Originally delivered on 1/7/2022 2:33 pm

SUBJECT: January 2022 PTA Newsletter

January 7, 2022

Happy New Year, Trailwood Families!

I hope everyone had a safe and healthy winter break. Thank you to the room parents for organizing winter party activities and to all of you who contributed supplies. I am continuously blown away by the generosity of this community. Last month was no exception. Thank you to all that donated to the holiday fund for our non-classroom teachers and staff. Your contributions allowed us to give each of those staff members a $50 Target gift card! Shout out to Holly Davidson for collecting and distributing! There was also a wonderful turnout for the T-Birds Serve Collection benefitting Care Beyond the Boulevard. Karen Badgett delivered 79 hygiene kits before break! 

There are so many great things to look forward to this next semester so be sure to check out important dates and details in this newsletter. As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. 

Go Thunderbirds!

Tracy Hugunin

PTA President


Important Dates:

1/17 No School - Martin Luther King, Jr Day

1/18 General PTA Meeting 7pm

1/19 MVP Training 6pm

1/21 Skate Party 4pm-6pm

2/26 Auction

January PTA Meeting
Everyone is welcome to join us at our next PTA meeting! Meet us in the Trailwood Library (masks required) on Tuesday, January 18th, at 7:00 pm. Or, feel free to hop on virtually at the zoom link which you will receive via email. Learn more about the PTA, get to know other Trailwood parents and receive the latest updates from Mr. Lawrence. We hope to see you there!
Legislative Update

February 15th PTA meeting featuring SMSD Board of Ed

You won't want to miss the Feb. 15th  PTA meeting! We will host a discussion with our SMSD Board of Education representatives at 7:00 p.m. at Trailwood (masks required). 

Currently confirmed are at-large representative and board president Heather Ousley, East area representative Mary Sinclair, and South area representative Jessica Hembree.

Click on the form to RSVP and submit your questions in advance, to help us guide the meeting and discussion!

Contact Emily Meissen-Sebelius at emsebelius@gmail.com with any additional questions about the meeting.

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?

Be an auction sponsor! We are currently looking for sponsors to help make this event a big success! As a sponsor, your business will receive prominent exposure among Trailwood families, staff, friends and neighbors. We have sponsorships ranging from $500 - $1500.  Please check out https://www.trailwoodpta.com/auction for all of the details!

Make a donation to the live or silent auction! One of the major contributions parents, grandparents and our community make to the auction is through the donation of items that we will be auctioning off during the live and silent auction. We are currently seeking these donations. Please visit https://www.trailwoodpta.com/auction for a list of donation ideas.

Auction Grade Level Baskets

We are currently trying to get grade level baskets put together for the upcoming auction. If you are interested in helping with this contact your class room parent. Also if you are interested in donating anything personally please contact Karen Badgett at kabadgett@gmail.com or Cher Brownback at cherylynnbrownback@gmail.com. We are hoping to have grade level baskets complete by January 15. Thank you for your support!

Auction Parties

We are so excited for the auction this year. I think we can all agree that some of the best auction items are the PARTIES!! We’ve had some pretty epic ones in the past. We are thrilled to be bringing back the Progressive Dinner, Tea Party and many more crowd favorites. We’re always looking for new ideas though. Do you have a super fun party theme or idea that you’d like to help host?! We’d love to hear about it! Please reach out if you have a fun idea to share or any questions regarding auction parties. We'd love to hear from you!

Jen Pontier/Auction Committee jennipontier@gmail.com

Staff Appreciation Committee

Thank you to Stephanie Kreamer, Jamie Reasons, and Micah Botsford, the Staff Appreciation Committee, for continuing to shower Trailwood's amazing staff members each month. 

Pumpkin Spice Day, Evening Conference Dinner, Halloween, December Cocoa Bombs and Chiefs Red Friday Tailgate Lunch


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!

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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