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Week of November 5th

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Want to Recognize A Staff Member?!

Staff Shout Out Thank You!

Thank you to those how have given Shout Outs to our staff members. We want you to know that we are making sure to recognize those staff members and that YOUR WORDS MATTER. Please, continue to provide Shout Outs to our wonderful Star Staff!
RS Staff Favorite Things

Want to get your child's teacher or staff member a little treat? Click on this button to access the "Favorite Things" of each of our staff members.

"We Care, I Can" Canned Food Drive

Hello all! Next week is the “We Care I Can” canned food drive. Bring in canned goods for a great cause!

The items most needed are:

  • canned tomatoes
  • canned vegetables and fruits
  • cereal
  • macaroni & cheese
  • Jell-O
  • peanut butter
  • dry baby food
  • canned meat
  • canned dinners
  • soups

The grade level that brings in the most individual items will receive popcorn for their whole grade level!

This will run Monday through Friday next week! Game on!

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Library/MakerSpace Support

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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Sign-Up to Receive our Digital Flyers

Make sure you have signed up through PeachJar to receive our digital flyers. This is how we distribute community flyers for upcoming events and information.

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FOOD SERVICE….Did you know…………

Did you know all students will receive a full breakfast and a full lunch regardless of the money they have in their account effective November 1, 2018?

View their children’s account balance and purchases

Set restrictions for ala carte purchases

Submit free and reduced meal applications

Set reminders for low account balances

  • If a parent does not want their child to purchase anything from food service, they need to contact the food services office.
  • Students will not be permitted to purchase ala carte items if their account is negative.
  • Parents or guardians of all students will receive low account notifications via email or phone call if their students account is at $8.00 or less for full price and $2.00 or less for reduced price.
  • Negative account notifications will be made to all students via parents or guardians email or phone call.
  • All negative account balances will follow the student throughout the year.
  • If the debt is not repaid, all negative account balances will be sent to the collection agency at the end of the school year.

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

Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

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DS Bussing Information

Click this button for more information on Bussing.

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Sign-Up for PTA Here

Click on this button to sign-up for PTA!

APEX Update: Pledge/Donation Payments

We want to send a HUGE Thank You to all of the kids and families that have donated to our school fundraiser and to all of you that came out last Friday to cheer them on and help!

The final step for the APEX Fundraiser is to collect money from your sponsor's and pledges. We will be collecting money through Wednesday, November 7th! We have collected 75% of the pledges/donations as of today!

Please make sure all checks are payable to: Rising Star PTA.
Pledges/donations can be paid at or send to the office in an envelope labeled with your student's name, teacher and access code.

We will announce the final money totals soon! HINT... We are getting a GAGA Pit! We crushed our lap/goal. We hit $959/lap pledged! Now we need the money to come in! Please contact your sponsors. Thank you!

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)

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Halloween Costume Donation

Each year Merriam Park collects costumes to be distributed across the entire metro area. This year we collected nearly 700 of them and have distributed almost 500. Our Shawnee Mission schools really step up for those that need the support. As we were planning for future events, we thought about collecting costumes the week after Halloween. Many families don’t know what they are going to do with them after tonight and, if they are like me, they don’t want it just laying around their kid’s room. We thought if we collected costumes after Halloween, we would store them for next season and we may have an even greater quantity as well as greater selection and quality. Please consider donating any unneeded Halloween Costumes by bringing them to the office. We promise to put them to good use next Halloween for students across the metro.

Thank you ALL once again for giving back and being a part of this community wide effort to ensure that every child has a costume on Halloween!


Dustin Springer

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

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