04.13.2016
PTO CORNER  
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org
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THE BOOK FAIR IS HERE!
Mon., 4/11 - Thurs., 4/14 
The Pierce School Used Book Fair is finally upon us! Any classes that haven't already will have an opportunity to come through the fair during the day on Wednesday, and 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, we have two events planned. Hope to see you there!

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!
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PTO COFFEE AND OPEN FORUM ON TEACH CONTRACT STATUS
Fri., 4/29, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria
Susan Wolf Ditkoff, School Committee Chairman will join us  for our PTO Coffee and an open forum on Teacher Contract status.
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DONATIONS NEEDED FOR 'TREASURE OUR TEACHERS' SILENT AUCTION
Have a summer home available to donate a stay? Extra gift cards you can't use? Own a business that could make a donation? Tickets to sporting events? We would love any and all donations to be included in the silent auction and help us reach our fundraising goal at the May 14th Treasure our Teachers event. To make a donation, please email  pierce.pto@gmail.com
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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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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Parents consider signing up
As contract negotiations between Brookline teachers and the town drag on, having parents present at upcoming School Committee meetings -- to speak, or just to listen -- might spur some progress. Please consider 
signing up for one or more upcoming meetings, to let both SC and teachers know Brookline parents support a resolution. We owe it to our kids! Contact stand4pierceeducators@gmail.com if you'd like background/talking points. In addition, 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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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   
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org
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READ ALL ABOUT IT IN THE PENGUIN POST!
The Penguin Post, the 5th and 6th grade newspaper, is hot off the presses! You can view a PDF hereThe newspaper is an entirely volunteer-run program. Students participate during their lunch/recess time over several months and write the articles on their own time. For this issue, the students raised all the funds to print the newspaper through a bake sale. 

The Penguin Post needs parent volunteers for 2016/2017 to manage and edit the student writing team. Meetings are held weekly during lunch/recess. For more information, please contact the current newspaper editors: Mara Littman, maralittman@yahoo.com or Milly Arbaje-Thomas, milagrosarbaje@yahoo.com.
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TURN YOUR OLD SHOES GOLDEN!
Collection deadline: Sun., 4/17
Your old shoes could be this year's GOLDEN SHOES. PierceWalks is currently collecting shoe donations that will be cleaned and painted GOLD. Just as we did last year, 100 shoes will be painted gold and hidden in the neighborhoods surrounding Pierce. Last year we received enough shoes to donate over 100 pairs to local charities. Shoe collection bins are located in the Historic Building, the Main Lobby by the office, and the Pierce Loft. Clean out your closets and under your bed, bring us your shoes to paint them gold, and then get out and walk or be active as best you can! 
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 4/14, 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 participants. Please see the full meeting docket hereContact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us.

The Brookline School Committee, through its Subcommittee on Policy Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written policies governing the Public Schools of Brookline.  In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy under review is posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full School Committee.

The Brookline School Committee currently has one policy under review and welcomes your feedback: 
1) Physical Restraint Policy.  Additional information and a copy of the proposed policy can be found on the School Website.
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VISITING ARTIST AT PIERCE: KARIM NAGI
Wed., 5/4 
Next month, Egyptian-American Karim Nagi will join Pierce upper elementary and middle schoolers on an engaging, high-energy journey to learn about Arab and Muslim culture through a variety of traditional instruments, folk music, and traditional dance. Karim uses authentic costumes, maps, Arabic words, lots of audience participation, and humor as he enlightens his audience about a captivating world beyond the headlines. Karim is a master percussionist and dancer who likes to have fun with his audience! Students will clap unique rhythms, dance, and celebrate as they learn about these amazing and ancient cultural traditions. A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music, Karim now performs nationwide to great acclaim with the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble.

This event is brought to you by the Pierce Arts Council and the donations of parents and community members to the Pierce PTO.
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SAVE THE DATE: 8TH GRADE BASH!! 
Sat, May 14th 7:30pm-10:30pm. $3.00 entry per person. Brookline Teen Center. 
This party has been planned by a group of 8th graders and BHS students and is for all 8th graders who live in and/or attend school in Brookline.
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FIND THE GOLDEN SHOES
Sunday, 5/1 - Tuesday, 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. Each shoe will be specially marked with a certificate with instructions on how to enter the grand prize drawing, to be held 6/10 at the Pierce Family Picnic. Golden Shoes is sponsored by Pierce Walks, encouraging children to be active, Brookline Public Health Department, and Pierce PTO. To learn more visit: www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/golden-shoes.html. Grand prize: A walking-shopping spree through Brookline and PUMA footwear signed by Usain Bolt. 
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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 $6,502 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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SUPPORT PIERCE PARENT'S 2016 BOSTON MARATHON RUN
Our very own Pierce parent Chris Hope is running 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 $12,500 for this important charity. Please show your community support and give generously!!! Chris looks forward to seeing everyone cheering him on along the 26.2 miles to the finish line! Donating through this website link is simple, fast and totally secure. https://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/christopher-hope-1/TeamBrookline2016
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RUN A MILE TOGETHER FOR EXTENDED DAY!
The Village Fair Road Mile is a one-mile race planned collaboratively by the Brookline Extended Day Advisory Council and the Town of Brookline. The race will take place in the afternoon on June 12th, 2016 as part of The Village Fair, a large street festival in Brookline Village. Proceeds will be donated to support after-school programming for low-income and at-risk elementary school children in Brookline. For more information and to learn about how to get involved, visit www.brooklinemilerace.com.
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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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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. 

The remaining Pierce unit is Intellectual Disabilities, which will take place sometime in June (training Mon., 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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CELEBRATE CREATIVE WRITING WITH A UNIQUE MIDDLE SCHOOL WORKSHOP AT THE BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER
Does your child love writing and storytelling? Here's an exciting opportunity to enhance his creativity, and give her more opportunities to write! Critically acclaimed author, workshop facilitator and Brookline parent Shari Becker will lead this four-week creative writing intensive beginning Wednesday, May 11. Click here for more information about the teacher, the class and registration.

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: 
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