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05.01.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
 

PIERCE READS: THE TRADITION OF A COMMUNITY OF READERS CONTINUES!

 

Our Annual Pierce Reads program is in its 18th year and it was, again, a huge success last week. This is one of the seminal programs at Pierce which cultivates a community of readers and thinkers.

 

Over 150 students, parents, and teachers enjoyed a lively evening celebrating and discussing books. As I visited the various discussion groups that night, I was struck by the poise and confidence our students demonstrated as they engaged in serious and thought-provoking exchanges with adults.  

 

I was awestruck by the depth of many of the students' comments and their willingness to diplomatically disagree with adults. One student prefaced his response to a comment an adult had made with: "I appreciate that you might have a different view of this than I do, but I think the beauty of this book is that no one perspective is right or wrong."  

 

Wow, I thought, this is better than some adult-only book discussions.  

 

I love Pierce Reads for the opportunity it provides our students to shine as thoughtful readers of interesting literature and respectful discussants around complex topics. I concur with the remark of another student who said "Pierce Reads is awesome!"  

 

Kudos to all who participated!

 

A big thank you goes to everyone who made Pierce Reads possible this year. We could not have this program without our wonderful teacher discussion leaders: Nancy Springer, Sarah Ratcliff, Ben Conlon, Gretchen Adams, Chris Smith, Cheryl Klausner, Melissa London, Jenna Goodearl, David Carter, Deborah Levine, Dominique Herard, Mary Gabriel, Rob Garrison, Kate Sullivan, Sandra Sicard, Annice Kra, and retired Pierce librarian, Joan Hamilton.

 

I would also like to give a special thank you to the Pierce PTO who continually supports programs like Pierce Reads (that means all of you). In addition, a very special thank you goes to our parent volunteer organizers, Hillary Janowski, Lynn Dreyfus, Jeannette Guillemin, James Slayton, Pamela DiPiro, Wendy Grossman and Eve Rittenberg, who worked behind the scenes to make the evening run smoothly.

 

Finally, I'd like to thank Pierce librarian Amanda Kretchmar for her tireless efforts to pull every aspect of this program together making it such a success.

  

 

We look forward to Pierce Reads 2014!

 

Dr. Smith-Mumford

Principal

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PTO CORNER >PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  
TEAMWORK TRIVIA NIGHT A GREAT SUCCESS 

A big thank you to everyone who came to Teamwork Trivia on Saturday. Thank you to parents, teachers and community members who generously donated auction items for Pierce Treasures. Thanks to all the teachers and to Dr. Smith-Mumford who came out on Saturday night. Thanks to our very own Charlie Walsh, Martha Huntley and Chuck Silverston for making the night uniquely Pierce. And thank you to the planning team, led by Michele and Dennis Mendoza with a team of amazing parents (too many to list here!) who made the night such a huge success! 

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PTO NEEDS VOLUNTEERS 

Turning to spring business, the PTO is in need of new leadership for next school year. We will 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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PTO MEETING ON 5/9 IS POSTPONED 

The PTO evening meeting originally scheduled for May 9 will be postponed to later in the month. Keep a watch for the new date. On the agenda will be to review spending priorities for next school year in light of town budget cut backs, as well as to hopefully review and endorse next year's new leadership!


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SCHOOL CORNER>PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  
BOOK FAIR: COMING MAY 28 - 30! 
We are still collecting books, especially for kids (K-8). Drop them any day in the bin outside the main office or in the entrance to the historical building.

Curbside Book Drop-Thursday, May 9, 7:40 - 8:15 AM and 2:00 - 2:40 PM.

Donate your books, and we'll do the heavy lifting. Just drive into the drop-off circle and let our friendly volunteers take your book donations straight from your car. Stay tuned next week for the link to the volunteer sign-up sheet.

More information about the Fair coming soon from your room parent.
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8th GRADE PARENTS' POTLUCK

Friday, 5/3, 7pm @ 7 Elm St, #3 (Mialot home - Alex's mom)

Time for the 8th grade parents to have some fun! Let's get together for a potluck dinner. Topic: Parents' Choice. We'll discuss the questions and concerns on the minds of 8th grade parents! Feel free to submit your questions/topics in advance.

 

Please bring a dish to share (appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts)

7:00-7:45pm Potluck and chatting; 7:45-8:30pm Discussion; 8:30-9:15pm Dessert

 

Please RSVP to Eka Mareneli (Nana's mother) at ekabatu@msn.com.


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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECCORNER

MUSIC

Kindergarten -  Spring Sing will be held Tuesday, 6/11, 8:30-9:00am in the Pierce Auditorium. Music students are learning expressive movement to Western European classical music. 

1st grade - Spring Sing will be held on Thursday, 5/16 at 8:15-8:45am in the Pierce Auditorium. First grade music students continue to sing, move, play games, and listen to a variety of music examples each class.

 

2nd grade - Spring Sing will be held on Friday, 5/17 at 8:15-8:45am in the Pierce Auditorium. Music classes have been focusing on multicultural music and folk dances.  
3rd grade
- Spring Concert will be held on Thursday, 6/6 at 8:15-9:00am in the Pierce Auditorium. Students in class learned about � time through listening to a Jimi Hendrix song, doing body percussion patterns, singing Take Me Out to the Ballgame, and even dancing some basic waltz steps!  

4th grade - Students are finishing up their exploration of American folk music from the South.  

5th grade - Students are studying the Baroque-period composer Johann Sebastian Bach.

7th grade - Students have been learning about American roots music from the early 20th

century, including Country, Blues, and Gospel music.   

8th grade - Students have been working on writing their own original blues songs.  

