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03.13.2013

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BROOKLINE SCHOOLS FY14 BUDGET: HOW TO WEIGH IN
 
Superintendent Lupini came to Pierce on Friday, 3/8, for his annual Open Forum. Much of the conversation centered around the FY14 budget. The Superintendent's proposed budget prioritizes hiring and retaining classroom teachers to keep class sizes low. It also calls for cuts to specific programs, services and academic and administrative positions across the district, due to constraints on public funding at the federal, state and local levels. Read the summary of the Superintendent's Open Forum at Pierce here:  

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pto-meetings-with-superintendent.html

 

Parents have asked how they can make their voices heard about the implications of this proposed budget. Below are links to help facilitate parent input into the budget process.

 

How to Get Informed

Read Dr. Lupini's budget message, which is found at http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=329

Dr. Lupini will update this message at a School Committee meeting on 3/14. (See below.)

 

Also, you can see how Governor Patrick's proposed budget will impact Brookline's Chapter 70 Education Funding, one of the main sources of state funding for education, here:

http://www.mass.gov/governor/docs/maps/education/house-15th-norfolk.pdf

 

How to Get Involved

The FY14 Brookline School Budget will be discussed and voted on at the following meetings:

 

- Thursday, 3/14: School Committee Meeting; Dr. Lupini presents updated budget, addendum:   5th floor Town Hall, 6pm

- Tuesday, 3/19: Budget forum at Baker School library 6:30-8 pm

- Wednesday, 3/20: Budget forum at Brookline Town Hall, Rm 103, 8:15-9:45am

- Thursday, 3/21: School committee hearing: 5th floor Town Hall, 6pm

- Thursday, 4/11: School committee votes on budget at 6 pm 

 

You may also contact individual school committee members, our elected officials charged with approving the proposed budget presented by the Superintendent:

http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=68&Itemid=92

 

ECS (Enrichment & Challenge Support) parent representatives have asked parents concerned about the potential elimination and/or redesign of that program to contact them directly (Toby Raybould tobyraybould@gmail.com or Serene Srouji sssrouji@yahoo.com).

The PTO will continue to keep the Pierce community informed about the impact of the proposed and final FY14 budget and communicate parent-led efforts to respond to the impact of specific line item cuts.

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PIERCE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN MEETINGS

Tuesday, 3/19, 7pm @ Teacher's Room; and Tuesday, 4/9, 7am @ Conference Room

Pierce School Council invites you to attend an upcoming meeting. Learn how School Council is helping to assess Pierce's progress toward its school improvement goals. See the Pierce website for a copy of the 2012-13 School Improvement Plan.
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BOOK FAIR 2013

We're 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.

Donation bins are in front of the main office and in the entrance to the historical building.

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PIERCE CONGRATULATES BCW ESSAY WINNERS!

Congratulations to the following Pierce students who were recently selected as winners in their grade in the Brookline Commission for Women "A Woman Who Inspires Me" essay contest. The contest is open to all Brookline Elementary Schools.

For 5th grade: 2nd place: Yarden H. (Mrs. Klausner); 3rd place: Sanam A. (Mrs. Klausner)

For 7th grade: 1st place: Maya H. (Ms. Yadoff)

An awards ceremony for the essay winners will be held in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Main Library.

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A FEW MORE PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WILLY WONKA 
Willy Wonka shows start tomorrow!!! This year, we'll feature six shows (three per cast), and we still need a few more volunteers. Please sign up today if you can help at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPMwkWjJrI1dGxHOVQ4UjgyaUt3R05jQ0NUQ3FJRVE&usp=sharing#gid=0

Contact Deborah Heffan at
heffan@verizon.net, Kate Risse at Katherine.risse@tufts.edu, or Sarah Bishins at sarah.bishins@verizon.net with questions.

