Pleasant Hill Weekly Newsletter

May 12, 2023

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Hello PH Community!

Another great week at PH! We are getting closer to the end of the school year and the beginning of summer break!

This week we were treated by preformances from our PH band and orchestra. I was very impressed and proud of all the students and how far they have come since the beginning of the school year. Way to go PH Band and Orchestra!!

Thank you to our wonderful PTA and supporting teacher appreciation week. Thank you to Mrs. Segovich for organizing this week! Thank you to all the families who shared something kind with the teahers. The staff at PH thanks our community for a great week!

Thank you as always for your support!

Have a wonderful weekend!

Warm Regards,

Dr. Morris


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Field Day Volunteers Needed

FIELD DAY 2023 is coming up....

We are still in need of parent volunteers (sorry, no high schoolers allowed) to help run various activities throughout the day. You can choose to volunteer all day, AM Only or PM Only. Thank you to all who have already signed up!

Date: Wednesday, May 31st

Volunteer Options:

1. All Day starting at 8am - concluding at 2:30pm (Lunch provided)

2. AM Only from 8am - 10:45am

3. PM Only from 11:50am - 2:30pm

Each volunteer needs to complete the Google Form through this link Field Day Volunteer Sign Up Form

Morning volunteers will be responsible for setting up their game/station. Afternoon volunteers will be responsible for cleaning up their game/station.

Details regarding all station assignments will be distributed by Tuesday, May 30th.

If you have any questions please reach out to Katie Lutostanski (

Earth Club Students Planting In Our Outdoor Classroom!

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Last School Store Sale for students on Wednesday The 17th!

On Wednesday May 17th the PH Student Council will be having the last school store of the year for all grade levels during students lunch hour. Thank you from the student council for all your support!! Proceeds from the store will go towards an end of the year gift to the school.

Awesome Performance from our Band and Orchestra Students this week!!

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Security Cameras Being Installed

With the passing of Moving District 15 Forward, security cameras are being installed in the interior as well as the exterior of PH. This new safety feature should be operational for the 2023 school year. Workers have been coming in after school hours and on the weekends to complete the project. Below are just a few of the cameras being installed. The exterior will have a 360 degree view of the school.

BrightBytes Parent Survey For PH

Our school is partnering with BrightBytes, a data analytics organization built to provide insights into our new and changing learning environments with the goal of ensuring equitable learning support for all students.

Last year, your participation helped us form a more complete picture of how learning is taking place and has allowed us to create targeted initiatives to support our teachers and students. In order to better understand our progress over the past year and identify next steps for our initiatives, we are asking you to provide your perspective around classroom support and resources.

We are requesting that you take part in this important school survey. Your responses will remain anonymous to protect your privacy. The survey will take approximately 5 minutes to complete.

The last day to complete this survey is June 2, 2023. Please respond using the link below:

Your participation is extremely important to us. It will give us a better understanding of our students’ needs and areas for improvement at our school. As always, thank you for your ongoing support of [school name].

Cook County Farm Bureau Visiting 4th Grade Classrooms!

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School Supply Lists For 2023 School Year!

It is hard to believe we are thinking about next school year. Here is the link to the school supply list for the 2023 school year.

School supply List 23/24

Third Grade Students Leaving Messages of Kindness!

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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.

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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


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 May Unit Task

Thank you to the families who submitted their unit Illustrative Math family tasks during the month of April! 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 May 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 May.

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.


Unit Task Support Video

1st Grade

Unit Task Support Video

2nd Grade

Unit Task Support Video

3rd Grade

Unit Task Support Video

4th Grade

Unit Task Support Video

5th Grade

Unit Task Support Video

6th Grade

Unit Task

Accelerated 7th/Pre Algebra

Unit Task

Message From The PTA President

We hope everyone is enjoying the beautiful weather! We want to start off by thanking Ashley

Gebhardt for putting together an amazing Bike-to-School Day! We have the best turnout and

are so excited that our community continues to embrace this event.

We also had a record turnout for our Book Fair, once again special thanks to our committee for all of their hard work. This event helps supply our library with new books, bring in author visits and experiences for our school.

Thankfully due to our last general membership meeting we nominated in our new officers, help us congratulate Rick France for PTA President and Amanda Burress for President Elect, Danny David for VP of Membership, Clayton Baker as recording secretary and Pawan Upadhyay as treasurer. We also voted in favor of our next PTA project, a rock wall for the gym. More details for that will come soon.

Next week we will send a survey to continue with our participation for the School of Excellence Program. We really look forward to everyone participating so that we can continue to see our PTA be recognized for our great community. Speaking of, we had seven awards at our Spring Fling banquet. It was a nice event where we were able to support the accomplishments of all the schools in our district. Here Dr. Morris was our key note speaker discussing his work with our PTA. He was congratulated for his award as Illinois Outstanding Administrator. Mrs. Gasunas and Ashley Gebhardt were recognized for their nominations for Illinois Outstanding Teacher and Illinois Outstanding Volunteer. All of their efforts for our PTA are greatly appreciated.

At the last BOE meeting Dr. Morris was honored for his Illinois Outstanding Administrator

Award. We hope you were able to see it, if not you can still catch a recorded version of the

meeting. We continue to be reminded of how lucky we are to have his support and guidance.

We are so happy that staff appreciation week went so well, thank you to everyone who

participated. We especially want to thank our committee for organizing so many wonderful

ways to show our appreciation for our amazing teachers and staff.

Coming up is Field Day and our 6 th grade celebration making this month all the more exciting. Field Day is a fun-filled event celebrating the end of the school year for all students. It takes a lot of parent volunteers to run all of the stations. Please check out this signup form to see if it would work with your schedule. It is a lot of fun to take part in this event.

Have a great weekend!

Julie Boldt and Rick France

PTA President and President Elect


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Schoolwide Information Below

Medication at School Guidelines

Parents, please remember that students are not allowed to have prescribed or over the counter medications in school without an authorization form.

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.

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,

Claire Kowalczyk
Deputy Superintendent

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 this year. 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.

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