April is here and the “race to the finish” for the 2018-2019 school year is on!
After a busy year, April is a month filled with days of appreciation for all our wonderful staff at Trailwood. Here are the days that we will be showing our gratitude for various staff members—please be sure and let them know what a wonderful job they do to make Trailwood such a great place for kids!
Though the school year is winding down, many of our committee chairs are still hard at work planning and executing great things for our community. Trailwood parents are a huge part of what makes Trailwood amazing and you are so appreciated! Thanks for everything you do!
Heather McClure, PTA president
Executive Board meeting dates:
(any PTA member is welcome to address the board, please contact email@example.com)
General Meeting dates:
T-Birds Serve is excited to partner with Something to Eat again for a feed the funnel party this semester.
T-Birds Serve Event
What: Something to Eat - Cone Zone Party
When: April 6, 9:30 - Noon
Whether you are 3 years old or 90+ years old, there is something you can do. You will stand shoulder to shoulder with your group and pour cups of rice, soy, vegetables, vitamins, and cheese into a bag and then weigh, seal, and box each bag as together we dream of each box going down the street to the local food pantry. Each meal you package will help the 1 in 5 children that struggle with food insecurity. Are you unsure of what being food insecure means? Don’t worry we will have an educational time where you can learn about this and other facts about hunger and poverty!
Join us for what is sure to be a FUN morning that will spark great conversation among your family!
MINIMUM DONATION OF $35 PER FAMILY (UP TO 4 PEOPLE) paid directly to Something to Eat. Please register by April 3rd.
If you have any questions or want to support T-Birds Serve in a bigger way, please contact Karen Badgett at 913-26-9342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
It’s BOGO Book Fair time! A perfect time to stock up on some summer reading material. Excited to see you there!
3rd GRADE FAMILIES-Mark your calendars!
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17th is 3rd GRADE BIKE SAFETY DAY!!
Please plan to have your 3rd grader ride or bring his/her bike to school this day for our annual bike safety day. Leawood police officer, Mark Chudik, will be providing bike safety instruction including a hands-on portion on the playground. Watch your email for more information!
We need parent volunteers!! There are 70+ students in the 3rd grade. Find the sign-up genius link here.
Contact Mary Gladstone at email@example.com with any questions/concerns.
Our school auction was an amazing success! PTA made $55,000. Thank you to the auction committee for their hard work and to all the families that contributed!
Because of the auction success, it is possible for the PTA to purchase and install mature shade trees for our Trailwood playground. This would provide our students and teachers much needed relief from the sun and cool the playground temperatures. At the April 9th PTA meeting the PTA members will vote on the purchase of trees. A quorum of at least 15 members is required so please attend the meeting! The meeting starts at 8:15 AM and the vote will be the first item on the agenda.
The trees will be approximately 20-25 feet tall which is the largest that can reasonably be transplanted. The species will be elm and/or swamp white oak. The drawing shows approximate locations of four trees. We will vote on a 2 tree option and a 4 tree option. The cost to supply and install each tree is $1200/tree. We hope the trees can be planted in the coming weeks! When is the best time to plant a tree? Twenty years ago. When is the second best time to plant a tree? Today!
If you have questions about the trees, please contact:
Kindergarten Round-Up is right around the corner so please make sure you have confirmed with our secretary Shereen North that your child is on her roster.
Thanks a lot!!
2019 Trailwood Kindergarten Round-up Ambassador
Help us be an amazing ambassador to Trailwood and volunteer at Kindergarten Round-up on Wednesday, April 17th from 5:45-7:45 p.m.!
We need 2 volunteers to help at the check-in table and we'll also need 6 volunteers to help in the 3 Kindergarten classrooms by making these future Thunderbirds feel right at home.
Thank you so much for your consideration,
Victoria Savich and Jamie Reasons
We still do not have a school funding plan from the state legislature. The Senate passed a reasonable education plan to keep in place the current funding formula and provide the necessary inflation funding for our schools. The House barely passed its own education plan, which contains policy provisions opposed by PTA including eliminating a commitment to fund special education and limits on instruction for English Language Learners. A Conference Committee has been appointed to negotiate the final details between House and Senate. The good news is that Trailwood's four legislators have supported the PTA position every step of the way so far. Please thank them!
In the News:
Save the Date and plan to arrive at school early on your bikes Wednesday, May 8th!!!
The 'Let's Move' committee will again sponsor Bike to School Day.
We will also be having our 'Move in May' challenge starting Friday, May 3rd-Thursday, May 7th. Watch your email for more details!!
Save the date for Papa John's Night, April 16th.
Take care of dinner and donate to Trailwood at the same time!
Drop by Foo's Thursday April 25th, after school until closing. Just mention Trailwood at checkout! A portion of the sales will go to Trailwood.
With so many unplanned days off this winter and some changes to the way Chat and Chew would happen, it was hard to get the program up and running this year. Please look for a fresh start with Chat in Chew next school year.
Attention Trailwood Kindergarten - 3rd Grade Families!
We are thrilled to host a special event with local children's book author Alastair Heim on Monday, May 6th at 9:00am in the Trailwood Commons!
I have been working with Alastair over the course of this school year getting his delightful books into the hands of elementary school kids in and around Kansas City. Alastair has written four children's picture books and he is kind enough to do a free story time and book signing with our Kindergarten-3rd graders! All four of Alastair's books will be available to pre-order through The Learning Tree (yay for supporting a local author AND a local business!) and he will sign and personalize each book at the event. What a wonderful keepsake for your child and a great gift for all of those upcoming birthday parties!
A link to the order form is below, but you will also receive a paper copy that will come home with your child in the upcoming weeks. Please turn in order forms to Shereen in the front office and all orders must be received by April 15th to ensure enough books are ordered from the publisher.
I am so excited to bring Alastair to Trailwood! I hope you will consider ordering his books to take home to enjoy with your families!
If you have any questions, I can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thanks so much,
Come join us as we celebrate the Picasso in our Pre-schoolers!
We will read a fun color/art themed book, sing some songs about colors,explore different types of ways to make art and enjoy a yummy colorful snack! Also, If you don't see a future thunderbirds name/email on our guest list...please let me know and be sure to invite them to RSVP!
-Mrs.Victoria Savich and Mrs. Lindsey Guillen
FYI...Just a friendly heads up that we do play and explore lots of items and materials that can be a possible chocking hazard for children younger than 3. Plus, we also do lots of MESSY, open ended play that works on social and emotional skills. Please dress your child accordingly.
5101 West 95th Street, Overland Park, KS 66207-3399 • Phone: (913) 993-5600 • Fax: (913) 993-5699 • Attendance: (913) 993-5688