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5.23.2012

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PTO CORNER >  PTOCorner

 

 

  

LAST CALL FOR PIERCE PTO CO-CHAIRS!

We need at least one and preferably two co-chairs for next year. Please step up to help fill this void. Without new leadership, we will begin to reduce PTO activities and fundraising for next year. Please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com if you can help.

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Attention: 6th 7, 8th-Grade Parents: Middle School
Community Forum, Wed., May 30, 8:15-9:15 am Town Hall - email to follow with details.
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 BookFair2012   
The ABC's

*The Fair is on:

Tuesday, May 29, 7:30 am - 4 pm.

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 am - 7 pm.

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 am - 4 pm. (CLOSED from 12-2:30 pm)

 

*Activity Night is Wednesday from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria. It is NOT a drop-off event, but you CAN shop at the Fair!

 

*Every class visits the Fair during the day with their teacher. PLEASE remember to send $$. A dollar goes a long way at this fundraising event.

 

*Stay tuned for teacher wishlists. They'll be online this year.

 

*Use the PTO Amazon link for new books! www.pierceschoolbrookline.org

 

*Brookline Booksmith is generously donating a portion of in store sales during our Book Fair week! Mention you are from Pierce at check out!

 

Questions? Contact Carin Aquiline caquiline@mindspring.com or

Jessica Roland jessroland@gmail.com

 

We are still collecting books!

Collection bins are near the office in the Main Building and in the Historic Building.

  

We are still looking for VOLUNTEERS to work at the Fair:

docs.google.com/open?id=0AqlZGo1X1_AsdHQtNWVlTlRZRGEzWHhHclNWNWFlTlE&authkey=CIDFsdMJ 

 

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The Saker Family Fund and Pierce PTO Present:

Award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier

Thursday, May 24, @ Pierce School 

Some of his most well-known titles include Uptown, Martin's Big Words, Dave 

the Potter, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Rosa. He will be 

speaking with students in grades 2-7.  

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Save the Date  for the Annual Pierce Picnic - 6/6 5:30pm @ Pierce Park

6th Grade Volunteer Event! Email Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Adele Munger Mathieu at madelemm@gmail.com.  Bring your own food or purchase food there. 

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SCHOOL CORNER >

 

 
Pierce's Family Math Game Afternoon for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade families 
Thursday, May 24, 4:00-5:30 pm @ Pierce Auditorium

It'll be an afternoon of fun with plenty of math games
for all. Drop by and play a game with your parent,
friend or favorite teacher and you'll go home with
your own math game!

Questions? Or interested in volunteering?
Contact Tara Washburn at: tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us 
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SCHOOL COUNCIL CORNER >

 ELECTIONS FOR TWO NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: MAY 30
 
The Pierce School Council will be holding elections for two new Council members on May 30th. Please consider running and contact council co-chair, Karen Sutton at kehsutton@gmail.com for information.  

The Pierce School Council is an advisory board, consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal.  It helps identify students' educational needs and school goals.  Council meets once a month during the academic calendar to discuss current issues, policy, and school-related affairs introduced by the Principal.  This is a structured volunteer opportunity, with a limited commitment of time, with a total of eight Council meetings over the course of the school year. Meetings typically run an hour to an hour and a half. 

The Pierce School Council is comprised of teacher representatives, parent representatives, and the principal. Specifically, the Council:
  •  Makes recommendations to the Principal about the development, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum.
  •  Assists in reviewing the annual school budget.
  •  Helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to improve student  performance and meet designated goals.
  • Coordinates the Principal Forum events held throughout the school year
This is a vibrant, active council and we encourage all Pierce parents to consider running for these two positions. 
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KUDOS TO KIDS >  
 
 
Kudos To Kids is a new Bridge feature that will highlight all the cool things Pierce kids do. Teachers, parents and community members please send us your news at piercepto@gmail.com! 
  

MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

  

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #18 - Friends' Birthdays

Due date: 06/07/12 

 

All of Basil's friends have something in common with him. When they add their birthday date and their birthday month together they each get a sum of 35.  Their birthdays all fall on different dates.

What is the greatest number of friends Basil can have?

 

Be sure to show your work by listing the friends' birthdays using numbers, a table, a calendar, and/or words.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #17 - Palindrome Numbers

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

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COMMUNITY CORNER >Community  
For complete community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  

 

 

 

BROOKLINE TEEN CENTER ANNOUNCES NEW EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Matthew Cooney, a 1991 graduate of Brookline High School, will assume the role June 18. Cooney, whose three children attend Brookline public schools, served as director of residential services for seven years at Walker Needham campus, an organization that provides academic and therapeutic support for children with severe emotional and behavioral issues.  

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Massachusetts Rugby Skills announces Summer Clinics:

U-15 clinic July 9-13; U-19 clinic July 16-20 in Belmont. 

For Registration at www.massrugbyskills.com

For more info contact Jack Miller at curleymiller@gmail.com.
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Driscoll School's 29th Annual Spring Fair

Wednesday, 5/30, 4-8pm (rain date next day). Tickets at the door.

