Hickory Hills PTA

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PTA’s Annual Holiday Baskets

by Lori - November 24th, 2014







PTA/PTSA’s annual, school-wide Holiday Food Baskets is an opportunity to help some families this holiday season. In partnership with Crosslines of Springfield, we collect food, hygiene, and household items to benefit families in need of assistance. The collection drive will run from December 1 -12.Holiday-wrapped donation boxes are available in the classrooms. Your kindness and generosity will make a big impact in the lives of those who are in need at this time of year. Please consider donating.

Kindergarten: Canned fruits and vegetables
1st Grade: Breakfast items
2nd Grade: Lunch items
3rd Grade: Snack foods
4th Grade: Desserts
5th Grade: Dinner items
Middle School: Household and hygiene items

Assembly and basket delivery is Tuesday, December 16. WE NEED VOLUNTEERS TO HELP SORT AND DELIVER! If you can join in the fun that morning, contact Lisa Ebisch for details. Thank you!

Holiday Food Baskets are a charitable giving sponsored cause of PTA and PTSA (HH Middle School).

Lisa Ebisch, PTA Charitable Giving Chair


Our Digital Directory is up!

by Lori - November 21st, 2014
Be on the lookout in students’ Friday Folders for log-in instructions to HHPTA’s 2014-2015 Digital Directory. This is a great accomplishment for our PTA and we are proud to provide this resource to our HHE Families. This is our first year having an online version of class, staff, and family listings. There is also SPS Transportation and Lunch schedules included on the link.
After receiving your login, please take time to view your contact information to make sure it’s correct. There is a feedback button users can click on to request an edit in contact information or to provide feedback.

HHPTA wants to acknowledge the hard work of Chris and Sarah Langston for their efforts from start to finish.


How your Holiday Shopping can help HHE

by Lori - November 20th, 2014




The holidays are upon us.  This year, give the gift that gives twice with SCRIP Gift Cards.  Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to register and to see the list of popular companies who will give Hickory Hills Elementary a donation when you buy a gift card.  Popular purchases last year were Starbucks, Old Navy/Gap, Macy’s, Walmart, and many more.

Thinking of a holiday gift for a teacher?  This is the perfect time to order to ensure your teacher gets the perfect gift.

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.

Visit www.shopwithscrip.com to register.  It is very easy.  And to make it easier, they have Prestopay so you can order gift cards and pay online.  It is secure and very easy.  When you use Prestopay, your order and payment is automatic so you don’t need to get payment to the school.






AmazonSmile is a website operated by Amazon that lets customers enjoy the same wide selection of products, low prices, and convenient shopping features as on Amazon.com. The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile (smile.amazon.com), the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of eligible purchases to the charitable organizations selected by customers.  Please visit AmazonSmile http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7276896 and select Hickory Hills Elementary PTA as your charitable organization.  Then when you’re ready to shop, remember to visit AmazonSmile!    







Target REDcard


Do you shop at Target?  Did you know every time you make purchases at Target you could save yourself money and make money for your school as well? Target’s Take Charge of Education program allows you to designate 1% of your purchase to Hickory Hills Elementary PTA!  To enroll in the program, register your Target REDcard on Target’s Take Charge of Education website, and then use your REDcard when you shop at Target.  You will still get the 5% discount you would normally receive by using Target REDcard!  But now, your school gets a donation as well!

If you don’t have a REDcard, it is easy to get one.  Simply apply at the store or online!  The Target REDcard acts as either a debit or a credit card to pay for purchases and a loyalty card at the same time. In addition to getting a 5% discount and the donation for your school every time you use it, you will also receive free shipping at Target.com and an extra 30 days to make returns on purchases.  Learn more at http://www.target.com/redcard/main.  You must wait until your REDcard arrives in the mail before you can register it on the Take Charge of Education website.

We already have 44 people using this program!  We would like to see 70 people enrolled by the end of the year. And remember, you don’t need to have a student at Hickory Hills to enroll in the Take Charge of Education program. You just need a Target REDcard.  So, make sure to tell grandparents, friends, and any other Target shopper you know that they can save money and support our school by just enrolling in Take Charge of Education with their Target REDcard. 

Spartan Sprint Sponsor Thank You

by Lori - November 17th, 2014






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Tuesday, November 18 from 3-9 pm

by Lori - November 17th, 2014

Support HHPTA Tuesday night, November 18, at Chuck E. Cheese as part of our On Going Fundraising efforts.

Come and play at Chuck E. Cheese at 3500A Glenstone Avenue in Springfield from 3:00-9:00 PM. A donation will be made to HHPTA based on family participation, which includes food, merchandise, and token deals purchased at the register. NOTIFY THE CASHIER THAT YOU ARE PARTICIPATING IN HICKORY HILLS FUNDRAISING NIGHT.

Can you help?

by Lori - November 17th, 2014

HHPTA Friends: We are seeking volunteers for the PTA Clothing Bank this Thursday, November 20, from 3-5 pm who are willing to sort and hang clothes which are then offered to SPS students in need. Every 5 weeks our school “takes a turn” supplying volunteers to assist visitors of the Clothing Bank.

