Xoxo Stephanie Kreamer and Julie Homsey – Staff Appreciation
Hooray for February and our amazing Staff! At the beginning of the month we treated our Staff to some healthy snacks as we are all totally “NUTS” for them. And then on February 14th we showed our LOVE with this darling and delicious cake! Our Staff is always grateful for these fun and festive treats that help brighten their days.
Xoxo Stephanie Kreamer and Julie Homsey – Staff Appreciation
Thank you Trailwood!
In January we collected almost 300 board games, card games and activities for the classrooms! The teachers appreciated the ability to refresh their shelves and the children love having new options for indoor recess! There were so many games that we were also able to donate some to Brookridge Elementary. Thanks for your generosity!
Join the Carnival Planning Committee on Thursday, March 21st at 2pm in the Commons to learn how you can get involved in planning every child’s favorite Trailwood event! (Meeting will conclude at the end of the school day.)
Your Carnival Chairs~
Ashley Wheat & Kim King
Email Ashley at avbFamilyof3@gmail.com if you want to get involved but can’t make the meeting.
The season of Spring gives our artists new inspiration and lessons like the Bee Graphic and historical Model T. Every child will draw their lesson in detail and learn new techniques like how to add a little whimsy to our version of Aladdin’s Lamp and some adorable Baby Dragons. Creativity, imagination and whole brain learning are all happening every week. Sign up today!
Our legislators in Topeka should have ONE big priority this session: fully fund our public schools. Unfortunately, the leaders in the state house and senate are dilly-dallying. Here's what you need to know.
- PTA supports Governor Kelly's education bill (SB44), which adds money to our schools to account for inflation. The bill would provide stability and stop the endless cycle of litigation over school funding. It is estimated this bill would provide $4.5 million in extra funds for SMSD.
- PTA opposes bills that would siphon funding away from our public schools. For example, PTA testified against a voucher bill (HB 2150) disguised as an anti-bullying bill. Instead of addressing bullying, this bill would simply shift money from public to non-public schools. In addition, PTA has testified opposing bills (HB2183 and HB 2166) that would impose computer science and financial literacy requirements to graduate (a decision for state board of education and local school boards, not the legislature), against an unfunded mandate that districts provide each teacher with a $500 stipend (HB2233) and against a religious speech bill (HB 2288).
Our Trailwood area legislators have continued to vote in line with PTA priorities. Be sure to thank them!
In the News
Instead of fully funding schools, Kansas lawmakers are dawdling and risking disaster
The library is in need of someone to help Mrs. Fritz on Monday mornings, alternating with another volunteer (so only twice a month). Volunteers typically spend 1-2 hours first thing in the morning, checking books in and shelving to get the library ready for the kids!
Any questions? Don’t hesitate to ask!
Our largest and most important fundraiser is just weeks away – Saturday, February 23rd! Our dedicated auction volunteers have been working diligently to put on a great event that provides funding for next year’s budget and puts the FUN in FUNdraiser!
Your support of the PTA and this event directly impacts your child’s education. Trailwood PTA aims to provide students and staff with experiences and capabilities beyond the norm, and we have been so fortunate to be able to provide that thus far with huge member support. More money means more things PTA can say “Yes” to! You’re always welcome at PTA meetings (the next one is Tuesday, Feb. 12th at 8:15 am) and all members have a voice in how funds are used.
What does Trailwood's Auction do for your child?
$17,000 - Field Trips & Cultural Arts Programs
$4,425 - Teacher Stipends
$3,700 - Educational Software Licensing
$4,625 - Student Activities
(i.e. room parties, student awards, choir, field day, mathletics, OWLS)
$4,650 - Family Support and Outreach/Events
(i.e. Ice Cream Social, Welcome Back Coffees, Moms & Muffins/Dads & Donuts, Holiday Coffee, Science Night, etc.)
$2,850 - Staff Appreciation
(i.e. Back-to-School Breakfast, Monthly Events, Fall & Spring Luncheons, Holiday Cookies, etc.)
AND SO MUCH MORE!!
Please plan to attend the Auction to support the PTA so we can continue to provide these experiences for our kids and families as well as support the wonderful Trailwood staff! And if that wasn’t reason enough—spend an evening connecting with fellow Trailwood parents!!
Heather McClure, PTA president
Auction tickets that is!!!
Tickets and the 4 VIP tables will be available for purchase THIS Friday, Feburary 1st at 5 p.m.!
Tickets are $45 per person until Feb 20th.
After Feb. 20th or at the door $55 per person.
Each of the 4 VIP tables ($600 each) will seat 8, have a personal bar sever all night, 8 heads or tails game rings ($160 value) and of course VIP bragging rights!
