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5.16.2012

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

    

 

PIERCE SIXTH GRADER WINS NATIONAL WRITING AWARD   

 
It is with much pleasure and pride that I write to inform the Pierce 
community that sixth grader Ilana of 6G has won the historical essay
contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). 
Ilana's essay described a historical person who made a significant 
contribution to American history. Ilana wrote about Francis Scott Key 
during the War of 1812. 
 
Eileen Temporo, Brookline DAR Chapter representative, was thrilled to 
inform us that Ilana's essay went through a strenuous process. She won in 
the 6th grade division at the chapter level, the state level, the New 
England regional level and then at the national competition. 

Her essay was among more than 20,000 submitted around the country to local DAR chapters. Ilana is the first national winner in the 100-year history 
of the Brookline chapter's essay contest. 

Ms. Temporo explained that Ilana's writing style was impressive.  She said that Ilana won at the chapter level last year so it is very exciting to have her become the national winner as a sixth grader.    
With Ilana's and her parents' permission, the essay will be on display in 
Pierce's lobby. 
 
Ilana will receive a monetary award as well as recognition for this 
accomplishment at the Continental Congress of the DAR in Washington, DC  
this July.

We extend our congratulations to Ilana and her family on this 
very special achievement!

 

 

Pipier Smith-Mumford 
Principal

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PTO CORNER >  PTOCorner

 

FINAL PTO MEETING - IMPORTANT CHANGES!
 
The PTO's last meeting of the year will review major changes in the PTO.  We will:
 
-ratify the new by-laws (shorter co-chair terms, additional Advisory Board)
- review budget priorities for next year
- develop new strategy on smaller PTO role to better reflect our changing community and proposed reduction in activities
 
We have been actively seeking new parent leadership for co-chairs, committee chairs and event captains, but do not yet have new PTO leadership to be ratified, Thanks to those who have already decided to get more involved!    
 
In recognition of our changing communityand leadership capacity, we will discuss a new strategy to reduce the scope of the PTO.  This includes a reduction of events, less communication and more delegation to the room parents.  It may be difficult to accept that there will be some activities that will be put on 'pause' for the foreseeable future, so we are looking for many voices to help in developing this strategy. It is important that we, as a community, take an active role in determining what we want our PTO to look like, the priority areas for funding and for volunteers. 
 
This is an opportunity to make change that is sustainable and represents the strong community that is Pierce. 
 
We hope to see you tomorrow night.  We hope you will consider a more active role in the PTO leadership.  Please stop one of us or send an email to piercepto@gmail.com if you have any questions or ideas. 
 
Get Involved. Stay Connected.  Have  Fun. 
 

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 BookFair2012   

 

The 3rd Annual USED Book Fair will take place May 29th-31st, 2012.

SPRING CLEANING? Remember the Fair! Collection bins near the office in the

Main Building and in the Historic Building.

 

VOLUNTEER to work at the Fair by clicking here.

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The Saker Family Fund and Pierce PTO Present:

Award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier

Thursday, May 24, @ Pierce School 

Some of his most well-known titles include Uptown, Martin's Big Words, Dave 

the Potter, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Rosa. He will be 

speaking with students in grades 2-7.  

   

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Save the Date  for the Annual Pierce Picnic - 6/6 5:30pm @ Pierce Park

6th Grade Volunteer Event! Email Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Adele Munger Mathieu at madelemm@gmail.com.  Bring your own food or purchase food there. 

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SCHOOL CORNER >

 

PIERCE SCHOOL ARTS NIGHT 

Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 pm @ Pierce auditorium and cafeteria  

Performances by the 5th grade chorus, the 6th grade chorus and our new 7/8th grade chorus. 

 

K-8 art exhibit is on the same evening. Between performances, you
can explore our "pop-up gallery."

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MathGames 
Pierce's Family Math Game Afternoon for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade families 
Thursday, May 24, 4:00-5:30 pm @ Pierce Auditorium

It'll be an afternoon of fun with plenty of math games
for all. Drop by and play a game with your parent,
friend or favorite teacher and you'll go home with
your own math game!

