Athol-Royalston Elementary News

Teaching Excellence & Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

April 2016

The New Athol Community Elementary School- ACES-will be ready soon!

Pictured here is an news brief from the Athol Daily News on March 11th when Congressman Jim McGovern, State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester, and other state and local officials taking a tour through the new school building. The building committee is pleased to report the project is running smoothly and is projected to be complete mid-August on time and within budget!


On Friday, March 18th the appointment of Mike Leander as the Inaugural Principal to lead ACES was made public with a feature article in the Athol Daily News. Mr. Leander is a well known name to many in the community as a middle school English teacher of long standing, coach, and former principal of two years at the Royalston Community School. Principal Leander has most recently been at the North Brookfield Elementary School for the past two years. He is wonderfully excited to return to the district! On behalf of Pleasant Street Faculty and Staff we wish to congratulate and to welcome Principal Leander to lead our new elementary school.

Athol Daily News article

Learning in Action- Second Graders Visit Art Museum

Second grade students in Ms. Calvi Modzeleski and Ms. Gesner's classroom were taken to the Springfield Art Museum with Art teacher Rosemary Magee. It was a hands on approach to learning about the Japanese culture.

Spanish Club Making Its Mark

Students at Riverbend love their Spanish Club that meets on Wednesdays. In addition to reading English language books, they also enjoy some great reads in Spanish. These inquisitive youngsters are also involved in word work, vocabulary, and practicing to use phrases.

Friendship Garden in Bloom at Riverbend

Students at Riverbend School created a flower garden of friendship to welcome in the Spring season.

Spread the Word~ Kindergarten Registration Begins April 1

Where: Pleasant Street School, Sanders Street School, Royalston Community School

When: Begins April 1, 2016
(M-F, 8:30am to 3pm)

Registration takes about 30 minutes. Please go to our district website for more information and to download forms in advance if you would like.

Make a Date for Kindergarten Screening

After kindergarten registration we look forward to seeing families of incoming kindergarten students on April 28 or April 29 for kindergarten screening. Screening is offered by appointment at Sanders Street, Pleasant Street, and Royalston Community School. To schedule an appointment please call one of the school offices.

Royalston Community School: 249-2900

Sanders Street School: 249-2410

Pleasant Street: 249-2405

Early Childhood Fair is a Big Success!

Parents, families, and young children filled the ARMS Library/Media Center tonight as Athol and Royalston held their Early Childhood Education Fair. This was a great opportunity for families to meet teachers and to learn about the variety of preschool programs which are offered to families, as well as home visiting programs and playgroups for families with infants and toddlers. The goal of the fair was to help match families to an appropriated early childhood setting that meets their needs.

There were activities for children and parents, a slideshow on the beautiful, new Athol Community Elementary School (ACES), as well as pizza and other refreshments.

For those who were unable to make this event and wish to have more information, please call the Athol-Royalston Schools Central Office at 978-249-2400.

Thanks to Jen Aldrich, Asst. Supt. Steve Meyer, the principals (including Principal Molly Superchi from Royalston and Incoming Principal Mike Leander from Aces, all the teachers, all the presenters, and everyone involved in making this such a successful program.

And thanks so much to all the parents and families who attended. We are absolutely committed to involving our community in our new Athol COMMUNITY Elementary School! It was great to see you here tonight and to speak to so many of you!

This article is from the Celebrate Schools Athol Royalston Facebook Site. To see more pictures from this event please visit

Pictured above is Jenn Ames and Angela Deveneau from the ARRSD integrated preschool program. Photo is courtesy of Mitchell R. Grosky.

Pleasant Street School News

To learn about activities and events at Pleasant Street please clicks on the links below to to read the most recent newsletters including our breakfast visit from Congressman McGovern, Green Eggs and Ham in kindergarten, Dr. Seuss day, Being Keen in Green and much, much more! Pictured to the right are some of our friends, decked out in red & white, on March 3rd, for Dr. Seuss' birthday.

March 27th newsletter

March 20th newsletter

March 13th newsletter

March 6th newsletter


Mrs. Goldthwaite's, Ms. Plourde's, and Mrs. Webb's kindergarten classes at Pleasant Street School ended their month long study of author Dr. Seuss on Thursday with a special guest reader. Mr. Mitch Grosky came to school and read his favorite Dr. Seuss story "Bartholomew and the Oobleck" to the kindergarten classes. Everyone loved listening to Mr. Grosky take on the roles of the characters in the story and even enjoyed participating at times as well! Following the story the students to made their own oobleck and experimented with the scientific properties of solid and liquid! "Thank you Mr. Grosky for ending our author study of Dr. Seuss in a most entertaining way!"

