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03.20.2013

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WILLY WONKA, JR. WAS A MAGICAL SUCCESS!

Congratulations to both casts and crew of this year's 3rd -6th grade play, Willy Wonka Jr. Pierce theater productions continue to be a source of pride as our students demonstrate their talents outside the classroom and in the dramatic arts. The play was not only well done and entertaining, but a great reminder of the life-long values of honesty and truth and how they are rewarded. I couldn't have been more pleased to see so many of our students take part in this former musical production. As producer Josh Abrams said, although this has been done in the movies and on stage, none are better than our production here at Pierce. I concur.

 

For the first time in a very long time, the cast and crew treated our entire student body to the performances prior to their evening openings. This was a real treat for students and staff who would not have been able to see the show. This required additional commitments of time, effort and energy not just by our students but the volunteer crew of parents who are the backbone of these productions. I thank them along with the host of others who helped during the school day performances and all the other shows.

 

In addition to those named below, please also join me in congratulating and thanking these parents, Producer, Josh Abrams; Director, Ryan Bailey; Musical Director, Bethany Aiken; Assistant Director and Choreographer, Sarah Rae Brown. Our very own music teacher, Alison Manion did a great job leading the choruses.

 

There was such great casting, directing, dancing, singing, music, costumes, set design, lighting and props, that it all worked so well one might think it was magic. We know better and we thank you all!

 

Please help me thank and congratulate the additional parents who participated behind the scenes:

 

Parent Volunteer Coordinators: Sarah Bishins, Deborah Heffan, Kate Risse

Set Designer and Carpentry: Jim Lockwood

Costume Coordinators: Anna Asphar, Joanne Evans, Jennifer Gangadharan

Prop Coordinators: Frank Criscione, Susan Levin, David Reed, Wendy Swart Grossman

Tech and Lighting Coordinator: Pamela DeBarros

Chorus Coordinator: Elizabeth Ferry

Program, Poster, T-Shirt Design: Scott Stevenson

Ticket Sales Coordinator: Meredith Saillant

Bake Sale Coordinator: Pam DiPiro

Photography & Photo Board: Aynsley Flood

 

Videography:

Young Yvonne Park

 

Ticket Sales Crew:

Tamisha Atkins, Sarah Bishins, Daria Cohen, Katrina Driscoll, Liz Erdman, Marcia Ferrigno, Ellen Geller, Neal Lerner, Nancy Leventhal, Donna Luff, Jeff Mello, Michele Mendoza, Lise Nigrovic, Gioia Perugini, Debbie Raisner Thompson, Jackie Rossey, Liz Stillman, Kate Thibault, Zsuzsa Varhely, Doris Voorbraak

 

Chorus Volunteers:

Sarah Bishins, Daria Cohen, Stacey Downey, Hilary Elkins, Elizabeth Ferry, Wenny Huang, Michele Mendoza, Jackie Rossey

 

Rehearsal Volunteers:

Sarah Bishins, Tamara Bloch, Sushma Boppana, Yamila Carrasco, Steph Corrado, Hilary Elkins, Liz Erdman, Aynsley Floyd, Ellen Geller, Deborah Heffan, Wendy Kincaid, Nancy Leventhal, Eva Lundsager, Cecilia Matson, Jeff Mello, Edel O'Hara, Yvonne Park, Kate Risse, Jeanette Sergeant Jourdan, Karen Sutton, Wendy Swart Grossman, Katie Toig, Doris Voorbraak, Marjorie Whittaker

 

Show Volunteers:

Deb Abrams, Tania Baker-Lerner, Sarah Bishins, Tamara Bloch, Effie Chan, Stephanie Corrado, Frank Criscione, Deb Dowd, Stacey Downey, Katrina Driscoll, Liz Erdman, Cara Ferragamo Murray, Ann Goebel-Fabbri, Jen Guilliman, Jim Hafner, Deborah Heffan, Radha Hernandez, Kris Horigan, Wendy Kincaid, Mara Littman, Cecillia Matson, Michele Mendoza, Joe O'Farrell, Edel O'Hara, Gioia Perugini, Kate Risse, Jackie Rossey, Phil Schroeder, Bharati Sinha, Kate Thibault, Sara Vargas, Zsuzsa Varhelyi, Doris Voorbraak, Marjorie Whittaker

