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12.12.2012

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK 

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >SPECIALCORNER  

 

OLWEUS BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM - STUDENT LAUNCH 1/3/2013

In response to the state mandate that all school districts create a comprehensive bullying prevention plan, the Public Schools of Brookline has adopted the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.  

 

Throughout Brookline, adults who supervise learning and other activities for young people are being trained in the Olweus approach.

 

Brookline teachers and other staff began their training in the program on the Nov. 6th Professional Development Day. Members of Pierce's Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee (BPCC) were trained last summer and led the Pierce training.

 

Ongoing training continues and includes information sharing with families. Parent representative Ellen Lenoch is part of the BPCC.  As parent rep, she serves as an additional resource to parents.

 

On January 3rd, all students will be introduced to the Olweus program in class meetings, with several subsequent morning meetings devoted to deepening their understanding of the approach. Other activities are also being planned.

 

To learn more about the approach and how you can support it at home, please join PTO and School Council on Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013 at 7:30 AM in the auditorium for an information session.

 

If you'd like to familiarize yourself with the program before the student launch, there will soon be materials available on the Pierce website. Check next week's Bridge for a link to these materials.

 

I look forward to seeing you at the parent information session on January 10.

 

Pierce BPCC Members:

John Badger

Ben Conlon

Eowyn Daly

Dawn Galolo

Billy Harris

Teri Hauserman

Ellen Lenoch

Deborah Levine

 

- Pipier Smith-Mumford
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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org
 

PIERCE PTO ANNUAL APPEAL - THIS IS THE LAST WEEK!

THANK YOU to the hundreds of Pierce families who have already donated to the PTO Annual Appeal. We need an additional 40 families to make a contribution of any size to reach our goal of 40% family participation. Donations of all sizes help us reach that participation goal! Donate online at www.pierceschoolbrookline.org or drop a check in the PTO mailbox at school.
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PARENT MEETING: ENRICHMENT AND CHALLENGE SUPPORT

Monday, 12/17, 7-8 pm @ School Committee Room, Town Hall 

The Brookline Schools Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) Program will soon start a year-long process to review the program. At this meeting, parents will learn about the program review process and the mission and work of the ECS Program, and will have opportunity to ask questions and help shape the review. Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions.

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PARENT OPPORTUNITY: PROGRAM REVIEW COMMITTEES

Have ideas for improving the Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) Program? A committee is now forming for the Program Review, which will begin in January. Two or three parent representatives will be needed to serve alongside teachers and administrators. To learn more and to apply to serve, please contact Amy Martin at amy_martin@brookline.k12.ma.us. Applications are due 12/20. Parent representatives will be notified by January 2, 2013. NOTE: The Mathematics Program Review committee will also be seeking parent volunteers. A notice will be sent in advance. 

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ANNUAL PIERCE BOOK FAIR: VOLUNTEER & DONATE

We're looking for volunteers now to help shape and improve the May 2013 Pierce Book Fair. Interested volunteers with even a small amount of time to give should join us on Friday, 1/11/13 at 8:15am in the cafeteria.  

 

We want your ideas for improvement, and need your help in many areas, including publicity, donations, and special events. If you'd like to volunteer but can't make it on the 11th, contact Carin Aquiline at caquiline@mindspring.com. Have books to donate now for the spring Book Fair? It's not too early. Please contact Carin!________________________________________ 

 
SAVE THE DATE: 6TH GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING

Sunday, 1/16/13, 7pm @ Pierce School Library

Please come to the first meeting of this year's 6th Grade Parent Exchange! We were off to a great start last year, building a community of parents to share ideas and perspectives as we navigate through this increasingly challenging world of pre-adolescence.

We will discuss striking a balance between setting boundaries for our children and encouraging increased independence as they approach adolescence. For those of us who were able to attend the Principal's Forum in November (Dr. Smith-Mumford's summary of the presentation can be found in the 11/14 edition of the Bridge), this discussion will serve as a follow-up to the information that was presented.

What kinds of experiences can we provide for our children that will enable the kind of learning that helps their brains to develop the ability to control their urges, while still keeping them safe? How can we work together as a school and as a community to foster safe, healthy development in our children as they grow increasingly independent?


