Pleasant Street School News

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November is Family Literacy Month!

The Patrick-Murray Administration has proclaimed November 2014 to be the Commonwealth's 18th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in the educational success of their children. In celebration of Family Literacy Month, communities across the state will host activities throughout November in support of literacy, lifelong learning, and family-well-being. "We know that children who can read by third grade have a better chance to succeed in their adult lives," said Governor Deval Patrick. "Family engagement is a critical part of developing those literacy skills which is why we are committed to partnering with parents and families to provide the best chance for our children to succeed in the 21st century global economy."

Athol Town Library Link:

Massachusetts state libraries link:

Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Family Literacy Link:

Family Friendly Community Events

The Big Read- Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 10:00-12:00 noon, Elks Club, 93 New Athol Rd., Athol- Family friendly event with live entertainment and new and gently used books for the whole family. See the attached link for more information.

Can't make a morning event? How about this one at the Mount:

The Childrens' Book Festival, Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014, 9:00-4:00, Mt. Wachusett Community College, 444 Green St., Gardner.

For other local events, happenings, and resources in this area... you can also check the North Quabbin Community Coalition website below:

Whole School Reading Celebrations!

Children are beginning to bring in projects to include in our all school "Reading Museum." To submit an entry into the museum, children just need to use their imagination and celebrate something he or she found interesting about a particular book, author, or series that they want to share with others. This could include posters, crafts, book reports, dioramas, and more! Submitted projects will be photographed and shared in our newsletter throughout the month of November.

The reading museum flyer that was sent out earlier this month is attached below with the student entry slip. The entry slips are also available at the school.

Traffic and Parking Lot Safety

This is a friendly reminder that families need to follow traffic signs around the school. This includes speed limit signs, no parking signs, traffic arrows, and stopping for all school buses and school vans when red lights are flashing! It is the law and it is for the safety of all children. We have had multiple people go pass school bus vans, in particular, when their lights are on. They reported they didn't notice the van with the lights on. We need drivers to more alert especially when driving around the school! The registry of motor vehicles will be given license plate numbers should we observe someone not following the state law at our school.

Congratulations Miss Madison!

Madison Truehart, our school support staff member, was recently recognized at the YMCA as their youth sport participant of the year. At Pleasant Street Madison supervises sports play and soccer at recess. For the YMCA, Madison has shown long standing dedication to youth sports. She has coached children in in soccer, basketball, and T-ball. She teaches skills and drills classes and serves as a referee for youth sports as well.

Also pictured is Jeannette Robichaud and Matt Talbot.

Chalk it Up!- Artwork from Grade 2

Snapshots of art completed with our art teacher, Mrs. Magee.

Each student created a stencil of either a red oak or a sugar maple. Colored chalk was then applied around the edges of the stencil or the leaf which had been cut out. Students then used tissues to sweep the chalk from the stencil or leaf onto the black paper leaving a beautifully printed leaf. Students worked with partners sharing the stencils, leaves and chalk. When the printing process was complete, students framed the prints and decorated the frames.

Please support our PTO walkathon fundraiser benefit

Our PTO voted at our September 2014 meeting that we would use proceeds from our annual fall walkathon fundraiser to support charitable giving in our local community. As cancer is an issue that has touched most families lives in some way we are donating proceeds from this fundraiser to someone significant in our Pleasant Street School community who is courageously battling cancer. This PTO fundraiser will be held on Nov. 5th, from 9:00-11:30 am and is rich with teachable moments about service to others and caring for others that so freely exists in our children and our larger community.

Community Collaborations and Crisis Response Planning

Representatives from area school districts including ARRSD recently met with the Northwestern District Attorney's staff, Anne Gilligan from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Safe Schools Initiative , and other collaborators to talk about resources, initiatives, and crisis planning and prevention in our community.

Attached below is a Community Crisis Response Team resource list, including hotline numbers, that are available to assist folks in the North Quabbin area.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Nov. 3- PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, Pleasant Street School cafe, all are welcome, childcare is provided- Tomorrow! Hope to see you :)
  • Nov. 3- 1st quarter grades close (report cards handed out at conferences!)
  • Nov. 5-PTO walkathon, 9-11:30 am
  • Nov. 10- NAEYC family meeting at Sanders Street School, 6 pm.
  • Nov. 11- Veterans' Day observed- no school
  • Nov. 12- Community Reading day
  • Nov. 14- Elementary student chorus performance at Athol High School Football game, 7 pm, performers need to arrive by 6:45 pm.
  • Nov. 17- Parent/teacher conferences 3:30-5:00 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 18- Parent/teacher conference 6:00-7:30 pm- by appointment
  • Nov. 26-district half day, noon dismissal, lunch will not be served
  • Nov. 27-28- Thanksgiving break
  • Dec. 3- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

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