Pleasant Street School News

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Window Artist Visits Pleasant Street

Community member, Ray Savage, visited Pleasant Street recently and created a beautiful painting for our lobby windows. Mr. Savage lives locally and finds simply pleasure in recreational painting. Thank you Mr. Savage- we love it!
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Our Buy One, Get One Scholastic Book Fair Was a Huge Hit!

Students enjoyed visiting the book fair this past week and bringing home some new books and novelty items. We also had a great turn out for our first ever, student council dessert night. Special thanks to Miss Leesha for taking the lead on putting together our school book fairs twice each year and to the many parents, teachers, and staff who assist her in making this possible.

Please take a moment to watch this very short video of pictures taken from this event

https://animoto.com/play/SDrvmP0SyEOUnxQKLhKnmQ

Student Council Estimation Winner

Congratulations to John P. in Mrs. Jones second grade class for having the closest answer in the jelly bean estimation contest sponsored by student council. PIctured are council members, from left to right- Karlee, Kyle, Salina, and Shea with winner John P. standing in the front on the right. The jar contained a total of 965 jelly beans and John had the closest (accepted) answer of 910. A side note to this story is that Juan, 4th grade student council member, actually had a closer estimate of 957 but elected to give the prize to a younger student who is not a student council member.

Being generous doesn't escape notice

Principal Ellis heard about how Juan gave up the jellybean prize to the next closest estimate and was touched by this generosity! She went out and bought Juan his own personal bag of jellybeans. Pictured with Juan are his fourth grade friends, Karlee, Sarah, and Craig. Principal Ellis suggested Juan might want to estimate how many are in the bag and he studied the bag for a moment and then replied, "hmm, I would say about 52."

School House Rock Live, Jr. was awesome! We had a great time seeing this play

Students in kindergarten to grade 4 had a fantastic time attending the School House Rock play at Mount Wachusett Community College. Students were well entertained by all of the singing, dancing, colorful costumes and catchy and educational tunes. For many teachers and staff, we had some nostalgic moments hearing songs that we grew up with intermixed with our Saturday morning cartoons.


We want to once again express our deep gratitude to our school PTO and their dedictated efforts that resulted in being awarded a local cultural council grant to fund our trip to see this play.


"This program is supported in part by a grant from the Athol Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency."

For more information on how cultural councils support the arts in communities across Massachusetts click on the link below.

http://www.massculturalcouncil.org/


Pictured below are some crowd shots :)

MCAS Writing Challenge Winners

Congratulations to our MCAS writing challenge winners! These students accepted the MCAS writing challenge and wrote three, 5 or more paragraph, essays in order to be entered into the drawing. We want to take a moment to appreciate each student who participated in this essay writing challenge. Pictured from left to right are Lucas G., Jacob K, Angel, and Emma B.

Singing and Line Dancing in music class

Pictured below are students from Mrs. Jones second grade working with music teacher, Mrs. Girouard. This was a lot better than what you remember of line dancing when you were in school!

Mrs. Schwab attends state conference on best practices in school guidance

Our guidance counselor, Mrs. Schwab attended the MASCA state school Counselor's conference in Boxborough, MA on Tuesday, April 7th. Pictured here on the right side of Mrs. Schwab, is Rhea Gordon, Executive Director of Healthy Futures, a federally funded organization which provides training to schools, including teachers, staff and students, on health and mental health topics, such as suicide prevention practices.

Making Fractions Fascinating

Mrs. Robertson had one of her recent math center activities on fractions involve students measuring the size of cockroaches from 1/4 to 2 inches and recording the data on a line plot. Thankfully we do NOT have any real cockroaches but rather ones that Mrs. Robertson created for this math station. Superintendent Tony Polito and School Committee member, Deb Kuzmeskus are pictured here visiting the class and listening to students share in their learning.

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 :)

You won't want to miss these free events in our local community.


  • Wednesday, April 22, 1:00-2:30 pm, Prek and K fair at the Athol/ Orange Elks Club includes a special free performance of DW Counts Down to Kindergarten and free prizes for families attending! Click on the link below for more information.

http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/pre-K-K-fair.pdf


  • Thursday, April 23 at 1:30 pm, Bugs, Bugs, Bugs... a special family program at the Phinehas S. Newton Library, 19 On the Common in Royalston, MA. For more information and to register please click on the link below.


http://www.arrsd.org/wp-content/uploads/2015/04/Bugs.pdf


For other local events, happenings, and resources in this area... you can also check the North Quabbin Community Coalition website below:

http://www.nqcc.org/

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates

  • April 20- 24, spring vacation, no school
  • April 29, Half day, District professional development, noon dismissal, lunch is served.
  • April 29 & April 30- District kindergarten screening, by appointment, no school for kindergarten students
  • May 4- May 8, teacher appreciation week
  • May 4, 6:00-7:00 pm, PTO meeting
  • May 4, 6:00-7:00 pm, Family Yoga night- more information to follow
  • May 11-15th, MCAS math administration for grades 3 & 4
  • May 15, Save the date!- Toy Bingo, 6-8 pm, sponsored by the PTO

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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