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4.25.2012

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >

    

 

 STUDENT QUESTIONNAIRE ON BULLYING

 
The school district has disseminated the Olweus Bullying Quesionnaire (OBQ) for students in grades 3-9.   
 
Hopefully, all parents with students in these grades received the electronic copy of the superintendent's letter describing the questionnaire.   
 
Below is an excerpt with some of the details from that letter.  Please take time to review these details and help your child understand the importance of participating in this online survey.   
 
As indicated below, students and parents may opt-out of taking  the survey.  Please be sure to let the classroom teacher know.

We believe
that the information your child shares will give us baseline data as we launch the Olweus Bullying Prevention program next year.  
Please contact me if you have any questions. 
 
Thank you. 
 
Pipier Smith-Mumford
Principal 


EXCERPT FROM DR. LUPINI'S LETTER:
As part of our bullying prevention and intervention plans, the Olweus
 
Bullying Prevention Program offers students an opportunity to participate in an on-line survey known as the Olweus Bullying Questionnaire (OBQ).

The OBQ is a standardized, validated
questionnaire designed for students in grade 3 and higher.

The multiple-choice survey addresses
questions including: How frequently are students in a school bullying or being bullied? What types of bullying are most common? Where does bullying occur? How often do students report bullying and to whom? How responsive do students feel adults are to bullying at school? 
 
Clearly defining and surveying students about bullying can help our district's efforts to obtain detailed and reliable information on bullying behavior, attitudes, and related issues in the school environment, thereby increasing awareness and motivation on the part of school staff and parents to address bullying at school. 
 
Participation in the OBQ is voluntary and responses will remain anonymous. 
Students will not be putting their names on the questionnaire. Rather they will each be given a unique username and password. Therefore, we will be unable to identify particular students, even if they report having been bullied or having bullied others.

The questionnaire will provide the district with information about the nature of bullying in our schools. Any student can choose not to complete the questionnaire or to skip any questions that they prefer not answering.
 
 
The Olweus Bullying Questionnaire will be administered on-line to students 
in grades 3-9 during a five-week period beginning Monday, April 23, 2012 and concluding Friday, May 25, 2012. We expect that the questionnaire will take approximately 45 minutes to complete. 
 
If you wish to review the OBQ, you may do so by going to http://www.obqsurvey.org and enter the following:  
 
Username: eSampleSurvey 
Password: Olweus

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 PTO CORNER >

 PierceReads

 

PIERCE GIVES TIME!

Interested in learning more about how you can volunteer at Pierce?  Find your place through PTO and School Council activities to contribute to our community. Come to a drop-in coffee hour on Friday, April 27, at 8 am to meet other PTO volunteers, School Council members and hear about various volunteer options. Give an hour, a day or more - however much time you have to give! 

  

  

PIERCE READS! Grades 4-8 BOOK DISCUSSIONS

Thursday, 4/26, 7pm @ Pierce Library

 

It's time again for our annual Pierce Reads event at the library! Every year, 4th through 8th- grade students, parents and guardians, and Pierce staff get together for a fun night of book discussion.  

  

This year, the fourth grade is reading Maniac Magee by Jerry Spinelli, the fifth and sixth grades are reading The Watsons Go to Birmingham-1963 by Christopher Paul Curtis, and the seventh and eighth grades are reading New Boy by Julian Houston.  

  

We are looking for volunteers to bring snacks on 4/26. An invitation and participation slip should have come home with your child, and we ask that they be returned as soon as possible so we know how many people we will have participating.

  

  

If you have questions, contact Amanda Kretschmar at 617-730-2586. We look forward to talking about books with you!   

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TALKING TO MIDDLE SCHOOL KIDS ABOUT SEXUALITY

LET'S BE HONEST WORKSHOP MAY 1ST AND 3RD, PIERCE LIBRARY 

 

Let's Be Honest is a workshop designed to help parents of middle school-age kids communicate with their kids about sexuality by taking a lead role in their education in this area.    

 

Recent studies show that positive communication between parents and children about sex and sexuality topics helps establish family and individual values, enabling young people to make healthier, safer and better-informed decisions related to sexuality.   

