The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - May 8, 2020

We thank you!

distribution of belongings

RETRIEVAL OF YOUR CHILD’S BELONGINGS

Your child’s personal items have been gathered from their locker and desk. These items will be available for pick up from 8:00 - 12:00 and 1:00 - 6:00 on designated days the week of May 19th.


Families with last names between A - F should plan on picking up personal items Tuesday, May 19th.


Families with last names between G - M should plan on picking up personal items Wednesday, May 20th.


Families with last names between N - S should plan on picking up personal items Thursday, May 21st.


Families with last names between T - Z should plan on picking up personal items Friday, May 22nd.


To ensure the health and safety of all please follow these steps when picking up items:

  1. Please stay in your vehicle at all times

  2. Follow the student pick-up procedures used at your school

  3. Hang your yellow car tag on your rearview mirror. If you don't have the yellow car tag, you can write your child’s name on paper and place in the front window of your car.

  4. Pull forward and a staff member will use the walkie-talkie to call in your child’s name.

  5. Pull forward as directed and your child’s items will be brought to your vehicle.

  6. Please stay in your vehicle.

  7. Open your vehicle trunk and a staff member will place your child’s items inside your vehicle.


RETURNING ITEMS BELONGING TO THE SCHOOL

Families are asked to return any school items (for example Library books) that may be at your home. Please place school items you are returning in a bag and place in your vehicle trunk or the back of your vehicle. When the staff member returns your child’s items, they will pick up any items you are returning at the same time.

A message from Nutrition Services

To those whose household incomes have been impacted by the COVID-19 crisis, we wanted to reach out to remind you that an application for free/reduced meals may be completed at any time before the published end of the school year (May 20, 2020). While these meal benefits may not be realized during the current school year, it does help our district capture the true economic impact of this situation to our families and secures continued funding for community programs such as summer meals.

In addition, the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (HR 6201) authorized state agencies to issue additional food assistance funds to families who would have received these meal benefits during the school year even if households are not currently receiving funds via EBT cards. We expect more information about this benefit to be shared by our state agency partners in the very near future.

If your household’s income has been affected by a reduction in hours, layoff, or furlough, please complete the attached forms at your earliest convenience. Completed forms may printed, scanned, or photographed with a mobile phone, and emailed to nutrition@usd231.com for processing. You may also complete the application online by logging in to Skyward Family Access under the Food Service tab. Paper copies of applications will also be available at all meal distribution sites upon request.

Important note: Approval for free/reduced meals is NOT required to receive curbside meals being distributed at any of our district sites. All children ages 1-18 are welcome to pick up a meal kit for free.

Lastly, if your students are approved for free or reduced-price meals by May 20, meal benefits will also carry through to the first 30 days of the 2020-2021 school year. Nutrition Services is here to assist your family during this difficult and uncertain time. Please do not hesitate to reach out to us with questions.

KSDE Annual Conference Art Design Contest

All Kansas K-12 students are invited to participate in a contest to design art for the 31st Annual KSDE Annual Conference which will be held October 21-23, 2020 in Wichita, Kansas. This contest encourages students to use their creativity by entering artwork in the KSDE Annual Conference Art Design Contest using the theme of Kansans CAN: Soar! With school buildings being closed, this could be an opportunity for a student art project for them to work on during their continuous learning while they’re at home.


The contest is open to all students in Kansas K-12 schools, both public and private, with a winner being selected in each of the following grade level divisions:

  • Grades K-4
  • Grades 5-8
  • Grades 9-12


From the three grade level winners, a 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winner will be selected and prizes will be awarded as follows:

3rd Place: $50

2nd Place: $75

1st Place: $125


The 1st place design will be published on the KSDE website and featured in the conference materials. All winners will be recognized at the Opening Session of the Annual Conference on October 22, 2020.


Attached are the contest rules and entry form. They are also available by clicking here.


The deadline to submit entries has been extended to May 22, 2020.


For further information, please contact: Theresa Cote, Kansas State Department of Education, by email: tcote@ksde.org.

We hate to see you go, but if you are moving...

If you are planning on your child attending a different school or district next fall, please use this link to fill out our Moving Survey. This will greatly assist us in making classroom & staffing decisions for the 2020-2021 school year.


(Current 4th grade parents do not need to complete the survey.)


2020-2021 Moving Survey

counselor's corner

Mrs. Gabriel has lots of resources for every grade level and families too!


Click on the picture below to zip right to it!

frequently asked questions about continuous learning have been updated!

Click on the link below to see if we've answered your questions in our Frequently Asked Questions!


Frequently Asked Questions

Girl Scouts is here for you!

Girl Scouts is a magical place of FUN, FRIENDS & ADVENTURES! Though we may be experiencing a difficult time right now, Girl Scouts would like to invite you to get engaged and inspired with us. We’ve got fun virtual activities now to give her a taste of what is to come when troops start to form later this summer.


Learn more about becoming a Girl Scout at www.gsksmo.org/newmember.

Morning announcements! (repeat)

Tune in to https://www.facebook.com/selitlab each morning at 8:25 to view our Morning Announcements! The announcements will continue to air throughout the day, and if you scroll

through the posts you will even see any announcements you have missed!

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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