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10.24.2012

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >PRINCIPALCORNER  

 

FAMILIES OF 6th, 7th, & 8th GRADERS:

SAVE THE DATE:  Thursday, 11/8, 7pm @ Pierce Library

Please join us for a presentation from Dr. Leah Somerville, Harvard researcher on adolescence and brain development (see below). This Principal's Forum is sponsored by the School Council as part of our School Improvement Plan (SIP) goal for middle-school grades, and by the Pierce 6-7-8 Design Team's focus on innovation in the middle-school grades. This event is part of our ongoing effort to implement and improve on best practices for our middle schoolers. Hope you can join us!

 

Adolescent Brain: Under Construction

During adolescence, dramatic changes take place not only in the body, but also in the brain. Cutting-edge scientific research is just beginning to illuminate how brain development relates to common changes in the way adolescents think, act, and feel. This presentation by Harvard University researcher Dr. Leah Somerville will showcase exciting new advances in our understanding of adolescent brain development and its relationship with adolescent emotions and decision-making. We will also discuss ways this research can enhance  adolescents' everyday lives and well-being.
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PTO CORNER >PTOCORNER
 
 
THE PTO & THE BROOKLINE FOOD PANTRY PRESENT: FOOD ON WHEELS! 

Donate at Main & Historical Building entrances now through Friday, 10/26; Parade on Sunday, 10/28

There's still time! Please donate non-perishable foods such as canned tuna, canned fruits, and personal care items (shampoo, toothpaste, etc.). On 10/28 at 1pm, Pierce families will walk from Pierce to the Brookline Food Pantry to hand-deliver our collective donation. Please bring wagons, backpacks, shopping carts, etc., to help with delivery. Refreshments provided at the Pantry, and a group playdate at Pierce park after that! Questions? Contact Marissa Heller-Treistman 

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SIP, SHOP, AND SUPPORT PIERCE PTO 
Friday, 11/9, 6-8pm @ ReDress Boston, 395 Washington St. 
ReDress Boston will host an event with special deals, a door prize, and the opportunity to enjoy a drink and shop with your fellow Pierce supporters. Donate your consignment-worthy clothes starting on 10/23, up until and at the event, and ReDress Boston will donate half the sales proceeds to the Pierce PTO. For more information, please contact Kha Dickerman 
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PTO SEEKS COMMUNICATIONS EXPERTS

The PTO is seeking a few volunteers with marketing or communications expertise to review written materials and advise on communications strategy. It will take a few hours a month with one or two group meetings this fall. Interested? Curious? Email us at pierce.pto@gmail.com or use this link. Thanks! 

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ELECTRONIC DIRECTORY UPDATE

Keep those registrations coming! Many classes are almost at full participation. As a reminder, the first two classes to reach 100% registration will receive a gift card to the Brookline Booksmith for their classrooms! It's quick and easy, and detailed instructions are available here!

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
 
 
MATH LEAGUE!  
Pre-season begins Wednesday, 11/7
For students interested in participating in pre-season Math League and/or joining the Math League, and for parents interested in coaching Math League, please click here for details. Questions? Please contact Tara Washburn or Ira Heffan.
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AFTER-SCHOOL MATH TUTORING PROGRAM

Enrollment forms available at the office
Over 50 math tutors from Brookline High School are available to tutor our students in grades 3-6, on Wednesday afternoons from 4-5pm. Contact Jeanne Wilson with questions.
 
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MOCK PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION, Monday, 11/5

Pierce School will hold a Mock Presidential Election on Monday, 11/5. We hope to raise awareness of the democratic process, underscore the importance of voting, and highlight some of the rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship. Results will be announced at the end of the day and later in The Bridge. In preparation for the national event, many teachers are discussing the election in the classroom.
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 
POW #3 ("FAVORITE NUMBER") SOLUTION
Congratulations to the 131 Pierce mathematicians who submitted solutions to the "Favorite Number" Problem of the Week! The correct answer: 

Fran's favorite number = 7;

Allie's favorite number = 18;

Brad's favorite number = 12; and

Gus's favorite number = 10.  

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POW #4: "TOO MUCH HALLOWEEN CANDY"

Three children got on the scale at the same time. Together, they weighed 181 pounds. When one child stepped off, the scale reading dropped to 119 pounds. Another child got off, and the number fell to 74 pounds. When the last child got off, the scale returned to zero.

"I weigh the least, because I am the smallest," said Sophie.

"I weigh the most because I am the biggest," said Morgan.

"I must have eaten too much Halloween candy," said Danny.

 

How much does Sophie weigh?

 

Show your work using pictures, numbers, or symbols. Answers due Wednesday, 10/31 at 8am.

