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Pleasant Hill Elementary

Billie News!

Volume 3 Issue 18 www.pleasanthill.k12.or.us

May 7, 2012

Pleasant Hill Elementary

36386 Highway 58

Pleasant Hill, Or 97455

Ph: (541) 736-0400

Attendance Phone Line:

(541) 736-0411

Fax: (541) 736-0446

Office Hours:

7:30—3:30 p.m.

School Hours:

8:00—2:15 p.m.

Every other Wednesday:

8:00—1:15 p.m.

Pleasant Hill Elementary

Food Services

Ph.: (541) 736-0490

Breakfast—$1.00 served

daily 7:40—7:55 a.m.


Pleasant Hill School

District is an equal opportunity

educator and employer.

Return Spring Registration

Materials to

school by Friday.

Also, please take a

moment to complete

the parent survey for

the counseling grant

by Friday,




Counseling Grant


Last week, I was invited

to attend a meeting of several rural

school districts within Lane County.

The purpose of the meeting was to

discuss a joint rural schools grant

with the intent if funded schools

like ours would receive funding for

an elementary counselor.

This counselor would be responsible

for working with students in the

classroom delivering curriculums

such as Second Steps and our current

bully prevention curriculum,

Stop, Walk, Talk. Another responsibility

of this person would be to

provide assistance to families in

need of resources, working closely

with our Family Resource Coordinator,

and work with the staff in creating

small group activities for students

who would benefit from this

form of a social skills intervention

such as friendship skills group.

The grant to fund this position is

being written by Lane ESD’s grant

writer. In reviewing previous grants

that have been funded for elementary

counselors, he discovered a

need for parent input.

Each rural school was sent a link to

a survey created by the grant writer.

He designed the survey to be brief,

ten questions, on-line at



The survey is open only this week,

Monday—Friday. If you would prefer

to complete a hardcopy of the survey,

please call the school and we will send

one home. All hard copy surveys need

to be returned to school by Friday,

May 11th.

Spring Registration


If your child is in kindergarten, first,

second, third, fourth or fifth grade

they brought home a spring registration

packet. We ask that you please

update the cover page and complete

the remainder of the packet. If you

know that your child will not be attending

Pleasant Hill Elementary next

year, please write moving across the

front page and return to school. We

need all packets returned no later

than by Friday, May 11th.



Process for 2011-2012

In addition to completing Kindergarten

Registration and preparing Spring


Registration packets this week, this is also the

time of year when we will begin discussions regarding

classroom placement for next year. Our

goal is to create the best learning environment

possible for all of our students.

To provide the best learning environment for each

student, placement of students in specific classrooms

based upon:

A balance of academic skill levels

make recommendations as to the best learning environment

for each child based upon this year’s experience

with your child. Grade level teams will begin

meeting with the principal to develop class lists.

The final decision of classroom placement rests

with the principal.

Thank you for your trust and support that all of

our students will have an equal access and opportunity

to the best possible education.

Students social and emotional needs

A balance of boys and girls, in addition to overall

class size

A balance of students with special needs

Teaching and student learning styles

The staff devotes a great deal of time and energy

into determining class placements. Our goal is for

every child to be in a supportive, safe and engaging

learning environment that creates a successful

learner in each student. We know this is best accomplished

when we create balanced groups of

students taking into account the points listed


If you feel the need to share information about

your child, please complete the attached Homeroom

Placement Information Form, and return

before May 18th. The form provides you with

space to comment regarding your child’s

strengths/talents, areas needing support, learning

style, classroom environment, and any physical or

health concerns. The information you share will be

shared with the teachers involved in the placement

process. Therefore, do not request a specific


It is important that we provide the most appropriate

and equitable educational setting for each student.

Thank you for your trust and support that all

of our students will have an equal access and opportunity

to the best possible education. It is the

responsibility of your child’s current teacher to

Pleasant Hill Writing Festival

A Big Success

A big “Thank –You” to Jeannie Miller for organizing

and coordinating our annual Writing Festival, to

the PHES PTO and Pleasant Hill Foundation for

covering the expenses associated with the festival,

our local author and materials. In addition,

thank you to all of the staff who assisted in making

last Thursday a great success.

