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2.8.2012

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
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ELEMENTARY WORLD LANGUAGE, K-8

Hola, nihao and Happy Chinese New Year! 

It is a pleasure to provide a brief spotlight on Elementary World Language as we mark the 4th year of K-6 instruction. 

Brookline's content-enriched FLES (Foreign Language in Elementary School) program provides a sequential language learning experience for students to develop language proficiency appropriate to the grade level.

By now, you may have heard your child share a song or recount a game played in Spanish class. These approaches, in addition to stories, books, role-plays and other interactive activities are the foundation of elementary language learning, providing immediate opportunities for students to practice language.


The K-6 curriculum is composed of thematic units that spiral throughout the grade levels, developing additional knowledge and skills in those themes each year.

The themes in grades K-2 are School and Community, Family, and Climate, with the cultures of the countries of the Andes integrated throughout the units. The themes in grades 3-6 are Community, Leisure Time, Climate, and Food with the cultural focus of Mexico.

In grades 7-8, students work with a textbook that expands on these themes, includes grammatical concepts, and incorporates a broader lens on the cultures of China and Spanish- speaking worlds.

This fall and winter, K-12 teachers and world language curriculum coordinators participated in two days of professional development with Greg Duncan, a nationally recognized consultant, to deepen their understanding of proficiency levels. This foundational work helped teachers to understand the characteristics of each level to establish proficiency targets for the K-12 program, and to connect those targets to instruction. We look forward to continuing this work in department meetings as our K-8 program develops and transforms.

Here's a glimpse into some current learning at Pierce School:

Grades K-2: Winter: weather, colors, produce/where food comes from, winter clothing and designing patriotic winter clothing for Peru, Ecuador, Bolivia, Venezuela, and Colombia

Grades 3: Self descriptions, basic conversations (Q&A)

Grade 4: Map skills and community places (including description and compass directions);
identifying likes/dislikes of activities

Grade 5: Expands on Grade 4 with full sentences and details, description of self and others, including features and personality, verbs and activities, comparing student life here to life in Mexico.

Grade 6: Expands on Grade 5 with more details of family and friends with pen pal letters to Baker School.

Grades 7-8: Classes, schedules, and teachers; the body and our emotional health; food and shopping.

Current 6th graders are making their choice for next year's language, Chinese or Spanish.

Those requests are due this Friday, Feb. 10, to classroom teachers. 

Our 8th graders will hear a presentation from the World Language department from Brookline High School next Thursday, Feb. 16.  Teachers and coordinator, Agnes Alberola, will inform students of the language choices there.


We are committed to a rich and meaningful curriculum to develop proficient language speakers who understand and appreciate the diverse world in which they live. We thank you for the strong community support of world language instruction for all elementary school students in Brookline.

Pipier Smith-Mumford


PTO CORNER >  
 
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5th GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 7pm @ Pierce Library

Meeting topic: Technology and its impact on our children  
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GRADES K-3, JOIN US FOR FUN FITNESS DURING THE WEEK
 
Snacks * Raffle * Parent Activities 
March Madness Fitness

Fight the winter blues at this PTO-sponsored event. 
Tuesday, Mar. 6  - Silly Soccer - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:30pm
Wednesday, Mar. 7 - Movement: Yoga & Dance - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:00 pm
Thursday, Mar. 8 - Anything Goes: Gym games & more - Pierce Gym, 6:00-7:00 pm
 
Parent volunteers still needed. This is a 2nd Grade volunteerism by grade event.
To volunteer, email Bobby Zuker at rzuker@ChestnutHillRealty.com
Raffle donations and information contact Hollie Triconi at triconih@mail.weston.org
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 MathMadness  

  

COME TO PIERCE'S FIRST EVER MATH CHALLENGE EVENT!

