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05.15.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
 

KUDOS TO PIERCE TEACHERS!

Please join me in congratulating Pierce teachers on their successful Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) grants. In addition to her grant, Melissa London will also receive the Adam Russell Gelfand Fellowship Award from the BEF this afternoon at the Celebrating Teachers program. The Gelfand award is an additional fund that is added to Melissa's grant for her Tanzania trip this summer! Also, please congratulate Chris Smith and Kate Coleman Gallahue on their grant awards. A big thank you to the BEF!

 

Melissa London, Pierce School, 6th grade science: $1,800

London will travel to Tanzania to interview several experts about how various communities and biological ecosystems in the region have been impacted by global climate change. (Also awarded the Adam Russell Gelfand Fellowship Award.*)

 

Purpose: To learn more about issues related to climate change, such as warming oceans, sea-level rise, and ocean acidification, and to incorporate this knowledge into Pierce's interdisciplinary unit on global climate change.

 

Chris Smith, Pierce School, 6th grade ELA & World Geography: $2,500

Smith will explore Peru, studying its history and geography by visiting schools, working with artisans, learning from archaeologists, and visiting Lima, the ancient Inca city of Cusco, and Machu Picchu. 

 

Purpose: To help create a unit on South America for all of Brookline's sixth-grade classrooms, utilizing new knowledge, photos, and artifacts from Peru, and also to incorporate this learning into Pierce's interdisciplinary unit on global climate change.

 

Kathryn Coleman Gallahue, Pierce School Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC): $2,325

Gallahue will become certified in the Level 1 Wilson Reading Program, a multi-sensory program proven to be effective for students with language-based learning disabilities.

 

Purpose: To provide a systematic, language-based reading program for those students who have not learned to read using traditional general education reading methods, especially those CLC students who require intensive, explicit language/reading instruction.

 

2014 American Occupational Therapy Association Conference: $3,430

Pierce: Erin McQuaid (OT); and Lincoln: Mary Ann Biele (OT).

These two occupational therapists (OT) will attend their annual professional conference to learn about new ideas in this field. This grant will enrich the professional learning of all Brookline OTs and the services of all Brookline students who receive OT services.

 

Application of Brain Research to Classroom Practice: $4,215

Pierce: Jess Colby, Pre-K; Heath: Min-Jen Wu Taylor (Pre K), Chari Dalsheim (Gr. 2); Lynch Center: Melissa Lyons (Pre K); Runkle: Tanya Paris (K); BEEP: Latrisha Szoke (Speech Pathologist), Dr. Regina Watts (Psychologist), Vicki Milstein (Principal)

Eight Early Childhood educators will attend the acclaimed Learning and the Brain Conference. They will learn how the brain works and impacts school success and will maximize learning in their classrooms through effective strategies developed from brain research. They also will create a newsletter on conference topics to share with all Brookline educators

 

*Adam Russell Gelfand Fellowship

The Adam Russell Gelfand Fellowship is a specially named annual teacher grant program administered by the BEF. Funding for the program was provided with the generous support of the Gelfand's friends and family and the Adam Russell Gelfand Family Trust. Recipients are BEF Teacher Grant applicants whose grant proposal most closely represents the goals of the Gelfand Fellow Program.

 

Goals:

- To commemorate the life of Adam Russell Gelfand and his love of education and to create a lasting tribute to his memory

- To honor an outstanding Brookline Public School teacher each year

- To provide the financial resources to support the professional development of each Gelfand fellow through a grant, such grant to be used for continuing education/training, travel, curriculum development/enrichment, or other similar pursuit

- To recognize the importance of geography, mathematics, and poetry as part of the elementary curriculum in the Brookline Public Schools and to encourage innovation in their teaching

- To acknowledge the unique relationship that can exist between teachers and their students 

 
I'm also pleased to share that the following Pierce science teachers received a collaborative grant from the BEF: Tracy Bare (Gr. 8), Amy Hintzman (Gr. 7/8), and Melissa London (Gr. 6).

