Hickory Hills PTA

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Field Day 2015

by Lori - April 15th, 2015









Hickory Hills Elementary Field Day—May 19, 2015

The end of school is almost here which means Field Day preparation has begun!!  If you would like to participate in Field Day activities please sign up through SignUpGenius.com.  The link is below and should be emailed to you through your class as well.  All volunteers who sign up through Sign Up Genius will receive a free lunch and a fun filled day!

  • We need volunteers for Set Up (7:00 am), Class Walkers (3 shifts available for each class), Food Services (2 shifts available), Tear Down & Ice Cream (12:30 pm - 1:30 pm).
  • All volunteers who sign up in advance will receive a free lunch:  hamburger or hot dog, water, chips, cookie.
  • If you are not able to volunteer, but would like to have lunch with your child’s class, complete this LUNCH VOUCHER FORM and send in, along with your payment, by May 7. (CLASS LUNCHES WILL BE SCHEDULED AS CLOSE TO THEIR NORMAL LUNCH TIME AS POSSIBLE).
  • To sign up, go to:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/20F0D49A5AF22AAF49-field
  • If you are unable to volunteer, but would like to contribute to Field Day activities in other ways, contact Tonya Fisher at tonyafisher32@yahoo.com or 417-818-0899.

Thank you Spring Fling Supporters

by Lori - April 14th, 2015

HHPTA acknowledges its raffle, vendor, and volunteer donors listed below.  We thank them on behalf of our school.  Please show them your support.  We also want to thank our homeroom parents who collected items for the themed basket silent auction.   Basket items were donated by area businesses or provided by the families.

2B Well

Acacia Spa

Affordable Splendor Cakes

Bambinos Café

The Big Slice

The Brown Family

Casey’s General Store

Central High School

Children’s Choir of SW Missouri

Cookie Cutters

Country Girls Expresso

The Cup

Dickerson Park Zoo


Dr. Kenny Myers, DDS

Drury University Basketball

Dynamics Gymnastics


Firehouse Pottery

Garbo’s Pizzeria

Glendale High School (NHS/GSS)

Great Circle

HALO Massage and Wellness

Hickory Hills Middle Cheer Squad

Hickory Hills Middle STUCO

Hiland Dairy

Jan’s Grooming and School

Jason Hite

Jet’s Pizza

Kel’s Custom Designs

Libby Ferguson Horse Training Center

Living Tree Photography

The Lockhart Family

Lola’s Patries and Eatery

McAlister’s Deli

Mediacom Ice Park

Neighborhood Pizza Café

Panera Bread

Perfectly Posh/Kristen Coker

Price Cutter/Pyramid Foods


Stacey’s Sweets

Style By The Slice

Supreme Bakery

Touch Restaurant

Kindergarten Prep Class TUESDAY

by Lori - April 13th, 2015

A Kindergarten Prep Class for incoming K-students will be held Tuesday, April 14, in the HH Library and led by Parents as Teachers’ Renee Thornton.

Spring Fling Carnival TONIGHT!

by Lori - April 10th, 2015










Tonight is our Spring Fling carnival. Activities begin at 5:30. The SF committee has spent much time on this event and I want to thank all those who worked to make it successful.

Carnival Games held in the classrooms are free to the kids. Students will have a free game card to wear as they travel from class to class.

Stuff to know–

  • There will be a limited # of meal tickets available for purchase.
  • There will be unlimited tickets to buy for raffle play.
  • There will be a number of great items at our Silent auction so bring your checkbooks.  :)
  • Marty the Magician will entertain us at 7 in the big gym, so begin to make your way to the bleachers at 6:45.

Proceeds from our carnival will benefit HHPTA and our school. Thank you for your support.

Board and Membership Meeting – April Minutes

by Lori - April 8th, 2015

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–April 6, 2015

In Attendance: Michelle Benzen, Lori Chisholm, Sarah Dorrel, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Tonya Fisher, Abby Kleiboeker, Maggie Krogh, Amanda Langsford, Kim Mayer, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Beki Rhein, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Jody Schaad, Tamara Scully, Sara Swaim, Renee Thornton, Hillary West

Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:31 PM.

