PCS Community Newsletter 5-3-19

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

PCS Spring Chorus Concert

Under the direction of Mrs. Natasha Hanna, the PCS Chorus held an incredible spring concert today! What beautiful voices and songs!!! Well done everyone!!!
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Arbor Day Planting with Third Grade

On May Day, our third graders had the pleasure planting a tree with Melissa LeVangie, Petersham Tree Warden, and Clarisse Hart, Harvard Forest Education Director. Jay Burke, PCS Director of Building and Grounds assisted. We would also like to thank Jennifer Storke for all her help with the third grade class.


Along with the help of our local experts, our third graders planted a beautiful white oak tree in the front of the school.


Our school truly appreciates working with our local experts!

PCS student wins state wide Arbor Day contest!

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Parking Before & After School

When PCS was built, they did not anticipate the number of parents who drop off and pick-up their children to our lovely school. Since we have a full parking lot every morning and afternoon, parents are finding it hard to find a spot to park and/or navigate the full parking lot.


We ask for your help in this matter. After you either drop-off or pick-up would you please make room by either finding a parking spot, or exiting the parking lot so that others can drop off their children. We appreciate your help in this matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

MCAS TESTING SCHEDULE FOR GRADES 3-6

We would greatly appreciate if you would use the schedule below to plan all vacations and doctors' appointments for your children. Thank you!


-Tuesday, May 7th: Grades 3 & 6 - Math Session 1

-Wednesday, May 8th: Grades 3 & 6 - Math Session 2


-Tuesday, May 14th: Grades 4 & 5 - Math Session 1

-Wednesday, May 15th: Grades 4 & 5 - Math Session 2

Fitness Challenge for Heart Fundraiser

PCS Rocks!!! The students raised $1,905 for the American Heart Association this year!! Many thanks to all the families and friends who helped! Congratulations to Jack Johnson for raising the most money. We are amazed at the compassion and concern the students have for those with heart problems.


Here is the response from our American Heart Association representative:


“PCS raised a total of $1905!!! That is fantastic! The school will receive $160 in US Games gift certificates to be used towards PE Equipment. We are incredibly grateful for all of the support!”

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Note from the Nurse

You can now find and print all health forms needed for your child on the PCS website. Forms include: the yearly physical form, prescription medication form, health form and standing order form. Our school medication and illness policies can also be found under this tab, along with Massachusetts immunization requirements. Having access to these forms will allow parents to print the forms out and mail/fax them to their physician or bring them to physician appointments where they can be filled out at the time of the visit. These forms are accessible by clicking the Parent tab and then the Health Services tab.

Please feel free to call the Health Office with any questions.

Mrs. Warburton


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If your child is absent/tardy or being dismissed

Please remember to call the school no later than 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or tardy; as all children must be accounted for.


If your child is being dismissed, for any reason, please inform the school no later 8:30 a.m. so the teacher can have your child ready for pick-up.


If your child will be a pick-up, please send in a note in the morning or call no later than 1:45 p.m. This will alleviate any angst or confusion for your child.

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PCS Whole-School Picture

The Petersham Center School Panoramic picture will be taken on Monday, May 6th at 9:00 a.m. Remember to all come that day with your beautiful smiles!!!

PCS Bus Evacuation

We are now required to have two bus evacuation drills per year. Our second drill will take place with all K-6 students on Thursday, May 9th at 8:30 a.m.

April Perfect Attendance Awards

The students below earned a Perfect Attendance Award for the month of April.

Petersham Historical Society Field Trip

Thanks to the Petersham Historical Society our 3rd and 5th graders will be experiencing what it was like to be a student long ago in our beautiful community. The Society will come and talk to both classes prior to them taking a field trip on Monday, May 13th.

Breakfast & Snack Options

Mrs. Wallace makes sure that our students have a healthy and full breakfast (see example of offerings below).


She also provided snacks which range in price $0.25 - $0.50. All are FDA approved.

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5th grade scientists

Here are pictures of our Petersham Center School 5th grade scientists. Mr. O'Connor had them searching the school grounds for examples of: weathering, erosion, and deposition.

Third Grade Play

Please come and join Mrs. Hanna and our third grade class for their play. It will be performed on Thursday, May 16th at 2:00 p.m. Hope to see you there!
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Remaining Activities for the Year

Please check out the remaining dates/activities for our school year, so your family can plan ahead. Note that there might be changes to this if needed.

