Pleasant Street School News
building a community of learners that strive for excellence
March 27, 2016
ELA MCAS begins this week
- Grade 4 students will be tested on Tuesday, March 29 & Tuesday, April 5
- Grade 3 students will be tested on Wednesday, March 30 & Wed. April 6.
Punctual school attendance is very important for school success and particularly during MCAS!
Set the Stage for Success:
There are five important things parents and guardians can do to help your child do his/her best on test days.
1) Get to bed in good time. A well rested child performs better.
2) Plan ahead to be on time and keep things calm. A rushed start always raises anxiety.
3) Make sure she/he has a good breakfast and a good healthy snack. Working brains need energy. Studies show that children and youth that eat breakfast perform better. We will also be providing a school breakfast to all students taking MCAS.
4) Remind your child to ask his or her questions. We encourage students to ask questions if they do not understand the directions.
5) Encourage a positive attitude. Let your child know that everyone finds tests daunting. Be cheerful and encourage your child to be positive about his/her abilities. At school, our school pledge for MCAS is “do your best.”
For more information about MCAS and to look at practice test questions and student writing samples you can visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at
The Early Childhood Fair is on Tuesday Night
Calling all parents of preschool aged children...Your Opinion Matters
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 arrsd.org. Thank you!!http://www.arrsd.org/?page_id=413538
What's happening in preschool this week
Bugs, butterflies, building, and more brain based learning centers are on point this week in our preschool. To find out more please click on the preschool newsletter below.
Green Eggs and Ham in Kindergarten
Bullying Prevention Pledge
Scholastic Buy One, Get One Book Fair and Hot Dog Barbecue Extravaganza
Jellybean Guestimation Station
The Day the Foxes and Wolves Took Over the Village...student produced skit
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 property during 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 as Catch of the Week. Here are this weeks catches!
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.
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 students we would like to recognize from this week including Matthew W. to the right skillfully using his new blow toy.
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 http://www.arrsd.org/ 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!
- 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.