 

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  Grades 4-6 -  Wednesday, March 7  -  6:00 - 8:00 PM

  

Parent volunteers still needed! 
To volunteer email Bobby Zuker at rzuker@ChestnutHillRealty.com 
For raffle donations and info contact Hollie Triconi at triconih@mail.weston.org
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SPELLERS AND SPONSORS URGENTLY NEEDED!
ANNUAL BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION SPELLING BEE CHALLENGE

SUNDAY, MARCH 11 
 

 

Each spring, the Brookline Education Foundation Adult Spelling Bee brings our diverse community together for a wonderful fundraising event.  

 

Businesses, PTOs, neighborhood and community groups, town and public safety organizations all sponsor teams of three spellers. Distinguished judges, pronouncers, and prizes contributed by local businesses, as well as a diabolical selection of words, all contribute to the festivities. 

  

Competition is intense to win the coveted Bee Trophy, as well as the prize for the best costume. 

 

We need spellers to join the Pierce team sponsored by the Pierce PTO - or sponsor your own team with some friends. We need you! 

 

Contact Cherie Gaehde cgaehde@gmail.com or BrooklineFoundation.org

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SAVE the DATE: TRIVIA NIGHT@PIERCE - MARCH 30, 7PM
A fun night out for adults and a fundraiser for the PTO!  $25 per person. Teams compete @ trivia - details to follow.
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MATH CORNER > MathCorner

 

 Dear PTO,

  

Thank you so much for your support of the Family Math Games Afternoon. 
Yesterday's event for first and second graders was a huge success! I'm
not sure this would be possible without your support!

We had 99 first and second grade students playing math games with their 
families and teachers! That's more than 50% of the students! It was quite
a sight to see so many children and their families engaged and excited
about math.

I'd like to extend a special thanks to the Pierce teachers and interns 
for helping to create such a memorable evening, especially - Dave Carter,
Annemarie Marcus, David Weinstein, Amie Buchman, Heidi Young, Dominique
Herard, Jenny Yee, Eleni Venturas, Erin Gallagher in 2H, Lindsay Gordon in
2Y and Michelle Solek. And an extra thanks goes to Tom Carco in 1H,
Grace Stewart in 2Le and parent volunteer, Dianne Malabanan, who prepared
and assembled over 100 games. And thank you to Pierce's exceptional
custodial staff - Jackie, Jimmy and Peter.

It's so fabulous to be able to tell parents that these games are available 
in the Pierce library for students to check out (thanks to PTO support).

Tara Washburn

Math Specialist 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #11 'FARMER BROWN' is OUT

pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week 

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MATH LEAGUE CORNER >MathLeague

MATH LEAGUE NOTICE:   

The Thursday afternoon Problem Solving Practice will NOT be held on
Thursday, Feb 16th, due to a Math League meet that afternoon. 

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Math League practices will be held every morning in the Spanish/PSED room and on Thursday afternoon. Math League Thursday afternoons (2:25-3:00) topic: Problem Solving in the room next to 6G.

Mondays: Problem Solving

Tuesdays: Bases
Wednesdays: Geometery
Thursdays: Operations
Fridays: Patterns

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COMMUNITY CORNER > 

   

For complete details of community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  

 

 

 

BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION (BEF) MEETING 

SPARK presentation, Amanda Grindstaff, Thurs. Feb. 9, 8am @ Pierce Auditorium 
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BROOKLINE ROTARY CLUB'S SECOND ANNUAL
"HAVE A HEART CHOCOLATE EXTRAVAGANZA"
Sunday, Feb. 12, 12-3pm @ Brookline Holiday Inn, 1200 Beacon St. Brookline
Tickets: adults $15, children 6-9 & seniors 65+ $10; children under 6 free; 
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BENEFIT BASKETBALL TOURNAMENT FOR BROOKLINE VICTIMS OF THE JANUARY 16 FIRE

Friday, Feb. 17th @ Brookline High's Schluntz Gymnasium

1st Game 6:00 PM; 2nd Game 7:00 PM

Tickets: adults $10; students $5.00; children under 10 free.

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BATTER UP! BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL THIS SPRING
Registration is Now Open!
Tryouts: March 10 & 11,  1-4 pm @
 BU's Athletic Enhancement Center
Click here: Brookline Youth Baseball
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