The Panther Post

November 2018 Monthly Newsletter

The Great Turkey Race

Our second quarter reading competition is in full swing! Each time a student reaches a reading goal, they will earn a turkey to put on the bulletin board. The second quarter ends on December 20. Documentation sheets for the second quarter will need to be turned in by December 20. Each student should keep track of the books they are reading for the second quarter. A good place to keep this form is in their homework folder. The reading for this competition can take place at home or school. Pre-Kindergarten, Kindergarten and First grade students can be read to for the competition. Second through fifth grade students will be asked to do some kind of activity to show their teacher they have read the books on their list or take an AR test.

The reading goals for the Great Turkey Race are as follows:

1st Turkey

Pre-K & Kindergarten 9 different picture books

First Grade 9 different picture books

Second Grade 6 picture books or 2 chapter books

Third Grade 6 picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth Grades Teacher decides requirements

2nd Turkey

Pre-K & Kindergarten 18 different picture books

First Grade 18 different picture books

Second Grade 12 picture books or 2 chapter books

Third Grade 12 picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth Grades Teacher decides requirements

3rd Turkey

Pre-K & Kindergarten 27 different picture books

First Grade 27 different picture books

Second Grade 18 picture books or 2 chapter books

Third Grade 18 picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth-Fifth Grades Teacher decides requirements

If you have any questions at all about the reading competition, please don't hesitate to call, send a note, or email Mrs. Kluesner!



  • We encourage all of you to come out and join us in cheering on the boys basketball team this month. As a reminder, if you attend basketball games as a spectator, it is extremely important that you are courteous and respectful. We ask that all spectators remain silent during free throw shots, allowing players the ability to focus on their shot. Often times, referees do not make the right call, or the call we perceive is the right one. They are doing the best they can and need to be respected.
  • Now that the first quarter is over, students are no longer allowed to wear shorts. Please remember that as the weather continues to change, students need to bundle up, as they will go outside for recess everyday if the wind chill is 20 degrees or above.
  • We are always in need of volunteers at Pleasant Hill. If you are interested in volunteering and helping out the PHS Parents Club, please send an email to and let one of the members know.
  • THANKS so much to all the parents who came out for student led conferences. Students were thrilled to be able to share their progress with you. We appreciate you taking time out of your busy schedules to invest in your child's education. If you have not yet met with your child's teacher, please be sure to send the teacher a quick email or call the school to set up a conference time. Our goal is to meet with 100% of families.
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5 Essentials Survey

Parents we need your help! Please share your thoughts about Pleasant Hill School's climate and culture by taking the 5 Essentials Survey. Just click the following link, then choose Peoria County and Pleasant Hill Elementary School in Peoria, IL from the drop down list.

Student Council Events

In November, classrooms will come together as one in the form of a turkey! We will create a giant turkey body to be hung in the front of the school. Each classroom will then create one "feather" using poster board that has been provided to them to create a display of what Thanksgiving means to them. Be on the lookout for the Pleasant Hill turkey to see what our school community is thankful for!

Student Council will also sponsor a couple of spirit days this month as well. Please encourage your child to participate. The themes are as follows:

November 9: Red, white, and blue day

November 19: Flannel day

November 20: Dress like a turkey day

November 26: "Fat pants"/sweat pants day

Congratulations to Our Star Students of the Month Nevaeh Laufenberg & Corban Allen

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Leadership: Sharing the Vision School Board Members Day November 15, 2018

November 15 will mark the tenth official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. This is an opportunity for Pleasant Hill to thank our school board members for their commitment in providing a local governance voice for education decisions.

Board members craft a vision, mission, and goals that accurately reflect the desires expressed by community parents and residents. They take their positions seriously and view their roles as a way to create lasting educational opportunities every student.

When it comes to public service school board members are some of the most selfless volunteers around. They are the front-line advocates providing a local voice in our public school systems. They serve—not for a paycheck—but instead to protect the community’s tax dollars and provide a pathway to success for our children.

Board members do more than just attend meetings, they devote a significant amount of their own personal time to the district. They attend extracurricular events, participate in professional development opportunities to become better leaders, and work many hours to ensure students have access to educational resources they need to succeed. Many of these activities take them away from time that could be spent with their own family.

Quality education opportunities are one of the largest drivers of successful communities. High quality public schools equate to a thriving local economy and a growing community. A great school system is a source of local pride among residents. The leadership exemplified by board members directly impacts not only students and the school district, it touches the lives of nearly every community resident in one way or another.

November 15, 2018 has been designated as School Board Members Day in Illinois. Leadership for our community and our schools begins with the tireless work of the local board of education. Help us thank school board members by recognizing their efforts.

I would like to take the opportunity to thank Pleasant Hill School Board Members for their dedication to the district:

William Preston

Mike Kocher

Jim Wendland

Moira Bazhenow

Veronica Canty

Jennifer Hougland

Mark Your Calendars

  • November 1-6th/7th Grade Boys Basketball Game @ St. Peter's Lutheran Church in East Peoria 4:30
  • November 6-Boys Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Peoria Heights 4:30
  • November 7-Boys Basketball Game @ Georgetowne 4:30
  • November 8-Girls Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Norwood 8th Grade Night
  • November 9-Spirit Day-Wear Red, White, & Blue
  • November 12-Boys Basketball Game @ Riverview 5:00
  • November 13-Boys Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Hollis 4:30
  • November 15-Board Member Appreciation Day-Board Lunch and Recognition 11:45-Boys Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Beverly Manor 4:30-Girls Basketball Game @ Blessed Sacrament School 5:30
  • November 16-Sock Hop Pre-K-4 6:00-7:30
  • November 17-Free Throw A Thon 7:00-9:00 AM
  • November 19-Spirit Day-Wear Flannel-Boys Basketball Game @ Pleasant Valley Middle School 5:00
  • November 20-Spirit Day-Dress like Turkey Day-Boys Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Concordia 4:30-Board of Education Meeting 6:00
  • November 21-25-Thanksgiving Break-No School
  • November 26-Spirit Day-Wear Sweat Pants-Boys Basketball Game @ PHS VS. Bartonville 4:30
  • November 28-Boys Basketball Game @ South Pekin 4:30
  • November 29-Boys Basketball Game @ Pekin Good Shepherd 4:30