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Pleasant Avenue Newsletter Available Online
The following issues of our monthly Pleasant Avenue newsletter are now available to read on line: April 2014, March 2014, January 2014, December 2013, November 2013, October 2013, September 2013

A Note from the Principal - April 2014
March was a busy month for us. The music departmentís Prism concert and the All-County concert provided a great musical experience for everyone. Congratulations to all the students who performed so well, and made our school shine with their talent. Many students and their parents participated in PARP last month. Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this program so successful and fun for our students. [Read More]

Elementary Art Newsletter
Greetings from the elementary art department! Please read our new monthly art newsletter to learn more about the creative endeavors Pleasant Avenue students are experiencing during art with Mrs. Fisk: April 2014, March 2014

Grade Level Grouping Shuttle Bus System - Sign-up Now for September 2014
Beginning fall 2014 the district will group all elementary students by grade level as follows: all pre-k, kindergarten and first graders will attend Pleasant Avenue; all second & third graders will attend Glebe Street; all fourth, fifth & sixth graders will attend Warren Street. For students who live INSIDE city limits, a district shuttle will exist for transportation between the three elementary schools. To learn more about the shuttle system and to print out a sign-up sheet, or to learn more about Grade Level Grouping, click here.

Grade Level Grouping Transition Events Planned
Field Trip Day for K-5 Students - On June 5, 2014, students will be taking a field trip during the day to visit the building they will attend next fall, accompanied by their current teacher. More details will be coming home soon.
Elementary Tour Nights - The elementary schools will be open on the following dates from 6-7:30 p.m. to welcome all families:
June 10, 2014 - Glebe (Grades 2 & 3 next year)
June 11, 2014 - Warren (Grades 4, 5 & 6 next year)
June 12, 2014 - Pleasant (Grades Pre-k, K & 1 next year)

Elementary Foul Shooting Contest Winners
The top three boys and girls in grades 3 - 6 from each Johnstown elementary building were invited to participate in the district's annual Foul Shooting Contest on Saturday March 22. Participants were selected based on a foul shooting contest at the end of a basket ball unit in physical education classes. Click here to see who the winners are!

Founder's Day Award Winners Honored
Congratulations to Pleasant's newest Founder's Day award recipients: Mrs. Vincenza Ecker, Mrs. Jennifer Sponnoble and Mrs. Nancy Spencer! They were recognized at the annual Central Council PTA Founder's Day dinner held on March 31, together with honorees from across the district. Click here to see all of the 2014 award winners.

Family Fun Night Photos
Did you attend the District-wide Family Fun Night held at Johnstown High School on March 19? If so, maybe you appear on our photo page! Many thanks to everyone who helped put together an evening of fun activities, including face painting, rock wall climbing, pool time and a special appearance by SUNY Fredonia a Capella group "Much More Chill"!

Pleasant Avenue filled with Generosity
Pleasant Avenue students and staff surpassed expectations of charitable donations. The Pleasant Avenue family collected $1,251.80 for the Pennies for Patients program with the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. By meeting certain goals set by the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, our school has earned recognition and prizes for our donations. Our school won a $75 gift card to Walmart for raising over $1,200. Mrs. Ringer's class will receive a pizza party as the top fundraising classroom. The classes that raised $200-$299 will receive a Silver Pennant for their classroom. Classes that raised $100-$199 will receive a Bronze Pennant. Our students, families, and staff should feel a great sense of pride for their contributions to this program! Thank you!

Persevering Pioneers, March 2014
Congratulations to Pleasant Avenue's most recently recognized Persevering Pioneers. The Persevering Pioneer program is part of our character education program, based on the NED principles: Never give up, Encourage others and always Do your best.

Award Winning Author Coleen Paratore Visits PA
Pleasant Avenue students celebrated Read Across America Day on Monday, March 3, 2014 with a host of activities planned by school staff and the PTA.

On the national day set aside to commemorate Dr. Seuss' birthday and reading, Pleasant Avenue had the honor of hosting award winning author Coleen Paratore, who has published 17 books in just eight years. Ms. Paratore  spent the day with Pleasant Avenue students, conducting writer's workshops. "My goal is to inspire excitement about writing so that even before I leave the building students are catching firefly sparks, mining their minds and hearts for ideas, and writing...spark*spark*spark*."

