February 2021 Sunflower Patch

Headlines & Happenings at Sunflower Elementary

February Dates to Remember

  • February 5th-Cheer on the Chiefs RED FRIDAY
  • February 8th-Wear PINK in honor of our Zoom visit with cartoonist Duane Abel
  • February 12th- Valentine's Day Parties
  • February 15th- No School President's Day

* Please call in transportation changes before 2 p.m.

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DRAW YOUR DESTINY School Assembly!

Cartoonist Duane Abel will be visiting with Sunflower students on February 8 via an all-school Zoom.

From Duane's website:

Duane presents an all student assembly that promotes GOAL SETTING, the power of LITERACY and importance of EDUCATION with the four words required for success that all students need to hear!

We look forward to visiting Duane and want to welcome him by wearing pink in honor of Zed, one of his cartoon characters!

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Hello Families,

First, Sunflower wants to thank all the staff, students and parents working so hard to make this unique school year a success! It’s been exciting to have kids back in school! This year, more than ever, it’s important the school and families partner together. We wanted to send out a reminder to parents the importance of calling the school the morning your child is absent if your child will be not be in school that day. Here are some important tips and reminders:

  • If your child is going to be absent from school, please notify the school before 8:30 am THAT SAME DAY. This will prevent the school from having to mark them as an unexcused absence.

  • It is best practice to notify the school via email. Please email your child's teacher along with the attendance clerk in the front office ( office-attendance@usd368.org ) to let them know your child will be gone and how the absence should be marked (ill, out of town, etc...) To avoid a call from the attendance-dialer, be sure to include the office-attendance in your correspondence.

  • When you contact the school, if you anticipate an extended absence due to quarantine, please note length of the absence then be sure to send a doctor’s note upon your child returning.

  • If you are not able to email, please call the school at 913-294-8040.

Your partnership in notifying the school the day your child is absence, will help the school prepare for your child’s absence in organizing their missed work. It will also help families avoid unnecessarily receiving an unexcused absence letter from the school outlining state truancy laws. (Although, state truancy laws are important for families to know: An unexcused absence in Kansas is when a parent does not notify the school of their child’s absence that same day. When a child has 3 consecutive unexcused absences, 5 total unexcused absences in a semester or 7 total unexcused absences in a school year, the child is considered truant by Kansas state law and the school is required to report them as such).

Thank you so much for your continued partnership in making this a great school year!

A Message From The Nurse

Mask Protocol

Thank you for your cooperation with the mask protocols that are truly working to help keep our staff and students safe. Reminder.....an appropriate mask should cover the nose and mouth completely and stay securely in place. Please make sure masks are being washed and/or changed daily.

COVID Precautions

We are grateful that we continue to have in person learning here at Sunflower. Continue to help us in this endeavor by being symptom aware and keeping your student home if they are sick or experiencing COVID like symptoms. Our policy requires any student demonstrating one primary symptom or two secondary symptoms to be excluded from school.

Primary Symptoms (any one):
 New Onset Cough
 Difficulty Breathing
 Loss of taste/smell

Secondary Symptoms (any two):
 Fever of at least 100.4
 Extreme Fatigue
 Chills
 Congestion/Runny nose (count as only one)
 Nausea/Vomiting/Diarrhea (count as only one)
 Sore Throat
 Headache
 Muscle or Body Aches

Contact the school nurse for return guidelines if you feel your student meets these criteria.

Free COVID testing continues to be available in Paola at Rockers Pharmacy and the Adult Education Center.

Glenda Kinaman, RN

USD #368, District Nurse

BURRR! Cold weather is upon us!

Sunflower has been fortunate to receive brand new hat and glove donations. We know sometimes kids will lose or forget their gloves or hats. We want to keep kids warm and comfortable at recess! The (new) hat and gloves are for kids to enjoy and keep when the need arises. Parents are also always welcome to call or email Mrs. Wilson, lisa_wilson@usd368.org, to specifically request hats and gloves for their child(ren).

Family Resources

As some of our families continue to be impacted financially due to Covid quarantine/time off work, we wanted to remind everyone the USD 368 counseling department created a community resource guide that is posted on our district website. If you are experiencing financial hardships, please know this resource guide is available. It also has each school's counselor/social worker's name and contact information. The link is also found below.


Lisa Wilson, LSCSW

Sunflower Elementary

School Social Worker

913-294-8040 ext 3311

Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book to the Sunflower Library. Click on the above box for more information.

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Parents-Sign up for IC to receive emails & texts from your child’s teacher & school. NEW account? Trouble logging in? Email stacey_elkinton@usd368.org (put IC in subject line). If you signed up at CW, you will use the same account for Sunflower.


Anyone - Do you want to be reminded about what's happening at Sunflower? Sign up for Panther Alerts by clicking on the box above. These are generic texts for all patrons, but not student specific.


Anyone - Click on the above box and LIKE our Facebook page. You'll get up to date events, information, news, pictures and videos of what's going at Sunflower.

Get to Know Sunflower Elementary

We are glad to share in the educational experience of your children. We want you to know what we are all about at Sunflower Elementary. We have prepared a set of videos to help you get to know the programs and activities at Sunflower Elementary.

Click Here for information on Paola Community Events

Community event flyers will be posted on the district's webpage instead of going home in student backpacks. If you would like your event posted, please contact the district office @ 913-294-8000.