Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

November 4 , 2022

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Happy Halloween From The PH Staff!!

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Hello PH Community!

What an awesome Halloween celebration we had! The parade was so much fun and the parties were amazing! Thank you to all of our room parents and volunteers for bringing back the fun and excitement for the day!

Next week we will be honoring and celebrating Veterans Day on Friday November 11th. We also have Special Person's Day as well. Please see below for the activities of the day.

Parent/teacher conferences will be upon us soon. If you have not already please contact your students' teacher to sign up for a conference. Conferences are extremely important as this is a time to check in on how your student is doing.

Wishing everyone a wonderful weekend!

Thank you as always for all of your support!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


Moving D15 Forward

During the November 8, 2022 election, you will see a question from the Community Consolidated School District 15 regarding its Moving 15 Forward plan. The plan will allow the District to repair and restore our facilities, bring full-day kindergarten to all elementary schools, update schools libraries and some learning spaces, and ensure feeder patterns from elementary to junior high and high school providing all student access to a neighborhood or near neighborhood school. To learn even more about the proposed improvements visit

Thank you 6th Grade Room Parents For Giving Our 6th Graders Their Last Halloween Party At PH!!

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Boys Running Club Ran A Great Race!

Congratulations to the PH Boys Running Club for completing the Halloween Hustle 5k this past Saturday morning! We want to thank our sponsors Mr. Smaga and Mr. Mitchell for coaching this club and inspiring the students. It was our first year back with the club post pandemic and we are all so proud of all the boys that participated. We look forward to seeing the club again next fall!
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Where Is Waldo? See If You Can Find Him!

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Calling All Veterans!

At Pleasant Hill the students and staff take pride in celebrating and recognizing Veteran's Day. This year we will be having our Veteran's Day assembly on Friday November 11th. It is a tradition for us to reach out to our parents, community and beyond to invite veterans to join us in our celebration. If you are a veteran or know a veteran that would like to join us and be recognized please send Dr. Morris an email at Our ceremony will begin at 9am. We ask that our veterans please arrive at the front of the school to check in at the main office at by 8:30.

Having Fun In the School Library!

Donation of Toys, Books and Gift Cards Opportunity For The Holiday Season!

Hello Pleasant Hill Community,

We are done with Halloween and we are moving on to Thanksgiving and the holiday season. During the holiday season many families enjoy giving and receiving gifts. As in years past, there are families who struggle to provide gifts for their children, during this time. Here at Pleasant Hill, we are excited to bring back the tradition of our donation program of toys, books and gift cards, to help these children.

There will be a collection box in the foyer of the main entrance, starting Monday November 28th, 2022 and running through Friday December 9th, 2022.

I would like to thank all of you in advance for your donations. They will be helping many children have something bright to look forward to during this holiday season.


If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to the social worker, Kara Marks, at 847-963-5955 or by email at


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.

Student Council School Store Has Opened! 5th/6th Grade To Start First

Illustrative Math November Unit Task

Thank you to the families who submitted their Illustrative math family tasks during the month of October! 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 the month of November.

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 Task Support Video

1st Unit Task Support Video

2ndUnit Task Support Video

3rd Unit Task Support Video

4th Unit Task Support Video

5th Unit Task Support Video

6th Unit Task

Accelerated 7th/Pre Algebra Unit Task

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 yellow 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.

Your partner in safety,

Claire Kowalczyk
Deputy Superintendent


Message From Our PTA Presidents!

What a great Halloween! We had wonderful weather, the school parade went off without a

hitch, and our room parents did an amazing job coordinating fun parties in the classrooms.

Thank you to all of the parents who support these efforts by contributing. Special thanks to our room parent coordinator for keeping everything organized.

We followed Halloween with a virtual PTA meeting and we appreciate everyone who was able

to make it. Every month, our PTA meetings inform our members of new happenings. These

meetings are a platform for sharing ideas and celebrating our achievements. If you missed this month, please make sure to join us for next month’s meeting on December 13 th .

