PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
Have a great Thanksgiving holiday everyone!
SCHOOL NURSE'S CORNER >
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE NOW!
2011 Brookline Seasonal Flu Clinics:
Nov. 30, 2011 @ the Brookline Health Dept. 4pm-6pm
DID YOU KNOW?
School Health Services values Wellness Initiatives that support health and promote learning. Spark, authored by John Ratey, MD, cites brain research that supports physical exercise and its positive impact on learning.
Twelve school nurses attended the Spark offering on professional development day at BHS to support this system-wide goal.
The National Sleep Foundation reports that in their nationwide survey studying the sleep habits of teenagers, roughly 80% of teenagers (ages 11-17) polled are getting significantly less sleep than the recommended nine hours needed for optimum physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning.
Tip: make sure your teen is shutting off his or her cell phone during sleep.
In October, 4,355 students were seen in the K-12 health clinics for illness, first aid, medication or special procedures. Of these students, 4,176 or 95.9% were assessed by school nurses, treated and able to return to class.
Visit our web page at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
At the top click on Enrolled Families and then Health Services where you may read about Health Services and download forms.
WHEN TO KEEP YOUR CHILD HOME
Parents frequently ask for guidelines for when to keep their children home with illnesses. Most germs have already been shared in the day or two before your child is feeling ill. Therefore, whether your child stays home may depend on his/her ability to carry on during the school day and the impact their illness has on the other student's health and learning in the classroom.
COLD (Upper Respiratory Illness): If your child has a constantly runny nose and lots of sneezing and coughing, and/or a mild sore throat, keep your child home until these symptoms lessen, usually 24 to 48 hours. Children with mild cold symptoms may attend school.
FEVER: If your child has a temperature of 100F degrees (37.7C) or more (UNMEDICATED), keep your child home until 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without medication (i.e.Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve.)
FEVER and RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS: If your child has a fever of 100F degrees
(37.7C), a runny or stuffy nose, cold and/or cough, sore throat PLEASE keep your child home and consult your pediatrician. Notify your school nurse.
VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA: If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, keep your child home until 24 hours after the last episode.
CHICKEN POX: Vaccinated children have a small chance of having "breakthrough" chicken pox. Notify your primary care provider if your child has chicken pox and let the school nurse know as well. For a suspected case of chicken pox, keep your child home until all the scabs are crusty and dry or there has been a medical diagnosis of another cause of the rash.
TAKING MEDICATION: When your primary care provider prescribes antibiotics for Strep Throat, Bacterial Conjunctivitis or Impetigo keep your child at home until he/she has taken at least 24 hours of medication. Call the school nurse before your child returns to school.
RASH: If your child has an undiagnosed rash, keep your child home. Call your child's primary care provider and inform the school nurse. Once diagnosed, please consult the school nurse before sending your child back to school.
SKIN FUNGUS: If your child has a skin fungus (ringworm), keep your child home and contact your primary care provider. Your child may return to school if the ringworm is small and in a covered area. For exposed ringworm, your child may return to school after 24 hours of using the recommended medication. If possible, the affected area should be covered.
``````REMINDER TO ALL 7TH GRADE PARENTS`````
STATE MANDATED IMMUNIZATIONS ARE REQUIRED FOR SCHOOL ATTENDANCE!
If you have not already done so, please send in your child's updated immunization record. New regulations REQUIRED all 7th graders to have the following vaccinations before entry into 7th grade: 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox), and 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis).
Seventh grade is also the year to submit an updated physical examination. If your child is not currently in compliance with these regulations, please contact your primary care physician immediately and submit the updated information to your school nurse.
PTO CORNER >
ANNUAL APPEAL: PIERCE GIVES UPDATE
Thank you to all who have already made their donation! As of today approximately 50 families have donated a total of $8,000! That is almost 10% of families! Please consider making a donation, big or small, as part of your 'Thanks'giving. We thank you for helping to make Pierce a wonderful community and we are working hard to reach our goal of $20,000! Donate today at www.pierceschoolbrookline.org. Be a part of Pierce Gives!
IT'S ALMOST TIME FOR THE 7th & 8th GRADE MUSICAL!
Cole Porter's ~~~ ANYTHING GOES ~~~
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 and 8th Grade Actors!
Thursday, December 8 at 7 pm (New York Cast)
Friday, December 9 at 7 pm (London Cast)
Saturday, December 10 at 2 pm (London Cast) and 7 pm (New York Cast)
Tickets are $7 and go on sale Friday, December 2nd from 7:45 - 8:15 a.m. outside the school office and also at the door prior to each performance. If you have any questions, please contact the producers Suzanne Elovecky ( firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jessica Roland ( email@example.com).
