Wednesday Word

April 22nd, 2020

From the Principal

Dear Sunflower Families,


I wanted to let you know that it is that time of year where we are getting ready to ramp up for our annual enrollment. The directions will be coming soon from our USD497 communication department. They will use the email you have on file in Powerschool. You may want to check to make sure you have the correct email set up in your Powerschool profile so you don't miss this important information.


5th grade parents, make sure to have your child respond to the 5th grade memory book survey linked here as soon as possible. More information about our 5th grade recognition plans will be coming soon!


Let's have some fun in honor of National Kindergarten Day yesterday! Can you identify the 37 Sunflower staff members in these pictures? Play our Kahoot Challenge to find out! You have until noon on Friday to play. You must correctly spell their first and last name (not Mr., Miss, Ms. or Mrs.). You can find a staff list with names on our website. Access the game here. Good luck!


Finally, today is Administrative Assistant Appreciation Day and I just want to shout out the two superheroes that make our school run so smoothly! I appreciate them so much. If you are so inclined feel free to send them an email of appreciation, nlett@usd497.org and zellesha.whitley@usd497.org. Thank you both for all you do to support our staff, families and scholars!


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

Melissa Blevins

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From The Office

Yearbook:

Even though we have moved over to online learning, we still have the memories we made this school year! We are accepting online orders for the yearbook! Yearbooks are on sale online at https://bit.ly/2njoZn7. Yearbooks are $15.00. We anticipate they will be ready later in May.

More information regarding how yearbooks will be distributed will be communicated soon.


Middle School Enrollment:

Attached below is a copy of the 6th grade enrollment instructions! If you are needing further assistance please contact Ms.Zee or the middle school your student will be attending next year.

From The Counselor

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A Letter From the Specialists!

From PTO

Sunflower Marathon Club is BACK!!

When: April 8th - May 20th, 2020

Where: Spring Virtual Club


How: Parent’s/Caregivers will track miles and once a marathon is completed send us the miles - no form necessary just sent us a message, email or text

You can message us thru Facebook, send an email to sunflowermarathonclub@yahoo.com, or text Hilary @ 614.264.7265

Please track either walking or running miles only - bike rides, playing catch and other sports activities do not count. ONLY running and walking and can be done any day of the week.

Prizes: 1st Marathon, club t-shirt

2nd Marathon, club water bottle

3rd Marathon, small cookie cake from Eileen's Cookies

Prizes can be either picked up on my front porch or we can hold them for the beginning of the school year.


PTO Board Member Elections (2 year terms):

We will have two board member positions open for the next election in May 2020. Terms will last from the Fall 2020-Spring 2022

Vice President – acts as an aide to the President (fundraising, recruiting, committee leads); also will perform the duties of the President if/when the President is not able. VP position will lead into the President position for the following school year.

Secretary - records minutes of all meetings, communication lead for PTO

If you are interested or would like any more information – please reach out to Hilary Nauholz (hilaryandtrent@sunflower.com or 614-264-7265)

Nominations are DUE by May 1st

5th Grade Annoucements

We are still planning on celebrating our special 5th grade class and to start we are working on completing 3 projects.


1) 5th Grade video/slideshow – Please send any school pictures of your child from kindergarten through 5th grade. These pictures can include field trips, school parties or anything else school related (i.e. Choir), no more than 10 pictures. Tonya Hayden is working on this project and has a list of all 5th grade students and is marking each child once she has them in at least one photo.

Please email her your photos : trhayden25@hotmail.com OR Text to 785-764-6321

PHOTOS ARE DUE Wednesday 4/29


2) 5th Grade Memory Book – We need all 5th grade students to fill out this Google Form and then we will format the answers into the memory book. You can see a student example from the attachment below.

https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfmx_txGZOPXv-BUW4Mk7S1mF_BvdnSlRZ-6O_FEvxF1xk8hg/viewform?usp=sf_link

COMPLETED FORMS DUE Wednesday 4/29


3) 5th Grade T-shirts – look for more information to come from Ms. Martens (Sunflower’s Art Teacher) as the kids will be able to submit a t-shirt design idea for the 5th Grade t-shirt. Students will vote for the final design.