Pleasant Hill
Primary School
304 Eklund
Pleasant Hill, MO 64080 - 540-2119
987-9201 (attendance line)
. . . . . . Aug. 14: Open House for grades 1-2, 5-7pm . . . . . . Aug. 19: First day of school . . . . . . Aug. 29 & Sept. 1: No School, Labor Day . . . . . . Sept. 19: 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development . . . . . .
Sandra Haight



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A note from the principal...

We are looking forward to the 2014-2015 school year.   We are sorry to say goodbye to several staff members this year who are retiring or making career changes:  Debi Mercer, Gayle Revelle, Beth Spencer, Ashley Brookens, Liana Farnen, Karen McDonald, and Billie Jo Triplett.   We are welcoming staff members new to the PH district, and teachers transferring within the district:  Crystal Parson, Megan Smith, Amanda Ewing, Danielle Wenger, Stacy Galvan, Amanda English, Rachel Williams and Nathan Woods.  In the coming year, we will have 8 kindergarten classes, 7 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 three 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 June 2 through June 27.  The Primary School office will be closed from June 23 through July 28, and closed again for district enrollment on Aug. 6-7.  All families in the Pleasant Hill R-III School District will have to attend residency/enrollment nights on either August 6 or 7 at the high school in order to provide proof of residency and update demographic information.  All schools in the district will be represented with information specific to each grade level.  More information about this event will be mailed to families in July, 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 2014-15 are posted on the district website and will be updated on August 12.

Parents of kindergarteners will meet their respective teachers at individually scheduled conferences on Thursday, August 7.  Open House for students in grades 1-2 is Thursday, August 14, from 5:00-7:00.  The first day of school is Tuesday, August 19.  Early Childhood Open House is Thursday, August 21, at 6:00, and Early Childhood classes begin August 25.  School photos are scheduled to be taken by Pearce Photography on August 26.

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!
Parents may like to read some of the books that PS staff have enjoyed over the past couple of years:
Brain Rules by John Medina
Who Moved My Cheese?  by Spencer Johnson
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
A Framework for Understanding Poverty by Ruby Payne
Writing as a Measure and Model of Thinking by John Antonetti
6+1 Traits of Writing by Ruth Culham

Sandra Haight


Upcoming dates

Aug. 19: First day of school
On the first day of school: Students may be dropped off at 8:10am (if eating breakfast) or by 8:25am and picked up at 3:35pm. All students should report to the gym.
Aug. 26: Picture Day
Aug. 29 & Sept. 1: No School, Labor Day
Sept. 19: 3 hour early dismissal, Professional Development
Sept. 19: NoteAbles Carnival, 6:30-9pm, HS

School Supply Lists

Primary School Summer Reading Challenge
Cass County Library Summer Reading Program

How to Raise a Reader
Preparing for Kindergarten

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 $10.00 a roll and are available in 3 different sizes and colors!

What to say when your child is:

  •  Reading words that don’t make sense…….

Read back to them what they just said and say, “Did that make sense? Try that again.”
“Read that again and say the first letter sound of the tricky word.”
“Read that again and think what would make sense.”
“Read that again and make it sound right.”

  •  Reading words that are not on the page or not looking carefully…

“Does that look right? Try that again.”
“It could be that, but check the first (or middle or ending) letter, and try that again.”
“What letter would you expect to see there if that word were____?”

  •  Reading and waiting for you to give them the word…

“Can you find the tricky part?”
“What can you try?”
“Read it again and point to each word.”
 Ask them questions to direct their mind to the story, and then tell them to reread.
 Be sure to give them time (3 seconds) to try to get it themselves.

We want children to learn how to do the reading on their own.  We need to ask them questions to help them learn to think for themselves.




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