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01.16.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >Principal

 

DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. DAY
This Friday, Pierce celebrates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. with two assemblies for students. In our K-4 assembly at 9 a.m., students will sing songs most often heard and associated with the Civil Rights movement. I will read Angela Johnson's book, "A Sweet Smell of Roses." The story is described in the book flap this way: 

 

There's a sweet, sweet smell in the air as two young girls who sneak out of their house, down their street and across town to where men and women are gathered, ready to march for freedom and justice. Inspired by countless young people who took a stand against the forces of injustice, two Coretta Scott King Honorees, Angela Johnson and Eric Velasquez, offer a stirring yet jubilant glimpse of the youth involvement that played an invaluable role in the Civil Rights movement.

 

In our 5-8 assembly at 10 a.m., David Medzorian, owner of Daval Video Productions in Arlington, will show one of his films depicting highlights from the Civil Rights movement (see summary below). Mr. Medzorian has been shooting and producing television for forty years. He began his career in television and film as a news anchor and cameraman in both Bangor and Portland, Maine before moving to Manchester, New Hampshire, where he was on the air from Cape Canaveral at the moment the Space Shuttle Challenger exploded shortly after its launch. He has covered ten presidential campaigns (1976-2012) and interviewed five U.S. Presidents, although they were not all president at the time. Mr. Medzorian started his own production company in 1990 and both shoots and produces everything from television commercials and professional sports, to concerts, plays and business events. In 2010, Mr. Medzorian won a national first place award for his film on how television and radio covered the death of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Students will have a question and answer period with Mr. Medzorian after viewing the film.

 

They Marched for Jobs and Freedom. The documentary, narrated by filmmaker David Medzorian, focuses on the 1963 March on Washington and the reasons for it. It begins with a brief overview of the precious 3 years...including the 1960 lunch counter sit-ins, the 1961 Freedom Rides...and the attempts to bringing a civil rights bill before Congress. There is no motion picture footage of any violence such as fire hoses and police dogs being used against demonstrators. Footage of the actual day (August 28, 1963) includes musical performances (excerpts) by Peter, Paul and Mary, Joan Baez, Bob Dylan, Mahalia Jackson, and Marion Anderson. Remarks include excerpts from speeches made by a young John Lewis (now a congressman), March organizer A. Philip Randolph, and of course, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

 

We look forward to these assemblies each year. Brookline Access Television (BATV) will have a live feed from the Auditorium for those parents who would like to be in the cafeteria during the assemblies.  

Thank you,
Pipier Smith-Mumford, Principal
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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
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6TH-GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
NEW DATE: Wednesday, 1/23, 7pm @ Pierce School Library

Please come to the first meeting of this year's 6th-Grade Parent Exchange! We'll discuss striking a balance between setting boundaries and encouraging independence in our preadolescent children. For those who attended the Principal's Forum in November (see Dr. Smith-Mumford's summary here), this discussion will provide useful followup. Contact Sarah Bishins (sarah.bishins@verizon.netor Jennie Roffman (jroffman@rcn.com) with questions. 

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ANNUAL MARCH MADNESS - VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED

Chase away the winter blahs with a weeknight of sports, games, and fitness activities for the whole family. However, the event cannot be held until we identify a coordinator. Interested? Please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com
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THANK YOU FROM THE PTO...

... to parents and community members who have contributed to the Pierce PTO. The Pierce Arts Council uses a portion of these funds to bring to the school a variety of year-round, age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances (e.g. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day assemblies, above). These performances complement learning in the classroom and expose students in all grades to dance, theater, puppetry, music, storytelling, poetry, and more. They provide a creative and fun way for students to engage in and learn about arts, science, history, and literature, as well as spark conversation around important issues and ideas.

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
  

CONGRATULATIONS TO PIERCE MATH LEAGUE!

Congratulations to all students on the Pierce Math League team - you made us proud! In last Thursday's meet, the Pierce team won a first-place trophy in the category of Patterns, and came in second place in Problem Solving. Stop by the Pit to see the trophy this month, before it goes on display in Pierce's display cabinet. 