Make sure you are already signed up with a registered credit/debit card on Bidpal/Onecause before hand by clicking on the button below:
**Auction items seen on website are PREVIEW ONLY! You can NOT attempt to bid on ANY item until we go live on FEBRUARY 18TH!!!**
Please sign-up to help set-up before the auction, during the auction and/or after the auction! We can NOT pull off another successful auction without YOUR help!
Thanks so much for your help!
State Reps Visit Trailwood PTA
Thank you to Kansas Representative Stephanie Clayton and State Representative Jan Kessinger for attending our January PTA meeting and updating us on what will be happening in Topeka this year. Our SMAC PTA Legislative Chair, Devin Wilson, also attended.
Kansas PTA Legislative Priorities
Kansas PTA's top priorities this year are
Gov. Laura Kelly Inaugurated
Kansas’s new governor, Laura Kelly, was inaugurated in January. She has stated that she plans to prioritize a strong public education system and has already created a new Governor’s Council on Education by Executive Order. Her proposed budget includes $92 million for education.
Articles of Interest
Thank you to all of the volunteers to help to bring food for the Chiefs day staff luncheon in January. The teachers were very appreciative.
Trailwood’s Annual Open House is coming quickly on March 5th and we still need a Committee Chair to pull off this event! Our school thrives because of the involvement of our parents and we need a volunteer. Can you help?
Please contact Heather McClure (firstname.lastname@example.org) to volunteer.
Pre-K enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will be on Tuesday, February 19th between 8:30-3. Please refer all questions for enrollment to Shereen North.
Trailwood Elementary Secretary
Please join us as we celebrate, L-O-V-E!
We'll listen to a a few books about love/kindness, learn how to cut out some hearts, make some love potion and eat a snack made with love!
Also, If you don't see a future thunderbirds name/email on my 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.
Those little box tops don't seem like much but Trailwood has earned over $14,000 from box tops over the years!
Click here for a list of participating products. Then just clip and bring them to the office by Feb. 9. Check to make sure they haven't expired. Labeled sets of 50 are preferred but it's fine to drop off just a few.
We collected enough box tops to earn $315 last fall. Not bad, but we can do better! Consider asking neighbors or extended family if they have any to share. There are more easy ways for you to help Trailwood earn money from box tops as well. Go to BTFE.COM/EARN to learn about the Box Tops Bonus App and special promotions.
If you have questions, please email Kellie Harvey, email@example.com
Happy new year!
Welcome back—I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break! It’s hard to believe that the 2018-2019 school year is half over already.
Be sure and mark your calendars for the annual Trailwood auction coming up on Saturday, February 23! Not only is it always a fun night spent connecting with others from our Trailwood community, but it is also the main fundraiser that allows our children to enjoy all the programs that the PTA sponsors throughout the year. Be watching for more information and don’t miss it!!
Our next PTA meeting is Tuesday, January 8 from 6:30-8 pm. We’ll have Rep. Stephanie Clayton and Rep. Jan Kessinger joining us for an update on legislative items impacting our schools! We’d love to see you there.
Heather McClure, PTA president
What does our state legislature have to do with your life and your school? A lot! Come out to our evening PTA meeting to hear from Rep. Stephanie Clayton and Rep. Jan Kessinger, on January 8 from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. A new session will be starting in Topeka the following week so there will be a lot to discuss when it comes to funding schools, taking care of our awesome teachers, school safety and more. You'll want to hear how our new governor and changes in the legislature, including the loss of a number of moderates in Johnson County, will affect the agenda. Mark your calendars and plan to come out! Child care is provided (as always). See you there!
News About Schools
Here are some articles about our state government and public education that may be of interest to you.
The Chiefs are headed to the playoffs!!! To celebrate and to show our staff some appreciation for all they do, we’ve planned a football fare lunch for the Red Friday before the game, Friday, January 11th. If you’re interested in helping out by bringing something or making something, click here to sign up:
Winter Flight Time enrollment is now open!
Sign your student up for fun learning with Trailwood teachers! We have a record-breaking 10 clubs offered for our Winter Flight Time session including Coding without Computers, Game Club, Stop Motion Animation and more.
Winter Flight Time runs on Thursdays from 3:15-4:15 p.m., January 17-February 21.
Enrollment is open from January 7-January 14.
If you have any issues enrolling online, please contact Amber Hipp, firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you are in need of a Flight Time scholarship, please contact Shereen North, email@example.com
Winter Flight Time 2018 Description Flyer:
Please nominate a teacher you consider to be an outstanding and effective educator for the Shawnee Mission School District. This person must have at least three years with Shawnee Mission 512 and have completed at least five years in the profession. Colleagues, parents, students and community members are encouraged to nominate deserving teachers. The deadline to nominate a teacher is Friday, January 11, 2019.
SMSD Nomination Link that will go live & shared with the SMSD Community Thursday, December 6, 2018 until January 11, 2019
Please join us for our 10th Annual Science Night
Thursday, January 17, 2019
The entire family will be amazed and entertained!