04.08.2015
PTO CORNER  
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PIERCE PTO COFFEE GATHERING AND FORUM ON OVERRIDE & DEBT EXCLUSION VOTES

Fri., 4/10, 8:00am @Pierce School cafeteria and auditorium

In conjunction with a scheduled PTO coffee, there will be an info session about the upcoming May 5th ballot measures. Topics of discussion will include: 

  • What is an override? What is Proposition 2? What is a debt exclusion? What's the difference? 
  • Why is the Town of Brookline voting on this now?
  • What are the specific questions on the ballot?

Bring your questions!  Lisa Jackson (Pierce parent and current member of School Committee), Brian Hochleutner and Mariah Nobrega (both Pierce parents and current Town Meeting Members) will be there to answer them.

 

Note: This event is intended to be an informational session and designed to encourage those who can vote to do so on May 5th.  Information on voter registration will also be provided. Visit www.yesforbrookline.com or contact Pierce parents Brian Hochleutner (briahochleutner@gmail.com) with questions or to get involved.

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PRINCIPAL'S FORUM ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING SKILLS
Wed., 4/16, 5:30-6:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium. 
Members of the Pierce Faculty Inquiry Group attended the Sarah Ward Workshop on Executive Functioning Skills last summer. They will present their findings including strategies for helping children succeed at home and at school. Information suitable for students and families in grades K-8.

The following teachers will present:
  • Kate Gallahue, Comprehensive Learning Center Teacher
  • Helen Greeley, 5-6 Learning Center Teacher
  • Erin McQuaid, Occupational Therapist
  • Annemarie Marcus Stewart, K-2 Learning Center Teacher
  • Amy Woogmaster, 5th Grade Teacher
  • Jamie Yadoff, 7th Grade Social Studies/English Teacher

Sponsored by-School Council and PTO

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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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PIERCE MATH GAME NIGHT

Wed., 4/8, 3:30-5pm @ Pierce Auditorium

An afternoon of fun, with plenty of games for all! Families and students in grades 3, 4 & 5 are invited to drop by and play math games with parents, friends, and favorite teachers. Plus, you'll go home with your own math game to keep! Questions? Email alison_hansel@brookline.k12.ma.us or tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW  

Thurs., 4/9, 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall

Please see the full meeting docket here. This is an open discussion with the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by the participants. Contact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or  robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us
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PIERCE ARTS COUNCIL PERFORMANCES

BALL IN THE HOUSE

Thurs., 4/9: Grades 3, 4, 5 @ 8:40am 

Thurs., 4/9: Grades 6, 7, 8 @ 10:00am

Through a variety of contemporary & classic cover songs and original works, Boston-based a cappella troupe Ball in the House will discuss and teach many aspects of music and performance. Students will discover explore the technology behind a sound system, hear the various voice parts and how they fit together to make harmony and songs. They'll learn how to beatbox and use rhythm, experience the history of a cappella singing from chant through doo wop, and be introduced to songwriting and collaboration. By establishing a rapport with students and relating their own own experiences (for example dealing with peer pressure), BitH inspires and encourages students to get involved in the arts.


HISTORICAL PERSPECTIVES: MARIE CURIE - SCIENTIST, MOTHER, HUMANITARIAN

Thurs., 4/16, Grades K, 1, 2 @ 8:30am 

One of the most influential scientists in history, Marie Curie developed an early love for science, which was encouraged by her father as they conducted simple experiments together. Students will follow Curie's story of fierce determination, as she graduated from high school first in her class, was denied her pursuit of further education in her native Poland, and was finally granted entry to university in Paris. As her legendary and ground-breaking work in science continued, she married, started a family and became one of the world's most brilliant scientists as well as a great humanitarian.  

 

These performances are made possible through funding from the Pierce PTO. The Pierce Arts Council brings a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to Pierce School to complement learning in the classroom about arts, science, history, and diverse cultures.

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PIERCE SCHOOL YEARBOOK ORDERING INSTRUCTIONS

Deadline for ordering: Wed., 4/22

It's that time of year! The Pierce School Yearbook is again on sale through online ordering only. For the 10th year in a row, the yearbook will cost $25, and will feature pictures of individual classes, school plays, fun around school, and so much more! Please follow the directions below to reserve your copy today:

  1. Go to www.coffeepond.com
  2. Click on "Order Yearbooks" (large gray box on lower right side of the page)
  3. Enter the password: pierce
  4. Select "on-line order" or "mail-in order"
  5. Follow the rest of the directions to complete your order.
  6. To check on your order status, you can go back to www.coffeepond.com 
Yearbooks will be handed out in individual classrooms during the last week of school. Any extras will go on sale on a first-come, first-serve basis during that week. Thanks for your support. Please contact Reed Rathgeber with any questions: reed_rathgeber@brookline.k12.ma.us. 

