Pleasant Street School News

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What does summer reading look like?!!

Mrs. Jones class was outside recently practicing their summer reading after a lesson on "summer slide." Do you know that children lose on average 2 months worth of reading growth over the course of the summer. Imagine...if we can prevent EVERY one of our students from losing growth during the summer? This would equal a full years worth of growth by the time a child reachs 5th grade!

For more information on the importance of summer learning please click on the research brief below.

Second Grade Ecotarium Adventures

Our second grade students had a wonderful time visiting the Ecotarium, a unique indoor and outdoor science and nature museum in Worcester. Special thanks to Mrs. Arpide and Mrs. Jones for organizing this trip and to our parent chaperones and our school PTO for making this trip possible. To learn more about the Ecotarium please visit their website at

To see a short video collection of images and memories from the trip please click on the link below.

English language learners enjoy field trip to Amherst College

Elementary English language learners visited the museums at Amherst College investigating the history of Life on Earth and Our Place in Space. Students also learned about scientific inquiry.

Yup! We Rocked the 80's in our All School Concert!!

We had a wonderful turn out of families and friends at our all school concert on June 9th held in the Athol High School auditorium. Our music teacher Mrs. Girouard, selected a lyrically ambitious and varied collection of popular songs from the 80's for our students to sing to the delight of the audience. Children and families alike were encouraged to come dressed in 80's style clothes for some added fun. We want to recognize Jen Lemoine, Becky Lanoue, and Jennifer Needle for their wonderful spirit dressing up and our many teachers and support staff who helped make this event such a success.

Please enjoy a collection of images from our concert captured within a short video by clicking on the link below.

Adventures with Animals! Barnyard visits Pleasant Street

Children enjoyed meeting some animal friends from the farm when Step by Step Animal Adventures came to visit on June 10th. The traveling farm included goats, sheep, ponies, an alpaca, calf, donkey, and a giant rabbit! The animals were in gated pens. Students had supervised visits in the barnyard throughout the day. They were allowed to pet and to feet the animals if they choose. They learned about what the animals eat, how they live together on the farm and more interesting animal facts.

To see more pictures from this event please click on the link below:

Return of the Dinosaurs!

Beware! Our second grade classrooms have been transformed by an outstanding collection of dinosaur dioramas that have brought (learning about) the dinosaurs back to life!! It is evident that children and families alike had a great time making these projects together. The projects are rich with detail and children enjoyed reading and learning many interesting facts within this unit of study.

To see a collection of images of these many projects please click on the link below for a short video. Special thanks to Mitchell Grosky for contributing a number of the photographs included here.

Legoland was a sight to see!

Our third and fourth grade students had a great time on their field trip traveling by Wilson bus and visiting the wonderful world of Legoland in Sommerville, MA. Special thanks to our teachers, chaperones, and school PTO for making this trip possible.

Field Day News

Field day is next week on June 18th! This signature event is always a great time for children and for our parent volunteers.


If you would like to volunteer for field day please call the office at (978) 249-2405 or send an email to Mrs. St. Jean at

Note all field day volunteers assisting with activity stations must have a CORI on file.

Field Day Lunch:

Parents & family members can bring their own lunch and a blanket and enjoy lunch with your child or children for a picnic on the back play yard. Families who are only coming with their own lunch do not have to have a CORI done. If children do not have a family member at school he or she will be asked to stay in the café for lunch.

Let’s plan for good weather!

If it is raining we will have to cancel field day.

For more information, including a tentative schedule and list of possible activities please see the attached link.

Congratulations Graduates of the Class of 2015!

This year Principal Ellis and several of our faculty members have had the unique joy of living with a high school senior! For some of us it was the first time we have experienced a child completing high school, and for others, the last time. It is certainly a time of mixed emotions, nostalgic reflection, pride, and a little relief! We are proud of these young adults and have confidence that with determination, hard work, and time they can undoubtedly achieve great success in further educational pursuits and in life. To our Pleasant Street Family members we are so proud of you all:
  • Tobey Chase, Clark University, Worcester, MA (deferred acceptance-will travel for one year!)
  • Liam Ellis- Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY
  • Caitlyn Gullage, Fitchburg State University, Fitchburg, MA
  • Kevin Hume, Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, CT
  • Jessica Mann, Emerson College, Boston, MA
  • Haley McGrath, Worcester State University, Worcester, MA
  • Michael Rouleau, Worcester State Univesity, Worcester, MA

We wish all of our area graduates from Athol High School and local communities the very best!

Donuts for Dads! Preschool Celebrates in Advance of Fathers' Day

We welcomed fathers in our preschool for a special, Donuts for Dads, on Friday, June 12th. This program for fathers followed our Muffins for Moms breakfast held back in May in honor of Mothers' Day. Twenty-four of our fathers were able to make this event and they were nicely treated to donuts, cards, and a paper necktie made by their preschooler. It was very special for children to have their dads at school! Many thanks to our preschool teachers and staff for organizing this event and to the dads who took time out of their days to be a part of it.

