Pleasant Street School News

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Happy Holidays!

We wish everyone an enjoyable, safe, and relaxing holiday break with warm wishes from the Faculty and Staff of the Pleasant Street School.

~ Principal Ellis

Historic groundbreaking ceremony for the new Athol Elementary School!

Words alone cannot express the deep gratitude and joy that was to be had at the groundbreaking ceremony for the new Athol Elementary School. There was a sense of coming together as a community with children representing all of the district elementary schools, Pleasant Street, Sanders Street, Riverbend, and Royalston Community School taking part in the ceremony. Additionally, building committee project members, local and state officials, school administrators, principals, and the teachers association president, Mr. Keith Williams, were all on hand. Thank you to Sean Wallace and Erin Girouard for directing members of the Athol chorus in the singing of the Star Spangled Banner and the elementary chorus in the singing of, This Land is Your Land.

We invite you to enjoy a short video of images that capture this momentous occasion.

Photo credits: Mitchell R. Grosky

Third Grade Gingerbread Houses!

On behalf of Mrs. Heuer and Mrs. St. Jean and especially our third grade students, we want to thank parent and family volunteers for making this annual event such a success! We appreciate the generous donations of graham crackers, frosting, and toppings. Children loved making gingerbread houses and it will serve as one of their highlight memories of the year at Pleasant Street School.

Charitable Giving in our Community- Food Drive Thanks

Thank you to Mrs. Casella and Mrs. Muzzy for organizing this years food drive at the school. As we have been so busy this annual food drive almost didn't happen without the efforts of these two staff members! Thank you to the many families who contributed and to students who helped count, organize, and pack up donations for the Salvation Army to pick up. Pictured are Daltin, Elizabeth, and Alex with Salvation Army volunteers in the background.

Welcome to the Snowflake Island Restaurant

Students in Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade added a wonderful twist to their holiday classroom party. Each student brought in a food item for their classroom restaurant. They drafted menus, set prices, and used practice money to pay for their meals after having to calculate in the cost of tax and a service tip. It was a great classroom community building activity with applied, real life learning, added to the experience. The delicious food smells seemed to have a way of attracting visitors from outside the class who wanted to stop in and see what was going on!

If I Were a Snowflake...

Students in Mrs. Arpide's second grade have been learning to use story structure to recall and sequence events in seasonal writing pieces. This includes, "first, ...then, and after......"

Retelling in First Grade

Mrs. Morin's first grade has a beautiful display outside of their classroom that is designed to be like a train on story structure and elements of retelling fiction and non-fiction. The engine and two box cars are pictured below. Aspects of story structure includes: big ideas, determining fiction and non-fiction, sequencing of events, character traits, problems and solutions within stories, and story endings.

Beautiful Memories from Preschool :-)

Please enjoy some memory making moments with our morning and afternoon preschool friends. Thank you Ms. Julie Stanley for making these short videos to share with our preschool families. We encourage parents of preschoolers to sit with your child and watch together. The videos provide conversational starters with little ones and can help them share and talk about their busy days at school.

Morning preschool video:

Afternoon preschool video:

What's your superpower?!

Mrs. Goldthwaite received this sign that is pictured to the right as a gift from a student family. If you have ever spent a day teaching kindergarten you would totally understand why it requires superpower! Thank you Mrs. Goldthwaite, Mrs. Webb, and Mrs. Vitello, Pleasant Street School teachers and staff, who were recognized this past week by the school committee, as part of our district kindergarten team who successfully lead us through achieving accreditation through the NAEYC, National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Lost and Still Waiting to be Found!

We have a collection of items in our Lost & Found. We encourage families to stop by the school and pick up lost items. All items left in lost and found will be given to a local charitable organization after Dec. 22, 2014.

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 :)

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

  • Jan. 5, school resumes, welcome back!
  • Jan. 5, Parent Teacher Organization Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome!
  • Jan. 13, grades K-2, Family Reading Night, 6:00-7:00 pm- SAVE THE DATE!
  • Jan. 16- -district professional development day, no school
  • Jan. 19- Martin Luther King Day, no school
  • Jan. 20, grades 2-4, Family Reading Night, 6:00-7:00 pm- SAVE THE DATE!

News from Principal Ellis

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