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End of year Celebrations! July 2, 2015

Reading is Fun! Book Swap is a Big Hit!

Elementary students had a great time choosing books at our first ever district wide book swap event. There was so much excitement, from picking a colored tote bag and decorating it, to choosing new and gently used books to take home! Within each tote bag we included an informational flyer about the book swap program and a book mark that includes locations and times children can swap these books for some new reads on Wednesdays throughout the summer. Pictured above are students from Mrs. Webb's kindergarten class.

Listed below are summer reading lists compiled by the Athol Public Library. For activities and events at the library this summer please visit their website at:

Preschool and kindergarten:

Grades 1 & 2:

Grades 3 & 4:

Grade 5:

For a great resource on leveled books by title please click on this link from the Montgomery Public Schools:

Fourth Grade Step Up Ceremony

Lots of smiles and pictures marked this special day as we honored our fourth grade students who will be moving to 5th grade. Pictured to the right are both classes singing the song "On My Way" by Phil Collins. Pictured below, from left to right in the top row, Principal Ellis with an opening welcome, student council members receiving awards, and both 4th grade classes with their certificates. Bottom row- candid snapshots of students singing and holding their certificates. Following the presentation of awards and certificates the audience was treated to a slide show of 4th grade memories set to song selected by students. As a parting gift each student was given a DVD copy of the slide show. The photos below are courtesy of Mitchell R. Grosky. For many more pictures of this ceremony please visit the Celebrate Schools in the Athol Royalston Regional School District Facebook site at

More Field Day Photos

Thank you to the anonymous person who left a CD of photos for Principal Ellis to include in our newsletter. A little handwriting analysis might lead this principal to believe it was second grade teacher Mrs. Jones?! Nevertheless, please enjoy the memories captured here in these images that were put together in a short video.

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Please complete the school climate survey that is linked below. Answers are entirely anonymous and will help our school district understand and respond to the opinions of families. We appreciate your time and feedback.

School climate survey for families

Book Publishing in KIndergarten

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Goldthwaite and Mrs. Webb's classes created two separate books that were recently published. PIctured to the right is the book from Mrs. Goldthwaite's class entitled, Our Sight Word Book. Pictured below are individual student pages with illustrations! It was so much fun putting these books together.

Our Heros

The second book published in kindergarten written and illustrated by students in Mrs. Webb's class is titled, Our Heros. Both kindergarten books were available to student famiies for purchase as a keepsake and will also be read to kindergarten students in the coming years!

Expand your Thinking and Write All About It!

Almost missed the chance to showcase pieces of writing from our first grade friends in Mrs. Richardson's class after our visit from the Step by Step, Animal Adventures barnyard. Having children express themselves in written form is an important skill that we start developing in kindergarten and expand upon with each passing year. A great way to have children practice is by keeping a little writing journal. Children can write down "big ideas" they have from their reading on what they notice, feel, or predict.

Some sentence starters could include:

I believe...

I infer...

I predict...

I am thinking...

I wonder if...

Additionally, children enjoy responding to creative writing prompts. Linked below is a website with a number of journal writing prompts. An excellent summer goal is to have your child write in a journal at least once each week during the summer break.

Summer Calendar Math!

Please note: this posting will remain in our newsletter all summer to keep the information readily available for families.

June 19, 2015

Dear Families,

We want to promote continued problem solving and mathematical thinking over the summer. Students have been participating in lessons on "summer slide" in relation to reading and their retention of skills. Well, summer slide also happens in math! We have attached some summer calendar math activity packets below to keep your children fresh with their skills over the summer. These calendar packets were developed by the Cambridge Public Schools and are rich with activities, resources, websites and fun ideas to bring math to life.

K Students entering grade 1

Grade 1 entering grade 2

Grade 2 entering grade 3

Grade 3 entering grade 4

Grade 4 entering grade 5

If you have middle school students and want to have them practice please feel free to use the calendars below for students entering 6th, 7th, and 8th grade.

Summer fun in the greater Athol area

Linked below are some ideas for free and low cost activities within our community to keep your children busy this summer.

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!

  • July 8th-Summer book swap
  • July 13- Summer programs begin
  • August 26, 2015- new school year begins

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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