Pleasant Street School News

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Hopes and Dreams

I couldn't resist sharing this artifact as I saw students in Mrs. St. Jean's class working on hand portraits and learning about some of the symbolism of hands in art and history. My daughter, Chloe, made this "hopes and dreams" hand print at the end of third grade. She is now a freshman in high school and it turns out many of her hopes and dreams did come true that next year. She made science projects and new friends!

Having hopes and dreams and setting goals is a powerful mindset. Look for an upcoming celebration of "Hopes and Dreams" at Pleasant Street School.

We invite you to take part in celebrating Family Literacy for the month of November!

We want to issue a challenge to children and families in our school community to take time to promote and to celebrate family literacy for the month of November 2014.

How many of minutes can Pleasant Street children read for the month of November?

How many minutes can our students' families read with and apart from their children?

How many reading museum projects will we celebrate over this next month?

How many families will take trips to the library?

How many new books or gently used books will children welcome into their homes?

How many minutes will the families of our emerging readers spend time using letter flashcards and/or sight word flashcards to strengthen their child's skills?

Look for the family literacy challenge form to be sent home tomorrow or you can print it from the link below. We will recognize all participants in the family literacy challenge at all school meeting on December 12th. All participants will also be entered into random drawing where we will select one grand prize winner who will receive a $100 Walmart gift card and 4 runner up winners who will receive one of 4- $25 Walmart gift cards.

Family Literacy challenge form:

Athol Town Library Link:

Massachusetts state libraries link:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Family Literacy Link:

Reading Museum Projects - All School Reading Celebrations!

More entries into our all school "Reading Museum." Please help us celebrate family literacy throughout the month of November.

To submit an entry into the museum, children just need to use their imagination and celebrate something he or she found interesting about a particular book, author, or series that they want to share with others. This could include posters, crafts, book reports, dioramas, and more! Submitted projects will be photographed and shared in our newsletter throughout the month of November.

Entry slips are linked below and also available at the school.

Thank you for your support of our PTO walkathon fundraiser benefit!

We had beautiful weather on Wednesday, Nov. 5th for our all school walkathon. Special thank you to Lori Fortin from our PTO who helped through out the morning.

We are so pleased that our PTO voted to support charitable giving to someone significant in our Pleasant Street School community who is courageously battling cancer.

Snap- PAC meetings?! Learn more about this important group

In case you didn't know... the Athol Royalston Regional School District has a Special Needs Awareness- Parent Advisory Council. What's the origin of the PAC?

"…. The school committee of any city, town, or school district shall establish a parent advisory council on special education. Membership shall be offered to all parents of children with disabilities and other interested parties. The parent advisory council duties shall include but not be limited to: advising the school committee on matters that pertain to the education and safety of students with disabilities; meeting regularly with school officials to participate in the planning, development, and evaluation of the school committee's special education programs..." excerpted from Section 3 of Massachusetts General Laws (Chapter 71B).

Next meetings for the ARRSD special education parent advisory council are as follows:

  • November 13, 9:30-10:30, Riverbend School
  • December 11, 9:30-10:30, Pleasant Street

For the school year schedule of PAC meetings click on the Snap-pac flyer below. For more information about the role of parent advisory councils click on the guidelines document.

School Report Card and Accountability Letter

Under the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act, districts receiving federal Title 1, Part A funds must provide all parents/guardians of enrolled students with the annual accountability information for their child’s school. The 2014 accountability information for Pleasant Street School is included below in a linked letter. If you have questions about our school accountability status and what we are doing to improve student achievement please contact the school office.

Accountability letter:

School report:

Family Friendly Community Events

The Big Read- Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 10:00-12:00 noon, Elks Club, 93 New Athol Rd., Athol- Family friendly event with live entertainment and new and gently used books for the whole family. See the attached link for more information.

Can't make a morning event? How about this one at the Mount:

The Childrens' Book Festival, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 9:00-4:00, Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner.

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

  • Nov. 10- PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, Pleasant Street School cafe, all are welcome, childcare is provided. Great opportunity to stop by and pick up your child's fundraiser!
  • Nov. 10- NAEYC family meeting at Sanders Street School, 6 pm.
  • Nov. 11- Veterans' Day observed- no school
  • Nov. 12- Community Reading day
  • Nov. 14- Elementary student chorus performance at Athol High School Football game, 7 pm, performers need to arrive by 6:45 pm.
  • Nov. 17- Parent/teacher conferences 3:30-5:00 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 18- Parent/teacher conference 6:00-7:30 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 26-district half day, noon dismissal, lunch will not be served
  • Nov. 27-28- Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 3- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

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