Star 360

We are pleased to share with you that we are now using STAR 360 to monitor students’ progress. We will no longer be using MAP testing. The STAR 360 requires less time to administer and gives teachers accurate, reliable, and valid data. Teachers may give the STAR 360 throughout the year, but school-wide administration will occur in September (gr. 1-5) and in January (gr. K-5). Kindergarten and other selected students will also take STAR 360 in May.


Some General Information

  • If you have more than one child at PHES, we will send only 1 copy of materials home with your child (unless one is needed for each child). Typically, we send materials home with the oldest child at PHES.
  • For the safety of our students, car riders in grades 1-5 with younger siblings in kindergarten will be at the front entrance of our school in the kindergarten sibling pickup line at dismissal.
  • We will be practicing all emergency drills during the first 2 weeks of school. Then each month, we will conduct a fire drill and one other emergency drill. To familiarize yourself with our emergency procedures, please refer to the last page in the PHES Family Handbook and Calendar 2017-18.
  • If you would like to send in a treat for your child’s birthday, we would appreciate your sending in a nutritious snack. Please see your child’s teacher about this.
  • Students have the opportunity to run, walk, and exercise before school from
    7:15-7:35 a.m. every morning. Your child should meet Mr. Cronin in the P.E. room at 7:15 a.m. if he/she would like to participate. The schedule is as follows:

Mondays and Tuesdays: Grades 4 and 5

Wednesdays and Thursdays: Grades 2 and 3

Fridays: Grade 1 and kindergarten

  • Please know that we welcome you and your family to our campus on the weekend if you want to ride bikes, play on the playground, walk the track, etc. We appreciate your keeping dogs off the playground areas.

Parents, make sure we can call you in an emergency

Parents, make sure we can call you in an emergency…

Lexington One uses a communications tool called SchoolMessenger to help us get emergency and general messages to you quickly by telephone and by email.

Returning parents

If you were a parent in our district last year, you will find that SchoolMessenger looks different this year due to changes related to your rights under the Telephone Consumer Protection Act.

However, you should just use the email address and password that you used last year to sign in at

New parents or parents who never set up a SchoolMessenger account

If you are a new parent this year or if you are a parent who never set up a SchoolMessenger account, you will need to create a new SchoolMessenger account.

To do this, you will use the SchoolMessenger website to create your account using the email address we currently have on file for you in PowerSchool. You can also use their free app for Apple and Android devices to do this.

Directions for creating a new account and directions for managing your SchoolMessenger preferences can be found on the district’s website. Just go to If you are a new parent this year or you are a parent who never set up a SchoolMessenger account, you will need to create a new SchoolMessenger account using the email address we currently have on file for you in PowerSchool.

Click here for directions on creating an account and managing your preferences:

Pleasant Hill Elementary Parent Teacher Association

PTA forms are being included with the summer packet. Mailings included are for PTA membership, volunteer opportunities, and the PTA newsletter. We encourage you to complete the forms at home and bring them with you to Class Assignment. If you have more than one student at PHES, you may list all children on one PTA form, and only complete one form per family.

When you join the PHES PTA, you will receive the PHES PTA discount card with coupons and discounts to many local businesses as part of your membership. Families may purchase a PTA membership at Pleasant Hill Elementary for $7.00. Additional discount cards may be purchased for $3.00 with your family membership. Please make checks payable to PHES PTA. The PTA will accept VISA or MasterCard credit/debit cards. Our goal is 100% parent membership in the PHES PTA.

Our PTA has several great events and activities planned for the 2017-18 school year! You will find these listed in the PHES Family Handbook/Calendar that your student will bring home at the beginning of school year. Please follow our PTA on Facebook at or contact by email at We look forward to great year!

How will your child get home from school?

5K and first grade parents


We enclosed transportation tags in the summer packet for students in 5-year-old kindergarten and first grade. Please pin the appropriate tag on your student for the first two weeks of school to indicate how your child will be getting home each day. Please write your child’s name and your child’s teacher’s name on the tag.

You may pick up additional tags in the office, if needed.

Yellow tag: Bus (include your address)
Green tag: Car
Blue tag: Daycare (include name of daycare)

How will your child be going home the first day of school?

5K through fifth grade parents

How will your child be going home the first day of school?

It is very important for us to know how your child will be getting home from school on the FIRST day of school. This may be different from how your child will get home on other days.

Please fill out the First Day Transportation form that was included in your summer packet for your PHES student in grades 5K through grade 5. Please return it on Class Assignment or send to your child’s teacher on the first day of school on Tuesday, August 22.

Thank you!

Afterschool Opportunities


PHES will offer after-school opportunities for our students again this year.


Run Hard is an eight week running group that equips students to run a 5K. During the season, students train twice a week with a focus on endurance training and the Run Hard Core Values.  Pleasant Hill Elementary will have practice on Tuesday and Thursday from 2:30-3:45 p.m. Registration will open on Monday, July 31. Practice will start the week of September 11.  The 5k race will be Saturday, November 4.  Please note that Run Hard is a boys’ program and for students in grades 2-5. Registration will be limited to the first 24 students.  You can register your child at


The Quest Zone is the provider of our after-school program.  They provide care for children at PHES from 2:25 – 6:00 p.m. each day Monday – Friday.  The cost for the program is $46.00 per child for the week ($43.00 for each additional child in the family). Reduced rates may be available.

If you only need occasional care for your child, Quest Zone will provide care on a daily basis for $12.00 per child. There is no registration fee, but a parent does need to complete a registration form for each child. A Quest Zone representative will be available at our Class Assignment.

If you have questions or need more information, you may contact Renee Luther, Quest Zone PHES School Director, at (803) 210-9956 or by email at You may also find Quest Zone online at

Preparing and Honoring Every Student