We look forward to this discussion! If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bishins at sarah.bishins@verizon.net or Jennie Roffman at jroffman@rcn.com.
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ARTWORK FOR EDUCATION - ORDER ONLINE  

Artwork for Education orders will be distributed soon after Dec 14. Pierce families are invited to order additional (or initial) items online at: http://www.artworkforeducation.com/school.aspx?org=211&year=2012 

Proceeds from sales support our children. Thanks for your generosity!
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LOST AND FOUND ITEMS MUST BE CLAIMED

All lost and found items must be claimed by Tuesday, 12/18. The lost and found bins are located outside the gym, on the second floor in the Pierce main building. Anything not claimed by 12/18 will be donated to Cradles to Crayons, an organization that helps needy kids in the Boston area. 
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SUPERINTENDENT'S UPDATE
Please check the website for this month's notes on the Parent Leader meeting with Dr. Lupini. Agenda items include: Social Competency, Bullying Prevention and Enrollment Growth. 
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LITERACY COLLABORATIVE - VIDEO OF PRESENTATION
Do you have questions about the Literacy Collaborative initiative at Pierce and what it means for your child's learning? If you missed the presentation by Brookline's Coordinator of K-8 English Language Arts, Patricia Kinsella, there's a video on the School Council page of the Pierce website:
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ATTENDANCE REMINDER FOR PARENTS/GUARDIANS
As we approach the December vacation, please remember to contact the office (617-730-2580) regarding any student absences. If you neglect to call, it is the district's policy that we call home. Please be aware that teachers may not always be able to pass attendance information to the office. You may call at any time. Please leave a message if the office is closed. Thank you!
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HOLIDAY SHOPPING TO BENEFIT THE PIERCE PTO! 

Planning to shop online for the holidays? Please click on the Amazon banner at the top of the Pierce PTO website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/. Prices will stay exactly the same, but up to 8% of purchase price will go directly to the Pierce School PTO. Happy Shopping!

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SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
 

WINTER ENRICHMENT REGISTRATION 

PSED winter enrichment registration begins 9 am Saturday, 12/15 with staggered registration times. Information is online at www.psedbrookline.org 

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BYE BYE BIRDIE TICKETS ON SALE! PERFORMANCES BEGIN TOMORROW 

Tickets $7, available to purchase through Friday, 12/14, from 7:45-8:15am outside the main office.

Showtimes:

Thursday, 12/13 @ 7pm
Friday, 12/14 @ 7pm
Saturday, 12/15 @ 2pm
Saturday, 12/15 @ 7pm
First come, first served!
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EXTENDED DAY SKATING PROGRAM - USED SKATES NEEDED

Pierce School Extended Day (PSED) offers a skating program for students in grades 1-5, and is in need of used children's skates (renting at the rink can be problematic). If you have skates you're no longer using, PSED will gladly accept them. PSED also welcomes donations of adult skates for our teachers. Drop-off at the PSED office, 2nd floor, Pierce Historical Building. Thank you! 

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TECH & SET CREW REGISTRATION NOW OPEN FOR WILLY WONKA, JR. 

Tech Crew is open to 5-6 Graders; limited to 8 students. If more than 8 students register, a lottery will be held. Tech crew will meet at end of February.

 

Set crew is open to all 3-6 Graders and parents. Set crew will begin work in January. Contact Joshua Abrams at jlabrams@me.com with any questions or concerns.

 

Registration Link (can be accessed by Smart Phone):

http://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/s7x2p7/ 

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3RD & 4TH GRADE CHORUS REGISTRATION FOR WILLY WONKA, JR.

Registration for the Chorus of the Pierce 3-6 Grade Play opens at 4pm on Sunday, 12/16. Due to the size of the chorus area, participation is limited to 50 3rd-4th Graders. First-come, first-served. Registration Link (can be accessed by Smart Phone): http://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/w7x2r7/  

 

Contact Joshua Abrams in advance with any issues or questions: jlabrams@me.com.

For complete registration, audition, and rehearsal details, please visit:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-plays.html

 

IMPORTANT: Chorus Rehearsals will be Wednesdays after school throughout January and February, and more often in March. Performances are March 14-16. If your child cannot attend rehearsals on Wednesdays and/or be available more often in March, please do not register them. Contact Joshua Abrams at jlabrams@me.com with any questions or concerns.   

