The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - October 25, 2019

What's Coming Up?

Monday, October 28 - Body Venture Setup after school

Tuesday, October 29 - Body Venture Exhibit

Wednesday, October 30 - RSVP Due for Grandparents/Grandfriends Day - FIRM DEADLINE

Thursday, October 31 - Fall Parties

Friday, November 1 - Eagle Pride Assemblies

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

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If you are curious about what your students are going to experience next Tuesday, here is a video to show you what it takes to put on the Body Venture exhibit!
Be the Next to Host Body Venture!


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Eagle Pride Assembly on Friday, November 1

The character traits for 1st Quarter were Respect and Responsibility. At our 1st Quarter Eagle Pride assembly on November 1, select students will be recognized for demonstrating these two character traits.
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Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Mark your calendar to join us for a celebration of reading! November 6-12!

We'll be open late on Wednesday, November 6 for Family Night. We'll also be open Friday evening, November 8, during the PTO Taste of Italy supper/auction!

Visit for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

AND there is a NEW shopping option! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free. Sign Up on the link below.

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Would you like to help? We sure need it! Sign Up on the link below!

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The LIT lab is pleased to announce an exciting opportunity for students who enjoy reading! Novel Navigators is an extra-curricular reading program where students have a chance to independently read great books and meet as a group with others who also share a love of reading. Your child will be responsible for reading the assigned pages before each meeting where we will have an engaging group discussion about what was read while they enjoy their lunch. The purpose of this club is to focus on the LOVE of reading, not on memorizing facts.

This year will be a bit different than last. The groups will be fluid and students will be invited to read the books that interest them.

Here is how Novel Navigators works!

  1. Mrs. Rains will announce the book titles available. Nov/Dec choices are listed below.

  2. Interested students can sign up with parent permission (USE THE GOOGLE FORM BELOW) to be a part of the group with the book they are interested in. If there are not enough books another group will be started at another date.

  3. Students will receive the book and a schedule. Each group will meet four times (Nov 11-Dec 14) during lunch (12:00-12:30) on A, C and sometimes Eagle Days in the library to chat about the book.

  4. I would love to have some parents join me in this venture. If you are interested in being a coach please let me know!

Nov/Dec Book Choices include:

  1. Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing by Judy Blume - Peter feels like a fourth grade nothing. His little brother, Fudge is causing problems for him all the time. The last straw is when Fudge walks off with Peter's pet turtle, Dribble. It is now time for Peter to get his parents to pay attention to him for a change. This is a book that would be well suited for kids with younger siblings because they can probably relate to Peter's difficulties with Fudge.

  2. A Perfect Time for Pandas (Magic Tree House) by Mary Pope Osborn - Time-traveling brother-and-sister team Jack and Annie have to find a certain kind of food. The magic tree house whisks them off to a village in the mountains of southeast China, close to a world-famous panda reserve but they’ve arrived on the day of a historic earthquake! This is a book that is great for those kiddos that enjoy historical fiction.

  3. Amber Brown is not a Crayon by Paula Danzinger -Amber Brown Is Not a Crayon is about a little girl in third grade who finds out her best friend is going to be moving in a few weeks. Amber and her best friend Justin get into an argument right before he leaves and stop talking. Amber must decide on how to handle the emotions she is experiencing to make things right before Justin leaves. This book is great for 3rd graders who are learning to deal with friendships.

I’m looking forward to a great season of Novel Navigators,

Julie Rains, Library Media Specialist
(913) 856 – 3724



If you'd like to sign up to be a Watch D.O.G. or Eagle M.O.M., please use the link below!

We're using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.


We are still collecting socks through the end of the month! Socks are the most needed, but least donated article of clothing for those experiencing homelessness. While many people donate clothing, 9 out of every 10 people who have donated clothing have never donated a pair of socks.

Bring those socks in and drop them into the wooden toy box sitting on the stage!


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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.

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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