Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Board and Membership Meeting – March

by Lori - March 3rd, 2015

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–March 2, 2015

In Attendance:  Attendance was not recorded due to the amount of attendees for the special “March into Spring” performance; however, a quorum was present.

Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:24 PM.

The February 2015 minutes were approved as written.

Michele Douglas, Treasurer’s Report: Ending balance for February was $25,345.94.  Income for February included: Letter Campaign – raised $2,375 with YTD total of $3,560.  Scrip cards – sold $334.25.  Ongoing Fundraiser – Target sent another check for $375.14 and we received a deposit from AmazonSmile for $34.17. Expenses for February included: Chat and Chew – $610.63 paid for the purchase of the books.  Hospitality – paid for Counselor Appreciation week as well as end of the year gifts.  Yearbook – received $338 in orders.

Lori Chisholm included that we are currently working with our school administration to determine how to spend funds that we have raised this year.  We hope to know more in the coming weeks.

Tamara Scully, on behalf of the Nominating Committee – Election of Officers:

Tamara presented the nominated officers to be elected for the 2015-2016 year:

President – Maggie Krogh

Vice President – Lauren Sawyer

Secretary – Hillary West

Treasurer – Tia Ruth

Lori Chisholm offered the nominees’ names to the membership.  There were no other nomination suggestions.  Because the nominations came from a nominating committee then there does not need to be a second.  All four candidates were approved to serve.

Kindergarten and First Grade classes, under the direction of music teacher, Deborah Lee, presented a special performance called “March into Spring”.  Mrs. Lee thanked the PTA and parents for all they do for the school and children.

Sara Swaim/Sarah Dorrel, Spring Fling (April 10, 5:30 – 7:45 PM): Spring Fling will include food, games, Marty the Magician and a silent auction and raffle.  Please pre-order tickets so we can know how may to expect.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report:

  • An acquisition request from the 3rd grade teachers for $65.40 for the purchase of guided reading books was approved.
  • Spring pictures and classroom composites will be taken on Thursday, March 19th.  3-4 volunteers are needed to assist Lifetouch.  Let Lori know if you can help.
  • Final Spirit Night is March 24th at Jersey Mike’s from 4-8 PM.  Jersey Mike’s is producing a flyer to send home with more information.  Volunteers are needed to help with the sundae bar that evening.  Email Lori at lorichisholm@att.net if interested in helping.  Please support Jersey Mike’s and HHPTA at this event.
  • Spirit Wear and Scrip cards are for sale in the back.  All spirit wear items are 2 for $5 tonight.
  • Missouri Principal’s Day – March 5th– Mrs. Odom and Mrs. Cardwell were presented with thank you gifts from HHPTA. 

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report:

  • Thank you to Mrs. Lee for putting together a wonderful performance by the children tonight.
  • Summer School – not too late to register if interested in attending.
  • Construction Update – The crane was supposed to be there to install the walls, but due to the weather it has been delayed. Walls should be up after spring break if the weather permits.


Next HHPTA meeting is April 6th at 6:30 PM in the Library.  Final Winter Campaign results and the top 3 classes for the Box Top contest will be announced.

The newly elected officers will be installed into office at the May 4th PTA meeting.  A former PTA President, Heather Killian, will lead the installation.  Outgoing officers will be recognized and committee chairs and co-chairs will be presented thank you gifts for their service.  Please attend if available.

Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 6:53 PM.

Emily Russell

PTA Secretary

PTA Meeting Tonight 3/2/15

by Lori - March 2nd, 2015








Here is March’s Agenda for tonight’s meeting.  We will vote on our officers for 20152016 and the Kindergarten and 1st grade classes will bring special music led by their teacher, Mrs. Debi Lee.  The agenda also features calendar events for the remainder of March, and highlights our final SPIRIT WEEK of the school year.   We’ll have some fun days to dress crazy for SPIRIT WEEK.  Take notice of those days.  Thanks.

Scrip gift cards

by Lori - March 2nd, 2015

Scrip is a simple way families can help raise money for our school without spending any more money than you usually would.  Scrip means “substitute money.”  For each gift card purchased, Scrip gives back a percentage to our school so we can earn cash rebates for our students and school without spending additional money.  It’s time to put your shopping dollars to work.

We will have the following gift cards available for purchase at tonight’s meeting.  There are limited quantities:

$25 Applebees; $10 Bath & Body Works; $25 Bath & Body Works; $10 Barnes and Noble; $10 Buffalo Wild Wings; $25 Chili’s Restaurant; $10 Chipotle Grill; $10 Domino’s; $25 Gap/Old Navy; $15 iTunes; $10 Panera Bread; $10 Papa Murphy’s; $25 Ruby Tuesday’s; $26 Red Robin Burgers; $10 Subway; $10 Starbucks; $25 TGIFriday’s; $25 Target; $20 Toys R Us; $25 Walmart (Sam’s); $25 Walgreens.

