Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Summer Kindergarten Play Dates

by Lori - July 10th, 2014

Kindergarten Parents,
Abby Biggers, PTA Yearbook Chair and Kindergarten parent, has organized some summer play dates for all incoming kindergarteners.  These play dates will be held at the Hickory Hills Playground.  This is a great time for the kids (and parents) to meet new friends and get acquainted with the school before their first day.  Come to one play date or both.  Contact Abby Biggers at arbiggers@yahoo.com with questions.  Please help spread the word.

July 28: 6:30 – 7:30 PM
August 9: 9:00 – 10:30 AM

PTA will host its annual Kindergarten play date after school begins.
Monday, August 25, 6:00-7:00, also on the HH Playground.


by Lori - July 8th, 2014

Your Hickory Hills PTA Executive Team has been meeting this summer to organize and prepare for the beginning of the school year. I want to recognize these PTA officers for their dedication and efforts over the last weeks.  We are working hard to get things in order before the first day of school.

Michele Douglas, Treasurer
Emily Russell, Secretary
Maggie Krogh, Vice President

Events are currently being planned for the fall.  PTA will need volunteers for some of these events (*).  Mark your calendars for what’s happening with HHPTA and our school.  If you would like to help, message us.

Aug 7:  “Sneak a Peek” from 4:30-5:30.  Find your child’s classroom.

Aug 11: “Meet the Teacher” 7:30-9:00.  The PTA Membership/Spirit Wear table and Volunteer Sign up table will be located around The Commons area.  Come see us and say hello.

Aug 12:  First Day of School

(*) Aug 13-15: We will need 5 volunteers on these days to help escort children to their classes from 7:30-8:00.  We will need 2 to help with morning bus drop off.

Aug 18:  FIRST PTA MEETING 6:30-7:30 in the Library.  Committee Chairs will report on their work.  Learn how PTA supports our school.

Aug 25:  PTA sponsored Kindergarten Play Date and Refreshments from 6:00-7:00 on the HH Playground.

(*) Aug 26: Elementary School Pictures will be taken.  We will need 5 volunteers.

Aug 29: Teacher Work Day–no school.

SEPT 1: Labor Day–no school

(*) SEPT 4: SCPTA Reflections Training at Brentwood Library.  HHPTA needs someone to head up this National PTA arts program.

SEPT 8: Monthly PTA Meeting 6:30-7:30 in the Library

SEPT 15-19:  Glendale High School Homecoming Week

SEPT 18:  Open House

(*) SEPT 24:  Elementary Health Fair from 8:00-11:30 in the Library.  We will need 10 volunteers to help our School Nurse.

Thank you for your support of our PTA.  Go Spartans!

Lori Chisholm
PTA President

Introducing The Spartan Sprint 2014

by Lori - July 7th, 2014
Spartan Sprint Hickory Hills 2014

The Spartan Sprint 2014

Hickory Hills Community, it’s time to SPARTAN UP!  PTA is proud and excited to announce THE SPARTAN SPRINT 2014, a 5K/10K event held Saturday, October 18 on the grounds of High Street Baptist Church.  This run will serve as HHPTA’s fall fundraiser to help support the students and teachers of Hickory Hills Elementary.  This 1st annual event will feature kids’ activities, food, prizes, and costumes.  HELP SPREAD THE WORD TO OUR COMMUNITY ABOUT THE SPARTAN SPRINT.  More details are coming.  The registration form has been posted www.hhpta.org/forms.

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–May 13, 2014

by Lori - July 7th, 2014

In Attendance: Abby Biggers, Cassie Braun, Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Brandy Hickman, Lisa Hyde, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Natalie McRanie, Sarah Odom, Laura Ogden, Barb Ray, Emily Russell, Jody Schaad, Catherine Schmittling, Tamara Scully, Caren Tate, Valerie Wehrenberg.

Sarah Langston, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:36 PM.

The April 2014 minutes were approved as written.

Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer: Ending balance for April was $26,044.26.  As of the end of April, Spring Fling brought in $8,600.71.  This balance includes enough money to cover the $6,000 PTA donation for the classroom iPads.  Expenses for the month included Chat n Chew, Field Trip Deposit, RIF donation and other miscellaneous items purchased.

