I hope this month’s newsletter finds you well and adjusted to the new normal. I know this has been a challenging time for us all. I am so proud of our community and the teachers and staff at Trailwood. I believe everyone has handled a truly unprecedented end to the school year to the best of their abilities.
I will do my best to answer some lingering questions below. However, please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any further questions!
Do we still receive yearbooks for the 2019-2020 school year?
YES! Yearbooks are already laid out for the year and you can still order one through Membership Toolkit up until May 15th. We will distribute them this summer or as soon as we are cleared to hold a distribution day. Please see the step by step directions on how to order below.
I bought a ticket at auction to a grade level party or event. Will these events still take place?
YES! All events will still be held…just at at later date! We are hopeful that most events can take place over the summer. Hosts will keep you informed on new dates!
Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up. Can we still celebrate our teachers?
YES! We would love to celebrate our amazing teachers now more than ever! Teacher Appreciation week is May 4th-8th. We would encourage Room Parents to send “E-gift cards” as a gift from the class if funds have already been collected. You are also welcome to utilize Venmo, etc. to collect from your class if you haven’t already. Some E-gift card ideas that can be easily purchased, emailed and used in our current condition are: Amazon, Target, Grubhub, Ubereats and Papa John’s. I would also encourage sending letters or videos to teachers with messages of thanks and appreciation!
Take Care Thunderbirds!
We are in a unique position this year with our budget. With such an abrupt end to the school year, we have funds that were allocated to events that will now go unused for the year. We have an opportunity to put that portion of the budget for the 2019-2020 school year to good use.
The Trailwood Executive Board would like to propose a $2,875.00 donation to the Shawnee Mission Education Foundation Care Fund. The Care Fund gives direct assistance to families in need within our school district.
This is the amount that we would have typically spent on the following events:
We will need to take a General PTA vote to make this donation. If you’d like to vote, please join our virtual meeting to take a vote on Monday, April 13th at 7:00pm via Zoom.
Meeting ID: 867 632 4998
As everyone is hopefully settling into this new normal, I thought it would be a good time to send out an update. Although the Kansas legislature is currently not in session, there are still some important things to address. Below you will find information on the 2020 Census, the Presidential Primary, and a Legislative Issues Follow-up.
2020 CENSUS – 10 minutes of your time impacts 10 years of funding
If just 1% of the Kansas population goes uncounted, the state could miss out on receiving $603,990,400 in federal funding. Every uncounted person costs the state approximately $2082. To date, only 50% of the households within the SMSD district have filled out their census.
PRESIDENTIAL PRIMARY – being done by mail-in ballot only
There is no republican primary this year and due to COVID-19, the Kansas Democratic Party has made a big change to their May 2 primary. All voting will be done via mail-in ballot; there will be no in-person voting. If you plan to vote in the primary, below are important dates and helpful information:
LEGISLATIVE ISSUES FOLLOW-UP
This year we’ve been following bills opposed by the Shawnee Mission School District, KS PTA, and education advocates, such as the voucher type bills that divert public tax dollars to private schools, and bills they supported, such as at-risk high density funding and Medicaid Expansion. Due to COVID-19, these bills were set aside as the legislature focused on passing the budget.
There was good news within the budget, as it includes a 2 year extension on the at-risk high density sunset. Had this not been included, SMSD would have lost $1 million in funding. Ideally, at-risk high density funding would be a permanent piece of the school funding formula. There will likely be legislators that re-introduce a bill to remove the sunset in two years.
The legislature is currently scheduled to return on April 27, so it’s possible some of these bills could come to the forefront again, but it is currently up in the air if the legislature will actually return on that date or not.
One last reminder…fill out your census! And take a moment to check in with 5 friends to encourage them to fill it out too.
SMAC PTA Legislative Coordinator
These are all businesses that generously supported our T-bird Trot and Trailwood auction this year. Check out the attached lists. Let’s show them our support!
We hope everyone had a fabulous time at our auction last month! It was such a success thanks to everyone that participated in so many different ways. Your support is what enables our PTA to be one of a kind in how we support our students and teachers. A special thanks goes to our Auction Co-Chairs, Laura Maybaum and Victoria Savich that lead the way with passion and many long nights of hard work! We raised approximately $50,000!
