Originally delivered on 12/3/2021 2:00 pm

SUBJECT: December 2021 PTA Newsletter

December 3, 2021

Happy December, Trailwood families! It's so hard to believe we are nearly halfway through the school year. 

This month is filled with some wonderful ways to give back. Please take a look at the latest T-Birds Serve collection for Care Beyond the Boulevard as well as a donation collection for our amazing non-classroom teachers and staff.

We are fortunate to have Dr. Tyrone Bates, coordinator of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for SMSD, join us for the next general PTA meeting. I hope you can attend what will be a very informational meeting.

I hope you all have a safe, healthy, and happy winter break!

Go Thunderbirds!

Tracy Hugunin

PTA President 


Important Dates:

12/1-12/15 T-Birds Serve Care Beyond the Boulevard Collection

12/6 PTA Citizenship contest ends

12/14 General PTA meeting 7pm TW library (masks required)

12/20 Winter parties

12/21 Early dismissal 12:30pm (no school for Pre-K)

12/22-1/4 Winter Break

2/26 Auction

T-Birds Serve: Hygiene Kit Drive, Dec. 1-15 Benefiting Care Beyond the Boulevard

Join T-Birds Serve as we continue to help others during these COVID times and give back during the holidays!  We'll be collecting hygiene kits during the month of December for Care Beyond the Boulevard, an organization that ensures that Kansas City homeless, uninsured, or otherwise vulnerable members of society have access to quality medical and mental health care despite adverse financial or social circumstances.

This is a great way to engage your kids to think about others during the holidays by taking them to the store (or ordering online together) to create your hygiene kit. Travel size products are preferred. Please pack your hygiene kit in a gallon ziplock bag and deliver it back to Trailwood by Wednesday, Dec. 15. There will be a blue bin in front of the office.

Hygiene kits can consist of the following items:

  • water bottles
  • high protein snacks
  • hand warmers
  • hats
  • socks
  • toothpaste
  • toothbrush
  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • body soap
  • flashlight
  • any other smaller items that your student can think of

Care Beyond the Boulevard will utilize the hygiene kits each and every day they provide care to the homeless or uninsured in Kansas City. These bags will ride along in their mobile medical unit and go directly to camps and people who can't make it to other resources. Hygiene kits are so critical for CBB to have because they start as a beginning to connecting new faces to what we do.


About T-Birds Serve

T-Birds Serve hopes to create a community of compassionate children through engagement and involvement in humanitarian service projects related to aiding, clothing and feeding those in need.  We want to help children understand the importance of giving to others and we hope that they will continue to give as adults.  If you have any questions or want to get involved with T-Birds Serve, please contact Karen Badgett at 913-269-9342 or kabadgett@gmail.com.

Teacher Appreciation Lunch

It will be the last Red Friday of the Chiefs regular season, so we thought it would be fun to celebrate it with a “tailgate” inspired luncheon for the teachers.  The date is Friday, January 7 and donations can be dropped off in the office the morning of the 7th.  If you would like to help with the lunch by providing something, then please sign up below.  Many thanks in advance for helping out-

Teacher Appreciation Committee


2022 Trailwood Elementary Auction

The annual Trailwood Auction will return to the regular in-person format on February 26th, and this year we're taking it waaayy back with a Grease-themed party! We are busy planning for this fun annual event, and we can't wait to celebrate and support our amazing Thunderbird community with milkshakes, hotrods, pink ladies and plenty of school spirit!

Wondering how you can help? There are so many ways to get involved and help us to make this event a big success. Simply check out https://www.trailwoodpta.com/auction.  You'll find all sorts of helpful information, such as:

- current donation needs,

- sponsorship levels, and

- volunteer roles.

Interested in learning more? We'd love for you to join us at our upcoming auction planning meeting on Wednesday, December 8, at 7:00 on Zoom (link below).


Meeting ID: 857 0861 8457
Passcode: 842198
2021 Reflections Contest - "I Can Change The World By...."

Congratulations to this year's PTA Reflections Contest winners! What an incredibly group of talented students. Great job to everyone who participated!

  • Literature Arts - Brynn Weiss 5th grade
  • Visual Arts - Bexley George 4th grade
  • Film Production - Micah Botsford 4th grade

We're changing things up this year!

  • Adding pages and a get to know your staff section for paras, admin, etc.
  • Reaching out to teachers to either design their own page for classroom memories or will give the option for committee to creat a collage of photos they provide
  • Considering half page layouts for specials
  • Will add a spotlight page for all awards, recognition, etc for TW students, teachers and parents
  • 6th grade committee will be asked to provide a 1 or 2 page layout for their year recap
  • Adding a PTA page to highlight achievements from pta events and fundraising
  • Considering adding a poll and wordsearch consisting of words provided by students
  • Looking at adding a message from the principal for the back

If anyone has time to help, the Yearbook Committee could use help with all the new implementations!

We'd love your fun photos from the first day, school events, extracurricular activities and more! If possible, please title the uploads with specific information (grade, name, activity, event, etc). Thank you!

To thank our amazing teachers and staff, the PTA treated them to a yummy lunch from Corner Bakery Cafe last month! We appreciate the many ways they impact our kids everyday. We also were able to send all of the teachers and staff home with a pie for Thanksgiving! Thank you to all of our wonderful parents for contributing. 

Spiritwear Update

Spiritwear orders are ready! Our Spiritwear committee is working to fulfill orders and they should be going home with families beginning on Monday the 6th or ready for pick up in the office.

Spirit wear limited edition and mask store will be posted in the coming week in time to get last minute holiday gifts.

Shawnee Mission School District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

Please visit this link to learn more about the district’s work and mission for diversity, equity and inclusion and see how you can sign up for workshops conducted by SMSD DEI coordinator, Dr. Tyrone Bates. 


Update Your Directory Information

Did you know that you could be missing out on making connections with other Trailwood families if your directory information isn't current? If you haven't yet logged into your account this year, now is the perfect time to do it! It only takes a few minutes. Not sure how to access your account? Just click on the link below for step-by-step instructions. Thank you for helping to keep our directory up-to-date! Please contact Lori Tritsch at nurseholcomb@hotmail.com with any questions.


It’s not too late to purchase a PTA membership, yearbook, or activity fee! Becoming a member doesn’t obligate you to attend meetings or volunteer; you can be as involved as you’d like!  Memberships range from $10 - $20 and help us to provide support to the students, families, teachers and staff of Trailwood Elementary.


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