Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Spring Fling Lithographs of Original Class Art Projects Now Available!

by Sarah Langston - April 9th, 2014

Lithographs can be ordered for K-3 Grade Class Art Projects.

Prints are $40 each.

  • All prints must be paid in full before ordering.
  • Order forms will go home Thursday in folders (no school Friday).
  • Please make checks payable to HHPTA.


Mrs. Heasley’s class – K


Mrs. Zeh’s class – K

Mrs. Wilks’ class – K

Mrs. DeGood’s class – 1st

Mrs. Banasik’s class – 1st

Mrs. Blaine’s class – 1st

Ms. Meacham’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Demel & Mrs. Price’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Call’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Hite’s class – 3rd

Mrs. Logan’s class – 3rd

Fall Fun Night – Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8p

by Sarah Langston - September 17th, 2013

Hickory Hills Families~
Fall Fun Night is just around the corner and we can’t wait for the fun to begin!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8p.  There will be food, fun, games, prizes, face painting, balloon characters and Karaoke!  Order forms will be going home in students backpacks Thursday, September 19th and again on Sept. 27th.  Pre-sales are a great way to avoid standing in line and allows you to go straight to the fun!  Watch for the pre-sale order form in students backpacks and via email from your principal or  teacher,  download the form, complete and return with your child to school in an envelope marked “Fall Fun Night”.  We will make sure your order is processed and ready for pick up at Will Call the night of the event!  We hope to see you all there!  It’s going to be a fun night!

Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2013 Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting

by Sarah Langston - August 14th, 2013

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting
August 12, 2013 (Lunch served at 11:30)

In Attendance: Michelle Benzen, Carolyn Burnett, Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Kym Craft, Brian Derenski, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Audrey Garard, Rhonda Housley, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Jana Lewis, Natalie McRanie, Sarah Odom, Beth Plaster, Jeff Plaster, Emily Russell, Tamara Scully, Tatiana Stout, Caren Tate, Katie Vance, and Valerie Wehrenberg.

Sarah Langston, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 12:03 PM.

The May 2013 minutes were approved as written.

Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer, presented the 2013-2014 proposed PTA budget.  Expenses were increased for Field Day, field trips, yearbook, and teacher appreciation. Expenses were removed for Homeroom Coordinator and Reflections and decreased for Watch Dogs from $400 to $200.  The beginning balance is $18,453.84.  Brandy Hickman made a motion to approve the budget.  There was a second and the motion carried.

Sarah Langston, PTA President: Every Hickory Hills Elementary student will get a t-shirt provided to them from donations to the PTA.  Members that sign-up for PTA will get t-shirts for their children first and the remaining t-shirts will be distributed to the classrooms at a later date.

Lori Chisholm, PTA Vice-President: Two types of PTA Memberships are available – $5 Individual and $10 Business.  Memberships must be renewed every year.  Activate the membership card online to receive additional benefits. Memberships will be available today after the PTA meeting and at Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 13, from 7:30-9:00.  Membership forms will also be sent home in Friday Folders for parents, grandparents, neighbors or anyone else that would like to be a member of PTA.  A portion of our dues goes to state PTA and national PTA.  Our goal is 100% participation.  The class with the highest percentage participation will win a class party.  There is a new membership wall by the doors that go out to the playground. The theme this year is “Come Soar to New Heights with PTA”.

Sarah Langston, PTA President:

  • Open Committee Chair Positions are Directory, Spirit Nights, Spring Fling, and a Co-Chair or someone to shadow (to take over next year) for Field Day.  All current chair positions will get an email from Sarah with a one-page form to fill out with what they do in their position.  This form will help new committee chairs transition into their position.

  • Every volunteer will need a background check.  Forms are available on the Hickory Hills Elementary website and need to be turned into the main office.  Background checks last three years.  Emily Russell will manage the background check list to let those know if they need a new background check.

  • The Clothing Bank has been moved to Study School and the volunteer times are changing to 2:30-5:00. Glendale feeder school volunteer dates are September 10th and 12th, October 15th and 17th, and November 19th and 20th.  More information will be available closer to the dates.

Mrs. Sarah Odom, HH Principal, introduced herself, as this is her first year as principal at Hickory Hills Elementary.

