Pleasant Street School News

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January 31, 2016

The 100th day of school is Feb. 3rd!

What will your child do for a 100 day project?! Past projects have included everything from legos to fortune cookies! This week a few amazing projects came in advance which we wanted to share.

100 day projects will be featured in our newsletter and on display in our lobby from Feb. 3 to Feb. 12th. Pictured to the right, Super Mario with 100 question blocks by Aiden J.

February is Black History

As January comes to an end we wanted to take a moment to encourage families to recognize and to celebrate with us the many contributions of African Americans, past and present, in our great nation. We have included some websites and resources linked below to explore and to share with your children. The Reading Rockets site, in particular, has recommended children's books, family activities, interviews, writing prompts, and more. This is a wonderful way to spend family time and to enhance your child or children's background knowledge of our larger community and world.

Everyday Hero Awards

Our most recent friends to be nominated and awarded as Everyday Heros at our January all school meeting are (from left to right) Aurore, Madison, Lillie-Rose, Ava, and Lorelai. The Everyday Hero is one of the highest awards given at Pleasant Street and is intended to recognize students who consistently demonstrate our school expectations of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for our property. Nominations made for these girls included some of the following descriptions:
  • works hard, helps others, is always kind and cooperative, a true pleasure to teach...
  • friendly, thoughtful, dependable, goes above and beyond...
  • At school and in the community this student is a model citizen...

Congratulations girls! On behalf of Pleasant Street and your families we want to thank you for doing such a nice job as Everyday Heroes!

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Winter Break Reading Challenge Winners!

Congratulations to our gift card and book winners in our recent winter break reading challenge! All students were given a new book for the winter break and a reading response form to participate in this challenge. We received a 160 response forms back that were then entered into the prize drawing. Special recognition is due to Mrs. St. Jean and Mrs. Richardson's classes who were tied for first place with the highest number of returned student responses, to Mrs. Jones and Mrs. Coleman's classes who were tied for second place on student responses, and to Mrs. Webb's class, who based on enrollment and class size, had the highest percentage of responses! We wish to thank Mrs. Winters, our reading specialist, for leading this effort and the Athol Royalston Education Fund for providing a mini grant to support our first, and hopefully annual, winter break reading challenge!

Pictured from left to right: Maddison B., Aiden, Maddison C., Brianna, Robert, Jayden, Collin, Allison, and Mrs. Winters.

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Six Flags Reading Challenge Begins Feb. 1st

Pleasant Street School will be participating in the Six Flags, Read to Succeed, Reading Challenge. As this is sponsored by Six Flags it is only open to students in grades K-6 at registered schools. Informational sheets and reading logs are expected to go home tomorrow. Each participating student who meets the challenge of completing 6 total hours of reading time and completes his or her reading log form will be given one free ticket to Six Flags.

To learn more about this program please find information below.

Parent informational letter:

Caring Paws Club inspires donations of pet food & supplies

At our all school meeting this week the Caring Paws Club spoke of their pet care donation drive. The focus of this group is to support animals and to work toward putting an end to kill shelters. The Caring Paws club is a group that was formed over a year ago by some now third grade friends at Pleasant Street. Caring Paws Club members are pictured below.

From January 11 to February 11 Pleasant Street School will be collecting the following to donate to an area animal shelter.

  • Dog & cat food and feeding supplies
  • Grooming supplies- brushes, combs, trimmers
  • Leashes, collars, or harnesses
  • Bedding supplies- clean, used towels, blankets, or sheets
  • Cat Litter and trays that would be used for litter boxes
  • Cleaning supplies

All students who bring in animal supplies will be given a button, "I helped saved animals" made by the Caring Paws Club.

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Caught Being Good!

So you know...our faculty and staff use Caught Being Goods as just another way of letting children know that we notice and appreciate simple acts of being helpful and kind throughout our school. When a student receives a Caught Being Good certificate he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. Some of our recent prize winners include Brandon, Melania, and Shelby (above) Morgan to the right, and Alex W., Alex S., and Riley (below).

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. Pictured to the right is Ally, our prize winning catch for this week.

Attendance Recognition!

In December we had 90 students who had perfect attendance for the month! These students were all awarded with a perfect attendance certificate for the month. In addition, Mrs. Webb's kindergarten class was recognized at our January all school meeting as the class with the best overall attendance for the month of December. A poster was presented to the class by Mrs. Schwab, guidance counselor and Principal Ellis.

Sock Hop and Go Gold Event on February 12th

Mark your calendars for February 12th as our Pleasant Street PTO is sponsoring a 50's & 60's style dance with music, games, and more! This will be held in our school cafe from 6:00-7:30 pm. Period style costumes and clothing are encouraged. In addition, our Pleasant Student Council will be selling snacks and drinks and planning to run some additional games with donations of .25 cents per game with all proceeds to benefit, Go Gold, an American Childhood Cancer organization.
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February Vacation Ideas!

Munch & Move!

February 17th- 5:00-8:00 pm, Munch & Move at the Athol /Orange Elks, 92 New Athol Rd.

This event is brought to you by the North Quabbin Community Coalition Childrens' Health & Wellness Taskforce and area sponsors and includes dinner, music, games, and much more! For more information please contact (978) 249-3703. (This is not a school sponsored event but is listed as a public service).

Partipate in our Six Flags Reading Challenge

An informational sheet and reading log form will be sent home on Monday, Feb. 1st. The log form must be complete with all required information (with legible print!) and turned into the school office no later than February 22 for your child to qualify for the free ticket to Six Flags.

We also encourage families to check out the local libraries for events and activities.

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 February
  • Lunch menu for February

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 :)

February 3- Hotel Transylvania 2 (PG13), Athol Public Library, 1:00-2:45 pm. This event is free and open to the public.

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

New Parenting Class- Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26, 10:15 - 11:45 am Childcare and help with transportation are provided. To sign up call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children: 978-249-8467. Focus of class is for those parenting children under the age of 6 and includes: how to understand your child’s behavior, how to listen and talk to your child, discipline that makes sense….and more!

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.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • Feb. 1- PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, school cafe, all are welcome!
  • Feb. 1-Feb. 5th, Winter MAPS assessment
  • Feb. 3, district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • Feb. 3- 100th day of school
  • Feb. 12, Sock hop dance, school cafe, 6-7:30 pm, sponsored by PTO
  • Feb. 12- Student council hosts, "Go for Gold", childhood cancer awareness and benefit event
  • February 12- Mad Science Assembly (rescheduled date) sponsored by Pleasant Street PTO
  • Feb. 14, Valentines' Day
  • Feb. 15-19, Winter recess, no school
  • Feb. 22, school resumes

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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