Pleasant Street School News

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December 5, 2015

Let it Snow! Winter Concert is a Big Hit

Families came out in force to see their children perform on the big stage at Athol High School for our Winter Concert. Thank you to many individuals, National Honor Society members, Pleasant Street faculty and staff, and to our music teacher Mrs. Erin Girouard for making this event such a success.

To see more images from this wonderful performance click on the video link below.

Reading Museum Projects are so creative!

We welcomed some new reading museum projects over the past week. A reading museum project can be anything that your son or daughter wants to do or to make that was inspired by reading.

Pictured to the right is Aiden P. with a fantastic poster project on Star Wars. Pictured below is Hannah with her Magic Treehouse #16, Hour of the Olympics poster project.

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Monday Science Program Week #6 - Simple Machines

This past week in our Monday Afterschool Science program students had a great time experimenting with levers, pulleys, gears, and simple machines.

Click here to see a short video of images from this past weeks Monday Science program.

Mad Science -Week #8- Being Inventors

This week our Thursday Mad Science students had a great time learning about Thomas Edison and other famous inventors whose experimentation and work lead to many advances that we take for granted today.

To see more images from this weeks program click on our short video link.

Everyday Heroes Recognized at All School Meeting

At our December all school meeting three additional students were honored as Everyday Heros. This is one of the highest awards a student can receive at Pleasant Street School. The Everyday Hero award was established this year to recognize some of the amazing students we have who do an outstanding job each and every day exemplifying our school expectations of respect for self, for others, and for property. Everyday Heros are kind, caring, responsible, and valued members of our community who make our school a better place.

Please join our school community in honoring Elizabeth, Matthew, and Hunter, pictured with guidance counselor, Mrs. Schwab.

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Make & Take Draws Crowd on Friday Night

We may have the biggest turnout ever for our 5th annual Make & Take holiday crafts night! Over the course of the 2 hour program we had over 140 participants with children and their families! Special thanks to our PTO members and parent volunteers who made this event possible including Becky Tower Hughes, Laurie Jennings, Dawnne Parker, Aimee Hanson, Julie Hall, and Lori Fortin who ran craft activities along with staff members Robyn Robertson, Jen LaRoche, and Principal Ellis.

To see more images from this event please click on the video linked below.

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. For the past two weeks all of these students have been chosen as our Catch of the Day. Congratulations to all and to Khloe pictured to the right who was our prize winner for the week.

Winter Coats Are Available at Pleasant Street School for Children in Need

The Knights of Columbus, and Kevin Murphy of Fiske, Murphy and Mack Funeral Home just donated wonderful winter coats for children in need in the Athol-Royalston elementary schools. The Knights of Columbus also obtained beautiful hand knitted children's hats and mittens from the elder knitting volunteers from Sunrise Assisted Living, "Charity Stitch Night." If you have a financial need, please contact Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor at (978) 249-2405, Ext. 306, or on Email: or Dianne Ellis, Principal, at Pleasant Street School, to let us know your child's first and last name, the size coat that your child needs, and whether your child also needs a hat and mittens. You could also write a note in your child's school Agenda Book, or Homework folder, and your child's teacher will give the note to Mrs. Schwab, or Mrs. Ellis.

You are invited to join our School Wide "Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive"

Dear Parents,

It’s time for the annual Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefitting Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need—especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages. Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 350,000 pairs of new pajamas. The Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched those numbers with nearly 700,000 new books donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then distributed across the country by Pajama Program. Mrs. St. Jean's third grade class will be leading Pleasant Street School's Pajama drive campaign so we can help make a better bedtime for these children. Together we can help the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive reach even more kids with pj’s and books. If you and your child are able to participate, please have your child bring in a new pair of pajamas to school by .

Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:

  • Pajamas must be brand-new.
  • Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.
  • Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
  • Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.
  • All donations must be received by December 18, 2015.

Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story. To find out more about the drive and the program at:

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 December

  • Lunch menu for December

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

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!
  • December 7, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30, school cafe, all are welcome
  • December 23, district half day, noon dismissal
  • December 24-January 3, Winter recess, no school
  • January 4, School resumes

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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