The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - February 15, 2019

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Things to Put on Your Calendar!

Monday, February 18

No School - President's Day

Tuesday, February 19

2nd Grade Musical 7:00 pm at Wheatridge MIddle School

Wednesday, February 20

Major Saver Campaign Kick-Off

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

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Principally Speaking

The second semester is well under way, and I want to thank you for your continued support of our students and staff as we collectively strive to provide optimal opportunities for learning every day. I reviewed mid-year assessments and am proud of the academic growth our students are showing. Parent-Teacher Conferences were held this past week, and it was a great opportunity to reflect on and celebrate your child’s progress.

In addition to conferences, February is also the time of year we begin preparing for the 2019-20 academic year. Our Kindergarten Round-up will occur on Tuesday, February 26 at 6 p.m. We are asking for your help in identifying all children who will be eligible to attend kindergarten in the fall. If you have a child or know of a child who will be five years old on or before August 31, 2019, please contact the school office at 856-3700 or complete the kindergarten survey found on our school’s homepage ( Your support in helping us identify students so we have a good estimate of the size of our incoming class is invaluable!

In closing, your diligence in having your student at school on time and well prepared for learning each day is appreciated. Continue to be mindful the academic day lasts until dismissal each afternoon. It is important students not be dismissed early unless an unavoidable appointment, illness, or emergency is involved as valuable instruction from the teacher will be missed. As always, thank you for supporting the wonderful teaching and learning happening at Sunflower Elementary!

Dr. Jason Jones


Nurse Notes

As we enter into Fall/Winter, it is a great time to remind our school community of the measures we take to keep students healthy and prevent the spread of communicable diseases.

We reinforce frequent hand washing with our students and coughing/sneezing into a tissue or their sleeve (not their hands). In addition, we refer to the Johnson County Department of Health and Environment (JCDHE) recommendations when determining the need to send a student home from school. The JCDHE recommendation chart provides specific guidance on when a student can be readmitted to school. For example, students are to be fever-free for 24 hours WITHOUT the use of a fever reducing medication before returning to school.

As needed, we will inform parents when we see an increase in illnesses in our school population with the potential for rapid spread among students and staff (such as Influenza) or in the rare instance we have a mandatory reportable disease occur in our population, like Mumps. General head lice notifications are not recommended as they have been found to cause harm and lead to unnecessary treatment. Instead, the school nurse will assess the need for notification on an individual basis to those considered close contacts.

Thank you for reinforcing healthy habits with our students. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nurse Haney at (913) 856-3719.

1st Grade Athletes of the Month


I have a bulletin board dedicated to “Athletes of the Month” and want to add your child’s picture to it! I am asking that your 1st grader bring in a picture of them being active, this can be them playing a sport, riding their bike or skateboard, it could even be them playing tag or jumping rope. I just want to see kids up and moving! For the month of February, I just need pictures of 1st graders and the other grades will be in months to follow. If you need to email it to me, that’s fine too! My email address is

I can’t wait to receive your child’s photo! Each child will get their photo back at the end of their designated month.


Mrs. Engemann

(your child’s PE teacher)

Major Saver Campaign Begins February 20!

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

Honoring our Veterans

The 4th graders hosted local veterans for breakfast and games on Tuesday, February 12. The 4th grade classes won a contest held during the Book Fair. They brought in the most spare change to win the honor of hosting a party for veterans. Sunflower's very own veterans, James Darnell and Janice Haney, enjoyed participating in the party.


In order to include all of the fun activities that take place in April and May, the yearbook will now be delivered in August! And the deadline for ordering has been extended to April 30!

The yearbook will be available for pick up on Meet the Teacher Night in August. Those students who will have moved on to middle school or other schools, can pick up their orders in the office or we can mail out by request.

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.

100 Day of School in Kindergarten

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.

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