01.14.2015
 
PTO CORNER  Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org

 

INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM?

The Bridge will be seeking a new editor to begin in the spring. Duties include formatting and editing the weekly newsletter, and communicating with the Communications Chair and the PTO re: content. It takes a few hours a week, and it's a great way to contribute to the school. Plus, you get the scoop on what's happening... early! Please contact Communications Chair Nisha Koshy at piercebridge@gmail.com, or Editor Juliet Eastland at callalily1@gmail.com.

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PTO ANNUAL SKATE NIGHT IS NOT IN JANUARY THIS YEAR

The official date of Skate Night IS Fri., 3/6, 5-7pm. More information to follow.

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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL  
When you shop Amazon through the school website, Pierce PTO receives a percentage of your purchases at no extra cost to you. Remember "Go to School" before you shop online at Amazon! To shop, go to the school website homepage and look for this icon:   
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SCHOOL CORNER   

Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org


 

LIVE FEED FOR MLK ASSEMBLY
Fri., 1/16, 8:15-8:40am @ Pierce Cafeteria
The MLK student assembly is a moving tribute to Dr. King and the civil rights movement, led in song, words and personal reflections by Pierce students, teachers, and Dr. Smith-Mumford. We have arranged for Brookline Interactive Group to set up a live video feed of the grades 2-4 assembly in the cafeteria, so parents can watch this annual Pierce tradition. Please join us! Unfortunately we were not able to set up a live feed for the K&1 assembly on Thursday 1/15, 
but hope to be able to do so in the future.
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OVERRIDE DECISION HAPPENING THIS MONTH! WE ENCOURAGE YOU TO ATTEND THESE MEETINGS!

Town Hall, Selectmen's Hearing Room, 6th Floor

 

The Board of Selectmen established the following schedule to complete its deliberations on the recommendations of the Override Study Committee (OSC) to seek a Proposition 2 Tax Override and Debt Exclusion referendum for Fiscal Year 2016. We strongly encourage you to attend these meetings and to sign up for public comment (you must do so on the Friday before each meeting). To learn more about the issues, and how to support our schools, visit http://www.brooklineoverride.com/. Thank you.

 

Tues., 1/20: Public Hearing at 9am 

Thurs., 1/22: Public Hearing at 7:30pm  

Tues., 1/27: Final Review of Issues and Possible Vote on Specific Override/Debt Exclusion Question(s)    

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PIERCE FAMILY MATH GAMES AFTERNOON FOR GRADES 1 & 2 STUDENTS AND FAMILIES

Wed., 1/21, 3:30-5pm @ Pierce Auditorum

It'll be an afternoon of fun with plenty of math games for all! Drop by and play math games with your parent, your friends and your favorite teacher. You will go home with your own math game to keep. 

Questions?  Please contact tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us or alison_hansel@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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2ND ANNUAL PIERCE CALDECOTT NIGHT: SAVE THE DATE!

Thurs., 1/29, 5-7pm @ Pierce Library

Each year, the American Library Association nominates and awards the prestigious Caldecott medal to the best picture book of the year. As part of our library program, Pierce students in grades K-3 will be learning about the picture book evaluation process and reviewing and analyzing the top contenders. Students, teachers, and K-3 families are encouraged to read as many of our "Caldecott Contenders" as possible before the event (see link below), then stop by to  

see and vote on the "Caldecott Contenders." Students unable to attend will have a chance to vote at school the following day. We look forward to seeing you at our Pierce Caldecott Night! Happy Reading!!! http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/library.html 

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CALDECOTT NIGHT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! 

Thurs., 1/29, 5-7pm @ Pierce Library 

Parent volunteers needed to help set up for Caldecott Night, run the voting booth, act as greeters, and provide Story times throughout the evening. Please email amanda_kretschmar@brookline.k12.ma.us if interested in volunteering.

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PIERCE DANCE NIGHT FOR STUDENTS IN K-5: SAVE THE DATE!
 
Fri., 2/6, 5:30-7:30pm
This new event will get kids moving and grooving in the auditorium to great music, to help everyone survive these cold winter nights! Geared toward students in K-5; NOT a drop-off event. Parents can mingle in cafeteria while their children dance in the auditorium. We'll have our great DJ from the spring picnic who always gets everyone moving! Want to volunteer or help plan the night? Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com.
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BOOKS NEEDED 
Are you clearing space in your bookshelves? Consider donating to the Pierce Book Fair - it's not until the spring, but we can collect donations at any point throughout the year. We accept gently used books forall ages (K-adult). There's a blue donation bin outside the main office. For larger donations that need more coordination, please email Shoma @ piercebookfair2015@gmail.com
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SPECIALIST'S CORNER 
 
VISUAL ARTS

Visit the Visual Arts page on the school website to see what your little Picassos have been creating.  

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 

 

POW #9: THAT'S A LOT OF NICKELS!

Due Tues., 1/27

Look for POW #9 on the board this Friday. Visit the POW page on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html

 

SOLUTION TO POW #8, Happy New Year:

Yes, the kindergarteners should be done in less than an hour.

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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #6

Due Tues., 1/27

Look for the new Mathletes POW on the Mathletes bulletin board near the first floor entrance to the library! Copies of the problem will be available in the rack in the front lobby. Please put your solutions in the green box by the Mathletes bulletin board. Have fun doing the Math!

 

SOLUTION FOR MATHLETES POW #5: Happy New Year!

2015 days and 2015 seconds after the new year it will be 33 minutes and 35 seconds after midnight on July 8th, 2020. Check out student solutions on the Mathletes bulletin board and on our Twitter page: @Pierce_Math.

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COMMUNITY CORNER
Brookline honors Martin Luther King, Jr. with its annual celebration. Plus, free Selma tix for students! Other events include 8th-grade SADD meeting tonight... Basketball clinics... New Brookline Wellness website... and more. Visit Community Corner on the right-hand side of the "News & Bridge" page on the school website.  
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TUTORING WITH A TWIST

Summer Enrichment Opportunity For Students Entering 1st and 2nd Grade!     
Curriculum created by Lauren Kelly (Pierce) and Tanya Paris (Runkle), certified Brookline teachers. Student to teacher ratio of 3:1. Space is limited to 6 students per week. Carefully planned learning opportunities cater to students entering 1st and 2nd grade. One hour of direct literacy tutoring/day via phonics and guided reading instruction. Art, Science, Math, and Social Studies connections provided through exciting local field trips: The Transportation Museum, Boston Swan Boats, Hall's Pond, and more!
Visit http://tutoringwithatwist.weebly.comSpace is extremely limited. Sign up today!  
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PIERCE MOM IN NEED!!
AFTER SCHOOL CHILD CARE for a 6th-grade Pierce student
Seeking both transportation from school to her gymnastic class (3 days) and after school (2 days - Wednesdays and Fridays). If interested please contact Yadira Mendez @ 787-528-2283 and/oymbernard@yahoo.com.
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