03.23.2016
PTO CORNER  
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SAVE THE DATE! CELEBRATING DR. PIPIER SMITH-MUMFORD
Wed., 5/25, time and details to follow
Join us for an evening in celebration of Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford's wonderful career at the Pierce School.
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FY17 SCHOOL BUDGET FORUM
Wed., 3/30 6:30pm and Wed. 4/6 8:30am @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor, Town Hall
The Public Schools of Brookline Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly will host a series of open forums to discuss the Fiscal Year 2017 School Budget. All are welcome to attend. 
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THE LATEST ON THE TEACHER CONTRACT NEGOTIATIONS
Updates from the School Committee regarding teacher contract negotiations are available at the following link: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/domain/705. Also, please find the most recent letter from Rebecca Stone: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/cms/lib8/MA01907509/Centricity/Domain/705/BSC%20Negotiations%202-pager%202.29.16_Final.pdf
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THE BOOK FAIR COMETH
Mon., 4/11 - Thurs., 4/14 
The Pierce School Used Book Fair is fast approaching! All classes will have an opportunity to come through the fair during the day on Monday - Wednesday, and students will be able to buy a book for a dollar. The fair will open to the public on Wednesday afternoon. 

In addition to the sale of your donated books for a dollar each, we have two events planned:
Wed., 4/13 Activity night - a performance, art project, pizza and "Best picks" new book sale sponsored by the Brookline Booksmith)
Thurs., 4/14 Author's night - Alicia Murphy author of " The Muddy Foot Prince" and cousin of Pierce PTO co-president Maryanne Senn!

You can help in two important ways:
Donate books. Thanks so much for the books donated so far. There is still time! You can drop them off at school under the TV screen by the office anytime in the next three weeks. If you cannot get your books to school, we will do a pick-up on Friday, April 8th. Send and email to joancmahon@gmail.com or dhar11235@gmail.com, leave your books outside in a box clearly labeled Pierce Bookfair, and we will swing by and grab it.

Volunteer. We need volunteers to help set up and run the book fair. Please visit
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0f45abad29abfc1-volunteers/13209205 and sign up for what seems fun and do-able. We would love to get as many people involved as possible.

Questions? Please email Shoma or Joan
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PIERCE PRINCIPAL SEARCH SURVEY RESULTS
Thanks to the Pierce families and staff that participated in the Principal Search survey. The survey results were presented at a Pierce Forum evening on January 27th to Interim Superintendent Joe Connelly and the Pierce Principal Search Committee, and helped the search committee inform the process. Many thanks to parent Jen Amigone and teachers Melissa London and Lauren Kelly for helping to craft the survey and crunch the results. Survey results can be found here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/principal-search.html. 
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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. Each time you shop at Amazon, remember to go to the Pierce homepage first, and click on the icon below: 

 
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SCHOOL CORNER   
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TURN YOUR OLD SHOES GOLDEN!
Collection ongoing through Sun., 4/17
Your old shoes could be this year's GOLDEN SHOES. PierceWalks is collecting shoes to be cleaned and painted GOLD. Just as we did last year, 100 golden shoes will be hidden in the neighborhoods surrounding Pierce. Last year we received enough shoes to donate over 100 pairs to local charities. Clean out your closets and under your bed, bring us your shoes, and then get out and walk or be active as best you can!
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SAVE THE DATE: PIERCE MOVIE NIGHT
Thurs., 3/31 5:30-7:30pm @ 
Pierce Auditorium
We invite everyone to come out for family movie night. In honor of Brookline's Climate Action Week, we're showing a movie with an environmental theme, the Dr. Seuss classic, "The Lorax." Pierce parent and environmental consultant Crystal Johnson will speak for a few minutes before the movie to give students tips on how to help the environment. Here is the schedule of events:

5:30-6:00
Pizza (free, while supplies last)

6:00-7:30
Opening remarks by Crystal Johnson
Movie (running time 1hr, 26 min)

