Trailridge Parent Newsletter


October 8, 2021

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Important Dates

  • October 12: Cross Country Meet @ IW
  • October 13: 7th Grade Band Concert @ TR
  • October 14: Cross Country Meet @ Lake Lenexa
  • October 14: Wrestling Match @ SMNW
  • October 20: Parent Teacher Conferences 5:00-8:00
  • October 22: Parent Teacher Conferences 8:05-4:05
  • October 28: School Mixer - Outdoors after school

Note from Admin Team

Greetings Wildcat Families!

Greetings Wildcat Families!

Congratulations to our Wildcat Volleyball team that brought home the district championship this week! It was an awesome season, and we are incredibly proud of our athletes. This week was also our 1st quarter celebration day. This Friday, our students were able to use the time to finalize and improve grades before the end of the quarter as well as participating in some fun activities!

I also wanted to take a moment to ask for your help with some of the behaviors we unfortunately seen recently. We have seen an increase of incidents that involve students using inappropriate derogatory language. As I am sure you agree, there is no place for any comments that are derogatory, racist, sexist or discriminatory in any way. The Trailridge community is a close community, and we should not tolerate hateful speech of any kind. Whether derogatory comments are said out of play, to a friend, out of anger or any other emotion, we will not permit it to happen at Trailridge. Appropriate consequences will be enforced which may include suspension from school.

I encourage you to please have these conversations with your students. If your student has any social media accounts (Snapchat, Twitter, TikTok, Instagram, etc) please take the time to review and monitor what they are posting. I encourage you to sit down with them and go through text messages. Please have those conversations with your students and talk to them about intent vs perception and the power of words. Also, please remind them that if the see something, to say something.

I did make an announcement this week during Wildcat Hour reminding our students to use kind language and that derogatory language of any kind will not be tolerated. We are also preparing a presentation that will address appropriate and kind language for our students to see in Wildcat Hour. This months character trait is respect, and the presentation should help reinforce that as well.

One of the best characteristics of our building is the diversity it brings. Our vision statement for our building is "Be the Difference." I know that if we work together we can Be The Difference in a positive way for all of our students.

Have a great weekend!

Matt, Jeanette and Jake


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Wildcat Wow!

Use the link below to recognize the wonderful things our amazing teachers are doing.

Click here to nominate a teacher for a Wildcat Wow!

Trailridge Student Service Team

Information from our STUDENT SERVICES TEAM

Happy Second Week of October TR Families!

We are continuing to focus on RESPECT ~ “honoring self and others with courtesy and consideration; being considerate of property” (empathy, inclusive, humility). We feel like this is a very timely trait to focus on and would invite you to encourage this trait at home as well.

A piece of this includes respecting ourselves and our bodies. With that we are excited to share information from Children’s Mercy which is available to parents and caregivers raising teens. This is a free video series that only takes 45-minutes and brings Children’s Mercy expert tips right to parents. Topics include:

  • Self-care
  • Eating disorder prevention
  • Vaping
  • Suicide prevention
  • Safe storage
  • And more. See attached flyer to learn more.

The videos will be available Oct. 4-21. Safety toolkits will also be mailed to participants who participate in research on the videos and complete pre and post surveys.

As always please feel free to check out our padlet of services available to all families in Johnson County:


Elisabeth Johnsrud, 7th grade counselor

Kristin Warner, 8th grade counselor

Vicki Canady, Social Worker

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Wildcat Athletics

Athletics Update

Congratulations to our Lady Wildcat Volleyball team on winning the District Tournament on Thursday. Our team defeated Indian Hills 2-0 to claim the title. The team finished the season undefeated and competed with the character of champions. Thank you and congratulations to all the girls on the team this year that contributed to this season!

Cross Country competed in two events this week, ending with the Carl O. Invitational at Johnson County Community College. Our team competed well winning multiple medals on all teams. Cross Country has their Championship Week this week with meets on Tuesday and Thursday!

