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The Starside Communication - May 6, 2016

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.

A Message from Your Counselor:

Greetings, Starside Families!

As a former classroom teacher, I realize this time of year is crucial to wrapping up curriculum for students to be successful the following year. As a new counselor to Starside, I have found it best to seek consensus from teachers and staff when making scheduling decisions. To better preserve academic time for teachers and students, teachers voted to combine our multiple end-of-year activities into a few days, rather than host several separate activities over a span of school days. Teachers were given the option to host grade-level awards, or individual classroom awards. Thus, our individual student awards (grades 2-5) will be held in classrooms on Field Day.

*Kindergarten does not host classroom awards.

**First grade individual rewards will go home in report cards.

Please look for more information, coming from your child’s classroom teacher, for the times of these awards.

A BIG congratulations to the students listed below who earned community service awards this year!

Gold Presidential Service Award (75+ Hours)

Breyden Audiss

Emi Leisten

Treverton Tilton

Silver Presidential Service Award (50-74 Hours)

Laney Huggins

Bronze Presidential Service Award (26-49 Hours)

Samuel Arrandale

Olivia Baker

Andrea Gamboa

Mikayla Howard

Hallie Johnson

Maddie Johnson

Jade Lascon

Logan Mall

Nathan Mall

Dane Newland

Maddie Reynolds

Starside Community Service Award (10-25 Hours)

Finton Annis

Jack Arrandale

Tyler Berry

Braxton Boyer

Brandon Brown

Taylor Brown

Alex Carlos

Jordan Case

Jacob Eberting

Litzy Esparza

Wesley Flagor

Sarahy Flores

Ailey Freeman

Mishayla Guile

Ian Hansen

Jenna Haswell

Maria Hudson

Pierce Krehbiel

Eric Lange

Ryan Lange

Jacob Mall

Kylie Mall

Judith Marquez

Gloria Miles

Macy Milne

Laura Powell

Brody Spornitz

Lydia VanBooven

Please click the link below for a new community service log, so students can log their community service over the summer.

-McKenzi Crow

new Community Service log

Just print and get start logging your community service hours over the summer!

Enrollment Information

Enrollment information came home on Monday. Our goal is to have student enrollment completed by next Friday, May 13. It is fairly quick and painless, and the sooner we have our enrollment numbers, the easier it is to make appropriate arrangements for the 16-17 school year. If you have any questions about this process, please call the school office at 913-667-6270 Thank you!

Field day! Field Day! field day!

Field Day is Coming!!

May 12th: Kindergarten and House of Children- 9:30 – 11:45

May 13th: 1st – 5th

9:15-11:00 Field Day events

11:00-1:00 normal lunch times

1:00-3:00 Field Day events

3:00 Tug of War

Kindergarten Play based learning


Next year the kindergarten teachers are planning to set up a play based learning room to build on students’ creative and social skills. We are looking for donations, new or gently used items, to enhance this type of learning environment. If you have any of the following items (listed below) that you would like to donate, please email Ms. Chelsea Johnson at

Thanks so much for helping us set up a hands-on learning environment.

1. Play grocery carts

2. Environmentally safe grocery bags

3. Wallets and purses

4. Stickers

5. Plastic play tool sets

6. Lego or Duplo tables

7. Legos or Duplo blocks

8. Lincoln Logs

9. Cookie sheets

10. Play- doh

11. Plastic Measuring cups, wooden spoons

12. Small clip boards

13. Assorted bags of dry beans (black, kidney, navy, etc.)

14. Kid-sized aprons

15. Play doctor or vet kits

16. Small, unused pet carriers (due to allergies)

17. Plastic pet dishes

The last day of school is changing by one day

The end of the school year for students will be Friday, May 20. This new date was approved by the Board of Education on April 4, 2016.

The staff appreciation committee would like to thank those who contributed items for staff appreciation week! We know this time of year is incredibly busy, and we are grateful for all that you do to help our staff know that their time and efforts are valuable to us.


Amy & Erin


Please take a moment to stop by and see if you have items

before they are donated after field day on May 13th.

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Band camp

USD #232 Summer Band Camp for 4th-12th graders.

$35 per session. Each summer session will take place in the LTMS band room.

June 20-24 and June 27- July 1

8-9am New Instrument Camp (try out different instruments- 4th-12th gr.)

9-10am Summer Band Camp (for 5th gr.)

10-11am Summer Jazz Camp (for 5th gr.)

Please check the link, and contact band director Rob Foster if you have questions.

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accesss from at&t

We believe that student learning should not end when the bell rings...learning should be supported everywhere. Access from AT&T is a new program designed to help bridge the homework gap for students and families by bringing low-cost home Internet service to qualifying households.

Access from AT&T offers discounted wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S.D.A. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

There is NO term commitment, NO deposit, NO installation fee and NO charge for an in-home Wi-Fi capable gateway.

AT&T wireline Internet coverage in your area may be limited.

Visit our website for complete program details, including: pricing, speed tiers, and eligibility requirements.

AT&T is collaborating with EveryoneOn,

a national non-profit working to eliminate the digital divide.

Please join us for a webinar about Access from AT&T, where we will share resources you can use to get the word out to your students and their families.

Cub Scouts are hosting an ice cream social Saturday May 14th. all welcome

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Front Office Staff:

Kris Meyer


Susan Spear

School Improvement Specialist

Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)

Tami Gothard

Building Secretary (attendance)

Tara Brown


McKenzi Crow