Monthly Memo from the Principal

Mrs. Robbins- October 2019

Happy Fall Y'all!

Can you believe it is already October? I know it does not feel like it, but it is officially fall. Seems just like yesterday we were welcoming all of our new kindergartners to Kinder Camp and showing third graders how to find their rooms upstairs. And now we are hosting parent/teacher conferences and preparing for report cards to go home (or technically shared in our new Home Access Center).

This month holds so many fun times and events for our community! Please let us know if you have any questions about your October event calendar that went home in this week's Wednesday folder. It is also included below. Remember that most of these events and the calendar are also shared on our PHE website, Facebook page, and Twitter. The ethical principle of the month is: pursuit of excellence.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to say thank you for all of your sweet words and thoughts over the last couple of weeks. We have had some very difficult things happen and your love and support have been overwhelming. Ms. Joanna has been out since last week with the passing of her sweet father and helping her mom during this difficult time. She will be back with us later this week. Also, we recently had a teacher who lost her husband after a long battle with cancer. Although we know he is at peace, she will miss him daily and hopes we take the time to cherish each moment we have with our families. Finally, as we shared in the recent Insider, we were shocked with the loss of one of our students this past weekend. Anytime you hear of a child passing it is heartbreaking, but even worse when you know who they are and that they are a part of our school and community. We so appreciate the thoughts, prayers, and condolences; also we appreciate your respect towards the family's privacy. Please let us know if your student or your family need support during this difficult time. Our school counselor, Ms. Valles, is available to assist your student(s) should there be a need. You may contact her at 512-570-6416. Should additional counseling support be required, Leander ISD has a team who can support the PHE community.

As always, we are here to help!

Heather Robbins

heather.robbins@leanderisd.org

Pleasant Hill welcomes Dr. Bruce Gearing to Leander ISD!

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Get to know your Assistant Principal, Marcia Fields

This is my second year as the Assistant Principal here at PHE, and I’m so glad to be here! I have been in education for 15 years now. I have taught 2nd Grade, 1st Grade, and 5th Grade. I have also served as an Instructional Coach. My experience has taken me all over the district including C.C. Mason Elementary, River Ridge Elementary, Whitestone Elementary, and River Place Elementary. Here’s a fun fact about my time at C.C. Mason Elementary: I taught Mrs. Robbins’ oldest daughter, Emma, in 1st Grade! She was sweet, smart, and beautiful then, and she still is today!

I was born and raised in Corpus Christi where my family still lives and runs the family steel business. I have two younger brothers who are both married and have given me four amazing nieces and nephews. I attended and graduated from Texas Tech University in Lubbock and shortly after met the love of my life, Michael, who proudly works for the Austin Fire Department. We have one son, Mason, who keeps us very busy with his baseball commitments and his enthusiasm for life. He is, most certainly, our greatest blessing. He is in 6th Grade, and attends Leander Middle School, and he’s loving it!

Michael and I very intentionally sold our house in Round Rock several years ago and moved to Leander because we love this community and this school district. We wanted Mason to have the privilege of growing up here, surrounded by the amazing people and teachers that we have come to know and love. I believe in this school district and its focus on student learning as well as its commitment to always doing what is best for children. I look forward to serving this district for many years to come! Please feel free to reach out to me if I can ever be of service to you and your child.

Marcia Fields

(pronounced Marsha)

marcia.fields@leanderisd.org

Do you know a VETERAN?

To all of our veterans and active service members: we will be celebrating Veteran's Day on Monday, November 11th where you are welcome to join us for breakfast and a slide show offered in the main hallway. Our doors open at 7:20 AM. Grab a chair and enjoy the slideshow that will be running all day. If you know a veteran or active service member, please email us a picture (jpg) to be used in our slideshow. Send pictures to Laura Armour laura.armour@leanderisd.org. In order to be included this year in the slideshow, we will need all pictures emailed by Friday, October 18th. Please call if you have any questions!

Thank you!

