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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

 

 

Dear Pierce families,  

 

Welcome to 2012! I hope everyone had a great holiday vacation. I thoroughly enjoyed mine as it also included my birthday on New Year's Eve! How's that for one big celebration?  

 

Having a birthday close to Christmas wasn't always the best as a kid.  But as an adult, I found that there's always a party somewhere, even if it's to count down the last moments of your birthday.  

 

This side of the school year calendar really moves quickly. We have much to look forward to with the upcoming school markers: Skate Night on Saturday, the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday and assemblies, half-way day (January 27, with no snow days), Chinese New Year, Black History Month and in six weeks, February vacation! When we return it's the long month of March with March Madness, the grades 3-6 play and MCAS! 

 

So, bundle up and stay warm as I'm sure the cold temperatures will remain or return often during these next eight to 10 weeks of winter!
  

Pipier Smith-Mumford

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PTO CORNER >  AnnualAppeal

 

 

SKATE NIGHT - THIS SATURDAY, JAN 7 - 5:45 - 7:45 pm 

@ The Jack Kirrane Rink at Larz Anderson Park

  

Skate rentals & snack bar available. 

 

This is a no charge event thanks to the generosity of your Pierce Gives donations and our sponsors at Moody Families!

 

Be a buddy and invite someone that might not have a ride or who has never been skating!

We want everyone to enjoy the fun!

  

Any questions contact Martha Huntley at huntley.martha@gmail.com

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PIERCE GIVES: FINAL THANKS! 

 

Thank you to everyone who made our Annual Appeal: Pierce Gives a success!  We increased our participation this year by more than 50 families!  

 

The grand total of funds raised is $25,091!

 

Next Up: Pierce Gives TIME!  Find out about all of the PTO's activities and responsibilities and  

where you fit! 

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HATS FOR HAITI: FRIDAY, JAN 13! 

 

Wear a ball cap, a tall cap, a silly hat, or a frilly hat!

Wear a hat to help Haiti! This month marks the two year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti. On Friday January 13th, Pierce School students, teachers and staff will have permission to wear a hat during school hours in exchange for a donation to help Haiti. If you would like to participate, donations will be collected in the classrooms and split between The American Red Cross and Partners in Health efforts in Haiti. http://www.pih.org/pages/haiti/ 

 

 We ask that each person donate at least $1, but any donation is welcomed and appreciated!

 

"Men anpil, chay pa lou."
With many hands, the burden is light.
-- Haitian proverb
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BUY PIERCEWEAR ONLINE IN 2012! 
Spread the word in 2012 about new PierceWear designs for the whole family!    

 

Brookline Village-inspired t-shirt and comfortable sweats are just a click away at the new PierceWear website: 
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THE BRIDGE NEWSLETTER TEAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS

 

The Bridge is run by a small team of volunteers and would greatly benefit if more parents joined us. If your strengths are in content creation, administration, publishing, writing or editing please contact the PTO at PiercePTO@gmail.com.
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5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING: Jan. 18, 7-8:30 p.m. 

 

The first "Fifth Grade Parent Exchange" meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, from
7-8:30 p.m. in the Pierce Library. 

 

These meetings will be held every six to eight weeks during the school year to discuss parenting issues.

 

The model for the group will be guided by BPEN, The Brookline Parent Network -

 

Please come and bring issues and topic ideas for future meetings, as well as thoughts for the format and location of upcoming meetings.
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7th GRADE PARENTS POTLUCK, FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 6:45pm

 

Where: 403 Washington St. #6 (home of Eileen and Serge Regis, otherwise known as Becca's parents)

 

Time for the 7th grade parents to have some fun! Let's get   together for a potluck dinner.

 

Topic: Parents Choice. At some point during the night, we'll break   for a short discussion about questions/concerns on   the minds of 7th grade   parents! Feel free to submit your questions/topics   in advance.

 

Please bring a dish to share (appetizers, salads, entrees,   desserts)

6:45 - 7:45   p.m.   Potluck and chatting

7:45 - 8:30   p.m.   Discussion

8:30- 9:15 p.m.   Dessert

Please   RSVP to Eka Maraneli (otherwise known   as Nana's   mom) at <eka@bu.edu

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PTO EVENING MEETING, Jan. 25@ 7pm, Pierce Cafeteria 

Agenda: PTO By-laws, volunteer activities and co-chair roles/terms. Details to follow next week.

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SUPERINTENDENT LUPINI'S PARENT LEADERSHIP MEETING SUMMARY

 

The Wed., January 4th agenda for the PTO Co-Chairs and School Council Presidents includes:

1. A Parent Portal

2. Out-of-School Time Program Review

3. "METCO Merits More" study by the Pioneer Institute of METCO

Presentation upcoming at School Committee on Jan. 19.

