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02.27.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER PTOCORNER
For the parents and guardians of 7/8 students, we hope you will be able to join us at the 7/8 Workshare planned for this Friday, March 1, from 7:30-7:55 am in the auditorium. Some projects are also set up in the computer lab. This is an opportunity for students to showcase some of their course work from various subjects. We look forward to seeing you all!

Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford
Principal

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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
 

OPEN PARENT FORUM WITH SUPERINTENDENT BILL LUPINI

Friday, 3/8, 8:00-9:00am, in the cafeteria

Please join us for an open forum with Superintendent Bill Lupini. This is his annual visit to Pierce, where he will address a wide variety of issues impacting the Public Schools of Brookline and the Pierce School. He will make brief introductory remarks and then hold an open forum with questions from parents. This is his only formal visit of the year so please make every effort to attend! Coffee will be served.
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TEAMWORK TRIVIA NIGHT PLANNING MEETING (AND "TREASURE HUNT")!

Friday, 3/1, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Pierce's second annual Teamwork Trivia Night will be on Saturday, 4/27. Interested in helping? Please come to the 3/1 planning meeting! We need donated "treasures" for the silent auction, such as: tickets to sporting events or cultural institutions, services or specialties that you can provide or a connection to a local business that can donate an item. (Please contact us before soliciting from businesses so we can coordinate efforts). Can you help us gather auction items? Contact Michele Mendoza at mlynmendoza@gmail.com or Toby Raybould at tobyraybould@gmail.com.

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BOOK FAIR 2013

We're looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email Carin Aquiline at caquiline@mindspring.com to find the volunteer spot that suits your interests and time.

 

Donation bins are in front of the main office and in the entrance to the historical building.

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PIERCE'S ANNUAL MARCH MADNESS FOR GRADES K-3

Thursday, 3/7, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce Gym

Come beat the winter blues! Kids will play games such as SILLY SOCCER and ANYTHING GOES, and enjoy YOGA and DANCE in the Gym. Parents will socialize in the cafeteria and hear a presentation from Director of Food Services, Alden Cadwell. Healthy snacks will be sold. Kids should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and bring water bottles. Sponsored by the Pierce PTO. Questions, or want to volunteer? Contact Bobby Zuker at rzuker@chestnuthillrealty.com or Jennifer Amigone at jen@dgnetworks.com. See the PTO website for details.

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MASTER PERCUSSIONIST/DANCER TO VISIT PIERCE

Egyptian-American Karim Nagi will join Pierce upper elementary and middle schoolers on Tuesday, 3/5, for an engaging, high-energy journey. Students will learn about Arab and Muslim culture through a variety of traditional instruments, folk music and traditional dance. Karim uses costumes, maps, Arabic words, audience participation, and humor to engage students. A former faculty member of the New England Conservatory of Music, Karim now performs with the SHARQ Arabic Music Ensemble.

 

Thanks to parent and community donations to the Pierce PTO, the Pierce Arts Council brings a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to the school to complement learning in the classroom and expose students to dance, theater, puppetry, music, storytelling, poetry and more. 

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
 
PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WILLY WONKA SHOWS 
Willy Wonka is coming!!! This year, we will have six shows (three per cast) and each show needs parent volunteers to help backstage. We have 54 show volunteer slots to fill! If you can help, please sign up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPMwkWjJrI1dGxHOVQ4UjgyaUt3R05jQ0NUQ3FJRVE&usp=sharing#gid=0

Contact Deborah Heffan at
heffan@verizon.net, Kate Risse at Katherine.risse@tufts.edu, or Sarah Bishins at sarah.bishins@verizon.net with questions.

Volunteers are also needed to help with costumes during dress rehearsals after school: Friday 3/8, Monday 3/11, Tuesday 3/12 and Wednesday 3/13; and during the shows: 3/14 (8am-11am), 3/14 (6pm-9pm), 3/15 (11am-2pm), 3/15 (6pm-9pm), 3/16 (11am-2pm), 3/16 (6pm-9pm). Your assistance will be greatly appreciated! Please contact Anna Asphar at
annalouise@rcn.com 

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NEW DATE! 8th GRADE PARENTS POTLUCK
   

Friday, 3/1, 7:00pm-9:15pm @ 11 Lowell Road (home of Debbie Jacobs and Peter Sacks, a.k.a. Molly's parents)

Time for the 8th grade parents to have some fun! Let's get together for a potluck dinner. Topic: Parents' Choice. We'll have a short discussion about questions/concerns on the minds of 8th grade parents. Feel free to submit your questions/topics in advance. Please bring a dish to share (appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts).

7:00 - 7:45: Potluck and chatting; 7:45 - 8:30: Discussion; 8:30- 9:15: Dessert

Please RSVP to Eka Mareneli (a.k.a. Nana's mother) at ekabatu@msn.com.