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8TH GRADE SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTS' NIGHT AT BHS

TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/17, 6:30-8pm @ BHS Auditorium

For parents of 8th Graders with an IEP or 504 Plan. Contact Wendy MacMillan with questions at wmacmillan1117@gmail.com.

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PIERCE ANNUAL FAMILY MATH GAME AFTERNOON FOR 1ST & 2ND GRADERS

Wednesday, 1/23, 4-5:30pm @ Pierce School Auditorium

Contact Tara Washburn at tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions. Visit the Math Enrichment page on the school website here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/math-enrichment.html.

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5TH-6TH GRADE WILLY WONKA JR. REHEARSALS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

Parent volunteers needed for after-school rehearsals: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, through 3/12 (shows run Thursday, 3/14 - Saturday, 3/16). Sign up for one day a week, 2:30 to 4:30 time slots at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPMwkWjJrI1dHVOVE13MTVLMTZSNTZZOHdURTU2aUE. For questions, please contact Sarah Bishins: sarah.Bishins@verizon.net; Deborah Heffan: Heffan@verizon.net; or Kate Risse: Katherine.risse@tufts.edu.

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UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES AT PIERCE - VOLUNTEERS URGENTLY NEEDED

This month, all 4th 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: Visual Impairments (contact Silvia Lee, silviawlee@gmail.com)

Wednesday 2/27: Hearing Loss (contact Liz Erdman, lizabethe505@yahoo.com)

Thursday 3/7: Physical Impairments (contact Rebecca Tolkoff, rtolkoff@gmail.com)

Thursday 4/11: Autism (contact Rachna Balakrishna, rachnadhanda@verizon.net)

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 4th 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. 

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FIRST ANNUAL CALDECOTT NIGHT
Thursday, 1/31, 5-7pm @ Pierce School Library

Each year, the American Library Association nominates and awards the prestigious Caldecott medal to the best picture book of the year. As part of our library program, Pierce students in grades K-3 will be learning about the evaluation process and reviewing and analyzing the top contenders. Students, teachers, and families are encouraged to read as many of our "Caldecott Contenders" as possible before the event. See the list here:

 

On Caldecott Night, students and families in grades K-3 are invited to take one last look at the "Caldecott Contenders" and place their vote. Students unable to attend may vote at school the following day. We look forward to seeing you at our Pierce Caldecott Night! Happy Reading!!! Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/library.html, then click on monthly announcements.

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NOTES FROM MEETING WITH SUPERINTENDENT LUPINI 

At the recent meeting, the superintendent provided updates on the FY2013 budget deficit, enrollment growth, state aid expectations, and school program improvements. Check the Pierce school website for details.

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NURSE NOTES FOR JANUARY 
Please visit the Health Services page on the school website for information about 
scoliosis screening (beginning this month), talking to children about loss and grief, keeping your children home from school, and more: 
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PHYSICAL EDUCATION

Learn how basketball is helping students increase spatial awareness, hone eye-hand coordination, and develop skills in dribbling, passing, and shooting. Visit the Physical Education page on the school website here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/physical-education.html.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #9: RECTANGLES

Answers due Tuesday, 1/22, by 8am

Determine the maximum number of rectangles in the figure. Hint: Check the definition of a rectangle. Visit the POW page on the school website: 

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html.

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER 

  

IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO PROTECT AGAINST THE FLU
Appointments are available for the 2013 Brookline Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Open to all adults, seniors, and children 6 months or older. Please call Barbara Westley, Public Health Nurse, at 617-730-2320 to make an appointment.
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BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/17, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Fl. Town Hall, 333 Washington St.
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PARENT WORKSHOP ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/17, 7pm @ Driscoll School Theater 

Learn about Executive Functioning strategies to help your child succeed in school. Executive Functioning encompasses skills related to organization, planning, and reasoning. Dan Levine, founder of Engaging Minds, an after-school learning center in Newton, will lead an informative workshop. Any questions, contact staceybatista@gmail.com.

