PLEASANT HILL ELEMENTARY SCHOOL PTA • Volume 60, Issue 1 • September 2008
INSIDE THIS ISSUE... MESSAGE FROM THE BOARD
by Beth Manning, President
PTA Board Members
2 PTA Membership
To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the
affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the
betrayal of false friends; to appreciate beauty; to leave the world a bit better
Carnoween whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to
e-Flyers are Going Green
know that even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to
– Ralph Waldo Emerson
Reflections Welcome to a new year at PHE! 2008-09 looks to be a great year at PHE with
4 Got Spirit?
lots of fresh faces, building on strong traditions but also new, great innovations in
store. This year we have an eager principal ready to continue the changes she
Stamp Club began last spring, an energized teaching staff excited about trying to introduce
some new changes to the curriculum, and a terrific group of energetic parents
Welcome Back Coffee who have volunteered to serve on the PTA board. We hope you will feel energized
5 All-in-One Day
Parent Advisory Council
by this new school year as well.
The PTA is looking forward to continuing many of our fun traditions this year
including Movie Nights, Carnoween, and Assemblies. We are also proud to be
venturing out of our comfort zone and trying some new things such as paperless
Library Corner Friday packets, an updated website, and fewer meetings with new and different
speakers. We have plenty of opportunities for you to join in the fun and help out.
I encourage you to find your niche here at PHE: help in the classroom, library
PHEEF News or computer room; assist with a program; attend a PTA or Foundation meeting;
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and certainly support your child/ren and their teacher/s. Together we can make
this the best year yet!
Looking Ahead CALLING ALL PTA MEMBERS!
by Beth Manning
Pleasant Hill Following are the dates to which you, as a member of the PTA, are welcome
and encouraged to attend. At each meeting, we'll enjoy a presentation by a
terrific speaker who will talk on various interesting subjects throughout the year.
Watch your e-News and the PHE PRESS for reminders and more information.
Thank you for joining the PTA and being a part of supporting PHE and our
children's education. All meetings will be held in the library, unless otherwise
Elementary School noted.
2097 Oak Park Boulevard
Pleasant Hill, CA 94523 Thursday, November 13, 2008 at 7pm
925 . 934 . 3341
www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/pleasanthillelementary Thursday, February 12, 2009 at 7pm
Jennifer Voris, Principal Monday, April 6, 2009 at 8am
Beth Manning, PTA President
Thanh Kemp, Editor Monday, June 8, 2009 at 8am
PHE PRESS OCTOBER DEADLINE: September 19, 2008 EMAIL SUBMISSIONS TO: PHEpress@pacbell.net
PHE PTA BOARD PTA MEMBERSHIP
by Katie Ferrari
2008 - 2009 Welcome back to PHE and a very active PTA!
PRESIDENT Our membership drive is off to a great start! We
Beth Manning 256-9035 had 460 members join at a busy All-in-One Day.
firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks to all who joined and are helping PHE
“RACE” to success!
EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT
Jennifer Gray 939-7593 The PHE PTA sponsors a wide variety of programs that enrich our
email@example.com children's education and school experiences. For example, the PTA is respon-
sible for FAME, assemblies, computer and library volunteers, Science Night,
Kathy Gillman 280-1756 Reflections, Art in the School, room parent coordination, PHE PRESS
firstname.lastname@example.org newsletters, PHE Website, school directory, Carnoween, movie nights, Make-
a-Difference days, and much more. All this happens thanks to your support.
Jasen Jeffrey 766-6788 Please consider joining the PTA by completing this year's PTA
email@example.com Membership form “Help us RACE to Success” which can be found in the
VP WAYS AND MEANS office in the membership box. Or you can find the form online at
Annie Blodgett 944-8812 www.mdusd.k12.ca.us/pleasanthillelementary/forms.html. Only one form
firstname.lastname@example.org per family is necessary with all your children's names listed at the bottom of
the form. The annual dues are just $7 per person, which supports our PHE
VP HOSPITALITY PTA as well as the state and national PTA.
