Pleasant Street School News

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May 8, 2016 Happy Mothers' Day

A Big Thank You for Teacher Appreciation Week

Our teachers and staff were treated to breakfast, desserts, chocolates, Chinese food, a Friday luncheon, and more during teacher appreciation week special courtesy of our school PTO. In addition, families sent in cupcakes, flowers, cards, and little tokens of appreciation to individual teachers of their children. Teachers were even able to sign up to receive hand massages! We are deeply appreciative of the parents and families who contributed to this effort and to families throughout the year who show their support of our teachers and staff.

Pictured below Ms. Franck receiving a massage from parent volunteer Danalyn Stockwood, a professional nail technician and skin care consultant.

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District Preschool and Early Childhood Screening Brings out Families

It was so nice to meet new families and to welcome in the younger siblings of our current families who came to preschool screening on Friday. Honestly, there were so many adorable children! Sometimes you forget just how much smaller they all look when they are first preparing to start school.

Please share the word with families you know to call the office at (978) 249-2405 to schedule an appointment if they have a preschool age child. The district will be conducting screenings at other locations later this month.

MCAS MATH begins this week!

Dear Families,

We want families to know that MCAS math is scheduled for the following days:

  • Grade 3 students will be tested on May 11 & May 16
  • Grade 4 students will be tested on May 13 & May 17

Punctual school attendance is very important to school success and particularly during MCAS!

Set the Stage for Success:

There are five important things parents and guardians can do to help your child do his/her best on test days.

1) Get to bed in good time. A well rested child performs better.

2) Plan ahead to be on time and keep things calm. A rushed start always raises anxiety.

3) Make sure she/he has a good breakfast and a good healthy snack. Working brains need energy. Studies show that children and youth that eat breakfast perform better. We will also be providing a school breakfast to all students taking MCAS.

4) Remind your child to ask his or her questions. We encourage students to ask questions if they do not understand the directions.

5) Encourage a positive attitude. Let your child know that everyone finds tests daunting. Be cheerful and encourage your child to be positive about his/her abilities. At school, our school pledge for MCAS is “do your best.”

For more information about MCAS and to look at practice test questions and student writing samples you can visit the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education website at

Got Boxtops? Please send them in!

We have raised just over $900 to date on our Boxtops for Education program. We hope to surpass $1000 for use in our PTO general fund which helps defray the costs of school enrichment programs that could include classroom magazine subscriptions, family events, field trips and more.

Junior Park Rangers

Siblings Clare and Aiden were looking quite proud with their Junior Park Ranger vests. These children enjoy exploring National Parks with their family and collecting badges.

Six Flags Read To Succeed Ticket Awards

Congratulations to the following students who participated in our Six Flags Reading Challenge back in February. Their Six Flags tickets were emailed to the school this week, printed out, and will be awarded at our next All School Meeting. Special thanks to Mrs. Patty Winters for coordinating our school based program.

Kindergarten: Brady, Gabriel, Krisanae, Mackenzy, Cloie, Dillon, Sophia, Allie, Nicholas, Kaitlyn, Jacob, Wyatt

1st Grade: Aidan, Kainen, Sophia, Sydney, London, Maddisyn

2nd Grade: Brent, Ethan, Brandon, Jayden, Nicolas

3rd Grade: Logan, Alyssa, Aurore, Nathan, Ruby, Zander

4th Grade: Caleb, Joshua, Chevelle, Katelyn, Logen, Senja

Pictures from Garden Club Week #1

The week of rain did not stop our afterschool garden club from getting together. On this first week of our afterschool program students learned about aspects of planting and soil preparation,as well as safe tool use. Then, they dug right in to planting mammoth sunflowers.

Special thanks to Mrs. Nancy Berthiaume for leading this program that is generously funded with a grant from the Athol Royalston Education Fund.

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 property during recess. Each day they choose one student from recess as the Catch of the Day who receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to be picked as Catch of the Week. Here are this weeks catches and Gregory to the right as Catch of the Week.

Increase the Peace Club

Fourth graders Antonio and Braydon met with Mrs. Schwab and Principal Ellis and have formed an "Increase the Peace Club." Their first action is to establish that our picnic table on the playground can be used as a "buddy bench." If a child is looking for someone to play with he or she can sit down on the bench and other children will know. In addition, Antonio and Braydon have offered to help younger children find friends to play with or join in on a game.
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Mine Craft Club

The Minecraft Club for third and fourth graders at the Athol Public Library has room for new members! Please drop in or call the Children’s Room at 978-249-9515 to sign up.

Future Minecraft Clubs:

May 13th

May 27th

June 10th

June 24th

Meeting at 4:15pm in the children’s room.

This activity is sponsored by the Athol Public Library.

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 May
  • Lunch menu for May

Check Out the Official ARRSD District Facebook Page

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

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • May 11 & May 16- grade 3 MCAS –sessions 1 & 2
  • May 13 & May 17- grade 4 MCAS –sessions 1 & 2
  • May 18- fourth grade field trip-
  • May 18- school committee meeting, 6:30 pm, ARMS library
  • May 20- second grade field trip
  • May 25- third grade field trip
  • May 24- Animal Adventures Program for grades prek, k, and grade 1
  • May 26- Literacy leadership committee
  • May 26- all school walk-athon
  • May 26 & May 27- dental program
  • May 27- Memorial day program- scheduled for 1:30 pm (tentative)
  • May 27, May 31, June 1, & June 2- Spring MAPS testing
  • May 30- Memorial day holiday
  • May 31- spring concert at Athol High School, 6:00 pm (students to arrive at 5:45)

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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 :)

Free Family Fun Day, May 14, 10 am -2 pm at the Elks Club, 92 New Athol Rd., Orange. Arts and crafts, face painting, entertainment, summer program information and more!

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.

Check back soon for more news!

News from Principal Ellis

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