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Sunflower Elementary - January 18, 2019

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Things to Put on Your Calendar!

Monday, January 21

Martin Luther King Day - No School

Wednesday, January 23

PTO Dining Night at Papa Murphy's

Friday, January 25

2nd Grade Family Fun Fitness Night 5:30-7:00 pm

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

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Chat 'n Chew for 1st and 2nd Graders

An invitation from Mrs. Rains...

What is Chat ‘n Chew?

Chat ‘n Chew is a program that gives children the chance to listen to adults read books and discuss these great reads with their friends. Parents volunteer twice a month to read to a small group of children. Each Chat ‘n Chew group will meet during lunch and while the children eat, their parent sponsor will read one or two picture books. After they read each book, the children will discuss the book. The books can be brought in from home, checked out from the public library, or borrowed from Sunflower’s media center.

Who can participate?

Chat ‘n Chew is a program for 1st and 2nd graders (3rd and 4th graders have the chance to participate in Novel Navigators). Students and parents need to sign the form below and return it to Mrs. Rains in the LIT Lab by Friday, January 25th. Chat ‘n Chew groups will be formed and announced the week of February 11th and will begin meeting the 1st week in March.

How can I become a sponsor?

Fill out the Google form (click on the link below) Select which day(s) that work best for you. 1st grade eats lunch from 10:50-11:20 and 2nd grade eats from 12:00-12:30. I will be happy to help you select great read-alouds. I will also provide each coach with a list of discussion starter questions. Grandparents, aunts, uncles, etc. can also sponsor a group!

Chat 'n Chew Google Sign-Up Form

Please RSVP for the 2nd Grade Family Fun Fitness Night!

Sunflower's Teacher of the Year 2018-2019

Congratulations to Betsy Beverage who was selected as Sunflower's Teacher of the Year! She has been teaching 1st grade at Sunflower since 2009. Betsy will now move onto the district level of the Kansas Teacher of the Year program.

Online Absence Reporting is Available Once Again!

Due to many requests about this missing link to the Online Absence Reporting, I wanted to make sure it was one of the first things added back on the Sunflower website.

Parents have two different options to report an absence for your student. You can report the absence electronically via the Skyward Family Access. You can gain access to this link by clicking on MENU, and then clicking on Online Absence Reporting at the bottom of the menu (see photo below). If you do not remember your login information, please contact the office at 913-856-3700 or email

You can also call into the Attendance line at 913-856-3749 and leave a message for the office.

And as always, if your student will miss any days due to an out of town trip, please email Dr. Jones ahead of time at for preapproval.

Thank you again for your patience while we complete the transition to the new Sunflower website!

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We are a Latex Free School!

Sunflower Elementary has been proclaimed a Latex Free School. We strive to make Sunflower a safe place for all students. In order to ensure a safe environment, we need to make sure latex items like balloons are not allowed in our building.

Please refrain from sending anything containing latex into the building (gloves, balloons) even if there are not latex allergies in your student’s grade level. Latex reactions can be contact and airborne, so even breathing in latex particles in the air can cause an anaphylactic reaction.

All the gloves and band-aides from the health room are latex free. Small novelty erasers and items usually have a low content of latex. The main thing is no latex balloons.

Please understand that we want our school to be a safe and healthy environment for all of our students, and with your support and cooperation, we can achieve our goal. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us at any time.

News from the SE Lit Lab

Our MAKERSPACE is running low on a few consumables. If you have any of the following in your recycle bin or hanging around your house, please bring send them into the LIT Lab.

Empty Toilet Paper Rolls

Egg Cartons

Small Plastic Tubs

Cotton Balls

Index Cards

Bendable Straws

Walking, Sledding, Building a Snowman, a Winter Wonderland!


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.

Enroll Now for the Next Session of Young Rembrandts!

Make this a memorable winter by signing up your elementary child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about basic design and composition as they draw the Fish Below Ice and Great Wall of China. If your child is fond of sports, they will enjoy drawing our illustration featuring a Hockey Player. Besides strengthening your child’s drawing and coloring skills, he or she will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring master artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Marc. Enroll your child today!

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.

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