PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
BYE BYE BIRDIE WAS A SMASHING SUCCESS!
Congratulations to both casts and crew of this year's 7th and 8th grade play, "Bye, Bye Birdie." 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 a great reminder of American youth in the 1950s. As producer Deb Dowd explained before the performances, this show allowed our students to be able to bring to life a period piece which deals with gender stereotypes and bias that was prevalent during that time. It provided an opportunity for our students to understand how much our culture has changed and how perceptions of what constitutes appropriate behavior for our young people are different. And yet, they also recognized how much is still the same, especially when it comes to idolizing entertainers and singers; just think of Justin Bieber. I couldn't have been more pleased to see so many of our 7th and 8th grade students take part in this former Broadway musical and Hollywood movie.
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 to make the show so successful. In addition to those named below, please also join me in congratulating and thanking these parents: Producer, Deb Dowd; Director, Ryan Bailey; Musical Director, Bethany Aiken; Assistant Director and Choreographer, Lisa Dempsey.
There was such great casting, directing, dancing, singing, music, costumes, set design, lighting and props, and it all worked so well one might think it was simple to do. We know better and we thank you all!
Please help me thank and congratulate the additional parents who participated behind the scenes:
Parent Volunteer Coordinator: Lynn Dreyfus
Set Designer: Jennifer Mason
Set and Prop Coordinator: Blanka Bogdanovic
Set Construction: Peter Sacks
Costume Coordinators: Lisa Grace and Beth Dunn
Rehearsal Volunteers: Sushma Boppana, Lynn Dreyfus, Cherie Gaehde, Edel O'Hara, Jackie Rossey, and Barbara Murphy
Tech and Lighting Coordinator: Steffi Gaehde (BHS student)
Musical Accompaniment: Issi Rozen and Phil Schroder
Lighting Consultant: Gayle Robertson (former Pierce parent)
Set and Props Crew: Patty Correa, John Murphy, Frank Criscione, Susan Levine, Matt Mason, Jessica Hedges, David Lapidus, Silvia Lee, Martin Pollak, Jackie Rossey, Martin Rowe, Michele Rozen, Reisa Sperling, Charlie Walsh
Costume Crew: Martha Huntley, Eileen Regis, Elizabeth Ferry, Michele Rozan
Bake Sale Coordinators: Cherie Gaehde and Pam Wolf
Show and Bake Sale Volunteers: Patty Correa, Marcia Ferrigno, Jessica Hedges, Kristin Hicks, Ana Houssami, Debbie Jacobs, Nicole Lapidus, May Lee, Jo McKendry, Yolanda Mendez Rainey, John Murphy, Edel O'Hara, Olga Rogozin, Jackie Rossey, Cindy Rowe, Michele Rozen Myrna Soloman, Laura Stillman (former Pierce parent), Polly Welch
Program, Poster/Ticket/T-Shirts: Kristen Hicks
Photography: Beth Niernberg and Polly Welch
Photo Board: John Murphy
Database: Suzzane Elovecky (former Pierce parent)
Ticket Sales: Meredith Saillant (lead), Marcia Ferrigno, Silvia Lee, Beth Nierberg, Jackie Rossey
Additional thanks to other student volunteers!
Tech and Lighting Crew: Kaija Bariss (BHS), Jared Gent (BHS), Jason Lederman (BHS), Aurthur Stickney
Set Crew: Dania Bogdanovic, Becky Mason, Lucia O'Brien, Zander Slayton, Elizabeth Webler
Show Volunteers: Philip Dorfman, Leon Yang, Ellie Lapidus (BHS)
Videographer: Sarah Pratt (BHS) and Jacob Zedek (BHS)
My apologies if I've inadvertently forgotten someone. Thanks again for another wonderful theater experience for our students and our community!
UPDATE ON PIERCE DOORS
As a followup to Dr. Lupini's last e-mail concerning safety measures across the district, I am sending you an update on Pierce's procedures for locking our doors.
Starting today, all doors will be locked throughout the day. The main doors to both buildings and the School Street door will be unlocked for both drop off and pick up in the mornings and afternoons only. Arrangements for access to both buildings for PSED and other after school programs will be determined by those programs. Despite the inconvenience that this change may cause, we must implement every safety precaution that we can. Over time, we hope these procedures will become part of our everyday practice in keeping everyone safe.
WINTER CONCERT KUDOS!
Congratulations to our 5th through 8th grade chorus and band students who performed last night at their Winter Concert! It was wonderful to see over 150 students singing and playing their musical instruments for a full house in the Brooline High School auditorium.
