Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

September 1, 2023

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Hello PH Community!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our PTA Back To School Picnic! It was a fantastic event and it was great to be able to catch up and see everyone! Thank you to Rick France and Amanda Burress for all the work they put into coordinating this event!!

We are finishing up our MAP testing for students in grades 2-6 and also continuing to assess students in K-2 with Fastbridge. The data from these assessments along with classroom observations and assessments will be used to better differentiate for students. Communication with your child's teacher is very important. If you have any questions or concerns academically please contact your child's teacher.

It will be very warm next week so please plan accordingly for your student. A water bottle for recess and in the classroom is recommended.

Have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!

Thank you as always for your support!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


Back To School Picnic Was Awesome!

Thank you to everyone who came out to our annual PTA sponsored Back to School Picnic! It was a great time and it was so nice to be able to see everyone! A BIG thank you to Amanda Burress and Rick France for their time and commitment in making this event possible! THANK YOU!

Our school community is strong and our PTA/School is committed to provide meaningful events for our families. This is just one example of an event that truly brings students and families together. Thank you all for continuing to make Pleasant Hill a school of excellence!

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Its Official!! National PTA School of Excellence Recognizes 9 Illinois PTA's And PH Is On The List!

National PTA's School of Excellence program is designed to build strong partnerships between families and schools and create meaningful family engagement. This year, National PTA has recognized nine Illinois PTAs as Schools of Excellence for the 2022-2024 period.

Thank you to every member or our executive board of the years, committee chairs, volunteers and anyone who has been a part of our PTA events!

The nine Illinois PTAs recognized as Schools of Excellence are:

  • Aldrin PTA (Schaumburg)
  • Helen Keller Jr. High School PTA (Schaumburg)
  • Hoover PTA (Schaumburg)
  • Jefferson PTA (Collinsville)
  • Pleasant Hill PTA (Palatine)
  • Stevenson PTA (Elk Grove Village)
  • Twin Echo PTA (Collinsville) [Phoebe Apperson Hearst Family-School Partnership Award of Merit]
  • Whiteley PTA (Hoffman Estates)
  • Whittier PTA (Downers Grove)

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Eagle Scout Project To Build An Ourdoor Classroom For our School Is Completed!

Dominic DiCosola a former Pleasant Hill student, his troop, family and friends spent time this summer and into the first week of the school year working on his Eagle scout project. The project plan was to revitalize the outdoor classroom on the west side of the school. All of us at PH are honored that Dominic chose to do a project at his almamatar Pleasant Hill. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this project!
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Animals On School Property During The School Day

Please remember the district policy regarding animals on school grounds. Thank you!

No animals are allowed on school grounds during times when children are present unless pre-authorized by the Principal of the school. (Trained service animals in use by a person with a disability are allowed on school grounds.)

Another Great Week At Pleasant Hill!

Use Stopfinder To Track Your Students Bus!

Thank you all for your patience and understanding as we kicked off the 2023-2024 school year. We apologize for any confusion or frustration bus routes may have caused. Last year, we implemented Stopfinder (the new bus GPS system) as a resource to help families. Invitations were sent to families of bus riders.

Please note, the invitation will go to the PRIMARY email address listed in Infinite Campus (only one contact). Once activated, the primary contact can share the link to register with other caregivers. We have shared instructions for how to share the bus schedule below or it can be found on our website.

It is important to download the mobile app as StopFinder will have the most up-to-date information regarding your child’s transportation.

Water Bottles At School

At Pleasant Hill we do allow students to bring water bottles to school. Especially when the summer heat is still with us, it is a good idea to send your student with a reusable water bottle to bring outside to use at recess as well as in the classroom. The school has water filling stations for students to use throughout the day.

Students Recieved The first round of behavior expectations

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Last Friday and early this week students were exposed to our annual behavior expectations rotation stations. First and second grade students were brought to the cafeteria to go over expected behavior during an assembly and played a game with the teachers highlighting the Three B's (Be respectful, Be responsible and Be safe). Third through fifth grade students went with their teachers to different stations in the school (hallway, cafeteria, recess....) to discuss expected behavior. Kindergarten students had a visit from Dr. Morris and sixth grade students discussed behaviors with their classroom teachers. We will be doing these stations after winter break and spring break as well.

I Scream, You Scream – We All Scream for Ice Cream

In September, we will begin selling ice cream to all grade levels, and will include a non-dairy and nut free option for students with allergies. Ice Cream will be sold every Wednesday during the lunch hour. The cost is $1.00. as an A`La Carte item, ice cream does not qualify under Free and Reduced status. Therefore, students must have money in their account or cash to pay for the ice cream.
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PTA President's Message

Dear Pleasant Hill Community Members,

We hope this message finds you in great spirits as we approach the long Labor Day weekend. First and foremost, we'd like to extend our deepest gratitude to each and every one of you who attended our annual community picnic. Your presence and contributions made it a day to remember!

We are thrilled to announce that together, we raised $150 for the Pleasant Hill PTA. These funds will go a long way in supporting various educational and community programs that enrich the lives of our children and families.

One of the highlights of the event was seeing so many new faces! It was a pleasure to introduce new families to our vibrant and supportive Pleasant Hill community. A warm welcome to you all!

Mark Your Calendars :

  • Our next PTA meeting will be on September 12th. We value your input and look forward to discussing upcoming events and initiatives. More details will be shared soon.

  • At the end of September, we have the much-anticipated "Donuts with Grownups" event. This is a wonderful opportunity for parents and guardians to share a morning treat with their children and engage with the school community.

We hope you have a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend!

Rick France and Amanda Burress PTA President and President Elect

P.S. As always, if you have any ideas, questions, or would like to volunteer for upcoming events, please feel free to reach out. We’re all ears!


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.

  • Parents are notified either by email or by the teacher to help reteach the appropriate behavior at home.

  • 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 and being retaught the appropriate behavior is a consequence that is issued but not limited to unless administration determines otherwise.

Schoolwide Information Below

Student Entrances and Exits For 2023 - 2024 School Year! Door 7 Will No Longer Be In Use

Doors Will Open at 8:18 each morning. For students in grades K-2, parking at Birchwood to walk your students to their door is encouraged.

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 #6 (West side of the school)

Kindergarten PM - Front Entrance of The School

Students Riding The Bus Will Enter and Exit The Front Doors

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.

Dropping Off Items For Your Student During The School Day Procedures

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.

We appreciate your support and understanding as we work together to keep our schools safe places for our staff, students, and visitors.

Please Remember Our School Playground Is Closed During The School Day To The Public

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. 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.


* Do not watch students from your vehicle while students are outside.

* Do not call students over to give them items when students are outside (please go to the main office if you wish to see your student).

* When picking up students after AM Kindergarten do not play on the playground while students are outside.

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


-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.

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