DRESS UP DAY
Pierce School celebrates the start of the holiday season with our annual "Dress Up Day" on Thursday, November 21st. Students and teachers are encouraged to dress up in their "finest clothes" and enjoy a turkey dinner together in our decorated cafeteria. The turkey dinner is the same price as the daily school lunch, and students can still join in if they choose to bring lunch. We look forward to kicking off the holiday season with this festive tradition. I thank Ms. Leipman, 2nd grade teacher, for organizing the event each year; and Ms. Daly, kindergarten teacher, for having her class create the centerpieces for the tables. We hope many students and teachers will join in this special Pierce tradition.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org with questions. See you there!
TOMORROW! 8TH GRADE PARENTING EXCHANGE
Thursday, 11/7, 7pm @ Gaehde Residence, 7 Griggs Terrace
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 Gaehde (email@example.com
Hosted by Cherie & Stephan Gaehde.
PTO ANNUAL APPEAL - 3 WEEKS LEFT TO INVEST IN PIERCE!
Have you made a tax-deductible donation yet?
Why should you donate to the PTO if you already pay taxes in Brookline? How does the PTO spend money? Please refer to the Q&A for answers to these and other questions.
Here's what two of our teachers have to say about the value of PTO donations:
"Funds from the PTO will support a new indoor fitness center, provide transportation to allow 4th graders to learn to ice skate at Larz Anderson park, and help teachers better their teaching practice and improve student learning." - Amanda Grindstaff, Physical Education Instructor
"Funds from the PTO help buy games, books, materials and prizes for students that are used in daily specialized instruction. Some PTO purchases, like the laminating machine, benefit the whole school by keeping materials looking fresh and new, which in the long run saves time and money." - Annemarie Marcus Stewart, K-2 Learning Center Instructor
Donate before Friday, 11/15 (prior donors are eligible, too), and be entered to win a $100 gift certificate
to The Abbey restaurant in Washington Square! This prize is generously donated by the Zuker family.No amount is too small, so please give whatever you can. Two easy ways to do so: 1) Leave check payable to Pierce PTO in the PTO donation box in the hallway near the cafeteria (the box has a penguin on top); or 2) click here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org.
PIERCE SCHOOL DIRECTORY - PLEASE ADD/UPDATE YOUR INFORMATION
Thank you to the families who have already added or updated their information! We are still reaching for 100% participation. Please go to: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/. Click 'Family Directory.' Click again to open, or select the Instructions. The registration code for first time users is 'coolidge.' Contact PierceFamilyDirectory@gmail.com with questions.
LOVE THE BRIDGE, BUT WISH IT WERE JUST A BIT... SHORTER?
Stay Tuned for Next Week's New, Streamlined Edition!
MATH LEAGUE FOR GRADES 4, 5 & 6 - PARENT COACHES NEEDED
Info meeting Thursday, 11/14, 7:40-8am @ PSED Room (upstairs, behind art room)
Parent volunteers are needed to coach once per week before school (7:20-7:55 am). Regular Math League practice sessions will begin week of 12/2 through 3/7/14. At these sessions, 2-3 coaches help children work through sample problems. The five topics for competition are: Operations, Geometry, Bases, Patterns, and Problem Solving. We will provide coaches with plenty of practice problems from previous year's meets, and each topic will have an experienced coach to support you.
If you are interested in coaching, please contact Tara Washburn or Dave Carter at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're interested but unable to attend this informational meeting, please contact us to schedule an individual meeting.
SCHOOL PLAY FOR GRADES 3-6 - PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Multiple parent volunteers are needed to help us plan, produce, coordinate, and create the 3-6 grade play (play title TBA). Please lend your creative, technical, and organizational skills to this wonderful production! Volunteer opportunities include: Co-Producer, Assistant Producers for 5-6 Grade Actor Rehearsals, Costume Lead, Props Lead, Tech Lead, and Chorus Volunteer Lead for 3-4 Grade Chorus Rehearsals.
Rehearsals run January through mid-March, with extra rehearsals in March as show dates approach. For full descriptions of volunteer positions, please visit the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-plays.html. For more information or to volunteer, please contact Joshua Abrams, Producer, at: 617-676-8110 or email@example.com.
UPCOMING MUSIC PERFORMANCES - MARK YOUR CALENDAR
*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 6:30pm at BHS
MLK Day: School Community only*
Grades K-4: 1/17 at 9am; Grades 5-8: 1/17 at 10am
Memorial Day: 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
See an updated Pierce Calendar of events on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/calendar.html
SPECIALISTS' CORNER >
Grades K-2 - Students are learning how our bodies move in high, medium and low levels. We've also been learning about moving in various pathways: straight, curved and zig-zag. We have played many games using the skills we have learned.
