The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - September 28, 2018


All Week - Spirit Week (see flyer below)

Monday, October 1 - DISNEY DAY

Tuesday, October 2 - SPORTS DAY and Deadline for 2nd/4th Grade Talent Entries

Wednesday, October 3 - SOCK DAY and 4th Grade Choir Practice 7:45 am

Thursday, October 4 - PINK DAY and 3rd Grade Field Trip

Friday, October 5 - BLUE DAY and Kindergarten Field Trip and Sunflower's Got Talent for 2nd/4th Grade

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

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Principally Speaking

As I visit classrooms, I see students engaged and actively using technology, interacting with one another in small groups, and regularly being recognized by adults for exhibiting SOARing (Safe, On-task, Act responsibly, and Respectful) behaviors. These observations support our school’s improvement goals which target relationships and rigor.

In September, we successfully implemented the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) and Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills (DIBELS) assessments. In addition, we added DIBELS Math to our comprehensive assessment framework. Similar to its literacy version, DIBELS Math is designed to provide indicators of the essential skills every child must master in order to become proficient in mathematics. Your child’s performance data with be shared with you during fall conferences.

Finally, parent/teacher conferences are quickly approaching. Please remember October 16th is a designated early release day. Preschool will not be in session and grades K-4 will release at 1:00 p.m. following lunch. Teachers will spend the afternoon of the 16th and the mornings of the 17th & 18th preparing for conferences and planning as grade level teams. School is not in session October 17th and 18th because these days are dedicated to conferencing with parents and guardians. We look forward to collaborating with 100% of our families. This event is a great opportunity to increase communication between school and home, inform parents/guardians of your child’s progress, and develop learning goals to guide your child throughout the year.

Dr. Jason Jones


Out of Town Absences

Fall break is on the horizon, and many families will be taking advantage of days off to travel. Per the district handbook, absences due to out of town trips are not excused unless requested and approved in advance. Please email Dr. Jones at ahead of time. This will allow Dr. Jones to review your student's attendance to decide if their requested day(s) will be excused.

Sunflower's Got Talent

Sunflower's Got Talent was very popular last year with almost too many entries to fit into the lunch period, so we are switching things up a little bit. The performances will now take place during each grade level's Specials time on a designated Eagle Day!

The first quarter performances will take place on Friday, October 5 for 2nd and 4th Grades, and on Friday, October 12 for 1st and 3rd Grades.

Sign-ups are currently being accepted in the school office. A parent signature is required to signify the talent to be displayed has been observed and deemed appropriate for school (including ALL lyrics).

Deadlines for sign-ups are: 2nd/4th Grades: Tuesday, October 2; 1st/3rd Grades: Tuesday, October 9.

Sunflower Lit Lab - In Search of Novel Navigator Coaches!

We are in need of 3rd and 4th grade Novel Navigator coaches! Coaches will meet with their groups 2x a month beginning in October and ending early February. Meeting times can be before school from 8-8:25 or during lunch. Contact Julie Rains if you are willing to help!


We are now taking orders for the Sunflower yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year!

  • Full Color Pages
  • All Grades Represented
  • Great Pictures From School Events

2 Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Click on the picture above or access your Skyward account via to place an order using your debit/credit card.
  2. Download and print out an order form below. Return the completed form along with cash or check to the Sunflower office.


Hello parents! We are always looking for fun pictures to use in the Sunflower yearbook. Field trips are just around the corner! If you accompany your student on their field trip, AND take pictures of your student and their friends, would you be willing to send those pictures to me? You can email the pictures to me at

Sunflower Site Council Meetings 2018-2019

The Sunflower Site Council will be meeting at 6 pm in the library on the following dates: 9/11/18, 11/13/18, 2/5/19, 4/9/19.

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.