 

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WHY CHINA'S NEW LEADERSHIP MATTERS
TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/17, 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 interested, please reserve at http://jan17chinexsymposium.eventbrite.com/ 

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BROOKLINE COMMUNITY FOUNDATION YOUTH FUND - NEW PROPOSAL DEADLINE 
Wednesday, 1/23
This new early submission deadline will enable better preparation and planning of critical summer youth programming. Funding decisions will be communicated to all applicants by March 15. The RFP and all guidelines and application materials can be found here:
http://brooklinecommunity.org/grants/apply.

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PLAY IT FORWARD: ALL-SPORTS GEAR EXCHANGE
Through Wednesday, 1/23
In cooperation with the Climate Action Week Initiatives, Brookline Recreation is collecting gently used sports gear at the following Donation Depots: Soule Early Childhood Center, Tappan Gym, Kirrane Aquatics Center, and Eliot Recreation Center. All donations are tax deductible.

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BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK 2013 
"Choose It! Steps to A Greener Future: Food, Transportation & Home Energy"

Saturday, 1/26 - Sunday, 2/3

Climate Action Brookline is pleased to present our third annual Brookline Climate Week, produced in collaboration with dozens of partners, sponsors, and volunteers, and featuring lots of events for families and children to enjoy. 

 

Climate Week will feature indoor and outdoor displays along a designated Harvard Street Walking Tour, running from 1/10 and continuing beyond Climate Week. Brookline Public School students assisted in creating four displays. Highlights include Be A-MAZEd, a 70' x 40' outdoor installation between Town Hall and the Main Library, and the Farm2Table2Farm cyclorama at the Main Library's Hunneman Hall. Other sites include the Walgreen's storefront and the Brookline Town Hall Selectmen's Hearing Room.

 

For a complete Brookline Reads/Climate Week schedule and downloadable map, visit www.brooklineclimateweek.orgwww.climateactionbrookline.org, or www.brooklinelibrary.org. Contact info@climateactionbrookline.org with questions.

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CLIMATE WEEK KICK-OFF!

Saturday, 1/26, 10am-2pm @ Brookline Town Hall

Visit Brookline's first-of-its-kind 3R Depot: Reduce, Reuse, Recycle Extravaganza. The Depot will feature eleven stations, including a Youth Sports Equipment Exchange (see below), Youth Formalwear Collection/Swap (see below), and drop-offs for Youth Clothing, Styrofoam, and Building Materials. Want to learn how to green your life? Four separate 45-minute information sessions and home energy/transportation stations will show you how.  
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WEAR IT FORWARD: FORMALWEAR EXCHANGE & COLLECTION 
Saturday, 1/26, 10am-2pm, Brookline Town Hall

As part of Climate Week, the Brookline Commission for Women will host a youth formalwear collection and exchange. Bring your outgrown or underused toddler-to-teen formalwear to donate, or to swap for a new size. Leftover clothing will go to Eastern Service Workers, supporting families in Brookline and Greater Boston. Suggested items: prom gowns, wedding attire, special occasion dresses, suits, and dress shoes. Wear it Forward will run alongside the Sports Gear Exchange and Styrofoam Collection at the Climate Change Brookline's 3R Depot Station. For more information, please email BCW@brooklinema.gov.

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NEED SPORTS GEAR?
Saturday, 1/26 @ Brookline Town Hall
Buy used sports gear at a reasonable price. Visit www.brooklinerec.com for more information, or call Elizabeth at 617-730-2082.
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FAMILY BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE NEEDS FIDDLE/CELLO/GUITAR PLAYERS!

Jam Session, Sunday 1/27  

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 violin-, cello-, guitar-, mandolin- and banjo-players of all ages. We performed at First Light, and plan to get on stage again! Visit our website for more information and registrationhttps://www.sites.google.com/site/familyfolkjam/.

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BROOKLINE'S ANNUAL K.I.D.S. SUMMER CAMP FAIR 

Sunday, 1/27, 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 kidsfaircoordinator@gmail.com with questions.