 

Set Construction Crew: 

Jamie Bakum, Andy Bishins, Chris Erdman, Evan Grossman, Miri HaCohen, Jennifer Hecht, Susan Levin, Jackie McCarthy, Dan Rabinowitz, Kate Risse, Ginny Smith, Luke Thibeault, Steve Taub, We Yei

 

Costume Crew:

Tamara Bloch, June Duchesne, Hilary Elkins, Kristine Horigan, Ellen Katz, Wendy Kincaid, Nancy Leventhal, Mara Littman, Eva Lundsager, Dianne Malabanan, Edel O'Hara, Tiffany Rinne, Jeanette Sergeant, Matt Tupper, Marjorie Whittaker

 

Bake Sale Crew:

Carin Aquiline, Rachna Balakrishna, Katrina Driscoll, Emma Eggleston, Ruth Feldstein, Ellen Geller, Lisa Goldblatt Grace, Jenn Guillemin, Susan Leipman, Mara Littman, Donna Luff, Cecilia Matson, Lisa Raskin Kelly, Meredith Saillant, Bharati Sinha, Suzanne Steele, Karen Sutton, Wendy Swart Grossman, Tara Washburn

 

My apologies if I've inadvertently forgotten someone or mispelled someone's name.

 

Thanks again for another wonderful theater experience for our students and our community!

 

Pipier Smith-Mumford, Principal

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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
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BROOKLINE SCHOOLS FY14 BUDGET: HOW TO WEIGH IN

The School Committee will hear public comment on the proposed FY14 budget at their meeting on Thursday, March 21. The public comment on the budget is currently scheduled for 8:30-10:00 pm.

The full meeting agenda is here:

http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=83

 

The Superintendent's original budget message (from 2/28/13) can be found here:

http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=329

 

At a School Committee meeting on Thursday 3/14 the Superintendent presented a revised budget message, available here:

https://docs.google.com/file/d/1uokl8rqz81ta4_WICjqFfvpBdxsfQdYuvx5pmElqS9gd7Cc1sg2ziUZNQKSY/edit?usp=sharing

 

The budget message and subsequent addendum contain important provisions for retaining teachers in classrooms to keep class size low and respond to increased enrollment. It also includes significant reductions in music at the elementary and middle levels; math specialists; the ECS program; and programs at the High School. We have written a summary of the key points in the budget, found here:

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1ilnDXIRvBy9PilLG-fzyKtTt3riOZLCNS2lVv6V47kw/edit?usp=sharing

 

We are encouraging parents who are interested in the budget process and the implication of decisions being made by the School Committee to make their voices heard at the above-mentioned meetings! The School Committee will vote on a final budget on Thursday, 4/11. You may also directly contact school committee members directly to voice your opinion.

http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=50&Itemid=87

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5-YEAR DISTRICT STRATEGIC PLAN: PARENT & COMMUNITY FORUM

Tuesday, 4/2, 7pm @ Baker School Library

The Strategic Plan Committee invites you to attend an upcoming forum on the proposed revisions to the Strategic Plan. Please join us to discuss the vision and core values of the district, pose questions about the most important district priorities, and offer your input. Please visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us (District Announcement Sections) for details. Questions? Contact StrategicPlan@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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BOOK FAIR 2013 -- WANTED: PIERCE AUTHORS (KIDS, PARENTS, TEACHERS)!

The upcoming Pierce Book Fair will have a dedicated table featuring books by Pierce community members. Please consider donating a few books for sale at the Fair, with all proceeds benefitting the Pierce PTO. Acomputer will be available for those who would like to order your book then and there, for themselves. If your book isn't available online, we'll have hardcopy order forms, too. Please contact Juliet Eastland (callalily1@gmail.com) for details.

 
Donation bins for used books are in front of the main office and in the entrance to the historical building.We're also 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.

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EARLY RELEASE ACTIVITY SIGN-UP 

...Is now on the PSED website at www.psedbrookline.org

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8TH GRADE ATHLETIC NIGHT AT BHS TO BE RESCHEDULED

The athletic night originally scheduled for Wed. 3/26 will be rescheduled, TBA. Stay tuned.

