Athol-Royalston Elementary News

Teaching Excellence & Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

February 2016

The 100th day of school is February 3

What will your child do for a 100th day project? We have seen so many creative projects including elbow noodles, pennies, legos, hearts, gumballs, fortune cookies and more! Pictured is a lovely project with 100 zoo animals by Krisane.

February is Black History Month

As January comes to an end we wanted to take a moment to encourage families to recognize and to celebrate with us the many contributions of African Americans, past and present, in our great nation. We have included some websites and resources linked below to explore and to share with your children. The Reading Rockets site, in particular, has recommended children's books, family activities, interviews, writing prompts, and more. This is a wonderful way to spend family time and to enhance your child or children's background knowledge of our larger community and world.

Welcome to Baby Clara!

Welcome to the world Clara Jane Girouard! Born Saturday January 23rd at 1:33pm, 8 pounds, 1 ounce, 20 inches long. Mom and baby are doing very well. Congratulations to our music teacher Mrs. Girouard and her husband on the birth of their first child.

Introducing Mr. Samulak, our new elementary music teacher

Mr. Nathan Samulak will be our guest elementary music teacher for the remainder of the year as Mrs. Girouard is on maternity leave. Mr. Samulak has had the opportunity to be at at each of our elementary schools to shadow and to co-teach with Mrs. Girouard prior to her maternity leave.

By way of introduction here is a brief biography of Mr. Samulak.

Nathan Samulak has taught music privately for the past ten years. He earned his BA in music at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan where he studied violin in addition to jazz improvisation and composition. Nathan has performed in a variety of ensembles and styles including orchestras, chamber music ensembles and jazz combos. He has a passion for learning and is always studying more effective ways to teach students to understand and to appreciate music through active listening, performance, movement and composition. Nathan’s long term aspiration is to teach general music at the elementary or middle school level.

Hand Prints: Creating Art in Third Grade

Third grade students across the district have been busy creating hand prints that demonstrate the following learning objectives:
  • Create a designed hand that has personal imagery
  • Choose and use color in a creative and effective manner
  • Create a frame for the hand composition that uses repetition of design.

News from Riverbend/ Sanders Street School

Boston Globe Reports on Riverbend Student's Wish

David Karras, third grader from Riverbend School was honored by the Athol Board of Selectmen recently for his part in making a wish come true for his friends. During December David placed a wish on the school Wish Tree as part of a guidance lesson. David wished he could help his friends get their water turned back on at their house. Through the help of Lt. Mike Buzzard of the Salvation Army, the wish was granted and the family has water again at their house. David's story was written up in the Boston Globe in early January and has recently been in the Athol Daily News and the Greenfield Recorder.David is pictured with the wish tree and Lt. Mike Buzzard of the Salvation Army.

Math Stations in Action!

Students at Sanders Street in Mrs. Calvi's class were using a deck of cards to make a ten. They also added up 5 numbers to come up with their sum and built the number with number disks

Spanish Club at Riverbend

Riverbend School students have been enjoying a weekly Spanish Club during recess. They play games, sing and draw to practice basic Spanish. The club is fun because bilingual 3rd and 4th grade students help teach their friends. Sometimes, Spanish speaking parents assist too. The club is run by volunteer Tobey Chase.

Pleasant Street School News

To learn about activities and events at Pleasant Street please click on the link to read the most recent newsletter.

Pictured to the right- students in Mrs. Arpide's second grade making observations of fossils which they will subsequently record in their science journals. Fossils were brought in to share with the class courtesy of Mrs. Barbara Adams.

Snapshots of Learning from Pleasant Street School

News from the Royalston Community School

To find out more about happenings at RCS we invite you to read our latest all school newsletter by clicking on the link below.

Science Programs at RCS

The Royalston Academy sponsors many enrichment opportunities for students of the Royalston Community School each year. Recently, Keith Michael Johnson provided a whole-school program "Science Isn't Always Pretty." Students were also treated to programs from the Connecticut Science Center. Students in grades K-5 were captivated by the "Science of Suds" while sixth graders engaged in hands-on weather experiments.

RCS Student Council School Spirit Day

Students at the Royalston Community School were invited to dress in New England Patriots attire last week. Student Council organized a school spirit day fundraiser to support the Chapman family relief efforts. Over $250 was raised during this event.

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Looking for things to do during February Vacation?

Munch & Move!

February 17th- 5:00-8:00 pm, Munch & Move at the Athol /Orange Elks, 92 New Athol Rd.

This event is brought to you by the North Quabbin Community Coalition Childrens' Health & Wellness Taskforce and area sponsors and includes dinner, music, games, and much more! For more information please contact (978) 249-3703. (This is not a school sponsored event but is listed as a public service).

We also encourage families to check out the local libraries for events and activities.

Universal 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 February
  • Lunch menu for February

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 :)

February 3- Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG13), Athol Public Library, 1:00-2:45 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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

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

Welcome Baby Baskets- Did you or do you know someone who just had a new baby? Valuing Our Children would love to pay them a visit with a basket full of goodies. For more information please call (978) 249-8487.

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!

  • Feb. 3, 100th day of school
  • Feb. 3, district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • Feb. 14, Valentines' Day
  • Feb. 15-19, Winter recess, no school
  • Feb. 22, school resumes

For more school specific activities and for events and the high school and middle school please check individual school calendars posted on the district website.

For a copy of our school district calendar please click on the link below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from the Athol-Royalston Elementary Schools

Teaching Excellence &

Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

The Athol Elementary Schools: Pleasant, Riverbend, and Sanders Street will come together in our new, state of the art, Athol Elementary School opening Fall 2016.