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Week of February 18th

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Pre-kindergarten Enrollment Begins February 19

A child who has a strong developmental foundation will be much more likely to succeed in school. Through the district’s Pre-kindergarten (Pre-K) program, teachers provide a stimulating Pre-K environment with engaging hands-on activities essential to the growth and development of each child. Enrollment is fulfilled on a first-come, first-served basis!


Enrollment is open to children who live within the Shawnee Mission School District boundaries and who will be 4-years-old on or before Saturday, Aug. 31, 2019. Click here to find out more about Pre-kindergarten enrollment in the Shawnee Mission School District.


For qualifying families, the program is free. There is also a tuition-based Pre-K option. Pre-K will be offered at 18 elementary schools in the 2019-2020 school year.


Starting on Enrollment Day, which is Tuesday, February 19, future Pre-kindergarten students and their family members are invited to enroll at the school the child will attend. For more information about Pre-kindergarten sites and how to find out what school your child will attend, click here. If Pre-kindergarten is not offered within your school boundary yet, there may be a school nearby that does offer the program.


Pre-Kindergarten will be offered at the following schools in the 2019-2020 school year.


No-fee half-day Title I Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) offered at Comanche, Merriam Park, Rosehill, and Shawanoe.


No-fee half-day grant-funded Pre-K option (Qualifications apply) offered at ApacheIS, Bluejacket-Flint, Briarwood, Brookridge, Broken Arrow, Crestview, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rising Star, Roesland, Santa Fe Trail, and Shawanoe.


Tuition-based half-day Pre-K option offered at Briarwood, Brookwood, Highlands, Lenexa Hills, Rhein Benninghoven, and Trailwood.


For more information, call 913-993-6441. You can download an enrollment packet here in English and here in Spanish.


Enrollment in Pre-K is done based on when the enrollment process is completed. The following documents must be completed before the enrollment process is considered complete, and the student is assigned a place in line.

  • District Enrollment Packet
  • Identity of Student (Original Birth Certificate or Passport)
  • Immunization Records (Students cannot start school without Immunizationrecords on file)
  • Proof of Residency (Lease Agreement or Mortgage Statement). If you live with another family, and are not on the lease agreement or mortgage statement, we will need a notarized Verification of Residency form with proof of residency of person family is living with. This form can be obtained from the school secretary.
  • Two recent utility bills (electric, gas or water), within the last 45 days. (Note: if these utilities are included in your apartment rental fees then two secondary utility bills [i.e. cable, phone] should be provided).
  • Legible copy of Kansas driver’s license/ID or government issued photo ID.
  • Screening Document (A screening of your child will be done at school during enrollment.)
  • IPT (ELL Proficiency Test - to be done at school). For English Language Learners only.


Parents should complete all forms in the packet and bring it with them to enroll on February 19. Pre-kindergarten students must accompany their parent to enroll.

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Girls on the Run is coming to Rising Star this spring!

Grab your running shoes and join the Girls on the Run fun! This 10-week program for girls in 3rd through 6th grade, educates and prepares girls for a lifetime of self-respect and healthy living. Using a well-researched curriculum, volunteer coaches teach life lessons through fun interactive games combined with training for a non-competitive 5K event. Topics include: getting rid of negative self-talk, how to deal with bullying, gossip and peer pressure, nutrition, making healthy choices and much more. Practices are twice a week for 90 minutes and meet Mondays and Wednesday from 3:15-4:30pm. The season begins the week of February 25 and concludes on May 10. All girls will run or walk in the celebratory, non-competitive 5K event on Saturday, May 4 at Children’s Mercy Park (home of Sporting KC).


Registration opened online on February 9 at 8 a.m. Spots are limited! Visit www.gotrkc.org or e-mail Mrs. Olivarez at christinaolivarez@smsd.org to learn more.


Optional payment plans available. These options will be available at program registration checkout, which opened Saturday, February 9 at 8 a.m.

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

MVP Trainings NOW AVAILABLE at Rising Star!

Are you interested in becoming a My Volunteer Pal (MVP) at Rising Star? We are now offering training sessions at Rising Star that are flexible with your schedule! If you would like to schedule a training, please click here: https://goo.gl/forms/Lv7lJ8rLuFQmuONp2


The My Volunteer Pal (MVP) 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:

* School Field Trips
* Mentoring
* Serving as a Lunch or Recess Buddy
* Weekly or Monthly Classroom Volunteer
* Chat ‘n Chew
* After-School Program Volunteer

Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and all activities take place on school grounds during school hours, with the exception of field trips.

If you’re unsure if you need MVP training, or if you have further questions, please direct questions to RyanWilson@smsd.org for help!

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Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

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!

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FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know that physical activity and nutrition work together for better health? Regular physical activity can produce long-term health benefits. People of all ages, shapes, sizes, and abilities can benefit from being physically active. The more physical activity you do, the greater the health benefits. Children and adolescents should do 60 minutes or more of physical activity each day. Most of the 60 minutes should be either moderate- or vigorous intensity aerobic physical activity. For more information, please visit: http://www.choosemyplate.gov/physical-activity.html or http://www.cdc.gov/physicalactivity/everyone/guidelines/children.html.


Don’t forget – if your child receives free or reduced meals, they are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per day as part of this benefit. All breakfast and lunch meal choices are available for all students regardless of eligibility status.


The school breakfast menus, lunch menus, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service.

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

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Next Chat 'n Chew Dates

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Chat & Chew Books & Dates

Books can be found in our Rising Star Library, in most teacher’s classrooms, at the Johnson County Library & of course on Amazon or in brick & mortar stores. If you choose to purchase the books for your student, please consider donating them at the end of the year so that we can have more copies available to lend out each year. Donated books can be given to Mr. Wilson in the library. Thank you!


*Chat & Chew Party: Those students who have read & attended at least 3 Chat & Chew book sessions are invited to bring their lunch & their favorite book to share with their peers.


(Chat & Chew is held in the classroom during the student’s lunch period)

Future Chat 'n Chew Dates

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2019-2020 Transfer Applications Accepted March 1 to April 30

The Shawnee Mission School District will accept transfer applications beginning at 8 a.m. March 1, 2019, through 5 p.m. April 30, 2019.


Click here for Transfer Procedure information. Links for electronically submitting applications will become available at 8 a.m. on March 1, 2019 on this page.


Please note that the Board of Education adopted the following considerations as part of the district transfer policy on Jan. 14, 2019.

  • Siblings of current District Transfer students receive first priority consideration.
  • In-District students of employees will receive the second priority consideration.
  • In-District Transfers are reviewed first in the order they are received.
  • Remaining transfer requests are considered in the order they are received.


Transfer students will not be required to apply for readmittance annually. This includes students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school.


The full transfer policy can be read here.


Current transfers (of any grade level) do not need to - and should not - reapply for transfer.

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 www.westisbestscholarshipfund.com.
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