Hickory PTA Roundup

February 2023

Everything You Need to Stay In-The-Know

Be sure to follow Hickory PTA on Facebook and visit hickorypta.net for the latest updates.

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⏰ Upcoming Dates to Remember

Spiritwear Sale | February 22nd (in front of school) - details below

TK-2nd Grade School Dance | March 3rd @ 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Hickory Cafeteria)

PTA Association Meeting / Election | March 9th @ 6:30 p.m. (Hickory Cafeteria)

3rd-5th Grade School Dance | March 10th @ 5:00 - 7:30 p.m. (Hickory Cafeteria)

No School | March 16th & 17th

Jogathon | March 31st (on campus)

πŸ’– February is Black History Month!

We made it over the halfway point of school, celebrating our 100th Day on February 9, 2023! So great to see some of you dress up as a 100-year old or a college student!

Black History Month was created to focus attention on the contributions of African Americans to the United States. To learn more, visit National Geographic Kids or BlackHistoryMonth.gov.

πŸ—³οΈ The PTA Association Meeting & Election will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickory Elementary cafeteria.

βœ… 2023-2024 PTA Board Slate of Nominees

President – Amy Brownstone

1st VP (Programs) – Sofia Yassin

2nd VP (Fundraising) – Tricia Cole

3rd VP (Volunteers) – Stacey Wong

4th VP (Communications) – Keri Kaba-Dien

Treasurer – Sunny Joo

Recording Secretary – Liana Osborne

Auditor – Mary Ishida

Financial Secretary – Cathy Uechi

Historian – Jayani Manikkage

The PTA Association meeting & Election will be held on Thursday, March 9, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickory Elementary cafeteria. Vote for next year's Hickory PTA Board and other important topics.

All are welcome, but only PTA members may vote. Please attend to hear about the upcoming PTA events!​ Refreshments will be provided.

πŸ•Ί Get ready to Glow Under the Sea! and Glow to Outer Space!

Do our Hickory Hounds love to dance? We'll see at our upcoming school dances in March!

Dress in your best glow gear, like white/neon clothes and glow in the dark accessories and come dance the night away in the Hickory Cafeteria. All students must be accompanied by an adult. $5 at the door gets you entry for 2 people, 2 slices of pizza, water, and glow sticks (while supplies last).

Don't forget to RSVP!

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πŸ§‘πŸΎβ€πŸ€β€πŸ§‘πŸΌ Join the PTA & Support Hickory

Did you know...

PTA membership is open to everybody: parents, students, teachers, staff, relatives, community supporters, and local businesses!

It's a great way to support Hickory PTA and be a part of making decisions and voting on what matters to you! There is still time to become a member for the 2022-23 year.

Join online: https://jointotem.com/ca/torrance/hickory-pta or download the flyer here.

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πŸ›οΈ Spiritwear Sale: Wednesday, 2/22

Punxsutawney Phil the Groundhog predicted 6 more weeks of winter...thank goodness we've got sweatshirts! Only available for purchase online at: https://hickoryelementary.secure-decoration.com/.

Need a Spiritwear shirt?

We have limited sizes for every grade in stock in person; just send us an email to check inventory: hickoryptastore@gmail.com.

In Person Spiritwear Sale: Wednesday, February 22nd in front of school

We'll be there before school starting at 8:30am and afterschool until 3:00pm. We accept all forms of payment. We'll have t-shirts, hats, and tote bags for sale. If we don't have the size you want, everything is always available online for free delivery.

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πŸ“· 2023 Yearbook on Sale Now!

The yearbook includes every student's school photo and will feature photos from our many events and activities throughout the year.

Early bird price is $18. Price increases to $22 after February 28th. $25 after May 31st.

Purchase today! Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms sometime after June 1st.

You can also upload photos for a chance to be featured! More info regarding sales of dedications (ads), or custom messages to your child will be released in the near future. Email hickoryptayearbook@gmail.com if you have questions.

Now accepting photos for the following categories:

⚈ Back to school / First day of school
⚈ Movie Night ⚈ Halloween
⚈ Reflections ⚈ PJ Day/Ugly Sweater Day
⚈ Winter Celebrations ⚈ Adventures in Art
⚈ Book Fair / Library ⚈ Paw Awards
⚈ 100th Day of School ⚈ Outdoor/Park photos
⚈ Walk through CA / Amer. Revolution
⚈Fundraisers ⚈ STEAM Fair
and more!

