10.22.2014 
 
PTO CORNER >  
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"GREEN" PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!
Recently there have been discussions about restarting a Pierce School Green Team, which would be designed to engage both students and parents and coordinated with the Pierce School Administration. 

Thank you to the parents who expressed an interest in serving as a Green Team Speaker! We are still seeking more parents to be guest speakers. If you work professionally in the environmental, energy, sustainability, science or related field or have an issue you are passionate about, please share your wisdom. Interested parents, please contact Crystal@ISESplanning.com.

In other Pierce Green news, congratulations to a fellow Pierce parent on the launch of BTW, a beautiful new magazine about running an environmentally conscious household. BTW ("Behind the Walls") focuses on what families need to know about running a clean-energy, toxin-free home. It covers everything from affordable sustainable building practices and chemical-free decorating, to teaching your kids about earth-friendly habits. 

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TOMORROW: PIERCE K-2 POTLUCK BREAKFAST
Thurs., 10/23, 8am @ Cafeteria
Join parents and PTO leaders, and please bring something to share if you can. Coffee will be provided. Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions. See you there!
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CELEBRATE FOOD DAY THIS FRIDAY

Enjoy breakfast with your family, Fri., 10/24, 7:30am @ Cafeteria

Every October 24, thousands of events are organized throughout the country to celebrate, learn about, and enjoy real food. This year, Brookline will hold family breakfasts at all K-8 schools. Students and families are invited to the cafeteria to enjoy oatmeal bars with optional toppings such as raisins, nuts, and real maple syrup.

Food Day is a nationwide celebration and movement toward more healthy, affordable, and sustainable food. Food Day aims to bring us closer to a food system with "real food" that is produced with care for the environment, animals, and families who grow, harvest, and serve it. Please contact Lynne Karsten for more information at lkarsten@brooklinema.gov or 617-730-2336, and check out the Brookline Dept. of Public Health's Facebook page for yummy recipes.

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PIERCE FAMILY DIRECTORY HAS BEEN UPDATED!

We are pleased to let you know that the Pierce Family Directory has been updated to include the list of all students assigned to each class. Once all paper forms have been processed, families who indicate their agreement on the forms will have the contact information they choose to share added to the secure online directory. Once this occurs, parents will receive an email with further instructions for logging in. Class parents will be uploaded soon too. Questions? Please email Jennifer Hunt at piercefamilydirectory@gmail.com.

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THANK YOU DONATORS AND PARADE PARTICIPANTS! 

Thank you to all the Pierce families who donated food and other goods to the Brookline Food Pantry through the Food on Wheels program. Also, thanks to all those families who paraded with us on Sunday to help us deliver all the food to the Pantry. We collected 124 bags of groceries from Pierce!

 

The Staff at the Brookline Food Pantry were very pleased by our donations. The staff wanted us to relay their thanks and for everyone to know that the need continues to grow. They told us that our donations will help feed hundreds of families in Brookline! Please continue to support the Food Pantry throughout the year.

A special thanks goes to our Food on Wheels organizers: Marissa Heller-Treistman, Toby Raybould, and Jennifer Rothstein.

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THANK YOU FOR A WONDERFUL HARVESTFEST 2014! 
HarvestFest was a great success on Friday night. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who came out to enjoy the evening in support of our school. In particular, thank you to Catalina Escalante Roseto for preparing the food; Crystal Johnson, for organizing and donating green-friendly paper products; Marcita Thompson, for acquiring 200 donated cupcakes from Party Favors (thank you to them!); Lindsay Green, for preparing our fabulous name tags; Maria McDonald, for getting donated pumpkins, flowers and cornstalks from Brigham Farm and Greenhouses in Concord, MA (thank you to them!) and for transforming the cafeteria; Jeff Walker, for the beautiful posters and flyers; and Jean Sandler, who organized all of our fabulous volunteers. And we also offer our special thanks to those who donated raffle items: Pierce teacher Melissa London, and Pierce parents: Jeff and Kate Thibault; Geoff and Jennifer Hunt; James Kim; and Mindy Hunt and Seizi Imura (owners of Café Sushi in Cambridge). We offer our thanks as well to the following people who helped out at the event: Katrina Driscoll, Maria McDonald, Julie Bruno, Sue Kim Pira, Hillary Elkins, Kathleen Alvarez, Pablo Alvarez, Jeff Thibault, Kate Thibault, Kha Dickerman, Bopa Fowler, Eva Lundsager, Marissa Heller-Treistman, Barbara Kamholz, Marianna Yang, Kim Percival, James Kim, Ian Roffman, Catalina Escalante Roseto, Jim Roseto, Fei Guo, Gioia Perugini, Jayan Koshy, Dan Saltzman, Josh Troderman, Julie Smith, Lisa Jackson, Dennis Mendoza, Jean Sandler, and Chuck Silverston.
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THANK YOU PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS

Thanks to everyone who made Picture Day another success: Jen Rothstein, Annie Tao, Fadette Berthold, Nitzel Palacios, Deb Troderman, Kate Thibault, Mary Rourke, Julia Tulchinsky, Michelle Rafferety, Beth Ng, Jennie Roffman, Ayanna McPhail, Sonia Silverman, Esther Borras, Julie Bruno, Carin Aquiline, Amy Harwin and Molly Zuker!

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SCHOOL CORNER >  
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MORNING MATH AND READING

Mon-Thurs, 7:30-7:55am @ The Pit 

Students in grades 1-6 are invited to participate in Math games on Mondays and Wednesdays, and Reading time on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Read with your friends or play fun math games before school!  

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IT'S TIME FOR MATH COUNTS 

Thursdays, 7:15-7:50am @ Math Center (behind the pit) 

Math Counts, which began last week, is open to all 7th and 8th graders who are looking for a competitive math opportunity. If you enjoyed Math League, you may want to check this out. We practice on Thursday mornings. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hansel at alison_hansel@brookline.k12.ma.us

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SPECIALIST'S CORNER

MUSIC 
Tra la la - visit the Music page on the school website to see what your little musician has been learning. 
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >

 

POW #4: UNICEF COLLECTION 

Due Tues., 10/28 

Look for POW #4 on the board this Friday. Visit the POW page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html

 

MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
What's even better than one Problem of the Week? Two Problems of the Week! There is a new challenge Problem of the Week at Pierce, called "Mathletes"! Check out the new bulletin board at the bottom of the ramp, near the entrance to the library. Paper copies of the problem can be found on the magazine rack. Please place solutions in the green box next to the bulletin board. If you have any questions, please contact alison_hansel@brookline.k12.ma.us or tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us
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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK

Three parent volunteers are needed for the "Mathletes POW" designed for 4th-8th graders. One graphics volunteer would lay out the POW and make 200 copies (at the world famous Pierce copying center) to be distributed bi-weekly. Two volunteer graders would correct student responses. If you can help, please email liz erdman  lizabeth505@yahoo.com.

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COMMUNITY CORNER >

Brookline Sister City Week continues! Plus, Israeli music program... BHS Crew Erg-a-Thon... Young People's Concert... Basketball Clinic... Lincoln School Silent Auction... and more. Visit Community Corner on the right-hand side of the News & Bridge page on the school website.  

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HELPING KIDS COMMUNICATE!

In-home speech-language therapy is provided by Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP, a seasoned and respected pediatric speech-language pathologist. Youngsters with speech-language disorders (including articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia, language-learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders) are serviced. Phone: 617-733-1995; email: mhschram@comcast.net.

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