Special thanks to music teacher Anne Sheridan and band teacher Ryan Moser for their work with our students. Also a big thanks to the parent and teacher volunteers who helped manage the large student groups as they waited to perform and as they sat as audience members enjoying the performance of their schoolmates.
I'd like to take this time to wish everyone a wonderful vacation. Wishing you all much rest and relaxation and loads of fun in the coming days!
All the best in the new year!
PTO CORNER >
THANKS TO STACEY IRWIN DOWNEY, DEPARTING PTO CO-CHAIR
Please join me in thanking Stacey Irwin Downey, who has served as PTO Co-Chair for the last 2 1/2 years. Her tenure as Co-Chair ends this week. Stacey has been a tireless leader and parent advocate, working to improve the PTO as an organization, strengthen the home-school partnership, and ensure the engagement of all parents and teachers in the work of the PTO. Because of her leadership, the PTO is a stronger, more diverse, more engaged and more financially robust organization. This past week has reminded all of us about the importance of our school community. Stacey has played a key role in building and maintaining that spirit of community. Thank you, Stacey!
The PTO's leadership team has also made a trememdous contribution to the PTO's work this fall, including budget development, communications, outreach, volunteerism and fundraising. Please join me in thanking Bobby Zuker, Daria Cohen, Kim Girard, Molly Zuker, Hillary Janowski, and Toby Raybould for their contributions to the Leadership Team, as well as the countless volunters who make the PTO a vibrant part of Pierce.
The PTO is still actively recruiting parent leaders for 2013. As of this writing, we do not have a replacement for the vacant co-chair position, and are still taking nominations. Please be in touch with me or any of the Leadership Team if you have the capacity to step up into a greater leadership role in the PTO. Send emails to email@example.com.
Wishing you a wonderful winter break with your children and families,
Gioia Perugini, PTO Co-Chair
ANNUAL PIERCE SCHOOL SKATE NIGHT
Friday, 1/4/13, 5:45-7:45pm @ Jack Kirrane Ice Skating Rink, Larz Anderson Park
Come join in this fun family event, a perennial Pierce favorite! The Rink is outdoors so dress warmly. Food and beverage concessions are available at the rink, as are skate rentals, but because of the size of the Pierce community, supplies of both are limited. Carpooling is encouraged, as parking is limited as well. Beginners and experts alike are welcome!
Admission is free for all Pierce families, teachers, and staff. This event is made possible by your contributions to the Pierce PTO. Please contact Martha Huntley at
SAVE THE DATE: PARENT INTRODUCTION TO BULLYING-PREVENTION PROGRAM
Thursday, 1/10/13, 7:30am @ Pierce Auditorium
Please join the PTO and School Council for an informational session with Dr. Smith-Mumford on the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a community-wide approach adopted by the Brookline Public Schools to help prevent and respond to bullying. Students will be introduced to the program the previous week. For information about the Olweus approach, read the materials posted on the Pierce website.
DATE CHANGE: 6TH GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
ANNUAL PIERCE BOOK FAIR: VOLUNTEER & DONATE
Introductory Meeting, Friday, 1/11/13, 8:15am @ Pierce Cafeteria
We're looking for volunteers now to help make the May 2013 Pierce Book Fair the best yet! Interested, with even a small amount of time to give? We want your ideas for improvement, and need your help in many areas, including publicity, donations and special events. If you'd like to volunteer but can't make it on the 11th, contact Carin Aquiline at firstname.lastname@example.org. Have books to donate now? It's not too early. Please contact Carin!
New Tentative Date: Wed. 1/23/13, 7pm @ Pierce School Library (confirmation TBA)
Please come to the first meeting of this year's 6th Grade Parent Exchange! We got off to a great start last year, building a community of parents to share ideas and perspectives on navigating the challenging world of pre-adolescence.
In this meeting, we'll discuss striking a balance between setting boundaries and encouraging independence in our preadolescent children. For those of us who attended the Principal's Forum in November (see Dr. Smith-Mumford's summary here), this discussion will provide useful followup. How can we help our children develop the ability to control their urges while remaining safe? How can we work together as a school and a community to foster safe, healthy development as our children grow increasingly independent? We look forward to the discussion!
PIERCE SCHOOL PTO ANNUAL APPEAL IS OVER!
THANK YOU PIERCE FAMILIES! The Pierce PTO wishes to thank all of the families who made a generous contribution to the PTO this year during our Annual Appeal. With at least 40% of families donating, we expect to have raised nearly $35,000 (final numbers will be available after break). Please remember to ask if your employer has a matching gifts program. ________________________________________
ARTWORK FOR EDUCATION - ORDER ONLINE
Artwork for Education orders have been or will soon be distributed. Pierce families are invited to order additional (or initial) items at: http://www.artworkforeducation.com/school.aspx?org=211&year=2012. Proceeds from sales support our children. Thanks for your generosity!
