There is a night near the start of the school year when parents can come to the school. They’ll often be able to drop off materials (pencils, folders, notebooks, etc…) at their children’s classroom and meet their child’s teacher. The uniform exchange will be open, a space next to the art room run by the PTA, which allows you to swap clean, used uniform clothes that your child may have outgrown for other pieces of clothing. You can also purchase items for $1 apiece.
Come to the Parent Teacher Association meetings held monthly at the school and you can get almost any question answered. The PTA meets in the cafeteria and dinner and childcare are provided.
Principal White hosts "Principal’s Coffee" meetings once a month, where parents can hear about school news and ask questions/express concerns. Border Star provides some current information on activities, upcoming events and topics of interest via a weekly printed newsletter known as “the Wednesday folder”, which goes home on Wednesdays in each child’s backpack. The PTA and KCPS also provide current information via email newsletters, Facebook, and our websites. Bulletin boards and flyers around the school advertise upcoming events and topics of interest.
Different teachers have different preferences. Emailing your teacher is the best first step. If you’d like to speak to him/her in person, you can arrange an appointment through email. You can find the staff directory here. http://www.kcpublicschools.org/domain/376
Principal Adrienne White sends out an informational packet to families in the summer, which will include teacher assignments.
For kindergarten and above, The Local Investment Commission (LINC) is our before and after school care provider. LINC is available as early as 7 am and pick-up is as late as 6 pm. LINC has a great staff and offers a variety of clubs and activities throughout the year. Our site coordinator is Shelley Taylor-Doran (email@example.com). LINC is currently free.
Little Dragons is the program for pre-school age children (P3 and P4s). There is a fee for this service. The hours of Little Dragons are not the same as LINC’s. Drop off is at 7:30 am and pick-up is at 5:30 pm.
Parents may either choose to remain in their car and have the child(ren) escorted to them or park and pick-up children. Parents need to communicate their preferences with their child’s teacher at the beginning of the school year. If you choose to drive-thru, you will enter through the parking lot on 63rd street and form a line. A para/teacher will come to each car, you’ll tell them your child(ren)’s name(s) and they’ll walkie-talkie to the auditorium, where the child will be escorted to your car. For those that choose to park, enter through the main door off Wornall (push buzzer to be let into building), and proceed to auditorium. Children are let out at 3:10, so there is a line of parents waiting to pick up. Children wait in the seats according to classroom teacher/age group. A paraprofessional will have a clipboard with a sign-out sheet for you to complete each day. Leave the auditorium with your child(ren) through the South doors. If you are having another person pick up your child(ren) or are collecting someone else’s child(ren) you can make arrangements in advance by calling the main office at 816-418-5150.
If you want to park and walk your student in (or pick them up after school), here are your three best options. You can park in the school’s lower lot (off 63rd Street), you can park on 63rd Street, or in the church parking lot (on the west side of Wornall between 63rd and Meyer)
The following activities are available through LINC, the before/after school program at Border Star:
Boy Scouts (1st-5th grades), Co-ed basketball team, Chess, Fitness 4ever, Flag Football Team, Girls on the Run, Girl Scouts (K, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades), Green Team, Junior Achievement, Kids in the Kitchen (Harvester’s), Lakeside Nature Center, Prairie Group, Trash Hunt Club, Zoo Club, and Zumba.
Information about teams/clubs at Border Star can be accessed through the LINC program supervisor, Shelley Taylor-Doran, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Most Fridays, students are allowed to wear a Border Star T-shirt with their uniform bottoms (khaki or navy blue skirts, pants or shorts). This option is free. If students would like to wear blue jeans, they may pay their teacher 50 cents. That money goes towards the “Student Activity Fund”, which supplements field trip costs.
The PTA sells spirit wear a few times a year. In the beginning of the school year and a special St. Patrick’s Day design in the February. Details of how to purchase spirit wear will be publicized on our PTA website and in the Wednesday folders. Members of the PTA also have tables set up at the School BBQ and our Back to School Night.
Our music teacher coordinates two programs a year, our Winter Program in December and our Black History Month Program in February. All classes participate in these programs, which are in the early afternoon, on a school day. Upper Elementary students that are in our Honors Chorus, have additional performances throughout the year. Ms. Heironimus will contact families with those details. Students that take private music lessons through Metropolitan Strings also have recitals through the year.
At the back-to-school or orientation program, there will be information available about the opportunities for private music lessons. There is also usually information sent home in the “Wednesday folders,” to explain the partners offering music lessons and the sign-up/payment process.
MMUN stands for Montessori Model United Nations. It’s a program designed to encourage global citizenship. Border Star students can participate in MMUN in their sixth grade year. As part of the program, there is an annual trip to New York City with a final assembly at the United Nations.
The Tyler Student Portal is the online home for information about your student. It’s where you can access their grades, attendance record, and transportation details. You can also see district announcements inside of Tyler.