NCLB Complaint Resolution Procedure
A note from the principal...
OUR CHARACTER WORD FOR THE MONTH OF OCTOBER IS
We have a lot of activities to look forward to in October: Homecoming, visits from the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Red Ribbon Week, parent/teacher conferences, and Fall parties.
THANK YOU for your generous support through our various fundraisers that benefit the Primary School, district activities, our PTO, and the Education Foundation. We appreciate sales through the PTO fundraising campaign, purchases of trash bags, and attendance at Pizza Hut’s Dough 4 Schools the second Tuesday of each month and Sonic Night the fourth Monday. Your financial support has helped purchase classroom materials, assemblies, and incentives.
A parent survey is offered in conjunction with our parent/teacher conferences, scheduled the week of Oct. 27. Most conferences are being scheduled on Monday, Oct. 27 and Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 4:00-7:00. Individual teachers may schedule conferences on other available dates in order to accommodate parents’ schedules. The parent survey will be available in the primary school as a printed document or may be completed online through our district website after your conference: www.pleasanthillschools.com. Thank you for your participation.
- Pleasant Hill Primary School starts at 8:30! If you bring your child to school, please drop her/him off before 8:30. Tardy students miss Rooster Time reading, important instruction and morning routines. Now that the 2014-2015 school year is well underway, we ask that parents and children say their goodbyes in front of the school 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 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. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding our concern for instructional time.
- 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. CALLS TO CHANGE STUDENTS’ DISMISSAL PROCEDURES MUST BE RECEIVED IN THE PRIMARY SCHOOL OFFICE BY NOON EACH DAY. Do not rely on emails and phone messages for important information such as changes in your child’s dismissal routine; messages often can’t be checked in a timely manner, and substitute teachers often don’t have access to technology passwords.
- 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 district’s 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.
- Picture retakes will be done by Pearce Photography on Tuesday, Oct. 7. Send the complete, uncut photos taken in August with your child to school for another photo package of the same value.
- Students have now practiced emergency procedures for fire and tornado, and will have a lock-down drill on Oct. 3. You may want to discuss safe procedures with your child, such as following teachers’ directions, staying quiet, moving quickly but safely if evacuating, etc. Your child should be able to tell you that we evacuate to a safe area outside during fire drills and go downstairs for shelter during tornado drills and stay quiet in “safe corners” in the classrooms during lock-down drills.
- Students will go outside for recess unless wind chill temperatures fall to 15 degrees, or when there is snow, rain, or lightning. At 25 degrees, students may be taken outside for shorter periods. Make sure your child is dressed appropriately as the seasons change.
- Electronic devices and toys are not allowed at school without teachers’ permission! We will not be responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged items that are not supposed to be brought by students. Also, teachers will confiscate items that become distractions in the classrooms.
On Friday, October 3, 2014, 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 any line of sight. 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 have your child to school on time and do not plan to pick your child up for any reason between 8:45-9:05 a.m. on October 3. 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.
Oct. 3: 3 hour early dismissal, Homecoming
Oct. 24: No School
Oct. 25: Trick or Treat Trail
Oct. 27 & Oct. 29: 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. 27 through Oct. 30, but are primarily scheduling conferences on Monday, Oct. 27, and Wednesday, Oct. 29, from 4:00-7:00pm.
Oct. 31: No School
For detailed locations & times, please visit online Primary School calendar below
Office Hours: 8:00am - 4:00pm
AM Drop Off
Parent pick up
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 $10.00 a roll and are available in 3 different sizes and colors!
NEWS FROM NURSE JAMIE
This is a reminder to encourage your kids to drink lots of water. They need to be drinking at least 8-10 (8) oz cups of water every day. Avoid drinks that contain sugar as these contain no nutritional value and fill your child up which could actually lead to dehydration. Symptoms of dehydration could be increased thirst and confusion. During these hot days please, feel free to send a bottle with a spill proof lid containing water for your child to drink in the classroom.
I would also like to remind everyone that it is a state law that ALL of our students at the Primary School be properly restrained in your vehicle. Missouri law is:
- A child over four years of age, but less than eight years of age, who also weighs between 40 and 80 pounds and is under 4'9" tall, must be secured in a child passenger restraint system or booster seat appropriate for that child.
- Children 8 years old and older at least 80 pounds, or children more than 4'9" tall, are required to be secured by an appropriate vehicle safety belt or booster seat. The fine for violating Missouri's child safety law is $50 plus court costs. Child safety seat requirements do not apply to children who are being transported in a school bus or public carrier for hire.
As the time of year approaches when hats and coats will be worn, it provides an excellent time to discuss head lice.
- Head Lice are small wingless insects, and are about the size of a sesame seed. They live very close to the human scalp. They do NOT fly or jump.
- A nit is an off white to a yellowish color louse egg. They are very small and attach to the shaft of the hair with glue like substance. In order to be removed they must be pulled from the hair.
- Help prevent the spread of lice by avoiding head to head contact, don’t share combs, brushes or hair accessories. Do not share hats, helmets, or ear muffs. Maintain your own personal space.
- In order to get rid of lice a person will need to be treated with either a medicated shampoo or a product to suffocate the lice. Every bug and egg MUST be picked off. Someone should continue to check your hair daily for lice and nits for one week. After that, hair should be checked twice per week for at least one month.
- Don’t forget to wash and dry clothing, towels and linen in hot water. Wash combs, brushes and hair accessories in hot water. Non- washable items such as stuffed animals should be placed in an airtight bag for 2 weeks. Vacuum floors and furniture. Don’t forget about booster seats/car seats.
- Remember lice are not dangerous. They are a nuisance. Be kind to others.
*Pleasant Hill R3 School District Policy- “If the school nurse or teacher should discover head lice/eggs on a student in the classroom, the parent of that student will be notified, and the student will be removed from the classroom and from school. To be readmitted to school, a student must be accompanied by a parent/guardian or relative and must be examined by the school nurse. Transportation will NOT be provided by bus until student is examined and cleared through the school health room. Students will not be allowed back to school until all nits have been removed”.
I am more than happy to help as much as I can. Notes will be sent home with classrooms if there becomes an issue or school wide if needed. Please remember that as concerned as you are, this is still a confidential matter and staff cannot answer your questions regarding specific students. Again, please know that I am more than happy to help in any way that I can.
*The Health Room is still in need of both boys’ and girls’ pants/shorts size 6 – 10. Thank you to those who have already donated!