Lori Chisholm, Book Fair Chairperson: Book Fair Committee bought 6 items from the Scholastic Resource Catalog worth $527.93 of scholastic dollars to benefit Spring Fling. These 6 items were raffled at Spring Fling to help the iPad project.  BOGO Book Fair ran May 5th-7th.  The goal was to sell 500 books, and according to Scholastic, we surpassed that goal to 725 (based on sales).  HH kids brought in $167.21 to buy books for Ronald McDonald House of Springfield.  With the BOGO deal, that means several new books for the charity.  Scholastic gave us $343.79 in scholastic dollars for holding a BOGO fair, and after purchasing the rest of the books the teachers placed in their bins, Book Fair Committee has an ending balance of $1240.36 in scholastic dollars to carry over into next year.  She thanked all the volunteers for their help with two successful Book Fairs this year.  The next book fair will be October 27th-30th, the week of Parent-Teacher Conference.

Valerie Wehrenberg, Yearbook Chairperson: Yearbooks are here and they will begin sorting next week.  They plan to distribute the last full Friday of the school year.

Lori Chisholm, PTA VP: Committee Chair Openings are as follows:
• Reflections/Cultural Arts
• Spring Fling
• Yearbook Co-Chair
Let Lori know if you or if anyone you know is interested in these positions.  She has information about the committees.  A meeting for new and old committee chairs will be held directly after this meeting.

Sarah Langston, PTA President: Sarah thanked everyone for their help this year.

Lori Chisholm, PTA VP: 5th grade – May 23rd will be 5th grade graduation.  She recognized and thanked all 5th grade parents for their help over the years.

Lori Chisholm, PTA VP: Special Presentation – Lori thanked Sarah, on behalf of PTA, for her work as PTA president this year, and gave her a serving bowl and beach towel as a thank you gift.

Mrs. Cardwell, Principal’s Report:
• She thanked PTA for all their work including Teacher Appreciation last week.
• Kindergarten and 5th grade are getting their pictures taken which is new this year.  The pictures will be given to them in a case for their graduation. The plan is to make this an ongoing tradition for these two grades every year.
• The 5th grade promotion ceremony is also new this year.  This will also be an ongoing tradition. Kindergarten will start this promotion ceremony next year as well.
• MAP and performance testing are finished.
• The last iPads purchased have been picked up, and they are working on getting them ready for the classrooms next year.
• Class Lists – In years past, the student’s teacher for the next year was listed on the final grade card but this will probably not happen this year.  There are 4 teacher positions and 1 library position as of today that need to be filled, therefore, making it unlikely that every student could be placed with a teacher by the end of the school year.
• Construction – Construction bids came in over budget so those have been rejected.  It is unknown at this point when construction will be begin/end on the new addition.

New Business
Catherine Schmittling – Catherine will stay on the RIF Board, but if you interested in replacing her RIF/Chat n Chew position, please let her know so she can help transition.

Maggie Krogh – Fall Fun Night – PTA is looking at changing up Fall Fun Night this year.  We have received feedback that two events with carnival type games are too much.  She introduced the idea of a Fun Run (5K/10K) on a Saturday morning in the Fall around the properties near the school.  She has investigated the potential for Ozark Ridge Runners to help run the event.  If anyone is interested in helping, please let her know as soon as possible as we need to get a date on the calendar soon to reserve help and start marketing the run to the community.  The plan is to also have additional kid’s activities as well (bounce house, games, some sort of activity on the track, etc.).

Carrie Windes, Springfield PTA, Installation of Officers:  Carrie recognized Sarah Langston, PTA President, and Lori Chisholm, PTA VP, on their service as their terms come to an end.  Carrie installed the following HHPTA officers for the 2014-2015 school year:

• Treasurer: Michele Douglas
• Secretary: Emily Russell
• Vice President: Maggie Krogh
• President: Lori Chisholm

Sarah Langston adjourned the meeting at 2:15 PM.

Emily Russell
PTA Secretary

Spring Fling Lithographs of Original Class Art Projects Now Available!

by Sarah Langston - April 9th, 2014

Lithographs can be ordered for K-3 Grade Class Art Projects.

Prints are $40 each.

  • All prints must be paid in full before ordering.
  • Order forms will go home Thursday in folders (no school Friday).
  • Please make checks payable to HHPTA.