Cultural Arts Assemblies

by Lori - February 26th, 2015









PTA has had the opportunity to bring 3 quality cultural arts assemblies this year.  During first quarter, Doug Cramer of the National Weather Service presented his weather assembly to kids, and showed magnificent weather pictures that brought excitement to the kids.

Miss Jessica Hartman, Miss Missouri 2014, came 2nd quarter and brought her character education motivational speech to the kids and visited classrooms and signed autographs.

Our final assembly of the year will be held Friday, February 27, presented by Petra Ballet Company of Springfield.  They will perform their dance program, You Are Special, to the kids. 

PTA is proud to sponsor each year cultural assemblies of various topics of culture and education to our children.

300 Kids Club

by Lori - February 23rd, 2015
Volunteers will be in the Lunch Room Wednesday (2/25) and Friday (2/27) during all 3 lunch periods to receive $5 donations from students. This will wrap up our Winter Campaign. As a thank you for the donation, students will receive a certificate for a free cone/cup of custard from Culver’s in Springfield. PTA thanks Culver’s on N. Glenstone for supporting HHPTA.



**Don’t forget Spirit Night is TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 24, from 5-8 at Culver’s at 2520 North Glenstone. A portion of all sales from 5-8 will be given back to our school.

Post Snow Days Announcements

by Lori - February 19th, 2015

Here are a couple announcements to catch us up after our long weekend/snow day extravaganza!

1.  Today (2/19) is Hickory Hills Volunteer Day at The PTA Clothing Bank. This day was rescheduled from last week. If any one has spare time between 3:00-5:00, just show up and Clothing Bank Staff will put you to work. The CB is located at Study Alternative Center, 2343 West Olive in Springfield.

2.  Friday, February 20, is Patriotic Day at Hickory Hills Elementary. Students and teachers, please wear your red, white and blue to honor America.

300 Kids Club

by Lori - February 18th, 2015






In an effort to reach our goal of $10,000 this year for HHPTA, we would like to challenge 300 people to each give $5 to wrap up our Winter Letter Campaign.  In return for every $5 given by a student, one token for a free small cup of custard will be given to your student as a thank you.  Tokens can be redeemed at Culver’s in Springfield.

Volunteers will be in the cafeteria during the lunch periods on February 23, 25, and 27 (Monday, Wednesday, Friday) to receive donations and distribute Culver’s tokens.  Please fill out a 300 Kids Club form and have your student turn it in during one of these lunch period with their money.  Thank you for helping us reach our goal!

We have a limit of 300 tokens.  HHPTA thanks Culver’s on Glenstone Avenue for their support of our Winter Letter Campaign.  We also thank all of our teachers and families who have supported our fundraising efforts.  When we all work together, we can achieve our goals.

Fliers about the 300 Kids Club will go home in Friday’s folders.

Last Call for Yearbook Photos

by Lori - February 18th, 2015
Thank you for the great photos some of you have already uploaded.  The yearbook is coming together nicely.  Please, please upload any photos to your class teachers folder on or before Wednesday, February 25, 2015.
If you prefer you may upload the photos directly to the community Lifetouch page for Hickory Hills.
  • 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.  When you load the photos please use the box provided to enter the teacher’s name just in case the photo ends up in the wrong folder.
  • We need 10-15 photos per class room.
  • If other parents took photos during class parties or events please share this message with them.
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

Board and Membership Meeting – February

by Lori - February 10th, 2015

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–February 9, 2015

In Attendance: Abby Biggers, Lori Chisholm, Sarah Dorrel, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Tonya Fisher, Tania Gore, Abby Kleiboeker, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Kayla Nel, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Lauren Sawyer, Amanda Squires, Sara Swaim, Renee Thornton, Hillary West, Russ Winterberg

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

The January 2015 minutes were approved as written.

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report:

  • Hickory Hills remains second to Sequiota in attendance.  Ten discipline incidents have been recorded this year so far.
  • A 5th grade iPad project video is posted on the Hickory Hills Facebook page to show how the iPads are being used in the classroom and to say thank you to HHPTA and Hickory families.
  • Summer School registration for Middle School is Wednesday, Upper Elementary is Thursday, and Lower Elementary is Friday.  Kindergartners can register for summer school on Friday because Kindergarten Registration is Thursday.  Register as soon as possible.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report:

