Pleasant Hill
Primary School
304 Eklund
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 540-2119
987-9201 (attendance line)
. . . . . . The Pleasant Hill R-III School District will not be accepting any Valentine deliveries for students the week of Feb. 14. For safety reasons, balloons and candy / floral arrangements are never allowed on school buses . . . . . . Feb. 15: No School, Presidents Day . . . . . .
Sandra Haight



Wish lists

Earthquake Safety

NCLB Complaint Resolution Procedure

A note from the principal...

The character word for this month is ACCEPTANCE.


Barring any snow days, FEBRUARY 1 will be the 100th day of school! We’ll be celebrating at the PS!

MATH FACTS!  Please practice addition and subtraction facts at home with your children.  Facts must be memorized and
recalled quickly, as math instruction continues with additional skills and concepts.  By grade level, students are expected to be fluent
with numbers:
Kindergarten:  0-5
1st. grade:  0-10
2nd. grade:  0-20
At all grades, students work with counting, operations, place value, etc. way beyond these numbers.  The standard is that they will memorize math facts,
both addition and subtraction, within the range listed for each grade level.

ATHLETIC SHOES:  In spite of fashion trends, the best footwear at the Primary School, all year long, is athletic shoes.  Students must have them in order
to participate in PE classes, and they are the safest shoes for playground equipment and blacktops.  Please consider sending your child in shoes appropriate
for PE and recess play every day.

Yearbook order deadline is Friday, February 12!  Order yours for $12 before then!

Class Valentine parties will be held Friday, February 12, from 2:15-3:15 p.m.  Individual teachers are sending home information with their students.  Childcare will be offered for  younger siblings. Please note that school policy states:  VALENTINE DELIVERIES ARE NOT ACCEPTED AT ANY SCHOOLS IN THE PLEASANT HILL SCHOOL DISTRICT.  We will not accept deliveries for students the week of Feb. 8.  For safety reasons, balloons and candy/floral arrangements
are never allowed on school buses.

We will celebrate National School Counseling Week February 1-5.  The primary school staff and students appreciate our outstanding school counselor, MRS. SHARI DOUTT!

2nd. graders will be participating in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Feb. 2-3.

EARLY DISMISSAL on Friday, January 29, for staff development.
NO SCHOOL on Monday, February 15, for Presidents’ Day.
EARLY DISMISSAL on Wednesday, February 24, for staff development.

Kindergarten screenings for those students who turn 5 years old on or before July 31, 2016, are currently being scheduled.  Appointments are being made for
the third week in March. If you know of any eligible children who plan to attend PHPS kindergarten for the 2016-2017 school year, please contact PAT staff at
987-9200 to schedule an appointment for screening and to begin the enrollment process.

Dr. Seuss’s birthday is March 2.  We will celebrate the week with special color days honoring certain books, and character costume day.
Feb. 29:  Wear yellow!  (The Sneetches)
March 1:  Wear brown!  (Mr. Brown Can Moo, Can You?)
March 2:  Dress up as your favorite Dr. Seuss character!
March 3:  Wear green!   (Green Eggs and Ham)
March 4:  Wear red and blue!  (One Fish, Two Fish…)

Dollars and Donuts With Dads will be Thursday, March 10, at 7:30 a.m. in the Primary School cafeteria.
1st. grade spring performance is Tuesday, March 22, at 7:00 in the High School Performing Arts Center.

•When the school district makes the decision to start late due to inclement weather, the PS hours will be 10:30-3:37.  School bus routes will run 2
hours later than normal. Please note that on late start mornings, breakfast will  NOT be served and there will be no morning EC or PK classes.

•If you drop your child off in the morning or pick him/her up after school, remember that the line of vehicles is on Myrtle St. to allow for easier access
to the front of the building.  Please do not try to enter the line by turning from Country Club Drive onto Eklund.  If you enter the building to get your child
at the end of the day, please exit the school through the north doors by the cafeteria in order not to interfere with the parent pick-up lines.

•REGULAR AND PROMPT ATTENDANCE IS IMPORTANT FOR YOUR CHILD’S LEARNING!  Students are counted tardy if they are not in their
classrooms when teachers take attendance at 8:30 a.m.  Parents must sign their children in through the office if they arrive after 8:30!  Children that arrive
late are not allowed to interrupt Rooster Reading Time and will wait in the front hall until 9:05.

•Dress your children appropriately for outside recess during these last few weeks of winter.  We promote healthy exercise outside unless weather is
extremely cold or inclement.  Should your child need to stay inside due to medical reasons, please provide a note from a physician.

•Please contact Durham Transportation Services at 540-4610 to request bus changes for your child.

•All changes in bus numbers must be approved through the transportation office.  Students are not allowed to charge more than 3 meals.  If you owe
money for meal charges, please send payment to the primary school office or to your child’s teacher.  Students that accrue more than 3 charges will be served cheese sandwiches for lunch.  If parents think they may be eligible for free or reduced-cost meals, please contact the central office at 540-3161 in order to apply.
Students are allowed to purchase extra milk or juice for $.45 each.  Students are not allowed to charge extra milk or juice.

Sandra Haight


Upcoming dates
Feb. 15: No School, Presidents Day
Feb. 24: 3 hour early dismissal, Prof. Dev.
Mar. 11: End of third quarter, 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development
Mar. 24: 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development
Mar. 25 - 29: No School, Spring Break

For detailed locations & times, please visit online Primary School calendar below          

Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm

AM Drop Off
Classes begin
Parent pick up
Bus dismissal

Bulletin Board Flyers

Labels for Education

Kindergarten Search
If you have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please complete the form (attached). Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2016 to enter kindergarten in the fall.

PTO Trash Bags

PTO trash bags will be available to purchase through the Intermediate school office, Elementary school office, as well as the Primary school office this year. As always, they are $11 a roll and are available in 3 different sizes and colors!

 How long should you wait before you tell the word?  That is hard.  If the child is working on the word and what he is trying is just not working, it is better to give
 him the word before the young reader loses the sense of the story and gets discouraged.

If the child is actively using letter sounds and rereading, give him time to do all the processing on his own.  It does take a while, but it is very powerful for the reader.
You may need to strongly encourage the child to TRY SOMETHING.  Children learn very quickly that if they just sit and do nothing, somebody will give them the word.
 You want them to do the work, not be dependent on you.


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has updated the No Child Left Behind Complaint Procedures for Federal Programs.  The Pleasant Hill R-III School District
uses federal funds at the Primary School for our Title I preschool and reading programs.  The newly revised complaint procedures are available in printed form at the PS office and
available online at:

Read about earthquake preparedness on the FEMA website,, and play a fun online game, Beat the Quake, at



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The Pleasant Hill R-III School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, gender, disability, or age in its programs and activities and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies: Assistant Superintendent, 318 Cedar Street, Pleasant Hill, MO 64080, 816-540-3161.

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