Pleasant Street School News

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December 29, 2015

Holiday Giving Within Our Community

On behalf of Pleasant Street School students and families who benefit from charitable giving, I wanted to take a moment to give heartfelt thanks to the many organizations, clubs, and individuals who contribute in our community to ensure that children and families, who are in need, receive assistance with presents, clothing, and/or food during the holidays. Within Pleasant Street, I am humbled by school staff members who asked to remain anonymous who generously donated money, shopped for food, and helped wrap items. I am indebted to Mrs. Schwab, guidance counselor, who coordinated our building based charitable giving and who accompanied Principal Ellis to deliver items within the community after the school had long closed down for the winter break. Such compassion and generosity reminds me of words that I recently expressed in a tribute to mark the passing of my mother, "we would all be better in this world to love simply and unconditionally and to do our very best to care for others, because we can, and not because we expect something in return." I am appreciative of efforts great and small to care for one another in our community because we can. Thank you. I wish families a wonderful holiday break and I look forward to the many exciting opportunities that await us within the New Year.

Warm regards,

Principal Dianne Ellis

"Winter Holiday Colors" spirit day

Thank you to our student council for organizing another school spirit day. Students, and some staff, looked quite cheerful and festive throughout the building. Pictured to the right are student council members, Logen, Dennis, Emma, and Emmery.

Smells So Sweet...Third Grade Gingerbread Houses are a Big Hit!

Instead of classroom gift giving third grade students at Pleasant Street have had a tradition of bringing the two classes together to make gingerbread houses in our cafeteria. Many thanks to all of the famiilies who brought in items to contribute to this annual event and to the family members who were able to come in and volunteer. Students had a fantastic time constructing houses with frosting and adorning them with candies and other such treats!

To see a short video of images from this activity please click on the link provided.

Cookie Exchange Brings Smiles

Each member of Mrs. Heuer's class brought in cookies to share with each of their classmates. All of the ingredients had to be listed to keep it safe for anyone with a food allergy. For some of the cookies, the recipes were shared so that children could try making them at home with their families. For other cookies, recipes were not shared as they are top secret family recipes!

Winter Break Reading Challenge!

We want to remind families to take time to participate in our Pleasant Street Winter Break Reading Challenge! Each child was sent home with a new book that will be his/hers to keep along with a Response Activity to go with the book. We ask that families have your child read his/her book either alone or with you during the Winter Break and complete the Response Activity. When your child returns to school after the Winter Break and turns in his/her completed activity sheet, he/she will receive a small prize and be entered into a drawing for Walmart gift cards. We will accept responses Jan. 4-8th. Thank you so much for supporting your child’s literacy growth. Pictured is fourth grader Brooke reading with her kindergarten buddy Mackenzy.

*This project was generously funded through a grant from the Athol-Royalston Education Fund

"Read In" Pajama Day in Mrs. Heuer's Class

On the half day, before the winter holiday break, students in Mrs. Heuer's class had a "read in" pajama day. They were permitted to wear pajamas, bring a cozy blanket, and a stuffed buddy, and spend an extended time being able to simply enjoy reading! This is an excellent way to build stamina and to celebrate reading in the company of classmates.

More Pajama Party Fun in Kindergarten!

Kindergarten students also had fun at school with pajama parties on the half day before our winter holiday break. Pictured are students in Mrs. Webb's kindergarten class who were clearly having a good time wearing their pjs!

Jack in the Bean Stalk...Another creative reading museum project comes to Pleasant Street!

We are are always happy to receive additional reading museum projects even though we are no longer officially celebrating family literacy month. Truth is everyday we want students to take time to enjoy reading! A reading museum project is an extension of the joy of reading as it encourages children to do or to make something that is inspired by what they have read. Pictured to the right is Jaylah with her Jack in the Bean Stalk project. Nice job Miss Jaylah!

Catch of the Day

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff 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 who then 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 are Jacob and Evan, two of our most recent catches!

Monday Science Program Week #9

This past week in our final Monday Afterschool Science program students engaged in the fascinating work of dissecting owl pellets! To see images of this program within a short video please click on the link below.

Many thanks are due to Mrs. Webb and Mrs. Robinson for volunteering their time and offering this program to our 3rd and 4th grade students. Thanks as well to Miss Leesha who also helped.

Here are some Easy Catches!

Our faculty and staff use Caught Being Goods as just another way of letting children know that we notice and appreciate simple acts of being helpful and kind throughout our school. When a student receives a Caught Being Good he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. The students we are recognizing this week are more than "caught" being good as each one of them quite reliably does a great job each day at school!

Boxtops for Education

Just a reminder to keep up your Boxtops for Education collection efforts. This is a simple way our school PTO raises funds to support school enrichment projects and activities including field trips and special programs. Most recently PTO funded snacks and drinks for both the Mad Science and monday science programs.

Special Recess Visitor Comes to Pleasant Street

Liam Ellis, son of Principal Ellis, paid a visit to our school to join students at recess on Monday, December 21st. Liam has volunteered at Pleasant Street for a number of summers painting and helping around the building. He has also worked as a summer camp counselor for 5-8 year olds. During this unseasonably warm weather he had fun playing kickball and talking with students. While it was fun to see him, Liam returned to his college on December 27th.

Winter Coats Are Available at Pleasant Street School for Children in Need

The Knights of Columbus, and Kevin Murphy of Fiske, Murphy and Mack Funeral Home have donated wonderful winter coats for children in need in our elementary schools. If you have a financial need, please contact Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor at (978) 249-2405, Ext. 306, or on Email: or Dianne Ellis, Principal, at Pleasant Street School, to let us know your child's first and last name, the size coat that your child needs, and whether your child also needs a hat and mittens.

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 January

  • Lunch menu for January

Do Your Kids Like Minecraft?

Minecraft for Third and Fourth graders at the Athol Public Library! All skill levels are welcome, but space is very limited. Please register in the Children's Room or by calling (978)-299-9515.

Starts- Friday January 8th, 4:00pm - 5:00pm-held upstairs in the Learning Lab

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

New Parenting Class- Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26, 10:15 - 11:45 am Childcare and help with transportation are provided. To sign up call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children: 978-249-8467. Focus of class is for those parenting children under the age of 6 and includes: how to understand your child’s behavior, how to listen and talk to your child, discipline that makes sense….and more!

Athol Public Library- Starry, Starry Night- Tuesday December 29th 5:30 pm In the Program Room. Join the members of ATAC to create papier mache stars for the Starry, Starry Night parade on December 31. If enough stars are created, the town of Orange will earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records! Cocoa and cookies will be served

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

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!
  • December 24-January 3, Winter recess, no school
  • January 4, School resumes
  • January 4, PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, note time shift back to 6:00 pm
  • January 15- Full day district professional development-no school
  • January 18- Martin Luther King Holiday, no school
  • January 20, 21, 22- dental program visits Pleasant Street
  • January 22, School Improvement Council, 1:00 pm

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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