Pleasant Street School News

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Family Reading Night = Big Success!

We had about 70 people in attendance at our Family Literacy Night on Jan. 20th. At this special Title One funded program, teachers modeled the importance of reading with children using a guided reading approach. This event would not have been possible without the work of RaeAnn Trifilo, our district Title One Director, Patty Winters our Reading Specialist at Pleasant Street, as well as teachers, Darlene Goldthwaite, Leah Jones, Linda Robinson, and Robyn Robertson who modeled reading strategies by grade level groups.

Pictured below: top row- (left to right) welcoming sign, a view of the crowd, and Mrs. Goldthwaite's kindergarten group.

MIddle row- (left to right) Mrs. Winters' first grade group, Mrs. Jones' second grade group, and Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade. Not pictured: Mrs. Robinson leading a third grade group.

School Improvement Council

We will be having a School Improvement Council meeting on Friday, Jan. 30, 2015 from 3:00-4:00 pm. We need parent/guardians on this council that is also comprised of teachers, the building principal, and community representatives. For more information on the very important role of school improvement councils please click on the link below from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. You are also welcome to call the school and speak with Principal Ellis for more information. We hope to see you on Friday!

A Whole Lot of Learning in Preschool!

Words alone cannot describe the richness of experience that is to be enjoyed in our district preschool program. We have included just a few snapshots of classroom activities as well as a short video. We encourage you to watch the video with your child so together you can enjoy all the moments captured within. A special thank you is due to Mrs. Julie Stanley for putting together this lovely video!

Raising the Level of Learning in Kindergarten

Kindergarten students are busy learning differences between fiction and non-fiction. Pictured below is an anchor chart to record student thinking on facts about snow and ways people enjoy snow. Additionally, students were introduced to a word bank to provide visual icons and language support as they constructed their own stories. Lastly, storybook pages made by some of our kindergarten friends are shown following a guided reading of the Snowy Day by Mrs. Goldthwaite. The kindergarten class is making their own book with each student contributing a page!

We have outstanding speech & language services

Our "speechies" Alison Mosall and Jen LaRoche are licensed, speech & language pathologists, SLP-CCC, who work well as team and in collaboration with colleagues to provide effective, data supported treatment and services to students identified as having one or more language and/or articulation service needs.

Literacy Leadership and District Curriculum Development in Action!

Our Literacy Leadership Committee met this week examining district progress on literacy practice indicators as we build our common approach to curriculum, instruction and assessment across all elementary schools- Sanders/Riverbend, Royalston Community School, and Pleasant Street. All schools are coordinating in their implementation of Guided Math using the sequential Eureka math materials and in our Readers' Workshop balanced literacy approach. Through common assessments, practice expectations, and the use of data, we have strengthened our core instructional program and our taking the necessary steps to build tiered systems of student support, intervention, and enrichment.

Pictured below: Building our depth of knowledge in mathematical problem solving from Sanders/Riverbend. Also pictured a beautiful storybook project display and material from our Literacy Leadership work.

For more math instructional information including family guides and tips by grade level and module as well as depth of knowledge descriptions please click on the links below:

For more information about district literacy indicators and reading levels as assessed by the Fountas & Pinnel system click on the links below:

Family & Friends Alike Enjoying Our Days Together :-)

To the left, looking like twins in their orange coats, brothers Robert and Axel.

Bottom left: Ashanti, Abby, and Lizzie.

Center: Emmery and Lillie-Rose

Bottom: Cameron and Matthew

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 :)

Winter and Spring 2015- Happenings at Valuing our Children- click on the link below to see what is being offered at this wonderful family resource center.

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

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • Feb. 2, Parent/Teacher Organization meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • Feb. 4, District half day, noon dismissal, lunch will be served
  • Feb. 6, PTO cake dance, likely 6:00-7:30 pm, more information to follow!
  • Feb. 11th- projected 100th day of school- look for 100 day classroom recognitions!
  • Feb. 16-Feb. 20, winter recess- no school
  • Feb. 23, school resumes, welcome back!

News from Principal Ellis

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