Jennifer Tipton 939-3622
email@example.com Any classroom with 100% participation response in our membership
VP HEALTH AND SAFETY drive will be rewarded with a special treat, so whether you join now or not,
Open please fill out the form and return it to the office/membership box.
You want to do more than just fill out the form? Any help that you can
SECRETARY give would be greatly appreciated. Have time, have a talent, lots of great
Brenda Calabro-Collins 954-7957 ideas? Come to a PTA meeting! Please feel free to get in touch with anyone
on the PTA board and get involved!
Marian Bachofer 947-1453 Thank you to returning and new members for your support. Look on the
firstname.lastname@example.org back wall of the Multi-purpose room in a few weeks for your family's name!
Start your engines and lets REV it up to make this a successful year for PHE!
Teresa Leibnitz 944-9335 Call or email Katie Ferrari, Membership Chair with any questions (942-
email@example.com 0547) or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jay Fife 934-4595
Ben Samrick 943-1176
Rachel Van Cleave
932- 4674 SUPPORT PHE
by Stacey Schiager
HEAD ROOM PARENT Join eScrip and support our school! Yes, it’s that easy. Sign up with
Mike Stephens 705-1025 eScrip and every time you shop at any of the over 6,000 merchant locations,
a percentage of your purchase will go to PHE.
Mary Gray 934-6489 To sign up with eScrip, go to www.escrip.com. Click on Sign up and
email@example.com enter our PHE Group ID# 137137216.
MEMBERSHIP You shop...our kids win! It’s free, it’s easy and powerful!
Katie Ferrari 942-0547 Here are just a few of the companies you may already know:
NEWSLET TER DESIGNER / EDITOR
Thanh Kemp 932-8654
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by Anne Winterich
Carnoween is PHE’s annual Halloween
carnival – a Pleasant Hill tradition for over 40
years! Parents, students, and teachers participate to make lnnisbrook Wrapping
this a great day for young and old. Paper Sale
This year, Carnoween will be held Saturday, October by Amy Samrick
25th from 10:30-3:00. Mark your calendars now for this
very fun day! Look for upcoming flyers and announce- The Innisbrook wrapping paper fundraiser starts
ments detailing volunteering and ticket sales. Proudly September 4th and we need everyone's support. This
sponsored by the PHE PTA. is one of the major fundraisers for the PHE PTA. The
selling of wrapping paper by your children has
HELP! CARNOWEEN NEEDS YOU! consistently raised enough money to give every
teacher in our school an additional $1000 in class-
We are in desperate need of a silent auction chairper- room supplies. These are supplies that are needed
son! This is a great job for a couple of friends who are but are often missing because of funding issues.
organized, good with people, and willing to ask (via letter,
phone and in person) local businesses and community We have a higher goal this year as the state budg-
members for donations to our silent auction portion of et cuts have created an even larger deficit in our
Carnoween. The job entails sending donation letters, mak- classrooms. We are asking for your help as the
ing phone calls and visiting shops/services, organizing the money that is earned goes directly to helping your
donations, and manning the silent auction booth the day children. Also, out of town family and friends can
of Carnoween, (there are people who will help run the help by placing an on-line order that benefits the stu-
table that day too!), sending thank you letters and publish- dent and the school at www.innisbrook.com - make
ing donors afterward. Please contact Anne Winterich 256- sure they enter our school code on their order:
7122 or Jennifer Gray 939-7593. 15102487.
We need your help and support! This year our
sale will run from September 4th through
September 23rd. Contact Annie Blodgett or Amy
e-FLYERS ARE GOING GREEN!
by Kathy Gillman
Samrick at firstname.lastname@example.org for
Did you know that currently PHE distributes over 3000
flyer pages a week to the student body? Most of these pages
are read once and then head directly to the recycle bin.
In an effort towards eco-conservation, the PHE PTA will
be distributing the weekly flyer packets, normally included
in your child’s backpack each Friday, exclusively via our
weekly eNews. Our goal is to try and become as paperless
in the process as possible.
