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4.11.2012

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  • PRINCIPAL'S FORUM: DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY USE IN CLASSROOMS, TODAY, 7 PM, PIERCE LIBRARY   
  • ALIEN ATTACK! BOOK SIGNING, SATURDAY, 4/14, BROOKLINE PUBLIC LIBRARY 
  • UPDATE ON PIERCE AUDITORIUM IMPROVEMENTS   
  • ANNUAL PIERCE READS EVENT 4/26, 7 PM, PIERCE LIBRARY 
  • PIERCE BOOK FAIR - 5/29-31
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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

 
UPDATE ON PIERCE AUDITORIUM IMPROVEMENTS 

 

Efforts have been ongoing to improve Pierce's auditorium.

 

Yet bids on the Pierce Auditorium project came in substantially over the project budget. Therefore Town Meeting, to be held May 22, 24, 29 (and 31, if required) will be asked to approve a supplemental appropriation.  

 

The request is outlined in Warrant Article 7- FY 12, asking for $400,000 beyond the project budget.  

 

Prior to Town Meeting, several boards will consider Warrant Article 7, including the Selectmen and the Building Commission. The Capital Subcommittee of the Advisory Committee and the full Advisory Committee will also vote on a recommendation.

 

Please consider attending these meetings if possible or send a letter of support for the auditorium project to Town Meeting members (Vote YES on Article 7!).  

 

Construction on the project is due to start in summer 2013 and we are all looking forward to an improved auditorium. 


Have a great vacation week everyone!

 

Principal
Pipier Smith-Mumford

 

SCHOOL COUNCIL CORNER

PRINCIPAL'S FORUM: HOW PIERCE STUDENTS USE DIGITAL TECHNOLOGY

TONIGHT!, 7:00- 8:15pm @ Pierce School Library (Open to all grades)

  

What digital technologies are my children using in their classrooms now?

What kinds of work do they create using these technologies?

How do Pierce teachers use digital technology to help my children learn?

  

The upcoming Principal's Forum can help answer these questions. At the Forum we will:

Hear about the curriculum resources available on the Pierce PTO website.

- Look at student work produced with digital technologies in Pierce classrooms across the grade levels.

- Share ideas about where Pierce should go next with its use of instructional technology.

  

 ANNUAL SCHOOL COUNCIL SURVEY - WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!

The Pierce School Council would like to invite all members of the Pierce School Community to take a minute to complete the annual Parent/Guardian Survey.   

 

Pierce School Council uses the results to help assess progress on this school year's School Improvement Plan (SIP) and to help determine new goals for next year's School Improvement Plan. Click on the link to take the survey  https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/PierceSchoolSurvey.

 

Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey.

 
PTO CORNER >

 

 

Save the Date:
Final PTO meeting of the year: May 15 @ 7pm  
Agenda includes ratification of new by-laws, financial update and review of new leadership
Details to follow

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UPDATE ON HEATH CAPITAL CAMPAIGN, PRIVATE FUNDING ISSUE 

 
- Heath School officially withdrew its capital campaign proposal (TAB wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x586047301/Heath-parents-withdraw-capital-campaign-proposal-in-Brookline)
- The policy subcommittee continues to work on revising guidelines for private funding (brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=60&Itemid=83)   -
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The next Policy Subcommittee meeting to work on this will be held 5/23 @ 8:30am. - Any revisions to guidelines will impact how PTOs raise and spend funds (next PTO Meeting will be held 5/15 @ 7pm)

 

For more details please check out the Pierce PTO website Click Here

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PIERCE READS! 4TH-8TH GRADE BOOK DISCUSSIONS

Thursday, 4/26, 7pm @ Pierce Library

 

It's time again for our annual Pierce Reads event at the library! Every year, fourth through eighth grade students, parents and guardians, and Pierce staff get together for a fun night of book discussion.  

 

This year, the fourth grade is reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, the fifth and sixth grades are reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and the seventh and eighth grades are reading New Boy by Julian Houston.  

 

We are looking for volunteers to bring snacks on 4/26. An invitation and participation slip should have come home with your child, and we ask that they be returned as soon as possible so we know how many people we will have participating. If you have questions, contact Amanda Kretschmar at 617-730-2586. We look forward to talking about books with you!  

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 BookFair2012

 

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


SPRING CLEANING? Remember the Fair! Book collection begins after April
Break. Look for collection bins near the office in the Main Building and in the
Historic Building.

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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LIBRARY CORNER>

  StudentsCorner 

A Message from the Library on The Hunger Games

As we walk the halls at school recently, we see more children carrying copies of the books from Suzanne Collins' Hunger Games trilogy and more children request to take it out of the library. The books tell a powerful and compelling story.

Their surge in popularity is in no doubt related to Suzanne Collins' wonderful story telling as well as the release of the first movie of the trilogy in theaters last week. In the Pierce School Library the Hunger Games books are in the Young Adult section, restricted to the middle school students. Because of the sophisticated and potentially disturbing content of these stories, Pierce is checking these stories out to children in 6th - 8th grade.

As parents and guardians, you know your child best, so if your child does express interest in reading these books, whether or not he or she has reached 6th grade, we encourage you to look into them and read them to help decide if the timing is right for your child, or if he or she should revisit reading the books in the future. If you do think that your child is ready, think about conversations you can have with him or her to help your child understand and process the story. 
 

What follows in the next paragraph in an overview of the first book in The Hunger Games.