Students also participated in additional fun activities created by teachers and parent volunteers, including eggs and ham for breakfast through the cafeteria, and special community guest readers such as Johnstown Public Library Director Erica Wing and Miss Fulton County that joined each class. It was a wonderful event for our hardworking students at Pleasant Avenue School!  Please enjoy these additional photos from the day.

High Rollers Skate Night - February 12


School Spelling Bee Winners to Compete at County Level
Congratulations to the winners of our February 3 Pleasant Avenue Spelling Bee: Shawn Ammann (fourth grade); Nicholas Hadcock (fifth grade and school-wide) and Julia Norris (sixth grade). Their stand-out efforts have earned them each a spot in the 2014 Fulton County Spelling Bee, scheduled for Monday, March 10, at Gloversville Middle School. Congratulations and good luck!


Pleasant Avenue Chess Club

 Run by Mrs. Sepanara, this club teaches students how to play chess.
It currently has almost 70 members who are students in grades K-6.


Persevering Pioneers, January 2014
Congratulations to Pleasant Avenue's most recently recognized Persevering Pioneers. The Persevering Pioneer program is part of our character education program, based on the NED principles: Never give up, Encourage others and always Do your best.

Kids On Snow Program - Start Date Delayed to Jan. 29
Johnstown's PTAs will once again be coordinating sign-ups for the "Kids on Snow" five week program at Royal Mountain. Completed registration forms, together with payment, should be submitted to Lisa VanAernam at Warren Street Elementary School no later than January 3, 2014.
Notice: Due to the frigid temperatures, the starting date for Kids on Snow has been changed to Wednesday, January 29.

Third Graders Practice Swim Skills
As part of physical education class, third graders recently traded gym time for pool time at the high school, where Mr. Kraemer helped them to learn the fundamentals and techniques of different strokes, breathing techniques and floating techniques, along with pool and swim safety.


Influenza Information
New York State Public Health Law Section 613 requires that schools post influenza educational material. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to refer to guidelines from our school district nurses; read the NYSDOH Seasonal Flu Guide for Parents; or visit the NYS Dept of Health web site.

School Supplies for 2013-14
Please refer to our Pleasant Avenue school supplies lists to determine what items your child will need for the start of the school year in September.

Visit District Homepage For District-Wide News
Information of importance to all schools in the district (i.e., stranger-danger tips, health and safety information, etc.) is posted to the district homepage of the GJSD Web site. When checking your individual schoolís page, please remember to check the district homepage, as well.

Pleasant Avenue 3 for Me Program Survey
Please take an opportunity to describe how you think the 3 for Me program is working here at Pleasant Avenue by answering these five quick survey questions. We hope to make the program as successful as possible for all students!

Pleasant Avenue School Rules: 3 FOR ME
3 for Me is our character ed program. Students that are caught being Respectful, Responsible and Ready to learn earn tickets to either receive a daily prize or a chance to win a weekly, monthly or quarterly prize.

Grade Level Grouping Updates
Please click on the "Grade Level Grouping" link in the column on the left side of this page for the latest news and developments regarding the status of Grade Level Grouping (elementary restructuring) in the Johnstown School District.

Elementary Dismissal Time is 3:10 p.m.
Regular dismissal time in the Greater Johnstown School District begins at 3:10 p.m. for elementary students. In order that a full educational day may be provided, the prior practice of dismissing at 3 p.m. will no longer be observed. The assistance of parents/guardians and staff in observing a 3:10 p.m. dismissal time is most appreciated.

Now Your Internet Searches & Purchases Can Benefit Pleasant Avenue School!
What if Pleasant Avenue School earned a donation every time you searched the Internet? Or how about if a percentage of every purchase you made online went to support our school? Well, now it can! Learn how here!

Safety First
We should always remember to keep our childrenís safety in mind and to immediately report to the police department any incident of a stranger approaching a child. Please take a few moments to review these safety tips with your children. (Read more)

Price Chopper Tools for Schools
Do you participate in the Price Chopper Tools for Schools Program?  Your support can help us earn cool tools for our school!

General Mills Box Tops for Education
Our collection of General Mills Box Tops for Education (found on most  General Mills cereals and other products) continues. Support of is most appreciated, as it enables us to purchase new equipment for our school.


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April 11 - 21
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April 23
Grade Level Grouping
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April 24
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Book Fair
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April 28
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April 30
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