09.16.2015
PTO CORNER  
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FITFEST IS A WRAP
FitFest #9 was so amazing! The weather held out for us and over 400 participants ran, zip-lined, hoola-hooped, and generally had fun with us! First of all, thanks to Dr. Smith-Mumford for performing the closing ceremonies but most importantly for her dunk tank appearance! Dr. Smith-Mumford was joined in the dunk tank by Mr. Green, Mr. WinstonMrs. MarsalloMs. BalzanoMs. GramignaMs. KellyMs. NewellMs. YadoffMs. Lima and Mr. Quintero -- thank you Pierce teachers for being such good sports! 

Another big round of applause goes to Event Leaders from Rhythmic Gymnastics, Boston Boabom, Brookline High School Softball, Field Hockey, Football, Lacrosse, Brookline Youth Hockey and Baseball, Energy Fitness, Coolidge Corner Yoga, The Brookline Police and Fire Departments and the Department of Public works as well as Jackie McCarthy.

A special thanks to sponsors: 
Coolidge Corner Yoga - www.coolidgeyoga.com 

Finally, a huge thank you to the dozens of enthusiastic and loyal volunteers who helped make FitFest a success, with special thanks to Meredith Saillant, Graeme Grant, Stewart Silvestri and Pam DiPiro, and Brendan and Stacy Downey for their amazing leadership!
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A BELATED THANKS TO FIRST-DAY-OF-SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS
Thank you to all of the volunteers who showed kids and families to their classrooms on the first day of school. In particular, thanks to Molly Zuker and Kate Thibualt for organizing the events.
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JOIN US FOR HARVESTFEST: A PARENT & TEACHER SOCIAL
Sat., 10/177-10pm @ Pierce School
Book your sitters and join us for this free social event with a cash bar and light snacks. Come enjoy a night out and mingle with other Pierce parents and teachers. HarvestFest is sponsored by the PTO and Brookline Education Foundation. $10 raffle tickets will be available with great prizes! For more information please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com.

HARVESTFEST PLANNING MEETING
Fri., 9/25 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria
Come to the planning meeting for this year's fabulous Pierce HarvestFest! Volunteering for events is a great way to meet other parents and to get involved. This event is a perfect opportunity to provide short-term volunteer help with food, beverages, decorations, and ticket sales. If you'd like to volunteer, but are unable to attend this meeting, please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com

RAFFLE ITEMS NEEDED FOR HARVESTFEST
We're looking for 3-4 items to be donated for a raffle at HarvestFest . In the past, families have donated sporting tickets and restaurant dinners. Please contact us at pierce.pto@gmail.com if you have something you can donate for a small raffle. All proceeds will directly benefit the school. Thank you.
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A NOTE ABOUT ROOM PARENTS 
Thanks to those who have signed up to be Room Parents this year--the list is growing! We continue to have many openings, so we encourage parents to consider taking on this role. It's a great way to help your classroom teacher over the course of the school year, and it doesn't require a big time commitment. To find out what a room parent does, visit https://docs.google.com/document/d/1jikMuVYXfRbRV5tkhSARqQ9HqOZ7CzrbkgTLE0kQKDU/edit?usp=sharing. And If you are a room parent, please send your contact information to Volunteer Coordinators Jean Sandler and Barbara Kamholz at jean.sandler@comcast.net and bwkamholz@gmail.com.  