 

Learning Together at the National Science Teachers Association Conference: $5,700

Baker: Yasameen Sharif (Gr. 6/7), Joe Mitchell (Gr. 7/8); Devotion: Bob Kondel (Gr. 6), Deb Allen (Gr. 7), Marilyn Yorgey-Williams (Gr. 8); Driscoll: Eric Hazlinsky (Gr. 6), Yana Davis (Gr. 7/8); Heath: Bob Miller (Gr. 6), Mark Goldner (Gr. 7/8); Lawrence: Maxine Hunter (Gr. 6/7), Ryan Keser (Gr. 7/8); Lincoln: Brandynn Heino (Gr. 6), Sue Zobel (Gr. 7/8);  Runkle: Djems Domerson (Gr. 6), Chad Pelton (Gr. 7/8); System-wide: Janet MacNeil (Science Coordinator)

 

All 6th/7th/8th grade science teachers (18 teachers) and the preK-8 Science Coordinator will attend the National Science Teachers Association Conference to learn about new ideas in science education. This grant will enrich the learning of all Brookline middle school science students by exposing their teachers to science/engineering teaching techniques, materials, and activities, as well as new ways to integrate science with literacy.

 

Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford

Principal

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PTO CORNER >PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

ANNUAL PARENT SURVEY - DEADLINE THIS FRIDAY, 5/17

The Pierce School Council and Dr. Smith-Mumford are seeking parent feedback to help inform the School Improvement Plan, which lays out annual improvement goals.   

Let your voice be heard by completing this 10-minute Parent Survey:

Deadline for responding is this Friday, May 17. Thank you for helping us work toward continuing excellence and improvement at Pierce. 

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NOTICE FROM SUPERINTENDENT ABOUT 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

A copy of Superintendent Bill Lupini's letter is here on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/index.html

 

As Dr. Lupini describes in his letter, the daily schedule for students will be different next year. The 2013-2014 school calendar is posted here on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/calendar.html

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VOLUNTEER AT THE PIERCE LIBRARY

Pierce Librarian Amanda Kretschmar is looking for volunteers. For a list of library programs and ways you can help, please visit
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PTO NEEDS VOLUNTEERS 

The PTO is in need of new leadership for next school year. We need to fill 2-3 Co-Chair positions, and have room on the Leadership Team for increased involvement in fundraising, communications, outreach, budgeting, and volunteerism. Wherever you have an interest, we have a fit! Please email pierce.pto@gmail.com if you are interested. 
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SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL PIERCE PICNIC   

Tuesday, 6/11, 5:30pm (rain date 6/12, 5:30pm) @ Pierce Park  
6th and 7th Grade Volunteer Event! Bring your own food or purchase food there. Contact Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Tamisha Atkins at tamisha31@msn.com 

 

To volunteer, please sign up here:

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SCHOOL CORNER>SCHOOL
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

BOOK FAIR IS ALMOST HERE - MAY 28-30! 

Please volunteer to help during the fair:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4FABAB2AA31-volunteer

 

Please send your Book Fair donation ($1 or more) to your child's teacher before Tuesday, 5/28.

 

We could still use more books, especially for grades K-8:

 

- Do you have any books to donate?

- Could you ask a friend who doesn't have children at Pierce?

 

Plan to shop the fair on Wednesday, 5/29 and Thursday, 5/30. We have books for all ages, most cost $1. Complete information about the Book Fair will come to you soon from your room parent.  

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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECIALIST
 

SPANISH

Kindergarteners finished learning farm animals, are practicing the song Los Pollitos for the Spring Sing, and are reviewing forms and colors & class objects.

 

We are starting to review and expand what we have learned in all the grades.

 

First graders are practicing the song El Chocolate.

 

Second graders are practicing the months of the year at the tune of La Macarena. They've also been making a small book about the people who work in the school and where are they located.

 

Third graders will sing Familia Grande, Casa Pequena - about a very large family who lives in a very small house, where there is only one bathroom! They've also been learning who works in the community, and where, and what uniforms they wear.

 

Fourth graders are reviewing places around the community and creating their own ideal cities. Look for the project coming home soon!

 

Fifth graders are learning pastimes and expressing what they love, like, and don't like to do. They're using a lot of physical motions to represent vocabulary. It is a philosophy in World Language teaching that movement helps students remember words. And it gets some energy out!

 

Sixth graders are beginning full immersion next week. Students will speak Spanish only, a challenging but exciting change for the fourth quarter.

 

Visit the Spanish page on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/spanish.html 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #17: BOOK FAIR MONEY

I had $12 dollars to spend at the book fair. I had 2 bills and 8 coins. I spent them all on books! What were the bills and coins I spent? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. (The POW #17 will be available on the school website on Friday, 5/17. Answers due Tuesday, 5/28.)

 

SOLUTION TO POW #16: MONEY PLANT

The money plant will sprout four $1.00 bills because it has grown 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 + 1/3 and a little more.

Challenge: The money plant will take 24 weeks to reach 3 feet high.

