11.18.2015
PTO CORNER  
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PTO ANNUAL APPEAL: WEEK FOUR UPDATE 
Raised to date: $31,476/$65,000 goal (48%)
Participation: 149/608 families (25%) 
All of our children benefit from the work of the Pierce Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) every day in their classrooms and throughout the year. All Pierce parents are PTO members, and, once a year, during this Annual Appeal, we ask families to be as generous as they can.  

While the PTO will spend more than $160 per student for the 2015-2016 school year, any amount you can give is appreciated -- truly. We want our students to know that all Pierce families care about them and their school. We're aiming for 100% family participation. 

Curious about where your money goes? Click here to see a simple breakdown from the PTO treasurer. 

Please help us continue to offer our students all that we can by making a donation today. Checks can be made out to "Pierce PTO" and returned to the PTO mailboxes near the main office and cafeteria (look for the giant penguins!) or look for volunteers collecting donations at drop-off and pick-up. 

Note: Pierce pays a 3% fee to process online donations. All contributions to the Pierce PTO are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a receipt for tax purposes. The PTO's tax ID number is 35-2197562. Please also consider using your employer's matching grant program.

Tell us on Twitter and Facebook why you love Pierce and why you give. Tweet us at
@PierceSchoolPTO with hashtag #WeLovePierceWe will make you a star! Questions? Email us at pierce.pto@gmail.com.
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'WHERE DOES THE MONEY GO?' PTO EDITION 
[Watch this space for a monthly report from the PTO treasurer on how your donations make a difference in children and teachers' days.]

In October the PTO sponsored HarvestFest, the parent social for building community. The PTO also paid for $1000 worth of books that the library purchased over the summer to replace some well-loved editions. Last, the PTO supported the purchase and installation of the new Pierce banners around the drop-off circle!
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COMING SOON: NEWCOMER MEET-AND-GREET
In the coming weeks, the PTO will host a morning meet-and-greet for new Pierce families. This will be an informal opportunity for families new to Pierce to mingle and meet others, make connections, get support, and gather information. Coffee will be served. Watch this space for information about date and time. 
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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 to "Go to School website homepageEACH TIME you shop online at Amazon! To shop, look for this icon below:

 
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SCHOOL CORNER   
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IMPROVBOSTON VISITS GRADES 4, 5, 6
Thurs., 11/19 
ImprovBoston will present "Lessons of Improv: The 4 Cs (Communication, Collaboration, Creativity and Critical Thinking)." ImprovBoston's expert improvisers use the art of comedy and hands-on entertainment to actively explore these important concepts. Students will take the stage alongside the ImprovBoston cast for an unforgettable hour of supported risk-taking. The "4 Cs" seamlessly blends laughter, learning, music and off-the-cuff theater to show the many ways we are all improvisers, performing each and every day without a script.

This program is made possible by the PTO and organized by the Pierce Arts Council, bringing a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to Pierce School to complement learning in the classroom about arts, science, history, and culture. 
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MATH LEAGUE COACHES MEETING
Thurs., 11/19 7:40-8am @ Math League room (PSED room, next to Lost & Found)
If you are planning to coach Math League this year or if you want to learn more about it, please attend the next Coaches Meeting. Practices begin November 30th. We are looking for parents to commit to one morning per week (7:20-7:55) until mid-March. No prior experience is needed. Each week, students work independently or in small groups on challenging math problems (mostly from past meets), and coaches check in and help teach the students in small groups. Answer keys are provided. If you have any questions, please contact Tara Washburn or Dave Carter at piercemathleague@gmail.com.
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PIERCE SCHOOL SOCK DRIVE
through Wed., 11/25
Help us collect clean, new white cotton socks to benefit Boston Healthcare for the Homeless! Bring sock donations to your classroom and leave them in the "sock bag." Here's a lttle about BHCH:
  • BHCH helps 12,000 homeless people of all ages annually.
  • It has two "foot" clinics with over three hundred employees.
  • It offers special support to homeless who are too sick to be admitted into a shelter, but not sick enough to be admitted into a hospital.
Why new cotton socks?
  • Older socks collect germs which can lead to infection and fungus.
  • The homeless often have no access to laundry facilities.
  • Clean dry socks help prevent frostbite in the winter months.
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TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT THE PIERCE LIBRARY
Donate a book from Ms. Kretschmar's Amazon Wish List
There are two ways you can help support the wonderful Pierce Library and our great librarian, Amanda Krestschmar. Ms. Kretschmar uses money from the Town and the Pierce PTO to keep the shelves stocked with lots of great books. She does not have money to buy all the books she knows the kids will love, so she has created an Amazon "wish list" of books she would like to purchase. Click here to see the wish list and order as many books as you like. The books will be shipped to the school and available to students right away. 

