Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter
March 17, 2023
Hello PH Community!
I hope everyone is doing well. Thank you to our PTA for another great Cougar Carnival! Special thank you to Emily Snyder and Audry Smith for coordinating the event!! It was another great family event!!
We are finished with our state IAR testing for grades 3-6. Thank you to all the teachers and parents for ensuring that students were ready for the test. The next big assessment we will be doing is our Spring MAP testing which will begin in April for grades 2-6. More information will be coming out soon.
Next week is our Internet Safety week for students and families. On Monday starting at 6:30pm we will have an important parent education night on internet safety. I encourage all parents to attend. This night will inform parents on what to look out for when their child is online, the latest statistics and ways to support your child. The Palatine Police will be co- presenting to also inform us on what is happening in our area. Please do not miss out on this parent event. Please see the section below for more information.
Thank you as always for your support!
Have a wonderful weekend!
Important Internet Safety Night For Parents! March 20th at PH! Please Plan To Attend
Parents/guardians of Pleasant Hill students,
Pleasant Hill PTA, Dr. Morris and The Palatine Police Department are excited to invite you to our Be Internet Awesome program on March 20th at 6:30pm in the Pleasant Hill Elementary Cafeteria sponsored by Google and YouTube
During this digital education event, parents and caregivers will have the chance to:
1. Learn about how to keep their families smart, alert, strong, kind and brave online.
3. Engage with their peers to discuss their families’ online experiences and solutions.
Use this link below to register: Parent Workshop Sign Up
*Childcare will be provided in a separate space as long as the child is over three and toilet trained. Please reference in the RSVP if you plan to bring children.
We are very excited to host this important event and hope to see you there!
Julie Boldt and Rick France
PTA President and President Elect
Kindergarten Students Checking For Leprachauns!
One-five Foundation - 50/50 Raffle
The 2023 50/50 raffle is already over $10,000. Get your ticket today for a chance to win up to $30,000! Raffle sales run through March 17, 2023! One winner takes 50% of the sales! Each raffle ticket costs $100.
The drawing will be held on March 17, 2023. Only 600 raffle tickets will be sold! The more sold, the bigger the pot!
5 Essentials Survey is Here! We Need 20% Minimum Participation From Our PH Community
Author Coming To Visit First through Third Grade Classrooms!
He will be speaking on his latest story, "We Don't Eat Our Class Goldfish" which comes out on March 28. Pre-orders are available for purchase and a flyer will be sent home with your child next week if you are interested in completing an order with the school. All purchased books will be signed by Mr. Higgins on the day of his arrival.
We are so excited to have him!
Donations For Library STEM Activites Needed!
We are looking forward to implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into our elementary library lessons. We are excited to bring these hands-on learning experiences to PH and all of D15 schools.
Throughout these activities, students will develop their social skills while also developing skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, and more.
We are needing some help collecting materials for some of the STEM tasks. Here are some of the things we could use. These items are donations and will not be returned. Students can place items in a STEM collection box that are located near the front office in the foyer.
Used or Recycled Materials
Empty Cereal Boxes
Empty Paper Towel Rolls
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Empty Wrapping Paper Rolls
Empty Cardboard Egg Cartons
Puzzles (48-100 Pieces), **Please no wooden or missing pieces Please tape puzzle boxes closed.
Medication at School Guidelines
This includes cough drops, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil and all others. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you want your child to have access to medication while here at school, please reach out to the school nurse Mrs. Martin to discuss how that is possible. If you have any questions, please see pages 57-58 in the Parent/Student Handbook.
Our Golden PAW Wall Is Filling Up!! Great Job Students!!
PBIS AT PLEASANT HILL!! Majors and MInors
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.
Illustrative Math March Unit Task
Thank you to the families who submitted their unit Illustrative Math family tasks during the month of February! 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 February as well as a companion support video that explains what each grade level is learning in class. Click here to learn more about problem-based learning.
Follow the steps below to complete the optional unit task for the month of March.
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.
Accelerated 7th/Pre Algebra
PTA NEWS AND EVENT REMINDERS ***PLEASE READ BELOW***
Message From Our PTA Presidents!
Spring is almost here and today we will get to experience one of our favorite PTA events,
Cougar Carnival. If you missed the presale there is no need to worry, tickets will be sold at the
door. We accept checks and cash for tickets. It is cash only for pizza, soda and ice cream.
Come on by for some Cougar Carnival fun! Festivities begin at 6pm.
On Monday students will start the Be Internet Awesome week. As grant recipients our PTA
gained access to this amazing program. If you would like to learn first-hand what your children will experience, please attend the Be Internet Awesome Parent and Caregiver Workshop on March 20 th from 6:30pm-8pm. Childcare will be provided as long as children are over 3 and potty trained. We will have door prizes, take home materials and a game. Please plan to attend
in order to learn all of the valuable information Dr. Morris and the Palatine Police Department
will present. To RSVP please use this link to Sign Up. You can prepare for the next week ahead of us by exploring the Family Guide.
We are currently in the process of locating candidates for our executive seats. Please
contact us if you’re interested in learning more about our PTA. We would love to know if
you would like to be our Treasurer, Secretary, 2 nd VP New Membership Chair or
President Elect. This is a great time to get involved since we will see a lot of transitions
in the near future and would love to have the support we need to help us ease into the
Julie Boldt and Rick France
PTA President and President Elect
PH Talent Show Is Coming!
Spring Book Fair Is Coming!! We Need Your Help!
Looking For New Year Book Committe Members for 2023 School Year!!
The yearbook committee is looking for someone to lead the committee starting next school year. The previous lead will remain on the committee to co-lead and train.
Yearbook is a great way to connect with the students and see all the fun at the classroom parties and PTA events! If interested and would like to learn more, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
PTA Sponsoring Coke Rewards!
Schoolwide Information Below
Dental Examination Due Date
All Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Sixth Grade students are required to submit a complete dental examination form before May 1. If you are uncertain if you have already submitted this required form, please reach out to Mrs. Martin our school nurse. If your child still needs to provide it, please make an appointment at your dental office and bring this form (in Spanish) with you.
If you currently do not have a dentist, Orland Park Dental Services is scheduling services at D15 schools. For your child to receive this service, registration is required. An invitation will be sent home with your student at the end of February, or you may register them online with this link.
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.
Your partner in safety,
School Safety Playground Sign Is Now Installed
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 email@example.com
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
PLEASE READ...STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK-UP
-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
* 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.
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.