Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Yearbook Pics Needed

by Lori - December 16th, 2014

Hi All,

This is a friendly reminder that we could really use your help in capturing photos of the classroom Christmas parties on Thursday, December 18. If you plan to attend the party please take your camera along and capture 5-10 shots with 3 or more student’s in each photo.  A regular camera is preferred over a cell phone camera.  Pictures of the staff are great too.  Once you have the photos taken, uploading to the community Lifetouch page for Hickory Hills is easy. 

  • Simply use this link: community.lifetouch.com .
  • The site will quickly walk you through the steps.  When prompted enter the Community Image Upload Site Access Code: CTBXZM
  • A folder is created in the Community Upload Site for each teacher.  Please open the teacher’s folder and load your photos there. 
You may use this same code to load other pictures you take while at school and for the Valentine’s Day party. 
Please upload photos as the year progresses. For example – upload the holiday party photos right after the party so you know they are backed up and available for layout.
Thank you for your time, contributions and dedication to making this yearbook great for the students and staff of Hickory Hills. Please let me know if you have any questions.
Kind regards,
Abby Biggers

Happy Holidays from your PTA Executive Team

by Lori - December 12th, 2014

As we prepare for one more week of school in 2014, PTA wanted to remind you all of a few announcements for your consideration:

Monday, December 15- This is the deadline to submit the Chat & Chew Form for 2015.  (The informational letter and book lists/prices for grades 2-5 are also included with the form).  We need Chat and Chew volunteers as well.  Parent or grandparent volunteers are assigned a group of readers, and are asked to read the books and lead the book discussions once or twice per book.  If you are interested in participating, we would love to have you!

We also need a few volunteers Monday morning.  Because construction on the new elementary wing will be underway soon, PTA needs to box items from our PTA closet and clear out our belongings from that room before the 18th.  If you have a few minutes to spare Monday morning and can help pack, please come to the teacher workroom after drop off and we’ll put you to work.

If you are wanting gift cards for the holidays, Brandy Hickman will be placing an order Monday at 11AM so we have the delivery by Thursday at our holiday parties. If you would like to order anything go to http://www.shopwithscrip.com and let Brandy know @ brandylaneh@sbcglobal.net, or text 861-6682, or go on the website (it is very easy – print a receipt, send a check and connect to HH by using our code number which is 8D852E8414128).  Happy Shopping.

Tuesday, December 16– Tuesday we sort and assemble holiday baskets for 10 families we are helping through Crosslines.  Lisa Ebisch, Charitable Giving Chair, needs volunteers to help in the little gym that morning beginning at 9:30 SHARP!   Drivers are also needed to deliver items that same day.  Plan to have a person with you for the delivery portion.

Wednesday, December 17–We are fortunate to have a wonderful Hospitality team who will provide a luncheon and gifts for our teachers on Wednesday.   Thank you Tamara and Amanda!


The time for the Winter Concert has changed to 9:00 a.m. (It was previously announced in PTA meeting that the assembly would begin at 8:30).  Middle school performance groups and 4th/ 5th graders will bring us a holiday concert.   Parents are invited to attend.  The assembly is in the MIDDLE SCHOOL GYM.

Later that day, holiday parties start at 1:30 in the classrooms.  Parents are invited to come to the parties and take pictures for the yearbook.   There will be parking in the back for parents.  Thursday the 18th is the final day of school for students and the beginning of Winter Break.

Friday, December 19:  No school for students.  Later, there is a Glendale Basketball game at GHS.  It is HH Feeder Night.  Students who wear their HH shirt will get in free.  Tip off is 7:30.

As you can see, next week will be busy for students, parents, and teachers.  PTA appreciates all of you and how you have contributed your time and resources this semester to make our school the best it can be.  PTA couldn’t exist without our families and teachers.  We thank you.

