Please contact Shereen North to add any future kindergarteners to her list. She'll have their name tags ready for them when they get here!
T-Birds Serve Event
What: Something to Eat - Cone Zone Party
When: Saturday, March 28, 9:30 - 11:30am
T-Birds Serve is excited to bring this event back for a hands-on community service activity to help fight local hunger! 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!
This is a great event for the entire family to serve together. Join us for what is sure to be a FUN morning that will spark great conversation!
MINIMUM DONATION OF $35 PER FAMILY (UP TO 4 PEOPLE) paid directly to Something to Eat. Please register by March 23.
If you have any questions or want to support T-Birds Serve in a bigger way, please contact Karen Badgett at 913-269-9342 or email@example.com.
Would your kiddos enjoy a brand new rock climbing wall in the gym? Let’s help make Mrs. Zink’s dream of installing a traverse rock climbing wall a reality! There are many ways that you can help us to do just that!
While the Shawnee Mission School District is struggling to fund all our priorities, anti-education legislators in Topeka are trying to further reduce funding to our schools. Please take note of a few bills currently pending at the state capitol.BILLS REDUCING PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING
There are four “voucher” type bills (HB2465, HB2552, HB2724, and HB2725) in the Kansas House that will allow for the diversion of tax dollars from our public schools that serve to educate all Kansas children, to private schools that are not required to meet the same inclusionary standards. To support our students and teachers, we need to ensure public tax dollars stay with public schools and that we maintain the level of funding that was finally provided for during the 2019 legislative session.To get a better understanding of the reasons public education advocates oppose these bills, you can read Kansas PTA’s testimony and SMSD’s testimony opposing HB2465, and Game on for Kansas Schools’ testimony in opposition of HB2552. HB2724 and HB2725 are the other two bills and are also opposed by public education advocacy groups.
SB271 - BILL TO MAINTAIN CURRENT FUNDING
The current school finance formula provides extra funds for schools with high numbers of at-risk students. This "high density at-risk funding" is set to expire (sunset) this year. If the funding sunsets, SMSD will lose $1 million annually.
SB271 was introduced to permanently repeal the sunset of the high density at-risk funding (i.e. continue current funding). This bill passed out of committee but was amended to delay the sunset by three years, instead of repealing. While a complete repeal would have been preferred, we should encourage senators to pass this bill to ensure our districts maintain this important funding piece for now.
MEDICAID EXPANSION UPDATE
Expanding Medicaid will increase health care access for a significant number of families in our SMSD community. Unfortunately, despite a bipartisan compromise, Senate President Susan Wagle is preventing the Medicaid Expansion bill from being considered.
STATE ELECTIONS MATTER
STATE ELECTIONS MATTER! In 2020, every state senate and house seat is on the ballot! Be sure to investigate candidates' records when it comes to supporting public schools.
The 2020 auction committee chairs, victoria savich and laura maybaum would like to humbly thank the following,
A big thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to our amazing auction committee team…
Thanks to all of you, our final fundraising totals will be just over $50,000!
Victoria Savich & Laura Maybaum
Hard to believe the Trailwood Carnival aka a “Sea-e-bration” of a Great Year! is in 2 months! Time is going to fly by from Spring Break until the end of the year.
The Carnival is a fun PTA-sponsored event with
The Carnival is also a big undertaking and we need lots of help….Grandma always said “many hands make light work.”
We hope everyone will join us for this evening of fun to celebrate a great year.
Here are some important links for you to know about and save:
*Please consider volunteering for more than one shift or invite someone you know to work a shift i.e. grandparent, Trailwood alum, etc.
http://www.trailwoodpta.com/store/p141/Carnival_Package_Options_for_2020%21.html *Please note we want all Trailwood families to have an opportunity to join in the fun on May 15th. If you need assistance financially so your family can attend, please use the code TWSOAR at checkout for assistance. Excited for everyone to have fun together!
Cake Walk Donations:
Winner!! Our Carnival Contest Design winner is Ms. Kennedy Jones in 5 –McCulloch. You will see her winning artwork soon. Thank you for participating and congrats on your free wristband for the night!
