Phillipston Memorial School

From the desk of the principal, Mrs. Chante Jillson

Friday, March 6

Celebration "Read Across America" with Dr. Suess

Phillipston Memorial will be celebrating Dr. Seuss' birthday during the month of March.

We will be honoring his story, The Cat in the Hat on Friday, March 6th will be Hat Day!

We will be honoring his story Sleep Book on Friday, March 13th will be Pajama Day!

We will be honoring his story, Wacky Wednesday on Wednesday, March 18th with dress wacky day!

Theodor Seuss Geisel, wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss. He published 46 children's book, often characterized by imaginative characters and lots of rhyme. He also used the pen name Dr. Theophrastus Seuss, Theo LeSieg and Rosetta Stone.

Suess' birthday, March 2, has been adopted as the annual date for National Read Across America Day, an initiative on reading created by the National Education Association.

Reading Is Magic

Ed the Wizard and Reading is Magic will appear at Phillipston Memorial in Phillipston MA Friday, March 20, 2015@ 2:00 p.m. Using a bit of comedy, suspense, and many volunteers, Ed the Wizard weaves together prestidigitation with the importance of building and maintaining reading skills. This program is supported in part by a grant from the Phillipston Cultural Council, a local agency which is supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, a state agency.

Kindergarten Read Across America With Families-Mark Your Calendars

Dear Kindergarten Families,

You’re invited to Read Across America in our Kindergarten class!

During the month of March, millions of children and adults across our country celebrate “Read Across America” in honor of Dr. Suess’ birthday. We hope you would come and celebrate with us by reading some of your favorite children stories! You will also be helping us make a HUGE statement about the joy and importance of sharing great books.

Kindergarten Families are invited to celebrate in the Kindergarten classroom on Friday, March 27th from 11:15-12:15 for lunch and shared reading. You do not have to read to the whole class. We would like to create a home-like atmosphere where small groups of children sit and share wonderful stories with an adult. You may choose to bring some of your favorite books from home or choose from our classroom library. Please bring a blanket to sit on as well. Siblings are welcomed to attend with you too!

We would also like to invite you join the children for lunch. If you plan to attend, please bring a bagged lunch. If you are not able to attend, please feel free to ask a grandparent or another relative to come in and read!

Thank you for helping us READ ACROSS AMERICA!

Mrs. Moran and Mrs. Pfeiffer

DATE: Friday. March 27th

TIME: Lunch – 11:15 – 11:45 am

Reading – 11:45 – 12:15 pm

Career Day

Our annual Career Day is planned for Friday, May 1. We are seeking people who would like to share their career with our students.

School Nurse News-March 2015

Did you know that March is National Nutrition Month? This month we should concentrate on improving our children’s and our own diets. Most young people in the United States make poor eating choices that put them at risk for health problems. Establishing healthy eating habits at a young age is critical because changing poor eating habits in adulthood is difficult. Introduce your child to the Food Pyramid. The New Food Pyramid consists of five food groups- grains, vegetables, fruits, milk, and meat and beans. Your child needs to learn to make daily choices from each of these groups. Here are some important tips for families:

  • 1. Make half of your grains whole. Choose whole wheat bread, oatmeal and brown rice more often.
  • 2. Vary your veggies. Go dark green and orange with your vegetables.
  • 3. Focus on fruits. Eat them at meals and at snack time too.
  • 4. Go lean with protein. Eat lean or low fat meat, chicken, turkey and fish.
  • 5. Change your oil. We all need oil. Get yours from fish, nuts and liquid oils such as corn, canola and olive
  • 6. Don’t sugarcoat it. Choose foods and beverages that do not have sugar and caloric sweeteners as one of the first ingredients.

For more information on the New Food Pyramid, visit

In honor of National Nutrition Month, I will be sponsoring Snack Healthy Wednesdays for the last three weeks of the month, March 11, 18, and 25. Healthy snacks will be available for purchase on these days during morning snack time for 25 cents. All proceeds will be donated to our Pennies For Patients fundraiser.

Mrs. Wilson RN

Physical Education News

Our students are learning about Creative Dance for the next few weeks. Students will be learning to move to a beat, explore different ways to move their bodies to express ideas, stories and actions as well as connect movement to make dance sequences. Dance is a powerful tool in the PE curriculum as it encourages students to use his or her imagination and creativity while allowing each student the freedom to express oneself through movement. It is also a great physical workout that utilizes the whole body which increases agility, stamina, flexibility and coordination.

Your child does not have to experience dance just during class. He or she can experience it at home, as well, and so can YOU! Dance with your child at home!! try to explore telling different stories through the use of body movement. It is a great way to expend energy after dinner and before bed so put on some music and move!

"Dancing in all its forms cannot be excluded from the curriculum of all noble education; dancing with the fee, with the idea, with words...." -Fridrich Nietzsche

Heather Sue Braley

Physical Education Teacher

Pennies for Patients

Our school will be participating in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society (LLS) Pennies for Patients fundraising campaign again this year. The LLS mission is to find a cure for leukemia, lymphoma and other blood related cancers.

