PCS Community Newsletter 5-4-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

1944 Petersham Milkweed Drive

Mrs. Pam Chevalier was kind enough to bring in a copy of the picture below. She informed me that some of the 1944 PCS students collected milkweed to send over to the WWII troops. It was used as insulation in the soldiers' uniforms.
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PCS Primary Grades Literacy Night

K-2 students and their families are invited to our first Primary Grades Literacy Night on Thursday, May 10th from 5:30-7:30 p.m. It will be an evening full of fun - games, prizes, stories, and pizza! If you plan on coming, please r.s.v.p. to the invitation that you received.


Hope to see you there!

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Updated MCAS Schedule

Grade 3

ELA Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!

Math Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!


Grade 4

ELA Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!

Thursday, May 10th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 11th - MCAS Math test - session 2


Grade 5

ELA Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!

Tuesday, May 15th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Wednesday, May 16th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Tuesday, May 22nd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 1

Wednesday, May 23rd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 2


Grade 6

ELA Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!

Thursday, May 17th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 18th - MCAS Math test - session 2

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Memorial Day Celebrations

PCS students will be involved in two Memorial Day Celebrations again this year.


-Thursday, May 24th at 2 p.m. - Well House at Petersham Center School (all are welcome to attend!)


-Monday, May 28th at 9:30 a.m. - Town of Petersham celebration (please email me at

mrsmenard@petershamcenterschool.org if your child(ren) plan on attending, as I can inform you of what our school will be doing)

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Dear Parents/Guardians of Third Grade Students:

Massachusetts Department of Public Health Regulations and Petersham Center School’s policy require that all students have a physical examination in fourth grade. A copy of that examination needs to be placed in their school health record.

Please make an appointment with your child’s physician for the exam to be completed by June 2019. An exam any time between May 2018 and June 2019 will meet this requirement.

If you or your doctor would like the Massachusetts School Health Record form please call or email me (mrswarburton@petershamcenterschool.org) to request that the form is sent home with your child.

Please check that the immunization record is updated to include any immunizations that were given since the kindergarten physical.

You can send the completed physical form to school or mail it to my attention:

Christine Warburton, BSN, RN

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, MA 01366

If you have any questions, please call or email me. Thank you in advance for your attention to this very important matter.


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PCS' Citizen of the Month Program

The Pillars of Character Education


Petersham Center School is going to emphasize the Pillars of Character Education: Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Perseverance, Responsibility, Respect, and Self-Discipline for our Citizen of the Month Program. Below is a brief description of each remaining pillars for this school year.


At each Student Assembly, a student will be announced from each class who was an exemplary model of the pillar of the month, given a certificate signed by the Principal, their picture will be hung in the cafeteria, and a PCS Citizen of the Month cinch bag.


April: RESPECT

Treat others with respect how you want to be treated, the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


May: SELF-DISCIPLINE

Always do your share, always work your hardest, change poor habits, always consider the consequences and make the most the responsible decisions

Whole School Picture

Petersham Center School will be taking a whole school picture on Monday, May 7th at 9 a.m.
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Upcoming Early Release Day

Please remember that Tuesday, May 8th is an Early Release Day. Students are dismissed at 11:30 a.m. and no lunch is served. Teachers will be in professional development at Mahar during this time.

Lunch Menu for May

Attached is May's lunch menu and lunch tickets. Check out our new alternate choices - two every day!!!! Make sure to circle only one choice per day on the new lunch ticket!
Try something new!!!!


Please note that the lunch options have not changed for May, but the original calendar had incorrect dates. Sorry for any inconvenience.

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Request for Frosting Containers from Mrs. T

Hello families! I am looking for donations of empty & clean frosting containers to help organize small cards for learning centers. The small Betty Crocker or Dunkin Heinz or Pillbury frosting containers are the perfect size. I need about 100. If you have any, please drop them off at the office or send them in with your child.

Many, many thank yous!


Mrs.Thompson

A note from Mrs. Hanna to the fifth grade families:

On Friday, May 11, 2018, at 2:05 p.m., we would love you to join us in the PCS gymnasium for a performance of "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch" by Trinka Hakes Noble.


It's been a lot of fun preparing and rehearsing this skit, and we think you will find it amusing. We kept it simple, but that only makes the story more enjoyable.


