The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - November 23, 2018

Things to Put on Your Calendar!

Monday, November 26

No School - Staff Professional Development

4th Grade Choir performs at Christmas in the Park - Cornerstone Park 7:00 pm

Wednesday, November 28

PTO Dining Night at Papa Murphys

Thursday, November 29

Flashlight Party

Friday, November 30

4th Grade Family Fitness Fun Night 5:30 - 7:00 pm **Please remember to RSVP!

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

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4th Grade Choir Performance at Christmas in the Park

If your schedule permits, plan to join our students on Monday, November 26 at Cornerstone Park as they perform in the 28th Annual "Christmas in the Park" holiday event. The event includes the Mayor's Christmas Tree lighting ceremony with seasonal music performed by area school children, including our very own 4th Grade Eagle Choir!

Flashlight Party - November 29

We did it! As of today, we have exceeded the next milestone celebration of 15,000 Eagle Tickets to bring our grand total to 15,019 tickets!

Our school-wide flashlight party will be celebrated on Thursday, November 29. Students are welcome to bring a flashlight. Teachers will provide students with a dedicated block of time at some point in the day to do their work by flashlight!

Our next goal is 20,000 tickets which will be celebrated with an Arts and Craft Project in each class.

Mrs. Engemann Presents the First Family Fun Fitness Night for 4th Graders and their Families

Sunflower's Got Talent - 2nd Quarter's Performances

Sign-ups for Sunflower's Got Talent are currently being accepted in the office! The second quarter performances will take place on Friday, December 14 for grades K-4.

Something new this time...we are going to open up the performances to include Kindergarten students this quarter! Kindergarten students should pick up a sign-up form from any of our specials teachers. Grades 1-4 students should pick up a sign-up form from the office.

Please remember...a parent signature is required to signify the talent to be displayed has been observed and deemed appropriate for school (including ALL lyrics).

Deadline for sign-ups is December 7.

A Note from the District Office

A change in the student use of microwaves in Sunflower’s cafeteria will be taking place beginning January 7, 2019. The microwaves currently accessible to students will no longer be available. No other elementary school in USD 231 has microwaves available for student use. There are several reasons for the removal of Sunflower’s microwaves. Chief among them is student safety. A microwave can pose potential risks for children. The most common microwave injury is burns. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), children can be burned by removing dishes from the microwave, spilling hot foods or liquids, opening containers, and eating food that is cooked unevenly or has hot spots. Secondly, Sunflower has seen an increase in the number of students needing to use microwaves at all grade levels. This has resulted in longer wait times and a decrease in the amount of time students have to eat their food. Finally, time spent assisting students with pre-packaged meals limits the active supervision adults can provide to all students.

It is recommended foods prepared at home be transported in insulated containers so they are ready to eat with no further heating or preparation needed. USD 231 Nutrition staff are not able to re-heat foods brought from home in the Sunflower kitchen.

I appreciate your support as we make this change at Sunflower Elementary School.

Christi Whitter

Director of Elementary Education

GEHS Blazerette Dance Clinic

For: Grades K-3, 4-6 and Special Olympics

Time: 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm (K-3 & 4-6) / 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm (Special Olympics)

When: Clinic - November 28 / Basketball Game - November 29 / Winter Show - November 30

Where: Gardner Edgerton High School (425 N. Waverly, Gardner, KS 66030)

Cost: $30 (Includes: T-Shirt, Child Admission into Basketball Game, and Child Admission into Winter Show)

Questions: Email Coach Slobodnik at

For registration and full details go here: or

Bricks 4 Kidz Events

Bricks 4 Kidz: Minecraft/Superhero Night -- November 27

Time: 5:30 - 7:30 pm

Grade Level: Students in Grades K-5

Cost: $25

Location: Madison Elementary Gym (800 W. Madison, Gardner, KS 66030)

Join Bricks 4 Kidz for a night of Minecraft and Superhero FUN! Explore LEGO bricks and create some of your favorite characters.

Bricks 4 Kidz: Day Camp! -- December 15

Time: 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

Grade Level: Students in Grades K-5

Cost: $45

Location: Trail Ridge Middle School Gym (495 E. Grand Street, Gardner, KS 66030)

The Bricks 4 Kidz Parents Day Out provides a day of playful learning for the kids, while Parents have a chance to get some last minute holiday shopping done! Kids will have a chance to build many of our exciting LEGO® models using our theme-based project kits, designed by engineers and architects, exercise their imaginations while building with our free-play LEGO® bricks. Can't beat a day out while your kids are safe, supervised, and entertained by BRICKS 4 KIDZ!

For registration for either of these events, visit

Join the USD231 Team

Applications are being taken online for District-wide Paraeducator positions. Paraeducators assist licensed teachers in student training. They work in primary, secondary and high schools and qualified paraeducators also work with students with special needs. The aim of a paraeducator is to facilitate a positive learning environment for students and allow for their personal, social and intellectual development. Please call Human Resources at 913-856-2016 for more information on how to apply, or click on the picture to the right to start the application process.

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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