Don't miss out on the "Feeling Groovy" buy one, get one, book fair at Pleasant Street

The book fair will be offered at the school to students during their lunch and recess hour from 11:30-12:30. In addition, the book fair is open to the public on Wednesday, April 7th from 5:00 to 7:00 pm. This is the night of our hotdog barbecue extravanganza. Please come buy for some wonderful books and if you want to stay for our BBQ please give Mrs. Muzzy a call in the school office at 249-2405 to reserve tickets for dinner. This is our last Pleasant Street School Book Fair and we are planning to make it our best yet!
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Bullying Prevention Pledge at Pleasant Street

On March 21, 2016, the 3rd and 4th grade classes at Pleasant Street School completed their Steps to Respect training, by taking the Athol-Royalston Regional School District Bullying Prevention Pledge. The pledge and the district Bullying Prevention and Intervention Plan can be found on the school district's website: TheSteps to Respect curriculum is taught by classroom teachers and Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor, to all 3rd and 4th grade classes. Students learn friendship skills, calm down skills, the definition of bullying, the difference between tattling and when to tell/report concerns to teachers and staff, what cyberbullying is, and how to be active, positive and assertive bystanders. The Steps to Respect curriculum, and the pledge fulfill requirements listed in the Massachusetts Law MGL c.71, s.37O about bullying and cyberbullying. In addition to their pledge certificate, the students received "Band against bullying. Stand up. Speak out." bracelets, funded by the Pleasant Street School PTO, and bookmarks from the PACER National Bullying Prevention Center.

News from the Royalston Community School

To find out more about happenings at RCS we invite you to read our latest all school newsletter by clicking on the link below.

Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast

Last weekend RCS was full of many familiar faces as we held our 3rd annual Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast. Those in attendance visited with friends and family as they enjoyed a yummy breakfast. The gym was set up with many auctions and raffles. Each class from RCS collaborated to donate and put together a themed basket. There were bicycles, a game camera, Kitchen Aid mixer, gift card tree and many other donated items. This event is a fundraiser to benefit the Chet Hall Memorial Scholarship. Thank you to everyone who donated, volunteered and attended this wonderful event. We hope to see you all at next year's breakfast.

RCS Principal for the Day

As part of the auction at the Chet Hall Memorial Pancake Breakfast, Ms. Superchi donated a certificate for a student to serve as Principal for a day. Mason's name was pulled and he eagerly rose to the occasion! On FridayMason was the Principal of the Day at RCS. He began the day by greeting students as they danced through the doors to "Eye of The Tiger", one of his favorite songs. Mason read to our kindergarten and futures classes. He observed teachers and provided them with feedback via a type-written memo. In addition, he received an important phone call from Assistant Superintendent, Mr. Meyer. He greeted State Trooper Willhite. During lunch times, he passed out Oreo cookies and mandated that every class enjoy extra recess. Lastly, he allowed all students to bring stuffed animals to school on Friday. Mr. Mello took his job very seriously. He kept students on-task learning and ensured everyone had a fun-filled Friday. Well done Mr. Mello!

5th Grade DARE Graduation

Officer Sherry Miner from the Royalston Police Department has been working with Mrs. Patriquin over the past few months to bring the D.A.R.E. (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) program to 5th graders at Royalston Community School. The mission of the D.A.R.E. program is teaching students good decision-making skills to help them lead safe and healthy lives. As students completed the program they wrote essays about what they learned about substance abuse, peer pressure and violance and pledged to make healthy decisions. During our recent D.A.R.E. graduation, each student was recognized for their accomplishments. Many local and state officials congratulated students and encouraged them to use skills learned through D.A.R.E. to make wise decisions and to lead healthy lives. We are extremely proud of the 5th grade students for their hard work and accomplishments completing this program.

If you haven't already....please check out the Official ARRSD Facebook page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Universal 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 April

  • Lunch menu for April

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!

  • March 28- April 12- MCAS English Language Arts Assessment window
  • April 18- 22, spring recess, no school
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • April 28 & April 29- Kindergarten screening for the district by appointment, no school for kindergarten students
  • May 6-district preschool screening, by appointment, no school for preschool students.

For more school specific activities and for events and the high school and middle school please check individual school calendars posted on the district website.

For a copy of our school district calendar please click on the link below.

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 :)

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange

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

Welcome Baby Baskets- Did you or do you know someone who just had a new baby? Valuing Our Children would love to pay them a visit with a basket full of goodies. For more information please call (978) 249-8487.

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.

Plan to Attend a Spring Vacation Week Movie at the Athol Library

When: April 20, from 1:00-3:00 pm

Where: Athol Public Library

What: A showing of the Peanuts movie (rated G)

What else: Enjoy pizza and a beverage courtesy of Market Basket, no registration is required.

Check back soon for more news!

News from the Athol-Royalston Elementary Schools

Teaching Excellence &

Bringing Our Schools Together in 2016

The Athol Elementary Schools: Pleasant, Riverbend, and Sanders Street will come together in our new, state of the art, Athol Elementary School opening Fall 2016.