Shining Star News

Re-imagining the Star in 2016! Week of January 18-22

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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!

Three Claps,

Mrs. Hoit

Dads & Doughnuts

Friday, Jan. 22nd, 7am

8600 Candlelight Lane

Lenexa, KS

Friday, Jan 22 at 7:00am. All students and their dads are welcome. Come and enjoy a doughnut and learn more about the Star Dad's and sign up to join the program.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

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Middle School Classroom Information Meeting

On February 1st counselors from Trailridge and Westridge Middle School will be here to meet with the 6th graders and give them information about enrollment and how to choose classes. They will return later in the month to help enroll.

Spelling Bee

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 website to go to the Scripps Spelling Bee website to study.

Good luck

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3rd Grade Goes to Arrowhead

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Last Call for the Lost & Found!

We have some many items in our lost and found that have not been claimed! Please ask your child to look through to see if anything belongs to them. The tables in the North lobby will remain up until Friday, February 5th. Anything not claimed by then, will be donated.
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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.

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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.

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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

2nd Grade:

  • Jan 26 Owen Foote, 2nd Grade Strongman by Stephanie Greene
  • March 1 Knight at Dawn (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborn

3rd Grade:

  • Jan 27 Skinnybones by Barbara Park
  • March 2 The Boxcar Children by Gertrude Chandler Warner

4th Grade:

  • 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

5th Grade:

  • Jan 28 Number the Stars by Lois Lowry
  • March 4 The Homework Machine by Dan Gutman

6th Grade:

  • 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.

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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!

K Easley
Owen Healy 25

K Schauwecker

Zoe Quick 50

K Dalrymple
Addison Caldwell 75

1 Knoeber
Lucy Snyder 25
Jack Clark 25
Elle Wysong 100

1 Miramontez
Olivia Adams 25
Teriana Morris 25
Audrey Whitaker 50

2 Keys
Zachary Quick 75
Taylor Ramey 25
Lucia Volante 75
Trixie Maxfield 25
Dean Gates 175
Korbin Gasperino 25
Timothy Mathenge 225

2 Miller

Addy Comacho 25

2 Jackson
Cade Wysong 100
Andres Espinoza 25

3 Nelson
Braydon Everett 125

Opal Walden 200

4 Stein
Brooks Borgman 75

Jessica Janssen 25

6 Squires
Ariel Hull 100
Madelyn Reicheneker 150
Traden Shafer 25

6 Mathieson
Kylie McKallagat 50

6 Haresnape

Ainsley Smyth 75

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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, go to Careers, Job Opportunities, click on View Current Job

Openings and then Food Services.

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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

or Jen Hight