoom from 10:00-8:00 PM
  • Friday, October 30 - No School, District Buildings Closed
  • Thursday, November 5 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Friday, November 6 - No School for Students
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Report Cards Posted



Oct. 23, Friday - PTA fundraiser!! Love BBQ? Love Starside? You will love coming out to the Starside Parking lot Friday, October 23rd from 4-6:30 for some Frenzel’s BBQ Food Truck!!

Check Facebook for details - Flyer with more info coming soon!


Oct. 23, Friday - Spiritwear orders due. Order online with the link below or on the PTA website.


Oct. 28, Wednesday - Please sign up to donate items for our Staff Conference Meal on October 28. Our Starside staff has been working their hardest in these times of uncertainty and we want to show them our love by feeding them a hot and delicious meal before conferences begin on October 28. The main course and some sides are being purchased by the PTA, however, we would love these extra donations to be covered by our awesome Starside families! Thank you in advance for your generosity!

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Consider Nominating a Member of our Starside Staff!

We have loads of life changers at Starside! Our staff have given 110% of themselves and beyond and especially during this pandemic. Please consider showing gratitude for any member of our school family (staff) by nominating them for this prestigious honor. It only takes a few minutes of your time but may have a forever impact on the person nominated.

To nominate someone, go to

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)

From the Desk of SE Counselor: McKenzi Mispagel

October is usually filled with activities for Kindness Week (Anti-Bully) and Red Ribbon Week. Since this year is different, I've attached a calendar of activities for students to do at home with their families. Spirit Days occur on Wednesdays during the month. There will not be Red Ribbons passed out this year, but we can still celebrate!

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New! Parent/Guardian Procedures for 20-21


Starside will be taking regular attendance. The Attendance Secretary calls families to check on students who have not notified the school of an absence.

OPTIONAL REMOTE parents need to report absences for any Zooms students will miss.

ON-SITE parents need to report absences:

  • Any time your student is supposed to be at school.
  • If your student is ill, PLEASE include all symptoms & if diagnosed with Flu, Strep, or Covid.


You may not bring outside food into your child nor join him/her for lunch.

If your child forgets his/her lunch, he/she may get a free school lunch or you may bring a lunchbox with your students' name on it and drop it off at the school by ringing the doorbell to notify the office of the delivery and drop it off on the table in the foyer.

Visitors/Parent Volunteers

At this time, we will not be able to have visitors or parent volunteers. We miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. You may bring a forgotten item; however, you will not be allowed to enter past the foyer. Please ring the bell and we will let you in. Place the item, marked with your child's name on it, on the table in the foyer and we will get the item to your child.

Dropping off your child after the start of school:

  • Submit the absence online or call/email the office to notify the school that your child will be late. Please let us know the reason for the tardy (appointment, headache, or just running late).
  • You DO need to safely escort your elementary-aged child to the front door. Ring the bell and we will let only your child inside.
  • If we have not heard from a parent/guardian the tardy will be marked as unexcused, so please do not forget to notify the office of the reason for the tardy.

Checking your child out of school early:

  • Please call or email to notify the office and teacher ahead of time.
  • Have an ID ready to show when picking up your child.
  • Press the bell, show your ID, and let us know who you are checking out.
  • We will let you inside where you may wait for your child in the foyer.
  • We will locate your child and send him/her to you in the foyer.

We sincerely appreciate your patience and support during this time. If you have any questions, please call 913-667-6270 and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can!

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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Email: with your inquiries or attendance reporting and a member of our office team will direct your email to the appropriate person on our staff.

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Kris Meyer


Jan Hicks

School Improvement Specialist

Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)

Starla Newberry

Building Secretary (attendance)

McKenzi Mispagel


Tara Brown


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