The series is set in a futuristic, dystopian North America.  After years of war over food and other resources, the ruling Capitol has divided the country into districts where people struggle to house and feed themselves and their families. Each district provides goods to the Capitol where citizens lack for nothing and pride themselves on living a life of abundance.  One district, number 13, once tried to rise in rebellion. As a punishment, this district was destroyed and the Capitol, in order to control the remaining districts, hosts an annual Hunger Games, as a reminder of what could happen again if the citizens don't bend completely to the Capitol's every order.  The Hunger Games require that each of the remaining 12 districts send two teenagers, a boy and a girl, to compete against each other in a fight to the death-only one contestant can survive. The survivor's district is rewarded with a year of food supplies. The first book of the trilogy introduces you to Katniss, a girl who volunteers to fight to protect her younger sister from going to the games. The book follows her as she navigates the Capitol and the games.

 
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KUDOS TO KIDS >

  StudentsCorner 

 Kudos To Kids is an awesome new Bridge feature we'll use to highlight all the cool things Pierce kids do. Teachers, parents and community members please send us your news at piercepto@gmail.com!!!


Alien Attack book signing this Saturday!

Pierce 6th grader Lily S. and her brother Isaac S. will be signing their first book, Alien Attack, at the Brookline Public Library (Hunneman Hall) this Saturday, 4/14, from 10:30am-12:30pm. Lily wrote the book and Isaac, a Pierce 5th grader, is the illustrator. We are excited and hope to see everyone there!  The book is also available at http://www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore/book.php?w=978-1-61777-906-0. 
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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #15  - Figure It Out

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

Due 4/16

 

There are 15 pennies grouped into 4 piles. 

Each pile has a different number of pennies, but each pile contains at least 1 penny.

How many pennies can be in the largest pile?

What is the least number of pennies that can be in the largest pile?

 

Use pictures and words to explain your thinking.

Remember to write your full name and class on your solution.

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SOLUTION TO PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #14 - Meet Me In The Middle

We had 84 students complete the 14th Pierce Problem of the Week.  Hats off to 1W for contributing the greatest number of solutions with 17 students completing the challenge. Congratulations to all 84 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 "Meet Me in the Middle" is that the man and his wife will meet at 3:30.  The answer to the challenge is that the wife will have to wait 18 minutes for her husband to meet her.
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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).  

 

Sessions will include problems from all five topics (bases, geometry, operations,
patterns and problem solving) and are open to any interested 4th, 5th or
6th grader. 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  

 

 

 

Brookline Hub Youth Awards - Deadline this Thursday!
Do you know a Brookline teen who has gone above and beyond to contribute to the greater good of the community or his/her peers? Please join us in celebrating and encouraging engagement, involvement and service in our teens at the second annual 
Brookline Hub Youth Awards. Complete the form below describing, in detail, how this remarkable teen contributes to the greater good within the community through service, leadership, selflessness, perseverance, etc. 
 
BROOKLINE REC EVENTS

 

 

Saturday, May 19 :: Revs vs Houston Dynamo Relax and take our luxury (air-conditioned) buses from Brookline, which will arrive right on time for the Tailgate BBQ. After dinner and mingling with fellow Brookline soccer families, we will all walk over to our category 2 seats and watch the game. The first 100 families who purchase tickets will be allowed to enter their children in the post-game "Shot on Goal" contest ON THE FIELD!

Time Table
Buses leave from Brookline High School: 4:30pm
Giant tailgate party: 5:30pm
Game time: 7:30pm

Ticket Price: 
May 29th Revs vs Houston Dynamo with giant tailgate party is $25 per person
Luxury bus ride is $5 per person or $20 per family

SPECIAL EVENT Sunday, April 29 :: 1pm at Skyline 
New this year for ages 8-12 is the Special Kids Clinic with Revs players and Revs Academy coaches. It promises to be a fun and memorable addition. If your child is interested, please purchase your Revs tickets now in order to sign up for the clinic on April 29th. (The $10 fee is for the special high-quality official Revolution shirt.)

 
April 29th Clinic: additional $10 with purchase of tickets

Purchase your tickets now and your child will be included in the post-game "Shot on Goal" contest ON THE FIELD!

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ATTENTION ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS: ADOLESCENT PSYCHOLOGY 101 - WELCOME TO TEEN LIFE; Parenting Strategies for Entering the High School Years.

Wednesday, 4/11, 2012, 7pm @ Brookline High School, Martin Luther King Room; Contact June Harris ( jharris@brooklinema.gov) or Karen Campbell ( kcampbell@brooklinema.gov). Sponsored by B-PEN

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, 4/12,  6pm @ Town Hall
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor
Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.
Docket for this meeting can be found at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
The public is invited to attend.
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Brookline SmartSummers! Summer enrichment programs for children 5-13.

Registration form at www.brooklineadulted.org 
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Driscoll's annual Arts Equinox presents Dr. Moses Goldberg, conversation and presentation "Why our children need the arts." Thursday, 4/12, 7 pm @ Driscoll School theater. For questions email Ruth Hilton steveandruthie@yahoo.com
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The Baker School PTO 1st Annual Spring Spree & Fun Run Fundraiser, Sunday, 4/29 from 2pm @ the Baker School Field. Visit bakerspring spree.org. 

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"Believe in Brookline Kids"  5/19, 1-4pm @ Fenway Park to support affordable mental health care for our community. An Evening of Thanks, 6-10pm: adult evening to support the Kids' Fund. For more information about both events and tickets, visit believeinbrooklinekids.org. The Brookline Community Mental Health Center brooklinecenter.org. 
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