LITERACY COLLABORATIVE - VIDEO OF PRESENTATION
Do you have questions about the Literacy Collaborative initiative at Pierce and what it means for your child's learning? If you missed the presentation by Brookline's Coordinator of K-8 English Language Arts, Patricia Kinsella, see the video on the Pierce website's School Council page: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html
HOLIDAY SHOPPING TO BENEFIT THE PIERCE PTO!
|SCHOOL CORNER >
MATH LEAGUE SEASON UNDERWAY
Math League Season is here! Practices are held as follows:
Mondays 7:20-7:55am - Problem Solving
Tuesdays 7:20-7:55am - Patterns
Wednesdays 7:20-7:55am - Geometry
Thursdays 7:20-7:55am - Bases
Fridays 7:20-7:55am - Operations
Wednesdays 2:30-3:10pm - Problem Solving (same as Monday)
Permission slips are due Friday, 12/21. If you need a slip, please ask a League coach during a morning practice session, or see Dave Carter (3C) or Tara Washburn (Math Center) by this Friday, 12/21. Our first Math League meet will be Thursday, 1/10/13. Details will be emailed to 5th and 6th Grade participants.
UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES AT PIERCE
In January 2013, all fourth-graders will begin attending the Understanding Disabilities Program. The program aims to raise the awareness of children and adults to the issues facing people with disabilities as they try to live in a world designed by and for able-bodied people.
This parent-run program comprises four sessions, 8:30-10:30am:
Friday 1/25/2013: Visual Impairments (contact Silvia Lee, email@example.com)
Wednesday 2/27/2013: Hearing Loss (contact Liz Erdman, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Thursday 3/7/2013: Physical Impairments (contact Rebecca Tolkoff, email@example.com)
Thursday 4/11/2013: Autism (contact Rachna Balakrishna, firstname.lastname@example.org)
Time commitment: two hours the morning of, plus possible pre-program training session
Understanding Disabilities cannot succeed without a number of parent volunteers; please consider participating in this rewarding, unique, and important experience. Although the sessions address fourth-graders, we welcome parents from ALL grades. It's more fun than field trips, AND we'll bake you homemade cookies - honest!
Interested in volunteering? Have questions? Please contact the parent volunteers listed above.
SAVE THE DATE: CALDECOTT NIGHT
Save the date for Pierce's inaugural Caldecott Night, for students and families in grades K-3. For a complete list of books up for this award go to
EXTENDED DAY SKATING PROGRAM - USED SKATES NEEDED
Pierce School Extended Day (PSED) offers a skating program for students in grades 1-5, and is in need of used children's skates (renting at the rink can be problematic). If you have skates you're no longer using, PSED will gladly accept them. PSED also welcomes donated adult skates for our teachers. Drop-off at the PSED office, 2nd floor, Pierce Historical Building. Thank you! ________________________________________
SPECIALIST'S CORNER >
Students in the visual arts classes create meaningful artwork based on their own lives and personal experiences. We have just completed a cycle of work designed around the beauty of fall in New England. The season is ripe with visual stimulus, allowing us to present challenges for students via observational drawing, painting, printmaking, and clay. Our art classes are full of the colors of New England, as students use all their senses to create beautiful and eloquent work that expresses their understanding of the world around them. Click here to read more.
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
POW #8: SEATING FOR DINNER
A rectangular table can seat 6 people with 2 on each long side, and 1 at each short end. For the holiday meal, the tables will be placed end to end, in a long row. How many tables, placed end to end, would you need to seat 17 people? Would all possible seats be filled? If not, how many more guests could fit? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. Answers due Tuesday, 1/8/13 by 8am. Visit the Problem of the Week page on the school website:
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs. 1/3/13, 6pm @ J.F. Walsh School Committee Room, Town Hall 5th Floor
Town Hall is at 333 Washington Street, Brookline. See here for the meeting docket.
WHAT ARE BROOKLINE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS UP TO?
Tuesday, 1/15/13, 7-8pm @ Devotion School Auditorium
The middle school years are full of exploration and experimentation, from identity development and social connections to substance use and sex. Join us for a presentation on key results and recommendations from the new Brookline Student Health Survey, followed by Q&A and reports on how school, community and parent initiatives are addressing some of these issues. Geared for 5th-8th grade parents, but all parents are welcome. To RSVP and for more information, please go to http://jan15parentprogram.eventbrite.com/.