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FIND THE GOLDEN SHOES

Fri., 5/1 - Sun., 5/31

Celebrate our walkable neighborhood! During the month of May, 100 golden shoes will be hidden throughout the neighborhood surrounding  Pierce -- on sidewalks, in parks, or around local businesses. Each shoe will be specially marked with a certificate with instructions on how to enter the grand prize drawing, to be held 6/9 at the Pierce Family Picnic. Golden Shoes is sponsored by Pierce Walks, encouraging children to be active, Brookline Public Health Department, Pierce PTO, and PUMA. To learn more visit: www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/golden-shoes.html. First prize: A walking-shopping spree through Brookline, plus PUMA footwear signed by Usain Bolt. Additional Prizes: 30+ PUMA gift cards between $20 and $100.

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PROJECT BREAD'S WALK FOR HUNGER: SUPPORT PIERCE WALKERS!

Sun., 5/3

Pierce parent Jamie Yadoff will be leading a group of alumni and 7th & 8th graders on the annual Walk. Support them and help beat hunger in Massachusetts! Contribute here:

http://support.projectbread.org/site/TR?px=1173211&fr_id=1250&pg=personal.

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UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES BEGINS... AND A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Brookline schools participate in the annual Understanding Our Differences (UOD) program. At Pierce, the fourth-graders participate, in collaboration with the 4th-grade teachers and with the support of parent volunteers and school and town administrators.
We cannot continue this important program without parent volunteers. Thank you to those who have already volunteered! If you'd like to volunteer for future units, the commitment is for a single day from 8-10:30am, plus a short training meeting two days before the unit. (If you can't make the evening training, our brief on-line training video may be helpful.) Here are the upcoming units and dates :
Thurs., 4/30 -- Vision Impairment
Tues., 6/2 -- Physical Disabilities
Thurs., 6/11 -- Intellectual Disabilities
To volunteer, please sign up here: 
https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gN6R6Ker7Vo-AyVyOypWeygcEFwtnvX2KsxlqR-dk1Q/edit?usp=sharingIf you have volunteered in the past, we'd especially appreciate your help! Our thanks, Tiffany Rinne and Ann Kamensky, Parent Coordinators

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WANTED: PIERCE AUTHORS!

Calling all members of the Pierce community who are published authors: the Pierce Book Fair will take place at the end of May, and we'd love it if you'd consider donating 1-5 books for the sale. We'll have a specific table for authors, along with any contact and ordering info you'd like to publicize. Contact Juliet Eastland, callalily1@gmail.com, if interested. Thanks!

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PIERCE BOOK FAIR

Tue., 5/26 - Thurs., 5/28 @Pierce Auditorium

Spring is around the corner, and with it, the Pierce book fair! Thanks so much for your book donations so far and please keep them coming! There is a donation bin in the front hallway by the office and we are organizing some neighborhood book drives. Please let us know if you are interested in coordinating a neighborhood drive, or would like to arrange a pick up, at piercebookfair2015@gmail.com.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 

 

POW #14: "ROW, ROW, ROW YOUR BOAT"

Due Tues., 4/14

Look for POW #14 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 #10: ALLI TAKES A SWIM

Due Tues., 4/14

Wanting some exercise, Alli decides to swim from the tree to the boulder and back. The distance between the tree and the boulder is 0.5 miles. When swimming from the tree to the boulder, Alli is swimming with the current. When swimming back from point the boulder to the tree, Alli is swimming against the current. The current is moving at a rate of 2 miles per hour. If Alli's normal swimming speed (in still water) is 3 miles per hour, how many minutes will the entire trip take Alli? 
Copies of the problem will be available in the rack in the front lobby and on the pierce website. Please put your solution sin the green box by the Mathletes bulletin board. Have fun doing the math!
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COMMUNITY CORNER

This week: Pickles! (how to make them....) Men in red heels! (walking to support gender equality...) Also... April vacation activities... Rabies Clinic... Wellness Summit and much much more! Visit Community Corner on the right-hand side of the "News & Bridge" page on the school website.  

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SPRING INTO READING

"Reading is Amazing!" is a Brookline Village-based tutoring service supporting students from pre-K through grade 5 in reading enrichment and intervention. Certifications and experience: Reading, Reading Recovery and Elementary Education. Website: www.literacycoach.net E-mail: harriet@literacycoach.net

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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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