Sunflower Elementary Announcements

  • Calling all Scientists!!  Sunflower Science Night is Tuesday, January 28.  Projects may be created by individual students or groups.  Please contact Marci Leushcen if you have questions -

    Please view our information packet, career sheet and biography sheet for additional information.  

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  • Inclement Weather Procedures
    In case of bad weather USD 497 will announce school closures by 6 am.  Automated phone messages and emails will be sent to all parents and will be announced on local media stations.  A TWO HOUR DELAYED START may be implemented.  If conditions are deemed unsafe and a two hour delay is decided, Sunflower Elementary will begin at 10:45 am.  Boys and Girls Club morning program will be cancelled.  School will not provide supervision to students prior to the start of the school day.  More information may be found here.
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  • Sunflower Food Pantry

    Open every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month that Sunflower is in session.

    3:15 pm-4:45 pm

    Closed during breaks and when school is cancelled due to inclement weather.

    Supported by: Just Food, SWMS Garden Project, Harvesters Community Network and private donations.

    Donation barrel located in the entryway of Sunflower Elementary

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  • Outdoor Recess Procedures
    Recess is held indoors if the temperature or windchill falls below 15 degrees.  Children should always wear appropriate clothing, including winter coats, hats, gloves or mittens and boots during cold-weather months.  
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  • Dismissal Procedures


    • All students and families walking to/from school are encouraged to use the designated crosswalks for safe crossing on the streets. There should be no crossing the street outside of crosswalks.

    • No dogs or pets allowed at arrival & dismissal on all school grounds except service animals.

    • All persons (includes students and adults) will walk their scooters and bikes while on school grounds. No riding bikes and scooters on grounds are allowed in order to help reduce collisions and injuries. We will respect one another.

    • There will be no pick up/drop off in the front parking lot. To increase the safety of all our students, parents/guardians picking up students by vehicle MUST use the circle drive and remain in the vehicles in single file. Parents/guardians are encouraged to have their students exit out of all vehicles on the right side. This will minimize students getting into moving traffic on the left of vehicles. Sunflower Elementary is dedicated to ensuring that all our students safely arrive and dismiss school safely every day.

    • All bus, daycare van riders will be released through the north gym doors.

    • All walkers will be released through the north-side door next to the Music room.

    • If you would like to wait for your students outside of your vehicle, parents/guardians are encouraged to wait for their children at the north-side door to help reduce congestion at the main Sunflower entrance. The Sunflower circle drive is strictly only for PICK UP AND DROP OFF ONLY. There is NO PARKING. Please DO NOT LEAVE VEHICLES UNATTENDED.

    • All Sunflower staff will be monitoring and engaged in the dismissal of students to ensure safety and respect for all inside and outside the school. If you would like to talk with a teacher, please consider another time to meet with him/her. We would like to respect the teachers’ and staffs’ dedication to ensuring the safety off all our students.


    As we take the steps to implement these new dismissal guidelines, we are working together to ensure the safety of all our children and families. Together we’ll make this happen. We appreciate your part in helping to respect these guidelines and enhance the safety of your children. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact us.

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  • Updated USD 497 Bicycle Policy
    USD 497 strongly recommends that no student be allowed to ride bicycles to and from school before the student has been enrolled in 3rd grade unless accompanied by an adult.   
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