Pleasant Street School News

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February 21, 2016

Vacation week memories

Did your family do something special during the vacation week? Principal Ellis knows of one student who was planning to go to see monster trucks and another family traveling to Puerto Rico. We welcome families to share, if they would like, any pictures or reflections from their vacation week. As for Principal Ellis, she visited her son at college, watched her daughter play basketball, read a book, and had a chance to visit one of her friends that she hasn't seen for a few years. Overall, it was a very nice vacation week!

Mad Science at Pleasant Street for Two Assemblies

We were fortunate to have two Mad Science programs at our school on February 12th sponsored by our school PTO. One presentation was for preschool, kindergarten, and grade one students, and a second show was offered for second through fourth grade students. The instructor, "Professor Micron," was highly entertaining as he demonstrated how fun it is to learn about science and scientific principles. He also addressed the importance of being safe while experimenting.

To see additional pictures within a short video click here.

Winter Fun!

Prior to the extreme cold and the winter vacation week we had some very nice days to go outside and enjoy the snow. We highly recommend spending some time with your children, unplugged from electronics, and just enjoying the simple pleasures of play. Maybe you too will make a snow fort, build a snowman, or go sledding. No matter what you do- it will be time well spent if you are playing in the company of your children.
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Second grade dinosaur diorama projects for 2016

One thing we know for sure is that children look back and remember the dinosaur diorama project as one of the highlights. Project based learning is a great way for children to learn new information, have fun and to take pride in something created. Here are some amazing projects from this years second grade classes. Special thanks to Mrs. Arpide for submitting photos. Pictured to the right is Aubrey.

Please note unless a child was absent the day of the presentations or did not complete a project we were able to include everyone in the short video below.

Go Green- Our Recycling Club has new leadership!

See a need, fill a need...some of our third grade friends in Mrs. St. Jean's class approached Principal Ellis looking for some way to be helpful at school. After considering ideas they decided they could lead our school recycling program. On that note, allow us to introduce our new Green Team Recycling Club, from left to right, Kiley, Isabella, Olivia, Gabby, and Hannah.
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Six Flags Reading Challenge Forms are Due Tomorrow- February 22nd!

Pleasant Street School is 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 were previously sent home. Each participating student who meets the challenge of completing 6 total hours of reading time and completes their reading log form will be eligible to earn one free ticket to Six Flags.

To learn more about this program please find information below.

Reading log form:

Program overview:

Parent informational letter:

Sock Hop and Go Gold Event

In case you missed it last week we wanted to include this short video from our Sock Hop held on Feb. 12th. It was a such a fun night with children and parents alike dancing to music from the 50's and 60's in our beautifully decorated cafe.

We are pleased to report our student council raised about $120 from snack bar sales and donated hand crafted bracelets to benefit the American Childhood Cancer fund.

February is Black History Month

Our month long celebration of Black History month will be concluding soon. 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.

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 :)

Friday, February 26, The Foot Book, Story Walk, 10-11:30, Athol Public Library

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.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • Feb. 22, school resumes
  • March 9, District professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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