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Sunflower Car Rider Dismissal Reminder

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we work to ensure a safe and efficient car rider dismissal process in our front loop. Considering that we will be full onsite and in order for the process to run smoothly, it is essential that each vehicle has an assigned numbered placard that is hanging from the front mirror. *If you are in need of a placards, please let the front office know so we can get those to you right away. It is also incredibly helpful if you pull up all of the way up as far as you are able to as noted by the curbside cones in the front loop. Since our front car loop is used exclusively for car riders only, there is not an opportunity for parents to walk up and/or walk across the crosswalk to the front of the school to pick up their child(ren). Please know that this is for the safety of all stakeholders and thank you again for your understanding with this. -Ryan

Halloween & Classroom Celebrations:

In keeping with the District reopening plan expectations, we will not be scheduling any celebrations to recognize Halloween this school year. *This includes not having costumes, parades, volunteers, prepackaged food in classrooms, etc.... That being said, classrooms may have fun projects and/or content-related activities that are facilitated by the classroom teacher to recognize the Halloween holiday. Thank you for your understanding with this as we continue to take necessary precautions and follow the mitigating measures. - Mr. Kalis

Our Fall Book Fair is OPEN!

October 16th-October 29th



This year we will be holding our Book Fair Online! All the great books you and your kids love, shipped right to your house!

All book orders over $25 will get free shipping! And just like before, your purchase helps support our Sunflower Library!

You can start shopping now at https://www.scholastic.com/bf/sunflowerelementaryschool6



Also, watch our Sunflower PTA Facebook Page for give aways and fun activities!

Save the Date

October

Mon. 10/19 - 10/29 - Online Book Fair

Mon. 10/26 - All students K-6 who chose in person learning, are full in Person!

November

Thursday 11/5 - Picture Day (More info. to come)

Friday 11/6 - NO SCHOOL/Teacher Workday

Thursday 11/12 - Parent Teacher Conferences/Evening

Friday 11/13 - NO SCHOOL/Parent Teacher Conferences

Monday 11/23 - NO SCHOOL/Teacher PD

Tues. - Fri. 11/24 - 11/27 - NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

December

Tuesday 12/15 - Picture Retake Day/Remote Students Picture Day

Tuesday 12/22 - Early Dismissal 12:30

Wed. 12/23 - Mon. 1/4/2021 - NO SCHOOL/Winter Break

Tuesday 1/5/2021 - School Resumes

Nurse Notes

Hello, Sunflower families!


With cold, flu and allergy season upon us in the time of Covid 19 we are asking for extra communication from parents. Please communicate all absences either by phone or email to the front office staff, Ashley and Kerri:


Attendance Line (913) 993-5488

Ashleylay@smsd.org

kerribrisendine@smsd.org


In addition, any and all signs of illness, even minor (one episode of vomiting, runny nose, anything!), need to be discussed by phone or email with nurse, Esther:

(913) 993-5452

estheranderson@smsd.org


Thank you for your assistance!

Esther Anderson, RN

Sunflower Elementary School

(913) 993-5452

estheranderson@smsd.org

JCDHE Resources

JOHNSON COUNTY DEPARTMENT OF HEALTH & ENVIRONMENT RESOURCES

Please use the following link to the JCDHE Covid Dashboard as a resource for parents to assist them with questions regarding Covid19 and school gating criteria: https://www.jocogov.org/joco-covid-19-response


If parents have questions, the Johnson County Community Covid-19 hotline is available as a resource for families. The hotline is staffed by public health professionals.

913-715-CV19 (2819)
Monday - Friday, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.


An additional option is to sign up for daily emails from the Johnson County Department of Health Environment. This can be set up at the following link: https://lp.constantcontactpages.com/su/yeGyYVt/coronavirus

Panorama Survey

Panorama Information for Parents/Guardians:

This school year (2020-2021), the Shawnee Mission School District is once again utilizing the Panorama Social-Emotional Learning survey to assess student’s perseverance, grit, determination, school culture and student-teacher relationships. The Panorama Social-Emotional survey takes approximately 30 to 45 minutes to complete and will be administered once each semester. The first survey window is scheduled for November 2 through November 9, 2020. The Panorama Survey can be completed by students in the remote, hybrid or in-building learning environment. Parents/Guardians would have opted their student(s) in or out of the survey during the 20-21 registration process. Survey data will be reviewed at the district and classroom level to determine areas of strength, as well as areas where more instruction and/or support is needed. Once survey results are returned, parents/guardians are welcome to see and discuss the results with their students’ teachers, social workers, and counselors. Sample survey questions can be found here and here.

We encourage you to visit the Kansas State Department of Education (KSDE) website to learn more about how Social Emotional Learning benefits your child and their environment. All data is maintained by SMSD and will remain confidential. Please visit this site for more information about the Panorama SEL survey.


