Wednesday Word

October 13th, 2021

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From the Principal

Dear Sunflower Families,

We held our first Site Council meeting last night. A huge shout out to Sarah Lynch-Chaput, Heather Flachsbarth, Annie Myers, Amy Le, Camille Wheeler and Shannon Kimball for their participation and input. I have left the agenda linked below if anyone would like to review the notes.

With spooky season upon us Sunflower is going to partner with PTO to put on a Fall Festival on October 29th. PTO will be coordinating 2-3 parent volunteers per classroom to help facilitate the outdoor games and activities. Be on the lookout for information coming from your room parent soon. Other than the parent volunteers, no other visitors will be able to attend.

Students may come to school in costumes, we will not have students put on costumes at school. If they want to wear a costume the will need to come to school in it and wear it all day. In considering your costumes we ask the following:

  • Cultures are not costumes-Please read and share the information with your child in the handout below around showing empathy and avoiding cultural appropriations at Fall Festival.
  • Costumes associated with violence will not be allowed, specifically no weapon props
  • No blood and gore
  • Students must be able to see where they are walking, please consider this when choosing a costume
  • If a student dresses in a costume that violates any of the criteria listed above they may be asked to remove the costume

If you do not want your child to participate in any of the Fall Festival activities just email me at and we will have alternate activities for them.

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

Melissa Blevins

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Parking Lot Help

In order for our staff to have a place to park when they arrive in the morning we are asking that families do not park in the parking lot prior to 8:15am. We have around 60 staff who need to be able to park daily and their start time is 8:15. Since we do not open our doors until 8:30 we would ask that you wait until 8:30 and/or use the car line for drop off.

We appreciate your attention to this matter.


Student Picture proofs were sent via email to parents and guardians. Should there be any questions regarding your students pictures please reach out to Brenda at or 913-745-6700. If parents want retakes taken for their children they will need to let the office know by emailing On retake day, we will only take children who indicated they want retakes, absent students, and new students.

Staff Member of the Month

The Staff Recognition Committee is excited to announce our first opportunity this year to recognize one classified and certified staff member who represent the "BEST" the Sunflower staff has to offer. This year, we are wanting to incorporate the entire Sunflower community in the nomination process, including staff, students, and parents/guardians. Please consider nominating a staff member that you feel sets a great example for others to follow. Each month, we will recognize one classified (including paraeducators, interventionists, office, custodial, food service, lunchroom, library assistant) and one certified (grade-level, special education, specials, nurse, learning coach, library) staff member. Forms can be found at the following links:

October Classified Staff Member of the Month Nomination Form:

October Certified Staff Member of the Month Nomination Form:

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The long anticipated wait for our IN-PERSON book fair is OVER!

Sunflower scholars will be able to preview and/or purchase at the book fair, with teachers, Monday the 18th and Tuesday the 19th.

The fair will also be open for parents/ guardians on Wednesday the 20th and Thursday the 21st during conference hours!

Check out the link below for more information as well as ONLINE SHOPPING (Oct.18th-Oct. 31st) options if you can’t make it to conferences this time.

Scholastic flyers will be sent out this week.

Fair is located in the library!


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From Sunflower PTO:

Dinner is Served!! Taco John’s Eat and Earn Tonight from 5-9pm at the Haskell Avenue location. Support our 5th graders and enjoy some Tacos!

$1 PJ Day tomorrow, Thursday 10/14, optional $1 donation in support of PTO.

Monday 10/18 at 5:30pm is our next Landscape Clean-Up! Volunteers appreciated!

Spring Fun Run!!

Would you like to support our Sunflower community in an active and meaningful way? Well, lace up your sneakers because Sunflower is excited to host its very own 5k fun run/walk this spring…and we’d love to have you and your child’s involvement.

Currently, we are looking for individuals, families, and/or businesses who would like to help out with advertising, sponsorship, food/item donations, and/or volunteering their time.

Contact Becky Armstrong at if you’d like to be part of what we’re creating.

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

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From PTO Hospitality Committee

Parent-Teacher conferences are next week and we need your help! During parent-teacher conferences, we like to supply our Sunflower teachers and staff with meals, snacks and treats to help them get through two long days of meeting with Sunflower families. Please use the Sign-up Genius link below to see how you can help!

Sunflower Fall Parent Teacher Conference Meals

Sunflower Marathon Club

Sunflower Marathon Club is off to a great start for the 2021-22 school year with over 100 Sunflower scholars out running, walking, setting goals and enjoying the gift of movement with friends and the Sunflower school community. We meet on Monday mornings at 8am and Wednesday afternoons at 2:20pm on the back playground by the Sunflower gardens- Come join us!

If your Sunflower scholar would like to participate in Marathon Club, please fill out the Google form above and submit no later than the day before they wish to start participating.

We use Remind for communication. Remind is a secure way to communicate between club and parents without exchanging actual phone numbers or emails. This is how Marathon Club members receive communication from Marathon Club including club cancellation messages for weather! If your Sunflower scholar is a Marathon Club member, PLEASE use the following Remind link to sign up for Sunflower Marathon Club Remind notices for 2021-2022:

There will be NO Marathon Club held on Wednesday, October 20th. Thanks!

Little Firebird Soccer Clinic

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And Holiday Assistance through Salvation Army for gifts! See below...

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Important Dates

10/13 - Eat and Earn @ Taco John's benefitting the 5th Grade recognition committee

10/14 - $1 PJ Day

10/14 - End of 1st Quarter

10/15 - No School - Teacher Conference Prep.

10/18 - 10/21 - PTO Book Fair

10/18 - Landscape Clean Up Day

10/20 - Parent Teacher Conferences 4-7pm

10/20 - No Marathon Club

10/21 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

10/22 - No School

10/25 - No School

10/27 - K-1 Schaake's Pumpkin Patch Field Trip

11/9 - Picture Retakes

11/24 - 11/26 - Fall Break