NOW ANNOUNCING: the 2012 3-6th Grade Play!
~~ BEAUTY AND THE BEAST! ~~
The following opportunities are available:
Actors: 5th & 6th Grades
Chorus: 3rd & 4th Grades
Set Design: 3 - 6th Grades
Tech: 5th & 6th Grades (limited spaces available)
Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Saturday March 17, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7 pm.
Stay Tuned for Registration Details!!
Auditions for Actors will Take Place before winter vacation.
All Other Roles to Begin in the New Year.
Contact Producers Deb Dowd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Josh Abrams (email@example.com) with any questions!
SHOW PIERCE PRIDE: BUY PIERCEWEAR!
All proceeds from PierceWear sales go to the PTO and the Pierce community!
PierceWear will be on sale in front of the school if weather permits; if not - inside the main building.
New items for the holidays: Pierce pajama bottoms and sweatpants. Limited numbers, particularly the organic cotton items, so they are first come, first serve!
Consider volunteering to help sell PierceWear. If we have enough volunteers, the sale will continue in the afternoon on Mon. Nov 28th and December 19th and 20th.
PierceWear sale schedule:
Nov. 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 - 7:45-8:30 AM
Dec. 20th - 7:45-8:30 AM
December 10 @ the Pierce craft fair
Please consult the Pierce Bridge for schedule changes. For more info please contact PiercePTO@gmail.com. Thank you for your continued support!
CORI FORMS REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
CORI forms are required for all volunteers in the Pierce School. This includes field trips, math league, school play volunteers, event volunteers, etc. If you volunteer now or plan to volunteer in any capacity it is important that you have a current CORI form on file. CORI forms are valid for 3 years only. The form can be found on the PTO website and must be accompanied by a photo ID. Not sure if you have a current CORI on file? Stop by the principal's office and ask Annette Hughes as she has a list.
MATH CORNER >
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #6
Due December 1
Pierce students collected change for UNICEF on Halloween. When the boxes were emptied by 1W students and the money was sorted, there were:
BILLS & CHECKS
3 twenty-dollar bills
4 ten-dollar bills
6 five-dollar bills
244 one-dollar bills
$67.24 in checks
28 dollar coins
3 half-dollar coins
Answer either question. Be sure to show your work.
What is the total amount of money Pierce collected in bills and checks?
What is the total amount of money Pierce collected in bills, checks and coins?
Solution to Problem of the Week #5
How Many Digits
Did you figure out "How Many Digits" the owner of the Number Line Hotel
needs to buy?
The answer is that she needs to buy ten zeros and twenty of the numbers
1-9. Stop by the Problem of the Week board to see the list of names as
well as a variety of solutions. The students in 1W had the greatest
number of solutions. Congratulations 1W!
For the website:
10 - zeros
What is Math League?
Math League is a district-wide program for Brookline students grades 4-6. The regular Math League season will start the week of Dec. 5 and run until March 8. We will have practice sessions every morning (each day is focused on 1 topic) as well as a Thursday afternoon practice session. There are 3 meets in which Pierce competes against the other schools in Brookline. The meets are open to 5th and 6th graders, 4th graders can participate in the practices but not the meets. The meets take place at Devotion School, from 1:30-5:00, bus transportation will be provided to and from Pierce. The meets are: January 18, February 16 and March 6 (with a snow date of March 8).
Math League practices are a parent-coached activity. Starting Dec. 5, Pierce's team will have "practice" every morning, and on Thursday afternoon. There are 5 topics: Problem Solving, Geometry, Operations, Bases, and Patterns. Starting Dec. 5, each topic will meet on the same weekday each week. Kids select the topics they want to practice (typically 1 or 2 topics) and come each week on that day(s). The morning sessions are from 7:20am - 7:55am. The afternoon session will be on
Thursday from 2:25pm - 3pm. We will assign each topic to a day based on coach interest and availability.
There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, November 17th from
8:00-8:15 am, following morning announcements. The meeting will be held in
the pit for students new to Math League as well as students who
participated in the past.
Pre-season Math League, Grades 4-6
Beginning Nov 9th, pre-season Math League will begin. There will be 3
pre-season Math League practice sessions (on 11/16, and 11/30) on
Wednesday mornings from 7:20-7:55 am in the PSED/Spanish room (upstairs,
near the gym, the same room as last year). The pre-season practice will
include practice problems from all five areas: Problem Solving, Geometry,
Operations, Bases and Patterns. This will continue through December 2nd,
when the regular Math League season will commence.
Parents - Are you interested coaching Math League?
