The Panther Post

November 2020 Monthly Newsletter

Royal Readers Reading Competition

Dear Parents and Students,

It is time to start our 2nd quarter reading competition for Kindergarten through 5th grade. Our second quarter theme will be Royal Readers.

The second quarter ends on December 18. Documentation sheets will need to be turned in by this date for second quarter prizes. Students will earn prizes for each level they reach. Each student should keep track of the books they are reading for the second quarter. Pre-School, Kindergarten and First grade students will need help with this. A good place to keep their documentation sheet would be their homework folder or assignment notebook.

Pre-school, Kindergarten and first grade students can count books that are read to them. If they are reading books on their own, great, count them too! Second through fifth grade students will be asked to do some type of activity to show their teachers that they have read the books on their lists or take an AR test on the book. The reading for this competition can take place at home or school.

Please call me or send a note if you have any questions about the program. Thank you for encouraging your child to read!

The reading goals for the Tower of Books Challenge are as follows:

First Royal Level

Pre-K and Kindergarten 6 different picture books

First 6 different picture books

Second 6 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Third 6 different picture books or 2 chapter books

Fourth & Fifth Teacher requirement AR Points

Second Royal Level

Pre-K and Kindergarten 12 different picture books

First 12 different picture books

Second 12 different picture books or 4 chapter books

Third 12 different picture books or 4 chapter books

Fourth & Fifth Teacher requirement AR Points

Third Royal Level

Pre-K and Kindergarten 18 different picture books

First 18 different picture books

Second 18 different picture books or 6 chapter books

Third 18 different picture books or 6 chapter books

Fourth & Fifth Teacher requirement AR Points

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



  • 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.
  • THANKS so much to all the parents who participated in 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 virtually 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.
  • It is extremely important that you continue to certify your children before school each morning. This means you will need to do symptom checks, including a temperature check each and everyday. Once completed, be sure to put your child's lanyard on along with a sticker that has your initials and the date.
  • Remote learners need to check in to Teacherease no later than 8:30 daily to avoid being marked absent.
A Letter to the Future From Kid President

Notes from the Nurse

Flu Season is here!

Have you gotten your flu shot? Have you taken your children for theirs? It's not too late!

Getting a flu vaccine is more important than ever this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic! Prevention of flu by getting a flu shot is key for protecting yourself, your children, your extended family and your community.

Roll Up Your Sleeve for Your Annual Flu Vaccine

COVID-19 Daily Parent Certification

Please take a minute to review the updated list of symptoms and PLEASE keep your student home if they are sick.

If they are not sick, please take their temperature and initial and date the badge sticker EVERY morning. Their badge with dated sticker is their entrance into school.

Thank you for your help with this!

~Mrs. Naugle

By placing this badge on my student _________________________ today, I certify that he/she is safe to attend school and DOES NOT have any of the following COVID-19 symptoms:

  • Fever (Temperature of 100.4 or greater)

  • New cough, new congestion or new runny nose

  • Shortness of breath

  • Fatigue from unknown cause

  • New moderate to severe headache

  • New loss of taste or smell

  • Sore throat

  • Vomiting, Diarrhea or abdominal pain from unknown cause

  • Muscle or body aches

  • Known close contact with a person who has been diagnosed with COVID-19

If your student has ANY of the above they MUST stay home

Pleasant Hill School District 69 309-637-6829 office

"Perseverance Through Leadership" School Board Members Day November 15, 2020

November 15 will mark the official statewide observance of School Board Members Day in Illinois. The honorary day is an opportunity for the district and community to show support for your board of education and their commitment to providing a local voice for your educational vision.

Board members craft a vision and mission that reflects the desires expressed by community parents and residents. Their role is a way to create lasting educational opportunities that reflect local desires and put in place a pathway to success for each and every child.

School board members serve the public as unpaid volunteers for the benefit of the students and community residents. They are the front-line advocates that provide a local voice and vision for the district. Board members dedicate a significant amount of their own personal time to the district, something that is often overlooked. They attend extracurricular events, participate in professional development opportunities, and work long hours to ensure students have access to the educational resources they need to succeed. This dedication often takes them away from time that could be spent with their own family.

Successful communities have high quality public schools which equates to a thriving local economy and a destination community for families. A great school system is a source of local pride among residents. The leadership and vision exemplified by board members directly impacts not only the school district, it touches the lives of nearly every resident in one way or another.

While 2020 has definitely created new challenges for us, as well as those in the education community, it has also shown the value of having a quality leadership team in our Board Members as they are able to adapt to current conditions while still meeting the local community's public education needs and students' goals.

Please help me in thanking our Board of Education Members for their dedication to the district:

William Preston-President

Jim Wendland-Vice President

Mike Kocher-Secretary

Moira Bazhenow

Veronica Canty

Robin Floyd

Sarah Hayden

Mark Your Calendars

  • November 3-NO SCHOOL-Election Day
  • November 6- Second Quarter Progress Reports Sent Home
  • November 13-Early Dismissal 11:30
  • November 15-Board Member Appreciation Day
  • November 17-Board of Education Meeting 6:00
  • November 25-27-No School-Thanksgiving Break