Our next meeting will take place Monday, January 12, 6:30 in the HH Library.  We will be bringing an item of business before the membership for a vote regarding a purchase for the school.  Please mark your calendars and attend this important time.  Your voice is important.

From all of us, happy holidays to you and your families.  Be safe and we’ll see you in the new year.

Lori Chisholm, President

Maggie Krogh, VP

Michele Douglas, Treasurer

Emily Russell, Secretary

Board and Membership Meeting Minutes–December

by Lori - December 9th, 2014

December 8, 2014

In Attendance:  Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Tonya Fisher, Brandy Hickman, Lisa Hyde, Abby Kleiboeker, Sarah Langston, Kim Mayer, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Kristin Rohrer, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Jody Schaad, Tamara Scully, Amanda Squires, Sara Swaim, Renee Thornton, Hillary West, Susie Wieland, Anna Scherbyna

Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM.

The November 2014 minutes were approved as written.

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report:  Hickory Hills is second to Sequiota in attendance.  Three discipline incidents have been recorded so far this year.  Glendale Boys’ Basketball Feeder Night for Hickory Elementary will be Friday, December 19.  She is going to try to get the basketball players to come to the school next week to eat lunch with the kids and read to them in their classrooms.  Areas of need where PTA could potentially contribute with funds:

  • Classroom Computers – Some classrooms are without computers and some have more than others so the goal it equip all classrooms with computers.
  • Book Sets – Classes have been following the new district initiative on guided reading.  As a result, students have already read all book sets that were planned to last through the end of the year.  Book sets are needed for K-2 and 3-5.  A donor has been secured for one set but another is needed. Book sets average approximately $4,000-$5,000 per set.
  • Greenhouse – Mr. Johnson would like to install an LED lighting system in the greenhouse.  The lighting system would help to nurture the plants through the winter months.  He has secured a donor that will match $1000.

Construction Update – Plans went to bid and results came in as expected.  Construction should start at the beginning of the year with hopes to be in the new building at the beginning of next school year.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report:  Discussion with the group following Mrs. Odom’s need requests to determine how to spend PTA money this year.  Tia Ruth motioned for PTA to pay $1,000 from the Technology/Green Fund to give to the Greenhouse for the LED light system.  There was a second and the motion carried.


  • Cultural Arts Assembly – December 5 – Jessica Hartman, Miss Missouri 2014, spoke on building character.  She stayed afterwards and visited classrooms.
  • The digital directory is live (dir.hhpta.org).  Review contact info and submit corrections to Sarah Langston via the feedback link.  There is a link to the directory on the hhpta.org website under “Relevant Sites”.  Use this website and Facebook as resources for PTA information.
  • Take pictures at holiday parties. Email pictures to Abby Biggers at arbiggers@yahoo.com.  Try to include 3 or more kids in each picture.
  • SCPTA meeting – Kids First Town Hall Meeting was held on December 3 at McBride.  Legislators (reps for Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and Rep. Charlie Norr) were given the opportunity to discuss issues that MOPTA believes need immediate focus and attention when the legislative session begins in January.  The back of the agenda includes the MOPTA Legislative Platform for 2015.
  • Share Awesome Webinar – Conversations parents need to have with kids when it comes to making good decisions on the internet is up on YouTube.  A link to the 1 hour webinar is on the HHPTA website under “In Case You Missed It”.
  • RIF Event – The ninth annual cookie sale in conjunction with the Springfield Christmas Parade is on December 13.
  • MOPTA has announced that our school unit is in good standing for the 2014-2015 year. Several requirements must be met to keep our good standing.  Thank you to the officers for getting these requirements into our local council and state PTA before the deadlines.
  • The letter campaign will be in January to add to our Major Fundraising goal of $10K.  PTA may be able to help with some of the school’s needs pending approval from the membership.  We will need to receive a motion to designate if letter campaign funds should go to a specific need, once that need is selected by PTA.
  • Spring Fling planning will begin at the front of the year.  Help on the planning committee is needed.  Let Lori know if anyone is interested in helping. 2 chair people are in place.

Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer: For November, the Spartan Sprint YTD number is $4421.46.  We are waiting to receive a bounce house invoice.  Income includes Scrip orders, Spirit Nights and Target.  A payment was made for Spirit Wear. Expenses included $150 in Acquisitions for Mrs. Hite’s classroom rug, Book Fair Invoice, Chat and Chew orders, Miss Missouri Cultural Arts Assembly, Hospitality – P/T Conference Food for Teachers, SCPTA dues, Teacher Gift Certificates and money received for Yearbook.  The ending balance for November is $19,238.01.

Lisa Ebisch, Holiday Baskets:  Volunteers are needed to help sort donated items on Tuesday, December 16 from 9:30-11:30 am in the elementary gym.  Drivers are also needed to deliver items that same day.  Plan to have a person with you for the delivery portion.

Tamara Scully, Hospitality:  The Christmas gift project for the teachers is done. There are 125 gifts to wrap for teachers on Thursday, December 11at the wrapping session at school.  Volunteers are needed to help wrap.  The holiday lunch for teachers is December 17.

Michele Douglas, Holiday Parties:  Parties are December 18 at 1:30.  Take pictures for the yearbook and park in the back.  The All School Assembly is on the 18th at 8:30.  4th and 5th grades will perform.

Barb Ray and Jody Schaad, Parent Advisory Council Report:  Dr. Jungmann gave an overview of his 35-page report with a question and answer session that followed.  They discussed keeping quality teachers in the school system, and they were able to view new curriculum for the schools.

Lisa Hyde, Chat and Chew: The deadline to register is December 15.  Group leader volunteers are needed.

Lori Chisholm, Spring Fling Ideas Discussion:  Spring Fling is April 10.  Sara Swaim and Sarah Dorrel are chairs. Items discussed as potential options for the event: Classroom games, classroom art projects for auction, and entertainment.  Please let us know of any contacts, gift baskets to auction or ideas for food options to sell.

New Business

Emily Russell, Greenhouse: Volunteers are needed in the greenhouse starting in January.  Mr. Johnson will host an informational meeting on Wednesday, January 7 at 9:30 in the greenhouse.  Please come if interested.  Volunteer shifts are typically one day a week from 8-11 am with flexibility.

Lisa Hyde, Target RED Card: Target RED card can be used as either a debit or credit card with an instant 5% savings and a 1% donation to HHPTA once that our school is specified on your account.

Renee Thornton, Parents as Teachers: K-Prep will be Tuesday, December 9 from 5-6 pm in the library for those beginning Kindergarten next year.  Letter sounds is the theme for the first meeting.

Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 7:33 PM.

Emily Russell

PTA Secretary

Parents as Teachers- Kindergarten Prep

by Lori - December 9th, 2014

Renee Thornton from Parents as Teachers will hold a “Letter Sounds” K-Prep class for those kids entering kindergarten in the Fall of 2015.  Tonight in the library from 5:00-6:00.

Scrip Cards Available for Purchase

by Lori - December 8th, 2014
PTA will be selling Scrip Gift Cards tonight at our meeting (6:30 in the Library) AND before school on Friday, December 12 from 7:30-8:00 in the school office.  If you have gift cards to buy for family and friends this holiday season, you can also support HH at the same time w/ your Scrip purchase. Cash & checks payable to HHPTA will be accepted.

