Monthly Memo from the Principal

Mrs. Robbins- October 2022

Happy Fall Y'all!

Can you believe it is already October? I know it does not always feel like it, but it is officially FALL. Seems just like yesterday we were welcoming all of our new kindergarteners to Kinder Camp and showing the second graders how to find their rooms upstairs. And now we are hosting parent/teacher conferences and preparing for report cards to go home (or technically shared in your Home Access Center). Let us know if you have NOT had your parent/teacher conference yet and need help setting one up with your child's teacher. You may also double-check that you are able to log into your child's HAC (Home Access Center). Report cards will be posted by October 21. If you are looking for resources you can use at home, please check out the Leander ISD LaunchPad for online apps your child can use from home for practice, reinforcement, or fun! You can also reach out to your child's teacher if you need ideas on how to support your child at home. Our number one recommendation is to have your husky READ, READ, READ!!!

This month holds so many fun times and events for our community! Most are listed below. Please let us know if you have any questions about any of the events happening in October. Remember that most of these events and the calendar are also shared on our PHE website, Facebook page, and Twitter.

As always, we are here to help!

Heather Robbins

Custodian Appreciation Week- Oct. 3-7 Thank you Ms. Maria, Ms. Sonia, and Ms. Sanjuanna!!!

Our custodians do an amazing job of keeping our school clean and orderly. Please take a moment to say thank you to Ms. Maria, Ms. Sonia, and Ms. Sanjuana for all of their hard work. We appreciate them very much!


Nominate them for our Leader of the Pack: Staff Edition recognition. 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 at our Husky Huddle 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!

PHE National Walk or Ride Your Bike to School Day- October 5

National Walk to School Day is October 5th! During PE on October 3rd and 4th, we will be talking about the safety of walking and biking to school plus how it promotes movement and exercise, and that being active every day is just one way to promote a healthy lifestyle.

Join students across the nation in walking or biking to school on the 5th!

Do you know a VETERAN?

To all of our veterans and active service members: we will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Friday, November 11th where you are welcome to join us for breakfast at 7:10 AM (see prices below) and a special Veteran's Day Husky Huddle in the gym at 7:30 AM. We will also be playing a very special slide show in our front foyer hallway.

If you know a veteran or active service member, please email us a picture (jpg) to be used in our slideshow. Send pictures to Laura Armour In order to be included in this year's slideshow, we will need all pictures emailed by Friday, November 4. If you have submitted a picture in the past, it will already be included. Please call if you have any questions! A HUGE thank you to our community who have served!

NO SCHOOL October 10 and 11 for district/campus staff development days

National School Lunch Week! October 10-15

Thank you to all of our amazing cafeteria staff: Stephany, Susana, and Julia. Please check out the CNS website for more information on eating healthy meals here at PHE!

Training for all students on bullying

On October 12, all students will receive the annual student bullying training from Mrs. Fields during their specials time. Mrs. Fields will present the training and focus on what the term “bullying” means and how to respond to it. There will also be conversation regarding that “mean” and “rude” behavior, at times, can be mistaken for bullying. We thought that it would be helpful to share those meanings with parents, as well, so that you can support your child at home with these understandings. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You can also check out the Leander ISD site on bully prevention.

Want to volunteer at PHE?

Please go to to fill out an LISD volunteer form. You must be approved to volunteer for any PHE event or activity (field trips, performing arts events, lunch monitoring, Watch DOGS, Super MOMS, etc.).
Are you already an LISD volunteer? Please consider signing up to help the LISD PTA Clothes Closet- Leander Location. Can you spare a few hours? If so, please click on the click below to sign up here.

PHE Silver Shoe- October 14

We're excited to announce Silver Shoe coming up on Friday October 14 during your child's PE class. This is an event where each grade class competes against each other to see who can run/walk the most laps in 20 minutes. This will take place outside on our track.

All laps will be recorded and the class with the highest average laps per student will be crowned the fastest class. Our class winner from each grade will have the honor to sign our Silver Shoe Trophy and display it in their classroom until the next event as well as have their picture taken to display in the PE hall.

To make this event successful, we are looking for volunteers to help run our event. If you are interested in helping, please click on the link below to sign up for a time slot to volunteer.

Volunteer Link to help run our Silver Shoe Event:

Below are the class times your child will be running for Silver Shoe
PreK - 8:15 - 8:45
Kindergarten - 12:55 - 1:45
1st Grade - 9:45 - 10:35
2nd Grade - 11:35 - 12:25
3rd Grade - 1:50 - 2:40
4th Grade - 10:40 - 11:30
5th Grade - 8:50 - 9:40

If you will be on campus to participate with your child's class, please fill out this form ASAP. You can email Joanna Price at or call the front office at 512-570-6400 if you have any questions about volunteering or RSVP'ing to be at the event. See you there!

National School Bus Safety Week- October 17-21

Held during the third full week of October each year, National School Bus Safety Week is an active and evolving public education program and an excellent way for parents, students, teachers, motorists, school bus operators, school administrators, and other interested parties - to join forces and address the importance of school bus safety. Designed to promote school bus safety, school districts throughout the country observe School Bus Safety Week.

