Pleasant Street School News

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October 25, 2015

So long garden we will see you next year!

Recently preschoolers at Pleasant Street tended their garden by uprooting old plants. The garden was funded by Seeds of Solidarity's "Grow Food Everywhere" and has been a source of great joy for preschoolers and their families. Shown left to right are preschoolers Dez, Bella, and Lucas .

A Whole Lot of Learning in Kindergarten!

With Mrs. Goldthwaite, Ms. Plourde, and Mrs. Webb's classes we have a whole lot of learning happening in our three kindergarten classes! To follow is a short video of pictures in math centers, phonics lessons, and more!

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff 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.

Pictured to the right is our prize winning "Catch of the Day" Giovanni.

Family Fun at Pleasant Street... Mark Your Calendars!

In case you missed it last week we left a few pictures in this week's newsletter from our Harvest Dance and Costume Night held on October 16th. It was a really fun night! Having family friendly, low or no cost events at the school, is a priority of our school PTO. We hope families will join us for Family Movie Night on November 13th and participate in our 5th annual Make & Take Winter Craft night on December 4th. More detailed information will follow in the coming weeks.

Please enjoy a short video of pictures from the Harvest Dance.

Everyday Arrays!

We almost missed showcasing these array projects from Mrs. St. Jean's class. Children were very clever creating their own arrays as well as discovering many kinds arrays that exist within our daily environments. Please enjoy images of their array projects within a short video.

First Grade Author of TinkerBella and the Winter Fairy Friends

Piper, a student in Mrs. Richardson's first grade class, wrote a short story during recess and is pictured here reading it to her classmates. Notice that she circled the trick word and bonus letter in the title as she has learned from her phonics work.
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Mad Science -Week #3

Another fun filled time was had this past week at our Mad Science Afterschool Program in which the focus was on simple science machines. To see more pictures please click on the short video link.

New Third Grade Dictionaries-Thank you Elks Club #1837!

Members from the Athol/Orange Elks Lodge #1837 paid a visit to Mrs. Heidi Heuer and to Mrs. Eileen St. Jean's third grade classes this week to distribute new dictionaries to each of the students as part of their participation in the national Dictionary Project. The Dictionary Project was founded in 1995 by Mary French of Charleston, SC. It's primary focus is to promote literacy to children in third-grade as they transition from learning how to read to identifying and using resource information. Elks' lodges began participating in this project in 2004 and have since donated over 1 million dictionaries to third grade students nationally through participating ElksClub lodges.

Pictured from left to right are Elk's Club members, Roland "Woody" Woodbury, Heather Edwards, George Day, Ian Reed, Rick Marsh, Bob Day, and Alice Schevran. Students pictured are Julianna, Ava, Lorelai, Nathan, Isabella, and Joshua.

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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

The Salvation Army Is Accepting Registrations for Holiday Giving

Please click on the link provided for more information about holiday programs offered through the Salvation Army.

Senator Gobi's Card Contest

Senator Anne Gobi is continuing a Holiday Card contest for area school children in her district in grades 4th through 6th grade. This tradition was started by Senator Stephen Brewer over two decades ago.

Rules for the card contest are as follows:

  • The theme is "My Favorite Christmas." This means children should draw a picture of their favorite holiday or winter time activity.
  • The entry must be on a 8 1/2" x 11" piece of white construction paper.
  • Colors should be kept to a minimum of four is possible.
  • The student's name, address, age, grade, teacher, and school should be written clearly on the back of the paper.
  • Entries must be returned to the Senator's office by November 1st to her address listed below.
Senator Anne M. Gobi

Statehouse, Room 513

Boston, MA 02133

The winner of the contest will receive a $100 check a a pizza party for his or her class. The Honarable Mentions will receive $25 each. The Senator will schedule appointments with schools to present awards to those who are selected.

Pictured is Senator Brewer with a former winner of this Christmas Card contest.

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

Harvest Party and Scavenger Hunt - Petersham Playgroup- Thursday October 29

Halloween Story Walk and Party- Thursday October 29, 10:00-11:30, Athol Public Library

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 26, Afterschool Science with Mrs. Robinson & Mrs. Webb, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • October 28, Half day, district professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • October 29, Mad Science Afterschool Program, 3:15-4:15 pm
  • November 2, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30 pm, note the earlier time
  • November 3, Community Reading Day
  • November 11, Veteran's day holiday-no school
  • 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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