"CHINA'S NEW LEADERSHIP, AND WHY IT MATTERS"
Thursday, 1/17/13, 6:45-9:00pm @ Robert J. Weintraub Atrium, Brookline High School
Please join the China Exchange Program for this presentation by Boston University Professor Joseph Fewsmith and Boston College Professor Robert Ross, who will discuss current leadership changes in China with a panel moderated by BHS' Dr. Gary Schiffman. The format is table seating, with light refreshments served. This event is free of charge, but space is limited and reservations are required. If you are interested in attending, please reserve at http://jan17chinexsymposium.eventbrite.com/.
FAMILY BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE NEEDS FIDDLE/CELLO/GUITAR PLAYERS!
Jam Session, Sunday 1/20/13
Join our ensemble of Brookline parents and students as we learn traditional old-time/ bluegrass/fiddle music. The second six-week session features foot-stomping songs led by two well-known, Boston bluegrass musicians - fiddle- and cello-playing sisters, both graduates of New England Conservatory. We welcome fiddle, cello, guitar, mandolin and banjo players of all ages. We performed at First Light, and plan to get up on stage again! Visit our website for more information and registration: https://www.sites.google.com/site/familyfolkjam/.
BROOKLINE RECREATION SPORTS-GEAR EXCHANGE
Saturday 1/26/13 @ Town Hall
Clear out your closets and get ready for the first town-wide, all-sports-gear exchange in 2013! Expanding on our cleat exchange from previous springs, we will now be collecting equipment for all youth sports during January. Donated gear will be available as part of Climate Week. Bring your hockey sticks, soccer cleats, football helmets, goalie pads, ice skates, baseball bats, etc.! No clothing, please. There will be no spring soccer cleat exchange; this will be the ONLY sports gear exchange for 2013. Watch for announcements with additional details in January.
BROOKLINE'S ANNUAL K.I.D.S. SUMMER CAMP FAIR!
Sunday, 1/27/13, 12-3pm @ Tappan Street Gym, 66 Tappan St., Brookline
K.I.D.S. 2013 Steps to Success' annual summer camp fair features over 60 camp booths showcasing summer opportunities for youth, including day & overnight camps; arts-, sports-, music-, and computer-focused camps; and academic enrichment programs. Email Jessica Hudon at email@example.com with questions.
BROOKLINE PASSPORT TO HEALTH AND FITNESS
For $10, Brookline residents 18+ can purchase a 10-class Passport to stay healthy and fit for the holidays and beyond. You'll get access to Brookline gyms and fitness centers, yoga/Pilates/ martial arts studios, and lots more. Participating partners as of 12/1 include Beacon Hill Athletic Club (Brookline Village location), Boston School of Boabom, The Body Center, Brookline Tai Chi, Commonwealth Sports Club, Inner Space, Karna Fitness, Koko Fit, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care, and Roni Brissette Yoga, with more to come. For further information or to purchase a passport, call 617-730-2069 or visit www.brooklinerec.com.
DanceFIT Studio, Brookline's leading ballet & fitness studio, is accepting new students (18 months to 12 yrs) for our winter ballet program beginning 1/3/13. Our "studio in the church" is a comfortable and nurturing learning environment that teaches the art of ballet - the perfect start for every young dancer. We also offer children's birthday parties, Kids' Dance Nights, and an award-winning adult fitness program. Learn More: www.dancefitstudio.com or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Classes held at Church Of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street.
CATERING SERVICE BY PIERCE SCHOOL AND BHS GRADUATES
While we're home for the holidays, we've decided to use our culinary passion and experience to cater home events. We have created a menu with options suitable for any party. We prepare whole meals, or deliver a few dishes to complement your event. Menu:
Contact us at: SaraSethCatering@gmail.com or (617) 538-1416.
MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS) CONTROL
Is your child's nearsightedness worsening each year? Do you know there are ways to prevent myopia progression? The earlier (younger) you start, the better chance for success. Make an appointment today. For more information, please visit www.optimumvisioncare.com or contact us at (617) 903-3538 or email@example.com.________________________________________
KOLTUN BALLET ACADEMY
Pre-professional ballet training in an inspirational environment for young people ages 6-19. We aim to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical technique, and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. We offer a hands-on approach, individual attention, and dedication to our students. For more information, please visit www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call (617) 901-3792.
Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high-quality musical foundation with a patient, caring teacher. Gloria Jasinski, phone: (617) 566-9704, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
phone: (617) 730-2580