Mrs. Heasley’s class – K


Mrs. Zeh’s class – K

Mrs. Wilks’ class – K

Mrs. DeGood’s class – 1st

Mrs. Banasik’s class – 1st

Mrs. Blaine’s class – 1st

Ms. Meacham’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Demel & Mrs. Price’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Call’s class – 2nd

Mrs. Hite’s class – 3rd

Mrs. Logan’s class – 3rd

Fall Fun Night – Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8p

by Sarah Langston - September 17th, 2013

Hickory Hills Families~
Fall Fun Night is just around the corner and we can’t wait for the fun to begin!  Mark your calendars for Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8p.  There will be food, fun, games, prizes, face painting, balloon characters and Karaoke!  Order forms will be going home in students backpacks Thursday, September 19th and again on Sept. 27th.  Pre-sales are a great way to avoid standing in line and allows you to go straight to the fun!  Watch for the pre-sale order form in students backpacks and via email from your principal or  teacher,  download the form, complete and return with your child to school in an envelope marked “Fall Fun Night”.  We will make sure your order is processed and ready for pick up at Will Call the night of the event!  We hope to see you all there!  It’s going to be a fun night!

Meeting Minutes – August 12, 2013 Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting

by Sarah Langston - August 14th, 2013

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting
August 12, 2013 (Lunch served at 11:30)

In Attendance: Michelle Benzen, Carolyn Burnett, Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Kym Craft, Brian Derenski, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Audrey Garard, Rhonda Housley, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Jana Lewis, Natalie McRanie, Sarah Odom, Beth Plaster, Jeff Plaster, Emily Russell, Tamara Scully, Tatiana Stout, Caren Tate, Katie Vance, and Valerie Wehrenberg.

Sarah Langston, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 12:03 PM.

The May 2013 minutes were approved as written.

Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer, presented the 2013-2014 proposed PTA budget.  Expenses were increased for Field Day, field trips, yearbook, and teacher appreciation. Expenses were removed for Homeroom Coordinator and Reflections and decreased for Watch Dogs from $400 to $200.  The beginning balance is $18,453.84.  Brandy Hickman made a motion to approve the budget.  There was a second and the motion carried.

Sarah Langston, PTA President: Every Hickory Hills Elementary student will get a t-shirt provided to them from donations to the PTA.  Members that sign-up for PTA will get t-shirts for their children first and the remaining t-shirts will be distributed to the classrooms at a later date.

Lori Chisholm, PTA Vice-President: Two types of PTA Memberships are available – $5 Individual and $10 Business.  Memberships must be renewed every year.  Activate the membership card online to receive additional benefits. Memberships will be available today after the PTA meeting and at Meet the Teacher on Tuesday, August 13, from 7:30-9:00.  Membership forms will also be sent home in Friday Folders for parents, grandparents, neighbors or anyone else that would like to be a member of PTA.  A portion of our dues goes to state PTA and national PTA.  Our goal is 100% participation.  The class with the highest percentage participation will win a class party.  There is a new membership wall by the doors that go out to the playground. The theme this year is “Come Soar to New Heights with PTA”.

Sarah Langston, PTA President:

  • Open Committee Chair Positions are Directory, Spirit Nights, Spring Fling, and a Co-Chair or someone to shadow (to take over next year) for Field Day.  All current chair positions will get an email from Sarah with a one-page form to fill out with what they do in their position.  This form will help new committee chairs transition into their position.

  • Every volunteer will need a background check.  Forms are available on the Hickory Hills Elementary website and need to be turned into the main office.  Background checks last three years.  Emily Russell will manage the background check list to let those know if they need a new background check.

  • The Clothing Bank has been moved to Study School and the volunteer times are changing to 2:30-5:00. Glendale feeder school volunteer dates are September 10th and 12th, October 15th and 17th, and November 19th and 20th.  More information will be available closer to the dates.

Mrs. Sarah Odom, HH Principal, introduced herself, as this is her first year as principal at Hickory Hills Elementary.

  • Elementary Construction Project – A new project manager has been assigned to our school.  The project manager and Mrs. Odom will be meeting with the architect to look at the scope of the project and where to go on the property with the classrooms.

  • School Entrance Control – To increase safety at Hickory Hills these changes will take place:

    • All visitors must sign in/sign out in the main office and wear a visitor’s badge.

    • Any visitor without a badge will be questioned.

    • Teachers will give the office a classroom schedule so the office will know which volunteers should be in the building on which date and time.

    • Parents and caregivers will be allowed to walk in their child(ren) to their classroom on the first day of school only. After the first day of school, parents and caregivers may only walk their child(ren) to the main entrance.  A team of escorts will be available to walk the child(ren) from the door to their classroom(s) as needed.

