Pleasant Street School News

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Memorial Day Program

We want to thank the many family members who turned out for our Memorial Day program. The cool and windy conditions did not prevent us from paying tribute to those past and present who have sacrificed to serve our great country. Thank you to our guest speakers who shared their thoughtful words and reflections.
  • Staff Sergeant- Andrew Simkiewicz-US Army- 10th Mountain Division, Afghanistan 2003, and Iraq 2004-2005. Mr. Simkiewicz is also the father to Rachel, in Mrs. Jones second grade.
  • Commander Alex Blake, Jr. Vice Commander, retired US Army, E5 Sergeant.

While all of our teachers and staff played a role in making this program a success, special thanks is due to parent Christine Mailloux for photographs, Chris Tamulevich, technology assistant, Mr. Chuck our custodian, Terry Parker, Stephanie Parker, and Erin Girouard for musical support, and to Eileen St. Jean for her help in organizing the program.

For a short video please click on the link below. Thanks again to Christine Mailloux for the use of her photographs.

Teaching Children to Think at Deep Levels

The Massachusetts Common Core State Standards requires increased rigor, coherence and focus in mathematics and much more critical thinking in English language arts. The National PTA, has an excellent parent friendly guide that describes major learnings in math and English language arts from kindergarten to grade 12. The guide also offers ideas on how parents can help children learn at home. We strongly encourage families to use this guide to gain familiarity with grade level expectations and to support your child in achieving at the highest level.

Parents' Guide to Student Success:

Examples of some fourth grade anchor charts from Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade that are used to teach children to think at a deeper level when reading literature.

Reducing restless behavior....please take a few moments to review these documents with your children

Last week we had some great pictures of children having fun at recess. We also asked that families take a moment to review our building expectations around morning playground and recess with your child. If you haven't done so already, please take time to do so now! Experience has shown us that this is the time of year when children get restless. School staff have been asked to review and to consistently reinforce all school expectations across settings. A teaching matrix of our all school expectations by setting has also been attached for your review.

It is our goal to keep kids focused, happy, and respectful of one another as we wind down the school year over the next few weeks.

Playground expectations

Playground map

Teaching matrix

How does your garden grow?

Our preschool family garden is growing very well in just a couple of weeks. This picture was taken on Friday, May 15th and our plants have grown a whole lot since. We have radish, carrots, lettuce, peas, and more. Our preschool friends enjoy watering the plants and taking turns mist spraying them as well!

Pleasant Street Foodathon!

Thank you to the many families and school staff who contributed to the North Quabbin Foodathon on May 19th. We were able to collect 355 items and counting! Special thanks to our student council, pictured here, who helped organize our school wide collection and count the donated items.

Field Trips are Always Fun!

English Language Learners in second grade recently took a trip to explore "Where does food come from?" They toured Hannaford Supermarket, put on a play at the Farm School and planted a garden at Riverbend School. Special thanks to Beth Gospodarek and Maureen Blasco, our district ELL teacher and tutor, who made this trip possible to the delight of our young learners from across the district.

Please click on the link below for a short video of wonderful pictures from this field trip.

Preschool Screening is coming soon please spread the word!

The Athol Royalston Regional School District has two upcoming screening dates for preschool age children in our community.

June 5- at Pleasant Street School, 1060 Pleasant St., Athol, 978-249-2405

June 16- at Valuing our Children-217 Walnut Street, Athol, 978-249-8467

All screenings are done by appointment by contacting the desired location above.

What are the goals of Early Childhood Screening?

  • To find out how your child is growing and developing.
  • To connect parent and child with early childhood programs and other community services that may be needed.
  • To answer any parenting questions/concerns you may have.
  • Identify any possible health or learning concerns so that they may be addressed.

Please click on the link below for more detailed information.

Friday Friends!

Here are some Fun Friday Friends from last week, this week, and one from a little while back that we missed getting into the newsletter! Friday Friends is a way our student council recognizes students who always do a nice job. Special thanks to Mrs. Casella and Mrs. Robertson our student council advisors for organizing these celebrations.

Our Green Team in Action

Our school wide recycling program has seen an increase in the use of plastic bottles now that some warmer weather has arrived. We want everyone to be well hydrated and while plastic bottles can be recycled it is better for the environment to use a labeled reusable water bottle. Another important tip from our green team is to try to cut down on our use of paper. This can be done by using both sides of the paper (printing items to be doubled sided!) and by reusing the back side of extra printed copies for scrap paper. Thank you!

Health Office News Ick...We Are Picking Ticks and Treating Insect Bites!

It is that time of year when ticks become very active and biting insects make their return. School staff have been reminding children to take a quick moment to check for ticks when coming in from the playground. Given the prevalence of ticks as well as other annoying biting insects we ask families to check your children at home each day and to consider using sprays and natural insect repellants.

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 :)

Stories in the Park- starting June 5 at 9:30 am at the Millers Park at the Athol Public Library- Enjoy strolling through the park with your child as you read the pages of a different book each week posted along signs through the park. This free, fun family activity will be continuing through out the summer! Please Click on the link below for more information.

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.

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!

  • May 28, Fourth grade visit to ARMS
  • May 29, New date!- Toy Bingo, 6-8 pm, sponsored by the PTO
  • June 1-June 4, spring administration of MAPS assessments
  • June 5- District Preschool screening at Pleasant St. School (preschool will not be held)
  • June 8- proposed date for 4th grade bank teller trip
  • June 9, 6 pm, spring concert- at Athol High School-more info to follow
  • June 11, Healthy Smiles dental program
  • June 16, District prek screening at Valuing our Children location
  • June 17- preschool graduation-am & pm programs
  • June 18- Field Day
  • June 18 – volunteer appreciation breakfast
  • June 19- K nursery rhythms- 1:30 pm
  • June 22- 4th grade step up – 1:30 pm
  • June 24- half day- 10:00 am- all school meeting- last day of school! no lunch provided

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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