Pleasant Street School News

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April 24, 2016- Welcome Back to School Tomorrow!

Like to Garden? Join our afterschool gardening club?

Ms. Nancy Berthiaume, one of our noon duty staff members, secured a grant through the Athol Royalston Education Fund to offer a 6 week afterschool gardening club at Pleasant Street beginning on Wednesday, May 4, from 3-4 pm. The program is open to students in grades 1-4, and space is limited to 20 participants. The deadline for applications is April 27, 2016. Applications are available at the school and it is also linked below. Transportation is not provided. If there are more than 20 applicants, names will be chosen by lottery.

Poetry in Kindergarten

Our kinder students have been working on poetry and using sensory images. Principal Ellis took some recent pictures of animal poems that are on display in Ms. Plourde's class to share with families. Here are a few for you to see with more included in a short video. Pictured to the right is "Wolf" by Max.

Video of class poems:

Partner "Reading Detectives" in Mrs. Jones' Second Grade

The detectives partner read the same mystery book side by side. Then at the end of each chapter they would log any clues or suspects in their case file notebook. It was so exciting to see the 2nd grade detectives so engaged!!

Here are some pictures of our reading detectives in action.

Third Grade Data Projects

Students in Mrs. Heuer's class worked collaboratively on a data collection and graphing project. Five groups of children chose a topic to gather data about, and then determined the most effective way to collect the data. When the data had been collected, the groups transferred the information into three different types of graphs: pictographs, line plots, and bar graphs. Finally, the students used their graphs to determine a summary of the data collected and presented their finished products to their class!

Mask Making in Fourth Grade

PIctured below are students from Mrs. Robinson's class putting some decorative touches on the masks they are making in art with Mrs. Magee.

Mobile Projects in Mrs. Robertson's Fourth Grade

Students had fun bringing learning to life with these geometric shape mobiles.

Turtle Rescue Club

Two of our third grade friends, Nathan and Mason, would like to bring attention to the need to protect endangered turtles. They have presented their ideas to their class and have asked Principal Ellis about putting up some posters around school. It is exactly this kind of thinking, being concerned for others great and small, that exemplifies our school values and expectations of respect.

Be a Part of our "River Rat Race" Reading Challenge

There is still time to join our, “River Rat Race” reading challenge as we promote building strong readers and the love of learning. Please read to your children, have your children read to you or a younger sibling, or have him or her read alone and share with you what they have read. For every 30 minutes read during the month of April students will be given a “canoe” to decorate and to enter into our “race” down the hallway. Our goal is to see how many laps we can make it around our school with our “River Rat” canoes. Special recognition and prizes will be awarded to the students with the most canoes and to the class with the most participants.

"River Rat Race" April Reading Challenge

An Invitation from Assistant Superintendent Meyer

April 15, 2016

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Members,

I would like to take this opportunity to invite you to two opportunities to get involved in the Athol-Royalston Regional School District.

First, as we look forward to moving into the new elementary school next year, we need to amend our turnaround plan for our elementary schools to reflect the new configuration. We will be holding an open meeting on April 28 from 4:00-6:00 in the Athol-Royalston Middle School Cafeteria to reflect on the effectiveness of our current turnaround plan and to identify areas of concern as we look to next year. All are invited to attend this meeting.

Second, on that same night, April 28 from 6:00-8:30 in the Athol-Royalston Middle School Cafeteria, there will be a volunteer training. We can always use volunteers at the elementary level, and we are hoping to add an enrichment block at the middle school for next year which will provide an opportunity for volunteers to work with students. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, please refer to the flyer on the back of this letter.

We hope that you will consider participating in one or both of these events. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact my office at (978) 249-2400.


Steven C. Meyer

Assistant Superintendent

We are looking for Volunteers!

Become a volunteer in the Athol-Royalston Regional School District

Come to the volunteer training on April 28, 6:00-8:30 P.M. in the Athol-Royalston Middle School Cafeteria, and learn how you can advance student learning and help the District become an educational leader in Massachusetts.

What you can do as a volunteer depends on you. Some of the many possibilities:

· Work under a teacher in an elementary, middle school, or high school classroom.

· Talk with students about the work you do, to help them think about possible careers.

· Work with students in an area you’re skilled at, such as music or electronics.

· Work in a school office to help non-teaching staff.

· Tell students about places you’ve been or about other cultures that you know well.

Trainers Chuck Pretti, a former Pleasant St. School principal, and Phil Rabinowitz, a retired educator, will cover some basics about both the School District and about working with kids and teachers. Come see whether you and volunteering are a good match.

To sign up, please contact Julie Marynok in the Superintendent’s Office: phone: 978-249-2400


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 April
  • Lunch menu for April

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • April 28 & April 29- District kindergarten screening, no school for kindergarten
  • May 6, district preschool screening, by appointment, no school for preschool

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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 :)

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange. For more information call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467.

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.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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