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11.07.2012

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WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

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 PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >PRINCIPCORNER

    DRESS UP DAY: THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15

   Fancy, schmancy: as part of our Pierce tradition of preparing for the holiday season, students    are invited to dress up! They may also purchase a delicious turkey dinner at the cafeteria        during lunch. We hope many students will participate! 

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PTO CORNER >PTOCORNER

IT'S THE PIERCE PTO ANNUAL APPEAL TIME...

Please donate to the PTO!

Our children, our teachers, our classrooms, ALL of us benefit from the vital work of the Piece Parent Teacher Organization (PTO). Funds raised by the PTO are used to reimburse educators for classroom supplies & technology, subsidize in-school arts assemblies, offset field trip costs, and so much more.  

 

The PTO is scheduled to spend nearly $75,000 this school year, approximately $100 per student.

 

Your participation in this Annual Appeal is critical. Last year 40% of Pierce families donated to the Annual Appeal. Let's go for 100%! Please donate by clicking here http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/, or by dropping off your contribution in the PTO mailbox at school. Also, please inquire whether your employer has a matching gift program for your donation!

 

Questions? Please email pierce.pto@gmail.com or talk to a member of the Leadership Team or your class' Room Parent. Thank you - Pierce couldn't do it without you!

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FAMILIES OF 6th, 7th, & 8th GRADERS

TOMORROW - Thursday, 11/8, 7pm @ Pierce Library: ADOLESCENCE & BRAIN DEVELOPMENT

Dr. Leah Somerville, Harvard researcher on adolescence and brain development, will discuss exciting advances in our understanding of adolescent brain development and its relationship with adolescent emotions and decision-making. We will also discuss ways this research can enhance adolescents' everyday lives and wellbeing.    

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SIP, SHOP, AND SUPPORT PIERCE PTO 

Friday, 11/9, 6-8pm @ ReDress Boston, 395 Washington St. 

ReDress Boston event with special deals, door prize, and the opportunity to enjoy a drink and shop with fellow Pierce supporters. Donate consignment-worthy clothes up until and at the event, and ReDress Boston will donate half the sales proceeds to the Pierce PTO. Contact Kha Dickerman (khadickerman@gmail.com) with questions. 

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SAVE THE DATE - 8TH GRADE PARENTS POTLUCK DRINKS & DESSERTS. 

Topic: Parents' Choice 

Wednesday, 11/14, 7-8:30pm @ 6 Auburn Ct. #2, home of Rina Jacobson.

Yum - let's get together for drinks and desserts! The evening will include a short discussion of questions and concerns on the minds of 8th grade parents. Feel free to submit topics in advance. Please bring a dessert or drink to share. RSVP to Eka Mareneli at ekabatu@msn.com.  

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SCHOOL COUNCIL MEETING

Thursday, 11/15, 7am

The Pierce School Council advises the Principal on issues of curriculum, instruction, and school improvement, and includes both teacher and parent representatives. Minutes from the first meeting are posted here.

 

All School Council meetings are open to the public. Upcoming agenda topics include a discussion of school improvement goals for the year, and a review of the 11/9 forum on Adolescence and the Brain. For a list of the year's meeting dates, a copy of the Pierce School Improvement Plan, and a list of School Council members, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html

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LITERACY COLLABORATIVE PRESENTATION AND BREAKFAST

Friday, 11/16, 8:15-9am, Pierce cafeteria 

Did you know that Pierce is piloting the Literacy Collaborative framework for literacy instruction? What does this mean for your child's learning and classroom experience? Join Patricia Kinsella, PK-8 English Language Arts Coordinator for Brookline, as she explains why Brookline Public Schools joined the Literacy Collaborative; how Pierce is tackling the second year of implementation, and expanding teacher professional development; and what to expect in your child's classroom as the approach becomes more widespread.

  

Gather at 8am for a community breakfast. Presentation will begin at 8:15am. 

Co-sponsored by Pierce School Council and Pierce PTO.

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REMINDER: ARTWORK FOR EDUCATION ORDER FORMS DUE TUESDAY, 11/20

Artwork for Education is an important fundraiser for Pierce, and a great opportunity to showcase greeting cards decorated with your child's original artwork! Participating students (in K, 2nd, 4th, 7th, and 8th grades) received catalogs and order forms, and must turn them back no later than NOVEMBER 20 to ensure delivery before the holiday break. Please be generous with your orders: the school gets 50% of every dollar spent. Contact michal.preminger@gmail.com with questions. 

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PTO MEETING

Thursday, 11/29, 7pm @ Pierce Cafeteria

Join us for a PTO Evening Meeting to approve the PTO's annual budget and learn about plans for 2013 leadership and outreach. The budget will be posted on the website for all Pierce parents and teachers to review in advance of the meeting. Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions. 

