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OPEN PTO MEETING TOMORROW
Thurs., 6/5, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria
All are welcome at our end-of-year PTO meeting. Coffee will be provided. This is an opportunity to provide us with ideas and to get involved (and to watch a slideshow of all the spaces in the building in need of TLC for Extreme School Makeover).
BE A SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVE
Nominations due Monday, 6/9
Would you like to participate more directly in Pierce's improvement efforts? Run for a seat on the Pierce School Council!
Comprising parents, teachers, and Dr. Smith-Mumford, the School Council helps identify students' educational needs and school goals. The Council...
... makes recommendations to the principal about curriculum development, implementation, and assessment;
... helps review the annual school budget; and
... helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to boost student performance and meet designated goals.
School Council meets once monthly during the school year, with members doing several hours of work between meetings. Representatives serve a two-year term. One parent rep seat is vacant for the upcoming term. To run, please email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org:
- Your name
- Your email address
- The grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce
- A brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council. This statement will be used to introduce you on the ballot.
For more information about School Council, including a list of current members who can be reached for questions, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html.
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL PIERCE PICNIC
Tues., 6/10 (rain date 6/11), 5:30pm @ Pierce Park
Bring a blanket and have a picnic to celebrate another great school year. Bring your own food or purchase food at the picnic. Contact Nora O'Farrell at email@example.com
or Tamisha Atkins at firstname.lastname@example.org
with questions.To volunteer, please sign up here:
LOOK WHERE YOUR DOLLARS GO!
May 2014: The PTO funded over $19,000 in Pierce School programs!
In our latest round of funding, ALL - yes 100% - of Pierce teacher requests were fully funded! Most related to technology/equipment needs: be on the lookout for iPads, Elmo projectors, and tablets in your child's classroom, and check out new equipment in school and on the kindergarten playground. We also funded learning opportunities including Taiko (see below), Midsummer Night's Dream, Pierce Reads (see below), and field trips to Japan House at the Children's Museum and Innerspace Yoga. As always, we supported educational programs such as literacy enrichment resources, math tutoring stipend, and music- and exercise-based learning equipment.
Piercepalooza: Over $28,000 Raised!
Thanks to the amazing items and experiences donated by Pierce parents, teachers, and attendees, Piercepalooza raised more than $28,000 to support our wonderful school. Funds will support education and learning in the classroom, reimburse teachers for classroom and technology expenses, sponsor in-school cultural assemblies, offset Pierce clean-up costs, and more!
A huge thank you to PSED for their TWO donations; to Carrie Wager, for printing our flyers; to everyone who bought our teachers ChromeBooks/iPod Touches as requested; and to parents who purchased food and supplies for Pierce-a-Palooza, Bookfair, and Piercewear. We could not function without your generosity.
2014 Pierce Reads a Huge Success!
Our 2014 Pierce Reads program for grades 4-8 was a huge success! Over 150 students, parents, and teachers enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating and discussing books. As one student exclaimed, "It was awesome!" Pierce Reads gathers us as a community of readers and emphasizes the importance of reading and thinking in our lives.
Thank you to our wonderful teacher volunteers, who made it all possible: Mary Gabriel, Dominique Herard, Susan Harvey, Liz Balzano, Beth Collins, Gretchen Adams, Sandra Sicard, David Carter, Rob Garrison, Amy Woogmaster, Deborah Levine, Chris Smith, Melissa London, Annice Kra, Ben Morse, and retired Pierce Librarian, Joan Hamilton.
And special thanks to Dr. Smith-Mumford and the Pierce PTO, who ensure that programs like this continue, and to our volunteer organizers Jenn Ganghadaran, Hillary Janowski, Meredith Saillant, and Catalina Escalante-Roseto, who worked behind the scenes to make the evening run smoothly. See you at Pierce Reads 2015!
And That's Not All...
The Pierce Arts Council presents Odaiko New England Taiko Drumming! On 6/6, this engaging troupe will visit Pierce third-, fourth-, and fifth-graders to demonstrate the ancient art form of taiko (Japanese drumming). The program will highlight kumi-daiko (ensemble drumming), and combine traditional rhythms with movement and rhythms from other musical traditions. Students will explore kata (drumming technique) and kiai (vocalizing energy), and will join performers to play the drums.
