The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - August 17, 2018


Welcome back to Sunflower! We have had such a busy has flown by!! We started off the school year with a giant school-wide Hawaiian luau celebrating the beginning of the school year. Superintendent Pam Stranathan even joined us!

Check out our slideshow of First Day of School photos!

Notes from the Office

Change of Transportation

Please let your child's teacher know how your child will be leaving school ahead of time. If you need to make a change during the day, contact the office with a phone call, preferably no later than 3:00 pm. A child will not be allowed to go home in a different manner unless we hear from you. Thank you for your understanding as we work to ensure all of our students arrive home safely.

Absences Due to Vacations

If your family is planning to go out of town and your student will miss any days of school, this is technically an unexcused absence (per district handbook). Please email Dr. Jones at ahead of time. This will allow us to take a look at previous attendance history and determine whether or not the absence will be excused.

Online Absence Reporting

Please use our new online absence reporting link to report all school absences by 9:00am for EACH day your student will be absent. There is an icon on our website at for our new online absence reporting link. You can also call in student absences to the absentee line at 913-856-3749.

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What's Coming Up?

Tuesday, August 28 - 1st Grade Parent Meeting 6 pm

Thursday, August 30 - Watch D.O.G.S. and Eagle M.O.M.S. Informational Meeting 6:15 pm

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

Introducing a New Addition!

Moms and Dads only are invited to our WATCH D.O.G.S. Information Meeting on August 30th at 6:15 pm!! WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative program being used by schools across America which helps them to be positively impacted by the committed involvement of fathers and father-figures in their student’s life. This year, Sunflower is implementing an EAGLE M.O.M.S. program to run side-by-side with the WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

The site-based Eagle M.O.M.S. (Moms of Magnificent Students) initiative serves to complement the national Watch D.O.G.S. program. The specific goal of this initiative is to enhance our student’s educational success by utilizing the positive impact of mothers and mother figures in the lives of their children and all students.

Research shows a convincing relationship between positive parent involvement and student success (Henderson & Mapp, 2002). Decades of research, as noted on the National PTA web site, show when parents are involved students have:

  • Higher test scores, grades, and graduation rates

  • Better school attendance

  • Increased motivation, better self-esteem

  • Lower rates of suspension

  • Decreased use of drugs and alcohol

  • Fewer instances of violent behavior

Watch D.O.G.S. and Eagle M.O.M.S. Duties:

  • Volunteer a day (or half) in our school

  • Serve in your child’s classroom and in other classrooms

  • Help students with their work or facilitate other special projects

  • Participate in recess

  • Eat lunch with your child

  • Help supervise students at lunch

  • Shelve library books

Typical Day:

  • Moms are asked to report to the office at 8:15 a.m. (sign-in and orientation).

  • Greet students at the front door

  • Morning announcement introduction

  • Follow daily schedule

  • Complete survey

SE Student Speakers at Convocation

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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.

Drop Off and Pickup...Intimidating?

Our car line can be intimidating. If you follow these simple rules, it's a breeze!

At Meet the Teacher Night, you will receive a sign with your child's name on it. When you pick up your child in the car line, please hang this sign up on your rear view mirror. Even if your current after school plan is for your child to walk home or ride the bus or go to JCPRD, please take your sign home. There might be a day when you will need to pick up your child in the car line.

Please take a look at the document link below for more detailed drop off and pickup instructions!

School Safety

This is just a reminder that each and every visitor will need a Government ID (Driver's License) with a photo to enter Sunflower. At the office door, visitors will request access by pushing a button and following the directions on the new entry point signage.

If you need to drop off something for your student, for example, their lunch, there will be a table available for parents to drop it off each time as well. Just make sure to notify the front office who the item(s) are for.

Click here for a quick video if you aren't familiar with the procedures or if you want a refresher!

What's for Lunch (and Breakfast)?

Sunflower lunch ladies rock! Ms. Debbie and her crew are the best when it comes to making sure your students eat a healthy meal!

Click here for our lunch schedule and lunch menus. There's also an app that you can download for your phone called "Nutrislice" where you can pull up the breakfast and lunch menus.

Click here for our District Nutrition Services webpage where you can catch up on the latest special events, order classroom catering, apply for free & reduced lunches, and see the lunch prices for the 18-19 school year.

To pay for lunches, you can either pay online via Skyward (the same way you paid for the $70 Instruction Material fee when you enrolled) or bring cash or check into the school office.

Young Rembrandts Art Classes

We are so excited for our fall session at your school, and we hope you will be too! We have a huge variety of different pieces lined up, so there will be something special for everyone! Ready to begin a great school year? Join us as we dive into a fascinating world of color, pattern, and design. All supplies are included! To register online, visit our website at or download a registration form by clicking on the link below. If you use the registration form, please do not return it to the school office. You will need to mail it to the address shown on the form.

Sunflower Staff Fun before the kids come to school!

Watch the videos below to see what your teachers did to keep busy before you came back to school!

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.