Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

June 2, 2023

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Hello PH Community!

What an amazing school year we had! As a school we were able to bring back everything and more for our school community this year. None of this could be done without everyone's support. As we head into the summer, please enjoy the time with family and friends. One of my favorite times of the year is the fall when everyone comes back to school and has stories from the summer. Use this summer to make memories with your children and re energize for next year!

I wanted to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all of their support this school year! Thank you to all the parents, family members and friends who volunteered in some capacity at an event or even took the time to help in our school. Thank you to the teachers for their dedication, compassion and commitment to our students. Thank you to our custodians for keeping our school clean and safe. Thank you to our nutrition services coordinator for 1000's of hot lunches she has prepared and served this school year. Thank you to our program assistants for continuing to support our students and teachers every day. Thank you to our office staff for keeping the school running, safe and being the face of PH. Thank you to our PTA for all the hours of planning and executing the many exciting activities and events for our school community to enjoy! We are PH strong!

It takes everyone to make a school successful and we are a school community where everyone is a apart of our success. I am looking forward to another great school year in the fall!!

Thank you as always for your support!


Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


Thank You PTA For AN Awesome field day!!!

What a way to end the school year!! The weather was warm but it was a beautiful day to be outside and have fun with our friends! Thank you to Mrs. Lutostanski, Mrs. Hyde and Mrs. Strachowsky for all their time and committment in organizing the day! Thank you to the many parent volunteers who came to help out at stations and give up their time for our kids. We are so grateful for our PH community in coming together to make field day an event that the students look forward to and are extremely excited to be a part of!
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Good Luck To Our 6th Graders Next year at Plum Grove!

Dear 6th grade class of 2023

I am honored to celebrate this day with you and also celebrate the time that you have been here at Pleasant Hill. It is amazing to see how you have grown in the time you have spent here.

Today is an opportunity to celebrate and reflect on the many years that you have contributed to our school, while also celebrating the opportunities that you will have as you move on to the next phase of your educational career. Your learning experiences, however, have only begun. Is is my hope that you will approach the next grades with eagerness equal to your abilities and take advantage of the many wonderful opportunities available to you.

As you get older, and take the next step, I want you to think about the friends that you have made and the memories you have made with them. Friendships are an important part of life and most importantly an important part of a successful school experience. Seeing a familiar face in your classes at Plum Grove Junior High will not only relieve any anxiety you might have but also provide you with a sense of familiarity. Hold on to these friendships and stay true to who you are. Remember a friend is someone who understands your past, believes in your future, and accepts you just the way you are.

Remember that Pleasant Hill is always here for you, whether you are just stopping by to say hello, visiting your past teachers or if you just need someone to talk to. We will always be here for you and excited to hear how you are doing.

Continue to take the values that you have learned at Pleasant Hill and apply them to the next chapter of your education at the Junior High School.

Good luck on your journey and thank you for all the memories you have given the teachers and staff at Pleasant Hill.

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris

Mrs. Paciorek's 2nd Grade Class Helping Keep Our Playground Clean!

The students of Mrs. Paciorek's second grade class wanted to find a way to help keep PH clean and safe. Students proposed to Dr. Morris a garbage can to place near the playground for students and the community to use. The garbage can was ordered, students decorated it and then came outside to find a suitable place. Great job Mrs. Paciorek's students!!
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BrightBytes Parent Survey For PH..Please Take 5 Minutes to Complete

Our school is partnering with BrightBytes, a data analytics organization built to provide insights into our new and changing learning environments with the goal of ensuring equitable learning support for all students.

Last year, your participation helped us form a more complete picture of how learning is taking place and has allowed us to create targeted initiatives to support our teachers and students. In order to better understand our progress over the past year and identify next steps for our initiatives, we are asking you to provide your perspective around classroom support and resources.

We are requesting that you take part in this important school survey. Your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The last day to complete this survey is June 2, 2023. Please respond using the link below:

Your participation is extremely important to us. It will give us a better understanding of our students’ needs and areas for improvement at our school. As always, thank you for your ongoing support of [school name].

Whole School Celebration for reaching our goal of 1500 paws for being respectful, responsible and safe!

Pleasant Hill Recognized By PBIS

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School Supply Lists For 2023 School Year!

It is hard to believe we are thinking about next school year. Here is the link to the school supply list for the 2023 school year.

School supply List 23/24

helping hands club finishes the buddy bench!

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Medication pick-up at nurses office

Please remember if you have any medication for your child at school in the nurses office to pick it up. Please stop by the office before June 8th between 8-11 and 1-4.


