Wednesday Word

Sunflower Elementary School

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From the Principal

Dear Sunflower Families,

We have had a great first week and a half of school! Just a reminder that today is our first early dismissal, we release students at 2:20. This week we have spent a lot of time building relational capacity with and among our scholars and we have spent intentional time teaching our BEST expectations in all locations (see our matrix below). We have welcomed almost 100 more scholars than we had in the building last year. Thank you for your partnership in helping our start to be a positive one.

Next week we will begin our math and reading screening assessments. The district has adopted a new screening tool called FastBridge. We will use this data from this assessment tool to determine what each of our scholars needs in order to be successful in reading and math. Some scholars may show a need for tier 2 and 3 interventions and/or enrichments on specific skills and others may show that our tier 1 instruction is working well for them. Our K-1 testing is done one-on-one and will take most of next week and then we will follow with our 2nd-5th grade scholars.

A couple reminders, you may want to label your child's water bottle with their name in the event they leave it in PE, lunch, etc. It is easier to get it back to them that way. Also at 8:45 we close the K-1 and 4-5 arrival doors so all students arriving 8:45 or later will come through the main doors.

Finally, our staff has been incredibly impressed with our scholars' manners. We have heard a lot of please and thank you's as students enter the building, at lunch and dismissal. Way to go Sunflower Scholars!

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

Melissa Blevins

From the Nurse

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School Crossing Guards

The City of Lawrence controls the school crossing guards. Below is a link to the site detailing their school area control policy. This year the crossing guard has been removed from 27th and Inverness, but one has been added at Inverness and Clinton Parkway. This addition of a school crossing guard at Inverness and Clinton Parkway is a one year pilot. Students can communicate to the crossing guard about crossing on the East (safest side b/c there are less street crossings) or West and the guard would be able to accommodate the students. The public may provide feedback to the City regarding school crossing guard placement, among other things through the Safe Routes Plan that is also linked below.

From Sunflower PTO

Welcome Back to School Sunflower Families! We look forward to a great 2021-2022 school year, supporting our teachers and administrators, and getting to know more of our students and families!

We would like to introduce our current board;

Kaleena Montellano—President

Ally Parris—Vice President

Menda Tyler—Treasurer

Jessica Reed—Secretary

Please feel free to reach out to us at or through our Facebook Page.

Our first PTO Meeting of the year will take place on Tuesday September 14th at 7pm. Due to current restrictions we are unable to meet in the Sunflower Library, so this will be a virtual meeting. If you want to attend please email us for a link to the meeting.

We will be sending home a handout with information about our different committees throughout the year, and volunteer signup. If you are interested in volunteering please return the sheet to your child’s teacher or the front office.

**Follow our Sunflower PTO Facebook page. We post a lot of information and events on our page.

Earn for Sunflower PTO

Want to help make a difference while you shop in the Amazon app, at no extra cost to you? Simply follow the instructions below to select "Sunflower Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity and activate AmazonSmile in the app. They'll donate a portion of your eligible mobile app purchases to us.

How it works:

1. Open the Amazon app on your phone

2. Select the main menu (=) & tap on "AmazonSmile" within Programs & Features

3. Select "Sunflower Parent Teacher Organization" as your charity

4. Follow the on-screen instructions to activate AmazonSmile in the mobile app

️!Save your HyVee Receipts️!

PTO would like to share a few reminders about HyVee Receipts…

-Pharmacy, grocery, wine/spirits, catering, deli, gas station receipts are all accepted.
-Not accepted: money orders, western union, bill pay, lottery and gift cards
-Turn in receipts to the plastic container labeled HyVee Receipts in the entryway of the school.
-Receipts must be dated Aug 1, 2021-May 15, 2022. If possible please turn receipts in frequently instead of waiting to the end of school year to turn them all in at once.
-Hyvee will donate $1 for every $200 in receipts submitted

Casey's Rewards

Help donate money to our school by joining the Casey's Reward program!

When you enroll in the Casey's Rewards, you will earn 10 points for every dollar spent in Casey's stores, in the app, or at For every 250 points earned, you can redeem them for $1 donation to Sunflower! To earn points show your Casey's app barcode at checkout or provide your phone number at the pump or over the phone. Online, simply login to your account and start ordering!

Sign up in the Casey’s app or online at

School iPad Information

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