Royalston Community School News

March 2016

Another successful Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast

Last weekend our building was full of many familiar faces as we held our 3rd annual Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Those in attendance visited with friends and family as they enjoyed a yummy breakfast. The gym was set up with many auctions and raffles. Each class from RCS collaborated to donate and put together a themed basket. There were bicycles, a game camera, Kitchen Aid mixer, gift card tree and many other donated items. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Chet Hall Memorial Scholarship. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and attended this wonderful event. We hope to see you all at next year's breakfast.
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Principal for the day

As part of the auction at the Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast, Ms. Superchi donated a certificate for a student to serve as Principal for a day. Mason's name was pulled and he eagerly rose to the occasion! On Friday Mason was the Principal of the Day at RCS. He began the day by greeting students as they danced through the doors to "Eye of The Tiger", one of his favorite songs. Mason read to our kindergarten and futures classes. He observed teachers and provided them with feedback via a type-written memo. In addition, he received an important phone call from Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Meyer. He greeted State Trooper Willhite. During lunch times, he passed out Oreo cookies and mandated that every class enjoy extra recess. Lastly, he allowed all students to bring stuffed animals to school on Friday. Mr. Mello took his job very seriously. He kept students on-task learning and ensured everyone had a fun-filled Friday. Well done Mr. Mello!
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MCAS Testing Reminder

Students in grades 3-6 will be taking the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) English Language Arts Test this week. A letter to parents, including the testing schedule, went home with students in grades 3-6 last week. Grades 5 & 6 will be testing on Monday 3/28 and Wednesday 3/30. Grades 3 & 4 will be testing on Tuesday 3/29 and Thursday 3/31.


This year MCAS will include a few PARCC questions and a timed narrative writing section for all grades. Teachers and students have been working hard all year and have recently been working on a test prep unit during Reader’s Workshop to prepare for this assessment. Teachers have worked with students to learn and practice test-taking skills, practice with sample test questions, analyze written responses and build stamina. Students are ready and proud to show what they know.


Please ensure that your child attends school daily during MCAS testing and arrives on time. Being well-rested and prepared with a healthy breakfast is especially important on testing days. It is a well-known fact that students who eat breakfast are more alert and focused. We strongly recommend that your child eat a healthy, hearty breakfast on testing days. Many students choose to do this at home, but parents are reminded that the school cafeteria provides a free, nutritious, tasty breakfast. In addition, please encourage a positive attitude. Be cheerful and encourage your child to be positive about his/her abilities. Remind your child to “do your best.”


The MCAS math and science testing will take place in early May.

Early Childhood Education Fair

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Kindergarten Registration & Screening

Athol Royalston Regional School District

Kindergarten Registration

Beginning April 1, 2016

Where: Pleasant St School, Royalston Community School or Sanders St School or print our forms from our website at arrsd.org

When: Come in between 8:30-3:00 at one of the school offices

Registration takes about 30 minutes in school OR complete the documents at home so you do not have to wait!

Bring: an original birth certificate, certificate of immunizations, a copy of the child’s most recent physical, and proof of residency (tax bill, utility bill, cable bill, lease agreement)

At school during registration, schedule time for kindergarten screening on April 28 or April 29 (approximately 1 hour)

Child must be 5 years of age before September 1, 2016

Pre-school students, enrolled in the district MUST also register

Please Note: Your child will be assigned to our new elementary school or RCS as soon as possible. There is no guarantee that your child will go to their school of choice. Placement will be based on enrollment and class sizes.

It is not necessary for you to bring your child to register for kindergarten.

If you have additional questions about kindergarten registration, please call Sanders St School at 978-249-2410

Animal print to support local animal shelters

Members of the RCS Student Council held and animal print day. Students and staff were encouraged to wear animal print. Lots of leopard, zebra and peacock print was worn. Those participating were asked to donate a dollar or more. All proceeds earned during this event will be donated to the Athol and Royalston Animal Shelters.
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DARE Graduation

Officer Sherry Miner from the Royalston Police Department has been working with Mrs. Patriquin over the past few months to bring the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to 5th graders. The mission of the D.A.R.E. program is teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. As students completed the program they wrote essays about what they learned about substance abuse, peer pressure and violance and pledged to make healthy decisions. During our recent D.A.R.E. graduation, each student was recognized for their accomplishments. Many local and state officials congratulated students and encouraged them to use skills learned through D.A.R.E. to make wise decisions and to lead healthy lives. We are extremely proud of the 5th grade students for their hard work and accomplishments completing this program.
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Classroom Guidance Lessons

Mrs. Schwab visited the RCS kindergarten class to teach a Second Step lesson on skills for learning, including the Second Step rules: Eyes watching, Ears listening, Voice quiet, Body still. Mrs. Schwab played a listening and movement game called, "If you can hear me. . . ", which the students really enjoyed. The Second Step puppets, Impulsive Puppy and Slow Down Snail, also came out to talk with the children about being a kind friend, keeping to one's own personal space, and talking in a quiet, friendly voice with your friends. A fun time was had by all!


Mrs. Schwab worked with Mrs. Hoegen and her 2nd grade class on March 17, 2016 on the Second Step lesson about focusing and listening. Second Step is a curriculum published by the Committee for Children, Seattle, WA. This curriculum is taught in Pre-K through 2nd grade classrooms in the ARRSD elementary schools. It teaches critical school success skills like listening, focusing, friendship skills, and empathy. Students had fun listening to Mrs. Schwab read a story about how to focus in class. They practiced the skills using movements to learn how to focus (hands in the shape of binoculars over your eyes). They did a turn and talk partnered activity to discuss focusing strategies. Then the class' favorite part, we all sang along and did the accompanying hand movements to the Second Step song, Be A Learner.

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Dental Health

1st grade dental health lesson by Mrs. Burnham from Athol Dental Associates. Amy Burnham is the parent of first grade student Jackson Burnham. Athol Dental donated dental health goody bags for the entire school that contain a toothbrush, toothpaste and flossers.
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that's a big whale!

A 65 foot inflatable fin whale was brought to RCS from the Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation. Students were able to go inside the whale as part of the educational program. This was made possible by the Royalston Academy.
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Parent Cafe

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Happy Spring

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upcoming dates & events

March


  • March 28 - April 12 - ELA MCAS testing window (grades 3-6)
  • March 29 - Early Childhood Fair 5:30-7:00 at ARMS


April


  • Month of April - Kindergarten Registration (see details above)
  • April 4 - PTG meeting 3:30, All are welcome!
  • April 12 - Valuing Our Children Parent Cafe at RCS 5:30-7:00
  • April 15 - K-2 Hug-A-Tree program at 9:00
  • April 15 - All-school field trip to see play "How I Became A Pirate"
  • April 18 - 22 - April Break, No School
  • April 27 - Half day of school, lunch served, 12:00 dismissal
  • April 28 & 29 - Kindergarten Screening, by appointment, No School for Kindergarteners
  • April 29 - PTG Roller Skate Night


Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, concerns or feedback. You can reach me by phone at 978-249-2900, by email at msuperchi@arrsd.org or in person by stopping by RCS.


Molly Superchi

Principal, Royalston Community School