Pleasant Street School News

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November 21, 2015

We are already half way through the month of November and our Family Literacy Challenge!

We are so excited that over 70 families signed up to participate in our month long literacy challenge. Don't forget to keep tally of your various literacy activities on your tracking sheet to turn in at the end of the month.

We will be recognizing participating students at an all school meeting on December 4th. All participants will also be entered into random drawing where we will select one grand prize winner who will receive a $50 Walmart gift card, 4 first place winners who will receive one of 4- $25 Walmart gift cards, and 5- honorable mentions who will each receive a $10 Walmart gift card.

Reading Museum Projects Wanted

A reading museum project can be anything that your son or daughter wants to do or to make that was inspired by reading. Pictured are some wonderful examples of projects made last year. Nathan and his brother Matthew both made paper mache Pokemon characters as they enjoy reading Pokemon. Now that is pretty creative! Morgan made a wonderful diorama tribute to Dr. Seuss and Kaden brought in a rock & mineral collection. Other projects included posters, writing projects, and models. We are looking forward to seeing and featuring some new reading museum projects this year.

Where in the World is Miss Maddie?

Miss Maddie, Madison Truehart, our former noon duty support staff member, a well known YMCA youth sports assistant, and 2014 graduate of Athol High School, was accepted to proudly serve in Americorps. Maddie recently traveled to California for training and is now stationed in North Bend, Washington which you can find on the map below.

Nov. 16, 2015- Letter#4

Dear Students,

The past week has been very intense and really eventful and I have been stressed out a little bit. We finally made it to North Bend, Washington and I am loving every minute of it. We are living in a house at a place called Camp Korey in Carnation. The house is small but we don’t spend much time there so it really doesn’t matter. It has been challenging living with 10 other people though. Our work is incredible, we spent one day just clearing out invasive blackberry plants and honestly, it was the most rewarding thing to look at an area of land that is so dense with plants and then when we were done, it was completely cleared out. It was awesome. Of course we were all exhausted and sore afterwards but we felt so good about it. We spent today planting 1000 trees with some local volunteers, which was cool. It was my first time planting a tree and it was an amazing experience! We had most of Tuesday off so we decided to explore Seattle a little bit. We went to a Klondike Gold Rush museum, that was awesome and we also went to the Seahawks stadium. Another thing that was really cool was being able to go to the salmon hatchery and seeing the fish and learning about them. I hope everyone is having a great year so far and that everyone is getting excited for Thanksgiving!

-- Warm regards, Maddie

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Fourth Graders with their Kindergarten Reading Buddies

Ms. Plourde's class and Mrs. Robertson's fourth grade had a nice time having kindergarten reading buddy time! Sometimes the look you can capture in a picture so easily captures just how much fun someone is having!

Catch of the Day!

Our School Support Noon Duty staff continue to be recognizing students in their, "Catch of the Day," program. This honor is given to students who staff observe demonstrating our school expectations of respect for self, respect for others, and respect for property during recess. Each day they choose one student from recess as the Catch of the Day who then receives a certificate, a stuffed fish for a day, and is entered into a weekly drawing in the "fish bowl" to receive a prize. For the past two weeks all of these students have been chosen as our Catch of the Day. Congratulations to all and to Josh pictured to the right who was our prize winner for the week.

Mad Science -Week #7

This past week in our Thursday Mad Science group children experimented with making shelters to withstand weather simulations such as earthquakes and wind storms. Pictured are Morgan and A'Marie working together on a design. Please click on the Animoto video linked below for more action shots from this program.

Monday Science Program Week #4

Our Monday Afterschool Science Crew had fun learning about symmetry, Leonardo da Vinci and designing their own symmetrical prints including their own full size bodies. For more pictures click on the link below.

Recess is Always Better on Sunny November Days!

Sure Mrs. Ellis, you can take our picture! Friends in kindergarten, first grade, and third grade are all busy enjoying the climbing structure on a beautiful afternoon. As we face colder weather in the future please make sure your children are well outfitted with warm gear to keep their play time comfortable.

Lost & Found Items will be packed up for donation on November 25

We have many, many items in our lost & found and will need to clean out before the winter season begins and the items multiply exponentially! If your child is missing clothes please make a point to check the lost & found before the close of the school day on Wednesday.

Let it Snow! Winter Concert is on December 1st

We look forward to welcoming families are our upcoming winter concert on December 1st.

Who: All students in grades K-4 will be performing a lovely selection of season songs.

When: December 1, 6:00 pm performance

Where: Athol High School Auditorium

Time for arrival: Children are to arrive by 5:45

Attire: Black & white clothing with one optional winter garment (Hat, scarf, mittens, etc.)

Look for the pictured family notice to come home this week.

Crafters and Volunteers Wanted! 5th Annual Make & Take on December 4th

Marble painting, glitter, glue, crayon melts, ornaments, cards, and more, we hope you can join us for our 5th annual Make & Take Winter Craft Night on Friday December 4th from 6:00-8:00 pm. This is one of our signature events at Pleasant Street and it is certainly a favorite among our students.

Please contact the office if you are able to volunteer at this event.

You are invited to join our School Wide "Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive"

Dear Parents,

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:

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 November
  • Lunch menu for November

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

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!

  • November 23, Picture retake day
  • November 25, District half day, noon dismissal, lunch will not be served
  • November 26, & 27- No school- Thanksgiving holiday
  • December 1, All School Concert, 6:00 pm, arrive by 5:45 pm
  • December 2, District half day, noon dismissal
  • December 4, 5th Annual Holiday Make & Take, 6:00-8:00 pm
  • December 7, PTO meeting, 5:30-6:30, school cafe, all are welcome
For your convenience our district calendar is linked below.

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