Starside's Comet

Newsletter Communication for October 29, 2020

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.


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A Message From Principal Meyer

Comet Families,



Thank you for attending our virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences and for working together with your child's teacher to ensure a successful school year. As parents, you want nothing but the best for your child. As educators, so do we! It means a great deal to us when parents attend conferences. We know this year has not always been easy, but with your support, we have experienced success. Our students are learning and thriving in these otherwise challenging circumstances and we could not be prouder.



Together, we are Starside Strong!


Kris Meyer

Thank you to the PTA for providing Our Yummy Conference Meal!

Community Outreach @ SE

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Starside sends a huge THANK YOU to Kaw Prairie Church for hosting a book drive for Starside's Optional Remove students! Each virtual student received a bag of ten books to keep at home for independent reading during virtual learning days.

Have you heard the one about treating your masks like your underwear?

Have you heard the one about treating your masks like your underwear?

I know. A joke in poor taste. But seriously, one of the easiest ways to understand that our MASKS should be washed every day. There are dozens of memes circulating out there with this sentiment, but truly...masks need to be clean to be effective. PLEASE dig all of the used masks out of your child's backpack and wash them. They just might be hoarding their favorite one and changing into it when they're out of your sight in the morning. We all have favorites, but a clean mask everyday is maybe even more important than clean underwear. Thanks for helping to keep your child and their friends and teachers as safe as possible!

Spark beginning - New Days!

Spark begins on Tuesday, November 3 and Thursday, November 5. Notice the new days will be Tuesday and Thursday this year! Spark begins after school and ends at 4:45.


There will not be Spark the weeks of: 11/23 (Thanksgiving), December 21 and December 28 (Winter Break).


Please contact Mrs. McKenzi Mispagel (mmispagel@usd232.org) or Mrs. Chris Wilhelm (cwilhelm@usd232.org) with any questions

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From the Desk of Counselor Mispagel

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PTA NEWS

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Save the Date

  • Friday, October 30 - No School, District Buildings Closed
  • Thursday, November 5 - End of 1st Quarter
  • Friday, November 6 - No School for Students
  • Monday, November 9 - First day of 2nd Quarter
  • Wednesday, November 11 - Report Cards Posted
  • Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break!

20-21 Yearbooks are on Sale Now!

Yearbook orders will take place online (paperless unless otherwise requested.) To order online, use the link and code provided below. If you prefer a paper order form, please email Maddie King (mking@usd232.org) or Danielle Hessong (dhessong@usd232.org) with your child’s name and teacher. We will get an order form for the teacher to send home with your student.


Important Note: Due to an increase in production cost, yearbooks are $14 and there is not an option to order a personalized book. If ordering via the paper order form, make checks payable to Starside!


To Order Online: www.inter-state.com/yearbook and enter code 53592X


Thanks!

Maddie King & Danielle Hessong

REPEATED INFORMATION

Consider Nominating a Member of our Starside Staff!

We have loads of life changers at Starside! Our staff have given 110% of themselves and beyond and especially during this pandemic. Please consider showing gratitude for any member of our school family (staff) by nominating them for this prestigious honor. It only takes a few minutes of your time but may have a forever impact on the person nominated.


To nominate someone, go to https://www.lifechangeroftheyear.com/how-it-works

USD 232 Lost/Damaged Technology Policy

The following cost structure will apply when iPads are sent home with elementary students. If damage or loss occurs due to intentional acts or as the result of negligence in handling the device:

-1st Incident: No Fee;

-2nd Incident: $25.00;

-3rd Incident: $50.00 and

-4th and Subsequent Incidents: Actual cost of repair/replacement


The repair cost structure will reset annually for elementary students. In the event a device is stolen, a police report must be filed with local law enforcement and a copy of the report submitted to the school administration to prevent being charged the replacement cost of the device.


Accessories and parts that do not carry a warranty are charged at actual replacement cost.


