Pleasant Street School News

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April 10, 2016

"FEELING GROOVY" Book Fair Week & Family BBQ Night = Big Success!

Many thanks to all the families who came out for our BBQ extravaganza and Book Fair Night. It was a fantastic! It is always a good thing to get more books into the hands of children, made that much easier when they are buy one, get one free. As the last book fair at Pleasant Street we can certainly say we were totally groovy and went out in style. A huge thank you to Mrs. Muzzy and Ms. Leesha for organizing this event and to the many faculty and staff who came out in costume to help.

Photos are courtesy of Robyn Robertson and Mitch R. Grosky.

To see more pictures from this night please visit the Celebrate Schools Facebook site.

To see a short video of images please check out a short video linked below.

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This Week! Children's Theatre at the Mount

"Ahoy thar, matey! Get ready for some high seas adventures in the swashbuckling musical based on the award winning book How I Became a Pirate. The musical sails along with sea chanteys, sword fighting, mutinies, walking the plank and “beauteous plunder!” Aaaaarghh!"

To learn more about this performance please feel free to read through the study guide linked here-

We must have signed permission slips returned in order for your child to go!

  • April 12, Preschool to grade 2, 9:30 show, busses will depart sharply by 9:00.
  • April 15, Grades 3 & 4, 12:00 noon show, busses will depart sharply by 11:30.

Due to ongoing construction at Theatre at the Mount, all performances of How I Became a Pirate will be held at Gardner High School, 100 Catherine Street, Gardner, MA

This trip is generously sponsored by a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, a Yellow School Bus Grant, and our school Parent/Teacher Organization.

Arrays in Second Grade

Pictured below are some "teaser" pictures of some of the array projects in Mrs. Jones' second grade. Please check back next week for more many more pictures of these great projects!

Join our "River Rat Race" Reading Challenge

Dear Families:

Please join our, “River Rat Race” reading challenge as we promote building strong readers and the love of learning. For every 30 minutes read during the month of April students will be given a “canoe” to decorate and to enter into our “race” down the hallway. Our goal is to see how many laps we can make it around our school with our “River Rat” canoes. Special recognition and prizes will be awarded to the students with the most canoes and to the class with the most participants.

"River Rat Race" April Reading Challenge

Making Writing Fun

Having children express themselves in written form is an important skill that we start developing in kindergarten and expand upon with each passing year. A great way to have children practice is by keeping a little writing journal. Children can write down "big ideas" they have from their reading on what they notice, feel, or predict. Children can also practice writing or drawing about different experiences they have had such as a family trip and/or about participating in a sport or activity. Some sentence starters could include:

I believe...

I notice..

It seems...

I infer...

I predict...

I am thinking...

I wonder if...

Additionally, children enjoy responding to creative writing prompts. Linked below is a website with a number of journal writing prompts.

Catch of the Day

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff observe demonstrating our school expectations of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property during recess. Each day they choose one student from recess as the Catch of the Day who then receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize as Catch of the Week. Here are this weeks catches! PIctured to the right is our Catch of the Week- Liliana.

KIds in the Community! Pleasant Street Students in Parade

Some of Athol's wonderful children joined School Committee members Joao M. Baptista, Nancy Melbourne (Chair), and Mitchell Grosky for the River Rat Parade today. Joining us down the route just a bit was Vice-Chair Debbie Bargeron Kuzmeskas. This article is from the Celebrate Schools Facebook site.

PSS students pictured from left to right: Hanisha, Aubrey, and Brooklyn, in the first row and Angel in the back.

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If you haven't already...please register for Kindergarten

Where: Pleasant Street School, Sanders Street School, Royalston Community School

When: Begins April 1, 2016
(M-F, 8:30am to 3pm)

Registration takes about 30 minutes. Please go to our district website for more information and to download forms in advance if you would like.

Kindergarten readiness kits are available

We want to offer families some fun ideas on how to work with your preschool and kindergarten aged youngsters. Our preschool teachers secured a grant through the Athol Royalston Education Fund to purchase readiness kits. These kits are available to loan for district families. For more information about the kits and how to obtain one please click on the informational handout linked below.

Free Breakfast & Lunch

As part of the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, Athol-Royalston Regional School District, along with other districts, now offers free meals to all students this school year.


  • Breakfast menu for April
  • Lunch menu for April

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • April 12, Grades prek-2, Play at the Mount
  • April 15, Grades 3 & 4, Play at the Mount
  • April 18- 22, spring recess, no school
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • April 28 & April 29- District kindergarten screening, no school for kindergarten
  • May 6, district preschool screening, by appointment, no school for preschool

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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 :)

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange. For more information call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467.

Mother Goose on the Loose Playgroup-Thursdays 10am—11:30am Valuing Our Children 217 Walnut St. Athol. For more information contact: Jen: 978-249-8467 x 22

Petersham Playgroup- Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17th from 10-11:30 at the Petersham Center School. For more information please call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children 978-249-8467 x22

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

These are not school sponsored events but are posted here as a public service for families in the greater North Quabbin community.

Check back soon for more news!

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