Hickory PTA Roundup

April 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.

Need a different language? Please try the "Translate" button.

⏰ Upcoming Dates to Remember

Heroes Week / Blue Ribbon Week | April 17-21

Hickory Bike Rodeo | April 19

Teacher's Appreciation Week | April 24-28

TUSD Bike Rodeo | May 6

Diversity/Multicultural Week | May 8-12

PTA Association Meeting | May 11

Spring Carnival | May 12

Memorial Day - NO SCHOOL | May 29

Last Day to Order Your Yearbook | May 31

πŸ•Ί Glow Under the Sea! and Glow to Outer Space! Dance Recap

We've got the moves! We've got the spirit! Check out our glow-in-the-dark fun!
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Jog-A-Thon Recap

This just in: Hickory Hounds LOVE running! A special thank you to all friends and families for sponsoring our runners.

This year's Jog-A-Thon donations support PTA programs and activities that benefit all students! THANK YOU!

Congratulations to Our Incoming 2023-2024 PTA Board

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

πŸ’™ Hickory Heroes Week / Blue Ribbon Week | April 17-21

Thank you to all of Hickory's Blue Ribbon Heroes!

Monday, April 17th through Friday, April 21st is Hickory Heroes Week / Blue Ribbon Week to honor the men and women in healthcare, the U.S. Armed Forces, law enforcement, and fire protection, who are committed to keeping us safe and healthy. We also are celebrating YOU because you are an everyday hero too!

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Hickory Bike Rodeo | April 19

This year's Bike Rodeo will be held after school on campus at 2:45-4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19th. Open to 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders only.

Riders must bring their own bicycle and wear a helmet. Hickory winners will participate in the District Bike Rodeo on May 6th.

If your child would like to participate, please fill out and sign the permission slip and return it to their teacher by Tuesday, April 18th.

Copies will be available in the front office.

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🌟 5th Grade Promotion Info

Due to limited space, we are only offering dedications to 5th grade families this year.

Submit your dedication here and be sure to tell us your child's t-shirt size. Free for all 5th graders! Deadline: 4/20


If you would like to donate to cover Promotion expenses, we suggest $10 per student. You can send cash or check (payable to "Hickory PTA") in an envelope marked "5th Grade PTA Donation" to your child's teacher or go to this link to pay by credit card: https://www.hickorypta.net/product-page/donate5th.

Again, all donations are optional, and every 5th grader will receive a t-shirt and dedication even if you do not donate to Hickory PTA.

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Teacher Appreciation Week | April 24-28

April 24-29 is Teacher Appreciation Week!

Room parents will be in touch to let you know how your child can participate. In the past students have gifted heartfelt cards, flowers, or photo collages.

We can't wait to see what's in store for our Hickory teachers this year!

Additionally, the PTA will be organizing a few events to honor the entire school staffβ€”we would greatly appreciate any donations of snacks or school supplies! If you're interested in participating, please sign up using this Google form:


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Diversity Week | May 8-12

New this year, Hickory PTA will celebrate all the wonderful and diverse communities on campus. Email sunnyhickorypta@gmail.com if you would like to be a part of the planning committee or have a cultural performance or resource you'd like to share.

Hickory PTA Association Meeting

Thursday, May 11th, 6:30pm

2800 West 227th Street

Torrance, CA

πŸ“’ PTA Association Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hickory Elementary cafeteria.

All are welcome to attend to hear about the upcoming events, the budget, and to meet the new PTA board.

Save the Date | Spring Carnival | Friday, May 12th

Friday, May 12th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

If you're interested in volunteering, please email hickoryvolunteervp@gmail.com.

Thank you!

Watch Facebook for more updates coming soon!

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πŸ“· 2023 Yearbook on Sale Now!

Time is running out!

Be sure to order your 2022-2023 Hickory Yearbook by May 31st. Limited availability after that date!

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

Sale price is $22. Price increases to $25 after May 31st. Yearbooks will be delivered to classrooms sometime after June 1st.

You can also upload photos for a chance to be featured! Please upload by 4/20.

Email hickoryptayearbook@gmail.com if you have questions or if you're unsure if you've purchased one.

Upload Your Photos | Purchase Yearbook

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 Order Your Spiritwear!

Get your Hickory gear in just time for Summer! We've got totes, hats, and more that are perfect for beach days, park days, and amusement parks!

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.

🌸 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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🀝🏻 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.

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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)