To see a short video of images from this program please click on the link below.

Fantastic Fun Friday Friends are Recognized with VIP Certificates

After the second lunch on Friday, June 10th, Mrs. Casella and Mrs. Robertson recognized all of the children who have been selected to sit at the student council, Fun Friday table since we began this recognition program. Children selected are observed to be good citizens throughout the school building in the classroom, playground, on the bus, and at lunch.

4th grade rockets: countdown to launch time

On Friday June 12th, Mr. Edward Lee, Chief of Engineering Resources for Hanscom Air Force Base, also active in STEM, assisted the 4th Grade students in rocket building. Prior to the project, Mr. Lee will teach a science lesson on physics. Students will learn about scientist, Sir Isaac Newton's 3 Laws of Motion and how all 3 laws apply to rocketry. We expect to launch the rockets on June 19th!

Bullying Prevention Pledge

An assembly was held for students in third and fourth grade following their completion of the Steps to Respect program taught by our guidance counselor, Mrs. Schwab. This curriculum teaches students bullying prevention skills. The curriculum is taught in 3rd and 4th grade classrooms in order to meet the criteria of the Massachusetts Bullying Prevention Law. Students learn how to define bullying, how to refuse bullying, and how to tell adults at home and at school if they feel a peer is being unkind to them. Lesson activities for this curriculum include role plays, 5 minute DVD video segments of skills, turn and talk discussions, and cooperative games. At our assembly, all third and fourth grade students took a Bullying Prevention Pledge, received a purple bracelet, with the words, "I Stand up to Bullying," as well as a bookmark from Pacer's National Bullying Prevention Center with additional tips and resources.

For more information about Steps to Respect:

For more information about Pacer's Bullying Prevention please visit:

Our Bank Tellers Take a Trip To Kimball Farm

Our fourth grade bank tellers took a field trip to Kimball Farm with student tellers from other area schools that participate in the Save $um school banking program through Athol Savings Bank. Our students, pictured from left to right, Sarah, Briana, Kyle, and Lucas had a great time!

Pleasant Street Student Makes her Mark at Relay for Life

Second grader, Aurore, walked over 6 miles at the American Cancer Society, Relay for Life held this weekend. She personally raised over $120, with the local chapter raising just over $300,000. As most of us have either lost someone to cancer, know survivors of cancer, or someone currently in treatment, we want to extend warm words of appreciation to Aurore and all of those who are working toward a cure.
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See A Need, Fill a Need, LawnMowers to the Rescue!

We want to thank some wonderful community members, Robert Pichette, Russell Vescovi, and Tucker Tarbell who came and helped out Mr. Chuck, our custodian and the Town of Athol with some timely lawn mowing. Thank you to Mr. Pichette, for mowing around our school. Our lawn mower was waiting repair and the grass was definitely getting long! On behalf of the baseball teams and children who use the old ball field to the left in front of the school, thanks to Mr. Vescovi and Mr. Tarbell for mowing for the town of Athol.

How will your children have fun this summer?

Linked below are some ideas for free and low cost activities within our community to keep your children busy this summer. Pictured is Aiden B. one of our preschool children experiencing a moment of pure joy going down the big slide!

Athol area:

on June 25th- Don't miss a bug walk! Trust love to find bugs!

Free Fun on Fridays-70 MUSEUMS & CULTURAL VENUES

10 WEEKS OF FUN THIS SUMMER, 7 SITES OPEN FOR FREE EACH FRIDAY-Free Fun Fridays offers visitors no cost admission to many of the most treasured cultural venues in Massachusetts.

School Calendar for the 2015-2016 academic year

Please note our school calendar for next year has been voted by school committee and approved. For planning purposes it is linked below if you would like to print it. The first student day is August 26, 2015.

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 :)

Stories in the Park- starting June 5 at 9:30 am at the Millers Park at the Athol Public Library- Enjoy strolling through the park with your child as you read the pages of a different book each week posted along signs through the park. This free, fun family activity will be continuing through out the summer! Please Click on the link below for more information.

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program is enrolling children for the 2015-2016 school year program. They serve children in the Athol/Orange area with transportation provided from Riverbend and Butterfield Schools. Please click on the link below for more information about this program and how you can be involved.

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!

  • June 16, District prek screening at Valuing our Children location
  • June 16, Visit from Athol Public Library, childrens' librarian
  • June 17- preschool graduation-morning program at 10:00 am & afternoon program at 2:00 pm
  • June 18- Field Day
  • June 18 – volunteer appreciation breakfast
  • June 18-last day of school for preschool
  • June 18- Multi-Cultural Festival at ARMS
  • June 19- K nursery rhythms- 1:30 pm
  • June 22- 4th grade step up – 1:30 pm
  • June 23-last day for kindergarten only! -half day- noon dismissal
  • June 23- Book Swap Event!- Official kick off to our summer reading program
  • June 24- half day- 10:00 am- all school meeting- last day of school for grades 1-4, (no lunch provided)

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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