Happy October! What a fun month we have ahead.
The Grade Level Parent parties are off and running. A huge thanks to the families that have been generous enough to host!
Thanks to the Let’s Move Committee: Jessica Hembree, Liz Kruger and Deborah Mower, we had a fantastic National Walk to School Day. What a fun way to start the day!
There’s plenty more opportunities this month to gather together for some fun. Kidfest at Shawnee Mission South, PTA movie night and of course the Halloween Parade are all coming up. Make sure you scroll through the whole newsletter to catch all the important events coming up.
Please note that our next General PTA meeting is an evening meeting. It has had a date change and will now be on Tuesday, October 15th. I hope you’ll join us!
Jen Pontier, PTA President
Shawnee Mission South Kidfest
Friday, October 4, 4:30-6:30, At SM South outside the gym
Join us for a night of FREE family fun and celebrate with us before the South Homecoming football game.
Questions?Jennifer Burns at Jboresow@gmail.com
Please support the SMS orchestra by buying a brat & pretzel Friday night before the Homecoming game. 💚💛
Do you have questions about how Trailwood is keeping your student safe? Do you wonder what precautions are in place to keep students safe from gun violence or natural disasters? Do you have questions about security procedures at school? Chief John Douglass, SMSD Executive Director of Emergency Management, will attend our evening meeting on October 15 to answer your questions. Bring your questions! Childcare is always provided at PTA meetings. NOTE: This is a date change.
Please join us! Coffee and treats will be provided.
We hope to see you all Thursday, October 10th for Trailwood's Fall Movie Night!
There is no school the next day, so get your friends and family together and join us in the Trailwood commons at 6:30pm for a FREE showing of Toy Story 4!
Doors will open around 6:00 with the movie starting at 6:30. As always, there will be concessions for sale and the proceeds cover our annual movie license.
Please remember that ALL children must be accompanied by an adult!
Kids are welcome to bring blankets and pillows to get comfy, adults may bring folding chairs to sit in the back, and SMALL BILLS to pay for concessions is greatly appreciated!
We look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening!
If you have any questions, please contact Victoria Savich at email@example.com
Please consider donating homemade or store bought treats. Sign up here;
Donated items may be dropped off that day in the office or brought to movie night. Thanks in advance for your donations!
Apple Day was a big success! Thank you to everyone who brought yummy apple treats for our amazing Staff! The lounge smelled great and everyone enjoyed the treats! - Steph and Jules
Have you updated your family’s information in our new online directory yet? Purchased a yearbook for the 2019-2020 school year? Paid your PTA dues? All of those things can be done easily through our new directory provider, Membership Toolkit! Simply follow the steps below:
Don't forget to download the free Membership Toolkit App!
Visit the App Store or Google Play Store and search for Membership Toolkit. Download the App, and then log in with the same username and password you used online. You can then control what notifications you receive and how you receive them within the App.
Questions? Contact Cara at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Did you know that every year is an election year? This year, most Trailwood families will vote for two positions on our Board of Education. All Shawnee Mission families will vote for the at-large position currently held by Brad Stratton, who is running unopposed. Those families living in the South Area will vote for a new member, choosing between Brian Brown and Jessica Hembree. PTA does not endorse candidates but encourages everyone to register to vote and to vote with PTA priorities in mind on Nov. 5.
Candidate Forum: Saturday, October 5
If you missed Tuesday's SMAC PTA forum for Board of Education candidate's, don't despair. You can watch video of the event here and the Shawnee Mission Post will host another forum on Saturday, October 5 from 9:00-10:15 a.m. at the Central Resource Library (9875 W 87th St). Look for Facebook Live streaming on the Shawnee Mission Post page.
Vote By Mail
Who needs one more errand to squeeze in between school drop off, pickup, work, clubs and the rest of life? Not parents! We encourage you to vote by mail if you might not make it to the polls on election day. Fill out your mail ballot request at www.ksvotes.org and your ballot will arrive at your home in mid-October. Do your research, fill it out, stamp it and send it in!