 We have two upcoming Let's Be Honest events for different age groups.

May 1, 7-9 pm, Pierce Library - Parents of 5th and 6th graders

May 3, 7-9pm, Pierce Library - Parents of 7th and 8th graders

As your teen approaches high school, it's time to learn strategies for bringing up the tougher sexuality topics such as:  What is a healthy versus unhealthy relationship?  What is the meaning of mutual consent?  What are the dating rules in our family?  What is sexting and what are its consequences?  What are the risks of sexual behaviors? What are some common myths about sexuality topics?     

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 BookFair2012

 

THE 3RD ANNUAL USED BOOK FAIR - MAY 29-31

Keep those used book donations coming!

Questions? Contact Carin Aquiline caquiline@mindspring.com or 

Jessica Roland jessroland@gmail.com 

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SHOP AMAZON.COM FOR PIERCE! Looking for an easy way to help support the Pierce PTO?  Shop Amazon! Go to pierceschoolbrookline.org and hit the link to Amazon. Pierce PTO will receive between 6-8% of your total order.   

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 ARTS CORNER >

 PierceReads

 

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

 SCHOOL NEWS >

 

PARENT NAMED BROOKLINE HALL OF FAMER

 

Congratulations to Pierce PE Teacher Ralph Parent, who was one of four local athletes recently named to Brookline High School's Athletic Hall of Fame!  

 

Parent, a 1998 graduate, "was an explosive football and basketball star who became known for his versatility on the gridiron," according to a recent Wickedlocal.com article. "Parent was equally skilled on offense, defense, or in the kicking game."

 

Parent was awarded a football scholarship to attend Boston College, where he was a three-year starting safety for the Eagles. 

 

 
KUDOS TO KIDS >

  StudentsCorner 

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!

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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

MATH GAMES NIGHT RESCHEDULED 

Math Games Night for grades 3-5 will not be held on May 1. Watch the Bridge for the new date!

 

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #15  - Figure It Out

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week  

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MATH LEAGUE CORNER > MathCorner

 

Post-season Math League practices and meets!  

"Post-season" Math League practice will be held every Thursday until 

May 31 from 7:20-7:55pm in the PSED/Spanish space (next to the gym).  

Questions? Please contact Brendan Downey at downeysb@verizon.net 

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NURSES CORNER >NursesNotes

 

 

We had 5,963 visits to the clinic in March, with 96% of students returning to class after treatment and 204 students dismissed for illness. Thirty students were dismissed due to an injury.

 

Cold vs Seasonal Allergies?

 

Nurses are reporting that many students are coming to the clinic with allergy symptoms. If your child tends to get "colds" that develop suddenly and occur at the same time every year, it's possible that your child is actually having seasonal allergies. Although colds and seasonal allergies may share some of the same symptoms, they are very different illnesses.

 

Common colds are caused by viruses, while seasonal allergies are immune system responses triggered by exposure to an allergen.

Treatment of a common cold may include rest, pain relievers and over-the-counter cold remedies, such as decongestants. Treatment of seasonal allergies may include over-the-counter or prescription antihistamines, nasal steroid sprays and decongestants, and avoidance of exposure to allergens where possible.

Consult your PCP regarding appropriate remedies if your child is suffering from seasonal allergies.

 

Symptom check: Is it a cold or allergy?

 

SYMPTOM

COLD

ALLERGY

Cough    

Usually

Sometimes

General aches and pains    

Sometimes     

Never

Fatigue

Sometimes

Sometimes

Itchy eyes

Rarely

Usually

Sneezing

Usually

Usually

Sore throat

Usually

Sometimes

Runny nose

Usually

Usually

Stuffy nose

Usually

Usually

Fever

Rarely

Never

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

 

 

Aspinwall Hill Spring Path Clean-up, Saturday April 28, 3-5p.m.


The Friends of the Paths and Park on Aspinwall Hill will host a general path clean-up on Saturday, April 30. Meet at Schick Park at 3 pm, return to the Park around 5 pm. Rain date is Sunday, April 29, 12-2 p.m. All are welcome.  Questions? Contact pueda@comcast.net.  