Questions? Or interested in volunteering?
Contact Tara Washburn at: tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us 
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SCHOOL COUNCIL CORNER 

 ELECTIONS FOR 2 NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: MAY 30
 
The Pierce School Council will be holding elections for two new Council members on May 30th. Please consider running and contact council co-chair, Karen Sutton at kehsutton@gmail.com for information.  Details below.

The Pierce School Council is an advisory board, consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal.  It helps identify students' educational needs and school goals.  Council meets once a month during the academic calendar to discuss current issues, policy, and school related affairs introduced by the Principal.  This is a structured volunteer opportunity, with a limited commitment of time with a total of eight Council meetings over the course of the school year. Meetings typically run an hour to an hour and a half. 

The Pierce School Council is comprised of teacher representatives, parent representatives, and the principal.   Specifically, the Council:
  •  Makes recommendations to the Principal about the development, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum.
  •  Assists in reviewing the annual school budget.
  •  Helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to improve student  performance and meet designated goals.
  • Coordinates the Principal Forum events held throughout the school year
This is a vibrant, active Council and we encourage all Pierce parents to consider running for these two positions. 
KUDOS TO KIDS >  
 
 
Kudos To Kids is a new Bridge feature that will highlight all the cool things Pierce kids do. Teachers, parents and community members please send us your news at piercepto@gmail.com! 

  

Congratulations to Jayden (5VW), Sasha (4H) and Callie (5A) for their great designs, Beadrock Designs, now being sold at Redress Boston.  All profits go to Children's Hospital.  Stop by and check them out!  

 

 redressboston.blogspot.com/2012/04/introducingbeadrock-designs.html   


MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

  

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #17 Palindrome Numbers

Due date: 05/24/12

 

A palindrome number is a number that is the same when read from left to right, and from right to left. For example, 2002 is a palindrome number. So is 3!

 

How many 3-digit palindrome numbers are there?

List all the 3-digit palindrome numbers.

 

Be sure to show your work using pictures, numbers or words.

Don't forget to include your full name and class.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #16  - Animal Store

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

 

Last week we had 80 students submit solutions to the "Animal Store" problem. It was a challenging problem for many, as you need to buy exactly 100 animals for a cost of exactly $100.  The correct answer was:  3 sheep, 41 chickens, 56 mice.

 

Congratulations to all Pierce mathematicians!  Several classes should be recognized for outstanding participation - 1W, 3B and 3Ga!   Stop by the Problem of the Week bulletin board by the front office, to see the list of names as well as a variety of solutions. 

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COMMUNITY CORNER >Community  
For complete community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  

 

 

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, 5/16,  6:15pm @ Town Hall
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor
Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.
Docket for this meeting can be found at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
The public is invited to attend.

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BELIEVE IN BROOKLINE KIDS 2012

Saturday, 5/19, 1- 4pm @ Fenway Park; All proceeds benefit the Brookline Center Kids' Fund at Brookline Mental Health Center. Info: believeinbrooklinekids.org 

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Art Barn Community Theatre

Barncats Ensemble (5 & 6 grades) presents: ANNIE        

Saturday, 5/19, 7.00pm and Sunday, 5/20, 4.30pm

The Maliotis Cultural Center @ Hellenic College, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline 

Tickets: $10 at the door; Info: www.artbarn.org 

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Write Under the Willows

Saturday, 5/19, 1:30pm at Griggs Park (rain date is Sunday, 5/20)

Brookline's inaugural poet laureate Judith Steinbergh invites all Brookline residents and families to join her for an hour of writing and drawing.
Free and open to public. For more info contact Ms. Steinbergh brooklinepoetlaureate@gmail.com or by calling 617-734-1416. RSVP or just stop by! Further info: brooklinearts.org
 
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Driscoll School 29th Annual Spring Fair

Wednesday, 5/30, 4-8pm (rain date next day). Tickets at the door.

Carnival for all ages with rides, games, food, music, dancing, and more.

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Bountiful Brookline 

Garden-sharing is a way to share the physical space, the work, the knowledge, the camaraderie and the produce. Connect with people who want to make a match for garden sharing. Visit our website at bountifulbrookline.org 

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