Has your student received a minor? Have they received a major? These forms of behavior management are used for various offenses that can occur during the school day. Below is a guide to help you as the parent better understand what they are to help you support your student at home. If for any reason you are unsure or have any questions, please contact your child's teacher or Dr. Morris and Mr. Fabrikant.

What is a minor?

  • Students have been taught what is expected at school in various settings. They are reviewed periodically throughout the year. We have visual reminders of our expectations displayed around school and Boosters three times a year as a school.

  • A minor is a record of a behavior that is in violation of the Three B’s. It is a warning.

  • A student will receive a minor after he/she has been re-taught the appropriate behavior but continues the inappropriate behavior .

  • If a student receives 3 minors within a month period, a Major will be issued.

What is a major?

  • Major behaviors demonstrate a purposeful or serious disregard for expectations at Pleasant Hill. Some examples but not limited to are behaviors that can lead to injury, the safety of others and extreme disrespect towards students or staff.

  • For a major offense students will be seen by administration.

  • Consequences will be determined and given by administration.

  • Parents will be notified by a school administrator when a major offense has been issued.

  • Three minors equals one major. Staying in from lunch/recess is a consequence that is issued unless administration determines otherwise.

We Filled our golden paw board!! great job PH!!

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PTA President's Message

Good afternoon Pleasant Hill community,

We want to start by thanking our Field Day committee for putting on an event that is packed with positive energy, memories and fun. We couldn't tell who was having the best time, the kids, volunteers or teachers. It was wonderful to see so many smiling faces, listening to all of the laughter and cheer. All in all it was such a great day!

This was an amazing year and we are so lucky to have the support of so many parents, teachers, administrators and beyond. It was so exciting that Dr. Morris was awarded Illinois Outstanding Administrator! With his help and all of yours, we were able to bring back so many traditions and create a few new programs. We could not do this without everyone’s efforts. If you are looking for a great way to show pride over our school's accomplishments please complete our end-of-year survey for the School of Excellence application. We will continue to collect results through the weekend. Survey Link

We want to thank all of our committee leaders and every volunteer who stepped in to make our events, clubs, service projects and materials possible. It takes a village to bring what we have and this group really knows how to deliver! Looking to next year, we hope to continue to see both new and familiar faces. For those of us that are leaving the executive team or rolling off committee seats, we promise that we are leaving this PTA in great hands. All of you can look forward to another year with an amazing team of individuals who want to continue to bring great things for Pleasant Hill Elementary. If you would like to be a part of a committee or have a new idea please do not hesitate to reach out to them, they would love to hear from you.

We wish everyone a wonderful and safe summer and look forward to seeing everyone back together in the fall.


Julie Boldt and Rick France

School of excellence survey! please take the survey for our PTA

In the beginning of the school year we issued a baseline survey for our School of Excellence application. An email was sent today with a letter that highlights all that our PTA accomplished and included the end-of-year survey. Please take this short 5-10 minute survey, your participation is needed in order for us to succeed in this program.

You can access the survey through this link: School of Excellence Survey

We hope that everyone has a wonderful summer and thank you for a great school year!

Julie Boldt and Rick France

PTA Executive Team


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Schoolwide Information Below

School Safety New Procedure! Please Read

Keeping our schools safe and secure is a top priority for District 15. We regularly review our procedures and protocols, and make improvements when necessary. To that end, we are writing to share an update from previous procedures. Effective immediately, when visitors ring the doorbell at a school, the office staff will ask the visitor their name and the purpose of their visit. If the visitor is a parent or guardian that is just dropping off a forgotten lunch or homework assignment, etc. they will be asked to leave it on the "drop off" table in the vestibule.

Please remember to label the items you drop off with your child’s name and grade level/teacher to ease the delivery of the items.

When parents/guardians or visitors are at the school for a meeting or to volunteer, they will be required to provide a driver's license or state ID which will be used to produce a visitor badge for the individual to wear on a red visitor lanyard while they are in the building. The office will keep the license/state ID and return it to the individual when the visitor badge is returned as they leave the building. This will ensure all staff can visually see that only individuals cleared through their office are in our schools.

When a parent/guardian comes in to pick up a student early from school, they will be asked to produce a state ID for verification.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we work together to keep our schools safe places for our staff, students, and visitors.

School Playground Is Closed During The School Day To The Public

School safety remains a top priority in District 15. To ensure our schools are as safe as they can be, an additional safety protocol has been put in place this year. A sign has been installed to our playgrounds notifying the community that the playground 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.

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.

Mrs. Martin can be reached at 847-963-5902 or via email

Student Entrances and Exits For 2023 - 2024 School Year

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 #6 (West side of the school)

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.

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