The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - August 30, 2019

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Mark your calendars!

Monday, September 2...Labor Day - No School

Tuesday, September 3...PTO Meeting, 7 pm, Sunflower Library

Friday, September 6...Wear Blazer Blue Day AND PTO No Fuss Unfundraiser Kickoff

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

principally speaking

Hello Eagle Families,

What a great start to the year we’ve had! I am excited to be starting my third year of service as your principal. Although Labor Day weekend is the “unofficial” end of summer, I am pleased to share our students have returned to school ready to learn and we have settled into daily routines. Remember you play a vital role in your child’s success at school. You can help by asking your child about his/her day, having a positive attitude about learning, and reading to or with your child every evening.

Sunflower’s teaching and support staff believe an environment of collaboration is the best way to reach our goals. This is the epitome of our mission and vision statements:

Mission Statement: TOGETHER, empowering each individual student to reach their unique potential.

Vision Statement: At Sunflower Elementary, we will collaborate with students, families, and colleagues to create an innovative, engaging, enjoyable learning environment where dreams are nurtured, exploration and discovery are encouraged, and individual academic achievements are realized. We will celebrate the accomplishments of each student as they leave our school as healthy, confident, academically prepared, and self-directed learners who are ready to meet the challenges of the future.

I look forward to working in partnership with you, your child, and our staff to realize your personal learning goals for your child(ren) and our school. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


Dr. Jason Jones

blazer blue on friday

Friday Night Lights Gardner style starts next Friday night! Wear your Blazer Blue on Friday, September 6th, and then head out to the District Athletic Complex to cheer on the boys in blue at 7 pm.

Hula-hooping towards the weekend!

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4th Grade Eagle Choir

Dear parents,

Your child has an exciting opportunity to join choir the 4th Grade Eagle Choir! This is a completely optional and extracurricular activity, so enrollment is not required unless your child wants to participate! If your child enrolls in choir, attendance is expected and absences should be communicated to Mr. Prall prior to rehearsals. Choir is split between two parts. One part meets on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. and Part two meets on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 7:30 a.m. This gives us an opportunity to work on individual parts one day of the week and then we get to join up as a whole choir on Thursday and put it all together!

If your child is interested in joining, please scan the QR code at the bottom of the page and fill out the Google Form. If the QR code is not working correctly, I have provided a link below.

Our first rehearsal will take place on Thursday, September 5th where I will be assigning students their parts. If you have any questions about choir or anything else, please email me at

Looking forward to a great year of choir!

Musically yours,

Garrett Prall

Follow the link or simply scan the QR code to access the necessary form:


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The first round of VIP Lunches were served this week.

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If you were not able to attend the parent information meeting about our Watch D.O.G.S. & Eagle M.O.M.S. programs and would still like to order some official gear, please use the links below to download and print out the order forms. All orders are due by September 13, 2019.

the race is on - color run 2019

Check out the finish line photos from our Color Run on Sunflower's Facebook page. Click HERE for the album.
The Race is On Color Run 2019

picture day - sept. 11

The photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be here on September 11 to take fall individual pictures. Order forms will be sent home next week.

The photographer will be using “green screen” technology, so please avoid wearing a green shirt!

Girls on the Run is Back at Sunflower!!! (Repeat)

Crystal Engemann, SE PE Teacher, is bringing back the popular program, Girls on the Run this fall! This program is open to 3rd & 4th grade girls!

Online registration is currently open at Our season begins September 9. Our GOTR team will meet on Mondays and Wednesdays after school.

If you are interested in helping coach our GOTR team, please email Mrs. Engemann at or contact the Sunflower office. To be an official coach, there is a free training scheduled for August 20th (there is a later training scheduled in KCMO).

Dalaena Karlin, mom of 3rd grader Emily Karlin and assistant GOTR coach, says "Any family member of a girl in Girls on the Run can also register to run the 5K with their student. The 5K is a celebratory fun run they can walk, skip, dance, or run. It's not a race!"

For more information, please download the flyer below.

Young Rembrandts is back with new and fun drawing lessons! If your kids are new to art or seasoned pros they will love these classes that teach drawing and coloring techniques as well as art history. Classes begin August 19th and are open to kids 1st - 4th grade. Sessions will be held on Mondays from 3:35 to 4:35 pm.

For anyone interested...

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GEYCP Events Coming Up (repeat)

Gardner Edgerton Youth & Community Programs has some fun events and activities to start the school year!

- Middle School Kickball Tournament

- Jr. Blazerettes Dance Team (Grades 5-8)

- Theater Production of Once Upon A Mattress (Grades 5-8)

- Building Blazers Volleyball Skills Academy (Grades 2-6)

- Youth Experience Volleyball (Ages 4-6)

Registration can be found at

Little Blazer Cheer Clinic (repeat)

Each year the Gardner Edgerton High School Cheerleaders host a cheer camp for individuals in grades K-6. We are proud to say that GEHS cheerleaders have been hosting this camp and "Building Blazers" for over twenty years!

This program is divided into two parts: a clinic and a game.

On Wednesday, September 18th, we will host the clinic at GEHS from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Check In will be from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm in the Auxiliary Gym at GEHS. The cheerleaders will teach our Little Blazers chants, cheers and safe stunting.

On Friday, September 20th, the Little Blazers will attend the home football game versus Lawrence High School. They will be cheering on the track with the high school cheerleaders during the first quarter of the game. If the game on Friday, September 20th should be rained out, the make-up game will take place on Friday, October 4th.

The cost is $40 which includes a cheer t-shirt, bow and poms to be used/worn at the game. One adult will be admitted for free the night of the game.

Early registration deadline to enroll is Friday, September 6th. GEYCP is helping with enrollments and will only be taking online registrations.

Registration and information can be found here:

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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