Time is just flying by and before we know it yearbook printing time will be here. If you have fun photos from this year, please feel free to send them our way! We are collecting photos for all the candids, clubs, teams, TW Fun, etc. There are 3 ways to upload or send photos:
HIGH Fitness @ The Arts & Heritage Center
Saturday March 28th @7:30am
$5 entry -- All profits will benefit JCPRD!
Come support our community and get a great workout!
There will be PRIZES!
*contact Lo Hathaway with any questions! More information on Instagram @lohighfitness.
The Shawnee Mission School District will accept transfer applications beginning at 8 a.m. March 1, 2020, through 5 p.m. April 30, 2020. Click here for Transfer Procedure information. Links for electronically submitting applications will become available at 8 a.m. on March 1, 2020 on this page.
Please note that the Board of Education adopted the following considerations as part of the district transfer policy on Jan. 14, 2019.
Transfer requests should only be submitted for those who are not currently transfer students.
Applications for readmittance are not needed for current transfer students. Please do not submit a transfer request if this applies.
Applications for readmittance are not needed for current transfer students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school. Please do not submit a transfer request if this applies.
The full transfer policy can be read here.
We have a Johnny’s in Corinth Square - Trailwood dining partner Wednesday March 25th! It’s all day. Just tell your server you are with Trailwood and Trailwood will get 20% back!
It's springtime drawing with Young Rembrandts! Time to enroll in some fun and original classes where children will learn to draw a baseball still life lesson, the detailed exterior of a house, intricate details of the breathtaking Taj Mahal, and a cute flamingo, among others. Spring session at Trailwood will run on wednesdays after school from 3/26 - 5/14. Questions? Contact Gabriela Godoy at 913-706-2337 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
What a week! I know we’re all still recovering from all the Chiefs excitement this past week. However, the excitement isn’t over. Our biggest fundraiser of the year is this Saturday! Get ready for a totally awesome time at our 80’s on the 8th Auction. 100% of the money raised goes directly to our PTA to continue to fund all the amazing programs and committees that make our school such a special place for students and our families. I hope to see you there!
I also would like to thank Committee Chair Lindsay Weiss on an incredible turn out for our Family Math and Science Night last week. What a blast!
Check out the calendar below for several upcoming important dates like Open House and a fantastic community service event put on by T-Birds Serve.
80’s on the 8th
DATE: Saturday Feb. 8, 2020
TIME: 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
PLACE: Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Please join us for a totally awesome time!
This is our schools biggest fundraiser and an event you don't want to miss!
The SMSD Broadmoor Bistro will be catering again, come hungry!
We'll also have a live DJ playing all our favorite 80's songs!
So, be ready for a fun-filled, fundraising evening.
Pre-register on Trailwood Auction BidPal website
See you soon!
You may start bidding on all silent auction items, grade level art, teacher/staff experiences, buy your kid(s) or your spot in a fixed priced item ie. Kid grade level parties, Senoritas and Sangrias, Pickle Ball, etc., and/or make a donation to our Fund-a-need!
Your help and donations are greatly appreciated! Our auction will not be nearly as successful if we don't have enough volunteers! Please sign up to help.
We NEED 20 more bottles of wine for our Wine Pull game! If you already signed up to donate wine. Please drop it off ASAP.
Next week is all about LOVE! Let’s shower the amazing Trailwood staff with hearts to show how thankful we are for them. Grab a blank heart out of the basket by the office, write a message to a teacher or staff member or just a message to the whole staff telling them why they are special to you! Leave the heart in the collection basket and they will be added to our hallway of hearts throughout next week!
Pre-Kindergarten enrollment starts soon. Please contact Shereen North with any questions.
When: Friday, February 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Trailwood Elementary School's Cafeteria
Calling all future Thunderbirds! PAT is a super fun event that helps your future Thunderbird get to know Trailwood and have your kiddo meet some fellow soon-to-be Kindergartners, and their parents! Please send this Evite to any future Thunderbirds. We always do a simple craft, listen to a story, sing a few silly songs, play with some messy, sensory experiences and enjoy a snack! So, 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!
