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SUPERINTENDENT LUPINI TO SPEAK AT PIERCE
Wed., 2/26, 6-7pm @ Pierce
Superintendent Bill Lupini will visit Pierce to address questions and concerns from our community regarding the current recommendations for some of our students to be temporarily relocated to the Old Lincoln School (OLS). Please plan to attend this very important meeting.
PUBLIC HEARING ON SCHOOL SPACE
Rescheduled for Thurs., 3/6, 6pm @ School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall
The Capital Subcommittee's Public Hearing has been rescheduled for 3/6. To submit public comments/questions in advance regarding the recommendations being considered, please e-mail Helen Charlupski, Capital Subcommittee Chair,
or Alan Morse, School Committee Chair, at email@example.com
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 facilities plans and recommendations, including relocation of grades 6, 7 and 8 from Pierce to OLS for the 2015-2016, 2016-2017 and 2017-2018 school years.
PARENTS: CONCERNED ABOUT PROPOSED SCHOOL SPACE SOLUTIONS? WONDERING ABOUT CONSEQUENCES FOR YOUR FAMILY & COMMUNITY?
Please join the Pierce Renovations and Space Committee
This parent-run Google Groups forum is 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
WHERE DOES THE PTO MONEY GO? TECHNOLOGY UPGRADES!
The PTO recently purchased Chromebooks and iPods to augment technology provided this fall by the district. Sandra Sicard, Pierce's Educational Technology Specialist, happily expressed her thanks: "We are so grateful for your donation to purchase the technology items for our staff and students. We received the iPods yesterday, and I uploaded the recorded stories on them yesterday afternoon. When I delivered them to teachers today to use in their listening centers, one teacher happily exclaimed, 'This is going to change our year!' It was so nice to hear her excitement, and I wanted to share it with you."
PIERCE ARTS COUNCIL PRESENTS SECRET SOLDIERS: WOMEN WHO FOUGHT IN THE CIVIL WAR
Today, 2/12, for Grades 5- 8
The Pierce Arts Council today presented Theatre Espresso's program, Secret Soldiers: Women Who Fought in the Civil War. Theatre Espresso produces interactive dramas that bring history to life for students, fostering a generation of critical thinkers and true citizens. The productions challenge students to make critical judgments, explore social relationships, reflect on the role of law and human rights in our society, and examine accepted truths about the history of America.
Secret Soldiers tells the story of women who fought in the Union Army disguised as men. The play examines complex issues such as the reasons women chose to enlist; how the culture and mores of the era helped women hide their identities; and the different treatments that women who were discovered received in the press, depending on their social status and motivation for enlisting. In roles as medical officers, students decided whether an ill female soldier should be listed in the hospital record under her given name or her male alias.
About The Pierce Arts Council, a PTO-Funded Program
Thanks to the donations of parents and community members, the Pierce Arts Council brings a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to the school to complement learning in the classroom. The performances spark conversation around important issues, and are a creative and fun way for students to engage in and learn about arts, science, history, and literature.
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 2/27, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
MOVIE NIGHT FOR GRADES 4 - 6
Wed., 3/5, 6pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Get your 4th, 5th and 6th graders out of the cold and join us for Movie Night! This is a free event sponsored by the PTO. Siblings welcome! Join us in the Auditorium for Cool Runnings, a comedy (rated PG, intended for ages 8 and up) about the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled Team. Popcorn and baked goods will be $1 each! Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com if you plan to attend. Note: This is NOT a drop off event. To help with Movie Night, please visit this link to see volunteer options and sign up: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090449ACAF28AB9-movie
MARCH MADNESS IS COMING TO PIERCE! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Because of a conflict with the rescheduled Capital Subcommittee meeting (see above), the date for March Madness is TBD. We'll keep you posted about this great night for students in K-3! Kids will play games such as Silly Soccer and Messy Back Yard, and have a Dance Party while parents enjoy informative presentations from two Pierce parents:
Ana Otero, DVM, PhD - "Chemical Risks in Food"
Beth Waisburd, DVM, CHV - "Decoding Food Labels: Teaching Your Kids to be Nutrition Detectives"
Pizza will be sold , and healthy snacks will be available. Kids should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring water bottles. Six volunteers needed. Contact Maria Arado-McDonald with questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 students who work on the Penguin Post, please contact Wendy Swart Grossman at email@example.com. Parents interested in being next year's Penguin Post facilitator and layout manager, please contact Wendy.
2014 CALDECOTT AWARDS
The 2014 Caldecott Award winners were announced in January at the American Library Association's Conference. The Caldecott Award is presented annually to the best picture book of the year. Although we will not have our Pierce Caldecott Night this year, Mrs. Kretschmar will be discussing the award and the 2014 winners with students in grades K-3.The best picture books of 2013 will also be displayed and shared with classroom teachers and students.Plans are underway for the Pierce Caldecott Night 2015! _______________________________________
POW #11: TOO MUCH VALENTINES CANDY!
Due Tues. 3/4
The POW #11 will go up Friday! Visit the POW page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html
SOLUTION FOR POW #10: SUM OF DIGITS IS 24
There are FOUR 3-digit even numbers with a sum of 24: 888, 996, 978, and 798.
COMMUNITY CORNER >
Buzz, buzz, buzz - enroll your 5th-grade logophile in the Brookline Education Foundation's Annual Children's Spelling Bee! Teens, check out peer-led discussion groups at the Brookline Teen Center... Plus, summer tutoring... see Pierce student Vienna R. perform in Central Square Theater's Brudibar & But the Giraffe
readers, support the BEF. See Community Corner
ENGINEERING AND LOGIC SUMMER CAMP
Participate in engineering challenges, collaborate on science experiments, play strategy games, solve puzzles, learn how to use 3D modeling software and SCRATCH (programming), create stunning origami, and make balloon animals. Program includes field trips to museums and playground time. Take a look at our pictures from last year, visit our website www.engagingmath.org/summercamp
or call 617-975-0268.
FACE PAINTING FOR PARTIES
Fun face painting - Delight the children at your next party! A Pierce school graduate, now at BHS, will come to your event, big or small, and paint any face from butterflies to monsters. Call Vivian 617-872-8928 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (617) 730-2580