If you had been at school last Thursday, May 3,

you would have been truly amazed to find students

in grades 1 –6 at Pleasant Hill Elementary School

all a buzz about writing, as they participated in

the Pleasant Hill Elementary Writing Festival.

All students in grades 1 –6 attended a presentation

with local author and poet Ingrid Wendt. In

addition, students in grades 1-2 made a book with

the wonderful assistance of many parent volunteers,

featuring some very special writing they

have been working on with Mrs. Miller. Students

in grades 3—6 attended two writing workshops

lead by many volunteers from the community.

Without the community volunteers our festival

would not have been successful.

Clothing Needed!

We are in need of clothes for our clothes closet in

the health room. If you have extra clothing, especially

sweatpants, your children have outgrown,

please consider donating these items to our health



Dress Code

Several children have asked about clothing that is

appropriate to wear to school now that Spring has

arrived according to the calendar. The dress code

for our school is that all students are expected to

dress appropriately, same as those students attending

the high school. Students are asked not to

wear clothing that would hinder or interrupt their

own learning or others around them.

Therefore, inappropriate clothes to wear to school

would be:

1. Anything that is offensive or disruptive due to

vulgar language or reference to drugs/alcohol.

2. Garments that promote discrimination, harassment,

prejudice or racism.

3. Garments that are dirty, torn, or pose a health

or safety hazard.

4. Garments that are provocative such as midriff

shirts, see through clothing, shirts with plunging

necklines, shirts with spaghetti straps or strapless

shirts, baggy pants that expose undergarments.

5. Garments identified with membership to a gang.

Students who arrive at school wearing these items

will be given other attire to wear over that which

is considered against the dress code. If students

refuse to wear the provided clothing, parents will

be called to bring the child a change of clothes.

Please also keep in mind when assisting your child

in selecting their clothing and footwear for the

day, all of our students do participate in physical

education classes in the gym at least twice a week,

and have at least two recesses a day outside, rain

or shine. We encourage all students to wear the

appropriate footwear to school, so they may fully

participate in P.E., as those wearing flip-flops or

high heels will be asked to sit out, due to a safety


Brain Bowl Results

Congratulations to the Pleasant

Hill Elementary Brain Bowl teams.

The Pleasant Hill name was repeated many times at

the Lane County Middle School Brain Bowl Tournament

at the Awards on Saturday at the UO. Pleasant

Hill Elementary's Team C placed third in Division

A (sixth grade), and Pleasant Hill's Team A

placed first in the same division.

Team C members are Julie Lowell, Iliana Thompson,

Kylee Holston, and Samantha Ellis. Team A's

members are Nathan Faber, Hunter Murphy, Rebecca

Peasley, Kari Robbins, Sam Schuetz, and Callan

Stowell. Their trophies will be on display later

this week.

All four of the sixth grade teams have met weekly

since January during their lunch to practice for

this tournament. Great job, all of you!

The high school team placed third in Division B for

7th and 8th graders.

Calendar of Events:

May 7—11 Teacher Appreciation


May 7—7:00 p.m. School Board Meeting, Community

/ Mentor Center

May 7—Spring Registration Materials sent

home. Check your child’s backpack!

May 8—9:00—12:00 5th Grade Field Trip

May 8—2:30 PTO Meeting, Library

May 10—4th Grade Field Trip

May 11—9:00—12:30 p.m. Room 1 Field Trip to Cascade

Raptor Center

May 14-18 Classified Staff Week

May 16—8:30—1:00 p.m. 5th Grade Field Trip

May 16—1:15 p.m. Early Release

Book Fair Update

A big thank you to Terry Tupes for organizing and creating another fun and exciting Book Fair for our

school. Also a big thank you to the many volunteers who assisted her the week of the book fair. The

book fair raised over $5000.

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