Election Day is November 6 and this is a huge election for public education. You'll be voting for Kansas Governor and your representative in the Kansas State House, which allocates state funds to public schools like Trailwood. You'll also be voting for Member of Congress, County Commission and more! The PTA as a nonprofit organization does not endorse candidates, although we encourage you to be as informed as possible. There are several education-focused groups, including Education First Shawnee Mission, Stand Up Blue Valley and the Kansas National Education Association (KNEA), who do endorse candidates that they believe will support public education in Kansas.
You can vote early at Johnson County Arts and Heritage Center on Friday (10 am-7pm) or Saturday (9am-3pm) or at your polling place on Tuesday. Visit jocoelection.org to find your polling place. Vote, vote, vote!
Thank you to our local Costenio's Price Chopper for generously providing dinner for our teachers on Thursday, October 18th as they stayed late to meet with parents. Grateful to our local businesses who support our school.
We’ve made it through August and have settled into a routine. THANK YOU to everyone who worked through the summer to prepare for the school year and to those who helped with all our early events!
We still have some committees needing a chairperson - please consider volunteering if you can. Box Tops, Open House and School Pictures are just a few of the spots we need filled. Please contact Heather McClure (email@example.com) if you are interested. Also, thanks to everyone who attended MVP training. The District is working to expand dates and times for fingerprinting, but it's fantastic that we have so many parents who want to volunteer in our schools!
Don’t forget to purchase your Adult Grade-Level Happy Hours and T Bird Trot packages. Links are in the newsletter below. It’s going to be a busy, fun fall!
Heather McClure, PTA president
Drop by Pretzel Boys on Tuesday September 25th from 3:00-7:00. A portion of the sales will come back to Trailwood! Please mention Trailwood at checkout.
Don't forget our annual Dads and Donuts is coming up on September 28th. Get to school early, as we'll have donuts, coffee and juice ready and waiting at 7:30 out front. And remember, this event is not just for dads - everyone is welcome...moms, grandparents, etc. We can't wait to see you for some quick morning fun on 9/28!
Fall Flight Time is currently enrolling! Click to sign up your child in these teacher-led six-week clubs. We have nine classes available, which is a Trailwood record! There’s so much to do including STEM activities, art projects and history. Please take a few minutes to read over our list for the Fall. I’m sure you’ll be excited.
The Fall session runs Thursday afternoons from 3:15-4:15 pm, September 20th-November 1st with no class on October 11th. Enrollment is open until September 14th.
If you are interested in a scholarship, please contact Shereen North, firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have issues enrolling online, please contact Amber Hipp, email@example.com.
Registration Now Open for the Annual T-Bird Trot!
Join Us Friday, September 28th at 5:30 pm!
It's the fall event you've been waiting for! The fun run/walk through the neighborhood will end up on the Trailwood playground for dinner and dancing to a DJ's tunes! Back this year are the wildly popular Chick-fil-a sandwiches and NEW, a gluten-free, healthy option.
The event is FREE to attend, but registration is now open for t-shirts, dinner and other commemorative SWAG. Go to the PTA Store tab on the website or click here: http://www.trailwoodpta.com/store/c20/T-Bird_Trot.html All funds raised over the cost of the event go to the library. Mrs. Fritz says this fund makes up about a third of her annual budget and provides lots of books for our kids. So buy two sandwiches!
Final day to purchase t-shirts is September 13...so click now!
*Financial assistance for PTA sponsored events
Come join us as we say, "Good-bye" to summer and "Hello" to school!
Friday, September 21, 2:00 - 3:00 in the Trailwood Cafeteria.
I'm Victoria Savich and this will be my 7th year running PAT!
I am a Mom of 3 boys, I currently teach Pre-K and I have been in the early childhood education field for 20 years!
PAT is a super fun way to get to know Trailwood and have your kiddo meet some fellow soon-to-be Kindergartners as well. We meet once a month from 2-3p.m., on the last Friday of each month (schedule permitting) until May. We do a simple craft, listen to a story, sing a few songs, play with some messy, sensory experiences and enjoy a snack!
