2.5.14
 

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PUBLIC HEARING ON SCHOOL SPACE - ORIG. SCHEDULED FOR TOMORROW - IS POSTPONED 

Rescheduled for early March, TBA

The Capital Subcommittee's Public Hearing on specific school space recommendations, scheduled for Thurs., 2/6, has been postponed until early March. If, prior to then, you'd like to submit public comments/questions regarding the recommendations being considered, please e-mail Helen Charlupski, Capital Subcommittee Chair, at helen_charlupski@brookline.k12.ma.us or Alan Morse, School Committee Chair, at alan_morse@brookline.k12.ma.us.

 

Background: five proposed solutions to address school overcrowding will be discussed, including the use of Old Lincoln School (OLS) during renovations. Some Pierce students may be temporarily relocated or permanently redistricted. Please read Superintendent Lupini's notice, which includes the five short-term facilities plans and additional recommendations, including relocation of grades 6, 7 and 8 from Pierce to OLS for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years; and relocation of grade levels from multiple elementary schools according to the needs of those particular school(s) in a given year.
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OPEN MEETING RE: OLD LINCOLN SCHOOL

TOMORROW, Thurs. 2/6, 7pm @ Pierce Cafeteria

Concerned parents, unite! Come to this open meeting to generate ideas and organize around potential OLS issues affecting Pierce students. Since we have a few weeks before the Public Hearing (see above), let's get the conversation going in our community! This is a parent-organized meeting, not affiliated with Pierce or with the PTO.

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PARENTS: CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSED SCHOOL SPACE SOLUTIONS? WONDERING ABOUT CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR FAMILY & COMMUNITY?

Please join the newly formed Pierce Renovations and Space Committee

This new, parent-run Google Groups forum has been established for Pierce families who wish to share ideas about the town-wide school overcrowding issues facing our community. You are encouraged to join the group and share ideas. 
About this group:

Who: Pierce families and community members
What: Sharing information on upcoming renovations and space discussions
Why: To ensure information is shared in a timely manner for maximum engagement

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PTO EXPENSES - WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?

Thanks to the great idea from beloved first grade teacher and PTO Teacher Rep David Weinstein, we are sharing how PTO funds are used each month. For January, PTO expenses and support went toward Pierce's Annual Skate Night; Techspoloration for Grades 3-4 Science; the Martin Luther King, Jr. Assembly for Grades 5-8; 5th Grade field trip to the Boston Symphony Orchestra; 6th Grade Pierce Play; 8th Grade visiting artist session on Shakespeare comprehension and accompanying Romeo & Juliet materials; mobile audio equipment for graduation and other events; and much more. Please contact the PTO Co-Chairs at pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions.
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THANKS FOR A PRODUCTIVE PTO MEETING! 
Thanks to the over 40 families who turned out for the PTO evening meeting last week. We discussed volunteer needs for spring events and the pressing issues facing our community from the Override Study Committee and the proposed use of Old Lincoln School space. (A Google Group, Pierce Renovations and Space Committee, has been created for people who want to continue this important conversation.) Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions about events and volunteer opportunities.

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VOLUNTEERS! WE NEED YOU FOR KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION
Wed., 2/12 & Thurs., 2/13, 7:45-10am
Want a quick, fun, & easy volunteer opportunity? Have a couple of hours to spare on either of these mornings? Help at Kindergarten Registration! A friendly face makes a world of difference - remember what it felt like to register your little one? Please email molly.zuker@comcast.net with questions, or if you'd like to help.
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PIERCE KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2014-2015

Wed., 2/12, 8-10am, and Thurs., 2/13, 8-10am @ Pierce Auditorium 
Your child must turn 5 on or before 8/31/14 to be eligible. Registration forms available in the front office and on the Public Schools of Brookline website, www.brookline.K12.ma.us. Please call 617-730-2580 with questions.
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MATH LEAGUE MEETING TOMORROW FOR 5TH & 6TH GRADERS

Thurs., 2/6, 2:35-2:45pm @ the Pit

All fifth- and sixth-grade Math League students who are interested in participating or attending the next Math League meet should attend this brief after-school meeting in the Pit. If unable to attend the meeting, please speak with Ms. Washburn or Mr. Carter.

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TOMORROW AT THE TEEN CENTER: 8TH GRADE PARENTING EXCHANGE 

Thurs., 2/6, 7-8:30pm @ The Teen Center, 40 Aspinwall Ave (behind Walgreens)

Attention 8th grade parents & guardians! Reconnect with parents, hear what's going on in 8th grade, and learn about end-of-year events and graduation. Join the conversation and the fun! Contact huntley.martha@gmail.com with questions.

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DJ DANCE PARTY FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADERS!

Fri., 2/7, 4-6pm @ Pierce Auditorium

Music & refreshments provided. Students are asked to bring $1.00 to offset costs. Refreshment donations are welcomed & appreciated. Please contact huntley.martha@gmail.com with questions.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

Tues., 2/11, 6pm @ James F. Walsh School Committee Rm, 5th Floor, Town Hall 

The public is welcome. Click here to see the docket.

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SAVE THE DATE: MARCH MADNESS!

Thursday, 3/6, 6-7:30pm

March Madness is coming for K-3! A great night with friends, including silly sports games and dancing. While the children play, parents can attend a presentation on children's nutrition. To volunteer, please contact Maria Arado-McDonald at m_arado@yahoo.com.

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BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER OPEN WEDNESDAYS FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADERS!

For 7th and 8th graders who live or attend school in Brookline, the BTC is open every

Wednesday from 2:30pm-5pm. (It will be closed to high school students during these hours.) Membership is required; forms can be accessed here  or picked up at BTC. Please fill out & return pages 7-9. No cost for membership at this time!

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CALLING ALL NEWS MEDIA & JOURNALISM NEWBIES (AND WIZARDS)!

Penguin Post meets on Wednesdays during lunch and recess, and is open to all fifth- and sixth-graders. Artists, writers, and photographers needed! Parents: If you have writing, editing, photo journalism or newspaper-related skills, and would like to lead a 20-min. presentation for our fifth- and sixth-graders who work on the Penguin Post, please contact Pierce parent and Penguin Post facilitator Wendy Swart Grossman at wswart@usa.net. Parents interested in being next year's Penguin Post facilitator and layout manager, please contact Wendy.     

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >
 

SPANISH         

Visit the Spanish page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/spanish.html

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
  

POW #10: SUM OF DIGITS IS 24   

Due Tues., 2/11  

Please visit the POW page on the school website for details:


SOLUTION FOR POW #9 - WHAT'S MY DATE?

There are 132 dates in each year that could be unclear (For each of the 12 months, there are 11 dates that could be reversed, and 12x 11=132). However, since the problem asks, how many "other dates" are unclear, the answer is technically 131. Both answers are accepted as correct.  

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COMMUNITY CORNER

What a week! Enjoy a month of free Brookline Reads events at the Library... Savor a strings concert, then jitterbug over to the BHS musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie... Parents, learn how to keep your adolescents healthy and focused... plus, science presentation, workshop on running for office, vacation/summer SmartPrograms, and more. See Community Corner for details!

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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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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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