COME TO THE SUPERINTENDENT'S FORUM!
Monday, 11/4, 6:30 pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Dr. Lupini, our superintendent of schools, will be at Pierce in our new auditorium for an open forum. He will discuss some of the challenging issues facing our schools: space challenges and enrollment, teacher trainings for the Literacy, RETELL and the new educator evaluation system, PARCC and MCAS, and the Common Core. He also will answer questions from the Pierce community. I encourage you to sign up ahead of time with the PTO to speak, as this will allow us to best prepare for the forum. When you sign up, it would be helpful if you could include specific questions you'd like Dr. Lupini to answer at the forum. BATV will be videotaping this forum. To sign up and forward your question please email the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to seeing you next Monday!
Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford
PTO CORNER >
PTO GRADES 3-5 POTLUCK WELCOME BREAKFAST
Thursday, 11/7, 8am @ Pierce School Cafeteria
Join parents and PTO leaders for a potluck breakfast. Please bring something to share if you can. Coffee will be available. Contact email@example.com with questions. See you there!
8TH GRADE PARENTING EXCHANGE
Thursday, 11/ 7, 7:00pm
The 8th grade parent meeting is next week! Hear updates about the 6/7/8 design team and the PTO. Come learn and share information about what's going in the 8th grade, and reconnect! At this first meeting of the school year, we'll ask for volunteers to host the next meetings, as well as poll for convenient dates. Bring a friend! Comments or questions, please contact Cherie
IT'S WEEK #2 OF PIERCE PTO ANNUAL APPEAL - HAVE YOU MADE A DONATION YET?
Did you know that Pierce has seen a 50% increase in our student population since 2007, and was the only Brookline school to add a kindergarten class this year? MORE kids = MORE need = MORE resources!
Please invest in Pierce so that we can keep all of the special programs that make Pierce so great! The PTO spends $100 per student each year. Please give whatever you can. Two easy ways to do so: write a check made out to Pierce PTO and drop it in the PTO donation box in the hallway on the way to the cafeteria (you can't miss it, it's got a penguin on top!). OR click here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org.
Congratulations to Mara Littman & Matt Revis (and their children Vienna and Jolie Revis) who won the Annual Appeal raffle and will get to play basketball at the TD Garden. Thanks for donating and have fun! Stay tuned... there may be another raffle for anyone who donates anytime during the Appeal.
Many thanks to those who have already donated!
SEEKING PIERCE PARENT LIAISON TO SEPAC
Brookline's Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is looking for a Pierce parent/guardian liaison to play an important communication role between Pierce families and school administration. If you have questions about this role or are interested in being Pierce's SEPAC rep, please contact Elizabeth Myska, SEPAC co-chair, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
PIERCE SCHOOL DIRECTORY - PLEASE ADD/UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION
Thank you to the families who have updated their information in the School Directory. Your time spent fine-tuning this valuable family resource is much appreciated! To date, 76% of students have information in the Directory.
Go to: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/. Click 'Family Directory.' Click again to open, or select the Instructions.
RETURNING students/families: Enter your email to log-on. At the next screen, enter your password (or select 'Forgot password?'). Once logged in, please review, update, & edit your information.
NEW students/families: Navigate to the directory from the PTO website, then enter your email and follow the prompts. The registration code for first time users is 'coolidge.' IMPORTANT: enter this registration code when prompted before your temporary password.
Contact PierceFamilyDirectory@gmail.com with questions.
UPCOMING MUSIC PERFORMANCES - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
Please see the dates and times below for all Pierce Music Education performances this year. More information and reminders will be available closer to each performance. * Note: MLK Day and Memorial Day performances are for Pierce School Community only.
Winter Sings: Parents invited
Kindergarten, 12/6 at 8:15am
1st Grade, 12/13 at 8:15am
2nd Grade, 12/12 at 8:15am
3rd/4th Grade, 12/20 at 8:15am
5-8th Chorus & Band, 12/16 at 6:30 at BHS
MLK Day: School Community only*
Grades K-4, 1/17 at 9am
Grades 5-8, 1/17 at 10am
School Community only*
Grades K-4, 5/23 at 9am
Grade 5-8, 5/23 at 10 am
Spring Sings: Parents invited
Kindergarten, 5/16 at 8:15am
1st Grade, 6/6 at 8:15am
2nd Grade, 6/11 at 8:15am
3rd Grade, 6/13 at 8:15am
4th Grade, 6/9 at 8:15am
5-8th Chorus & Band w/ K-8 Art Exhibit, 6/3 at 6-7:30pm
SPECIALISTS' CORNER >
K-2: Students have been learning and reviewing colors. We added plateado y dorado for 1st grade and azul marino, turquesa, dorado y plateado. We have continued working with describing ourselves: yo soy, yo tengo ojos, yo soy inteligente, alto. In first and second grades we are responding to Como te llamas? Cuantos anos tienes? Donde vives? We are also practicing to say no me gusta, me gusta, me encanta.
Grade 3: Students concluded doing their passport in the computer lab. We did some preparation in the classroom with information that included: mi nombre es; yo tengo...anos; pais, capital, yo vivo, mi libro favorito, me gusta jugar; mi cumpleanos es. For this assignment, students chose a Spanish-speaking country and its capital.
Grade 4: We are beginning to record ourselves speaking in Spanish! We recently made video recordings in the computer lab describing ourselves (name, age, where we live, hair- and eye-color, what we are wearing, and our personality). Each student will have a portfolio of his or her own recordings from now through the end of the year! (I am very excited!) Ask your child about his or her video and dropbox account. We have also begun learning about people and places in our community. We will talk about where we go and what we do after school.
