Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter
April 7, 2023
Hello PH Community!
It was a short week but we continued to learn and have fun at Pleasant Hill! A big Thank You to Mrs. Strand and the PTA for bringing in the Author Ryan Higgins for students in 1st - 3rd grade. It was an amazing experience for the students to hear about how he writes and illustrates childrens books!
I am so excited that next week begins our Make A Difference Week activities. Students in all grade levels will be participating in community service activities that will support various organizations both local and in the Chicagoland area. Way to go PH!!
Wishing everyone a nice long weekend!
Thank you as always for your support!
Pleasant Hill Make A Difference Week Starts Next Week!
Movie Night Is Back! Registration Is Now Open Until April 12th!
Movie Night is back at Pleasant Hill!
Movie Night is back at Pleasant Hill! Students can join the fun right after school on Wednesday, April 19th from 3:05 p.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Students will go directly to Movie Night when the dismissal bell rings. A.M. Kindergarten students are invited to attend, as well (students will need to be dropped off at the front office at 3:00 p.m.)
$20 pays for pizza, popcorn, water, and candy, and also includes a raffle ticket for fun prizes ($50 gift cards, Lunch with the Principal, Lunch with Assistant Principal, and Art/PE/Music Teacher For A Day). Additional raffle tickets can be purchased for $5 each.
Important tips when registering:
1) All fields need to be filled out (e.g., name, teacher, grade).
2) After you fill out the order form, be sure to press “proceed to checkout” on the “Sign Ups” page or your order will not be processed.
3) You can pay online or send cash or check to school. Cash and check payments must be in an envelope marked with your child’s first and last name, teacher/grade, and “Movie Night.”
You will also have the option to go back online and pay. If payment is not received by April 12, then your order will not be fully processed.
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Support Our Make A Difference Week As A Family!
Author Ryan Higgins Visits Students in 1st-3rd Grade!
Donations For Library STEM Activites Needed!
We are looking forward to implementing STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) into our elementary library lessons. We are excited to bring these hands-on learning experiences to PH and all of D15 schools.
Throughout these activities, students will develop their social skills while also developing skills in problem solving, critical thinking, creativity, curiosity, decision making, leadership, and more.
We are needing some help collecting materials for some of the STEM tasks. Here are some of the things we could use. These items are donations and will not be returned. Students can place items in a STEM collection box that are located near the front office in the foyer.
Used or Recycled Materials
Empty Cereal Boxes
Empty Paper Towel Rolls
Empty Toilet Paper Rolls
Empty Wrapping Paper Rolls
Empty Cardboard Egg Cartons
Puzzles (48-100 Pieces), **Please no wooden or missing pieces Please tape puzzle boxes closed.
Medication at School Guidelines
This includes cough drops, Tylenol, Ibuprofen, Advil and all others. Thank you for your cooperation.
If you want your child to have access to medication while here at school, please reach out to the school nurse Mrs. Martin to discuss how that is possible. If you have any questions, please see pages 57-58 in the Parent/Student Handbook.
One Five Foundation Family Fun Run/Walk!
Join the one-five Foundation for its first-ever Family Fun Run/Walk! The event will be on May 20 at Winston Campus Junior High (120 N. Babcock Drive Palatine) at 9 am. The Family Fun Run/Walk is open to anyone in our community. Profits from the Fun Run/Walk will go toward the one-five’s teacher mini-grant program. These grants can support a wide range of opportunities for the students of the District with a focus on programs or technology.
$5 for D15 students (including registered incoming students)
$15 for Adults and Non-D15 Students
Children ages 4 and under are free
PBIS AT PLEASANT HILL!! Majors and MInors
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.
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 is a consequence that is issued unless administration determines otherwise.
Illustrative Math April Unit Task
Thank you to the families who submitted their unit Illustrative Math family tasks during the month of March! 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. Each problem lends itself to deep conceptual understanding. Below you will find a unit task for the month of April as well as a companion support video that explains what each grade level is learning in class. Click here to learn more about problem-based learning.
