Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice

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.

Missouri PTA Legislative Issues

by Lori - August 6th, 2014

Yesterday was Election Day, which serves as a reminder to post this year’s Missouri PTA legislative issues for 2014.  This information is taken from mopta.org.

“These legislative priorities are based on the issues that the Missouri PTA Legislative Department expects to target for the 2014 legislative session.  As unexpected issues emerge, Missouri PTA will act in accordance with the resolution and position statements that have been approved by the membership.  A complete list of resolutions and position statements are available at www.mopta.org.   Missouri PTA supports:

  • Legislation that protects and calls for local control of schools.
  • Legislation to strengthen laws designed to protect minors from sexual abuse and increase funding for programs and services aimed at the prevention of child abuse, neglect and maltreatment.
  • Legislation that supports increased access to mental health services for children.
  • Legislation that provides funding for early education programs that are developmentally appropriate, coordinate comprehensive services, and includes family involvement components for children from birth to age five.
  • Opposition to tax credits or tax deductions for tuition paid by a parent or sponsors for non-public elementary or secondary school children.
  • Enforcement of legislation requiring school districts to have policies that promote increased parental engagement in their children’s education.
  • Legislation that will maintain or generate local and state funding for public education.

PTA on every level supports advocacy.  PTA defines advocacy as the act of supporting and speaking on behalf of children and youth in the schools, in the community, and before governmental bodies and other organizations that make decisions affecting children.”


MO Tax Free Sales Holiday This Weekend!

by Lori - July 28th, 2014
Take advantage of the MO Sales Tax Holiday and your back to school shopping. You can find out specifics at this link: http://dor.mo.gov/business/sales/taxholiday/school/
If you are shopping at Target, enroll in Red Card’s “Take Charge of Education” program and designate HICKORY HILLS ELEMENTARY SCHOOL. Up to 1% of your purchase spending will benefit Hickory Hills.

School supply lists can be found on the Hickory Hills’ school website: http://hickoryhills.spsk12.org/pages/HickoryHillsES

Registration is NOW OPEN for the 2014 Spartan Sprint!

by Lori - July 14th, 2014
Spartan Sprint Hickory Hills 2014

The Spartan Sprint 2014

Get your family, friends, neighbors, and co-workers ready to show off their Spartan Spirit and register to run or walk at the Spartan Sprint 5k or 10k on October 18th. Dress up in your best (family friendly) Spartan costumes to compete for awards. There will be music, bounce houses, face painting, and more at this fun-filled Fall event.
All proceeds go to support the Hickory Hills Elementary School PTA, where we make AMAZING things happen for our children and teachers at Hickory Hills.  SPARTAN UP!
Online registration is available, as well as a printable The Spartan Sprint Registration Form.

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