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CLIMATE WEEK SPECIAL EVENT: MEET KRISTIN KIMBALL

Thursday, 1/31, 7-9pm @ Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library

This year, the Trustees of The Public Library of Brookline invited Climate Action Brookline to partner and coproduce "Brookline Reads, a Community Reads Together." Please join our community in reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball, which chronicles Kristin and husband Mark's visionary plan to grow all the food a local community might need. Then, meet the author!

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BAAFN LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday, 2/2, 3:30-5:30pm @ Korean Church, 32 Harvard St., Brookline

The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) invites you to its Lunar New Year celebration! For information or to RSVP, email chichiwu@hotmail.com. Check out BAAFN at http://www.brooklineasianamericanfamilynet.weebly.com/ or www.facebook.com/groups/baafn.

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BHS MUSICAL: THE PAJAMA GAME

Wednesday, 2/6 - Saturday, 2/9 @ BHS, Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium

***Admission: $7 for students, $10 for adults; 8th Graders Free!***

The dangers of workplace romance are explored in this romantic comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between the new superintendent Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Showtimes: February 6 @ 3:30pm; February 7-9 @ 7:30pm

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13th ANNUAL DEVOTION SCIENCE FAIR

Saturday, 3/9 (must register by Friday, 2/22)

Information and the registration form are here:  www.devotionschool.org/curiosity. Visit 

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BROOKLINE YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION 

Brookline Youth Lacrosse is holding registrations for the Spring 2013 season. All new and returning boys/girls from 1st-8th grade are welcome! No prior experience required, no tryouts, and everyone gets equal playing time. For more information, please visit www.brooklineyouthlacrosse.org or contact boys' director Will Goldthwait (William.Goldthwait@rbs.com) or girls' director George Vien (georgevien@gmail.com). To register, call the Rec Dept at 617-730-2069.

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REWARD FOR HELPING PIERCE FAMILY GET THEIR BELOVED CAT LUCY HOME!
The Hitchcock-Smith family (Ginnie, Kathy, Pierce alums Katie and John, and current 4th grader Meg) need help getting Lucy back home. We are offering a reward of $250 for help identifying the woman who has our cat. We will also give the woman who has Lucy a reward of $250 for rescuing Lucy and keeping her safe. 

 

Please visit our Facebook page to see photos of Lucy, the woman, her car, and more at http://www.facebook.com/bringlucyhometous?fref=ts. Please call 617-953-1968, respond to our Facebook page, or email us at bringlucyhome@gmail.com.

 

Thank you so much for your help!!!
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AAU BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS

Saturday, 2/2 @ Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

5/6 graders: 3:00-4:30pm. 7/8 graders: 5:00-6:30pm. Please bring a basketball & copy of birth certificate. $25 fee for pre-registrants, or $30 at door. For information and registration form, please contact Rudy Crichlow, Jr., 617-406-8304 or rudy@masscommanders.com.

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SPEECH & LANGUAGE THERAPY
Brookline Speech & Language Therapy is a private speech-language pathology practice that provides speech, language, and literacy services for children and adolescents. We are currently accepting new clients for evaluations and/or therapy. Please reference our website for further information, www.brooklinespeech.com, or contact us at zarah@brooklinespeech.com.
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FEET OF CLAY - CLASSES FOR KIDS
 
Wheelthrowing and Handbuilding for Kids (ages 10-15). Eight sessions, January 7 - March 4 (no class Feb. 18), Thursdays 4-6pm. Instructor: Elizabeth Fieldsteel. Cost: $200. Call and reserve your space 617-731-3262, or sign up on www.feetofclaypottery.com. ________________________________________
 

ART WITH AMY

Make art in the new year! Artist Amy Solomon offers fun and creative after-school art classes and half-day workshops in her home on Brook Street. Pick up available at Pierce. Lots of painting, drawing, and building. For more details on programming, check out www.artwithamy.com or email solomonamy@yahoo.com.

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