PCS Community Newsletter 10-26-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

Petersham Center School in 2001

This picture was taken on October 18, 2001. It shows the old gym (far left).
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A Warm Invitation to all area Veterans

On Friday, November 9th, Petersham Center School will be holding our 4th Annual Veterans Day Breakfast and Program. Please join us in the cafeteria at 9:00 a.m. for the breakfast that will be so generously provided by the Frontier Girls and their families. We will then move to the gym for our program.

We look forward to seeing you all on November 9th.

Veterans Day Observed at PCS

Please remember that we have no school on Monday, November 12th. Veterans Day will be observed.
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Cards for the injured State Trooper

Petersham Center School students spent some time making cards for the injured State Trooper. The PCS Community wishes him a very speedy recovery! We are thinking of you, and your family, and truly appreciate the sacrifices that you have made in order to keep all of us safe!
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Container Request from Mrs. Thompson

Hi families! Happy fall! It's Mrs. Thompson looking for containers to re-purpose in the classroom. This year I am looking for donations of empty French's crispy onions containers. They are oval in shape and made of plastic now. Since green bean casserole is popular this time of year, it's a good time to ask folks to save them. They are the perfect size for our math game cards and super durable. I need about 20 of them, however if I get more, that's ok. I'll save them for when the original sets break. Everyone came through last year with frosting containers. Thank you very much! Just send any donations in with students and I'll collect them in our Kindergarten classroom. Thank you again!! ~Mrs. Thompson

Flurry Folder School Committee approval

On September 11th, the first PCS School Committee was held. The Committee voted to approve up to seven Flurry Folders for 2018-2019. (Note that this is the same amount as Orange and Mahar.) These days are at the discretion of the Superintendent.

Resources from Curriculum Director Cole

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Halloween announcements

Chief Cooley will be visiting all classrooms to discuss Halloween safety with all grades on October 31st.

As in the past, students will not be dressing up in their costumes for the school day.

Below is the invite to our first and second grade Halloween play. You are more than welcome to dismiss your students after the play, but just a reminder that it will be marked as a dismissal. Please note that students are not eligible for a monthly Perfect Attendance Award if they are dismissed from school.
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PCS Bus Evacuation

On Wednesday, October 24th, we held our annual bus evacuation drills. Our bus drivers, Chief Cooley, teachers, and students made this a very successful drill. Thanks everyone for making safety a top priority for all!
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Gift Card Fundraiser

Petersham Center School is beginning a new gift card fundraiser just in time for the upcoming holidays! Families purchase gift cards at the value of the card and the school is given a percentage of the sale. This percentage varies according to the store, restaurant, etc. Details are provided below.

Note that all proceeds will benefit our Student Activity Account. Some examples of items that we have purchased in the past from this account has been: "Caught Being Good" bracelets, Perfect Attendance Awards, and student birthday cards from Principal Menard.

Please check it out!

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Breakfast & Snack Options

Mrs. Wallace makes sure that our students have a healthy and full breakfast (see example of offerings below).

She also provided snacks which range in price $0.25 - $0.50. All are FDA approved.

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Recess equipment needed for 5th & 6th grade

We are looking for the following donations to make our 5th & 6th graders recess more enjoyable. If you should have any of the following items, and you would like to donate them for our students, please bring them to the office.

Any item will be much appreciated by all! Thanking you in advance!


-sidewalk chalk


-board games (like new)

Jenga style games needed

If you have any Jenga style games that you would like to donate to Mrs. Koetsch, it would be much appreciated! You are more than welcome to drop them off in the office.
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Science Professional Development

Petersham Center School has once again joined the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Integration Network. On Friday, October 19th, Mrs. Smith, Miss Keenan, and Principal Menard attended our first training of the year at WPI in Worcester. Miss Keenan and Mrs. Smith are pictured below working on a hands-on STEM project at the workshop.

Telegram & Gazette article

Below is the front page article that ran on Thursday, October 18th in Worcester's newspaper. It highlights the important work that Petersham's own Chris Eaton and Sandra Whaley are doing themselves and with Mrs. Smith's 3rd grade class regarding tagging monarch butterflies. Thanks ladies for all of your hard work!
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Petersham Center School Calendar

-Monday, October 29th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Tuesday, October 30th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-Wednesday, October 31st: Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-Wednesday, October 31st: 2:15 p.m. - Annual 1st & 2nd grade Halloween play

-Thursday, November 1st: 9:00 a.m. - District Attorney's presentation to grades 3 & 4

-Thursday, November 1st: 9:30 a.m. - District Attorney's presentation to grades 5 & 6

-Monday, November 5th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Tuesday, November 6th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-Wednesday, November 7th: Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-Friday, November 9th: PCS Community Newsletter published

-Friday, November 9th: 9:00 .am. - PCS Breakfast for Veterans in cafeteria

-Friday, November 9th: 9:30 a.m. - PCS Veterans Day program


Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366