  • Elementary Construction Project – A new project manager has been assigned to our school.  The project manager and Mrs. Odom will be meeting with the architect to look at the scope of the project and where to go on the property with the classrooms.

  • School Entrance Control – To increase safety at Hickory Hills these changes will take place:

    • All visitors must sign in/sign out in the main office and wear a visitor’s badge.

    • Any visitor without a badge will be questioned.

    • Teachers will give the office a classroom schedule so the office will know which volunteers should be in the building on which date and time.

    • Parents and caregivers will be allowed to walk in their child(ren) to their classroom on the first day of school only. After the first day of school, parents and caregivers may only walk their child(ren) to the main entrance.  A team of escorts will be available to walk the child(ren) from the door to their classroom(s) as needed.

    • Children should only be dropped off in the morning and picked-up in the afternoon at the South entrance.  The North entrance is for buses only.

Sarah Langston (on behalf of Laura Ogden, Homeroom Parent Coordinator): Sign-up for classroom volunteer opportunities will be available in each classroom at Meet the Teacher.

Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraiser Chairperson:  PTA raises funds throughout the year through Box Tops, Target RED Cards, and the Scrip Program.

  • Box Top buckets are in each classroom for Box Top collection deposits.  Parties are provided for the most Box Top collected.  The first party of the year is for the top class with the most Box Tops collected.  The second party of the year is for one class per grade that collects the most Box Tops.  A breakfast is provided for the party. Box Tops earn approximately $1500-$2000 per year for the school.

  • Target RED Card – if you sign up for a Target RED debit/credit card, you can list Hickory Hills as your school and the school will receive 1% of total purchases back.

  • Scrip makes about $3000 per year for our school.  Sign up for Scrip to buy gift cards for stores and restaurants and Scrip will donate a percentage back to our PTA.  Scrip cards can be purchased by contacting Brandy at brandylaneh@sbcglobal.net. Brandy is also at PTA/School Events with Scrips to purchase.  Scrip can also be purchase via Presto Pay online. Cash and check are the accepted payment options, and cards are either left in the office to pick-up or sent home in the child’s backpack depending on the parent’s preference.

Lori Chisholm, PTA Vice President, spoke about the Fall Fund Drive.  The Fall Fund Drive prevents kids from selling door-to-door.  100% goes to the PTA.  Information about the drive will go home in the Friday Folders the last week of August and more information/updates will be available in September.

Sarah Langston, PTA President: Picture Day is August 20th, Kindergarten Play date is August 26th and Open House is September 10th.

Jeff Plaster, All Pro Dad Chairperson: All Pro Dads is an opportunity for kids and dads to spend one-on-one time together.  Meetings start at 7:00 AM and last about 45 minutes.  Breakfast, a PowerPoint presentation with a different theme each time, games and prizes are included.   Restaurants are no longer donating breakfast so there will be fewer meetings this year…probably 3-4 meetings.  More information will be sent in advance of the meetings.

Beth Plaster, Fall Fun Night Chairperson:  Fall Fun Night will be Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8:00.  Dinner will be served and carnival games will be available to play.  Volunteers are needed.

Sarah Langston, PTA President, will keep the PTA website (HHPTA.org) and the Hickory Hills Elementary Facebook page updated.

Sarah Langston adjourned the meeting at 12:49 PM.


Emily Russell
PTA Secretary

Welcome Back!

by Sarah Langston - August 1st, 2013

As summer comes to a close, we are busy planning for the 2013-2014 school year.

Please join us for our first PTA meeting

Monday, Aug 12th at 11:30 in the Library

  • A light lunch will be served with the meeting to follow.
  • Meet our new principal, Sarah Odom
  • $5 Individual and $10 Business Memberships will be available.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank YOU!!

by Beth - May 15th, 2013


A huge thank you to all the parents and students who donated their loose change and dollars to purchase books for Isabel’s House in Springfield. With the All For Books donations, we were able to buy $350 worth of new books to add to their library. These books were delivered today. The woman who received them was very grateful to have a variety of new titles. It was very gratifying to be able to help this worthy organization. We appreciate your support of Book Fair and the All For Books program.

