Pleasant Street School News

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News from Preschool! Why do we do all of this?!

Our preschool team not only provides high quality, varied, and enriched learning experiences for children but they also take time to consistently share information with families. To that end, our teachers send out a weekly newsletter, create thematic monthly videos, and maintain a preschool focused webpage. You might do they have time to do all of this?! Put simply, our teachers make time, often outside of school, to create these publications and media material to share with young families. We believe that creating positive and involved family partners in children's education will reap benefits that extend throughout a child's schooling. If families routinely read the newsletter with their preschool child and watch the monthly video together it provides a sense of connection to their child's school life. It invites conversation as your child can identify classmates pictured within videos or photos and can begin to talk about stories read, letters learned, and activities from his or her day. Building this relationship with your child about his or her school experiences creates an excellent foundation as children enter kindergarten and progress through the elementary grades and beyond.

"March Snow Fun" -please enjoy this short video featuring our adorable preschool friends playing in the snow.

Preschool Newsletter for week of March 30, 2015

Preschool webpage link:

Preschool Applications for the 2015-2016 school year:

Spring Picture Day

Our preschool friends were all business having their pictures taken. Pictured from left to right, Liam, Logan, and Alexis.

Community Service at Pleasant Street

We have many students who want to perform "community service" at school. This can mean helping out with our school recycling program with the Green Team, helping with custodial and/or office tasks or reciting the recess weather report on the school intercom system. We also have students who have done community service as a "recess helper." Recess helpers work with Principal Ellis and follow specific guidelines for working with younger peers. Although we have not developed a formal program for service learning activites this may be something we want to consider in the future!

Compliments versus put downs...Compliments will win every time!

Principal Ellis was talking with some first grade students this past week when a student spoke up to report a case of name calling at the table. One thing students are very good at is telling on one another! Rather than get into the specifics of that situation it seemed better to focus on the teachable moment for the table. Principal Ellis asked if any of the students knew of any person who liked to be called bad names or to be teased and to be put down? Students thought about it and everyone agreed that no one liked to be called names. Principal Ellis then said everyone likes compliments and then proceeded to offer a compliment to each student seated at that side of the table. This brought a ton of smiles to the first graders faces. They were then challenged to start complimenting each other. The problem that existed between students moments before was ended as they stopped to compliment one another.

Pictured to the right is an updated bulletin board outside of Mrs. Schwab's office, our school guidance counselor, that reminds students of this message as well.

MCAS testing updates

Dear Families,

Our fourth graders had their first session of the English language arts reading comprehension test on Wednesday March 25th! We will then participate in MCAS testing from March 30-April 2 with respective sessions for grades 3 and 4. Students were very focused, worked incredibly hard, and appeared to be applying their reading strategies as they thoughtfully answered multiple choice and open response questions.

Grade 4 MCAS testing

  • March 30, reading comprehension, session #2
  • April 2, ELA long composition, state mandated day

Grade 3 testing:

  • March 31, reading comprehension, session #1
  • April 1, reading comprehension, session #2

If you have any questions about the MCAS administration please contact the school office.

Please click on the links below for prior school notices and for more MCAS information from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website.

MCAS posters and well wishing from our student council

Going Visual...Examing Mid-Year Literacy Assessment Data

Principal Ellis took a few candid snapshots of teachers during our faculty meeting time as they were busy collaborating with grade level partners and specialists. Teachers are pictured charting student performance and growth, using multiple data measures, from the beginning of the year to the mid-year point. While teachers routinely examine their own student progress, they need more opportunities to dialogue with grade level partners and to reflect on broader patterns and trends that span across grade levels. As teachers work more closely together we are building upon our professional learning community through sharing successes, challenges, ideas, expertise, and resources with one another. This analysis also allows us look at cohorts and performance patterns for rigorous instruction and curriculum alignment, the need for strategic intervention and additional instructional supports, as well as how we are enriching our curriculum to meet the needs of higher achieving children.

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 :)

Winter and Spring 2015- Happenings at Valuing our Children- click on the link below to see what is being offered at this wonderful family resource center.

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

  • March 25- April 6- ELA Spring testing window
  • April 2, Grade 4 MCAS ELA long composition-state mandated day
  • April 6, PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome, childcare is provided
  • April 8, School House Rock, Live, Children's play at Mount Wachusett Theatre
  • April 6-10, Kindergarten registration
  • April 6-10, Scholastic Buy One, Get One Free, Book Fair. Look for more information to come home!
  • April 20- 24, spring vacation, no school

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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