The Eagle Soars
Sunflower Elementary - December 21, 2018
Things to Put on Your Calendar!
Wednesday, December 26
PTO Dining Night at Papa Murphys
Monday, January 7
Welcome Back to School! 2nd Semester Begins!
Friday, January 11
School Store is Open!
Spelling Bee 1:30 pm
View our online calendar (select individual events for more details):
Skip the leftover turkey and head to Papa Murphy's on December 26th for dinner!
A Note from the District Office
A change in the student use of microwaves in Sunflower’s cafeteria will be taking place beginning January 7, 2019. The microwaves currently accessible to students will no longer be available. No other elementary school in USD 231 has microwaves available for student use. There are several reasons for the removal of Sunflower’s microwaves. Chief among them is student safety. A microwave can pose potential risks for children. The most common microwave injury is burns. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children can be burned by removing dishes from the microwave, spilling hot foods or liquids, opening containers, and eating food that is cooked unevenly or has hot spots. Secondly, Sunflower has seen an increase in the number of students needing to use microwaves at all grade levels. This has resulted in longer wait times and a decrease in the amount of time students have to eat their food. Finally, time spent assisting students with pre-packaged meals limits the active supervision adults can provide to all students.
It is recommended foods prepared at home be transported in insulated containers so they are ready to eat with no further heating or preparation needed. USD 231 Nutrition staff are not able to re-heat foods brought from home in the Sunflower kitchen.
I appreciate your support as we make this change at Sunflower Elementary School.
Director of Elementary Education
We are recycling markers!
Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.
Right outside of Mrs. Godwin's Technology Lab is our Recycling Station. As of this week, it is almost 3/4 full! Mrs. Godwin will box up the used markers and ship them off to Crayola.
Cold Weather and Recess Policy
There will be no outside recess when:
- The temperature is 20 degrees or below,
- The wind chill index is 20 degrees or below, and/or
- There is significant precipitation.
Teachers may take their class out briefly for fresh air at their discretion. Students should be prepared for sudden changes in Kansas weather. Dress appropriately!
Park and Walk Parking Lot
If you are using the crosswalk to safely escort your child to the building, the "Park & Walk" lot is available for this purpose. This is used for the same purpose in the afternoon during dismissal.
Enroll Now for the Next Session of Young Rembrandts!
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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.
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.