Pleasant Street School News

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March 20, 2016

Welcome Back to Principal Mike Leander who will Lead ACES!

On Friday, March 18th the appointment of Mike Leander as the Inaugural Principal to lead ACES was made public with a feature article in the Athol Daily News. Mr. Leander is a well known name to many in the community as a middle school English teacher of long standing, coach, and former principal of two years at the Royalston Community School. Principal Leander has most recently been at the North Brookfield Elementary School for the past two years. He is wonderfully excited to return to the district! On behalf of Pleasant Street Faculty and Staff we wish to congratulate and to welcome Principal Leander to lead our new elementary school.

Athol Daily News article

"Be Keen in Green"- School Spirit day brings a sea of green

Our student council sponsored all school spirit day was so much fun! Honestly, the children looked fabulous or should I say, oh so keen, in their green clothing. To see a short video of our "Green Day" photos please check out the link below.

Your Opinion Matters! We want to know the early childhood needs in our community

Dear Families,

ARRSD was awarded a preschool expansion planning grant to explore the range of early childhood needs within the communities of Athol and Royalston. We hope to work with families and in collaboration with early childhood providers to offer a full continuum of options for families needing childcare and preschool.

Please take this survey or share with someone you know who has preschool aged children. The survey can also be accessed on our website at Thank you!!

Early Childhood Fair

Share the word and plan to attend an Early Childhood Fair on Tuesday, March 29th from 5:30 to 7:00 pm at the Athol Royalston Middle School (ARMS). Find out more about early education and care opportunities within the community incuding public and private preschool, Home Based Visiting programs, and playgroups for infants and toddlers. The goal of the fair is to help match families with an appropriate early childhood setting that meets their needs.

Preschool News

Want to know more what is happening in our preschool programs? Please click on the weekly newsletter to find out more about their spring theme, their insect unit, garden plan, and more.

Toy Bingo Family Night is a Big Hit

It was so nice to see over 70 people come out for our PTO sponsored toy bingo night. With each round of Bingo continuing until there were multiple winners drawn, every child in attendance went home with prizes! Thanks are due to our PTO members, Laura Robinson, Becky-Tower Hughes, Becky Lanoue, and Julie Hall for their efforts in making this event a success and to Barbara Franck, Pleasant Street teacher, who on behalf of our student council, spent the evening running our snack shop.

Teaching Strategies in ELA

Third and fourth grade students are learning strategies to not only approach their reading but also their constructed or written responses to read material. This is an essential skill for performing well on MCAS. Pictured is an anchor chart in fourth grade with some learned strategies.
  • pre-read
  • underline
  • highlight key words
  • Use sentence starters
  • Restate the question

MCAS is Scheduled to begin March 29th

Dear Families,

A letter was sent home with our third and fourth grade students on Friday detailing upcoming MCAS administration dates by grade as well as tips for families on helping your child do his or her best. If you have any questions about the MCAS administration please contact the school office. For more information and for sample test questions please visit the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.


Sampe test questions

You're Invited

Dear Families,

We are looking for school volunteers! If you are interested in helping out at the school please call the office and let us know what you might like to do or what time you have available. Current openings for volunteers include:

  • Banking assistant each Tuesday from 10:00-10:30 am
  • Book fair helpers, April 4-April 8th
  • Recess volunteers- we can always use additional adults to sports games or lead activities
  • School store- each Friday from 11:30 am to 12:30
  • Other possible opportunities could include, reading to children, supporting art class, assisting with band, help with groundskeeping, and more.

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 propertyduring 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. Here are some recent catches!

Caught Being Good

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 he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. Here are some recent honorees with many of them looking a little extra festive with their green day, school spirit wear!

Scholastic Buy One, Get One Book Fair and Hot Dog Barbecue Extravaganza

Our Spring Book Fair will be held from April 4th to April 8th during the lunch /recess hour each day. In addition, this year Mrs. Muzzy, Miss Leesha, and Mrs. Robinson are also putting on an evening dinner on Wednesday, April 6th from 5:00-7:00 pm. For more information or to reserve tickets for a dinner seating please call the office.

High School Helpers

Ally and Joe were caught on camera this week when Mrs. Muzzy in the office noticed she was "twinning" with Ally, a student from Athol High School. Both Ally and her classmate Joe are very helpful work cooperative students who assist in our preschool classrooms.

Kindergarten Registration is Coming Soon

Where: Pleasant Street School, Sanders Street School, Royalston Community School

When: Begins April 1, 2016
(M-F, 8:30am to 3pm)

Registration takes about 30 minutes. Please go to our district website for more information and to download forms in advance if you would like.

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 March
  • Lunch menu for March

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • March 28- April 12- MCAS English Language Arts Assessment window
  • March 29, Early Childhood Fair, 5:30-7:00 pm at ARMS
  • April 4-8, Scholastic buy one, get one free book fair
  • April 6, Hotdog Barbecue Extravaganza, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • April 18- 22, spring recess, no school
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • April 28 & April 29- District kindergarten screening, no school for kindergarten

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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 :)

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange. For more information call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467.

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.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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