Petersham Center School Calendar

MONDAY, MAY 6TH

-8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band

-9:00 a.m. - PCS whole school panoramic picture

-12:30 p.m. - Petersham Historical Society - grade 5

-1:30 p.m. - Petersham Historical Society - grade 3


TUESDAY, MAY 7TH

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-MCAS - grade 3 & 6 - math - session 1


WEDNESDAY, MAY 8TH

-Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-MCAS - grades 3 & 6 - math - session 2


THURSDAY, MAY 9TH

-8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-8:30 a.m. - Whole school bus evacuation


FRIDAY, MAY 10TH

-2:00 p.m. - PCS Student Assembly


MONDAY, MAY 13TH

-8:10 a.m. - 4th grade Band

-Petersham Historical Society field trip - grades 3 & 5


TUESDAY, MAY 14TH

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-MCAS - grades 4 & 5 - math - session 1


WEDNESDAY, MAY 15TH

-Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-MCAS - grades 4 & 5 - math - session 2


THURSDAY, MAY 16TH

-8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-2:00 p.m. - 3rd grade play


FRIDAY, MAY 17TH

-PCS Community Newsletter published


MONDAY, MAY 20TH

-8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band

-8:45 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. - Connor’s Pond field trip - grades 5 & 6

-9:30 a.m. - Babbitt - 2nd grade - PCS

-10:30 a.m. - Babbitt - 1st grade - PCS

-11:45 a.m. - Babbitt - 1st grade - PCS

-1:00 p.m. - Babbitt - 2nd grade - Babbitt


TUESDAY, MAY 21ST

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-8:45-12:00 p.m. - rain date for Connor’s Pond field trip - grades 5 & 6

-5:30-7:30 p.m. - PCS Literacy Night


WEDNESDAY, MAY 22ND

-Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-9:30 a.m. - Babbitt - K - PCS

-12:30 p.m. - Babbitt - K - PCS


THURSDAY, MAY 23RD

-8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-2:00 p.m. - PCS Memorial Day Celebration - Well House


FRIDAY, MAY 24TH

-2:00 p.m. - 2nd grade play


MONDAY, MAY 27TH

-NO SCHOOL - MEMORIAL DAY

-9:30 a.m. - students participating in town wide celebration


TUESDAY, MAY 28TH

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band


WEDNESDAY, MAY 29TH

-Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-8:50-2:30 p.m. - 6th grade orientation at Mahar

-9:30 a.m. - grade 3 Babbitt - PCS

-10:30 a.m. - grade 4 Babbitt - PCS

-11:30 a.m. - grade 4 Babbitt - Babbitt

-1:15 p.m. - grade 3 Babbitt - Babbitt


THURSDAY, MAY 30TH

-8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-2:00 p.m. - 5th grade play


FRIDAY, MAY 31ST

-PCS Community Newsletter published

-5th & 6th grade Plimoth Plantation field trip


MONDAY, JUNE 3RD

-8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band

-9:30 a.m. - grade 6 Babbitt - PCS

-10:30 a.m. - grade 5 Babbitt - PCS

-11:30 a.m. - grade 6 Babbitt - Babbitt Sanctuary

-1:15 p.m. - grade 5 Babbitt - Babbitt Sanctuary

-7:00 p.m. - Petersham Town Meeting


TUESDAY, JUNE 4TH

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 5TH

-Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-PCS Field Day

-6:30 p.m. - PCS Spring Band Concert


THURSDAY, JUNE 6TH

-PCS Field Day Rain Date

-8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus


FRIDAY, JUNE 7TH

-1:30-2:30 p.m. - Nature’s Classroom visit with grades 4 & 5

-2:15 p.m. - last PCS Student Assembly of year


MONDAY, JUNE 10TH

-possible K-6 PTG field trip

-8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band


TUESDAY, JUNE 11TH

-8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-10:15 a.m. - Arbor Day Planting - whole school

-6:00 p.m. - PCS School Committee meeting


WEDNESDAY, JUNE 12TH

-Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-Trimester 3 ends - Report Cards & Progress Reports must all go home

-11:30 a.m. - Early Dismissal

-12:00 p.m. - Kindergarten graduation

-6:00 p.m. - 6th grade graduation

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366

978-724-3363