Replacement cost for lost crayon (digital pencil for iPad):

-1st Incident: $25.00

-2nd and Subsequent Incidents: $50.00 (full replacement cost)


Replacement cost for lost/damaged charger:

-1st Incident: $11:00

-2nd and Subsequent Incidents: $22.00 (full replacement cost)

Car Loop Reminders:

Morning Arrival:


Be ready…As you enter the car loop students need to have:

  • Backpack on!
  • Mask on!
  • Water bottle in hand!
  • Promptly exit car on the sidewalk side of car!


Afternoon Dismissal:


Car Loop Numbers:

  • Hanging from the rearview mirror of your vehicle
  • Should remain displayed until your child is in the vehicle
  • If you need another car loop number, please contact the office.

Colored Cones:
  • Pull forward to fill the 6 spots designated with colored cones
  • Do not leave the line or try to bypass the line.

Students:
  • Must enter the vehicle from the right side (sidewalk side)
  • Must remain behind the painted white line until all vehicles have come to a complete stop.
  • Please remind your child to memorize and listen for their number.

Parents/Guardians:
  • Remain in your vehicle.
  • If you need to assist with seatbelts or other items, you should pull up to the designated spots beyond the colored cones.

Sending Treats to School

Due to the need for extra safety precautions during the pandemic, students will not be permitted to bring homemade treats to share with their class for birthdays or any occasion. Families who wish to send birthday treats to share with the entire class may send in store-bought (sealed) baked goods or store-bought, individually-wrapped treats.

New! Parent/Guardian Procedures for 20-21

Attendance

Starside will be taking regular attendance. The Attendance Secretary calls families to check on students who have not notified the school of an absence.


OPTIONAL REMOTE parents need to report absences for any Zooms students will miss.


ON-SITE parents need to report absences:

  • Any time your student is supposed to be at school.
  • If your student is ill, PLEASE include all symptoms & if diagnosed with Flu, Strep, or Covid.


Lunches

You may not bring outside food into your child nor join him/her for lunch.

If your child forgets his/her lunch, he/she may get a free school lunch or you may bring a lunchbox with your students' name on it and drop it off at the school by ringing the doorbell to notify the office of the delivery and drop it off on the table in the foyer.


Visitors/Parent Volunteers

At this time, we will not be able to have visitors or parent volunteers. We miss you and look forward to seeing you soon. You may bring a forgotten item; however, you will not be allowed to enter past the foyer. Please ring the bell and we will let you in. Place the item, marked with your child's name on it, on the table in the foyer and we will get the item to your child.


Dropping off your child after the start of school:

  • Submit the absence online or call/email the office to notify the school that your child will be late. Please let us know the reason for the tardy (appointment, headache, or just running late).
  • You DO need to safely escort your elementary-aged child to the front door. Ring the bell and we will let only your child inside.
  • If we have not heard from a parent/guardian the tardy will be marked as unexcused, so please do not forget to notify the office of the reason for the tardy.


Checking your child out of school early:

  • Please call or email to notify the office and teacher ahead of time.
  • Have an ID ready to show when picking up your child.
  • Press the bell, show your ID, and let us know who you are checking out.
  • We will let you inside where you may wait for your child in the foyer.
  • We will locate your child and send him/her to you in the foyer.


We sincerely appreciate your patience and support during this time. If you have any questions, please call 913-667-6270 and we will be happy to assist you in any way we can!

Technology Help Desk

Please remember that the fastest way to start getting a solution to any technical issues is to contact our help desk. This is also available to all students.



Technology Help Desk

Get help with district technology

Students and Parents: You can reach our Help Desk by calling 816-382-4840.

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Need to reach the Starside Office?

Email: SE@usd232.org with your inquiries or attendance reporting and a member of our office team will direct your email to the appropriate person on our staff.


Be sure to add SE@usd232.org to your contacts list so we don't end up in your spam folder!

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FRONT OFFICE CONTACTS:

Kris Meyer

Principal


Jan Hicks

School Improvement Specialist


Jackie Johnson

Lead Secretary (students records)


Starla Newberry

Building Secretary (attendance)


McKenzi Mispagel

Counselor


Tara Brown

Nurse

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