Hickory Hills Board and Membership Meeting
November 8, 2012
In Attendance: Kelly Allison, Michelle Benzen, Lori Chisholm, Lisa Ebisch, Brandy Hickman, Sarah Langston, Kim Mayer, Beth Plaster, Beki Rhein, Caren Tate, Catherine Schmittling, Dana Mirowski, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:37 PM.
The October 2012 minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: Fall Fun Night balance stands at $1,983.82. Ongoing Fundraiser brought in $193.95 from Chick-fil-A Spirit Night. Scrip (Income) has a balance of -$1,888.93, part of which reflects inventory on hand. Health and Safety had expenses related to Red Ribbon Week and supplies for the school nurse. Other expenses for October were Hospitality’s Open House dinner for teachers and SCPTA dues. The Reserve Fund shows -$450.00 for October due to a lost check from last year that had to be voided and reprocessed this year. Ending balance for October is $17,050.10.
Lori Chisholm, Book Fair Chairperson: In-school and online fair net sales were $7,750.67, earning $4,850.40 in profits and bonuses (60% of sales). Earnings were spent to purchase new books for 15 homeroom teachers, the librarian, counselor, resource, speech, and ESOL teachers. All for Books donations totaled $179.60, which was spent on approximately 40 ESOL students, who took home a new book. Thanks to everyone who volunteered, donated, and bought books to help our school.
Sarah Langston, PTA Vice President: To date, our unit stands at 223 total memberships (individual and business). The top 5 participating classes are Banasik (100%), Logan (92%), Anderson (83%), Fetter (81%), and Meacham (73%). Beth Plaster presented Sarah Langston a certificate from SCPTA recognizing our unit’s 10% increase in memberships from last year. Thank you Sarah for your efforts with HHPTA’s membership drive!
Beth Plaster: Three Spirit Nights are scheduled–Pasta Express on Monday, November 12, from 5-8 PM; Newks Café on Tuesday, November 13, from 5-8 PM; and Pasta Express on Monday, December 10, from 4-9 PM. Volunteers are needed to help at Newks.
Beth Plaster, Watch D.O.G.S. Chairperson: Only 2 dates are open for the year–December 19, 2012 and May 1, 2013. Email Jeff Plaster at firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up. Background checks must be completed and cost $17.50.
Lisa Ebisch, Charitable Giving Chairperson: Holiday baskets will be prepped and delivered for 15 families. Homeroom parents need to have 2 donation boxes ready in the classrooms by Friday, November 30. Donations will be collected December 3–13. December 13 is the day to sort, build baskets, and deliver. More information will be sent home regarding donations. Volunteers are needed.
Catherine Schmittling, RIF Chairperson: Distribution is November 19. Cookie sale fundraisers have been scheduled for December 8 at the Springfield Christmas Parade and December 10 at Barnes and Noble.
Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraiser Chairperson: Box Tops brought in $1,267. The top homerooms for first collection were Banasik, Logan, and Blaine. Scrip holiday orders will be coming up. Incredible Pizza platinum $20 food & game cards will be available for purchase in which HH gets 50% back. Don’t forget to get your Target Red Cards.
Beth Plaster, All Pro Dads Chairperson: A breakfast is scheduled for Thursday, November 15 from 7:00-7:45. Please RSVP by November 12 at www.allprodad.com/2447.
Kelly Allison, Principal:
Dr. Norm Ridder, Superintendent, visited recently and was complimentary to Hickory Hills.
Parent-Teacher conference week had a good turnout.
Bash the Trash assemblies (K-2 and 3-5) are Friday, November 9, 2012.
Hickory Hills will host a cyber-bully awareness meeting on Wednesday, November 14, from 6:30-7:30.
Thanksgiving holidays are November 22 and 23.
December 20 will mark the end of first semester.
The K-8 holiday assembly will be December 20.
The afternoon crossing guard position has been filled.
Could PTA consider the possibility of merging the elementary/middle school book fairs?
The Stenger family donated $5,000 to Hickory Hills School.
Announcements may be submitted for HH Facebook page.
Beth Plaster circulated a thank you note from the 5th grade teachers for dinner provided during Parent-Teacher conference. The next PTA meeting will be held Thursday, December 13, 2012 at 1:30 in the cafeteria.
There was no new business. Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:20 PM.