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09.11.2013

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WHAT'S HAPPENING THIS WEEK 

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER
 

OFF TO A GREAT START!

Thanks to the many parent volunteers and to the long hours put in by our staff and custodial crew, opening day was a big success! Many happy students and families found their way to new classrooms and meeting spaces with very few tears. A special thank you to our new PTO leadership and co-chairs, Jennifer Amigone, Jennifer Rothstein and Deb Troderman!

 

I look forward to seeing many of you at our PTO Welcome Breakfast this Friday at 8am in the cafeteria, and at FitFest this Sunday from 1-3pm in Pierce Park.

 

Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford

Principal

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PTO CORNER >PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org   

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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING TOMORROW 
 

Thurs., 9/12, 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall

Please see the full meeting docket here. Please Note: The meeting includes a presentation/public hearing at 7pm regarding the School Committee's space-planning recommendations. The School Committee will consider feedback from the public hearing as it formulates its final school space plans, which will be put to vote during its 9/19 meeting. Please contact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or 

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PTO COMMUNITY POTLUCK WELCOME BREAKFAST

Fri., 9/13, 8am @ Cafeteria

Join parents and PTO leaders as we greet the new school year with a potluck breakfast. Please bring something to share if you can. Coffee will be available. Please contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions. See you there!  

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CORRECTED DATES: OPEN HOUSES 

K-6 Open House, Wed. 9/25; 7-8th Grade Open House, Thurs. 9/26

Parents, please speak with your child's teacher regarding Open House times. These important events provide opportunities for parents to speak with teachers, and for parents and students to spend time together in the classrooms.

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PIERCE SCHOOL DIRECTORY

The directory will be updated next week after all students have been placed. Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com with questions.
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REMEMBER TO SHOP WITH THE PIERCE/AMAZON LINK 

When you think about online shopping, start with Pierce! Click on the orange Amazon box on the school homepage: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/index.html.

 

You'll pay the same Amazon prices as always, but about 7% of your cost returns to the Pierce PTO. Last year, the PTO raised $2,000 through Pierce's Amazon link. Please encourage friends, family, and neighbors to use the Amazon link on the Pierce homepage. Thank you for your continued support of our school!
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THANK YOU MOLLY ZUKER & FIRST DAY VOLUNTEERS! 

A special thank you to Molly Zuker for once again organizing a successful first day of school for our community. We appreciate her hard work and the help of all the volunteers who made the day run so smoothly: Cherie Gaehde, Steffi Gaehde, Eileen Regis, Martha Huntley, Felina Robinson, Michael Hect, Deb Dowd, Angela Crawford-Ervin, Pieter Cohen, Emily Sinagra, Beth Waisburd, Shuang Xu, Phil Schroeder, Anna Asphar, Pablo Alvarez, Robert Schleipman, Sonja Nagle, Aidan Nagle, and Robert Nagle. Thank you, Molly and team!

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THANK YOU SUMMER GARDENERS!

Thank you to Luisa Raposa, Jeanine Dias, Julie Bruno and their families for taking care of the amphitheater gardens over the summer. They shared weeding and watering duties, and kept the gardens looking great! Volunteers like these help make Pierce a welcoming place.

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AND, FINALLY, THANK YOU AMY HARWIN & KERRI HAMBERG

... for organizing the incoming kindergarten picnic in August. It was a huge success!

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SCHOOL CORNER>SCHOOL
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  
 
FITFEST
2013 
Sunday, 9/15, 1-3pm @ Pierce Park (rain date Sunday, 9/29) 
FitFest is a fun way to kick off the school year with classmates new and old. Don't miss out! Buy tickets ($5) and T-shirts ($10) at Pierce in front of the historical building tomorrow and Friday from 7:45-8:15am and 2:15-2:40pm.

Volunteers are still needed! Please contact Rebecca Tolkoff at rtolkoff@gmail.com or Meredith Saillant at
dggmls@yahoo.com.

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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF
- registration begins 9/13!
In keeping with the Pierce School tradition of staging wonderful productions, please get ready for this year's 7/8 production of Fiddler on the Roof.

 

Dates to Remember:

Fri. 9/13-Fri. 9/20: REGISTRATION at: https://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/fiddler-on-the-roof/

Thurs. 9/19 & Fri. 9/20: AUDITION SIGN UP (in the cafeteria)

Mon. 9/23: AUDITIONS (after school)

Mon. 9/30: PARTS ANNOUNCED & first group rehearsal (after school)

Thurs. 12/12-Sat. 12/14: PERFORMANCE DATES

 

Important Notes:

*No rehearsals on Thursdays.

*Register you child prior to Auditions; those not registered will be unable to audition.

*This is a parent-run production, and its success relies on parent volunteers. Numerous and varied volunteer positions, large and small, need to be filled on- and off-site. Please contact nicolelapidus@gmail.com to help.

 

Please help keep this important school tradition going! Thank you from the Production Team: Deb Dowd, Edel O'Hara, Nicole Lapidus, and Paul Farwell, Director.

