Hickory PTA Roundup

September 2022

We're Off to a Great Start!

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The Hickory campus is buzzing with life once again and we couldn't be happier about it. We hope everyone has gotten into a good rhythm with school drop offs and pick ups!

There's a lot going on this month at Hickory Elementary. Be sure to follow Hickory PTA on Facebook and visit hickorypta.net all month for the latest updates.

A Message from Our PTA President

Hi Hickory Families!

Thank you to all those who have already become a PTA member or donated to PTA. In the future, only PTA members or those who signed up for our mailing list will receive this newsletter, so be sure to complete one of those things!

In our monthly newsletters, we will keep you informed of school and PTA events, as well as highlight programs that still need volunteers.

Let us know if you have any questions or even any ideas/opportunities to keep Hickory the best elementary school in Torrance!

Here are links to the updated PTA Calendar and District Calendar.

Thank you,

Sunny Joo

Hickory PTA President

Upcoming Dates to Remember

👪 Room Representatives Meeting | September 22

🎭 Reflections Contest | September 12 - October 10

⛔ NO School | October 5

🎥 Movie Night | October 7

📝 Progress Reports | October 14

💥 The Great California Shakeout | October 20

📷 Fund Photos | October 22 - 23

🎀 Red Ribbon Week | October 24 - 28

📸 Picture Days | October 25 - 26

👟 Skechers Walk | October 30

🎃 Halloween Parade | October 31

Room Representatives Meeting - September 22

We'll be holding an informational meeting for all our Room Representatives at 6PM on Thursday, September 22nd. Please email us at HickoryPTA@outlook.com if you haven’t already, to let us know you're a room rep.

The meeting link:

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 827 1998 3051

Passcode: 495294

Reflections Contest - September 23 to October 14

Hickory PTA Reflections Contest will start on Sept 23, 2022. Entries due Oct 14, 2022 by midnight. For questions, contact:


Info Meeting for All Interested Parties on September 23rd at 7PM

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 825 4592 4165
Passcode: 128314

“Show Your Voice!”

That’s the theme for the 2022-23 Reflections Art Program, which has been bringing the arts to life for more than 10 million students since 1969.

California State PTA and its members, families and kids are on the forefront of this amazing program, which increases community awareness of the importance of arts in education.

Reflections encourages students of all ages to:

  • Unleash creative talents and be inspired
  • Express themselves imaginatively in their artwork
  • Experience the fun and joy of making art
  • Tap into critical thinking skills to create art inspired by the annual theme
  • Receive positive recognition for their original works of art.

Reflections Contest Rules

2022-23 Hickory Entry Form

See the California winners of the 2021-2022 Reflections Art Program.

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Lemonade Fundraiser - September 23

Enjoy a delicious meal (or treat!) at Lemonade and support our Hounds!

Download Flyer

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Join us for Fall Movie Night - October 7

Thank you all for helping us select our Fall movie—we're excited to show "Minions: The Rise of Gru" on Friday, October 7th on our school's field.

Gates will open at 5:30 pm with the movie beginning at sundown (approximately 7pm).

  • Snacks will be available for purchase from Scooters Ice Cream/Donut Truck and a Kettle Corn Booth.
  • We also invite you to visit our onsite tables to sign up for the Skechers Walk and join the Hickory Team.
  • Still need a shirt? You can purchase your Spiritwear onsite from PTA.
  • Free face painting will also be available!

Bring your blankets & beach chairs and enjoy a movie under the stars.

Please note, the Hickory playground will be closed during the movie for safety reasons.

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Fund Photos - October 22 & 23

Hickory PTA is excited to announce our upcoming fundraiser: Fund Photos!

Don't miss out on this unique opportunity to capture the perfect holiday or birthday photo!

Once you sign up, Fund Photos will send out their contact information, reminders, directions, and detailed map instructions once in the park.

Sign Up Today

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Red Ribbon Week - October 24 - 28

Wear RED on Monday, October 24th and follow us on Facebook to learn how your child can show spirit and pledge to make smart choices and healthy living.

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Register for the Skechers Walk - October 30

It's almost time for the Skechers Walk! Our goal is to be the 1st place school in the South Bay! Let’s go Hickory Hounds!

The Skechers Walk is being held on Sunday, October 30th at 10AM.

We invite you to register as a member of our HICKORY HOUNDS 22-23 team and help raise funds for our school! Please be sure to include your teacher's name when registering (Example: Tom Smith-Lo Grande) and select Hickory Elementary from the dropdown school menu (otherwise our school/teacher will NOT receive the donation).

Also, don't forget to choose TORRANCE EDUCATION FOUNDATION (TEF) when selecting where you would like your contribution to go.

100% of your $30 registration fee benefits Hickory!

Register today!

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Call for 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 details—and donate today!

Thanks to YOU, We're Building Dreams

Thank you to the below students and their families who have already donated to Hickory PTA! As a THANK YOU for your support, we will be sending home Direct Donation incentives with your child. Be sure to look out for these goodies in the coming weeks!

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Current Volunteer Opportunities

Calling all Hickory parents! Here are our available volunteer opportunities, we hope you can help us make this year extra special for our students.

📚 Library

We're planning to open the Hickory library in October, but we need your help! The library is 100% volunteer-based, and every class gets to check out books and enjoy library time.

If you're interested in volunteering in the library, please let your teacher know or email Adrienne Downs at adriennedowns@earthlink.net.

🎨 Adventures in Art (AIA)

Thank you all for your interest in AIA!
If you'd like to help out, you can still sign up to volunteer on the day of the art lesson. Please coordinate with your teacher and AIA docent directly.

Schedule of Orientation and Workshops:

  • Orientation & Workshop #1 | September 22
  • Workshop #2 | November 30
  • Workshop #3 | January 18
  • Workshop #4 | March 1
  • Workshop #5 | April 26

District Volunteer Application

Please note: In order to volunteer regularly on campus or to chaperone field trips, all volunteers 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

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We've Got Spiritwear!

Spiritwear Day is every Friday!

Show your school spirit when you purchase a class t-shirt. Each grade is represented by a specific color and it's perfect for things like assemblies, events, and field trips. Adult sizes now available. Sweatshirts available starting now.

Shop Spiritwear

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Still need to do a little back to school shopping?

Consider shopping at smile.amazon.com and making "Hickory Elementary School PTA CA" your Smile charity of choice for the month of September while you shop for last minute back to school supplies or help teachers fulfill their classroom wish lists. Amazon automatically donates 0.5% of your eligible Charity List purchases to Hickory—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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