NO ROOM PARENTS IN YOUR CHILD'S CLASS? GET TOGETHER ANYWAY! 
Since some Room Parents are still being identified, families are encouraged to take initiative to organize an introductory gathering for families/students in their class (or grade, for the upper grades), e.g. a casual weekend gathering at a local park. We have a small budget available, so if you'd like to reserve park picnic areas, contact jean.sandler@comcast.net.
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ASSIST THE ANNUAL APPEAL
The PTO is looking for a person to help assist the Annual Appeal this year, a 4-6 week fall fundraising effort focused on parents and community members. This is the single largest fundraising activity for the calendar year. 100% of funds raised go to support PTO activities, which support teachers and specialists and enrich the education of our children. No fundraising experience needed. Please contact the pierce.pto@gmail.com if you might be interested.
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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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WORKSHOP: APPLY FOR ARTS AND CULTURE GRANT TO BENEFIT BROOKLINE 
Wed., 9/16, 6-7:30pm @ Brookline Town Hall, Room 103
The October 15th deadline for Massachusetts Cultural Council/Local Cultural Council grant applications is fast approaching. The Brookline Commission for the Arts is seeking applications from non-profit cultural organizations, artists, schools, and residents to apply for funding to support Brookline arts and cultural activities. This year the MCC has made over $10,000 available to Brookline. Interested parties should attend BCA's informal workshop to answer questions on eligibility, the application process and to talk to our commissioners. Visit brooklinearts.org/grants for grant guidelines and to access the application form. Please let us know you are coming; email brooklinearts@gmail.com or call 617-730-2135 to register. 
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SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING
Fri., 9/18, 8:30-9:30am @ School Committee Room, 5th floor, Town Hall
Parents, guardians, educators all who have interest in special education please come to the first 2015-2016 Special Education Parent Advisory Council meeting with 
Student Services Administration.
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PIERCEWALKS KICKOFF MEETING 
Tues., 9/22, 8am @ cafeteria 
PierceWalks is a community partnership of Pierce families, the Pierce PTO, Brookline Public Health Department, Brookline Rotary Club and the Brookline business community. As the organizer behind events such as Walk to School Day and Golden Shoes, PierceWalks' mission is to make it fun for children (and their families) to be physically active to the best of their ability. Please join PierceWalks for a kick off meeting -- all ideas and energy are welcome!!
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SEPAC NEEDS A PIERCE PARENT VOLUNTEER
The Brookline Special Education Parent Advisory Council (SEPAC) is an all-volunteer organization of parents/guardians of children with IEPs who meet to learn more about special education in Brookline. We sponsor workshops, informational meetings, discussion groups, legislative lobbying efforts and a variety of other activities to help improve our children's education. SEPAC is looking for a Pierce parent or two to serve as a SEPAC liaison within the school. The role is not time-intensive but it is important. If you are interested or want to know more, please contact Elizabeth Myska at 
e@thebeardgroup.com o617-721-1155.
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COMING SOON: PIERCE FAMILY DIRECTORY UPDATE!
The secure online Pierce Family Directory will be updated with student names, family contact details, and class information once all updated information is received from the school. Only families who agree to have their information included in the directory will be added. Once uploaded, families should logon and review information. At that time, instructions will be sent to new families on how to access the directory. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Jennifer Hunt or Beth Ng at PierceFamilyDirectory@gmail.com
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B-PEN ON MANAGING TRANSITIONS 
The transition from summer vacation to the demands of school can be tricky, not just academically, but developmentally, as kids face new classmates/teachers, maybe a new look, a new attitude. All these changes represent a fresh beginning and new milestones, but with these come new expectations and challenges -- for you and your kids. Check out some of Brookline Parent Education Network's resources on transitions, setting limits, and parenting tips on the TRANSITIONS page at www.B-PEN.org
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PIERCE LIBRARY NEEDS VOLUNTEERS! 
Donate an hour of your time each week to keep the Pierce library program strong. 
Pierce librarian Amanda Kretschmar helps K-8 kids develop their literacy and research skills, and needs help with the day-to-day work -- especially shelving! More than 7,000 books were checked out in the first 10 weeks of school last year; we have some BUSY readers in this school!  
There are three options for volunteering during each school week day: 8-9 am, 1:30-2:30 pm and flexible times after school, until 8pm.
Please consider signing up for a regular weekly slot through December (or even June!), even if you can't come every single week. Feel free to sign up for more than one session! You will need to fill out a simple CORI form (background check) in the main office if you do not already have one on file.  Please contact Carol Jennings (carol.jennings@gmx.com) with any questions, and click here to sign up.
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
 
POW #1: LINING UP
Due Wed., 9/16
At School Street Elementary, the students in Ms. Wolfe's 3rd grade line up in a straight line. When the teacher counts the students from the front of the line, Isabelle is #14. When the teacher counts from the back of the line, Isabelle is #8.  How many students are in line altogether? Look for POW #1 on the board this Friday and visit the POW page on the Pierce website.
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #1: HAVE A SEAT!
Due Fri., 9/18
Two-thirds of the people in a room are seated in three-fourths of the chairs. The rest of the people are standing. If there are six empty chairs, how many people are in the room?
Copies of the Mathletes Problem of the Week are available in the front lobby and on the Pierce website. Please put solutions in the green Solution box next to the first floor library entrance.
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER
 
CROSS COUNTRY IS COMING!
Thurs., 10/15 or Fri., 10/16 @ Larz Anderson
Cross country is a district-wide meet where students compete in a 1-mile race against other students of the same grade and gender at Larz Anderson. It will take place on Thursday October 15th with a rain date of Friday October 16th. It is open to all students in grades 5-8. The only requirements are that the student 1) sign up in the gym, 2) bring in a signed permission slip by Fri., 10/9 and 3) have prepared physically for the meet. To show us a student has prepared, they can either come to at least 2 of the 6 practices offered here (dates below) OR fill out a running log that is signed by parents 
that show at least 4 different ways they have exercised outside of school. 

