Hickory Hills PTA

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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


March

 

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

February PTA Meeting

by Beth - February 12th, 2013

Hello all.  This is just a friendly reminder that our February PTA Meeting is THIS Friday, Feb. 15th at 1:30p in the Elementary Cafeteria.  We will be taking yearbook photos of all PTA Members and PTA Board Members.  I’d love to see you all there for the picture and the meeting!  We will be electing the nominating committee for our incoming PTA VP and Treasurer and discussing upcoming events in Feb and Mar.  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

 

Counselor’s Corner

by Beth - February 10th, 2013

February

 

Our word of the month for February is Courtesy.  Students will discuss the importance of being courteous and respectful to self and others.  We will share examples of courteous words and actions in our guidance lesson this month.  We will also review the Guidelines for Resolving a Conflict Peacefully.  Please review these guidelines with your child. 

 

Guidelines for Resolving a Conflict Peacefully

 

  1. The student can report a situation to his/her teacher.

 

  1. The teacher will determine if counselor assistance is needed.

 

  1. If so, the student may choose to confront the other student(s) with the counselor present.

 

  1. If a student is not comfortable confronting the other student(s) involved, he/she may choose to complete a statement form provided by the counselor.

 

  1. Once the statement form has been completed, the student will then review the form with the counselor.

 

  1. If the conflict  is not successfully resolved, the counselor will consult with Mr. Allison or Mrs. Cardwell.  One of them will then determine the appropriate actions necessary based on the Springfield Public Schools Discipline Guidelines.     

 

Have a great February!

Mrs. Hughes

 

McTeacher Night

by Beth - January 28th, 2013

Good Day Hickory Families!  Tonight, Monday, January 28th is our annual McTeacher’s Night at the McDonald’s at Chestnut Expressway and 65 Hwy.  Please join your Hickory Teachers and friends for a fun meal in support of the Hickory Hills Elementary PTA.  The event runs from 4-8p. This is a fun event in which the kiddos get to see their teachers hard at work at McDonald’s!  We hope to see you there!

January PTA Meeting Minutes

by Beth - January 27th, 2013

Hickory Hills Board and Membership Meeting January 10, 2013
In Attendance: Kelly Allison, Lori Chisholm, Shereena Cox, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Brandy Hickman, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Laura Ogden, Beth Plaster, Catherine Schmittling, Caren Tate, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:34 PM.
The December 2012 minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: Scrip brought in a big amount for December. Expenses for December included food vouchers for holiday baskets and die cut pads for the workroom. A Box Tops for Education check was received in the amount of $1,317.93. Ending balance for December was $12,208.06.
Beth Plaster: PTA Executive Team positions needed for 2013-2014 are Vice President and Treasurer. Three PTA members are needed to serve on the Nominating Committee to fill these positions. Brandy Hickman, Melissa Kotowicz, and Catherine Schmittling agreed they could serve.
Catherine Schmittling, RIF Chairperson: The second distribution is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 29. A sign-up sheet for volunteers was circulated.
Beth Plaster, Chat and Chew: Book price information and enrollment forms will be sent home, as well as the sign-up for parents to volunteer. The deadline for payment and enrollment is January 26. The ice cream party is April 18. The new co-chairperson for Chat and Chew is Catherine Schmittling.
Sarah Langston, PTA Vice President: Hickory Hills PTA volunteer day at the SCPTA Clothing Bank is Wednesday, January 23. A sign-up sheet for volunteers was circulated.
Beth Plaster, Spirit Nights: Two nights have been planned. A Skateport night is set for late January and McTeacher Night at McDonalds in February. Specific dates will be announced.
Laura Ogden, Homeroom Parent Coordinator: Valentine parties are Thursday, February 14, at 1:30 PM. Homeroom parents should remind parents what they signed up for and to include a healthy snack.
Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraiser Chairperson: Scrip To Go inventory is available for purchase. A meeting will be scheduled to brainstorm ideas regarding online orders. The last Box Top collection deadline for students is February 15. Homeroom parents need to have their Box Tops ready and turned in the teacher workroom no later than February 22. Homeroom parents are encouraged to send a reminder email to classroom parents. As an incentive, a catered breakfast will be served to the top class in each grade. The goal is to raise $2,500 through Box Tops.
Beth Plaster: The Founder’s Day dinner sponsored by SCPTA will be held Thursday, February 21 at Parkview High School. The dinner recognizes each school’s volunteer of the year. This year, our volunteer of the year is Brandy Hickman. Thank you, Brandy for your dedication to Hickory Hills!
Laura Ogden, Spring Fling Chairperson: Spring Fling is April 19. Please submit names of businesses who might donate goods and services. Volunteers are needed to help.
Kelly Allison, HH Principal:
ï‚· Thanks to PTA for the teacher holiday luncheon.
ï‚· There will be a bond initiative and levy proposal on the April 2 ballot. $1.1 million of the $71+ million bond would fund to Hickory Hills School the addition of 4 elementary classrooms. The addition was pre-planned in the original design of the new school.
 A handout was presented to PTA members with “Back to Basics” safety information for HH staff. This comes in response to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT. HH Staff were reminded of basic procedures concerning safety.
ï‚· A safety committee will be formed and meet. A survey to parents will be emailed, and then the committee will meet again. Results of the survey and meetings will be presented at the February PTA meeting. There is no money to fund any additional safety procedures.
ï‚· Performance Series Testing is happening now through the first week of February.
New Business
ï‚· The next PTA meeting will be Friday, February 15. Note the change of day.
ï‚· The next All Pro Dad breakfast will be January 24 at 7:00 AM. RSVP to Jeff Plaster at jeff.plaster@yahoo.com.
ï‚· Pasta Express vouchers are available at the restaurant if original vouchers are forgotten. Vouchers are needed to get credit for HH.
Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:07 PM.

Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary

January Counselor’s Corner

by Beth - January 12th, 2013

Counselor’s Corner

January

 

Our word of the month for January is Attitude.  Hickory Hills Elementary Student Council has a positive attitude about raising money for a great cause.  We are collecting money for The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s Pasta for Pennies Program.  We will be accepting donations from Jan. 7th –Jan. 25th.  The class that raises the most money for LLS will receive a luncheon sponsored by Olive Garden. 

LLS and Hickory Hills STUCO appreciates your help with this very worthwhile cause. 

Together we can make a difference!

During the month of January, we will continue talking about being a good friend to others.  We will also discuss how friends sometimes have conflicts and that those conflicts can be worked out peacefully.   We will review strategies for resolving conflicts peacefully.   Such strategies are as follows: use I-messages, agree to disagree, or ask an adult to be a mediator.   Students will discover that they can work out their differences by working together.

Have a fantastic January!

Mrs. Hughes (Counselor/STUCO Sponsor)