Pleasant Street School News

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Family Fun at Our Luau-Themed Cake Dance!

Thank you to our Pleasant Street PTO for putting together this fun event. Pictured below on the left-children getting ready for the music to start. At center, an action shot of children dancing, and on the right- Marissa and her mom Kelley.

Another version of our School Spirit Video! Check it Out :-)

In honor of Superbowl weekend we decided to have some fun with a school spirit day on January 30th. Children were invited to participate by wearing red, white, blue, Patriots, Seattle, or their favorite sport team! This video is using a program called Animoto, rather than YouTube, to allow for restriction of advertisement and access to other content. Principal Ellis is expanding her technology skills(!) in an effort to capture our school experiences to share with our families.

Please click here to enjoy this short video:

Guided Math in Action

Teachers are seeing deeper thinking and some fantastic results as students, families, and teachers too (!) have become more familiar and comfortable with our new guided math instructional program. Principal Ellis was visiting Mrs. Morin's first grade class on Friday and students were so busy and excited working in partner groups. Math talk of students included:

"This is subtraction. We are also doing addition."

"In this equation, I did addition, 2 + 8 = 10. I could also do subtraction 10-8 = 2."

"We are making ten. Here is how I have used number bonds of 2 and 8."

"I used a ten frame here."

Pictured to the right above- examples of guided math games used in grades 3-6 from our professional development program that teachers will be incorporating into work stations.

Please look for a parent handout to come home with your child when he or she begins a new module in math. These handouts are also linked below for your convenience. We want to share resources and information with families as you partner with teachers in supporting your children to achieve at a higher level.

Building a Love of Reading...A Most Valuable Gift in the Life of a Child!

We wanted families to take a moment to READ and to enjoy some quotes as well as the literacy publications linked below. Building a strong foundation in reading and learning in your child's formative years is key to school success.

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." — Margaret Fuller

"Once you learn to read, you will be forever free." — Frederick Douglass

"Children are made readers on the laps of their parents." — Emilie Buchwald

"The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more you learn, the more places you'll go." — Dr. Seuss

"To learn to read is to light a fire; every syllable that is spelled out is a spark." — Victor Hugo, Les Miserables

"Oh, magic hour, when a child first knows she can read printed words!" — A Tree Grows in Brooklyn, 1943

"There is more treasure in books than in all the pirate's loot on Treasure Island." — Walt Disney

"There is no substitute for books in the life of a child." — May Ellen Chase

"Today a reader, tomorrow a leader." — Margaret Fuller

"When I say to a parent, "read to a child", I don't want it to sound like medicine. I want it to sound like chocolate. " — Mem Fox

"Reading should not be presented to children as a chore or duty. It should be offered to them as a precious gift." — Kate DiCamillo

For more information on family reading and children's literacy including fun literacy based activities you can do with your child please click on the links below.

The Challenge of Winter Weather!

As we are in the midst of another named winter storm, with school closings around the region for tomorrow, we are all pretty frustrated! The decision to close or to delay school first centers on the safety of students and is one that is made by our Superintendent of Schools after consulting multiple sources. Superintendent Polito follows National Weather Service reports, and the latest weather models, as well as guidance from local law enforcement, town highway departments, the bus company, and a report of conditions on the ground by our district Facilities and Transportation Director. The school committee is also advised on the decision. We appreciate that the closing and/or delay of school creates hardships for families and disrupts the continuity of our daily schedules. We are hopeful that the weather will improve soon! Until then, we encourage families to do their best to make the most of it, perhaps curled up with a good book!

February is Black History Month

Throughout this snowy month of February we will continue to encourage families to recognize and to celebrate with us the many contributions of African Americans, past and present, in our great nation. We have included some websites and resources linked below to explore and to share with your children. The Reading Rockets site, in particular, has recommended children's books, family activities, interviews, writing prompts, and more. This is a wonderful way to spend family time and to enhance your child or children's background knowledge of our larger community and world. Please let us know if you have other Black History Month resources or educational websites that you would like to share with our school community.

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 :)

Winter and Spring 2015- Happenings at Valuing our Children- click on the link below to see what is being offered at this wonderful family resource center.

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

  • Feb. 16-Feb. 20, winter recess- no school
  • Feb. 23, school resumes, welcome back!

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