Wrestling competed this week at SM North and won both dual events! Next week they will compete at SM Northwest on Thursday versus Westridge and Indian Woods.

Girls’ basketball starts this week with tryouts Monday after school in the AUX gym. Reminder that both Girl’s and Boys’ Basketball are 8th grade sports only. If your student is wanting to participate in basketball, then they will need to have a physical packet completed and on file prior to participation. Students will need to have the physical packet submitted the day before the first practice to ensure that there is enough time to process the physical. If you have any questions, please contact Coach Ojeda at elissaojeda@smsd.org.

Contact Information:

Athletic Director: Jake Bauer, jacobbauer@smsd.org

Volleyball: Cara Hillman, carajhillman@smsd.org

Wrestling: Justin Andrews, justinandrews387@gmail.com

Girls’ Basketball: Elissa Ojeda, elissaojeda@smsd.org

Boys’ Basketball: Brandon Hoch, brandonhoch212@smsd.org

Athletic Trainer: Josh Hardy, jhardy2@kumc.edu

Student Safety, Health and Nurse Update

Immunization Requirements!

Kansas State Law mandates all required immunizations be completed for the 2021-2022 school year. The SMSD Board has given the deadline of October 14,2021 for all students to have their records complete or they will be excluded from school.

Immunizations may be obtained from your doctor office, the Johnson County Health Department or other health clinics. Please provide a copy to our School Nurse: Ms. Darla Denny RN, BSN, trdenny@smsd.org or fax number 913-993-1480. If you have any questions, please e-mail or call Ms. Denny at 913-993-1007 phone number. If you need additional time during the month of October, 2021 to complete immunizations, you may provide an appointment card from your doctor’s/clinic office to the School Nurse.

If you have questions regarding COVID-19 and your student, please contact our school nurse, Darla Denny at 913 993-1007.

Trailridge PTA

Trailridge PTA

Our PTA is very active in supporting students and staff at Trailridge through grants, assemblies, student activities and celebrations, and more and while our events and activities will undoubtedly look different this school year, our commitment to supporting our students, staff, and families is as strong as ever! Please consider joining and getting involved in your Trailridge PTA as we find new and creative ways to support our students, staff, and families in 2021/2022!

Please use the link or the QR Code to access the PTA website:


PTA Reflections Contest

Please encourage your student to participate in this year's PTA Reflections Contest. The deadline for submissions will be October 15th. See below for additional information.

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SMSD Parent Tech Site Updates

Recently, the parent digital learning site has been updated. Click here to access it.

There is some great information and there are resources for parents. This includes an opportunity to listen to a guest speaker, Chris Jenson, regarding screentime for students. See below for more information!

Students, Screentime & Health with Chris Jenson @ SM South from 7-8pm November 3, 2021 Please RSVP to reserve your tickets!

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Food Services

FREE MEALS FOR ALL STUDENTS School breakfast and lunch meals are FREE to ALL students at all schools for the 2021-22 school year. Once again, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has put into effect nationwide waivers allowing school foodservice departments to continue to serve healthy school meal options free to all students.

Follow this link for more information.



The administration of Trailridge may begin to request documentation for all absences after the 10th absence in a school year. Absences without a doctor's note or administrative approval may be recorded as unexcused. A student with three consecutive unexcused absences, five unexcused absences in a semester, or seven unexcused absences in a year is considered TRUANT according to Kansas State statues. A truancy report may be filed with the Johnson County District Attorney's office.

Attendance Line: 913 993-1012

If your child is going to miss a class for an appointment or any reason, please make sure you are calling the office to let the attendance clerk know. This is important so that we can excuse the absence.

Important Trailridge Numbers

  • FRONT OFFICE 913 993-1000
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK: Catherine Haley 913 993-1012 (Absences should be reported by 9:30 AM)
  • SPANISH INTERPRETER: 913 993-1062 Ms. Ericka Marquez
  • DS BUSING: 913 384-1190
  • BOOKKEEPER: Ms. Janis Yarnevich 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007

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