General Information

Bus Information

Part of the Pleasant Ridge student population is bused to and from school. Buses drop students off at school at 7:40 am and depart Pleasant Ridge just after 2:30 pm everyday. Students are expected to be seated, buckled, and follow all bus riding procedures. Students are expected to follow the Fish! Philosophy while riding the bus.

More information can be found on the District 34 website, transportation page. If you have any questions regarding busing, please contact the district transportation coordinator (847) 998-5064.


Discipline Information

At Pleasant Ridge, we take pride in our school climate and learning environment. A safe, well organized school allows for quality instruction to take place. All students are expected to follow district guidelines for behavior and conduct. While at Pleasant Ridge, students are expected to follow the Fish! philosophy in their interactions with others.  More information can be found in the District 34 Student Handbook.


Lost and Found

A Lost and Found is maintained on the coat hooks near room 302, the music room. Items are kept there until winter break, spring break, and summer break. At that time, unclaimed items are donated to charity.


Lunch Information

The District Food Services Program is run by employees of the district not a contracted catering company. We are proud of the fact that we are an independently run operation. Most of the food service staff have been with the district for years and are community members. All of the staff members are dedicated to making sure your child has a nutritious and pleasant lunch experience. Most of the “lunch ladies” know each child by name and they all genuinely care about the children of this district.

The District Food Service Program is part of the federal government’s National School Lunch Program. By following the guidelines of this program, we are able to provide meals to all children, including providing assistance to low income families through the free/reduced breakfast/lunch program. This further promotes the District’s philosophy of no child left behind. We in the Food Service Department strive to treat all children equal in providing nutritious meals to all students.

Meal Debit Cards
Meal purchases in District 34 are made via a debit system, using the student photo ID card as the purchasing device. Parents can add cash value to the student’s account at any time, by filling out the downloadable deposit form and returning it, with cash or check payment, to the kitchen or to the deposit box. All payments should be in an envelope clearly marked with the child’s full name; checks should indicate the child’s full name in the memo portion.

Pay by credit card

PR lunch menu


Pick-up and Drop-off Procedures

Our goal is always to provide a safe and secure environment for all Pleasant Ridge students. Please be patient and aware as you do pick-up and drop-off. At Pleasant Ridge, all buses arrive and depart from the North Parking Lot. Following the procedures below will maximize the traffic flow and minimize the risk to students.
Students should ride their assigned buses whenever possible; if you must drive, try to carpool. This decreases the number of cars, making arrival and dismissal times safer for our students.

  • Please do not make U-turns on Sunset Ridge Road. 
  • Please do not use cell phones or two-way radios while driving in the pick-up and drop-off area. 
  • The driveways in front of the building are reserved for bus and emergency vehicle parking only. For the safety of our students, we cannot mix buses, cars, and children in the same area. 
  • When students are being loaded or unloaded, the buses have their lights flashing with their stop signs out, making it illegal to pass, even in a parking lot. 
  • Students may not change pick-up plans on their own; we must have a note or a call from the parents when there is a change of plans. Please note that all messages regarding transportation issues need to be in no later than 1:30 p.m. 

Drop-off Drop-off begins at 7:40 (or when buses have departed):
For Cars Departing School and Heading South towards Lake Street.

Enter the South Parking Lot from Sunset Ridge Road. Circle around the parking circle and drop student(s) in the load- ing area in front of the school. Cars should exit the parking lot and turn right only onto Sunset Ridge Road.
Students from this entry point come into the building through the main office doors.

For Cars Departing School and Heading North towards Winnetka Road or South towards Lake Street and all buses.
Enter the North Parking lot from Kenilworth Lane, forming a single lane in front of the building when dropping off students. Follow the driveway and drop student(s) in the loading area in front of the school. Cars should exit the parking lot and turn right or left onto Sunset Ridge Road.
Students from this entry point will come into the building through the North Doors near the Multi-Purpose Room.

Other Drop-off Notes:

  • Buses utilize the North Parking Lot only. 
  • Bike racks are located on the south side of the building. 
  • Students should use the available walkways and sidewalks whenever possible. 
  • Please move your car as soon as you can, so that the drop-off lines can continue to move. 

Pick-up at Dismissal For Cars Departing School and Heading South towards Lake Street.
Enter the South Parking Lot from Sunset Ridge Road. Circle around the parking circle. A line will form in the loading area in front of the school. At dismissal, students will be released to go to this car area. Children will be called to their cars and released. Cars should exit the parking lot and turn right only onto Sunset Ridge Road.

For Buses and Cars Departing School and Heading North towards Winnetka Road or South towards Lake Street.

  • Buses will line up first in the North Parking Lot. Students will be loaded onto buses and buses will be sent to do their routes by 2:35pm. 
  • Cars enter the North Parking Lot from Kenilworth Lane, after the buses have been released. Cars will form a single lane in front of the building and students will be released to their cars in the loading area in front of the school. Cars should exit the parking lot and turn onto Sunset Ridge Road. 


Other Pick-up Notes:

  • Walkers and bike riders are dismissed after the buses and cars leave the parking lot, minimizing the danger to our students. 
  • Please remain in your car. 
  • When you have picked up your child, please move your car as soon as you can so that another car can move up in line. 
  • Please do not try to circumvent the pick-up procedure by asking your child to meet you at a different place; do- ing so jeopardizes a student’s safety. 


Pick-up from After-School Activities

  • Please enter the parking lot from Kenilworth Lane, forming a single lane to the front curb on Sunset Ridge Rd. 
  • Please remain in your car. 
  • When you have picked up your child, please move your car as soon as possible so that another car can move up in line. 

Thank you for helping us make Pleasant Ridge School a safe environment for our students.


Playground

Recess is a time for students to unwind and have fun! At Pleasant Ridge, students have 25 minutes of recess time per day. Recess is typically held with grade level peers. Students are supervised by associates. On days where there is adverse weather, recess is held indoors. Students are expected to follow the Fish! Philosophy in their interactions with others.


School Calendar

School information can generally be found on the district calendar and Pleasant Ridge calendar. Please read the school newsletter which contains the most up to date information.


School Master Schedule

3rd Grade:
8am: Guided Reading 
9am: Specials (PE, Music, Art, Drama)
10am: Math 
11am: Shared Reading
12pm: Lunch
12:25: Recess 
12:50 to 2:30: Social Studies, Science, and Specials

4th Grade:
8am: Math
9am: Guided Reading 
10am: Specials (PE, Music, Art, Drama) 
11am: Shared Reading
12pm: Recess
12:25: Lunch 
12:50 to 2:30: Social Studies, Science, and Specials

5th Grade:
8am: Specials (PE, Music, Art, Drama)
9am: Math
10am: Guided Reading
11am: Shared Reading
11:35: Lunch 
12:00: Recess
12:25 to 2:30: Shared Reading, Social Studies, Science, and Specials


Visiting Pleasant Ridge

We encourage family and community members to visit Pleasant Ridge and see all the great things that are happening. Of course, student safety is a priority and certain procedures must be adhered to. Visitors are encouraged to make an appointment with the front office. Visitors are to check in at the front office, sign in and receive a visitor’s pass.