Pleasant Street School News

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Sept. 7, 2015

Welcome to our New Kindergarten and Preschool Friends!

On Monday, August 31st, the building was buzzing with activity as our new kindergarten, preschool, and returning preschool friends joined us for their first day of the new school year. Put simply, they are so adorable and brought many smiles to everyone's faces as they were busy learning within their classrooms and practicing the many transition routines throughout the building. We even had our new little ones practice a fire drill on Tuesday, Sept. 1st! Stay tuned next week for some pictures of these new friends.

All About Me...Sharing in Mrs. St. Jean's Third Grade

Students in Mrs. St. Jean's class enjoyed getting to know more about their classmates by way of presenting and sharing some special things in their "All About Me" bags. Everyone did a great job selecting items from home to bring in. They also did well to listen and to take notes while their classmates shared.

Welcome to Both New and Familiar Faculty Faces to Pleasant Street School

Rule Setting in Mrs. Jone's Second Grade

Using Responsive Classroom® techniques students throughout the building have been involved in rule setting and establishing classroom expectations and as part of building their classroom learning community.

Math Brains at Work!

Students in Mrs. Arpide's second grade class were busy partnered up trying to independently solve an equation prior to sharing their problem solving method with his or her partner.

Welcome to Physical Education

Mr. Anderson in action teaching expectations and learning objectives within some of his physical education classes.

Every Good Day Begins with Breakfast!

Our School District is Now Offering Free Breakfast & Lunch!

As part of the 2010 Healthy and Hunger-Free Kids Act, Athol-Royalston Regional School District, along with other districts, will begin offering free meals to all students this school year. For parents, that means no more forms to fill out, no online meal account to remember, no last minute scramble for change before the bus, and no more lunchboxes to pack. All students can eat for free!

For more information on the the free breakfast and lunch program including requirements for selecting meals versus ala cart items please click on the link below:


  • Breakfast menu for September
  • Lunch menu for September

Families as Educational Partners...Your Child Needs your Help to Do His or Her Best!

We ask that families please help your children get a good nights sleep and be well prepared for each school day by attending to the following.
  • Send your child with a labeled reusable water bottle. It has been very hot (!) and children need to stay hydrated during the day.
  • Children need safe footwear for outdoor play and physical education class. No flip flops, open toed, or shoes with heels permitted during these activities.
  • Maintain constructive, positive, and open communication. If you have any concerns or questions families need to communicate directly with the teacher involved. Issues are best managed between the adults involved rather than reporting through children or by calling the principal.
  • Send a nutritious snack each day. We provide free breakfast and lunch and families need to provide a morning snack.
  • Label jackets, lunch boxes, and personal items. We have over 300 children in our building and despite our teachers' best efforts, your children will likely lose or misplace something.
  • Check your child's agenda or take home folder each day, read notices, make sure homework and daily reading is done, and promptly respond and return school forms.
  • Send in a written note if you have a change in your child's pick up plans.
  • Notify the school office if your child is tardy or absent due to a medical concern. If available, or if your child is seen for a medical condition, please provide a note from the health care provider.

Thank you for partnering with us to promote your child's safety and comfort at school and to help him or her develop good habits of mind that will promote school success.

Please pass in your summer learning packets!

Dear Families,

Please remember to send in your summer reading lists and your summer calendar math packets. We will be celebrating students for their efforts. We also welcome pictures, projects, or other artifacts you may want to share that reflects one of the many adventures in summer learning that you had with your children. We will be displaying submissions in our school lobby during the month of September.

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 :)

United Way of North Central Massachusetts-20th Annual Day of Caring is September 17th.The United Day of Caring is an amazing event that mobilizes the power of volunteers from local companies and community residents. Hundreds of volunteers along with 2,000+ local school students unite for the common cause of completing important projects for local non-profit agencies. Their collective work creates an immediate and meaningful impact on the community.

The Day of Caring begins with kick-off breakfast at 7:30 a.m. at the DoubleTree by Hilton followed by the enthusiastic volunteers dispersing to their project locations. These dedicated teams of volunteers work from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. to complete their projects. After their hard work, they are rejuvenated at the Day of Caring Barbeque held at the Polish American Citizen Club (PACC) on West Broadway in Gardner immediately following project wrap-ups at 2:00 p.m. Great food, lively music and door prizes make it the perfect end to a day of unity, fellowship, community impact and fun!

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 Nurturing Program will be offering a new class for parents starting in September 2015. Space is limited so please click on the link below to find out more about how you can be involved in this opportunity.

Big Brothers/ Big Sisters Program is enrolling children for the 2015-2016 school year program. They serve children in the Athol/Orange area with transportation provided from Riverbend and Butterfield Schools. Please click on the link below for more information about this program and how you can be involved.

September 2015 edition of the Common Thread, community 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!

  • September 9- ARRSD school committee meeting, 6:30 pm, ARMS library
  • September 14- Parent/Teacher Organizational Meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm, all are welcome
  • September 21-25, Scholastic Book Fair, open 11:30-12:30 pm during student lunches and at our Open House when doors open at 5:30 pm.
  • September 22, Open House, 6:00-7:00 pm
  • September 23- District half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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