October 2020 Sunflower Patch

Headlines & Happenings at Sunflower Elementary

October Calendar of Events

October 2-Homecoming
October 12-15-Parent Teacher Conferences

October 14-Picture Retakes
October 16-No School

October 19-23-Acts of Kindness Week
October 30-Halloween Parties, Halloween Parade, and Hoot & Howl

Parent Teacher Conferences

Parent -Teacher conferences will be held the week of October 12-15. Classroom teachers will be reaching out to parents with their available conference times. This year conferences will be virtual rather than in person. Parents may choose between a phone or video conference.

School will be in session for students October 12-15. No school on October 16.

It's so important during this time of no visitors in our schools that we stay connected. Please be sure to sign up for a time. We would like to have 100% participation.


Students and parents have been asking, "Are we still going to do Halloween at school?" The answer is, "Yes!" Students and families have grown to love these activities and we want to keep these traditions going as long as we are able to safely do so. HOWEVER, they will look different this year.

Pumpkin Patch-We will still have our themed pumpkin patch this year. See the details below.

Halloween Costumes-Students will still be able to wear their costumes at school with the following guidelines:

  • Students choosing to dress up may wear their costume to school. Students will not be able to change into their costumes during the day so it should be something they are comfortable wearing all day. As always, costumes should be school appropriate without reference to blood, guts, gore, and/or guns.
  • Students are required to wear face masks; therefore, face paint and costume masks are discouraged. If a costume has a mask, the student will be required to wear a face mask underneath. A costume mask cannot be worn in lieu of a face mask.

Halloween Parties-Although we will not be able to have any visitors in the building. we will still have classroom Halloween parties. Each classroom teacher will send out information with their classroom specifics. All parties must have the following guidelines in place:

  • All food items must be individually wrapped and store bought. We have made exceptions for things like store bought cupcakes and donuts. These items will be handed out by a masked and gloved adult in the room.
  • Students may not hand out treats to other students this year.
  • Games and activities will only be allowed if social distancing is possible.

Halloween Parade-Yes, we are still planning to have a parade and are currently working on the details. It will be similar to the drive through that we did at the end of the year. Watch for more details to come home soon!

Hoot & Howl-This will be a virtual event this year. Watch for more details to come.

Sunflower Site Council Needs YOU and Your Ideas!

The Sunflower Elementary SITE Council is seeking individuals interested in volunteering for this advisory group. We are seeking both parents and community members that do not have students that attend Sunflower Elementary. If you know someone, please forward this link to them.

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.

Sunflower Site Council will meet before the school board meetings from 5:45-6:45 on the following dates: November 9, February 8, April 12.

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

Sunflower Pumpkin Patch

Help turn our foyer into a "Farm-Themed" Pumpkin Patch.

As a family, decorate a FARM themed pumpkin to be on display at Sunflower Elementary October 19-30. Think cows, pigs, farmer, etc... be creative!

Use any kid-friendly material (paint, cloth, paper, etc) to decorate your pumpkin.

Please, no carved pumpkins.

Prizes will be awarded to the top FARM themed pumpkins. There will be lots of fun unique categories.

Pumpkins may be brought to school October 19-28. Judging will be October 29th. Winners will be announced October 30th. Pumpkins will go home with students on October 30.

A Note from the Nurse

FREE Dental Clinic is coming to Sunflower Elementary November 10th. ALL students are eligible. Consent forms were sent home this last week, or you can complete enrollment online at the links below.

https://app.formdr.com/practice/Nzk1MQ==/form/b0eJ6CwAFz01N33LKxYJX6ZPa0JSgghO - English

https://app.formdr.com/practice/Nzk1MQ==/form/v-I_SD5bKN-MCAvSsXj8yBefF-qoYT20 - Spanish

Consent Forms need to be turned in or completed online by October 26th to participate.

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Birthday Book Club

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

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.