 

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UNDERSTANDING PROPOSED MARIJUANA LAWS: 
The Pros and Cons & How The New Laws Might Affect Our Teens
B-CASA is hosting this event on 
Thursday, April 26 @ 8am @ Brookline High School, Martin Luther King Room.  Please RSVP to Mary Minott, mminott@brooklinema.gov
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, 4/26, 6:30pm @ Town HallJames F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th floor.

Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk. Docket for this meeting can be found at brookline.k12.ma.usThe public is invited to attend.

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John Fitzgerald Kennedy National Historic Site is celebrating National

Junior Ranger Day on April 28! For more information, please visit our website at

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Baker School PTO's First Annual Spring Spree & Fun Run Fundraiser  

Sunday, 4/29 from 2pm @ the Baker School Field.  

Visit bakerspring spree.org. 

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STUDENT SEEKS MOTHERS TO INTERVIEW ABOUT PARENTING

Sara Rosenblum-Fishman, M.A, a clinical psychology doctoral student at UMass Boston, is conducting a dissertation project focusing on mothers of school-age children.  

 

She's exploring what experiences contribute to whether mothers feel effective about their parenting. Contact her at Sara.Rosenblum001@umb.edu about the opportunity to participate in this project. 

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CLASSIFIEDS 

 

 
STILL LOOKING FOR SUMMER CAMPS AND ACTIVITIES FOR YOUR CHILDREN?  Check out www.sopico.com, a new website that focuses on helping parents quickly find the right camps, classes and activities for their children.
 
Sopico's robust search engine returns activity level results that help parents make decisions almost instantly. As the site grows, new features will help parents manage schedules and budgets and help local businesses better serve your children with the best programs possible. 
 
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HOUSE SWAP LATE JULY/EARLY AUGUST LONDON-BOSTON

We would like to exchange our four-bedroom house in northeast London for a home(s) in Massachusetts for two weeks this summer, from approximately July 21 to August 5.

Our comfortable family home is located in Stoke Newington, a village in an increasingly hip area of London, with lots of nice shops, cafes, and parks, about 20 minutes door-to-door from the Olympics site.  

We have a young cat and would like to find someone who'd be happy to feed her once a day.


We need to be in Boston for a wedding from July 25th-28th, and our fantasy is to find someone with a home in Boston and a home by the sea, so that we could do one simple swap with our home and their home(s)!  

Possible arrangements might be: two weeks in our house in London in exchange for one week in Boston and one week at the beach (long-shot, we realize!); two weeks in London for two weeks by the beach; one week in London for one week in Boston (and we work out the second week separately). 

If you're interested, please contact Elizabeth Ferry eferry66@gmail.com for more information.  Thanks! 
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ART WITH AMY: SPRING AND SUMMER FUN!
A program for children who love to make art!  Space available in after school classes as well as summer weeks. All classes a short walk from the Pierce. Pick up after school available. Paint! Draw! Build!

For full listing email solomonamy@yahoo.com or call 617-566-2667
Visit http://www.artwithamy.com for news on art classes for kids and museum field trips!
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STAGE SOUP ANNOUNCES DATES FOR 2012 SUMMER CAMPS!

Announcing a fun and exciting theater camp right in the neighborhood: Stage Soup! Led by Pierce parent (and director of several Pierce plays) Ryan Bailey, this camp is a great place for your child to have fun, be creative, and develop theater skills this summer! 

Students will play drama games, study acting, play outside every day, and put on a show on the final day of camp.  The location is Inner Space Annex on Station Street in Brookline Village. 

Stage Soup camp is a ton of fun.  Kids will have fun, make new friends, develop confidence and express themselves.  Dates are August 6-17 for ages 12-18 and August 20-31 for ages 7-12. For more info or to register, please email: Ryan@Stagesoup.com or call 781-654-5218.

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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 over 30 years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners welcome. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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MIT SUMMER FENCING CAMP 2012 - presented by Cambridge Fencing Center

All Weapons: July 23-27 (Session 1); July 30 - August 3 (Session 2)
Beginner Saber: August 6-10

For more information visit our website: www.cambridgefencingcenter.com
or contact Ms. Lee Shin: leeshin@cambridgefencingcenter.com or 617.694.9149
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