Trailridge Parent Update

APRIL 23, 2021

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • Saturday, April 24 - State Assessments at Trailridge for REMOTE students who signed up to test (Remote families should have received an email detailing the information.)
  • Friday, April 30: Transfer Requests Due

  • SPRING MAP TESTING - Week of May 3 - Reading Testing through ELA classes
  • Week of May 3 - Teacher Appreciation Week
  • SPRING MAP TESTING Week of May 10 - Math Testing through Math classes
  • Wednesday, May 12 - PTA General Meeting 7:00PM
  • Thursday, May 27 - Last Day of School - Early Dismissal

Note from Matt & Jeanette

Greetings Wildcat Families!

This week has been a great week of state assessments. We are so proud of how hard our students worked on the assessment and how well the week went. Thank you for your support from home and helping ensure our students were well rested and ready to excel on our state assessments. It was great to see so many of our Remote Learners in person.

As we continue to wrap up this untraditional school year, please continue to encourage your student to finish the academic year strong. We encourage you or your student to reach out to any of their teachers if you have questions or concerns. We are here to help and want to do anything we can to help your student finish the year feeling successful.

In addition to academics, we also want to continue to encourage you to have conversations and check-ins with your student. There is no doubt that the pandemic and untraditional school year has had a strong impact on some of our students. If you see any signs of emotional struggles, please know that we are here to help. Our student services team is wonderful and can be a great resource.

We hope you are able to enjoy the wonderful weather this weekend and spend time with family. Have a great weekend!

Matt & Jeanette


MAP Testing

Our Spring MAP Testing will begin soon!

  • Week of May 3 - testing in ELA classes
  • Week of May 10 - testing in Math classes

This test can be taken at home for our Remote Learners.

Here is a great piece of information for parents about how MAP testing works and what it measures:


Tell them not to stress . . . just do their best!

Please let me know if you have any questions!

Jeanette Brethour

Fun Fridays!

We will have spirit days on Fridays for staff and students!

April 30 - 90’s Day

May 7 - Fuzzy Friday

May 14 - Crazy Shirt Day

May 21 - All one Color Day

May 27 (Thursday) Early Release - Backwards Day

Teacher Appreciation Week

Teacher Appreciation Week is the WEEK OF MAY 3.

Our teachers are Magnificent & Marvelous (M&M) . . . So, on Thursday, May 6, we would love for students to bring packages of M&M's to their hard-working teachers. (Or you can bring packages to the office and we will distribute them to our teachers.)

If there are other things you'd like to do, I know our teachers would love it! Notes of appreciation are treasured.


Our last clinic of the year is quickly approaching!

Boys & Girls CROSS COUNTRY (May 3-27)
  • Athletic Packet (and physical) is due by Friday April 23
  • Head Coach: Heather Mayfield

PLEASE NOTE: Even when we are all in-person, the clinics will stay by Student Groups through the end of the school year.

  • Group A students will attend on Mondays & Tuesdays
  • Group B students will attend on Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • We will be following mitigating practices
  • No clinics on Fridays


***Any student who would like to participate in the clinics will need to have a current physical on file, along with the Concussion & Head Injury Release signed. These can be found in English HERE - and in (Spanish).***

Contact Jeanette Brethour if you have any questions: jeanettebrethour@smsd.org


Here are a few clubs you might be interested in:


  • REMOTE: This club will be a way remote students can connect every Wednesday after school until 4:30. Come join the fun and play games! Join the following WebEx: https://smsd.webex.com/meet/jenniferadkins
  • IN-PERSON: This club will meet on Wednesdays after school in Room 109 with Ms. VanDyke!

FOOTBALL CLUB: April 26-May 20 (SMNW Football Coach will be leading the club.)

  • GROUP A will be on Mondays & Tuesdays
  • GROUP B will be on Wednesdays & Thursdays
  • 3:45-5:00PM (this is a CHANGE in ending time)
  • You will need to bring a signed waiver. (see image below). Students were given a copy of the waiver if they were interested.
  • Location of Club: Trailridge Soccer Fields

Are you interested in starting a club?? Let us know and we will help you!

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Physicals . . . so you're ready for next school year at SMNW or TR!

Shawnee Mission Northwest will hold a Physical Night on Monday, May 17, 2021, for those athletes wishing to get a head start on the 2021-2022 sports season. The physicals, which will be given in the basement of the school, by the training room, will be offered from 6:00-8:00PM.

Students interested in taking advantage of this great opportunity are encouraged to come early.

