Athol-Royalston Elementary News

Teaching Excellence & Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

December 2015

We Live in Such A Caring Community!

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Knights of Columbus Coat Drive is a Hugh Success

The Knights of Columbus coat drive has been a charitable seasonal event for a number of years and this year their efforts may be record setting. On Tuesday, November 24, 2015 members of the local Knights of Columbus Council #1182 of Athol delivered a truly generous collection of coats, hats, mittens, scarfs, and neck warmers to Pleasant Street School to benefit children throughout the Athol Royalston Regional School District. When all was unpacked, sorted, purchased new and/or professionally cleaned for those gently used donations, a total of 83 winter coats, 200 hats, 75 pairs of mittens, and over 35 scarfs and neck warmers were raised through this community wide effort.

While the Knights of Columbus have led the area coat drive they wanted to be sure to recognize community partners who supported or otherwise collaborated to support this cause. Erika’s Dry Cleaning, of 293 Exchange St., Athol donated their cleaning services. Lorrie Brodeur, Activities Coordinator at Sunrise Assisted Living in Leominster, worked with elder knitting volunteers who go by the name of Charity Stitch Night on the donation of beautifully hand knit hats, mittens, scarfs, and neck warmers. Kevin Murphy of Fiske, Murphy and Mack Funeral Home, the North Quabbin Patch located at 423 Main St. Athol and the Family Center at Valuing Our Children located at 217 Walnut St., Athol also serve as community partners. Lastly, Rachel Schwab and Linda Jaskoviak, elementary school guidance counselors for the Athol Royalston Regional School District, have been involved in this project. On behalf of the many children within the Athol Royalston Regional School District who will benefit from these generously donated coats and winter wear items, we wish to express our deep gratitude.

If your child is in financial need of a coat, please contact Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor at Pleasant Street School and the Royalston Community School or Linda Jaskoviak, Guidance Counselor for Riverbend/ Sanders Street Schools, to let us know your child's first and last name, the size coat that your child needs, and whether your child also needs a hat and mittens. You could also write a note in your child's school Agenda Book, or Homework folder, and your child's teacher will give the note to the guidance counselor.

ELL Students at Childrens' Book Festival

English language Learners from Pleasant Street and Riverbend Scool recently spent a Saturday at an authors' fair at Mt. Wachusett Community College. Students asked questions about authors' craft of a panel of authors, listened to authors read (and rap), got their faces painted, munched a lot of free cider doughnuts, created their own story strings, crafted colorful cards and even challenged author/ illustrator Jef Czekaj to a drawing competition. It was a fun day. (Sorry Jef , from what I can tell.... The students win!) Submitted by Beth Gospodarek

News from Riverbend & Sanders Street

The entire community at Riverbend School gathered to reflect on "things to be thankful for" at a mini feast the day before Thanksgiving. Long tables were laid out and set. All students passed around plates of shared snacks. (They practiced polite "no thank you helpings " with the sardines Mrs. Steve brought.) The English Language Learners and helpers cooked kale and potatoes from the Riverbend Garden and made homemade applesauce from local apples. All were popular. In fact, students asked to bring home the leftover kale! The school garden was originally a project funded by the Athol Royalston Education Foundation.

Please note this news piece is from the Celebrate Schools in the Athol Royalston Facebook page. To see amazing pictures and learn more about what is happening around the school district please visit this site.

Beautiful Veterans' Day Observance at Sanders Street School

Sometimes pictures capture moments in ways that words cannot. Thanks to Mrs. Calvi Modzeleski and Holly Moffett for these photos from the Sanders Street School's Veterans Day Assembly. Thanks also to Mr. Alex Blake of the Athol/ Orange Veterans' of Foreign Wars post #650 for being the guest speaker.
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News from Pleasant Street School

There is always so much learning and so much that happens over the course of each month it is hard to know what to pick to highlight within our elementary district newsletter. Pictured to the right is Jacob, a kindergarten student from Mrs. Webb's class, who is more than proud to be showcasing his "reading museum" project. Throughout the past month students and their families invited to participate in an activities and events in celebration of November as Family Literacy month.

To read our latest newsletter please click on the link below.

Book Clubs in Action

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News from the Royalston Community School

For the latest news from the Royalston Community School, including their harvest feast, student council, third grade self portraits, the winning t-shirt design, and more please check out their newsletter by clicking on the link below.

Third Grade Self Portraits

Working with Mrs. Magee, third grade students created self-portraits using cut paper collage techniques. Students worked to identify where facial features are located and their relative size. The also created a background that has meaning related to the portrait.

Universal 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 December
  • Lunch menu for December

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

Welcome Baby Baskets- Did you or do you know someone who just had a new baby? Valuing Our Children would love to pay them a visit with a basket full of goodies. For more information please call (978) 249-8487.

December Playgroup

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!

  • December 1, Pleasant Street School Winter concert, Athol High School, 5:45 arrival, 6:00 pm show
  • December 2, district half day professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • December 2, Royalston Community School Winter Concert, Athol High School, 6:00 pm show
  • December 3, Riverbend/Sanders Winter Concert, Athol High School, 6:00 pm show
  • December 23, district half day, noon dismissal
  • December 24-January 3, Winter recess, no school
  • January 4, School resumes

For more school specific activities and for events and the high school and middle school please check individual school calendars posted on the district website.

For a copy of our school district calendar please click on the link below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from the Athol-Royalston Elementary Schools

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Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

The Athol Elementary Schools: Pleasant, Riverbend, and Sanders Street will come together in our new, state of the art, Athol Elementary School opening Fall 2016.