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SPECIALISTS' CORNER >SPECIALIST
 
MUSIC, SPANISH, VISUAL ARTS, AND PHYSICAL EDUCATION
Beginning next week, this section will provide updates on Music, Spanish, Visual Arts, or Physical Education. Each week, one group of Specialist teachers will share a report on their programs and what your children have been learning. Look for a Music update on 9/18. 
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 
POW #1
Due Tues. 9/24

The Pierce Problem of the Week (POW) is back! All students are invited and encouraged to try these fun and challenging math problems. Stop by the bulletin board along the ramp near the front office to see the directions and poster. Copies of the problem can be found in the magazine rack near the front office. Solutions are due every other Tuesday, by 8am. A red "Solution Box" is located underneath the bulletin board for your convenience. Remember, all solutions must have your first name, last name and class. Contact the math specialists with questions: tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us or rebecca_freedman@brookline.k12.ma.us.  

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   
  

BROOKLINE COMMISSION FOR THE ARTS SEEKING PROPOSALS

Grant writing workshop, Wed. 9/11; Proposal Deadline, Tues. 10/15

BCA is seeking applications from artists, individuals, organizations, and schools needing funds to support arts and cultural activities that will benefit the Brookline community. The BCA will hold a grant writing workshop on 9/11 at Brookline Town Hall, Rm. 103, 6:30-8:30pm for those interested in applying for funding from the BCA. Please RSVP to brooklinearts@gmail.com or call Gillian Jackson at 617-730-2135.

 

For complete information and application, visit http://www.brooklinearts.org/. Applications and information about the Local Cultural Council Program are also available online at http://www.mass-culture.org/lcc_public.aspx and at all Brookline libraries and Town Hall, Selectmen's office.

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PRIVATE GUNS, PUBLIC HEALTH

Mon. 9/23, 6:30pm @ Selectman's Hearing Rm, Town Hall, 333 Washington St.

Speakers: David Hemenway, Professor, Harvard School of Public Health & Sgt. Christopher Mallin, Brookline Police Dept. Sponsored by League of Women Voters, Brookline.

6:30 pm - Refreshments

7:00 pm - Program

For more information, e-mail sheila2873@aol.com.

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CUBSCOUTS

Wed. 9/25, 6:30pm @ Main Library (upstairs)

Are you and your kids interested in learning about Cubscouts (or camping, the outdoors and overnight trips)? We invite 1st - 5th grade boys and their families to join Pack 6 Brookline Cubscouts at this Recruitment and Orientation Meeting. Call Matt Amory at 917-771-4157. Visit www.pack6brookline.org and https://beascout.scouting.org/.

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KIDS' LAB: USING SCRATCH

Begins Thurs. 9/26, 5-6:30pm @ Brookline High School

Jason Breitkopf, Instructor, Brookline Adult & Community Education. Create your own scenarios and characters using Scratch, a computer program developed at MIT that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games. For students ages 9 to 14. Four Thursdays, $50. Call 617-730-2700 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org.

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BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER FALL CLASSES 

The Brookline Arts Center is now registering for fall classes! New and exciting courses available for children, teens, and adults.Teatro for Kids! is a bilingual Spanish theater class for ages 4-5. The BAC also offers a Fantastic Art Explorations class, inspired by children's tales. Other classes include clay, comics, painting, pottery, and more. Register at

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FREELANCE PLAYERS MUSICAL THEATER COMPANY - AGES 5-16

The Freelance Players musical theater company is enrolling for the fall season. The Freelance Troupe is for children ages 8-12 with little or no acting experience. The Troupe produces one original musical each season and meets on Fridays at Driscoll, 3:15-5:30pm. The Freelance Players (ages 12-16) mounts large-scale original musicals. The Players meet on Wednesdays at Driscoll, 4-6:30pm. Story Theater (ages 5-8) meets on Tuesdays or Thursdays at Park School for 8-week sessions. There are also Troupes on Mondays (Dover and Newton), Tuesdays (Cambridge and JP) and Fridays in Needham. For more information or to schedule a meeting call Kippy Dewey at 617-232-1175, or see www.freelanceplayers.org. 
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LEARN TO PLAY TRADITIONAL BLUEGRASS & CELTIC MUSIC WITH YOUR FAMILY 

Join our group of Brookline families as we learn and play traditional bluegrass and Celtic music in a fun and friendly "jam session." Each class features a song that we learn by ear and play as an ensemble. Featured instruments include violins, cellos, guitars, banjos, and mandolins. For more information, contact Rob Guillemin (rob.guillemin@gmail.com) or visit our website at

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

THE ETIQUETTE ACADEMY OF NEW ENGLAND - NOW ENROLLING 
The Etiquette Academy of New England is currently enrolling for Fall 2013! Classes begin 9/21. Spots will fill up quickly, so please visit www.TheEtiquetteAcademy.org and enroll today! Topics: Table Manners, Conversations, Presentations, Posture, Friendships and more. 
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PIANO LESSONS: GLORIA JASINSKI   

Bachelor of Music in Composition from Berklee College of Music, Master of Music in Jazz Studies from New England Conservatory. 30+ years teaching experience. Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. Phone: 617-566-9704, email: piano566@comcast.net 
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BENEFITNESS HEALTH CLUB FOR WOMEN 

** Discounted rate for Pierce moms, teachers and staff! ** 
- Only $54 per month 
- FREE Personal Training Session when you join! 
For more information please visit benefitnesshealthclub.com or call 617-232-7440
62 Harvard Street (rear), Brookline, MA 02445
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WHEELTHROWING & HANDBUILDING IN CLAY FOR KIDS AGE 8-12

September 19th - October 24th 

6 Thursdays, 4-6pm: Cost $155

Feet of Clay in Brookline Village

www.feetofclaypottery.com

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