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 SAVE THE DATE: 3/21 PRESENTATION FOR 5th-8th GRADE PIERCE PARENTS

Let's Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy

Sponsored by Public Schools of Brookline and B-PEN

In order to make healthy, safe,  and well-informed decisions, our kids need to hear about values and sexuality from parents. Planned Parenthood's Let's Be Honest program helps middle-school parents/caregivers create an environment of trust, and empowers them to feel comfortable and competent as their children's primary sexuality educators. Topics range from promoting healthy relationships to managing peer pressure and media influences. Join us for an engaging, eye-opening, and refreshingly direct conversation. All participants will receive a parent-education book.

 

Four programs are scheduled in March, each geared for two schools at a time. (If you cannot make our school's designated presentation, feel free to attend another.)

 

Pierce and Lawrence at PIERCE on Thursday, 3/21, 7-8:30pm

Register at: http://mar21piercelawrence.eventbrite.com 

 

Runkle and Lincoln at RUNKLE on Monday, March 4, 7-8:30pm

Register at http://mar4runklelincoln.eventbrite.com

 

Driscoll and Devotion at DRISCOLL on Wednesday, March 13 7-8:30pm

Register at http://mar13driscolldevotion.eventbrite.com

 

Heath and Baker at HEATH on Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30pm

Register at: http://mar20heathbaker.eventbrite.com

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NEW DATE FOR 7TH-GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
Wednesday, 3/27, 7:30pm @ home of Robert Nagle, 85 Griggs Rd.
Please note that the date has changed from 3/21 to 3/27. 
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ENRICHMENT & CHALLENGE SUPPORT PROGRAM INFO NOW ON PIERCE WEBSITE!
 
Visit Pierce School's updated website to learn more about the Pierce's Enrichment and Challenge Support Program:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/enrichment-challenge-support.html. Additional resources, including web links, articles, books, local programs/activities, and links to brain-teasers and puzzles are also available on this page. Contact a parent representative at tobyraybould@gmail.com or sssrouji@yahoo.com, or the ECS teacher Ms. Leslie Fagen at leslie_fagen@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER>SPECIALIST

 

MUSIC 

We've listed highlights here, but for complete details and meaningful questions to ask your child about their music experiences at school, please visit the Music page on the Pierce website at http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/music.html 

 

Third graders are playing much more challenging (and fun!) music in class. Please continue to encourage practice at home. Fourth graders are learning African-American spirituals, exploring call and response singing, playing xylophone, and learning about the Underground Railroad. Fifth graders finished composing rondos inspired by the main theme of Zoltan Kodaly's piece "The Viennese Musical Clock," and are learning a few pieces in the tradition of marimba music from Zimbabwe. Seventh graders will begin their introduction to guitar next week! Eighth grade will move ahead with guitar, learning about and playing the blues. Fifth grade Chorus has begun learning music for our Spring Sing. Sixth grade Chorus is sight-reading using the solfege hand-sign system as part of our warm up at every rehearsal. The seventh and eighth grade chorus has started to learn music for the All Town Concert on Tuesday, 3/5 at BHS.
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #12: POSTAGE 
Kathleen needs $0.85 in stamps to mail a package. She only has $0.32 and $0.23 stamps. She puts on the lowest amount of postage possible over $0.85. How much does she put on the package? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. Answers due Tuesday, 3/12.
 
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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   

 

BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL TRYOUTS - GRADES 3 AND ABOVE

Saturday & Sunday, 3/9 & 3/10, Track & Tennis Center at BU, 100 Ashford St, Allston (behind Star Market parking lot)

Players third grade and above are asked to attend either one of the two days as per the schedule below. You must register at www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org prior to tryouts. Evaluators will assess players' skills to help build good teams of reasonable parity. For players who wish to advance to Major A, a good performance is particularly important, and we recommend advance preparation. Players currently assigned to a Major A team are not required to attend tryouts.

 

Saturday, 3/9: 

11:30am - 1:30pm   Minors (3rd & 4th graders) 

2:00 - 4:30pm         Majors (5/6/7 graders age 12 or younger as of 4/30/13)    

4:30 - 6:00pm         Seniors (7/8/9 graders ages 13-15)

 

Sunday, 3/10: 

11:30am - 1:30pm   Majors 

2:00 - 4:30pm         Minors

4:30 - 6:00pm         Seniors


Spring programs also offered for K-2 - no tryouts required. Those registered by Sunday, 3/10, will be guaranteed a spot. After that, it is first-come, first-served. Scholarships available. For information and to register, please go to www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org

 

TOMORROW: BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, 2/28, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
Review the complete meeting docket here. For questions, contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430 or email robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE

Join PALS Children's Chorus at its VOICES Concert on Saturday 3/16 at St. Paul's Church, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge.

2:00pm: All PALS Ensembles joined by PALS alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Choir of St. Mary's School; 6:30pm: PALS Gershwin, Copland & Bernstein Ensembles joined by PALS Alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Boston Boy Choir. Children & Seniors $5; Adults $10. Tickets available at the door and at www.palschildrenschorus.org.