The March 2015 minutes were approved as written.

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report –

  • Construction Update – The walls are up and they are working on the rooftop.  The structure is not a FEMA structure but it is a tornado structure.  The structure is large enough to fit the entire elementary in the event of a tornado.  An official visited the school and reviewed tornado procedures with Mrs. Odom.  All shelter areas were considered safe and he suggested pulling down the gate in the elementary hallway for extra protection.
  • There has been one significant behavior incident since the February meeting.
  • We are still above 95% on attendance.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report –

  • PTA Officers, Mrs. Odom and Lisa and Paul Ebisch attended Founder’s Day.
  • PTA and PTSA split the cost of a table at the Teacher of the Year Banquet to be held by the SPS Foundation on April 20th.
  • PTA hosted the April SCPTA meeting.  Mrs. Odom greeted and Lori had the opportunity to highlight our PTA to the group.  Thank you to everyone in attendance, the Hospitality team for the food table, Mrs. Loudis and the 2nd/3rd graders who sang, and Mrs. Cunningham’s 5th graders that prepared flower table decorations.
  • PTA will be sending two of next year’s officers, Maggie Krogh and Tia Ruth, to Independence the weekend of April 17th for the MOPTA Spring Leadership Conference.
  • PTA provided 4 volunteers that helped with Spring Pictures and classroom composites.
  • Thank you to the Rankin family and Jersey Mike’s for a successful Spirit Night.  They donated extra on top of the amount earned that evening to PTA, and we appreciate their generosity.
  • Scrip cards are available to purchase tonight.  Remember Scrip for Teacher Appreciation gifts as well.
  • Book Fair - Lori is in need of volunteers for the Book Fair in May to get the books on the tables.   Each child from the 3 classes that won Box Tops will be awarded $5 to use at Book Fair.  Please sign-up to help with those classes if available as every student will have money to spend.
  • Go vote – School Board elections are tomorrow (4/7).   Three spaces need to be filled.  Go to the link on the PTA website to find out more about the candidates.
  • The Clothing Bank closes April 30th.  They need shorts and capri pants in sizes 4T-4X.  Big need is girl’s clothes sizes 8-12 and all men’s sizes shorts.  Other needs are black and white trash bags, no show socks, t-shirts and underwear (bikini/boy shorts in Girls 6-10 and boxer briefs in Boys 6 to Men’s XL).  Donations can be dropped off on Thursdays 9-5.  SPS General Services will pick-up dropped off items at school.  Let Lori or Lisa Ebisch know so a pick-up can be scheduled.  April 30th is the last volunteer day.  Volunteer times are either 3-5 or 9-2.
  • Class “Gift” – In the February meeting, we heard of two potential needs – Book Sets and Computers.  Both of those needs have been met at this point, so we have been exploring other ways to use our funds.  A need for risers was brought to our attention, as the elementary has to borrow from the middle school.  The quote we received came back at approximately $10,000 for a set of 4 step risers.  The executive committee discussed and feels like this is too much to spend on one item that may not be a major necessity.  We are waiting for another quote.  We want to be mindful of the school’s needs and make good decisions with the money used through our fundraising efforts.  If we do not identify anything needed this year then we will save the money for a necessity in the future.

Michele Douglas, Treasurer’s Report – Ending balance for March was $27,116.75.  Income included $350 for the Letter Campaign making for a grand total of $3,910.  $498.71 for Spirit Nights and $73 in Spirit Wear.  Expenses included $75 in Cultural Arts for Petra Ballet and Doug Cramer, Meteorologist, $ 212.50 in Hospitality, $276 for a Leadership Conference and $175 for a Teacher Banquet.

Sara Swaim, Spring Fling – Spring Fling is this Friday.  Homerooms parents are asked to request for parents to send in ticket pre-order forms if they can – they will be accepted until Wednesday.  We have 36 volunteers so far.  21 silent auction baskets and quite a few raffle items are ready to go.

