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3.21.2012

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

Beauty and the Beast a smashing success!


Congratulations to both the casts and crew of this year's 3-6 play, "Beauty
and the Beast."

Pierce theater productions continue to be a source of
pride as our students demonstrate their talents outside the classroom and in the dramatic arts. 

The play was not only well-done and entertaining
, but provided a great message: the importance of accepting differences and not judging by appearances.

I couldn't have been more pleased to see over 150 of our 3rd- to 6th-grade
students take part in this classic musical.

Our students make connections
to the themes of the play in their classes when the topic of bullying behavior is discussed. I believe these discussions inspire some to look even more closely at the messages in "Beauty and the Beast." This closer
look then assists us in keeping the spirit of fair play and acceptance of
those different than ourselves ever present at Pierce School.

The production of this play would not be possible without the long hours,
fabulous creativity and unending energy of the volunteer Pierce parents,
who helped make the show so successful. 

In addition to those named
below, please also join me in congratulating and thanking parent producers Deb Dowd and Joshua Abrams, parent director Ryan Bailey, parent musical director Min Lew, parent chorus director Laura Prichard,
and chorus choreographer Laura Stillman.

With such great casting, directing, dancing, singing, music, costumes, set design, lighting and props, one might think it was simple to do. We know better and we thank you all! Many hands made light work!

Please help me thank and congratulate the additional parents who
participated behind the scenes:

Set designer Susan Levin; set coordinator Blanka Bogdanovic; costume
coordinators Martha Huntley and Eileen Regis; rehearsal volunteers
Elizabeth Ferry, Melanie May, Cass Miller, Edel O'Hara, Kate Risse, Jackie
Rossey and Suzanne Steele; chorus coordinators David Elzy, Kate Ewen,
Joanne Evans, Nancy Levanthal; chorus volunteers Tamara Bloch, Debi Martin
Kao, Stacey Downey, Ruth Feldstein, Mimi Lee, Jami Loh, Michele Mendoza,
Lise Nigrovic, and Marjorie Whittaker; tech and lighting coordinator David
Elzey; set crew Blanka Bogdanovic, Susan Chorley, Frank Criscione, Hilary
Elkins, Susan Levin, Peter Sacks also Carpenter; props crew Frank
Criscione, Wendy Grossman, Melanie May and Joseph O'Farrell; rehearsal
snacks Sushma Boppana, Stephanie Cprrado, Ann Kamensky, Donna Luff, Cara
Murray, Elizabeth Stillman, Tara Washburn, and Bee Keng Yeo; bake sale
coordinators Cherie Gaehde and Pam Wolf; bake sale volunteers Stacey
Downey, June Duchesne, Hilary Elkins, Ruth Feldstein, Marcia Ferrigno,
Kristin Hicks, Debbie Jacobs, Mary Lee, John Murphy, Jackie Rossey, Myrna
Solomon, Karen Sutton, and Bee Keng Yeo; program poster/ticket/t-shirts
Eric Friedman, Sarah Bishins, Jeanine Dias-Gaylor; photographer Aynsley
Floyd and photographer's assistant Jenn Mason; videographer Phil
Schroeder; show volunteers Deb Abrams, Blanka Bogdanovic, Cara Ferragamo-Murray, Elizabeth Ferry, Ellen Geller, Nicole Lapidus, Eve LaPlante, Silvia Lee,
Melanie May, Yolanda Mendez-Rainey, Cass Miller, Emma Morton-Eggleston,
Edel O'Hara, Jeannine Pinto, Kate Risse, Olga Rogozina, Jackie Rossey,
Suzanne Steele, Laura Stillman, Karen Sutton, Tara Washburn and Chi-Chi Wu;
curtain repair Sarah Bishins and Cass Miller; and ticket sales coordinator Meredith Saillant.

Also, our thanks to 8th grade violinist Sophia T.!

My apologies if I've inadvertently forgotten someone.

Thanks again for another wonderful theater experience for our students and
our community!

Pipier Smith-Mumford

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PTO CORNER >  PTO
  
FIRST PIERCE TRIVIA NIGHT AND PARENT SOCIAL

Join us on FRIDAY, MARCH 30th, 7pm @ Pierce School for a night of fun, food, music and prizes. Tickets: $25 per person in advance; $30 per person at the door

TRIVIA CATEGORIES INCLUDE:
80's Pop Culture, Name that Tune, Pierce & Brookline Trivia, and more!

THE NIGHT WILL ALSO INCLUDE A TEACHER'S TREASURE AUCTION WITH OVER 20 TREASURES, OTHER CONTESTS BETWEEN ROUNDS...AND SO MUCH MORE!

Pizza & light snacks / Cash bar
We'll build teams or you can register with your own team of 6

Purchase tickets online at www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-trivia-night.html
Tickets will also be sold at school the week of March 26th as well as at the door.

SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL, MEET NEW FRIENDS AND BE A PART OF THE PIERCE COMMUNITY!
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SHOP AMAZON.COM FOR PIERCE! Want an easy way to help support 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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 Bingo
BINGO FOR BOOKS - GRADES 1-3!
Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7pm @ Pierce Cafeteria
All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Bingo for books is a fun Pierce tradition. We'll play games using sight words. Everyone will go home with a book! 
Bring a drink or a no-nut snack to share.

