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02.06.2013

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PIERCE TRIVIA NIGHT: PLANNING MEETING & CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS

Friday, 2/8, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria

Mark your calendars! This year's adults-only Trivia Night will be held the evening of Saturday, 4/27. Interested in helping out? Have ideas on how to improve upon last year's event? Come to our planning meeting! If you have questions or would like to volunteer, but can't make the meeting, please contact Michele Mendoza at mlynmendoza@gmail.com.

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PIERCE T-SHIRT DESIGN CONTEST 

Calling all artists and designers, young and old! We need YOU to design the next Pierce T-shirt! The first Pierce T-shirt Design Contest seeks ideas from kids, parents, and teachers, individually or in teams. Entries are due on or before Wednesday, 2/27. To learn how to enter, please click here.

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PIERCE BOOK FAIR - CURBSIDE BOOK DROP

Curbside Book Drop-Off - Tuesday 2/12, 7:30-8:15 am in the drop-off circle: Have your book donations collected from your car by our crack staff of book valets! Next organizational meeting - Friday, 3/1, 8:10am in the cafeteria. Come and get involved in this much-loved event. Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/book-fair.html. Email Carin Aquiline with questions: caquiline@mindspring.com. 

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PIERCE STRINGS CONCERT TOMORROW, 2/7 
The Pierce Strings Concert will be held at the Lawrence School tomorrow, Thurs., 2/7, at 7 pm. Please come out and support Pierce 4th-8th grade students!
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7th & 8th GRADE VARIETY SHOW ON WEDNESDAY, 2/13

6 pm in the Pierce Auditorium. Admission: $5. Come and support our middle schoolers in their musical endeavors! All proceeds will go towards purchasing an amplifier, mics and mic stands for future Pierce performances.

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PROPS NEEDED FOR WILLY WONKA

We are looking for the following items for Willy Wonka ASAP: 

* A long, velvet, purple jacket, girls size large/womans small
* A black top hat for Willy Wonka
* A sumo-wrestler style blow-up costume, kid size.

Contact Joanne Evans if you can help (jevans@bu.edu)
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SAVE THE DATE: MARCH 21 PRESENTATION FOR 5th-8th GRADE PIERCE PARENTS

Let's Be Honest: Communication in Families that Keeps Kids Healthy

Sponsored by Public Schools of Brookline and B-PEN

To support making healthy, safe and well-informed decisions, our kids need to hear about values and sexuality from parents. Planned Parenthood's Let's Be Honest program helps middle school parents/caregivers create an environment of trust and comfort in talking with their children about sex and sexuality. This lively, refreshingly direct program empowers parents to feel comfortable and competent as their children's primary sexuality educators. Talking points range from promoting healthy relationships to managing peer pressure and media influences. Join us for an engaging, eye-opening conversation. A parent education book will be given to all participants.

 

Four programs are scheduled in March, each geared for two schools at a time. (If you cannot make our school's designated presentation, feel free to attend another.)

 

Pierce and Lawrence at PIERCE on Thursday, March 21, 2013, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Register at: http://mar21piercelawrence.eventbrite.com 

 

Runkle and Lincoln at RUNKLE on Monday, March 4, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Register at http://mar4runklelincoln.eventbrite.com

 

Driscoll and Devotion at DRISCOLL on Wednesday, March 13 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Register at http://mar13driscolldevotion.eventbrite.com

 

Heath and Baker at HEATH on Wednesday, March 20, 7 pm to 8:30 pm

Register at: http://mar20heathbaker.eventbrite.com

 

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NEW DATE FOR 7TH GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
Wednesday, 3/27, 7:30pm @ home of Robert Nagle, 85 Griggs Rd.
Please plan to attend the next 7th Grade Parent Exchange Meeting. Note that the date has changed from 3/21 to 3/27. 
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SEVENTH GRADERS PARTICIPATE IN MODEL UN DEBATE  

Four seventh grade students: Christian G., Peter H., Ian M., and Quinn P. went to the BU Academy and debated world issues in the same way that the United Nation debates. Congratulations to both Peter H. and Christian G. for receiving the award of Outstanding Delegate! Please click here to read more.

