Trailridge Parent Update

JANUARY 8, 2021

Upcoming Dates to Note

  • Monday, January 11: MAP TESTING for Reading begins in ELA classes
  • Friday, January 18: Fun Friday! Wear Chiefs Gear for Red Friday
  • Monday, January 18: No School - Martin Luther King Day
  • Friday, January 22: End of First Semester
  • Week of January 25-29: Kindness Week
  • Monday, January 25: No School - Teacher Work Day
  • Tuesday, January 26: Second Semester Begins - Hybrid Learning begins for In-Person students
  • Monday, February 1: Middle School Athletics begin. Boys Basketball will be first!

Note from the Admin Team!

Greetings Wildcat Families,

We hope you had a wonderful and relaxing break. It has been a great week getting back into the swing of things. With only a few more weeks in second quarter, it is important to finish strong. As we met as a staff on Monday, we discussed a few key components of our learning expectations that we are going to commit to as a building regarding daily lessons. We are hoping that consistency in those areas with help our students. We are also using common language when it comes to our student expectations. We are asking that all students are “On task, on time and on camera.” We feel these are key components to boosting engagement within the classroom. If there are individual concerns, please either contact our office or your student’s teacher as we can try to work out a plan to help accommodate.

On January 26, 2021, we will begin our transition back to hybrid learning. For families who chose the in-person learning model prior to December 1, 2020, please begin planning for the transition back to the building. We will continue to communicate more of the details of what hybrid learning will look like as we get closer to January 26th. We are continuing the tedious process of scheduling all of our student schedules based on the family selections made first semester. This process is incredibly intricate and we will communicate second semester schedules as soon as possible. Please know we are working as hard and fast as possible to get this completed soon, but also done well for each of our students.

We are so thankful for our PTA! Our staff absolutely loved the coffee and cinnamon rolls the last full day of classes in December. Thank you to all the families who continually support us! If you haven't joined yet, please consider doing so.

Go Wildcats!

Matt and Jeanette



Remember, we are still in the first semester. Second semester won't start until January 26. Encourage your students to log into each class on time.
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Kindness week is January 25-29. There will be lessons and activities to promote kindness.

PROWL will be sponsoring a Sock & Underwear Drive the week of January 25-29 (Kindness Week). Bins will be set up at the entrances of school to drop in all donations. The drive will benefit our community members through SMAC.

PTA will have masks for sale…For every mask you buy, one is donated to TR.


Middle School Athletics will begin February 1. To help keep our students safe during this time, middle school sports will not be competitive, but instead, will run clinics focused on skill building, rules and game strategy. There will be safety protocols in place in accordance with the Shawnee Mission Athletic Department, the Johnson County Health Department, and the Kansas State High School Activities Association to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. To see these protocols and guidelines, click HERE. An important part of these protocols involves maintaining cohorts, which means students will only participate in clinics on the days they attend school in-person.

If a child is a part of the remote-learning model, the days they will attend the clinics will be based on their last name.

  • Mondays & Tuesdays: Group A - Last name begins with letters A-Lamb

  • Wednesdays & Thursdays: Group B - Last name begins with letters Lamc - Z

Clinics will be held directly following the school day, running from 4:00 pm until 5:30 pm. Transportation to and from clinics will not be provided.

***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 HERE (Spanish).***

Athletic Clinics Timeline

  • Boys Basketball (7th and 8th Grade): February 1 - February 26

  • Girls Basketball (7th and 8th Grade): March 1 - March 26

  • Volleyball (7th & 8th Grade Girls): March 29 - April 30

  • Cross Country (7th & 8th Grade Boys & Girls): May 3 - May 28

  • Wrestling - Cancelled until the 21-22 School year

What to do if your student has technology issues . . .

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.
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COVID Questions??

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


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.

If a student is not responding to a teacher during class, the teacher will continue to try to get them engaged. However, after several attempts to get the student to respond, if there is no communication from the student, your student will be marked absent.

Attendance Line: 913 993-1012



Did you know your student can still check out digital AND physical books from our library during remote learning? Check out this “Library During Remote Learning” screencast to find out how. Happy Reading!


SMSD BOND PROJECT INFO: 2021 Mail-In Bond Election in the SMSD

Our Shawnee Mission community is looking toward the future. https://www.smsd.org/bond-2021 about the SMSD mail-in bond election coming in January 2021.

Residents will soon be asked to consider a bond proposal, designed to provide lasting facilities improvements and to strengthen student learning. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqJ5xyj2uRY&feature=youtu.be

The Board of Education, unanimously approved a resolution to place a $264.2 million bond https://go.boarddocs.com/ks/smsd/Board.nsf/files/BUKRDJ6D2094/$file/Election%20Documents%20(USD%20512)%20(January%2026%202021%20Mail%20Ballot)%20(Option%20C).pdf

The goal is that the Shawnee Mission School District can continue to be ranked among the finest school districts in the nation, employing exceptional educators who work in state-of-the-art facilities, where learners achieve their full potential.


Tutoring after school has begun at Trailridge. It is all done remotely and 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.

Staff Shout Outs!

THANK YOU to our families who have submitted a Shout Out to a staff member. 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!

FREE meals for ALL students

Meal pick up resumes on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021 and 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.

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.

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!


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