Carnival for all ages with rides, games, food, music, dancing, and more.

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Artbarn calling 4th - 6th grade actors:

Follow The Leader -A Look Beyond Leadership

Audition: Wednesday, 6/6, 3pm-6pm

To sign up for 20 minute audition slots call 617,975.0050 or email info@artbarn.org 
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Come Play at Spring Carnivale at Devotion School's Back Field! 

Monday, 6/11, 3-8 pm (Rain dates: June 12 or June 14). 

30+ rides, events and games; Devo Cakewalk with 150 cakes; Get a mohawk; D.J. and karaoke; 3 on 3 basketball tournament (email ctungate@planitmktg.com with names of team members, the team name and school represented).   
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2012 Annual Charitable Golf Tournament - KIDS CLOTHES CLUB

Friday, 6/15, 7am @ Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course

Sponsored by Brookline Chamber of Commerce & Brookline Rotary. Proceeds to benefit the kids Clothes Club of Brookline and Chamber of Commerce. More details at www.brooklinechamber.com/events/event-registration 
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Brookline Police Department Youth Academy For 5th & 6th Graders

August 27-31, 9am - 2:30pm, 350 Washington Street, Brookline

For more info/application contact officer McCabe 617.730.2609; KmcCabe@brooklinema.gov 

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CLASSIFIEDS >
   
IN-HOME PRESCHOOL (Brookline Village)
Pierce parent and certified early childhood teacher opened local preschool in home in the fall of 2011 for children 2.9 years and up.  A few spots open for school year 2012-2013.  Please visit website for details  
or contact Kimberly directly at (617) 955-6653. 
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HOUSE SWAP LATE JULY/EARLY AUGUST LONDON-BOSTON 
We would like to exchange our four-bedroom house in northeast London for a home(s) in Massachusetts for two weeks this summer, from approximately July 21 to August 5. 
 
Our comfortable family home is located in Stoke Newington, a village in an increasingly hip area of London, with lots of nice shops, cafes, and parks, about 20 minutes door-to-door from the Olympics site.   
 
We have a young cat and would like to find someone who'd be happy to feed her once a day. 
 
We need to be in Boston for a wedding from July 25th-28th, and our fantasy is to find someone with a home in Boston and a home by the sea, so that we could do one simple swap with our home and their home(s)!   
 
Possible arrangements might be: two weeks in our house in London in exchange for one week in Boston and one week at the beach (long-shot, we realize!); two weeks in London for two weeks by the beach; one week in London for one week in Boston (and we work out the second week separately).  
 
If you're interested, please contact Elizabeth Ferry eferry66@gmail.com for more information.   
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Spring into Reading at
"Reading is Amazing!" a Brookline Village reading tutoring service supporting
students from Kindergarten through fifth grade
Services offered:
. Individualized remedial reading support for emerging readers and reading
enrichment for more advanced readers
. Diagnostic reading assessments and report writing which includes
recommendations for reading support
. Personal book shopping for your child

In addition to the tutoring service, I am a Reading Interventionist
Specialist at the Dever Elementary School in Boston, MA. I also volunteer in
Aime Buchman's first grade during literacy time.

My experience as a Literacy Educator includes 24 years working with MA
public schools. I have worked as a Reading/Literacy Specialist, Reading/
Literacy Coach and Reading Recovery Teacher.

Credentials: Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University with a
specialization in Reading. Certifications: Reading and Reading Recovery

Please contact: Harriet Yoffee
Website: www.literacycoach.net
e-mail: harriet@literacycoach.net
Phone: 617 734 6718
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STAGE SOUP ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 SUMMER CAMPS!
Announcing a fun and exciting theater camp right in the neighborhood: Stage Soup!  Led by Pierce parent (and director of several Pierce plays) Ryan Bailey, this camp is a great place for your child to have fun, be creative, and develop theater skills this summer!  Students will play drama games, study acting, play outside every day, and put on a show on the final day of camp.  The location is Inner Space Annex on Station Street in Brookline Village.  Stage Soup camp is a ton of fun.  Kids will have fun, make new friends, develop confidence and express themselves.  Dates are August 6-17 for ages 12-18 and August 20-31 for ages 7-12. For more info or to register, please email: Ryan@Stagesoup.com or call 781-654-5218.
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PIANO INSTRUCTION - Flexible summer scheduling makes now an ideal time to try piano lessons. Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, caring teacher. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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BABYSITTER/SUMMER NANNY: Looking for full time summer babysitting job. Brookline High School Senior with lots of experience. Three younger siblings at Driscoll. Completed Red Cross Babysitting Course as well as First Aid and CPR training. Has a driver's license and car. References available. Feel free to contact Hannah Breck at hcbreck@gmail.com.
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Looking for an experienced, responsible and fun babysitter this summer? I am a graduating senior from Brookline High School and as well as a Pierce graduate. I have years of experience babysitting for several families and an extremely flexible schedule. References available. Competitive rates. Please email Jessica at jkaklins@gmail.com; hope to hear from you!
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