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10 DAYS UNTIL PIERCEPALOOZA - GET YOUR DISCOUNTED TICKETS NOW!

Sat., 5/17, 7-11pm @ Pierce Cafeteria

Support Pierce school, teachers and students: buy your tickets now for PIERCEPALOOZA! Two ways to get your tickets now for $35 each:

- Online at http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/piercepalooza.html

- At school with cash, check, or credit card on Thurs. 5/8 & Fri. 5/9, and on Wed. 5/14, Thurs. 5/15, & Fri. 5/16 from 7:40am-8:15am. Look for volunteers outside the Historical Building. 

 

Tickets will be $40 at the door. Remember, all proceeds will be put to good use: reimbursing teachers/specialists for supplies and technology in classrooms, paying for cultural assemblies and field trips, and so much more.

 

Piercepalooza features lite food and drinks, karaoke, amazing live & silent auctions, and raffle items. Some of the exciting auction items available for you to bid on:

- Teacher Treasures, for unique out-of-school experiences with some of our amazing Pierce teachers!

- An exclusive opportunity to go inside Fenway Park's, fabled Green Monster.

- Two roundtrip tickets anywhere in the world JetBlue flies!

- Tickets to see Billy Joel at Fenway Park in June.

- Free week at Beaver Camp or a 4-course meal for six catered by a personal chef!

- Start the sirens: your child could get a ride to school in a police cruiser!

- Gift certificates to area gyms, yoga studios, clothing stores, Speak Easy Theater, golf at Putterham, restaurants, movie tickets, Red Sox tickets, and much more!


To make Piercepalooza totally rock, we need your help! For the many ways you can lend a hand, please visit: 
www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090449ACAF28AB9-pierce2

Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions. Thanks, and we'll see you there!
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW

Thurs., 5/8, 6:30pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall

See the meeting docket here. The School Committee will also be honoring outgoing School Committee members Alan Morse and Amy Kershaw from 6pm to 6:30pm in the School Committee Room. All are welcome. Contact robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.
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BOOK IT! PIERCE BOOK FAIR COMING SOON!
Tues., 5/27 - Thurs. 5/29
We need your help to make it happen:

- Volunteer! Help with set up on Thurs., 5/22 and Fri., 5/23. Help also needed the week of the fair. Please sign up here: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/60B0B4FABAB2AA31-2014
- Donate books! Donate just one book appropriate for the grade below each of your children at Pierce, and we'll have a successful fair. Look for the donation bin in front of the main office. Thanks to all who have donated books already! Questions? Please contact Carin Aquiline at caquiline@mindspring.com.  

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CELEBRATE READING WITH "PIERCE READS"

Thurs. 5/29, 7pm

"Pierce Reads" is our book discussion evening for students in grades 4-8 and their families. We'll meet in small groups for informal discussions of this year's selected titles: 

 

Grade 4 - The One and Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate

Grades 5 & 6 - Home of the Brave by Katherine Applegate

Grades 7 & 8 - Okay for Now by Gary Schmidt

 

To join us, please fill out this form: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-reads-2013.html and return it to your child's homeroom or ELA teacher. When we receive your completed form, we will send a copy of the book home with your child. We look forward to a most enjoyable evening! Please call the Pierce Library at 617-730-2586 with questions.

 

Please note: We need your help to make "Pierce Reads" a success. To learn about volunteer opportunities for this beloved tradition, please contact Jenn Gangadharan at jennifer.gangadharan@gmail.com.

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EXTREME MAKEOVER, PIERCE EDITION - SAVE THE DATE!

Sat., 6/21, 8:30am-2:30pm - Volunteers Needed for Blocks of Time

Save the date for first ever Pierce Extreme Makeover! Pierce staff, parents, and older students will come together to beautify and clean up designated school classrooms and common spaces. Help build community and cultivate stewardship & pride in our building!

 

Planning Meeting - Thurs., 5/22, 7pm @ Cafeteria
This planning meeting/community forum will feature a slideshow to highlight areas that need our TLC. Please plan to attend; your ideas will help make the Pierce Extreme Makeover a success!

Interested? Please contact Beth Collins at Elizabeth_Collins@brookline.k12.ma.us, Annemarie Stewart at Annemarie_Stewart@brookline.k12.ma.us, or the Pierce PTO at pierce.pto@gmail.com.

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NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
This is National Teacher Appreciation Week, so be sure to say thank you to all of our teachers who work hard every day to educate our students. Thank you, Pierce educators! Parents of 8th-graders will provide breakfast for all teachers on Friday morning (5/9) to show their thanks and appreciation.
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JOIN THE PIERCE PTO LEADERSHIP TEAM!
Fundraising Chair Needed

The Pierce PTO is seeking a new Fundraising Chair. Responsibilities include the Fall Annual Appeal, the Spring Fundraiser, and other smaller events to raise the approximately $75,000 annual PTO budget. This is a modest commitment - and no fundraising experience necessary! The current Fundraising Chair will be available to assist the new Chair with the Fall 2014 Annual Appeal as needed. If you'd like more information about this role, or are interested in volunteering, please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com.
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PTO DOLLARS AT WORK IN APRIL
Wow! Last month, PTO dollars supported The ArtCouncil's RhythmKids staff, who worked with 2nd Graders on an interactive percussion workshop... covered transportation costs for the five Kindergarten classes to visit the NE Aquarium... funded stipends for the wonderful directors (Amy Driscoll & Paula Brackett) of the Sixth Grade play, The Spirit of India!... and underwrote speaking fees for author Michelle Icard who visited Pierce to discuss her recent book, Middle School Makeover. Behind the scenes, PTO dollars supported Phyllis Bradley's work in the copy room and supply closet so that teachers spend more prep time on lessons - and less time trying to unjam a balky photocopier.
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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES IN JUNE: PARENTS WELCOME!

