Pleasant Hill Events
Below is a description of the various events and activities that the Pleasant Hill PTA supports throughout the year.
Activity Description   When
After School Specials Classes and activities sponsored by the PTA and taught by parent/teacher/community volunteers. These “classes” will give PH students an opportunity to try new activities in a safe environment. Winter
Back to School Picnic A PTA-sponsored event that is a “welcome back” event for all PH staff and families. Families bring their own picnic. Ice cream and desserts are provided, as well as entertainment and games. August
Band Concert - Beginning Band concert put on by mostly 5th-grade students so they can showcase their talents. All Pleasant Hill families are welcome to attend.  The concert is held in the Cafe.  Winter & Spring
Band Concert - Intermediate A band concert put on by mostly 6th-grade students so they can showcase their talents. All Pleasant Hill families are welcome to attend.  Concert is performed in the Cafe. Winter & Spring
Chorus Concert Concert put on by students in the school's chorus group to showcase their singing talents; all Pleasant Hill families are welcome.  The concert is held in the Cafe.  Spring
Cougar Carnival A PTA-sponsored event that is a carnival at the start of Spring! The event takes place at school which has all kinds of carnival games to play along with carnival food to eat.
All items are paid for with tickets that are pre-ordered a week or two in advance. Ordering information, comes home in the PTA newsletter (Pleasant Views) about a month or so prior to the event. Tickets are also available to purchase at the event. Students are issued punch cards to wear around their necks to keep track of their "winnings." The cards are redeemed for prizes.
NOTE:  The event is only for Pleasant Hill families and their immediate family members.  Students will not be admitted without a chaperoning adult. 
Parking for this event is only in the back parking lot and across the street at Birchwood (not in the front or along the sidewalk in the back).
Donuts with Grownups Parents take their kids to school early to have donuts and juice in the Cafe with other families and kids.  It starts about 30 to 45 minutes before school and ends when school starts.  Spring
Family Science Night A student's love of learning, curiosity about our world, and empowerment to set great goals all begin with the interactions of that child with his or her parents.
Our mission is to offer parents and their children an exciting, fun, and safe event that encourages them to explore science, technology, engineering and math concepts together. 
Family Reading Night A PTA-sponsored event held at school in the evening that encourages families to recognize the importance of, and fun, in reading together.
Families will follow a map to different stations to read together and/or be read to by different staff members. Snacks provided at the end of the evening. The Book Fair and Reflections galley will be open for the evening as well.
Field Day - Grades K-6 A PTA-sponsored event in which students participate in an all day event in both indoor and outdoor sports. 
Games are run by volunteers and students rotate through them with their classrooms in an organized manner (it's not like recess!).
First Day of School First day of school in which parents drop off their children at the designated outside doors and wave good-bye as the school year officially begins.   August
(Grades 1-6)   Grades 1 & 2 - Door 6 (main back door off back parking lot) or Door 10 (west of front door) 
Grades 3 & 4 - Middle back door for grades
Grades 5 & 6 - Eastern-most back door    
First Day of School First day of school in which parents drop off their children at the designated outside doors and wave good-bye as the school year officially begins.   August
(Kindergarten)  Kindergarten door (located on west side of building) for AM students
Front door (inside by office) for PM students
Fundraiser: Every year the PTA fundraises in the Fall to pay for all these various activities & events throughout the year. Our goal is to raise $50/child. Fall
Halloween Parties Students' lunch hours are combined to allow time to go home to change into their costumes or they may change at school.
Students can only wear costumes in the afternoon. After lunch, students return to their classrooms to organize for the parade around the school block (Illinois, Cedar, Pleasant Hill Blvd, Bennet and back to Illinois)
Parents can gather outside to see all the costumes. Students return to classrooms for their parties, which are generally the last hour of the day.  The room parents manage the party and ask for parent assistance. 
On October 31st  or next closest school day.
Holiday Shop A holiday shopping opportunity for students sponsored by the PTA. The PTA sets up an actual shop in the Cafe from 3:20-6:30pm. 
Gift items range in price from $0.50 to $10. Students and parents are welcome.
Intramurals Sixth graders are welcome to participate in Cross Country (Fall), 2-Ball (Winter) and in Track (Spring).  Most practices are held during recess at school with only a few sessions after school.  All Year
Last Day of School Last school day when students attend school for only a couple of hours in which they spend the majority of the time in the Cafe and gym at the year-end assembly;
families sometimes gather at Birchwood park across the street from school for a picnic lunch once school dismisses.
Meet the Teacher Day One-hour long window in which parents and students can meet their teachers, see their classrooms, and bring their school supplies. 
Bring some dollar bills and envelopes since this is one of two days when money is collected for various classroom-related items such as party money (used by room parents to finance school parties for Halloween and Valentine's Day), magazine subscriptions, classroom binders, totes, etc.  You can also turn in other forms that are sent in the August mailer. 
Day before school begins
Multi-Cultural Fest Pleasant Hill families sponsor booths where they showcase their countries/cultures through artifacts, food, and activities. Families sign up ahead of time to sponsor a booth. NOTE:  This event takes place every other school year. 
COST:  A low single price pays for participation in the activities.
Spring (alternating years)
Open House This is a great opportunity for families to come to school in the evening to visit their child's classroom and see their child's work.
