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06.05.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
 
PIERCE ANNUAL BOOK FAIR: ANOTHER EXAMPLE OF GREAT COLLABORATION!

Our annual Book Fair was a huge success! 

 

During this three-day event more than a thousand books were placed into the hands of Pierce students! Our school mascot, the Pierce Penguin, made a special appearance for some of our kindergarten classes. That was a special treat for them.

 

With the help of one of our literacy specialists, Mary Gabriel, we were able to set aside some books that might be useful for classroom libraries or curriculum units. Teachers will be notified when these books are organized and available.

 

The Book Fair does not happen by itself. There are so many parent volunteers who complete major tasks including managing donations, publicity, sorting books, setting up and breaking down the fair, staffing the class visits and running the activity night. This year, Billy Harris (recess aide) and Jack MccCarthy (head custodian) were guest readers. We thank them for taking the time to read during this event, thereby having students see them in a different role.

 

Thank you to all who donated books for the fair. The fair certainly can't happen without your contributions. Special thanks to all of our parent volunteers, including Carin Aquiline and Jennifer Hecht for their leadership as Book Fair co-chairs. They did quite a bit of the heavy lifting (literally and figuratively)!

 

Thanks also goes to Brookline Booksmith for partnering with us and donating a percentage of their sales back to Pierce.

 

All of these features of the Book Fair serve as yet another example of the spirit of collaboration that is a hallmark of Pierce. The benefits to our students are so very clear!

 

Thanks to all who made this another successful Pierce event!

Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford

Principal

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PTO CORNER >PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

 

PTO EVENING MEETING TOMORROW! 
Thursday, 6/6, 7-8pm @ Pierce Cafeteria
This is the last PTO meeting of the year, so we hope you can join us to discuss priorities for next year's PTO spending and budget. We will also discuss volunteer needs for next year. Join us at the meeting, or email pierce.pto@gmail.com if you want to be more involved next year!
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SCHOOL COUNCIL NOMINATIONS - DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY!

Would you like to participate more directly in Pierce's improvement efforts? Run for a seat on the Pierce School Council!  Comprising parents, teachers, and Dr. Smith-Mumford, the School Council helps identify students' educational needs and school goals. The Council...

... makes recommendations to the principal about curriculum development, implementation, and assessment;

...helps review the annual school budget; 

...and helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to boost student performance and meet designated goals.

 

School Council meets once monthly during the school year, with members doing several hours of work between meetings. Representatives serve a two-year term.

 

To run for a seat as a parent representative, please email the following information to the PTO at pierce.pto@gmail.com:

- Your name

- Your email address

- The grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce

- A brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council. This statement will be used to introduce you on the ballot.

 

Nomination deadline is Friday, 6/7. For more information about School Council, including a list of current members who can be reached for questions, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html.

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SHAKESPEARE NOW PERFORMANCE

Parents, ask your 7th and 8th graders about Shakespeare Now!, a professional theater company that brought an exciting, one-hour live performance of A Midsummer Night's Dream to Pierce on 6/4. Highlights include:

 

- original Shakespearean dialogue;

- gripping action and vivid themes, including love/romance, civil/family conflict, ambition, political intrigue, and power struggles;

- comprehensive, pre-performance study guide;

- post-performance Q&A session

 

Through the generous donations of parents and community members to the Pierce PTO, the Pierce Arts Council brings a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts programs to the school to complement classroom learning and expose students to arts, culture, and performance.

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SCHOOL CORNER>SCHOOL
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

ANNUAL PIERCE PICNIC

Tuesday, 6/11, 5:30pm @ Pierce Park (rain date 6/12, 5:30pm)

The Pierce Picnic is fast approaching! Bring your own food and drink, or purchase food there (ice cream sundaes and crepes from Paris Creperie). There will be a DJ and fun activities for all.

 

Parents are responsible for supervising their children. No water guns or balloons please! Volunteers are still needed for this 6th- and 7th-Grade Volunteer Event, but any parent can volunteer. Questions? Contact Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Tamisha Atkins at tamisha31@msn.com.
 
To volunteer, please sign up here:

 

6/12 B-SPACE PUBLIC HEARING RESCHEDULED

The B-SPACE public hearing has been RESCHEDULED for Monday, June 24, 6:30 PM in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall. 

