01.21.2015
 
PTO CORNER  
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ANNUAL PTO OPEN MEETING - ALL WELCOME

Thurs., 2/5, 6-7pm @ Pierce Cafeteria

Meeting will take place during the Pierce Dance Night (see below). We encourage you to come, as this is a great way to hear what's going on, get involved, and meet new people. Coffee will be provided. Agenda TBA. Please join us! 

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BOOGIE ON DOWN! PIERCE DANCE NIGHT FOR K-5 STUDENTS  

Thurs., 2/5, 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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FINAL NUMBERS ARE IN! ANNUAL APPEAL RAISED ALMOST $62,000 FOR PIERCE!

THANK YOU to the generosity of our community: $62,000 was raised in the Annual Appeal! THANK YOU Shanna Shulman, Mark Barer and Jeff Walker for all your efforts on making this year's Annual Appeal our most successful to date! It is never too late to donate online at pierceschoolbrookline.org-all donations are tax-deductible.

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INTERESTED IN JOINING THE COMMUNICATIONS TEAM?

The Bridge is 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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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   
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TOMORROW: SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING & OFFICE HOURS 
Thurs., 1/22, 5pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall 
See the full meeting docket here. This is an open discussion with the Brookline School Committee and the public are invited to attend. Please contact Robin Coyne with question at 617-730-2430 or robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us
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OVERRIDE DECISION THIS MONTH! PLEASE ATTEND THESE MEETINGS!
PUBLIC HEARING TOMORROW, Thurs., 1/22, 7:30pm 
Final Review of Issues & Possible Vote on Specific Override/Debt Exclusion Question(s), Tues., 1/27
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/. Both meetings at Town Hall, Selectman's Room, 6th Floor. Thank you.
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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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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FOR 2015-2016

Tues., 2/10 and Wed., 2/11, 8-10am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Children must be five years of age on or before August 31, 2015 to be eligible to enter kindergarten in September 2015, no exceptions. Please do not bring your child to school on the registration day. 

Beginning on January 26, 2015, registration forms will be available in the elementary school offices and on the Public Schools of Brookline website. For more information, please visit: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/

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CAN YOU SPARE A FEW HOURS TO HELP WITH KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION? 

Tues., 2/10 or Wed., 2/11, 7:45-10am

This is a quick, fun, and easy volunteer opportunity! Please email molly.zuker@comcast.net with questions, or if you'd like to help.

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PENGUIN POST NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE!

See December issue of Pierce's 5th/6th grade newspaper at www.pierceschoolbrookline.org. The Penguin Post staff would like to thank everyone who helped make the issue possible, including Jeff Walker (layout/design), the 5th/6th grade teachers, the parents of staff members, and Nina Fusillo. Thanks also to the Pierce family who funded printing of hard copies for all 5th & 6th graders. Look for our next issue in mid-March!

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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 for all ages (K-adult). There's a donation area under the bulletin board. For larger donations that need more coordination, please email Shoma @ piercebookfair2015@gmail.com

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SPECIALIST'S CORNER 
 
SPANISH

Visit the Spanish page on the school website to see what your little estudiantes are learning!

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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

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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!

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COMMUNITY CORNER

"Stuck a feather in his cap, and called it macaroni": Artbarn presents Damn Yankees! Also, basketball clinic... Bridges for 7th/8th graders... free Selma tix... Understanding Our Differences participation opportunity... 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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BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB FOR WOMEN
**Calling all Pierce Moms, Teachers and Staff!**

Join now for $0 Enrollment Fee--originally $79 

Discounted monthly rate of only $59 and a FREE Personal Training Session when you join! For more information, visit www.benefitnesshealthclub.com or call 617-232-7440.

62 Harvard Street (Rear Entrance) Brookline, MA 02445.

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