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OUR COMMUNITY MOURNS FORMER PIERCE PRINCIPAL, AL FORTUNE
Family establishes Al Fortune Scholar Fund to benefit Pierce
Alvin V. Fortune, beloved former Pierce Principal, passed away at age 78 earlier this month. Al was a teacher, coach and school administrator in California, Maryland and Massachusetts. He retired after 37 years of service to students and as a mentor to countless educators. Alvin served his country with distinction as an Air Force airman during the Korean conflict. He was a founding member of the Harvard Principals' Center and National Alliance of Black School Educators. He lived in Newton where he was an intricate member of the African American community, working with the Black Citizens of Newton and as a champion of diversity as a member of the Human Rights Council. (He later moved to The Villages, Florida.) Al leaves his wife of 44 years, Carol (Gordon) Fortune, and sons Scott of Los Angeles, CA; Mark and wife Jona of San Jose, CA.; Alvin and wife Heidi of Bedford, N.H.; Erik of Arlington, MA.; Matthew and wife Shallan of Newark, DE.; Justin of Novato, CA; and eight grandchildren. A memorial service is scheduled for Mon., 4/14 at 11am in Newton at the Myrtle Baptist Church, 21 Curve St.
We are touched and honored that Al's family asked that in lieu of flowers, those wishing to make donations in his memory may do so to the Al Fortune Scholar Fund. Checks should be made out to the Pierce School PTO and sent to 50 School St., Brookline, MA 02446 along with a note designating the funds for the Al Fortune Scholar Fund.
MARCH MADNESS TOMORROW!
Thurs., 3/20, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce
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! Meanwhile, 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 for sale at 5:45pm. Healthy snacks will be available, too. Kids should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring water bottles. Contact Maria Arado-McDonald at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR UNDERSTANDING DISABILITY PROGRAM
The Understanding Disability Program 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. Remaining programs are:
-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)
Please contact Rebecca Tolkoff at email@example.com
to volunteer. We appreciate your help with this meaningful program.
HAVE AN AUCTION ITEM TO DONATE FOR THE SPRING FUNDRAISER?
Support Pierce! Help raise funds to make our school even better for kids and teachers. Consider participating in the Spring Fundraiser by contributing an item for the live or silent auctions -- something you own, or your expertise.
Some ideas: tickets to an event, technology items, a vacation house, gift certificates; services such as cooking, architecture, healthcare, massage, photography, home maintenance; or lead a class for kids or adults in crafts, sports, music, culinary, dance, or yoga. Bring your creative ideas! To offer an item or service, or if you have questions about the auction, please contact Toby Raybould at firstname.lastname@example.org.
AND SPEAKING OF THE FUNDRAISER... CHAIRPERSON NEEDED!
Creative? Love a good party? Want to make a real contribution to Pierce? Consider taking on the role of Chair for the Spring Fundraiser! You'll be working closely with the PTO, who will help you out every step of the way. Please contact email@example.com with any questions, or if interested. Thank you!
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ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION BEGINS TODAY
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OPEN FORUMS ON FY15 SCHOOL BUDGET
Thurs., 3/20, 8:15am @ Devotion School Auditorium, 345 Harvard St.
Wed., 3/26, 8:15am @ Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St. Room 103
Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will be hosting a series of open forums to discuss the FY15 budget for Brookline public schools. All are welcome to attend.
FAMILY MATH GAMES AFTERNOON
Thurs., 3/27, 3:30-5pm @ Pierce Auditorium
For 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students and families. Join us for an afternoon of fun with plenty of math games for all. Drop by and play a few games with your parent, friend or favorite teacher, and go home with your own math game to keep! Questions? Interested in volunteering? Contact Tara Washburn at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jasmin Ha at email@example.com.
8TH-GRADE PARENTING EXCHANGE
Thurs., 4/17, 7pm @ 12 Griggs Terrace, Brookline
The next 8th Grade Parenting Exchange will be hosted by Sushma Boppana and Ken Hertz. The evening begins with an hour of socializing before discussion. We'll cover all the new information we've gotten about the High School, as well as what's happening with our teens right now. To add specific topics to the agenda, please contact Cherie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Hope to see you there.
WALK FOR HUNGER COIN DRIVE
Pierce has a Walk for Hunger team, "We Have Pierce Pride." This year, we're excited to introduce a school-wide element to this community service learning experience: students are invited to collect coins based on their grade level, and bring them to class to deposit in coin collection containers.
K and 1 Pennies
2 and 3 Nickels
4 and 5 Dimes
6, 7, 8 Quarters
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In honor of National Public Health Week 2014, Brookline will offer myriad free events for people and pets. Plus, FREE dental work available... LatinSummer program for your budding Cicero... Techsploration brings science to Pierce... Final SEPAC seminar re: enhancing students' executive skills... Pierce's Penguin Post
wins Pulitzer! (Okay, not really, but it did get raves from the TAB
). See Community Corner
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PHOTOGRAPHY & MOVIE-MAKING WORKSHOPS FOR GRADES 5 - 10
Sign up for Big Picture Workshops in Photography and Movie Making! Courses offered over April Break, and during the Summer vacation 7/7-8/15. 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
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____________________________________
phone: (617) 730-2580