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MATHCOUNTS TEAM COMPETES  

The Pierce MathCounts team, led by Ms. Galolo and Ms. Bare, went to MathCounts on Saturday, 2/2 for the Metro Boston meet of this national middle school math competition. Four students proudly represented Pierce at the meet: Leon Y., Tailo C., Karun M. and Arthur C. Thanks to the parent volunteers who have been helping with the practice sessions. Please click here to read more.

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 EASTERN MASSACHUSETTS JUNIOR DISTRICT FESTIVAL

7th, 8th and 9th grade musicians from Eastern MA auditioned to participate in the Eastern MA Junior District Music Festival, held every March. Please congratulate the following Pierce students (and members of the 7/8 Grade Chorus) on the honor of being chosen to perform at this festival. ALL nine vocal students from Pierce who auditioned were accepted: Lucia O., Carolin B., Molly S., Marjie R., Zander S., Duncan G., Sebastian W., Chloe T., and Lyra J.

  

We can also celebrate the Pierce 9th graders who auditioned and were accepted for the festival: Talia R.: Voice; Will N.: Clarinet; Priscilla C.: Voice; and Arthur C.: Cello. Please click here to read more. Go Pierce!!

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PIERCE'S FIRST CALDECOTT NIGHT A SUCCESS!  

Our 1st Pierce School Caldecott Night was a huge success! Students in grades K-3 and their families spent last Thursday evening celebrating books. Families had an opportunity to browse through the 100 best books of 2012 and vote for their favorite. Before the night was over, more than 250 votes were collected and the winners of the 2013 Pierce Caldecott Award are...

 

The official 2013 Caldecott Award was also announced by the American Library Association last week and the winners are...

 

A very special thank you to our Pierce Caldecott Night parent volunteers that helped make this event possible: Hilary Elkins, Lauren Vargas, Deb Thompson, Jen Rothstein, Swann Lin, Carrie Wager, Lisa Redding, Laura Munoz, Tiffany Rinne, and Hillary Janowski.

 

Another special thank you to the faculty and staff who helped before, during, and after our event: Rob Garrison, Dominique Herard, Shirley Re, Mary Gabriel, Samantha Lovell, Caroline Babbidge, Jenna Goodearl, Colleen Muldoon, Mikaela Newell, Lauren Kelly, Susan Leipman, Roylene Hunte, Heidi Young, and Amie Buchman.

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HALF-WAY DAY AND THE PROBLEM OF THE WEEK

In honor of half-way day, we have recognized the Pierce students who have solved at least half of the Problems of the Week this year. Student names are displayed on the wall behind the pit. Congratulations to the Pierce Problem Solvers.  Stop by and look for your name.

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B-SPACE MEETINGS TO ADDRESS SCHOOL OVER-CROWDING

This meeting series will address school over-crowding. It's important that the entire community be a part of the discussion and have an opportunity to provide input. First meeting was on 1/28; subsequent meetings will occur every two weeks. Find more background here:
http://www.wickedlocal.com/brookline/news/x2105873833/Committee-looks-to-resolve-school-space-crunch-in-Brookline?zc_p=0#axzz2IzzyHoJr.

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AFTER-SCHOOL MATH TUTORING FOR GRADES 3-5

Wednesdays, 4pm 

After-School Math Tutoring, which continues to meet after play rehearsals, has room for a few new students. The remaining sessions until spring break will focus on the types of multiple- choice and open-response questions that students encounter on the MCAS. We will build confidence as well as review the math skills required. Enrollment forms are still available in the office. Contact Jeanne Wilson at jeanne_wilson@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions.  

