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ANNUAL APPEAL: DOWN TO THE WIRE!

200 families (of 570) have donated. Have you?

We are now in Week 5 of our Annual Appeal - it's almost over! Please take advantage of this last chance to give by donating to the school that gives so much to all of us. We welcome support in any dollar amount. 

 

Whether it's friendly creatures and educators from Drumlin Farm in our Kindergarten classrooms, fabulous performers that engage young imaginations, or field trips...all of these enriching experiences and activities (and more) would be impossible without the PTO.

 

Find strength in numbers! Grandparents and other family members are encouraged to donate, and please check to see if your workplace offers a corporate matching program. Help spread the word to help us reach our goals!

 

And remember, all donations are welcome - no donation is too small. Donate online or drop a check in the PTO mailbox at school.

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PARENTS! WE NEED YOUR IDEAS...
Brainstorming meeting, Friday 11/22, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria
It's time to plan our Spring Fundraiser. Is there a particular type of event you've wanted to see at Pierce? Do you have a fresh, creative idea for a fundraiser? Bring it to our brainstorming meeting! This is a meaningful way to get involved and support your school. Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions, or to submit ideas in writing. 
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YOUR CHILD'S ARTWORK CAN BENEFIT PIERCE 
Deadline for Artwise ordering is Friday, 11/29 
As part of Pierce's fundraising, Pierce families are invited to order items online at Artwise: http://www.artwise.com/organization-artwork/organization_id/421. Proceeds from sales support our children. Thanks for your generosity.
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PLEASE ATTEND: PARENT FORUM WITH SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT LUPINI
Monday, 12/2, 6:30-7:30 pm @ Pierce Library
Learn more here on our website
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL  
When you shop Amazon through the school website, Pierce PTO receives a percentage of your purchases at no extra cost to you. Last year, the PTO received almost $2,000. This year, the PTO has received almost $500 so far! Remember to "Go to School" before you shop online at Amazon! To shop, go to the school website homepage, and look for this icon:   

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6TH-8TH GRADE PARENT BREAKFAST TO BE RESCHEDULED
Breakfast originally slated for 12/6 will be rescheduled. Stay tuned for the new date. 
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SCHOOL CORNER>  
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FANCY, SHMANCY
Thursday, 11/21 is Dress-Up Day, with turkey dinner lunch offered in the cafeteria (same price as regular lunch). Students are encouraged to dress in nice clothes.
Wednesday, 11/27 is Early Dismissal at Noon; no lunch.
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THE WIZARD OF OZ AUDITIONS FOR 5-6 GRADERS

Tuesday, 12/10, after school (note: early release day)

Look for Registration/Audition information to be published before Thanksgiving break. STUDENTS MUST BE REGISTERED ONLINE PRIOR TO AUDITIONS. REGISTRATION LIMITED TO FIRST 60 STUDENTS. Questions? Contact Joshua Abrams, Producer, 3-6 Grade Play. jlabrams@me.com, 617-676-8110.
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KINDERGARTEN WINTER SING 

Friday, 12/6, 8:15am @ Pierce Auditorium

Families welcome!

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SWOOSH! 7-8th GRADE BOYS'/GIRLS' BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Beginning week after Thanksgiving Break

Any 7th- or 8th-grade boy or girl interested in trying out for basketball must register on familyID.com and submit or have on file at Pierce a current physical. Both must be done prior to tryouts. Billy Harris will coach boys, and Lauren Kelly will coach girls. For questions, please e-mail michael_miceli@brookline.k12.ma.us

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >
 

ART  

This month, we're sharing some images of work created in the art rooms these last few weeks. Kindergartners have been working with lines to create designs and images. Second graders are working with observational drawings using gourds as the subject. Fourth graders are completing long-term observational drawings and watercolor paintings. Fifth graders are nearly finished creating bird collages. Sixth graders are completing large watercolor self-portraits. As classes complete their projects, much of this beautiful work will be on display around the building. Keep an eye out! 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
 

POW #6: WHAT IS MY NUMBER?

Due Tuesday, 12/3

POW #6 is up! Visit the POW page on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html

   

SOLUTION FOR POW #5

Question A: 30 families (30 families would each need to donate $50 to reach $1,500.)

 

Question B: $200. (50% of 500 Pierce families would each need to donate $200 to raise $50,000.)

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COMMUNITY CORNER

VIEW LISTINGS ON THE SCHOOL WEBSITE
Parents, are your children a little too technologically savvy? See here for hints about managing kids' access to iPhones, iPads, etc. Free information session for Commonwealth Care members re: re-enrolling under ACA. PLUS: build a gingerbread house, visit Clinton Path Preschool, attend an ArtBarn show, improve your kids' handwriting! Visit our website for important, fun, and educational community events.

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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.

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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 mhschram@comcast.net.

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KIDS: WARM UP IN THE COLD WINTER MONTHS WITH YOGA! - JANUARY 2014

Coolidge Corner Yoga is beginning 2 six-week yoga series for kids starting in January 2014. Winter Session 1: 1/6 - 2/14; Winter Session 2: 2/24 - 4/4. Sign up for one session at $110, or both at $200. Sign up before 11/20 and receive 10% off. Sign up at http://www.coolidgeyoga.com/pages/kids-yoga or contact info@coolidgeyoga.com for more details.  

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PIERCE-AREA APARTMENT AVAILABLE 1/1/14   

Two+ bedroom third-floor apartment in triple-decker. Renovated eat-in kitchen with granite counter tops and stainless steel appliances. Washer/dryer in unit. Good storage. Quiet, kid-friendly neighborhood, close to Emerson Park and Brookline Village T. Cats OK with approval. Ask about parking. $2500 a month. Available January 1. Contact Bodi at bodiluse@gmail.com or 617-213-0226.

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BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB FOR WOMEN 

** Discounted rate for Pierce moms, teachers and staff! ** 

- Only $54 per month 
- FREE Personal Training Session when you join! 
For more information please visit benefitnesshealthclub.com or call 617-232-7440
62 Harvard Street (rear), Brookline, MA 02445
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PROFESSIONAL WOMAN SEEKING BROOKLINE RENTAL
56-year-old female health professional is seeking a Brookline rental for now or coming months: studio, 1 bedroom , or multiple bedrooms. House-sitting is a possibility. Non-smoking. References available. Please call 617-935-5480.
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