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04.03.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

 

Dear families,

We've just completed the first round of MCAS testing despite lots of illnesses and make up testing. Kudos to our students who worked hard and were great examples of respecting the need to keep noise at a minimum for most mornings these last few weeks. Our teachers also did a great job in restructuring the learning environment so as to support the best testing conditions for our students.

 

We have a break of a few weeks and then we resume testing for Math MCAS the second week of May.  The 3rd-8th grade families will receive a reminder of the specific days for each grade's test dates in the coming weeks.

 

Thank you families for supporting your children during the testing period.

 

Happy spring!

Pipier Smith-Mumford, Principal

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PTO CORNER
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PUBLIC HEARING: BSPACE PLANNING PROCESS
Monday, 4/8, 6:30-8:30pm @ Town Hall 
Please attend the first of the public hearings on the BSPACE planning process. Your input is critical to this process, as there are a number of proposals being considered to alleviate the space crunch at our schools. You can read more about it on in the FAQ document available here: http://www.brooklinema.gov/index.php?option=com_docman&Itemid=1744

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NOTE: NO PRINCIPAL'S FORUM 4/10

There will not be a Principal's Forum on Wednesday, 4/10 (as originally published in the school calendar).

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TEAMWORK TRIVIA NIGHT - TICKETS NOW ON SALE 

Saturday, 4/27, 7-11pm @ Pierce Cafeteria

Join us for a night of trivia, food and drink, and a chance to win some great auction prizes! These include:

- A "Buggy" afternoon with the first-grade teachers for 30 students!

- Music lessons with Ms. Manion!

- Red Sox / Yankees tickets

- Tennis at the Longwood Cricket Club

- And much, much more!

Tickets now on sale at pierceschoolbrookline.org ($25 in advance, $30 at the door). Trivia teams are comprised of six people - register as an individual, couple, or as a whole team. You can register and buy tickets individually but still indicate your teammates on the sign-up form. Questions? 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.

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
 
3-5 FAMILY MATH GAMES CANCELLED 

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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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. Contact epierce@brookline.k12.ma.us w/ questions.

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PIERCE READS!
Participation Forms due Monday 4/8 

Our eighteenth Annual Pierce Reads is scheduled for Thursday, 4/25 at 7pm. Pierce Reads is our book discussion evening for students in grades 4-8 and their families. The evening includes meeting in small groups for informal discussions of this year's selected titles:

 

Grade 4 - The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key

Grades 5 & 6 - Inside Out & Back Again by Thanhha Lai

Grades 7 & 8 - Ask Me No Questions by Marina Budhos

 

To join us, please fill out the form found at http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-reads-2013.html and return it to your child's homeroom or ELA teacher by Monday, 4/8. When we receive your completed form, we will send a copy of the book home with your child. We look forward to an enjoyable evening! Please call the Pierce Library with questions: 617-730-2586.

 

Happy Reading!

Amanda Kretschmar, Pierce Librarian, Amanda_Kretschmar@brookline.k12.ma.us

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CURBSIDE BOOK DROP-OFF 
Wednesday, 4/10, 7:40-8:15am @ 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 donations in bins located near the main office or in the historical building.
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BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION BREAKFAST

Wednesday, 4/10, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Sponsored by the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF), this breakfast is an opportunity for 6-8 parents to learn how Habits of Mind is used in the classroom, and for K-5 parents to hear about what is to come. Habits of Mind is a BEF-funded grant benefiting Pierce math & science teachers, grades 6-8, who use the grant to explore how to teach and reinforce essential 21st- century thinking skills ("habits of mind") with students.

 

Discover how our teachers at Pierce benefit from the contributions of the BEF. The BEF is a nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving Brookline's commitment to excellence in public education. The BEF raises private funds to support innovative teaching, administrative leadership, professional development, and community participation in the schools. Visit http://brooklinefoundation.org.

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BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPERBER AWARD: CALL FOR NOMINATIONS

Due Monday, 4/15  

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.

