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MOVIE NIGHT: NOW FOR GRADES 2 - 6 

Wed., 3/5, 6pm @ Pierce Auditorium 

Expanded to include 2nd & 3rd grades! Get your 2nd-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+) about the Jamaican Olympic Bobsled Team. Popcorn and baked goods will be $1 each! Please RSVP to hillaryjanowski@gmail.com or molly.zuker@comcast.net if you plan to attend.Note: This is NOT a drop off event. To help with Movie Night, please sign up for volunteer options at www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090449ACAF28AB9-movie

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PUBLIC HEARING ON SCHOOL SPACE 

Thurs., 3/6, 6pm @ School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall

The Capital Subcommittee's Public Hearing will discuss school space issues. To submit public comments/questions in advance 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 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.
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MARCH MADNESS IS COMING! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

Thurs., 3/20, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce

March Madness is back! Students in K-3 will play games, such as Silly Soccer and Messy Back Yard, and boogie down at 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 m_arado@yahoo.com.

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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. Not affiliated with the PTO.
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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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW
Thurs., 2/27, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
See the docket here. Contact robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us 
with questions.
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WANT TO BE MORE INVOLVED IN YOUR CHILDREN'S EDUCATION?

Become a BEF Board Member

The Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) provides our public schools, teachers, and administrators with necessary tools to promote our children's success through grants supporting valuable curriculum enrichment projects and professional development opportunities. BEF is seeking board members for the September 2014 term, particularly those who may have some finance, social media, or fundraising experience. To learn more, please contact BEF's Executive Director, Kathleen Sheehy (Kathleen_sheehy@brookline.k12.ma.us), or contact Pierce School Board Members Sarah Bishins (sarahbdesign@yahoo.com), Michele Mendoza (

, or Ian Roffman (
iroffman@nutter.com)
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >  
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MUSIC
Tra la la! Visit the Music page on the school website for grade-specific updates and Spring Sing dates:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/music.html
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NURSE'S NOTES >  
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SCOLIOSIS SCREENING FOR GRADES 5 - 9  

During the next few weeks, the Public Schools of Brookline will conduct a quick and non-invasive Postural Screening Program for children in grades 5-9 as mandated by State Law (Ch 71, Sec 57). While the program is not diagnostic, it is a useful screening tool which promotes early identification of students at risk for Scoliosis who might benefit from early intervention and treatment. For screenings, children are asked to wear certain attire and to restrain long hair; please visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/health-services-nurse.html for complete details. 

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WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME 

Parents often ask for guidelines re: when to keep children home with illnesses. Most germs have already been shared in the day or two before your child is feeling ill; therefore, whether your child stays home depends on his/her ability to carry on during the school day, and the impact of the illness on other students' health and learning. Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/health-services-nurse.html for guidelines. 
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
  

POW #11: TOO MUCH VALENTINE'S CANDY! 

Due Tues. 3/4

Visit the POW page on the school website for details: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html

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COMMUNITY CORNER

A busy week here at Pierce! First-ever Parents' Night @ Brookline Teen Center... Jazz concert, author Maxim Shrayer @ the Library, Chemistry workshop @ MIT... Youth & Mental Health update and panel, Boston Marathon's Team Brookline, and more! See Community Corner for details.

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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.
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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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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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