Hickory PTA Roundup

October 2022

7 Weeks Until Winter Break!

But there's plenty of exciting things happening at Hickory Elementary before the holiday rush!

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

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

Upcoming Dates to Remember

๐Ÿ’› Food & Care Items Drive | November 4 - 30

๐ŸŽญ Reflections Contest Winners Announced | November 14

โ›” NO School | November 10 - 11

โ›” NO School | November 21 - 25

๐Ÿ“ธ Picture Retake Day | December 1

๐Ÿ“ Progress Reports | December 2

โฐ PTA Association Meeting | December 8 @ 6:30 PM

๐Ÿ“š Book Fair | December 5 - 9

๐Ÿ“š Read-A-Thon | December 1 - 15

โ„๏ธ Winter Break | December 19 - January 2

๐ŸŽฅ Hickory PTA Movie Night

We had a great time at movie night โ€” thanks for a great turnout, Hickory Families!
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๐Ÿ“ˆ Fundraising Success - THANK YOU!

Thanks to YOU Hickory PTA raised $865.46 from the Lemonade Fundraiser and $1,050.00 from the Photo Fundraiser so far!


๐ŸŽ Healthy Ever After

Hickory PTA is excited to offer Healthy Ever After (HEA) again this year!

The HEA goal is to teach kids how to make healthy lifestyle choices.

HEA consists of four or five nutrition lessons per school year that are accompanied by a healthy snack. These snacks expose students to healthy foods that go hand in hand with the nutritious foods served in the cafeteria each day.

Topics focus on the USDAโ€™s MyPlate food diagram, fitness and fun for a healthy heart, limiting sugar intake, eating a rainbow of colors of fruits and vegetables, and many other healthy topics. All lessons were created by a Registered Dietitian and are updated on a regular basis.

The first lesson is about limiting sugar intake.

It will provide students with ideas on how to think about which foods contain more sugar than others and how to make healthier choices. Students will be able to try a honey stick after the lesson if they want as an example of a sweet, yet healthy snack.


๐ŸŽจ Adventures in Art

Adventures In Art has begun and Project 1 is well underway.

"It's My Small World" is inspired by the innovative style of Disney Legend Mary Blair.

This project features a watercolor resist technique using a white oil pastel to outline whimsical shapes like those in Mary's signature style.

Thanks to our wonderful volunteers for hosting the first Adventure in Art. Our students are having a great time!

๐Ÿ“š The Library is Open!

We're excited to see so many Hounds enjoying the library books and comfy reading areas again!

If you don't have time to volunteer, but still want to help, please visit our Hickory Library Wishlist on Amazon.

We greatly appreciate any donations you are able to make.

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

BIG THANKS to Nicole and Yelli for their generous donations!

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๐Ÿ’› Food & Care Items Drive - November 4 - 30

Hickory is happy to help TCPTA's Project HOPE pack holiday food and care packages for local families in need. Collection bins will be outside the PTA room (across from the front office).

Will you be a Helpful Hound with us?

Food Items Needed:
Please no expired or soon to be expired foods.

  • Cereal
  • Granola bars
  • Peanut butter
  • Jelly
  • Canned soup (no broth)
  • Canned tuna
  • Canned pasta (spaghetti-o's, ravioli)
  • Macaroni and cheese (no easy mac)

Care Items Needed:
Individual size/dollar tree items welcomed!

  • Body wash/ soap bars
  • Shampoo / conditioner
  • Deodorant (men & women)
  • Lotion
  • Hand soap
  • Laundry detergent / fabric softener
  • Toothpaste / toothbrushes

Also Accepting Gift Cards:
Please drop these off in the front office

  • $25 - Target
  • $25 - Walmart
  • $25 - Grocery Stores
  • $25 - Gas Card

๐ŸŽญ Reflections Contest Winners Announced - November 14

BIG Thank You to everyone who entered this year's "Show Your Voice!" Reflections Contest.

The PTA will announce our winners soon!

โฐ PTA Association Meeting - December 8 @ 6:30 PM

All Families Welcome!

Join us for light refreshments and a holiday themed gameโ€”with prizes.

Spiritwear products will be available for purchase.

๐Ÿ“š Book Fair - December 5 - 9

Hickory PTA is excited to see the return of our on-campus Book Fair this year! Details to follow.

๐Ÿ“š Read-A-Thon - December 1 - 15

We love that the Book Fair and Read-A-Thon are happening so close together! It's the perfect opportunity to keep your Hickory Hound reading and exploring the magical worlds inside their new books!

๐Ÿ’– 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 studentโ€™s experience on campus, but you also allow our PTA to do GREAT THINGS for them.

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

Thanks to YOU, We're Building Dreams

Several families have already won during our October prize drawings!

You can still be eligible to win a prize if:

  1. You are a PTA member,
  2. You made a direct donation,
  3. OR you become a PTA member or donate in the months of November and December.

Available prizes:

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

Next drawings: Nov 4th and Dec 2nd

THANK YOU to these families who've donated!

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๐ŸŽ–๏ธ 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

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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.

๐Ÿ›๏ธ Shop Our BRAND NEW Spiritwear!

Show your school spirit with a brand new Hickory hoodie, trucker cap, or tote.

They're going fast, so .... Shop Now!

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๐Ÿ›๏ธ 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 Hickoryโ€”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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