Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

September 2, 2022

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Hello PH Community!

It was great to see so many families at the annual Back To School Picnic this week! Thank you to the PTA and Mr. and Mrs. Tileston for coordinating this event! What an awesome night it was!

Students in grades 2 - 6 are continuing to take the MAP assessments and students in grades K-2 are being assessed with Fast Bridge. This data will be used to make instructional decisions to meet the needs of students. If you have any questions about the assessments please contact your child's teacher.

School safety is a priority for PH. We practice different emergency drills throughout the school year. This includes fire, tornado, relocation and lockdown drills. Our first fire drill is on Sept. 13th and our first lockdown drill will be at the end of this month. It is encouraged to talk to your child about these drills to help them feel comfortable and secure in handling an emergency situation. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to let me know.

Thank you to everyone for a great start to the school year and all your support! Have a wonderful extended weekend!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


Back To School Picnic A Success! Family Shares A Wonderful Story!

What a great night it was! Thank you everyone for coming out on Tuesday for our annual Back To School Picnic! It was great to see all the students having fun and enjoying the evening!

The picnic is a great opportunity for families to get together as well as meet other families and establish new friendships. Pleasant Hill is built on the close bonds that families share with each other through our school community. One such bond was formed at this years picnic.

A family let us know that during the picnic as they were enjoying the activities, they saw another family and thought that they recognized one of the family members but could not figure out from where. After spending some time trying to figure out why this person was so familiar to them, they decided to introduce themselves. When they approached the other family it turned out after introducing themseves that they were from the same small town in India! They reconnected after all these years and were amazed that they were in the same community and at the same school!

We were very happy to hear this story because it shows how a school/PTA event can bring families together and also create new relationships.

A special thank you to Mr. and Mrs. Tileston for coordinating the picnic again this year. The Tileston's have been coordinating the picnic for several years and this is their last one. We truly thank them for their commitment and time in providing this event for our families! Thank you!

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.

Moving D15 Forward

Hopefully, you heard that the Board of Education unanimously approved a referendum question to be added to the November 8 general election. To find out more about the plan, please visit

Voting Information

In the event you are not already a registered voter in Illinois, registering to vote is simple. You can register online, in person, or you can download registration forms to register through the mail. You can view additional voting information on the Cook County Clerk’s Office website.

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.

Updated School Report Card Grading System Starting This School Year

This school year will start a new syle of report cards students will be receiving. Report cards have shifted wording to come from Illinois State Learning Standards.

  • Emphasizes specific skills and concepts, rather than assigning one overall grade in a subject

  • Shows the student’s performance level on essential standards over time

  • Separates social skills and work habits from academic grades; these two areas are reported separately to allow for a more accurate reporting of a student’s actual performance level on each standard

  • Creates consistency and continuity in assessing student performance among teachers within and across buildings in the district

Grades K-6 New Consistent Grading System


The student begins to understand concepts, but requires teacher assistance.


The student develops an understanding of

concepts to complete tasks and often

works independently.


The student demonstrates a thorough knowledge of

concept and is applying knowledge in novel situations.

Message From Our PTA Presidents! Welcome Back!!

Back to school picnic was a hit!

We have to give credit to our amazing Back to School Picnic

committee for planning such a wonderful event. The weather was perfect, the D.J. brought

great music, a lot of dancing and had some contests. There was also a magician and delicious ice cream. If you did not make it, do not worry there will be another one next year.

We had a chance to meet some new families and were there to explain some of our committee roles that need filling both this year and next. If you did not get a chance to talk about joining a committee, please email at We are happy to connect you to a committee lead. This is the best way to share your talents and get a chance to meet other parent volunteers with a shared interest.

We have a lot to look forward to for the month of September. Picture Day is just next week,

September 7 th . Later in the month make sure to catch Donuts with Grownups on September 27th if your last name begins with the letter A-L or on the 29 th for letters M-Z.

Save the date for our virtual PTA meeting on September 13th at 7pm! Membership is still open, if you did not get a chance to sign up there is still time. There are many benefits to joining the PTA such as access to our membership directory, event signups, PTA related forms and latest news about our committees. we strive for 100% of our school community to be PTA members.

If you do not wish to pay online, you can register online and pick up a form from the office for sending in a cash or check payment. We will pick it up and process it. You can locate membership registration on our website:


Julie Boldt and Rick France

President and President Elect

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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.


As we begin the school year, our PBIS school wide behavior management program is underway! The program consists of reinforcing our "3 B's" (Be Respectful, Be Responsible and Be Safe) throughout the school year. Our PBIS staff leadership committee works very hard during the year to set goals for the students, provide staff with social emotional learning content, track student discipline data as well as plan celebrations and activities for reaching our goals.

Our PAW and Golden PAW program is a favorite with the students. Students can earn a PAW for exhibiting any of the 3 B's from any staff member in the building. At the end of the week they turn in their PAW's and then a drawing happens on Friday mornings. The winners of the drawing then receive a prize!

As a school our goal for the month of September is to collect 1000 PAW's! If we reach this goal we do an all school celebration. Goals are set each month.

Golden PAW's are given to students who go above and beyond exhibiting the 3 B's. Students who receive Golden PAW's also receive a special prize and have their name called and their Golden PAW read over the loudspeaker on Fridays.

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

New Math Curriculum Information

We’d like to introduce you to the Illustrative Mathematics curriculum that we have adopted in K-5. This problem-based curriculum makes rigorous mathematics accessible to all learners.

What is a problem-based curriculum?

In a problem-based curriculum, students spend most of their time in class working on carefully crafted and sequenced problems. Teachers help students understand the problems, ask questions to push their thinking, and orchestrate discussions to be sure that the mathematical takeaways are clear. Learners gain a rich and lasting understanding of mathematical concepts and procedures and experience applying this knowledge to new situations. Students frequently collaborate with their classmates—they talk about math, listen to each other’s ideas, justify their thinking, and critique the reasoning of others.

This kind of instruction may look different from what you experienced in your own math education. Current research says that students need to be able to think flexibly in order to use mathematical skills in their lives (and also on the types of tests they will encounter throughout their schooling). Flexible thinking relies on understanding concepts and making connections between them. Over time, students gain the skills and the confidence to independently solve problems that they've never seen before.

What can my student do to be successful in this course?

Learning how to learn in a problem-based classroom can be a challenge for students at first. Over time, students gain independence as learners when they share their rough drafts of ideas, compare their existing ideas to new things they are learning, and revise their thinking. Many students and families tell us that while this was challenging at first, becoming more active learners in math helped them build skills to take responsibility for their learning in other settings. Here are some ideas for encouraging your student:

  • If you’re not sure how to get started on a problem, that’s okay! What can you try? Could you draw a picture or diagram? Could you make a guess? Could you describe an answer that’s definitely wrong?

  • If you’re feeling stuck, write down what you notice and what you wonder, or a question you have, and then share that when it’s time to work with others or discuss.

  • Your job when working on problems in this class is to come up with ideas and share them. You don’t have to be right or confident at first, but sharing your thinking will help everyone learn. If that feels hard or scary, it’s okay to say, “This is just an idea . . .” or “I’m not really sure but I think . . .”

  • Whether you’re feeling stuck or feeling confident with the material, listen to your classmates and ask them about their ideas. One way that learning happens is by comparing your ideas to other people’s ideas.

We are excited to be able to support your student in their journey toward knowing, using, and enjoying mathematics.

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