October 2019 Sunflower Patch

Headlines & Happenings at Sunflower Elementary

October Dates to Remember

*Panther Families, Tuesdays, October 1, 8, 22 & 29

*Power Hour, Thursdays, October 3 & 10

GOTR (Girls on the Run), Mondays & Thursdays 3:15-4:45 p.m., October 3, 7, 10, 21, 24, 28, 31

10/1 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Kaufman Center

10/4 – School Store during lunch, 11-12:30 p.m.

10/11 - Homecoming

10/14 - No School

10/16 – Picture Retakes

10/16 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4-8 p.m.

10/16 - PTO Staff Appreciation

10/17 - No School, Parent Teacher Conferences 8 a.m.-8 p.m.

10/18 - No School

10/21-25 , Acts of Kindness Week

10/23 - Mom & Me Bash

10/25 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to the KC Zoo

10/25 - Turn in BOX TOPS to PTO

10/31 - Hoot & Howl, Halloween Parade (Party times vary, see below list.)

*Please call in transportation changes before 2 p.m.

Halloween Class Party Times

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Sunflower Students Receive Chromebooks

In support of the mission statement for Paola USD 368 that states modern technology is essential to learning students at Sunflower received Chromebooks as part of a 1 to 1 technology initiative for students in grades 3-12.

Fun Facts about USD 368 Chromebooks

Chromebooks typically have a lifespan of 5 years. Therefore...

  • Paola students will receive a new Chromebook in 5th grade that will be assigned to them through 8th grade. They then receive a new Chromebook in 9th grade that will be assigned to them through 12th grade.
  • 3rd & 4th grade students receive cleaned and cleared Chromebooks that have been turned in from 8th and 12th grade.
  • Student Chromebooks at Sunflower are kept in charging carts in the classroom and do not go home with students.
  • Sunflower students received contracts with their Chromebook about usage and care for them. Improper usage results in loss of privileges.
  • Chromebooks are used as tools for learning at Sunflower. Students are not allowed to just "play" on them. There must be an educational purpose for their use.

Online Safety by Lisa Wilson

Raising kids in the ever evolving cyber era can be fun, exciting as well as scary and overwhelming. There seems to be an endless stream of new apps and social media platforms. It can be overwhelming to stay on top of what they are. A parent sent this article, and we thought it was a succinct article regarding 15 apps police in Florida have identified as one’s parents should look out for on their kids’ phones/devices. https://www.wtsp.com/article/news/crime/25-arrests-made-during-online-predator-human-trafficking-sting-in-sarasota/67-d11457be-49a8-4e68-a9d2-a31771670637

There are a number of monitoring apps, such as Bark, parents can install on their phones to help them keep track of their child’s online safety.

Sunflower Site Council Needs YOU and Your Ideas!

The Sunflower Elementary SITE Council is seeking individuals interested in volunteering for this advisory group.

The goal is to work with administration and staff as a committee to provide input and insight from a parent perspective in regard to school improvement.

SITE Council training will be held at Paola Middle School November 11(5:30-6:30).

Following the training, the Site Council will meet from 5:45-6:45 on the following dates:

February 10 & April 13

If interested, please submit your information. A Site Council member will contact you in regards to participating.

If you are currently a Site Council member and would like to remain on SITE Council, please indicate that on the form.

Site Council Application

We Want Your Ideas!

PTO has given Sunflower and Cottonwood $10,000 each to use toward outdoor education areas at each of the schools. We would love to have input from parents and community members. Please share your ideas with us by clicking on the link below!

Outdoor Education Area Ideas Here!

PICTURE RETAKES - October 16, 2019

Pro tips:

*Avoid shirts with large words or logos. Layered clothing, solid colors or patterns look best.

*Make sure you and your child both love the outfit! They will be more confident and relaxed for the photo.

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Save your Box Tops

For every eligible item/ BOX TOP received the school gets 10 cents or more in return.

Send them to school by 10/25 to be included in the 11/1 submission. Box Tops help purchase bussing for field trips.

Birthday Book Club

Celebrate your child’s birthday by donating a book to the Sunflower Library. Click on the above box for more information.

INFINITE CAMPUS (IC) - Logging in from the Web Browser

Parents-Sign up for IC to receive emails & texts from your child’s teacher & school. NEW account? Trouble logging in? Email stacey_elkinton@usd368.org (put IC in subject line). If you signed up at CW, you will use the same account for Sunflower.


Anyone - Sign up for Panther Alerts. Click on the box above. These are generic texts for all patrons, but not student specific.


Anyone - Click on the above box and LIKE our Facebook page. You'll get up to date events, information, news, pictures and videos of what's going at Sunflower.

Get to Know Sunflower Elementary

We are glad to share in the educational experience of your children. We want you to know what we are all about at Sunflower Elementary. We have prepared a set of videos to help you get to know the programs and activities at Sunflower Elementary.

Click Here for information on Paola Community Events

Community event flyers will be posted on the district's webpage instead of going home in student backpacks. If you would like your event posted, please contact the district office @ 913-294-8000.

Sunflower PTO

PTO sponsors & organizes school events, helps with expenses for field trips & provides educational opportunities. Click the above box to find out how you can help, upcoming events & meeting dates.