Athol-Royalston Elementary News

Teaching Excellence & Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

May 2016

Teacher Appreciation Week is May 2 to May 6

Dear Families,

As we celebrate teacher appreciation week we wanted to share with you some wonderful quotes on teaching. It was hard to choose just these quotes as there are so many more that could be added. As Principals, we would like to take a moment to express our deep gratitude and appreciation for all of the hard work our teachers and staff put into each day and each student. "Education is the key to success in life, and teachers make a lasting impact in the lives of their students." ~ Solomon Ortiz

Thank you!

Principal Ellis, Principal Superchi, and Principal Williams.


Early Childhood Screening is a program developed to check the health and development of children ages two years six months to four. Children will attend screening one to two years before they enter kindergarten. Screenings are conducted by trained, licensed

Athol Royalston Regional School District Staff

What are the goals of Early Childhood Screening?

  • To find out how your child is growing and developing.
  • To connect parent and child with early childhood programs and other community services that may be needed.
  • To answer any parenting questions/concerns you may have.
  • Identify any possible health or learning concerns so that they may be addressed before a child enters school.

Please share the word with families you know who have preschool aged children to call the office at (978) 249-2405 to schedule an appointment. We also want to remind present families we will not have preschool on May 6th due to the screening program.

Kindergarten Screening Draws Many Families

Many thanks are due to our fabulous early education team of teachers, specialists, our school nurses, paraprofessional staff, and our administrative team for their collective efforts in conducting our kindergarten screening program on April 28 & April 29. Youngsters participating met with a teacher, speech & language specialist, and school nurse as part of health and Dial4 developmental screenings. In addition, Mrs. Triozzi, a district school psychologist, was on hand to facilitate and to provide consultative support.

If you have or know of a friend who has not had their child or children (who will be turning 5 by Sept.1st) registered for kindergarten or screened please call any one of our elementary school offices.

Everybody Loves a Parade

A crew of Mrs Gospodarek's multilingual students from several schools marched in the River Rat parade recently with the Athol Royalston Education Foundation and the school committee.


Spring 2016

Dear Future ACES Family and Friends:

To help commemorate the opening of the brand new Athol Community Elementary School (ACES), the ACES “Fill the Bookshelves Committee” goal is to help raise funds for brand new books for the wonderful new school library and media center.

You might not be aware that while computers and other technological equipment are included in the building budget...books are not! 100% of the money you donate will go to purchasing these new books! Our dedicated teachers will help select the books to enhance your child’s education and reading experience.

To add to the excitement, our wish is that each and every child attending ACES this fall will have our custom bookplate (design above) with his/her name on it inside a new book in the school library.

To help us in this endeavor, please participate in anyway you can by filling out and returning the attached form by May 15.

Thank you,

ACES “Fill the Bookshelves” Committee

Your gift is tax deductible! ​“ACES Fill the Bookshelves Committee” is sponsored by “Friends of the Library”. Checks payable to Friends of the Library.

Elementary Guidance News

On April 4, 2016, Rachel Schwab, Elementary Guidance Counselor received a MASCA: Massachusetts School Counselor Association Tribute Award at the Annual Massachusetts School Counselor Association Spring Conference in Boxborough, MA. at the MASCA President's Dinner. Mrs. Schwab is pictured here receiving the award from Helen O'Donnell, a MASCA Past President and MASCA Vice President. Mrs. Schwab is the Vice President of the Franklin Hampshire Guidance Association. She was also recognized for 19 years of service to the Athol-Royalston Regional School District, and for being the Co-Chairperson of the Annual Summit of Peacemakers: School Peer Mediators Conference, for 16 years, held at Hampshire College in Amherst, Massachusetts. Mrs. Schwab also attended school counseling workshops at the MASCA Conference on Tuesday, April 5.

Pleasant Street School News

To learn about activities and events at Pleasant Street please clicks on the links below to to read the most recent newsletters including math data projects in third grade, feeling groovy spring book fair, second grade array projects, River Rat reading challenge, using sensory images and more!

May 1, 2016

April 24, 2016

April 17, 2016

April 10, 2016

April 3, 2016

News from the Royalston Community School

To find out more about happenings at RCS including tea time, hug a tree, afterschool science clubs and more we invite you to read our latest newsletter by clicking on the link below.

If you haven't already....please check out the Official ARRSD Facebook page

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

Universal 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 May

  • Lunch menu for May

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!

  • May 6-district preschool screening, by appointment, no school for preschool students.
  • May 30- Memorial day holiday, no school

For more school specific activities and for events and the high school and middle school please check individual school calendars posted on the district website.

For a copy of our school district calendar please click on the link 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 :)

Free Family Fun Day, May 14, 10 am -2 pm at the Elks Club, 92 New Athol Rd., Orange. Arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, summer program information and more!

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

Welcome Baby Baskets- Did you or do you know someone who just had a new baby? Valuing Our Children would love to pay them a visit with a basket full of goodies. For more information please call (978) 249-8487.

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

To read the most recent newsletter of the NQCC, The Common Thread, please click on the link 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 the Athol-Royalston Elementary Schools

Teaching Excellence &

Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

The Athol Elementary Schools: Pleasant, Riverbend, and Sanders Street will come together in our new, state of the art, Athol Elementary School opening Fall 2016.