Sunflower Weekly Update

Looking forward to the week of October 23-27

It was a short week with students but that didn't stop us from learning and having fun along the way! Meeting with families at conferences was a great way to end our week! Conferences are one of my favorite times of the year. :) It is such a great time to connect with each of you to share successes and partner on ways to best support all student's growth moving forward. If you were not able to join us for parent/teacher conferences, please know that we are always ready to partner with you and are just an email or phone call away!

I hope you all have a great long weekend and have some time to reset after our first quarter. There is a lot to be proud of, so please take time to celebrate all of the growth your student(s) has accomplished this quarter. We can't wait to see you back on Tuesday!


We are SO incredibly thankful for everyone's generosity over the past few days to keep teachers and staff fed, happy and energized during conferences. There were so many tasty treats, delicious soups and sandwiches and lots of snacks to get us through the day! THANK YOU! A special shoutout to our PTO for organizing the sign ups and this effort for our teachers and staff. #Sunflowerengage!


In October we have some days that school is not in session. Please make sure to MARK YOUR CALENDARS for the following:

Friday, October 20th-NO SCHOOL or BGC

Monday, October 23rd-NO SCHOOL or BGC-Teacher Plan Day

State of the School Survey

CLICK HERE to Give Us Your Feedback or scan the QR code in the picture. This short survey will help us to reflect and grow as we move into Quarter 2!


Inverness Drive Closure Information

Inverness Drive from Clinton Parkway to the W 24th Place roundabout is planned for closure starting today, Wed Oct.18 after 3pm to complete work on that block and in the roundabout. This portion of Inverness will be reopened prior to classes resuming on the morning of Tuesday, Oct.24.

Traffic will be able to utilize Crossgate Drive from Clinton Parkway to W 27th Street to access Inverness Drive.

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Eagles of the Week-RESPONSIBILITY

Responsibility Newsletters

Responsibility is our October Word of the Month! We are so excited to kick off our learning next week! Responsibility is such an important skill that can be practiced in every setting at school and at home. Check out the Responsibility newsletters below to read about ways that you can support building Responsibility in your students alongside of us. If you love to sing, check out the super fun Responsibility sing-a-long HERE.

Kindergarten English Spanish First Grade English Spanish

Second Grade English Spanish Third Grade English Spanish

Fourth Grade English Spanish Fifth Grade English Spanish

Free & Reduced Lunch Information

Families who qualified for free or reduced lunch last year were given a 30-day grace period to continue receiving meal benefits without a current application on file .That grace period has expired. Full price meal charges will be assessed.

Parents who want to qualify for free or reduced priced meals should fill out this year’s applications online on the district website.

For parents who qualify for free or reduced lunches , they must fill out the Consent for Disclosure form to share their qualifying status with the USD 497 Business Office in order to request school fees be waived . They can fill out the form online and print it and return to the Sunflower office. Sunflower will also have paper copies of the Consent for Disclosure available for parents to pick up at conferences Monday, and all year long.

Both of these forms can be found on the Food Service District website at

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From the Clinic

The Sunflower clinic is currently in need of gender neutral pants/sweats size 5-7. These can be new or used. Thank you for all your support.

*In addition, thank you to all the families that donated boys and girls underwear for the health clinic.

Information from our PTO!

Looking for a new VP

We are looking for someone to fill our VP board position starting in November. VP duties include updating class liaisons what the parameters are for class parties and ensuring that plans are made and are equitable across the grade level. If you are interested, please email

Lunch room signup

November sign up is posted! Please help out if you can! Sign up here

Watch Dogs

Watch Dogs is looking for cafeteria help on Tuesdays & Thursdays! Please see cafeteria volunteer info before your first shift--training can be found here. Sign up here! Questions?Email

Spirit Wear!

Get your Sunflower spirit wear! We have some great designs and styles this year! Items purchased will be delivered to your scholar in early November. Follow this link to shop!

Science Club starts 10/30

The first Science Club meeting will be 10/30 after school! If your scholar is interested in joining, please fill out this sign up form

BGC/PTO Trunk or Treat!

PTO is partnering with Boys & Girls Club to host a Sunflower Trunk or Treat on 10/27 from 6:15-7:45 in the parking lot. All Sunflower families are welcome to decorate a trunk and attend, costumes welcome. If you would like to host a trunk please email Margaret Brumberg at

Fall Parties!

Fall parties will be held 10/27 from 3-3:40pm! Please watch for communication from your class liaison or teacher for details!

Thank you!

A big thank you to our Fall Festival Committee for putting on a great event last week! And an even bigger thank you to the teachers who volunteered to take pies to the face!

Book Fair is coming November 6-10!

Sunflower Food Pantry

This year we have expanded our Food Pantry, which is supported by Just Food. We have moved into a larger, private space near the front of the school.

This area is designed to support families that have needs related to food insecurity and to provide information on community resources.

This space is in addition to the sharing shelf that is located in the entryway.

Email Allene Schworm or call 785-832-5870 ext.1803 to set up a time to visit.

Would you like to support the Pantry? We take non-perishable items during the time the building is open. Please drop these items off in the blue barrel located just inside the front doors.

Items currently needed: Laundry detergent, toothbrushes and toothpaste (children and adults), pasta sauce, Mac n Cheese, rice (white or flavored), canned chicken or tuna, and cereal.

Just Food Thanksgiving Meal Sign Up

Just Food’s Thanksgiving Sign up is now LIVE! Online signup for Thanksgiving meals will begin October 16th and end at midnight October 31st.

To sign up for this year’s Thanksgiving meal distribution

you must be an existing Just Food shopper with an account in our database

prior to November 1st.

Click on Just Food Thanksgiving Link to sign up!

Upcoming Events:


20 - No School

23 - No School - Teacher Work Day


26 - Fire Safety Visit for 1st and 5th Grade

27 - Fall Parties


3 - Hearing and Vision Screening

6 - Picture Retakes

6-10 - Book Fair in the Library

7 - PTO Meeting 6:15pm

20-24 - Fall Break