Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice


by Beth - April 8th, 2013

Spring Fling 2013 is looking for donations! 


If you own a business or have a friend that owns a business  and would like to make a donation for our raffle or silent auction to be held on Friday, April 19th from 5:30-8p, please contact Laura Ogden at  #417-343-9022.


All donations are tax deductible and donors will be provided with a letter listing our 501(c)(3) status.  This is a fundraiser for Hickory Hills Elementary School and the HHPTA.  Any donations are welcome and very much appreciated.  You are also welcome to make a family donation in the form of gift cards or merchandise.  Please help us and our school in this fundraising effort, if you can.


Thank you so much for your support of our school and our PTA.  Together we are making it possible to provide educational enrichment through technology upgrades in the classrooms, fun activities for our Hickory Children, and needed classroom supplies for our teachers and staff at Hickory Hills Elementary.

Beth Plaster, HHPTA President

Laura Ogden, Spring Fling Chair


by Beth - March 29th, 2013




5:30-6:30PM – DINNER

















HHPTA Special Meeting Minutes March 2013

by Beth - March 21st, 2013

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Special Called Meeting March 20, 2013

In Attendance: Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Shereena Cox, Brian Derenski, Carmel Gutierrez, Brandy Hickman, Chris Hughes, Heather Killian, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Jana Lewis, Dana Mirowski, Laura Ogden, Dachel Pendergrass, Beth Plaster, Emily Russell, Catherine Schmittling, Caren Tate, and Valerie Wehrenberg.

Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 2:32 PM.

2013-2014 Board Elections: Catherine Schmittling, Nominating Committee, made a motion to nominate Lori Chisholm as next year’s Vice President, Emily Russell as Secretary, and Michele Douglas as Treasurer. HHPTA membership unanimously approved all three to serve.

There was no new business.

Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:43 PM.

Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary

Spirit Day THIS Friday!

by Beth - March 20th, 2013


This Friday, March 22nd is dress like your favorite Story Book Character or wear a shirt with your favorite story book character on it to school!  Join in the fun of this spirit day this Friday.  We can’t wait to see our Hickory kiddos showing off their favorite book characters.


Beth Plaster

HHPTA President


by Beth - March 19th, 2013
Hello Hickory Hills Elementary Parents.  I hope you’ve had a wonderful spring break.  We sure have but wish it hadn’t ended so soon.  But as the dates continue to pass on the calendar, so must we proceed forward with business matters in our PTA.
On that note, and in good conduct, we need to officially elect our incoming HHPTA officers for the 2013-2014 School Year at Hickory Hills Elementary.  A Special Meeting to do this will be held, Wednesday, March 20th at 2:30p in the Commons Area of our school.  All 2012-2013 PTA Members are invited to attend this special meeting to cast their vote.  It is noteworthy to mention that we cannot vote and hence officially elect our incoming officers for next year without at least 12 PTA Members present.  Please come show your support and cast your vote for the wonderful volunteers and candidates seeking to hold positions on the Executive Board for next year.
Please direct any questions to me at jandbplaster@yahoo.com.  Thank you all so much for your support of our HHPTA for both this year and the 2013-2014 school year.  I hope to see you at the meeting!
Beth Plaster
HHPTA President

March 2013 Elementary PTA Meeting Minutes

by Beth - March 9th, 2013

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting March 5, 2013
In Attendance: Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Shereena Cox, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Brandy Hickman, Heather Killian, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Laura Ogden, Beth Plaster, Emily Russell, Catherine Schmittling, Caren Tate, Katie Vance, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:37 PM.
The February 2013 minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: McTeacher Night brought in $366.15. Ongoing Fundraising income budgeted for 2012-2013 was $3,000 and YTD has received $2,922.99. Expenses in February include books for Chat and Chew, the magician fee for the Cultural Arts assembly, and hospitality items for the SCPTA meeting held at HH. Ending balance for February was $13,051.50.
Beth Plaster: The Founder’s Day banquet has been rescheduled for March 18. The silent auction begins at 6:00. The dinner and presentation begin at 6:30.
Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraising Chairperson: Box Top winners- Mrs. Parrott (K); Mrs. Banasik (1); Mrs. Demel/Mrs. Price (2); Mrs. Logan (3); Mrs. Anderson (4); and Mrs. Hagin (5). 11,470 total Box Tops were collected in February. A catered breakfast will be served to the winners after MAP testing. Buffalo Wild Wings and Ruby Tuesday Scrip cards will be added to the inventory list. Proceeds for Scrip to Go will go toward teacher classrooms.
Beth Plaster: Pasta Express Nights are ongoing every 2nd Monday of the month. Pasta Express will donate 15% of the sales from 4-9 PM to help HH. Vouchers will go home in this week’s student folders.
Lori Chisholm, Book Fair Chairperson: Our Spring “Buy One Get One Free” Book Fair hours will only be Monday, May 8 (8:00-7:00), Tuesday, May 9 (8:00-3:00), and Wednesday, May 10 (8:00-3:00).
Valerie Wehrenberg, Yearbook Chairperson: The yearbook order form deadline is Thursday, March 7. Please turn in forms to the teacher or office. Extra forms are in the office. Also, any final photo submissions need to be emailed to valerie@wehrenberg.net by March 7.
Kami Cardwell, Assistant Principal, showed a brief video explaining the bond and levy proposal on the April 2 ballot.
ï‚· Quality Schools for Kids needs parent volunteers to help fundraise, pass out voter commitment cards, and/or be a school representative. Mr. Allison asked HHPTA to donate $150 to support the campaign.
ï‚· Spring Break is March 11-15.
ï‚· The unofficial last day of school is Thursday, May 16, unless there are more snow days.
ï‚· Mulch for the elementary playground will be added this spring.
ï‚· Kindergarten registration is March 7, from 9:00-10:30.
 Domino’s Pizza Night is March 7. Use the SPS11 code when ordering.
ï‚· MAP testing is scheduled for April 15-26. Grades 3-8 will be tested week 1 and 5th/8th grade science will be tested week 2.
Heather Killian brought a motion that HHPTA send Quality Schools for Kids a donation of $150 to support its campaign for the bond and levy vote. The motion got a second and carried.
New Business:
ï‚· Catherine Schmittling, RIF Chairperson: There may be one more book distribution in April.
Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:00 PM.
Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary