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SAVE THE DATE: CALDECOTT NIGHT

Thursday, 1/31/13, 5-7pm 

Save the date for Pierce's inaugural Caldecott Night, for students and families in grades K-3. For a complete list of books up for this award go to

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #8: SEATING FOR DINNER

A rectangular table can seat 6 people with 2 on each long side, and 1 at each short end. For the holiday meal, the tables will be placed end to end, in a long row. How many tables, placed end to end, would you need to seat 17 people? Would all possible seats be filled? If not, how many more guests could fit? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. Answers due Tuesday, 1/8/13 by 8am. Visit the Problem of the Week page on the school website:

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

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COMMUNITY CORNER 
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BROOKLINE SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW
The School Committee will meet Thursday, 12/13 at 6pm in the James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor Town Hall, 333 Washington Street. Review the complete meeting docket here. Questions? Contact Robin Coyne at 617-730-2430 or send email at robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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ALASTAIR MOOCK'S ANNUAL HOLIDAY EXTRAVAGANZA
Saturday, 12/15, 10:30 am @ Coolidge Corner Theater 
Boston family music favorite Alastair Moock will feature Christmas and Hanukkah classics, witty originals, a 20+ student chorus, and fun for the whole family! Tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for kids, but there's a discount code available to the first 100 families that sign up. Visit this link, and where it asks for a Promotion Code, type in MOOCK15 to get $2 off adult tickets:

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BROOKLINE PASSPORT TO HEALTH AND FITNESS

For $10, Brookline residents 18+ can purchase a 10-class Passport to stay healthy and fit for the holidays and beyond. You get access to Brookline gyms and fitness centers; yoga, Pilates, and martial arts studios; and lots more. Participating partners as of 12/1 include Beacon Hill Athletic Club (Brookline Village location), Boston School of Boabom, The Body Center, Brookline Tai Chi, Commonwealth Sports Club, Inner Space, Karna Fitness, Koko Fit, Lavinia Borcau Skin Care, and Roni Brissette Yoga, with more to come. For further information or to purchase a passport, call 617-730-2069 or visit www.brooklinerec.com.  


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WINTER CONCERT AT BHS

Winter Concert on Friday, 12/14 is free for elementary students! For complete ticket and performance details, please click here.  

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BROOKLINE WINTER FARMER'S MARKET

Eat local and fresh all year! Winter Farmer's Market is open Sundays, 12-5pm, at The Arcade Building, 318 Harvard St. in Coolidge Corner. "Like" us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BrooklineWinterFarmersMarket 

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

CATERING SERVICE BY PIERCE SCHOOL AND BHS GRADUATES 

While we're home for the holidays, we've decided to use our culinary passion and experience to cater home events. We have created a menu with options suitable for any party. We prepare whole meals, or deliver a few dishes to complement your event. Menu:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/u5oxumd9alqrzrr/Sara%26SethCateringMenu.pdf

Contact us at:  SaraSethCatering@gmail.com or (617) 538-1416

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DanceFIT STUDIO 
DanceFIT Studio, Brookline's leading ballet & fitness studio, is accepting new students (18 months to 12 yrs) for our winter ballet program beginning 1/3/13. Our "studio in the church" is a comfortable and nurturing learning environment that teaches the art of ballet - the perfect start for every young dancer. We also offer children's birthday parties, Kids' Dance Nights, and an award-winning adult fitness program. Learn More: www.dancefitstudio.com or email info@dancefitstudio.com. Classes held at Church Of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street.

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MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS) CONTROL 
Is your child's nearsightedness getting worse 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 us at www.optimumvisioncare.com, or contact us at 617-903-3538 or info@optimumvisioncare.com.
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NEED AN ILLUSTRATOR WHO WILL GET YOUR COMPANY NOTICED? 
Local artist Line Olsson creates illustrations that complement your marketing and advertising designs. Whether it's a poster illustration or a flyer or drawing for an article or book, Line will make the art work for you. Line is skilled with ink and pencils, watercolors, acrylics, block print, mixed media techniques, and digital media. Her clients include The Boston Globe, DGVE Law, and The Etiquette Academy of New England. View Line's work at www.lineolsson.com, or contact her at 617-816-8747 or line.olsson@gmail.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 us at www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.

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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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