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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

 

 

Amphitheater and Playground are Open!

 

The long awaited amphitheater and playground renovations are complete and now open

for use. Yeah!  

 

Students have already begun to enjoy the new playground space, which

consists of the structure, an artificial turf area, and the same paved area behind the

historical building. We are asking that students not use the area just beyond the trellis

toward the amphitheater as a play area.

 

After school, we need parent support to be sure that the green areas with the new

plantings and mulch spaces are preserved. These areas add to the aesthetic of the

amphitheater and are not to be travelled upon or utilized. Please help us

keep these areas clear.

 

The amphitheater section will be closed when snow arrives. We want to protect the

concrete from salt damage. The playground area will remain open throughout the

winter.

 

We now have a beautiful amphitheater space for small performances, outdoor classes

and an area for planting in the raised beds. Stay tuned for more information as we

determine how families might help maintain plantings during the summer.

 

This project required a great deal of patience, support and understanding given the restraints of the construction.

 

Thank you K teachers, Eowyn Daly, Abby Gedstad, Colleen Muldoon, and Laura West for

trekking their classes to Emerson park for recess everyday! We have been so lucky to

have had such mild weather this fall.

 

Thank you Sytske Humphrey and 2H students for bearing with the transitions during the day through the classroom.

 

Thank you Anne Sheridan and Rachael Zeiring, and all of the teachers and students

in the Historical Building, for dealing with all of the inconvenience, noise and smells

throughout the 12 weeks since school began!

 

Thank you to all who pitched in to minimize the disruption to our teaching and learning

routines. We have a wonderful new space for our school as a result! If you haven't,

please check it out!

 

Thank you.

 

Pipier Smith-Mumford 
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PTO CORNER >  AnnualAppeal

 

 

 

ANNUAL APPEAL: CLOSE TO THE GOAL WITH ONLY 1/4 FAMILIES DONATING!!!

  

Thank you to all who have already made their donation!  As of today approximately 139 families have donated a total of $19,875! Pierce community includes 540 families! Please consider making a donation, big or small, as part of your holiday season giving. We thank you for helping make Pierce a wonderful community as we are working hard to reach our goal of $20,000

Donate today at pierceschoolbrookline.org! Be a part of Pierce Gives!
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 7 & 8th GRADE MUSICAL "ANYTHING GOES" - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
           AG for Bridge

  

Madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London. 

Great music! Amazing Pierce talent! It's going to be a great ride! 

Come along with us & support our 7th & 8th grade actors. 

  

Show dates: 

Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm (New York cast)

Friday, Dec. 9 at 7pm (London cast)

Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2pm (London cast) and 7pm (New York cast)

  

Tickets are $7 and go on sale Friday, Dec. 2. from 7:45-8:15am outside the school office and also at the door prior to each performance. If you have any questions please contact the producers Susanne Elovecky (suzanne.elovecky@gmail.com) or Jessica Roland (jessroland@gmail.com). 

 BeautyBeast 

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PRESENTING THE 2nd ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR AT NEW HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE

Saturday, Dec. 10, 4-7pm

Pierce School, 

50 School Street Brookline

-Free Admission-

 

Enter to Win Raffle Prizes!

  

Shop local ~ Shop for a cause!

Proceeds to benefit Pierce School.

 

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REGISTRATION OPEN FOR THE 3-6TH GRADE PLAY 

BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

 

PLEASE NOTE:  This year there are TWO separate registrations -- one for 3-4th grade chorus (limited to 50 participants) and one for Actors, tech and set crew (Tech Crew limited to 8 participants). 

 

If you are signing up for 3-4th grade chorus, use THIS LINK ONLY:  http://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/beauty-and-the-beast-34th-grade-chorus/ 

 

If you are signing up for Actor (5th-6th grade ONLY), Tech (5th-6th grade ONLY) or Set Crew (3-6h Grade), use THIS LINK ONLY:   http://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/beauty-the-beast-actortechset-crew/ 

 

Auditions will be held on Friday December 16 for 5th-6th GRADE ACTORS ONLY (3rd-4th Grade Chorus does not audition).  Optional (but recommended) Audition Workshop will be held on Thursday December 15 at 2:30.  SIGN UP SHEETS AND AUDITION SHEETS WILL BE AVAILABLE STARTING MONDAY DECEMBER 12 AFTERNOON IN THE CAFETERIA - DON'T FORGET TO SIGN UP. YOU MUST REGISTER PRIOR TO SIGNING UP FOR AUDITIONS.  Please have your child prepare a short song for the audition.

 

More information is on the Registration Page.  Contact Co-Producers Joshua Abrams (jlabrams@me.com) or Deb Dowd (dowdwalsh@rcn.com) with any questions. 

