Pleasant Street School News

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Sept. 27, 2015

Open House and Scholastic Book Fair

It was nice to see so many families at Open House! We also wanted to thank Valuing our Children, the YMCA, the Scouts, and our school PTO for setting up informational tables to share with families. Thank you to Mrs. Robertson and Ms. Franck and our student council members for offering a bake sale table. Many thanks to Kim Leesha, for coordinating our Scholastic Book Fair, to Mrs. Schwab, our guidance counselor for creating an informational guidance display, and to our faculty and staff for their many preparations within classrooms and in the building to make this night successful.

Pictured: Top row-Dennis and little sister Olivia, a fabulous cupcake made by Layla's mom for our student council bake sale table, and Caleb's little brother sitting down to enjoy one of those cupcakes! Bottom row-YMCA, Scouts table with Dylan and his dad, and a guidance display.

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff have started a recognition program, "Catch of the Day," for students they 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. The student receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing to receive a prize. Our prize winning Catch of the Day last week was Ava.

Experimenting in First Grade

Mrs. Coleman has been busy involving her first grade class in some scientific discovery! As a means of teaching children the importance of handwashing they read a book about germs and conducted an experiment with bread. The control slice was only touched by the teacher wearing a non-latex glove prior to placing it into a sandwich bag for observation. The second slice of bread was touched by the hands of two teachers. The third slice was passed around and touched by all the students in the class. A data chart was made to record observations on the three test slices. As it turns out the bread touched by all of the children was overcome by mold at a much faster rate than the teacher touched or control slice. Not surprisely, children have been washing their hands more frequently after this experiment! To extend the activity one of the students, Gavin, suggested having all of the children use hand sanitizer and try touching a new piece of bread to see how this effects their results. Ask your son or daughter how this new experiment works out!

Science Discovery in 4th Grade

Students in Mrs. Robinson's class have been busy investigating science topics. On this particular day students were researching the digestive system.

Math centers in Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade

New Staff Members

Families as Math Partners

Dear Families:

With the implementation of Common Core Standards the requirements in mathematical thinking and instruction have changed. We frequently hear families say that it doesn't look like anything they recognize or remember from being in school! As a result, families may not feel they are able to help their children with homework. While the math does look different it will absolutely build a stronger mathematical foundation and greater conceptual understanding for your child and perhaps for you as well! As part of our continued efforts to partner with families and to provide tools and resources to maximize children's learning we have linked a wide range of math materials below by grade level.

There are links to help with homework as well as parent tips to understanding vocabulary, as well as standards and key concepts being taught. We strongly encourage families to use these materials and learn along with your child.

This material, along with additional resources and videos can be found at

Grade 4 Resources

Homework help- module 1

Parent tips for module 1 & 2

Grade 3 Resources

Homework help- module 1 & 2

Parent Tips - module 1 & 2

Grade 2 Resources

Homework help- module 1 & 2

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

Grade 1 Resources

Homework Help- module 1

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

Kindergarten Resources

Homework Help-module 1

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

Electronics/Toys, Listening to Adults, and Missing Snacks! We are asking for your help :-)

We are completing a month of school already (!) and we are starting to see some areas that we need to work on.

1) Please inspect back packs and keep electronics and toys at home. Our handbook states electronics and cellphones are not permitted at school and that the school cannot be held responsible if these are lost, damaged, or stolen. Toys, stuffed animals, trading cards, and the like are a huge distraction for children and also need to be left at home.

2) Children need a snack each day. We offer free breakfast and lunch. Families need to provide a snack from home. Teachers cannot be expected to supply snacks each day especially when on average between 15 to 20% of children within classrooms do not come with a snack.

3) Listening to adults. Please talk to your child at home about listening to adults. This is very important for following simple school routines such as lining up and walking in the hallway, riding safely on the bus, maintaining an orderly lunch room, and listening respectfully when teachers are reading and presenting lessons.

Thank you for your part in working with your child to keep our building running well.

Mad Science afterschool program selections have been made

Dear Parents/Guardians of 3rd and 4th Graders:

We had 35 children apply for 20 total spaces in our upcoming Mad Science program. The names of all applicants were placed into a container and drawn at random. Letters will be mailed out on Monday Sept. 28 for those who were selected. There is a small possibility that a few additional spaces may be available in the Mad Science program being offered at Riverbend School. This program will be held from 3:15 to 4:15 pm starting on Tuesday October 6th. Please contact Principal Ellis after Sept. 29 to find out if the Riverbend program has any openings.

All school fundraiser-deadline 9/28!

Don't Forget...Save $um School Banking Program begins on Sept. 29!

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 September
  • Lunch menu for September

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 :)

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

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.

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!

  • September 29, Save $um baking program begins
  • October 5, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm. note new time!
  • October 6, Picture day
  • October 7, International Walk to School Day
  • October 8, Mad Science afterschool program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 9, District professional development day, no school
  • October 12, Columbus Day holiday observed, no school
  • October 16, Save the date! PTO sponsored-Harvest Dance & Costume Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, school cafe

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