Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Hilsman Fundraiser Reminder

Just a reminder that this is the final week for the Hilsman PTO fundraiser. Packets are due back in school on Tuesday October 2. Please encourage your children to participate and help support the school. There is the traditional QSP packet with magazines, wrapping paper, etc and there is our new locally based coffee fundraiser. I hope you can find something worth buying, however if you really don't want to buy anything, please consider making a donation of $20 or so to the Hislman PTO. Checks can be sent in with the packets.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Fundraising, Scholars Institute

Open House

There was a good crowd at Open House last night. Thanks to Anna Steffl and Kelly Sanders and the other volunteers for making a great meal for the school staff. This is one of the many activities supported by you, the PTO, through volunteerism and a bit of cash.


Your children all received a fundraising packet yesterday. If you have not seen it, you might want to ask about it. Two separate fundraisers were bundled into one envelope. There was the main envelope from QSP, but stuck inside was a smaller set of papers related to the coffee sale. If you have not participated in the fundraiser in the past, please take a look at the coffee. It is an excellent alternative if the QSP items are not to your taste. The sale continues until Oct 2.

Hilsman Scholars Institute

Mrs Srivastiva ( and Mrs. Clark ( have revived a program aimed at promoting academic excellence, community service and self-improvement. For a better explanation, please see the slide show available on our website:

Sex Education

Dr. Price is seeking a parent interested in serving on the School District Sex Education Committee. For details please contact Dr. Price at:

Monday, September 10, 2007

Open House and Fundraisers

Hilsman Open House is on Tuesday Sept 11, 6-7:30 pm

Parents will have an opportunity to follow their children through their daily classes and meet their teachers.

Fundraiser Kickoff

Your children will receive a fundraising packet at school on Tuesday. It will contain info, order forms, etc for two of our fundraisers: QSP/Reader's Digest and 1000 Faces Coffee. Please support the school by ordering some items. 30-50% of proceeds go directly to the PTO which distributes the funds for a wide variety of school projects and activities. Deadline to return the packets is Oct 2.

Kroger Fundraiser

Don't forget our easiest fundraiser - the Kroger Plus Card. We only have 37 families signed up so far. I'm sure many more of you shop at Kroger. All you have to do is take our form to Kroger one time and link it with your Plus card at the register. It's that easy. If you still need the form, find it at our website:

Hilsman phone extensions are now available on our web page:

Upcoming sporting events:

Thursday: Football at BHL 5:00

Volleyball: at HMS on 9/12 at 4:30

Cross-country meet Saturday at Athens Academy 8:45

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Hilsman Open House - Staff Dinner Assistance

Hi all,
Anna Steffl and I are on board once again to coordinate the Hilsman Faculty/Staff dinners and luncheons. PTO funds some of this, but we also need help from HMS parents to feed all faculty and staff members. Some of you helped last year by bringing in store bought goods and/or homemade items (thanks!).

Our first dinner is HMS Open House (Tues, 9/11). Most teachers stay late on Open House days so we thought we'd show them how appreciative we are by offering them dinner. We'll begin feeding faculty at 4:30 that afternoon.Anna and I usually plan a theme dinner or luncheon, ask parents for the things that aren't too perishable (items their child can bring in) and we do the rest. Some of you like baking and preparing food so let us know if you're interested in making something instead of bringing in a store bought item. We love your help! There are currently 70 faculty members and approx 90 faculty/staff. We feed a lot of people! Usually, we sponsor a luncheon 3 times a year as well as pizza 2 times a year on Tues. Conference Nights. We try to provide the faculty with a really nice meal. We ran out of money last year due to large numbers and quality luncheons. Thus, we decided to hold 2 really nice luncheons/dinners and 2 pizza Conference dinners. FYI...we put out 2 huge baskets of snacks welcoming everyone back to school at the beginning of the year.

We are asking that parents donate the following for the dinner Tuesday night.
We need the following items:
  • Sturdy Paper Plates (dinner and dessert)
  • Plastic Forks,Spoons/Knives
  • Paper Napkins
  • 12 pks of canned drinks or bottled water

Whatever is left over we store and use for the next luncheon/dinner

We also need the following for the dinner on Tuesday (some are homemade if you'd like to make something):
  • Sugar cookies (with sprinkles for fun!) and/or Biscotti
  • Green salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • focaccia bread(Kroger has a nice one in their bakery section)
  • tomatoes
  • fresh basil
  • Parmesan Cheese (only one person needs to provide this)

Let me know if you can donate any of the above. All items are to be dropped off Tues. morning before 10 a.m. in the Conference Room at Hilsman (first door on the right when you walk in the building).

You can email me at

Thanks for helping!

Kelly Sanders

PS Our menu for Tuesday night's dinner is as follows:
  • Green Salad with vinaigrette dressing
  • Caprese Salad (tomatoes, basil, mozzarella drizzled with olive oil and balsamic)
  • Italian Sausage, Peppers and Onions in Marinara
  • Plain Marinara Sauce w/o meatSpinach Lasagna
  • 2 types of cooked pasta (probably spaghetti and penne)
  • Focaccia Bread
  • Dessert-Sugar Cookies/Biscotti