Pleasant Street School News

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November 8, 2015

Celebrate with Us! November is Family Literacy Month

This year marks the Commonwealth's 19th annual Family Literacy Month in recognition of the pivotal role that parents and family members play in the educational success of their children. In celebration of Family Literacy Month, communities across the state will host activities throughout November in support of literacy, lifelong learning, and family-well-being.

At Pleasant Street we have been promoting literacy in the classroom and beyond through the following activities:

  • Community Reads Day, Nov. 3rd- Volunteers and parents joined us for a special reading and activity in all of our classes.
  • The Big Read- Community Literacy Event- Saturday, Nov. 14th, 10 am to noon at the ELKs Lodge, 93 New Athol Rd, Orange with a free performance of the Nutcracker.

  • Children's Book Festival- Mount Wachusett Community College, Nov. 14, 10:00-3:00 pm-free admission, music, storytellers, local authors and illustrators. For a wonderful, literacy rich family day attend the Big Read in the morning and come to this wonderful event after lunch!
  • Reading Challenges- Beyond regular reading expectations by classroom teachers our school promotes reading challenges at various points during the year beginning with our November Family Literacy Challenge. Information was sent home this week and is linked below.

Literacy challenge form-must be handed in no later than Nov. 9th

Reading Museum Project form

  • Six Flags Read to Succeed Program. Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Each student who completes six hours of recreational reading can earn a free ticket to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it's a great way to motivate kids to read. Thank you to Mrs. Stockwood who has offered to serve as our parent volunteer to register students.

Pictures from Community Reading Day!

A big thank you is due to the Athol Public Library and to their wonderful volunteer readers who visited Pleasant Street on November 3rd for Community Reading Day!

Volunteer readers: Mary Williams, David Small, Carol Forand, Representative Susannah Whipps Lee, Ken Vaidulas, Megan Shaughnessy, Shaun Suhoski, Dianna Dugas, Rebecca Tower-Hughes, Sarah Gambrell, Christine Mailloux, and John Duguay.

Pictured is representative Susannah Whipps Lee with Ms. Plourde's kindergarten class. For more pictures from Community Reading day click on the link below.

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.

Mad Science -Week #5

Another fun filled time was had this past week at our Mad Science Afterschool Program which focused on the use of circuit boards. Unfortunately, we have had a little technology snafu and the pictures from this program are not available at press time.

All About Bubbles! Monday Science Program Week #2

On Monday, November 3, our Monday afterschool science program had a great time experimenting with bubbles with the use of common household materials. Don't be surprised if your son or daughter asks to try this again at home with you!

To see somemore fun pictures from this activity please click on the short video link.

Parent/teacher conferences are this week!

We are looking forward to seeing families at conferences on Monday, November 9th from 3:30 to 5:00 pm and Tuesday, November 10th from 6:00-7:30 pm. Conferences are held by appointment and are designed to be very informative and focused conversations about your child's progress. We encourage parents to come prepared in advance with questions so that our teachers can not only share work samples, assessment information, and report on your child's progress but also answer any of your questions.

Come Join Us for Family Movie Night on Friday, Nov. 13th from 6:00-8:00

Plan to bring a cozy blanket, pillow, sleeping bag, or camp chairs, and your PJs if you like, and join us for family movie night on Friday, Nov. 13th. This event is free and open to all families. You are welcome to bring your own snacks or you can buy some from our student council.

Check out the PTO Facebook Page for news on our school store and more

Parent and PTO volunteer Becky Lanoue runs our school store on Fridays. She is trying to make this work for every other Friday. To check when school store will be next offered please follow the PTO Facebook page.

Pictured is school council member Ayden helping out at school store.

Where in the World is Miss Maddie?

Miss Maddie, Madison Truehart, our former noon duty support staff member, a well known YMCA youth sports assistant, and 2014 graduate of Athol High School, was accepted to proudly serve in Americorps. Maddie recently traveled to California for training. AmeriCorps is a community service oriented organization engages young adults in meeting identified needs within communities typically in the fields of education, public safety, healthcare, and environmental protection. The program is often compared to being a domestic equivalent to the Peace Corps. To learn more about the Americorp program please visit their website.

We thought it would be an awesome idea for Maddie to share her adventures with students back home at Pleasant Street. If you want to write letters back to Maddie, ask her questions, or send pictures/drawings please bring them to the office and we will be sure she gets them.

Letter #3-November 3, 2015

Dear Students,

I hope you all are enjoying the cold weather out there! Its still hot and sticky out here, I actually miss the cold! My unit went on our mini spike this past week. We went to camp Lodestar and it was really fun. It was a nice camp that had cabins and a lodge. Although I slept in a tent for the night with one of my friends and the rest of our team slept in a cabin, we had a lot of fun. We did a lot of team activities that included a low ropes course, helping each other get through a tire, becoming a human knot and having to untangled ourselves, and putting on a skit about our project in Washington. We only have about 6 days left until we leave! So exciting. Until then though we will be having a lot of trainings preparing us for what to expect when we get out there, we will also be having an induction ceremony to celebrate the end of CTI. Its been a rough couple of weeks trying to get through all of the trainings and all the meetings. When we get to Washington we will be staying in a house in the middle of nowhere, which means that I won’t have internet access and terrible cell reception. We will be about an hour from Seattle and we will be spending Thanksgiving there helping out at a food pantry that serves meals to people who don’t have anywhere else to go for Thanksgiving. I hope everyone had a great Halloween!

Warm regards, Miss Maddie

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 November
  • Lunch menu for November

Thanksgiving for Elders and Homebound in our Community

Do you know someone who needs a hot, home-cooked meal on Thanksgiving Day? We deliver to the elderly and home-bound. Call the North Quabbin Community Coalition to make a reservation by November 20th by calling 978-249-3703

Sponsored by the North Quabbin Community Coalition, the Athol Orange Rotary, the Athol Orange Elks, the Pioneer Junior Women’s Club and WJDF

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

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!

  • November 9, Parent /teacher conferences, 3:30-5:00
  • November 9, Veterans' Day program, 2:00 pm
  • November 10, Parent/teacher conferences, 6:00-7:30
  • November 11, Veteran's day holiday-no school
  • November 13, School Improvement Council meeting, 1:00-2:00 pm
  • November 13, Family Movie Night, 6:00-8:00 pm, school cafe, sponsored by PTO
  • November 14- Save the Date- 10:00-12:00- The Big Read
  • November 25, District half day, noon dismissal
  • November 26, & 27- No school- Thanksgiving holiday
  • December 2, District half day, noon dismissal
  • December 4, 5th Annual Holiday Make & Take, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December 7, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30, school cafe, all are welcome
For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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