Please remember the following:

  • Cost: $25 (Cash or Check--Make checks payable to "SMNW DTBC"). No Credit Cards accepted.
  • If attending you must wear a mask when entering the facility.
  • Those attending physical night should enter through Door #13, in the southwest corner of the building, up the ramp. Upon entering you should walk straight ahead to the stairwell and go down the stairs and follow the signs.
  • Those waiting in line will be expected to keep proper social distancing.
  • Student-athletes should pick up physical forms in advance. Student-athletes should have parents fill out all sections of the packet (and make sure all parts are properly signed prior to attending the physical night) so after completion of the physical student-athletes can turn the physical form in to the athletic department who will be on site if you are going to SMNW OR turn it in to Trailridge.
  • Students may also secure a physical form from the athletic website at SMNWCougars.com and hover over the "MORE" section and then go to "FORMS" and print off the appropriate packet. (Trailridge students can get the form from the Trailridge office.)
  • Any questions contact Mrs Horseman in the athletic office at SMNW at 913-993-7400.


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If your student is having technology issues when trying to log into a class, please have them contact the school WHEN they are having those issues so we can assist. (913) 993-1000.

If you do not have internet access or need assistance with internet access to assist with your child's learning, please contact the office at 913-993-1000.


Please check to make sure your student has the school-provided case on their MacBook. Having the case on is mandatory. If your student has trouble putting the case back on they can see Mrs. Schank for assistance.

Also, quite a few kids are coming to me with problems that relate directly to the fact that they still haven’t updated to Catalina. Here’s a video to show them how. https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I2qJI71UuJS4mkmBY-QamPDIOdMAlm4P/view?usp=sharing

~Susan Schank, Librarian

Please collect pop tabs for Ronald McDonald charities! Students can bring them to the MPR at lunch time or to the Library anytime. Thanks for supporting the wonderful work Ronald McDonald Charities offers to ill children and their families.

~Susan Schank, Librarian


Trailridge Families,

This year has been incredibly challenging on students and families. Wellness has never been more important. On April 29 from 5pm to 7pm, the Shawnee Mission School District would like to invite you to join a virtual presentation featuring several District and community mental health professionals. A variety of 30 minute virtual sessions will be available on topics ranging from Suicide Awareness and Prevention to Mindfulness and Anxiety Reduction. More session information to come prior to the event. For now, please save the date and register here: http://bit.ly/SMSDwellness

Date: April 29, 2021 from 5pm to 7pm.

Theme = Student and Family Wellness During a Pandemic

Format: Zoom w/ Breakout Rooms


5pm-5:20pm = Keynote: Margaux Guignon - Director of Prevention Services with First Call

5:20-5:25 = Transition to Virtual Classrooms

5:25-5:55 = Session 1 = 4 breakout rooms

  • Caren Howes - Suicide Prevention in the SMSD
  • SMSD Equity Practitioners - The Impact COVID-19 has had on DEI
  • Katherine Melton with JCMH - Community Supports and Resources for Families
  • Becca Anderson with MOCSA - Stress and Resilience

6-6:30 = Session 2 = 4 breakout rooms

  • Caren Howes - Suicide Prevention in the SMSD
  • SMSD Equity Practitioners - The Impact COVID-19 has had on DEI
  • Katherine Melton with JCMH - Community Supports and Resources for Families
  • Becca Anderson with MOCSA - Stress and Resilience

6:35-7:05 Session = 5 breakout rooms

  • SMSD Equity Practitioners - The Impact COVID-19 has had on DEI
  • Chris Oliver - Mindfulness and Anxiety Reduction
  • Caren Howes - Suicide Prevention in the SMSD
  • Katherine Melton with JCMH - Community Supports and Resources for Families
  • Becca Anderson with MOCSA - Stress and Resilience

As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to your Student Services Team with any specific concerns for your student or your family: https://sites.google.com/smsd.org/tmsstudentservices/home?authuser=1

Our padlet is also available to browse for Johnson County Resources:


Thanks so much!

Elisabeth Johnsrud, 7th grade counselor

Kristin Warner, 8th grade counselor

Vicki Canady, Social Worker

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Keeping Kids Safe

When: Monday, April 26th; 7:00 - 8:00pm

Where: Zoom


April is Child Abuse Prevention Awareness Month! Sunflower House is hosting a Keeping Kids Safe Online presentation for parents and concerned community members via Zoom on 4/26 from 7-8 pm. Please see below for information on the topic.

*Presented by Monica Cattau (Sunflower House) and Det. Moore (OPPD).

Learn more about possible dangers of internet usage, practical safety tips & tools and the cyber crime reporting process. Presentation covers electronic safety concepts, including gaming systems, music devices and other wireless/internet communication. *Presentation designed/presented by Sunflower House, Overland Park Police Department and FBI Cyber Crime Task Force. This program can be scheduled for 1 hr in length, no clock hours available.

COVID Questions??

Please contact the Nurse if:

  • The parent or student has been exposed to someone who tested positive for Covid-19.
  • Student has tested positive for Covid-19 so that we can more closely monitor quarantine and isolation to keep our students and staff healthy with the start back of hybrid education for second semester.

