Pleasant Street School News

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April 3, 2016

Bartholomew and the Oobleck in Kindergarten

Mrs. Goldthwaite's, Ms. Plourde's, and Mrs. Webb's kindergarten classes at Pleasant Street ended their month long study of author Dr. Seuss on Thursday with a special guest reader. Mr. Mitch Grosky came to school and read his favorite Dr. Seuss story "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" to the kindergarten classes. Everyone loved listening to Mr. Grosky take on the roles of the characters in the story and even enjoyed participating at times as well! Following the story the students to made their own oobleck and experimented with the scientific properties of solid and liquid! "Thank you Mr. Grosky for ending our author study of Dr. Seuss in a most entertaining way!"

To see a short video of additional pictures please click on the link below.

To check out more pictures please visit the Celebrate Schools Facebook site.

We have ELA MCAS on April 5th & 6th this week!

Reminder! We will be completing session 2 of our ELA MCAS tests this week.

  • Grade 4 students will be tested on Tuesday, April 5
  • Grade 3 students will be tested on Wednesday April 6.

Punctual school attendance is very important for school success and particularly during MCAS!

For more information about MCAS and to look at practice test questions and student writing samples you can visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at


The book fair will be offered at the school to students during their lunch and recess hour from 11:30-12:30. In addition, the book fair is open to the public on Wednesday, April 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This is the night of our hotdog barbecue extravanganza. Please come by for some wonderful books and if you want to stay for our BBQ please give Mrs. Muzzy a call in the school office at 249-2405 to reserve tickets for dinner. This is our last Pleasant Street School Book Fair and we are planning to make it our best yet!

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Join our "River Rat Race" Reading Challenge

Dear Families:

Please join our, “River Rat Race” reading challenge as we promote building strong readers and the love of learning. The benefits of family reading time are well known. Creating time for reading each day is essential. Please read to your children, have your children read to you or a younger sibling, or have him or her read alone and share with you what they have read. One of the best things you can do as a parent to prepare your child for success, in school and in life, is to help him or her become a proficient reader!

For every 30 minutes read during the month of April students will be given a “canoe” to decorate and to enter into our “race” down the hallway. Our goal is to see how many laps we can make it around our school with our “River Rat” canoes. Special recognition and prizes will be awarded to the students with the most canoes and to the class with the most participants.

"River Rat Race" April Reading Challenge

All School Trips to See Children's Theatre at the Mount

"Ahoy thar, matey! Get ready for some high seas adventures in the swashbuckling musical based on the award winning book How I Became a Pirate. The musical sails along with sea chanteys, sword fighting, mutinies, walking the plank and “beauteous plunder!” Aaaaarghh!"

To learn more about this performance please feel free to read through the study guide linked here-

Please look for a permission slip that was sent out last week to be signed and returned for your child or children to attend one of two shows as follows.

  • April 12, Preschool to grade 2, 9:30 show, busses will depart sharply by 9:00.
  • April 15, Grades 3 & 4, 12:00 noon show, busses will depart sharply by 11:30.

Due to ongoing construction at Theatre at the Mount, all performances of How I Became a Pirate will be held at Gardner High School, 100 Catherine Street, Gardner, MA

This trip is generously sponsored by a Massachusetts Cultural Council grant, a Yellow School Bus Grant, and our school Parent/Teacher Organization.


Parents, families, and young children filled the ARMS Library/Media Center tonight as Athol and Royalston held their Early Childhood Education Fair. This was a great opportunity for families to meet teachers and to learn about the variety of preschool programs which are offered to families, as well as home visiting programs and playgroups for families with infants and toddlers. The goal of the fair was to help match families to an appropriated early childhood setting that meets their needs.

There were activities for children and parents, a slideshow on the beautiful, new Athol Community Elementary School (ACES), as well as pizza and other refreshments.

For those who were unable to make this event and wish to have more information, please call the Athol-Royalston Schools Central Office at 978-249-2400.

Thanks to Jen Aldrich, Asst. Supt. Steve Meyer, the principals (including Principal Molly Superchi from Royalston and Incoming Principal Mike Leander from Aces, all the teachers, all the presenters, and everyone involved in making this such a successful program.

And thanks so much to all the parents and families who attended. We are absolutely committed to involving our community in our new Athol COMMUNITY Elementary School! It was great to see you here tonight and to speak to so many of you!

This article is from the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook Site. To see more pictures from this event please visit

Pictured above is Jenn Ames and Angela Deveneau from the ARRSD integrated preschool program. Photo is courtesy of Mitchell R. Grosky.

Catch of the Day

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff observe demonstrating our school expectations of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property during recess. Each day they choose one student from recess as the Catch of the Day who then receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize as Catch of the Week. Here are this weeks catches!

Tribute to Nurse Heather!

We just want to take a quick moment to say thank you to Nurse Heather for doing such an amazing job in our health office this year. She is very professional, reliable, and always pleasant as she tends to your children each day. For doing such a fantastic job, being a wonderful school nurse, and a great colleague, we wanted to say thank you and Happy Birthday to you!

Caught Being Good

Our faculty and staff use Caught Being Goods as just another way of letting children know that we notice and appreciate simple acts of being helpful and kind throughout our school. When a student receives a Caught Being Good he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. Here are some students we would like to recognize from this week.

Now is the time to register for Kindergarten

Where: Pleasant Street School, Sanders Street School, Royalston Community School

When: Begins April 1, 2016
(M-F, 8:30am to 3pm)

Registration takes about 30 minutes. Please go to our district website for more information and to download forms in advance if you would like.

Free Breakfast & Lunch

As part of the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, Athol-Royalston Regional School District, along with other districts, now offers free meals to all students this school year.


  • Breakfast menu for April
  • Lunch menu for April

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • March 28- April 12- MCAS English Language Arts Assessment window
  • April 4, 6:00-7:00 pm, PTO meeting in the school cafe, all are welcome
  • April 4-8, Scholastic buy one, get one free book fair
  • April 6, Hotdog Barbecue Extravaganza, 5:00-7:00 pm
  • April 12, Grades prek-2, Play at the Mount
  • April 15, Grades 3 & 4, Play at the Mount
  • April 18- 22, spring recess, no school
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • April 28 & April 29- District kindergarten screening, no school for kindergarten
  • May 6, district preschool screening, by appointment, no school for preschool

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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 :)

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange. For more information call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467.

Mother Goose on the Loose Playgroup-Thursdays 10am—11:30am Valuing Our Children 217 Walnut St. Athol. For more information contact: Jen: 978-249-8467 x 22

Petersham Playgroup- Beginning on Thursday, Sept. 17th from 10-11:30 at the Petersham Center School. For more information please call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children 978-249-8467 x22

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.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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