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!
Madison & Aubrey
These kindergarten friends are turning and talking and sharing what they learned in a interactive teacher readaloud.
Sharing Out in a Turn and Talk
What I learned....
Non-fiction anchor chart
Teaching children aspects of non-fiction.
Introducing our Expanded Book Room!
This area of our book room includes a whole range of topics in science, social studies, biographies and more.
Book Level Color Coding
The color coding system allows young readers and teachers alike to quickly identify reading levels by authors, topics, genres, that are instructionally matched to each student.
Author Series...Just to Name a Few
Book Level Color Coding
The Importance of Phonics and Learning Sight Words
Sight word lists:
More word Lists:
Reading resource website that provides more information on phonics:
Second Grade Family Snowman Projects
Isabella made an incredible three dimensional snowman project in a decorative box diorama. In this picture Isabella's image is caught in the reflection from the clear plastic wrap front.
The Big Grouchy Snowman
Isabella also included this report to go with her project. Awesome job!
Fourth Grade Science
Readers Workshop Spotlight: Learning about Non-Fiction
Second graders, Lorelai, Ava, and Nevaia created this poster project
Text Feature Hunt Activity
Teaching children to identify and understand how text features give use useful information when we read non-fiction.
Second graders, Morgan and Sophia, partnered on this project
Table of the Month! Congrats to Mrs. Jone's class
Coming soon....Plan to attend our Family Reading Night!
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:
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!