And on 6/10, the Pierce Arts Council welcomes... the Museum of Science! Staff from the Museum's traveling program will bring live exhibits to our first-graders, who will compare egg development, birth, and metamorphosis in different species, and test their knowledge with a culminating activity. On 6/13, second-graders will consider animal habitats by observing several live animals to determine their ideal shelter and food.
Thanks to the donations of parents and community members 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 in and learn about arts, science, history, and literature.
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 advise the new Chair with the Fall 2014 Annual Appeal as needed. If you would like more information about this role, or are interested in volunteering, please contact email@example.com.
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:
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!
JOIN BROOKLINE'S WELLNESS COMMITTEE
The Public Schools of Brookline's Wellness Committee needs you! The committee will begin its eighth year in the fall, and would like a representative from every Brookline K-8 school. The committee meets formally four times a year, Wednesday mornings 8:30-9:30am. Comprising parents, teachers, health professionals, town and school administrators, and community members, this lively, engaged committee examines and supports a variety of programs addressing student health, with initiatives in areas of nutrition, fitness/recreation, mental health, chemical health, teen dating violence, and climate change awareness. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs. 6/5, 6pm @ James Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
See the agenda here
. Please note that the docket includes a public hearing on participation in the PARCC (Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers) Field Test 2014-2015 (Docket Item #6).
IMPORTANT INFORMATION FOR INCOMING KINDERGARTEN STUDENTS & THEIR PARENTS...
Kindergarten Visiting Day For Incoming Students & Parents (Peek & Practice)
Thurs., 6/5 @ Kindergarten Classrooms, Pierce School Historical Building
Come visit the kindergarten classrooms and meet our teachers! Visits scheduled alphabetically by child's last name:
Please bring your child and the Kindergarten Interview Form if you haven't handed it in already.
Kindergarten Parent Orientation
Mon., 6/9, 6:30-8pm @ Pierce School Library or Auditorium
Please note that this meeting is for adults only.
Pierce will host a kindergarten picnic for all kindergartners and their families during the summer. Date TBA, but this event generally takes place in August.
Preschool Information Form
Please be sure to take the pre-school information form to your child's current teacher for them to complete. The teacher will send the form directly back to Guidance Counselor Gayle Van Hatten.
If your child has Special Education needs and/or an IEP, it is necessary to contact Gayle at 617-730-2487 as soon as possible to make arrangements for next year. If there is other important information you feel the guidance counselor should be aware of, please notify Gayle to discuss your concerns.
SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING
Fri., 6/6, 8:30-9:30am @ Walsh School Committee Rm., Town Hall 5th Floor
BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL ATHLETICS OPEN HOUSE
Wed., 6/11, 6-7:30pm @ Schluntz Gymnasium, BHS
Will your 8th-grader be attending BHS next fall? This drop-in event is intended for families interested in learning more about the athletic opportunities for BHS students. Coaches from various sports will be available to answer any questions you may have about their program.
SAVE THE DATE: SIXTH GRADE PLAY, OLYMPIA!
Thurs. 6/12, 10am & 3pm (bake sale 2:30); Fri. 6/13, 12:30pm
The 6th Grade Drama Program presents: OLYMPIA! The History of the Olympic Games starring the class of 6M! Final bake sale of the year just before Thursday's 3pm performance. Sign ups TBA soon.
MUSICAL PERFORMANCES IN JUNE: PARENTS WELCOME!
Come support your little warbler at his or her SPRING SING!
- 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.
ANY GARDENERS OUT THERE?
Every summer, we need several families to sign up to water the plants (and weed if you're so inclined) in the amphitheater. This requires coming by the school and watering the plants about three times a week, depending on the heat. Interested? Please sign up here: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1poSD6xyGvO1f2shu_wDMdg5eSWQnh4Se7UXN5vJV0c4/edit#gid=0. Thanks!
