September 2018 Sunflower Patch

Headlines & Happenings at Sunflower Elementary

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Attitude of Gratitude

Thank you to everyone for such a positive and energizing start to the school year! There is an amazing vibe among the staff and students that has set the tone for a great year. It's going to be OUT OF THIS WORLD!

We look forward to working with students and parents this year building positive relationships and helping students become the best that they can be, both academically and civically.

You can keep up with all of the great things we are doing at Sunflower via our Facebook page, Panther Alerts, and Infinite Campus! If you need help getting signed up for any of these, let us know and we can help!

Thanks All for a Great Start!

Giving the Basics

Giving the Basics ( is a free program available to USD #368 students that provides the necessities of life, not covered by government assistance programs, that most people take for granted such as laundry soap, shampoo, deodorant, toilet paper and other personal care hygiene products.

Giving the Basics distributes products to more than 65 pantry locations and 186 schools in 14+ school districts, including USD 368, making the basics accessible to 220,000 people monthly.

For more information or to receive assistance, please visit the “Parents & Students” section of the USD 368 website or contact USD 368 nursing staff or social workers at any building.

Contact Information for Sunflower Elementary

Lisa Wilson, School Social Worker or 913-294-8040

The Scholastic Book Fair is Coming Soon!

​Sunflower's Fall Scholastic Book Fair begins in less than two weeks! You can shop starting Monday, September 10th and the Fair continues through Grandparent's Day on Friday, September 14th.

Our business hours are:
Monday - lunch and after school until 6pm
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday - before school, during lunch and after school until 6pm
Friday - before school, during lunch, and during Grandparent's Day events

Volunteers are needed. Every volunteer earns 5 Scholastic Dollars to spend at the Book Fair for every hour they work. Please sign up here:

Thanks in advance for supporting our fair and our school.

Girls on the Run Starting September 10

For the first time ever, our Girls on the Run team did not fill up on opening day. This means if your daughter would still like to participate, we have a spot! You may register at If you are worried about the program fee, please see the information below:

What if a girl is unable to pay the program fee?

In response to parents’ requests for an optional payment plan, we have worked with our partners to offer three different payment plans. These options will be available at program registration checkout.

Additionally, it is the mission of Girls on the Run to offer our program to all girls who want to participate, regardless of her ability to pay. Any registered Girls on the Run or Heart & Sole participant is eligible for financial assistance, regardless of the program fee at her school. While assistance is awarded based on your family’s participation in the free and reduced lunch program, special circumstances that contribute to a request for financial assistance are certainly considered. Please know that we request all financial assistance recipients to pay a portion of the program fee, however nominal that may be, so there is buy-in and a sense of pride and ownership, which helps with attendance and engagement. To inquire about financial assistance please e-mail


There are two date changes to be aware of:

Mom & Me Barn Bash- Changed to October 24, 6:00-7:30

4th Grade Music Program- Moved to December 6, 7:00

First School Store is Friday, September 7!

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Don't Forget these KEY Dates!

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Great Opportunity for Students!

If your child received all A's & B's during the last grading period of 2017-18 (last spring) and you would like to receive a complimentary Renaissance Festival ticket for your child, email our new secretary, Shelly George and she will send a ticket home with your child.
Get to Know Sunflower Elementary

We are glad to share in the educational experience of your children. We want you to know what we are all about at Sunflower Elementary. We have prepared a set of videos to help you get to know the programs and activities at Sunflower Elementary.

Click Here for information on Paola Community Events

Community event flyers will be posted on the district's webpage instead of going home in student backpacks. If you would like your event posted, please contact the district office @ 913-294-8000.