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >SPECIALISTCORNER  

 

VISUAL ARTS K-8

The visual arts classes are designed to engage students in rich tasks that sharpen thinking, hone skills, and develop artistry through deliberate practice. Each experience develops students' abilities to create images that convey individual ideas, feelings, and understanding of the world. Visual Arts instructors help students organize their approach and execution. Click here for a brief snapshot of Visual Arts Studio Structure. Contact Alicia Mitchell with questions. 
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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER 
For complete community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  

  

 

CANCELED: School Committee meeting canceled on Thursday, 10/25.

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TEDxBeaconStreet - FREE TALKS & PERFORMANCES!

Saturday, 11/17 and Sunday, 11/18 @ Lincoln School

Free series of talks and music performances spanning many sectors, passions, and topics, organized by Brookline families. Space is limited; apply online to attend.

Please visit www.tedxbeaconstreet.com or call John Werner 617-474-2400.

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BROOKLINE CUB SCOUTS - PACK 6 UPCOMING EVENTS

Events coming up in October and November. Click here for more information, or contact Matt Amory
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RAISING HAPPY & MORAL CHILDREN - A "LUNCH & LEARN" EVENT

Thursday, 11/8, 11:30am-1:30pm @ Boston Children's Museum

Dr. Rick Weissbourd, child and family psychologist on the faculty of Harvard's Kennedy School of Government and School of Education, will speak on the topic of Raising Happy and Moral Children. Please register here: http://community.bostonchildrensmuseum.org/LunchandLearn

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UPCOMING PERFORMANCES AT BROOKLINE HIGH SCHOOL
... including Shakespeare's As You Like It, Camerata Choir & BHS Orchestra, and Faculty/Staff Variety Show! Click here for more information.  
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BROOKLINE YOUTH LACROSSE - FREE FALL CLINICS 
Free clinics for new and returning players, Sundays in November at Downes Field.
For details, visit www.brooklineyouthlacrosse.org or contact Will Goldthwait or George Vien
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CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON
Tickets $10 - Now Available!
World-class performances presented by Celebrity Series of Boston, just $10 per ticket through the "Take Your Seat" program! Ticket quantities are limited, so place your order soon. More information and order form available at  pierceschoolbrookline.org, or contact Mara Littman.
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B-PEN COFFEE AND CONVERSATION BREAKFAST
Thursday, 10/25, 8-10am @ Brookline High School, Martin Luther King Room

"The New Brookline Student Health Survey - What it Tells Us, and Where We Should Go from Here." To RSVP, go to http://bpen.eventbrite.com. For more information, please contact Mary Minott.

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8TH ANNUAL DRESS FOR SUCCESS CLOTHING DRIVE

Friday, 11/2 & Saturday, 11/3

The Brookline Commission for Women will hold its 8th Annual Dress for Success Winter Coat & Clothing Drive on Friday, 11/2 (11am-7pm) and Saturday, 11/3 (8-11am) at the Brookline Public Safety Headquarters, Community Room, 350 Washington Street, Brookline. Questions? Please contact BCW@brooklinema.gov  

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BROOKLINE WARRIORS BASKETBALL YOUTH SKILLS CLINIC
Wednesdays, 10/24 & 11/7 @ Brookline High School, Schluntz Gym
Open to 9- to 14-year-olds. Times: 7-8:30pm.
Questions? Contact Dave Ford at dave_ford@brookline.k12.ma.us or visit
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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     


GIRLS' YOGA AT BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB  

Fridays 2:30-3:30pm @ Benefitness, 62 Harvard St. (next to Pierce)

Ages 9-11 (this is flexible give or take a year). $10 per class, minimum 5-consecutive-week commitment required. Taught by Laura Newbold, Yoga Instructor and Certified Personal Trainer. Open to all levels. Check or cash only. Checks should be made out directly to teacher (Laura Newbold). Any questions, please contact Laura at lauranewbold8@hotmail.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 about our Academy please visit us at www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.

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READING, WRITING AND MATH TUTORING
I am a first grade teacher with a Master's degree in Elementary Education. I worked in Newton for three years and have extensive experience as a tutor. I have worked at Pierce and am familiar with the curriculum, teachers, and community. I will work with your child to improve his/her skills in reading, phonics, writing, or math. References available upon request. Please contact Olivia at ohewett@gmail.com
for more information.
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CHILDCARE AVAILABLE
Experience: volunteering at an orphanage in Cape Town, South Africa; volunteering at an orphanage in Lesotho, Southern Africa; au pair in Yorkshire, England, caring for four children under six years old. References and resume upon request. Dominique Sinagra, Dominiques12@aol.com
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PIANO INSTRUCTION
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: piano566@comcast.net
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