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PUBLIC HEARING ON SCHOOL SPACE TOMORROW
Thurs., 3/6, 6pm @ School Committee Rm., 5th Floor, Town Hall
Tomorrow, the Capital Subcommittee will host a public hearing to discuss school space issues. There are five proposed solutions to address school overcrowding, 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.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY PROGRAM
The Understanding Disability Program, beginning next week, is an important and wonderful program for all fourth-graders. It aims to raise awareness of the issues people with disabilities face as they live in a world designed for able-bodied people. This program relies completely on parent volunteers.
-Wed., 3/12, 8-10:30am: Deafness program (training 3/11, 7pm Pierce library)*
-Thurs., 5/15, 8-10:30am: Blindness program (training 5/14, 7pm Pierce library)
-Tues., 6/3, 8-10:30am: Physical Disability program (training 6/2, Pierce Library)
-Tues., 6/17, 8-10:30am: Intellectual Disability program (training 6/16, Pierce Library)
*We need many volunteers for the first program (Deafness) on Wed., 3/12. Please contact Rebecca Tolkoff at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer. We appreciate your help with this meaningful program.
MARCH MADNESS IS COMING! VOLUNTEERS NEEDED
Thurs., 3/20, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce
March Madness is back! Students in K-3 can play games like Silly Soccer and Messy Back Yard, and participate in a Hip Hop dance class led by a guest Hip Hop dance instructor! While the youngsters work up a sweat, parents can 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. A few volunteers still needed. Contact Maria Arado-McDonald with questions at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: PIERCE'S ANNUAL SPRING FUNDRAISER
Sat., 5/10, 7pm @ Pierce Cafeteria
May 10th is Pierce's spring fundraiser, so secure your babysitter early! If you are interested in helping, please let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org. We're looking for an Event Chair, so please contact us if you're interested. More details to follow soon.
THANK YOU KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION VOLUNTEERS!
Thank you to Molly Zuker and her team of volunteers who made kindergarten registration such a success!_______________________________________
THANK YOU COMMUNICATIONS TEAM!
We wanted to thank our amazing Communications Team: Trish Navarrete (Chair), Juliet Eastland (Editor), Mariah Nobrega and Leo Souza (Website), and Andrew Kuklewicz (aBridged). They spend a significant amount of time executing time-sensitive, behind-the-scences work each week to ensure that we have regular, reliable and outstanding communications. Thank you to the team!_______________________________________
WHERE DOES THE PTO MONEY GO?
Auditorium equipment, in-school performances, field trips, Math League & more
In February, the PTO's expenses included audio/lighting equipment for the auditorium; Arts Council Celebrity Series for Opera to Go and Theater Espresso in-school performances; reimbursements to teachers for fall field trips to Honey Pot Orchards (K), Larz Anderson Park (4th grade), and Romeo & Juliet (8th grade); teacher supply check for our librarian, Amanda Kretschmar (who recently returned from maternity leave); snacks and supplies for the Math League and Math Games Night; and "brain food" for the Homework Club. We hope you find these PTO spending reports helpful & informative!
Thank you to everyone who contributed to our Annual Appeal. Money raised supports a myriad of school programs and activities, as shown above. We are now at $57,000+ in funds raised, far exceeding any other fundraising year. Thank you again!
PLEASE HELP WIZARD OF OZ PRODUCTION BY LOANING PROPS/CLOTHING!
The 5th and 6th grade play (The Wizard of Oz) is next week, and we need your help! Please check the list below for items that we need to borrow. Please label them (so they can be returned to you), and bring them to rehearsal (right after school in the cafeteria) by Mon., 3/10. Or, you may contact Carrie Wager at email@example.com. Thank you!
Needed Items (clothes size approx. child large or adult small):
- cat costume
- dog costume
- green cloak
- twenty gray 'vintage' pierce t-shirts
- metal bucket
- two newspaper bags
- small shovel
- corn cob pipe
8TH-GRADE PARENTING EXCHANGE
Thurs., 4/17, 7pm
Please mark your calendars and come discuss all the new info we've been getting about the High School, as well as what's going on with our teens right now. If you'd like to host or have specific topics for the agenda, please contact Cherie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there.
OPERA TO GO PERFORMANCE FOR GRADES 1 - 8
Yesterday, the Pierce Arts Council brought "Opera To Go" to Pierce School, introducing students to opera. Students joined Opera to Go in musical conversations, scenes, and an improvised opera based on a popular fairy tale or historical event.
Thanks to donations to the Pierce PTO, 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 are a creative and fun way for students to engage with arts, science, history, and literature, as well as spark conversation and inspiration around important issues and ideas.
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 (email@example.com), Michele Mendoza (firstname.lastname@example.org), or Ian Roffman (email@example.com).
What has your little Picasso been up to? Find out and see samples of students' work on the Visual Arts page on the school website:
POW #12: HALF-WAY DAY COLLECTION
Due Tues., 3/18
POW #12 will go up Friday. Please visit the POW page on the school website for details:
SOLUTION FOR POW #11: TOO MUCH VALENTINE'S CANDY
Sophie weighs 45 pounds.
COMMUNITY CORNER >
This week, an offer you can't refuse: free online homework support! Plus, local lawyer-turned-author discusses his bestseller Defending Jacob
... Concert by VOICES BOSTON (formerly PALS Children's Chorus)... Save the date for Brookline Community Health Center Kids' Fund gala... get your kids' vacation rolling with Brookline SmartVacations...
learn about adolescent self-harm. See Community Corner
SUMMER LEARNING OPPORTUNITY FOR STUDENTS ENTERING GRADES 1 & 2!
Tutoring With a Twist: Summer Tutoring For Students Entering 1st and 2nd Grade! Curriculum created by Lauren Kelly (Pierce) and Tanya Paris (Runkle), certified Brookline teachers. Student-to-teacher ratio of 3:1; space limited to 6 students per week. Carefully planned learning opportunities cater to students entering 1st & 2nd grade. One hour of direct literacy tutoring per day via phonics and guided reading instruction. Art, Science, Math, and Social Studies connections provided through exciting local field trips: The Transportation Museum, Boston Swan Boats, Hall's Pond, and more! To learn more, visit http://tutoringwithatwist.weebly.com. Space is limited. Sign up today!
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
WHEELTHROWING AND HANDBUILDING IN CLAY FOR KIDS AGES 8-12
March 18th - May 13th (no class April 22nd)
8 Tuesdays, 4-6pm: Cost $165
Feet of Clay in Brookline Village
PHOTOGRAPHY & MOVIE MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR GRADES 5 - 10Sign up for Big Picture Workshops in Photography and Movie Making! Courses offered over April Break, and during the Summer vacation July 7-August 15. Photo students learn on professional digital SLR cameras supplied by Big Picture. Film students write, act, shoot, and edit a short film in iMovie. For details or to get on the mailing list, contact Jennifer Connelly at 781-696-1138 or Bigpicturearthouse@gmail.com, or visit her website www.angelfacephoto.com and click on the "Big Picture" tab
phone: (617) 730-2580