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5.2.2012

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WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW 
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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

    

 

 
Pierce Reads Rocks!
 
Our 17th Annual Pierce Reads Program was a huge success last week. Over 
150 students, parents, and teachers enjoyed a lovely evening celebrating 
and discussing books. As one student exclaimed, "Pierce Reads is 
awesome!" 
 
This year, we were thrilled to have the Honorable Judge Julian Houston 
join our seventh and eighth grade discussion of his book New Boy. His 
reading and insights were inspirational and both students and parents 
enjoyed hearing him speak. 
 
Thank you to everyone who made Pierce Reads possible this year. We could 
not have this program without our wonderful teacher volunteers: Nancy 
Springer, Deborah Levine, Ben Conlon, Gretchen Adams, Beth Collins, Chris 
Smith, Cheryl Klausner, David Carter, Mary Gabriel, Amy Woogmaster, Rob 
Garrison, Sandra Sicard, Annice Kra, Kim Manasevit and Sandee Phelan. 
 
We would also like to give a very special thank you to our volunteer 
organizers Catalina Roseto, Anna Asphar, Eve Rittenberg, and Alexandra 
Carlson who worked behind the scenes to make the evening run smoothly. 

Finally, I'd like to thank Pierce librarian Amanda Kretchmar for her
 
tireless efforts to pull every aspect of this program together making it 
such a success. 
 
Thank you parents and students for participating! 
 
We look forward to seeing all of you at Pierce Reads 2013! 
 
Pipier Smith-Mumford 
Principal

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 PTO CORNER >

 PierceReads

 

PIERCE GIVES TIME!

Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at Pierce?  This year's PTO Co-Chairs will be outside of school at drop off on Friday May 4 to talk to prospective volunteers. Lear how you can get involved--a little or a lot.
 
We are actively recruiting for next year's Co-Chair role. Drop by to talk more about it!
 
Get involved. Stay connected. Have fun!

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LET'S BE HONEST WORKSHOP for parents of 7th and 8th graders

Thursday, MAY 3 @ PIERCE LIBRARY 7pm

 

Let's Be Honest is a workshop designed to help parents of middle school-age kids communicate with their kids about sexuality by taking a lead role in their education in this area.    

 

Recent studies show that positive communication between parents and children about sex and sexuality topics helps establish family and individual values, enabling young people to make healthier, safer and better-informed decisions related to sexuality.    

  

As your teen approaches high school, it's time to learn strategies for bringing up the tougher sexuality topics such as:  What is a healthy versus unhealthy relationship?  What is the meaning of mutual consent?  What are the dating rules in our family?  What is sexting and what are its consequences?  What are the risks of sexual behaviors? What are some common myths about sexuality topics? Please join us! 
   

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BookFair2012  

 

THE 3RD ANNUAL USED BOOK FAIR - MAY 29-31

CURBSIDE VALET BOOK DROP

Drive to the Pierce loop on Friday May 4th and 11th from 7:45-8:15am and have your books delivered to the collection bins.  

Keep those used book donations coming! The Book Fair needs volunteers. Click here to sign up!

 

Questions? Contact Carin Aquiline  caquiline@mindspring.com or 

Jessica Roland  jessroland@gmail.com  

  

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SHOP AMAZON.COM FOR PIERCE! Looking for an easy way to help support the Pierce PTO?  Shop Amazon! Go to pierceschoolbrookline.org and hit the link to Amazon. Pierce PTO will receive between 6-8% of your total order.   

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Mark your calendar for the Annual Pierce School Picnic

Wednesday, June 6 (rain date June 7) 5:30pm @ Pierce Park

You are welcome to bring your own food or purchase food there. Sixth Grade parents, this is your opportunity to get involved. To volunteer contact Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com  or Adele Munger Mathieu at madelemm@gmail.com

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SCHOOL CORNER >

 WalkForHunger
SUPPORT THE WALK FOR HUNGER 
 
Pierce community walkers have raised more than $100,000 over the past six years for the Walk for Hunger. This is our final fundraising week. If you have not yet had the opportunity to donate please consider making a pledge today.

You can pledge the team as a whole or to a team member. Questions? Contact Jamie Yadoff Lyons  jamie_lyons@brookline.k12.ma.us 
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PIERCE SCHOOL ARTS NIGHT 

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 pm @ Pierce auditorium and cafeteria  

Performances by the 5th grade chorus, the 6th grade chorus and our new 7/8th grade chorus. 

 

K-8 art exhibit is on the same evening. Between performances, you
can explore our "pop-up gallery."

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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!


Pierce 8th grader Emma just returned from working with a Vision Team for Common Hope in Guatemala, where she helped build a house and worked in a school.
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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #15  - Animal Store

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

Due date 05/10/12

You are given $100.00 to spend at the animal store. You must buy 100
animals and you must spend the entire $100.00. You must also buy at
least one of each animal. Sheep cost $15.00 each, chickens cost $1.00
each, and mice cost $0.25 each.

How many of each animal do you have to buy?

Show your work using numbers, pictures, a table, and/or words.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #15  - Figure It Out  

We had 114 students complete the 15th Problem of the Week.

Hats off to 1W for contributing the greatest number of solutions with 18 students completing the challenge.  Congratulations to all 114 Pierce mathematicians!  Stop
by the Problem of the Week bulletin board by the front office, to see the
list of names as well as a variety of solutions. 

  

The correct answer to "Figure It Out" is that there can be 6, 7, 8, or 9
pennies in the largest pile.  

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MATH LEAGUE CORNER > MathCorner

 

Post-season Math League practices and meets!  

"Post-season" Math League practice will be held every Thursday until 

May 31 from 7:20-7:55pm in the PSED/Spanish space (next to the gym).  

Questions? Please contact Brendan Downey at downeysb@verizon.net 

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

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

Thursday, 5/3,  6:00pm @ Town Hall, James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 
5th floor. Docket for this meeting can be found at brookline.k12.ma.us
The public is invited to attend.
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Brookline Asian-American Family Network Meet & Greet 
Monday, May 7, 7pm @ 14 Marion Terrace with new members of the Brookline School Committee. Come join us, ask questions, share concerns, or just say hello.  Pizza & dessert served.  RSVP to chichiwu@hotmail.com 
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Centennial celebration of the gift of cherry blossom trees from Japan to the US!  Saturday, May 12th from 1-3 pm at the BHS.
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MARIJUANA AND THE TEEN BRAIN - MIDDLE SCHOOL IS THE TIME TO START THE CONVERSATION

 

At Brookline High School marijuana use has increased 25% over the past two years, according to the recent Youth Risk Behavior Survey. BHS Peer Leaders claim that marijuana is simply part of the school culture and 70% of BHS students say marijuana is easy to get. Peer Leaders contend that it is being used throughout the grade levels and throughout different social groupings.

 

Don't wait to have the conversation! Check out the new Parent Network Newsletter from B-PEN.

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STUDENT SEEKS MOTHERS TO INTERVIEW ABOUT PARENTING

Sara Rosenblum-Fishman, M.A, a clinical psychology doctoral student at UMass Boston, is conducting a dissertation project focusing on mothers of school-age children.  

 

She's exploring what experiences contribute to whether mothers feel effective about their parenting. Contact her at Sara.Rosenblum001@umb.edu about the opportunity to participate in this project. 

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