Cross country packets that include the permission slip are available in the gym. Your child's P.E. teachers will also be explaining this to students in class. 

PRACTICE DATES:

Mon., 9/28 2:30-3:30 
Tues., 9/29 2:30-3:30
Mon., 10/5 2:30-3:30
Wed., 10/7 7:00-7:55am
Thurs., 10/8 2:30-3:30
Tues. 10/13 2:30-3:30

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COMMUNITY CORNER
 
Score! to cure cancer.... BHS Boys Varsity Soccer at Nickerson Field.... Brookline Education Foundation Fellows read personal essays.... Girls Who Code Club at the library.... Read all about it in Community Corner

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CLASSIFIEDS
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PIANO LESSONS: GLORIA JASINSKI 
Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. 

DRUM SET LESSONS!
Want to learn how to play the drums? With 8 years of teaching experience and degrees from Berklee and New England Conservatory, I can help you get there. All levels, all styles. Lessons are tailored to your needs. Lessons are available in my home (Fenway) or yours. Ages 9 and above. Please call Dor Herskovits at 617-842-4733 or email dorshkovits@yahoo.com.
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KIDS YOGA FALL SESSION STARTS SEPTEMBER 15th - AT COOLIDGE CORNER YOGA
Let your child reap the benefits of yoga including: increased strength and flexibility, balance and stability, enhanced coordination skills, increased concentration and focus, stress management tools, and compassion and connection to themselves, others, and the world! Check the after-school schedule for children's classes at www.coolidgeyoga.com/kids-yoga. E-mail with questions at info@coolidgeyoga.com or call at 617-879-0861.
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COMIC BOOK ART AT THE GOLDEN CHICKPEA CENTER
In this class we will be drawing comics and learning to use new art skills and tools. if your child loves superheroes, cool aliens, awesome robots, cute animals, funny faces, beautiful princesses and awesome adventures, then this is the perfect class! Total sessions: 10. 
Instructor:Eli Portman. 
Ideal for Grades 1-5. Join us Tuesday, September 15th From 5 - 6 pm. 
The Golden Chickpea Center 224 Washington Street,  857-210-9122  Brookline Village
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JAVASCRIPT CLASS
This introduction to JavaScript class, for 7th and 8th graders, will meet on eight consecutive Mondays, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, beginning October 19, at the Brookline Teen Center. Topics covered include: variables, data types, loops, conditionals and functions. Students will also learn the basics of HTML as needed to support their JavaScript programming. Previous programming experience is not necessary. To register please visit the JrCode website www.jrcode.com, select the Registration drop down menu and click on Brookline - then click Register. For more information, please contact Sharon at sharonjason@jrcode.com
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WANT TO PLAY BLUEGRASS AND OLD-TIME TRADITIONAL MUSIC? JOIN THE MUDDY RIVER RAMBLERS
A group of Brookline families, in its seventh season. Learn to play traditional bluegrass and roots music in fun and fast-paced "jam sessions," run by professional musicians. We learn by ear and play as an ensemble, often with singing and harmonizing.  Featured instruments include violins (fiddles), cellos, guitars, banjos, mandolins, and ukuleles. Start date: September 27.  
For more info. contact Kate Risse (katherine.risse@tufts.edu) or Rob Guillemin (rob.guillemin@gmail.com) or visit our website at: www.sites.google.com/site/familyfolkjam/home  
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LIN LEARNING CENTER, NEW AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM IN TOWN
Lin Learning Center is now open for enrollments. We are located on 25 Holden Street, Korean Church in Brookline village and provide after school care and enrichment to students of age 7 to 11 years olds. We follow Brookline public school schedule and keep students until 6 pm. Please visit our website LinLearningCenter.com and contact Kay Lin at kaypark1@gmail.com or 617-383-9848 for more informations.
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FREELANCE PLAYERS NOW ENROLLING! 
QUALITY MUSICAL THEATER IN BROOKLINE SINCE 1974
The Freelance Players produce original musicals and is now enrolling for the fall season. Freelance Troupe: Students 3rd-6th grade, rehearsals on Fridays at Driscoll. Freelance Players: 7th grade & up, rehearses on Weds. at Driscoll, performances at Park. www.freelanceplayers.org. Call 617-274-6065.
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