Panorama Información para padres/tutores - Español:

Este año escolar (2020-2021) el Distrito Escolar de Shawnee Mission está utilizando la Encuesta Panorama de Aprendizaje Social y Emocional para evaluar la perseverancia, la determinación, la cultura escolar y las relaciones entre estudiantes y maestros. La encuesta Panorama Social-Emocional tarda aproximadamente 30 a 45 minutos en completarse y se administrará una vez cada semestre. Los padres deben optar por sus estudiantes iniciando sesión en Skyward y completando un formulario de aprobación. Los datos de la encuesta se revisarán a nivel de distrito y salón de clases para determinar las áreas de fortaleza, así como las áreas donde se necesita más instrucción y / o apoyo. Una vez que se devuelven los resultados de la encuesta, los padres / tutores pueden ver y discutir los resultados con los maestros, trabajadores sociales y consejeros de sus estudiantes. Se pueden encontrar ejemplos de preguntas de la encuesta aquí: here y aquí: here.

Le recomendamos que visite el sitio web del Departamento de Educación del Estado de Kansas (KSDE) para obtener más información sobre cómo el Aprendizaje Social Emocional beneficia a su hijo/a y su entorno: https://www.ksde.org/Agency/Division-of-Learning-Services/Career-Standards-and-Assessment-Services/Content-Area-M-Z/School-Counseling/Social-Emotional-Character-Development-Standards-Assessment-and-Instruction

Math Club

Attention 4th, 5th, and 6th Graders:

You are invited to participate in Sunflower’s Math Club! Math Club will be remote this year, and we will work on challenging logic and reasoning problems. We will meet in Mrs. Buttrey’s WebEx room (https://smsd.webex.com/meet/nanettebuttrey) from 3:45-4:15 PM on the

following dates:


Nov. 4,18

Dec. 2,16

Jan. 13,27

Feb. 10,24


Mrs. Buttrey

email: nanettebuttrey@smsd.org

WebEx: https://smsd.webex.com/meet/nanettebuttrey

Arrival and Dismissal Details

Sunflower Arrival:

  • The arrival process will run from 7:50-8:10am.

  • If your child is a car rider, parents will need to pull ahead through our car rider line (closest to the curb). We will have cones out to note how far you are able to pull up (unless there is a car that is stopped in front of you).

  • Parents are to stay in their vehicles as they drop off their child(ren) and staff will assist with opening the car door for your child(ren) if they need that additional assistance. If your child(ren) can open their car door independently, that is great. For your child’s safety, we do ask that they exit your vehicle on the passenger side closest to the curb.

  • Once your child is safely out of your vehicle and the door has been closed, please follow the vehicle in front of you as you depart from the car rider line. Also note that you must take a right on Bourgade as you leave Sunflower.

  • There will be some staff outside to meet and greet our Sunflower students and to direct them into the building.

  • There will be some Sunflower staff to meet and greet our bus riders as they get off the bus in the bus loop. The bus riders will enter door #11 (NE side set of gym doors) and will be greeted and guided to enter the building.

  • If your child is a walker coming from the Tomashaw cul-de-sac near the bus loop, they will walk to door #10 (SE side set of gym doors) and your child will be greeted by Sunflower staff as the students enter the building.

  • If your child is a walker coming from the Learnscape side off of Loiret Blvd, they will walk around to the front car loop sidewalk. If they are in K-4th grade, they will walk up, enter the front doors and they will be greeted by Sunflower staff. If they are in 5th or 6th grade, they will walk down the woodchip path at the front of the building (below the office) and enter through the lower doors to the 5th and 6th grade classrooms. They will be greeted by Sunflower staff at the lower doors as they enter.

  • The JCPRD drop off processes in the bus loop will remain the same. If your student is in JCPRD in the morning, they will be dismissed from JCPRD to their specific classroom at 7:50am.

Sunflower Dismissal:

  • The dismissal process will start at 3:10pm and it typically ends before 3:30pm.

  • We will have staggered dismissal times starting with our bus riders (including daycare vans), afternoon JCPRD and then car riders.

  • If your child is a walker going to the Tomashaw cul-de-sac near the bus loop, a Sunflower staff member will walk your child from door #10 (SE side set of gym doors) up the sidewalk and to the cul-de-sac gate.

  • If your child is a walker going to the Learnscape side off of Loiret Blvd, a staff member will walk your child from Door #3 down the sidewalk on school property out to the sidewalk that runs parallel to Loiret Blvd.

  • If your child is a car rider, parents will need to pull ahead through our car rider line (closest to the curb). We will have cones out to note how far you are able to pull up (unless there is a car that is stopped in front of you).

  • Please make sure that you have your numbered car placard when you pull up. This will help us be both safe and efficient with our pick up process. This is also how we will be calling cars and notifying staff in the building that you have arrived to pick up your child(ren).

  • Once your family number is called, your child will come out of the building and will be directed by Sunflower staff to the correct vehicle. Again, having your numbered placard up is an important part of this process.

  • Parents are to stay in their vehicles at all times as they pick up their child(ren) and staff will assist with opening the car door for your child(ren) if they need that additional assistance. If your child(ren) can open their car door independently, that is great.

  • Once your child is safely in your vehicle, please follow the vehicle in front of you as you depart from the car rider line. *Also note that you must take a right on Bourgade as you leave Sunflower.

  • There will not be an opportunity for parents to walk up to the front of the school to pick up their child as the front loop will be exclusively for car riders only. This is for the safety of all stakeholders. If you are driving up to pick up your child, you will need to be in the car rider line. Thank you in advance for your cooperation with this as we work to take the necessary precautions.


*Note that if you need to change your child’s dismissal plan, please communicate with the teacher well in advance so we can be prepared to make the adjustment on our end.