What does this mean to you? Well, if you are already
signed up for our weekly eNews, then you are already in
the loop – you will be able to download flyers by clicking on
the links on the right side of the online newsletter. Once
downloaded to your computer, you can choose to read the
Earn Money for PHE
flyers electronically or print on your home printer.
just by Shopping Online!
by Kathleen Olson
Have email but not signed up for eNews? To keep The next time you shop online (spring clothes,
receiving these important flyers, you need to sign up for Valentine gifts, etc.), log on to www.schoolpop.com first.
eNews: just send an email to email@example.com with Once you are registered, you will automatically be routed
“sign me up” in the subject line. Please include your name back to a list of your favorite shopping websites, including
and your child’s name and grade. Land's End, Gap, Old Navy, J.Jill and many more. Shop as
you normally would, and a percentage of the sale (2- 4%
No access to email? Not to worry. Your child will be on usually) will be sent back to our school! For more informa-
the list to receive weekly printed packets. tion, email Kathleen Olson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Volume 60, Issue 1 PHE PRESS September 2008 Page 3
Make -A-Difference - Day
by Marian Bachofer REFLECTIONS ART SHOW
Come join us on Pleasant Hill Community Day, by Sharon Kurk
Saturday, September 20, to help improve our campus at
UNLEASH YOUR CHILD'S TALENTS WITH
our PHE's "Make a Difference Day". Our Fall Make-a-
Difference-Day will run from 9am - 2pm. We need volun- REFLECTIONS!
teers to help remove weeds, plant new ground cover (and Students who participate in the arts do better in school,
hopefully defy the odds that our resident gopher will notice), and the PTA Reflections Program gives students an oppor-
install mulch in flower beds, finish painting the Dino prints tunity to receive recognition for their artistic endeavors.
and clean out some school closets (no skeletons expected).
Encourage your child to create an original work of art
Please bring gloves, a shovel and hoe. It would also based on the 2008-2009 Reflections Program theme,
be helpful if we had a couple of wheelbarrows. Please label “WOW!”
any items you bring. Your efforts are greatly appreciated.
This is also a good opportunity to know and work with other There are six arts categories to choose from: Film
Production, Dance Choreography, Musical Composition,
PHE parents. For more information, please contact Mike
Photography, Visual Arts, and Literature.
Stephens at 705-1025 or email@example.com.
Reflections Program awards are given at the local,
council, district, state and national levels. National award-
winning entries are showcased in the PTA Reflections
Got Spirit? Program gallery at www.pta.org.
by Carrie Wallahan All entries must be accompanied with an entry form,
so pick one up in the office. Please turn in all entries by
Thank you to all of the
families who purchased Spirit
PHE contacting Sharon Kurk at firstname.lastname@example.org or 938-
4033. Entries are due by October 31.
Wear at All-in-One-Day! For those For more information or forms go to www.capta.org,
of you who didn't get a chance to pur- click on Reflections under the Programs heading.
chase t-shirts or sweatshirts, you can pick up a form at the
front office, leave a check in the spirit wear box, and we will
get your items to you as soon as possible. Be sure to note
your child’s name and teacher on the order form. There
also will be additional opportunities to buy Spirit Wear at
upcoming school functions, like Carnoween. Also, be look- Elementary School
ing out for notices about our Vintage Sweatshirt sale com-
ing up this fall. Cheap Prices for Good Deals! Once the
inventory is gone, some of these sweatshirts will not be
seen again. START STAMP COLLECTING:
GATHER, SORT and TRADE
And just in case you didn't know, or had forgotten,
every Friday is Spirit Day. Wear your PHE shirt or sweat-
Learn about People, Places
shirt or our school colors (blue and orange) and show
Focus on Sports, Space,
Animals, Cars or Flags
THE PRINCIPAL'S COFFEE IS Join now! Get FREE* stamps and hinges.
