06.01.2016
PTO CORNER  
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org
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WELCOME PRIYA PRAKASH BUDDE, OUR NEW BRIDGE EDITOR
Many thanks to Priya Prakash Budde for taking over from Alex Barrett to edit The Bridge and Community Corner. We appreciate her efforts as part of the team that keeps us informed of everything going on in our community! 

THANK YOU ALEX BARRETT for your commitment to being Editor of The Bridge during the past year. Pierce families and the PTO leadership team are very grateful for your contributions to this valuable community resource. 
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KINDERGARTEN "PEEK AND PRACTICE" 
Mon., 6/6 12:15-1:15pm (Last Name A-M); 1:30-2:30pm (Last Name N-Z)
Help your child get ready for Kindergarten by attending "Peek and Practice"! Families will
gather on the 1st floor of the Pierce Historical building, get a nametag, and have a photo taken. You will then drop off your child in one of the Kindergarten classrooms and proceed to meet the PTO in the outdoor amphitheater (weather permitting) or in Town Hall, Room 103 on the first floor. The PTO will welcome you to Pierce, discuss upcoming news, disseminate information, and answer frequently asked questions.
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DATE CHANGE: DAVID WEINSTEIN RETIREMENT PARTY
Fri., 6/3, 1:50-2:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium 
Come celebrate (mourn?) the retirement of First Grade teacher extraordinaire, David Weinstein, a.k.a. BMT.
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PLAN AN END-OF-YEAR GATHERING!
Is your child's class having an end-of-year gathering? It should! Getting together for one last hurrah in a neighborhood park is a great way to strengthen community and celebrate a wonderful year. The PTO is happy to reimburse minor expenses such as reserving picnic tables or buying popsicles. Contact your child's teacher and/or room parents to plan an end-of-year gathering today!
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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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VOTE FOR PARENT REPRESENTATIVES FOR THE PIERCE SCHOOL COUNCIL
Deadline Fri., 6/3 @ 2pm
The Pierce School Council has four slots and six candidates for parent representatives for 2016-2017. Please read the candidates statements of interest and cast your vote at https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/MWMVQJS. Paper ballots are also available near the school office. To learn more about the Pierce School Council, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.htmlContact Naomi Sweitzer, current School Council co-chair, with any questions at justicedoit@yahoo.comVoting will close on 6/3 at 2pm.
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Wed., 6/1 6-8pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion between the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by participants. Please see the full meeting docket here (http://www.brooklinema.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=1620&month=6&year=2016&day=1&calType=0). Questions? Contact Robin Coyne (617-730-2430, robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us).
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K-8 ART SHOW 
Wed., 6/1 5:30-8pm @ Pierce 
Behold the artwork of our beloved students!  In addition to a dazzling display of the students' artistic talents, there will be a choral performance from 5-8pm.  
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UPDATE ON THE 9TH ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Tues., 6/7 8:00pm @ Selectman's Hearing Room, Town Hall
Tues., 6/14 7:00pm @ School Committee Room, 5th floor, Town Hall
All are welcome to attend these meetings for a presentation on the current timeline for site selection and construction, as well as a review of the three sites being studied this spring and summer. The 6/7 meeting is between the Joint School Committee and the Board of Selectmen. In the 6/14 meeting, Jonathan Levi Architects (JLA), the architectural firm performing the 9th school Site Selection Study will update the public on their work and will gather community input on the three sites being considered.
 