Grades 3-5 - Students are working on a Playground Games unit, learning various games they can enjoy with their friends at recess and outside of school.
Grades 6-8 - Students are playing Team Handball. They seem to really enjoy this high paced, fast moving sport! The new Fitness Center is open (formally the small gym). We're all excited to have this up and running, and it has been an immediate hit with the students! They can work with many different cardio machines: bikes, elliptical, manual treadmill, rowing machine, and slide board. Students have also been strengthening using bands, medicine balls, weights, physioballs, and BOSU balls.
Visit the Physical Education page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/physical-education.html
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
BOSTON JEWISH FILM FESTIVAL
Wednesday, 11/6 through Monday, 11/18
The Festival includes some wonderful, family-friendly films. Recommended: The Zigzag Kid, 11/6 at the Coolidge; Igor and The Cranes' Journey, 11/10 at the Coolidge; and Jerusalem in IMAX, 11/12 at the Science Museum. Click here for full info & times!
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW
Thurs., 11/7, 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
Please see the full meeting docket here. Please contact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
THE WINTER'S TALE - FREE ADMISSION FOR 8TH GRADERS
Showtimes: Thursday, 11/7 through Saturday, 11/9, 7:30pm @ Brookline High School
Admission: Students $5; Adults $10
The production takes place in 1861, just before the Civil War breaks out, in Sicila (Boston in our play) and Bohemia (N. Carolina). This is a tale full of wonder: ruined relationships lead to reconciliation and rebirth, a sheep-shearing feast celebrates a young couple's love (despite their racial differences), and there's even an "exit pursued by a bear!" Suitable for older kids, 7th grade and up. Purchase tickets at the door of the Roberts/Dubbs.
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, in need of 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 (email@example.com), or girls' director George Vien (firstname.lastname@example.org).
INTERNET SAFETY PROGRAM FOR PARENTS
Thursday 11/14, 7-8:30pm @ Driscoll School Theatre
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 consultant re: Internet safety, cyberbullying, and bullying. 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. Sponsored by Norfolk County DA's Office & Norfolk County Advocates. More info: https://nov14internetsafety.eventbrite.com, or call Karen Campbell at 617-739-0873.
ANNUAL GRIGGS PARK CLEANUP
Sunday, 11/17, 10am-2pm
The Annual Griggs Park Cleanup is hosted by the Friends of Griggs Park, the Griggs Park Neighborhood Association, and the neighborhood Green Dog Program Owners. Last year, about 75 people helped beautify the park, and we hope to have even more this year. As always, there will be yummy treats, coffee, and hot chocolate!
Visit the Griggs Park Facebook page, Like it, and indicate if you plan to be there for the day. Help spread the word! Go to https://www.facebook.com/Griggs.Brookline for more information or contact email@example.com.
MATH, ENGLISH, IT/COMPUTER SCIENCE CLASSES
Top Banana Education Foundation offers after-school and weekend classes for students in grades K-9 (and preschool classes at the JCC). Classes include Math, English, Handwriting, and Information Technology/Computer Science. For more information, contact Ashley Zinchuk at firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.topbananaeducation.org.
KOLTUN BALLET ACADEMY
Pre-professional ballet training in an inspirational environment for young people ages 6-19. We aim to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical technique, and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. We offer a hands-on approach, individual attention, and dedication to our students. For more information, please visit www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.
IN-HOME SPEECH & LANGUAGE SERVICES
Helping Kids Communicate: Speech-language services in your home. Meryl Heller Schram, MS, CCC-SLP, experienced and respected speech-language pathologist, evaluates and treats youngsters with speech-language delays, language-learning disabilities, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, Aspergers syndrome, and verbal dyspraxia. All services are self-pay. Contact Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP at 617-733-1995 or email@example.com.
BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB FOR WOMEN
** Discounted rate for Pierce moms, teachers and staff! **
- Only $54 per month
- FREE Personal Training Session when you join!
62 Harvard Street (rear), Brookline, MA 02445____________________________________
INNER SPACE TEEN YOGA
TEENS (ages 11+), Wednesdays 3:30-4:30pm. Serious and mindful hour of breathing, stretching, strengthening, and relaxing - a necessary complement to teens' busy lives! Start any time, drop ins ($13) or 10 class card $100.
LITTLE YOGIS (ages 4-6) 10-11 am, and BIG YOGIS (ages 7-9) 11-12 noon, October 27-December 8 (no class 12/1). Register online for Radiant Child Yoga at www.groovybabymusic.com.Inner Space, 17 Station Street, 617-730-5757. http://www.yogainthevillage.com,
phone: (617) 730-2580