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03.06.2013

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REMINDER: SUPERINTENDENT'S FORUM THIS FRIDAY, 3/8
Superintendent Lupini comes but once a year! For his annual visit, he will discuss matters pertaining to Pierce and the Brookline Public Schools, and will take questions from parents. Join us at 8am for coffee (in the cafeteria) and conversation (in the auditorium). Please see below for more details.

Thank you,
Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford
Principal

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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
 

 

TOMORROW! OPEN PARENT FORUM WITH SUPERINTENDENT BILL LUPINI

Friday, 3/8, 8-9am @ Pierce Auditorium

Please join us for Superintendent Bill Lupini's annual visit to Pierce. He will address a range of issues affecting Pierce and Brookline Public Schools, and will open the floor to questions from parents. This is his only formal visit of the year, so please attend! Coffee will be served. 

To review the Superintendent's Budget message for FY2014 prior to the Forum, click here:http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/index.php?option=com_content&view=category&layout=blog&id=101&Itemid=329.
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TOMORROW! PIERCE'S ANNUAL MARCH MADNESS FOR GRADES K-3
 
Thursday, 3/7, 6-7:30pm @ Pierce Gym

Come beat the winter blues! Kids will play games such as SILLY SOCCER, relay races, castle ball, freeze tag and more in the Gym. Parents will socialize in the cafeteria and hear a presentation from Alden Cadwell, Director of Food Services. Healthy snacks and coffee will be provided. Kids should wear comfortable clothing and sneakers and bring refillable water bottles. Sponsored by the Pierce PTO. See the PTO website for more details.

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PIERCE SCHOOL IMPROVEMENT PLAN MEETINGS

Tuesday, 3/19, 7pm @ Teacher's Room; and Tuesday, 4/9, 7am @ Conference Room

Pierce School Council invites you to attend an upcoming meeting. Learn how School Council is helping to assess Pierce's progress toward its school improvement goals. See the Pierce website for a copy of the 2012-13 School Improvement Plan.
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BOOK FAIR 2013

We're looking for volunteers in many areas. Please email Carin Aquiline at caquiline@mindspring.com to find the volunteer spot that suits your interests and time.

Donation bins are in front of the main office and in the entrance to the historical building.

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TOMORROW! PARENT & COMMUNITY FORUM: PUBLIC SCHOOLS' STRATEGIC PLAN

Thursday, 3/7, 7pm @ Town Hall, 5th Floor, Walsh School Committee Room

The Strategic Plan Committee, an ad hoc committee of the Brookline School Committee, has been charged with updating the Strategic Plan for the Public Schools of Brookline.

 

We invite you to attend the first of three Parent & Community Forums to offer your input on the proposed revisions to the Strategic Plan, discuss the district's vision and core values, and consider district priorities. See www.brookline.k12.ma.us (District Announcements section) for the current Plan. Two more forums will be scheduled for later in the spring. For questions, please email StrategicPlan@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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PARENT VOLUNTEERS NEEDED FOR WILLY WONKA SHOWS
 
Willy Wonka is coming!!! This year, we'll feature six shows (three per cast), each of which needs parent volunteers to help backstage. We have 54 show volunteer slots to fill! If you can help, please sign up at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPMwkWjJrI1dGxHOVQ4UjgyaUt3R05jQ0NUQ3FJRVE&usp=sharing#gid=0

Contact Deborah Heffan at
heffan@verizon.net, Kate Risse at Katherine.risse@tufts.edu, or Sarah Bishins at sarah.bishins@verizon.net with questions.

Volunteers are also needed to help with costumes during after-school dress rehearsals: Friday 3/8, Monday 3/11, Tuesday 3/12 and Wednesday 3/13; and during the shows: 3/14 (8-11am), 3/14 (6-9pm), 3/15 (11am-2pm), 3/15 (6-9pm), 3/16 (11am-2pm), 3/16 (6-9pm). Your assistance will be greatly appreciated! Please contact Anna Asphar at
annalouise@rcn.com.

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WILLY WONKA TICKET SALES START NEXT WEEK!

Don't miss out on this spectacular Grade 3-6 show! $7 per person. Tickets will be on sale in the Pierce School Main Lobby Mon. 3/11 through Fri. 3/15 at 7:45-8:15am and 2:10-2:40pm (until tickets run out). First come, first sold. The Grade 3-6 play usually sells out, so get your tickets early.

 

Show Dates:

Thursday 3/14, 7pm IMAGINE CAST

Friday 3/15, 7pm BELIEVE CAST

Saturday 3/16, 2pm BELIEVE CAST

Saturday 3/16, 7pm IMAGINE CAST

 

Please also note that there will be TWO in-school shows, free for Pierce students, on Thursday and Friday. Contact Meredith Saillant with any ticketing questions: dggmls@yahoo.com.

