Originally delivered on 2/4/2022 2:30 pm

SUBJECT: February 2022 PTA Newsletter

February 4, 2022

Hello Trailwood families! This is a big month for our PTA. First and foremost, please note that the February 26th auction has now been changed to a virtual format. The committee has worked very hard and thought so creatively to make this event fun and memorable. Tickets go on sale February 7th. Stay tuned for all of the exciting details. 

Secondly, we are honored to have special guests, Jessica Hembree, Mary Sinclair, and Heather Ousley at the next general PTA meeting. Please submit questions for our guests to Emily Meissen-Sebelius.

Thank you for continuing to be such a wonderful community! If you have any other questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to me. 

Stay warm!

Go Thunderbirds!

Tracy Hugunin

PTA President


Important Dates:

Important Dates:

2/14 Valentine's Day Parties

2/15 General PTA Meeting 7pm in the cafeteria (masks required)

2/21 No School - President's Day

2/22 No School - Teacher Work Day

2/26 Auction 

3/4 Skating Party 4pm-6pm

February PTA Meeting and Legislative Update

Trailwood, Diemer and Brookwood PTAs will host South area rep. Jessica Hembree, and newly re-elected SMSD board president Heather Ousley and East area representative Mary Sinclair, 7:00pm at Trailwood.

Bring your questions to this panel-style meeting, where we will hear updates and engage in a conversation with our Board of Ed members.  RSVP and submit your questions in advance here

Want a breakdown of what's happening in Topeka related to public education?

Erin Woods from SM Area Council PTA will also share state legislative updates related to public education at the Feb. 15th meeting.  We are already seeing some concerning bills introduced that threaten to weaken and pull funding away from public education. As legislative coordinator for SMAC PTA, Erin provides updates like this one regularly on legislative issues. Check our TW PTA facebook page for up-to-date legislative action items and join us on Feb. 15th to learn more! 

For questions, contact Emily Meissen-Sebelius at emsebelius@gmail.com

Spread The Love!

Let's show our amazing Trailwood staff how much we appreciate all of the hard work, dedication, and care they put into their students. Print out or pick up the attached heart cut outs, write a message of gratitude/encouragement, and drop it off in the office. Messages can be to a specific staff member or to all in general. These hearts will then be displayed throughout the school.  Adults and kids are encouraged to participate. What a wonderful opportunity to lift some spirits!

Click HERE to download the heart cut outs

Spirit Wear
Calling all creative grown ups!!! Please submit a design of your own creation in a 1 or 2 color format for this year's Sneak Peak Spirit Wear Contest/Sale. All entries are due by no later than 3/28 (which gives you all of Spring Break to throw something together!) All entries will be voted on by all the staff/faculty and school body/families and could be included in our parent-designed Spirit Wear for order! Please reach out with any questions.

TW Spirit Wear
Pre-K and Kindergarten Enrollment

We are excited to share the enrollment kickoff date for Pre-K and Kindergarten for 2022-2023 will be February 4, 2022. Online enrollment will open at 8 a.m.

Click here to learn more about Pre- Kindergarten in the SMSD.

Click here to learn more about Kindergarten.

How to Enroll:

Enrollment is online. Click here for enrollment links which will go live on Feb. 4th at 8 a.m. This online enrollment allows families to complete the enrollment application for Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten. It also reserves a spot for Pre-Kindergarten families. The application must be completed on a desktop or laptop computer or a tablet (not a mobile phone). If you do not have access to one of these devices, please make an appointment to enroll in person. For Kindergarten, please contact the Trailwood secretary, Shereen North, at 993-5600. For Pre-K, please contact the Early Childhood department at 993-6441.


A child must be 5-years-old on or before Aug. 31 to enroll in Kindergarten, by state law. SMSD offers free, full-day Kindergarten for every student. Kindergarten Kickoff events will be held in every SMSD elementary school from April 11 to April 22.


To be able to enroll for Pre-Kindergarten, children must be 4-years-old on or before Aug. 31 (but not Kindergarten eligible). Pre- Kindergarten is a half-day program in Shawnee Mission. Wraparound care options are through Johnson County Park and Recreation. For more information regarding site locations and programming:
Johnson County Park and Recreation link

2022 Trailwood Elementary Auction
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.

Grownups!! We still need your photos! Please share any and all in-school/personal/extra-curricular photos with the yearbook committee via link: https://plicbooks.com/go/DR76DM. Please make sure to title the photos either before or after you load them to make it easier to categorize on the back end.
Yearbook committee needs help! Please let us know if you are available to help proof, take photos, or even help with creating class pages in April! Lets make this yearbook a memorable one or all the staff, faculty, parents and especially the kiddos alike!
Email us at: vivian@outlookcreative.com if you are able to help

Thank you-TW Yearbook committee
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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