Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

New Year, New “To-Do’s”

by maggie - January 7th, 2016

Happy New Year! 2016 is sure to be an another year full of ways to get involved at Hickory Hills and within our Springfield community. Working together, we make Hickory Hills Elementary School one of the BEST in Springfield. Upcoming activities and important dates are:

  • General PTA Meeting & 1st Spring Fling Planning Session- Jan. 11th, 6:30 pm, School Library
  • Martin Luther King Day- NO SCHOOL- Jan. 18th
  • Chat-and-Chew Reading Club (Volunteers Needed)
  • School Counselor Week- Feb. 1-5th
  • General PTA Meeting- Feb. 1st, 6:30 pm, School Library
  • BoxTops Collection, Due to Classrooms Feb. 9th (Volunteers Needed)
  • Clothing Bank Volunteer Day- Feb. 11th (Volunteers Needed)
  • Valentine’s Day Classroom Celebrations, Feb. 12th at 1:30 (Volunteers Needed)
  • President’s Day- NO SCHOOL- Feb. 15th
  • SCPTA Founder’s Day Celebration at Central High School, Feb. 18th
Thanks to each of our PTA members, we accomplish so much for our students and teachers. The first half of our school year has been wonderful. I look forward to serving you for the second half of the school year. Don’t forget- we’ll be electing our Vice President for next year in March. Please submit your nominees.
Maggie Krogh
PTA, President 2015-2016

Winter Break!

by maggie - December 11th, 2015

The holidays are quickly upon us and so are the opportunities to give! Our Hickory Hills community is always so generous throughout the year, and now is another example of our amazing generosity. The Holiday Gift Basket collection is underway and boxes are getting filled to the brim with non-perishable food items and hygiene items. The last day to send in your donation is Monday, December 14th. We are looking for volunteers to help on Tuesday, December 15th, after morning drop off to sort those donations and deliver them to the 10 families we are supporting this year.

We are also sharing a delicious lunch and special gifts with our hard-working teachers at Hickory Hills Elementary on December 15th. It is just one way we, as a PTA, can show our teachers how special they are to us. We thank them for their dedication and all of the time they spend with our little ones.

The Holiday Parties are on December 17th at 1:30 in the afternoon. This is a wonderful time to join the kids in their classrooms to celebrate the season and all of the hard work they have accomplished thus far this year. Students always look forward to the festivities and enjoy their last day of school before their winter break. If you are not sure what’s happening during your student’s holiday party, please contact your home room parent to see how you can help.

Our Winter Break is from December 18th- January 4th. We hope that each and every one of our Hickory Hills families enjoy a peaceful holiday full of joy with their family and friends. Onward we go toward 2016! Happy Holidays!!!

Welcome Back, Spartans!

by Lori - August 10th, 2015

This is an exciting week to be a Spartan!

SNEAK A PEEK on Tuesday, August 11 from 4:00-5:00 pm.
Elementary students will find class lists posted in the Commons, Main Entrance and Nurse’s Hallway. Then students can enjoy the playground and purchase tasty treats from Kona Ice.

MEET THE TEACHER on Wednesday, August 12 from 7:30 to 9:00 am! Elementary students will have the chance to meet their teacher and place school supplies in their desks. Parents, we hope you will take a few minutes to join the PTA while you’re there (individual memberships are $5; business memberships are $10). New Parent Orientation begins at 9:00 in the Commons.

We look forward to seeing you on the FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL this Thursday, August 13!

Signing off. . .

by Lori - May 19th, 2015












Hello everyone!  I am writing my last post to you as PTA president. It’s been a blast.

Field Day 2015 is “in the books”, as my friend Sarah told me a while ago. It has been a day full of sunshine, good food, good friends, and good FUN!  I want to thank our Field Day Chairs, Tonya and Russ, for a well organized day. They have worked very hard to make Field Day enjoyable for all. Kudos to Andy’s for donating custard to all the students, teachers, and volunteers.  It was yummy!

I wanted to take a moment and thank Maggie Krogh and the PTA for the gift of the Origami Owl necklace that was presented to me at our last PTA meeting on May 4. When I wear it, I will remember you all fondly. It will serve as a reminder of the memories and accomplishments we made together.  It was a very thoughtful and beautiful gift.

Finally, thanks for a great school year. It has been a wonderful blessing to be able to serve as President of HHPTA and work alongside wonderful people. I appreciate you for your ongoing support our efforts. As I look back on all that we’ve accomplished this year, I am AMAZED…the Spartan Sprint, Holiday Baskets, Spartan shirts for the kids and staff, Clothes Drives, Book Fairs, Chat and Chew, Health Fair, Yearbook, Teacher Appreciation and Hospitality, Box Tops, Scrip, ongoing fundraising, Cultural Arts Assemblies, RIF distributions, Spirit Days, Spirit Nights, our digital Directory, our Homeroom parents, our PAC reps, Spring Fling, and Field Day—WOW what a list.  We have a lot to be proud of.