MOVING TO TUESDAYS
by Jennifer Voris
WHERE: PTA room, off of the multi-use room
WHEN: 2nd Thursday of each month during lunch recess
This year the Principal's Coffee will be at 8:00 am on the 2008: Sept 11, Oct 9, Nov 13, Dec 11
third Tuesday of every month, in the library. I look forward 2009: Jan 8, Feb 12, Mar 12, Apr 9, May 14, Jun 4**
to having a cup of coffee or tea on Tuesday, September 16
at 8:00 am as we chat about the current happenings at WHO TO CONTACT: Mark Sturgess (937-7328 or
school... Our first topic will be about Step Up to Writing, email@example.com). *No charges or cost. Free
the Kindergarten through High School writing process that stamps are bulk items gathered over the years for young
will be implemented this year at PHE. Please bring your collectors. (For those already collecting, bring no
ideas for future meetings on 9/16. See you there! valuables please.) **not 2nd Thursday.
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coffee by Kathy Gillman
by Jasen Jeffrey
First day of school morning madness was All-in-One Day was a great success for PHE's
tamed a bit for PHE parents with a hot cup of families and staff. We set an attendance record as
coffee and something sweet to eat at the annual back to 90% of the families (representing close to 572
school coffee. students) attended and maneuvered their way
through the Mutli-Use room signing up for school
Returning parents reconnected with one another after ,
lunches, joining the PTA and PHEEF purchasing
the summer break. Parents new to PHE were greeted and school supplies, and – of course – finding out who
welcomed into the PHE family. their teachers were going to be!
Thanks to the many folks who worked together to make Most significantly, parents took the opportunity
this annual event such a success, especially Starbucks to sign up for over 650 volunteer positions for
Coffee at the Palos Verdes Mall who donated the coffee
programs and events taking place throughout the
that we enjoyed (special thanks to PHE parents Vienero
year. Thanks to all willing to take on roles as room
Monti and Julie Omerod who work at Starbucks and
helped coordinate). A big thank you also to all our bakers: parents, FAME docents, library volunteers, copy
Kathleen Olson, Kim Sanner, Eileen Guichard, Jill enthusiasts, and many new roles at PHE. We are
Scheidel, Jennifer Philson, Carrie Wallahan, Sheryle grateful for your commitment to give of your time
Burnard, Lisa West, Tiffany Grayson, Amy Tcheng, Erika and talents to enhance the educational experience
Vesterguaard, and Brenda Collins. Finally thanks to Leroy of our students.
Pruitt who, as always, helped us get the MU room ready
Many thanks also go out to the 460 people –
parents, teachers and staff – who joined the PHE
PTA. Your membership in this dedicated and inno-
vative organization is much appreciated. We know
our membership will continue to grow as the school
Finally, kudos to the entire staff of parent volun-
teers who joined forces to make the day a success.
Special thanks go to Marla Powers and Cathy Waite
for all of their help and leadership they provided.
PHE parents gathered in the MU for some coffee and sweets.
PARENT ADVISORY COUNCIL
by Beth Manning
Are you interested in knowing "the scoop" about the MDUSD first hand? Then consider
representing PHE on the Parent Advisory Council. These meeting are extremely informative and
are a great way to hear and address questions to the upper ranks of MDUSD. District
Superintendent Gary McHenry runs the meetings and there are always at least two assistant super-
intendents present, as well as 2 school board members. PAC has instigated and helped implement
some needed changes in MDUSD over the years. They function like a true advisory board. They've worked
on Measure C, inter/intra transfer issues, researching the practicality of a parcel tax two years ago, discipline policies, com-
puter use policies, diplomacy with the teachers union, improving MDUSD communication, and lately a revised and pending
middle/high school homework policy.
Meetings are held at the Dent Center every first Wednesday from 7:00-9:00 pm. They end promptly at 9. Discussions
are often lively and always informative for everyone involved.
Attending PAC is a great way for PHE parents to stretch a bit beyond the PHE community to learn of larger district
issues and especially to see and learn from reps within our College Park High School feeder pattern. No pre-registration is
necessary if you would like to attend these meetings - you can just go.
If you have questions, you may contact Leanne Hamaji at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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LI BRARY CORNER
by Erika Vestergaard
Fine Arts Mini Experience
by Danna Katz
NEW BOOKS HAVE ARRIVED!