 

See www.piercepto.com for summary

 

 


MATH CORNER > POW

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #9: Tangram Cost

 

A tangram is a set of 7 puzzle pieces used to make different shapes.  

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A tangram company is making pieces out of a new plastic, and they need to figure out the cost based on the amount of plastic needed to make a small triangle. If a small triangle costs 25 cents to make, how much will it cost the company to make the whole tangram puzzle?

 

Hint: You can cut up the pieces or borrow a tangram set (in the Math Center).

 

Be sure to show your work: DUE DATE: THURS., JAN. 19, AT 8 a.m.

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MATH LEAGUE CORNER >

 

Math League is back and ongoing. Practices will be held every morning in the Spanish/PSED room and on Thursday afternoon. Math League Thursday afternoons (2:25-3:00) topic: Problem Solving in the room next to 6G.

Mondays: Problem Solving

Tuesdays: Bases
Wednesdays: Geometery
Thursdays: Operations
Fridays: Patterns

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COMMUNITY CORNER > 

  

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

Thursday, 01/05,  6pm @ Town Hall
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor
Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.
Docket for this meeting can be found at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
The public is invited to attend.
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Asian American Students & Alumni Speak: Experiences in
the Brookline School System
The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) will host this event. 
 
Date: Thursday, January 5th
Time: 7 - 9PM
Location: Martin Luther King Jr. Room, Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St.
 
Asian American students and graduates will speak about:
* Challenges and opportunities for Asian American students at Brookline High School
* Perspectives on courses, extracurricular activities, and college admissions
* Resources and support for Asian American students.
The Brookline Asian American Family Network was formed to support the needs of Asian/Asian American students and their families in the Brookline school system. 
For more information, contact chichiwu@hotmail.com
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 RAFT: 6th grade dance this FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 7 - 9:30 pm@Tappan Gym 

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FEET OF CLAY POTTERY STUDIO - NEW CLASSES FOR KIDS 

21 Station Street, Brookline Village

 

Feet of Clay is now offering a Wheelthrowing & Handbuilding class for kids 

ages 9-14. 

 

The winter session will be Wednesdays 4 - 6:30 pm, January 4th-February 15th.  Please visit www.feetofclaypottery.com for more information and to register.
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TEAM BROOKLINE OPEN TO RUNNERS FROM ACROSS GREATER BOSTON

 

Dreamed of running the 2012 Boston Marathon? Join Team Brookline!

Team members will receive:

  • An official marathon bib number
  • Personalized training with a coached team along the marathon course
  • Nutrition and fitness guidance
  • Fundraising support

Apply online: www.brooklinecenter.org/marathon or call 617-277-8107.

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BROOKLINE PASSPORT TO HEALTH AND FITNESS 2012

 

Brookline on the Move introduces a 2012 Brookline Passport to Health & Fitness.   

 

The $10 passport allows holders to begin their journey to health & fitness through a variety of classes and fitness opportunities. Each participating partner will provide you with an opportunity to sample their services. To purchase your passport, register online at brooklinerec.com or call 617.730.2069.   

 

Once registered, your journey begins!  This is a perfect way to kick off the New Year.

brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=498&Itemid=791#Passport2Fitness.

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BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK 2012: JANUARY 21-29

 

Put Brookline Climate Week on your calendar and look for more details soon on family and eco-friendly  

events and displays happening around Brookline. Over 40 events & displays from Larz Anderson Park to Brookline Village, including a Winter Marketplace, Eco Arts installations, Smart Energy workshops, Celebrate Winter events at Larz Anderson Park and more.   

 

For details and updates go to climatechangeactionbrookline.org. Together we can keep making Brookline green!

 

Brookline Climate Week 2012 is sponsored by Climate Change Action Brookline, Selectmen's Climate Action Committee, Brookline School Committee, Brookline Adult and Community Education, Brookline Department of Public Health and New England Institute of Art.   
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ROCK CLIMBING 

Brookline High School Gym, Jan. 24, 7-8pm

  

Did you know that there is a rock-climbing wall right at Brookline High School? Join us in a safe and structured environment where both you and a child can learn to climb. Brookline Adult & Community Education has a Beginning Rock-Climbing for Adults and Children class that meets for 4 Tuesdays, 7 - 8 pm. Begins January 24, Brookline High School Gym, $61 per pair ($51 plus $10 materials fee). Please call 617-730-2700 for more information or visit us online aded.brooklinema.gov/detail.php?id=537448 

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