Shining Star News
Re-imagining the Star in 2016! Week of January 18-22
Hoit's Highlights Week of 1/18/2016
One Star Family,
We are off to an excellent start in 2016! Everyone is refreshed and getting back into routines that are maximizing learning time and opportunities to grow together. Our teachers engaged in some critical and valuable dialogue during our Professional Learning on Friday, January 15th focused on our school-wide behavior supports. Specifically, we spent time analyzing our current systems, practices, and beliefs and identified our next steps as a One Star Family in strengthening the social and emotional skills of our students. I look forward to problem-solving and executing those next steps and seeing growth in all of our students to help them develop into safe, responsible, and respectful adults.
Please be sure to check out the At-a-Glance weekly schedule to prepare your student for the week. We hope you enjoy the long weekend with your child and they remember Martin Luther King Jr. as an individual committed to spreading peace, hope, and love. When I asked my 1st grade son how we could spread kindness in honor of MLK Jr. Day he said, “maybe I should read a book to sis.” I of course smiled with joy and at the same time asked if his daddy told him to say that-laugh out loud! If you can take a moment to share an act of kindness towards others with your child and then have them share with their teacher that would be wonderful!
As Always, Today is a Great Day to Shine Bright!
Dads & Doughnuts
Friday, Jan. 22nd, 7am
8600 Candlelight Lane
RSVPs are enabled for this event.
Middle School Classroom Information Meeting
Calling all Rising Star Spellers in fourth through sixth grade:
Our Rising Star Spelling Bee is January 21st at 1:15 pm.
We will have two awesome spellers from each class and one alternate!
These people will vie for the chance to be the Rising Star CHAMP! They will compete in the Johnson County Spelling Bee on January 30, 2016.
Please join us to celebrate our spectacular spellers! Students can use the www.spellingbee.com website to go to the Scripps Spelling Bee website to study.
3rd Grade Goes to Arrowhead
Last Call for the Lost & Found!
Dental Services & Screening
Dental Services:There will be a dental clinic for those of you would like your child to get dental services while at school. There will be a dental form from health partnership coming home for that. If you do not want services at school do not send the form back.
Dental Screening: On February 3rd we will be having an all school dental screening. This information, in numbers only, will be supplied to the state. It is a quick look in the mouth – no work will be done. It takes less than 30 seconds per student. There will be written information coming home about that as well. There will be an opt out form. If you don’t want your child to participate in the screening it needs to be in writing, signed by the parent, to the nurse by Feb. 1st.
PTA General Meeting
PTA General meeting and room parent planning for Valentine class parties -- January 20 in the library
6:30pm -- Come and meet Mr. Barnett, Asst. Principal. Mr. Barnett will share some information about himself, his career and his role & goals at Rising Star. All attending will be eligible for fun giveaways and cupcakes will be served!
7:00pm -- Parent planning meeting for class Valentine parties. Room parties are planned as a group for each grade level. All parents are welcome.
Chat & Chew Book List & Dates
Kindergarten: Taste of Chat & Chew
- April 6 Rhyming Dust Bunnies by Jan Thomas
1st Grade: Taste of Chat & Chew
- April 5 A Bad Case of Stripes by David Shannon
- Jan 26 Owen Foote, 2nd Grade Strongman by Stephanie Greene
- March 1 Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborn
- Jan 27 Skinnybones by Barbara Park
- March 2 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner
- Jan 27 The Boy on the Porch by Sharon Creech
- March 3 From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler by E.L. Konigsburg
- Jan 28 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
- March 4 The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman
- Jan 28 The Fear Place by Phyllis Reynolds Naylor
- March 4 Every Soul a Star – Wendy Mass
Chat and Chew Year End Party (for students participating in 3 sessions)
- March 29 –April 1
This Week in Art
Third graders had fun making complementary color medallions in art class this week. The medallions contain each student's initials.
Walking To Rio!
Help us cheer on the latest round of students turning in "mileage" for the school's walk to Rio de Janiero! We have walked 3,725 miles - all the way to Yaviza, Panama - and are about to begin our journey into South America!!! (Find Yaviza on a map and look what happens to the road!)
Students (and families), keep up your healthy activities! All students are encouraged to help us get to Rio!
Owen Healy 25
Zoe Quick 50
Addison Caldwell 75
Lucy Snyder 25
Jack Clark 25
Elle Wysong 100
Olivia Adams 25
Teriana Morris 25
Audrey Whitaker 50
Zachary Quick 75
Taylor Ramey 25
Lucia Volante 75
Trixie Maxfield 25
Dean Gates 175
Korbin Gasperino 25
Timothy Mathenge 225
Addy Comacho 25
Cade Wysong 100
Andres Espinoza 25
Braydon Everett 125
Opal Walden 200
Brooks Borgman 75
Jessica Janssen 25
Ariel Hull 100
Madelyn Reicheneker 150
Traden Shafer 25
Kylie McKallagat 50
Ainsley Smyth 75
Job Openings in Food Service
Did you know that there are job openings with SMSD Food Services? You could work a few hours each day in one of our school kitchens. It’s a great way to earn some money while your student is at school.
Check out our current job openings and apply at http://www.smsd.org, go to Careers, Job Opportunities, click on View Current Job
Openings and then Food Services.
Are You a Member of the PTA?
Join PTA for just $7 per person or $12 for couples in the same household! And don't worry, by joining you are not committing to meetings and volunteering all the time. You are free to choose what you attend and volunteer for!
What does your $7 do? $3.50 goes tot he State PTA. The rest is used to help our kids! Last year our budget called for $8,000 for school field trips! We put on Family Fun nights and 2 class parties per year! And those are just a small amount of the awesome things our PTA does! So please join and help us continue to be able to fund these awesome items!
Forms are available in the office or email Ellen Sandelin firstname.lastname@example.org
or Jen Hight email@example.com.