 

Come support your little warbler at his or her SPRING SING!  

  • Kindergarten Spring Sing, Fri. 5/16, 8:15am
  • 4th Grade Instrumental Concert, Mon. 6/2, 8:30am (3rd-grade classes invited to attend)
  • 5-8th Chorus & Band w/ K-8 Art Exhibit, Tues. 6/3, 6-7:30pm
  • 1st Grade Spring Sing, Fri. 6/6, 8:15am
  • 4th Grade Spring Sing, Mon. 6/9, 8:15am
  • 2nd Grade Spring Sing, Wed. 6/11, 8:15am
  • 3rd Grade Spring Sing, Fri. 6/13, 8:15am 

All festivities will take place at the Pierce Auditorium. Parents invited! Please contact Anne_Sheridan@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.

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THANKS FOR A GREAT "MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS" PRESENTATION 

Last week, over 65 parents attended the Pierce PTO-sponsored session on the "MIDDLE SCHOOL MAKEOVER: Improving the Way You and Your Child

Experience the Middle School Years" with author Michelle Icard. Special thanks to parent Stacey Irwin Downey who organized the evening with Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford. If you weren't able to attend and would like to learn more, please visit: http://michelleinthemiddle.com/.
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CONGRATULATIONS TO WALK FOR HUNGER PARTICIPANTS 

Congrats to all the walkers on the We Have Pierce Pride Team and to Jamie Yadoff for completing the Walk for Hunger on Sunday! They raised nearly $30,000 for Project Bread and learned about hunger in our community and how they can be part of the solution. We are very proud of them!

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >

Visit the Music page on the school website to see what your young musician is up to!
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >

 

POW #16: HOW MANY TRIANGLES? 

Due on Tues., 5/20
Visit the POW page on the school website:

SOLUTION FOR POW #15: MAKE A SPECIAL RULER  

If a 12-inch ruler has a mark every eighth of an inch, but not one at 0 or 12, then the ruler would have 95 marks.
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COMMUNITY CORNER

Honk, honk! Artbarn's Barncats Ensemble presents Honk!, a musical take on the Ugly Duckling... plus, Corner Co-Op Open House... Driscoll Spring Fair... and May is National Mental Health Awareness Month. See Community Corner for details! 

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SPACIOUS NANTUCKET COTTAGE - SPECIAL RATE FOR PIERCE FAMILIES!

Looking for a great family getaway this summer? The Greene/Boshell family is offering weekly rentals of a large cottage in Nantucket, just a short walk from the ocean and the charming village of 'Sconset. The house, with water views and an expansive, child-friendly lawn, sleeps up to 12 people and could easily be shared by two families. For more information and to book your vacation today, please write to Susanne@wadecottages.com and mention Pierce. A "Pierce Family & Friends" discount will apply!
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IMPROVE ATTENTION, MEMORY & REASONING - FREE ASSESSMENT
Brain Excel provides individual training to improve attention, memory, and reasoning for students ages 5 to 18. Students meet three times per week, and perform up to 10 different activities designed to amplify their learning and improve academic performance. To learn more, try our free game-based attention, memory and logical reasoning assessment, including a free 10-minute consultation review with one of our certified trainers: http://profilemyskills.com/brainexcel/user-account.php. Contact us at info@brnxl.com, 781-530-6677 or www.brnxl.com.

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ENGINEERING AND LOGIC SUMMER CAMP 
Studio of Engaging Math invites kids ages 6-12 for exciting activities this summer! From engineering challenges, science experiments, and strategy games to origami and 3D modeling, there is something for every camper. Small groups (up to 8 students), museum field trips and hands-on projects. www.engagingmath.org/summercamp, 617-975-0268.

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BE THE PARENT YOU WANT TO BE!

Training in Think:Kids Collaborative Problem Solving Model

Do you wish you had a more effective and constructive parenting approach than shouting, repeating yourself, and imposing consequences in reaction to your child's challenging behavior? Collaborative Problem Solving, an evidence-based approach created by MGH's Dept. of Psychiatry, provides parents with concrete tools to better understand and help children (3+) with challenging behavior. For more information and to register for a May training at the Brookline Teen Center, see:

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INNOVATIVE & FUN SUMMER PROGRAM FOR KIDS  

Summer Days at ReadWrite! This innovative program combines reading and writing with summer fun. Kids will finish school summer reading and writing work, and get a leg up on next school year with ReadWrite classes. Fun, creativity, and outdoor activities complete the perfect summer day. Register for one week or more. Give your child a memorable, educational summer. Contact CHUNGDAHM ReadWrite to learn more! Grades 3-8. www.BostonReadWrite.com or 857-404-0170 | info@BostonReadWrite.com.

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JP KNIT & STITCH SUMMER 2014 KIDS FIBER CAMP - FOR AGES 7+
A morning camp held in our shop in Jamaica Plain (9am - 12pm, Mon. - Fri.). Camps begin July 7, and run all summer. Each week has a different fiber and craft focus: knitting, sewing, textile printing, spinning/dying fibers, felting, and embroidery. Our camps are crafty + fun + inspiring! We aim to foster a love of creativity & craft in a low pressure environment. No prior crafting experience required. $225 per week, which includes all materials. Please visit: http://jpknitandstitch.com/.

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