The Panther Post

January 2021 Monthly Newsletter

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Happy New Year!

Dear PH Staff, Students, & Families~

I hope you all enjoyed the holidays with your loved ones. Although we may have celebrated in different ways this year, it is always reassuring to know the reason for the season and truly focus on that.

2020 brought with it many challenges. We lived through a pandemic, which completely altered our daily lives. The good news, we learned the many ways in which we are resilient and can make the best out of the situation we are in. I want to personally thank you all for the sacrifices you have made here at Pleasant Hill to make education the best possible experience it could be for our children the last several months. We truly pulled together and worked collaboratively as a team to make both in person and remote learning a success.

In 2021, I look forward to continuing our partnership together. One of my priorities in the new year is the social emotional health of our staff, students, families, and community members. I want to spread the power of optimism, hope, social connection, and greater meaning at work and in our personal lives. In the coming month, the district will be providing staff, students, and families with online resources that will promote social emotional well being. Please be on the lookout for further information! I can't wait to share this opportunity with you.

Yours In Education,

Mrs. Lisa Weaver


Meet Pleasant Hill's Newest Team Members

Mr. Raul Araya

Hi, my name is Raul Araya. I will be working as the second shift custodian. I am a former Pleasant Hill Panther. All of my siblings also attended Pleasant Hill. I am a father of two girls. My hobbies are coaching wrestling and working out. I am excited to join the Panther team here at Pleasant Hill.
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Ms. Janelly Ramirez

My name is Janelly Ramirez. I will be working as a dual language para-educator here at Pleasant Hill. I was born in Georgia but I’ve lived most of my life in Peoria, IL. I love learning new things and helping out others, but what I love most is working with kids. Knowing I can help make a difference in their lives. When not learning, you can find me traveling or being with family and friends!
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Pleasant Hill continues to utilize the Character Counts framework within the school to build a positive climate and instill the six character traits. Each month, the students focus on learning more about one of the six character traits. During the month of January, we are learning all about FAIRNESS! Be sure to ask you child to share with you what it means to be fair and give some of examples of how they exhibit fairness at Pleasant Hill!

Notes From the Nurse

Happy New Year Pleasant Hill families! Here are a few reminders:

~Please remember to Self-Certify your children EVERY morning! They will need their lanyard and sticker with the date and your initials to enter the building. We really need your help with this process in order to get the students into the building and out of the cold as quickly as possible.

~Please continue to practice the 3 W's during the COVID-19 pandemic yourself and for your children: Wear your mask, Watch your distance, and Wash your hands (often and thoroughly)

~Get your Flu shot and get your children their flu shots! Flu season is here, even during the pandemic!

~If you got a notice that medical records or a dental exam is needed for your student, please make those appointments and get them taken care of as soon as possible.

~Finally, please see below on practicing Self-Care during COVID-19! These can apply to adults AND children.

As always, please contact me for any of your needs or your student's needs. I am here for all of you during this difficult year!

Mrs. K Naugle, BSN, RN, NCSN

School Nurse

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Handwashing Fun

Mrs. Naugle visited all classrooms to teach us about the 3 W's and to show us how to wash germs off our hands. The students got "fake germs" in their hands, and watched how the power of soap, water, and proper handwashing skills could wash away the germs. Check out the third graders in action.
Never give up , Believe in yourself!

Important Notes & Reminders

  • Don't forget, we still need parents/guardians to self-certify students each and everyday. Please check your child for symptoms, including scanning for a fever. If your child is symptom free, initial and date a sticker and place it on your child's lanyard. Thanks so much.
  • Just a reminder that students will have outdoor recess if the real feel temperature is 20 degrees or above. Please be sure to send your children to school dressed appropriately to go outdoors for recess, which would include coats, hats, scarves and gloves or mittens. We encourage all students to get outdoors to enjoy ten minutes of fresh air during recess. Students will only be allowed to stay indoors for recess if they have a doctor's note for a medical condition.
  • School emergency closings could happen at any time of the year. Please be sure you have plans (with a family member, neighbor, or child care provider) on what is expected should an emergency closing occur at Pleasant Hill School. School procedures call for an emergency school closing announcement to be given over local radio and television media. When listed, please look for Pleasant Hill School District #69 or Pleasant Hill Elementary School in determining if school will be closed. Information on school closings will also be sent to families via our automated phone messaging service School Messenger and will be posted on the school website and Facebook pages. If Pleasant Hill is closed due to weather, students will still engage in e-learning activities and the day will be counted as a day of student attendance. Therefore, students will need to check in on teacherease and engage in learning activities, just as they would if it were a remote learning day.
  • We currently have a large collection of lost and found items here in the gym. Please encourage your child to check the box during gym class to see if any of their items are in there. If these items are not claimed by the end of January, they will be donated.

Mark Your Calendars

  • January 4-No School-Teacher In-Service
  • January 5-Students Return to In Person Learning At School-Start of Third Quarter
  • January 18-No School-Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 19-29-AIMS Web Plus Benchmark Assessment K-2 & NWEA MAP Benchmark Assessment 3-8
  • January 23-Board of Education Meeting 9:00 AM-Annual Board Retreat Immediately Following Regular Meeting
  • January 29-Early Dismissal at 11:30 for Staff School Improvement Activities