The fundraising drive will run from March 2-March 20. Each student will receive their own individual box for collecting spare change. Their change will be added to their classroom box. Our goal is $1000. There class collecting the most will receive a prize. If you have any questions regarding this fundraiser, please contact Mrs. Wilson, our school nurse at 978 249 4969.

Mrs. WIlson, RN


BOKS is an active blast in the morning!! Each week we focus on a specific skill that will help us increase our core strength. Push ups are challenges but we've seen great growth in everyone's ability to do GREAT push ups. At the start we had very few friends who could do full arm push ups but now so many are doing this with ease.

Push-ups help children build core strength that is important for sitting and standing posture and shoulder stability which is necessary for using classroom tools such as scissors and pencils and crayons. Stronger children have more energy and are able to it spend on attending and being engaged in the work, without feeling fatigued.

Kindness Counts

It's important to notice the little things because the little things matter. Students and staff are regularly being recognized with Bucket Tickets for their random acts of kindness. This program allows students, teachers and staff to recognize each other for the little things in a bigger way! Tickets are available for anyone to give when they notice a random act of kindness of another.

Some of the most recent wonderful act of kindness noted are:

  • helping a friend
  • hanging up another child's coat when it was on the ground
  • helping a friend clean up a spilled drink
  • playing a game with a classmate that didn't have anyone to play with
  • noticing a friend who was sitting alone at lunch and asking to move seat to sit with them

Whole classes who demonstrate the most acts of kindness are recognized at the end of each week.


MCAS testing dates for the English Language Art Assessment have been adjusted to accommodate the missed instructional days due to weather.

Phillipston Memorial's MCAS Schedule

English Language Arts

Grades 3 and 4

ELA-Reading: Thursday, March 26

ELA-Reading: Tuesday, March 31

Grade 4

Long Composition, Thursday, April 2


Grades 3 and 4

Thursday, May 7: MCAS-Math 3rd and 4th Grade

Tuesday, May 12: MCAS-Math 3rd and 4th Grade

K-8 Family Math Night

Wednesday, March 11th, 5-8pm

460 Baldwinville Road


Family Math Night Grades K-8

Dinner is served at 5:00

Parent Presentation at 5:30

This is an opportunity for parents or interested adults to understand HOW to help your child with math. This program is for PARENTS. Following dinner, babysitting will be provided by the National Honor Society.

Preregistration prior to the event is required. Please contact Susan Varney at, or call 978 939-5661 or register on-line at (See link below for easy access!!)

Coming Events

Week of: 3/8/2015

Tuesday, March 10: Half Day; Teacher PD

Wednesday, March 11: K-8 Family Math Night
5 PM at Narragansett Middle School Cafeteria
Wednesday, March 11: Butter Braid Orders Due

Week of: 3/15/2015

Thursday, March 19: No School Teacher PD all day

Friday, March 20: Ed the Wizard Reading Is Magic Performance, 2:00

Week of: 3/22/2015

Bingo For Books: Wednesday, March 25th 6:00-7:30

MCAS-ELA Begins:

Thursday, March 26- 3rd and 4th Grade-ELA/Reading Comprehension

Thursday, March 26th-Butter Braid Delivery

Saturday, March 28th- Father Daughter Dance: The Princess and The Pauper

Week of: 3/29/2015

MCAS-ELA Continues:

Tuesday, March 31-3rd and 4th Grade-ELA/Reading Comprehension

Thursday, April 2-4th Grade-MCAS Long Composition****** This is the NEW date.

Thursday, April 2-Report Cards- Go Home

Friday, April 3-THERE WILL BE SCHOOL (due to excess amount of snow days, we will be attending school on Good Friday) This is a change in the school calendar voted on by the school committee.

PTG Square One Art Orders Due by Thursday, April 2

Week of: 4/5/2015

Monday and Tuesday April 6-7: Half Days: Parent Conferences

Saturday, April 11th-Mother Son Event: Country Western Fun

Week of: 4/12/2015

Friday, April 17th-PMES Career Day

Friday, April 17th-Half Day

Week of: 4/19/2015

Vacation Week

Week of: 4/26/2015

Friday, May 1: Half day: Teacher PD

Week of: 5/3/2015

Thursday, May 7: MCAS-Math 3rd and 4th Grade

Week of: 5/10/2015

Tuesday, May 12: MCAS-Math 3rd and 4th Grade

Week of: 5/17/2015

Friday, May 22: Memorial Day Observation and School Picnic

Week of: 5/24/2015

Monday, May 25: No School-Memorial Day

Week of: 5/31/2015

Week of: 6/7/2015

Thursday, June 11th-Step up Day (Tentative: based on snow days)

Week of: 6/14/2015

Bingo for Books

Wednesday, March 25th, 6-7:30pm

460 Baldwinville Road


Narragansett Middle School Cafe
Wednesday, March 25, 2015

6:00-7:30 p.m.

For ALL Families K-4

PLEASE register on the BINGO For Books link below

Come play BINGO and every child leaves with at least one book!!!

Sponsored by Narragansett Title 1 Program, MOC Community Partnership (Templeton), Valuing Our Children, (Phillipston)