If you have coached or are interested in coaching, please contact Tara
Washburn (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Ira Heffan
(email@example.com). An informational session for all Math League coaches
will be Tuesday, November 15th from 7:30-7:55 am in the PSED Space/Spanish
room (upstairs, near the gym)
For questions about Math League, contact Ira Heffan, firstname.lastname@example.org or
WELLNESS CORNER >
Check out these delicious and healthy Thanksgiving recipes from Savory Living, which was part of National Food Day last month:
| |COMMUNITY CORNER >
3rd ANNUAL WARRIOR 5K RUN
Sunday (Thanksgiving weekend), 11/27 @ 9:30 am
(Late registrants please arrive by 9 am)
Larz Anderson Skating Pavilion,
Newton Street, Brookline
Brookline High School's cross-country teams invites you to join the 3rd Annual Warrior 5K Run. We look forward to seeing runners of all ages on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.
Come and run the 5K or cheer from the sidelines and join the breakfast. The race will be followed by a raffle, awards and a bagel breakfast for all inside the warm skating pavilion. The event will end by 11 am, allowing alumni to catch trains and planes.
Advance registration is $10 and includes ten raffle tickets; day-of-race fee is $15. Please visit the Pierce PTO web-site for the event application and mail it back to the address on the application.
Any questions about the race, please email email@example.com or call
Chris McArdle (617) 566-3316.
BHS FACULTY/STAFF VARIETY SHOW ~~ MOONLIGHT SHINES ~~
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. @ BHS, Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
Tickets $5 students, $10 adults
Forget the singing nun and the singing trooper!
BHS's wild and wacky faculty/staff variety show, Moonlighting, has the singing/guitar- playing headmaster and the dancing dean. Come see Brookline High School's most esteemed faculty and staff set their academic priorities aside and let their hair down to perform songs, dances, skits, and routines that are anything but routine.
They'll tear up the Roberts/Dubbs stage on Dec. 2. Expected highlights include several big group dances by Lynn Model and Christien Polos, including a tangled tango, Social Studies coordinator Gary Shiffman's acoustic duo with Tyler Wooley-Brown, a band fronted by Paul Priestly, and a rockin' ensemble featuring BHS Headmaster John Ritchie on vocals and guitar.
It's a can't-miss evening that's fun for the whole family. Come support the performing arts at BHS in the department's biggest and baddest fundraiser of the year.
For more information, contact Lynn Modell, 617-713-5228.
BATV 24-HOUR MOVIE MARATHON FUNDRAISER!
December 2 @ 6pm - December 3 @ 6pm
46 Tappan Street, Brookline Access Television, Theater Room,
Top Floor, Brookline High School Unified Arts Building
All proceeds will go to purchase cameras to be used by schools in the Brookline!
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Feris Buellers Day Off
Back to the Future
How to Train a Dragon
Registration, now open, ends November 30th.
Register online now at BATV.org
For more help registering, or to receive more information about this event, please contact
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - THERE ISN'T AN APP FOR IT
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 7 - 8:30 pm @ Devotion Auditorium
Hosted by Edward Devotion School
Digital citizenship is quickly becoming the newest buzzword used in conversations around cyber safety. But what does it really mean to be a responsible digital citizen? Kids continue to become more digital savvy and parents, teachers and community leaders work to keep pace. Now is the time to start important, active conversations about how to navigate cyberspace safely, while embracing all the benefits, creativity and innovation that it offers.
JOIN US - In response to requests from across the Brookline community, a local expert in cyber security will lead the first in a series of highly informative and interactive conversations. You will walk away with new information, greater understanding, and tools to help you and your family stay safe online.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHS FRESHMAN PLAY: SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT
Black Box Theater
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.
Dec. 7 @ 3:30
Dec. 8 & 9 @7:30
Dec. 10 @ 3:30 and 7:30
SHOP MAGIC BEANS DEC. 14 TO SUPPORT THE BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION!
Wednesday, December 14, 6-9 pm @ The Magic Beans Store
Magic Beans in Coolidge Corner is sponsoring a night of shopping for BEF supporters, with 10% of all proceeds 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.
Support a local business, help the BEF and get your holiday shopping done all at the same time!
HONOR A TEACHER AND SUPPORT THE BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
During this time of end-of-year giving what better way is there to honor a teacher than with a donation to the Brookline Education Foundation?
Let your child(ren)'s teacher(s) know that you recognize their efforts by giving to the organization that seeks out and supports innovation and leadership among teachers and administrators from preschool through grade 12.
Your gift enables us to provide educators with opportunities for continued professional and personal development and touches the teachers you honor in a very special way. In the words of a Lawrence School teacher:
"Following my trip to China, I certainly have a deeper understanding of the experience of my Chinese students, both of their home culture and of the effort of adjustment to such a different place."
Please visit www.brooklineeducation.org to honor a teacher today!
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.
phone: (617) 730-2580