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VOLUNTEER SIGN-UPS

If you have a little time and some interest in volunteering with the PTO, use this link to a PTO sign-up sheet. Thank you!

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PIERCE SCHOOL PLAY NEEDS LIGHTING DESIGNER/TECHNICIAN

We need one creative and technically savvy adult to oversee lighting production for Bye Bye Birdie. We've already got three competent high schoolers on board! Show dates are Thursday, 12/13 through Saturday, 12/15. Please contact Deborah Dowd at dowdwalsh@rcn.com if you're able to help.

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ELECTRONIC DIRECTORY UPDATE

There's one more Brookline Booksmith gift certificate available! Which class will be the second to complete? Did you know that by clicking on "Download" in the directory, you can get a PDF of your child's class information? Please help us get to 100%. For problems, please email Jennifer Hunt (jhuntmail@gmail.com). Detailed registration instructions are available here. Thanks for your help!

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
 
MATH LEAGUE PRE-SEASON BEGINS! STILL SEEKING PARENT COACHES! 
Pre-season Math League begins today. Parent volunteers needed to coach once/week either before school (M-F, 7:20-7:55am) or after school (Wednesday 2:30-3:10pm). Volunteer information meeting will be Friday, 11/16 at 7:40am in the PSED/Spanish/Math League room. Regular Math League practice sessions will begin the week of 12/3 and continue until 3/8. For detailed information on this year's Math League, please click here. Questions? Contact Tara Washburn at tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us or Ira Heffan at heffan@yahoo.com
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CONCERTO COMPETITION

Please read this flyer from John Ferguson, our orchestra teacher, regarding an upcoming concerto competition. 

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7TH & 8TH GRADE CHORUS PERFORMANCES 
Mark the dates! Please read the attached document with information regarding your child's chorus performances this year. Volunteers welcome to help supervise any of these events. Please contact Anne Sheridan at anne_sheridan@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions. 
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AFTER-SCHOOL MATH TUTORING PROGRAM
Enrollment forms available at the office
Over 50 math tutors from Brookline High School are available to tutor our students in grades 3-6, on Wednesdays from 4-5pm. Contact Jeanne Wilson with questions.
 
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #4: TOO MUCH HALLOWEEN CANDY - SOLUTION

134 students submitted solutions to this problem. Answer: Sophie weighs 45 pounds, Morgan weighs 74 pounds and Danny weighs 62 pounds. Stop by the POW board to see students' solutions. 


POW #5: EQUILATERAL TRIANGLE

Please click here for POW #5 - Equilateral Triangle. Answers are due Wednesday, 11/14 at 8am.  

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >SPECIALISTCORNER  

  

PHYSICAL EDUCATION, K THROUGH 8TH

Students in grades K through 8 have been busy practicing locomotor skills, playing soccer and football, and enjoying recreational sports through the use of backyard-style games.

 

For detailed information on each grade's activities, and for a list of questions to help you enhance your child's gross motor learning at home, please click here. Contact Amanda Grindstaff at Amanda_Grindstaff@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.

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

  

BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 

TOMORROW - Thursday, 11/8, 6pm @ Town Hall, 5th Floor, James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 333 Washington St.

To review the complete meeting docket, please click here. Contact Robin Coyne at  robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.

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RAISING HAPPY & MORAL CHILDREN - A "LUNCH & LEARN" EVENT

TOMORROW - Thursday, 11/8, 11:30am-1:30pm @ Boston Children's Museum

Dr. Rick Weissbourd, child and family psychologist on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and School of Education, will speak on the topic of Raising Happy and Moral Children. Please register here.

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B-PEN SPONSORS FREE WORKSHOP FOR BROOKLINE PARENTS

Tuesday, 11/13, 7-8:30pm @ Brookline High, 115 Greenough St., Martin Luther King Room

Would you like to start a Parent Network group but worry about running a meeting? Are you a parent leader looking for tips to keep meetings focused and manageable? Please click here for information on Brookline Parent Education Network (B-PEN)'s Parentproof Blog and free facilitation workshop, led by Laurie Jo Wallace, Director of Training and Capacity Building at Health Resources. Contact Karen Campbell at karencampbell4@rcn.com with questions.    

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TEDxBeaconStreet - FREE TALKS & PERFORMANCES!

Saturday, 11/17 and Sunday, 11/18 @ Lincoln School

Free series of talks and music performances spanning many sectors, passions, and topics, organized by Brookline families. Space is limited; apply online to attend.

Please visit www.tedxbeaconstreet.com or call John Werner at 617-474-2400.

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FUNDRAISING CONCERT TO BENEFIT BOSTON FAMILY

Sunday, 11/18, 7:30pm @ Loring Greenough House, 12 South St., Jamaica Plain

Pierce's Rodriguez-Anton family is helping organize a fundraising concert for the family of John Herrera-Garcia, 49, who died in Calgary in September after a brutal beating (see article). Herrera-Garcia's two children attend the Horace-Mann Elementary School in Newton. This event will help the family defray the costs of these last difficult months.

