Pleasant Street School News

building a community of learners that strive for excellence

Sept. 13, 2015

Hello Preschool!

We wish to extend a warm welcome to our new preschool friends and families and a hearty welcome back to our returning friends. It is so nice to have our classrooms filled with your children who are busy, busy, busy! To see these youngsters in action please click on the link below to see a collection of pictures, courtesy of teacher Julie Stanley, posted on our preschool webpage. Take time to sit down with your child when looking at these pictures and let him or her "tell you a story," about their time at school!

To read this week's preschool newsletter please click on the link below.

Welcome Kindergarten!

As promised here are some pictures of some of our new friends in Mrs. Goldthwaite and Mrs. Webb's kindergarten classes. Principal Ellis ran out of time to catch all of our kindergarten friends in action this week. Please look for more adorable kindergarten pictures from Ms. Plourde's class in our next newsletter!

To see a short video of Mrs. Goldthwaite's class with their fourth grade reading buddies from Mrs. Robinson's class please click on the link below.

Please click below to see a short video of Mrs. Webb's kindergarten friends!

PTO Meets Tomorrow-Sept. 14th- from 6:00-7:00 pm

We hope you can join our school PTO for our first meeting of the new school year! This is a great opportunity for families to be involved and to find out different ways you can support our school. PTO has an open membership and is welcoming of all families.

Boxtops for Education

Pleasant Street School continues to participate in the BoxTops for Education program. We have set $1500 as a target for our annual Boxtops fund raising goal. Please join us and ask your family, friends, and social contacts to also donate their Boxtops to our school effort. Working together we can reach this goal! Special thanks to Julie Hall for continuing to serve as our Boxtops program coordinator. To read more about this effort please read our linked newsletter below.

Home/ School Connections and families as educational partners

Pleasant Street School seeks to actively engage families as partners in their children's education. We ask that families support the consistent completion of homework and to set aside some time each day for reading practice. Periodically we will also share links, websites, and newsletters of interest. Please enjoy our back to school edition of the Home/School Connection, a newsletter filled with ideas for working together to promote school success. If you have some educational websites and resources that you would like to share with other families in our school community please email Principal Ellis at

CHART grant at Pleasant Street School

We are pleased to offer additional support to children and families at Pleasant Street School through the CHART program grant, a project of Henry Heywood Hospital. A licensed clinician and care coordinator are available to support families in the areas of accessing community resources, behavioral health support, parent education, and more. Please contact care coordinator Amanda Mankowsky at (978) 249-3703- voice mail or by emailing to find out more about how CHART may be of assistance.

Thank you for your support of our all school fundraiser

On Sept. 1st we had an all school assembly with a representative from the Jeannine Company who was selected by our Parent/Teacher Organization for our fall fundraiser. The PTO runs one major fundraiser each year in order to finance various school enrichment programs and activities. PTO helps sponsor Scholastic News subscriptions for classrooms, field trips and bus transportation costs, and in the spring, the all school trip to see childrens' theatre at the Mount! We thank you in advance for your support of this fundraiser. Families can also donate money or write a check payable to the Pleasant Street School PTO if they would rather do so instead of purchasing items. Please turn in all orders and payments by Monday, September 28th. Thank you!
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In Case you Missed It...Our School District Now Offers Free Breakfast & Lunch!

As part of the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, Athol-Royalston Regional School District, along with other districts, will begin offering free meals to all students this school year. For parents, that means no more forms to fill out, no online meal account to remember, no last minute scramble for change before the bus, and no more lunchboxes to pack. All students can eat for free!

For more information on the the free breakfast and lunch program including requirements for selecting meals versus ala cart items please click on the link below:


  • Breakfast menu for September
  • Lunch menu for September

Please pass in your summer learning packets! We hope to have all packets by Sept. 18th

Dear Families,

Please remember to send in your summer reading lists and your summer calendar math packets. We will be celebrating students for their efforts. We also welcome pictures, projects, or other artifacts you may want to share that reflects one of the many adventures in summer learning that you had with your children. We will be displaying submissions in our school lobby during the month of September.

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 :)

United Way of North Central Massachusetts-20th Annual Day of Caring is September 17th.The United Day of Caring is an amazing event that mobilizes the power of volunteers from local companies and community residents. Hundreds of volunteers along with 2,000+ local school students unite for the common cause of completing important projects for local non-profit agencies. Their collective work creates an immediate and meaningful impact on the community.

The Day of Caring begins with kick-off breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton followed by the enthusiastic volunteers dispersing to their project locations. These dedicated teams of volunteers work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to complete their projects. After their hard work, they are rejuvenated at the Day of Caring Barbeque held at the Polish American Citizen Club (PACC) on West Broadway in Gardner immediately following project wrap-ups at 2:00 p.m. Great food, lively music and door prizes make it the perfect end to a day of unity, fellowship, community impact and fun!

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

The Nurturing Program will be offering a new class for parents starting in September 2015. Space is limited so please click on the link below to find out more about how you can be involved in this opportunity.

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.

September 2015 edition of the Common Thread, community newsletter of the North Quabbin Community Coalition

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!

  • September 14- Parent/Teacher Organizational Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • September 21-25, Scholastic Book Fair, open 11:30-12:30 pm during student lunches and at our Open House when doors open at 5:30 pm.
  • September 22, Open House, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • September 23- District half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

Building a community of learners that strive for excellence