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03.27.2013

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Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
   

There has been much discussion recently about the impact of enrollment growth on the Brookline Public Schools. Below are links to more information about a number of district-wide initiatives that will have an impact on the future of all schools in Brookline. Parent input is critical to all of these initiatives.

 

FY14 BUDGET   

There was an overflow crowd of parents, teachers and students at the School Committee public hearing on the FY14 budget last week. The School Committee continues to deliberate the Superintendent's proposed FY14 budget. Any addenda to that budget will be published here: http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=329

 

The School Committee will vote on a final budget on Thursday, 4/11.

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TEAMWORK TRIVIA NIGHT IS COMING!

 

Saturday, 4/27, 7pm-11pm in the Pierce Cafeteria

 

This is the biggest fundraising event for Pierce's PTO and a great evening for parent socializing and fun. Tickets are $25 per person in advance; $30 at the door. Register as a team or as an individual. Tickets will be available on the PTO website starting 4/1. We are also still accepting Pierce Treasures for the silent auction. Have an item or family-friendly activity you can offer? Contact Michele Mendoza at mlynmendoza@gmail.com

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

The upcoming Pierce Book Fair will have a table featuring books by Pierce community members. Please consider donating a few books for sale at the Fair, with all proceeds benefiting the Pierce PTO. A computer will also be available to those who want to order your book. If your book isn't available online, we'll offer hard copy 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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THE CHINESE RIBBON DANCERS

Pierce Arts Council Program for Kindergartners

Chiao Bin Huang today presented the history and a performance of the Chinese ribbon dance to promote understanding of Chinese culture. This dance dates back to the Han Dynasty (206 B.C.-420 A.D.). It became very popular in the Tang Dynasty (589-907 A.D), the golden age of dance and art in Chinese history. The artist will lead workshops with the children to introduce the various ways to manage and manipulate the ribbons as a means of self-expression.

 

Thanks to the donations of parents and community members to the Pierce PTO, the Pierce Arts Council uses a portion of these funds to bring a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to the school to complement learning in the classroom and expose students to arts, culture and performance.

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3-5 FAMILY MATH GAMES CANCELLEDFYbudget

The Family Math Games Night for Grades 3-5 on April 4 has been cancelled. Please contact Tara Washburn with questions tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPERBER AWARD: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS 

The BEF invites parents, teachers, administrators, and Brookline citizens to submit nominations for the BEF's Robert Sperber Award. The award is presented every five years to a Brookline School administrator who exemplifies excellence in administrative management and leadership that has brought about significant improvement in the Brookline School system.

  

Eligible candidates are Principals and Vice Principals, the BHS Headmaster and Assistant Headmaster, Deans and Associate Deans, Elementary Curriculum Coordinators, and BHS Curriculum and Program Coordinators,

  

Nominations due on Monday, 4/15. For more information, please visit brooklineeducation.org/grants-awards/awards/sperber.
 

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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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B-SPACE FAQ: ENROLLMENT CRISIS & SOLUTIONS

 

A "Frequently Asked Questions" document has been prepared by the Brookline School Population and Capacity Exploration (B-SPACE) Committee to help answer commonly asked questions about the enrollment crisis in the Public Schools of Brookline and potential solutions under consideration. There will be two public hearings on 4/8 and 5/13, which you are encouraged to attend. The document is available here: http://www.brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=1744 

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 BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION BREAKFAST

Wednesday, 4/10, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Come and learn about the 6th, 7th, and 8th-grade grant called "Habits of Mind." Pierce middle school math and science teachers explore how to teach and reinforce essential 21st century thinking skills to their students.

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RESCHEDULED! - ATHLETIC NIGHT

The Athletic night at BHS has been rescheduled to Tuesday, 4/23 at 7pm. Contact Kim Manasevit with questions kim_manasevit@brookline.k12.ma.us 

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CURBSIDE BOOK DROP-OFF 
Wednesday, 4/10, 7:40-8:15am at the drop-off circle
Help us prepare for the Book Fair! Drive your used book donations to school and volunteers will take them from your car. Curbside drops also scheduled for Thursday, 5/9, in the morning and afternoon. Or leave your donations in bins located near the main office or in the historical building.
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EARLY RELEASE ACTIVITY SIGN-UP 
...Is now on the PSED website at www.psedbrookline.org. 
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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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MUSIC K-2 HIGHLIGHTS