 

NorthSouth Duo and the Boston Harp Trio will play. To purchase a $25 ticket or to make a donation, please call 917-254-7850 or email afrharp@gmail.com.

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"IS EDUCATION FOR DEMOCRACY AT RISK?"

Monday, 12/3, 6:30-8pm @ Brookline Public Library Main Branch

How do we stop the privatization of our public schools and empower parents, teachers, and communities to afford all students the opportunity to learn? Join in this discussion of democracy and the future of public education, sponsored by Citizens for Public Schools.

 

Panelists: Deborah Meier, MacArthur Fellow, educator, and author of In Schools We Trust; James McDermott of Clark University, urban teacher educator, former Massachusetts Teacher of the Year, and former member of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE); and Jessica Wender-Shubow, President of the Brookline Educators Union. Moderator: Ruth Kaplan, former BHS parent and Brookline School Committee member, and current member of the Massachusetts BESE. The evening honors Ruth's late father, Judge Sumner Z. Kaplan, a Brookline civic, legislative, humanitarian, and community leader and former member of the CPS Board of Directors. For information and registration, visit  http://www.citizensforpublicschools.org.

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MAGNUS AND JENNER: A TROLL ON A MISSION

Pierce parent Kim Girard (Kate, 4L) announces the publication of  Magnus and Jenner. This chapter book for early middle-graders tells the story of a New England bridge troll on a mission: to find his only living brother, Radley. Trouble is, Radley lives a thousand miles away in the belly of a pirate ship in Orlando, Florida. Ten-year-old Jenner could be the key to finding Radley. Only he's a horrible human!  The book is available at the Brookline BooksmithAmazon.com, and  Barnesandnoble.com.

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BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER: CLASSES FOR CHILDREN & ADULTS 

The Brookline Arts Center, serving the Brookline community and surrounding areas, offers art classes for children and adults in a variety of mediums. Registration is now open for Fall-extended classes, which start in November and continue through December. For more information check out www.brooklineartscenter.com, or call 617-566-5715.

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AT BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL

... including Shakespeare's As You Like It, Camerata Choir & BHS Orchestra, and Faculty/Staff Variety Show! Click here for more information.  

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BROOKLINE YOUTH LACROSSE - FREE FALL CLINICS 

Free clinics for new and returning players, Sundays in November at Downes Field.

For details, visit www.brooklineyouthlacrosse.org or contact  Will Goldthwait or George Vien. 

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CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON

Tickets $10 - Now Available!

World-class performances presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, just $10 per ticket through the "Take Your Seat" program! Ticket quantities are limited, so place your order soon. More information and order form available at pierceschoolbrookline.org, or contact Mara Littman.

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BROOKLINE CUB SCOUTS - PACK 6 UPCOMING EVENTS

Events coming up in November. Click here for more information, or contact Matt Amory

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

NOW ENROLLING: ACCENT MODIFICATION FOR BUSINESS PROFESSIONAL CLASSES

New session starting Thursday, 11/8, 6pm @ The Etiquette Academy of New England, 39 Harvard St. Brookline 

The Etiquette Academy is proud to offer new classes for accent modification taught by Marjorie Feinstein-Whittaker, M.S., CCC-SLP, corporate communication trainer and licensed Speech and Language Pathologist. For more details on this or other classes, visit EtiquetteAcademy.org, or call 617-608-3920. 
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BOSTON SCHOOL OF GUITAR 

Boston School of Guitar (www.bostonschoolofguitar.com) is a privately owned music school located in Brookline Village. We work to create an inspiring and nurturing environment where people of all ages can come together and learn to play the guitar. We offer effective group classes and private guitar lessons for all of our students. Call now to book your free introductory lesson for kids' and teens' classes! 33 A Harvard Street, Brookline. 617-505-1822, info@bostonschoolofguitar.com.

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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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TUTOR FOR ELEMENTARY & MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS

Graduate student at Boston University earning a Master in Public Health concentrating in Maternal and Child Health. Interested in tutoring elementary and middle school students. I have 10 years of tutoring experience in various subjects. My favorite subject is math! Available for general homework and studying help as well. Flexible schedule, willing to meet in student's home or other quiet location. Please contact Carly at coallard@gmail.com or 401-316-9323.

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READING, WRITING, AND MATH TUTORING
I am a first-grade teacher with a Master's degree in Elementary Education. I worked in Newton for three years and have extensive experience as a tutor. I have worked at Pierce and am familiar with the curriculum, teachers, and community. I will work with your child to improve his/her skills in reading, phonics, writing, or math. References available upon request. Please contact Olivia at ohewett@gmail.com for more information.
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PIANO INSTRUCTION
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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