Originally delivered on 4/1/2022 3:06 pm

SUBJECT: April 2022 PTA Newsletter

April 1, 2022

Trailwood Families,

Happy April! This month is filled with events that remind us of the old days. You know, when we could wander the halls and peek into classrooms.  And those of you whose Trailwood experience has been interrupted by the pandemic, the fun has arrived for you. April is my favorite as it is the month where appreciation days begin. You can find the specific dates for each appreciation below. I encourage you and/or your child to send in a note or email those days. Let's shower our amazing staff with the love and gratitude they all deserve now more than ever.

As always, please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Go Thunderbirds!

Tracy Hugunin

PTA President


Important Dates:

Important Dates:

4/4 Library Appreciation

4/4 Taco Republic Dining Partner Night

4/5 Specialists Appreciation

4/6 Para & Aide's Appreciation

4/12 General PTA Meeting 7pm

4/13 Custodian Appreciation

4/13 Pre-K and Kindergarten Round-Up

4/14 Science Night 5:30-7pm

4/15 No School

4/19 Papa Johns Night

4/19 SMS Orchestra Festival 7pm

4/21 SMS Band Festival 7pm

4/22 Principal Appreciation

4/26 SMS Choral Festival

4/27 Administrative Professionals Appreciation aka Shereen Day!

4/27 Open House 5:30-7pm

4/29 Food Service Appreciation

4/29 Flower Sale pick up

5/13 Carnival

PTA Meeting Recording

We were very fortunate to have Dr. Tyrone Bates, SMSD Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion speak at the March PTA meeting. Below is a link to the recording of Dr. Bates' informative presentation. 

Topic: General PTA Meeting
Start Time: Mar 8, 2022 07:01 PM

Meeting Recording

Access Passcode: ^N#QD6M%

Trailwood Staff Appreciation Lunch

On Wednesday, April 6th we would like to provide a Springtime Salad Luncheon for our amazing Trailwood staff.  If you would like to help by providing a salad, then please deliver your salad and dressing (in a separate container) to the office by 10:00AM that day. Use this link to sign up!

Kindergarten Round-Up is on Wednesday, April 13th from 6:00-7:30.  Kindergarten enrollment is currently taking place and we will be sending out a sign-up genius to our kindergarten parents to sign up for 20 minute sessions on that evening to meet the teachers, principal, nurse, PTA members and JCPRD.  Any questions, please contact Shereen in the Trailwood office at 913-993-5600.

Book Fair

The Book Fair is Wednesday, April 20th-Friday April 22nd. IT IS BUY ONE GET ONE FREE!!! What a great opportunity to stock up for summer reading! Mrs. Fritz will take the kids through the fair during the school day during their assigned library period. It will also be open after school until 4 if you would like to come in and shop with your child. Probably the easiest way for your child to shop is to set up an e-wallet for them to use. We do accept cash, but I’m always afraid kids will lose it! Here are directions on how to set up an e wallet.


If you would be interested in helping volunteer at the Book Fair, here is a sign up! We appreciate any help we can get!


Trailwood Elementary Golf Tournament

We’d love to have you join us at the 4th Annual Trailwood Golf Tournament as we raise funds for world drums for the music program!

This year’s scramble will take place at Royal Meadows Golf Club on Friday, May 6th, at 8:30 am. Registrations are $100 per person and include green fees, cart, lunch, beverages and prizes. You may register individually or as a foursome. This event is open to everyone, so please feel free to invite your neighbors, friends, family and co-workers! To register, please visit https://www.trailwoodpta.com/form/m/176464.

Looking for another way to support this event? Consider being one of our sponsors! Sponsorships range from $100 - $1000 and are a great way to showcase your business to the Trailwood community, while also giving back to our students! Check out the attached document for more information, and visit https://www.trailwoodpta.com/form/m/176464 to purchase your sponsorship today!

Volunteers Needed

We would love to have a few volunteers help us plan the golf tournament over the next month and also join us on the day of the event! This is a great way to meet some other Trailwood families, and the time commitment is minimal. If interested, please contact Cara Peterson at caraelizabeth1@yahoo.com.

Join us for our Open House event! 

Wednesday, April 27th


Legislative Update

March was a busy month at the Kansas state house, and even as I'm typing this, the House will re-convene, likely late into Thursday evening. Follow social media for SM area PTA, Game on for Kansas Schools and Kansas PTA for action alerts and timely updates, as things are moving FAST. 

This Thursday, legislators added several education policies (some of which had failed to pass previously) into the K-12 education funding bill. Concerning policies like open enrollment, a so-called parents bill of rights (which adds time and burden to teachers), and an unfunded mandate for a program called Math Nation were possibly being added to the budget bill. We are asking legislators to pass a CLEAN education funding bill, without these detrimental policies. You can read more about these issues here about the budget bill from SM Area Council of PTAs. 

Action item: Lawmakers adjourn on Friday April 1, and return on April 25 for the veto session. Now is a great time to contact them, while they are on break! We'd like to remind them to stay focused on what's critically important to our schools and vote in favor/sustain any vetoes that would support the following priorities:    

-Maintaining full school funding, 

-Passing a clean education funding bill,

-Meeting the state's special education funding obligation*

-Helping students with learning recovery, and supporting our teachers!

If you aren't sure who your state legislators are, go to https://ksleglookup.org/.  The email doesn't have to be professional or perfect- they'll get the message , and it's wonderful when they can hear from parents about what matters to us!  Email me any time with questions or for more details at emsebelius@gmail.com

*A few weeks ago, for a brief moment the House fully funded special ed, but the vote was reversed. The state of Kansas has a $3 billion surplus this year, and could fully fund special education, which has been underfunded by the state and in turns costs our SMSD district roughly $8 million dollars annually. If this is fully funded, for our school for example, this would free up funds that will run out when one-time federal COVID relief funds dry up in a year or so. (Those COVID funds have been used in SMSD to increase social work support, reduce class sizes and hire more staff, among other things.)

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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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