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Sunflower Elementary - September 14, 2018


Monday, September 17 - Constitution Day & Vision/Hearing Screening

Tuesday, September 18 - 2nd Grade Parent Meeting 5:30 pm

Wednesday, September 19 - 4th Grade Choir Practice 7:45 am

Thursday, September 20 - Fall Picture Day & PTO Walkathon Packets Due

Friday, September 21 - All School Flag Salute at the Flagpole

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

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Fall Picture Day - Thursday, 9/20

The photographer from Strawbridge Studios will be here on Thursday to take fall individual pictures. Order forms were sent home this week. If you don't have an order form, let the office know, and we will send one home.

Online orders are also accepted at Our online ordering code is 111963.

The photographer is using “green screen” technology, so please avoid wearing a green shirt!


Sunflower Elementary will be conducting a school wide screening on Monday, September 17, 2018. Hearing will be checked for 1st and 3rd graders. Vision will be checked for 2nd and 4th graders. PK and Kindergarten students will have both hearing and vision screened at a different date/time-to be determined. Periodic hearing and vision screenings are required by the state of Kansas for school districts. You will be only be notified of results if your child’s screening warrants follow up or referral. If you prefer your child opt out of screening, please send a signed written note to school prior to this date. Please feel free to contact Nurse Haney with any questions or concerns. Thank you!

Sunflower Lit Lab - In Search of Novel Navigator Coaches!

We are in need of 3rd and 4th grade Novel Navigator coaches! Coaches will meet with their groups 2x a month beginning in October and ending early February. Meeting times can be before school from 8-8:25 or during lunch. Contact Julie Rains if you are willing to help!
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Sunflower Elementary Food Drive

Mrs. Gabriel, Sunflower Student Council sponsor, wanted to let Sunflower families know that our normally scheduled food drive in the fall will now be held during the spring semester. There are quite a few of our district schools who donate during the fall semester so the multi-service center is stocked up for the holiday season. However after the holidays, donations dwindle, so we're saving our food drive to fill up their shelves in the spring! Look for more information to come in the New Year!

Mrs. Holtgraver's 2nd Grade Class Learns All About "What Makes Canyons?"

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We are now taking orders for the Sunflower yearbook for the 2018-2019 school year!

  • Full Color Pages
  • All Grades Represented
  • Great Pictures From School Events

2 Easy Ways to Order:

  1. Click on the picture above or access your Skyward account via to place an order using your debit/credit card.
  2. Download and print out an order form below. Return the completed form along with cash or check to the Sunflower office.

YOUNG REMBRANDTS ART CLASSES - You can still enroll!

Young Rembrandts art classes have started...but you can still register to attend!! These classes are held every Wednesday after school in our library. To register online, visit our website at


Hello parents! We are always looking for fun pictures to use in the Sunflower yearbook. Field trips are just around the corner! If you accompany your student on their field trip, AND take pictures of your student and their friends, would you be willing to send those pictures to me? You can email the pictures to me at

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.