Pleasant Street School News

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Our Great Book Swap is coming this week!

Keep your summer reading pledges by having fresh reads all summer! This Tuesday June 23rd all children at Pleasant Street School will come home with a book bag with some new and gently used books as part of our great book swap event. All children will also be given a book mark with locations and times where children can swap these books for some new reads all summer long on Wednesdays throughout the summer.

Listed below are summer reading lists compiled by the Athol Public Library. For activities and events at the library this summer please visit their website at:

Preschool and kindergarten:

Grades 1 & 2:

Grades 3 & 4:

Grade 5:

For a great resource on leveled books by title please click on this link from the Montgomery Public Schools:

Preschool graduations

Our preschool programs celebrated the end of the year with ceremonies for our little ones who will be off to kindergarten in the coming year. Pictured are some lovely images from this special day. Photos are courtesy of Mitchell R. Grosky. To see a whole bunch of memorable pictures from this event please click on the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook page linked below. You do not need to be a Facebook user to access this site.

Snapshots from Field Day

Once again Field Day was an excellent event at Pleasant Street School. Students and staff alike were dressed in their red & white, read, lead and succeed t-shirts. At points during the day you could look across our playground to a sea of red shirts. The weather certainly cooperated with it being dry and partly cloudy. Without our many parent & family volunteers as well as students from the National Junior Honor Society at ARMS, this event simply would not be possible. We thank you! Special thanks to Mrs. St. Jean for serving as our faculty point person and chief organizer, to Mr. Hause for his assistance, and to the support of our PTO.

Please check back next week for more pictures from field day!

The Multicultural Festival Was Wonderful!

The multicultural festival at ARMS was a big success! Individual students, classes and families created interesting projects to show similarities and difference around the world. There was lots of tasty international food, Bollywood dancing, and fabulous face painting. Families won prizes for completing the scavenger hunt. There was traditional storytelling from several cultures.

Kindergarten Nursery Rhymes Was a Big Hit

To the delight of our school audience, parents, and family members our kindergarten students put on a wonderful show on Friday, June 19th. We want to recognize Mrs. Goldthwaite, Mrs. Webb, Mrs. Vitello, and support staff for making this a wonderful program year after year.

For additional pictures of this event please check within the coming days on the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook page linked below. This site is maintained by Mitchell Grosky, a retired educator and principal in the school district who now serves on our ARRSD School Committee and as a Selectman for the town of Athol. Mr. Grosky is also an accomplished photographer and really does an excellent job capturing beautiful images at so many events around the district.

Ten, nine, eight, seven, six, five, four, three, two, one...Blast Off! Rocket launching in fourth grade

Our fourth grade students had a great time launching their rockets with volunteer Mr. Edward Lee, an Chief of Engineer Resources from Hanscom Air Force Base. There was general agreement from staff that our rockets traveled greater distance this year. One student, Sarah, reportedly had her rocket land in the middle school parking lot!

Coming Home This Week....Summer Calendar Math!

Dear Families,

We want to promote continued problem solving and mathematical thinking over the summer. Students have been participating in lessons on "summer slide" in relation to reading and their retention of skills. Well, summer slide also happens in math! We have attached some summer calendar math activity packets below to keep your children fresh with their skills over the summer. These calendar packets were developed by the Cambridge Public Schools and are rich with activities, resources, websites and fun ideas to bring math to life.

K Students entering grade 1

Grade 1 entering grade 2

Grade 2 entering grade 3

Grade 3 entering grade 4

Grade 4 entering grade 5

If you have middle school students and want to have them practice please feel free to use the calendars below for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

How will your children have fun this summer?

Linked below are some ideas for free and low cost activities within our community to keep your children busy this summer. Pictured is a list of ideas that second graders in Mrs. Jones' class came up with instead of playing video games or watching TV. Hmmm...., item #1 "clean my mom's car," sounds pretty good to this Principal!

Athol area:

on June 25th- Don't miss a bug walk! Trust love to find bugs!

Free Fun on Fridays-70 MUSEUMS & CULTURAL VENUES

10 WEEKS OF FUN THIS SUMMER, 7 SITES OPEN FOR FREE EACH FRIDAY-Free Fun Fridays offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

Project learning is fun! Please share your summer inventions with us :-)

Two of our kindergarten students, Aiden and Clare, decided to build their own dinosaur diorama after seeing the many wonderful projects made by our second graders. Never underestimate what your child or children can make with a shoebox, household items, crafts, and a little imagination!

A little added staff fun to end the year!

Mrs. Goldthwaite thought it would be fun to display our staff baby pictures in the lobby for the last couple of weeks. Children have been busy trying to guess who is who?! Additionally, we have some staff pictures from the 80's following our recent all school rocking the 80's concert. Maybe families want to try making a few guesses? Lastly, we had a student so excited by all the baby pictures he decided to share his baby picture too!

School Calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year

Please note our school calendar for next year has been voted by school committee and approved. For planning purposes it is linked below if you would like to print it. The first student day is August 26, 2015.

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 :)

Stories in the Park- starting June 5 at 9:30 am at the Millers Park at the Athol Public Library- Enjoy strolling through the park with your child as you read the pages of a different book each week posted along signs through the park. This free, fun family activity will be continuing through out the summer! Please Click on the link below for more information.

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program is enrolling children for the 2015-2016 school year program. They serve children in the Athol/Orange area with transportation provided from Riverbend and Butterfield Schools. Please click on the link below for more information about this program and how you can be involved.

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!

  • June 22- 4th grade step up – 1:30 pm
  • June 23-last day for kindergarten only! -half day- noon dismissal
  • June 23- Book Swap Event!- Official kick off to our summer reading program
  • June 24- half day- last day of school for grades 1-4, (no lunch provided)
  • July 13- Summer programs begin...!

Check back soon for more news!

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