Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Board and Membership Meeting Minutes–October

by Lori - October 7th, 2014

Hickory Hills Elementary Board and Membership Meeting–October 6, 2014

In Attendance: Abby Biggers, Kami Cardwell, Lori Chisholm, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Lori Enyart, Chris Hughes, Lisa Hyde, Abby Kleiboeker, Maggie Krogh, Stephanie Krueger, Sarah Langston, Kim Mayer, Sarah Odom, Barb Ray, Emily Russell, Tia Ruth, Lauren Sawyer, Jody Schaad, Tamara Scully, Renee Thornton, Hillary West

Lori Chisholm, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 6:35 PM.

The September 2014 minutes were approved as written.

Mrs. Odom, Principal’s Report:  Elementary has had two discipline incidents this year.  Our attendance rank moved from 2nd to 3rd among the Glendale feeder schools for this year so far.    She shared the School Action Plan (SAP) with a handout that includes the goals for the school to accomplish for the year in the areas of Literacy, Numeracy and Student Engagement.

Lori Chisholm, President’s Report:

  • Mrs. Odom is investigating the defibrillator request from the last meeting with SPS Health Services. At this point, there is a liability concern.
  • Reflections Training – Lori attended and the volunteer position takes a large time commitment that she will not be able to cover due to other leadership commitments.  We have no other volunteers for this position so the program will not be promoted at our school this year.  Let a board member know if you are interested in leading the program next year.
  • Four volunteers helped at the Clothing Bank on our designated day last month.
  • The first spirit week during Glendale homecoming week had good participation.
  • The first spirit night at Texas Roadhouse was well attended. The next spirit night will be October 21st from 5-8 PM at Culver’s on N. Glenstone.   30 minute teacher shifts are available for sign-up to help work the event (similar to McTeacher night).  There will be a classroom participation contest where the students in the winning class will receive a token for custard.  The teacher from the winning class will receive a $25 gift card to Culver’s.
  • The first Cultural Arts assembly was October 3rd.  Doug Cramer from the National Weather Service educated the students on weather issues and safety procedures.  Plans for a 2nd Quarter assembly with Miss Missouri 2014 and a 3rd Quarter assembly in fine arts are in the works.
  • Open House was a success for PTA.  Activity included additional membership enrollments, Sprint registrations, spirit wear sales, and information handed out on Ongoing Fundraising.
  • Thank you to Jody Schaad and Barb Ray for attending the first PAC meeting of the year.
  • Thank you to Jana Lewis and volunteers for helping Nurse Brown with the Health Fair.
  • SCPTA Meeting – The feeder school pattern and principal appreciation were the focus of the meeting.  They also learned about the success of the new Choice Schools and how they are functioning.  The next SCPTA meeting is on November 1st at Horace Mann.  Let Lori know if you are interested in attending.  Up to 5 representatives from our school may attend.
  • Book Fair will be the week of Parent Teacher Conferences (October 27-30).   Volunteers are needed for the event.  The loose coin drive will go home in Friday folders.   The proceeds will be divided equally among all 16 teachers.  Each teacher will award one/two scholarships to students to help them buy a book at the Book Fair.  The family event will be Monday from 2:45-7 with a teacher participation contest.  The winning teacher will get $100 to spend out of the Scholastic Resource Catalog.  Each purchase during the family event will qualify for prize drawings.  Grandparents are invited to shop with their grandchildren on Wednesday from 2:30-3:30.
  • PTA Survey – A spring survey will be available with the results used for next year’s planning.
  • Spartan Sprint – Everyone is encouraged to sign-up.  Our goal is to get as much fundraising done through this event so we won’t need to fundraise for the remainder of the year.

Michele Douglas, PTA Treasurer: Ending balance for September is $20,847.03.  Income for the month includes a $50 donation from Mid Missouri Bank because an account was opened there.  Other income includes $2,252.82 for Spartan Sprint (registrations, sponsorships, expenses), $942.77 from Target RED card and $973.85 for Spirit Wear.  The Spirit Wear order has been placed.  Expenses include $91.20 for STUCO shirts, $149 for purchases for Nurse Brown and snacks/coffee for the Health Fair, $575.21 for t-shirts for teachers and staff and the open house meal, $65 for a new microwave for the cafeteria, $200 yearly donation to RIF and $1,118.18 in expenses so far in teacher gifts.

