Rising Star OST


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A New Year Of Exciting Fun

The new year in JCPRD's OST rings in with dreams, resolutions, hats, popcorn, penguins, kazoos, and puzzles. Oh what a month this will be to start this new new year.

Friday, January 15th is an All Day OST. Staying on site. Please have your child(ren) bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and a reading book or other quiet activity for down time.

Monday, January 18th JCPRD CLOSED in observation of MLK Jr. day.

Friday, January 29th is an All Day OST. Staying on site. Please have your child(ren) bring a sack lunch, water bottle, and a reading book or other quiet activity for down time.

If your child(ren) will not be attending JCPRD OST please call, 913.438.9650, by 3p, or email molly.erwin@jocogov.org by 2p.

Please keep in mind that we open at 7am and close at 6pm. Late fees apply after 6p, a $1 per minute and will be strictly enforced.

Tax Man Cometh

2015 Child Care Tax Statements.

Our JCPRD Registration Office will be e-mailing your 2015 child care expense report to you the week of January 4-8, 2016. Please check your inbox this week for that information as well as your SPAM folder in case it gets stuck there. For claiming Child and Dependent Care Tax Credits,

the Johnson County Park and Recreation District’s
Tax Identification Number (TIN) is 48-6090320.

Thank you.

Winter's HERE...

and the possibilities of SNOW DAYS...Winter weather is nipping in the air and good planning is key. Keep in mind that SMSD USD512 JCPRD locations DO NOT offer Snow Day programming, you will need to make other arrangements. Check your local news stations for closures, the SMSD website, call the MCE OST cell number for a closure message at 913.438.9650 and Twiiter that we will update if we are closed.

Kansas Weather

With the temps getting chillier, we ask that your child has the appropriate outdoor attire (appropriate footwear, coat, gloves, hat with NAMES LABELED INSIDE) to wear outside, layers are GREAT, especially for those who prefer the summer wears of shorts, please add a pair of sweats so that they can throw on when heading out and toss off when inside.

Commit to Health

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School iPads

JCPRD will ALLOW 3rd-6th graders, Monday-Friday, the privilege to work on iPad homework for 30 minutes after their snack time: 4-4:30p. We have discussed expectations with you children; homework sites only, no disturbing others, no music, no taking pictures &/or videos, and use time wisely. We hope that this will be helpful to you and your child(ren).

Bring in Your ID

Please have your ID ready to show when picking up your child(ren). We know we will have returning students and parent,s but when we have subs and new staff, they will ask for your ID. This is for your child's protection, thank you for your support on this.


We have a new change when signing in and out your child(ren). Parents will need to continue to add the time you sign in and out your child(ren) BUT you will also need to sign your initials as well. Inform your authorized persons picking up your child(ren) about our change.

Verifying Pick Ups-If we do not get a call, email, or note stating another person besides parents are not picking up, we will call to verify this. Please call the site number at 913.438.9650 if someone else is picking up your child(ren) so that our staff is informed and can attend to the kids.

Please remember to initial and time in and out your child(ren) daily.


Fee Due Dates:

Monday, January 4th

Friday, January 15th

Friday, January 29th

Early Dismissal:

None for this month

Upcoming Closures:

Monday, January 18th MLK Jr. day

All Day OST:

Monday, January 4th. Staying on site.

Friday, January 15th. Staying on site.

Friday, January 29th. Staying on site.


  • Snack: Commit to Health snacking with healthy alternatives, fresh fruits and veggies with delicious water.

  • Homework/Reading time: After snack time your child(ren) can stay inside for our homework/reading time that will begin roughly at 4p and ends 4:30p. We encourage kids to work on homework but do not force them.

  • Activities: We will provide clubs for kids to experience a wide range of activities. Some of the clubs include: Writing, Cooking, Art & Crafts, Fitness, and STEAM. As we progress through out the months, new clubs may be added.

  • Outside/Gym Time: We believe it is essential for minds and bodies to have mental health breaks and join in on fitness breaks. Weather permitting we will go outside. JCPRD follows the Shawnee Mission school district’s weather policy. Please remember to have your child(ren) layer up and bring a jacket with their name labeled inside it. We will have structured activities for them to do during this time as well as free play.

  • Check-Out: When you come to pick up your child(ren) please remember to WALK IN and SIGN THEM OUT. There is a late charge of a $1 per minute after 6:00pm

Rising Star OST Staff

Morning Care:

Karen Beaman-Lead Teacher M-F

Shari Beikmann-Program Director M-F

After School:

Mackenzie Cox- Lead Teacher

Chance Lucas- Lead Teacher

Katy Barnes- Lead Teacher

Saige Cullen- Lead Teacher

Reggie Black- Assistant Teacher

Maddy Shackelford- Assistant Teacher

Molly Erwin-Program Director