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A note from the principal...
CHARACTER EDUCATION WORD FOR THE MONTH:
WELCOME TO PLEASANT HILL PRIMARY SCHOOL! Our staff enjoyed seeing familiar and new faces as students started back to school on August 16. We are located at 304 Eklund Dr. in Pleasant Hill, right near the high school and middle school. Our office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and our phone number is 540-2119. For the 2016-2017 school year, we have 8 sections of kindergarten, 8 sections of first grade, and 7 sections of second grade. With our Early Childhood students, who started classes on Aug. 22, our enrollment is approximately 530 students.
PLEASE NOTE THAT IMPORTANT SCHOOL AND DISTRICT GUIDELINES AND PROCEDURES ARE AVAILABLE IN OUR STUDENT HANDBOOK AND ON THE DISTRICT WEBSITE AT www.pleasant hillschools.com.
Pleasant Hill Primary School officially starts at 8:30 a.m. Students that arrive after 8:30 will be counted tardy. If you bring your child(ren) to school after 8:30, you must park and come to the office to sign your child(ren) in late. Once Rooster Time starts on Sept. 19, tardy students will have to wait in the front hall in order not to interrupt instruction. Our school day ends at 3:37 p.m. for both students that ride buses and those that are picked up by parents. Parents must sign children in or out of the office if arriving after 8:30 a.m. or leaving before 3:37 p.m. Students that leave early are counted absent for part of the day. Please note that the bus lanes behind the school are reserved for buses only; by City Ordinance, cars are not allowed to use the driveway connected to Country Club Drive. Parents should use the circle drive in front of the building and/or the parking lot on Eklund Dr. Please do not park in spaces marked specifically for handicapped parking or as “reserved.”
ABSENCES: Regular school attendance is critical to school success. Research shows that children who are in school most of the time do better on standardized tests and are more likely to achieve at grade level. Being late for school hurts a child’s learning, too. A student who is 10 minutes late every day will miss 30 hours of instruction during the school year.
While work can be made up, classroom experiences and discussion cannot. Learning requires social engagement, which can only occur in a setting with other children and adults. Your child’s success in school depends on having a solid educational background, one that can only be gained through regular school attendance. When your child has to be absent from school due to illness or emergency, please contact the primary school attendance line at 987-9201 so his/her teacher can be notified. If seeing a doctor, dentist, or other medical professional, please obtain a physician’s excuse for your child’s records. Parents should make arrangements to pick up any homework assignments or information from the classroom, especially if the child’s absence will be longer than one day.
Now that the 2016-17 school year is well underway, we ask that parents and children say their goodbyes outside or in the front hallway. Children feel more comfortable when routines are clearly established and followed, and teachers begin activities and instruction as students enter in the morning. If you wish to speak to your child’s teacher, please contact her to schedule an appointment and/or make arrangements to come to school between 8:00-8:20 a.m. or after 3:45 p.m. when buses depart. You may also contact your child’s teacher by email, or call the primary school office to schedule an appointment during the teacher’s planning time. All visitors to the building during school hours must sign in at the office to obtain visitors’ passes. All exterior doors and our double security doors at the main entrance are locked throughout the school day. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding our concern for students’ safety and the protection of instructional time.
Student handbooks were distributed at district residency nights. Additional copies are available in the primary school office, and information is also posted online. As stated in the handbook, please remember to only provide individually wrapped, store-bought treats for birthdays and other class parties. We adhere to such guidelines for the safety and health of our students, and to keep our classrooms clean and allergen-free. Examples of appropriate class treats are string cheese, fruit snacks, bags of chips or crackers, granola bars, and rice crispy treats. Also, please note that we do not have microwaves, refrigerators, or other appliances at school available for students’ use.