-Mrs. Victoria Savich and Mrs. MacKenzie Harvison
FYI...We do play and explore lots of items and materials that can be a chocking or safety hazard for children younger than 3. The activities that we plan are more geared towards children 3 years+ but feel free to bring younger siblings if needed.
We hosted three members of the Board of Education for our January PTA meeting: Jessica Hembree, Heather Ousley and Mary Sinclair. It was great to hear from them about their involvement in PTA as parents, their commitment to public education, the role of the Board of Education, teacher contract negotiations, diversity and more. Both the audience and our guests enjoyed the visit and we hope to make this an annual event.
January 30, 2020
There are a couple of bills to keep your eye on in the state legislature that could have an impact on the funding our school district receives from the state.
HB2465 Expansion of Tax Credit Scholarship
Bill HB2465, a “school choice” tax credit scholarship bill, which had a hearing in the House K-12 Education Committee on January 30, is opposed by the Shawnee Mission School District, the Kansas PTA, and multiple education advocacy groups. For more details on their opposition, read SMSD and Kansas PTA’s official written testimony.
In short, this bill would expand the Kansas Hope Scholarship Act which was passed (despite opposition) in 2014. This Act allows public tax dollars to be diverted via tax credits to non-public schools for eligible students who choose to attend a private school. Currently, to qualify a student must be eligible for free lunch and attend a low performing elementary school. Bill HB2465 expands the Act to include children eligible for reduced-priced lunch and removes the low performing elementary school requirement, meaning kids from any school can take advantage of the scholarship, diverting even more public tax dollars to non-public schools.
The three main reasons for opposition to this bill are:
SB271 At-Risk High Density Sunset
Bill SB271 has a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, February 4. Passage of this bill is important as it impacts around 70 districts statewide and brings about $1 million annually to SMSD alone.
For some background, both at-risk funding and at-risk high density funding are part of the school finance formula. However, the high density piece is set to sunset (be removed from the formula) this year, unless our state legislators takes action.
The amount of at-risk funding a school district receives is based on the number of students qualifying for free lunch. Even though not all students receiving free lunch are at risk, this has been found to be a pretty good way to determine which schools need this additional funding. Note that there is a different set of criteria for identifying at-risk students (e.g. below grade level, chronic absenteeism, trauma in the family, etc.).
At-risk high density funding refers to additional funds that some schools receive if there are 50% more kids in that building that receive free lunch. These schools need more resources (e.g. social workers, etc.) than other schools in their district. These additional funds are critical to our district and are what we stand to lose if SB271 does not pass.
Thanks for staying engaged!
SMAC PTA Legislative Coordinator
Please bring clipped Box Tops to your teacher by February 24. (I'll check again later in the week but if they aren't in the office by Friday 2/28 they won't be sent until next fall).
Remember, the program has changed and we can earn lots of money without clipping anything! Keep scanning receipts using the app and watch for bonus opportunities. If you haven't tried it, get started at BTFE.com.
Our goal is to raise $1000 this year, between the Box Tops that we collect at school and those that are scanned!
If you have questions, please email Kellie Harvey, email@example.com
Shawnee Mission School District will be partnering with Evergy to provide assistance in filling out LIEAP applications on: February 13, 2020 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. 8200 W 71st St, Shawnee Mission, KS
Happy New Year Thunderbirds!
It’s hard to believe the 2019-2020 school year is half over and our auction is only four weeks away! Not only is this our biggest fundraiser of the year, it is also such a fun night and a chance to connect with your Trailwood Community. This year’s theme is 80’s on the 8th and you will not want to miss it! Make sure your calendars are marked for Saturday, February 8th.
Our next PTA meeting is an evening meeting on Tuesday, January 14th. It will be at 7:00pm and I hope you will join us! We have a unique opportunity to hear from three SMSD School Board members. They will be there to answer any questions you may have. If you’d like to submit your question(s) in advance please email them to Melissa.firstname.lastname@example.org. You are also welcome to ask questions during the meeting as well. The board members joining us are, Jessica Hembree, Heather Ousley and Mary Sinclair. We are looking forward to hearing from them.
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