(PLEASE REVIEW MINUTES BEFORE OUR DECEMBER MEETING. NOVEMBER MINUTES TO BE APPROVED ON DECEMBER 8, 2014)
Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–November 10, 2014
In Attendance: Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, Brandy Hickman, Abby Kleiboeker, Maggie Krogh, Amanda Langsford, Sarah Langston, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Lauren Sawyer, Jody Schaad, Renee Thornton, Hillary West
Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:32 PM.
The October 2014 minutes were approved as written.
Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report: Attendance data for Hickory Hills and the Glendale feeder schools shows that Hickory is second in attendance average for the year. Hickory has had two recordable discipline incidents this year. A Veteran’s Assembly was held Friday afternoon to recognize veterans on staff and veterans related to and/or friends of students. Approximately 30 veterans attended.
Lori Chisholm, President’s Report:
- Book Fair – $6284.36 in net sales generated $3456.40 in estimated profit. Profit provided 25 dictionaries and 6 thesauruses to Mrs. Chance per her acquisition request. $2404.85 in profit was spent on books for 20 teachers plus our librarian. All for Books coin/$1 donation drive brought in $215.04. This money was used to provide $10 scholarships for each classroom and $30 for the ELL classroom. The remaining money was used to purchase various reading level books that Mrs. Cardwell will distribute to teachers to use as giveaways. She thanked all the volunteers. 4th grade students and some teachers wrote thank you notes to PTA for the books their classrooms received. The BOGO book fair will be in May.
- Hospitality chairs fed our teachers on the Monday night of Parent Teacher Conferences.
- Share Awesome – National PTA is supporting the Share Awesome campaign. Share Awesome celebrates students and families who use digital media and tools for the good of themselves, their families, friends and the whole world. A contest is happening now through Nov. 30th to submit photos by using #shareawesome. Snap a pick and tag it with #shareawesome on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram for a chance to win a tablet or $2,500 scholarship. On November 19th, Share Awesome will host a free webinar “Conversations parents need to have with their children” from 6-7 PM. Register at http://bit.ly/1prBLea.
- Cultural Arts Assembly – Jessica Hartman, Miss Missouri 2014, will speak on the subject “Building Character” at a second quarter assembly sponsored by PTA on Dec. 5th.
- The next spirit night will be November 18th from 3-9 PM at Chuck E Cheese. When you arrive, notify the cashier that you are participating in Hickory Hill’s Fundraising Night.
- SCPTA Report – HHPTA was recognized with the Oak Leaf certificate, which means our membership numbers increased by 10% from the previous year, at the state convention on October 18th. We also earned 100% faculty award from 2013-2014. Hickory was one of four schools in Springfield to achieve this honor. A flyer that includes information on a RIF Fundraiser at Barnes and Noble on December 7th and a cookie fundraiser is available. SCPTA Town Hall meeting is December 3rd at McBride Elementary. The Clothing Bank needs coats, jeans and pants in all sizes and especially boy clothes.
- Sign-up is available for November’s Clothing Bank workday for Hickory Hills.
- December Charitable Giving – PTA will provide holiday baskets to 10 families through Crosslines. Homeroom parents need to get a wrapped large box to their classrooms before December 1st. Each class will receive specific instructions from Lisa Ebisch on what items to bring.
- Coming Up – December’s meeting will include refreshments as a celebration of the holidays/completing the first semester. January will have a letter writing campaign to add to our Major Fundraising goal of $10K. Spring Fling planning will start at the beginning of the year and volunteers are needed to help on the Spring Fling committee.
Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer: October ending balance was $22,389.77. Income for the month included a $500 donation to the Letter Campaign, $52.67 from Texas Roadhouse spirit night, and Scrip shows a negative $1,889.62 for an order that will be replaced with income this month. The amount raised from Spartan Sprint at the end of October was $4824.75 with a few more expenses to pay this month. Expenses for the month included a Book Fair deposit, Acquisitions – pencils for birthdays, Supplies – Checks, $1,469.11 for teacher gift certificates and $1,161 for a yearbook deposit.
Maggie Krogh, Spartan Sprint Report: The Spartan Sprint was a great success. There were a few hiccups including incorrect timing results. Extra dog tags were ordered to correct the issue, and a letter was sent home to the parents of affected students. 201 people participated with 8 scholarships provided. Seven of the scholarships went to a group from Great Circle that provided help after the race in return for their scholarships.
Maggie Krogh, Membership Drive Report: Correction from last month – she reported 43 total business membership in September. The correct number was 8 business memberships in September. 38 memberships with 1 business membership were added in October. 2 memberships were scholarships. As of today, we have a total of 198 memberships with 14 business memberships.
Maggie Krogh, Holiday Party Reminder: Holiday Parties are Dec. 18th at 1:30. Homeroom parents need to contact volunteers to remind them of what they signed up for.
Jody Schaad and Barb Ray, Parent Advisory Council Report: Mr. Jungmann requested feedback from the PAC on topics related to expected outcomes from children at school, what helps children achieve outcomes, what is not working at schools, what can be improved the student support area, and what can be done to improve technology. Feedback from these PAC meetings will be included in Mr. Jungmann’s report at the School Board meeting.
Hillary West, Box Tops Collection Results: 11,786 Box Tops were collected. Winning classes include Zeh, DeGood, Gordon, Hite, Williams, and Byrd. Every student in each winning class will get a Culver’s custard certificate. The next collection will be in February. Remember to use Amazon Smile and designate Hickory Hills as the donation recipient for online shopping.
Brandy Hickman, Scrip: Help is needed with this program if interested. Starting Tuesday, she will begin an every other week order. Keep Scrip in mind for the holidays. Businesses can place orders as well.
Sarah Langston, Directory Update: All student data is in the system – waiting on the secure login to be set-up. A flyer will go home soon with login and password information for the online directory.
Lori Chisholm, on behalf of Lisa Hyde/Kim Mayer, Chat and Chew: Info will go home this week in Friday Folders about Chat and Chew. Be sure to pay attention to deadlines.
- Renee Thornton, Parents as Teachers: PAT is working to build back up after funding cuts in years past. A plan for a pre-K meeting group is in the works – details to follow.
- The March meeting will include a mini-musical from 1st and 2nd graders.
- HHPTA will be hosting the SCPTA meeting on April 1st at Hickory Hills.
Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 7:32 PM.
Emily Russell, PTA Secretary