PCS Community Newsletter 4-6-18

created by Joanne Menard, Principal

Autism Awareness Month

In honor of Autism Awareness Month, many of our staff are pictured here wearing autism t-shirts. We will be wearing them on Fridays throughout the month of April.
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Updated MCAS Schedule

Grade 3

ELA Sessions 1 & 2 Completed!

Wednesday, May 2th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Thursday, May 3rd - MCAS Math test - session 2


Grade 4

Monday, April 9th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Wednesday, April 11th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Thursday, May 10th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 11th - MCAS Math test - session 2


Grade 5

Tuesday, April 24th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Wednesday, April 25th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Tuesday, May 15th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Wednesday, May 16th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Tuesday, May 22nd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 1

Wednesday, May 23rd - MCAS Science, Technology, Engineering test - session 2


Grade 6

Thursday, April 26th - MCAS ELA test - session 1

Friday, April 27th - MCAS ELA test - session 2

Thursday, May 17th - MCAS Math test - session 1

Friday, May 18th - MCAS Math test - session 2

Perfect Attendance Awards for the Month of March 2018

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Musical Trio at PCS

Thanks to the Cultural Council, PCS welcomed an amazing musical to our school. They were able to actively engage our students in two assemblies. The students were exposed to beautiful songs and interesting musical facts. We truly appreciate the Cultural Council providing our students with this enriching experience!

Upcoming Field Trips

Please remember that there are two field trips taking place next week.


-Thursday, April 12th - 9:30 a.m. - K-6 students will Fish Stock at Gate 31 rain or shine (so please dress your child appropriately for the day)


-Friday, April 13th - 8:30-11:30 a.m. - K-4 students will attend a play at The Mount

PCS Public Budget Hearing & PCS School Committee meeting

The PCS School Committee will be holding a Public Budget Hearing on Wednesday, May 2nd. It will be held in the Teachers' Room and will begin at 6:00 p.m. The School Committee meeting will follow immediately after. All are invited to attend.

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Reminder of Upcoming Spring Break

Snow is still on the ground, but the PCS Spring Break is just around the corner. Please remember that this year's Spring Break is April 16th - April 20th.


Enjoy!

PCS' Citizen of the Month Program

The Pillars of Character Education


Petersham Center School is going to emphasize the Pillars of Character Education: Compassion, Fairness, Integrity, Perseverance, Responsibility, Respect, and Self-Discipline for our Citizen of the Month Program. Below is a brief description of each remaining pillars for this school year.


At each Student Assembly, a student will be announced from each class who was an exemplary model of the pillar of the month, given a certificate signed by the Principal, their picture will be hung in the cafeteria, and a PCS Citizen of the Month cinch bag.


February: PERSEVERANCE

You do not give up doing something, even if it is difficult. Even if you are not successful right away, you keep trying. You try multiple ways to achieve a goal. You also motivate others to keep trying.


March: RESPONSIBILITY

Do what you are supposed to do • Plan ahead • Persevere: keep on trying! • Always do your best • Use self-control • Be self-disciplined • Think before you act — consider the consequences • Be accountable for your words, actions, and attitudes


April: RESPECT

Treat others with respect how you want to be treated, the Golden Rule • Be tolerant and accepting of differences • Use good manners, not bad language • Be considerate of the feelings of others • Don’t threaten, hit or hurt anyone • Deal peacefully with anger, insults, and disagreements


May: SELF-DISCIPLINE

Always do your share, always work your hardest, change poor habits, always consider the consequences and make the most the responsible decisions

February's "Caught Being Good" PCS students

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Lunch Menu for April

Attached is April's lunch menu and new lunch tickets. Check out our new alternate choices - two every day!!!! Make sure to circle only one choice per day on the new lunch ticket!
Try something new!!!!
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Request for Frosting Containers from Mrs. T

Hello families! I am looking for donations of empty & clean frosting containers to help organize small cards for learning centers. The small Betty Crocker or Dunkin Heinz or Pillbury frosting containers are the perfect size. I need about 100. If you have any, please drop them off at the office or send them in with your child.

Many, many thank yous!


Mrs.Thompson

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Student presentations

During March's Student Assembly, our first and second graders presented to the whole school.

Upcoming Petersham Events

Friday, April 6

Engineering the Exodus: Building the Quabbin Reservoir & Disassembling the Swift River Valley, 1927–1939

7 PM

Guest Speaker Jeffrey Egan, University of Connecticut, History Department.

Annual Meeting of the Petersham Historical Society begins at 6:30 pm.

Program followed by Q&A with speaker. Historic photographs & displays. Light refreshments.


Petersham Town Hall, 1 South Main Street


Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, April 7

18th & 19th Century Historic Samplers

Petersham Art Center Opening Reception

4 - 6 PM

Show and sale of fine samplers from the collection of Sue Morello.

Enjoy fine refreshments and good cheer.

Petersham Art Center 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Free, all welcome.


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Sunday, April 8

Tick Talk: Pests & Parasites in Our Midst

2 - 4 PM

Petersham Grange presents Nolan Fernandez from UMass/Amherst Laboratory of Medical Zoology,with discussion including understanding the biology of ticks, best practices to prevent tick exposure,what to do if exposed to a tick bite, and about the UMass tick testing lab & database on tick-borne illness.

Light refreshments.


Petersham Town Hall, 1 South Main Street.


Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, April 14

Create Herbal Window Boxes

with Lynn Hartman, Hartman's Herb Farm

9 - 11 AM

Learn about herbs from one of the area's foremost gardening experts.

