PCS Community Newsletter 3-29-19

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

PTG Spirit Week

Thanks to the PTG for arranging a fun Spirit Week! Below are just a few pictures from the week.

Superintendent Thomas' newsletter

Please click on the link below in order to read what is happening in Union #73 and Ralph C. Mahar Regional:


Parking Before & After School

When PCS was built, they did not anticipate the number of parents who drop off and pick-up their children to our lovely school. Since we have a full parking lot every morning and afternoon, parents are finding it hard to find a spot to park and/or navigate the full parking lot.

We ask for your help in this matter. After you either drop-off or pick-up would you please make room by either finding a parking spot, or exiting the parking lot so that others can drop off their children. We appreciate your help in this matter. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Fish Stocking

Spring is back!!! Petersham Center School will soon partake in our beloved tradition of stocking fish at the Quabbin! We will go rain, shine, or even snow (it is New England!!!), so please dress your children appropriate for the weather on Thursday, April 11 a.m.

We can not wait!!!

Reading Heroes

Third grade super heroes love to read!!


The state has pushed back the testing window until April this year. We would greatly appreciate if you would use the schedule below to plan all vacations and doctors' appointments for your children. Thank you!

-Tuesday, April 9th: Grades 4 & 5 - ELA Session 1

-Wednesday, April 10th: Grades 4 & 5 - ELA Session 2

-Tuesday, April 23rd: Grades 3 & 6 - ELA Session 1

-Wednesday, April 24th: Grades 3 & 6 - ELA Session 2

-Tuesday, April 30th: Grade 5 - Science, Technology, Engineering Session 1

-Wednesday, May 1st: Grade 5 - Science, Technology, Engineering Session 2

-Tuesday, May 7th: Grades 3 & 6 - Math Session 1

-Wednesday, May 8th: Grades 3 & 6 - Math Session 2

-Tuesday, May 14th: Grades 4 & 5 - Math Session 1

-Wednesday, May 15th: Grades 4 & 5 - Math Session 2

Fire Drill today

Petersham Center School had a successful drill today! Thank you to the Petersham and Athol Fire Departments for assisting us.

Upcoming Lock-Down Drill

A letter will go home with all students next week detailing a lock-down drill that will be held during the morning arrival on Friday, April 5th. This drill will be directed by the Petersham Police Department, State Police, and Franklin County Sheriff's Department.

Autism Awareness Month

PCS will celebrate Autism Awareness Month by wearing Autism shirts on Fridays throughout April. Our staff will also wear these shirts to recognize Autism Awareness Day on Tuesday, April 2nd.
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Note from the Nurse

You can now find and print all health forms needed for your child on the PCS website. Forms include: the yearly physical form, prescription medication form, health form and standing order form. Our school medication and illness policies can also be found under this tab, along with Massachusetts immunization requirements. Having access to these forms will allow parents to print the forms out and mail/fax them to their physician or bring them to physician appointments where they can be filled out at the time of the visit. These forms are accessible by clicking the Parent tab and then the Health Services tab.

Please feel free to call the Health Office with any questions.

Mrs. Warburton

If your child is absent/tardy or being dismissed

Please remember to call the school no later than 8:30 a.m. if your child will be absent or tardy; as all children must be accounted for.

If your child is being dismissed, for any reason, please inform the school no later 8:30 a.m. so the teacher can have your child ready for pick-up.

If your child will be a pick-up, please send in a note in the morning or call no later than 1:45 p.m. This will alleviate any angst or confusion for your child.

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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.

Two Flurry Folder days have taken place - Wednesday, February 13th and Monday, March 4th.

Upcoming Budget Hearing and PCS School Committee Meeting

This year's Budget Hearing will take place on Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m. It will be held upstairs in the Teachers' Room. The Petersham School Committee will be held immediately after.

All are welcome to attend!

Upcoming Half Days and April Break

Just a friendly reminder of the upcoming half day and break in our school schedule:

Friday, April 12th: Early Release at 11:30 a.m. - NO LUNCH IS SERVED

Monday, April 15th - Friday, April 19th - APRIL BREAK


Good work leads to soaring readers! Thank you to the parents for the at home connection!
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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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Third Grade Class Helps Community

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PTG Box Tops Contest

Thanks to everyone who contributed to the PTG Box Tops Contest!!! The final results were:

1st place- Grade 4 with 584

2nd place- Grade 5 with 511

3rd place- Grade 2 with 277

4th place- Grade 6 with 263

5th place- Grade 3 with 215

6th place- Grade 1 with 126

7th place- Kindergarten with 115

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PTG Railers Match for Petersham

The PTG has arranged for a Petersham Day at the Railers final home game. Go to

www.railershc.com/petersham to purchase tickets for the April 6th match.

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American Heart Kick-Off & Event

Thanks to all students and their families who raised money for a very important cause!
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Petersham Center School Calendar

-Saturday, March 30th: 5:30-8:30 p.m. - PTG Family Dance

-Monday, April 1st: 8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band

-Tuesday, April 2nd: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Band

-Wednesday, April 3rd: Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-Thursday, April 4th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Friday, April 5th: Lock-down drill during morning arrival time

-Friday, April 5th: 2:15 p.m. - PCS Student Assembly

-Saturday, April 6th: 7:00 p.m. - Railers game - Petersham event arranged by PTG

-Monday, April 8th: 8:10 a.m. - PCS 4th grade Band

-Tuesday, April 9th: MCAS grades 4 & 5 ELA Session 1

-Tuesday, April 9th: 6:30 p.m. - Budget Hearing, PCS School Committee meeting immediately after

-Wednesday, April 10th: Fidelity Banking for students & staff

-Wednesday, April 10th: MCAS grades 4 & 5 ELA Session 2

-Thursday, April 11th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Thursday, April 11th: 9:30 a.m. - Fish Stocking at Quabbin

-Friday, April 12th: PCS Community Newsletter published

-Friday, April 12th: 11:30 a.m. - Early Release - NO LUNCH SERVED






Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366