MEALS: Breakfast is served beginning at 8:10 a.m. daily, and classes are served lunch by grade level in nine shifts, beginning at 11:10 a.m. Students will only be allowed to charge up to 3 meals in the cafeteria. After 3 charges, students will be served cheese sandwiches. Please check your child’s meal account regularly, and take note of any information being sent home from school. Parents will be notified of low accounts or negative balances through the district’s automated phone system. Regular meal prices this year are $1.40 for breakfast, $2.25 for lunch, and $.45 for milk.
Parents may join students for lunch on a limited basis. An increase in our student enrollment has reduced the amount of seating space available for visitors. We ask that parents not join us for the first two weeks of school, as our students are learning cafeteria routines and expectations and discovering their separate identities at school. When visiting for lunch, please adhere to your child’s lunch time schedule and school behavior expectations. Please note that parents and family members may only eat with their own children; they may not have other children dismissed from class to join them, such as friends or cousins. Please do not plan to eat lunch with your child at school on early dismissal days, as our lunch shifts are earlier and more crowded as we feed everyone before 12:30.
When children bring lunches from home, they should be able to open their food items independently. Parents, please maximize your child’s eating time in the cafeteria by sending food items in ziplock baggies or small containers that they can open. When in doubt, remember that if your child needs help opening something at home, he/she will probably need help at school, too. When children are able to manage their own lunch boxes, they have more time to eat and feelings of accomplishment.
Examples of food items that typically are very difficult for children are Go-Gurts, pudding and jello cups, fruit cups, beef sticks, and plastic drink bottles with twist-off tops.
Using SCHOOL REACH, schools will be sending telephone messages to your designated phone numbers as reminders of activities, vacation days, early dismissals, school closings, money needed for your child’ s meal account, etc. Keep the office informed throughout the school year of any changes to your address or phone number.
RECESSES: Students have scheduled recess times and go outside whenever possible. Please dress your child appropriately for outside play and PE days. For safety reasons, students wearing flip flops will not be allowed on playground equipment or to participate in PE activities. If your child has medical reasons for restricting participation in either recess or PE classes, please notify the school nurse and supply a physician’s note. Recesses will be held inside during inclement weather or when temperatures are 100 degrees and above or 15 degrees and below with either the heat index or wind chill.
SHOES: For safety reasons, please teach your child how to tie shoes before allowing him/her to wear shoes with laces. Untied shoelaces can cause accidents on the stairs, when getting on and off buses, and on the playground. (Even double knotting doesn’t last all day.) Consider slip-ons or Velcro shoes until your child has learned how to tie laces.
Volunteers: Parents who are interested in volunteering at the Primary School are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher or complete and submit volunteer forms available in the office. Volunteers are needed for a variety of tasks, and for as much or as little time as they can spend. Helping with clerical work, hall displays, and classroom activities are rewarding ways for parents to contribute to the education of all our children. Please contact the office at 540-2119 with any questions.
Character Education is an integral part of our curriculum. The character trait we emphasize in September is KINDNESS. Please help your child understand the importance of TREATING OTHERS THE WAY THEY WANT TO BE TREATED in order to promote a sense of consideration and empathy for their teachers and classmates. Help your child recognize acts of kindness performed by other people as well as by themselves.
The Pleasant Hill PTO is a very active group that contributes regularly to the students and staff at the Primary School. Stop by their bulletin board in the front hall for updates, and please watch for flyers that will be sent home with students. For further information, visit the PTO link (under “Get Involved”) on the district’s website.
PARENTS: DID YOU KNOW THAT IT TAKES 7 POSITIVE COMMENTS TO COUNTERACT ONE NEGATIVE ONE? Something to keep in mind when talking to our children! Keep those positive thoughts coming!
IMPORTANT! On Friday, September 16, staff and students at the Primary School will practice a “lock-down” drill at 8:45 a.m. Teachers will explain to their classes that this procedure will be used as part of our emphasis on school safety. While some emergencies require people to vacate the building to be safe, such as a fire, other situations may require us to remain in our classrooms to stay safe, such as an unknown intruder in the building or an emergency on the premises outside.
