Pleasant Hill
Primary School
304 Eklund
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 540-2119
987-9201 (attendance line)
. . . . . . Online registration begins: July 5 . . . . . . All school offices will be closed July 27 & 28 for Enrollment / Residency Nights . . . . . . July 27 - 28: Enrollment / Residency, 1-7pm, HS . . . . . . Aug. 16: First day of school . . . . . . .
Sandra Haight


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A note from the principal...

We are looking forward to the 2016-2017 school year.   We are celebrating the retirements of 2nd grade teacher Mrs. Cathy Young, secretary Mrs. Diana Redwine, and PAT educator Mrs. Terry Hadley.  We are saying sad but congratulatory goodbyes to kindergarten teacher Ms. Megan Smith, special education teacher Mrs. Jennifer Kagarice, speech teacher Mrs. Kathy Boegl, music teacher Ms. Aly Oparnico, and EC paraprofessional Mrs. Jennifer Meiries.  We welcome new staff members:  Mrs. Melinda Buchanan in kindergarten, Mrs. Kathleen Brundage in 1st. grade, Ms. Sharon Hyatt in speech, Mrs. Ashley Lewis in special education, Ms. Samantha Choi in music, Mrs. Patrice Adams in the PS office.  We are grateful for the return of Ms. Sandy Parrott in 1st. grade, after a year’s leave of absence.  In the coming year, we will have 8 kindergarten classes, 8 first grade classes, and 7 second grade classes.

Primary School teachers use a variety of effective instructional strategies aligned with the Missouri Learning Standards,  including common assessments, cooperative learning, small-group instruction, centers, and Readers’ and Writers’ Workshops.  Online Discovery Education assessments in reading and math are given as benchmark screenings four times a year, which help teachers prepare instruction based on students’ needs. Rooster Time, which is our building-wide Response to Intervention program, provides for targeted interventions, literature extension, or enrichment activities during four morning sessions each week.  Our goal continues to be on-level reading and math achievement for each student.

Summer school is in session from May 31 through June 24.  The Primary School office will be closed from June 13 through July 22, and closed again for district enrollment on July 27-28.  All families in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District will have to attend residency/enrollment nights on either July 27 or 28 at the high school in order to provide proof of residency.  Enrollment and demographic information will be done online this year.  All schools in the district will be represented on residency night with information specific to each grade level.  More information about this event will be emailed to families in June, posted on our district website, and provided through public media.  New students will be assigned to classes based on numbers already enrolled.  Class rosters for 2016-17 are posted on the district website and will be updated by August 5.

I hope you enjoy the summer and come ready for an exciting new school year in August.  While on summer break, students should READ every day and get plenty of exercise to keep those minds sharp! Please participate in our building’s Summer Reading Challenge or through the summer reading program at the PH Public Library.

Parents may like to read some of the books that PS staff have enjoyed over the past couple of years:

    • A Complaint-Free World and Happy This Year by Will Bowen
    • Brain Rules by John Medina
    • 7 Keys to Comprehension-How to Help Your Kids Read and Get It! by Susan Zimmermann and Chryse Hutchins
    • Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, and Why Gender Matters, all by Dr. Leonard Sax
    • Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood: Practical Parenting from Birth to 6 Years by Jim Fay and Charles Fay
    • Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking by John Antonetti
    • 6+1 Traits of Writing by Ruth Culham
    • Brain-based Teaching in the Digital Age by Marilee Sprenger

Sandra Haight


Upcoming dates

July 5: Online registration will open to complete your family’s forms
July 27, 28:
Enrollment / Residency, 1-7pm, HS
Aug. 9:
Parents of kindergarteners will meet their respective teachers at individually scheduled conferences
Aug. 11: Open House for students in grades 1-2, 5:00-7:00pm. 
Aug. 16: The first day of school
Students may be dropped off at 8:10am (if eating breakfast) or by 8:25am and picked up at 3:37pm. All students should report to the gym.  
Aug. 18: Early Childhood Open House, 6pm
Aug. 22: Early Childhood classes begin 
Aug. 23: School photos are scheduled to be taken by Pearce Photography.

16-17 School Supply Lists

Back to School FAQ's

Summer Reading Challenge

Kindergarten class lists (2016-17)

First Grade class lists (2016-17)
Second Grade class lists (2016-17)

Exercise kids minds during the summer

Summer Sports Camps / Clinics:

Basketball (Boys)
Soccer (Girls / Youth)

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 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 Can You Keep Children Reading All Through the Summer?

Summer reading for pleasure goes hand in hand.  Here are several ways you can build reading into your summer plans.  These ideas can work no matter where you are or what you are doing.

The Library- Planning a morning or afternoon at the Pleasant Hill Public Library is a great way to get books that interest the young reader.  Children also have an assortment of books at their reading level to choose from.  Be sure to look through the books to see if the words look too hard.  It is usually better for them to pick a book that is easier rather than too hard.  If the book chosen is too difficult, it can be read to the child for the child’s enjoyment.  Ask questions throughout the reading to check if the child understands the book.  Ask the reader to make predictions about what will happen next. Participate in the Pleasant Hill Public Library summer program!

Out Shopping- Ask your young reader what the signs say on the roads or in the stores.  Signs are readily available for exercising their reading skills.  Even young beginning readers can pick out the letters of their names on signs.  Shopping might include time for the book store.  They are fun and enjoyable for all ages.

Outside- On a nice day, suggest reading outside on the porch or deck or out in the yard on a blanket.  If you are planning a trip this summer, try to find books about the place.  This builds interest for the trip, increases knowledge, and practices reading skills.

Computer- Most children love doing just about anything on the computer.  They are usually reading while they navigate the internet or play a simple came.  You can use their interest to sharpen reading and computer sills by sharing time online together.



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