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FY14 SCHOOL BUDGET OPEN FORUMS

Tuesday, 3/19, 6:30pm @ Baker School Library; and Wednesday, 3/20, 8:15am @ Town Hall, Room 103

Superintendent Bill Lupini and Deputy Superintendent Peter Rowe will host a series of open forums to discuss the FY14 SCHOOL BUDGET. All are welcome to attend.

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NEW DATE FOR 7TH-GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
Wednesday, 3/27 (*NOT 3/21*), 7:30pm @ home of Robert Nagle, 85 Griggs Rd.
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PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY
Due Friday, 3/29
If you haven't yet, please take a moment to complete this anonymous, 10-minute survey: http://www.MAparent1.com. 

Sponsored by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE), the survey seeks to evaluate the effectiveness of school-parent partnerships in promoting your involvement in your child's education. Survey data will be used to strengthen and improve our parent involvement efforts. Your participation is important. Thank you in advance for your time!

 

If you need help locating a computer to take the survey, stop by the school office or the public library. For additional survey details, visit www.brookline.k12.ma.us (District Announcements section).

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PIERCE READS RESCHEDULED

Thursday, 4/25

Because of conflicting evening conferences, Pierce Reads is now scheduled for 4/25. Contact Amanda Kretschmar with questions: Amanda_Kretschmar@brookline.k12.ma.us.
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ENRICHMENT & CHALLENGE SUPPORT PROGRAM INFO NOW ON PIERCE WEBSITE!  
Visit the updated website to learn more about our Enrichment and Challenge Support Program:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/enrichment-challenge-support.html. Additional resources, including web links, articles, books, local programs/activities, and links to brain-teasers and puzzles are also available on this page. Contact parent reps tobyraybould@gmail.com or sssrouji@yahoo.com, or ECS teacher leslie_fagen@brookline.k12.ma.uswith questions.
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #12: POSTAGE  
Due Tuesday, 3/12 
Kathleen needs $0.85 in stamps to mail a package. She only has $0.32 and $0.23 stamps. She puts on the lowest amount of postage possible over $0.85. How much does she put on the package? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols. Visit the POW page on the school website for details.
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FREE SPEAKER SERIES AT ATRIUM SCHOOL BEGINS TOMORROW

Thursday, 3/7, 6:30pm @ Atrium School in Watertown- Larry Cohen, Ph.D., author of Playful Parenting. Dr. Cohen will present The Opposite of Worry: Playful Parenting for Childhood Anxieties and Fears.

  

Tuesday, 4/9, 6:30pm @ Atrium School in Watertown- Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD, clinical psychologist, consultant and educator. Dr. Steiner-Adair will present Raising Healthy Daughters: Educating Smart Girls to Outsmart Unhealthy Girl Culture.

  

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, please visit www.atrium.org, or contact the Atrium School at 617-923-4156.

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CORNER CO-OP NURSERY SCHOOL FUNDRAISER

Saturday, 3/9, 10am-2pm @ All Saints Parish, 1773 Beacon St.

Join the families & friends of the Corner Co-op Nursery School for our annual fundraiser, 

SPRING FUN FAIR! A day of games & crafts for kids 2-7+, including face painting, entertainment, raffle prizes, silent auction, baked goods, international food, and much more! 1pm concert with children's musician Vanessa Trien! Admission: $10 per child or $25 per family. For information, please call 617-738-4631 or contact questions@cornercoop.org.

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ARTBARN PERFORMANCE: JAMBO!

Saturday, 3/9, 7pm & Sunday, 3/10, 4:30pm @ Maliotis Cultural Center, Hellenic College, 50 Goddard Ave, Brookline

Join the Artbarn Community Theater's Duck Soup Troupe (3rd & 4th grades) for three classic African Folktales woven together and peppered with energetic song & dance numbers. Travel with us through the jungles of Africa and meet the Tortoise who tried to fly, the boy who wanted the moon, and that classic trickster Ananse the Spider. Suitable for audiences of all ages. Tickets $10 at the door. For info, visit www.artbarn.org or contact info@artbarn.org.

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BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL TRYOUTS for GRADES 3 AND ABOVE

Saturday 3/9 & Sunday 3/10 @ B.U.'s Track & Tennis Center, 100 Ashford St, Allston (behind Star Market parking lot)

Players must register at www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org prior to tryouts, then choose a day for tryouts as per the schedule. Evaluators will assess players' skills to help build good teams of reasonable parity. For players who wish to advance to Major A, a good performance is particularly important, and we recommend advance preparation. Players currently assigned to a Major A team are not required to attend tryouts.

 

Spring programs also offered for K-2 - no tryouts required. Those registered by Sunday, 3/10, are guaranteed a spot; after that, it's first-come, first-served. Scholarships available. For information and to register, please visit www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org.

