IT'S NATIONAL TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK!
BE A SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVE
Nominations due Mon., 5/18
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, plus a couple of hours per month of preparation. Representatives serve a two-year term. Several parent seats are vacant for the upcoming term. To run, please contact the PTO at firstname.lastname@example.org, and provide your name, your email address, the grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce, and a brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council that will be used on the ballot. The nomination deadline is Monday, 5/18. 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
STRATEGIES FOR NURTURING CONFIDENCE AND RESILIENCE IN OUR CHILDREN
Tue., 5/12, 7-9pm @ Multi-purpose Room, Runkle School
An evening with critically acclaimed, author, speaker and psychologist Dr. Robert Brooks. Dr. Brooks is a psychologist on the faculty of Harvard Medical School. He has lectured nationally and internationally and written extensively about the themes of resilience, parenting, family relationships, school climate, and balancing our personal and professional lives.
CALL FOR DONATIONS: PTO UNDER THE BOARDWALK EVENT
Sat., 5/16 @ Pierce School Auditorium
Donate your talents, unused gift cards/certificates, vacation homes and other creative biddable items for auction at the May 16th PTO's event! Please donate today!!! Email email@example.com.
WANTED: BEACH CHAIRS AND BEACH UMBRELLAS
This year's PTO 'Under the Boardwalk' fundraiser and celebration is right around the corner (May 16th), and preparations are well underway. As the celebration approaches, the decoration committee is seeking families willing to loan beach chairs and beach umbrellas for the evening. The committee will return them promptly once the evening is over. Your donations are much appreciated. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have some chairs or umbrellas to loan for this special event.
THE PTO NEEDS YOU!!!
Consider donating your talents and time in support of our amazing community! Transform the cafeteria in to a summer beach paradise for the Under the Boardwalk spring fundraiser. Sell books to eager young readers at the Book Fair. Scoop ice cream at the Pierce Picnic. Take volunteering to the next level as the next PTO co-chair. It's never too late to lend a hand!
Learn more or sign up for upcoming volunteer opportunities:
Under the Boardwalk Spring Fundraiser:
Book Fair: email@example.com
Co-Chair & Leadership team positions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Pierce Picnic: sign-up to follow next month
Brookline Village is having a party! Set aside Flag Day for the first annual Village Fair, with music, games, food, and entertainment along Harvard Street and throughout the Village. Visit thevillagefair.com for more information.
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:
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW
Thurs., 5/7, 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion with the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by the participants. Please see the full meeting docket here. The School Committee will also be holding Office Hours prior to the meeting from 5-6pm in the same room. Contact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or email@example.com
MATH PROBLEM OF THE WEEK NEEDS YOUR HELP!
Show your love for the Problem of the Week by volunteering!
Tara Washburn, Pierce School Math Specialist, is looking for two reliable parents to support the Problem of the Week throughout the school year. Tara will supply the math problems, but she needs help creating the flyer and posters, communicating with the Pierce website and Bridge teams, photocopying materials and managing the bulletin board -- about one to two hours of work every other week when a new Problem comes out. Please contact Tara at firstname.lastname@example.org
if you're interested.
FIND THE GOLDEN SHOES - 86 SHOES STILL AT LARGE!
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. (As of 5/6, there were 86 Golden Shoes still to be found!) 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. The Golden Shoes program encourages children to be active, and is sponsored by Pierce Walks, the 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.
UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES BEGINS... AND A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Every year, Pierce School fourth graders participate in the Brookline Schools' Understanding Our Differences (UOD) program. This program is a collaboration between 4th grade teachers, parent volunteers and school and town administrators.
We cannot continue this important program without parent volunteers. Thank you to those who have already offered your time! 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.) Please consider volunteering for any of the upcoming units:
Tues., 6/2 -- Physical Disabilities
Thurs., 6/11 -- Intellectual Disabilities
To volunteer, please visit
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, email@example.com, if interested. Thanks!
VOLUNTEER FOR THE PIERCE BOOK FAIR!
Tue., 5/26 - Thurs., 5/28 @ Pierce Auditorium
5/26 and 5/27: classes visit
5/27 and 5/28 from 3-7pm: open to the public
Everyone's favorite spring tradition is right around the corner: the Pierce Book Fair! Every year, Pierce holds a three-day used book fair, with proceeds going to the PTO.