Welcome to fall 2008 and we hit the ground running
this year with our ever-popular FAME program. For those Ms. Niven, PHE Librarian, spent her summer days
who are unfamiliar with it, the Fine Arts Mini-Experience organizing and culling the book shelves. The result? Some
program is a six-year program that exposes our children to old, never read books are now gone. And in their place?
the worlds of art and music. This program is sponsored by Hundreds of new library books! As these books are cata-
the PHE PTA and is staffed by trained parent docents. If logued, they will be put onto the PHE shelves. Alan
you are interested in joining the program as a volunteer, we Vestergaard, 3rd grader, got an early glimpse at some new
always have room for you! Star Wars books. His assessment: “Pretty Cool!”
Our FAME lessons are designed to be fun and
interactive yet brief enough to hold the students’ attention.
A typical lesson will include an age-appropriate discussion VOLUNTEERS
of the lives of an artist and composer. The kids will view a The PHE Library is open Wednesday – Friday. Classes
replica of a painting, and then discuss the elements of it. visit the library in 30 minute time slots continuously
A featured piece of music from the composer is played and throughout the day. It is a busy library! Thanks to the
often there is an associated fun activity with this as well. parent volunteers who have signed up to help with each
FAME lessons are always a guaranteed hit with the kids. time slot. If you missed the All In One Day sign up, and are
A graduating PHE student will have been exposed to 36 interested in helping out in the library, please email
separate lessons, highlighting some of our world’s most email@example.com or speak with Ms Niven.
important artists. Thanks to the enthusiastic support of our Although most classes have enough library volunteers,
FAME volunteers, we are able to keep the arts alive in our short-term help is also needed in the library throughout the
THIS YEAR'S LESSONS:
LESSON 1: USE SCREEN TIME TO FIND BOOKS!
Paul Klee & Sinbad at Sea Check out the PHE library online from your home!
Nikolai Rimsky-Korsakov & “Sinbad at Sea” from If you are curious about the availability of a book, log onto
SCHERAZADE http://destiny.mdusd.k12.ca.us/. PHE students are encour-
aged to search the library catalogue for their favorite titles.
LESSON 2: Give it a try!
Edouard Manet & The Fifer
John Phillip Sousa & Stars and Stripes Forever
LESSON 3: READING CLUB
Claude Monet & Water Lilies 1st-5th grade PHE students are all Reading Club
Camille Saint-Saens & “The Swan” from CARNIVAL OF members. Soon students will be bringing home reading
THE ANIMALS logs in order to track minutes read. For every 500 minutes
read, students will receive a stamp on their certificate and
LESSON 4: a prize from the prize box in the library. Minutes can be
Wang Yani & her brush paintings logged for reading and for listening to a story being read!
Ludwig van Beethoven TBA
Henri Rousseau & Jungle Scene with Setting Sun
Heitor Villa-Lobos & “Bachianas Braileiras #1” from
Leonardo da Vinci & Mona Lisa
Ludwig van Beethoven & Fur Elise
If you are interested in this fun program, please contact
Heather Leone (287-9927 or firstname.lastname@example.org).
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PHE EDUCATION FOUNDATION NEWS
by Steve Oldenbourg
RECORD BREAKING MEMBERSHIP DRIVE FOR PHEEF!
The Pleasant Hill Elementary Education Foundation (PHEEF) membership drive at All-in-One-Day
kicked off the school year with a record-breaking effort. The Foundation raised $21,726 and pledges are still
coming in. Donations were received from over 160 different parents, grandparents, guardians, and school staff. This year’s
membership drive resulted in a 30% increase in donations over last year. This significant increase will directly impact our
kids at PHE. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Since our inception in 1998, the Foundation has become an integral part of the school’s community and the services
offered to our students. Our fundraisers, that include membership, spell-a-thon, eScrip, and the extremely popular Spring
Gala, bring in funds to pay for classroom aides, K-3rd PE assistants, MARE, the computer lab instructor, and supplemental
materials. Our membership drive is year round so it’s not too late to join by dropping off your donation in the PHEEF mail-
box in the school office. Did you know that many companies will match employee donations to educational causes? Contact
your human resources office to find out if your company will match your gift. This is an easy way to raise additional funds
for the school.
GET INVOLVED AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE!