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SPANISH

Fourth and fifth graders are revisiting numbers in Spanish and bringing it up a level by doing math with all four functions. They play fun games in Spanish like �Vete Pescar! Ask your child to explain the speed math game soldado, where they have to stick a card on a person's head! Next up: Telling time. The sixth graders have begun their study of Mexico with a brief overview of geography and culture and a fun video on Chichen Itza, an ancient Mayan city. How many facts can they tell you about Mexico and Chichen Itza? Mexican food party coming soon. Anyone know how to make a pi�ata or a great tamal? Visit the Spanish page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/spanish.html

 

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #11: 8-DIGIT NUMBER

Make an 8-digit number using the digits 1,1,2,2,3,3,4 and 4. Use the following rules:

The 1's must be separated by one digit.

The 2's must be separated by two digits.

The 3's must be separated by three digits.

The 4's must be separated by four digits.

Visit the POW page on the school website for details.

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PALS CHILDREN'S CHORUS PERFORMANCE: AROUND THE WORLD
Two joyful concerts on Sunday, 2/10 at First Parish Brookline, 382 Walnut Street.
3pm - All PALS Ensembles (183 children grades 1-9)
5 pm - Gershwin, Copland & Bernstein Ensembles  (grades 3-9).
Children & Seniors $5; Adults $10. Tickets available at the door and at
www.palschildrenschorus.org.The following students from Pierce School will be performing: 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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FRIENDS OF THE BROOKLINE LIBRARY BOOK SALE

February is Quezalguaque Library Month. Quezalguaque is Brookline's sister city in Nicaragua. This year, we are purchasing some computers for their schools! Proceeds from the Friends of the Brookline Library Book Sale will go to support the Sister City Library in Quezalguaque, Nicaragua. SHOP TIL YOU DROP at Main Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline.

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A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLINE - AHNA ANNUAL MEETING

Sunday, 2/10, 4-6pm @ The Brookline Center, 43 Garrison Rd.

Brookline Greenspace Alliance has designated 2013 as The Year of the Tree! On Aspinwall Hill, we have seen the loss of many trees this year. Learn more about our trees and how we can preserve them. We will have a brief business meeting with election of officers and executive committee, introduction of neighborhood precinct Town Meeting Members, and discussion of neighborhood concerns. Then we'll welcome Brookline Tree Warden and Town Arborist Tom Brady and members of the Tree-Planting Committee for an informal discussion about the current state of the trees lining our streets, parks, and playgrounds. Topics will include species diversity, tree health issues, and heritage trees. Bring your questions and concerns about trees, or you may send them in advance to aspinwallhill@gmail.com. Light refreshments. Open to all.
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BCW ESSAY CONTEST: "A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME"
Due Friday, 2/15

In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women is sponsoring its 21st annual "A Woman Who Inspires Me" Essay Contest. All students in grades 5-8 who live in or attend public or private school in Brookline may submit an essay honoring an inspirational woman. The contest helps chronicle women's history in Brookline, and encourages students to reflect on important women in their lives. Winners will be announced on the BCW website around 2/20, and will be honored at an awards ceremony on 3/18, in conjunction with the Commission's naming of the 2013 Brookline Woman of the Year.

 

Please email chatchett@brooklinema.gov for information/contest forms, or download at www.brooklinema.gov/BCW. Essays may be returned to the School's Main Office by Thursday, 2/14, or delivered to the BCW c/o Brookline Police Department, 350 Washington St. Brookline 02445, by Friday, 2/15. Contact BCW Co-Chair Casey Hatchett at 617-730-2734 or Treasurer Aimee Tallarico at 617-413-9068 with questions.