The Clothing Bank is located at Study Alternative Center, 2343 West Olive Street in Springfield. Contact Lisa at lebisch@gmail.com to notify her that you can help. Thank you!

FREE Webinar courtesty of #ShareAwesome

by Lori - November 15th, 2014
The best gift a parent can give is his or her time…
As we approach the holiday season, we want to provide you valuable tips and tools to have positive conversations with kids about using technology gadgets, tweeting, texting—you name it, we’re covering it!
Learn the skills your family needs to make safer, smarter decisions, ways to spark ongoing discussion about internet safety and tips for protecting yourself from identity theft during the holiday season.
Save the date! Join us on Wed., Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. EST for an hourlong conversation with some of the industry’s experts including:
  • Jean Chatzky, LifeLock’s educational partner
  • Larry Magid Ed.D., ConnectSafely
  • Kelly Mendoza, Ph.D., Common Sense Media

Register at http://bit.ly/1prBLea.

#ShareAwesome Final Days

by Lori - November 15th, 2014

SUR_Pro3_small.png?r=1415912682291Great news from National PTA:

“Our friends at Microsoft just informed us that 10 lucky winners will get a chance to win the spankin’ new Microsoft Surface Pro 3! In addition, the grand prize winner will win a $2,500 scholarship.

Join National PTA and LifeLock as we countdown the last two weeks of the #ShareAwesome contest. All you have to do share a photo + caption using the #ShareAwesome hashtag and upload it on ShareAwesomeNow.org.  Encourage your teens or students in schools ages 13-17 to #ShareAwesome today.
Speaking of cool, new gadgets—you can join the #ShareAwesome conversation with us on Nov. 19 at 7 p.m. EST. Just in time for the holiday season, bring in the joy of having positive conversations with your children. You’ll learn how to make safer, smarter decisions online and offline.”
Get the tools to #ShareAwesome with your family and hear from digital media experts including:
  • Jean Chatzky, LifeLock’s educational partner
  • Larry Magid Ed.D., ConnectSafely
  • Kelly Mendoza, Ph.D., Common Sense Media

Thank You RIF of Springfield

by Lori - November 13th, 2014

1st and 2nd graders at HHE were given a free book today courtesy of Reading is Fundamental of Springfield. We thank Lori Enyart, RIF Chair for HHPTA for her leadership at our school. Also, thanks go to the parent volunteers who helped with the first distribution and the 5th grade STUCO students who helped by reading to the 1st and 2nd graders.

HHPTA is proud to have made its annual donation to RIF of Springfield. We received a thank you note from Peggy Stepp and Mary Christiano acknowledging our gift.

Other RIF announcements:
1. 30 days remain on RIF’s fundraising effort through MSU’s Innovation Center and Crowdit.com. Anyone who has benefited from RIF in their 35+ years in Springfield has been challenged to go on to the crowdit.com website and donate.
2. RIF of Springfield will be at Barnes and Noble on December 7 with Santa for FREE pictures after 2:15. There will be story tellers and readers from Drury. RIF will also have a gift wrapping station for purchases made at B&N. The B&N book fair will support RIF of Springfield from 12-8 pm. A percentage of your net purchase will go back to RIF.
3. RIF of Springfield will have its annual cookie sale in conjunction w/ the Christmas Parade on December 13.  Please call 883-6727 to get information on this event.

A flier will come home to HHE Students after Thanksgiving highlighting these December fundraiser efforts for RIF of Springfield.

RIF of Springfield is a local not for profit organization connected to National Reading Is Fundamental (RIF).  RIF-Springfield provides free books three times a year to every 1st and 2nd grader in SPS schools. 400,000 books have been distributed in Springfield over a span of 35 years!

Box Tops Winners

by Lori - November 12th, 2014

Our first Box Tops collection was a success.  We collected 11,786 BTs!  This is $1,178 for our school!  Below are results by class:


Heasley–857;  Roach–257;  Zeh–948*

1st Grade:

Range–720;  Stone–374; DeGood–1,024*

2nd Grade:

Demel/Price–672; Wilks–340; Gordon–726*

3rd Grade:

Call–851; Chance–516;  Hite–951*

4th Grade:

Fetter–850;  Williams–1,330*

5th Grade:

Schaefer–613; Byrd–656*

*Congratulations to the winning class in each grade.  Students in the winning classes received a certificate from Culver’s for a frozen custard.  A big thanks to Culver’s on Glenstone Avenue for this generous donation!

Please keep collecting Box Tops for our next collection date in FEBRUARY.  Did you know Box Tops are on so many of the brands you use to make Thanksgiving dinner?  It’s also a great time to collect extra Box Tops from family and friends as  you gather for the holidays.  For a list of participating products, visit BTFE.com

Thank you for collecting Box Tops to help our school.  And thanks to the homeroom parents and volunteers who trimmed, counted, checked dates, and RECOUNTED to help us get it done.

On-Going Fundraising Committee