Pleasant Street School News

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Another School Year Begins!

It is a little bittersweet this year at the Ellis household as this is the last "back to school" picture with both of our children at home. Our daughter Chloe is a freshman and Liam is a senior and will be off to college next year. It has been truly an amazing journey to watch them go through school and to develop as learners, as athletes, and as creative, hard working, and responsible individuals (most of the time!). I can't say their rooms look as neat as their mother would like but I don't have to battle with them over doing their homework anymore. Doing well at school has always been a non-negotiable in our family and we reached a point where our children have simply adopted that expectation for themselves.

Children have great capacity to meet the expectations that are set for them. Parents, care providers, and teachers all bear enormous influence and as adults....we are the role models for how children learn, behave, and come to see themselves as people. Within the Athol Royalston Regional School District and at Pleasant Street School we are raising expectations for children. No excuses, no exceptions we need children to read and to problem solve at high levels and to develop as responsible, caring members of our community. It is our shared responsibility with families to well prepare children to meet the challenges of a complex global economy and to build successful futures.

Throughout our district elementary programs we have increased our core instructional time in mathematics and literacy. We are continuing in our implementation of Readers' Workshop, a balanced literacy approach, and are now utilizing an intensive guided math program that is applications-based and strengthens children's conceptual understanding of mathematical thinking and problem solving. Additionally, this year we have added an enrichment and intervention block to our daily schedule. We want to challenge and to expand the depth of knowledge our advanced students have within subject areas and to provide added support to strengthen specific foundation skills for other learners.

While it is hard to have summer slip away, it is with tremendous excitement that we welcome this new school year! We will call on our families to partner with us throughout the year. Time passes too quickly in all of our lives and especially with children. We look forward to making the most of this school year and the learning that takes place each day.


Principal Ellis

A word about the school lunch program...

There seems to be some conflicting information about our food service program. We apologize for the confusion. Our elementary lunches cost $2.40 for the full rate and .40 cents for the reduced rate. We provide universal free breakfast to all children but we do not provide free snacks for anyone. We encourage all families to apply for free or reduced lunch even if your not sure you will qualify. Also please be reminded that a new lunch application form has to be completed each year even if you qualified last year. The lunch and breakfast menu is sent out each month to families and is also available online at Thank you!

Celebrating Families and Friends at our Back to School Playground Party!

There were many photo opportunities to be had at our fourth annual back to school playground party on August 24th. Under clear and sunny skies we had a nice time meeting new friends and welcoming back old friends. Special thanks to our Pleasant Street School PTO for supporting this event and for providing snacks and drinks.

Summer Reading and Math Activity Packets

We are asking that all summer reading lists and math activity packets be turned in no later than Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. We will be recognizing children at a September all school meeting.

We want to thank families for supporting their children's learning over the summer and lessening "summer slide."

Reminder: We Welcome You to Share Your Summer Learning Stories :)

We invite you to share some magical moments you had with your children learning this summer. Please send us a note and digital picture, if you can, and we will include some of these in upcoming editions of our Pleasant Street School News.

Warm Welcome to New Staff at Pleasant Street

We wanted to take a moment to welcome new staff members at our school. Some of these talented individuals have come to us from other districts and some from other schools within our district.

  • Benjamin Hause- physical education teacher
  • Erin Girouard- music teacher
  • Patricia Winters- reading specialist
  • Jean Liddy- school nurse
  • Mikaela Morin- first grade
  • Leah Jones- second grade
  • Alisha Coleman- special education
  • Caitlyn Truehart- paraspecialist
  • Lisa Tarbell- paraspecialist
  • Terri Haydocy- paraspecialist
  • Colleen Gladden- paraspecialist
  • Madison Truehart- noon duty support

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Sept. 4- First day of school for kindergarten and preschool programs
  • Sept. 8- Parent & teacher organization meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • Sept. 22- 26- Scholastic Book Fair
  • Sept. 23- Open House, 6:00-7:00 pm. Doors open at 5:30 for the book fair.
  • Sept. 24- District half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served.
  • Oct. 7- Picture Day

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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