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PSB STAFF EMAIL ADDRESSES ARE CHANGING
Wed., 6/8
On June 8th, the email addresses of all employees of the Public Schools of Brookline will change. New email addresses will be firstname_lastname@psbma.org. For example if your childís teacher is Jane Doe, then her new email address will be jane_doe@psbma.org. The existing brookline.k12.ma.us email addresses will continue to work through the summer and into next school year, so our staff will not miss any emails that you send to them. This change is occurring because the existing system is no longer reliable and has suffered a number of outages this year.
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SAVE THE DATE: PIERCE PICNIC
Thurs., 6/9, 5:30pm @ Emerson Park
It's that time of year again -- PIERCE PICNIC TIME! Bring a blanket and some food while kids play and dance and celebrate another terrific year. Planning is underway and volunteers are needed. Email Nora O'Farrell noraofarrell3@gmail.com and Tamisha Atkins tamisha31@msn.com if you can help. Rain date Fri., 6/10.
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BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL EXPANSION AND RENOVATION
Mon., 6/13 7:00pm @ Brookline High School
The Brookline High School (BHS) Expansion Working Group will hold a public meeting to update the community about the anticipated BHS expansion and renovation as the Public Schools of Brookline prepare for the rapid increase in high school enrollment in the coming years. The Working Group will share the current timeline and process, and community members will have a chance to provide input on potential options.
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SUMMER SCHOOL FOR RISING 6TH-9TH GRADERS
6/29 - 8/5, 9-11am and 11am-1pm @ Brookline High School
BHS Summer School offers many review and enrichment courses that are available to rising 6th-9th graders, as well as credit-earning electives for rising 9th graders! Courses are offered to all Brookline students and non-residents. Take a class with a friend from another school, including:
  • BHS Transition: One Up, a week-long intensive program to help students to gain a better understanding of the culture of Brookline High School and smooth the transition from 8th grade to freshman year.
  • Enrichment/Review classes:  Reading, Writing, Math, and Science, Geometry Honors Preview
  • ELL classes: Beginner and Intermediate
  • Elective Classes: World Cuisine, Digital Arts/Computer Design, Photography, Drawing, Art Studio, World of Money, Spanish Independent Study, and Life-Time Activities.
  • Original Credit Courses:  Physics, Chemistry, Biology, US History, Spanish
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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CLIMATE CHANGE COMMUNITY COFFEE
Thurs., 6/2 8am-9:30am @ KooKoo Café, Brookline Village
Find out what is going on with methane gas leaks on your streets. Learn what the state is planning in terms of gas pipelines, including the West Roxbury Lateral Pipeline
(https://swrl.info). Discuss these and other issues with Brookline Mothers Out Front.
 
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BROOKLINE PORCHFEST
Sat., 6/4 12-6pm
Come out and make Brookline's first porchfest a success!! This musical treat, brought to you by ArtsBrookline and Brookline Music School, is a community arts event. Held on first floor porches or yards in Brookline, residents, family and friends can enjoy an afternoon of music. For more information including a map of participating porches, visit http://www.brookline.porchfest.info or e-mail porchfest@bmsmusic.org. Rain date, 6/11.
 
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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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OPEN POSITIONS ON THE PIERCE PTO! 
Pierce School needs your support!  The PTO leadership team has many wonderful opportunities for parents to be involved in the 2016-2017 school year. Being part of the PTO is a rewarding way to connect with and enrich our school community. Open positions include:

Fundraising Chair
Collaborates with a fundraising committee to develop strategies that engage the entire community and provide a variety of opportunities for donations.

Apparel Chair 
Oversees the purchasing and selling of Piercewear throughout the year!

For more information, please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com
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EDIT THE PENGUIN POST
The Penguin Post, the 5th and 6th grade newspaper is an entirely volunteer-run program, and seeks parent volunteers for 2016/2017 to manage and edit the student writing team 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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FINAL UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES UNIT
Fri., 6/10, 8:15-10:30am @ Pierce
The last remaining unit of the Understanding Our Differences program is Intellectual DisabilitiesVolunteers needed on 6/10, in addition to training Mon., 6/6 at 7pmTo volunteer, please visit https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1gN6R6Ker7Vo-AyVyOypWeygcEFwtnvX2KsxlqR-dk1Q/edit#gid=0Please 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
Want to see your ad here? Send an email to piercebridge@gmail.com.
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BUSINESS & CLIENT MANAGER WANTED
Allison Rimm and Associates, LLC, is a consulting and executive coaching firm dedicated to helping our clients set and achieve their goals with passion and joy. We seek a collaborative, positive, can-do professional to help manage operations, client services, and business development. Located just around the corner from Pierce School, this is a great opportunity for someone who needs a flexible work arrangement. Full or part-time considered for the right candidate. See the full posting on Indeed.com or contact us at info@allisonrimm.com.
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SULAM, A"DAY SCHOOL AFTER SCHOOL"
Still looking for a great after school option for next year? Sulam, a "day school after school" Hebrew immersion and Judaics program, has a few spots left for September 2016. We are currently enrolling grades K-4. The program meets at Kehillath Israel Monday-Friday afternoons, with a 2-, 3-, 4- or 5-day option. Hours are 2:30-5pm, with aftercare available until 6pm. Over half of Sulam students attend Pierce; please email for more info on getting your child to KI. For more information visit sulambrookline.org or email hadassah@sulambrookline.org.
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THE ETIQUETTE ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND
Mon., 6/27 - Fri., 7/1 @ West End Community Center, One Congress Street, Boston, MA 02114. 
The 5-day etiquette program for grades 2-12 cover topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, understanding social cues, basic manners, table manners, inspiring a positive attitude and much more. The last class is held at a local upscale restaurant where students practice and perfect their newly acquired skills while participating in a four-course meal! Give your child the gift of manners this summer! A gift that will last a lifetime. For more information and to enroll call 617-608-3920 or visit theetiquetteacademy.org.
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