Pleasant Street School News

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Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th through May 8th!

“Let us think of education as the means of developing our greatest abilities, because in each of us there is a private hope and dream which, fulfilled, can be translated into benefit for everyone and greater strength for our nation.” ~ John F. Kennedy

"It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge." ~ Albert Einstein

"Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world." ~Nelson Mandela

"The influence of a great teacher can never be erased." ~Author unknown

Grow Food Everywhere! Preschool Family Garden Project

We are so excited to welcome a new raised garden in front of our school courtesy of Seeds of Solidarity Education Center and their Grow Food Everywhere Program. This project upholds the belief that access to fresh food is necessary to achieve full wellness. With funding from multiple sources including individual contributors and grants as well as the State Attorney General's office, this project helps provide the tools, resources, and support so that children and families are able to grow fresh food. At Pleasant Street we are honored to begin this program with our preschool families.

We hope you enjoy a short video of pictures of our morning preschool students, teaching staff, and a few family members constructing the garden with Deb Habib and Ya-Ping Douglas of the Seeds of Solidarity Education Center.

For more information about the Seeds of Solidarity Education Center please visit their website linked below.

Kindergarten Screening 2015!

We were certainly busy on Wednesday and Thursday meeting with families and screening over 40 kindergarten students for the 2015-2016 school year! Youngsters were also screened at Sanders Street and the Royalston Community School. Kindergarten class lists and school assignments will subsequently be made within the district.

The district uses the DIAL4- Developmental Indicators for the Assessment of Learning- 4th edition- which assesses all five early childhood areas: motor, language, concepts, self-help development and social-emotional development. As developmental skills vary widely among youngsters the Dial4 is a screening tool that allows early childhood specialists to quickly and easily identify young learners who may be in need of intervention or further diagnostic assessment. Screening is one aspect of kindergarten readiness. For some easy reading family resources on kindergarten readiness please click on the links below.

Raising a School Ready Child- Center on the Family- Great resource from the State of Hawaii.

Kindergarten readiness checklist

PTO Meeting & Family Yoga Night this Monday, May 4th!

We are looking for a big turn out as we hold our May PTO meeting from 6:00-6:30 and then follow that with some Family Yoga time from 6:30-7:00 pm! We want to thank Brandy Lefsyk, yoga instructor and parent of Sawyer and Bailey, for leading us through some yoga postures and stretches. We hope to see you tomorrow and don't forget to bring a yoga mat or towel!

A House for Hermit Crabs by Eric Carle

We wanted to take a moment and to share some descriptive writing from Mrs. Morin's first grade class. Students have been focused on using sensory images as part of deepening their understanding of read material as well as using these images and descriptive adjectives in their writing.

Hello Spring, Goodbye Winter!

Students in Mrs. Arpide's second grade have also been busy writing! Shared below are some descriptive poetry pieces that reflect the transition from winter to spring. Nathan includes a great line in his poem below, "goodbye icicles, hello flowers." Spring flowers certainly makes this principal happy!

Each Kindness

Our school counselor Mrs. Schwab presents lessons through out the building on friendship skills, good sportsmanship, bullying prevention and intervention, and more. Pictured below are some samples of work from Mrs. Jones' second grade, based on the story of Each Kindness, written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis.

Read, Lead, Succeed...Time to order your Pleasant Street School T-shirt!

We don't want you to miss out on getting one of our Pleasant Street School shirts. The t-shirts bear our school wide logo of Read, Lead, Succeed with the winning design art work of fourth grade student Cameron T. Order slips went home this past week on bright red, half sheet sized paper pictured above.

Friday Friends!

Students selected for Friday Friends this week are, from left to right, Gracie, Emma S., Kyle, Sarah, and Mason. The Friday Friends table is a nice way to honor students at Pleasant Street who consistently do a nice job! Special thanks again to Mrs. Casella and Mrs. Robertson for leading this initiative.
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Mrs. Magee Meets Wally

Our art teacher Mrs. Magee had a recent opportunity to go to a Boston Red Sox night game on April 17th when the Sox took on the Baltimore Orioles. The Sox went on to win the game in the 9th with a 3-2 score!

Lost & Still Waiting to be Found!

Our lost and found area is quite a mess at this point. We ask that if your child is missing items to please make a point of checking through the lost and found. We will be bagging items up for donation to a local charity after next Friday, May 8th.

A Note from Lifetouch Photography about Spring Pictures

Pleasant Street Elementary School
School Pictures
Notice to Parents

If you have already paid for your portraits, thank you!

This is the last reminder to pay for Spring Portraits.
Select your favorites and pay online!

  1. Go to
  2. Log in with your Portrait ID and Access Code, which is on your portrait package insert.
  3. Please return unpurchased portraits to your school.
Help your school win a bicycle
Lifetouch wants to help you reward positive behavior by providing a bicycle to be used in a drawing for the school. If everyone pays for or simply returns their portraits, Lifetouch will give your school a bicycle. No purchase necessary to be included in the drawing.

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 :)

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program is enrolling children for the 2015-2016 school year program. They serve children in the Athol/Orange area with transportation provided from Riverbend and Butterfield Schools. Please click on the link below for more information about this program and how you can be involved.

For other local events, happenings, and resources in this area... you can also check the North Quabbin Community Coalition website below:

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • May 4- May 8, teacher appreciation week
  • May 4, 6:00-6:30 pm, PTO meeting
  • May 4, 6:30-7:00 pm, Family Yoga night
  • May 11-15th, MCAS math administration for grades 3 & 4
  • May 15, Save the date!- Toy Bingo, 6-8 pm, sponsored by the PTO

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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