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!
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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.
Parent input regarding student class placement for next year needs to be turned in to the office by Friday, April 5th.
We hope you enjoyed “Paris of the Plains” Auction 2019! THANK YOU to Victoria Savich, Paula Wheeler and Laura Maybaum for being the fearless leaders of countless volunteers who made the evening not only possible, but very successful! Thanks also to everyone who supported the event in one way or another. Your support is priceless and it enables the PTA to continue to provide the activities and programs that we have all come to know and love. The Trailwood community is truly awesome!
Please mark your calendars for Trailwood’s Open House on March 5 from 5:30-7pm. Hope to see you there!
Have a great Spring Break!
Heather McClure, PTA president
Trailwood families and community,
The 2019 Trailwood Paris of the Plains auction committee would like to thank Mr. Lawrence and Shereen North for their continued support throughout the year; Heather McClure, PTA President; Jennifer Pontier, PTA President-elect; and Mrs. Seipel, our amazing music teacher, for helping us put together the Fund-A-Need and music video to purchase new instruments for our school. We more than doubled our goal!
MacKenzie Harvison, our artistic genius, we can’t thank you enough for creating the fabulous grade level artwork!
To our ever-generous sponsors, we all owe our thanks for your continued support.
To everyone who helped collect donations, secure sponsorships, organize grade-level and adult parties, staff experiences, helped before/during/after the auction, or donated goods to the auction – we couldn’t have done any of it without you!
*Please forgive us if we unintentionally forgot to thank someone.
Thanks goes out to our auctioneer, Chris Longly, who generously donated his time and talents again; as well, to DJ Cris Macias for bringing the old school tunes out for another spin!
Thank you to our supportive and understanding families… planning this auction began last May and we could not have done this without your patience and understanding.
Last, but not least, we want to thank the Trailwood community for your continued support and generosity!!!
Laura Maybaum, Paula Wheeler, and Victoria Savich
2019 Auction Committee Chairs
Please take a few minutes out of your busy schedules and take our survey.
We'd love to know your thoughts about the auction, Bidpal and more!
Last call for photos. The yearbook will be completed over Spring Break, so don't wait and send a few right now!
Every child loves finding their picture throughout the yearbook! Your pictures are crucial in order to help make that happen! Please take a minute and search through your phone for photos of the following:
-school events (walk to school day, T-bird Trot, ornament painting, science night, class parties)
Be sure to include grade level of children in the picture, names not needed just grade! Send as many pictures as you can to Robin Neal at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org or text to 816.509.3352.
Mark your calendars for the upcoming Trailwood Spring Movie Night on Thursday, March 28th!
There is no school the next day so get your friends and family together and join us in the Trailwood commons at 6:30pm for a free showing of INCREDIBLES 2!
Doors will open around 6:00 with the movie starting at 6:30. As always, there will be concessions for sale and the proceeds cover our annual movie license. Please consider donating homemade or store bought treats by signing up here:
Please remember that all children must be accompanied by an adult, feel free to bring blankets and pillows to get comfy and small bills to pay for concessions is greatly appreciated!
We look forward to seeing you March 28th!
If you have any questions, please contact co-chairs: Kristina Keairns - email@example.com or Kari Harrell - firstname.lastname@example.org
Please join us as we celebrate Spring!
We will read a book all about Spring ,enjoy a Spring-time snack and make some really fun Spring-themed messy art! We'll also have a visit from our secretary, Mrs. Shereen North, who will give us some info. all about Kindergarten Round-up which is happening Wed. April 17th from, 6:00-7:30 p.m. 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.
Plus, we also do lots of MESSY, open ended play that works on social and emotional skills.
The Spring Session of Flight Time is right around the corner! Be on the lookout for enrollment information at the beginning of March.
Spring Flight Time
Enrollment: March 14-21
Dates: Thursdays, 3:15-4:15 p.m., March 28-May 9. No meeting on early dismissal day May 2.
This season is full of fun clubs including Pirate Club, Carnival Club, Game Club and more!
Any questions: email@example.com
Congratulations to Trailwood 6th grader Reuben Fick! His poem won 1st Place, Award of Excellence in the Kansas PTA Citizenship Writing Contest at the district level.
This year’s essay theme, “My Motivation” drew nearly 800 entries from across the district. At the Feb. 11 board meeting, honorees were presented with medals and ribbons and were congratulated for their accomplishments in writing. The recognition ceremony was followed by a reception held in the Center for Academic Achievement.
Reuben's poem has been forwarded to compete at the State level. Judging results will be announced in March by the Kansas PTA
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!
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