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 are more geared towards children 3 years+ but feel free to bring younger siblings if needed.
This month we'll have an APPLE THEME so we'll sing a funny song about apples and bananas, make some apple art, eat an apple snack and have our Principal. Mr. Lawrence read us an awesome book about school.
I am SO excited to get to know your future Trailwood Thunderbirds!
Victoria Savich and Lindsey Guillen
Wednesday, September 12, 7 PM – 9 PM @ Trailwood Cafeteria
Please join us in the cafeteria to learn all about the auction and all our auction committees that you could help be apart of.
We would love your talents, expertise and connections to help make this auction, the best one yet!
Trust us when we say, there is ALWAYS something you can do to help us put together the biggest school fundraiser of the year!
Please also join our Trailwood 2019 Auction Committee FB page.
Light snacks and drinks will also be served.
If you happen to have any questions please, don't hesitate to reach out to the auction committee chair, Victoria Savich.
The Rompin' Stompin' Raider Run is a super fun 5k on Nov. 4. And it benefits Trailwood's band program!
The 5k is the Shawnee Mission South band’s largest fundraiser and a portion of the proceeds get returned to the South-area elementary and middle schools to buy music and instruments!
Runners will be greeted by the SMS band on the course -- and the drum line plays at the finish line.
Spread the word! This is a 5k not to be missed!
To register, scan the QR code on this picture or go to smsraiderband.org
Tuesday, September 18th, 2018
Deer Creek Golf Club, 7000 W. 133rd Street, Overland Park KS.
Entry Fee: $125.00 per person ($70.00 goods and services received)
Entry Fee includes: Green fees, Cart, Range Balls, and Party Favors, Box Lunch, Beverages, Prizes, Awards Celebration and Appetizers
Click here to register.
Pay online through PayPal - Click here.
All proceeds go directly back to SM South for student scholarships,
teacher grants and school improvements.
Interested in being a sponsor? See the attached information and form.
Shawnee Mission South Foundation Mission Statement:
The mission of the Shawnee Mission South Foundation is to enhance the educational experience of students and faculty at Shawnee Mission South High School by supporting innovative teaching, learning opportunities, and school resources. This educational fund will assist in providing an environment in which all students can acquire more knowledge, nurture their unique abilities and pursue excellence for the skills necessary in the 21st century.
Click here for more information about SMS Foundation
The Department of Education is considering of a proposal that would allow federal Title IV-A funds to be used to purchase guns for schools. You can read more about the proposal at this link. National, Kansas and SMAC PTAs are ALL opposed to this!
Legislative Update: October 9
We are pleased that Trailwood's two state senators have agreed to join us for our October 9 evening PTA meeting. Come out to Trailwood at 7 p.m. to meet state Senator Barbara Bollier and Senator John Skubal. They will be prepared to discuss school funding and will take questions about other issues of concern to you and our community. This is a real treat to have them so please mark your calendars and plan to attend. (Note: this is a change from previously announced lineup. We expect our state house representatives to join us separately in January.)
If you have any questions, please contact Melissa Cheatham, Legislative Chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Election Day: November 6
Election Day is November 6 and this is a huge election for public education. You can register to vote and request a mail ballot online at ksvotes.org. Cross these important tasks off your to-do list today with a few clicks on your computer and you'll be all set to vote from the comfort of your couch.
SAVE THE DATE for this year's Free Family Movie Nights on Thursday, October 11th and Thursday, March 28th in the Trailwood Commons. Doors open at 6:00pm and movie starts at 6:30.
If you're new to Trailwood, Family Movie Night is a great fall and spring tradition offered by the PTA. It's a great way to bring friends and family together to enjoy a movie and some fun treats. We hope to see you there!
If you have any questions, please contact Movie Night Co-Chairs - Kristina Keairns: email@example.com or Kari Harrell: firstname.lastname@example.org