Pleasant Street School News

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January 16, 2016

Lots of learning in preschool

We have a fantastic preschool program! Each day youngsters are involved in a wide range of academic readiness skills, arts, music, movement, and more. Preschool is a special place where children explore their interests and curiosities, express their feelings, and develop so many essential early friendship skills. To see some small glimpses into the magical world of preschool we invite you to visit their webpage at:

To read the most recent weekly newsletter from our preschool please click on the link below.

Caring Paws Club

The Caring Paws Club is a group that was formed over a year ago by some now third grade friends at Pleasant Street. The focus of this group is to support animals and to work toward putting an end to kill shelters.

From January 11 to February 11 Pleasant Street School will be collecting the following to donate to an area animal shelter.

  • Dog & cat food and feeding supplies
  • Grooming supplies- brushes, combs, trimmers
  • Leashes, collars, or harnesses
  • Bedding supplies- clean, used towels, blankets, or sheets
  • Cat Litter and trays that would be used for litter boxes
  • Cleaning supplies

All students who bring in animal supplies will be given a button, "I helped saved animals" made by the Caring Paws Club.

Speaking of Generosity...December pajama drive was a big success!

Mrs. St. Jean recently received an appreciative email recognizing her efforts in leading our Pleasant Street School pajama drive. Through our school-based effort, 50 pajamas were donated to this organization that provides pajamas to children in foster care, group homes, or shelters. Thank you to the many families who contributed to this effort.

On the Move! Movement Group in Action

Some of our early elementary friends were caught on camera enjoying their Tuesday morning movement group with Ms. Tina Tanguay. Crawling, jumping, bending, and engaging in movement activities to promote balance are always fun! Children need to have regular opportunites to stretch and to develop not just their academic skills but their physical skills as well.

Officer Phil Pays a Visit

On Thursday, students were well entertained as they heard important child safety messages in the Officer Phil Program. Each child was given an informational booklet to bring home and to share with their family. To learn more about the Officer Phil program please visit their website. Photos courtesy of Mrs. Alisha Coleman.

First Grade Book Recommendations

Students in Mrs. Coleman's class have no shortage of book recommendations. To chill out with a hot chocolate and a good book sounds like a great idea!

"How to Catch a Snowflake" Some Snapshots from Mrs. Arpide's Second grade

Reindeer Writing in Mrs. St. Jean's Third Grade

"My grandmother and grandfather would be worried..."

"My mother would be mad..."

"My dog would bark..."

Imaginative thinking on display as our third grade friends crafted creative writing pieces to the prompt, if Rudolph ate our front door wreath.

Caught Being Good!

Our faculty and staff use Caught Being Goods as just another way of letting children know that we notice and appreciate simple acts of being helpful and kind throughout our school. When a student receives a Caught Being Good he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. Here are some of our most recent "Catches". Pictured to the right is Evan.

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff observe demonstrating our school expectations of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property during recess. Each day they choose one student from recess as the Catch of the Day who then receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize. Pictured to the right is Evan (again!) as the most recent prize winner!

Free Breakfast & Lunch

As part of the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, Athol-Royalston Regional School District, along with other districts, now offers free meals to all students this school year.


  • Breakfast menu for January

  • Lunch menu for January

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 :)

Mother Goose on the Loose Playgroup-Thursdays 10am—11:30am Valuing Our Children 217 Walnut St. Athol. For more information contact: Jen: 978-249-8467 x 22

New Parenting Class- Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26, 10:15 - 11:45 am Childcare and help with transportation are provided. To sign up call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children: 978-249-8467. Focus of class is for those parenting children under the age of 6 and includes: how to understand your child’s behavior, how to listen and talk to your child, discipline that makes sense….and more!

Athol Public Library- Starry, Starry Night- Tuesday December 29th 5:30 pm In the Program Room. Join the members of ATAC to create papier mache stars for the Starry, Starry Night parade on December 31. If enough stars are created, the town of Orange will earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records! Cocoa and cookies will be served

Petersham Playgroup- Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17th from 10-11:30 at the Petersham Center School. For more information please call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children 978-249-8467 x22

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

These are not school sponsored events but are posted here as a public service for families in the greater North Quabbin community.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • January 18- Martin Luther King Holiday, no school
  • January 20, 21, 22- dental program visits Pleasant Street
  • January 22, School Improvement Council, 1:00 pm

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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