News from RStar

Week of October 1st

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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!

Lunch with your child

In the hopes that we continue to help provide you and your child with special time when you come and each lunch with them, we are providing a separate table for just the two of you to be able to better have conversations with each other. Because of this, we do not allow other students to join your special lunch.

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Library/MakerSpace Support

Help/Volunteering Wanted

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!
Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

Click this button to help out in the Library and/or MakerSpace with Mr. Wilson!

Star Points Reading Program

The Star Points Reading program has launched at Rising Star! This is a new way that students can engage with new books and earn Star Points with the great books they are already reading. Students in grades 3-6 have already been introduced on how to log reading minutes and to create fun and informative video reviews to share the great experiences with the books they have read! K-2 students will join in the Star Points fun in October, so please stay tuned!


Please visit the official Rising Star Library page at http://rstar512library.weebly.com and click on the “Star Points Reading” page to find what follows:

  • Star Points Program Information Packet & Video
  • Star Points Reading Log
  • Video Examples


Please continue to ask your child about their class goal! Have fun reading and making!

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Fun Band-Aids

Nurse Purcell is asking for donations of fun children's band-aids. If you are willing to help out, we would greatly appreciate it.
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Self-Carry Medical Forms

A friendly reminder that, though this is fine for students to carry their own inhalers/medicine if they are capable to use it themselves responsibly, however, we need a "Self-Authorization" form filled out and turned in to the nurse. Students cannot carry on their own without this form being turned in.

Accessing Skyward Health Information

Dear Families,

In case you aren’t familiar with how to access your students health information, here is a brief description. In Skyward Family Access, on the left hand side, scroll down to “health info” and click on the link. Across the top, you will see a blue underlined link that says “display options.”

You can select any of the following options:

  • Show Health Conditions – this will display any known health conditions the student has. If you find errors or omissions, please let me know.
  • Show Dental Records – this will show yearly dental screening results
  • Show Office Visits – this will show unscheduled visits students make to the nurse’s office.
  • Show Tests – this will show vision and hearing screening results
  • Show Vaccinations – this will display your child’s immunizations on file with the school

If your student has SCHEDULED visits to the nurse’s office for daily medication, blood glucose checks, catheterization, hearing aid checks, etc., those are not reflected under “office visits.” Those visits show up under a medication and/or procedure tab that at this time is not available in Skyward Family Access for parents to view.

Please know that if your student has an urgent or critical health issue, you will be notified. Unfortunately because of the high volume of students seen in the nurse’s office, it isn’t possible to notify each parent of every student visit. That’s why it is important for you to be able to access “office visit” information for your student.

MVP - Volunteer Support

MVP (My Volunteer Pal) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. MVP connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-kindergarten to age 18.


Steps to Become an MVP Volunteer (please do these steps in order):

  1. Complete an online MVP application.
  2. Attend a MVP training session. Combined training and fingerprint screening dates are offered on Tuesdays (see schedule below)
  3. Drop-in fingerprint screening is available at the Center for Academic Achievement, 8200 W. 71st St., on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:30a.m. to 12p.m. and from 1p.m. to 4p.m. Finger prints can only be done AFTER attending a training session.


E-mail volunteer@smsd.org or call (913) 993-8750 for more information.

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MVP Volunteer Application

We would LOVE to have you be an MVP for our school!

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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 that breakfast is available each day at your student’s school? Eating a nutritious breakfast helps students achieve the classroom goals set for them. National studies consistently confirm that breakfast helps kids concentrate, think, behave and learn. Eating breakfast:

  • improves children's classroom performance, including better test scores and grades
  • increases children's ability to focus and concentrate on school work
  • decreases behavior problems, tardiness and visits to the school nurse
  • increases attendance rates
  • decreases risk of food insecurity and hunger that impair development and learning
  • may protect against childhood obesity


If it is difficult to fit breakfast into your morning routine, breakfast is available in all schools. A student must choose a full portion of at least three different items to receive a reimbursable school breakfast. One of the three items must be ½ cup of fruit or juice. Breakfast items include: protein, grain, fruit/juice, and milk.


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 http://foodservices.smsd.org

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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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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PTA Reflections Contest

The PTA Reflections Contest is a nationally acclaimed student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. Students of all grades and abilities may participate and explore the arts based on the current year's theme. This year's theme is "Heroes Around Me."


Only new and original works inspired by the theme "Heroes Around Me" will be accepted. Enter in 1 or more of the following categories:

  • Dance Choreography
  • Film Production
  • Literature
  • Music Composition
  • Photography
  • Visual Arts


Go to WWW.reflectionscontest.doodlekit.com for your Entry and Official Rules! Submit your Reflections entry to Rising Star Office by October 15th!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TSvo7vS4Hgg
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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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