Wednesday Word

May 6th, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Sunflower Families,


I want to thank you for all the amazing messages of gratitude you have sent to our staff this week, it means so much! Thank you for taking the time to do this.


I am excited to announce Mrs. Nicole Riley, PE Teacher, as our certified staff member and Ms. Lisa McDermott, Instructional Support Aide, as our classified staff member. Kudos to both of them!


It is hard to believe our school year is almost over! Be on the lookout for information regarding a timeline and process for picking up personal belongings via your email in the next week or so. We also want you to mark your calendars for our virtual field day happening on Wednesday, May 20th and our virtual 5th grade promotion ceremony happening on the originally scheduled date and time of Thursday, May 21st at 10:30. We will be sending more information about the details for both of these events soon.


As always it is an honor to serve as the principal of Sunflower Elementary.

Melissa Blevins

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From The Office

YEARBOOK: Our Sunflower staff misses our scholars so much and can't wait to be back together soon. We can still look back and cherish the memories we made this year! Order your yearbook online at https://bit.ly/2njoZn7. Yearbooks are $15.00.


More information regarding how yearbooks will be distributed will be communicated soon.

ANNUAL ENROLLMENT:

Enrollment is now open for returning students & due by May 15th


1. Create your PowerSchool parent/guardian portal account. www.usd497.org/PowerSchool

(If you already have an account, please skip to Step 3)


2. Connect your student(s) to your account by using the student access code(s) and password(s) provided by your school. If you misplaced or did not receive them, please contact Ms.Zee from our front office to request access codes and passwords.


3. Complete 2020-2021 Annual Student Registration in PowerSchool. Find detailed instructions here: https://tinyurl.com/y8mumk5l.


Please contact Ms.Zee for further guidance as she will be answering the phone Monday-Friday from 11:00 to 4:30 or via email at zellesha.whitley@usd497.org.

Kindergarten Enrollment

ENROLL YOUR KINDERGARTENER NOW!

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Ci3T Spotlight

Active Supervision

During the school year our teachers learn how to use low-intensity strategies in order increase the likelihood of students engaging in expected or desired behaviors. One of these low-intensity strategies is called Active Supervision.


According to the Ci3T website, "Active supervision is an effective strategy to support children in engaging in expected or desired behavior. To use active supervision, the adult or caregiver frequently monitors children in specific settings or during activities before problems occur. Active supervision keeps children safe, minimizes behavior problems, and promotes the learning and use of desired behaviors. Active supervision involves a few key steps: set expectations, frequently looking around (scanning), positive interactions (verbal and nonverbal pre-corrections and reminders), reinforcement of desired behavior, and, when necessary, correction to help children learn the expected behavior."


Below you will find a 3 minute video and step-by-step guide on how to execute the strategy of Active Supervision at home. I have also attached a follow up from last week with specific examples of what an at home expectations matrix could look like.

Active Supervision for Families

From The Counselor