Pleasant Street School News

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Happy New Year! Another Year Filled with Adventure and Learning!

Each time I bring in a New Year, I challenge myself to set goals and to become better as a person and as a professional. What are some things on the "bucket list" that I may achieve in 2015? Will this be the year that I try a sprint triathlon, take a painting class, pursue a new degree, or hike some of the Adirondack mountains? It is important to maintain hopes and dreams and to set goals for ourselves and for our children.

2015 New Year Goals by Principal Ellis

  • See my son Liam successfully graduate from high school and transition to college.
  • Take time to express appreciation and gratitude of others, especially my family and friends who have helped me become who I am as a person today.
  • Embrace and practice healthy habits and personal wellness.
  • Be the best possible principal and instructional leader that I can be.
  • Serve as a role model, mentor, and leader to bring out the best in others.

Over the next couple of weeks we will have an all school celebration focused on challenging children to identify goals they want to achieve in 2015.

Kindergarten students are busy learning in the New Year!

Students in Mrs. Goldthwaite and Mrs. Webb's classes have started a unit on non-fiction and learning text features and differences between fiction and non-fiction. Pictured below are students in Mrs. Webb's class and pictured to the right is Mrs. Webb offering practice and praise to Javier who is sharing his ideas about a story.

Introducing our Expanded Book Room!

With deep gratitude to our Reading Specialist, Patty Winters, we are celebrating our expanded and reorganized school book room! Mrs. Winters spent a week of the holiday vacation devoted to this task, and even had some help from her husband and son, who had no idea what they were getting into. As we now have our book collection leveled, sorted by theme, genre, fiction, non-fiction and more, our young readers will benefit from their generous efforts.

The Importance of Phonics and Learning Sight Words

Beyond our Readers' Workshop program our district elementary schools have been focused on daily systematic phonics instruction and word study. Through direct phonics lessons children will come to know, letter and sound identification, long and short vowel sounds, dipthongs, diagraphs, syllable types, and more. It is important for children to practice and to learn their grade level sight words and word families. Becoming an effective and efficient reader requires a solid sight word and phonics background. Pictured to the right are Josh and Alex practicing phonics skills.

Sight word lists:

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/K_Sight_Word_List___Fry.pdf

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/1st_gr_Fry_Sight_Word_List.pdf

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/2nd_gr_Fry_Sight_Word_List-1.pdf

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Additional_Fry_Sight_Words_301-650.pdf

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/Additional_Fry_Sight_Words_651-1000.pdf

More word Lists:

http://www.dolchsightwords.org/dolch_word_list.php

Reading resource website that provides more information on phonics:

http://www.readingrockets.org/

Second Grade Family Snowman Projects

Our second graders in Mrs. Arpide and Mrs. Jones' classes had a great time making decorative snowmen as part of a recent home/school family learning project. We are always impressed with the creativity shown in these projects and we know the time spent working together at home creates special lasting memories for your child.

Fourth Grade Science

Students in Mrs. Robinson's 4th grade were caught on camera having fun experimenting with static electricity this week.

Readers Workshop Spotlight: Learning about Non-Fiction

Table of the Month! Congrats to Mrs. Jone's class

Mrs. Casella, one of our paraspecialists who supervise the cafeteria had begun recognizing one class each day as the table of the day during the second lunch period (grade 2 Jones and grades 3 and 4). In order to be chosen, the class has to demonstrate respectful cafeteria behavior (good listening, volume control on talking, picking up, table manners, etc.) The class with the most table of the day awards is then honored as the Table of the Month. Thank you to Mrs. Casella for taking initiative on this incentive as the children really like competing with each other on being good!

School Recycling in Action

Riley and Colin, students from Mrs. St. Jean's third grade, are shown recycling a container of paper. Pleasant Street has continued our school Green Team recycling program with bins to recycle paper, plastics, metals, and glass.

Coming soon....Plan to attend our Family Reading Night!

Make it a night and join us for a K-4, Family Literacy Night on Jan. 20, from 6:00 to 7:00 pm, funded by our Title One program. Families will learn more about ways to engage your children in reading at home. All participants will receive a free book for attending and be entered into a drawing to receive gift cards.

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 :)


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

http://www.nqcc.org/

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Jan. 16- -district professional development day, no school
  • Jan. 19- Martin Luther King Day, no school
  • Jan. 20, Family Reading Night, 6:00-7:00 pm-Make it a date!
  • Feb. 2, Parent/Teacher Organization meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • Feb. 4, District half day, noon dismissal, lunch will be served
  • Feb. 6, PTO cake dance, likely 6:00-7:30 pm, more information to follow!
  • Feb. 11th- projected 100th day of school- look for 100 day classroom recognitions!

News from Principal Ellis

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