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                                       12.14.2011 

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

 

 

 

 ANYTHING GOES: JUST FABULOUS! 

 

    I remember listening to the song "Anything Goes" as a teenager and

thinking, "What an interesting song, hmm." Having never seen the musical, I

was really entertained, and, at times, found myself singing along with the

Pierce seventh and eighth graders from this year's musical production.

 

Our students just concluded their performances this past weekend. They 

brought back lots of memorable songs for quite a few of the adults in the

audience.  This was a fabulous show, performed fabulously!  Our students

did a great job recreating the 1930's, in costumes and in character.  Both

casts were absolutely entertaining in bringing this musical to the Pierce

stage.

 

We feel so much excitement watching adolescents perform a classic

Broadway show. We feel pride in their accomplishment of not just getting

through until the end, but also in capturing moments of magic from the

original musical (now on Broadway).  Participating in this production will

give all the students involved the "I remember when" memories when they

reflect on their theater experience at Pierce.

 

We had the privilege to see great and diverse talent. We saw two casts that took  

great pride in a fun-filled and spirited performance. They skillfully presented "Anything  

Goes" to a new generation of children. 

 

Thank you to the casts, tech crews and other student volunteers who

helped make this show so successful.  A special thank you to producers,

Suzanne Elovecky and Jessica Roland; director, Ryan Bailey; choreographer,

Shannon Lee Jones; musical director, Steven Lipsitt; costume design, Lisa

Goldblatt Grace; set design, Eka Maraneli; prop coordinators, Wendy Swart

Grossman and Adele Mathieu.  

 

Thanks to a host of other parent volunteers who

put in countless hours to give us all yet another incredible theater

production.

 

Thank you all!

 

Pipier Smith-Mumford 
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PTO CORNER >  AnnualAppeal

 

PIERCE GIVES UPDATE:  $23,169 with 33% participation

 

We want to thank all who have contributed - there was a significant increase in participation from last year - 40 additional families! This is a great showing of our community partnership. Although the original PierceGives appeal deadline has passed, we are extending the date until the break so we can hit our goal of $25,000!!

 

Donate today at pierceschoolbrookline.org! Be a part of Pierce Gives!

Don't forget corporate matching - this could put us over $25,000!

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THANK YOU TO HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE PARTICIPANTS

 

Many thanks to the teachers and parents who displayed their wares last Saturday at 
the Holiday Marketplace.  It was a wonderful display of community and creativity!  
A special thanks to Laura West and Robin O'Malley for spearheading this effort.  
As a result, a $508 contribution was made to the PTO.

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LAST CALL: FINAL 2011 PIERCEWEAR SALE 

Friday, Dec. 16, 7:45-8:30 am in the cafeteria 

 

New PierceWear designs are available for purchase online through http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/piercewear.html

For more info please contact  PiercePTO@gmail.com

Thank you for your continued support! 

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PIERCE COOKBOOKS: GREAT HOLIDAY GIFT IDEA!  AmazonCom

 

Asian Beef with Haricot Verts and Tomatoes, Chipotle BBQ Turkey Burgers with

Slaw, Ricotta Pancakes, Penne with Kale and White Beans, Masoor Daal, Three Layer

Peppermint Squares, Thick and Chewy Triple-Chocolate Cookies (to name but a few)

...and so can you !

 

The Pierce Family Cookbook is on sale for $10 per copy. Enjoy over 100 of our community's favorite recipes and support Pierce at the same time. All proceeds go directly to the PTO.

 

They make great stocking stuffers, Hanukkah gifts as well as teacher, crossing guard and hostess gifts. Buy a copy for each cook in your life! Trust us when we say these recipes are delicious and family friendly.

Delivery guaranteed by the cookbook crew and can be arranged by 

emailing Meredith Saillant at: dggmls@yahoo.com.

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SHOP AT AMAZON.COM: DONATE TO PIERCE PTO

  

As you do your holiday shopping - and shop through the coming year - please consider 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 go to Pierce School. Let your family and friends know about this great opportunity! 

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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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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:  pierceplay.wufoo.com/34th-grade-chorus/ 

  

If you are signing up for Actor (5th-6th grade ONLY), Tech (5th-6th grade ONLY) or Set Crew (3-6th Grade), use THIS LINK ONLY: pierceplay.wufoo.com/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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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 or editing please contact the PTO at PiercePTO@gmail.com. 

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SAVE THE DATE:

  

SKATE NIGHT, Jan. 7, 5:45-7:45 @ LARZ ANDERSON PARK

 

7th GRADE PARENTS POTLUCK FRIDAY, Jan. 20

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PSED CORNER PSEDCorner
 
 

PIERCE WINTER ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION Friday, Dec. 16 

 

PSED will begin accepting registrations for the winter session of enrichment classes starting on Friday, Dec. 16th. As many of you know, we have limited space in the program and many of our classes fill up extremely quickly. We encourage families to sign up ASAP! We will post the winter course brochure as well as the class meeting dates on our website very shortly.  Winter classes will begin on January 17th and run for 8 weeks. For more information please click here to visit our website or email Dave Hanft at pierceenrichment@gmail.com.

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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 Jan. 5. 

"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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MATH LEAGUE CORNER >

 
Math League is ongoing. Practices will be held every morning in the Spanish/PSED room and on Thursday afternoon.
Mondays: Problem Solving

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

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COMMUNITY CORNER > 

  

 SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

Thursday, 12/15,  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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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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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 eventsat Larz Anderson Parkand more.   

 

For details and updates go to www.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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HAPPY HOLIDAYS FROM B-PEN AND B-CASA

 

As we enter the holiday season, some of the hottest gift items for kids of all ages will be electronics, from phones and tablets to e-readers and video games.  

 

If you're giving the gift of electronics, we urge you to include some parental guidelines for responsible use. The constant stream of stimuli that electronic devices offer can draw kids into hours of unproductive and ultimately unhealthy behavior that can lead to focusing and learning challenges.  

 

Talk about basic limits for use and good cyber citizenship. For information, resources and tips, check out the Cybersafety section of www.B-PEN.org. The link to Common Sense Media offers a terrific "Parents Guide to Kids' High-Tech Toys," with invaluable advice on what's out there, how the devices work, and how to help your kids wisely manage all this exciting new technology. And check out B-PEN's new Parent Newsletter on "Cyberspace - The Good, the Bad & the Ugly." 

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Above link for refreshing "Cybersafety" is: 

http://www.b-pen.org/cybersafety.html  

Link for refreshing newsletter is: 

http://www.b-pen.org/uploads/2/9/2/9/2929884/cyber_goodbadugly.pdf 

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CLASSIFIEDS >


 GAN ISRAEL CHANUKAH WINTER DAY CAMP Dec. 26-30

 
This winter break give your child a truly magical experience in the ACA (American Camp Association) accredited Gan Israel Chanukah Winter Day Camp.  Your child will enjoy riveting activities such as robotics, fencing, and gymnastics, and participate in ice skating, bowling, laser tag, and Balladium. Our staff members are chosen for their boundless energy, their love of children, and their Jewish knowledge.  The one week camp will be held from December 26-30 for children 5-12 years old.

Please visit us on the web at CGIBoston.org or call our office at (617)787-2200 for more information or to receive a brochure.
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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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