Hillary West, Box Tops – The last collection raised over $900.  The top 3 class winners are Williams, Demel/Price, and Stone.  Each child in those classes will get a $5 Book Fair gift certificate.

Tamara Scully, Teacher Appreciation Week  (May 4-8) – This year will be an Oscar theme.  Meals will be provided to the teachers (Monday – breakfast and Wednesday – lunch), and they will receive small gifts. There will also be a raffle everyday to win a bigger item.  Lots of surprises are in store for them!  Tamara is in need of anyone that is willing to provide baked goods for the meals.  Also, she has a list of teacher classroom needs if anyone would like to review it for teacher appreciation gift ideas.

Tonya Fisher, Field Day – Field Day will be May 19th.  In the past, elementary and middle school joined efforts on gym usage and bounce house rentals on this day.  This year, the middle school will not be joining us in those efforts so we will need to provide the bounce houses without splitting the cost.  We will have full usage of the elementary and middle school gym, which will provide extra space in the event of rain.  There will also be new track and field activities this year provided with the assistance of Coach Allen.  Food will be contracted out at approximately $900.  We will need $700 more in the budget to provide the bounce houses since that is no longer a shared responsibility.

Renee Thornton motioned to increase the Field Day budget to $2,400 by taking the money out of Reserve and moving it to Field Day.  There was a second and the motion carried.

Income has to be increased as well to accommodate the increase in expense.  The Spartan Sprint line item was selected to increase from $3,000 to $3,700 since we made at least $700 more than budgeted in this area.

Mrs. Odom motioned to increase the Spartan Sprint income budget to $3,700.  There was a second and the motion carried.

Jody Schaad, PAC Meeting Report – The “Envisioning Excellence” process and “Imagine SPS” process were presented.  Dr. Hackenworth stated that we would see some of the changes from these processes by August.  They discussed that it is estimated that children today will have 10-15 careers in a lifetime and we need to prepare kids for this.  The IGNITE program was also presented which is blended and integrative project based learning.


  • The next Kindergarten play date will be April 14th at 5:00 in the library.
  • The last PTA meeting of the year will be May 4that 6:30.  Location TBD (Library or Commons Area).  All chairs and co-chairs are encouraged to attend.  New officers will be installed. 

Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 7:26 PM

Emily Russell, PTA Secretary

Election Day April 7

by Lori - April 6th, 2015









5 candidates are running for 3 open seats on the SPS Board of Education. Swayne Loftis, Francine Pratt, Jill Patterson, Patty Ingold and Bruce Renner attended a March forum sponsored by Springfield Council of PTAs. Claudette Riley of the Springfield News-Leader covered the forum and her report can be accessed here: http://www.news-leader.com/story/news/education/2015/03/06/2ill-shape-future-missouris-largest-school-district/24500289/

SPS is the largest accredited public school district in the state. The BOE sets policy and educational goals and approves an annual district budget. The board also establishes salary schedules, terms of employment and other personnel policies, as well as hires and evaluates the superintendent. The 3 candidates with the most votes on April 7 will be sworn in to serve a 6 year term.*

HHPTAs is a 501(c)3 non-profit and does not endorse candidates.   However, we encourage all our members to vote tomorrow in the upcoming election.

*Information taken from the April 2015 SCPTA Newsletter.

PTA Meeting Tonight 4/6/15

by Lori - April 6th, 2015








Here is April’s Agenda for tonight’s meeting.  Please come and hear updates on the remaining events of the school year.  We will also hear final reports on Box Tops and the Winter Letter Campaign.  Thank you!

Silent Auction Baskets for Spring Fling

by Lori - March 31st, 2015

Here is a list of silent auction items up for bidding on Friday night, April 10, at 5:30 at Hickory Hills Elementary.  Thanks to our homeroom parents (classes in parentheses) who collected items for the baskets.