Donate an hour of your time
Can you spare one hour of your time per week? With so many students taking out so many books, we need parents to help with reshelving! After a short orientation to the library, you will be on your way to helping keep the shelves stocked and neat.  Volunteer hours are between 8-9am, and an hour before school ends all they way up until 8pm! Please contact Carol Jennings at carol.jennings@gmx.com if you can help, or click here to sign up

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2016-2017 KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION PARENT INFORMATION SESSIONS
Wed., 11/18 1-2pm and Thurs., 11/19 5-6 @ Town Hall, room 103
In mid-November, the Office of Student Affairs will be holding two information sessions for parents. Pre-registration will begin on November 30th via the Registration Gateway, where parents will be able to sign-up for an appointment in January or February to complete the process.
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SEEKING PARENT VOLUNTEERS TO SUPERVISE K-4 RECESS AND LUNCH
Be an additional supportive adult in the playground to foster a safe, inclusive, and fun recess for our students. Walk around, play games and music, hula hoop, jump rope, throw a frisbee and generally help us supervise the kids. Commitment is a small as one 20-minute session per month. Sign up hereVolunteers need to meet with a staff member for guidelines before their first session, and should register for a different time than their own children's recess. Questions? Please email The Recess Revamp Team.
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6TH, 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS -- JOIN MATHCOUNTS!
Fridays, 7:15-7:55 @ Math Center (behind the Pit)
Be a part of Pierce's MATHCOUNTS team, a national math competition open to middle school students. Students practice each week by solving challenging problems together, sharing their solutions, and learning new strategies. A regional competition takes place in February. The top teams and individuals continue on to state and national competitions, where they compete for thousands of dollars in scholarships. Practices take place every Friday morning. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Hansel at alison_hansel@brookline.k12.ma.us
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
 
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #6: TANGRAM MONEY?
Due Thurs., 12/3
A tangram is a set of 7 puzzle pieces that can be used to make different shapes. A Tangram company is making pieces out of new plastic, and they need to figure out the cost. If a small triangle costs 25 cents to make, how much will it cost to make a whole tangram puzzle? Look for POW#5 on the board this Thursday and visit the POW page on the Pierce website.

SOLUTION TO PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #5: UNICEF: How many boxes?
40
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #6: MORE CHEESE PLEASE!
Due Thurs., 12/3
Mike and Joey each bought an identical loaf of bread and an identical package of cheese slices. Mike made sandwiches with 5 slices of cheese and 2 slices of bread each. He had 4 slices of bread left when he ran out of cheese. Joey made sandwiches with 4 slices of cheese and 2 slices of bread each. He had 4 slices of cheese left when he ran out of bread. How many slices of bread were in each loaf?

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. 

SOLUTION TO MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #5: BATH TIME
With both faucets running together, it will take 20 minutes to fill the tub.

Check the Mathletes Bulletin Board next to the first floor entrance to the library to see student solutions to last week's problem.
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SPECIALISTS CORNER

Click on over to Specialists' Corner for the latest from our music teachers about your little songbirds, plus dates and times for the upcoming Winter Sings. 

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COMMUNITY CORNER

SUPPORT PIERCE PARENT'S RUN FOR BEF!
Our very own Pierce parent Chris Hope has been selected to run for Team Brookline for the 2016 Boston Marathon. Chris will be running on behalf of the Brookline Education Foundation and hopes to raise a whopping $10,000 for this important charity. Please help support him and give generously to help achieve this big target and motivate Chris through the long winter months of training and every step of the 26.2 miles to the finish line! Donate today at https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/christopher-hope-1/TeamBrookline2016
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A SURVIVAL GUIDE TO PARENTING TEENS AND TWEENS
Wed., 11/18, 7-8:30pm @ Driscoll School Theater
Join us for an evening with author, speaker, and parenting expert Joani Geltman, MSW, parenting coach, college professor and author of "A Survival Guide to Parenting Teens: Talking to Your Kids About Sexting, Drinking, Drugs, and Other Things That Freak You Out." Second in a series from Brookline Talks, a new speaker series for parents, this talk is sponsored by Brookline K-8 PTOs, the Brookline Education Foundation and the Brookline Community Mental Health Center. 
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CLIMATE CHANGE DISCUSSION
Thurs., 11/19 8-9:30am @ KooKoo Café, 7 Station Street, Brookline
Join Mothers (and Others) Out Front, a group of parents and caregivers concerned with climate change and the implications for our kids' future, for an informal discussion about things we can do as a community to alter the course of climate change. Drop in any time.
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Occasionally, Community Corner features a selection of community news and events in the weekly PTO newsletter. For a full listing, click on over to Community Corner
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HANDYMAN SERVICES 
Hire skilled Pierce mom for your home repairs or minor remodeling. Price by the job, not by the hour. Phone: 617-935-1410, email: privetnet@hotmail.com

BABYSITTER AVAILABLE
Mature, responsible and experienced Pierce graduate and BHS Sophomore available for babysitting (Friday evenings/Weekends). Can engage in fun activities and provide homework help. Animal lover and dog owner, so pet care/dog walking would be welcome. Neighborhood references available. Please feel free to contact me at mayajhertz@gmail.com

READING TUTORING: HARRIET YOFFEE, Ed.M.
Former Reading Specialist with 30 years experience is offering reading enrichment and reading intervention tutoring services to Pre-K through Grade 5 students
Goal: To support each student reach his/her potential in reading/literacy

HELPING KIDS COMMUNICATE! IN-HOME SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY
HELPING KIDS COMMUNICATE! IN-HOME SPEECH LANGUAGE THERAPY is provided by Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP, a seasoned and respected pediatric speech-language pathologist. Effective strategies yield success and progress for youngsters with speech-language disorders (including articulation/phonological disorders, apraxia, language-learning disabilities, and autism spectrum disorders). 
Contact information: Phone: 617-733-1995; email: mhschram@comcast.net

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. 

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