Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

October 14, 2022

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Hello PH Community!

It was a short week but the weather is definitely feeling more like fall. Please remind your students to bring their coats, hats and gloves to stay warm.

Congratulations to all of our 6th grade cross country participants! They did an excellent job in their annual cross country meet on Thursday. I am so proud of all the students and their determination to not give up and finish the race! Way to go 6th graders!!

Halloween is right around the corner and we are all looking forward to bringing back all of our pre Covid activities. Please read below for more information.

Thank you as always for all of your support!

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

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


Congratulations To All Of Our 6th Grade Cross Country Runners!! Great Job!!

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Halloween 2022! Parent Information

We are all excited to bring back our Halloween celebration as we have done in the past. Please read the information below.

* We will be having our Halloween activities on Monday, October 31st.

* Students will need to wear their costumes to school and follow costume guidelines.

* The all school parade will begin at 9am and we will take the following route. Students and staff will exit the back of the building. We will then head north on Cedar St., then we will head west on Pleasant Hill Blvd and then south on Bennett. We will then head east on Illinois and enter through the front of the school.

* Kindergarten AM will participate in the morning parade and Kindergarten PM students may come for the morning parade as well by having your student dropped off in the office at 8:45 and pick up your student at 9:30. We will also have the kindergarten PM students parade around to the classrooms in the afternoon as well for students only.

*Classroom party information will come from your childs room parent through your teacher in the very near future.

Halloween Costume Policy

Students are permitted to wear costumes on Halloween as long as their attire complies with the student appearance policy in District 15’s parent/student handbook and the following set of expectations:

  • Costumes involving fake blood are not allowed.

  • Actual weapons or look-alikes weapons are not allowed.

  • Masks that cover the face and head are not allowed.

  • Costume make-up is allowed provided it does not cover the student’s entire face. Staff members must be able to identify students.

  • Costumes that could be offensive or perpetuate a stereotype about someone’s culture, gender, heritage or religion are not allowed.

Please Remember To Let The Front Office Know If Your Email Changed After You Regestered Your Student For School


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.

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.

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 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!

Hi, we hope everyone is enjoying fall fun as the leaves begin to turn and the weather is starting to feel crisp.

Our exciting happenings next week will include Book Fair and Family Reading Night. Your

Pleasant Hill Elementary student will enjoy a preview of the Book Fair, beginning Monday and

lasting through Wednesday. Be on the lookout for a wish list that will come home in their

folder. We are still in need of volunteers for the preview as well as for the sale on Family

Reading Night. Check out the signup genius right here:

We are looking forward to Family Reading Night returning in person. Our committee has plans

to make this event the best one yet! Don’t miss your chance to stop by and listen to stories

read aloud by amazing teachers and community members. The evening will end with a special story from Dr. Morris and a treat for everyone. If you would like to help out make sure to click on the link in the flyer in this newsletter. If you cannot volunteer your time please consider donating supplies from their amazon wish list.

We also want to share that we are taking part in Coca-Cola Give program. Learn how you can

donate codes to Pleasant Hill Elementary PTA from your favorite Coca-Cola beverages. Our PTA will assist in

collecting codes and use the funds to gift amazing things for our school.

Also starting this fall our PTA will partner with Chess Without Boarders to introduce a Chess

Club. We will meet after school on Wednesdays for a 9-week session starting in November,

more details regarding fees and the program overall will come soon.

Reflections projects are due October 26 th . We will not host any more workshops during recess; however, it is not too late to enroll. See on our website details on how your student can take part of this amazing opportunity in showcasing their art. The theme this year is, “Show Your Voice!”

Finally, we hope that everyone is enjoying the upcoming excitement for Halloween festivities to begin. We look forward to having Halloween parties in the classroom and resuming our

tradition of a Halloween parade.

Looking forward to all of the fun!


Julie Boldt and Rick France

PTA President and President Elect

Family Reading Night Coming Soon!!

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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).

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

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Sign up in four easy steps:

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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