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The Starside Communication - May 13, 2016

Starside Elementary

Our Starside Mission:

Through a collaborative learning community we will build a foundation upon which all students can develop essential academic and life skills.

A Message from Your Principal:

Greetings, Starside Families!

What an amazing school year this has been at Starside! It is hard to believe in just one week, our students will begin their summer adventures. At the beginning of this school year, we welcomed students to school with our “Be the Light” theme. If I don't see you before school is out, I genuinely mean it when I say, "Thank you for sharing your brightest light (your child) with us each and every day!"

As I reflect on my first year as building principal, I could not have asked for a year filled with more support, dedication, and teamwork from this great community! Together, we accomplished many goals and will continue to ensure Starside is a supportive learning community for all students. In fact, as soon as this school year ends, I will begin my back-to-school countdown. I am looking forward to the excitement the 2016-2017 school year will bring!

To that end, I am providing a link to a building survey that will provide valuable feedback to Starside’s administrative team. I know this is a very busy time of year, but if you would please take a few minutes to complete this short survey, it would be greatly appreciated! The survey can be found at the link below and will be open until May 23rd.

Starside Elementary 2015-2016 Patron Survey - English

Starside Elementary 2015-2016 Encuesta de la Escuela - Spanish


-Kris Meyer

new Community Service log

Just print and get start logging your community service hours over the summer!

Enrollment Information

Student enrollment was due today, May 13. If we have not heard from you we will assume your child is not returning for the 2016-2017 school year. If this is not the case, and you have not yet completed your child's enrollment, please contact the office as soon as possible. The classroom placements for the 16-17 school year will begin soon. If you have any questions about this process, please call Jackie Johnson, registrar, at 913-667-6270

Thank you!

Kindergarten Play based learning


Next year the kindergarten teachers are planning to set up a play based learning room to build on students’ creative and social skills. We are looking for donations, new or gently used items, to enhance this type of learning environment. If you have any of the following items (listed below) that you would like to donate, please email Ms. Chelsea Johnson at

Thanks so much for helping us set up a hands-on learning environment.

1. Play grocery carts

2. Environmentally safe grocery bags

3. Wallets and purses

4. Stickers

5. Plastic play tool sets

6. Lego or Duplo tables

7. Legos or Duplo blocks

8. Lincoln Logs

9. Cookie sheets

10. Play- doh

11. Plastic Measuring cups, wooden spoons

12. Small clip boards

13. Assorted bags of dry beans (black, kidney, navy, etc.)

14. Kid-sized aprons

15. Play doctor or vet kits

16. Small, unused pet carriers (due to allergies)

17. Plastic pet dishes

The last day of school is changing by one day

The end of the school year for students will be Friday, May 20. This new date was approved by the Board of Education on April 4, 2016.

Band camp

USD #232 Summer Band Camp for 4th-12th graders.

$35 per session. Each summer session will take place in the LTMS band room.

June 20-24 and June 27- July 1

8-9am New Instrument Camp (try out different instruments- 4th-12th gr.)

9-10am Summer Band Camp (for 5th gr.)

10-11am Summer Jazz Camp (for 5th gr.)

Please check the link, and contact band director Rob Foster if you have questions.

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access from at&t

We believe that student learning should not end when the bell rings...learning should be supported everywhere. Access from AT&T is a new program designed to help bridge the homework gap for students and families by bringing low-cost home Internet service to qualifying households.

Access from AT&T offers discounted wireline home Internet service to qualifying households with at least one resident who participates in the U.S.D.A. Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program (SNAP).

There is NO term commitment, NO deposit, NO installation fee and NO charge for an in-home Wi-Fi capable gateway.

AT&T wireline Internet coverage in your area may be limited.

Visit our website for complete program details, including: pricing, speed tiers, and eligibility requirements.

AT&T is collaborating with EveryoneOn,

a national non-profit working to eliminate the digital divide.

Please join us for a webinar about Access from AT&T, where we will share resources you can use to get the word out to your students and their families.

Cub Scouts are hosting an ice cream social Saturday May 14th. all welcome

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Front Office Staff:

Kris Meyer


Susan Spear

School Improvement Specialist

Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)

Tami Gothard

Building Secretary (attendance)

Tara Brown


McKenzi Crow