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TICK TOCK! 3 DAYS UNTIL PIERCEPALOOZA...DO YOU HAVE TICKETS? 

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

Support Pierce school, teachers and students! Buy your tickets for this year's spring fundraiser: 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. 5/15, & 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 directly benefit our school!

 

Enjoy lite food and drinks, karaoke, and amazing live & silent auctions. Some items up for bid are: 

 

- Pierce Teacher Treasures (out-of-school experiences for students)

- Green Monster tour

- Two roundtrip airline tickets 

- Billy Joel concert tickets 

- Free week at Beaver Camp

- Dinner for six (catered by a personal chef)

- A police cruiser ride for your child

- Gift certificates to many local businesses

 

Can you lend a hand to make Piercepalooza totally rock? Please visit:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/4090449ACAF28AB9-pierce2

Students want you to attend! Hear what they have to say about Piercepalooza in a short video on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/

Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions. Thanks, and we'll see you there!
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IT'S YOUR SCHOOL. YOUR OPINIONS COUNT, SO SHARE THEM!

One of Pierce's greatest strengths is our dynamic, collaborative community of families and faculty. Please take a moment to fill out this year's 2013-2014Pierce School Parent/Guardian Survey. It asks for your opinions about life at Pierce and your thoughts about areas the School Council should target in next year's School Improvement Plan.

 

In your responses, please avoid mentioning individual students or teachers by name. These sorts of reflections are better dealt with in private conversations or direct letters.


Information about the School Council and the entire School Improvement Plan is available here.
Thank you in advance for your time and thoughtful responses! Contact Jennie Roffman jroffman@rcn.com or Dr. Smith-Mumford pipier_smith-mumford@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! Please volunteer or donate books...
- 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. Donation bin near 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

It's not too late to sign up! "Pierce Reads" is a book discussion evening for students in grades 4-8 and their families. We look forward to a most enjoyable evening! 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 participate and to receive the book, please fill out this form: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-reads-2014.html and return it to your child's homeroom or ELA teacher. Contact the Library at 617-730-2586 with questions.

 

We need your help to make "Pierce Reads" a success. There are many volunteer opportunities for this beloved tradition. Contact Jenn Gangadharan at jennifer.gangadharan@gmail.com.

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NANCY SPRINGER WINS BEF CAVERLY AWARD!

Celebratory breakfast Fri., 5/16, 7:30am @ Pierce Faculty Room

Each year, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) awards the Ernest R. Caverly Award for Excellence in Teaching. We are proud to announce that Pierce 4th grade teacher, Nancy Springer, is the elementary school teacher chosen to receive the award this year for her exemplary professional achievement and contribution to the Brookline Public Schools.


Pierce faculty, staff and parents are invited to the celebratory breakfast on Fri., 5/16, co-sponsored by the BEF and the PTO.

 

Please join us in congratulating Nancy on this achievement! We hope to see you at the breakfast. To learn more about the Caverly Award and its past recipients, please visit http://brooklinefoundation.org/grants-awards/awards/caverly.
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READY FOR SUMMER? REMEMBER TO SHOP AMAZON THRU SCHOOL WEBSITE

Shopping on Amazon.com for summer necessities? Remember to go to the Pierce school website first http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/, and look for this logo:


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By simply clicking this logo on the Pierce school homepage, our school will receive a percentage of your Amazon purchases at no extra charge to you. Remember to use it every time you visit Amazon.com!

 

Since September 2013, the Pierce School has received over $1,700 through this Amazon/Pierce program! Thank you Pierce families! 

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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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SAVE THE DATE! SIXTH GRADE PLAY PERFORMANCES JUNE 12 & 13 

The 6th Grade Drama Program presents: OLYMPIA! The History of the Olympic Games starring the class of 6M on Thurs., 6/12 at 10am and 3pm; and on Fri., 6/13 at 12:30pm. Our final bake sale of the year will be on Thurs., 6/12 just before the 3pm performance. Sign ups to be announced soon.

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MUSICAL PERFORMANCES IN JUNE: PARENTS WELCOME!

Pierce Auditorium 

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 

Parents invited! Please contact Anne_Sheridan@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.

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THANK YOU, HENRY BEAR'S PARK
We're grateful to our neighborhood toy store for donating frisbees to an ongoing recess project for Pierce students! 
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >

Visit the Visual Arts page on the school website to see what your young Michelangelo 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

Ding, ding - that's the cacophonous din of bicycle bells at Sunday's seventh annual Brookline Bikes Beacon Bicycle Parade. Kids ages 8-88, come ride! Plus, PARCC pilot-test meeting... Brookline Friends of METCO community meeting... Driscoll Spring Fair... Free Microsoft Youthspark Summer Camps... Honk! by Artbarn... Sing Out! concert... "India Imagined"... and more. See Community Corner for details! 

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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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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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FOOTPRINTS FAMILY TRAVEL - MEXICO, THAILAND, GREECE 

Unique Family Travel! Footprints Family Travel is passionate about exploring other cultures with kids. We offer Custom Itineraries and Cultural Immersion trips all over the world for parents, grandparents, and kids of all ages. This year we have trips to Mexico, Thailand, and Greece. Meet local families, learn about art, mythology, food and language, explore nature... Take a look at our unusual trips, or let us plan something just for your family, at www.footprintsfamilytravel.com. For more info contact fran@footprintsfamilytravel.com. Run by a Brookline parent!

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BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB FOR WOMEN 

** Discounted rate for Pierce moms, teachers and staff! ** 

- Only $59 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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