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02.13.2013

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK 

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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
 
6-8th Grade COMMUNITY BREAKFAST

Friday, 2/15, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

All 6/7/8th-grade families and caregivers are invited to join Dr. Smith-Mumford for this informal gathering. Coffee will be served, and please feel free to bring a breakfast item to share. Contact Cass Miller at cass@emeraldpool.net with questions.

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PIERCE T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST
Entries due on or before Wednesday, 2/27
Calling all artists and designers, young and old! We need YOU to design the next Pierce T-shirt!
The first Pierce T-shirt Design Contest seeks ideas from kids, parents, and teachers, individually or in teams. To learn how to enter, please click here.

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NEW DATE: TEAMWORK TRIVIA NIGHT PLANNING MEETING (and "TREASURE HUNT")!

Friday, 3/1, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Pierce's second annual Teamwork Trivia Night will take place on Saturday, 4/27. Interested in helping out? Come to our 3/1 planning meeting! We need "treasures" to feature as silent-auction items: Do you have tickets to sporting events or cultural institutions that you can donate? A service or specialty that you can provide? A connection to a local business that can donate an item? (Please contact us before soliciting from businesses so we can coordinate efforts.) Can you help us gather auction items? Contact Michele Mendoza at mlynmendoza@gmail.com or Toby Raybould at tobyraybould@gmail.com.
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PIERCE'S ANNUAL MARCH MADNESS FOR GRADES K-3

Thursday, 3/7, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce Gym

Come beat the winter blues! Kids will play games such as SILLY SOCCER and ANYTHING GOES, and enjoy YOGA and DANCE in the Gym. Parents will socialize in the cafeteria and hear a presentation from Director of Food Services, Alden Cadwell. Healthy snacks will be sold. Kids should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers, and bring water bottles. Sponsored by the Pierce PTO. Questions, or want to volunteer? Contact Bobby Zuker at rzuker@chestnuthillrealty.com or Jennifer Amigone at jen@dgnetworks.com. See the PTO website for details.

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SAVE THE DATE: 3/21 PRESENTATION FOR 5th-8th GRADE PIERCE PARENTS

Let's Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy

Sponsored by Public Schools of Brookline and B-PEN

In order to make healthy, safe,  and well-informed decisions, our kids need to hear about values and sexuality from parents. Planned Parenthood's Let's Be Honest program helps middle-school parents/caregivers create an environment of trust, and empowers them to feel comfortable and competent as their children's primary sexuality educators. Topics range from promoting healthy relationships to managing peer pressure and media influences. Join us for an engaging, eye-opening, and refreshingly direct conversation. All participants will receive a parent-education book.

 

Four programs are scheduled in March, each geared for two schools at a time. (If you cannot make our school's designated presentation, feel free to attend another.)

 

Pierce and Lawrence at PIERCE on Thursday, 3/21, 7-8:30pm

Register at: http://mar21piercelawrence.eventbrite.com 

 

Runkle and Lincoln at RUNKLE on Monday, March 4, 7-8:30pm

Register at http://mar4runklelincoln.eventbrite.com

 

Driscoll and Devotion at DRISCOLL on Wednesday, March 13 7-8:30pm

Register at http://mar13driscolldevotion.eventbrite.com

 

Heath and Baker at HEATH on Wednesday, March 20, 7-8:30pm

Register at: http://mar20heathbaker.eventbrite.com

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NEW DATE FOR 7TH-GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
Wednesday, 3/27, 7:30pm @ home of Robert Nagle, 85 Griggs Rd.
Please note that the date has changed from 3/21 to 3/27. 
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B-SPACE MEETINGS TO ADDRESS SCHOOL OVER-CROWDING
This meeting series will address school over-crowding. It's important that the entire community be a part of the discussion and have an opportunity to provide input. Meetings will be held every two weeks. Find more background here: http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x2105873833/Committee-looks-to-resolve-school-space-crunch-in-Brookline?zc_p=0#axzz2IzzyHoJr.

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ENRICHMENT & CHALLENGE SUPPORT PROGRAM INFO NOW ON PIERCE WEBSITE! 
Visit Pierce School's updated website to learn more about the Pierce's Enrichment and Challenge Support Program:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/enrichment-challenge-support.html. Additional resources, including web links, articles, books, local programs/activities, and links to brain-teasers and puzzles are also available on this page. Contact a parent representative at tobyraybould@gmail.com or sssrouji@yahoo.com, or the ECS teacher Ms. Leslie Fagen at leslie_fagen@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Students in K-2 have been practicing their hand-eye coordination, and incorporating repetition and skills practice through games such as Messy Backyard and a variation of Harry the Hand. After vacation, we will move into a tumbling and balancing unit through gymnastic-type activities.

 

Students in grades 3-8 are playing volleyball! Students learned and practiced the skills of bumping, setting, and serving, and are now playing games and learning how to score. After vacation, we'll move onto gymnastics and strength training.

 

All students in grades 4-8 have completed their Fitness Gram assessment. Reports will be sent home, and students may also review scores and results in their Physical Education class.

 

Click here for more details on students' physical-education experiences, and a list of meaningful questions to ask your child. 

 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #11: 8-DIGIT NUMBER
Answers due Tuesday, 2/26 

Make an 8-digit number using the digits 1,1,2,2,3,3,4 and 4.
Use the following rules:
                The 1's must be separated by one digit.
                The 2's must be separated by two digits.
                The 3's must be separated by three digits.
                The 4's must be separated by four digits. 
Show your work using pictures, numbers, or symbols.