 

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WRAPPING EVENT A SUCCESS

 

Thank you to all the volunteers and parents who helped make the Henry Bear's Park event a success!  We raised $516!

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SUPERINTENDENT'S MEETING: 

To see minutes from this month's PTO/ School Council meeting with Superintendent
Lupini please check out www.piercepto.weebly.com. Topics include: Understanding
Disabilities Program, Enrollment and PTO Funding Guidelines.
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USED BOOKS NEEDED FOR PIERCE BOOK FAIR 2012

  

The annual Pierce School Book Fair sells books donated by Pierce families.  While the Book Fair is not until May 2012, it's not too early to donate your gently used books.  If you have book donations that you cannot store until book collection begins in  April, please contact Carin Aquiline, caquiline@mindspring.com, and we can arrange to store them for you!
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SHOP FOR HOLIDAYS AT AMAZON.COM AND DONATE TO PIERCE PTO

 

Dear Pierce families, 

As you begin your holiday shopping - and through the year that comes - please consider doing any shopping at Amazon by clicking on the Amazon banner at the bottom of the Pierce PTO website. By doing so, a significant percentage of the money you spend will return to Pierce School. Let your family and friends know about this great opportunity! 

CraftFair

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SHOW PIERCE PRIDE: BUY PIERCEWEAR! 

 

PierceWear will be sold on the following dates ONLY:

 

Saturday, Dec. 10. @ the Pierce Craft Fair 4pm-7pm
Monday Dec. 12 before school 
Monday, Dec. 19 before and after school 

 

All proceeds benefit Pierce PTO. Please consult the Pierce Bridge for schedule changes. For more info please contact PiercePTO@gmail.com

 

Thank you for your continued support!  

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HOPE FOUND OUTREACH PROJECT BY THE PIERCE SCHOOL 8th GRADERS

December 7 - 14

 

 

Dear Pierce Families,

This year 8th graders will carry on the tradition that beloved retired teacher

Ginny Carroll initiated with her 3rd graders, by giving "self-care" items to guests at Hope Found (formerly called: Shattuck Shelter). The shelter is located in Jamaica Plain and houses between 200 and 250 men and women.

 

Items you can donate: soap shampoo conditioner moisturizer shaving cream, razors toothpaste toothbrushes, playing cards

 

Please take the time to dig into your storage closets to find some items worth donating. Each item should be in good condition and sealed closed.

 

Simply send your child to school with the items to be donated and she/he can drop them off in the collection bag in his/her classroom.

 

THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT!

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PSED CORNER PSED
 

LOST and FOUND

 

Please claim your lost items in the LOST and FOUND located outside the gym in the main building by Friday, December 16. After that date ALL items will be donated to the charity Cradles to Crayons.
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MATH CORNER > POW

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #7

Due date Dec. 15. 

"Different Outfits" 

 

You have blue pants, green pants, brown pants, and jeans 

and a blue shirt, red shirt, and orange shirt. 

How many different outfits can you make?

Problem Solving Strategy: Make an Organized List!

Show your work using numbers, pictures, a table, and/or words. 

Remember to include your first and last name, your and class! 

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SOLUTION to "UNICEF Collection" 
 
We had 98 students complete the sixth Pierce Problem of the Week, "Unicef Collection".  Hats off to 3B for contributing the greatest number of solutions with 16 students completing the challenge.   Congratulations to all 98 Pierce mathematicians!  Stop by the Problem of the Week bulletin board by the front office, to see the list of names as well as a variety of solutions.

The correct answer to "Unicef Collection" is as follows:  The total bills
and checks for questions A is $441.24 and the total bills, checks, and
coins for question B is $1,268.87.
 
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MATH LEAGUE CORNER >

Math League has begun, December 5th.
Practices will be held every morning in the Spanish/PSED room 
and on Thursday afternoon.
 
Thursday, Dec. 8th - Problem Solving Math League will meet at 2:30 in the conference room, next to the front office.
 
Mondays: Problem Solving
Tuesdays: Bases
Wednesdays: Geometery
Thursdays: Operations
Fridays: Patterns

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COMMUNITY CORNER > 

GoTavian  

 

BROOKLINE-JP PATRIOTS ADVANCE TO POP WARNER SUPER BOWL SEMI-FINALS

 

The pressure is on! Led to victory Sunday by a defense that has yet to surrender a point all season, the Brookline-Jamaica Plain Patriots Jr. Midget team became the state's only youth football squad this year to advance to the semi-final round of the national 55th Pop Warner Super Bowl tournament.