CONCERT DATES AND TIMES:

K SINGS Tuesday, June 11 at 8:30-9:00 am Pierce Auditorium
Grade 1 Spring Sing - Thursday, May 16 at 8:14-8:45 am Pierce Auditorium

Grade 2 Spring Sing - Friday, May 17 at 8:15-8:45 am Pierce Auditorium

Grade 3 Recorder Concert - Thursday, June 6 at 8:15-8:45 am Auditorium

 

Learning music is fun and interdisciplinary! Kids are happiest when they sing every day! Kindergarteners continue to sing songs focused on learning music concepts, high/low, loud/soft, fast/slow and explore their vocal range. First graders sing, dance, write, play instruments, and share personal music interests in music classes. 

 

Second graders are singing multicultural music, playing rhythm games and bingo, learning to dance a reel and jig, and compose a short melody that they will perform for the class on the xylophone or piano.

 

Visit the Music page on the school website for more information and for meaningful questions to ask your K-2 child about their music experiences at school.

 

MUSIC: 3-8 HIGHLIGHTS


Third graders are working on mastering the C scale and have some new music to challenge them with this! We have also been exploring form in music, using movement through pieces ranging from Penny Lane by the Beatles to Hungarian Dance No. 5 by Johannes Brahms.

Fourth graders have learned a new dance called "Sashay the Donut" and explored the Irish roots of this traditional American folk dance.

Fifth graders have been studying a different kind of composing through traditional marimba music from Zimbabwe. 

Seventh graders are deep into finger picking treble clef melodies on guitar. Eighth graders are mastering the 12 Bar Blues in several keys on guitar. We are listening to and analyzing many different examples of the Blues and identifying common themes in Blues lyrics.

 

CHORUS HIGHLIGHTS

Grade 5 Chorus has been rehearsing for Spring Sing (June 4) and have been working hard to improve their sight-reading skills.   

 

Sixth grade and 7th and 8th Grade Chorus are sight-reading using the solfege hand sign system as part of warm up at every rehearsal. They're also preparing for Spring Sing.

 

Visit the Music page on the school website for more information and for meaningful questions to ask your 3-8 child about their music experiences at school.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #14: WILLY WONKA

In the movie Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, candy bars cost five cents. Violet stacked her nickels and discovered she had a two-inch stack of nickels.

 

In the book Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, candy bars cost 10 cents. Violet stacked her dimes and discovered she had a one-inch stack of dimes.

 

Could she buy more candy bars in the movie or in the book? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. Answers due Tuesday, 4/9.

 

SOLUTION FOR POW #13: WHO IS OLDEST?

Oldest to youngest: Rachel, Jane, Kim and Shawn.

 
Visit the POW page on the school website:

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ORCHESTRA CONCERTS AT BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL

Today (Wednesday, 3/27) at 7pm is the All-Town Strings concert at BHS, with BHS orchestra, Brookline Youth Orchestra, and Townwide Orchestra. Monday, 4/1 at 7pm at BHS is the Townwide Orchestra concert and Young Composers' Concert (strings kids playing their compositions). 
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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 per person. Bring your family! Questions? Contact Anna Russo at
radarusso@gmail.com.
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GOLF AND AUTHOR EVENTS AT MAIN LIBRARY

Wednesday, 4/3, 3pm: Tom Angleberger, bestselling author of the Origami Yoda series, will be here for a book signing promoting his newest book ART2-D2's Guide to Folding and Doodling. All fans welcome! Books for sale courtesy of The Children's Book Shop.

Sunday, 4/7, 8:30-10:30am: If you like playing mini-golf you'll love it in the Library!  Families with children ages 5 and up are invited to the annual Tee Off. After playing, enjoy breakfast and a photo booth. $10 for families (up to 4 people, children 5 and up). Register at brooklinerec.com or by calling 617-730-2069.

Wednesday, 4/10, 3:30pm: Herve Tullet, bestselling author of Press Here, will promote his newest book I Am Blop. Please join us for a fun and interactive experience! Books for sale courtesy of The Children's Book Shop. All ages welcome!  
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BHS 21ST CENTURY FUND WINE & CHEESE EVENT

Wednesday, 4/3, 7pm @ Home of Kate & Steve Patterson, 36 Amory St., Brookline

Meet current BHS parents, network with other rising 9th grade parents from throughout  Brookline, and learn about the critical work of the Brookline High School 21st Century Fund. Light hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be served. RSVP to Jessica Conaway at 617-713-5201 or Jessica_conaway@brookline.k12.ma.us.

