Pleasant Street School News

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The Great Book Swap Starts This Wednesday July 8th!

Have your child bring his or her books from the book swap held at the school and swap out for some new titles that are at the just right reading level! In addition to enjoying some new book titles to read your family can also take advantage of the summer meals program where children eat for free.

Book Swap locations and times:

  • 8:45- 9:45- Athol Salvation Army-free breakfast available
  • 10:15-11:15- Athol High School- summer playground site, free lunch available
  • 11:45-12:45- Athol Public Library

Listed below are summer reading lists compiled by the Athol Public Library. For activities and events at the library this summer please visit their website at:

Preschool and kindergarten:

Grades 1 & 2:

Grades 3 & 4:

Grade 5:

For a great resource on leveled books by title please click on this link from the Montgomery Public Schools:

Every Hero Has A Story

Plan to visit the Athol Public Library this summer for a number of special programs and activities that tie into their summer theme Every Hero Has A Story. Please note linked information on their summer reading program and other happenings being offered. Don't miss out!

We Still Need to Hear from Families!

Please complete the school climate survey that is linked below. Answers are entirely anonymous and will help our school district understand and respond to the opinions of families. We appreciate your time and feedback.

School climate survey for families

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.

Introducing Our Summer Celebrity Readers...

What is better than featuring your children, our celebrities, offering book recommendations throughout the summer?! Ha...Let's face it, we like to have fun reading and the children in Mrs. Jones' second grade really liked being able to offer some reading recommendations. Pictured is Morgan with her book, Rihanna the Seahorse Fairy, by Daisy Meadows. If you enjoy fairy stories, Morgan recommends this book to you!

Click here for a short video of our celebrity readers!

Looking for Something to Do on a Rainy Day?

Writing is an excellent way for children to express themselves and to expand their language skills. Children can draw and write about almost anything including something as simple as a trip to the grocery store or a visit to Grandma's house. Pictured to the right is a a wonderful piece of writing from Piper, a kindergarten student, who wrote about her adventure with Pete the Cat.

Children can also write down "big ideas" they have from their reading on what they notice, feel, or predict. Some sentence starters could include:

I believe...

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.

Fourth Grade literacy projects

We had to include just a few snapshots from some of the fourth grade end of the year literacy projects. The cake, in particular, was an amazing project!

The Performance of Xanadu was memorable!

Principal Ellis and her daughter Chloe were so nicely treated to a performance of Xanadu on Sunday, June 28th at Athol High School. The musical production featured elementary and middle school students and had a good deal of young talent on display. Special thanks to all of the parents and families who supported this performance and to Laura Robinson, Christine Rouleau, Olivia Dufour, Bethany Bump, and Karianna Tobias Tessier, who served as the director, stage manager, assistant director, choreographer, set designer, costume manager and (so much) more! Thanks to the stage crew, Marissa Roberts, Angie Price, Marley Aldrich, Tatian Lacroix, and Gabe Roberts. The performance of Xanadu was also sponsored by a generous grant from the Athol Royalston Education Fund. It is great to see the arts so alive and well in our community!

For more fabulous pictures of this performance please visit the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook page.

Summer Calendar Math!

Please note: this posting will remain in our newsletter all summer to keep the information readily available for families.

June 19, 2015

Dear Families,

We want to promote continued problem solving and mathematical thinking over the summer. Students have been participating in lessons on "summer slide" in relation to reading and their retention of skills. Well, summer slide also happens in math! We have attached some summer calendar math activity packets below to keep your children fresh with their skills over the summer. These calendar packets were developed by the Cambridge Public Schools and are rich with activities, resources, websites and fun ideas to bring math to life.

K Students entering grade 1

Grade 1 entering grade 2

Grade 2 entering grade 3

Grade 3 entering grade 4

Grade 4 entering grade 5

If you have middle school students and want to have them practice please feel free to use the calendars below for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Summer fun in the greater Athol area

Linked below are some ideas for free and low cost activities within our community to keep your children busy this summer.

Athol area:

on June 25th- Don't miss a bug walk! Trust love to find bugs!

Free Fun on Fridays-70 MUSEUMS & CULTURAL VENUES

10 WEEKS OF FUN THIS SUMMER, 7 SITES OPEN FOR FREE EACH FRIDAY-Free Fun Fridays offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

School Calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year

Please note our school calendar for next year has been voted by school committee and approved. For planning purposes it is linked below if you would like to print it. The first student day is August 26, 2015.

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.

The Nurturing Program will be offering a new class for parents starting in September 2015. Space is limited so please click on the link below to find out more about how you can be involved in this opportunity.

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:

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

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!

  • July 8th-Summer book swap
  • July 13- Summer programs begin
  • August 26, 2015- new school year begins

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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