All precautions will be taken to not frighten the students. The drill will begin with an announcement of the lock-down drill over the intercom. Teachers will make sure classroom doors are locked and will quickly move students to each room’s “safe corner”, farthest from the doors. The entire drill should take no longer than 15-20 minutes. NO ONE WILL BE ALLOWED TO ENTER OR EXIT THE BUILDING DURING THIS DRILL. Please do not plan to pick your child up for any reason between 8:45-9:05 a.m. on September 16. In a real emergency, specific information would be given over the intercom, such as the location of an intruder or other unsafe incident, and authorities would be notified immediately.
Families may want to discuss this and other emergency procedures that are necessary in schools and other public buildings with children, especially after this drill. Each classroom teacher is also instructing students in procedures for fire and tornado drills. Please contact the primary school office at 540-2119 if you have any questions about our lock-down procedures or other emergency drills. Your children’s welfare and educational achievement are our top priorities.
A message from the Pleasant Hill School District Athletic Department:
Please note for upcoming football season: Due to safety concerns for our students, we are requiring all students that are middle school age and below to have a parent or guardian with them at all sporting events. If a student is dropped off without a parent or guardian, he/she will not be admitted to the event and a parent will be called for pick-up. All children in attendance should be either sitting or standing next to their parents or guardians during the event, and not running around or throwing balls. Parents are asked to ensure that your children are exhibiting safe, appropriate, and respectful behavior as audience members at all sporting events. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter. Thank you.
Help your kids succeed in school by taking care of their oral health! Cass County Dental Clinic offers after-school and evening hours! Call 816-322-7600 (Belton) or 816-380-4000 (Harrisonville) today. Medicaid accepted! Discounts* for uninsured! *Must qualify based on household size and income.
Sept. 21: 1st Grade Field Trip - Zoo
Sept. 28, 29, 30: Youth Cheer Clinic
Oct. 25 & 27: Parent/Teacher Conferences, 4-8pm
Oct. 28: No School
Parent / Teacher Conferences
Parent/teacher conferences at the Primary School are scheduled individually by teachers and parents. Parents are given opportunities to schedule dates and times at Open House held in August before school starts. Any parents that do not indicate a time preference are contacted directly by the classroom teachers for a scheduled time. Teachers will accommodate parental schedules as much as possible any time from Oct. 24 through Oct. 27, but are primarily scheduling conferences on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:00-8:00pm.
For detailed locations & times, please visit online Primary School calendar below
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
AM Drop Off
Parent pick up
Please note: all bus changes need to be made by noon on regular school days and 10 am on ½ days
Bulletin Board Flyers
Labels for Education
PTO Trash Bags
PTO trash bags will be available to purchase through the Primary school office all year. As always, they are $11 a roll and are available in 3 different sizes and colors!
Reading: The Importance of WHAT you say
Reading with a child is a very important task. The person reading with the child is making many decisions, probably without even realizing it. If the child has come to a “tricky” or hard word, what do you do or say? If the reading partner always tells the child the word, that child will probably get the message: “They don’t think that I can do it by myself”. The child will learn to sit and wait for someone to give him the word and not try to be independent. If the partner gives the child time to try to work it out, the child gets the message “They think I can do this”. Reading partners need to give the child the time to work it out, but if the child is stuck or the child is saying the wrong sounds, the partner can supple the word or the correct sound. Then the child needs to be told or prompted to reread the sentence again. Getting the idea or message from the reading is the goal. The child needs to be keeping the story in mind. The rereading brings the story back. All of us want the children we are reading with to become independent readers so that they can use those “helps” or strategies when we are not there.
Hello from your Primary School Library! Please remind your student to keep library books in his or her backpack when not reading them. This way he or she will always have the library books at school on Library day. If a library book is forgotten, the student can come down from the gym the next morning to check out a new one. We want to keep library books in the hands of students because a child who reads is a child who learns.