As we look toward spring, there are so many fun things headed our way. Please check out the calendar of upcoming important dates. Enjoy this sunshine filled weekend!
Executive Board Meetings:
(any PTA member is welcome to address the board, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org)
General PTA Meetings:
Have you ordered a yearbook yet for your child(ren)? If you would like to order one and haven’t done so, now is the time to check this off of your To-Do list!
To order, you’ll need to create an account on Membership Toolkit. It's quick and easy! Instructions for creating an account may be found in the attachment.
Can’t remember if you’ve purchased your yearbook(s) yet? No problem! Just check your Membership Toolkit account. Whether you’re in the app or on the website (http://www.trailwoodptaop.membershiptoolkit.com), click on PREVIOUS ORDERS under the MY ACCOUNT tab. Next, click on the order number, which will bring up a detailed receipt of your purchases from that order.
Questions? Please contact Cara Peterson at email@example.com for more information.
Our Spring Session will run on Thursdays, March 26-April 30, 3:15-4:15 p.m.
Open registration from March 12-March 19
Please contact Shereen North to add any future kindergarteners to her list. She'll have their name tags ready for them when they get here!
T-Birds Serve Event
What: Something to Eat - Cone Zone Party
When: Saturday, March 28, 9:30 - 11:30am
T-Birds Serve is excited to bring this event back for a hands-on community service activity to help fight local hunger! Whether you are 3 years old or 90+ years old, there is something you can do. You will stand shoulder to shoulder with your group and pour cups of rice, soy, vegetables, vitamins, and cheese into a bag and then weigh, seal, and box each bag as together we dream of each box going down the street to the local food pantry. Each meal you package will help the 1 in 5 children that struggle with food insecurity. Are you unsure of what being food insecure means? Don’t worry we will have an educational time where you can learn about this and other facts about hunger and poverty!
This is a great event for the entire family to serve together. Join us for what is sure to be a FUN morning that will spark great conversation!
MINIMUM DONATION OF $35 PER FAMILY (UP TO 4 PEOPLE) paid directly to Something to Eat. Please register by March 23.
If you have any questions or want to support T-Birds Serve in a bigger way, please contact Karen Badgett at 913-269-9342 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Would your kiddos enjoy a brand new rock climbing wall in the gym? Let’s help make Mrs. Zink’s dream of installing a traverse rock climbing wall a reality! There are many ways that you can help us to do just that!
While the Shawnee Mission School District is struggling to fund all our priorities, anti-education legislators in Topeka are trying to further reduce funding to our schools. Please take note of a few bills currently pending at the state capitol.BILLS REDUCING PUBLIC EDUCATION FUNDING
There are four “voucher” type bills (HB2465, HB2552, HB2724, and HB2725) in the Kansas House that will allow for the diversion of tax dollars from our public schools that serve to educate all Kansas children, to private schools that are not required to meet the same inclusionary standards. To support our students and teachers, we need to ensure public tax dollars stay with public schools and that we maintain the level of funding that was finally provided for during the 2019 legislative session.To get a better understanding of the reasons public education advocates oppose these bills, you can read Kansas PTA’s testimony and SMSD’s testimony opposing HB2465, and Game on for Kansas Schools’ testimony in opposition of HB2552. HB2724 and HB2725 are the other two bills and are also opposed by public education advocacy groups.
SB271 - BILL TO MAINTAIN CURRENT FUNDING
The current school finance formula provides extra funds for schools with high numbers of at-risk students. This "high density at-risk funding" is set to expire (sunset) this year. If the funding sunsets, SMSD will lose $1 million annually.
SB271 was introduced to permanently repeal the sunset of the high density at-risk funding (i.e. continue current funding). This bill passed out of committee but was amended to delay the sunset by three years, instead of repealing. While a complete repeal would have been preferred, we should encourage senators to pass this bill to ensure our districts maintain this important funding piece for now.
MEDICAID EXPANSION UPDATE
Expanding Medicaid will increase health care access for a significant number of families in our SMSD community. Unfortunately, despite a bipartisan compromise, Senate President Susan Wagle is preventing the Medicaid Expansion bill from being considered.
STATE ELECTIONS MATTER
STATE ELECTIONS MATTER! In 2020, every state senate and house seat is on the ballot! Be sure to investigate candidates' records when it comes to supporting public schools.