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PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY
Closes Friday, 3/29
If you haven't yet, please take a moment to complete this anonymous, 10-minute survey: 
If you need help locating a computer to take the survey, stop by the school office or public library. For additional details, visit  www.brookline.k12.ma.us 
(District Announcements section). Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE), the survey evaluates the effectiveness of school-parent partnerships in promoting your involvement in your child's education.
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PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT PSED!

Saturday, 4/6, 8am-12noon @ BHS Cafeteria, 115 Greenough St.

Eat, drink, and be merry! This year, Pierce School Extended Day will sell tickets for the Brookline Rotary Club's annual Pancake Breakfast. Bring your family for a delicious morning of all-you-can-eat pancakes, ham, sausage & more, PLUS music, clowns, balloons, fire engines, and continuous raffles. PSED will earn 50% ticket price of each ticket sold! Tickets $6; kids 5 and under eat FREE. Tickets available in the PSED office (2nd floor, Pierce Historical Bldg), Mon-Fri, 2-6pm. Write epierce@brookline.k12.ma.us w/ questions.

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PIERCE READS RESCHEDULED

Thursday, 4/25

Because of conflicting evening conferences, Pierce Reads is now scheduled for 4/25. Contact Amanda Kretschmar with questions: Amanda_Kretschmar@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECCORNER
 
PHYSICAL EDUCATION: FLOOR HOCKEY!

K-2: after learning to hold, control, and handle the stick, students played a fun relay game, "Hockey Hungry Hippo" (similar to the children's game in which players try to collect balls for their team). 

 

Grades 3-6: students worked on developing their stick handling, passing, and shooting skills. Then we played games! The students displayed great skill!

 

Grades 7-8: we reviewed the skills and rules of hockey that students had previously learned in their P.E. classes, and got them into games, which they loved!

 

Next, we will be embarking on Gymnastics/Weight Training, always one of our most eagerly anticipated units. We have many pieces of gymnastics equipment, including rings, uneven bars, a vaulting box, and floor exercise mats. We'll also offer equipment with which older children can work out, including weights, bands, physio and BOSU balls, and more. 

Visit the Physical Education page on the school website:

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #13: WHO IS OLDEST?

Solutions due Tuesday, 3/26

Jane is older than Kim, and Kim is older than Shawn. Jane is younger than Rachel. List the people from the oldest to youngest. Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. 

 

SOLUTION FOR POW #12: POSTAGE

Kathleen puts $0.87 on the package, using one 23-cent stamp and two 32-cent stamps.

Visit the POW page on the school website:

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TOMORROW: BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, 3/21, 6pm @ James F. Walsh School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
Complete meeting docket available here: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=83
NOTE: Comments on the Budget should be made during the Public Hearing on the FY2014 Budget (Docket item #8, scheduled to begin at 8:30pm). Questions? Contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430 or robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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DEVOTION SCHOOL 8TH GRADE MUSICAL: GROOVY! 
Saturday, 3/23, 7pm & Sunday, 3/24, 2pm @ Devotion Auditorium 
Come enjoy Groovy!, a musical comedy tribute to the 1960's. Tickets $5 at the door. 
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SUPPORT THE BEF BY SUPPORTING PIERCE PARENT MARATHON RUNNER!

This spring, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) is sponsoring five runners for the Boston Marathon who are dedicating their fundraising efforts to the BEF as part of Team Brookline.

 

Pierce School Parent and Team Brookline member Sidhu Gangadharan has surpassed the $5,000 level, meaning that every dollar raised will go directly to the BEF to help our kids and teachers, with no deductions for overhead costs. Please support Sidhu and visit his fundraising page: http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/SidhuGangadharan/team-brookline-2013.

 

The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education. 