We are looking for volunteers to help with the Foundation. We meet the second Tuesday of every month at 8:00AM in
the library. Our next meeting is October 14. We are always looking for energetic individuals and currently we need people
who have expertise in accounting, graphic design, and web design. Please join us at one of our meetings and help us do
great things for our kids and school! If you are interested in helping or just want to learn more about the Foundation, please
contact Steve Oldenbourg at 925-943-7307.
Box Tops at PHE! by Jennifer Tipton
Keep clipping and saving those Box Tops! There will be classroom contests during the year and the Box
Tops Store will come back soon! For a complete list of products that contain Box Tops, please go to
www.boxtops4education.com. New items have been added this year, including Juicy Juice (100% juice), green giant
select vegetables, Chex mix bars and more! Remember, Box Tops can also be found on a lot of paper products and
baby items, as well as food items. Last year we collected over $700 from clipping and collecting Box Tops! Way to go
PHE! Keep up the good work!
PHE WEEKLY e-News
by Kathy Gillman
by Kathy Gillman
Each Thursday, the PHE PTA emails A TERRIFIC RESOURCE AT YOUR FINGERTIPS
parents an information-packed newslet-
ter about what’s happening at PHE PHEShare is an online “bulletin board” that allows
called the PHE e-News. PHE families to share information with one another.
Looking for a gardener, electrician, music lessons?
PHE e-News is an excellent way to be Why not ask other PHE families for recommendations?
connected and get up-to-date information PHEShare can also be used to sell, buy, or give away
on PHE events. Parents or guardians with an items or to borrow something.
email address (home or work) can sign up (many of you
have already done so at All-in-One-Day). Both parents are How does it work? Any subscriber can post messages
encouraged to sign up. We do not give or sell your email to the group. Once posted, other members can then
address to anyone. respond to directly to you. Information posted to PHEShare
is only visible to registered members and is moderated by
To sign up, just send an email to email@example.com a PHE parent, so you can rest assured that your informa-
with “sign me up” in the subject line. Please include your tion is secure.
name and your child’s name and grade.
To join, email PHEShare@yahoo.com and include your
name and phone number.
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PHE Calendar of Events
Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday
2 1 2 3 4 Bullying 5 6
Innisbrook Sale Assembly
* HOLIDAY * Parent Advisory begins 10:45am & 1:45pm
Labor Day Council
Back-to-School School Spirit Friday
NO SCHOOL Meeting 7pm Wear your blue
Night and orange!
7 8 9 10 11 Kids on 12 13
PTA Meeting PHEEF K-2, 9:45 am
8:00am Meeting Stamp Club
(Lunch Recess) School Spirit Friday
Library 8am Library Wear your blue
14 15 Principal's 16 17 Kids on 18 19 Pleasant Hill 20
the Block Community
Coffee Assembly grades School Spirit Service Day
8am Library 3-5, 2 pm
School Friday - Wear Make-a-
ESL for parents Pictures Site Council your blue and
Meeting 3pm Difference Day
7pm Library Library orange! 9am - 2pm
21 22 23 24 25 26 27
ESL for parents Innisbrook Spirit Friday -
7pm Library Orders Due Wear your blue
5th Grade Outdoor Ed.
ESL for parents
BULLETIN LOOKING AHEAD
LABEL THOSE JACKETS: As the weather starts to cool Oct 9 Stamp Club lunch recess
down and the jackets come out of the closet don't forget to
Oct 14 PHEEF meeting 8:00am Library
label them. Jackets, sweatshirts and sweaters are all com-
monly left on the playground ending up in the Lost and Oct 20-24 Red Ribbon Week
Found. Those with names in them are returned to student
Oct 22 Picture Make Up Day
classrooms. PLEASE, take a few minutes with the sharpie
pen and go through your child's closet, write their FIRST and Oct 23 Site Council 3:00pm Library
LAST NAME somewhere on each of their jackets, sweat-
Oct 24 Carnoween Family Dance 7-9pm MU
shirts and sweaters. You'll be thankful that you did on that
cold December morning when your child still has his jacket! Oct 25 Carnoween 10:30am - 3:00pm
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