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ARTBARN 7TH & 8TH GRADE THEATER COMPANY PERFORMANCES
Saturday, 4/6 at 7pm and Sunday, 4/7 at 4:30pm @ The Maliotis Cultural Center, 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline

Artbarn Community Theater's Rafters Company (7th & 8th Grades) presents: The Fool of The World & The Flying Ship. Based on a classic Russian folktale and adapted for the stage by Artbarn's own Adam Brooks, The Fool of The World & The Flying Ship is sure to capture the imagination of audiences of all ages. Tickets $10 at the door. For more information, visit www.artbarn.org, write to info@artbarn.org, or call Matthew Kossack at 617-975-0050.

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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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PARENTING STRATEGIES: ENTERING THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS
Wednesday, 4/10, 7pm @ Brookline High School, Martin Luther King Rm.  

Joani Geltman, MSW, child development and parent-teen relationship expert, presents Adolescent Psychology 101 - Welcome to Teen Life, designed to offer strategies for parents of rising freshman at Brookline High School. Come learn about realistic expectations, appropriate limits, "normal" behavior, and how to identify and deal with teen experimentation with sex, drugs, alcohol, and the Internet. Gain a greater understanding of your teen's needs, as well as practical parenting tools to use right away...And meet other parents. Please go to https://www.eventbrite.com/event/5048143132?ref=ebtnebregn to sign up.   

 

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CHILDCARE FORUM: DAYCARE OPTIONS
 

Wednesday, 4/17, 6-7:30pm @ Main Library, Hunneman Hall, 361 Washington St.

Hosted by The Brookline Commission for Women. Panelists will speak on the benefits and challenges of various types of daycare options available to families with children from birth up to age 5. Representatives from the Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, the Brookline Health Department and the Brookline Police Department will discuss safety, proper licensing and background checks. There will be a Q&A period following the panel. For more information, please email BCW@brooklinema.gov or call 617-730-2734. This event is free and open to the public.

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UNDERSTANDING BROOKLINE: EMERGING TRENDS & CHANGING NEEDS

Save the Date: Wednesday, 5/15, 5:30-8pm @ Brookline Senior Center

The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) is sponsoring a lively discussion of a first-of-its-kind report from BCF. Brookline in 2013 is a changing community. The strengths and resources of our town continue to make it a highly desirable place to live, but we also have significant questions to address. Invitation to follow. For more information, please contact Jenny Amory, BCF Executive Director, jamory@brooklinecommunity.org.
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BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER SPRING CLASSES

Registration is now open for Spring classes at the Brookline Arts Center. Several new classes for children and teens are available this spring, such as Paper Sculpture, The Superhero Project, Clayworks, and more! Register online before April 1 and receive a $10 discount, using the code Spring10. For more information on classes and registration, check out our website www.brooklineartscenter.com.

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HOUSE/APT TO RENT, HOUSESIT OR EXCHANGE SOUGHT, JULY-AUG 2013

Family of three, longtime friends of Pierce family, seeks house/apartment to rent, house sit or exchange for apartment in Mexico City's stylish Condesa neighborhood amidst caf�s, restaurants, theaters and parks and a short distance from museums and the historic downtown area. Will be in the Boston area from July 6th thru August 17th, 2013 (dates negotiable). Roger teaches anthropology at Mexico City's Universidad Iberoamericana, Cristina teaches Arabic dance, and Matt is 10 years old. Willing to take care of plants and most pets. Preference for something in or near Brookline. Email 

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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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THAILAND SUMMER FAMILY IMMERSION PROGRAM

Join us this summer on a fun and enriching two-week family immersion program in Thailand! We will explore everything wonderful that Thailand has to offer, from culture, to food, to nature. Kids' and teen programs will be part of the daily schedule. Give your kids a taste of volunteering and a chance to get to know another culture from the inside. Visit footprintsfamilytravel.com. On Facebook:  http://www.facebook.com/pages/Footprints-Family-Travel/247168772085353(Run by Driscoll parent Fran Rota.) 

 

 
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