09.30.2015
PTO CORNER  
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FOOD ON WHEELS! TO BENEFIT THE BROOKLINE FOOD PANTRY
Food collection through Fri., 10/16
Parade Sun., 10/18 1pm
Come out in force to support the Brookline Food Pantry! Located in St. Paul's Church, the Brookline Food Pantry currently has over 800 active families that use its services, including 65 new families, and many of those have children. This past year has been its busiest year yet, with over 750 visits in July alone. THE NEED IS GREAT, and WE CAN HELP. Please donate non-perishable food and supplies in the bins at the entrance to the Main and Historical Buildings. Anything you donate will be appreciated.

And then, please join us for a parade as we walk over from Pierce to hand deliver our collective donation. Bring your wagons, backpacks, shopping carts, etc.! There will be drinks and snacks at the Pantry when we arrive! Questions? Please contact Marissa Heller-Treistman (marissaheller@gmail.com), Toby Raybould (tobyraybould@gmail.com) or Jen Rothstein (Jennifer.rothstein@comcast.net).
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CRADLES TO CRAYONS CLOTHING DRIVE 
Mon., 10/5 to Fri., 10/9
It's time to recycle your kids' gently worn clothes. Pierce School is joining a Brookline-wide effort to collect kids' clothes, from Newborn size all the way to Adult Medium, as well as shoes and boots, from Newborn to Adult size 10. We are also asking families to donate new hats and gloves. Look for the big purple collection bin in front of the main office. Please help us give back and make a difference to local families in need, as you always do! Thanks.
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RESERVE YOUR CELEBRITY SERIES TICKETS
The Celebrity Series of Boston offers $10 tickets to exciting performances by world-renowned artists. Through the Take Your Seat program, you can see favorites such as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater and many more. The program requires that you purchase a minimum of 5 tickets for each performance. You also need to maintain a ratio of 1 Adult: 4 students. Take Your Seat is a program that serves urban K-12 schools and community groups to make a wide range of artistic performances available to students who might not otherwise be able to attend. Click here to view the list of performances and order form: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/uploads/7/5/6/9/7569534/celebrity_series_take_your_seat_2015-16.pdf.There are a limited number of seats available at the $10 price for each event, so please return your order form and payment ASAP to Pierce Parent, Mara Littman at maralittman@yahoo.com. 
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SAVE THE DATE: HARVESTFEST
Sat., 10/17, 7-10pm @ 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.

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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CALLING ALL ROOM PARENTS - A FEW OPENINGS REMAIN!
Many thanks to everyone who has volunteered thus far. While many classes have RPs, there are still plenty of slots that need to be filled: 1N, 1H, 1Y, 2R, 2Y, 3CO, 4B, 4C, 5F, 6L, 6G, 7th and 8th Grade Rep(s). 1AB also has one more opening. Being a room parent is a great way to help your classroom teacher and doesn't require a big time commitment. Click here to find out what a room parent does. And If you are a room parent, please send your contact information to Volunteer Coordinators Jean Sandler & Barbara Kamholz @ jean.sandler@comcast.net and bwkamholz@gmail.com.  
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NOVELIST CELESTE NG SPEAKS AT PIERCE
Tues., 10/27 7pm @ Pierce Auditorium
The New York Times best-selling writer and author of this year's Brookline Reads selection 'Everything I Never Told You' will be at the Pierce School auditorium to discuss her book. Other Brookline Reads programs include a conversation on bias and identity moderated by Rev. Liz Walker, at Hunneman Hall of the Main Library, at 7pm on October 5; a screening of the film, Eat Drink Man Woman, at Coolidge Corner Library at 1pm on October 15; and a panel about how to publish a first book, also at Hunneman Hall, at 7pm October 21. All Brookline Reads events are free and open to the public.
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STOP & SHOP A+ REWARDS
Pierce School is once again earning cash through Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards Program. After you register your card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop using your Stop & Shop Card earns CASH for our school! Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. But you MUST register your Stop & Shop card and designate Pierce School in order to make it happen! (NEW: If you registered previously, you do not need to re-register!) Your friends and families can designate Pierce School, too. Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online- use ID Code 07899 -- or call 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. If you have any questions, feel free to contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
There is yet another way to support Pierce School! Collect Box Tops for Education. Simply clip the designated Box Tops at home and bring them to school! Pierce School earns money with every Box Top you donate! You can drop them in one of the collection boxes around Pierce:
  1. In the foyer by the Main Office
  2. In the hall just outside KM, Historical Building
Please contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@brookline.k12.ma.us with any questions. 
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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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CAR-FREE SCHOOL DAY 
Wed., 10/7
Brookline families join with 4 million students in 44 countries...If you can, leave your car at home and walk your child to school. Bike, rollerblade or skate (helmet required)! Ride the school bus or T! Meet the crossing guards, greet your neighbors. Talk with your child(ren) about street safety and the health benefits of not driving. Car-Free School Day is good for children and families, and it's good for the environment. Help build a community where neighborhoods are full of people, not cars. For further information contact Lynne Karsten, lkarsten@brooklinema.gov or (617)730-2336.
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CROSS COUNTRY IS COMING!
Thurs., 10/15 or (Rain date) 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 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. 
REMAINING PRACTICE DATES:
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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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
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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 #2: ALL ABOARD
Due Fri., 10/2
A train can hold 78 passengers. The train starts out empty and picks up 1 passenger at the 1st stop, 2 new passengers at the 2nd stop, 3 new passengers at the 3rd stop and so forth. After how many stops will the train be full? Look for POW #2 on the board this Thursday and visit the POW page on the Pierce website.
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #2: GLIP GLOP GLEEP!
Due Fri., 10/2
If 4 gleeps are worth 3 glops and 2 glops are worth 5 glips, how many glips are worth the same as 10 gleeps?
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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COMMUNITY CORNER
 
Have your kid try out for Travel Team Basketball... according to an updated tryout schedule. See a production of 'West Side Story'... or 'Just Eat It', a movie about food waste. Attend a talk about land use planning... or about how to be the parent that you want to be. Read all about it in Community Corner

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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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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 Wednesday, September Thursday 24 From 5 - 6 pm. 
Visit our website http://www.thegoldenchickpeacenter.com/apps/webstore. The Golden Chickpea Center 224 Washington Street, 857-210 9122  Brookline Village. Thank you !!!

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