Thank you to our amazing bus drivers! Interested in driving for Leander ISD...go to this link and apply today!

Counselor Corner- October

Hi Husky Families! Counseling services at PHE are off to a great start this year! Here are four visual tools with a brief description that are taught during K-5 counseling lessons throughout the year. These are utilized by teachers in the classroom, and they are also great tools to use at home! Feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about how to use these resources or if you need any additional support from our counseling program.

Unity Day will be celebrated at school on Friday, October 21. Students are encouraged to wear orange on this day to show that we are united as a campus that promotes kindness, acceptance, and inclusion. Our kindness club (C2) will help facilitate a presentation to students, and Mrs. Arnold has taught all of the students a kindness song that we will sing together as a campus. We will share videos and pictures of this special day with all of you via social media, so be on the lookout!

Also, Red Ribbon Week will be recognized the week of October 24.At the elementary level, we use this week to encourage students to make healthy choices with their bodies. Eating healthy foods, exercising, and getting plenty of rest improves learning, emotional regulation, and lowers the risk of developing many mental and physical illnesses. Dress-up days to celebrate this week will be shared soon!

Looking forward to a busy and FUN October at the Hill!!!

Lisa Thomas

(512) 570-6416

Counseling Request Form


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.

Single memberships are $7.00 with an additional processing fee online. PHE shirts are available as well. Go to this link to purchase memberships and shirts. Check out the PHE PTA on Facebook at Pleasant Hill Elementary PTA or on Twitter @ptahuskies. Please join today and support our campus!

Our next general membership meeting will be at the end of the month. Checkout Facebook or their website for future dates.

Save the Date!!! Spooky Kooky Learning Fest on Thursday, October 27

PHE will be hosting a night of fun and learning for all of our families! Thursday, October 27 from 5:30-7:30 PM students can wear their school-appropriate Halloween costumes and bring their family to PHE to learn some fun math games and get tips on how to work on literacy at home.

More information to come!

School Lunch Accounts

Please go to the Leander ISD CNS site or directly to Titan School Solutions to add money to your child's breakfast/lunch account. Online is the only way to use a credit/debit card. You can make payments with check or cash before school from 7:10-7:45 AM or during your child's lunch on Fridays. Please contact our cafeteria manager Stephany Gutierrez at for more information.

Sensory Times and Room

If needed, PHE has a sensory time and room at all PHE events. If your child would like to attend events early (30 minutes prior to the posted start time) for transition purposes or if you would like to have access to our sensory room (room 1211) during PHE events, please contact Mrs. Robbins at or Beth Lee (special education team leader) at at least 1-2 days before the posted event. An instructional assistant may be available as well. Please let us know what your student needs!

Rouse High School- Trunk or Treat on October 19

We invite our entire community out for this event, and our kids love it! We will also be collecting non-perishable food for a community food drive. If your organization is interested in participating, please fill out the form below.

When: 10/19/22 from 6:00-8:00 PM

Where: Front parking lot of Rouse High School

Who: Open to the community

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Leander ISD needs you! CFAC forming now!

Interested in having a voice in the district’s future? Consider applying to join the Citizens’ Facility Advisory Committee (CFAC). The district is seeking 200+ volunteers to serve on the following six subcommittees:
  • High Schools
  • Middle Schools
  • Elementary Schools
  • Technology
  • Ancillary Services
  • Security
Learn more:

Let’s Learn with Bruce: Elections

In an effort to create educational awareness about the November ballot, Leander ISD is hosting a series of conversations. Superintendent Bruce Gearing, Ed.D., will lead a discussion about Propositions A & B over the next several weeks ahead of the November 8 election.

Due to sizable recent increases in property appraisals across our region, the district’s property values have reached a point that has triggered two elections: an Attendance Credit Election (ACE) and a Voter-Approval Tax Rate Election (VATRE).

We encourage the community at-large to learn more about these ballot issues during the following opportunities:

Please use this link Let’s Learn with Bruce: Elections to let us know you’re attending. While sign-up is not required, it helps us plan for how many participants to expect.

You can also check out this site for more Prop A&B plus election information!

PHE Site-Based Planning Committee 2022

Each campus within Leander ISD has a Site-Based Planning Committee (SBPC). The aim of this committee is improving the achievement of all students. These committees are composed of district employees, community members, business representatives and parents. The committee members provide input to the principal on a wide variety of subjects, including planning, curriculum, budgeting, staff development, staffing patterns, school organization, and school improvements. Should you wish to nominate either yourself or someone else for a position on the SBPC, please fill out the form linked below. Should there be a need, an election will be held to appoint positions to this invaluable team. Our PHE SBP Committee will hold its first meeting once we have secured enough members, but by the end of October. Please complete your nomination form by Friday, October 14 to be considered. We will send out an information email and invite to those that will participate.

PHE SBPC Nomination Form 2022