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LEARN TO PLAY TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS/FOLK SONGS WITH YOUR WHOLE FAMILY

Open House Jam Session: Sunday, 3/24, 3:30pm

Jam with us! Join our group of Brookline families as we learn and play traditional folk music in a fun and fast-paced "jam session."  Each class features a popular old time/bluegrass tune that parents and kids love to sing and play.  Featured instruments include violins, cellos, guitars, banjos, and mandolins.  Contact Rob Guillemin (rob.guillemin@gmail.com) for more information, or visit our website: https://www.sites.google.com/site/familyfolkjam.
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AHNA ANNUAL MEETING RESCHEDULED DUE TO SNOW
Sunday, 3/24, 4-6pm @ The Brookline Center, 43 Garrison Rd.
All are invited. Brookline Tree Warden and Arborist Tom Brady and members of the Brookline Tree Planting Committee will discuss our trees and how we can preserve them. We will have a brief business meeting with election of officers and executive committee, introduction of Town Meeting Members from neighborhood precincts, and discussion of neighborhood concerns. Bring your questions and concerns, or send them ahead of time to aspinwallhill@gmail.com. Light refreshments will be served.
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2013 BROOKLINE TEEN GRANTMAKERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

A Brookline Community Foundation $10,000 Funding Opportunity

Applications due Monday, 3/25 

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 serving these needs. See BCF's website for RFP, guidelines, and application materials.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Lemire at 617-566-4442 or jlemire@brooklinecommunity.org
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CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND HELP LESS FORTUNATE KIDS!
Friday, 3/29 - Wednesday, 4/10
Cradles to Crayons is collecting new/gently worn kids' clothes here at the Pierce School. Look for the big purple collection bin outside our main office. Please help us give back and make a difference to families in need. Thank you.
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B-PEN FORUM
ADOLESCENT ANXIETY & DEPRESSION - WHAT EVERY PARENT NEEDS TO KNOW

Tuesday, 4/2, 7-8:30pm @ BHS Auditorium

Moodiness, irritability, anger, withdrawal, stress: when should parents worry that a child might be clinically depressed and need help? Nearly three quarters of Brookline 7th-8th graders admit to feeling overwhelming stress/anxiety, and 75% of teen depression goes undiagnosed.

 

Hosted by B-PEN (Brookline Parent Education Network), the event will include a presentation by Children's Hospital's "Break Free From Depression" program, including a film featuring adolescents discussing depression in their own words. A Q&A will include mental health experts, BHS staff, and a teen from the film and her mother sharing their stories.

 

Parents will learn how to recognize depression symptoms, understand the contributing factors, and develop healthy coping skills. For information and registration, visit www.teenstress.eventbrite.com
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HUNGER BANQUET: FOOD JUSTICE CLUB EVENT AT BHS

Tuesday, 4/2, 6:30pm @ Brookline High School Cafeteria
Find out the story behind what you eat! Dinner will be served, and you'll enjoy lively and engaging discussion about local food, GMOs, the politics of food, food & the environment, and more. Admission: one can of food/person. Bring your family! Questions? Contact Anna Russo at
radarusso@gmail.com.
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FREE PRESENTATION: RAISING HEALTHY DAUGHTERS

Tuesday, 4/9, 6:30pm @ Atrium School in Watertown

Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, clinical psychologist, consultant and educator, will present Raising Healthy Daughters: Educating Smart Girls to Outsmart Unhealthy Girl CultureThis event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.atrium.org.
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GUITAR LESSONS, ELECTRIC BASS LESSONS & AP MUSIC THEORY TUTORING

Sam Lisabeth has a Bachelor's Degree from The New England Conservatory in Jazz Guitar Performance. He also ran the music program at a summer camp for boys and girls, ages 7-15. Lessons at students' homes or at in-home studio in Brookline. Call/email for rates: 516-445-1075 or porterlisabeth@gmail.com.

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STUDIO OF ENGAGING MATH: SUMMER CAMP 

Join us for a week of intellectually engaging activities. Students will explore complex patterns, collaborate on experiments, and build prototypes. We'll play strategic and developmental games, and solve puzzles and brain teasers. Older students will learn 3D modeling software and will get an introduction to a computer language. Our small groups (six students) are taught by the studio's teachers. Email admin@engagingmath.com or call 617-975-0268. 
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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 contact Priscilla O'Reilly at 617-346-6841 or prisoreilly@gmail.com for more information.
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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 www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.

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PIANO INSTRUCTION - ABOUT 1 MILE FROM PIERCE

Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Build a high-quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Gloria Jasinski, 617-566-9704 or piano566@comcast.net.

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