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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.