    • Children should only be dropped off in the morning and picked-up in the afternoon at the South entrance.  The North entrance is for buses only.

Sarah Langston (on behalf of Laura Ogden, Homeroom Parent Coordinator): Sign-up for classroom volunteer opportunities will be available in each classroom at Meet the Teacher.

Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraiser Chairperson:  PTA raises funds throughout the year through Box Tops, Target RED Cards, and the Scrip Program.

  • Box Top buckets are in each classroom for Box Top collection deposits.  Parties are provided for the most Box Top collected.  The first party of the year is for the top class with the most Box Tops collected.  The second party of the year is for one class per grade that collects the most Box Tops.  A breakfast is provided for the party. Box Tops earn approximately $1500-$2000 per year for the school.

  • Target RED Card – if you sign up for a Target RED debit/credit card, you can list Hickory Hills as your school and the school will receive 1% of total purchases back.

  • Scrip makes about $3000 per year for our school.  Sign up for Scrip to buy gift cards for stores and restaurants and Scrip will donate a percentage back to our PTA.  Scrip cards can be purchased by contacting Brandy at brandylaneh@sbcglobal.net. Brandy is also at PTA/School Events with Scrips to purchase.  Scrip can also be purchase via Presto Pay online. Cash and check are the accepted payment options, and cards are either left in the office to pick-up or sent home in the child’s backpack depending on the parent’s preference.

Lori Chisholm, PTA Vice President, spoke about the Fall Fund Drive.  The Fall Fund Drive prevents kids from selling door-to-door.  100% goes to the PTA.  Information about the drive will go home in the Friday Folders the last week of August and more information/updates will be available in September.

Sarah Langston, PTA President: Picture Day is August 20th, Kindergarten Play date is August 26th and Open House is September 10th.

Jeff Plaster, All Pro Dad Chairperson: All Pro Dads is an opportunity for kids and dads to spend one-on-one time together.  Meetings start at 7:00 AM and last about 45 minutes.  Breakfast, a PowerPoint presentation with a different theme each time, games and prizes are included.   Restaurants are no longer donating breakfast so there will be fewer meetings this year…probably 3-4 meetings.  More information will be sent in advance of the meetings.

Beth Plaster, Fall Fun Night Chairperson:  Fall Fun Night will be Friday, October 4th from 5:30-8:00.  Dinner will be served and carnival games will be available to play.  Volunteers are needed.

Sarah Langston, PTA President, will keep the PTA website (HHPTA.org) and the Hickory Hills Elementary Facebook page updated.

Sarah Langston adjourned the meeting at 12:49 PM.


Emily Russell
PTA Secretary

Welcome Back!

by Sarah Langston - August 1st, 2013

As summer comes to a close, we are busy planning for the 2013-2014 school year.

Please join us for our first PTA meeting

Monday, Aug 12th at 11:30 in the Library

  • A light lunch will be served with the meeting to follow.
  • Meet our new principal, Sarah Odom
  • $5 Individual and $10 Business Memberships will be available.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Thank YOU!!

by Beth - May 15th, 2013


A huge thank you to all the parents and students who donated their loose change and dollars to purchase books for Isabel’s House in Springfield. With the All For Books donations, we were able to buy $350 worth of new books to add to their library. These books were delivered today. The woman who received them was very grateful to have a variety of new titles. It was very gratifying to be able to help this worthy organization. We appreciate your support of Book Fair and the All For Books program.

Sincerely, Book Fair Committee

FINAL PTA Meeting of the 2012-2013 School Year!

by Beth - May 6th, 2013

Hello Hickory Families!  Can you believe it, we are on our last 2 1/2 weeks of the 2012-2013 School Year already!?  We still have many fun events coming up, including the Book Fair, Field Day, Awards Assemblies, a Cultural Arts Assembly and of course our last PTA Meeting of the year!  Please join us for a light lunch to begin at 12:30p on Thursday, May 9th followed by our meeting.  You won’t want to miss it, we will be wrapping up our committee reports for year end as well as recognizing our volunteers and installing our new officers for the 2013-2014 school year.  I’d love to see you at our last meeting to help recognize the efforts and hard work of all our volunteers this year.

With sincerest gratitude for all you do to enhance and bring joy to our Hickory Children and our Staff, you are appreciated!  It has been a fantastic, successful and amazing school year.  Thank you all for all you do!  Please join us if you can.

Beth Plaster
HHPTA President