Sincerely, Book Fair Committee

FINAL PTA Meeting of the 2012-2013 School Year!

by Beth - May 6th, 2013

Hello Hickory Families!  Can you believe it, we are on our last 2 1/2 weeks of the 2012-2013 School Year already!?  We still have many fun events coming up, including the Book Fair, Field Day, Awards Assemblies, a Cultural Arts Assembly and of course our last PTA Meeting of the year!  Please join us for a light lunch to begin at 12:30p on Thursday, May 9th followed by our meeting.  You won’t want to miss it, we will be wrapping up our committee reports for year end as well as recognizing our volunteers and installing our new officers for the 2013-2014 school year.  I’d love to see you at our last meeting to help recognize the efforts and hard work of all our volunteers this year.

With sincerest gratitude for all you do to enhance and bring joy to our Hickory Children and our Staff, you are appreciated!  It has been a fantastic, successful and amazing school year.  Thank you all for all you do!  Please join us if you can.

Beth Plaster
HHPTA President

BOGO Book Fair Starts Monday!

by Beth - May 3rd, 2013
Spring Book Fair:  All purchases are Buy One, Get One Free.
When:  May 6-8
Where:  HH Library
*Hours:  Monday, 8:00a-7:00p  Tuesday, 2:30-4:00p; Wednesday, 11:30a-3:30p
Monday is Family Night.  Between the hours of 2:45-7:00, all purchases qualify for prize drawings.  Please save your receipt to show the volunteer at the prize table.  Giveways include posters, books, and other Scholastic merchandise.
*Shopping hours are limited this time due to testing going on in the library.  Please note the hours we’ll be open.  Thank you!
Book Fair Committee

Thank You Spring Fling 2013 Donors!

by Beth - April 30th, 2013


2013 Spring Fling Supporters


BKD Hickory Hills Families – Lockhart’s, Schafer’s, Hoffman’s, George’s, and Hickman’s

Glenworth Auction & Realty                                    Kurtis Day – Van Keppel Co.

Libby Ferguson                                                          LedgeStone Country Club

Jason Hite                                                                  Craft Appraisals

2B Organized                                                             Success Naturally Yoga Center

Jazzercise                                                                   Walt Disney World

Reynolds Plastic Surgery                                           Kansas City Chiefs

Derma Health                                                            So Go Airsoft

CrossFit – Forging Elite Fitness                                Larson Farm and Lawn

Magic House                                                             Marshfield Country Club

Springfield Gymnastics & Aquatics                         Empire Bank

Springfield Little Theatre                                         Snyder Appraisal Service

Noah’s Art                                                                Touch & Flame

Sumits Yoga                                                             YMCA

Sonshine Performing Arts Academy                       The J.O.B. Public House

Grad School                                                              Donna Dimmit

Ann’s Crochet                                                           Innovations – Dachel Pendergrass

Andy Edwards                                                          Vintage Stock

Springfield Music                                                     Pasta Express

Meek’s Lumber – Mike Lockman                           Old Chicago Pizza

Hollywood Theatre                                                  Jellybeans

Chick-fil-a                                                                Fire House Pottery

High Street Baptist Church Volunteers                              GiGi’s Cupcakes

Style By The Slice                                                                        Star Cakes

June’s Cakery                                                                               Alexandria’s Cupcake Cottage

The Sweet Spot Cakery                                                           Stacey’s Sweets                                              

The Sugar Baker                                                                       Elle’s Pattisserie                                  

Tea Bar & Bites                                                                         Dillon’s Supermarket    

The Cake Truffle Store                                                         Cookies By Design

The Cup                                                                                    Two Sister’s Confections

The Buzz Café                                                                       Brown Egg

Dickerson Park Zoo                                                          High Street Baptist Church

Race Brothers                                                                    Southwest Dealer Services


Please support these donors and thank them on behalf of Hickory Hills Elementary School!


