The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - December 6, 2019


Tuesday, December 10 - PTO Dining Night at Planet Sub 4:00 - 8:00pm

Wednesday, December 11 - Sign Up Forms due for Sunflower's Got Talent

Thursday, December 12 - 4th Grade Choir Caroling at Gardner's Leisure Homes

Friday, December 13 - Sunflower's Got Talent for Grades 1-4 (see schedule below) AND Sunflower Spelling Bee 2:00 pm

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

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Thanksgiving has passed and the winter holidays are upon us. With the traditions and celebrations associated with the holidays, comes the conclusion of our first semester (December 20) and designated winter break (December 21 – January 7). The days leading up to winter break is often an extra busy time of year, and one frequently associated with additional stress for students who experience changes in their routines at home and school. Children can show stress in a variety of ways including: crying, acting out, becoming aggressive, withdrawing, or shutting down completely. Proactive steps you can take are to monitor your child’s sleeping habits and provide as much structure as possible. In addition, I encourage you to talk to your child’s teacher or our school counselor regarding any changes you may see in your child’s demeanor or attitude. We are here to help and want to collaborate with you to ensure every child is successful!

As I reflect on my personal blessings, I am thankful to be a part of the Sunflower learning community, both professionally and personally, as a father of 2 young children attending Sunflower. I am looking forward to several special activities in the days and weeks ahead including third grade’s vocal music program, classroom parties, and our school-wide Polar Express activity. I wish you a happy December, joyful holidays, and a pleasant winter break!

Dr. Jason Jones


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The LIT Lab is hosting a Gingerbread Man Disguise Contest during the month of December! We want to be sure that the Gingerbread Man is well hidden from everyone who wants to eat him! A winner from each grade level will be chosen and will get their choice of a Scholastic Book Fair Poster!

What: Help the Gingerbread Man escape! Decorate him (or her) to look like your favorite book character! On the back, record your name, the title of the book you found him in, and the name of the character. Below are some pictures of examples!

How: Use fun, crafty materials like colored paper, felt, feathers, paint, buttons, pipe cleaners, and more!

When: Turn in your finished project to Mrs. Rains by December 16th!

Be sure to follow Sunflower Lit Lab on Facebook for all of our Tuck In Tuesday Stories and on Instagram for photos of all of our exciting learning activities!

Happy Reading!

Mrs. Rains


Sign-ups for Sunflower's Got Talent are currently being accepted in the office! The second quarter performances will take place on Friday, December 13 for grades 1-4.

Please remember...a parent signature is required to signify the talent to be displayed has been observed and deemed appropriate for school (including ALL lyrics).

Deadline for sign-ups is December 11.

Performances will take place during the grade level sessions as indicated below:

Grade 3 – 8:40-9:40 am

Grades 1 & 4 – 9:45-10:45 am

Grade 2 – 12:15-1:15 pm


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With winter weather upon us, please review the information below from the elementary handbook regarding recess.

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!


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We cannot believe the holiday season is upon us. For many, this season is filled with joy and laughter. We also understand that the holidays can be a stressful time for some and we want to help. If your family could use any support during the holidays, please contact our counselor, Mrs. Marlene Gabriel ( All information shared will be confidential.

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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