The Panther Post

September 2018 Monthly Newsletter

Reading is Fundamental

Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and helps them better understand the world around them. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.

At Pleasant Hill, we encourage all of our students to read each and every day, both at school and at home. Please be a model for your child in showing them the importance of reading daily and set aside time to read with them at home. We have started our quarterly reading competition again this year and ask that all families encourage their children to participate. Our theme this quarter is practice makes perfect. Please take a look at the following information from Mrs. Kluesner to learn more about our reading competition.

Dear Parents and Students,

We are sending out the first quarter reading competition information. Our first quarter theme is the Amazing Reading Race. Each time the student reaches a reading goal, they will earn a race car to put on the bulletin board. The first quarter ends on October 12, 2018. Documentation sheets for the first quarter will need to be turned in by October 12, 2018. Each student should keep track of the books they are reading for the first quarter. A good place to keep this form is in their homework folder. The reading for this competition can take place at home or school. Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade students can be read to for the competition. Second through Fifth grade students will be asked to do some kind of activity to show their teacher they have read the books on their list or take an AR test.

1st Race Car

Pre-K & Kindergarten-9 different picture books

First grade-9 different picture books

Second grade-6 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Third grade-6 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth grade-Teacher decides requirement

2nd Race Car

Pre-K & Kindergarten-18 different picture books

First grade-18 different picture books

Second grade-12 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Third grade-12 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth grade-Teacher decides requirement

Third Race Car

Pre-K & Kindergarten-27 different picture books

First grade-27 different picture books

Second grade-18 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Third grade-18 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth grade-Teacher decides requirement

Please call me or send me an e-mail ( if you have any questions about the program. Thank you for encouraging your child to read!

Mrs. Kluesner, Reading Specialist

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MAP Testing

We will begin MAP testing our students in Kindergarten through 8th grade this year. Students will take MAP benchmark tests three times during the year in the fall, winter, and spring. The MAP Growth tests will give us a great deal of information on how students are functioning and what individual skills they need to work on in both English Language Arts and Math. Please read the information below to learn more about MAP.
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  • Please make every effort to have your child at school by 7:55 each morning. We begin our day together in the gym with morning announcements. It is important for students to be at school on time each and every day to get the most out of all learning experiences!
  • It is very important that students dismissal procedures are kept consistent each day at school. When serving 230 students, we cannot take phone calls during the day to adjust dismissal procedures. If a change needs to be made for some reason, please be sure to send in a written note so we can make that change.
  • Don't forget if your child is sick and going to be absent for the day, you will need to call the school office at 637.6829 to let us know..
  • Pleasant Hill utilizes social media daily to help families stay informed about important upcoming events and learning experiences taking place in classrooms. Please follow us on Facebook and Twitter @PHillPanthers
  • We will have another spirit wear order going home. Please be sure to fill out the form and send it back to school with your paid order by September 17. If you need another order form, please have your child stop by the office.
  • Parents Club is always looking for volunteers. If you would like to be a part of the Pleasant Hill Parents Club, please email them at or attend the next meeting on September 4th at 6:00.

Upcoming Events

  • September 1-Baseball Game @ LCHS VS. Mossville/St. Pat's 10:00 & 1:00
  • September 3-No School-Labor Day
  • September 4-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30-Baseball Game @ LCHS VS. Midwest Central 4:00-Parents Club Meeting 6:00
  • September 5-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30-Baseball Game @ Pekin-Rankin 4:15
  • September 6-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30-Baseball Game @ LCHS VS. Norwood 4:00
  • September 7-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 10-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30-Baseball Game @ Dunlap Middle 4:00
  • September 10-21-MAP Testing
  • September 11-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 12-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 13-Girls Basketball Game @ PHS VS. St. Joe's 5:00
  • September 14-Early Dismissal 11:30-Progress Reports Sent Home
  • September 17-Girls Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Monroe 5:00
  • September 18-Girls Basketball Game @ Parkview 5:00
  • September 19-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 20-Girls Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Bartonville 5:00-Board of Education Meeting 6:00
  • September 21-Picture Day-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30-LCHS Homecoming Parade
  • September 24-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 25-Girls Basketball Game @ Peoria Heights 4:30
  • September 26-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30
  • September 27-Girls Basketball Game @ PHS VS. St. Jude 5:00
  • September 28-Girls Basketball Practice 3:00-5:30