Pleasant Street School News

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Celebrating the 100th Day of school!

Thank you so very much for all of the students and families who worked together to create 100 day projects. It has been a real treat showcasing all of them in our lobby over the past week. Pictured to the right, Lucas G., with his project, "one hundred pieces of me."

Please enjoy this short video of 100 day projects from our creative and talented students!

Welcome Aboard Nurse Joyce!

We are pleased to annouce Ms. Alison Joyce, RN, BSN, has joined our staff at Pleasant Street School. She has replaced Jean Liddy who accepted a school nurse position closer to her home. Nurse Joyce resides in Westminster and has come to us from Franciscan Hospital for Children in Brighton, MA. At this facility, Ms. Joyce was responsible for providing direct nursing care to patients with extensive medical needs. In addition, Ms. Joyce served as a staff nurse at Medical Associates Pediatrics, a busy pediatric primary care office in Leominster, MA.

"We Are Friends!" video from Mrs. St. Jean's third grade

Friends in Mrs. St. Jean's class have been making the most of these super cold days of winter when we have been trapped inside for indoor recess. With Principal Ellis' help students took pictures and helped create a class video.

Please click on the link below and take a moment to enjoy our short video:

Learning the Importance of Kind Words in Preschool

PIctured below are just some of the beautiful displays are preschool friends worked on as part of a week of themed learning center activities tied to friendship and the importance of using our words to be kind.

To read more about what has been happening in our fantastic preschool program click on the link below for their latest newsletter:

Officer Phil Is Always Entertaining While Teaching Important Safety Lessons

The Officer Phil program visited Pleasant Street School on Thursday, Feb. 26 for two performances of their trademark safety awareness program. On behalf of the Pleasant Street School students we want to thank the Athol Police Department and a host of area business and community sponsors for their support and sponsorship of this program.

For more information on this safety awareness program please visit the Officer Phil website:

Student Spotlight: Looking Fabulous in Our Frames!

We are so pleased to see students wearing their prescription glasses each day at school. Children need to be able to see effectively whether it is board work, anchor charts, or their reading or math materials on their desks. Pictured below are two Pleasant Street friends, Kisa and Gregory, who do a great job wearing their glasses. We also wanted to give a big nod to our friend Mason, on the right, who is looking quite handsome in his new frames!

Please click on the link below and enjoy a brief video that includes many of our Pleasant Street friends with their fabulous frames!

Physical Education Class in Action!

Students in Mrs. Arpide's second class grade class are busy with some fun "winter" related games. Pictured to the left and to the right: Bodies in motion as students are busy playing a version of "freeze" and "unfreeze" tag. Pictured to the center: Students circling up and preparing to listen to directions as Mr. Hause instructs them on the objectives for their next game called "ice cream" shop.

Did you Meet the Vacation Week Family Learning Challenge?

During the school vacation week we issued a "Family Learning Challenge," in our Pleasant Street School newsletter. To participate we asked for families to please send in "evidence" of some of your family learning activities. This could be almost anything- a reading log, a math journal, or a writing journal, pictures of an experiment done together and more. All children who participate will be entered into a drawing to receive prizes and each participant will also be recognized at our next all school meeting. Our goal was to encourage quality family time spent enjoying educational and learning activities together.

We also included the following websites which may be helpful:

Science Experiments

Math websites

Literacy information, Home & School Activities, and a printable reading log

Meet Challenges and Achieve Success- MCAS- 4th grade writing preparation program!

Take the Meet Challenges and Achieve Success- MCAS- writing preparation program challenge!

Writing Challenge Packet (This was sent home in hard copy with students on 2/13/15)

Writing Prompts (This was also sent home on 2/13/15).

It is never too early to prepare your children to be successful!! Did you know that if your son or daughter earns advanced on one test and proficient or advanced on the second test in English language arts or mathematics in 10th grade, he or she may be eligible for up to 4 years free tuition to any state college in Massachusetts through the John and Abigail Adams scholarship program? For more information please visit their website at:

If you have questions about this 4th grade home writing challenge you can contact the school or feel free to send an email to Principal Ellis at

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 :)

Brain Building in Progress! Plan to attend a free workshop for families with children ages birth to 5. This is being held on March 10th from 10:00 am to 11:00 am and registration is required. for more information click on the link below.

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 2, PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • March 11- district half day- noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • March 24- April 6- ELA Spring testing window- look for more specific information
  • April 2, Grade 4 MCAS ELA, long composition
  • April 6, PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome, childcare is provided

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