Pleasant Street School News

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We Love Our Preschool!

Sometimes it is hard to describe what happens in our preschool/ early education program in mere words alone! Leave it to our dedicated teachers to create the second video of the year set to music and complete with background theme. The video in a small way provides insight into the busy days our little ones have learning about the world around them. Special thanks to Ms. Julie Stanley, for her artistic vision and her above and beyond efforts, to create this to share with families. Special note to our preschool families- please sit down and watch the video with your child and enjoy all of the conversational starters to follow as your child shares with you, in his or her own way, about the images of friends and/or the activities and learning centers within the room that are captured here.

Math Anchor Charts in First Grade

A critically important aspect of math is learning the language and content specific vocabulary. We are teaching children how to engage in "math talk" in which they first learn and then are taught to use correct mathematical terms when problem solving. A website resource of skills taught by grade with practice games that include vocabulary is linked below.

October is National Bullying Prevention Awareness Month

At Pleasant Street School classes have had lessons on bullying prevention and how to handle peer conflicts. Pictured below:

left- Mrs. Schwab our guidance counselor teaching a lesson with second grade helpers Robert and Julianna

center- bulletin board

right- lesson in 4th grade reflecting an anchor chart and student input

Busy Bodies Need Nutritious Meals and Snacks

We have noticed numbers of children who are coming to school without snack or others who have lunches packed with low nutritional value. It is never to early to be talking with your child about nutrition and eating a balanced diet. Years ago when I packed lunch each day with my son (who use to be one of the world' s most picky eaters!) we would talk about having a lunch that included a protein, a fruit or vegetable, and a carbohydrate. It wasn't easy with him and sometimes he would eat the same things for lunch day after day.

We do not want children going hungry during the day or being unable to have a snack. We offer universal free breakfast each day for all children. We also encourage families to complete the school lunch form to see if you qualify for free or reduced lunch. Please note we do not provide snack. The lunch forms can be filled out any time of year and are available at the school and are linked below.

"Green Team" Our school recycling program

We are continuing to build awareness with students on the importance of being green. We recycle paper, plastics, metal, and also collect returnable bottles and cans at school. In addition, food waste from our school cafeteria is collected and picked up each day by a local pig farmer.

Linked below is a chart put together by Mrs. Parker with data gathered by green team members on how many pounds of paper we have been recycling each week.

Scenes from Family Movie Night!

We had a nice family friendly event on Friday, Oct. 24th where our Pleasant Street School friends came out with comfy blankets, pillows, and comfy bean bag chairs to enjoy some seasonal movies. Special thanks to our school PTO for sponsoring this event.

Family Friendly Community Events

Preschool Halloween Story Walk Event at Wheeler Library, 49 E. Main St., Orange- Wednesday, Oct. 29, 10-11:30 am. See the attached link for more information.

The Big Read- Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 10:00-12:00 noon, Elks Club, 93 New Athol Rd., Athol- Family friendly event with live entertainment and new and gently used books for the whole family. See the attached link for more information.

Can't make a morning event? How about this one at the Mount:

The Childrens' Book Festival, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 9:00-4:00, Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner.

For other local events, happenings, and resources in this area... you can also check the North Quabbin Community Coalition website below:

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Oct. 29- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • Nov. 3- 1st quarter grades close (report cards handed out at conferences!)
  • Nov. 5-PTO walkathon, 9-11:30 am
  • Nov. 10- NAEYC family meeting at Sanders Street School, 6 pm.
  • Nov. 11- Veterans' Day observed- no school
  • Nov. 12- Community Reading day
  • Nov. 14- Elementary student chorus performance at Athol High School Football game, 7 pm, performers need to arrive by 6:45 pm.
  • Nov. 17- Parent/teacher conferences 3:30-5:00 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 18- Parent/teacher conference 6:00-7:30 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 26-district half day, noon dismissal, lunch will not be served
  • Nov. 27-28- Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 3- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

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