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Hello Summer ~Farewell Pleasant Street News~ Special Edition

Farewell From Principal Ellis

Dear Families,

As many of you know, I will be leaving the Athol Royalston Regional School District effective June 30th to serve as the Pupil Services Director for the Greenfield Public Schools. This a central office position responsible for special education and student support services to include English Language Learners, nursing, guidance, homeless, and 504 students for the municipal school department. I will be working with a great team both developing and supervising inclusive programs to meet a full range of student needs. The hiring team cited my knowledge and extensive administrative background and my strong, demonstrated commitment to putting students first as factors in their decision. One requirement I had on accepting the position is that I will need time to get out and connect with children in the schools!

As for leaving the Athol Royalston District, I will miss seeing the children each day the most. Being an elementary principal, in a relatively small building, allows you to know each student and their families by name. You have the priviledge of watching children grow, and to be a part of, creating a strong educational foundation. In addition, I will absolutely miss working with exemplary teachers that I have gotten to know over the last five years. As for ARRSD, I feel it is well positioned to move forward in the future with a brand new, state of the art school and in light of the recent awarding of a school redesign grant. It has been a pleasure and honor serving as Principal of Pleasant Street School for the past five years with the distinction of being its final principal. I wish everyone the very best in the future.

Warm regards,

Dianne Ellis

Summer Calendar Math

The district elementary schools sent out summer calendar math packets to all of our kindergarten through grade 4 students. The packets are organized in a calendar style and offer websites, apps, and project based activities. Please know that some skills within these packets may be more advanced and some may be relatively easy. The intention is that your child spends at least 10 minutes a day, 4 to 5 times a week, practicing math. Your child should aim to complete at least 200 minutes of math practice over the course of the summer.

Entering Kindergarten

Entering Grade 1

Entering Grade 2

Entering Grade 3

Entering Grade 4

Entering Grade 5

We wish to recognize and fully credit the Cambridge Public Schools for the creation and use of their summer calendar math materials.

Some Final Anchors Charts Promoting Summer Reading and Writing Introduction Letters for Next Years Teacher

Books to Read With Your Children- Summer Reading Lists!

Special thanks to the Athol Public Library and the Phinehas S. Newton Library in Royalston for their work with the school district on promoting summer reading. We recommend students participate in the reading program at the local library as they offer incentives and little prizes!

Preschool -Kindergarten summer reading

Grades 1 & 2

Grades 3 & 4

Grades 5 & 6

ARMS- entering grade 5- summer reading assignment

Reading Log

Plan to Participate in the July Book Swap

Happening Tuesdays in July!

Athol High School, 9:00-10:00 am

Salvation Army, 10:45-12:00 noon

Free breakfast and lunch are provided at these book swap sites!

Pictured below students at our Book Swap Kick Off -filling their book swap bags with some choice reading for the summer!

Free Summer Meals at Area Locations

Please join us any or all days at the following sites open to all children ages 0-18!

NEW! ​New Salem Library​~ 23 S. Main St., New Salem
6/27/16 ­ – 08/12/16 T­-Th
Lunch: 12:00 ­ 12:30 ~ Afternoon Snack 3:00 ­ 3:15

NEW!​ Ralph C. Mahar Reg. School Cafe​~ ​507 S. Main St,. Orange0
6/27/16 ­ – 08/12/16 ~ M-­F
Breakfast: 8:00 ­ 9:00 ~ Lunch: 11:30 ­ 12:30

Pinecrest Apartments Community Room ​~ ​419 E. Main, Orange
06/27/16 ­- 08/12/16 ~ M-­F
Breakfast: 8:30 ­ 9:00 ~ Lunch: 11:45 ­ 12:15

Athol High School Cafeteria​~​2363 Main Street, Athol
06/27/16 ­ – 08/05/16 ~ M-­F
Breakfast: 7:45 ­ 8:45 ~ Lunch: 11:30 ­ 12:15

Athol Public Library​~ ​568 Main Street, Athol
06/27/16 ­ – 08/05/16 ~ M-­F
Lunch Only: 11:30 ­ 12:00 in the program room

Cottage Street Apartments​~​198 Harrington Street, Athol
07/11/16 ­ – 08/12/16 ~ M-­F
Breakfast: 8:30 ­ 9:00 ~ Lunch: 11:30 ­ 12:00

Silver Lake Pavilion on the lake​~ ​Lake Street, Athol
06/27/16 ­ 08/05/16 ~ M­-F
NO BREAKFAST ­ LUNCH ONLY: 11:30 ­ 12:15

Salvation Army​~ ​107 Ridge Ave., Athol
06/27/16 ­ 08/12/16 ~ M-­F
Breakfast: 8:30 ­ 9:00 Lunch: 11:30 ­ 12:00

Free Fun on Fridays- Visit Museums, Cultural Attractions and More!

Looking for interesting and enriching activities you can do with your children this summer? Plan to attend one or more Free Fun on Friday offerings across various sites in Massachusetts funded by the Highland Street Foundation. Please check out the schedule linked below.

Schedule in English

Schedule in Spanish

Have a Great Summer! Plan to sign up for newsletters from ACES next year!!