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


For SMSD students currently enrolled in grades K-11 for the 2020-2021 school year - All In-District transfer requests will be submitted electronically using the Skyward Family Access system. The custom form will be available beginning March 1 at 12 a.m. and will close on April 30 at 11:59 p.m. Please note that any students CURRENTLY APPROVED for transfer to another location DO NOT need to reapply

** IMPORTANT: The parent/guardian listed as family 1 will need to complete the form in Skyward Family Access. Attached to this message are directions to assist.

Next Steps:

  1. Log-in to Skyward Family Access
  2. Complete Elementary In-District Transfer Request
  3. Repeat, as needed, for each student
  4. Complete before Friday, April 30, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

To learn more about the transfer process, visit our website.

Please contact your child’s school with school-specific questions.

Forgot your username/password?
The Skyward Family Access parent account is based on the parent email address on file with the school. First, try using the “Forgot your Login/Password” to reset your password. This link is on the login page for Family Access. If that process is not successful, please contact your child’s school directly to ensure it has your most current email address on file.



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 (whether in-person or remote), please make sure you are calling the office to let the attendance clerk know. This is important so that we can excuse the absence.


"Homework Help" will continue to be available after school on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00-4:30 - via WebEx. Your student just needs to log in and a teacher will be there to assist.

Here is the WebEx link: https://smsd.webex.com/meet/brittqualls

In-person Homework Help Club is available every day after school except Fridays! A late bus is available. Students will meet in the MPR from 3:45-4:35 to work with teachers.

LATE BUSES will be available for any student who stays after for Homework Help or any other after-school activity that ends at 4:35.


Tutoring is available at Trailridge. It is open to any student who wants help. Please reach out to sign up. You can contact your student's math or ELA teachers - or email:

Or feel free to contact jeanettebrethour@smsd.org.


PLEASE TAKE TIME to complete the form below (or fill out two!) to recognize a Trailridge staff member (or group of teachers) for what they're doing to support our students. Everyone needs to hear the positive. It would mean so much to our staff!

Food Service Employees Needed

The Shawnee Mission School District Food Service Program is looking for dedicated food service employees. Food Service employees work on school days and have evenings, weekends and summers off. It is a perfect job as you work when your children are in school. The district offers an excellent benefit package which includes paid holidays, health insurance, retirement plan, uniform reimbursement and paid sick leave.

For more information and a listing of available positions, visit the district website at www.smsd.org . Go to the Human Resources tab, select Job Opportunities from the drop down menu, Click on External Candidate Search, click on food services and apply for the position(s) you are interested in.

Questions can be directed to the Food Services Department at 913- 993-9710 or foodservice@smsd.org.

FREE meals for ALL students

Meal pick up will continue on Fridays from 6:30-7:45 a.m. at all schools. Food service provides free meals to students regardless if they are in remote, hybrid, or in-person learning. This includes breakfast and lunch meals. Meals provided cover the days the student is not in-person learning (including weekend meals). You will receive a week's worth of breakfasts and lunches when you pick up each Friday!

Pick up day is each Friday from 6:30-7:45 a.m.

We will be transitioning to a different pizza soon due to manufacturer challenges. The stuffed crust pizza that is a favorite of our students has been discontinued for the remainder of this school year. We will continue to have pizza on our menus. The new items will be added to SchoolCafé for nutrient and ingredient information. We appreciate your support and apologize for any inconvenience this will cause.

When students are in person, any extra ala carte purchases the students will need to have money on their food service account.

Please contact the Food Service office with questions at (913) 993-9710 or foodservices@smsd.org.

The school breakfast and lunch menus, pick up meal information, and other nutrition information are available on the district’s website at https://www.smsd.org/about/departments/food-service.

PLEASE APPLY FOR FREE/REDUCED MEALS if you haven't already done so . . .

We encourage families to continue to apply for free and reduced meals in the event the funding is no longer available by clicking here. Qualifying may allow for other support through the district so it is important to continue to apply for free and reduced meals.

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Information below about SMNW Summer Baseball Camps:

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Important Trailridge Numbers

  • FRONT OFFICE 913 993-1000
  • ATTENDANCE CLERK 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. Leah Ziegler 913 993-1003
  • NURSE: Ms. Darla Denny 913 993-1007

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 2020/2021!


Staff Appreciation Week - PTA needs your help.

Teacher Appreciation Week is coming up May 3-7! PTA will be providing a taco lunch for all staff on Cinco de Mayo (May 5). If you have not yet contributed to staff appreciation or would like to donate once more specifically for this lunch, you may do so HERE. Thank you for your support this year in helping us celebrate our awesome Trailridge teachers and staff!

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