Pleasant Street School News

building a community of learners that strive for excellence

March 6, 2016

PTO in Action: Families Make Our School a Great Place

Our school PTO supports so many wonderful activities, field trips, classroom subscriptions, and family programs. It only seems right to pay tribute to them within our newsletter! Our school PTO has open membership and we cordially invite you to our next meeting on Monday, March 7, from 6:00-7:00 pm at the school.

The PTO is hoping you will join us as they are looking for ideas from families to plan some additional end of the year activities and programs as we say goodbye to the Pleasant Street School and prepare to celebrate the opening of ACES, the new Athol Community Elementary School next year!

Also don't miss out on Toy Bingo to be held on Friday, March 18th from 6:00-7:30 pm.

Here's a cute video from Toy Bingo Family Night last year.

Pictured below are some wonderful snapshots of events held this year sponsored by our school PTO.


If you are like Principal Ellis you have a little plastic bag of Boxtops set aside to bring into school. Well, it's time to send in that collection and start a new one! Our Parent/Teacher Organization uses monies raised from Boxtops to support school enrichment projects including classroom subscriptions to the Scholastic news, field trips, and more!

Home/School Connections: Working Together for School Success

Please enjoy this short newsletter linked below for tips and ideas on working with your children on topics ranging from pitching in on household chores, to school attendance, standardized testing, thinking games, and more!

Community Helpers Visit Preschool

Officer Peter Buck and his colleague Reserve Officer Laurinda Dion paid a recent visit to our preschool program as part of their celebration of community helpers. Youngsters in preschool have been learning about letter carriers, police officers, firefighters, within their thematic based learning centers.
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Dr. Seuss Day!

Thank you to everyone who took part in our whole school celebration of Dr. Seuss' birthday which is also designated as Read Across America Day. It was great fun to see so many students and staff dressed with their Read, Lead, Succeed t-shirts or in other themed clothing. Our student council photographers, Autumn and Emmery took pictures for our video. Other council members were walking around handing out red Sweddish fish to students who could name a Dr. Seuss book title.

Please enjoy a short video that Principal Ellis put together from this celebratory day as well as links to Dr. Seuss websites.


Websites of interest

Band students warming up

It was so nice to see everyone with their instruments this week! We realize with the schedule that it can be challenging to remember which week students have band versus chorus. Thank you to Mrs. Muzzy for her help in making a calendar of dates so families can keep track. Between managing breaths, coordination of hands, and learning to read music, learning to play an instrument is no small undertaking! Children enjoy the most success with an instrument when there is structure and support for practicing for at least a few minutes each day. Please encourage your child to play for you and offer your praise.

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 propertyduring 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. Here are some recent catches and to the right is our prize winning catch of the week Leah.

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

We encourage you to like this page so you can follow news from around the district.

Caught Being Good!

Our faculty and staff use Caught Being Goods as just another way of letting children know that we notice and appreciate simple acts of being helpful and kind throughout our school. When a student receives a Caught Being Good he or she also receives a small prize from Principal Ellis. Here are some recent students were want to recognize! Pictured to the right is Landon. Pictured below from left to right are Phoebe, Hannah, Nathan, Ethan, and Robert.


Principal Ellis has added a section to our newsletter to highlight some of the wonderful achievements and activities of our students in the community. We have children involved in so many things within our larger community including those in performing arts and theatre, those who volunteer their time to help others, and students who participate in scouting, sports programs, and much more! We hope to recognize some of their accomplishments here and invite families to send in pictures and reports to share with our school community. Photos courtesy of Mary LaMarche.

Scarf Bombing!

Deja Vu Women's Consignment here in Athol staged a scarf bombing. Miss Aurore and Miss Lorelai were happy to help. The girls enjoyed their volunteer time, "Aurore says it feels good doing good."

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 March
  • Lunch menu for March

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 :)

Wednesday, March 9th, 1:00-3:00 pm, The Good Dinosaur Movie at the Athol Public Library. Free and open to the public. For more information please contact the library or visit their website.

Motor Monkeys Playgroup- 10:15-11:30, Friday mornings, beginning on March 4- May 13, 34 North Main St., Orange. For more information call Jennifer at (978) 249-8467.

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

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!
  • March 7, PTO meeting, 6:00-7:00 pm in the school cafe, childcare provided
  • March 9, district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served
  • March 18, Toy Bingo Family NIght, 6:00-7:30, sponsored by PTO
  • March 28- April 12- MCAS English Language Arts Assessment window
  • April 18- 22, spring recess, no school
  • April 25, -school resumes
  • April 27- district half day, noon dismissal, lunch is served

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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