Originally delivered on 4/12/2023 1:42 pm

SUBJECT: April 2023 PTA Newsletter

April 12, 2023

Happy April, Thunderbirds! Spring is a busy time here at Trailwood, and we can't wait for all of the fun just around the corner! Our committee chairs are hard at work planning some amazing activities for the final weeks of school, so be on the look-out for more information on these events coming soon. And, please remember that we need volunteers to make many of these activities successful! Consider donating your time and talents to make these last two months of the school year amazing for our kiddos!

April is also special here at Trailwood because we have the chance to celebrate many of our staff members on their respective appreciation days! You'll find the specific dates below. While PTA will be recognizing these special days with treats for staff, please feel free to also share your appreciation with a thank you card or email to those staff members who make such a difference at our school!

As always, please reach out with any questions you might have! I can't wait to see you at one of our fun events coming up soon!


Cara Peterson


April Events

Librarian’s Day: April 4, 2023

Paraprofessional and Aides Appreciation Day: April 5, 2023

Flight Time: April 6, 2023 at 3:15 pm

No School: April 7, 2023

No School: April 10, 2023

Specialists Day: April 11, 2023

PTA Meeting: April 11, 2023 at 8:15 am

Kindergarten and 1st Grade Musical: April 11, 2023 at 2:15 pm and 6:00 pm

Parent/Guardian Chalk the Walk: April 12, 2023 from 6:15 - 7:30 pm

Student Celebration Morning: April 13th, 2023 at drop-off

Flight Time: April 13, 2023 at 3:15 pm

Kindergarten Round-Up: April 13, 2023 at 6:00 pm

3rd Grade Market Day: April 14, 2023

Food Service Appreciation Day: April 14, 2023

Orchestra Festival at SMS: April 18, 2023

Papa John’s Dining Partner Night: April 18, 2023

Flight Time: April 20, 2023

Principal’s Day: April 21, 2023

JCPRD 2023-2024 K-6 Enrollment: April 24, 2023

Band Festival at SMS: April 25, 2023

Administrative Professionals Day (aka Shereen Day): April 26, 2023

Flight Time: April 27, 2023

Spring Choir Concert: April 27, 2023

3rd Grade Bike Safety Day: April 28, 2023

Student Celebration Morning

As you know, it’s spring assessment season. So, we have some fun surprises planned for morning drop-off on Thursday (4/13) to show our students that we believe in them and are so proud of their hard work!

Want to lend a hand in our efforts? Meet outside of Door 16 on Wednesday evening (4/12) between 6:15 - 7:30 pm and help us “chalk the walk” with some encouraging words and pictures for our students to see when they arrive to school on Thursday morning!

Feel free to contact Cara Peterson with any questions you might have! We are looking forward to celebrating our awesome kiddos on Thursday morning!

Open Committees for 2023-2024

We have so many amazing events and activities that happen throughout the school year here at Trailwood! But, we need volunteers to keep them going! Please take a look at the committees below and consider chairing one of them! Many of them have a low time commitment and can be completed with a friend. And, this year's committee chairs will fill you in on all the details you'll need to be successful! Easy peasy!

Please reach out to Jamie Reasons or Cara Peterson if you would like more information on any of these activities. And, thank you for helping us keep these fun Trailwood traditions going!

April Legislative Update

Last week, the legislature wrapped up the regular session at 4:30 am on Friday morning. They will have a two week break and resume for the veto session on April 26th. Historically this “veto session” is not used for passing new legislation; however, the K-12 education budget still remains undecided.

One last push: Find your legislators at ksleglookup.org and contact them before April 26th! Watch our TW PTA Facebook page after April 26th for more updates! 


K-12 Education Funding: Email your Rep and Senator NOW to ask them to approve a K-12 education budget that 1) complies with the KS constitution to provide the full base aid or “Gannon” funding for schools, 2) includes FULLY funding special education,* and 3) is a “clean” bill that doesn’t bundle policies like vouchers** with the budget

The K-12 education budget was placed into House Sub. for SB 113. which REDUCED by $215 million funding for the 2024-25 school year. It also expanded a current voucher program that gives a tax break for donations to scholarships used to send students to private schools. The legislature adjourned without taking action on this bill, but they will have to pass a budget when they return. 




Flat Tax:House Sub. for SB 169, a tax package that includes a 5.15% flat tax rate, passed. House Sub for SB 169 adds more benefit for the top 20% of income earners, while components that benefit low- and middle-income Kansans were watered down compared with the previous version. Stay tuned as we analyze how this new tax package will impact revenue and/or school funding.

Parent Bill of Rights: HB 2236 would require school districts to adopt policies that guarantee that parents can remove their child from a lesson or class based upon objections to the course material. This passed late last week as well, and it is uncertain if the Governor will veto this weaker version of a similar bill that she vetoed last session.  Action item: Contact the Governor and/or your legislators with your thoughts *as parents* about this bill. There was very little input from parents on this issue, so they should hear from us.

Gun Safety Education in Schools: HB 2304 requires schools use the NRA’s Eddie Eagle Program. Moms Demand Action opposes this bill because research shows the NRA’s program isn’t effective (including research compiled by American Academy of Pediatrics). Action item: Contact the Governor and/or your legislators if you have opinions on this bill.


Sports Participation for Female Transgender Athletes: HB 2238 prohibits transgender girls from competing on female sports teams from kindergarten through college. The governor vetoed the bill, but both chambers voted to override the veto last week, so the bill is now law.  There is talk about  federal policy around this issue, which would preempt state law if enacted.

*A Note About Special Education Funding: In several different voucher bills over this last month, legislators included one year of special education funding; sometimes using temporary federal COVID funds or existing K-12 funds, instead of a long-term fix that provides additional funding to meet the full state obligation for special education. That’s why it’s important to advocate for full funding of special ed. in a “clean” bill that doesn’t tie it to policy. 

**A Note About Vouchers: See above about SB 113. There were several other failed attempts to pass various voucher bills over this last month, all the way up to a midnight debate on SB83 on Thursday/Friday last week. The bills all failed thanks to tremendous advocacy efforts across the state!   While these bills are officially now dead, there could still be attempts to add voucher provisions to the K-12 Education budget. Let your legislators know you support a “clean” budget bill (see action item above) and oppose including vouchers with the budget. This is a particularly concerning way to create a law because when added to a budget bill at the end of the session, the public does not have a chance to provide testimony/input and legislators don’t have a time to understand the full fiscal impact nor debate the provisions/add amendments like they would with a stand-alone bill that is vetted through the regular process.

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