Pleasant Hill
Primary School
304 Eklund
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 540-2119
987-9201 (attendance line)
. . . . . . Oct. 25 & 27: Parent / Teacher Conferences (see below for more information) . . . . . . Oct. 28: No School . . . . . . .
Sandra Haight

Art to Remember

Just the Facts

Parenting the Love and Logic Way

Earthquake Safety

NCLB Complaint Resolution Procedure

A note from the principal...



We have a lot of activities to look forward to in October:  visits from the Pleasant Hill Fire Department, Red Ribbon Week, field trips, parent/teacher conferences, and fall parties.  Please check our calendar for specific dates and events.

Don’t let your child be a statistic!  According to the National Center for Children, 25% of kindergarteners and 21% of 1st. graders have at-risk or chronic absenteeism, missing 12 or more days of school per year.  Early absentee rates negatively impact academic achievement in reading, math, and general knowledge throughout the primary grades.  We want your children to read and succeed!

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 Night the second Tuesday of each month, Guido’s Night on the second Wednesday, and Sonic Night on the fourth Tuesday.  Your financial support has helped purchase classroom materials, assemblies, and incentives for students.  Thanks also for participating in specific fundraisers that benefit certain programs:  Art to Remember, General Mills Boxtops, recycling printer cartridges, and so on.

A parent survey is offered in conjunction with our parent/teacher conferences, scheduled the week of Oct. 24.  Most conferences are being scheduled on Tuesday, Oct. 25, and Thursday, Oct. 27, from 4:00-8:00.  Individual teachers may schedule conferences on other available dates in order to accommodate parents’ schedules.  The parent survey will be emailed to families after conference dates.  Thank you for participating.


  • 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 Reading Time, important instruction and morning routines.  Now that the 2016-2017 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.  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.
  • In order to maximize safety for our students at dismissal time, when many parents come to pick up their students, specific procedures are in place and outlined in the student handbook.  Please note that we are asking parents that enter the building to line up in the north hall, rather than waiting in the main area where children are walking through to exit out the front doors.  Problems that have occurred include students stopping to talk to families that they know and getting out of the building late, and students mistakenly following friends out the north doors.
  • 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. 4.  Send the complete, uncut photos taken in August with your child to school for another photo package of the same value. 
  • 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.

Rooster Reading Time has started!  The Primary School established Rooster Reading Time for K-2 students in order to better meet our goal of all children reading on grade-level.  From 8:40-9:00, Monday-Thursday, students will receive targeted whole and small group instruction based on specific skill mastery in the content areas of letters, phonemic awareness, phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, fluency, and listening.  Almost all PS staff participates in order to accommodate as many reading groups as possible at each grade level.  Teachers have prepared lessons and engaging activities, using Discovery Education and other screening results to place students where they will receive instruction targeted to their needs.  Teachers will continue to review test data and plan together throughout the school year to make sure we are staying on target, and students may be moved flexibly among groups as skills are mastered.  While we always want our students to enjoy learning, Rooster Reading Time is a seriously focused program, intended to develop, promote, and enhance our students' literacy strategies and achievements.  Students that arrive late to school, between 8:40-9:00, will have to wait in the front hall, in order to protect this short instructional time.


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 beatthequake/game/.


BUS CHANGES:  Due to the overcrowding on some of the buses, no extra riders will be allowed to ride buses 1, 2, 3, 5, 7, 15, 16, 17.  ALL bus changes must be approved by Durham School Services.  A note must be presented to the office no later than 9:00 a.m. or parents must call the bus company at 816-540-4610.  If a student tries to ride a bus that has not been approved by Durham School Services, that student will be sent to his/her own bus or sent to the office for parent pick-up.  There are NO EXCEPTIONS to Durham's procedure.  We appreciate your understanding regarding this matter.  STUDENT SAFETY IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE. 


Sandra Haight


Upcoming dates

Oct. 21: No School, Teacher Workday / Prof. Dev
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
Classes begin
Parent pick up
Bus dismissal

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.


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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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