These Pierce students will perform: Alyssa A., Hannah B., Carolin B., Julia B., Nadia C., Samantha C., Jack F., Emily G., Lyra J., Emily L., Sophia L., Becky M., Anouk P., Zelda P., Maya P., Denise R., Celeste R., Nicholas S., Clara T., Lidia T., and Carlotta Z.
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2013 BROOKLINE TEEN GRANTMAKERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

A Brookline Community Foundation $10,000 Funding Opportunity

This winter, 13 student leaders were selected from Brookline to participate in the Brookline Teen Grantmakers (BTG) Program, which aims to educate and engage the next generation of Brookline's philanthropic leaders. BTG will distribute $10,000 to support quality programs that serve these needs. The RFP, guidelines, and application materials can be found on BCF's website. Applications due Monday, 3/25. Contact Jennifer Lemire at 617-566-4442 or jlemire@brooklinecommunity.org with questions. 
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VACATION ART CAMPS AT BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER
Tuesday 4/16 - Friday 4/19, 9am-2pm 
Programs include ArtVentures, Jewelry and Metals Studios, and Pottery studios. For more information, visit our website at www.brooklineartscenter.com or contact us at 617-566-5715.  
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FRIENDS OF THE BROOKLINE LIBRARY BOOK SALE

Main Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline

Did you know that Quezalguaque is Brookline's sister city in Nicaragua? February is Quezalguaque Library Month, and this year, we are purchasing computers for their schools! Proceeds from the Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale will support the Sister City Library in Quezalguaque. SHOP TILL YOU DROP, and gracias!

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PART-TIME NANNY OR HELPER AVAILABLE

Need a part-time nanny or helper...or know someone who does? My wonderful nanny and friend, who has been taking great care of my children for 10 years, is looking for 15 or so additional morning hours for child care, laundry, errands and more. She might be the most dependable and capable person you'll ever meet, and your kids will love her! Please call Priscilla O'Reilly at 617-346-6841 or prisoreilly@gmail.com for more information.
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THE ETIQUETTE ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND
 
We are currently enrolling students who are seeking to perfect their etiquette skills! Spots will fill up quickly, so please visit www.TheEtiquetteAcademy.org to sign up for a class!

  

Mind Your Manners: Beyond Please and Thank You (Grades 2-4)

5 weeks/$265; Thursdays, 4-5pm - 3/7, 14, 21, 28, 30

Final class Saturday, 3/30, 12:30-2pm at an upscale restaurant

 

Etiquette for Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8)

6 weeks/$267; Fridays, 4-5pm - 3/8, 15, 22, 4/5, 12, 13

Final class Saturday, 4/13, 12-1:30pm at an upscale restaurant

 

Etiquette for Young Adults (High Schoolers)

6 weeks/$269; Thursdays, 4-5pm - 4/4, 11, 25, 5/2, 9, 11

Final class Saturday, 5/11, 12:30-2pm at an upscale restaurant
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THAILAND SUMMER FAMILY IMMERSION PROGRAM

Join us this summer on a fun and enriching 2-week family immersion program in Thailand! We will explore everything wonderful that Thailand has to offer, from culture, to food, to nature. Kids' and teen programs will be part of the daily schedule. Give your kids a taste of volunteering and a chance to get to know another culture from the inside. Visit footprintsfamilytravel.com. On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Footprints-Family-Travel/247168772085353. (Run by Driscoll parent Fran Rota.)
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GIRLS' HIP HOP DANCE CLASS AT BENEFITNESS  

March 2nd - April 6th, Saturdays 1-2pm, $69. 
Visit benefitnesshealthclub.com for more information or call 617-232-7440 to sign up! Missed the first class? No problem, we still have a few spaces open!

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CLINTON PATH PRESCHOOL'S SUMMER PROGRAM

Applications are now being accepted for Clinton Path's Summer Program for 3-6 year olds. The Program runs June 25 until August 23, 8:30am - 12:30pm (regular day) with an optional extended day from 12:30-2:30 pm. The Program aims to build self-confidence and friendships through individual attention, as well as provide fun and exciting group activities. Our teachers strike a nice balance between offering lots of choice to the kids while providing structure and consistent routine. Enroll for any 2 weeks and up to all 9. Part-time (3 or 4 days) or full time (5 days) schedules available. Visit the Clinton Path website at www.clintonpath.com or write to summer@clintonpath.com for more information.

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TUTOR FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

Dual-certified teacher available for tutoring in English Language Arts and Math. Twelve years experience, with expertise in working with a range of learners. Hands-on activities help students become engaged in the process of learning while practicing essential skills. Resume and references available upon request. Contact cambridgeteacher1@gmail.com or call 617-276-7601.

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KOLTUN BALLET ACADEMY 

Pre-professional ballet training in an inspirational environment for young people ages 6-19. We aim to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical technique, and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. We offer a hands-on approach, individual attention, and dedication to our students. For more information, please visit us at www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.


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