Pleasant Hill Elementary
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:
Fax: (541) 736-0446
Every other Wednesday:
Pleasant Hill Elementary
Ph.: (541) 736-0490
daily 7:40—7:55 a.m.
Pleasant Hill School
District is an equal opportunity
educator and employer.
Return Spring Registration
school by Friday.
Also, please take a
moment to complete
the parent survey for
the 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,
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
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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
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
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.
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
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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
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
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
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.