Pleasant Street School News

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February 7, 2016

Snow Day! Hopefully you had a chance to play?!!

Given that we live in New England a snow day was bound to happen sooner or later. For this principal's part, I glad we made it to February without one. So you know, the decision to delay or to close school is made by the superintendent in consultation with the bus company, the highway department, conditions on the ground, and area weather forecasts. This decision is carefully made and one that is ultimately done to promote safety for all and especially for your children.

As we return to school tomorrow please make sure your children have sufficient warm weather clothing. In order to be out in the snow-children need warm gloves/mittens, boots, snow pants, a hat, and a winter jacket. Please label your children's clothes! We want to minimize lost or mistaken items. Children also need sneakers or shoes to change into for being inside. Thank you.

Celebrations! 100 day projects: Part 1

It's been a fun week as students have been excited to share their 100 day projects! Our school lobby looks fantastic with so many of these creative creations. To see pictures of 100 day projects please click on the video link. We will feature additional projects next week.

Sock Hop and Go Gold Event on February 12th

Please join us this Friday on February 12th for our PTO sponsored 50's & 60's style sock hop dance with music, games, and more! This will be held in our school cafe from 6:00-7:30 pm. Period style costumes and clothing are encouraged. In addition, our Pleasant Student Council will be selling snacks and drinks and planning to run some additional games with donations of .25 cents per game with all proceeds to benefit, Go Gold, an American Childhood Cancer organization.
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Proud Puzzler!

Our preschool friend AJ was super excited to complete this awesome firetruck puzzle! Having youngsters use puzzles is an excellent task for building visual/motor, fine motor, and visual /spatial planning skills and besides all of that it is FUN!
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Fossil Fun in Second Grade

Students in Mrs. Arpide's second grade had a great time examining and writing about real fossils. Classmate, John Smith's grandmother, Mrs. Barbara Adams, brought in rocks with fossils in them that she dug out of what used to be a lake bed in NY. The class spent some time finding the fossils (plants and shells) in the rocks using magnifying glasses and drawing and writing about them in their science journals. The second grade has been busy learning about dinosaurs and will culminate this unit of study with their dinosaur diorama projects.

February is Black History Month

Our month long celebration of Black History month continues. We have included some websites and resources linked below to explore and to share with your children. The Reading Rockets site, in particular, has recommended children's books, family activities, interviews, writing prompts, and more. This is a wonderful way to spend family time and to enhance your child or children's background knowledge of our larger community and world.

Winter MAPS testing

Feb. 1 through February 4, we mostly completed our second round of MAPS testing. If your child was absent on the day his or her class was assessed a make up testing will be conducted.

We assess using MAPS in the fall, mid-winter, and in the spring. MAPS is a benchmark progress monitoring tool that allows educators to examine academic skills and concepts the student has learned and what they’re ready to learn next within content areas. "MAP assessments are grade independent and adapt to each student’s instructional level. Every item on a MAP assessment is anchored to a vertically aligned equal interval scale, called the RIT scale for Rasch UnIT—a stable measurement, like inches on a ruler, that covers all grades." Quoted information is excerpted from the Introduction to MAPS brochure linked below.

ARRSD is using the math assessment portion of MAPS at the K-4 elementary level, along with mid-module and end of module math assesments from our Eureka program to monitor and to adapt or enrich our math instructional programs. Additionally, in grades 5-12, the school district is using both the MAPS reading & math assessments.

To learn more about MAPS assessment visit the NWEA website:

Parents Toolkit:

Informational Brochure:

Six Flags Reading Challenge is Underway

Pleasant Street School is participating in the Six Flags, Read to Succeed, Reading Challenge. As this is sponsored by Six Flags it is only open to students in grades K-6 at registered schools. Informational sheets and reading logs were sent home last week. Each participating student who meets the challenge of completing 6 total hours of reading time and completes their reading log form will be eligible to earn one free ticket to Six Flags.

To learn more about this program please find information below.

Parent informational letter:

Last week for donations to the Caring Paws Club

From January 11 to February 11 Pleasant Street School will be collecting the following to donate to an area animal shelter.

  • Dog & cat food and feeding supplies
  • Grooming supplies- brushes, combs, trimmers
  • Leashes, collars, or harnesses
  • Bedding supplies- clean, used towels, blankets, or sheets
  • Cat Litter and trays that would be used for litter boxes
  • Cleaning supplies

All students who bring in animal supplies will be given a button, "I helped saved animals" made by the Caring Paws Club.

So you know- the Caring Paws club is a group that was formed over a year ago by some now third grade friends at Pleasant Street. The focus of their civic minded club is to put an an end to kill shelters.

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 who then receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize. Here are some recent catches!

Pleasant Street Report Card

Our school report card and accountability letter were sent out in print copy along with second quarter student report cards on January 29th. As a courtesy our school report card is also linked below. If you have questions about these documents or want to know of ways you can be involved in our school improvement efforts please contact Principal Ellis at (978) 249-2405.

Pleasant Street Report Card

Accountability Letter

February Vacation Ideas!

Munch & Move!

February 17th- 5:00-8:00 pm, Munch & Move at the Athol /Orange Elks, 92 New Athol Rd.

This event is brought to you by the North Quabbin Community Coalition Childrens' Health & Wellness Taskforce and area sponsors and includes dinner, music, games, and much more! For more information please contact (978) 249-3703. (This is not a school sponsored event but is listed as a public service).

Partipate in our Six Flags Reading Challenge

An informational sheet and reading log form has been sent. The log form must be complete with all required information (with legible print!) and turned into the school office no later than February 22 for your child to qualify for the free ticket to Six Flags.

We also encourage families to check out the local libraries for events and activities.

You can make a drive-in Movie date! More February Vacation Ideas

Valuing our Children is hosting a two day drive-in movie event! On February 18th from 10:00-11:30, you and your child can make a car out of a cardboard box and then on February 19th from 10:00-11:30 you can spend time at the "drive-in" watching the movie Happy Feet from your new car. If you are interested in this event call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467 to register.

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 February
  • Lunch menu for February

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

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!
  • Feb. 12, Sock hop dance, school cafe, 6-7:30 pm, sponsored by PTO
  • Feb. 12- Student council hosts, "Go for Gold", childhood cancer awareness and benefit event
  • February 12- Mad Science Assembly (rescheduled date) sponsored by Pleasant Street PTO
  • Feb. 14, Valentines' Day
  • Feb. 15-19, Winter recess, no school
  • Feb. 22, school resumes

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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