Sunflower Patch Newsletter

November 2018

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Join Us for ANY of the Events Below


Power Hour – Tuesdays

Panther Families – Thursdays

2 - School Store, 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

2 – Oscar Awards Assembly

4 - Daylight Saving Time ends

5 – GOTR practice after school

5 - PTO Meeting at Cottonwood, 5:45-6:45 p.m.

6 – StuCo Meeting, 8:10 a.m.

8 – GOTR practice after school

9 – Buddy Bench Assembly, 8:00 a.m.

10 - GOTR 5K at Children’s Mercy Park, 9:00 a.m.

12 - GOTR practice after school

12 - Veteran Day Assembly 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m.

21 – 23 - No school – Thanksgiving Break

26 – Back to School

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Veterans Day

New this year, the staff and students are planning a special video and song for the veterans this year, but we need your help.

We are looking for action or "in the field" type photos of service men and woman. These can be photos that were taken while they were on base, in training, performing their job, or candids taken beside or with military equipment.

These do not have to be relative of Sunflower students. It can be anyone you would like to honor.

For photos to be included in the video, they must be emailed to Mrs. Wokutch:

The last day was can accept photos for the video is Monday, November 5.

RECAP: Kindness Week

Kindness Week was October 22nd through the 26th. At Sunflower we know kindness is not a one-time project, it is a way of life. During Kindness Week, we put even greater emphasis on acts of kindness that we will then carry out through the year. Here are some activities:

· Kind notes from students to staff;

· Kindness Bingo helped us to lead with value and build class community;

· My Life Plan positive affirmations to help students know their value and celebrate their uniqueness;

· Sunflower students hosted an appreciation lunch on Friday the 26th for all Paola Police Officers and Miami County Sheriff Deputies.

We also enjoyed a Minute It To Win It Cops vs Kids Olympics! Bringing home the Gold was our very own 5th grader, Garrett Graham! Silver was won by Officer Hale and Bronze was won by Detective Douglas.

Etiquette Award

Mrs. Bowman's class won the first Assembly Etiquette Award for the 2018-2019 school year. Great job students!

RECAP: Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to all of the parents who came to Parent Teacher Conferences on October 18 and 19th. We had a great turnout.

Things to do to keep students on track:

1. Check for homework each night;

2. Ask your child to participate in class;

3. Make sure your child gets adequate rest;

4. Inquire regularly about how your child feels about school;

5. Be aware of your child's strongest and weakest subjects.

Keep in touch with the teacher during the school year.

THANK YOU to the PTO for providing breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks to the staff. DELISH!

Mrs. Pennington's 5th Grade Class Field Trips

On October 10th, they visited the Native American exhibit at the Miami County Museum. The students are currently learning about The First Americans in social studies. This was a great learning experience as it brought information to life for the students. After that, they went over to volunteer their time and energy to help the Master Gardeners prepare the south lawn of the Miami County Courthouse for their fall display. Students worked closely with the Master Gardeners learning to prune, pull, plant, and decorate the garden areas. The students loved the experience and so did the Master Gardeners as the class has been asked back for the spring clean up and planting. This was part of the Sunflower Civic Engagement Projects. Students were able to experience the Mindset of Live to Give.

They’ve also took 2 virtual field trips via Skype. They visited with a National Park Ranger from Wind Cave in South Carolina and the Education Historian from Virginia Museum of History and Culture. Both sessions gave students a chance to learn about areas that Native Americans called home. The Virginia Museum shared many artifacts and information about the Powhatan Indians specifically.

1st Quarter AR Party at Sonic - October 17 & 18, 2018

Students who met their first quarter AR goal were rewarded with ice cream. I big thank you to the folks at the Paola Sonic for donating the ice cream and great job students!


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Mom & Me Barn Bash - October 24, 2018

Pumpkin Decoration with Seniors - October 26, 2018

3rd Grade Field Trip to the Kansas City Zoo - 10/27/18

Hoot & Howl - October 31, 2018

Halloween Parade - October 31, 2018

Halloween Party - October 31, 2018

Coming Soon to Sunflower!

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The One School One Book project! During the month of January, every student and Sunflower staff member will receive a book which will be read together. The goal of this project is simple; to share a story with family and community. By doing this; it will encourage conversations, build and strengthen relationships, and instill a love of reading in our youth. What book will we be reading? You will have to wait until January to find out!

Get to Know Sunflower Elementary

We are glad to share in the educational experience of your children. We want you to know what we are all about at Sunflower Elementary. We have prepared a set of videos to help you get to know the programs and activities at Sunflower Elementary.