PCS Community Newsletter 2-9-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

Upcoming Half Days and Winter Break reminder

Please remember that we have the following half day and Winter Break dates coming up:


-Friday, February 16th - Early Release at 11:30 a.m. - NO LUNCH IS SERVED


-Monday,February 19th-Friday, February 23rd - Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

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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.

Student Assembly Presentations

At today's Student Assembly, the 3rd and 4th grades presented to the whole school. The 3rd grade talked about non-fiction text features and the 4th grade shared facts they learned about neighboring countries - Mexico and Canada.

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.


January: INTEGRITY

Having respect for yourself and treat others with respect, doing your very best work, working well with others, appreciating yourself


February: PERSEVERANCE

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.


March: RESPONSIBILITY

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


April: RESPECT

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


May: SELF-DISCIPLINE

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

January's Citizens of the Month & Perfect Attendance Awards

Due to many absences today, the Citizens of the Month and the Perfect Attendance Awards will be published in the next Community Newsletter.

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!


Mrs.Thompson

Project Purple Wrap-up

PCS made the news!!! The following article appeared in The Barre Gazette regarding our Project Purple Week. Again, our thanks goes out to PCS Nurse, Mrs. Warburton, for all of her hard work on this very worthwhile project!
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Snow Days and Flurry Folder Days

Please remember to check email, all calls, FaceBook, TV and radio stations to know if a bad weather day is a true Snow Day or a Flurry Folder Day.


To date:

-day off due to no electricity - Monday, October 30th

-Flurry Folder Day 1- Tuesday, December 12th

-true Snow Day - Friday, December 22nd

-Flurry Folder Day 2 - Thursday, January 4th

-Flurry Folder Day 3 - Friday, January 5th

-Flurry Folder Day 4 - Wednesday, January 17th

-Flurry Folder Day 5 - Wednesday, February 7th


Since we have missed one day due to no electricity and one day due to a true snow day, our school year has been extended by two days in June. Please make sure to adjust your calendars.

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Before School Events at 8 a.m.

Mondays - PCS Chorus


Tuesdays - Grade 5 & 6 Band


Wednesdays - PCS Twirling


Thursdays - Beginning 4th grade Band

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Caught Being Good

These students were recognized for "Caught Being Good" at today's assembly. Congratulations to all! We are proud!
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Upcoming PCS Dates

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


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


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

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


-Thursday, February 15th: 8:00 a.m. - Beginning 4th grade Band

-Thursday, February 15th: 10-11:30 a.m. - Valuing Our Children playgroup


-Friday, February 16th: 11:30 a.m. - Early Dismissal due to Professional Development- no lunch served


-Monday, February 19th: Winter Break - No School


-Tuesday, February 20th: Winter Break - No School


-Wednesday, February 21st: Winter Break - No School


-Thursday, February 22nd: Winter Break - No School


-Friday, February 23rd: Winter Break - No School

-Friday, February 23rd: PCS Community and Staff Newsletters published

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366

978-724-3363