PIERCE TEACHER NANCY SPRINGER HONORED
Congratulations to the 2014 Caverly Award Recipients! The Brookline Education Foundation is proud to honor the following outstanding exemplars of Excellence in Teaching: 4th-grade teacher Nancy Springer of Pierce School, and English teacher Abby Erdmann in BHS's School Within a School.
NOW IS YOUR CHANCE TO HONOR A TEACHER! Chances are an outstanding teacher has inspired your child - or your whole family - this year. As the school year closes, consider saying "thank you" by making a donation to the BEF in honor of that special someone. It makes a great class gift, too! Your donation directly supports professional development projects for all Brookline educators, enabling them to grow in their profession and bring new experiences back into their classrooms to enrich your child's learning. Let that special teacher, administrator, or coach know how important s/he is to you and your child! Visit www.brooklineeducation.org/honor.
SOLUTION FOR POW #17: PIERCE BOOK FAIR
Part A: If Anna has 12 dimes and 3 nickels, she would have 15 coins and $1.35
Part B: If Royce has 8 dimes and 2 quarters, he would have one-fourth as many quarters as dimes and he would have $1.30.
No more POWs till next Fall... happy (almost) summer!
COMMUNITY CORNER >
Spring Fling at the Brookline Teen Center! Plus, brand-new Brookline Youth Outdoors Club... MEDIAGIRLS proram for girls ages 11-13... Artbarn presents Peter Pan
... Brookline Art Center summer classes... auditions for Out of the Box Productions... and more. See Community Corner
THE PLACE 2B
The Place 2B at 2 Brookline Place has recently opened for Birthday parties and classes, and will soon open for Saturday in-store creative studio experiences. You can visit us at www.ThePlace2B.us for more details. We are offering $50 off all Party Reservation Fees booked during the months of May and June. Parties can occur anytime before September. For more details, visit us online or email email@example.com.
MOMS RUN STRONG
A fitness resource in Brookline dedicated to helping athletic moms maximize their training and stay injury-free. Physician, personal trainer, and Brookline mom Rebecca Breslow offers customized strength and conditioning programs tailored for busy moms who want to perform well in their chosen sport. Whether you are a runner, a triathlete, or a participant in team sports, Moms Run Strong has an individualized training program for you - no gym membership or athletic equipment required. For more information: www.momsrunstrong.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
ARE YOUR KIDS NEARSIGHTED, TOO?
Are your children nearsighted and getting worse each year? Do glasses or contact lenses get in the way with what they want to do? We now have a new and safe treatment for school age children to effectively prevent myopia (nearsightedness) from progressing. Your kids can see clearly during the day without any glasses or contacts. Consult with our experienced doctor to determine if your child is a good candidate for this treatment. For more information, please visit us at www.optimumvisioncare.com, or call 617-903-3538. What you do today will help your children's vision in the future.
THE ETIQUETTE ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND
Enrollment is open for Mind Your Manners (Grades 2-4), Peer Pressure and Beyond (Grades 5-8), and Social Skills for the Real World (Grades 9-12)! We'll cover manners, posture, social skills, overcoming shyness, strengthening leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, and more. For more information, call 617-608-3920 or email email@example.com.
Also: three immediate, part-time positions open for qualified youth program teachers, grades 1-12. Our programs are specifically developed for each age group and are taught in a fun and interactive way. Now in our second year, our curriculum is offered in after-school programs throughout Greater Boston. For full position descriptions, please visit www.TheEtiquetteAcademy.org.
STOP THE SUMMER READING SLIDE AT READING IS AMAZING!
Reading is Amazing is a Brookline Village reading tutoring and enrichment service supporting students from Pre-K through fifth grade. Currently providing reading support to a Pierce School student. Full-time Reading Teacher with extensive experience in literacy/reading. Website www.literacycoach.net; e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; phone 617-734-6718.
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.
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
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.
USED SANDBOX IN GREAT CONDITION
Needs fresh sand. View the model online (http://www.homedepot.com/p/Frame-It-All-Two-Inch-Series-7-ft-x-8-ft-x-5-5-in-Composite-Hexagon-Sandbox-Kit-300001231/100588416, where it retails new at Home Depot for $149.99). $15 or best offer. Call the Moolman household at 617-232-8536 if interested.
phone: (617) 730-2580