Have a great summer with your family.

Lori Chisholm

Field Day is TOMORROW!

by Lori - May 18th, 2015

Here are descriptions of Field Day Game Rotations for 2015– how to run them, and equipment that will be used (provided). If you are walking with your child during FIELD DAY, you will want to familiarize yourself with the games. Check them out! Don’t forget to have your child wear the appropriate color shirt to represent his/her grade:

YELLOW– Kindergarten

ORANGE–1st grade

RED–2nd grade

GREEN–3rd grade

BLUE-4th grade

PURPLE–5th grade

T-Minus 3 days and counting. . .

by Lori - May 14th, 2015

The end of school is almost near!  Field Day preparations continue.  For those who have volunteered, here is the latest from Tonya Fisher, FD Chairperson:

Field Day, Tuesday, May 19, 2015: Thank you for volunteering! I am finishing the rotation schedules and will have them to you all by Friday, May 15 as planned. I will deliver the rotation schedule, game descriptions and your meal vouchers to your teacher on Friday so they will be in the class on Tuesday. I will also have a copy sent home to you via your child and emailed to you as well. If possible, plan to attend a quick meeting at 7:55 May 19 in the elementary cafeteria for any reminders or changes. I do expect there will be changes as most of the planning happens the day before when we can determine weather & set up. Should you have questions text me at 417-818-0899.

Items Needed for FD: Let Tonya know if you have any of these and are willing to part with: Pool Noodles, 2 Hawaiian shirts, 2 straw hats – beach style, ping pong balls, and good Potato sacks.

It’s not too late to sign up to volunteer for Field Day. Use the sign up genius link @ http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a5af22aaf49-field. All volunteers who sign up through signupgenius will receive a free lunch and a fun filled day!

Congratulations HH Teachers!

by Lori - May 8th, 2015

Congratulations to the following teachers who won the daily raffle prizes.  It was a great week to celebrate our teachers and show them the appreciation they deserve.  Thanks to our Hospitality Team-Tamara Scully and Amanda Squires-for their preparation and work to make this week extra special for our HH Teachers.


$50 Gift Card to Cheddars–Gina Fetter (4th Grade Teacher)

$10 iTunes Gift Card–Beth Zeh (Kindergarten Teacher)


$50 Gift Card to 2B Well–Samanthia Stone (1st Grade Teacher)

$10 iTunes Gift Card–Heather DeGood (1st Grade Teacher)


Cooking Out Gift Basket–Debbin Roach (Kindergarten Teacher)

$10 iTunes Gift Card–Janet Price (2nd Grade Teacher)


Certificate for a free haircut/style + $30 Acacia Spa Ion Foot Cleanse–Jan McClellan (ELL Teacher)

$10 iTunes Gift Card–Stacy Redmon (Special Education Teacher)


4 tickets to Springfield Cardinals Game–Rebekah Williams (4th Grade Teacher)

2 portable speakers–Miranda Schaefer (5th Grade Teacher) and Sarah Call (3rd Grade Teacher)

Book Fair Class Schedule

by Lori - May 7th, 2015

Want to know when your child visits the book fair?  Visit http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hickoryhillsschool.

Mrs. Stone’s 1st grade class, Mrs. Demel/Mrs. Price’s 2nd grade class, and Mrs. Williams’ 4th grade class all won the Box Tops Challenge in February. This means that all the students in these classes get a $5 gift certificate from PTA to spend at the Book Fair. These 3 classes will all visit the Fair TOMORROW, so parents, please send any money to spend at the Book Fair (in addition to the $5 bonus) with your students in the morning.

Field Day Shirt Color Assignments

by Lori - May 5th, 2015

Our Field Day Committee has assigned shirt colors for Field Day,  May 19.  Please have your child wear a shirt in the assigned color to help identify grades as the classes travel from game to game.


1st Grade–ORANGE

2nd Grade–RED

3rd Grade–GREEN

4th Grade–BLUE

5th Grade–PURPLE

Parents, we need you on Field Day!  We need volunteers to walk with your child’s class, volunteers for set up, volunteers to serve food, and volunteers to clean up.  There are various shifts you can sign up to help by going to http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a5af22aaf49-field.  All parents who sign up through this site will receive a voucher for a FREE LUNCH-hamburger or hot dog, chips, water and cookie.  Otherwise, parents need to pay $5 each for their meals.  ALL HH KIDS AND STAFF EAT FREE COURTESY OF PTA!