Volunteers are also needed to help with costumes during the shows: 3/14 (8-11am), 3/14 (6-9pm), 3/15 (11am-2pm), 3/15 (6-9pm), 3/16 (11am-2pm), 3/16 (6-9pm). Your assistance will be greatly appreciated! Please contact Anna Asphar at
annalouise@rcn.com.

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WILLY WONKA PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW! TICKETS ON SALE!

Don't miss out on this spectacular Grade 3-6 show! $7 per person. Tickets are on sale in the Pierce School Main Lobby now through Fri., 3/15, from 7:45-8:15am and 2:10-2:40pm (until tickets run out). The Grade 3-6 play usually sells out, so get your tickets now!

 

Show Dates:

Thursday 3/14, 7pm IMAGINE CAST

Friday 3/15, 7pm BELIEVE CAST

Saturday 3/16, 2pm BELIEVE CAST

Saturday 3/16, 7pm IMAGINE CAST

 

Please also note that there will be TWO in-school shows, free for Pierce students, on Thursday and Friday. Contact Meredith Saillant with any ticketing questions: dggmls@yahoo.com.

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Lost eyeglasses 
A pair of child's eyeglasses in a black case were lost after gym class on Friday, March 1. (They were inside a light green hooded sweatshirt). If found, please contact Pablo Alvarez at  Palvarez@palvarez.net.    
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PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY
Due Friday, 3/29
If you haven't yet, please take a moment to complete this anonymous, 10-minute survey: http://www.MAparent1.com. 

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE), the survey seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of school-parent partnerships in promoting your involvement in your child's education. Survey data will be used to strengthen and improve our parent involvement efforts. Your participation is important. Thank you in advance for your time!

 

If you need help locating a computer to take the survey, stop by the school office or the public library. For additional survey details, visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us (District Announcements section).

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PANCAKE BREAKFAST TO BENEFIT PSED!

The Rotary Club of Brookline Pancake Breakfast - Saturday, 4/6, 8am-12noon

Brookline High School Cafeteria, 115 Greenough St.

This year, Pierce School Extended Day will participate in selling tickets for the annual Pancake Breakfast for the Brookline Rotary Club. PSED will earn 50% of the ticket price of each ticket sold! Tickets $6; kids 5 and under eat FREE. Tickets available in the PSED office (2nd floor of Pierce Historical Bldg) after school from 2pm-6pm, Monday through Friday.

 

Bring your family and have an enjoyable morning with all you can eat pancakes, ham, sausage and more, PLUS musical entertainment, clowns, balloons, fire engines and continuous raffles. Have a great time while supporting the Pierce School Extended Day! Write to epierce@brookline.k12.ma.us with 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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SPANISH

In grades K-2, we have been working with family members and pets. As we increase the grade level, we add family such as aunts and uncles. Also, we elaborate from simple words in kindergarten such as mama, papa, abuelo, abuela, hermano, hermana, perro, gato, pez in first grade to yo tengo (I have), and longer sentences, in second grade.    

 

With the second graders we began lessons about things they like to do such as read, eat, play, watch television, and listen to music (leer, comer, mirar la television, jugar, escuchar musica) and combine this with family members. In K-2, we are learning about objects.  

   

In third grade, we discussed Mexico, its geographic places and foods. We have been working with the alphabet and making a book of 100 words. 

 

In 4th and 5th grade, we have just finished learning to tell time by practicing with mini-clocks and playing card-matching games. We are now on school subjects and describing our horarios ideales (ideal schedules). In 6th grade, we are learning to describe families (real or imaginary) and individual people. Our cultural focus has been Mexican food. Teams 6S and 6F had a food party and the recipes they tried were really impressive! 6G and 6L are up this week: whose salsa will be spicier?

