The Panther Post

September 2017 Monthly Newsletter

Reading is Fundamental

Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and helps them better understand the world around them. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.

At Pleasant Hill, we encourage all of our students to read each and every day, both at school and at home. Please be a model for your child in showing them the importance of reading daily and set aside time to read with them at home. We have started our quarterly reading competition again this year and ask that all families encourage their children to participate. Our theme this quarter is practice makes perfect. Please take a look at the following information from Mrs. Kluesner to learn more about our reading competition.

Dear Parents and Students,

We will continue our school wide reading competition during the 2017-2018 school year. Our first quarter theme will be Practice Makes Perfect. The first quarter competition will end on Monday, October 23. Students will need to turn in their forms by this date for prizes. Pre-School, Kindergarten and First grade will read books with their parents during the first quarter. If First graders are reading on their own, that is Great!! A good place to keep the documentation sheet would be in their homework folder or assignment notebook. Second through 8th grade students will be asked to do some kind of activity (AR test or brief summary) to show their teachers that they have read the books on their list. Thank you for helping your child reach theses goals! The reading goals are as follows:

Base Hit

Pre-School-9 different picture books

Kindergarten-9 different picture books

First grade-9 different picture books

Second grade-6 different picture books or 2 chapter books

3rd – 8th grade-Required # of books or AR points assigned by teacher

Home Run

Pre-School-18 different picture books

Kindergarten-18 different picture books

First grade-18 different picture books

Second grade-12 different picture books or 4 chapter books

3rd – 8th grade-Required # of books or AR points assigned by teacher

Grand Slam

Pre-School-27 different picture books

Kindergarten-27 different picture books

First grade-27 different picture books

Second grade-18 different picture books or 6 chapter books

3rd – 8th grade-Required # of books or AR points assigned by teacher

Please call me or send me an e-mail ( if you have any questions about the program. Thank you for encouraging your child to read!

Mrs. Kluesner, Reading Specialist

Students in Action


  • Please make every effort to have your child at school by 7:55 each morning. We begin our day together in the gym with morning announcements. It is important for students to be at school on time each and every day to get the most out of all learning experiences!
  • It is very important that students dismissal procedures are kept consistent each day at school. When serving 230 students, we cannot take phone calls during the day to adjust dismissal procedures. If a change needs to be made for some reason, please be sure to send in a written note so we can make that change.
  • Don't forget if your child is sick and going to be absent for the day, you will need to call the school office to let us know.
  • Please remind your child that toys and other items (such as fidget spinners and fidget cubes) are not allowed at school. It is important that all items remain at home.
  • Pleasant Hill is now on Twitter @PHillPanthers-Follow our page to stay informed about important upcoming events and learning experiences taking place in classrooms. Students will also begin using Twitter in the classroom for learning and connecting with peers.
  • We do have a spirit wear order form that was handed out at Open House. Please be sure to fill out the form and send it back to school with your paid order by September 12. If you need another order form, please have your child stop by the office.
  • The girls basketball team will have practice every day Monday through Friday from 3:15-5:15!

Upcoming Events

  • September 1-No School-Teacher In-Service
  • September 4-No School-Labor Day
  • September 5-Baseball Game @ LCHS 4:00-Parents Club Meeting 6:00
  • September 6-Baseball Game VS. Pekin-Rankin @ LCHS 4:00
  • September 9-Baseball Game VS. Norwood @ LCHS 10:00
  • September 11-Baseball Game VS. Dunlap Middle School @ LCHS 4:00
  • September 12-Spirit Wear Orders Due
  • September 18-Progress Reports
  • September 19-Girls Basketball Game VS. Parkview @ PHS 5:00-Board of Education Meeting 6:00 PM
  • September 21-Girls Basketball Game AT Bartonville 5:00
  • September 22-Picture Day-LCHS Homecoming Parade 4:00
  • September 26-Girls Basketball Game VS. Peoria Heights @ PHS 5:00
  • September 28-Girls Basketball Game AT St. Jude 5:00
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