Hope to see you there! Please enter through the ramp door to sign in.

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Upcoming Petersham Events

Sunday, May 6

Quilt a Spring Runner

with Diana Cooley

10 AM - 4 PM

Create a bright, new design for Spring.


Participants bring own sewing machines and fabric.


Class meets at Petersham Town Hall, lower level.


Petersham Art Center. 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Sunday, May 6

Arizona, Wyoming, Iceland - My View from the Saddle: Watercolor Paintings by Sara Deponte

Petersham Art Center Opening Reception

4 - 6 PM


Enjoy fine refreshments and good cheer.

Petersham Art Center 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, May 12

Petersham Wood Bank Work Day

9 AM - 1 PM

Petersham Transfer Station, Rte 122.

Workers welcome! Bring gloves, work boots.


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Sunday, May 13

Swift River Valley Drive & Hike: From the Headwaters to the Quabbin Reservoir

10 AM ­- 4 PM

Petersham Historical Society, Larry Buell, & guests host this hike thru Petersham.

Meet at Petersham Common, will carpool to start point.

Bring bagged lunch & water. Moderate hiking conditions, wear comfortable shoes.


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May-October

Petersham Historical Society open on Saturdays

12 Noon- 4 PM

Special exhibits and permanent collection on display.

10 North Main Street on Petersham Common.

Free, all welcome.


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May-October

Harvard Forest Fisher Museum open on weekends

12 Noon- 4 PM

Open to the public weekends.

Enjoy the historic landscape dioramas at the museum; trails open.

324 North Main Street, Petersham.

Free, all welcome.


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Petersham Art Center

Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 12 Noon- 4 PM

Visit the Shop & Gallery --

full of regional handcrafted fine art & craft, books, cards, & more.

8 North Street, Petersham.


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Eric Carle Field Trip

On Wednesday, April 25th our grade 1-3 students visited the Eric Carle Museum in Springfield, MA. What a fun day they had as is evident in the pictures below.

PCS Fall Open House Date

Please place on your calendars our fall Open House/Title I date. It will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Before School Events at 8 a.m.

Mondays - PCS Chorus


Tuesdays - Grade 5 & 6 Band


Wednesdays - PCS Twirling


Thursdays - Beginning 4th grade Band

Cake Decorating Club

Cake Decorating is one of the many After School Enrichment programs that PCS has offered this year. This week the students created their final project a two-layered heart shaped mini cake. A fun fact about this four week club is that 28 lbs. of Crisco, 26 lbs. of Confectioners Sugar, and 36 oz. of vanilla extract were used!

Upcoming Petersham Center School Dates

-Monday, May 7th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Monday, May 7th: 9 a.m. -whole school picture


-Tuesday, May 8th: 8:00 a.m. - grades 5 & 6 Band

-Tuesday, May 8th: 11:30 a.m. - Early Release - NO LUNCH SERVED


-Wednesday, May 9th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Wednesday, May 9th: Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-Wednesday, May 9th: Whole School Field Trip to Old Sturbridge Village


-Thursday, May 10th: 8:00 a.m. - Beginning 4th grade Band

-Thursday, May 10th: MCAS Math test - 4th grade - session 1

-Thursday, May 10th: 5:30-7:30 p.m. - Primary Grades Literacy Night (Teddy Bear Picnic)


-Friday, May 11th: MCAS Math test - 4th grade - session 2

-Friday, May 11th: 2:05 p.m. - Student Assembly & 5th grade performance of "Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch"


-Monday, May 14th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Monday, May 14th: 8:30-12:00 p.m. - Harvard Pond Field Trip for 5th & 6th grades

-Monday, May 14th: 10:45-12:30 p.m. - DCR presentation to 3rd grade

-Monday, May 14th: 3:00 p.m. - PCS School Council


-Tuesday, May 15th: MCAS Math test - 5th grade - session 1


-Wednesday, May 16th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Wednesday, May 16th: Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-Wednesday, May 16th: MCAS Math test - 5th grade - session 2


-Thursday, May 17th: 8:00 a.m. - Beginning 4th grade Band

-Thursday, May 17th: MCAS Math test - 6th grade - session 1


-Friday, May 18th: MCAS Math test - 6th grade - session 2

-Friday, May 18th: PCS Community & Staff Newsletters published

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366

978-724-3363