Grade 5: Students finished review of numbers and letters and are now able to write words during an oral dictation in Spanish. Next up is geography and a group project where students will do an Internet search on climate, food, leisure, etc. in different regions of Spain.
Grade 6: Students recorded their group projects "Charlamos," and this week are studying the Mexican holiday Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead).
Grade 7: Students braved their first filming of the soap opera skit "Elena y Alonso" that they worked so hard on. Our next goal is to describe the house or apartment we live in and to use verbs correctly when we speak and write.
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
BROOKLINE COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS - TOWN HALL WALLS
Proposals due Saturday, 11/2
The BCA is offering the Brookline community an opportunity to display their art work on the walls of Brookline's Town Hall. Town Hall Walls features art work in two public conference rooms on the first floor, and the Selectmen's Hearing Room on the 6th floor. 2-D artwork may be displayed with a rail hanging system; some 3-D work considered on a limited basis. For an application and submission details, please visit www.brooklinearts.org. Contact email@example.com or call the BCA at 617-730-2135 with questions.
ARTBARN COMMUNITY THEATER PRESENTS THE PHANTOM TOLLBOOTH
Saturday, 11/2, 7pm, and Sunday, 11/3, 4:30pm @ The Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline
Norton Juster's beloved children's book becomes an acclaimed musical about a boy who must save the princesses Rhyme and Reason and reunite the brother Kings Azaz and the Mathemagician, who rule over the cities of Dictionopolis and Digitopolis. See the Barncats Ensemble (5th & 6th grades) perform in this production. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.artbarn.org, or write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
FREE STORY-CREATING WORKSHOP
Tuesday, 11/5 @ Puppet Showplace Theatre, 32 Station St., Brookline Village
Join Puppet Showplace Theatre for a free workshop designed for children age 3-8 and their grownups. Guided by a facilitator, step into imaginary realms with your child, create a shared world and language, and embark on a journey that could last a lifetime. Reenacting well-known tales, participants will create a narrative of their own invention. Workshops are 1-2pm for ages 3-5, and 3-4pm for ages 5-8. For more information, contact email@example.com.
FELINE FOSTERING & ADOPTION FAIR
Thursday, 11/7, 2:30 PM @ Pierce Cafeteria (Back Side)
In partnership with Charles River Alleycats of Cambridge, the Fair will feature plenty of cats and kittens, young and old, who are looking for foster and forever homes. There will be cat face-painting, coloring books, and of course, cats to play and interact with. In order to take on a cat or kitten, students must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. For more information, contact Meliha Hameed at Meliha_Hameed@brookline.k12.ma.us.
Sundays, 11/10 & 11/17 @ Downes Field, Brookline
Brookline Youth Lacrosse's Fall Youth Lacrosse Clinics welcome new and returning players. No prior experience required, no tryouts, everyone gets equal playing time. Lacrosse is a spring sport with separate boys' and girls' teams ranging from 1st-8th grade. Girls' clinics on Sunday, 11/10; boys' clinics on Sunday, 11/10 and 11/17. For clinic times and more information, please visit www.brooklineyouthlacrosse.org. Contact boys' director Will Goldthwait (firstname.lastname@example.org), or girls' director George Vien (email@example.com).
INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM FOR PARENTS
Thursday 11/14, 7-8:30pm @ Driscoll School Theatre
Offered by Norfolk County DA's Office and Norfolk County Advocates, B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network) and the Brookline Police/PSB Health Education AWARE program invite 6th-8th grade parents in Brookline to an evening with Patricia Snell, a Norfolk County Advocates Internet safety, cyberbullying, and bullying consultant. Snell has trained parents, staff, and students in 250+ Massachusetts public schools. Q&A to follow with a panel from Public Schools of Brookline guidance, the AWARE program, and BHS Peer Leadership. More info: https://nov14internetsafety.eventbrite.com
, or call Karen Campbell at 617-739-0873.
WHEELTHROWING & HANDBUILDING IN CLAY FOR KIDS AGE 8-12
November 5th - December 17th
7 Tuesdays, 4-6pm: Cost $230
Feet of Clay, Brookline Village
TOP BANANA STILL ACCEPTING STUDENTS
It's not too late to join a class at Top Banana! We offer classes for students in grades K-8. Depending on the grade, classes include: Computer Science, Math, English, SSAT/ISEE Test Preparation and Math Kangaroo Preparation/Competitive Math Club! Visit our website (www.topbananaeducation.org) or call us at 617-795-155 for more information.
PIANO INSTRUCTION - ABOUT 1 MILE FROM PIERCE
Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30 years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617-566-9704, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
CHUNGDAHM ReadWrite ENRICHMENT CLASSES
Newton Grand Opening! Give your child an academic edge this fall with CHUNGDAHM ReadWrite's advanced reading and writing enrichment classes. Email or call for a free assessment of your child's critical reading, writing, and thinking levels to learn how our rigorous and engaging curriculum will provide your child with tools for scholastic excellence. Inquire about our discount for first-time students at info@BostonReadWrite.com
or 617-960-8877. Visit www.BostonReadWrite.com
J. Redmond Law, PC: Real Estate and Estate Planning Brookline Law Firm
J. Redmond Law, PC opened in June in the heart of Brookline Village at 27 Harvard Street. The firm focuses on real estate law, helping clients buy, sell and refinance their homes, as well as estate planning law. J. Redmond Law places a unique focus on customer service, providing personal and professional advocacy for each client. We provide a free 30-minute consultation. For more information please check out our website at www.jredmondlaw.com
or call us anytime at 617-249-4358
. We are here to help!
phone: (617) 730-2580