The 2020 auction committee chairs, victoria savich and laura maybaum would like to humbly thank the following,
A big thank you to our sponsors!
Thank you to our amazing auction committee team…
Thanks to all of you, our final fundraising totals will be just over $50,000!
Victoria Savich & Laura Maybaum
Hard to believe the Trailwood Carnival aka a “Sea-e-bration” of a Great Year! is in 2 months! Time is going to fly by from Spring Break until the end of the year.
The Carnival is a fun PTA-sponsored event with
The Carnival is also a big undertaking and we need lots of help….Grandma always said “many hands make light work.”
We hope everyone will join us for this evening of fun to celebrate a great year.
Here are some important links for you to know about and save:
*Please consider volunteering for more than one shift or invite someone you know to work a shift i.e. grandparent, Trailwood alum, etc.
http://www.trailwoodpta.com/store/p141/Carnival_Package_Options_for_2020%21.html *Please note we want all Trailwood families to have an opportunity to join in the fun on May 15th. If you need assistance financially so your family can attend, please use the code TWSOAR at checkout for assistance. Excited for everyone to have fun together!
Cake Walk Donations:
Winner!! Our Carnival Contest Design winner is Ms. Kennedy Jones in 5 –McCulloch. You will see her winning artwork soon. Thank you for participating and congrats on your free wristband for the night!
Time is just flying by and before we know it yearbook printing time will be here. If you have fun photos from this year, please feel free to send them our way! We are collecting photos for all the candids, clubs, teams, TW Fun, etc. There are 3 ways to upload or send photos:
HIGH Fitness @ The Arts & Heritage Center
Saturday March 28th @7:30am
$5 entry -- All profits will benefit JCPRD!
Come support our community and get a great workout!
There will be PRIZES!
*contact Lo Hathaway with any questions! More information on Instagram @lohighfitness.
The Shawnee Mission School District will accept transfer applications beginning at 8 a.m. March 1, 2020, through 5 p.m. April 30, 2020. Click here for Transfer Procedure information. Links for electronically submitting applications will become available at 8 a.m. on March 1, 2020 on this page.
Please note that the Board of Education adopted the following considerations as part of the district transfer policy on Jan. 14, 2019.
Transfer requests should only be submitted for those who are not currently transfer students.
Applications for readmittance are not needed for current transfer students. Please do not submit a transfer request if this applies.
Applications for readmittance are not needed for current transfer students who are moving from sixth grade to seventh grade and students moving from eighth grade to their freshman year of high school. Please do not submit a transfer request if this applies.
The full transfer policy can be read here.
We have a Johnny’s in Corinth Square - Trailwood dining partner Wednesday March 25th! It’s all day. Just tell your server you are with Trailwood and Trailwood will get 20% back!
It's springtime drawing with Young Rembrandts! Time to enroll in some fun and original classes where children will learn to draw a baseball still life lesson, the detailed exterior of a house, intricate details of the breathtaking Taj Mahal, and a cute flamingo, among others. Spring session at Trailwood will run on wednesdays after school from 3/26 - 5/14. Questions? Contact Gabriela Godoy at 913-706-2337 or email@example.com.
What a week! I know we’re all still recovering from all the Chiefs excitement this past week. However, the excitement isn’t over. Our biggest fundraiser of the year is this Saturday! Get ready for a totally awesome time at our 80’s on the 8th Auction. 100% of the money raised goes directly to our PTA to continue to fund all the amazing programs and committees that make our school such a special place for students and our families. I hope to see you there!
I also would like to thank Committee Chair Lindsay Weiss on an incredible turn out for our Family Math and Science Night last week. What a blast!
Check out the calendar below for several upcoming important dates like Open House and a fantastic community service event put on by T-Birds Serve.
80’s on the 8th
DATE: Saturday Feb. 8, 2020
TIME: 6:00pm to 10:00pm.
PLACE: Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center
Please join us for a totally awesome time!
This is our schools biggest fundraiser and an event you don't want to miss!
The SMSD Broadmoor Bistro will be catering again, come hungry!
We'll also have a live DJ playing all our favorite 80's songs!
So, be ready for a fun-filled, fundraising evening.
Pre-register on Trailwood Auction BidPal website
See you soon!