Pleasant Hill
Primary School
304 Eklund
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 540-2119
987-9201 (attendance line)
. . . . . . Apr. 2: 3 hour early dismissal, Prof. Dev. . . . . . . Apr. 3- 7: No School, Spring break . . . . . .
Sandra Haight



Wish lists

Earthquake Safety

NCLB Complaint Resolution Procedure

A note from the principal...

This is Music in our Schools Month, Youth Art Month,
American Red Cross Month, National Nutrition Month, and National Women’s History Month!

Our character education word for the month is

MORNING DROP-OFF:  If you bring your child to school in the morning, please help us avoid long lines of cars and wait time by having your child ready to get out of the vehicle and pulling forward beside the sidewalk far enough so that four cars can let students out at the same time.  If your child needs assistance getting out of the vehicle, please pull forward to the end of the sidewalk so other cars can get by, or park in the parking lot and walk your child to the sidewalk.

LUNCH:  If you send lunch with your child, please maximize his/her eating time by providing containers that he can easily open.  Students have to wait for adult help to open fruit cups, go-gurts, lunchables, etc. because they can’t open these products by themselves.  Consider sending these food items in reusable plastic containers, such as Gladware.  Thank you.

Please note these important dates:
Thank our hard-working cafeteria staff for the great meals they serve during National School Breakfast Week, March 2-6.  If your child hasn’t tried one of our school’s breakfast meals, this would be a good week to start.

The first grade PTO performance will be Tuesday, March 31, at 7:00 at the High School Performing Arts Center.

Don’t be late to school on Monday, March 9!  Set your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night, March 7, for Daylight Savings Time.

Spring photos will be taken on Tuesday, March 17.  Order forms with package prices will be sent home ahead of time.

Dollars and Donuts with Dads will be Wednesday, March 11, beginning at 7:30 a.m. in our cafeteria.  Bring $1 and enjoy a donut with your child.  All proceeds benefit the local Lay Clergy.

There will be an early dismissal at 12:35 on Friday, March 13, for staff professional development.

Third quarter ends on Wednesday, March 11.  Report cards will be sent home with students on Monday, March 16.  Parents should sign and return the envelopes.

Screenings for 2015-16 kindergarteners are March 16-24.  Contact Brenda Koval at 987-9200 to schedule an appointment.

As we begin fourth quarter, please continue reading and math practice with your child nightly.  Students need to be fluent with math facts up to 5 in kindergarten, 10 in 1st. grade, and 20 in 2nd. grade.  Students need to know grade level sight words and be able to read with sufficient “automaticity” so comprehension is increased.  Make opportunities for your child to practice writing, such as lists, thank-you notes, postcards, etc.  Writing practice makes better readers, not the other way around!

Remember that our meal policy only allows primary students to charge 3 meals.  Please check on your child’s meal account frequently in order to keep an adequate balance.

Parents, please label your child’s clothing items with first and last names, especially outerwear such as coats and jackets.  Also, check our lost and found box in the front hall periodically for any missing items.


Sandra Haight


Upcoming dates

Mar. 16 - 24: Kindergarten Screenings
Apr. 2: 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development
Apr. 3 - 7: No School, Spring Break

May 1:
Title 1 Preschool Screening

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

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!

Kindergarten Search
If you have a child who will enter kindergarten next fall, please list him/her below. You will be contacted to enroll your child into school and schedule a screening appointment. If you know of relatives or neighbors who have children coming to kindergarten next fall, please list them below.  Children must be 5 on or before July 31, 2015 to enter kindergarten in the fall. 
Screenings will be held at the Primary School between the hours of 8 am and 2 pm starting March 16th.  Please call 987-9200 if you have any questions.



  • 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.


What is “Phonics”?
Part 2
Phonics is the second of the five important parts of good reading instruction.  (These findings were determined by the National Institute for Literacy, The National Institute of Child Health and Development and U.S. Department of Education.)  Phonics has been used in classrooms for many years.  Three decades of research confirms the importance and effectiveness of systematic phonics instruction, particularly in Kindergarten and first and second grade classrooms.
So, what is a systematic phonics program?  It is a program of instruction that uses a specific set of letter-sounds that usually happen or occur, and then has the teacher present these to the students in an organized and logical sequence.  The sequence would start with the single letter sounds such as “m” for the letter m or “z” for the letter z.  The instruction progresses to the “th” sound, “ing” and others such as qu.  The instruction also allows for time to practice the letter-sound being taught.
Phonics instruction also includes materials to use practicing writing.  Students write the letters and letter combination they are learning and combine these into words, sentences, messages and their own stories.
Phonics helps with the comprehension because the students learn to identify more words.  Reading words accurately and automatically enables children to focus on the meaning of the text.  They do need to reread the sentence after they have worked on a word to get their minds back on what is happening in the story.



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