Upload Your Photos | Purchase Yearbook

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🌟 Congratulations to our 2022-23 HSA Recipients

Honorary Service Awards (HSA) are given to individuals for their outstanding service to children and the PTA. They will be recognized and honored by Torrance Council of PTAs (TCPTA), the school board, the City of Torrance, and Congress.

Outstanding Teacher Awards

Mrs. Wendy Barnes, 2nd grade

Mrs. Cyndi Ondo, 2nd grade

Honorary Service Awards

Winnie Nguyen (PTA Board)

Sunny Joo (PTA Board)

Very Special Person Award

Emy Anthony, crossing guard

🌸 Support the Torrance High School PTA Fundraiser & Get a Graduation Lei for your 5th Grader!

Save $2 and pre-order your FRESH orchid lei before April 30, 2023.

All orders must be submitted via the Google form link below:


by 3:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

See additional details on the flyer below.

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πŸ† 2022-23 Hickory PTA Reflections Virtual Art Gallery

Thank you again to all of our participants and congratulations again to all of our winners!

All entries can be seen in our 2022-23 Hickory PTA Reflections Virtual Art Gallery

We'd also like to send a special note of congratulations to Jaehan Park. His artwork won 1st place at the TCPTA level and 3rd place at the 33rd District of PTAs level against schools in 20 other cities. Great job Jaehan!

🀝🏻 Interested in Volunteering?

Calling all Hickory families!

If you're interested in volunteering regularly on campus or to chaperone field trips, you must must submit a district volunteer application (RAPTOR).

As part of the online application process, all volunteers must submit a TB Test/Risk Assessment Form. As of Sept. 17, volunteers are longer required to have a covid vaccination or proof of negative test.

Volunteer Application

πŸ“š We Appreciate Your Library Donations!

A BIG Hickory Hound THANK YOU to all of the families that made a donation to our Library!

We Appreciate YOU!

If you'd like to help, please visit our Hickory Library Wishlist on Amazon.

We greatly appreciate any donations!

When checking out, please make sure you do these two things so we know who to thank for the donations!

  • Click the box labeled Hickory Elementary School Library c/o Adrienne Downs
  • Leave your name in the gift note section at checkout

πŸ’– Call for Direct Donations

Hickory PTA is BUILDING DREAMS through our Hickory Elementary PTA Direct Donations Campaign.

When you make a donation, you not only help support our student’s experience on campus, but you also allow our PTA to do GREAT THINGS for them.

Please visit our Direct Donations page for detailsβ€”and donate today!

πŸ‘ Thanks to YOU, We're Building Dreams

Several families have already won our prize drawings!

You can still be eligible to win a prize if:

  1. You are a PTA member
  2. You made a direct donation

Available prizes:
  • Lego sets
  • STEM toys
  • Plush animals
  • Spiritwear
  • Grand prize: Light up scooter

Next drawings: TBD (during one of our flag assemblies)

THANK YOU to these families who've donated!

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Building Better Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI)

Do you need help understanding PTA meetings and communications? What would help?

Do you want to join PTA or volunteer on campus but don't know how?

Are you interested in becoming a Language Ambassador and providing translations during PTA meetings and events?

We're looking for Hickory families that need help OR want to help.

We are interested in forming a committee that works towards bridging the gap between school and home and getting more families involved.

Please email Sunny Joo, Hickory PTA President, at sunnyhickorypta@gmail.com to get started.

πŸ›οΈ Shop AmazonSmile.Com to Support Hickory!

Smile.Amazon.com is the same as Amazon.com, but your purchases benefit Hickory PTA!

Please shop smile.amazon.com instead and make "Hickory Elementary School PTA CA" your Smile charity of choice.

Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of your eligible Charity List purchases to Hickoryβ€”at no extra cost to you. Special thanks to all those who have already signed up!

Spread the word to families and friends near and far, as it has truly made an impact. THANK YOU!

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Note: This newsletter does not replace official Hickory or district news. Please make sure you're signed up for email notifications in PowerSchool so you don't miss out on TUSD emails or messages from our Principal, Mrs. Leach.

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More links and resources:

Hickory Elementary TUSD site

Torrance Unified School District site

TUSD Enrollment Center

TUSD Virtual Wellness Center > Building Bridges Family Resource Guide can be accessed here (contains a ton of local resources for housing, healthcare, childcare, and social services)