The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - October 11, 2019

What's Coming Up?

Monday, October 14 - Preschool Field Trip (rescheduled from last Thursday)

Tuesday, October 15 - Early Dismissal at 1 pm

Wednesday, October 16 - No School Parent Teacher Conferences

Thursday, October 17 - No School Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, September 18 - No School

View our online calendar (select individual events for more details):


Tuesday, October 15th is a designated early release day. Students will be dismissed from school at 1 pm.

Due to our early release at 1:00 pm, we have made adjustments to our lunch schedules to ensure all students are fed prior to dismissal. We will not be able to accommodate any guests for lunch on October 15. The cafeteria will be full to the brim during each of the lunch periods.

The schedule for the rest of the week is as follows:

Wednesday – No School for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Thursday – No School for Parent/Teacher Conferences
Friday – No School

Thank you for your understanding!

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Family Fun Fitness Nights for everyone!

Mrs. Engemann will have the gym open from 4:00 to 7:30 pm on Wednesday & Thursday nights (October 16-17).

She will have a variety of fitness stations set up in the gym for everyone to participate in! Come on in and work out some of the wiggles!


Grandparents and grandfriends are cordially invited to attend Sunflower Elementary’s Grandparents’ & Grandfriends' Day!

An information brochure and RSVP form was sent home in your student's backpack this week.

If grandparents/grandfriends are planning to eat lunch with their student(s), we must have RSVP’s returned by October 30, 2019, in order to have enough food prepared.

Both Front and Back parking lots will be open for grandparents. Please follow marked signs.

Guests are welcome to visit our Lounge to sit, relax and have a cup of coffee if you have down time between activities.

The brochure/RSVP is also available for download below.


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Our Fall Party will be here soon and this year each student is welcome to wear a costume...with a bit of a vocabulary twist.

We are asking students to put on their thinking caps and ponder (think, consider) what underutilized (not used often) vocabulary words describe their costume. What costumes would portray the word MONSTROUS? or DAINTY? or ALOOF?

Student lessons in the LIT LAB will help generate just the right word for their character. You can help at home by simply DISCUSSING vocabulary that describes the costume your child will be wearing. We will be creating the signage at school. No Costume? No worries! We can find a word for each student.

We are excited for this magnificent (impressive, splendid) opportunity that will both astound (overwhelm and stun) and delight (enjoyment and joy) while making words MEMORABLE!

Watch for more emails from Mrs. Rains as time gets closer.

Building Blazers Day Camp - October 18

Enroll your K-5 student in the 2nd Annual Building Blazers Day Camp! GEHS Boys and Girls Basketball, GEHS Natural Helpers Student Service Organization and GEYCP have organized a full day of activities including Edgerton's very own Barefoot Builder, Art, Enrichment Activities, STEM, and Physical Activity. Participants will be separated by grade and participate in grade level activities. Lunch will be provided and is included in the price of the camp. Three lunch options available.

Registration includes FREE admission to the Blazer Football game and post game light show performed by the GEHS band.


NURSE'S NOTES (repeat)


It’s getting close to flu season. If your child is needing any medication besides Tylenol, Ibuprofen, or Tums, a doctor’s order will need to be provided per district policy. Even if it is something over the counter like Claritin. A parent or designated adult must bring the medication and doctors note into the Health Room. Your student may not bring in any medication.

Also weather is changing, with rain, snow and a lot of wetness in the future. If you would be so inclined to provide an extra change of clothes if you think your child would need it, that would be greatly appreciated. The school has limited amounts of clothes and sizes. Also, as it gets colder please make sure they bring a jacket or coat for recess time.

Three quick tips to help your child stay healthy:

--BREAKFAST. Please feed your child breakfast. If your student does not have time to eat breakfast in the morning or does not feel like eating breakfast, please provide them with something they can eat in the car, on the bus, or at school if needed. The school cafeteria also provides several menu options for breakfast every morning.

--WASH HANDS. Soap and water. Before and after eating. After the bathroom. After sneezing. After coughing. Should they put their hands in their nose or mouth, after that too! Get those germs off and let’s stay healthy!

--SLEEP. Make sure they get rest. It is hard for them to function and keep up with their immune system when they have not slept well.

Please feel free to call or email Brittany Zimmerman, the school nurse, if you have any questions or concerns.


Conference Mealtime! (repeat)

Hey Sunflower Families-

It's that time of year again! Conferences!

Our beloved Sunflower teachers work long hard hours during conferences preparing for the next quarter and making sure they have ample time to share your student's growth and collaborate with you on how to help them become the best versions of themselves. Let's show them our love and appreciation by making sure they have a warm, yummy dinner available Wednesday October 16th when they work from 8 am to 8 pm, as well as delicious snacks and caffeinated beverages to grab throughout the long day. :)

Please have your items to the Sunflower Office no later than 10 am on Wednesday.

Please label your croc pot and/or dishes. They will be available for pick up by noon on Thursday at school.

If you are using a croc pot, please use a PLASTIC LINER for easy clean up. :)


Many of you may remember back in 2017, we hosted BODY Venture, a traveling exhibit from the Kansas State Department of Education. This unique program designed to encourage students to make healthy choices consists of a 45-foot by 50-foot walk-through exhibit representing the human body. It was an amazing day for Sunflower that many of them still talk about!

Your expertise is needed at Sunflower Elementary School as we prepare for BODY Venture once again! Mrs. Engemann has reserved it for us on Tuesday, October 29!!

Please consider one of the following ways you can get involved:

Monday, October 28 from 3:45 – 6:45 pm, we need 12-15 adults to set up the exhibit in our gymnasium.

Tuesday, October 29: We need station presenters at each of the 13 stations. A script will be provided. The only requirement is enthusiasm for working with students! You can volunteer for ½ day or a full day. Please specify the times that you CAN be here on the Sign Up Genius.

Tuesday, October 29: Beginning around 1:45 pm, we need 12-15 adults to help with “take down,” in order to load the Body Venture truck and send it on its way to another school.

Please consider getting involved in this fun, educational experience. Just click on the link below to access our Sign Up Genius.

Site Council

The Sunflower Site Council will be meeting at 6 pm in the library on the following dates: 9/17/19, 11/12/19, 2/11/20, 4/14/20.

All meetings are open to the public.

Kansas schools are required to establish site councils composed of the principal, teachers and other school personnel, parents, business representatives, and other community groups.

Site councils have a responsibility to provide advice and counsel in the following areas: evaluating district and school performance goals and objectives, determining methods to meet those goals and objectives, and other areas as requested by the board of education.

Remember, the work of the site council is advisory only; it makes recommendations, not decisions.

Sunflower PTO

Our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) has been an integral part of Sunflower Elementary for many years. Through fundraisers and fun events, they are able to provide funds to teachers, classrooms, and the school.

We invite everyone to join the Sunflower PTO Facebook page. By searching "Gardner Sunflower PTO" under Pages, you will be able to join the group and receive updated PTO information.

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