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!
You may start bidding on all silent auction items, grade level art, teacher/staff experiences, buy your kid(s) or your spot in a fixed priced item ie. Kid grade level parties, Senoritas and Sangrias, Pickle Ball, etc., and/or make a donation to our Fund-a-need!
Your help and donations are greatly appreciated! Our auction will not be nearly as successful if we don't have enough volunteers! Please sign up to help.
We NEED 20 more bottles of wine for our Wine Pull game! If you already signed up to donate wine. Please drop it off ASAP.
Next week is all about LOVE! Let’s shower the amazing Trailwood staff with hearts to show how thankful we are for them. Grab a blank heart out of the basket by the office, write a message to a teacher or staff member or just a message to the whole staff telling them why they are special to you! Leave the heart in the collection basket and they will be added to our hallway of hearts throughout next week!
Pre-Kindergarten enrollment starts soon. Please contact Shereen North with any questions.
When: Friday, February 21 from 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM
Where: Trailwood Elementary School's Cafeteria
Calling all future Thunderbirds! PAT is a super fun event that helps your future Thunderbird get to know Trailwood and have your kiddo meet some fellow soon-to-be Kindergartners, and their parents! Please send this Evite to any future Thunderbirds. We always do a simple craft, listen to a story, sing a few silly songs, play with some messy, sensory experiences and enjoy a snack! So, come join us as we celebrate the Picasso in our Pre-schoolers! We will read a fun color/art themed book, sing some songs about colors,explore different types of ways to make art and enjoy a yummy colorful snack!
-Mrs. Victoria Savich and Mrs. MacKenzie Harvison
FYI...We do play and explore lots of items and materials that can be a chocking or safety hazard for children younger than 3. The activities that we plan are more geared towards children 3 years+ but feel free to bring younger siblings if needed.
We hosted three members of the Board of Education for our January PTA meeting: Jessica Hembree, Heather Ousley and Mary Sinclair. It was great to hear from them about their involvement in PTA as parents, their commitment to public education, the role of the Board of Education, teacher contract negotiations, diversity and more. Both the audience and our guests enjoyed the visit and we hope to make this an annual event.
January 30, 2020
There are a couple of bills to keep your eye on in the state legislature that could have an impact on the funding our school district receives from the state.
HB2465 Expansion of Tax Credit Scholarship
Bill HB2465, a “school choice” tax credit scholarship bill, which had a hearing in the House K-12 Education Committee on January 30, is opposed by the Shawnee Mission School District, the Kansas PTA, and multiple education advocacy groups. For more details on their opposition, read SMSD and Kansas PTA’s official written testimony.
In short, this bill would expand the Kansas Hope Scholarship Act which was passed (despite opposition) in 2014. This Act allows public tax dollars to be diverted via tax credits to non-public schools for eligible students who choose to attend a private school. Currently, to qualify a student must be eligible for free lunch and attend a low performing elementary school. Bill HB2465 expands the Act to include children eligible for reduced-priced lunch and removes the low performing elementary school requirement, meaning kids from any school can take advantage of the scholarship, diverting even more public tax dollars to non-public schools.
The three main reasons for opposition to this bill are:
SB271 At-Risk High Density Sunset
Bill SB271 has a hearing in the Senate Education Committee on Tuesday, February 4. Passage of this bill is important as it impacts around 70 districts statewide and brings about $1 million annually to SMSD alone.
For some background, both at-risk funding and at-risk high density funding are part of the school finance formula. However, the high density piece is set to sunset (be removed from the formula) this year, unless our state legislators takes action.
The amount of at-risk funding a school district receives is based on the number of students qualifying for free lunch. Even though not all students receiving free lunch are at risk, this has been found to be a pretty good way to determine which schools need this additional funding. Note that there is a different set of criteria for identifying at-risk students (e.g. below grade level, chronic absenteeism, trauma in the family, etc.).
At-risk high density funding refers to additional funds that some schools receive if there are 50% more kids in that building that receive free lunch. These schools need more resources (e.g. social workers, etc.) than other schools in their district. These additional funds are critical to our district and are what we stand to lose if SB271 does not pass.
Thanks for staying engaged!
SMAC PTA Legislative Coordinator
Please bring clipped Box Tops to your teacher by February 24. (I'll check again later in the week but if they aren't in the office by Friday 2/28 they won't be sent until next fall).
Remember, the program has changed and we can earn lots of money without clipping anything! Keep scanning receipts using the app and watch for bonus opportunities. If you haven't tried it, get started at BTFE.com.
Our goal is to raise $1000 this year, between the Box Tops that we collect at school and those that are scanned!
If you have questions, please email Kellie Harvey, email@example.com
Shawnee Mission School District will be partnering with Evergy to provide assistance in filling out LIEAP applications on: February 13, 2020 9:00 A.M.–12:00 P.M. 8200 W 71st St, Shawnee Mission, KS