The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - August 31, 2018

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What's Coming Up?

Monday, September 3 - Labor Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

Tuesday, September 4 - PTO Meeting - 6 pm - Sunflower Library

Wednesday, September 5 - Young Rembrandts art class starts after school

Thursday, September 6 - PTO Walkathon Kickoff during the school day

Friday, September 7 - PTO Parent Night Out - 6-9 pm

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


I would like to extend a warm welcome to all Sunflower families! I am excited to be starting my second year of service as your principal. Labor Day weekend is the “unofficial” end of summer. Students, staff, and families have settled into school routines and are ready for a fantastic year. On that note, it always amazes me how much children grow and mature during summer vacation.

Sunflower’s teaching and support staff believe an environment of collaboration is the best way to reach our goals. This is the epitome of our mission and vision statements:

Mission Statement: TOGETHER, empowering each individual student to reach their unique potential.

Vision Statement: At Sunflower Elementary, we will collaborate with students, families, and colleagues to create an innovative, engaging, enjoyable learning environment where dreams are nurtured, exploration and discovery are encouraged, and individual academic achievements are realized. We will celebrate the accomplishments of each student as they leave our school as healthy, confident, academically prepared, and self-directed learners who are ready to meet the challenges of the future.

I look forward to working in partnership with you, your child, and our staff to realize your personal learning goals for your child(ren) and our school. Feel free to contact us if you have questions.


Dr. Jason Jones

Notes from the Office

Sunflower Cafe: Lunch Guests

Parents and family members are welcome to have lunch with their student(s). Guests need to check in at the office, wear a visitor badge, and stay in the cafeteria until returning to the office to check out. Please sit at the table designated for guests. Enjoy your meal and conversation with your child (other students should not be invited to join you).

Walking to the Classroom in the Morning

In order to make the start of our day a happy time for everyone, we really need your help. Ultimately, our goal is to have each and every child in grades PreK-4 become independent with the beginning-of-the-day routines within the first several weeks of school. This also helps build a sense of responsibility, independence and accomplishment.

The teacher's responsibility in the morning is greeting the students and preparing them for the day. You can request that the teacher call you at their plan time or set up a conference, but please allow them to focus on the students at this time.

Our “Hug and Kiss Zone” in the commons area next to the office is where you can give your child a hug and kiss goodbye and allow him/her to walk to the classroom. Should you need to walk your student down to their classroom, please check in with the office first and pick up a visitor badge. For safety reasons, we also ask that you sign out at the office on or before 8:25am so that teachers can start their day right after the bell rings. This is an important part of our district's safe plan put in place back in May 2018.

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WATCH D.o.g.s. and eagle m.o.m.s. t-shirt order forms - due september 14

If you were not able to attend the parent information meeting about our Watch D.O.G.S. & Eagle M.O.M.S. programs and would still like to order some official gear, please use the links below to download and print out the order forms. All orders are due by September 14, 2018.


2018-2019 Yearbooks on sale now!

We are now taking orders for the Sunflower yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year!

  • Full Color Pages
  • All Grades Represented
  • Great Pictures From School Events

2 Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Click on the picture above or access your Skyward account via to place an order using your debit/credit card.
  2. Download and print out an order form below. Return the completed form along with cash or check to the Sunflower office.

Preschoolers didn't let the rain ruin their fun on water day!


We are so excited for our fall session at your school, and we hope you will be too! We have a huge variety of different pieces lined up, so there will be something special for everyone! Ready to begin a great school year? Join us as we dive into a fascinating world of color, pattern, and design. All supplies are included! To register online, visit our website at

4th grade artwork - see if you can pick out your 4th grader's self-portrait!

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In Search of Amazing Yearbook Photos

Hello parents! We are always looking for fun pictures to use in the Sunflower yearbook. Field trips are just around the corner! If you accompany your student on their field trip, AND take pictures of your student and their friends, would you be willing to send those pictures to me? You can email the pictures to me at


On Wednesday, September 19th, we will host the clinic at GEHS from 5:30 pm-8:00 pm. Check In will be from 5:00 pm-5:30 pm in the Auxiliary Gym at GEHS. The cheerleaders will teach our Little Blazers chants, cheers and safe stunting.

On Friday, September 21st, the Little Blazers will attend the home football game versus Olathe East High School. They will be cheering on the track with the high school cheerleaders during the first quarter of the game.

For Registration, go here:

GEYCP Youth Experience -- For Ages 4-6

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Sunflower Site Council Meetings 2018-2019

The Sunflower Site Council will be meeting at 6 pm in the library on the following dates: 9/11/18, 11/13/18, 2/5/19, 4/9/19.

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.