Overtime with Ms. Robbins and Ms. Fields

Join us for the October meeting with administrators on Friday, October 11th after Husky Huddle (usually 8:15-9:00 AM). We will have coffee and donuts to share with the group. No need to let us know you are coming...just show up! We will be discussing a few hot topics and answering any questions you may have! Join us!
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NO SCHOOL October 14th and 15th for our staff development days

Training for all students on bullying

On Monday, all students received the annual student bullying training during their specials time. Mrs. Fields presented the training and focused on what the term “bullying” means and how to respond to it. There was also conversation regarding “mean” and “rude” behavior that is, at times, mistaken for bullying. We thought that it would be helpful to share those meanings with parents, as well, so that you can support your child at home with these understandings. As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. You can also check out the Leander ISD site on bully prevention.

Custodian Appreciation Week- October 7th-11th. Thank you Mr. Randy and Mr. John!

Our custodians do an amazing job of keeping our school clean and orderly. Please take a moment to say thank you to Mr. John and Mr. Randy for all of their hard work. We appreciate them very much!

PTA Healthy Husky Walk-a-thon and 1st Silver Shoe

The PHE PTA will host their fall fundraiser on Friday, October 18th during the first Silver Shoe of the year. The fundraiser will be a Walk-A-Thon that will enable the students to raise money for their school while testing themselves physically. Students are invited to ask for donations from friends, family, and neighbors, but please DO NOT approach strangers. Students will earn prizes based on donations. The PHE PTA will use the funds raised at this event to help support our school with things like: teacher trainings, technology for classrooms, student programs and activities, the Husky Garden, and much more! Student can start collecting now. All donation money needs to be turned in by the Walk-A-Thon on October 18th. Money can also be donated at https//pleasant-hill-elementary-pta.square.site/ if you need to use a debit/credit card. Checks can be made out to PHE PTA. Please refer to the large white envelope that went home last week for more information.

Have some PHEnomenal news to share about your Husky?

Fill out this form to tell us all about it and possibly have your student recognized at a Husky Huddle!

Join PHE PTA!

Did you know that the PTA is the oldest and largest child advocacy associations in the United States? Our goal is to have at least one PTA member for each and every child enrolled at PHE, so every child has a voice. For less than three cents a day, you can be that voice! You can also get connected to the school, teachers, and the community; be a role model; have access to parenting resources like the National PTA online magazine Our Children; take advantage of special partnership offers for companies like Costco, Great Wolf Lodge, and more.


Single memberships are $6.50 and double memberships are $11.00. Buy a PTA Bundle for $15.00 and get your yearly membership plus a PTA t-shirt. Check out the PHE PTA on Facebook at Pleasant Hill Elementary PTA or on Twitter @ptahuskies. Please join today and support our campus!

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Questions about the Yankee Candle fundraiser?

We are partnering with Yankee Candle fundraising program to help support our PHE PTA. Please see your large red packets for online ordering information. Our current sale ends October 9th. 40% of every sale goes back to our school PTA. Watch this great information video about our Yankee Candle fundraiser. Please contact phepta.fundraising@gmail.com with any questios.

School Lunch Accounts

Please go to the Leander ISD CNS My Mealtime site to add money to your child's breakfast/lunch account. Online is the only way to use a credit/debit card. You can make payments with check or cash before school from 7:20-8:00 AM or during your child's lunch. Please contact our cafeteria manager Victoria McClellan at victoria.mcclellan@leanderisd.org for more information.

Sensory Times and Room

If needed, PHE has a sensory time and room at all PHE events. If your child would like to attend events early (30 minutes prior to the posted start time) for transition purposes or if you would like to have access to our sensory room (room 1209) during PHE events, please contact Mrs. Robbins at heather.robbins@leanderisd.org or Hallie Raesz (special education team leader) at hallie.raesz@leanderisd.org at least 1-2 days before the posted event. An instructional assistant may be available as well. Please let us know what your student needs!