October 2022 Sunflower Patch

Headlines & Happenings at Sunflower Elementary

October Calendar of Events

7 - School Store during Lunch

10 - SITE Team Mtg 5:00 (It's not too late. If you would like to be on SITE team, click HERE.)

10-13 - Scholastic Book Fair (See Info Below)

12-13 - Parent Teacher Conferences

13-14 - No School

18 - Dental Clinic (Must pre-register. Click HERE. Scroll down to Healthy Futures.)

26 - Last day to have poem/song approved for Hoot & Howl.

31 - Halloween Parade & Parties

School Drop Off

This is just a reminder that students should not be dropped off at school prior to 7:30. This is a safety concern as we do not have staff on duty until 7:30. Thank you.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held October 12-13. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to parents with their available conference times. This year parents will be given the choice of an in-person conference or a phone conference. In-person conferences will occur October 12 (3:30-7:30) and October 13 (7:30-7:30).

School will be in session for students from October 10-12. No school on October 13 &14.

Attendance Awareness

Attending school has a huge impact on student success. Click HERE to see how one area business is partnering with Cottonwood and Sunflower Elementary to promote good attendance and student success.


Hoot & Howl-A Festive Event featuring Introduction of Staff Costumes and Festive Student Presentations

All students are invited to find a Halloween or Fall poem or song for sharing at this big event. You may share individually or with a small group of your friends.

Students are encouraged to dress up and/or use props to bring a poem or song to life. These poems and songs must be memorized as you will present them in front of the student body.

Any student choosing to participate must bring a copy of their poem/song to Mrs. Wokutch and have it approved prior to sharing. If you want to join the spooktacular fun, find a poem/song and turn it in to Mrs. Wokutch by Wednesday, October 26th. Be sure to include your name and the names in your group if doing a group presentation. You will receive a confirmation from Mrs. Wokutch that your poem has been approved.

Halloween Costumes-Students will still be able to wear their costumes at school with the following guidelines:

  • Students choosing to dress up may wear their costume to school. Students will not be able to change into their costumes during the day so it should be something they are comfortable wearing all day. As always, costumes should be school appropriate without reference to blood, guts, gore, and/or guns.
  • Face paint and costume masks are discouraged for all students. If a costume has a mask, and a student is in modified quarantine, the student will be required to wear a face mask underneath. A costume mask cannot be worn in lieu of a face mask.

Sunflower Pumpkin Patch-Family Project

The theme for the pumpkin patch this year is WILD about Sunflower!

As a family, decorate a jungle themed pumpkin to be on display at Sunflower Elementary. Think WILD animals, animal prints, safari, etc... be creative!

Use any kid-friendly material (paint, cloth, paper, etc) to decorate your pumpkin.

Please, no carved pumpkins.

Prizes will be awarded to the top WILD about Sunflower pumpkins. There will be lots of fun and unique categories.

Pumpkins may be brought to school October 17-28. Judging will be October 31st. Winners will be announced October 31st. Pumpkins will go home with students on October 31 after the classroom parties.

Halloween Parade & Parties

Halloween Parties-Halloween parties will be held after the Cottonwood Sunflower Parade. Each classroom teacher will send out information with their classroom specifics.

Halloween Parade-We are excited to announce that we will be having our annual Halloween Parade with Cottonwood this year. Students will walk a large loop beginning in the bus loop of each building. Students will walk along both sides of 303rd entering the bus loop of the other school and circling back to their own school. See the map below.

Families are invited to attend the parade. You will be able to see both schools from any of the viewing locations on the map. Please abide by the following guidelines:

  • Parents may park in any of the school parking lots (CW, SES, PMS, or PHS) and walk to a viewing area.
  • Parade visitors must stay in the viewing areas.
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WILD About Reading is off to a great start. The purpose of the program is to encourage our Sunflower students to practice their independent reading skills while reading a variety of genres to improve vocabulary and background knowledge. It is important that your child is reading books that are not too difficult or too easy. This is their just right reading level.

Steps to Earn Brag Tags

  1. You and your child need to sign the Reader Pledge and return it to the office.

  2. Your child will choose a book at his/her reading level. Books can be chosen from our library, public libraries, classrooms, or home.

  3. He/she will take an Accelerated Reader quiz at school with the teacher. Students may not use the book while testing. See Mrs. Armbruster for an alternative if the book is not an AR book.

  4. If your child earns above 75% on the quiz, he/she will complete a Wild About Books paper and have the teacher sign it.

  5. Brag tags are announced on Friday mornings at 7:50 in the gym. The students then receive their tags during lunch when they complete the Tower of Books.

  6. When students earn all 8 genres, they can choose a Safari stuffed animal keychain.

This is an optional program. However, we do encourage our Sunflower students to practice their independent reading skills regularly.

Remember, the goals of WILD about Reading are to have students practice independent reading at their just right reading level and to expose students to a variety of genres at their just right reading level.

Book Fair Volunteers

Parents, please click here if you would like to sign-up to help work the book fair!

Tax will be added to book purchases this year.

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Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book to the Sunflower Library. Click on the above box for more information.

Click Here for information on Paola Community Events

Community event flyers will be posted on the district's webpage instead of going home in student backpacks. If you would like your event posted, please contact the district office @ 913-294-8000.