Monthly Memo from the Principal

Mrs. Robbins- January 2022

Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!

On Tuesday, we welcomed more than 30 new students to our campus and saw so many excited faces walk through our doors! It was great to have everyone back and ready to tackle 2022 all together. On Monday, our teachers and staff spent the day organizing, collaborating, and planning to be ready for your student. We appreciated having this time to prepare.

Along with the excitement of returning to school, there may be concern about the rise in COVID cases. On Wednesday, January 5th our district sent out communication about the rise and some changes in the Close Contact/Quarantine protocols. COVID-19 LISD (Review Close Contact/Quarantine) At campus, we will continue the safety protocols for stage yellow that we have followed this year.

However with the change in the district protocols, there will be one external change for our families. Until now, the district and our campus were responsible for contact tracing students Pre-K-6th; due to those students not having the opportunity to be vaccinated. Beginning 1/5/22, the contact tracing efforts were moved to concentrate on our youngest students who do not have the opportunity to be vaccinated.

How might that impact our K-5 families? If your child is in a class with a student or staff member who tests positive, individual notifications will not come to families making them aware of the close contact. At this time, the school notification of the positive case for our campus will go out through Remind. Parents can continue to inform other parents, but as of 1/5/22 our staff will not be able to share that information as we will no longer be contact tracing in grades K-5. This particular protocol has been in effect in grades 7th-12th all school year as those students have had the opportunity for vaccination beginning last spring.

Please let us know if you need anything or have any questions. We are here for you and happy to support your husky in any way we can.

Happy New Year!

Heather Robbins


Pleasant Hill Elementary


Follow us on Twitter: @hrobbinsPHE and @PHEHuskies

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Welcome to all of our NEW Husky families!

If you have just joined out PHE community, please be sure and check out our school website at to stay up to date and find valuable information about our school. You can also find us on Facebook and Twitter.
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We are almost out of disposable children's size masks...please send your child in one from home if possible. We would LOVE any donations of child-size disposable masks as well! Drop off in our front foyer if you have a donation.

Leander ISD in YELLOW stage

Update to previous Monthly Memo...

We will hold off on opening our campus to visitors for lunches on Fridays, volunteering opportunities, etc. for now. Once we move back into the GREEN stage as a district, we will open these opportunities back up to our families.

Thank you for your understanding!

HUGE shout out to Jennifer Arnold and staff volunteers to make the above-mentioned performances happen! So proud of these groups!

Thank you to ALL of our families for your generous donations for our classroom parties and many sweet treats and gifts to our PHE staff! We are thankful for you all!

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Enter them in our Leader of the Pack: Staff Edition drawing. Please fill out this PHE staff recognition form and tell us why this staff member should be recognized. We will choose one-two teachers/staff members per week and they will be recognized on the announcements and receive a certificate and treat!

You can also use this link to find out what your staff members "favorite things" are and grab them a snack or treat to say "thank you" for all of their hard work and efforts!

Communication at PHE

We work each year to improve on our systems and procedures to communicate with our families. We have so many ways to connect with you and want to share the most up-to-date information as soon as possible. Below are ways that we will continue to communicate daily/weekly/monthly:

  • Phone Calls/Messages (from teachers and/or administrators)
  • Weekly Updates (from your classroom teacher)
  • Monthly Updates (from the principal)
  • News from the Hill (front office email each Sunday)
  • Twitter (follow us @PHEHuskies and @hrobbinsPHE; use the hashtag #get2PHE)
  • Facebook (Pleasant Hill Elementary -Leander ISD)
  • School Website (
  • Teacher Website (accessible through PHE website)
  • District Website (
  • Wednesday Folders (come home in backpacks each week)
  • Emails
  • Teacher Remind 101 accounts
  • PHE Remind 101 accounts
  • Leander ISD Remind 101 accounts

Please let us know if you are having difficulty with any of the above-listed modes of communication. We want to make sure you have access and the information needed for your Husky! Please note that the phone numbers/emails on file with us will be used when necessary to communicate. Please update in the front office as needed.

Healthy Husky Morning Workouts

A note from Coach Robert Tweed and Coach Lauren Smith...

Morning workouts are starting back up! Workouts will be held every Monday and Friday morning before class starts. We will be open from 7:20-7:40 AM on these days and are open to all grades. Just a couple of reminders:

  • Make sure you eat breakfast before you come in the gym. There will not be time after morning workout to eat in the cafeteria.
  • Backpacks will be placed on the wall of the gym or can be dropped off in their classroom.

Have questions? Contact Coach Tweed at or check out his website here.

New Year- New Healthy Habits! 5 Healthy Habits You Can Teach Your Child

This is an excerpt from an online article about helping your child build healthy habits for life. The article was written by a pediatric physicians group. You can find so many wonderful resources online or on our district website as well to help guide healthy lifestyles!

New Year’s resolutions aren’t just for adults. Get the whole family involved!

Help your children start the year off right and teach the importance of goal setting by focusing on these five healthy habits for kids. But just remember, little eyes are watching and ears are listening, so one of the best things you can do to help these habits stick is to lead by example.

1. Get Enough Sleep

Getting a good night’s sleep is important at any age, but especially for children as they grow and develop.

The National Sleep Foundation recommends the following:

  • Newborns (0-3 months): 14-17 hours each day
  • Infants (4-11 months): 12-15 hours
  • Toddlers (1-2 years): 11-14 hours
  • Preschoolers 10-13 hours
  • School-age children 9-11 hours
  • Teenagers 8-10 hours

Keep in mind, these are recommendations. Talk to older children about the importance of listening to your body for times when you may need more rest.

2. Spend More Time Outside

Children today spend less time outdoors than any other generation. The average American child is said to spend 4 to 7 minutes a day in unstructured play outdoors, and over 7 hours a day in front of a screen. Spending time outdoors builds confidence, promotes creativity and imagination, and gets kids moving. Not to mention the sunlight helps ensure they’re getting enough vitamin D. Have your kids play outside after school before jumping straight into homework, go for an after-dinner walk as a family, or take a weekend hike. We promise the whole family will benefit from spending more time outside.

3. Read Every Day

When people hear the word health, they often associate it with physical health. But intellectual health is equally important to one’s overall wellness. An easy healthy habit for kids to start right away is to read every day for at least 15-20 minutes. If your child isn’t old enough to read independently, prioritize reading to him or her.

4. Limit Screen Time

If you encourage the health habits mentioned above this one will mostly take care of itself. Consider creating tech-free zones in your home, set a time limit on screen time and have regular conversations with your children about online safety. For more tips and help creating your own family media use plan, visit the American Academy of Pediatrics website.

5. Eat a Well Balanced Diet

Helping your kids understand the nutritional value of food incorporating a range of fruits and vegetables. For older children, teach them how to read and understand food labels to empower them to make healthy choices on their own.

Not a member of the PHE PTA...please join NOW!

Did you know that the PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy associations in the United States? Our goal is to have at least one PTA member for each and every child enrolled at PHE, so every child has a voice. For less than three cents a day, you can be that voice! You can also get connected to the school, teachers, and the community; be a role model; have access to parenting resources like the National PTA online magazine Our Children; take advantage of special partnership offers for companies like Costco, Great Wolf Lodge, and more.

Click here to join today! Check out the PHE PTA on Facebook at Pleasant Hill Elementary PTA or on Twitter @ptahuskies. Please join today and support our campus!

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Street Festival and Essay Opportunity (Deadline Quickly Approaching)

The city of Leander and Leander ISD are partnering to host an essay contest in honor of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Jan. 17. Students in any LISD school can submit an entry by Jan. 9, demonstrating their research on Dr. King and responding to essay prompts.

Submissions can be electronic to or a physical copy to the student’s school. A committee for the city’s inaugural Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade and Street Festival will review and award prizes for the top submissions.

The city of Leander is hosting the Parade and Street Festival in Old Town Leander, on Jan. 17 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Organizations can participate by hosting a table at the festival or joining the parade. The event is free for the public.

The event’s theme is “Community Unity – Bright & Bold.”

  • 10 a.m. – Community Parade Begins
  • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. – Festival, Diversity Marketplace, and Stage Performances

Essay Details- due Sunday, January 9

Please research Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. (examples could include reading a book or article, watching a video, or listening to a podcast) and share what you learned in your paper, and respond to the following questions.

  • How can we be friendly to each other in our schools?
  • What can we do to get along, be nice to each other, and make our world a better place?

Submission Requirements

One submission per student. Students must submit a writing sample, either typed or handwritten, not to exceed one side of one page. Writing samples can include illustrations, drawings, or accompanying original artwork. On a separate sheet of paper, we need the student’s name, school, and grade level.

Entries will be judged based on content, voice, and creativity.

Absence/Doctor Notes

If you have an absence or doctor’s note that needs to go to the registrar for attendance purposes, please email it to
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Leander ISD Clothes Closet- Volunteers Needed!!!

If you are able to donate your time, please check out the Leander ISD Clothes Closet website here and sign up. Any help is greatly appreciated!