The Eagle Soars

Sunflower Elementary - December 14, 2018

Things to Put on Your Calendar!

Wednesday, December 19

WMS Music Department Concert - 9:00 am - Sunflower Gym

Thursday, December 20

Polar Express Day

Winter Parties (see schedule below)

3rd Grade Family Fun Fitness Night 5:30 - 7:00 pm

Friday, December 21

Winter Break Begins - NO SCHOOL until January 7, 2019!

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

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winter party schedule

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It's 3rd Grade's Turn for a Family Fun Fitness Night!


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A Note from Heather Lambing, our Occupational Therapist

As a pediatric Occupational Therapist, I support children's fine motor, gross motor, and sensory motor development. Kids can build so many skills in these areas through play-based intervention. For this holiday season, I have put together a gift giving guide of my favorites to support development. These toys and games are grouped by target skill and fit a range of age and skill levels. I hope you find the attached list helpful as you are completing your holiday shopping, searching for a birthday gift, or just adding some new entertainment for your family.

We are recycling markers!

Crayola and schools across North America are banding together to help kids understand the importance of their role in protecting the environment. That’s why we launched Crayola ColorCycle. Through this initiative, students in K-12 schools across the continental United States and parts of Canada can collect and repurpose used Crayola markers.

Right outside of Mrs. Godwin's Technology Lab is our Recycling Station. As of this week, it is almost 3/4 full! Mrs. Godwin will box up the used markers and ship them off to Crayola.

thanks to our PTO, each student took home a free book this week!

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The LIT Lab's Makerspace is looking for several items for upcoming projects. Things that would be useful would include soda cans/bottles, plastic cups, googly eyes and paper towel rolls. We can also use plastic baby wipe containers, outgrown socks (holes are ok) and cork!

4th grade eagle choir goes a'caroling

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


Cold Weather and Recess Policy

With winter weather upon us, please review the information below from the elementary handbook regarding recess.

There will be no outside recess when:

  • The temperature is 20 degrees or below,
  • The wind chill index is 20 degrees or below, and/or
  • There is significant precipitation.

Teachers may take their class out briefly for fresh air at their discretion. Students should be prepared for sudden changes in Kansas weather. Dress appropriately!

Holiday Assistance

We cannot believe the holiday season is upon us. For many, this season is filled with joy and laughter. We also understand that the holidays can be a stressful time for some and we want to help. If your family could use any support during the holidays, please contact our counselor, Mrs. Marlene Gabriel ( All information shared will be confidential.

Park and Walk Parking Lot

It takes a village to protect and keep our children safe. As a reminder, if you choose to remain in your vehicle when dropping your child off in the morning, please proceed to the drop off lane.

If you are using the crosswalk to safely escort your child to the building, the "Park & Walk" lot is available for this purpose. This is used for the same purpose in the afternoon during dismissal.

Enroll Now for the Next Session of Young Rembrandts!

Make this a memorable winter by signing up your elementary child in a Young Rembrandts drawing class. Your child will learn about basic design and composition as they draw the Fish Below Ice and Great Wall of China. If your child is fond of sports, they will enjoy drawing our illustration featuring a Hockey Player. Besides strengthening your child’s drawing and coloring skills, he or she will also learn about art history as we present lessons featuring master artists Leonardo Da Vinci and Franz Marc. Enroll your child today!
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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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