Pleasant Street School News

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October 12, 2015

Walk to School Day! October 7, 2015

Students at Pleasant Street and through out the district had a great time participating in this international event. One of our students, Douglas, in fourth grade, with his mother and grandmother, walked all the way from his house which is nearly 3 miles away!

To see a short video of pictures of our Pleasant Street friends on walk to school day please click here:

For more information about the walk to school initative please click on the links below.

Safe Routes to School

Welcome To "Miss Meghan" The School Counselor Intern at Pleasant Street School!

"Miss Meghan" Williams is working with Mrs. Schwab, Guidance Counselor, at Pleasant Street School this year. Miss Williams will be at Pleasant Street School Fridays, and sometimes on Wednesdays. Recently, Ms. Williams and Mrs. Schwab taught a lesson to Mrs. Webb's Kindergarten class on how counselors help children, teachers and parents in schools. They also had children brainstorm other jobs school staff have at school, as part of the Career Education lessons that elementary guidance counselor teach to classes.

Student Council Promotes Upcoming Harvest Dance on October 16th

Members of our fourth grade student council, Kayla, Kaydence, Leah, and Emmery made posters to display around the school to promote the upcoming harvest dance held at Pleasant Street from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, October 16th. Student council will be selling snacks and drinks. They are also planning to do costume judging and offer prizes for different types of costumes. This event is sponsored by our school PTO.

Growth Mindset!

Children's achievement is tied to a growth mindset and orientation. Attitude, determination, commitment, confidence, belief, stamina, perseverance, willingness to take risks, to make mistakes, to manage frustration, to collaborate and to seek assistance, are all positive traits to model for, and develop in our children. It may be of no surprise, but these are all aspects of growth mindset which research has shown positively influences school success and achievement. Internationally known Stanford University Professor, Jo Boaler, has much to say about growth mindset and brain research and how children learn mathematics. We encourage you to read the many articles she has published for parents and teachers on the science of learning mathematics and explore resources, videos, apps, and free courses that are available at the Youcubed website.

Read more about how parents beliefs change children:

Math Apps and Games

Pictured: Anchor chart from Mrs. Heuer's Third Grade class with children's ideas that promote growth mindset. What does perserverance look like? Sound like?

Get in the Zone...The Learning Zone!

We have moved our small group instructional space into our former computer lab and have renamed it, "The Learning Zone." This is the home base for our reading specialist, Patty Winters, and our reading paraspecialists Christine Rouleau and Nicole LeBlanc. These interventionists are most often providing small group support within teachers' classrooms. In addition, Barbara Franck our grade 3 & 4 special educator works in the Learning Zone and also within classrooms providing inclusion support. Rather than have a stationary lab our computers are now all on mobile carts.

Fire Safety in Preschool

Thank you to the Athol Fire Department for visiting Pleasant Street and for sharing important fire safety and prevention tips with our preschool youngsters. They were fascinated with the big fire trucks and in meeting real firefighters! October is fire safety month and we encourage families to test smoke detectors and to make a safety plan with your children for your home or apartment.

For more safety tips, resources, and information on fire prevention visit:

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff have a recognition program, "Catch of the Day," for students they 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. The student receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing, in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize. Pictured to the right is our prize winning "Catch of the Day" Hanisha!

Our $ave Sum School Banking Program Needs a Volunteer

Our student bank tellers, Kaydence, Samantha, Alex, and Angel have done an excellent job starting off the year with the supervision of Pauline Tatro from Athol Savings Bank. In order to improve on the program we could use one additional adult volunteer to join us for approximately 30 minutes or each Tuesday. If you are interested in volunteering to support our banking program please contact Mrs. Muzzy in the office by calling (978) 249-2405.

Maps testing

The dynamic duo of Mrs. Winters and Mrs. LaRoche, pictured to the right, along with technology specialists Chris Tamulevich, Josh Gabrenas, and our district Technology Director, Ed Skutnik ensured a relatively smooth first round of our computerized MAPS assessment program in math. We assess using MAPS in the fall, mid-winter, and in the spring. MAPS is a benchmark progress monitoring tool that allows educators to examine academic skills and concepts the student has learned and what they’re ready to learn next within content areas. "MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades." Quoted information is excerpted from the Introduction to MAPS brochure linked below.

ARRSD is using the math assessment portion of MAPS at the K-4 elementary level, along with mid-module and end of module math assesments from our Eureka program to monitor and to adapt or enrich our math instructional programs. Additionally, in grades 5-12, the school district is using both the MAPS reading & math assessments.

To learn more about MAPS assessment visit the NWEA website:

Parents Toolkit:

Informational Brochure:

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

October 7, 2015~Mrs. Schwab, Guidance Counselor, and Ms. Williams, School Counselor Intern, taught a lesson in Mrs. St. Jean's 3rd grade class at Pleasant Street, on theMassachusetts Bullying Prevention Law. Then they read a book to the class called, Each Kindness, by Jacqueline Woodson, about the importance of respecting differences, and doing acts of kindness. Students did turn and talk partner activities, during which they discussed the acts of kindness each of them will do at school, or on the bus this school year.

Mad about Mad Science! Afterschool Program is a Big Hit

Our Mad Science afterschool program started this week for students in grades 3 & 4. Activities were introduced and students were able to made a paper cup that they could actually drink from, create and test out blow darts, and design race cars!

Seasonal Story Walk- This Thursday!

This event is co-sponsored with Valuing our Children and the Orange Public Library.

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 October
  • Lunch menu for October

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 :)

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 Common Thread for October-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!

  • October 12, Columbus Day holiday observed, no school
  • October 15, Mad Science Afterschool Program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 16, Save the date! PTO sponsored-Harvest Dance & Costume Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, school cafe
  • October 22, Mad Science Afterschool Program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 28, Half day, district professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • October 29, Mad Science Afterschool Program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • November 2, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm, note the earlier time
  • November 3, Community Reading Day
  • November 14- Save the Date- 10:00-12:00- The Big Read
For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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