Sunflower News

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A note from Mr. Kalis

Dear Sunflower Families,

It has been a year like no other with many trials and tribulations…. I wanted to take a moment to thank you for your continued support, patience and partnership even through the most challenging of times with the pandemic this past school year. I am so proud of how all of our Sunflower Cyclone students and staff navigated the year, met the challenges head on, persevered and worked together.

I am looking forward to the opportunity serve our great Sunflower community again this next school year as well the opportunity to continue to partner with you in order to best support your child(ren). Have a great summer and I’m looking forward to seeing you back in August! -Ryan

Congratulations to our 2020-2021 6th Grade Cyclones

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A message for our incoming 7th Grade Families

Future Wildcats,

I hope you all have a safe and relaxing summer. Please be checking your email over the summer as we will be sending out important dates which will include times for you to come to Westridge and get your schedules for next year. We will also be giving you time to practice going to all of your classes and getting familiar with the building before school starts.

We are excited to meet you all. Let me know if you have questions. Go Wildcats!

Jeremy McDonnell


Westridge Middle School

(913) 993-1205

Playground Updates/Maintenance

Cyclones, just a reminder that we will be getting new playground equipment this Summer! They are currently tearing down the old equipment and will soon be tearing out the blacktop to replace as well. During this time the playground and asphalt will be closed until this work is complete for safety reasons. Thank you for your understanding and we can't wait to see all the new equipment come in!

Band & Strings Information for 2021-2022

4th and 5th grade families,

Greetings from the West Area band and strings teachers! If you haven’t already heard the news, we are very excited to be able to offer beginning band and string classes for both 5th and 6th grades next year. If you think your student might be interested, please see the attached information that will be going home with students before the last day of school and check out our website for more information. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us…we would love to help!

Thank you!

Mr.Hupe and Ms. Kenny

Save the Date

Wed. 6/2 - Last Day for the School Office is Open

Thurs. 6/3 - School Office is closed for the Summer

Tues. 7/27 - School Office Opens

Tues. 8/10 - Back-to-School Night (Tentative)

Thurs. 8/12 - First Day of School for grades 1st-6th and Early Dismissal @ 12:30

Thurs. 8/12 & 8/13 - Kdg Conferences - more details to come

Mon. 8/16 - First Day of Kindergarten

Sunflower's Got Talent

All Sunflower Staff and students (including our online students from other schools) are welcome to participate in our online Talent Show for the month of May! Please sign in with your @smsd email using the Google Sign-in on our flipgrid:

Join code is: 58352cd5

Only students will be able to log in with their SMSD google account. The rules are posted on the flipgrid. Any other questions? Send me a line:

I can’t wait to see what you all come up with this year!

sunflower staff for 2021-2022 school year


Elizabeth Shultz

Rebecca Thompson

Dana Wells

1st Grade

Angelique Audiss

Britney Fuchs

Tammy Shackelford

2nd Grade

Gina Avery

Emily Quick

3rd Grade

Amy Foster

Belinda Froetschner

4th Grade

Suzanne Dorsch

Ann McMillen


5th Grade

Dani Bulmer

Jordan Matlock

6th Grade

Nan Buttrey

Liz McClain

Speech Pathologists

Andrea Burcham

Alex Barney

Resource Room

Mandy Applegate

Madison Keith

Margot Roberts

School Psych

Amy Drinnon

Behavior Specialist

Christi Weldon


Mihan Lester

Christy Sumner


Enhanced Learning

Courtney Moffitt

Brooke Tuley


Bob Lockwood - PE

Victoria Lumpkin - Art

Calista Martin - Music

Stephanie Morrison - Library

Social Worker

Jeanette Roberts

Instructional Coach

Alicia Anderson

Innovation Specialist

Tracy Overton


Esther Anderson

Summer Pick Up and Go Meals for Children Start June 3

Hunger does not take a vacation in the summertime. Free meals will be provided to all children ages 1 to 18 at four school sites in the Shawnee Mission School District. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals funded entirely by USDA as part of their Summer Meals Program.

Time and Dates:

  • Time of pick up: 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
  • June 3 – July 29, 2021 (closed 7/5/21 for holiday)
  • Pick up on Mondays & Thursdays


  • Comanche Elementary, 8200 Grant St., Overland Park
  • East Antioch Elementary, 7342 Lowell, Overland Park
  • Rosehill Elementary, 9801 Rosehill, Lenexa
  • Shawanoe Elementary,11230 W 75th St., Shawnee

Pick up & go meals include breakfast and lunch:

  • Monday (3 days of meals) & Thursday (4 days of meals)
  • Hot lunch entrée provided on day of pick up.
  • No advance ordering needed.

Children must be present to receive meals. Contact Food Services for a voucher if special circumstances prevent child from being present.

  • Meals will be available for pick up outside the school front drive.
  • Meals will be placed on a table for individual pick up.
  • Adult accompanying children may pick up the meals for each child without all children needing to exit a vehicle.
  • Please follow social distancing and wear a mask when coming to the table.
  • Meals are prepared by District Food Services staff and distributed following food safety and sanitary practices.
  • Meals available to anyone ages 1-18. Do not have to be students in the district.

SMSD will offer free, in-person lunch to students enrolled in the Summer Academy, Summer Enrichment and Extended School Year programs. Lunch is available only to students enrolled in these programs. The free lunches, funded entirely by USDA, will provide a hot entrée with choice of side dishes.

Menus and additional information available at

Menus are subject to change due to availability.

Contact the Food Services Department with any questions at 913-993-9710 or

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.