Hickory Hills Board and Membership Meeting January 10, 2013
In Attendance: Kelly Allison, Lori Chisholm, Shereena Cox, Michele Douglas, Lisa Ebisch, Brandy Hickman, Melissa Kotowicz, Maggie Krogh, Sarah Langston, Laura Ogden, Beth Plaster, Catherine Schmittling, Caren Tate, and Valerie Wehrenberg.
Beth Plaster, PTA President, called the meeting to order at 1:34 PM.
The December 2012 minutes were approved as written.
Caren Tate, PTA Treasurer: Scrip brought in a big amount for December. Expenses for December included food vouchers for holiday baskets and die cut pads for the workroom. A Box Tops for Education check was received in the amount of $1,317.93. Ending balance for December was $12,208.06.
Beth Plaster: PTA Executive Team positions needed for 2013-2014 are Vice President and Treasurer. Three PTA members are needed to serve on the Nominating Committee to fill these positions. Brandy Hickman, Melissa Kotowicz, and Catherine Schmittling agreed they could serve.
Catherine Schmittling, RIF Chairperson: The second distribution is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, January 29. A sign-up sheet for volunteers was circulated.
Beth Plaster, Chat and Chew: Book price information and enrollment forms will be sent home, as well as the sign-up for parents to volunteer. The deadline for payment and enrollment is January 26. The ice cream party is April 18. The new co-chairperson for Chat and Chew is Catherine Schmittling.
Sarah Langston, PTA Vice President: Hickory Hills PTA volunteer day at the SCPTA Clothing Bank is Wednesday, January 23. A sign-up sheet for volunteers was circulated.
Beth Plaster, Spirit Nights: Two nights have been planned. A Skateport night is set for late January and McTeacher Night at McDonalds in February. Specific dates will be announced.
Laura Ogden, Homeroom Parent Coordinator: Valentine parties are Thursday, February 14, at 1:30 PM. Homeroom parents should remind parents what they signed up for and to include a healthy snack.
Brandy Hickman, Ongoing Fundraiser Chairperson: Scrip To Go inventory is available for purchase. A meeting will be scheduled to brainstorm ideas regarding online orders. The last Box Top collection deadline for students is February 15. Homeroom parents need to have their Box Tops ready and turned in the teacher workroom no later than February 22. Homeroom parents are encouraged to send a reminder email to classroom parents. As an incentive, a catered breakfast will be served to the top class in each grade. The goal is to raise $2,500 through Box Tops.
Beth Plaster: The Founderâ€™s Day dinner sponsored by SCPTA will be held Thursday, February 21 at Parkview High School. The dinner recognizes each schoolâ€™s volunteer of the year. This year, our volunteer of the year is Brandy Hickman. Thank you, Brandy for your dedication to Hickory Hills!
Laura Ogden, Spring Fling Chairperson: Spring Fling is April 19. Please submit names of businesses who might donate goods and services. Volunteers are needed to help.
Kelly Allison, HH Principal:
ï‚· Thanks to PTA for the teacher holiday luncheon.
ï‚· There will be a bond initiative and levy proposal on the April 2 ballot. $1.1 million of the $71+ million bond would fund to Hickory Hills School the addition of 4 elementary classrooms. The addition was pre-planned in the original design of the new school.
ï‚· A handout was presented to PTA members with â€œBack to Basicsâ€ safety information for HH staff. This comes in response to the school shooting tragedy in Newtown, CT. HH Staff were reminded of basic procedures concerning safety.
ï‚· A safety committee will be formed and meet. A survey to parents will be emailed, and then the committee will meet again. Results of the survey and meetings will be presented at the February PTA meeting. There is no money to fund any additional safety procedures.
ï‚· Performance Series Testing is happening now through the first week of February.
ï‚· The next PTA meeting will be Friday, February 15. Note the change of day.
ï‚· The next All Pro Dad breakfast will be January 24 at 7:00 AM. RSVP to Jeff Plaster at firstname.lastname@example.org.
ï‚· Pasta Express vouchers are available at the restaurant if original vouchers are forgotten. Vouchers are needed to get credit for HH.
Beth Plaster adjourned the meeting at 2:07 PM.
Lori Chisholm PTA Secretary