  • Winter Letter Campaign – Please send in donations before the February 28th deadline.   We are at $2,500, which is 71% of our $3,500 goal.  The 300 Kids Club will run the last week of February.  This is an opportunity for 300 kids to give $5 so that we can earn $1,500 towards our goal.  The kids will be given a Culver’s custard token in return for the donation.  Thank you to Culver’s for the token donations.
  • Kindergarten Registration is February 12th from 9-11 am in the Library.  Volunteers are needed.
  • The SCPTA Reflection’s Showcase was January 18th at the Battlefield Mall.  We are in need of a Reflection’s leader so that we can participate in this program.  SCPTA provides leadership training and guidance to promote the arts program in our school.  Let Lori or Maggie know if interested.
  • School Counselor Week was last week.  We honored our elementary counselor, Chris Hughes, with a gift card and thank you note.  She sent a thank you note to HHPTA.
  • Cultural Arts Assembly – Petra Ballet, Springfield will present “You are Special” on February 27th at 8:00am.
  • RIF – Lori Enyart picks up books this week and will distribute at the end of February.  Volunteers are needed to help with distribution.
  • Book Fair Scholastic Dollars were spent to buy one Minecraft book for each student in Mrs. DeGood’s class to celebrate winning the Membership Challenge.
  • Clothing Bank – Our next volunteer day is February 19th from 3-5:00pm.  Let Lisa Ebisch know if interested in helping.
  • Spirit Night – Culver’s on Glenstone (NOT by Target) on February 24th from 5-8:00pm.  The class with the highest percentage of kids represented will earn free custard tokens and the teacher will get a gift certificate.  No voucher is required but be sure to sign in to get classroom credit.
  • The next PTA meeting will be on March 2nd in the Commons.  This is an important meeting as we will be electing officers and we need as many people in attendance as possible.  This meeting will also feature a mini-music program by the K-1 classes and led by Mrs. Lee.
  • HHPTA will host the April 1st Springfield PTA Council meeting.  The Hospitality Committee will help with food and tables.  Mrs. Loudis’ students will provide a music program, Mrs. Cunningham and her students will provide some table decorations, and some STUCO students will greet our district PTA leaders and principals.  Dr. Jungmann is usually in attendance as well.  Please come represent HHPTA if you are available.

Michele Douglas, Treasurer’s Report: Ending balance for January was $22,614.07.  Income for January: Letter Campaign – $635 – January YTD balance was $1,185 but as of 2/9, the balance is $2,500. A Box Tops check for $1197.04 was received.  Expenses for January: No major expenses – purchased $31.37 in supplies for Nurse Brown, $96 in tickets for Founder’s Day where Lisa Ebisch will be honored as Volunteer of the Year, and $56.14 paid towards teacher gift certificates.

Maggie Krogh, Committee Chair Openings for 2015-2016: We have openings in Cultural Arts, Ongoing Fundraising, PAC Rep (need 2), Reflections, RIF, Spirit Nights, and Workroom Coordinator.

Maggie Krogh, Homeroom Parent Report: Valentine’s Parties are this Thursday.  Box Tops are due 2/10.  Spring Fling – Homeroom parents need to make sure they have signed-up their class for a themed basket and a game in Sign Up Genius via the email that was sent out.

Tia Ruth/Abby Biggers, Final Yearbook Orders: Yearbook orders are due by 2/27.  We have 199 orders currently.  Reminder that homerooms need to be sure that they get all pictures uploaded; layout work will begin soon.  Go to community.lifetouch.com and enter code CTBXZM.  Be sure to include the class name on the pictures.  Contact hickoryhillsyb@gmail.com with yearbook inquiries.

Hillary West, Box Tops: Final collection is 2/10.  Counted Box Tops need to be turned in by 2/17.

Sara Swaim, Spring Fling (April 10): Marty the Magician will be performing, themed baskets will be in a silent auction, items will be raffled and a pizza dinner from Jet’s Pizza will be served.  She needs 20 people to try to get 3 items each donated by businesses for the raffle.

Barb Ray, PAC Meeting Report: The meeting included discussion in focus groups, and Dr. Jungmann discussed his continuing administrative realignment and the major fiscal impacts that upcoming legislation will have on our school system.

Lisa Ebisch, Nominating Committee Report: Lisa Ebisch, on behalf of the Nominating Committee, presented the following the Executive Team Candidates for the 2015-2016 school year:

Maggie Krogh – President

Lauren Sawyer – Vice President

Hillary West – Secretary

Tia Ruth – Treasurer

Please attend the March 2nd PTA meeting to vote on these candidates.


Lisa Ebisch, Middle School Liaison: The middle school PTSA is looking for candidates for Secretary and Vice President.  If anyone has a child in middle school or going into middle school next year and is interested in these positions then please let her know.

Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 7:16 PM.

Emily Russell

PTA Secretary

by Lori - February 9th, 2015

Agenda Feb 2015

6:30 in the Library.