BAKING Basket (Mrs. Zeh, Kindergarten)

GARDENING Basket (Mrs. Roach, Kindergarten)

ANIMAL LOVERS’ Basket (Mrs. Heasley, Kindergarten)

PRINCESS DRESS UP Basket (Mrs. DeGood, 1st Grade)

SUMMER FUN and SPORTING Baskets (Mrs. Stone, 1st Grade)

SPA Basket (Mrs. Range, 1st Grade)

CAR CARE Basket (Mrs. Demel/ Mrs. Price, 2nd Grade)

BABY NEEDS Basket (Mrs. Wilks, 2nd Grade)

GRILLING Basket (Mrs. Gordon, 2nd Grade)

MOVIE NIGHT Basket (Mrs. Chance, 3rd Grade)

RESTAURANT GIFT CARD Basket (Mrs. Hite, 3rd Grade)

MIZZOU TIGERS Basket (Mrs. Call, 3rd Grade)

CHOCOLATE LOVERS Basket (Mrs. Williams, 4th Grade)

GAME NIGHT Baskets (Mrs. Fetter, 4th Grade)

SCRAPBOOKING Basket (Mrs. Byrd, 5th Grade)

BEAUTY AND STYLE Basket (Mrs. Schaefer, 5th Grade)

Plus there will be a couple other items up for silent auction!

Spring Fling Pre-Order Forms Due April 3

by Lori - March 31st, 2015



Pizza, Raffle, Auction, Games. . .Oh My! Spring Fling is Coming.

by Lori - March 26th, 2015

Spring Fling is Friday night, April 10, beginning at 5:30.  Have you ordered your tickets for meals and raffle?  Make sure you send in your pre-order forms and payment by April 3.  Pizza meals from Jet’s Pizza ($5 each) and Domino’s Gluten Free Pizza ($7 each) are selling.  You get 2 slices, ice cream, and a beverage for your meal.

Here are a few of the items that will be raffled at Spring Fling.  Raffle tickets are now on sale and will also be sold the evening of April 10.
$1/Ticket  OR $10/15 Tickets OR $20 for 35 Tickets

Bambino’s Dinner for 2 / Bath and Body Works gift card / Casey’s General Store gift card / 3 large pizzas from Casey’s General Store / Fazoli’s 2 combo meals / Firehouse Pottery certificate / Garbo’s Pizzeria certificate / Gap/Old Navy/Banana Republic options gift card / Lola’s Pastries certificates /  Kel’s Custom Designs (Jewelry) / Panera Bread – 12 free loaves (1 per month) / Perfectly Posh Pampering gift (Kristen Coker) /  Price Cutter gift certificate / Stacey’s Sweets — 2 dozen cupcakes / Swim Lessons from Jason Hite / The Big Slice Pizza certificates / Touch Restaurant – Tapas reception for 4 / Walmart gift certificate

. . . More will be added to this list in the coming days!

There will be a silent auction on CLASSROOM THEMED BASKETS that our homeroom parents have collected and worked hard to get to help us raise money for our school.  Our themed baskets include: Chocolate Lover’s, Spa, Movie Night, Scrapbooking, Game Night, Gardening, Car Care, Baking, Animal Lover’s, Grilling, Baby Needs, Princess Dress Up, Mizzou Tigers, Restaurant, Golf, and Beauty, plus a 2B Well Basket and Children’s Choir of Southwest Missouri Package. WOW!  What a great assortment.

Games will be FREE and held in the classrooms in the main elementary hallways.  We’ll have a photo booth, balloon animals, duck pond, soda pop ring toss, bean bag toss, karaoke, lollipop tree, candy bar walk, carnival can knock down, 2nd ring toss, hula hoops, bowling, and guessing jars.  We will cap off the night with a FREE entertaining show by Marty the Magician.


5:30-6:30 Meals served

5:30-6:45 Classroom Games, Silent Auction, and Raffle Play

7:00-7:45 Marty The Magician

Bring your checkbooks and support our school & HHPTA.  Proceeds from Spring Fling will benefit our teachers and students.  We can’t wait to see you April 10.  Don’t forget to pre-order your pizza meals and raffle tickets using this Spring Fling Carnival Flyer & form.