Wednesday Word

September 1st, 2021

WW Sept 1

From the Principal

Dear Sunflower Families,

We have almost made to our first three day weekend! We have been busy assessing our kdg and 1st grade students in reading and math this week and will move on to 2nd-5th grade next week. Watch the video above for more information about what we do with that data.

Our morning arrival and afternoon dismissal are going very well, thank you! Just another reminder to not block the roundabout on Inverness and do not jump ahead of others who are waiting in the que lane. Also, we do not have any adult supervision outside prior to 8:30. Please do not drop off or leave your child unsupervised until we open the doors at 8:30.

Finally, we have an opening for a part-time lunch monitor to come in daily from 10:45-12:45 to assist with lunch supervision. If you are interested or know someone who might be please check below for more details

As always it is an honor to serve as the principal of Sunflower Elementary.

Melissa Blevins

From the Nurse

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Hearing and Vision Screenings

Lawrence Public Schools conducts Hearing and Vision Screenings mandated by the state of Kansas. To ensure all students can access curriculum and instruction, the district screens students' Hearing and Distance Vision for concerns that may require further follow-up. The district conducts mass hearing/vision screenings at the schools for students K-12. In some grades, not all students participate in the screenings. COVID-19 PRECAUTIONS: All staff and students involved in Hearing and Vision screenings will wear masks and follow USD 497 COVID prevention and safety measures.

Parents/Guardians who DO NOT want their children to participate in hearing and vision screenings during the 2021-2022 school year, must complete an opt-out request form for EACH STUDENT by 8 a.m. the day before the hearing and vision screening is scheduled to be conducted at your child's school. If completing a paper form, the paper form must be received by 8:00 a.m. the day before screening by the School Nurse or Health Office Attendant.

If you want your child's hearing and vision screening to be completed, DO NOT COMPLETE THE OPT-OUT REQUEST FORM. The district will automatically conduct the screenings in accordance with its protocols for hearing and vision.

Thank you for your time and attention to this matter.


Lawrence Public Schools Nurses, Nursing Facilitator, and Audiologist

Lunch Monitor Needed

Sunflower is in need of a non-instructional monitor to help during lunch! Lunch monitors come in daily from 10:45-12:45 to assist with lunch supervision. Please see the link below to apply.

Lawrence High School Little Lions Clinic

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From Sunflower PTO

Dillons- register your Dillons card in the Dillons Community Rewards program. Once you link your card to Sunflower, all you have to do is swipe your shopper’s card at Dillons at check out and Sunflower will earn a percentage of the receipt.

  • Create a digital account at or in the Dillons app (or sign into your digital account if you already have one.)
  • Under ‘Rewards’, search the ‘Community Rewards’ list for ‘Sunflower Elementary PTO’. Select Sunflower Elementary PTO and hit ‘Enroll’

Box Tops for Education- Download the Box Tops for Education app. Select Sunflower Elementary School, 2521 Inverness Dr., Lawrence, KS 66047 as your school. Using the app, scan any grocery receipt within 14 days to earn money for Sunflower.

There are still some products that have the Box Top logo that can be cut from the packaging and turned in. There is a box in the front entryway at Sunflower marked Box Tops for these.

Our first PTO Meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday September 14th at 7pm. Due to current restrictions we are unable to meet in the Sunflower Library, so this will be a virtual meeting. If you want to attend please email us for a link to the meeting.

We sent a handout with information about our different committees throughout the year, and volunteer signup. If you are interested in volunteering please return the sheet to your child’s teacher or the front office.

**Follow our Sunflower PTO Facebook page. We post a lot of information and events on our page.

Volunteers Needed!

Sunflower parents will be hosting a garden clean-up on Monday, Sept 6 from 10:00-12:00 p.m. Please bring work gloves and meet by the back garden beds.

Sunflower is looking for a few parent volunteers to help direct traffic during dismissal. If you are interested, please contact the office!

Important Dates

9/6 - No School - Labor Day

9/14 - PTO Meeting 7:00pm

9/27 - Picture Day