PCS Community Newsletter 8-31-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

Picture taken from a Petersham Center School 1914 Yearbook of our beloved school

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New Staff/assignments at Petersham Center School

I am thrilled that we have been fortunate enough to hire three incredible people to support our students!!! They each bring a wealth of knowledge, experience, and passion to their positions!

Mr. Aaron O'Connor - 5th & 6th grade Math/Science Teacher

Mrs. Nicole Costello - Guidance Counselor

Mr. Bob Whitelaw - Physical Education Teacher

I have also assigned Mrs. Kim Waugh as this year's Kindergarten para.

Class pics in front of our treasured well house on the first day of school

Reminders - dismissal notes & registration packets

Note that dismissal notes do not carry over from year to year, so please write a dismissal note for your child (if you have not done so already).

Also if you have not returned your child's/children's registration packets by today, please make sure to return them no later than Tuesday, September 4th.

Note from Mr. Whitelaw - Physical Education Teacher

Hello Peterham Center School Community, my name is Bob Whitelaw Physical Education teacher here at PCS. I am looking forward to a great year filled will high levels of activity and fun. This year in PE we will be actively participating in cooperative games, individual and group challenges, traditional games, and some team sports. Students are scheduled to have PE on Tuesdays and Wednesday throughout the school year.

Just a few reminders for PE class. On PE days please make sure your child dresses for the weather, there will be days that we go outside for class. Comfortable clothing that allows the students to move around easily is great. Please make sure students have sneakers to wear on PE days. We will be doing a lot of moving around during class Also, I have told students to bring water bottles to PE class. A simple water bottle will be just fine you don't need to go out and buy a special fancy water bottle. Simple Poland Spring type bottles will work. Hydration during class is very important, and having a water bottle in class would be great. If they run out of water they can always refill up a water bottle.

Again, I'm looking forward to teaching such enthusiastic and eager students. We are primed to having a fun and exciting year.

If you have and questions or concerns please feel free to contact me at:


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Some first day of school pictures

"Recipes for Success" From Curriculum Director Marie Cole

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Kindergarten reminders

Kindergarten Orientation - Tuesday, September 4th - 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Kindergarten's first day of school - Wednesday, September 5th

We are so excited for you and your families to join the PCS Community!

Well House Ceremony

The first day of school, we continued our rich tradition of gathering around the well house as a PCS family. All new staff and students were introduced and welcomed into our community!

Breakfast & Snack Options

Mrs. Wallace makes sure that our students have a healthy and full breakfast (see example of offerings below).

She also provided snacks which range in price $0.25 - $0.50. All are FDA approved.

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Strawberry Shortcake Social

On Tuesday, August 28th, PCS held our annual Strawberry Shortcake Social. A huge shout out to Mrs. Degnan for arranging everything, along with serving the Shortcake!! We also appreciate Valuing Our Children for setting up the Book Walk and also for helping to serve. Thanks also to PTG and Girl Scouts for providing info to families. We appreciate you all!!! I was so happy to see so many Kindergarten families attend!!! I truly appreciate that our Kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Thompson, was there to welcome you, along with our K para, Mrs. Waugh. Thank you ladies!!!

Petersham Police donation to students

Our sincere appreciation to Chief Cooley, and the Petersham Police Department, for the very generous donation to each of our students! Mrs. Smith is pictured below accepting these donated bags from Chief. He filled the bags with educational supplies.

Thanks Petersham Police for not only keeping our students and staff safe, but for also continually supporting our students' learning!!!!

PCS School Committee meeting

The first Petersham Center School Committee meeting for the school year will be held on Tuesday, September 11th. It will begin at 5:30 p.m. in the Teachers' Room. All are welcome to attend!

PCS Fall Open House Date

Please place on your calendars our fall Open House date. It will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
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Recess equipment needed for 5th & 6th grade

We are looking for the following donations to make our 5th & 6th graders recess more enjoyable. If you should have any of the following items, and you would like to donate them for our students, please bring them to the office.

Any item will be much appreciated by all! Thanking you in advance!


-sidewalk chalk


-board games (like new)


Please remember that Monday, September 3rd is Labor Day and that there will be no school.

Enjoy this time off with your families!

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Fall 2018 Kid Class offering at Petersham Art Center

Petersham Art Center is offering:

Drawing for Kids

Saturday, October 6th - 2:00-4:00 p.m.

with renowned artist, Gordon Morrison, instructor

Cost: Member $10 / Non-Member $30

Age: 8 years to early teens

Petersham Art Center, 8 North Street, off Rte 32 - a short distance from Petersham Common

Call 978-724-3415 to register for class

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Old Home Days in Petersham

On August 25th, Petersham held their Old Home Days celebration on the Common. My husband and myself manned a PCS table and were able to see many Petersham Center School families. It was a wonderful way to catch up with students! Our school is very lucky to be in this community!

Fresh Produce, Music, and Footcare by Nurses - August 31st Petersham Market

Party of 2 combines the vocal and instrumental talents of Keri Klee and Andrew Banas. This pair of vocalists have years of performance experience and musical training. Keri and Andrew have a versatile repertoire of duets, upbeat tunes and solo selections covering an acoustic blend of songs from several decades including classic rock, oldies, modern pop, country, a little something for everyone and a few surprises along the way.

Kate Clayton-Jones will join us to present information about Footcare by Nurses, a local program of home visits for seniors.

A dozen or more Friday Market vendors offer produce, locally grown meats, baked goods, organic eggs, herbal teas, live plants and cut flowers, health care items, craft items and information about events, healthcare and social services in our area.

The organizers, vendors and fans of the Petersham Friday Market thanks Petersham Town Meeting voters for a donation to the market's 2018 music program. The market also receives support from Heywood Healthcare, The Wild Geese Foundation, the arts council, Petersham Grange, Emily Arnold, Berube Real Estate, Waterwheel Realty and from weekly donations. Visitors can enter a free drawing to win a "Handful o' Cash" to spend at the market. Donate $10 and get a reusable "Get Fresh on the Common" shopping bag.

The weekly market from 3 to 6 p.m. is a community event presenting fresh local food from area farm families, offering a regular opportunity to enjoy visiting with the neighbors and featuring live music in a wide range of styles. The town common is accessible and welcoming to all.

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Petersham Center School Calendar 8-31 thru 9-14

-Friday, August 31st - Kindergarten Screenings

-Monday, September 3rd - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

-Tuesday, September 4th - 5:00-6:00 p.m. - Kindergarten Orientation

-Wednesday, September 5th - Kindergarten's 1st day

-Tuesday, September 11th - 5:30 p.m. PCS School Committee meeting

-Friday, September 14th - PCS Community Newsletter published

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366