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: http://athollibrary.org/
Preschool and kindergarten:
Grades 1 & 2:
Grades 3 & 4:
For a great resource on leveled books by title please click on this link from the Montgomery Public Schools:
Every Hero Has A Story
We Still Need to Hear from Families!
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...
Click here for a short video of our celebrity readers!
Logan likes Junie B. Jones
The Junie B. Jones, series by Barbara Park is a recommended read especially if you want to enjoy early chapter books with character adventures.
Zoe likes dog stories
The Biscuit series is a cute read and is great for building independent practice.
Jaidyn recommends some non-fiction
Everything You Need to Know About Snakes and Other Scaly Reptiles by John Woodward.
Logan likes Junie B. Jones
Zoe likes dog stories
Looking for Something to Do on a Rainy Day?
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 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.
The Performance of Xanadu was memorable!
For more fabulous pictures of this performance please visit the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook page.
Summer Calendar Math!
June 19, 2015
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.
on June 25th- Don't miss a bug walk! Trust us...kids 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.