Visit the POW page on the school website:

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   

     

HEATH MAYFAIR - RAIN OR SHINE

Saturday, 5/18, 11am-4pm @ Heath School, 100 Eliot St

Come enjoy a full day of fun with your family! Full size batting cage, rock wall, mini golf, mega obstacle courses, photo booth, carnival games, over 30 activities. Contact Lisa with questions at lisakhh@aol.com.

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BROOKLINE BIKES BEACON BICYCLE PARADE

Sunday, 5/19, 1pm @ Amory Park

Meet at Amory Park for this annual community event. Choose from two routes: Five-mile Beacon Street Loop for ages 10+ with reliable bikes and the ability and energy to tackle the long hill through Coolidge Corner at a steady pace. OR, 1.5-3-mile Cottage Farm Loop for younger cyclists and novices. NO TRAINING WHEELS, please. Parade starts at 1 pm! Party in the Park from 12:30 to 3 pm with DJ music, food to buy, and post-parade free ice cream and popsicles. Contact jdempsey64@gmail.com with questions.
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BAAFN PRESENTATION: ADOPTEE AND MULTIRACIAL STUDENTS

Thursday, 5/23, 7-8:30pm @ Unified Arts Building, 4th Fl, 46 Tappan St.
The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) invites you to a presentation on "Asian Americans Speak: Adoptee and Multiracial Students." For information or to RSVP, email BAAFN1@gmail.comCheck out BAAFN at www.BAAFN.weebly.com or
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BROOKLINE YOUTH HANDBALL - FREE CLINIC

Saturday, 6/1, 12-3pm @ BHS, 115 Greenough St.

All students in grades 3-7 are welcome to learn one of the world's premier sports - handball - as demonstrated by national team players and international Boston Club members. Go to bostonyouthhandball@gmail.com to register.

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BHS ATHLETICS OPEN HOUSE

Wednesday, 6/12, 6-7:30pm (Drop-in Format) @ Schluntz Gym

Elementary students and families welcome. Meet BHS coaches and student-athletes. Learn about BHS sports, find out which sports are offered during which seasons, and when tryouts and practices are scheduled. Learn about necessary time commitments, how to balance academics & athletics, and how to prepare in the off-season. Visit www.brooklinewarriors.net for information, or call Pete Rittenburg at 617-713-5288. 

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SAVE THE DATE! AUTISM LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, 6/15, 10am - 12pm @ Brookline Fire Department, 962 Hammond St.

The Autism Law Enforcement Coalition will host a community day for members of the Brookline Community diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, or related developmental disabilities, and their friends, families, and caregivers. Emergency responders will answer questions about emergency preparedness for family or friends dealing with these disorders. Families will see equipment and vehicles used in emergencies, and may take home information and supplies to educate loved ones on what to do in a crisis.  

 

The open house is co-sponsored by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, and is offered through a collaboration between the ALEC Program of the Arc of South Norfolk, Brookline Police Department, Brookline Fire Department, Fallon Ambulance, and the Brookline DPW.

Preregistration is required. For more information contact Sgt. Jennifer Paster, Brookline Police Department at 617-264-6437 or jpaster@brooklinema.gov.

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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER? ZOOCAMP REGISTRATION OPEN

Give your child an incredible experience at Zoo Camp this summer. Campers at ZooCamp learn about a new theme every day through hands-on-activities designed to engage youth and get them excited about the natural world. Meet animals up close, tour behind the scenes, and make new friends - all under the leadership of our diverse, enthusiastic, caring staff.

 

For ages 6-13. Junior ZooKeeper for ages 12-13 with even more behind the scenes.

 

Monday-Friday 9-3, extended care available. For camp dates, flexible pricing details (as low as $220/week), and registration, visit www.campfireusa-emass.org or call 617-745-4150.

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SAVE THE DATE: 18th ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FORUM

Wednesday, 6/26, 6pm @ Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.

Please attend this free forum for light refreshments and an engaging panel discussion with experts in the field.

6 - 7pm - Light Refreshments

7 - 9 pm -  Panel Discussion

No registration required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org with questions.

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

STOP THE SUMMER SLIDE IN READING AT "READING IS AMAZING!"
Stop the summer slide in reading at "Reading is Amazing!" - a Brookline Village reading, tutoring and enrichment service supporting students from Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Contact harriet@literacycoach.net or call 617-734-6718. Visit www.literacycoach.net  

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AUGUST SUBLET AVAILABLE

Three Bedroom, Furnished, Apartment. Convenient Location, near Brookline Village, Pierce Playground, Library, Green Lines C and D. $2,300 per month. Not including utilities. Contact: 617-347-1794 or ejsinagra@aol.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, 617-566-9704 or piano566@comcast.net.

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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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