  

PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE: "VOICES" 
Saturday, 3/16 @ St. Paul's Church, 29 Mt. Auburn Street, Harvard Square, Cambridge 
2pm: All PALS Ensembles joined by PALS alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Choir of St. Mary's School; 6:30pm: PALS Gershwin, Copland & Bernstein Ensembles joined by PALS Alumni, Choeur des Enfants de Montr´┐Żal, & the Boston Boy Choir. Children & Seniors $5; Adults $10. Tickets available at the door and at www.palschildrenschorus.org.

These Pierce students will perform: Alyssa A., Hannah B., Carolin B., Julia B., Nadia C., Samantha C., Jack F., Emily G., Lyra J., Emily L., Sophia L., Becky M., Anouk P., Zelda P., Maya P., Denise R., Celeste R., Nicholas S., Clara T., Lidia T., and Carlotta Z.
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SUPPORT THE BEF BY SUPPORTING PIERCE PARENT MARATHON RUNNER!

This spring, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) is sponsoring five runners for the Boston Marathon who are dedicating their fundraising efforts to the BEF as part of Team Brookline.

 

Pierce School Parent, and Team Brookline member, Sidhu Gangadharan has surpassed the $5,000 level. This means that every dollar raised will go directly to the BEF to help our kids and teachers, without any deductions for overhead costs. Please support Sidhu, and visit his fundraising page at:

http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/SidhuGangadharan/team-brookline-2013

The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education.
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2013 BROOKLINE TEEN GRANTMAKERS REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS (RFP)

A Brookline Community Foundation $10,000 Funding Opportunity

Applications due Monday, 3/25 

This winter, 13 student leaders were selected from Brookline to participate in the Brookline Teen Grantmakers (BTG) Program, which aims to educate and engage the next generation of Brookline's philanthropic leaders. BTG will distribute $10,000 to support quality programs that serve these needs. See BCF's website for RFP, guidelines, and application materials.
Questions? Contact Jennifer Lemire at 617-566-4442 or jlemire@brooklinecommunity.org.
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VACATION ART CAMPS AT BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER
Tuesday 4/16 - Friday 4/19, 9am-2pm 
Programs include ArtVentures, Jewelry and Metals Studios, and Pottery studios. For more information, visit our website at www.brooklineartscenter.com or contact us at 617-566-5715.  
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PART-TIME NANNY OR HELPER AVAILABLE

Need a part-time nanny or helper...or know someone who does? My wonderful nanny and friend, who has been taking great care of my children for 10 years, is looking for 15 or so additional morning hours for child care, laundry, errands and more. She might be the most dependable and capable person you'll ever meet, and your kids will love her! Please contact Priscilla O'Reilly at 617-346-6841 or prisoreilly@gmail.com for more information.
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THE ETIQUETTE ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND
 
We are currently enrolling students seeking to perfect their etiquette skills! Spots will fill up quickly, so please visit www.TheEtiquetteAcademy.org to sign up for a class!

  

Mind Your Manners: Beyond Please and Thank You (Grades 2-4) 

5 weeks/$265; Thursdays, 4-5pm - 3/7, 14, 21, 28, 30

Final class Saturday, 3/30, 12:30-2pm at an upscale restaurant

 

Etiquette for Middle Schoolers (Grades 5-8)

6 weeks/$267; Fridays, 4-5pm - 3/8, 15, 22, 4/5, 12, 13

Final class Saturday, 4/13, 12-1:30pm at an upscale restaurant

 

Etiquette for Young Adults (High Schoolers)

6 weeks/$269; Thursdays, 4-5pm - 4/4, 11, 25, 5/2, 9, 11

Final class Saturday, 5/11, 12:30-2pm at an upscale restaurant
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GIRLS' HIP HOP DANCE CLASS AT BENEFITNESS  
Through 4/6, Saturdays 1-2pm, $69. 
Visit benefitnesshealthclub.com for more information or call 617-232-7440 to sign up! Missed the first class? No problem, we still have a few spaces open!

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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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BRIMMER AND MAY SCHOOL SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE

Monday, 6/24 - Friday, 7/5

Two-week Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) program provides experiential learning to middle-school students through interactive workshops and hands-on activities. Experienced Brimmer and May science and technology faculty will nurture students' creativity and spark their imagination through daily workshops exploring a variety of STEM-related topics. Small groups explore these topics through projects designed to encourage collaboration and problem-solving. Projects include examining the DNA of strawberries, developing and constructing architectural models, and building and launching model rockets. Enrollment limited to ensure small groups. Fee: $1,300. More information and a link to registration can be found at www.brimmerandmaycamp.org. For questions, please contact the camp office at camp@brimmer.org or 617-278-2350.

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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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