Pleasant Street School News

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January 9, 2016

Winter Break Reading Challenge is a Big Hit

We want to thank the many families who participated in our winter break reading challenge! All students were given a new book and a response activity for the winter break. Students who turned in their response activity sheet the week of January 4-8, were given a small prize and were entered into a drawing for Walmart gift cards. Gift card winners will be annouced at our January all school meeting. Pictured to the right is Alex with his new reading challenge book. Pictured below are snapshots from around the school of children with their new books. Photos are courtesy of Patty Winters.

*This project was generously funded through a grant from the Athol-Royalston Education Fund

Dressed & Ready for Winter Recess Fun

This crew of smily girls was happy to have their picture taken dressed warmly for winter play. Families need to know we send children outside for recess each day for a full 30 minutes unless it is below 20 degrees with the windchill factor. Children need to have the winter 5- boots, jacket, hat, mittens or gloves, and snowpants in order to be in the snow. Children also need to have a change of shoes for inside wear. We thank you for your support in ensuring your children are properly dressed for outdoor play. If your child needs a winter jacket or other winter gear please contact the school office and we may be able to provide some assistance.

Photo courtesy of Mrs. Jack, Kindergarten assistant.

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Community Minded Students Create Caring Paws Club

Some friends in third grade recently wrote a letter to Principal Ellis asking if they could do a donation drive at the school for shelter animals. Their request was put on hold given the December holidays and other charitable activities being held at the school including our food drive, pajama drive, and classroom specific celebrations. This week the community minded crew had a chance to present their ideas and make informational posters for the school, as we prepare to kick off our Caring Paws Animal Donation Drive.

As it turns out this group of friends have been involved for over a year in various activities to support animals and even have a Facebook page (!) that was created with parental permission and supervision. Their group description is as follows:

"This is a group of 3rd grade students that want to spread the word about the importance of adopting animals in hopes of stopping kill shelters. They started the Club when they were in 2nd grade and would love to raise money to help shelters with vetting and supplies to help get more animals adopted."

From January 11 to February 11 we will be collecting the following to donate to an area animal shelter:

  • Dog & cat food and feeding supplies
  • Grooming supplies- brushes, combs, trimmers
  • Leashes, collars, or harnesses
  • Bedding supplies- clean, used towels, blankets, or sheets
  • Cat Litter and trays that would be used for litter boxes
  • Cleaning supplies

Pictured below are both original group members and new supporters of the Caring Paws Club. Standing from left to right are Melania, Arianna, Aurore, A'Marie, Alyssa and kneeling Julianna, Elizabeth, and Ruby.

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Who is Afraid of Spiders?

As it turns out most students in Mrs. Coleman's first grade are NOT afraid of spiders! This chart was recently made with students to record survey data and to help students interpret their results. Throughout the building students are reading more informational texts and non-fiction which includes books on spiders, snakes, sharks, and other interesting creatures! You should try asking your child the differences between fiction and non-fiction and might even be treated to some new fact your child has learned in his or her non-fiction reading.

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. Here are some of our most recent "Catches". Pictured to the right is Kisa.

Bank Tellers in Action

Every Tuesday is banking day and our 4th grade tellers, Alex, Kaydence, Sammy, and Angel were recently caught on camera helping first grade customers Sophia and Gregory. Our school banking program is run in partnership with Athol Savings Bank.
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Are you an Everyday Hero?

At our January all school meeting we will be annoucing additional students who have been nominated as an Everyday Hero. This is one of the highest awards granted at our school and is intended to recognize students who make excellent choices each day. This includes:
  • role model to others
  • kind and helpful
  • does his or her best each day
  • listens to teachers and school staff
  • completes school work and homework
  • demonstrate our school expectations of respect for self, others, and property

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 January

  • Lunch menu for January

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

New Parenting Class- Tuesdays beginning Jan. 26, 10:15 - 11:45 am Childcare and help with transportation are provided. To sign up call Jennifer at Valuing Our Children: 978-249-8467. Focus of class is for those parenting children under the age of 6 and includes: how to understand your child’s behavior, how to listen and talk to your child, discipline that makes sense….and more!

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!

Upcoming Events and Dates!
  • January 15- Full day district professional development-no school
  • January 18- Martin Luther King Holiday, no school
  • January 20, 21, 22- dental program visits Pleasant Street
  • January 22, School Improvement Council, 1:00 pm

For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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