Pleasant Street School News

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We couldn't resist sharing a few more seasonal pictures!

"Disguise a Turkey" family projects from Mrs. Arpide's second grade

A "Plateful of Thanks" projects from Mrs. Heuer's third grade.

Teaching Celebrations...Readers Workshop in Action!

Throughout our district elementary programs our teachers have been working hard to implement a Readers Workshop Instructional approach to teaching literacy.

It's time to turn in your family literacy challenge forms!

We will recognize all student participants in the family literacy challenge at an all school meeting on December 12th. All participants will also be entered into a random drawing where we will select one grand prize winner who will receive a $100 Walmart gift card and 4 runner up winners who will receive one of 4- $25 Walmart gift cards.

Family Literacy challenge form:

Reading Museum Celebrations!

Even though family literacy month has come to an end...please keep sending in those reading museum projects. Your children like being recognized by the principal, by their teacher, and by their peers who have given them praise and positive attention for their efforts.

Always Fun! Learning in Physical Education Class

Mr. Hause, in action, instructing a kindergarten class on how to play stoplight tag during a kindergarten PE class. Children had to apply the symbolic traffic light colors of red, green, and yellow to actions of stop, go, and slow. Each class begins with children circled up, hearing the teacher's instruction, expectations for the lesson, and asking any questions.

Fire Safety Poster Winners

Our poster contest winners were so excited to get a ride to school on an Athol Fire Department truck. Pictured below

Left: Our winners getting ready for a picture.

middle and right: Tylen, Dakota, Cameron, and Aurore with their winning posters.

Family Math Night

An audience of nearly 100 parents, teachers, administrators, and school committee members attended the ARRSD Family Math Night held at ARMS on Thursday, Dec. 4th. Additionally, paraprofessionals and volunteer high school students provided childcare for nearly 100 elementary children to allow parents and guardians to participate without distraction.

Superintendent of Schools Anthony Polito provided an introduction, followed by a talk by Math Consultants Heather Johnson and Molly Vokey, a powerpoint presentation, and a question and answer session. Stations were set up, allowing families to see specific examples of key concepts and procedures as well as practice their math skills. A special thank you to Pleasant Street teachers Linda Robinson, Robyn Robertson, and Rosemary Magee for running instructional stations. Many thanks to Pleasant Street paraprofessionals Theresa Mann, Angela Deveneau, and Karen Rexroad for providing childcare. Lastly, we are so proud of our fourth graders Madison G, Sarah H., Lucas G., and Karlee M. for being such outstanding student volunteers who came to demonstrate lessons at an instructional station.

A few snapshots from math night are included below. Photos are courtesy of Mitchell R. Grosky. For a more detailed reporting and some amazing photos please visit the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston FaceBook site at:

See you at our Winter Concert on Dec. 10th!

Please plan to attend our Pleasant Street Winter concert at the Athol High School auditorium on December 10, 2014 beginning at 6:00 pm. All children will be performing with their classes! Children participating in the concert should be there at 5:45pm wearing black or white clothing. Students may also bring one winter item to wear (hat, gloves, mittens, scarves, etc) to wear for our finale.

Please Join Us on December 12th from 6:00-8:00 pm for the Fourth Annual Holiday Make & Take!

This is one of our signature events at Pleasant Street School. If you are able to assist in runnning a craft station please give the office a call at (978) 249-2405. We are offering two sessions to allow for children to readily move through activities. Session #1, from 6:00-7:00 pm will be for younger artists in grades Prek, K, and 1 and session #2 will be for older artists in grades 2-4. If you have children who span these grades please come at a time that works for you!

Pictured: Cameron, Sophia and Madison from last years event.

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 :)

Theatre at the Mount:

Mount Wachusett Community College is performing Annie. They are also doing what is being described as a special "sensory friendly" production for those with sensory input disorders including autism. Please see the link below for upcoming show times and dates.

Gingerbread Story Walk & Decorating

  • Tuesday, December 16, 10:30 am, Wheeler Memorial Library, Orange
  • Thursday, December 18, 10:00 am, Valuing Our Children, Athol
For more information please see the attached link below.

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

  • Dec. 9- Picture retake day
  • Dec. 10-Winter concert, 6 pm, Athol High School Auditorium
  • Dec. 11- SNAP-PAC meeting- 9:30-10:30- Pleasant Street School
  • Dec. 12, 4th Annual, Make & Take Holiday Craft Night, 6-8 pm
  • Dec. 22- Jan. 2, winter recess, no school
  • Jan. 5, school resumes, welcome back!

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