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BHS's 21st CENTURY FUND PRESENTS FREE ANNUAL FORUM
What's the Big Idea? Academic Rigor, Thursday, 2/28, 7-8:30pm @ Wheelock College, Ladd Rm., 43 Hawes St., Brookline

What's the Big Idea? brings together local thinkers in a provocative discussion moderated by respected journalist and Brookline parent Carey Goldberg. Among the questions to be debated: What does rigor mean in a competitive public high school environment? How do we balance standards with intellectual risk-taking? How much emphasis do we place on grades? The public is welcome. Reservations suggested: http://whatsthebigidearigor.eventbrite.com.

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SAVE THE DATE: 5TH GRADE SPELLING BEE
Sunday, 3/10

Save the date and stay tuned for more information on the town-wide 5th grade Spelling Bee! More information available soon at www.brooklineeducation.org.

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B-PEN SEEKS FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES: WE NEED YOUR HELP!

Brookline Parent Education Network is funded by a grant that runs out this September. Over the past three years, B-PEN has made a concerted effort to help keep parents "informed, involved and connected" through newsletters, Parent Networks, presentations, and our website. We are currently looking for alternative funding to continue this work, but crucial to that process is feedback from YOU! Please take the B-PEN Parent Survey, which takes less than five minutes and will help us validate B-PEN's efforts and evaluate effectiveness going forward. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B-PEN.

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PIERCE PARENT TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON FOR TEAM BROOKLINE!

This spring, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) is sponsoring five runners for the Boston Marathon who will be dedicating their fundraising efforts to the BEF as part of Team Brookline, Brookline's Official Boston Marathon Team. Support Pierce School Parent Sidhu Gangadharan as a member of Team Brookline. Visit his fundraising page at:

The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds that are critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education.

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CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON TICKETS
Enjoy world-class arts! Through the Celebrity Series of Boston's "Take Your Seat" program, students in K-12 can attend performances of such renowned artists as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, What Makes it Great? host Rob Kapilow, Itzhak Perlman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbara Cook, Bobby McFerrin, and many more. Many of these performances are just $10/ticket.
 
"Take Your Seat" makes artistic performances available to urban K-12 schools and community groups who might not otherwise be able to attend. A link to the schedule and order form is posted on the right-hand side of the school's website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/news-and-bridge.html. Please return your order form and payment to the PTO mailbox slot marked "Celebrity Series" ASAP so we can accommodate as many requests as possible. For more information, please contact Pierce parent Mara Littman at maralittman@yahoo.com.
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BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL SPRING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN 

Brookline Youth Baseball offers programs for kids from kindergarten through age 15 who live in or attend school in Brookline. The season begins in mid-April when the Town opens the fields, and runs through the end of the school year. Everyone registered by March 10th will be guaranteed a spot (after that it is on a first-come, first-served basis). Tryouts (on March 9th and 10th) are required for kids in grades 3 and up to determine league placement, and you must register before tryouts. Scholarships available. To learn more and to register, visit www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org.

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BRIMMER AND MAY SCHOOL SUMMER STEM INSTITUTE

Two-week 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 is limited to ensure small groups. Dates: June 24 - July 5, 2013. 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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CAPE COD (E. FALMOUTH) RENTAL HOUSE AVAILABLE

Baker School family renting a great Cape Cod (E. Falmouth) house. Enjoy 4 bedrooms, 2.5 baths plus customized outdoor shower, beautiful sunroom, spacious family & living rooms. Every room is freshly painted, new stove/oven, newly renovated bathroom and lots and lots of charm. Close to beaches. Close to shopping. Walk to water inlet at end of quiet street. In
season rate is $1,875/week. Off season rates also available. Please call Lisa Wisel at 617-335-4335 or email lisawisel@hotmail.com
 

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.com or call 617-901-3792.

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ART WITH AMY

Make art in the new year! Artist Amy Solomon offers fun and creative after-school art classes and half-day workshops in her home on Brook Street. Pick up available at Pierce. Lots of painting, drawing, and building. For more details on programming, check out

www.artwithamy.com or email solomonamy@yahoo.com.

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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, tel. 617-566-9704, or email piano566@comcast.net.

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