Pleasant Street School News

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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

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.

Calling all parents of preschool aged children...Your Opinion Matters

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!!

Egg Experiments!

Students working with Ms. Leesha had an adventurous time decorating spring eggs. This activity was rich with learning as youngsters mixed colors and experimented with creating different designs. For some students it was a bit of a sensory challenge (!) with the eggs and use of vinegar solution.

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

As part of our kindergarten classes author study and celebration of Dr. Seuss our fabulous teachers hold a special breakfast with Green Eggs and Ham! Our brave kinders took it to the test and answered the question, who likes green eggs and ham? Each student had a chance to "vote" and their responses were counted and displayed. The results...most kindergarten students do like Green Eggs and Ham!

Bullying Prevention Pledge

Third and Fourth grade classes at Pleasant Street completed their Steps to Respect training, by taking the Athol-Royalston Regional School District Bullying Prevention Pledge. The Steps to Respect curriculum is taught by classroom teachers and Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor. Students learn friendship skills, calm down skills, the definition of bullying, the difference between tattling and when to tell/report concerns to teachers and staff, what cyberbullying is, and how to be active, positive and assertive bystanders. The Steps to Respect curriculum, and the pledge fulfill requirements listed in the Massachusetts Law MGL c.71, s.37O about bullying and cyberbullying. In addition to their pledge certificate, the students received "Band against bullying. Stand up. Speak out." bracelets, funded by the Pleasant Street PTO, and bookmarks from the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center.

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.

Jellybean Guestimation Station

Congratulations to James, a third grade student in Mrs. Heuer's class, who had the closest number in the student council guestimation station contest. The actual number of jellybeans is 900 and our friend James, estimated 925. PIctured below are fourth grade student council members and James, the lucky winner, holding the student council sign.
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The Day the Foxes and Wolves Took Over the Village...student produced skit

ELL students, Kisa and Hanisha adapted a short story about food chains​ into a skit entitled "The Day the Foxes and Wolves Took Over the Village." On their own time at home, the students created masks for the production. Then, they cast their classmates, who practiced during rainy recesses. Finally, the group performed for Mrs. St. Jean's class, where they answered questions about the characters and conflicts shown in the play.
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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!

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.

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 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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