Pleasant Street School News
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December 13, 2015
Guided Math Centers in Mrs. Coleman's first grade
Guided Math is a structure for teaching whereby a teacher supports each child’s development of mathematical proficiency at increasing levels of difficulty, within the context of a small group. It is premised on the idea that working with children in small groups provides powerful possibilities for reaching all children where they enter and taking them to the next level. In Guided Math groups, students engage in standards-based, rigorous, engaging meaning making learning opportunities where the teacher focuses on a particular concept, strategy or skill. Teachers facilitate this learning through hands-on, scaffolded conversations and intensive questioning.
Guided math provides a structure for teachers to differentiate instruction so they can reach and teach every student by:
- Creating flexible small groups that allow students to work in their zone of proximal development so they can learn exactly what they need to know at their instructional level
- Creating activities that tap into student's individual learning styles and interests so they stay engaged
- Providing immediate feedback so the student can adjust their work
- Questioning students in small groups so they have an opportunity to talk with their peers, ask questions and justify their mathematical thinking
- Allowing teachers to re-teach, reinforce, expand, and compact concepts, strategies and skills
- Providing short lessons that emphasize conceptual understanding, procedural fluency or problem solving
- Scaffolding lessons so that they can be taught at a concrete level, pictorial level or abstract level
- Ultimately providing students with the self-confidence they need to become successful mathematicians
excerpted from Dr. Nikki's math blog: https://guidedmath.wordpress.com/
Need Some Math Pointers?! Here are some great resources and videos
Mrs. Richardson's first grade in action in Physical Education class
Exploring Folktales from Around the World in Second Grade
Our second grade friends have been enjoying a unit on folktales. Ask your son or daughter what are characteristics of a folktale? Does your child have a favorite tale? An interesting and interactive website on myths as well as a comprehensive site on folktales from around the world are linked below.
Family Literacy Challenge Winners!
- Our (5) runner up prize winners for a $10 WalMart gift card: Leah, Noah, Nicholas, London, and Cadence.
- Our (4) first place prize winners for a $25 WalMart gift card: Dakota, Cheyenne (sister Chevelle pictured who received the prize for her preschool sister!) Kendyl, and Sophia.
- Our grand prize winner for a $50 WalMart gift card: Caleb.
Coming to School is Cool Attendance Program
Certificates were also given out to students who had perfect attendance for a given month.
First Place Prize Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. Richardson class who tied for first place for the best whole class attendance for November.
Gold Star Perfect Attendance
We have thirteen students who achieved "Gold Star" perfect attendance for the first quarter. These students have not missed any school nor had any school tardiness or dismissals.
First Place Prize Winner
Congratulations to Mrs. Jones' class who tied for first place for the best whole class attendance for November.
First Place Prize Winner
Gold Star Perfect Attendance
Our most recent Wonder Word bulletin board by our speech & language pathologists focuses on the root word
Get Caught in a Good Book
First grade book recommendations
Our guidance counselor Mrs. Schwab teaches lessons in classrooms on a range of topics and social skills including how to be a good listener.
Monday Science Program Week #7
Mad Science -Week #9
Second Step Lessons Teach Friendship Skills
Catch of the Day!
Winter Coats Are Available at Pleasant Street School for Children in Need
The Knights of Columbus, and Kevin Murphy of Fiske, Murphy and Mack Funeral Home just donated wonderful winter coats for children in need in the Athol-Royalston elementary schools. The Knights of Columbus also obtained beautiful hand knitted children's hats and mittens from the elder knitting volunteers from Sunrise Assisted Living, "Charity Stitch Night." If you have a financial need, please contact Rachel Schwab, Guidance Counselor at (978) 249-2405, Ext. 306, or on Email: firstname.lastname@example.org or Dianne Ellis, Principal, at Pleasant Street School, to let us know your child's first and last name, the size coat that your child needs, and whether your child also needs a hat and mittens. You could also write a note in your child's school Agenda Book, or Homework folder, and your child's teacher will give the note to Mrs. Schwab, or Mrs. Ellis.
You are invited to join our School Wide "Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive"
It’s time for the annual Scholastic Reading Club Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive benefitting Pajama Program, a nonprofit organization that provides new pajamas and books to children in need—especially those living in group homes, shelters, foster care, and orphanages. Since 2009, caring classrooms across the country have risen to the challenge and donated nearly 350,000 pairs of new pajamas. The Scholastic Reading Club has more than matched those numbers with nearly 700,000 new books donated directly to Pajama Program headquarters, where they are then distributed across the country by Pajama Program. Mrs. St. Jean's third grade class will be leading Pleasant Street School's Pajama drive campaign so we can help make a better bedtime for these children. Together we can help the Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive reach even more kids with pj’s and books. If you and your child are able to participate, please have your child bring in a new pair of pajamas to school by .
Here are some simple guidelines for the pajamas:
- Pajamas must be brand-new.
- Pajamas in all sizes are needed—from newborn to adult.
- Pajamas must be in complete sets or nightgowns.
- Pajamas in children’s sizes must be manufactured as pajamas—this ensures that they are flame-retardant and safe.
- All donations must be received by December 18, 2015.
Thank you for helping us share the gift of a good night’s sleep and a sweet bedtime story. To find out more about the drive and the program at: http://www.scholastic.com/pajamadrive/
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 December
- Lunch menu for December
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 :)
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
Athol Public Library- Starry, Starry Night- Tuesday December 29th 5:30 pm In the Program Room. Join the members of ATAC to create papier mache stars for the Starry, Starry Night parade on December 31. If enough stars are created, the town of Orange will earn a spot in the Guinness Book of World Records! Cocoa and cookies will be served
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!
- December 18, School store, 11:30-12:30
- December 18- Winter holiday spirit day! Students can dress in red, green, white, blue, gold, and silver. Sponsored by our student council. Optional donation of $1.
- December 23, district half day, noon dismissal, bagged lunch will be served
- December 24-January 3, Winter recess, no school
- January 4, School resumes