Maggie Krogh, Spartan Sprint Report: As of today, 141 people are registered. The trophy for the class participation contest is on display in the hallway case.  Packet pick-up is on Friday between noon-6PM at Ridge Runners.  Packets can also be picked-up the morning of the race beginning at 8AM at High Street.  We can still use volunteers for the event.  She encouraged everyone to sign-up to walk or run and support our school.  PTA Membership – As of today, we have 186 individual paid members and 49 business members.

Jody Schaad and Barb Ray, Parent Advisory Council Report (PAC): Jody and Barb attended the last PAC meeting.  The PAC provides for an open dialog between the school representatives and administration.   Dr. Jungmann wanted to get input from the group on how the school system is doing.  They broke up into groups to discuss their schools and then they provided input to Dr. Jungmann and the other school officials at the meeting.  Items that need improvement and areas that are working well were shared among the group.  There is a survey on the SPS website that is available for anyone to fill out to provide feedback to SPS.  Email Barb or Jody if you have anything that you would like to them to take to the next meeting to address with the PAC.

Lori Chisholm on behalf of Brandy Hickman, Scrip Update: A sign-up sheet is available to be included in Scrip communication.  Inventory is available to purchase.

Hillary West, Box Tops Update: The first Box Tops collection date is October 14th.  Box Top counts by Homeroom parents are due October 21st.  A flyer for Sam’s bonus Box Tops program is available.

Lisa Ebisch, Middle School PTSA Report: The middle school is collecting old cell phones, chargers, laptops and ink cartridges as a fundraiser.  A blue trashcan collection bin is outside the office.

Lisa Ebisch, Charitable Giving Report: The Coats and Jeans Drive is going on now.  Friday is the last day to drop off items.  Volunteers are needed for the next Clothing Bank day on October 16th.

Lisa Hyde, Chat and Chew: Chat and Chew will run this year from January-March for 2nd-5th grade.  There will be 3 books per grade.  Volunteers are needed with more than one volunteer per grade requested.

Lori Enyart, RIF: The school distribution for 1st and 2nd grade students will be November 13th.  Volunteers are needed for distribution.

Chris Hughes, Counselor, Red Ribbon Week:  Red Ribbon Week will be October 20th -24th. This is a drug prevention campaign for K-8.  The theme is Career/Future Readiness with a special activity planned for each day.

New Business  - None

Lori Chisholm adjourned the meeting at 7:32PM.

Emily Russell, PTA Secretary

Pre-Order the new Wimpy Kid during Book Fair.

by Lori - October 6th, 2014

Book Fair will be coming to Hickory Hills the week of October 27.  During the Fair, students will have an opportunity to pre-order the new Wimpy Kid book THE LONG HAUL.  A  Wimpy Kid 9 Pre Sale Order Form will go home in Friday folders on October 24.  This special paperback edition sells for $8.99. (Please add 5.475% sales tax).

These books will ship directly to the school on or around November 3.  A Book Fair volunteer will deliver your WK order to your student.  There is no cost for shipping.

October 6 PTA Meeting

by Lori - October 6th, 2014


Things on our Agenda:

  • Fall Book Fair
  • THE SPARTAN SPRINT is almost here. Registration is still open:  www.runsignup.com
  • RIF Distribution
  • Clothing Drive
  • Chat and Chew Introduction
  • Hear announcements and get calendar information
  • Hear reports from our principal
  • Teacher Spotlight: Mrs. Hughes on Red Ribbon Week

Happy Friday!

by Lori - October 3rd, 2014
Happy Friday! I wanted to share some information as we all head into the weekend.
Our first cultural arts assembly went very well this morning. Doug Cramer came and showed exciting weather videos and shared helpful information regarding weather safety. The kids asked great questions and were able to answer Doug’s quiz at the end of the video. He told me after the assembly how impressed he was at the kids’ attentiveness. Several kids on their way to class asked him questions and I heard one student say to his buddy, “I want to be a meteorologist when I grow up”. Good stuff.
Glendale HS has invited all HH kids and parents to the football game tonight. Kids can wear their HH shirts and get in free. Bundle up if you come. It’ll be chilly. 7:00 Kickoff.
Our PTA meeting is Monday night October 6 at 6:30. Please come and support the work of our committees and officers who work hard on their programs and events. Come hear what is happening at HH during the month of October.

