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Sunflower Elementary - February 8, 2019

Things to Put on Your Calendar!

Monday, February 11

Valentine Parties (see schedule below)

Tuesday, February 12

Early Dismissal 1:00 pm

Wednesday, February 13- Friday, February 15

No School - PT Conferences

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

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Hello from Kendra Noll, our Counseling Intern!

My name is Kendra Noll and I am so excited to be at Sunflower for the next four months working alongside Mrs. Gabriel as the school counseling intern. I have already been having so much fun getting to know students, working in classrooms, and meeting the school staff. To share a bit about myself, I am from Lawrence and live there with my husband Kevin who is a product design engineer at a speaker company. We love to be outside, travel, hike, and design and build home projects in our free time.

Prior to my internship, I worked as a Director for the Boys & Girls Club at Schwegler Elementary for 4.5 years and as a Director of Operations for Elementary Programs for 3 years in Lawrence. Before that, I worked for a Government Housing Authority where I helped run a youth center, and for Communities in Schools in an elementary school in Austin, TX. I received my undergraduate degrees in music and anthropology from KU and am now excited to see where my Masters in School Counseling from Fort Hays State will take me. I love working with children and look forward to working with all of the students, families, and teachers at Sunflower over the following months!

Last Chance to Sign Up for Chat 'n Chew for 1st and 2nd Graders

An invitation from Mrs. Rains...

What is Chat ‘n Chew?

Chat ‘n Chew is a program that gives children the chance to listen to adults read books and discuss these great reads with their friends. Parents volunteer twice a month to read to a small group of children. Each Chat ‘n Chew group will meet during lunch and while the children eat, their parent sponsor will read one or two picture books. After they read each book, the children will discuss the book. The books can be brought in from home, checked out from the public library, or borrowed from Sunflower’s media center.

Who can participate?

Chat ‘n Chew is a program for 1st and 2nd graders (3rd and 4th graders have the chance to participate in Novel Navigators). Students and parents need to sign the form below and return it to Mrs. Rains in the LIT Lab by Friday, January 25th. Chat ‘n Chew groups will be formed and announced the week of February 11th and will begin meeting the 1st week in March.

How can I become a sponsor?

Fill out the Google form (click on the link below) Select which day(s) that work best for you. 1st grade eats lunch from 10:50-11:20 and 2nd grade eats from 12:00-12:30. I will be happy to help you select great read-alouds. I will also provide each coach with a list of discussion starter questions. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can also sponsor a group!

Chat 'n Chew Google Sign-Up Form

News from the SE Lit Lab

Our MAKERSPACE is running low on a few consumables. If you have any of the following in your recycle bin or hanging around your house, please bring send them into the LIT Lab.

Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

Egg Cartons

Small Plastic Tubs

Cotton Balls

Index Cards

Bendable Straws


We are now taking orders for the Sunflower yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year!

  • Full Color Pages
  • All Grades Represented
  • Great Pictures From School Events

2 Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Click on the picture above or access your Skyward account via to place an order using your debit/credit card.
  2. Download and print out an order form below. Return the completed form along with cash or check to the Sunflower office.

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.

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.

Building Blazers Day Camp

When: February 15

Location: Trail Ridge Middle School

Time: 8:00 am - 5:00 pm (Drop off begins at 7:30 am)

Enroll your K-5 student in the Second Building Blazer Youth Camp on February 15.

GEHS Students have organized a full day of activities including, games such as Kick Ball, Crack A Bout, and other activities. Made Decor will be there to make a craft sign to take home and Young Rembrandts will be on hand to lead an art class.

Cost $45 (1 child) / $65 (2 children) / $80 (3 children) -- Must be in the same family

Need based scholarships available.

**Gardner Edgerton Food Services will provide box lunches

**Lunch is part of the cost for the day. You just need to select which lunch your child will want.


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