 

CHORUS 

5th grade chorus - Students continue to develop sight-singing skills and work on their songs

for the Spring Concert. They have begun a new section of Chumbara, and continue to refine the legato singing in Firefly, the crisp diction in Crocodile, and the melodic phrases in Haru Ga Kita.

6th grade chorus - Students continue to work on vocal techniques like breath control and diction, their sight-singing skills, and on rehearsing their pieces for the Spring Concert in June.  

7th and 8th grade chorus - Students are continuing to develop their skills for sight-singing in

multiple parts, and on preparing their music for the Spring Concert.

 

CONGRATULATIONS TO MS. SHERIDAN! 

The whole Pierce community congratulates Ms. Sheridan on the newest addition to her family!  Erin Murphy is delighted to be filling in for the remainder of the school year.

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #16: MONEY PLANT 

The POW #16 will go up Friday. The problem is "Money Plant" and it will be due on Tuesday, 5/14. Visit the POW page on the school website:

   

SOLUTION FOR POW #15  
The solution to problem #15 "How Many Eggs?" is either 3 or 63 eggs are in the basket.

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   

     

PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE

Fri., 5/3, 7pm; Sat., 5/4, 3pm & 7pm; Sun., 5/5, 3pm

Ellsworth Theater, Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill

PALS Children's Chorus presents the American premier of The Tale of Moby Dick, a children's opera composed by Raoul Gehringer, which tells Herman Melville's well-known tale of Captain Ahab, and his obsession with taking revenge on the great white whale Moby Dick.  

  

Through music, movement and evocative sets, the 185 choristers of PALS will bring the sea, the ship Pequod and the whale to life on stage. Adults $15 ($20 at the door); Children/Seniors $5 ($10 at the door). Group and school discounts available. For more information and tickets, visit

http://www.palschildrenschorus.org/performances/opera.htm

 

The children performing from Pierce School are: Alyssa A., Hannah B., Carolin B., Julia B., Nadia C., Samantha C., Emily G., Jack F., Lyra J., Emily L., Sophia L., Becky M., Anouk P., Maya P., Denise R., Celeste R., Nicholas S., Clara T., Lidia T., and Carlotta Z.

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B-PEN NEWSLETTER PROVIDES "BREAK FREE FROM DEPRESSION" INFO 

Last month's B-PEN parent forum, "Adolescent Anxiety and Depression - What Every Parent Needs to Know," featured a persuasive presentation and film by Children's Hospital called "Break Free From Depression," as well as powerful guest speakers and experts. The goal was to help increase understanding and awareness of adolescent anxiety and depression, as well as to destigmatize teen mental health issues.
Click here for the full newsletter, or click here for the short form printable info newsletter.

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BROOKLINE COMMUNITY MENTAL HEALTH CENTER OFFERS SUPPORT FOLLOWING MARATHON BOMBING

As we struggle to comprehend this attack and its effects on our lives, Brookline Community Mental Health Center has mobilized to offer support for coping.

 

Members of the Brookline community - adults, children, residents, and employees - who would like additional support can talk with or arrange to meet with Brookline Center staff by calling 617-277-8107.

 

Additional information on coping, seeking help, and resources for taking care of yourself and family members during this time can be found at http://www.brooklinecenter.org.

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OPEN HOUSE AT THE JEWISH CULTURAL SUNDAY SCHOOL

Thursday, 5/2, 6pm Pizza Dinner & 6:30pm Presentation @ 1762 Beacon Street, Brookline

The Jewish Cultural Sunday School engages children grades K-7 in an exploration of Jewish identity rooted in Jewish culture and traditions of social justice. Website: circleboston.org (click "Sunday School"). Get in touch: info@circleboston.org or 617-566-6281.

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BROOKLINE SOCCER CLUB BOYS' & GIRLS' TRYOUTS & PRE-REG. FOR FALL 2013
Sunday, 5/5

(...plus an additional required second tryout for Boys U9 & U10 only on Sunday, 5/19).

NEW - This year, pre-registration is required for all players. Please visit

http://www.brooklinesoccer.org for registration and details.
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HOW TO BE HAPPY WITHOUT BEING PERFECT, with DR. ALICE DOMAR
Tuesday, 5/14, 7pm @ Baker School Auditorium. Tix $15 in advance; $20 at the door.
For many women, caring for family members often defeats the need to care for themselves. At this speaking engagement, Dr. Domar teaches Brookline women How to Be Happy Without Being Perfect. Contact Anne_grieves@me.com with questions, and see here for bio and ticket purchase: http://howtobehappywithoutbeingperfect.eventbrite.com/#.
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UNDERSTANDING BROOKLINE: EMERGING TRENDS & CHANGING NEEDS

SAVE THE DATE: Wednesday, 5/15, 5:30-8pm @ Brookline Senior Center

The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) is sponsoring a lively discussion on a first-of-its-kind report from BCF. Brookline in 2013 is a changing community; the strengths and resources of our town continue to make it a highly desirable place to live, but we also have significant questions to address. Invitation to follow. For more information, please contact Jenny Amory, BCF Executive Director, jamory@brooklinecommunity.org.
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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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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 be hosting 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 be on hand to answer questions about how to prepare for emergencies that involve family or friends dealing with these disorders. Families will have a chance to see equipment and vehicles that would be used in an emergency and to take home information and supplies to help educate their 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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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

 

PIERCE FAMILY SEEKING HOME IN PIERCE DISTRICT

Pierce family of four looking for a 2/3 bedroom condo to rent or buy in the Pierce School District before July 1st. Email Lisa at lisamdamato@gmail.com for any leads or info. Thank you. 
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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.comor 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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