Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

October 7, 2022

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No School This Monday 10/10 or Tuesday 10/11

Hello PH Community!

I hope everyone had a nice week! As I went into classrooms this week, it was really nice to see many students working cooperatively with their classmates in partners and small groups. The discussions students and teachers were having showed our positive direction to increasing the level of discourse to enhance our students critical thinking skills. This is evident with our new math curriculum. Please see below for ways that you and your student can work on math together with some at home family problems to solve.

We have a lot of exciting events coming up in the next few weeks! One event that we are bringing back is Halloween! More information will be coming out in next week's newsletter.

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

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


5th Grade Families Seeing The Stars! Thank You Mr. Gebhardt For Volunteering To Host!

Students Working Together!

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 Jane Addams 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

School Safety Playground Sign Is Now Installed

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. A sign has been installed 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.


We have a new PAW goal for the month of October! Our goal is set at 1200 PAWS!! We are excited to begin our journey of reaching this goal. If we can reach 1200 PAWS the students will earn another all school celebration!

Thank you for all your support in continueing to express the importance of being Respectful, Responsible and Safe.

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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Health Records Due Dates!

  • 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

Moving D15 Forward

District 15’s Board of Education unanimously approved a resolution to place a bond referendum on the November 8, 2022 ballot. The Moving 15 Forward plan addresses three major areas of improvement: Repair and Restore Facilities, Update Learning Spaces, and Improve Student Transitions. The plan would also bring Full-Day Kindergarten to our elementary schools. Learn more about the plan at

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

  • 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

Ways to Vote: Vote by Mail, Early Voting (October 24-November 7), Election Day Voting (November 8). For information regarding voter registration and important dates, please visit the Cook County Clerk’s Office website.

Illustrative Math October Unit Task

Thank you to the families who submitted their unit one Illustrative math family tasks during September! We enjoyed seeing your child use math outside of the classroom.

Illustrative Math provides students and families with an opportunity to take their learning from the classroom and apply it to an authentic situation. Below you will find a unit task for the month of October as well as a companion support video that explains what each grade level is learning in class. Follow the steps below to complete the optional unit task for October.

1. Find your child’s grade level below and click the link to access your unit 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.

Kindergarten Unit 2 K-Video

1st Unit 2 1st-Video

2nd Unit 2 2nd-Video

3rd Unit 2 3rd-Video

4th Unit 2 4th-Video

5th Unit 2 5th-Video

6th Unit 2

Accelerated 7th/Pre Algebra Unit Task


Message From Our PTA Presidents!

October started out with wonderful weather and amazing events. We had a 5 th grade star party, coordinated by Tim Gebhardt, with over 100 in attendance. The weather could not have been better – under clear skies, the group enjoyed views of the moon, Jupiter, Saturn, and the

International Space Station. Special thanks to the 5 th grade teachers and to Mitch Trilling from the Northwest Suburban Astronomers, who brought his telescope to help out and share his knowledge of the skies!

The weather continued to be in our favor for Walk to School Day. Volunteers welcomed walkers with a sticker. We had a wonderful time seeing how many took the time to walk to school.Everyone was smiling and it was a happy way to start the day. Special thanks to Ashley Gebhardt for coordinating this great event.

Book Fair and Family Reading Night are right around the corner. During school hours from

October 17 th -19 th , your students will get to preview the books and make a list of their favorites. The store will be open during Family Reading Night in the library and we will keep sales open until October 21 st . A Sign-Up Genius was shared earlier this week and there are still a few spots open. Sign up if you would like to come and help with the preview or at the sale on Family Reading Night, which is scheduled for Wednesday, October 19 th from 6:30-8:00 PM. Not only can you shop the Book Fair, but you will visit classrooms and listen to teachers and local celebrities read aloud, including Dr. Morris! End your evening with a treat in the cafeteria. You can find an Amazon link to donate materials and a Sign-Up Genius for volunteer opportunities in the flyer.

Today, we had another Reflections workshop during recess. If your PH Student wants to be a

part of Reflections but did not make the workshop, please make sure to let us know. We can

share the necessary documents needed for submission. You can also feel free to visit our

website to get the information you need. Projects are due October 26 th .

Our membership drive was a huge success. Thank you to each and every one of you who took the time to sign up. We had many winners from our raffle and you can check them out in Dr. Morris’ announcement. If you have not joined our PTA, you still can by visiting

If you have not ordered Spirit Wear yet make sure to put it on your list of things to do today!

The link will be active until October 9 th , so don’t let this opportunity to show your Pleasant Hill Elementary spirit get away!

We hope everyone enjoys the long weekend,

Julie Boldt and Rick France

pta president and president elect

PTA Family Spirit Wear Winners Are.....

Congratulations to the following families from our PTA Sprit Wear Drawing!! The PTA will be reaching out to you.

Wheeler Family

Schlenker Family

Elstrom Family

Shrestha Family

Grosman Family

Spirit Wear Sale Ends This Sunday! Show Your PH Spirit!

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PTA Membership Lunch with the Principal and Assistant Principal Winners are.....

Congratulations to the following students from the following families from our PTA Membership Drawing!!

Hasty Family

Gosz Family

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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).

Family Reading Night Coming Soon!!

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Book Fair Is Coming Soon! Mark Your Calendars!

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Pleasant Hill Fall Book Fair

Monday 10/17 9 am - 3 pm Student Preview

Tuesday 10/18 9 am - 3 pm Student Preview

Wednesday 10/19 9 am - 11 am Student Preview 12 pm - 3 pm Book Fair Open

6 pm - 8 pm Family Reading Night Book Fair Open

Thursday 10/20 9 am - 11 am Book Fair Open 12 pm - 3 pm Book Fair Open

Friday 10/21 9 am - 11 am Book Fair Open

There is no sales tax at the Fair. Cash, credit cards, and checks to “Anderson’s Book Fair Company” are all accepted.

Don’t forget to check out the Teacher’s Wish List Bins. You can donate books to your classroom!

Books ship free to school if you order online at

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

Schoolwide Information Below

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

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.

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