PCS Community Newsletter 1-4-19
created by Joanne Menard, Principal
STARS Residency at Petersham Center School
The Petersham Center School is using the "Writers Workshop" curriculum developed at Columbia College. This beautiful developmental curriculum helps students learn to write with pride and in their own unique style. A key component of this model is "writing partnerships" in which student have the opportunity to tell their stories orally before they capture them on paper. During the residency, John engaged students with some of his best strategies for using spoken word to energize their writing. Strategies learned and developed from 35 years of experience as a performing and teaching artist.
As we are now at the conclusion of the residency, the students had the opportunity today to share their creations with classmates, families, and friends at a young authors' celebration held here at the Center School.
Written by: Mrs. Ruggles and Mrs. Smith
On behalf of the school, I would like to thank Mrs. Ruggles, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Porcino, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council for providing this amazing experience for our students!!!!!
If your child is absent/tardy or being dismissed
If your child is being dismissed, for any reason, please inform the school no later 8:30 a.m. so the teacher can have your child ready for pick-up.
If your child will be a pick-up, please send in a note in the morning or call no later than 1:45 p.m. This will alleviate any angst or confusion for your child.
PCS Peace Posters
Along with academic learning in our school there is a growing need for more social emotional learning to occur. In the world that we live it is important to be ready for the curve balls life will throw at us and to have a better understanding of ourselves and others. It is important that students develop self-awareness, so they know how they feel and will handle daily events as well as how others around them may handle things as well.
Currently at PCS students are getting bi-weekly lessons that help focus on their emotional learning. By using the Second Step curriculum along with other various teaching tools and activities students are starting to hear more about things like; feeling identification, empathy, the Golden Rule, respect, compassion and accepting differences. As the year progresses, we will be exploring emotion management and how to deal with strong emotions and how to work through problems together in a respectful way. All lessons are geared to each individual age group and create opportunities for discussions and practice.
Ask your child about various topics and see where your discussions take you. Help to reinforce these topics at home as you deal with family matters, perhaps with siblings or on the sports field and extra-curricular activities. As I tell the students if we can master the Golden Rule and be more empathic beings, life is a much better thing.
If anyone should have any questions about this curriculum or the topics being taught, please feel free to reach out to me at 978-724-3363 ext. 106.
Nicole Costello, PCS School Counselor
PCS Winter Program
We would like to thank Mrs. Hanna for all the work she put into this special experience for our students. Also, Mrs. Haynes was kind enough to accompany students as they sang some songs.
Perfect Attendance for December
Container Request from Mrs. Thompson
NO SCHOOL JANUARY 21st
PCS School Committee meeting
Flurry Folder School Committee approval
Winter Whole School Read
Playground Fundraisers - Family Fun Nights at PCS
At tonight's event, they raised over $140! Check out the fun they had!!!
Thanks to both Tina Leslie and Jennifer Storke for running these fun events!
"Pie in the Face" Playground Fundraiser
I would like to thank both Jennifer Storke and Tina Leslie, both PCS parents, for coming up with this unique idea. Students were able to "vote" with money for the person that they wanted a pie thrown in their face - I became the lucky one!!!
Mrs. Regan had the pleasure of throwing a pie in my face in front of the whole school and the students had a ball watching this at our last PCS Student Assembly.
Anything for the students I say!!!
PCS Geo Bee
Breakfast & Snack Options
She also provided snacks which range in price $0.25 - $0.50. All are FDA approved.
Post Office trip
Recess equipment needed for 5th & 6th grade
Any item will be much appreciated by all! Thanking you in advance!
-board games (like new)
Jenga style games needed
Petersham Center School Calendar
-Tuesday, January 8th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Band
-Tuesday, January 8th: 6:00 p.m. - PCS School Committee meeting
-Wednesday, January 9th: Fidelity Banking for students and staff
-Monday, January 14th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus
-Tuesday, January 15th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Band
-Wednesday, January 16th: Fidelity Banking for students and staff
-Friday, January 18th: PCS Community Newsletter published'
-Friday, January 18th: 1:30 p.m. - PCS Geo Bee in gym
-Monday, January 21st: NO SCHOOL - MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY OBSERVED
Petersham Center School
Petersham, Massachusetts 01366