Students and teachers work really hard to prepare for this night, and it is a very well-attended event. Classroom time is from 7-8pm.
Parent Orientation Orientation is the parents' opportunity to hear all about what their children will be doing/learning in school this year. Orientation occurs in your child's classroom where grades K-2 orientation timeslot is separate from grades 3-6 to make it easier for parents to visit multiple classrooms.  
Teachers typically have parents sign up for parent-teacher conference times (in Nov) so bring your calendars.  Keep the dollar bills in hand since this is the other time, besides on Meet the Teacher day, you can pay for classroom incidentals; if you don't have the cash at this time, you can send it to school with your child later.
NOTE:  This event is parents/guardians only. Typically during the first full week of school.
Parent & Teacher Conferences This is the parents chance to meet with their child's teacher in their classroom for a one-on-one discussion about their child's progress (usually 10-15 minutes). 
Parents typically sign up for a conference time in August and the teachers send home a reminder close to the date. 
Monday & Tuesday
NOTE:  Students should not attend the conference.  If they must accompany the parent(s), they should bring quiet activities to complete in the hallway. prior to the Thanksgiving Holiday
Picture Day Each student's photo is taken individually (which is also included in the class photo) for inclusion in the yearbook (available to purchase at the end of the year) and for purchase by the student's family. 
Each classroom is assigned a time to come to the Cafe to get students' pictures taken.  There are designated volunteers to help students with hair and clothing issues. 
A picture retake day is also scheduled for any absent students or students who are not happy with their first picture. 
PTA Changeover Dinner This dinner provides an opportunity for PTA committee members to recognize outgoing 6th grade parents,
transition information/materials to incoming members and welcome the PTA officers, both new and returning, for the coming school year. Invitations are distributed by the PTA co-presidents.  
PTA General Membership Meetings These are held in the cafeteria (Cafe) in conjunction with another all school event.  Fall & Spring
The first meeting is with Parent Orientation in the fall.  At this meeting, the PTA membership votes whether or not to approve the current year's budget.
Copies of the proposed budget are available in the cafeteria prior to the meeting. Forms to join the PTA are part of the August Mailer.
Once you've completed the form and sent it in to school, you may vote on the budget. Being a PTA member also entitles you to receive a copy of the Pleasant Hill PTA directory.
The second meeting is with Open House in the spring.  At this meeting, the PTA membership votes on the nominees for the PTA officers.
PTA Monthly Meetings Monthly meetings are held in the evenings in the Teacher's Lounge to discuss various events/issues pertaining to the school, the students, or PTA itself. 
All PTA members are welcome to attend; however, voting is reserved for committee chairs of the PTA.  Attendees are encouraged to attend without children.
Once a month on Tuesday evenings
Rec Nights Rec nights are held on Thursdays throughout January, February, and March. By grade level, students and parents (one parent per student) come together to participate in physical activities and "compete" in games in teams. 
The games are held in the gym and it gives children and parents some outdoor fun indoors during the dead of Winter!  Gym shoes and active wear are recommended for both students and parents.
January - March
Reflections Our national PTA sponsors this art program which offers student an opportunity to create works of art for fun and recognition.  There are six different categories in which a student may express themselves: 
visual arts, musical composition, photography, literature, dance and film/video.  Specific program rules are sent home along with the theme for the contest. 
Room Parent Tea The Room Parent Tea is an informal meeting of room parents and teachers to discuss the plan of attack for class parties for Halloween and Valentine's Day and centers, if applicable.  This meeting is held in the Cafeteria. September
School Pride Day Students show school spirit by wearing Pleasant Hill gear called "Spirit Wear" or red & white to school on the first Friday of every month.  Spirit Wear will be sold at the beginning of the year with a form in the August mailer. First Friday of each month
Special Person's Day Special people come to school in the morning and gather in the cafeteria (Cafe) to have coffee and mingle while teachers and students ready their classrooms.
Special guests then go to their children's classrooms where they generally do a craft or some other project with their students.  Student volunteers are in hallways to provide directions.
Strings Concert - Beginning A strings concert put on by student string players (mostly 5th graders) so they can showcase their talents.  The location of the concert rotates between District 15 schools (see calendar for details). Winter
Strings Concert - Winter A strings concert put on by student string players (mostly 6th-graders) so they can showcase their talents.  The location of the concert rotates between District 15 schools (see calendar for details). Winter
Talent Show A PTA-sponsored show spotlighting the talents of Pleasant Hill students. Students or student groups sign up to "try out" for the show -
they put together a dancing, singing, or some other kind of performing act and then present it to a panel of a few PTA members in a try-out situation.
The purpose of the try-out is to ensure the act meets the timeframe allowed and the material is appropriate for a grade school environment. 
The actual show takes place in the Cafe during the day for the student body and then again in the evening for families. 
NOTE:  This event takes place every other school year. (alternating years)
Valentine's Day Parties The Valentine's party typically takes place during the last hour of the day. The students celebrate by playing games, snacking, and exchanging cards with classmates.  
Teachers will let you know if a box (usually a decorated shoe box) or bag (again decorated) needs to be provided.  The room parents put on the parties and ask for parent assistance.
Closest school day to February 14th
Volunteer Luncheon The Pleasant Hill staff sponsors this event in which parent and other volunteers who have assisted in and out of classrooms all year long are honored with a lunch in the Cafe with student council members assisting.