OUR CLOTHING DRIVE FOR COATS AND JEANS CONTINUES. Since July, the SCPTA Clothing Bank has served 790 children. The CB is a very worthy organization. Please contribute gently used coats and jeans.  Also needed are black and white trash bags.  Monetary donations are welcome. The clothing drive ends Oct 10.

The Spartan Sprint committee continues to work hard to make our first fun run a success. Registration is still open. Please support this event as you are able. I appreciate so much the committee’s dedication.

PTA appreciates your support. Have a good weekend, all!

Lori Chisholm
PTA President

Weather Assembly Tomorrow

by Lori - October 2nd, 2014

PTA is happy to welcome Doug Cramer from the National Weather Service in Springfield to Hickory Hills Elementary for Friday morning’s assembly.  Doug will be presenting information to the kids about weather in the Ozarks and how to stay safe during storms and floods.   Since the weather today is a bit stormy, it’s timely that he is coming to share with the children.   For more information about the NWS in Springfield, visit http://www.crh.noaa.gov/sgf/.

Deadline Extended–October 3

by Lori - October 2nd, 2014

The amazing Spartan Sprint Trophy is on display in the Common’s display case at Hickory Hills! Stop by and see where your Class Name could be on the coveted 1st Classroom Winner Name Plate!
T-shirt orders for the Spartan Sprint are being placed tomorrow, October 3rd. The t-shirts are a great way to show your support of Hickory Hills Elementary and the PTA. Even if you aren’t able to join the Spartan Sprint event, consider completing a registration form to offer your support as a donation and receive an awesome Spartan Sprint t-shirt!
Remember, after midnight on October 3rd there will be a $5 late registration fee added to registrations in order to cover late t-shirt orders as well as late food/drink expenses.
Finally, WE HAVE SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE for anyone who would like to participate but has limited funds. Your scholarship is confidential, but a registration form must be completed to receive one.
Let’s Go Spartans….Spartan Up!

Are you clipping?

by Lori - October 1st, 2014
Our first Box Tops collection deadline is Tuesday, October 14.   Here are a few helpful hints for collecting Box Tops:
  •       Check expiration dates. Please don’t submit Box Tops that expire before 11/1/14.
  •       Make sure the expiration date is visible on each Box Top.
  •       Please trim each Box Top along the dotted line.
Collect your Box Tops and bring them to school by Tuesday, October 14.  Remember to invite your friends, family,  co-workers and neighbors to help collect too.  The top 3 classes will win a reward!
THANK YOU for collecting Box Tops and supporting Hickory Hills Elementary!

National Bullying Prevention Month

by Lori - October 1st, 2014

PTA recognizes October as National Bullying Prevention Month, a time to raise awareness about the effects of bullying on kids/teens and prevention methods.

The Library District of Springfield will offer a series of programs Oct. 2-27 at various branches to help different age groups understand and overcome bullying. The keynote program is a talk by Tina Meier whose daughter was victim of online bullying.  This talk will be October 27 at 6 pm at Brentwood Library.

A handout will be available at HHPTA’s October meeting (Monday the 6th) to list the various events the Library is offering.  For the Library’s schedule of events, please visit http://thelibrary.org/programs/month/october.cfm.

October is Here!

by Lori - October 1st, 2014

We are encouraging every family to sign up at least ONE participant for the upcoming fun run–the SPARTAN SPRINT. It cost $25 per participant to walk/run …in the 5K portion of the Sprint ($30 for the 10K). This amount is similar to the amount we have asked for in years past with our Major Fundraiser’s Letter Campaign.

The $25 entry fee from each family helps the PTA sponsor our many wonderful programs–but as a bonus–paying for the Spartan Sprint will allow them to secure an awesome t-shirt to show their Spartan pride and participate in a run. Our goal is securing enough registrations to be finished with fundraising for the year!

In order for participants to have a t-shirt ON THE DAY OF THE RACE, we will need to receive your registration today. This can be done by signing up online or turning in the paper form. www.runsignup.com/RACE/MO/SPRINGFIELD/SPARTANSPRINT

Sign up by Wednesday to guarantee your shirts!

by Lori - September 30th, 2014

Friends of HHPTA: If you’ve been planning to sign-up for the Spartan Sprint (Oct. 18) but haven’t yet, the deadline to be guaranteed a t-shirt on the day of the race is Wednesday, October 1. Sign-up now at http://www.runsignup.com/Race/MO/Springfield/SpartanSprint.
Help support Hickory Hills Elementary!