Pleasant Street School News

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May 15, 2016

We will be finishing our MCAS MATH this week

Dear Families,

We want to remind families that MCAS math is scheduled for the following days this week:

  • Grade 3 students will be tested on May 16
  • Grade 4 students will be tested on May 17
Make up tests for any students who were absent will be on May 18 & 19

Thank you for ensuring your child is at school on time and is well rested.

Pictures from the Garden Club Week #2

The week our garden club crew filled our garden containers with soil but first prepared them to have effective drainage. We also planted a variety of herbs and edible flowers. Next week the group will plant vegetables.

Pictured to the right is Gregory, Nataniel, and Shelby, gathering leaves for the bottom of the containers.

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!

Bus Evacuation Safety Drill

How fortunate for us that we had a beautiful sunny day on hand when we participated in our recent spring bus evacuation drill. Additionally this past week we practiced a fire safety drill from our building.

Pictured are fourth grade students from Mrs. Robinson's class practicing the emergency exit from the rear door.

Insect and Tick season is upon us

The health office has been seeing children with black fly and mosquito bites. We have also seen some ticks. To protect your child and to keep him or her more comfortable, as itchy insect bites make us miserable (!), please consider using an insect repellent. There are various products on the market including all natural formulas. We also wanted to pass on a tick repellent recipe that someone had shared. If you try it, please let us know how well it works!

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. PIctured to the right is Jaade.

Here are some recent students awarded with a Caught Being Good and a short video of students we have recognized this year!

Preschool Gardeners in Action

Our preschool program has been busy paying visits to their raised garden in front of the school and using their watering cans to tend to the plantings. Let's just say they are such eager helpers!!

PE Classes Take to the Field

Mr. Anderson is actively demonstrating placement of the ball in a cooperative challenge game with Mrs. Jones' second grade class. With the nicer weather students have been enjoying outdoor PE. Special thanks to Mr. Chuck, our custodian, for getting the big field in front of the school mowed in addition to his many other duties.
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Friendship Flowers

Mrs. Schwab has been teaching friendship skills in her guidance counseling groups. Recently, students made friendship flowers after talking about and practicing friendship skills. While there are so many skills that help make someone a good friend here are just a few:

  • listen to others
  • be patient and kind
  • include other people in games and at lunch
  • take turns

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.

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.

Understanding and Responding to Challenging Behavior- Free workshop on May 16th

Challenging behaviors are often difficult to interpret. This workshop helps you identify the behavior’s source and establish reactions on your part that might help create a better outcome.

Topics include:

• Why a child or adult is being “challenging”

• Strategies that focus on individual strengths and learning styles to reach desired outcomes

• The impact a person’s behavior has on their well being and quality of life

What: A Training from Community Resources for People with Autism

When: Monday May 16, 2016 Time: 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Where: Fisher Hill Elementary School 59 Dexter Street, Orange, MA

RSVP: Joanne Woodcock at (978) 544-0018, x 108 or

Upcoming Events...Mark your Calendars!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • May 16- grade 3 MCAS –sessions 1 & 2
  • 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 :)

The Hello, Goodbye Window Storywalk by Norton Juster and Chris Raschka,

Athol Public Library Friday, May 20th 10-11:30 am,For more information call: Jen at Valuing Our Children: 978-249-8467 or Angela at the library: 978-249-9515.

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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