Build a 30 inch window box filled with herbs & plants of your choosing.


Petersham Art Center, 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Saturday, April 14

Wilderness Skills

with John Buffington

10 - 11:30 AM

Using flint flakes, sandstone, rasps, & files, students will create items including stone hammers, pump drills, bull roarers, string games, & more.

For ages 8 and up.


Petersham Art Center 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Sunday, April 15

Cultural Significance & Importance of the Indigenous Stone Landscape

2 - 4 PM

Featuring guest speaker Doug Harris, Preservation Officer with the Narragansett Indian Tribal Historic Preservation Office

At Petersham Unitarian Church on Petersham Common.

Organized by Earthlands. With grant support from Petersham Cultural Council.

Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, April 21

The Fruits of Our Labor: Orchardist Michael Phillips

10 AM thru the day

Petersham Grange presents day long program with highly regarded fruit grower and farmer Michael Phillips.

Includes tour of local apple orchard. Lunch break. Speakers’ program. Q&A, one-on-one time.

Watch for details.

About Michael Phillips here: https://www.herbsandapples.com/orchard/


Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, April 21

Antique & Vintage Holiday Marketplace

at Petersham Town Hall

10 AM - 3 PM

Two floors of vendors selling antique and vintage Christmas, Halloween, Easter and other holiday ornaments, décor, and collectibles

Suggested donation: $5 to benefit the Northeast Houndsmen.


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Sunday, April 22

Earthday Celebration of Local Farms

10 AM - 5 PM, events thru the day.

Special guests & forums. The event features traditional & organic vegetables, grains & livestock farming,bee-keeping, mushroom harvesting, tree farming, farm education, and more.

Potluck lunch — bring a dish to share!


Presented by the Village Lyceum of the Unitarian Church of Petersham.


At the Unitarian Church on Petersham Common.


Watch for details.


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Saturday, April 28

Basket Weaving

with Sue Morello of Sheldon Farm Baskets

9 AM - 12 Noon

Choose from two different styles to create your new Spring Basket.


Petersham Art Center 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Saturday, April 28

Learn to Repair Your Own Bike

with Christopher Jenkins

10 - 11 AM

General & preventive maintenance plus learn to change a tire & other key repairs, and more.

Keep your bike in good working order!


Petersham Art Center. 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Sunday, April 29

Arbor Day in Petersham

Special events ~ Watch for details.

Free, all welcome.


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Sunday, May 6

Quilt a Spring Runner

with Diana Cooley

10 AM - 4 PM

Create a bright, new design for Spring.


Participants bring own sewing machines and fabric.


Class meets at Petersham Town Hall, lower level.


Petersham Art Center. 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Contact the Center at 978-724-3415 for fee information & registration.


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Sunday, May 6

Arizona, Wyoming, Iceland - My View from the Saddle: Watercolor Paintings by Sara Deponte

Petersham Art Center Opening Reception

4 - 6 PM


Enjoy fine refreshments and good cheer.

Petersham Art Center 8 North Street, a short distance from Petersham Common.

Free, all welcome.


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Saturday, May 12

Petersham Wood Bank Work Day

9 AM - 1 PM

Petersham Transfer Station, Rte 122.

Workers welcome! Bring gloves, work boots.


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Sunday, May 13

Swift River Valley Drive & Hike: From the Headwaters to the Quabbin Reservoir

10 AM ­- 4 PM

Petersham Historical Society, Larry Buell, & guests host this hike thru Petersham.

Meet at Petersham Common, will carpool to start point.

Bring bagged lunch & water. Moderate hiking conditions, wear comfortable shoes.


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May-October

Petersham Historical Society open on Saturdays

12 Noon- 4 PM

Special exhibits and permanent collection on display.

10 North Main Street on Petersham Common.

Free, all welcome.


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May-October

Harvard Forest Fisher Museum open on weekends

12 Noon- 4 PM

Open to the public weekends.

Enjoy the historic landscape dioramas at the museum; trails open.

324 North Main Street, Petersham.

Free, all welcome.


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Petersham Art Center

Open Wednesdays-Sundays, 12 Noon- 4 PM

Visit the Shop & Gallery --

full of regional handcrafted fine art & craft, books, cards, & more.

8 North Street, Petersham.


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PCS Fall Open House Date

Please place on your calendars our fall Open House date. It will be held on Thursday, September 27th from 5:30-7:00 p.m.

Before School Events at 8 a.m.

Mondays - PCS Chorus


Tuesdays - Grade 5 & 6 Band


Wednesdays - PCS Twirling


Thursdays - Beginning 4th grade Band

Upcoming PCS Dates

-Monday, April 9th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Monday, April 9th: MCAS grade 4 ELA test - session 1


-Tuesday, April 10th: 8:00 a.m. - Grade 5 & 6 Band


-Wednesday, April 11th: Fidelity Banking for Students/Staff

-Wednesday, April 11th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Wednesday, April 11th: MCAS grade 4 ELA test - session 2


-Thursday, April 12th: 8:00 a.m. - 4th grade Beginning Band

-Thursday, April 12th: 9:30 a.m. - Fish Stocking at Quabbin for whole school


-Friday, April 13th: 8:30-11:30 a.m. - K-4 play at Mount

-Friday, April 13th: 2:10 p.m. - Student Assembly


-Monday, April 16th - Friday, April 20th: Spring Break


-Friday, April 20th: PCS Community Newsletter published

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366

978-724-3363