All students visit the book fair during school hours, and the public is welcome in the afternoons.
Used books for all ages are priced at $1, and new copies of the books on the summer recommended and required reading lists are available courtesy Brookline Booksmith.
As always, this promises to be a fun event, but it needs you to make it happen. There are many ways to help. Please sign up to volunteer, or contact PierceBookFair2015@gmail.com with any questions.
IT'S ALIVE! MUSEUM OF SCIENCE BRINGS LIVE ANIMALS TO GRADES 1 AND 2
This June, the Pierce Arts Council welcomes educators from the Museum of Science! The Museum's traveling program will bring live exhibits to our first graders, who will compare egg development, birth, and metamorphosis in different species. MOS educators return to visit second-graders for a program on animal habitats, 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 programs and 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.
Visit the Physical Education page on the school website to see what your little athletes are "actively learning."
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK
POW #16: BALLOON AUCTION
Due Tues., 5/19
Look for POW #16 on the board this Friday. Visit the POW page on the school website:
SOLUTION TO POW #15 PALINDROMES
There are 10 other dates in 2015 that can be written as palindromes.
(5-10-15, 5-11-15, 5-12-15, 5-13-15, 5-14-15, 5-15-15, 5-16-15, 5-17-15, 5-18-15, 5-19-15)
MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #12 : COPY CAPS
Due Tues., 5/19
Place the six sets of colored caps shown into the 4x4 box so that there is color symmetry across the dotted line. The sets of caps may not be flipped or rotated.
From left to right, what are the colors of the caps in the bottom row?
Copies of the problem will be available in the rack in the front lobby and on the Pierce website. Please put your solution in the green box by the Mathletes bulletin board. Have fun doing the math!
SOLUTION TO MATHLETES POW #11: WELCOME TO PLANET FORUX
The minimum number of aliens needed to have an equal number of eyes and legs is 5.
Brookline is a happening place. We've got cherry blossoms, bicycle parades, French language and culture lessons, and martial arts workshops. We've got carnivals and fairs, sex education workshops, Hebrew Schools and miniature golf. We may even get a marijuana dispensary! Read about all that and more in this week's edition of Community Corner!
WILSON CERTIFIED READING TUTOR
THE GOLDEN CHICKPEA CENTER EXCLUSIVE PARTY FOR PIERCE FAMILIES!!
FREE, WALK-IN...May 20th, 4-6 pm @ 224 Washington Street, Brookline.
Cecilia Garcia Caballero is pleased to announce the grand opening of The Golden Chickpea Center, Learn, Play & Grow Together on May 20th. A Multicultural Family Center, we offer Music, Art Lego area and Birthday Parties, as well as Cultural Events, and more. Children of all ages are very welcome. Please print the following invitation for entry.
SUPPORT LOCAL BUSINESSES AND RESTAURANTS THAT SUPPORT PIERCE!
Please support the businesses and community organizations that support Pierce! Buy from them! Like them on Facebook! Tell your friends! Show them some love and then join us at the May 16th Pierce PTO fundraiser to bid on and buy great gift certificates and donations from:
- Restaurants and cafes like The Abbey, Clear Flour Bread, Clover, JP Licks, La Morra, Lineage, Matt Murphy's, Martin's Coffee Shop, New Paris Bakery, Otto, Pomodoro, Pon Thai Bistro, Rifrullo Cafe, Starbucks, Tasca Restaurant, The Paris Creperie, Village Smokehouse and Virginia's Fine Foods.
- Retailers like Brookline Booksmith, Eureka, Henry Bear's Park, 90+ Cellars, Serenade Chocolatier, Teri's Toffee Haus, Village Watch Center, Wild Goose Chase, and Wine Gallery.
- Entertainment, Arts & Culture venues including The Celebrity Series of Boston, Coolidge Corner Theatre, Improv Boston, and Puppet Showplace.
- Programs, parties and tutoring for your kids: Chungdahm ReadWrite, The Etiquette Academy, The Golden Chickpea Center, Steve and Kate's Camp, and Y3K Tutoring in Your Home.
- Service providers like the Bank of Canton, Boston Language Institute, Brookline Recreation Center, Coolidge Corner Yoga, Audy's Mobil Service Station, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care, Orange Theory Fitness, and Scrub A Dub.
- Photography Studios such as Katy Doyle Photography and Studio Eleven.
phone: (617) 730-2580