January 2016 Sunflower Patch

Headlines and Happenings for Sunflower Elementary

Inclement Weather

The following plan will be used when severe inclement weather occurs. An official announcement will be made by the Superintendent of Schools if school will be closed. We will alert the radio and TV stations @ 6:00 am; however, a school closing announcement may be made the day before at 10:00 PM. If you are signed up for Text caster /email alerts-school closing information will be sent to you directly. Listed are the Radio and Television stations that will be contacted when schools are closed: KOFO-1220AM, WDAF-Radio 610 AM and TV Channel 4, KMBZ-980 AM, KCTV-Radio 910 AM and TV Channel 5, KMBC-Channel 9, and KSHB-Channel 41.

Don’t forget that you can sign up to receive texts and/or emails regarding school closings and other announcements. Go to the USD 368 website and click on the Panther Alerts link on the left hand column. This service is provided free with support from Landmark Bank. Normal text rates from your phone company will apply.

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Brrrrrrr.....Dress Warm

Please make sure students have proper clothing for the weather. Students are in the elements while loading buses and/or cars as well as going outside for recess if the temperature/wind-chill is 20 degrees or higher.

If you need assistance with warm clothing; coats, hats, gloves, etc… you may contact Cathy Stallbaumer at 294-8040.


The PTO Spring Dinner and Auction will be held Friday, April 1, 2016 at Cottonwood Elementary. Classroom baskets will be auctioned off as well as teacher “experiences”. Raffle tickets will be sold for raffle items. This project funds many things for students such as iPads, field trips for Cottonwood and Sunflower, and many other items. Be watching for flyers later to order your tickets, but get the date on your calendar!


The SES/CES PTO organization will hold their next meeting on Monday, January 11, 2016 at 5:45 p.m. in the Cottonwood commons area. Child care is provided free of charge. We will be planning our Spring auction and dinner which is a major fund raiser for our PTO. Remember, PTO pays for bussing for all school field trips, helps provide technology and other academic needs for students. We hope to see you at the meeting!


Michelle Mosher will have a student teacher in her classroom this semester. Jesse Needham will be teaching in the Art room until May. He is a student at Ottawa University. We are happy to have Mr. Needham with us for this semester.
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Everyday Math Methods

Struggling to help your child with their Math Homework? Check out the link below for some help with Math Methods. http://www.mathatube.com/everydaymath-motheds.html


Sign up for PANTHER ALERTS! and get important information about the Paola USD 368 sent via email and text message directly to your mobile phone, wireless PDA or pager.





Sign-up is easy...and it's free! Sign-up can be completed by going to www.usd368.org and clicking on the PANTHER ALERT button under the PARENTS & STUDENTS tab, and complete the simple 2-step sign-up process, selecting the school(s) you wish to receive information from.

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Watch Dogs - Dads Of Great Students

If you have signed up to be a Watch Dog this school year, we have added all the names and dates on the Sunflower Calendar which can be found on the Sunflower Website at: http://www.usd368.org/vnews/display.v/SEC/Sunflower%20Elementary. If you would like to sign up for an open date, please contact Stacey Elkinton at 913-294-8040 to get signed up.
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AR Celebration-Hawaiian Luau

Friday, Jan. 8th, 11am-12:30pm

Sunflower Elementary School

School Store

Friday, Jan. 8th, 11am

Sunflower Elementary School

PTO Meeting

Monday, Jan. 11th, 5:45pm

Cottonwood Elementary School

School Board Meeting

Monday, Jan. 11th, 7pm

District Office

All School Spelling Bee

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 1:30-2:30pm

Sunflower Elementary School

Daddy Daughter Dance

Friday, Jan. 15th, 6-7:30pm

Sunflower Elementary School

January Events

January 8 - AR Celebration

January 8 - School Store

January 11 - PTO Meeting

January 11- Board Meeting

January 13 - All School Spelling Bee

January 15 - Daddy Daughter Dance

Students should not arrive at school before 7:40 as there is no supervision before that time.