Special Thanks for our Class Art Work Projects

            Mr. Fonda                                                                   Mrs. Brundege

            Pickwick Underground Framing                              Josh Mitchell Photography

            Our Teachers and Students                                       Brandy Hickman

            Michele Foster-Lowman                                           Alan and Camille Lockhart

April 2013 PTA Meeting Minutes

by Beth - April 29th, 2013

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting April 11, 2013
In Attendance: Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Laura Ogden, Beth Plaster, Emily Russell, Catherine Schmittling, Christine Slayden, Caren Tate, Katie Vance, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:36 PM.
The March 2013 minutes and the March 20 Special Called Meeting Minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: Expenses for March include hospitality expenses for Kindergarten Registration and Principal’s Day. $150 was sent to Quality Schools for Kids to support the bond/levy campaign. HHPTA paid $350 for the Teacher Appreciation Banquet hosted by the Foundation of Springfield Public Schools. (Hickory Hills PTSA will reimburse PTA half of this expense). Yearbook order monies are coming in. Ending balance for March was $16,262.17.
Beth Plaster, Spirit Night: Our next Spirit Night will be at Chick-fil-A on Tuesday, April 30 from 5:00-8:00.
Catherine Schmittling, Chat and Chew Co-Chairperson: The ice cream party for Chat and Chew participants will be Thursday, April 18 at 1:45. Volunteers will be needed.
Catherine Schmittling, RIF Chairperson: A thank you reception for RIF volunteers will be held Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 at the Tefft Center. Zane Gilbert and Garin Geitz, two Hickory Hills’ students who submitted posters for the RIF contest, will have a chance to win for a prize along with other students in the district.
Sarah Langston, PTA Vice President: There are openings for Committees for the 2013-2014 year including Directory Chairperson, Spirit Night Chairperson, Spring Fling Chairperson, Watch Dogs Chairperson, and Chat and Chew Co-Chairperson. Call Sarah to volunteer or nominate candidates.
Lori Chisholm, Book Fair Chairperson: Volunteers are needed for our Buy One Get One Free Book Fair. Set up is Friday, May 3. Book Fair will be open Monday-Wednesday, May 6-8. Tear Down will be Wednesday, May 8 after school. Scholastic awarded HHPTA $492.99 in rewards from our Fall Book Fair. Elizabeth Osbern, Elementary Librarian, will select items with these funds to benefit our Library.
Laura Ogden, Spring Fling Chairperson: Spring Fling is Friday, April 19 from 5:30-8:00. Artwork from all the grades will be auctioned off. Volunteers are needed after school the day of Spring Fling to set up. Games will be held in the little gym. Karaoke will take place on the stage. One more volunteer is needed for the “Goodies Store” on April 19 at lunchtime from 10:30-12:30.
Beth Plaster, Ongoing Fundraising: The Box Tops Breakfast will be held Wednesday, May 1 from 8:00-10:00 for the class winners. Volunteers will be needed to help serve. The amount we get back from Scrip purchases goes directly to classrooms. There will be a Scrip table at Spring Fling to purchase cards.
Melissa Kotowicz, Hospitality Chairperson: Teacher Appreciation Week is May 6-10. HHPTA will provide lunch for Elementary and Middle School teachers on Monday. HHPTSA will provide breakfast for Elementary and Middle School teachers on Tuesday. HHPTA will provide Andy’s Frozen Yogurt for the Elementary teachers on Friday. Volunteer are needed to help that week.
Beth Plaster: The last HHPTA meeting for the school year will be Thursday, May 9 at 1:00. Lunch will begin at 12:30.
Christine Slayden, Field Day Chairperson: Field Day is Wednesday, May 15. Set up will begin at 8:00. Clean-up will be done by 1:00. Entertainment will be drill and trick riding on horseback. There will be inflatables, games, and a hamburger and hot dog lunch. Volunteers will be needed.
There was no report from Mr. Allison, Principal.
New Business: Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer, discussed the possibility of purchasing a new safe with money from the reserve fund. This new safe has a drop box feature that allows for easier depositing of checks and monies. One was priced for $270. If a new safe is purchased, PTA’s old safe then could be sold at Spring Fling’s auction. Lori Chisholm made a motion to purchase a new safe with money from our reserve fund for up to $300. The motion got a second and carried.
Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:07 PM.
Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary

Spring Fling Art Work Prints On Sale Now!

by Beth - April 26th, 2013



Spring Fling Art Prints Order Form

Prints can be ordered for each Class Art Project

To view all Prints go to www.facebook.com “Hickory Hills Elementary PTA” Page

Prints are $40 each

Name ___________________

Phone # _________________


Teacher name of the Print you want to order:


Number of Prints ___ X $40  =  _______________


All Prints must be paid in full before ordering.

Please make Checks Payable to HHPTA!

Last day to order May 6th!