PCS Community Newsletter 10-18-17

created by Principal Menard

New Community Newsletter format

Welcome to the new format for the Petersham Community Newsletter! I will be utilizing the tool called S'more to produce this bi-montly informative newsletter. If you know of anyone that would like to be added to our group email list, please email me at mrsmenard@petershamcenterschool.org with their email information and I will be more than happy to add them.


Mrs. Menard

First PCS International Walk to School Day - October 11th

Chief Cooley, Petersham Police, Officer Jesse Berard, Secretary Ann Degnan, and Principal Menard joined in on the first iWalk event for PCS. Thirty-four students got to experience the pleasure of walking to our charming school!

PCS Blizzard Bag Committee

The PCS Blizzard Bag Committee has been meeting on a regular basis this fall. This Committee is comprised of: the District Curriculum Coordinator, PCS Principal, teachers, and parents. These members have created a list of recommendations to improve the Blizzard Bags. These recommendations will be brought forth to the PCS School Committee during their next meeting - Thursday, November 9th at 5:30 p.m. After this meeting, I will report out the changes that will be taking place.

Mrs. Phelp's (better known as Debbie) retirement

New Bubbler at PCS

Thanks to the very generous girls of Troop 645699, Petersham Center School has a new bubbler in the cafeteria. It is also used to refill reusable water bottles and even keeps track of how many plastic water bottles students are keeping out of the landfill. Thanks ladies for improving your school! It is much appreciated by all!!!
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Students Recognized for "Caught Being Good" in September

These students were announced at the October Student Assembly for "Caught Being Good". We are proud of you!!!!!
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Petersham Center School now a Targeted Assistance Title I School

Please read the brochure below for details. Copies are available in the office if you did not receive it at Open House.

Petersham Lions Club Halloween Party

Please join us on October 31st for the Halloween Party. Details below.


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Safety for all at PCS

As Principal of PCS, my number one concern is the safety of our staff and students on a daily basis. I work closely with Chief Cooley, Mr. Burke, the F,M, Kuzmeskus bus company, Mrs. Degnan and Mrs. Warburton, and our staff to constantly refine safety protocols that we follow at Petersham Center School.

On September 8th, our Director of Buildings and Grounds, Jay Burke, ran our first Fire Drill of the year. On September 27th, we worked with the bus company to review bus safety procedures during our annual Bus Evacuation Drill. All students in grades K-6 participated. On Tuesday, October 17th, Trooper Carmichael and Chief Cooley worked with ALL staff on Lock Down Training. This training will be followed up with some Lock Down drills at PCS; the first one being on Monday, October 23rd around 10:30 a.m. All students will be informed prior by their grade level teacher.

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Petersham Playground Committee

In the 2016-2017 school year, the Petersham Playground Committee was formed. The Committee established the following mission: "The Petersham Playground Project is a community initiative to revitalize and re-imagine the outdoor recreation areas at our Center School . . . for everyone in town to enjoy.".

Petersham Playground Committee's 1st Fundraiser

On Saturday, September 30th, the Petersham Playground Committee held our first fundraiser. It was a huge success with 136 people attending. Community members were served pancakes, bacon or sausage, juice, and coffee. Over 33 unique local items were also up for Silent Auction. Thanks to all supporters, and our generous donors of food and goods, we were able to raise over $3,370!!

Petersham Playground Committee's Current Fundraiser

Through October 23rd, the Petersham Playground Committee is conducting the "Fun Pasta Fundraiser". All K-6 students received fundraising packets. Orders are accepted either on-line in a student's name or from their fundraising packets.

Please support our future Petersham playground!

Nature's Classroom 2017

From September 11th - September 15th our 5th and 6th grade students had the pleasure of attending Nature's Classroom in Old Orchard Beach, Maine. Students enjoyed a wide variety of hands-on classes that they chose to participate in. Much fun was had by all!!!!

PCS Annual Veterans' Breakfast

On Thursday, November 9th, we warmly invite all veterans to our third annual PCS Veterans' Breakfast. The breakfast will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the cafeteria. Our older students will have the pleasure of serving you, the veterans, and their families. Immediately after the breakfast, a short program will follow in the gym.

Hope to see you here!

Open House

On Thursday, October 5th, PCS held our annual Open House. From 5:30-6:30 p.m., parents, families, and students were able to visit classrooms. Our annual Book Fair was held from 5:30-7:00 p.m. where many took advantage of the wonderful offerings. This year, we also had organizations in the cafeteria to check out. Fidelity Bank was kind enough this year to park their Frosty Friar ice cream truck out in front for all to enjoy!

PCS Conferences

For grades K-4, the Petersham Center School will hold Parent-Teacher Conferences in the afternoon of Thursday, November 16th (this day is an Early Release Day for students) and all day Friday, November 17th. Grade level teachers will be reaching out to schedule your individual conference time. Please note that you will not have received the Trimester I Report Card before conferences are held, as the trimester ends on November 30th.

For grades 5 & 6, the conferences are student led. These conferences will be held on the following days: Monday, December 4th; Thursday, December 7th; and Friday, December 8th. At a later date, grade level teachers will be reaching out to electronically schedule your individual conference.

Upcoming Events at PCS

-Monday, October 23rd: Petersham Playground Committee's Pasta Fundraiser ends

-Monday, October 23rd: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Monday, October 23rd: 10:30 a.m. - announced first Lock Down Drill of year

-Tuesday, October 24th: 8:30 a.m. - 5th grade DARE program

-Wednesday, October 25th: Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-Thursday, October 26th: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Thursday, October 26th: 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Valuing Our Children Playgroup


-Monday, October 30th: 8:15 a.m. - PCS Chorus

-Tuesday, October 31st: 8:30 a.m. - 5th grade DARE program

-Tuesday, October 31st: 9:30 a.m. - Halloween Safety with Chief Cooley and DARE Officer Dan Kimball

-Tuesday, October 31st: 2:10 p.m. - grades 1 and 2 Halloween Play - gym

-Tuesday, October 31st: 6:30-7:30 p.m. - Petersham Lions Club Halloween Party at PCS

-Wednesday, November 1st: Fidelity Banking for students and staff

-Wednesday, November 1st: 10 a.m. - Petersham Playground Committee at PCS

-Thursday, November 2nd: 8:00 a.m. - PCS Twirling

-Thursday, November 2nd: 8:15 a.m. - Potter presentation for grades 5 and 6

-Thursday, November 2nd: 10:00-11:30 a.m. - Valuing Our Children Playgroup

-Thursday, November 2nd: 4:00 p.m. - Blizzard Bag Committee meeting at PCS

-Friday, November 3rd: PCS Community Newsletter

Petersham Center School

31 Spring Street

Petersham, Massachusetts 01366