PCS Community Newsletter 3-9-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

Another Letter regarding School Safety

The below letter was sent out to all families on Wednesday February 28th. It was also posted on our FaceBook page.
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Trimester 2 Report Cards & IEP Progress Reports

The closing date for Trimester 2 at PCS was Friday, March 9th. All report cards and IEP progress reports will go home with students on Friday, March 16th.

Spring Individual Portraits

Individual Spring Portraits will be taken on Friday, March 16th at 9:00 a.m. Only the students that are interested in having them taken will be called down.

Safety Presentations Today at PCS

We are so pleased that PCS once again had fire safety presentations to educate all students. Mrs. Waugh's son and colleague, from the SAFE program, were very generous and gave three different age appropriate presentations today, March 9th. The times were the following:

8:30-9:30 a.m. - grades 3 & 4

9:30-10:30 a.m. - grades K, 1, 2

10:30-11:30 a.m. - grades 5 & 6

What a wonderful learning experience for all! Our thanks to the SAFE program!!!

PCS School Committee Meeting

Due to school not being held last Thursday, the PCS School Committee will now be held on Tuesday, March 20th. It will be held at 5:30 p.m. upstairs in the Teachers' Room. All are welcome!

6th grade TED Talks

The PCS sixth grade students delivered TED Talks to showcase their learning at the end of their most recent nonfiction unit of study. Each student selected a topic to research (through a variety of mediums including: articles, books, videos, and websites), gathered research notes, wrote a speech, and then presented that speech in front of an audience of PCS students. Videos of their speeches will be uploaded to www. gg.gg/ruggles6

Thanks so much to Mrs. Ruggles for giving our students this unique and real-world experience!

Weather Safety Tips From the School Nurse

Fun! Fun! Fun? While we have not had the snow storms of the past few winters and cold weather has been less, it is still fun to be active during the winter. All those things we do outside in the white stuff has been replaced by bike riding, trail riding and walking out on the roads and in the woods, among others things. It’s still great fun and good exercise. It’s important to take the right steps to stay safe and keep warm and dry.

Dress for the Weather

On cold days a winter coat/ jacket with or without a hood, a hat and gloves are a must have for the cold temperatures. Add snow pants if they are not wearing warm pants or leggings. Don’t forget their feet. Warm socks go a long way for comfort out in the cold. Throw an extra pair of socks in the backpack to change in case snow gets in their boots. Same goes for those rainy days. Stay dry and you will stay warm! The air is dry so it’s important to keep lips well lubricated to avoid chapping.

(Our play areas at school are now in the mud stage!!! We try to keep them off the mud, but what fun is that!! )

Safety While Playing

Helmets are a good idea for bike and trail riding, as well as downhill activities and snowmobiling. Be sure your child knows the rules of the road for walking and riding. Check all equipment to be sure it is in working order and always have a buddy out on the trail.

Check the temperature

The temperature has been mild for winter except for a few days. The changing temperature, even from hour to hour, challenges our bodies to adjust. Layering is a good idea. Staying hydrated is difficult now, just as it in the warmer months. So, don’t forget to replenish fluids. A water bottle at school is encouraged, even on non-gym days. Prolonged exposure to cold or heat can tax our bodies’ ability to stay healthy. Frequent rest periods in these environments will help you avoid exhaustion. On cold days pay attention to the wind chill as well.

Have fun and stay healthy! Spring is just around the corner…

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Please Remember Change in PCS Calendar

Please make sure that you have changed the family calendar to reflect that now Monday, March 19th is a school day. Please refer to the letter below that was sent out to families on Thursday, February 16th.