Applebees 1@ $25 each
Bath/Body Works 6@ $10 each
Bath/Body Works 1@ $25 each
Buffalo Wild Wings 2@ $10 each
Chili’s/Macaroni Grill/Maggiano/On the Border Option Card 2@ $25 each
Chipotle Mexican Grill 4@ $10 each
Dominos Pizza 4@ $10 each
Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic Option Card 3@ $25 each
Harter House 1@ $50 each
Panera Bread 5@ $10 each
Papa Johns Pizza 1@ $10 each
Papa Murphys 3@ $10 each
Red Robin 2@ $25 each
Ruby Tuesday 1@ $25 each
Subway 2@ $10 each
Staples 2@ $25 each
Starbucks 4@ $10 each
Taco Bell 2@ $10 each
Target 1 @ $25 each
TGIFridays 2@ $25 each
Toys/Babies R US 3@ $20 each
Walgreens 5@ $25 each
Walmart/Sam’s 2@ $25 each

PTA Meeting Monday Night, December 8

by Lori - December 6th, 2014









One thing on the agenda is feedback time about Spring Fling scheduled for April 5.  Please come and show your support for this event fundraiser by giving your input and ideas for SF 2015.

In Case You Missed It . . .

by Lori - December 3rd, 2014

National PTA and LifeLock want to share with you something awesome! With gift-giving season around the corner and the excitement for cool, new gadgets on its merry way, we want to prepare you with valuable tips and resources when talking to your kids about being good digital citizens. Watch the hour-long #ShareAwesome webinar with industry experts.

  • Jean Chatzky, LifeLock’s educational partner
  • Larry Magid Ed.D., ConnectSafely
  • Kelly Mendoza, Ph.D., Common Sense Media

You will learn:

  • Skills your family needs to make safer, smarter decisions online
  • Ways to spark ongoing discussion with your family about internet safety and digital citizenship
  • Tips for protecting yourself from identity theft during the holiday shopping season

Watch the recorded webinar now and get the tools you need to #ShareAwesome with your family! Share this link with your friends and family members.

After viewing the webinar, please take a moment to complete a very brief online survey to help national PTA improve these webinar experiences. All responses are anonymous.

Thanks for sharing awesome! 

What is a “Unit in Good Standing?”

by Lori - December 1st, 2014

HHPTA has been informed we are a unit in “good standing” for 2014-2015.  A unit in good standing must meet requirements with the Missouri PTA and the national PTA. Units that lose this designation are ineligible to receive PTA benefits and awards and risk the discontinuation of their 501.c.3 federal tax-exempt status.  Some of the requirements we met include sending in MOPTA membership dues, SCPTA dues, a financial review of 2013-14, a copy of our tax return e-postcard 990, year end report for 2013-14, and having up-to-date bylaws.

I want to thank our officers for being efficient and responsible in their duties and making sure HHPTA maintains its good standing status.  Michele Douglas, Treasurer; Emily Russell, Secretary; and Maggie Krogh, VP and Membership, THANK YOU!

Lori Chisholm, President

Chat and Chew 2015

by Lori - December 1st, 2014

Chat & Chew Letter, Book Lists, and Enrollment Form 2015

PTA’s Chat and Chew Program is designed for 2nd-5th graders.  Please note that the deadline to have forms and payment turned in is now Monday, December 15.  Scholarships are available; Check the appropriate box.

RIF Fundraising during the Holidays

by Lori - December 1st, 2014
We are asking for your help in sharing the information and participating in the Holiday activities for fundraising for RIF.Reading is Fundamental of Springfield wishes to invite everyone to join us at Barnes & Noble book store for a book fair on Sunday December 7. We have special readers and storytellers, live performers of Holiday music, and Santa. We will be taking free pictures with the best looking Santa ever! We plan to email them directly to the parents that day.You can come and join in the fun and you can order books on line and use the coupon that will benefit RIF for the date and one week longer.











On December 13, RIF will be selling big cookies and hot chocolate/coffee at two locations on the Springfield Christmas Parade route. (Penmac building on South Street and Gillioz Theater.) Order forms are available for bags or trays of homemade cookies, that can be picked up on Friday December 12 or at the Christmas parade.

Happy Holidays!

Peggy Stepp
President of RIF of Springfield

(Fliers regarding these two events will be distributed in HHE student folders on or before Friday—Lori Chisholm)