Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

Thank you Shirt Sponsors

by Lori - August 19th, 2014

Thank you to the following sponsors for underwriting the cost of this year’s “We are Spartans” 2014-2015 t-shirts. Every student, teacher, and staff person received a shirt due to the generosity of these community partners.















Box Tops and Sam’s Club Special Offer

by Lori - August 18th, 2014
Check out this current Box Tops special at Sam’s Club. This offer started in August and will continue all school-year.

Be True to Your School at Sam’s Club! You can earn 70 eBox Tops for your school when you purchase 3 participating Box Tops for Education items at Sam’s Club, then text or email your receipt to samsclub@btfereceipts.com or submit online atwww.BeTrueToYourSchool.com.

Visit http://www.betruetoyourschool.com/ for eligible products, submission requirements and offer details. You will receive 2 text replies. Msg & Data rates may apply. Must be 18+.

Meeting Tonight!

by Lori - August 18th, 2014

We hope you will all make an effort to come to tonight’s PTA meeting.  The goals for our first meeting are to adopt our budget, inform you about our programs and committees, and create an opportunity for parents to meet and connect.

Beginning at 6:15, we will be selling PTA memberships and spirit wear.  Samples will be displayed to give you an idea of the items available this year.  Please join PTA if you haven’t already.  Individual memberships $5 / Business memberships $10.

The meeting will begin at 6:30.

Board Openings for 2014

by Lori - August 17th, 2014

PTA is searching for dependable and willing individuals to fill some chair positions on committees and/or be program coordinators.  Please email Lori at lorichisholm@att.net for more information.

SPIRIT NIGHTS–Food or activity event nights are planned with various school partners (restaurants and other businesses) throughout the year to help raise money for Hickory Hills.  For 2014-2015 spirit nights have been planned for September, October, November, January, and February (traditionally this is McTeacher night at McDonalds).   A person who can organize and help spread the word to parents about these events is needed.   (Due to new district policies, the spirit night coordinator will need to become familiar with the parameters of how to promote these events.  PTA Executive Team can help with this).  Our Spirit Night goal for 2014 is to raise $1000.

CULTURAL ARTS CHAIRPERSON:  This individual schedules 3 elementary school assemblies for elementary students on various cultural and educational subjects.   This person will work with a budget to secure and plan these 3 assemblies.

REFLECTIONS:  A person is needed who can promote this year’s National PTA Reflections theme to the student body through fliers.  Training for Reflections volunteers can attend either September 8 (6:30-8:30 pm) OR September 9 (9:00-11:00) at Brentwood Library to find out how to promote this Arts in Education program.  This year’s theme is “The World Would Be a Better Place If  . . . “  Students are encouraged to submit works of art in 6 categories:  Visual Arts, Dance Choreography, Literature, Photography, Film Production, and Musical Composition.  Go to http://www.PTA.org/Reflections to learn about this valuable program.

Ongoing Fundraising Announcement

by Lori - August 16th, 2014

Hickory Hills PTA is happy to announce a new way to support HHPTA: Shopping at AmazonSmile. This link will take you directly to smile.amazon.com in support of HHPTA. Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Hickory Hills Elementary PTA whenever you shop on AmazonSmile.


Friday Folders

by Lori - August 15th, 2014

PTA regularly uses purple folders, aka “Friday Folders”, to communicate with you–>

Parents, be on the lookout for some PTA papers in your child’s Friday folders. There is an invitation for Monday’s meeting in the library. There is also a stapled packet of this year’s membership form, a “save the date” for our Spartan Sprint/sponsorship opportunities, and this year’s spirit wear order form. Check them all out and stay informed!

From the School Counselor

by Lori - August 15th, 2014

Mrs. Hughes, Elementary Counselor, with the help of STUCO, will be promoting the Civility Project this year.  Each month features a specific concept.


AugustBe Attentive
Live with awareness toward others and your surroundings.

SeptemberAcknowledge Others
Greet people, ideas and values with respect.

OctoberBe Inclusive
Recognize and welcome all people every day.

November – Listen
Seek to understand by concentrating on what people say.

DecemberRespect Other Views
Respond to different opinions with a fair and open mind.

JanuarySpeak Out With Courage
Express yourself with honor and conviction.

FebruaryAct with Compassion
Treat others with kindness and honesty.

MarchGive and Accept Constructive Feedback
Consider criticism thoughtfully and factually.

April - Treat Your Environment with Respect
Show regard for nature, resources and shared spaces.

MayBe Accountable
Acknowledge mistakes and take responsibility for your actions.

Welcome Back!

by Lori - August 13th, 2014

It is my privilege to welcome new and returning families to Hickory Hills Elementary for 2014-2015. I am honored to serve as President of PTA.  I hope to meet those of you who are new to our school.  We have a great community at HH and I’m proud to be a part.

This is my 8th year with Hickory Hills Elementary PTA. Over the years, I have met many wonderful people and gained friends through my volunteer work with PTA.  I highly encourage you to get involved through PTA and make a positive difference for our school.  Our PTA exists to support our students and teachers. Be on the lookout for opportunities to help.

I am happy to present our PTA officers.  Maggie, Michele, and Emily all bring to PTA their ideas, creativity, and dedication to make our organization strong.

Make sure you join PTA.  We need you as we begin another year. Membership information and a form can be found on this website under the tab MEMBERSHIP.  If you are on Facebook, like us to get regular updates (facebook.com/hhpta).

One new event that you will hear a lot about is the 2014 Spartan Sprint.  This 5K/10K will serve as a fundraiser for our elementary students and teachers.  Plan to be a part of the fun and share the information with those you know.

If you have questions about PTA, please contact us.  Thank you for your support and here’s to a successful year.  Go Spartans!

Lori Chisholm

Meet The Teacher 2014

by Lori - August 7th, 2014
On Monday, August 11, from 7:30-9:00 a.m., “Meet the Teacher” will be held in all the elementary homerooms. Here, students can place school supplies in their desks, and parents can pick up and complete this year’s PTA Directory form (lime green sheet). Parents, make sure your student takes home his/her spirit wear shirts. These will be placed on each student’s desk.

Lots of things happening at Meet the Teacher:

• PTA will have a membership table located in front of the display cases. We invite each parent, grandparent, staff member, business, or other party interested to join PTA. Individual memberships are $5/Business memberships are $10.
• “We Are Spartan” t-shirts will be sold for $10. Spirit wear order forms and samples of this year’s items will be displayed.
• Parents, stop by the PTA Volunteer Table in the Commons area and sign up for special events, school activities, and committees of interest. Parent volunteers are vital to the success of our organization!

New Parent Orientation begins at 9:00 at the conclusion of Meet the Teacher–Commons Area.

Welcome Back Teacher Breakfast

by Lori - August 7th, 2014

Today marks the first day back for our Hickory Hills teachers. They were welcomed with a breakfast, provided by our Elementary PTA and Middle School PTSA.   PTA gave all the elementary teachers and staff a “We Are Spartan” spirit wear shirt for the new year.

Today, from 4:30-5:30 elementary students and parents are invited to find their classroom at the “Sneak a Peek” event.   Class lists will be posted.  Frozen treats will be sold on the playground.

Parents and Students “Meet the Teacher” is Monday, August 11, from 7:30-9:00 a.m.  New Parent Orientation follows at 9:00 a.m.

Students’ first day of school is Tuesday, August 12.