 

 
STUDENT'S CORNER >

We proudly announce that two sixth grade Pierce school students,
Sascha W.S. and Dania B., were on the GU12 Brookline travel team that won the championship in their division! Their team went into the playoffs as underdogs and played wonderful, exciting, team-oriented, tough-defense basketball. 
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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #13    'PIZZA PARTY'

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

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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 

PSED CORNER >PSED

BROOKLINE ROTARY PANCAKE BREAKFAST
Saturday, March 31, 8am
Brookline High School Cafeteria, 115 Greenough Street, Brookline. 
Tickets are $6/person; children under 5 FREE  

ALL YOU CAN EAT pancakes, ham, sausage and more. Children's entertainment includes music, clowns, balloons, fire engines and all kinds of FUN. 
 
The Pierce School Extended Day (PSED) will be selling tickets to the Rotary's Annual Brookline Pancake Breakfast. This is a fundraiser for PSED. Our program is guaranteed to make 50% of the ticket price for each ticket sold. Enjoy a fun-filled breakfast while helping to support PSED. Please purchase tickets at the PSED office weekdays from 2:30- 6:00pm. 
 COMMUNITY CORNER >Community

   

For complete details of community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  
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Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe host 

a series of open forums to discuss the FY13 SCHOOL BUDGET

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, March 27, 6:30 p.m. Baker School Library

Wednesday, March 28, 8:15 a.m. Devotion School Library

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PALS Children's Chorus at the Longy School of Music, 27 Garden Street, Cambridge
Saturday, 3/24, 4pm and Sunday, 3/25, 12:30 pm 
$15/adults; $5 children/seniors at the door or on-line www.palschildrenschorus.org 
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B-CASA (Brookline Coalition Against Substance Abuse) 

Invites parents of 6th, 7th & 8th graders to a discussion on

Why Not Pot: A Community Forum on Marijuana and Teen Brain

Tuesday, March 27 at 7 pm  

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Join Dan Levine and Louisa Pitt of Engaging Minds on Thursday, March 29, 7pm @ Driscoll Theater for a discussion about executive function skills: organization, planning and time management, large school projects, and how you can help your child strengthen these important skills and strategies at home.   

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BHS Camerata Choir Auditions:

8th graders interested in singing at the High School should plan on
auditioning for Camerata Choir. Students do not need to prepare anything.
Audition Times: 3/27, 3/28, 3/29, 3/30Contact Mr. Driscoll to set up an audition time at 617-713-5322 or mike_driscoll@brookline.k12.ma.us
Auditions will take place at BHS, room 324 (chorus room) 

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SEPAC hosts: Transitioning To Brookline High School, Fall 2012 
A meeting for parents of 8th grade students with IEP's. 
Thursday, March 29th 7-9 p.m. MLK Room, Brookline High School 
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Hunger Banquet: Learn about food justice, eat food from area restaurants and support the Brookline Food Pantry at our 9th annual event.
April 3, 2012, 6:30 pm @ Brookline High School.  
Admission: a non-perishable food item to benefit the Brookline Food Pantry. 
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BROOKLINE VIPERS AAU BASKETBALL CLUB FOR GIRLS - 7th and 8th Grade;
Four Tournament Dates: April 21-22; June 2-3; June 9-10; June 16-17
Head Coach Jon Dalzell 
jdalzell@isaacsmoving.com or coach Ramos for details at 617-935-2902. Check us out on the CrossFit Iron & Grit website under Iron Kids: www.crossfitironkids.com 
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6th Annual Art for Art's Sake Gallery Fundraiser

Lincoln School, Thurs., April 26th, 7-10pm

Adults Only - Cash Bar - Live Music

Still Seeking Artists with Gallery Ready Work! (60/40 split)

Email Liz Forti for more info:  liz40@rcn.com

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CLASSIFIEDS >Classifieds
 
 
THE STUDIOS AT BENEFITNESS - Now Open!
HOT YOGA  |  BALLET BARRE  |  TRX  |  SPIN  |  PILATES REFORMER 
$39 One Month Unlimited Classes (TRX, Hot Yoga and Ballet Barre) Offering all-women and co-ed classes. Limited time only! Take advantage of this special offer while it lasts.

For details or to purchase visit studiosatbenefitness.com or call 617-232-7440.
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STAGE SOUP ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 SUMMER CAMPS!
There's a fun and exciting theater camp right in the neighborhood: Stage Soup!

Led by Pierce parent (and director of several Pierce plays) Ryan Bailey, this camp is a great place for your child to be creative and develop theater skills this summer! Students will play drama games, study acting, play outside every day, and put on a show on the final day of camp. The location is Inner Space Annex on Station Street in Brookline Village. Stage Soup camp is a ton of fun! Kids will make new friends, develop confidence and express themselves. 

Dates are August 6-17 for ages 12-18 and August 20-31 for ages 7-12. For more info or to register, please email: Ryan@Stagesoup.com or call 781-654-5218.
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IRON & GRIT POWERED BY CROSSFIT BOSTON  
Teen CrossFit Training for Boys & Girls in 6th, 7th, 8th Grade
 
Join CrossFit Boston coaches for a free two-week introductory program.  Our elements barbell program was designed specifically for this age group to teach young teens the basics of weightlifting. It is safe, fun and new skills will be introduced throughout the program. Free Intro Class: 3/23 and 3/30, 3:15-4:15 @ 114 Western Avenue in Allston. Come try our 2-week program for free.  If you like it, meet us every Friday on Western Avenue in Allston! Email Coach Thompson for more information or to hold your spot: neal@crossfitboston.com or call 617.935.2902. 

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PIANO INSTRUCTION - about 1 mile from Pierce
Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with over 30 years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners welcome. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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