Next week is an election that will directly impact our community since the Moving 15 Forward

Referendum is on the ballot. If you have not voted yet, please make sure to make it to the polls by Tuesday.

Next Friday is Special Persons Day. Each student is allowed to invite a veteran or a special

person to help celebrate our Veterans Day Ceremony. This is a very special event that has been celebrated differently the past two years. We are looking forward to bringing old traditions back. Please read the details in this newsletter to learn more about Special Persons Day. RSVP is recommended but not required; there is a Google Doc available for RSVPs.

Spirit Wear is coming back! Are you looking for gift ideas this winter? Look no more - take

advantage of a short spirit wear sale this month. All items will be returned prior to winter

break, just in time to buy for your Pleasant Hill student, grandparents, aunts, and uncles to

show off some Cougar Pride!

The Erin’s Law parent presentation is coming up. If you haven’t attended the session before,

this is a very important informative meeting regarding the dangers and red flags of child sexual abuse. This is a Zoom session that is intended for adults only. Please plan accordingly when you take part in this presentation on November 16 th at 7 PM.

As our clocks fall back this weekend, remember to find ways to relax and continue to enjoy

these mild temps. If you have not had time to get involved or join a committee, please email us.

We will find a great way to connect you with the right person. Getting involved is what makes

for a robust community of diverse talents and experiences. We welcome your ideas and input

to further expand this amazing community. Check out our website at to learn more about opportunities to get involved.

Best regards,

Julie Boldt and Rick France

President and president elect

We wish everyone a safe and spooktacular Halloween!

Julie Boldt and Rick France

pta president and president elect

Parent Education Night On Erins Law

The Pleasant Hill Health & Safety Committee hosts the Children’s Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County for the presentation of “Erin’s Law”: How Parents Can Better Understand and Help Children Protect Themselves

Intended Audience: Parents/Guardians of Pleasant Hill students (content is not appropriate for children)

What: What parents need to know to prevent and respond to child sexual abuse

When: November 16, 2022 7p-8p

Where: Zoom Meeting (Please be sensitive to video/audio content from Zoom call)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 883 7524 9760

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- Yesenia Hernandez & Valerie Katz, Children's Advocacy Center of North and Northwest Cook County

Learn more about:

- Erin’s Law and why is the information shared at schools

- The Children’s Advocacy Center

- Yellow and Red light behaviors

- Tools and Behaviors Parents can use to protect their children

- What to do if a child discloses abuse

Why is this presentation important?

• About one in seven girls and one in 25 boys will be sexually abused before they turn 18

• Only about 38% of child victims disclose their abuse

• Nearly 70% of all sexual assaults occur to children ages 17 and under

• About 90% of children who are victims of sexual abuse know their abuser

For more information about the event please contact:

Health & Safety Committee Chair - Laura Molenda

For more resources that can help you please visit:

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Schoolwide Information Below

Head Lice Information

Head lice season is upon us. The peak months are August through October and again in January. Please remember, if your child has head lice, you should be informing the school nurse. The recommended guidelines for parents and guardians is as follows:

  • Check your child’s hair and scalp regularly for eggs; they look like tiny white or greyish grains stuck to the hair. Head lice like clean heads too.
  • Do not allow your child to use other children’s comb, brush etc.
  • If you find your child does have lice, please inform the school.
  • Call your physician for a medicated shampoo or visit your local pharmacy. Directions must be followed for effective treatment. Follow the instructions for the entire family.
  • Proper hair treatment is required for the removal of to prevent recurrence.
  • Inspect comb and hair each day for 10 days to remove dead lice and nits.
  • Machine wash and dry (on hot settings) all stuffed toys, bedding, hats, clothing and disinfect home properly to prevent reemergence of lice.
  • Clean the brushes, combs and hair ornaments using hot soapy water or soak in Lysol for 30 minutes or place in a sealed plastic bag for 30 days.
  • Remind your child to avoid sharing combs, hats, and clothing.
  • Repeat the treatment of the affected person after 7-10 days.

If your student has head lice, they must be excluded from school until the day after the first pediculicide treatment. This is for the safety and well-being of all of our students.

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, 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

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