Pleasant Street School News

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Sept. 20, 2015

Coming next week...Our Scholastic Book fair!

The book fair will be open at lunch from 11:30-12:30 beginning on Monday, Sept. 21 and continue through Friday, Sept. 25. In addition, the doors will open at 5:30 the night of Open House on Sept. 22 to allow families to visit the Book Fair before classrooms open at 6:00 pm.

We hope to see all families at Open House on Sept. 22 from 6:00-7:00 pm

Open House is a time to see the school and to meet classroom teachers. It is not set up for individual student conferences which will be held in November.

More Kindergarten Friends!

As promised here are some more of our fantastic kindergarten friends from Ms. Plourde's class. Principal Ellis was able to catch them working on a tree project at the end of the day this week. They were so eager to share and to tell me all about what they are working on!

Please enjoy a short video from our classroom linked below.

Save $um School Banking Program begins on Sept. 29

The Save$um Banking Program is an inter-active, hands-on-educational program designed specifically to educate children on the importance of saving money, being self-disciplined, and knowing the self-satisfaction in watching their money grow. Pauline Tatro, Branch Supervisor of the Main Office of Athol Savings Bank, supervises the school program with the assistance of parent volunteers. Parent volunteers assist the bank staff in overseeing the banking day session and helping to facilitate the educational process of the program.

We are currently taking applications for new fourth grade tellers. Pictured to the right are Pleasant Street alumni and former tellers who are now in 6th grade (already!).

On banking day, the student tellers, working in pairs, count the money in the deposits and record the transactions. The purpose of the Save$um Banking Program is to teach students the importance of systematic savings. As an incentive to encourage the students to save, Athol Savings Bank donates $2 to every student account opened and an additional $5 after 25 deposits are made. At the end of each school year the student tellers attend a fantastic field trip sponsored by the Athol Savings Bank. Over the years the students have visited places like Patriot’s Place and Fenway Park.

Green Team in Action

At Pleasant Street we encourage children to recycle paper, plastics, glass, and metal containers. We also collect returnable bottles and cans. In addition, food waste from our cafeteria is set aside and used by a local pig farmer. Pictured: Green team members Riley and Kylah collecting paper recycling.

Wonder Words!

Our speech & language pathologists, Jen LaRoche and Jasmine Ribeiro, have created a bulletin board in the main hallway to help teach children about word meanings. Pictured here is a display about the root word, "cent," and some definitions and examples of how knowing this root word helps you know the meaning of a word.

Mad Science afterschool program begins in October

Dear Parents/Guardians of 3rd and 4th Graders:

Good news! We are pleased to be able to offer a ten week afterschool Mad Science® program funded by our Title One grant! This free program will be held on Thursdays from 3:15 to 4:15 pm beginning on October 8th and continuing until December 17, 2015. Enrollment is limited to 20 students. We will be accepting applications for this program through Wed. Sept. 23, 2015. If we have more than 20 students who want to participate we will draw names from a lottery of complete applications that are received by the deadline. Additionally, we are able to provide limited transportation for students who would not otherwise be able to take advantage of this opportunity.

A flyer and application form was sent home with all third and fourth graders on Sept. 15th.

Bus Evacuation Drill on Sept. 15th

Thank you for your support of our all school fundraiser

Our PTO runs one major fundraiser each year in order to finance various school enrichment programs and activities. PTO helps sponsor family enrichment activities and programs, Scholastic News subscriptions for classrooms, field trips including bus transportation costs, and in the spring, the all school trip to see childrens' theatre at the Mount! We thank you in advance for your support of this fundraiser. Families can also donate money or write a check payable to the Pleasant Street School PTO if they would rather do so instead of purchasing items. Please turn in all orders and payments by Monday, September 28th. Thank you!

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 September
  • Lunch menu for September

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

The Nurturing Program will be offering a new class for parents starting in September 2015. Space is limited so please click on the link below to find out more about how you can be involved in this opportunity.

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.

September 2015 edition of the Common Thread, community newsletter of the North Quabbin Community Coalition

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!

  • September 21-25, Scholastic Book Fair, open 11:30-12:30 pm during student lunches and at our Open House when doors open at 5:30 pm.
  • September 22, Open House, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • September 23- District half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • September 29, Save $um baking program begins
  • October 5, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm. note new time!
  • October 6, Picture day
  • October 7, International Walk to School Day
  • October 8, Mad Science afterschool program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 9, District professional development day, no school
  • October 12, Columbus Day holiday observed, no school
  • October 16, Save the date! PTO sponsored-Harvest Dance & Costume Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, school cafe

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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