March Counselor’s Corner

by Beth - March 7th, 2013



Our word of the month for March is Self-Discipline.  At our last Celebration Assembly, we shared about being in control of our emotions, actions, and impulses.  Hickory Hills Student Counsel also led the students in the STOP CHEER.  This cheer is a reminder to help us stop and think when we feel angry or upset.  Ask your child to share the STOP CHEER with you today.


Enjoy your March!

Mrs. Hughes

BOX TOPS Winners!!

by Beth - March 4th, 2013
Drum roll……..Box Tops Breakfast Challenge winners are as follows:
K- Ms. Parrott
1st – Ms. Banasik
2nd – Ms. Demel/Price
3rd – Ms. Logan
4th – Ms. Anderson
5th – Ms. Hagin
Results per class:
Parrott: 671
Wilks: 418
Zeh: 636
Banasik: 1,325
DeGood: 984
Blaine: 700
Meacham: 537
Demel/Price: 934
Hite: 376
Logan: 1131
Anderson: 852
Fetter: 744
Williams: 818
Hagin: 778
Brown: 566
Congratulations to our winners!  Please feel free to share the results with your students.  I will be sending the results home in Friday folders next week.
Be sure to give kudos to your students for their hard work.  We collected a grand total of 11,470 Box Tops in this collection which translates into $1,147 for our school.  WOW!
Many thanks to each of YOU.  When the kids see your enthusiasm for collecting Box Tops they want to win which makes them excited to collect more which equals easy money for our school!! *:) happy
Have a fantastic week.
Beki Rhein
Box Top Coordinator
* Breakfast will be held before the end of the school year.

March Elementary PTA Meeting

by Beth - February 27th, 2013


Hello all.  This is just a friendly reminder that our March PTA Meeting is THIS Tuesday, Mar. 5th at 1:30p in the Elementary Cafeteria.  So please join us if you can.

All upcoming PTA meetings are posted each month on both our PTA website at www.hhpta.org and our Facebook Page “Hickory Hills Elementary PTA”.  Please “Like” us on Facebook to stay up to date on all things Hickory and PTA.

Please check us out and see what’s new at Hickory Hills for 2013.  Thanks so much for all you do to make our PTA such a huge success!

Beth Plaster
HHPTA President


February 2013 PTA Meeting Minutes

by Beth - February 20th, 2013

Hickory Hills Board and Membership Meeting February 15, 2013
In Attendance: Kelly Allison, Michelle Benzen, Shereena Cox, Danny Chisholm, Lori Chisholm, Brian Derenski, Michele Douglas, Brandy Hickman, Sarah Langston, Laura Ogden, Beth Plaster, Catherine Schmittling, Caren Tate, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:32 PM.
The January 2013 minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: Ongoing Fundraising brought in $1,317.93 from Box Tops for Education and $93.43 from Pasta Express. Even though January shows -$1,186.80 in Scrip income, approximately $2,000 is in Scrip inventory. We are around $1,700 in the plus YTD with Scrip. Expenses for January include Founder’s Day tickets, Chat and Chew books, and our Counselor appreciation gift. Our total income YTD is $10,433.27 and expenses YTD are $5,409.48. Ending balance for January was $14,171.55.
Beth Plaster: A nominating committee is needed for the 2013-2014 board. Positions are available for Vice President and Treasurer. Brian Derenski motioned that Melissa Kotowicz, Brandy Hickman, and Catherine Schmittling serve as our nominating committee. That motion got a second and was carried.
Beth Plaster: The “Dive into Reading” assembly led by Magician Marty Hahne will be held February 22 at 1:30. Thanks to Kirsten Weiss, Cultural Arts Chairperson, who organized the assembly.
Valerie Wehrenberg and Brian Derenski, Yearbook Chairpersons: Order forms for yearbooks will go home the beginning of March. Prices will not change from last year.
Beth Plaster: Kindergarten registration will be held March 7 from 9:00-10:30.
Beth Plaster, Spirit Wear Chairperson: Order forms were emailed on February 13. Orders are due with payment by February 26 for the end of March delivery.
Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraising Chairperson: Counted and sorted Box Tops should be turned in by Homeroom parents no later than February 22 in the teacher workroom. Each grade will have a class winner and receive a catered breakfast either late April or early May.
Kelly Allison, Principal:
ï‚· We are past mid-3rd quarter.
ï‚· Spring Break is the week of March 11.
ï‚· There will be a bond initiative and levy proposal on the April 2 ballot. If it passes, 4 elementary classrooms will be added to HH. These rooms will be built from the room that houses the laminator.
ï‚· A handout was presented to PTA members with the results of the HH School Parent Survey.
ï‚· The crisis team will meet again. Before the beginning of next school year, information will be communicated about changes and procedures regarding safety at HH.
New Business
ï‚· Sarah Langston, PTA Vice President: An email will be sent to current committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons to ask their intent to serve next school year.
ï‚· Lori Chisholm, Book Fair Chairperson: Buy One Get One Free fair will be held May 6-8.
The next PTA meeting will be Tuesday, March 5, at 1:30 PM.
Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:03 PM.
Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary