Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

September 23, 2022

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Hello PH Community!

I hope you have had a wonderful week! It looks like summer is behind us as we get into the fall weather. Please remember to send your students with the appropriate clothing for the weather as we will be outside for recess.

We will have our first of two lockdown drills this school year on September 28th. Now is a great time to continue to talk with your kids about this drill. Having these conversations is encouraged. If you have any questions, please let me know.

We have our annual Donuts and Grownups PTA event next week! Please see below for more information. Hope to see you there!

Have a wonderful weekend and please reach out if you have any questions.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


6th Grade Student Council Executive Board Election Speeches!!

School Safety Drills. Lockdown Drill September 28th

District 15 is strongly committed to school safety. Our goal is to not only provide a safe environment, but to also prepare our school community to know how to respond if/when a crisis arises. Each year, schools are required by Illinois School Code to conduct the following drills:

  • Three evacuation drills. One of the three evacuation drills must be supervised by the fire department.
  • One bus evacuation drill.
  • One severe weather/shelter-in-place drill.
  • Two law enforcement (lockdown) drills. One of these two law enforcement drills must be a staff-initiated lock-down. The schools also conduct an annual drill review meeting with principals and representatives from police and fire departments to continuously improve each school’s readiness to respond to an emergency and/or crisis situation.

Pleasant Hill will be having a lockdown drill on September 28th in the afternoon. If you have any questions please call the main office.

Having Fun In Art, Music, Band and PE!!

Moving D15 Forward

The District 15 Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a bond referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. Doing so will allow the District to repair and restore our facilities, bring full-day kindergarten to all elementary schools, update schools libraries and some learning spaces, and ensure feeder patterns from elementary to junior high and high school providing all student access to a neighborhood or near neighborhood school. To learn even more about the proposed improvements visit

District 15 will be hosting informational meetings on the following dates:

  • October 6 - Thomas Jefferson Elementary School (Thomas Jefferson Middle School if the measure is approved)

  • October 11 - Winston Campus Junior High

  • October 13 - Plum Grove Junior High

  • October 20 - Carl Sandburg Junior High

  • October 25 - Walter R. Sundling Junior High

Voting information: To register to vote, you must be: a U.S. citizen, at least 18 years old by the general election (November 8, 2022), and a resident of your precinct at least 30 days prior to Election Day. Not sure if you’re registered to vote? You may also check your voting eligibility with the Cook County Clerk’s Office’s Your Voter Information search tool. If you have questions about your voting status, please e-mail or call (312) 603-0906.

Ways to Vote:


We are so close to the 1000 PAW mark!! I think we are going to make it! If we reach our goal we will have a celebration of activities that students will participate in for being respectful, responsible and safe for the month of Septembre! Way to go PH!!

Keep up the great work PH!!

If you have any questions regarding our PBIS system please do not hesitate to reach out to your students' teacher.

Steady, Silent, Right

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Illustrative Math - Family Opportunity

Did you know that every unit of Illustrative Math provides students and families with an opportunity to use their learning from the classroom and apply it to an authentic situation? This month, we are asking families to try your child’s unit 1 task together, and send it in to your child’s teacher. We would love for you to share your work with us. Just follow these 3 easy steps!

1. Click the link to your child’s grade level below to access your unit 1 task.

2. Read through the “Try It At Home” section and complete the task.

3. Send your family’s math work to your child’s teacher in the form of a written paper, photo story, or a video of your child demonstrating and explaining their thinking.

Unit 1 Tasks:


1st Grade

2nd Grade

3rd Grade

4th Grade

5th Grade

6th Grade

Accelerated 6th

We look forward to seeing your work!


School District 15 Parent Education Workshop

SEPTEMBER 29, 2022

7-8 PM












Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

Please fill out this Registration Form

Access To Virual Link

If you have any questions, please

feel free to email Keli Swierczek


Mental Health Awareness Night 2022

District 15 is excited to be partnering with local agencies to present information for our parents, guardians, families and community members. Mark your calendars and join us for these free, virtual and in-person workshops!

TOPIC - Mental Health Awareness

DATE & TIME- October 13, 2022 7-8 pm

WHERE - Virtual AND in-person at Frank C. Whiteley Elementary School 4335 Haman Ave, Hoffman Estates, IL 60192

Pre-Registration would be greatly appreciated

so please fill out this form!

We are also taking questions from our audience that will be answered during the workshops so please pre-register.

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Keli Swierczek at

One Five Foundation Family Fun Run And Walk!

Join the one-five Foundation for its first ever Family Fun Run/Walk on October 15 at Winston Campus Junior High!

The event begins at 9:15 am on 10/15. Registration is $15 a person or $60 for a family.

All proceeds from this event will support initiatives of the one-five Foundation that serve the students, staff and community of CCSD15. Visit to learn more.

Register today!

Message From Our PTA Presidents!

There’s a lot of excitement as September comes to a close.

If you haven’t joined our PTA yet, now is a great time! Anyone who joins by September 30 th will be eligible for a raffle where you can earn some amazing prizes, including a PHEPTA picnic blanket, Spirit Wear, or even lunch with Dr. Morris or Mr. Fabrikant for the winner and two guests!

You can sign up on our website, make sure to select sign ups in the tool bar. You will get two

options to update your personal information, then click on the membership form below to pay.

Even if you sign up online you can pay offline. We accept payment through PayPal, cash or

check. Another option is stop by the office to pick up a form. We are happy to assist you

through the process if needed.

Speaking of Spirit Wear, the link is live and ready – you can order Pleasant Hill Elementary Spirit Wear right now! If you’d like to see some items in person, be sure to swing by the Spirit Wear table set up at Donuts with Grownups next Tuesday, September 27.

Donuts with Grownups is in need for one more volunteer for each day. You can sign up on our

PHEPTA website. This great event is a fun and fantastic bonding experience. If your Pleasant Hill student’s last name begins with letters A-L, we will see you on Tuesday, September 27 th from 7:45am-8:15am. For last names with letters M-Z, we will see you on Thursday, September 29 th from 7:45am-8:15am.

Other events to look out for in October are Walk to School Day, Book Fair and Family Reading


Thanks for being a part of our community, we have a lot to look forward to!

Julie Boldt and Rick France

President and president elect

Spirit Wear On Sale Now!! Show Your PH Spirit!

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Reflections Is Back!!

Unleash the artist within YOU!! Reflections 2022 is back!

Reflections is the National PTA arts program that asks children to get creative! Students of all grades and abilities are invited to create works of art in any of the six different art categories, reflecting upon this year’s theme. The six art categories are dance choreography, film production, literature, music compositions, photography and visual arts. Students can create as many projects as they like, in as many art categories as they like. Projects can only be submitted at the school level. Students must complete their projects outside of school.

This year’s theme is “Show Your Voice”
The deadline to turn in projects along with the filled in Entry form is 10/26/22. Please submit all your projects to the school front office.

You can find more general information about Reflections at

Take a look at our own winners from previous years -

Student entry form and guidelines will be sent out later in an email

For any additional queries please Email Sandy Rhee or Yamuna Palasamudram at

Reflections Workshops: This year we will be conducting 2 workshops during recess on September 30th and October 7th to introduce the theme to the kids and provide a brainstorming sheet where students can think about what they want to create or write about. We are looking for parent volunteers to help, if you are interested to help please reach out to the school or

PRO TIP - The artist statement is very important- make sure your son or daughter writes in their own words to explain how the project they created connects to the theme (Show Your Voice).

PH PTA on Amazon Smile

Pleasant Hill PTA is on Amazon Smile. Amazon will donate a portion of your purchase to our PTA.

Sign up in four easy steps:

  1. Go to
  2. Find “Account & Lists” settings, under “Your Account” click on “AmazonSmile”
  3. Search for “Pleasant Hill PTA Inc”
  4. Select our school and start shopping

Important Information From Our School Nurse

  • Kindergarten, 6th Grade and Students New to CCSD 15

    • The following records are due by October 15th:

      • Physical Exam & Immunization Record

      • Dental Exam

      • Vision Exam

  • A dental exam is Required for all 2nd graders

    • Exams as of 11/15/2021 are considered current

  • Extra clothes

    • Please consider sending in extra clothes for your child to keep in their backpacks or lockers

  • Prescription and Non Prescription Medications

    • All prescription and non prescription medications brought to school are required to have the appropriate authorization form completed by parents AND physician

    • Medication forms are available on the school website or from the school nurse

  • Sick Day Guidelines

    • To help prevent the spread of illness, we would like to give you some guidelines to help with your decision on whether or not to send your child to school

    • We ask that you keep your child home if they:

      • Have a fever of 100.4F or higher

      • Have a sore throat with a fever

      • Have diarrhea (3 or more episodes in 24 hours)

      • Have abdominal cramps and/or vomiting

      • Have a rash or open and draining sores

    • If your child has recently been ill, please be aware of the following guidelines before having your child return:

      • Feel fit for at least 24 hours

      • Be fever free for 24 hours without medication

      • Be free of vomiting and/or diarrhea for at least 24 hours

      • For strep throat, they must be on appropriate medication for at least 24 hours

      • For conjunctivitis (pink eye), they must be on appropriate eye drops for at least 24 hours or cleared by physician

      • Rash illness should be assessed by a doctor

      • If chicken pox suspected, keep home for at least 5 days after the appearance of the rash or until the blisters have scabbed over

  • The single most important thing you can do to keep your child free of illness is to teach them the proper way to wash their hands. Also, be sure they are dressed weather appropriate. Please notify the nurse if your child has a communicable illness (strep throat, influenza, lice, COVID, etc.), or any health concerns that need to be monitored at school.

School Safety

School safety remains a top priority in District 15. To ensure our schools are as safe as they can be, a few additional safety protocols have been put in place this year. Signs will be added to our playgrounds notifying the community that they will be closed to the public during school hours. This will allow classrooms to go outside for PE or to learn outdoors without concern for who else is on school grounds. Additionally, classroom doors will be closed and locked during the day.

Student Entrances and Exits

Doors Will Open at 8:18 each morning.

Thank you for your support!

Grades 1&2 - Door #3 (located By The Bike Racks)

Grade 3/4- Door #10 (Back of the school, middle entrance)

Grade 5/6- Door #11 (Back of the school east entrance)

Kindergarten AM - Door #7 (Back of the school, top of the stairs)

Kindergarten PM - Front Entrance of The School

Students Riding The Bus Will Enter and Exit The Front Doors


-During the posted time on the sign by the back lot entrance. No left turn is allowed during drop-off heading north on Ceder.

-During the posted time on the sign located on the corner of Ceder and Michigan, no left turn is allowed heading south onto Cedar from Michigan.

-Drop off allows for one SINGLE file line in the circle drive in the morning. Please be patient as cars are stopping frequently to drop off students.

-Pick up allows for cars to park (not left unattended and running) along the curb. Double parking is not allowed.

-Students should not be crossing Cedar or Illinois to get to a vehicle without using he designated crosswalks. (A crossing guard is at Illinois and Birchwood, A crosswalk is at the corner of Michigan and Cedar)

-Students should ALWAYS exit a car on the passenger side while in the circle drive.

-If you are dropping off or picking up and decide to park in the parking lot, students must be escorted by an adult to the schools entrance. Students should not be going through the parking lot without an adult. This is extremely important.

It is important to remain patient and not be on any electronic devices to assure our students and your safety. Please think of the safety of all of our students and families during these times of the day.

Coming To The School During The School Day? Please Read

Throughout the school year, it is common to have parents, friends and visitors come to the school. Please know that the safety of our students is our number one priority. The following guidelines are in place for that reason. Please read...

* All visitors are requiered to produce a valid ID that will be scanned through our RAPTOR system. If you do not have a valid ID you will not be allowed in the building

*All visitors must enter through the front entrance of the school and check in at the front office and will recieve a colored lanyard that must be worn during the entire stay

*Meetings with teachers are by appointment only and must be scheduled with the teacher

*Only individuals who are listed in Infinite Campus under emergency contacts will be allowed to pick up a student. We will not release students to individuals who are not in our system as an emergency contact.

*Please do not park along the front of the school in the fire lane as this restricts access for emergency vehicles as well as school buses from entering properly.

*During drop off and dismissal in the front parking lot is not to be used. This is only for school buses.

Clothing Donation Bins

Every year, many children in the Palatine area lack proper clothing for the Illinois’ winter weather. District 15 has a long-standing partnership with the PATH Community Closet. The Community Closet serves the Palatine area by providing donated clothing to children and families in need. The impact of COVID has left the Community Closet with less donated clothing than in past years. We are hoping you can help by donating any unwanted clothing items at your school’s yellow clothing donation bin. The bin is located in your school’s lobby. Parents or children can place clothing items into their school’s yellow bin during regular school hours. This is a great way to put your children’s gently used and outgrown clothing to good use! All clothing, especially winter wear, is much appreciated and will be put to good use.

Infinite Campus Parent Portal

Infinite Campus' Campus Parent is designed to provide parents real-time access to student information. The easy-to-use design displays what is currently happening in the classroom so you can understand, monitor, and participate in your child’s educational experience.

This portal also provides parents access to check for teacher placement and student schedules once their student is registered. District 15 has also used IC to gather parent survey responses. Make sure you have your account set up for the new school year! To learn how to set up your account, watch tutorials, or access a help center, please visit our website.

Mobile App

The District 15 mobile app is available on the App Store and Google Play! To download the free app, search for "CCSD15."

This communication tool allows parents and students to quick access to important school and district information, including Campus Parent, the D15 Bullying Tip Line, a quick link to MyStop (bus stop location and pick-up times), lunch menus, schedules, parent/student handbook, directory information, school news, and more.

  • To see integrated student information on the app, click the "student information" button and log-in using your email address and your Campus Parent password. If you are unsure of your password, please visit Infinite Campus and click "forgot password." If you are still having trouble, please contact your school's main office for assistance.

  • To make sure you aren’t missing any notices, make sure you turn notifications ON for the mobile app.

Dr. David Morris Ed.D

Pleasant Hill Elementary School Principal