Pleasant Street School News

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Winter Storm Brings Wonder and Woes!

Having our landscape transformed into a wintry wonderland seems magical for many and yet woeful for others. The snow certainly affected many area football games, travel, and complicated holiday plans. For our neighbors and friends who were without power...it brought added challenge to appreciate simple comforts that we often take for granted in our daily lives. We sincerely hope our families weathered this storm well and that you take time each day to be thankful for loved ones in your life.


As children return to school next week please make sure they have sufficient warm weather clothing. In order to be out in the snow-children need warm gloves/mittens, boots, snow pants, a hat, and a winter jacket. Please label your children's clothes! We want to minimize lost or mistaken items. Children also need sneakers or shoes to change into for being inside. Thank you.

It's time to turn in your family literacy challenge forms!

We will recognize all student participants in the family literacy challenge at an all school meeting on December 12th. All participants will also be entered into a random drawing where we will select one grand prize winner who will receive a $100 Walmart gift card and 4 runner up winners who will receive one of 4- $25 Walmart gift cards.

Family Literacy challenge form:

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Family-Literacy-challenge1.pdf

Reading Museum Celebrations!

Even though family literacy month is coming to an end...please keep sending in those reading museum projects. Your children like being recognized by the principal, by their teacher and by their peers who have given them praise and positive attention for their efforts.

Athol Savings Bank, Save$um School Banking Program

The Save$um Banking Program is an inter-active, hands-on-educational program designed specifically to educate children on the importance of saving money, being self-disciplined, and knowing the self-satisfaction in watching their money grow. Pauline Tatro, Branch Supervisor of the Main Office of Athol Savings Bank, supervises the school program with the assistance of parent volunteers. Parent volunteers assist the bank staff in overseeing the banking day session and helping to facilitate the educational process of the program.


Students at the school completed job applications for student teller positions. They were interviewed and selected by Athol Savings Bank personnel. On banking day, the student tellers, working in pairs, count the money in the deposits and record the transactions. Chosen to be student tellers are Kyle B., Lucas G., Briana, and Sarah.


The purpose of the Save$um Banking Program is to teach the students the importance of systematic savings. As an incentive to encourage the students to save, Athol Savings Bank donates $2 to every student account opened and an additional $5 after 25 deposits are made. At the end of each school year the student tellers attend a fantastic field trip sponsored by Athol Savings Bank. Over the years the students have visited places like Patriot’s Place and Fenway Park.

Building our Mathematical Thinking!

We invite families to come join us for a district family math night on Thursday, Dec. 4, 2014, from 6:00-7:30 pm at the Athol Royalston Regional Middle School. Those who attend will learn how teachers and administrators are implementing Common Core standards and will be introduced to Eureka math strategies so they can assist their children at home. For more information and to register see the flyer below or call the school office at (978)-249-2405.


http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/Familt-Math-2nd-correction-1.pdf

Elementary Guidance in Action and School Expectations of Respect

Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Schwab, teaches a variety of lessons in classes on topics ranging from friendships and fair play, assertive communication, self control and calm down skills, as well as bullying prevention. As a school, our staff teach and reinforce our all school expectations of:
  • respect for self
  • respect for others, and
  • respect for property

Children benefit when their families reinforce and remind them of these expectations of respect as well. Attached please find our all school teaching matrix and what that looks like across school environments. We ask that families have conversations at home about respectful behavior. Thank you for your support.

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/All-school-expectations-2014.pdf

Kinetic and Potential Energy

Students in Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade class have been learning about forms of energy. Pictured from left to right, Angel, Jacob, and Sarah who are busy completing trials and recording data on differences traveled when conditions are manipulated.

Recess Fun!

We managed to get some wonderful shots of children in action BEFORE our playground was covered with snow. Pictured on the right, third grade friends, Aiden S. and Matthew H. who look like twins with their awesome orange jackets!

See you at our Winter Concert on Dec. 10th!

Please plan to attend our Pleasant Street Winter concert at the Athol High School auditorium on December 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. The pictured flyer was previously sent home on blue paper and is also attached below with more specific information on concert attire.

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/CopyofWinterConcertFlyerPSS.pdf

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 :)


Theatre at the Mount:

Mount Wachusett Community College is performing Annie. They are also doing what is being described as a special "sensory friendly" production for those with sensory input disorders including autism. Please see the link below for upcoming show times and dates.

http://mwcc.edu/tam/


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

http://www.nqcc.org/

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Dec. 1-PTO Meeting- 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • Dec. 3- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • Dec. 9- Picture retake day
  • Dec. 10-Winter concert, 6 pm, Athol High School Auditorium
http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/CopyofWinterConcertFlyerPSS.pdf
  • Dec. 11- SNAP-PAC meeting- 9:30-10:30- Pleasant Street School
http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/11/monthly-snap-flyer.pdf
  • Dec. 19, Save the Date! 4th Annual, Make & Take Holiday Craft Night, 6-8 pm
  • Dec. 22- Jan. 2, winter recess, no school
  • Jan. 5, school resumes, welcome back!

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