Follow the steps below to complete the optional unit task for the month of April.
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.
Accelerated 7th/Pre Algebra
PTA NEWS AND EVENT REMINDERS ***PLEASE READ BELOW***
Message From Our PTA Presidents!
We hope everyone had an amazing spring break. Prior to our break we left off with a wonderful. Be Internet Awesome week. We were able to obtain this program through a grant from the National PTA. We hope that your Pleasant Hill student came home to share what they learned about being Internet Awesome.
We started the week with an assembly, which was coupled by an evening parent workshop. During the week students worked with their buddies on a game called Interland to give them an interactive experience to go with the content they received in the classroom. The themes were Be Smart. Be Alert. Be Strong. Be Kind and Be Brave. Today our poster contest is coming to a close, we are accepting submissions through the evening. Feel free to send one over if your Pleasant Hill student wants to partake in a friendly competition of designing a poster to promote one of the themes. Winners will get to display their poster on
the school TVs through the end of the year.
We also want to share that Dr. Morris was awarded Illinois Outstanding Administrator. It is a
tremendous honor to work alongside an award-winning principal. He will be recognized at the
Illinois PTA convention. Please help us congratulate Dr. Morris on this amazing achievement.
We are very lucky to have a principal that continues to strive for what is best for the students of Pleasant Hill. Without him our PTA would not be able to provide as many events and programs as we do since we have his continued support and guidance.
If you would like to learn more about our PTA and working with a dynamic faculty and staff, we are looking to fill a few seats for our executive team next year. Please send us a note if you are interested in becoming Secretary, Treasurer, VP of Membership or President Elect.
Our team is amazing, the best way to get to know what the PTA does is to join the executive team.
We hope that you are marking your calendars for our upcoming events such as Movie Night,
Book Fair and Bike to School Day. There is also time to send in donations for Make a Difference week, which is right around the corner.
Julie Boldt and Rick France
PTA President and President Elect
Poster Contest Due Today April 6th!
Spring Book Fair Is Coming!! We Need Your Help!
Looking For New Year Book Committe Members for 2023 School Year!!
The yearbook committee is looking for someone to lead the committee starting next school year. The previous lead will remain on the committee to co-lead and train.
Yearbook is a great way to connect with the students and see all the fun at the classroom parties and PTA events! If interested and would like to learn more, please email email@example.com.
PTA Sponsoring Coke Rewards!
Schoolwide Information Below
Dental Examination Due Date
All Kindergarten, Second Grade, and Sixth Grade students are required to submit a complete dental examination form before May 1. If you are uncertain if you have already submitted this required form, please reach out to Mrs. Martin our school nurse. If your child still needs to provide it, please make an appointment at your dental office and bring this form (in Spanish) with you.
If you currently do not have a dentist, Orland Park Dental Services is scheduling services at D15 schools. For your child to receive this service, registration is required. An invitation will be sent home with your student at the end of February, or you may register them online with this link.
School Safety New Procedure! Please Read
Keeping our schools safe and secure is a top priority for District 15. We regularly review our procedures and protocols, and make improvements when necessary. To that end, we are writing to share an update from previous procedures. Effective immediately, 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.
When parents/guardians or visitors are at the school for a meeting or to volunteer, they will be required to provide a driver's license or state ID which will be used to produce a visitor badge for the individual to wear on a red visitor lanyard while they are in the building. The office will keep the license/state ID and return it to the individual when the visitor badge is returned as they leave the building. This will ensure all staff can visually see that only individuals cleared through their office are in our schools.
When a parent/guardian comes in to pick up a student early from school, they will be asked to produce a state ID for verification.
We appreciate your support and understanding as we work together to keep our schools safe places for our staff, students, and visitors.
Your partner in safety,
School Playground Is Closed During The School Day To The Public
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
PLEASE READ...STUDENT DROP OFF AND PICK-UP
-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
* 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.
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.