Pleasant Street School News

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Learning About The MayFlower

Students in Mrs. Jones' second grade recently learned about the Mayflower ship. In order to add perspective they went out to the hall to measure the length of the ship in feet.

Fire Department Poster Winners!

Congratulations to Dakota, Cameron, and Aurore, for being selected by the Athol Fire Department for their fire safety posters. As winners, they will get to have a ride on a town fire department truck. As you can imagine...they are pretty excited about this opportunity!

In Service to Others...

Second grader Alyssa is donning a new haircut after recently donating over 10 inches of her long brown hair to the Locks of Love organization.

Locks of Love is a public non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to financially disadvantaged children in the United States and Canada who are under age 21 who suffer from long term medical hair loss.

Almost there! One more week to go in the November Family Literacy Challenge!!

Literacy is a lifelong skill and one of the single most important things you can do to

We have issued a challenge to children and families in our school community to take time to celebrate family literacy for the month of November.

  • How many of minutes can Pleasant Street children read for the month of November?
  • How many minutes can our students' families read with and apart from their children?
  • How many reading museum projects will we celebrate over this next month?
  • How many families will take trips to the library?
  • How many new books or gently used books will children welcome into their homes?
  • How many minutes will the families of our emerging readers spend time using letter flashcards and/or sight word flashcards to strengthen their child's skills?

The family literacy challenge form that was sent home on Nov. 10th or you can print it from the link below. We will recognize all participants in the family literacy challenge at an all school meeting on December 12th. All participants will also be entered into a random drawing where we will select one grand prize winner who will receive a $100 Walmart gift card and 4 runner up winners who will receive one of 4- $25 Walmart gift cards.

Family Literacy challenge form:

Athol Town Library Link:

Readers' Workshop in Action!

We are nearly three months into Readers' Workshop, a balanced literacy instructional approach that centers on individualized learning and teaching children to apply strategy to improve their reading, writing, speaking, and depth of thinking.

Fourth Grade Monsters- Descriptive Writing Pieces

You never know what creative stories children will come up with when given an interesting topic and encouraged to tell a story with rich details and pictures.

"Eureka Moments" with our New Math Program!

The level of learning in math is simply a beautiful thing to observe in action at our school! Our new Eureka Math program is increasing the pace, rigor and depth of thinking that children are applying to mathematical concepts, use of vocabulary, and problem solving. We invite families to come join us for a district family math night on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Athol Royalston Regional Middle School. Those who attend will learn how teachers and administrators are implementing Common Core standards and will be introduced to Eureka math strategies so they can assist their children at home. For more information and to register see the flyer below or call the school office at (978)-249-2405.

Early Childhood Family Workshops Were a Big Success!

Our preschool teachers applied for and were awarded a grant from the Athol Royalston Education Foundation to provide free workshops for families. We had a nice turnout of Pleasant Street School families as well as families from area preschool and childcare programs at these workshops, entitled, Magic Math and Solutions for Better Behavior.

Each family was given a take home bag from the Magic Math workshop which contained dice, unifix cubes, counting bears, 5 frames, a deck of cards, and a cardboard counting line. Participants learned about age appropriate games and techniques to use with their children at home that goes with the curriculum used by the school to help prepare their child for Kindergarten.

The Better Behavior workshop taught parents about reinforcement, routines, transitions, language, and breaks. Families were given timers to take home to use with their children during transitions, breaks, etc.

Pictured in the center back- Ms. Jenn Ames and Ms. Julie Stanley demonstrating how to teach and reinforce math concepts.

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Healthy Habits and Cold Weather Protection

We need families to keep healthy habits in place especially as we transition into cold weather and the busy holiday season. When children are under stress they demonstrate difficulty meeting the demands of the school environment in terms of academic focus, stamina, emotional/behavioral control, and in their ability to problem solve.

Healthy Habits:

  • Children need to be well rested and maintain regular, punctual, school attendance.
  • Keep things calm with consistent expectations and structures at home. This includes routines for homework, regular reading time, activities/sports, meals, and bedtime.
  • Everyone benefits when you can avoid too much holiday hype and overspending. Children are already excited about the holidays and this time of year can become difficult if we lose perspective and balance on the importance of quality time and simple joys with those we love.

Cold Weather Protection:
  • Children need warm jackets, gloves/mittens, hats, and sensible footwear. If there is snow on the ground, children need boots and snow pants.
  • We are seeing lots of chapped lips, cold weather chaffing, and dry skin. Consider sending your child to school with a labeled, personal chap stick to keep in his or her backpack. Monitor skin health at home and use lotion on hands and bodies that are dry or chaffed. We want your children to be comfortable at school and we have seen too many health office visits for children with these types of cold weather related ailments.

We Need Your Boxtops for Education!

We are making progress... $380, thus far, on our school year goal of collecting $2,000 worth of BoxTops. Monies raised through this program benefits our school PTO which sponsors student enrichment opportunities including field trips, scholastic news subscriptions, and playground upgrades.

See you at our Winter Concert on Dec. 10th

Please plan to attend our Pleasant Street Winter concert at the Athol High School auditorium on December 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. The pictured flyer was sent home last week on blue paper and is also attached below with more specific information on concert attire.

Community Events & Postings

Do you have news to share or want to inform members of our school community about family friendly events in our area? If, so please email or forward a flyer or link. Thank you :)

Theatre at the Mount:

Mount Wachusett Community College is performing Annie. They are also doing what is being described as a special "sensory friendly" production for those with sensory input disorders including autism. Please see the link below for upcoming show times and dates.

For other local events, happenings, and resources in this area... you can also check the North Quabbin Community Coalition website below:

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Nov. 26-district half day, noon dismissal, lunch will not be served
  • Nov. 27-28- Thanksgiving break, no school
  • Dec. 1-PTO Meeting- 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • Dec. 3- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • Dec. 10-Winter concert, 6 pm, Athol High School Auditorium
  • Dec. 11- SNAP-PAC meeting- 9:30-10:30- Pleasant Street School
  • Dec. 19, Save the Date! 4th Annual, Make & Take Holiday Craft Night, 6-8 pm
  • Dec. 22- Jan. 2, winter recess, no school
  • Jan. 5, school resumes, welcome back!

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