 

Tavian from Pierce is on this team, as well as nine other students: Cameron, Maxim, Tylen, Carson, Queston, Eil, Jonathan, Zachary, Cameron from Brookline Elementary Schools - Lincoln, Devo, Runkle, Heath, Baker, Drisoll! Go Brookline! Next game is Thursday, Dec. 8th at 1:15pm on ESPN3 GO. 12/4/11 Sunday's game against Texas can be viewed as a 'replay' on ESPN3.com 

Brookline-JP Patriots advance to Pop Warner Super Bowl semi-finals

 
GO TAVIAN!  

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FORMS FOR RESERVING FIELD TIME WITH BROOKLINE RECREATION DEPARTMENT 

 

PTO's presidents/contacts should use the forms bellow when planing an activity or event at a park, field or facility. 

Brookline Rec FormsThis should be submitted as far in advance as possible.  

 

For more information please contact Melissa Battite, CPRP, Asst. Director of Brookline Recreation, phone:617.730.2069 or  brooklinerec.com

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CAMERAS FOR KIDS WATCH-A-THON FUND-RAISER!

  

Registration has just begun for our upcoming Cameras For Kids Watch-a-Thon fund-raiser! We are raising money to create camera kits, which will include video cameras, laptops, editing hardware and more for use in educating Brookline youth in visual media arts programs. It will also give teachers and organizations of the Brookline community easier access to resources for creative presentations and activities both in the classroom and for community based after school programs.

  

We would love to get as many people as possible from the Brookline Community 

involved in this event! Please take a look at the events webpage for a list of movies and registration information: batv.org/content/watch-thon 

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BHS FRESHMAN PLAY: SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT

Black Box Theater

Tickets $5

  

This year's Freshman Play is Donald Margulies' fanciful Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, a tale of a sickly young lad who vows to see the world before he is no longer able. He embarks on a magical adventure involving exotic lands and remarkable creatures. 

Shows:

Dec. 8 & 9 @7:30

Dec. 10 @ 3:30 and 7:30

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Just in Time for the Holidays - A Night of Shopping and an Opportunity to Support the Brookline Education Foundation!

Wednesday, Dec. 14, 6-9 pm @ The Magic Beans Store
 

The Magic Beans Store in Coolidge Corner is sponsoring a night of shopping for BEF supporters, with 10% of the proceeds of all sales going to the BEF.  This is a great opportunity to support a local business and the work the BEF does to drive innovative and creative education in the Brookline Public Schools.  So collect your children's wish lists, grab a friend and head on over to Magic Beans on Wednesday, December 14 for a fun night of shopping that includes free refreshments and free gift wrapping!

 

Support a local business, help the BEF and get your holiday shopping done all at the same time!

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BHS WINTER CONCERT

Dec. 17, 7:30 @ Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium

Tickets $5, FREE TO ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

  

Brookline High School's annual Winter Concert is the single best introduction to the wealth of music going on at BHS, and it's one of the liveliest concerts of the year to boot.   

 

Jazz Band, Orchestra, Camerata, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Concert Band: this one has it all!  

 

It's a fabulous showcase for Brookline High School's top musical ensembles performing repertoire ranging from classical masterworks and jazz/pop tunes to movie theme music and original student compositions.  

 

Don't miss this rousing musical extravaganza by more than 200 of BHS's finest. This accessible and inexpensive family evening also offers Brookline's elementary students an inspiring glimpse of what they have to look forward to at BHS.

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CLASSIFIEDS >


 
YOUNG LEADERS. HARD WORK. REAL WORLD IMPACT.
Winter 2012 programs run Jan 17-Mar 30
 
JetSet provides ambitious 5th-8th graders with the resources and support to make films, write books, start businesses, conduct research, engineer solutions, and address social issues. The focus is hard work and real world impact. JetSet operates similar to business incubators for startup companies. You decide how you want to make a difference in the world. We provide the resources and support you need to make it happen. Your ideas. Your team. Your impact.

Learn more at jetsetleaders.com 
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GIVE THE GIFT OF READING THIS HOLIDAY SEASON LITERACY SPECIALIST
Greenough Street, Brookline

A literacy specialist with over 23 years public school experience.
Certified in reading and as a Reading Recovery teacher.
Master's Degree in Education, major: reading.
Harriet Yoffee,
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SARA'S SUPPER CLUB 

Brookline's new and affordable solution for busy families!
Just imagine opening the cupboard and fridge each night to find not only some culinary inspiration but also the exact ingredients you need! Our ready-planned grocery bags with family-friendly recipes, delivered to your door weekly, provide a convenient way to do just that. With fresh produce and other groceries for four weeknight dinners, Sara's Supper Club will help you put a stress-free, healthy and delicious meal on the table each weeknight for only $125/week.
Visit our web site: sarasupperclub.com
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PIANO INSTRUCTION - about 1 mile from Pierce.

Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, and sight reading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30 years teaching experience. Build a high-quality musical foundation with a patient, caring instructor. Beginners welcome.
Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617-566-9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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