Visit the POW page on the school website for details.
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TOMORROW! PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE

Thursday, 2/14, 6:30pm @ First Parish Brookline, 382 Walnut Street

Please join PALS Children's Chorus as it performs music from AROUND THE
WORLD! This joyful concert will feature all PALS Ensembles (183 children in grades 1-9). Children & Seniors $5; Adults $10. Tickets available at the door and at
www.palschildrenschorus.org.

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TOMORROW: BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, 2/14, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Rm., 5th Fl., Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
Review the complete meeting docket here. For questions, contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430 or email robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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BCW ESSAY CONTEST: "A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME"
Due Friday, 2/15

In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women is sponsoring its 21st annual "A Woman Who Inspires Me" Essay Contest. All students in grades 5-8 who live in or attend public or private school in Brookline may submit an essay honoring an inspirational woman. The contest helps chronicle women's history in Brookline, and encourages students to reflect on important women in their lives. Winners will be announced on the BCW website around 2/20, and will be honored at an awards ceremony on 3/18, in conjunction with the Commission's naming of the 2013 Brookline Woman of the Year.

 

Please email chatchett@brooklinema.gov for information/contest forms, or download at www.brooklinema.gov/BCW. Essays may be returned to the School's Main Office by Thursday, 2/14, or delivered to the BCW c/o Brookline Police Department, 350 Washington St. Brookline 02445, by Friday, 2/15. Contact BCW Co-Chair Casey Hatchett at 617-730-2734 or Treasurer Aimee Tallarico at 617-413-9068 with questions.

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LEGO DRIVE AT BROOKLINE PUBLIC LIBRARY

February Vacation, Monday, 2/18-Sunday, 2/24

Tired of your old Legos? Donate them to the Brookline Public Library Lego Club*! During February vacation, please bring your donations to the Children's Room at the Main Branch. Contact Caroline Richardson at crichardson@minlib.net with questions.

*Lego Club coming summer of 2013 for 6 to 12-yr-olds. 

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VACATION ART CAMPS AT BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER
Tuesday 2/19 - Friday 2/22 and Tuesday 4/16 - Friday 4/19, 9am-2pm 
Programs include ArtVentures, Jewelry and Metals Studios, and Pottery studios. For more information, visit our website at www.brooklineartscenter.com or contact us at 617-566-5715. 

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BHS's 21st CENTURY FUND PRESENTS FREE ANNUAL FORUM
What's the Big Idea? Academic Rigor 
Thursday, 2/28, 7-8:30pm @ Wheelock College, Ladd Rm., 43 Hawes St., Brookline

What's the Big Idea? brings together local thinkers in a provocative discussion moderated by respected journalist and Brookline parent Carey Goldberg. Among the questions to be debated: What does rigor mean in a competitive public high school environment? How do we balance standards with intellectual risk-taking? How much emphasis do we place on grades? The public is welcome. Reservations suggested: http://whatsthebigidearigor.eventbrite.com.

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SAVE THE DATE: 5th-GRADE SPELLING BEE
Sunday, 3/10

Save the date and stay tuned for more information on the town-wide 5th grade Spelling Bee! More information available soon at www.brooklineeducation.org.

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B-PEN SEEKS FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES: WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Brookline Parent Education Network is funded by a grant that expires this September. Over the past three years, B-PEN has made a concerted effort to help keep parents "informed, involved and connected" through newsletters, Parent Networks, presentations, and our website. We are currently looking for alternative funding to continue this work, but YOUR feedback is crucial to that process! Please take the B-PEN Parent Survey, which takes less than five minutes and will help us validate B-PEN's efforts and evaluate effectiveness going forward:

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FRIENDS OF THE BROOKLINE LIBRARY BOOK SALE
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline

Did you know that Quezalguaque is Brookline's sister city in Nicaragua? February is Quezalguaque Library Month, and this year, we are purchasing computers for their schools! Proceeds from the Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale will support the Sister City Library in Quezalguaque. SHOP TILL YOU DROP, and gracias!

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TUTOR FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE ARTS AND MATH

Dual-certified teacher, available for tutoring in English Language Arts and Math. Twelve years experience, with expertise in working with a range of learners. Hands-on activities help students become engaged in the process of learning while practicing essential skills. Resume and references available upon request. Contact cambridgeteacher1@gmail.com or call 617-276-7601.

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BRIMMER AND MAY SCHOOL SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE

Two-week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) 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 strawberries' DNA, developing and constructing architectural models, and building and launching model rockets. Enrollment is limited to ensure small groups. Dates: June 24 - July 5, 2013. Fee: $1,300. More information and a link to registration at www.brimmerandmaycamp.org. For questions please contact the camp office at camp@brimmer.org or 617-278-2350.

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CAPE COD (E. FALMOUTH) RENTAL HOUSE AVAILABLE

Baker School family renting a great Cape Cod (E. Falmouth) house. Enjoy 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths, plus customized outdoor shower, beautiful sunroom, spacious family & living rooms. Every room is freshly painted, new stove/oven, newly renovated bathroom and lots and lots of charm. Close to beaches and shopping. Walk to water inlet at end of quiet street. In-
season rate is $1,875/week. Off-season rates also available. Please call Lisa Wisel at 617-335-4335 or email lisawisel@hotmail.com.

  

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, tel. 617-566-9704, or email piano566@comcast.net.

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