Hickory Hills PTA

every Child; one Voice


by Lori - October 16th, 2014
ATTENTION ALL SPARTAN SPRINT PARTICIPANTS! Packet pick-up for The Spartan Sprint will be at Ridge Runner Sports, Inc., 3057 S. Fremont, Springfield, MO from noon until 6 p.m. TOMORROW! Friday, October 17, 2014.

Volunteer Opportunity

by Lori - October 14th, 2014

Please read the message from our SCPTA President, Patty Dunn.  Our school is scheduled  to work The Clothing Bank this Thursday.  If any of you can spare any volunteer time between 2:30-5:00 on Hickory Hills’ behalf, that would be appreciated.  The Clothing Bank is located at 2343 West Olive Street at Study Alternative Center.

Who’s In?

by Lori - October 13th, 2014

See who’s running in this weekend’s Spartan Sprint! Registration is open. We’d love to have 200 total sign ups!


Enter Coupon Code 1SUPERSPARTAN to have late fee waived.

Friday Folder items from PTA

by Lori - October 10th, 2014

Parents:  Be on the lookout in your student’s Friday folders for some PTA related items.

Yearbook Order Forms–Yearbooks for 2014-2015 are on sale!  Standard yearbooks will sell for $18.  You may choose add-on options as indicated on the form.  Please send in forms and payment back to your teacher. Make checks payable to Hickory Hills Elementary PTA.  You can also order online at www.YBPay.lifetouch.com  using ID Code: 9478315.  The deadline for yearbook orders is Thursday, October 30.

Gold ”ALL FOR BOOKS” Letter and Baggie–The semi-annual coin drive and $1 drive begins next week.   Students are asked to bring in their loose change and $1 bills to support ALL FOR BOOKS, a Scholastic Book Fair program that coincides with our Fall Book Fair.   Please read the All For Books gold letter and place your child’s donation in the baggie provided and send back to school.   Donations collected will allow PTA to offer scholarships for children in every homeroom to use the week of Book Fair (Oct. 27-30).  Kids who turn in their donations will have their gold book slips displayed in the library.

Spartan Sprint postcard– Please use it to register your family or share it with a friend, boss, or co-worker and encourage community participation.   The Sprint is one week away–Saturday, Oct. 18.    On Race Day, beginning at 8:00, kids can enjoy free popcorn & cotton candy, bounce house, face painting, balloonimals, and hair paint. up until the beginning of the race at 9:00.  We will have 8:00-8:45 registration the morning of the race.  Please come and enjoy a fun fall morning with your HH community!

Have a great weekend!
Lori Chisholm, PTA President

Thank you Loehr Chiropractic!

by Lori - October 10th, 2014

The Spartan Sprint Committee is happy to inform you that Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture will be on site at our Spartan Sprint.   The people at Loehr are new friends to our school and they wanted the opportunity to help out with our event.   Along with a doctor on site, here are some of the services they will be providing to our runners and walkers on Saturday, October 18:

  • ​First Aid
  • Pre/Post-event stretching
  • Kinesio-taping
  • Rocktaping
  • Hydration station
  • Answer any questions people have regarding health or injuries

We are grateful for friends like Loehr Chiropractic and Acupuncture who support our community and school.

The run begins promptly at 9:00.  Participants and supporters may begin arriving at 8:00.  Pre-race activities include free popcorn & cotton candy, bounce house, face painting, and hair painting.  Balloonimals will be available between 8:30-10:30.

Coupon Code for Sprint

by Lori - October 9th, 2014

Only 8 days left to register for the Spartan Sprint!

We know lots of little Spartans who want to be there–by entering 1SUPERSPARTAN Coupon Code online, you will have the $5 late registration fee waived!  If you submit a paper registration form, just write the coupon code on the form.

We can’t wait to see you all there.

T-Minus 10!

by Lori - October 8th, 2014

T-Minus 10! We are 10 days away from our inaugural Spartan Sprint. Online registration will continue to be open through Friday, October 17, at 10:59 p.m. If you prefer the paper form you may access it through runsignup.com/race/mo/springfield/spartansprint or on this website under forms.  Please complete the paper form with payment and turn it into the school office as soon as possible.

You don’t have to be a runner to participate! Walking is fine too.  AND….there will be other activities on the grounds of High Street Baptist for the kids–balloonimals (8:30-10:30 am), bounce house, and face painting. If you just want to come and cheer our runners/walkers on, that will be great too!

All participants and supporters may begin to arrive at High Street Baptist Church on Saturday morning at 8:00 a.m. The race will commence at 9:00!

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