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Week of January 14th

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Kansas Teacher of the Year Nominations

The Kansas Teacher of the Year Award recognizes and utilizes representatives of excellent teaching in the elementary and secondary classrooms of the state. Its mission is to build and utilize a network of exemplary teachers who are leaders in the improvement of schools, student performance and the teaching profession.

This year the Shawnee Mission School District would love to get parent and community input as we select our candidates. Please utilize the link below to nominate a teacher at our school that deserves recognition. The deadline for nominations is January 11, 2019.

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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!

Kindness Tunnel

Good afternoon!

I am reaching out to you because SMSD is participating in a Kindness Challenge Week from Jan. 28 - Feb. 1. During this week, schools across the district are celebrating acts of kindness, and the district is encouraging students, teachers, and staff to find ways to celebrate and promote kindness.

At Rising Star Elementary we are going to be celebrating Kindness Challenge Week through gratitude and kindness lessons in the library, photographing acts of kindness, creating a kindness tunnel, and much more—and we need your help with the kindness tunnel!

A kindness tunnel is a line of community members, parents, and staff giving high-fives and warm welcomes to students as they go to their classroom. This would be an excellent way to finish the week strong with highlighting how the community can show gratitude. An example of our kindness tunnel last year can be found here:

If you or your organization would like to help us make our kindness tunnel a reality, Rising Star will host this event on Friday, February 1 from 7:50 AM -8:15 AM. We will welcome students as they come through the hallway to the classroom and charge them up for a fantastic Friday! On that date and time, volunteers will enter through the office, and we will direct you to your positions at that time!

If you would like to attend this event, please RVSP here: The more community members , families, and partners, the better! Please do not hesitate to contact Ryan Wilson or Tammy Horn if you have any questions about this event!
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BINGO Bash & Silent Auction

Friday, Feb. 1st, 6-9pm

8600 Candlelight Lane

Lenexa, KS

Please join us for the 2nd annual Bingo Bash & Silent Auction! This is the last Rising Star fundraiser for this school year!

Free Bingo, Prizes & Photo Booth

Dinner: Jason's Deli Dinner Box with our choice of Ham, Turkey, Chicken Salad or Vegetarian with chips, pickle and cookie for only $5! Make sure to RSVP here to guarantee your dinner. All other dinners are First come, first serve. Click Here to RSVP

Concessions: Candy, Soda Pop, Water & Popcorn

Silent Auction: Check out the Rising Star 2019 Silent Auction online NOW!!!

  • More items are being uploaded every day!
  • Choose which items you want to watch now, bidding begins on 1/25!
  • Bidding will transition to Live Auction on February 1st. If you can't come to the event.
  • Consider the Buy It Now Option!
  • We are unable to ship gift baskets but can ship Gift Cards for bidders outside of Lenexa.
  • See our Silent Auction Website here

How can you help?

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MVP Trainings NOW AVAILABLE at Rising Star!

Are you interested in becoming a My Volunteer Pal (MVP) at Rising Star? We are now offering training sessions at Rising Star that are flexible with your schedule! If you would like to schedule a training, please click here:

The My Volunteer Pal (MVP) program is the volunteer program for all Shawnee Mission Schools. MVP connects adult volunteers with students ages Pre-kindergarten to age 18. Volunteer Pals choose from a range of in-school activities, including:

* School Field Trips
* Mentoring
* Serving as a Lunch or Recess Buddy
* Weekly or Monthly Classroom Volunteer
* Chat ‘n Chew
* After-School Program Volunteer

Volunteers enjoy flexible schedules, and all activities take place on school grounds during school hours, with the exception of field trips.

If you’re unsure if you need MVP training, or if you have further questions, please direct questions to for help!

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“Students with influenza should remain home (except for medical appointments and care) for 7 days after the first symptoms appear to insure complete recovery and avoid transmission to other students as recommended by the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE)”.

To protect your student and prevent the spread of disease, please keep your student home when any of the following conditions are present:

  • Temperature of 100 degrees or greater
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Severe sore throat or pain with swallowing
  • Severe headache
  • Severe cough
  • Undiagnosed rash or skin lesions or sores that are weeping or draining
  • Live head lice
  • Any suspected or doctor-diagnosed contagious disease

Students may return to school when they have been free from fever (without medication), vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours.

Students should be checked by the school nurse after head lice treatment before returning to class.

If in doubt about sending your child to school, contact the school nurse or your child's doctor.


Para proteger a su estudiante y prevenir la propagación de enfermedades, mantenga a su estudiante en casa cuando se presente alguna de las siguientes condiciones:

  • Temperatura de 100 grados o más.
  • Vómitos
  • Diarrea
  • Dolor de garganta severo o dolor al tragar
  • Dolor de cabeza intenso
  • Tos severa
  • Erupción no diagnosticada o lesiones en la piel o llagas que sale liquido o drenando
  • Piojos vivos
  • Cualquier enfermedad contagiosa sospechada o diagnosticada por el médico.

Los estudiantes pueden regresar a la escuela cuando hayan estado sin fiebre, vómitos o diarrea,(sin medicamentos) durante 24 horas..

Los estudiantes deben ser revisados por la enfermera de la escuela después del tratamiento de piojos antes de regresar a clase.

Si tiene dudas acerca de enviar a su hijo a la escuela, comuníquese con la enfermera de la escuela o con el médico de su hijo.

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Sign-Up to Volunteer in the Library

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!

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Breakfast & Lunch Menus

Click here for our Breakfast and Lunch menus

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Sign-Up for PTA Here

Click on this button to sign-up for PTA!

Items & Support Needed!

The Rising Star Bingo Bash and Silent Auction is February 1st! This is the last fundraiser of 2019!

Want a fun way to support our school, please consider donating a Silent Auction Gift Basket. Need ideas - check Google or Pinterest for Silent Auction Ideas!

Click here to sign up!

Own or have contacts to a local business that might consider donating a Basket or Gift Certificate? Please consider donating to this great cause.

All donations are Tax deductible, we can provide you with our IRS nonprofit info upon request.

Please contact us if you have any questions!

Rising Star PTA Fundraising Team

Next Chat 'n Chew Dates

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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)

Future Chat 'n Chew Dates

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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
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