Visit the Spanish page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/spanish.html

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PIERCE ALUMNI FINISH STRONG AT ALL-STATE TRACK CHAMPIONSHIPS
Two former Pierce students, now seniors at Brookline High School, are among the fastest hurdlers and milers in the state! At the Massachusetts All-State Indoor Track Championships at Reggie Lewis two weeks ago, Katie Hitchcock-Smith, who received the Presidential Fitness Award in 3rd grade at Pierce (only the second student to do so in Pierce's history), came in 5th place in the girls' 55-meter hurdles. Sam Burrington placed 4th in the boys' mile, putting them among the best high school track athletes in Massachusetts.
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CLEAN OUT YOUR CLOSETS AND HELP LESS FORTUNATE KIDS!
 
Cradles to Crayons is collecting new or gently worn kid's clothes here at the Pierce School.  Our big purple collection bin will be outside of our main office from Friday, March 29 to Wednesday, April 10.  Please help us give back and make a difference to families in need.  Thanks.

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FREE PRESENTATION AT ATRIUM SCHOOL

Tuesday, 4/9, 6:30pm @ Atrium School in Watertown - Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, clinical psychologist, consultant and educator. Dr. Steiner-Adair will present Raising Healthy Daughters: Educating Smart Girls to Outsmart Unhealthy Girl Culture. This event is free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.atrium.org.
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PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE: "VOICES" 
 
Saturday, 3/16 @ St. Paul's Church, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge 
2pm: All PALS Ensembles joined by PALS alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Choir of St. Mary's School; 6:30pm: PALS Gershwin, Copland & Bernstein Ensembles joined by PALS Alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Boston Boy Choir. Children & Seniors $5; Adults $10. Tickets available at the door and at www.palschildrenschorus.org.

These Pierce students will perform: Alyssa A., Hannah B., Carolin B., Julia B., Nadia C., Samantha C., Jack F., Emily G., Lyra J., Emily L., Sophia L., Becky M., Anouk P., Zelda P., Maya P., Denise R., Celeste R., Nicholas S., Clara T., Lidia T., and Carlotta Z.
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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. This means that every dollar raised will go directly to the BEF to help our kids and teachers, without any deductions for overhead costs. Please support Sidhu, and visit his fundraising page at:

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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AHNA ANNUAL MEETING RESCHEDULED

Sunday, 3/24, 4-6pm @ The Brookline Center, 43 Garrison Rd.

Meeting rescheduled due to the snowstorm. All are invited. We are hosting Brookline Tree Warden and Arborist Tom Brady and members of the Brookline Tree Planting Committee to learn more about 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 our neighborhood precincts, and discussion of neighborhood concerns. Bring your questions and concerns or send them ahead of time to aspinwallhill@gmail.com. Light refreshments.
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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 that serve 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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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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BRIMMER AND MAY SCHOOL SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE

Monday, 6/24 - Friday, 7/5

Two-week Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program provides experiential learning to middle-school students through interactive workshops and hands-on activities. Experienced Brimmer and May science and technology faculty will nurture students' creativity and spark their imagination through daily workshops exploring a variety of STEM-related topics. Small groups explore these topics through projects designed to encourage collaboration and problem-solving. Projects include examining the DNA of strawberries, developing and constructing architectural models, and building and launching model rockets. Enrollment limited to ensure small groups. Fee: $1,300. More information and a link to registration can be found at www.brimmerandmaycamp.org. For questions, please contact the camp office at camp@brimmer.org or 617-278-2350.

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THAILAND SUMMER FAMILY IMMERSION PROGRAM

Join us this summer on a fun and enriching 2-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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CLINTON PATH PRESCHOOL'S SUMMER PROGRAM

Applications are now being accepted for Clinton Path's Summer Program for 3-6 year olds. The Program runs June 25 until August 23, 8:30am - 12:30pm (regular day) with an optional extended day from 12:30-2:30 pm. The Program aims to build self-confidence and friendships through individual attention, as well as provide fun and exciting group activities. Our teachers strike a nice balance between offering lots of choice to the kids while providing structure and consistent routine. Enroll for any 2 weeks and up to all 9. Part-time (3 or 4 days) or full time (5 days) schedules available. Visit the Clinton Path website at www.clintonpath.com or write to summer@clintonpath.com for more information.

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