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FIRST GRADE END-OF-YEAR GATHERING 
Saturday, 6/22, 3-5pm @ Emerson Park, Picnic Area

We've reserved the picnic area, so the entire first grade class (all sections: 1H, 1W, 1D, and 1Y) can enjoy an end-of-year gathering! This will be a chance for students and families to celebrate the end of another great year at Pierce. If you have questions, please contact your room parent.
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SAVE THE DATE - FITFEST 2013 
Sunday, 9/15, 1-3pm @ Pierce Park (rain date Sunday, 9/22) 
Mark your calendars now for a fun way to kick off the school year with classmates new and old! Interested in volunteering? Please contact Meredith Saillant: dggmls@yahoo.com. We can use all the help we can get! 

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LUNCH HELP NEEDED

The new salad bar has proven so popular, we need parent volunteers to assist with traffic flow and replenishing healthy vegetables! Please use this link to sign up for a time slot: www.SignUpGenius.com/go/30E094AA4AD2EAA8-salad/9806886.

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >SPECIALIST
 
ART

On June 4th, we celebrated the arts with the very successful, well-attended third annual K-8 All School Art Festival. How wonderful it was to have the voices of the choruses, the instrumental musical performances in the amphitheater, and 759 art works on display in the cafeteria - one for every student. Congratulations and thank you to all the artists who brightened our day with their wonderful creations!

 

Visit the Art page on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/visual-arts.html 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #18: AMUSEMENT PARK 

Answers due Tuesday, 6/11

Visit the POW page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html.

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   
 

TOMORROW: BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING

Thursday, 6/6 @ Walsh School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall, 333 Washington St.

5:30pm - 30 Year Service Recognition for School Staff

6pm - Meeting

View the complete meeting docket here. Prior to the meeting, the School Committee will host a gathering to recognize school staff with 30 years of service. All are welcome. Contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430 or robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.  

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DEVOTION SCHOOL SPRING CARNIVALE & BASKETBALL HOOPLA

Monday, 6/10, 3-8pm @ Devotion's Back Field & Courts (rain dates: 6/11, 6/12 or 6/13)

This end-of-year, cross-school event is great fun for all! Enjoy rides, games, photo booths, face-painting, temporary tattoos, water events, a Cakewalk, and a food court featuring local favorites including b.good, Upper Crust, Raising Cane's, Boloco, and a variety of local ice cream shops. A DJ will provide music.

 

The sixth annual Basketball Hoopla tournament for 3rd-8th graders will take place during the Carnivale on the basketball courts. This is a 3-on-3 tournament. Younger kids start first so everyone has time to enjoy the Carnivale. Please submit team member names (no more than 4 players if teams want a sub) and a "team name" to ctungate@planitmktg.com. $6 per player. 
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BHS ATHLETICS OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, 6/12, 6-7:30pm (Drop-in Format) @ Schluntz Gym
Elementary students and families welcome. Meet BHS coaches and student-athletes and learn about BHS sports: Which sports are offered during which seasons? What do tryout/practice schedules look like? Learn about time commitments, maintaining academic/athletic balance, and off-season preparation. Visit www.brooklinewarriors.net for information, or call Pete Rittenburg at 617-713-5288. 

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AUTISM LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, 6/15, 10am - 12pm @ Brookline Fire Department, 962 Hammond St.

The Autism Law Enforcement Coalition will host a community day for members of the Brookline Community diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, or related developmental disabilities, and their friends, families, and caregivers. Emergency responders will answer questions about emergency preparedness for family or friends dealing with these disorders. Families will see equipment and vehicles used in emergencies, and may take home information and supplies to educate loved ones on what to do in a crisis.  

 

The open house is co-sponsored by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, and is offered through a collaboration between the ALEC Program of the Arc of South Norfolk, Brookline Police Department, Brookline Fire Department, Fallon Ambulance, and the Brookline DPW. Preregistration is required. For more information, contact Sgt. Jennifer Paster, Brookline

Police Department, 617-264-6437 or jpaster@brooklinema.gov.
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18th ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FORUM

Wednesday, 6/26, 6pm @ Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.

Please attend this free forum for an engaging panel discussion with experts in the field.

6-7pm - Light Refreshments

7-9 pm -  Panel Discussion

No registration required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org with questions.