Want to help? Have questions? Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com.
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EAT PANCAKES FOR BROOKLINE ROTARY - AND PSED!
Sat. 4/2 8-12pm @ BHS Cafeteria  
Support the Brookline Rotary at its delicious pancake breakfast. Afterwards, take PierceWalks' advice and go for a long family walk -- or head on over to the Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge! Tickets are $7 (kids 5 and under are free), and half the proceeds benefit PSED programs. Tickets are on sale in the Pierce main office during school hours or email pierce.pto@gmail.comIf you buy tickets at the door, let them know you are from Pierce!
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BROOKLINE YOUTH CLIMATE ADAPTATION CHALLENGE
Sat. 4/2 11:30- 2 @ Pierce School Cafeteria
Visit this extraordinary environmental science fair! Brookline youth in grades K-12 will present their innovative ideas for sustainable solutions. Come see their brilliant and diverse ideas regarding waste management, sustainable transportation, air quality, oceans rising, CA drought, trees, underwater power generation and other renewable energies, eco-fashion and lots more! Support the young environmental innovators who are advancing disruptive climate adaptation solutions. The Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge is a fun, free educational event for the whole family! 
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SUPPORT THE PIERCE 2016 WALK FOR HUNGER TEAM
Over 30 members of the Pierce community will walk in Project Bread's 48th annual Walk for Hunger, and they've already raised $5,072 toward the $20,000 goal to help Massachusetts' food-insecure households. Do your part to support the team at http://support.projectbread.org/site/TR?team_id=77643&pg=team&fr_id=1310&et=48xpWNqEqiWiEwFBBkb_6A.
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COMMUNITY CORNER
Occasionally, the Bridge 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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BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK
Mon., 3/38- Sun., 4/3
This year's Climate Week offers a purposeful week-long series of events with a goal to inform and foster the will to act on climate change, and make change through personal, local, state and national action. All events are free and open to the public and embrace timely opportunities for Brookline and beyond. Events especially for kids and families include '3R Depot: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle And More' and the Youth Climate Adaptation Science Fair set for Saturday, April 2. For details and a full schedule, visit www.BrooklineClimateWeek.org.
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THE NOSE KNOWS: METHANE GAS SCAVENGER HUNT
Mon., 3/28- Sat., 4/9
Mothers Out Front Brookline presents a scavenger hunt in which participants search for utility flags throughout town marking many of the 350+ methane gas leaks. Look for bright yellow flags marked with an image of a nose and text "Methane Gas Leak Nearby". Details at www.mothersoutfront.org/fixleaksfirst. Or visit our table during Climate Week's 3R Depot on Sat. 4/2 at Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, 10am-2pm.
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VOLUNTEER CORNER
Want to get involved? Here is a sampling of the ways that you can help the Pierce community. 
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EDIT THE BRIDGE!
The PTO seeks a volunteer to join the communications team and edit the weekly newsletter. Work closely with other PTO members to ensure that the Bridge is complete, on time, and error-free! Interested? Email Alex Barrett (aebarrett@gmail.com) or the PTO (pierce.pto@gmail.com). 
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UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES (& SIMILARITIES): 
A CALL FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS
Brookline schools have a long tradition of offering an annual parent-run disability & inclusion awareness program, using curriculum provided by Understanding Our Differences in Newton, MA. Every year at Pierce, 4th graders are introduced to four units using interactive materials, small group workshops, engaging guest speakers and organized group discussion. We do this in collaboration with the 4th grade teachers and with the essential support of parent volunteers, as well as our school and town administrators. 

Pierce 2016 UOD dates and units are:
Wed., 4/13 -- Physical Disabilities (Training 4/11th @ 7pm)
Thurs., June TBD -- Intellectual Disabilities (Training 6/6 @ 7pm)

We cannot continue this important program without more parent volunteers to help lead our workshops! Volunteers are needed for 8:00 - 10:30 AM. the day of each unit. We schedule a training meeting at 7pm one evening the week of each unit. (If you cannot make the training meeting, there is a brief on-line training video that you may use.)
To volunteer, please follow the link below to a Google document to sign-up:
If you have volunteered in the past or have knowledge of/experience with a disability, we would especially appreciate your help. Please e-mail or call Ann with any questions: annkamensky@gmail.com or (617) 835-9586.
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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 here. Volunteers 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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CLASSIFIEDS
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LEADERSHIP SUMMER CAMP FOR GRADE 6-10
This summer, Lumos Debate is offering a 2 week day-camp for Brookline students grades 6-10. Your child will practice public speaking, leadership, and critical thinking in a fun and engaging learning environment. These are the skills that will get your kid noticed and catapult them into leadership positions in school and in their future careers. For more information email info@lumosdebate.com or visit our website: http://camp.lumosdebate.com/summer/

PHOTO AND MOVIE MAKING CLASSES FOR 11-15 YEAR OLD
Big Picture Art House is once again running a 3 day April vacation photography class, "Ethnic Enclaves of Boston" 4/19-4/21. Students are provided with professional DSLR cameras and receive one on one attention from teacher/owner and 20 year veteran photographer (also a Pierce School alum), Jennifer Connelly. Class meets and ends close to Brookline in Jamaica Plain right off the Jway. Big Picture runs a full schedule of summer classes as well, with spaces still left in our August 8th Movie Making workshop. 

WANTED: APARTMENT FOR RENT
Pierce family is looking for an apartment for rent starting anytime from April 1 to July 1, 2016. 2-3 bedroom, Pierce school district. Please email juliagoldberg70@hotmail.com or 617-821-7667
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