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MCAS Dates at PCS

Grade 3

Wednesday, March 14th - MCAS Infrastructure Trial

Tuesday, April 3rd - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Wednesday, April 4th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Tuesday, May 8th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Wednesday, May 9th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Grade 4

Wednesday, March 14th - MCAS Infrastructure Trial

Tuesday, April 10th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Wednesday, April 11th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Thursday, May 10th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 11th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Grade 5

Wednesday, March 14th - MCAS Infrastructure Trial

Tuesday, April 24th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Wednesday, April 25th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Tuesday, May 15th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Wednesday, May 16th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Tuesday, May 22nd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 1

Wednesday, May 23rd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 2

Grade 6

Wednesday, March 14th - MCAS Infrastructure Trial

Thursday, April 26th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Friday, April 27th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Thursday, May 17th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 18th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Please note that in order to prepare on all tests, PCS will be having an Infrastructure Trial MCAS test on Wednesday, March 14th for grades 3-6.

When planning doctor's appointments and vacations, please be mindful of the above dates. If your child is absent for a test session, they are pulled from their classes when they return to take a make-up test.

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PCS' Citizen of the Month Program

The Pillars of Character Education

Petersham Center School is going to emphasize the Pillars of Character Education: Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Perseverance, Responsibility, Respect, and Self-Discipline for our Citizen of the Month Program. Below is a brief description of each remaining pillars for this school year.

At each Student Assembly, a student will be announced from each class who was an exemplary model of the pillar of the month, given a certificate signed by the Principal, their picture will be hung in the cafeteria, and a PCS Citizen of the Month cinch bag.


You do not give up doing something, even if it is difficult. Even if you are not successful right away, you keep trying. You try multiple ways to achieve a goal. You also motivate others to keep trying.


Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes


Treat others with respect how you want to be treated, the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


Always do your share, always work your hardest, change poor habits, always consider the consequences and make the most the responsible decisions

Lunch Menu for March

Attached is March's lunch menu and new lunch tickets. Check out our new alternate choices - two every day!!!! Make sure to circle only one choice per day on the new lunch ticket!
Try something new!!!!
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Wilderness Skills with John Buffington

Date: Saturday, April 14th

Time: 10:00-11:30 a.m.

Where: Petersham Arts Center

Cost: $7.50/$27.50 non-member & materials fee

Ages: 8 and up

Description: using flint flakes, sandstone, rasps, and files. Students will create such things as: stone hammers, pump drills, bull roarers, string games, and more!

Girls on the Run

We are excited that Girls on the Run will now be held at PCS! Check out the attached notice for more details.
If you should have any questions, please call the number noted for more information. Please do not call the school though, as it is not a school sponsored organization. Thank you.
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Request for Frosting Containers from Mrs. T

Hello families! I am looking for donations of empty & clean frosting containers to help organize small cards for learning centers. The small Betty Crocker or Dunkin Heinz or Pillbury frosting containers are the perfect size. I need about 100. If you have any, please drop them off at the office or send them in with your child.

Many, many thank yous!


Before School Events at 8 a.m.

Mondays - PCS Chorus

Tuesdays - Grade 5 & 6 Band

Wednesdays - PCS Twirling

Thursdays - Beginning 4th grade Band

1st & 3rd Grade Reading Buddies

Upcoming PCS Dates

-Monday, March 12th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Tuesday, March 13th: 8:00 a.m. - Grade 5 & 6 Band

-Wednesday, March 14th: Fidelity Banking for Students/Staff

-Wednesday, March 14th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Wednesday, March 14th: 9:00 a.m. - MCAS Infrastructure Trial test (grades 3-6)

-Wednesday, March 14th: 12:00 p.m. - 2nd grade presentation by Chris Eaton

-Thursday, March 15th: 8:00 a.m. - 4th Grade Beginning Band

-Friday, March 16th: Trimester 2 Report Cards & Progress reports go home

-Friday, March 16th: 9:00 a.m. - Spring Individual Portraits

-Monday, March 19th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Tuesday, March 20th: 8:00 a.m. - Grade 5/6 Band

-Wednesday, March 21st: Fidelity Banking for Students/Staff

-Wednesday, March 21st: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Thursday, March 22nd: 8:00 a.m. - 4th Grade Beginning Band

-Friday, March 23rd: PCS Community Newsletters published

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366