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BCF REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS - FALL 2013 COMMUNITY GRANTS

Proposals due Monday, 7/29, 5pm

The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) exists to promote a strong, engaged, and inclusive community. Each year, BCF seeks proposals that address needs and opportunities in the community, encourage collaborations and partnerships to address these needs, and strengthen our community and local non-profits. BCF is now accepting proposals for 2013 Fall Community Grants. Complete information and guidelines are available athttp://www.brooklinecommunity.org/grants/guidelines-deadlines. Contact Jennifer Lemire with questions at 617.566.4442 or jlemire@brooklinecommunity.org.
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AUDITION FOR PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS 

PALS Children's Chorus is currently holding auditions for its 2013-2014 season! We welcome students who love to sing and are entering grades K-8 to audition for the chorus, which offers vocal training and music literacy in a strong and caring community of peers and teachers. Our oldest students also receive training in drama and dance, and have opportunities to participate in tours. Children will gain experience and confidence in this friendly, supportive group as they prepare for and perform multiple concerts a year. Every member of the chorus also performs in our annual opera production. For more information and to sign up for an audition, please visit http://palschildrenschorus.org. 

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KESHER NEWTON PROGRAM - JEWISH LEARNING K-11 

Are you looking for Jewish learning for your child? Kesher Newton is an after-school program that offers a hands on and in-depth approach to Jewish learning for students in K-11. Now enrolling for Sept. 2013 in a new space on Hammond Pond Parkway in Chestnut Hill. Entering our 11th year, Kesher Newton is a nationally-recognized alternative to traditional Hebrew school, where children learn Jewish culture and Hebrew language in a spirited, camp-like environment. Please email pam@keshernewton.org for more information, or visit our website www.keshernewton.org.

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MINIMUM AGE IS 19 TO PURCHASE TOBACCO IN BROOKLINE
The sale of tobacco products in Brookline is now restricted to those 19 and older. The new law affects the twenty-eight tobacco retailers within the town, and will make it harder for youths to gain access to tobacco products. For more information, please contact Wesley Chin at the Brookline Department of Public Health, 617-730-2333 or wchin@brooklinema.gov. 

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

 

SUMMER & AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM GRADES 3-12: 10% DISCOUNT FOR NEW STUDENTS!

Start school next year ready to excel in all subjects. Improve critical reading, writing, and thinking skills at Boston-area Chungdahm ReadWrite learning centers. Year-round programs for grades 3-12. This summer, students will write and publish original Op Edpieces in national publications (Young Journalist Course) and short stories (Young Novelist program) while improving their reading and writing skills. Customized schedules available; 10% discount for new students. For information, visit http://www.bostonreadwrite.com, call 617-960-8875, or write info@bostonreadwrite.com
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BASKETBALL CAMP!

Mass Commanders Basketball Camp will take place at the Solomon Schechter Day School, Newton, 9am-2pm, Monday-Friday: July 8-12; 15-19; 22-26; and July 29-Aug 2. Cost: $60 per camper per day. Multiple-child discounts are available. For more info, please contact Rudy Crichlow, Jr., at 617-406-8304 or visit www.masscommanders.com.
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SUMMER ART WITH AMY

Spend your summer painting, drawing, and building! Local artist Amy Solomon offers week-long summer art programs in her light-filled studio in the heart of Brookline Village, just steps from Pierce school. Emphasis on creativity and fun! For more info call or email 617-566-2667, solomonamy@yahoo.com, or www.artwithamy.com.
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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, upbeat, and caring
teacher. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email:
piano566@comcast.net.

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TUTOR FOR READING, WRITING, VOCAB, MATH

Tutoring in Reading (all levels), Writing, Vocab, and Math through Pre-Algebra. Margaret Kelner, EdM, Harvard Grad Sch of Ed, 2001, Reading and Elem certif., offers tutoring in your home or nearby location. I have extensive experience with children of all ages as well as adults and ESL students; about half of my students are non-native English learners. Please contact me at margaretkelner@gmail.com or 617-921-0539.  

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BABYSITTER AVAILABLE 

Rising 9th grader at Brookline High School (Pierce graduate) available for babysitting now, over the summer, and next year. Weekends (and some weekday/weeknights over the summer). She has experience and also has taken the Town's babysitting course. Great with kids! References available. Please call 617-738-9404 or 617-320-0548.  

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STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE IN READING AT "READING IS AMAZING!"

Stop the summer slide in reading at "Reading is Amazing!" - a Brookline Village reading, tutoring and enrichment service supporting students from Pre-K through fifth grade.

Contact harriet@literacycoach.net or call 617-734-6718. Visit www.literacycoach.net

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HEBREW IMMERSION PROGRAM

After-school care / Hebrew immersion program in Brookline, Monday-Friday 2:20-6pm. Currently enrolling kindergarten and first grade for September 2013. For more info, contact Pierce parent hbsharon@hotmail.com or lila@sulambrookline.org, or visit website www.sulambrookline.org.

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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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