The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - November 8, 2019

What's Coming Up?

Monday, November 11 - Veteran's Day

Tuesday, November 12 - Site Council 6 pm

Friday, November 15 - PTO Family Movie Night 6:30-8:30 pm

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

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Today was Grandparents & Grandfriends Day! It is a huge event, and the Sunflower staff cannot make it happen without the assistance from many, many people.

Nikki McClure, Jesi Jones, Anthony Fleuren, Clint Newton, & Chris Savedra - our Watch D.O.G. and Eagle M.O.M. volunteers

Stefani Elliott and Sherry Hunt - our #1 substitutes

Meghan Miller - our official photographer

Ron Stricker of Stricker's Auction for letting staff park in his parking lot to open up spaces for our guests.

Great Life Golf & Fitness for loaning us 2 golf carts to transport our guests to and from the parking lot.

John Duncanson, Ryan Colston, Annette Lane, Robin Droge, Kyle Cochran & Wes Rains - our golf cart drivers who braved the cold and provided great conversation with our guests

Every parent who helped in the book fair (I would try and list everyone by name, but I'm so afraid that I will leave someone out!)

Debbie Lee and her kitchen crew

Amy Droegemeier from Nutrition Services

James Darnell, Bryan Stephenson & Red Ingle, our custodians

USD231 Maintenance for delivering our tables and chairs and golf carts.

Sunflower grandparents and grandfriends who traveled from near and far to enjoy the day with their little ones.

Sunflower teachers for creating special activities for our guests and students.

And last, but not least, every single staff member who stepped outside of their normal everyday roles to greet & usher our guests, host in the lounge, clean lunch tables, set up and take down, and tackle every other last minute task.

You all are amazing and we could not begin to thank you enough!


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It's the most wonderful time of the year! Your TRAILS young adults have been busy making their famous holiday cards and are ready to take your order! We have 4 options of greeting cards and 4 options for gift tags.

Cards are $1 each or 6 for $5. Gift tags are $.50 each or 12 for $5. *

Order Here: or email your order to

Thank you for your continued support of our amazing Young Adults! All proceeds go to support the TRAILS program students with CBI opportunities and other projects/items to continue paving their path to independence.

*These are suggested donations, so you don't need to add tax.


We will be open Friday evening, November 8, during the PTO Taste of Italy supper/auction!

We will also be open Monday during the school day, and then Tuesday until 12 noon.

Visit for more information. We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

AND there is a NEW shopping option! Book Fair eWallet is a safe and convenient digital payment option for your student to shop the Fair cash-free. Sign Up on the link below.

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Would you like to help? We sure need it! Sign Up on the link below!

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Book Fair is HAPPENING NOW!! Make sure to set spending limit for your student, your card will not be charged until they shop. Check out our homepage TODAY and scroll to eWallet (digital payment option) the new exciting way to pay at the fair and a great way to allow your child an easier way to shop:


It's fun to spend your working hours with people you know! Perhaps you know someone who is seeking employment in a rewarding and fulfilling atmosphere, please encourage them to look at the opportunities with Gardner Edgerton Schools.

Tell your friends and family: USD 231 is currently seeking qualified candidates for Para Educators, Evening Custodians, and Nutrition Services Assistants.

  • We have openings at Grand Star Elementary, Gardner Elementary and Sunflower Elementary Schools for Para Educators/Building Aides.
  • We are looking for an Evening Custodian to serve at Wheatridge Middle School.
  • We have a part-time opportunity at the Gardner Edgerton High School for a Nutrition Services Assistant.

If you know someone who may be interested, please have them visit the District website ( and complete an online application. Positions of 30 hours or more per week receive single health and dental benefits as well as sick leave; year round positions also receive paid holidays.

USD 231 is a great place to be employed ~ share it with someone you know!


If you'd like to sign up to be a Watch D.O.G. or Eagle M.O.M., please use the link below!

We're using (the leading online SignUp and reminder tool) to organize our upcoming SignUps.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:

1) Click this link to see our SignUp on

2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.

3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on

Note: does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

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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