Hickory Hills PTA

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Shop AmazonSmile :)

by Lori - April 25th, 2015







Do you shop through Amazon? If so, please designate your shopping with AmazonSmile, a website operated by Amazon that allows customers to enjoy the same features you know with Amazon.  AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know.  Same products, same prices, same service.

The difference is that when customers shop on AmazonSmile, their Foundation will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice—such as,  HHPTA!

Support HHPTA by starting your shopping at  AmazonSmile http://smile.amazon.com/ch/23-7276896 and select Hickory Hills Elementary PTA as your charitable organization.  Thank you!

Send in your Teacher Thank you Notes!

by Lori - April 20th, 2015








Teacher Appreciation is May 4-8. Please send in your child’s appreciation notes to your homeroom classroom no later than Friday, April 24. Teacher letter templates were sent home 2 weeks ago in student folders.  You may make as many copies as you like.  There are mail boxes for these letters in each homeroom class for convenient drop-off. If you have questions, please email Tamara Scully at scullytn@hotmail.com.


April 30 is the last day SCPTA’s Clothing Bank is open.  It is also HH Volunteer Day at The Clothing Bank.  If you can work that morning, or 3:00-5:00 that afternoon, please email Lisa Ebisch at lebisch@gmail.com

Our final PTA meeting of the year is Monday, May 4, 6:30 pm in the LIBRARY.  Everyone is welcome to attend.  Installation of new officers will take place.  All chairpersons and co-chairpersons are highly encouraged to attend to be recognized for their work.

BOGO Book Fair is May 8 and May 11.  Both days open 8:00-3:00 ONLY.  If you can volunteer after school on May 7 (Thursday) to set up, work Friday, May 8 between 8:00-3:00, or work Monday, May 11 between 8:00-3:00 then stay after school to pack it up, please email Lori Chisholm at lorichisholm@att.net.  Check out our homepage: http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/hickoryhillsschool.

Field Day is Tuesday, May 19 and is in need of volunteers.  Please visit the Field Day Sign Up Genius website at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a5af22aaf49-field to register a time to work.  All volunteers who sign up through Sign Up Genius will receive a free lunch.  Parents who just want to eat with their child that day will need to pay $5 each for their lunch (hamburger or hot dog, chips, cookie, water). Here is the FIeld Day Flier to find the form.  Contact Tonya Fisher for questions at tonyafisher32@yahoo.com.

We need your students’ shirt sizes!!!  PTA needs all returning and new students’ t-shirt sizes for next fall NOW!.  PTA officers are working to have next year’s Spartan spirit shirts on each student’s desk at Meet the Teacher in August.  Please send in the Shirt Size Form to your current homeroom teacher no later than May 15.

Volunteer Appreciation Week

by Lori - April 18th, 2015








  • The world is hugged by the faithful arms of volunteers. ~Terri Guillemets
  • Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.  ~Elizabeth Andrew

Two quotes about the relevance and sacrifice of volunteers. This week marks National Volunteer Week, a program established to inspire, recognize, and encourage people to find ways to engage in their community.


I would like to thank all parent volunteers in our HHPTA community who have given their time and resources to make our school a better place.  We have so many who step up when asked to help wherever needed.   You are the heart of our organization.  Thank you for the difference you make.  You are truly appreciated!


I would like to invite you to our final PTA meeting of the year, Monday, May 4, at 6:30 in the library.  We will be recognizing the committee chairpersons and co-chairpersons thanking them for their leadership in their respective committees.  We will also be installing a new slate of officers and saying farewell to those who have served these last few years.  Please mark your calendars and join us for this special meeting before we part ways this summer.


Two remaining VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES of the year to make you aware of.  I encourage you to participate!

  1. SCHOLASTIC “BUY ONE GET ONE FREE” BOOK FAIR–If you would like to help Thursday, May 7 after school (set up), Friday, May 8 (8:00-3:00), or Monday May 11 (8:00-3:00, then tear down after school), please contact Lori Chisholm at lorichisholm@att.net.
  2. FIELD DAY, May 19–We need Field Day volunteers for set up, tear down, food services, and class walkers.  The volunteers will walk around with the class and facilitate games at each station.  The volunteers will need to follow the schedule, learn how to play the game at each station and return the station back to ready for the next class. Each classroom will need at least 2 walkers at all times, but additional volunteers will allow parents to take breaks or alternate between classrooms if they have more than 1 student at Hickory.  Volunteers signed up at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d49a5af22aaf49-field will receive a free lunch. The Sign Up Genius link for Field Day will list specific times and duties.  Contact Tonya Fisher at tonyafisher32@yahoo.com if you have any questions.

Thank you for the opportunity to serve as your President.
Lori Chisholm

New & Returning Students: We Need Your T-Shirt Size!

by Lori - April 16th, 2015







The PTA Board will be working over the summer to secure business sponsors to underwrite the cost of our 2015-2016 Spartan Spirit T-Shirts.  In an effort to provide each elementary student with a FREE T-shirt to place on students’ desks on “Meet The Teacher” Day next August, we will need your child’s T-shirt size NOW.

PTA is proud to provide this gift to our student body.  We thank you for your support.

Please fill out the Shirt Size Form and return to school by Friday, May 15.  PLEASE DO NOT SEND MONEY.  We only need students’ sizes at this time.

Also, CAN YOU HELP? We need businesses who would be willing to be a $200 sponsor to underwrite our 2015-2016 Spartan T-shirts.  Their business logos will appear on the back of the T-shirt.  If you own a business or know someone who would be willing to be a Shirt sponsor, please contact Maggie Krogh at maggiekrogh@yahoo.com so we may contact them.  Thanks.

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.