In the News...
Check out How to Help Your Kids at School - Even If You Don't Understand What They Are Doing: A Washington Post article highlighting how a parent can Be A Learning Hero by following The Super 5:
- Keep the Goal in Mind
- Understand Your Child's Potential
- Be Involved
- Embrace Character and Resilience
- Bring It Home
Our child, us, and I: The top 3 parenting skills Learn more about what are the most important parenting skills.
Calling All Dads
Studies show students perform better when mothers and fathers are both involved in the education of their children. Men and women think differently and bring different perspectives and skills to school and PTA activities. School communities and PTAs thrive when both men and women participate. Yet men remain a largely untapped resource. Learn more about the importance of male involvement at National PTA web site.
(source: National PTA)
Keeping Our Kids Healthy
Now more than ever, across America, the physical and mental health needs of children have increased. Consider, for example, the fact that teachers report how common it is for many of their students to come to school without the benefit of breakfast or adequate sleep. We know that students who don't eat well or don't get enough rest; students who are anxious or depressed can't work to their fullest potential in school.
The Illinois PTA believes in a focus on the whole child. We want our children to be safe, healthy and successful in school and in life. The PTA understands that health and education are inextricably linked.
(source: Illinois PTA)
SPARK: Special Education Parents Accessing Resources and Knowledge
SPARK, a committee of the Northwest Suburban Council PTA/PTSA, was formed in response to the growing needs of families whose children learn differently or have special needs.
This is accomplished at the district level through monthly evening programs with outside speakers.
SPARK programs are free, open, and encouraged for all parents, educators, and administrators to attend.
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, October 16
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, November 13
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, January 22
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, February 26
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, March 19
- 7:00-8:00 pm: Monday, April 16
Quick Links for Home Use
Pleasant Hill Survival Guide 2015 (PDF): Whether you are a new parent at Pleasant Hill or just have a question, the Survival Guide has all the information you need on the activities at Pleasant Hill.
Destiny Quest: Destiny Quest is a visually engaging library search interface designed for the modern learner.
Accelerated Reader (AR) Book Finder: Find books in your child's reading level
Find your AR Test results at Renaissance Home Connect (log-in info required)
Access your child's math book at Houghton Mifflin site (log-in info required: Username: d15math3 or d15math4 or d15math5, Password: password)
Novelist K-8 Plus (need Palatine library card # to enter): Search K-8 fiction and non-fiction by author, title, series name, and subject. Get book recommendations for your child.