Pleasant Street School News

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October 4, 2015

Please come to our PTO Meeting- Tomorrow-October 5-from 5:30-6:30 pm

We welcome you to attend our school PTO meetings. We encourage you to come meet other parents and participate in planning school enrichment and family fun activites


  • Harvest Dance and Costume Party-scheduled for October 16
  • Family Science night- to be determined
Past activities sponsored by PTO have included a family movie night, toy bingo, family games night, book dance, cake dances, and more!!!

Picture Day is Tuesday, October 6th!

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Picture Day: Tuesday, October 6
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Walk to School- October 7th

We ask that families join us on October 7th in participating in International Walk To School Day. A letter and a walk to school bookmark went home last week offering more information about this event that promotes healthy habits and safe routes to school. We are asking that all children, family transported and those who take the bus, be dropped off at the crosswalk on Pleasant Street where we will walk down the sidewalk to the school.

For more information abou the walk to school iniative please click on the link below.

Survey Says...

Our afternoon preschool students did a taste test of apples and graphed their results as to which one was their favorite. Who knew? It is surprising to this principal, who loves a juicy MacIntosh, that yellow apples were most popular among the apples they had tasted.

Go Away, Big Green Monster! Kindergarten Reading

We are inspiring a love of reading with our new kindergarten friends! In Readers Workshop we are enjoying beautiful books, noticing colors and images, and how authors and illustrators convey meaning. We are learning about the important jobs that readers have and different ways to read, through words and by reading pictures as we make meaning and begin to retell stories.

"I think..."

"I see..."

"I notice..."

"I wonder..."

As you read with your child at home be sure to take time to let your child share his or her thinking and "tell" you about the book. This could include noticing pictures, use of colors or illustrations, some thinking about the characters and who is in the story, and what the story or message is about in the book.

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff have a recognition program, "Catch of the Day," for students they 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. The student receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing, in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize. Our prize winning "Catch of the Day" last week was Sydney!

Array projects in Mrs. Heuer's Third Grade

Who says math can't be fun? Not us! Students in Mrs. Heuer's class created fantastic projects to deepen their understanding of the concept of arrays. To see many of these projects please click on the link below for a short video of their arrays.

Table of the Month

On Friday, October 2nd students in Mrs. St. Jean's third grade class enjoyed an icecream treat after having earned the September Table of the Month. Ms Nancy Berthiaume, one of our noon duty staff, leads an incentive program during second lunch* recognizing classes for demonstrating school expectations within the lunchroom. A table of the day is annouced each day and the class that has the most daily awards is then recognized as the Table of the Month earning an icecream treat. Children were able to choose if they wanted an icecream sandwich, fudge bar, or a popsicle.

*The second lunch includes the classes of Mrs. Richardson, Mrs. Jones, Mrs. Arpide, Mrs. St. Jean, and Mrs. Robertson.

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 October
  • Lunch menu for October

Families as Math Partners

We wanted to keep this information in our newsletter in case families missed it last week! As part of our continued efforts to partner with families and to provide tools and resources to maximize children's learning we have linked a wide range of math materials below by grade level.

There are links to help with homework as well as parent tips to understanding vocabulary, as well as standards and key concepts being taught. We strongly encourage families to use these materials and learn along with your child.

This material, along with additional resources and videos can be found at

Grade 4 Resources

Homework help- module 1

Parent tips for module 1 & 2

Grade 3 Resources

Homework help- module 1 & 2

Parent Tips - module 1 & 2

Grade 2 Resources

Homework help- module 1 & 2

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

Grade 1 Resources

Homework Help- module 1

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

Kindergarten Resources

Homework Help-module 1

Parent Tips- module 1 & 2

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 :)

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

The Common Thread for October-newsletter of the North Quabbin Community Coalition.

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!

  • October 5, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm. note new time!
  • October 6, $ave $um, school banking program
  • October 6, Picture day
  • October 7, International Walk to School Day
  • October 8, Mad Science afterschool program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 9, District professional development day, no school
  • October 12, Columbus Day holiday observed, no school
  • October 16, Save the date! PTO sponsored-Harvest Dance & Costume Party, 6:00-8:00 pm, school cafe
  • October 28, Half day, district professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • November 14- Save the Date- 10:00-12:00- The Big Read
For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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