For more information, please visit brooklineeducation.org/grants-awards/awards/sperber.
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RESCHEDULED! - ATHLETIC NIGHT

Tuesday, 4/23, 7pm @ BHS

Note the new date for Athletic Night at BHS! Contact Kim Manasevit with questions kim_manasevit@brookline.k12.ma.us 

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EARLY RELEASE ACTIVITY SIGN-UP 
...Is now on the PSED website at www.psedbrookline.org. 
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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECCORNER
 
ART

Happy Spring! The last of the handmade paper pulp orbs made by the 6th grade were planted in the amphitheater. This was a huge environmental project that included all 6th-grade classes and all three art teachers (Mrs. Mitchell, Ms. Allain, Mr. Rae and student teacher Ms. Berman.) Students created the pulp by shredding recycled paper and colored paper, soaking the paper, and grinding it in blenders. Then students created 2 spheres with the pulp. When the spheres were dry, a spring quote was tucked inside and the two halves were glued together. 

 

The idea was to plant these orbs in the amphitheater and have them interact with the elements. As the pulp breaks down the spring quotes would land on the ground and be visible to the viewer. Over time the paper would then melt into the garden as the plants returned to life. Stop by the amphitheater this week and take a look before they disappear. Visit the Art page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/visual-arts.html.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #14: WILLY WONKA

Answers due Tuesday, 4/9

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. 

 

Visit the POW page on the school website:

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   

    

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, contact info@artbarn.org, or call Matthew Kossack at 617-975-0050.

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SING AND DANCE with VANESSA TRIEN & PHILIP ALEXANDER!

Sunday, 4/7, 10:30am @ Temple Ohabei Shalom, 1187 Beacon Street

Come dance and sing at the sixth annual Family Concert starring sensational children's musicians Vanessa Trien (Vanessa Trien and the Jumping Monkeys) and Philip Alexander (Philip Alexander and the Family Band), partnered at this fantastic performance for children of all ages. Both Vanessa and Phillip perform at shows throughout New England, and teach educational music programs for children. Vanessa and Philip and the band will give us a shoe-stomping, hand-clapping show that is sure to be a rollicking good time for everyone. Bring your family and friends and join us for a morning of quality family fun!

 

Tickets $10 adults, $8 kids, and FREE for babies 0-12 months! Purchase tickets through this link to our event page, or by cash or check the day of the show.

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GOLF AND AUTHOR EVENTS AT MAIN LIBRARY
Sunday, 4/7, 8:30-10:30am: 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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GIRL SCOUTS IN THE SPRING

Girl Scouts is hosting Family Information Nights. Attend any of these events to find out more about Girl Scouting in Brookline!

Monday, 4/8 at 6:30pm - Devotion cafeteria

Tuesday, 4/9 at 6:30pm - Lincoln cafeteria

Thursday, 4/11 at 6:30pm - Lawrence cafeteria

Monday, 4/22 at 6:30pm - Driscoll library

Tuesday, 4/23 at 6:30pm - Baker library

Contact Kali Small at ksmall@girlscoutseasternmass.org or 781-373-4202 with questions. To learn more about the Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts, visit
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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 address 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. A Q&A period will follow the panel. For more information, email BCW@brooklinema.gov or call 617-730-2734. 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 on 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, indlucing Paper Sculpture, The Superhero Project, Clayworks, and more! For more information on classes and registration, check out our website www.brooklineartscenter.com.

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GIRLS SOFTBALL

Girls Softball (through the Rec Department www.brooklinerec.com) is currently open for registration and seeking additional players. The season starts in a few weeks, with practices on Wednesdays, late afternoons, and a game on Sunday afternoons. All girls welcomeexperienced players and new learners. Parent volunteers welcome too.
Please register soon. Contact Jon Lewitus at the rec department with questions:
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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

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

Family of three, longtime friends of Pierce family, seeks house/apartment to rent, housesit 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. Write to roger_magazine@yahoo.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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NEW! ART WITH AMY - LOFT SPACE IN BENEFITNESS BUILDING NEXT TO PIERCE

Lots of painting, drawing, building and more throughout April vacation, half days, after school and summer. This is also a *great* space for birthday parties! Pick-up is available at the school. For more info check out www.artwithamy.com or call 617-566-2667.

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RENTAL HOME SOUGHT IN PIERCE OR DEVOTION DISTRICT 
Family from Pisa, Italy with two seventh-grade children whose parents will be teaching at Boston University fall semester, 2013, is looking for a home to rent in the Pierce or Devotion School District from late summer to the end of December. Email Alessandra at fussi@fls.unipi.it
with questions or if you know of a place. Thanks.
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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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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.

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

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