Board and Membership Annual Meeting – May Minutes

by Lori - May 5th, 2015

In Attendance: Michelle Benzen, Nicole Bonnarens, Alexis Brown, Lori Chisholm, Sarah Dorrel, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Tonya Fisher, Heather Killian, Abby Kleiboeker, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Kim Mayer, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Lauren Sawyer, Tamara Scully, Amanda Squires, Sara Swaim, Renee Thornton, Hillary West, Russell Winterberg

Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.

The April 2015 minutes were approved as written.

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report –

  • Construction Update – The walls are up and the inner walls are going up with some studs and sheetrock.  1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th grades will each have a classroom in the new addition.  The building should be ready by mid-July.
  • No major discipline incidents in April.  There are still 16 incidents for the year so far.
  • Attendance is at 95.8%.
  • She thanked the PTA for the teacher appreciation week details.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report –

  • We received a second quote for the risers – $6,600.  There was a question about where to store the risers, which they could possibly be stored on the stage.  Mrs. Lee has placed a call to the SPS Purchasing Agent to inquire about getting a better price on the first quote.  Due to the timing of this potential purchase with too many unknowns and the end of the year approaching, the officers have decided to table this purchase or any other large gift purchases until next year.
  • Letters were sent to the elementary teachers who had remaining balances on their start-up gift they were given in August.  The deadline for purchases was May 1st.  This money will not roll over into next year.
  • Book Fair Date Change – Due to testing in the library, Book Fair dates have been changed.  The new dates are Friday, May 8th from 8:00-3:30 and Monday, May 11th from 8:00-3:30.  Help is needed to set-up on Thursday, May 7th after school and Monday, May 11th after school to pack-up.  Volunteer shifts are also available during the book fair hours to help students with their book purchases.
  • PTA sent two 2015-16 officers, Maggie Krogh and Tia Ruth, to Independence on April 17-18 for the MOPTA Spring Conference.
  • Three office secretaries were recognized on Administrative Professionals Day  (April 22nd) with thank you notes and gift cards.

Michele Douglas, Treasurer’s Report – Ending Balance for April was $29,165.57.  Income included $3,422.54 for Spring Fling for a Spring Fling grand total of $4,484.54 and a $970.40 Box Top check.  Expenses included $776.34 in Acquisitions for teacher needs, $708.38 in Hospitality, $330 for Annual Insurance and $253.30 for Teacher Appreciation Gifts.

Tonya Fisher, Field Day – Stone, Wilks and Byrd classes have no volunteers.  Range, Gordon and Demel/Price classes could use another volunteer.  Food Services needs more volunteers.  If there are not enough volunteers then the class volunteers and teacher will serve their own classes in the food line.  Volunteers get lunch for free otherwise it is $5 per meal.  The schedule for the day is in the works.  The schedule and instructions will be sent a week ahead of time.  There will be a volunteer meeting the morning of the event to go over details.  An email reminder including information on shirt colors for each grade to wear will be sent soon.

Barb Ray, PAC Meeting Report – Dr. Jungmann presented on the identification of root causes of the barriers to attendance. He also presented data on equity in transportation, choice programs (with discussion on ways to increase involvement), technology and a few other equity access issues.

Maggie Krogh, 2015-16 Committee Chair Openings – Reflections and All Pro Dads are still in need of chairpersons.

Maggie Krogh, Spartan Spirit Wear 2015-16 – Please turn in the shirt size forms that were sent home so the correct sizes can be ordered for students.  Also, sponsors are needed to support the purchase of the shirts.

New Business –

Maggie Krogh, Spartan Sprint planning has begun.  Middle School has agreed to participate.  Potential run dates are either the last Friday in September or the first Friday in October.  The track field at the Springfield Underground will be the location.  There will be a mile fun run and a 5K.  A chairperson is needed for this committee.

Sara Swaim and Sarah Dorrel, Spring Fling – Spring Fling was a great event and thanks to all the volunteers.

Lori Chisholm, Recognition of the 2014-15 Executive Team and Committee Chairs – Lori thanked the Executive Team and Committee Chairs for their service this year and presented each with a gift.  Maggie Krogh also thanked Lori for her service as President and presented her with a gift and a box of thank you letters from students.

Heather Killian, Installation of Officers for 2015-2016 – Heather installed the following officers for the 2015-2016 school year:

President – Maggie Krogh

Vice-President – Lauren Sawyer

Secretary – Hillary West

Treasurer – Tia Ruth

Lori Chisholm, Passing of the Gavel – Lori passed the gavel to the new president, Maggie Krogh.

Mrs. Odom thanked the outgoing officers (Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, and Emily Russell) and presented them with flowers.

Maggie Krogh adjourned the meeting at 7:27 PM.

Emily Russell, PTA Secretary