Take Action: Prevent Gun Violence
National PTA is committed to federal efforts to protect children and families from gun violence and believes the Senate must enact legislation that will help prevent future tragedies while preserving the lawful use of firearms for sport and personal protection. See the PTA position bit.ly/2lMojGs and tell your Senators to address gun violence through universal back checks today! bit.ly/2ksXsyU
Our annual Flu Clinic is on October 28th from 7:30 to 8:45. This is open to you and any member in your family 5 years of age or older. If you plan to come, please email Nurse Catie with the subject heading “Flu Clinic” and how many from your family will be coming. Check with your insurance to verify coverage. Fill out the attached form and bring to clinic. We will have a sign-up sheet when you get here so it is first come, first serve. One very last important detail: BRING YOUR INSURANCE CARD. They need to see the actual card.
Catie Donovan,RN BSN
Nurse Line: 993-5602
The Box Tops for Education program is going digital! You may have already seen new packaging directing you to BTFE.com. Just follow the link to get the app, which will allow you to easily scan receipts of any products with the new Box Tops.
There are still plenty of products around with the old Box Tops, and we will get credit for sending those in as well. Drop off physical Box Tops in the office now, or any time by Oct. 18. Please make sure they have not expired. If you have a lot of them, bundling or bagging them in labeled sets of 50 would be helpful There will be another collection period in February.
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
What an amazing turnout we had for Pastries with Parents! We hope you all enjoyed your morning with your kiddos and your school community. A HUGE thank you to the Copeland Family for donating the delicious coffee from Hattie’s Fine Coffee and Sprouts for their muffins donation!
The Trailwood Let's Move committee wants you to get out and enjoy the cooler weather that is forecasted to be coming our way.
PLAN TO WALK OR RIDE YOUR BIKE TO/FROM SCHOOL ON FRIDAYS THIS FALL!
Research shows that exercise, like walking/biking to school, helps children arrive more alert for class, reduces stress and increases creativity - all of which help a child's peformance at school.
Remember, we have a crossing guard at 95th Street and Roe!
At least 15 students a day must use the crosswalk to keep the program viable, so please spread the word, grab your friends and head out to walk/bike as often as you can.
Please remind your children to use the crosswalks and to observe all traffic signals. Walking in a group with adult supervision is always safest for younger children.
The SM South Varsity cheerleaders will be holding our annual K-8 Cheer Clinic on Friday, October 18th and would love to have your daughters, granddaughters, friends, and neighbors join us! The clinic will be from 4-6PM followed by pizza, and then we’ll head out to the football field where the clinic girls will cheer with Varsity for the first half of the game.
Sponser the Rompin’ Stompin’ Raider 5K Run
The SMS Raider Band program has a long tradition of excellence in all areas of performance. We emphasize quality individual and group preparation of fantastic music, student leadership opportunities, and team work which is essential for a quality program. Our band’s members are hard working and talented individuals who devote many hours of their time to rehearsing and perfecting their performances. By becoming a sponsor of the band’s 5K run, your generosity will allow the band boosters to provide support to the band’s student members.
Please join us for a totally awesome time!
Saturday, February 8, 2020, 6 PM – 10 PM
Johnson County KS Arts and Heritage Center
8788 Metcalf Ave, Overland Park, Kansas 66212
This is our schools biggest fundraiser and an event you don't want to miss!
So, save the date and be looking for more details in the coming months.
Want to help with the auction? Donations? Sponsorship? All ideas and help is welcomed. Please reach out to the auction committee chair, Victoria Savich at firstname.lastname@example.org
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 save the dates for our next 3 PAT events on:
-December 19th 9-10 a.m.
-February 21st 2-3 p.m.
-May 8th 2-3 p.m.
We do a simple craft, listen to a story, sing a few silly songs, play with some messy, sensory experiences and enjoy a snack! So, please come join in your Halloween costume and be prepared to have a super, spooky good time!
We'll have some slippery eyeballs and frozen fingers for you to touch if you dare!
Plus we'll have al sweet Halloween treat, and we'll make some ghoulish goo with long stringy hair! We are looking forward to having a fa"BOO"lous time!
-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.
SMSD Director of Health Services will be presenting VAPING AND OUR KIDS at the SMAC PTA general meeting. There will be a Q&A to follow.
Monday - October 7 at 7 p.m.
Center for Academic Achievement Boardroom
8200 W. 71st St | Overland Park, KS 66204
Save the Date! Never too early to start thinking about The Trailwood Carnival! Woohoo! Please mark your calendars for a fun evening May 15th, 2020! Also, I am looking for a fabulous artist who can help make new signage for our Carnival..think new signs for the Cake Walk, Dinner, Tickets, etc. If this is your jam and you would like to help, please call or text me at 405-204-3126 Julie Homsey, Carnival Chair