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05.22.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER

LAST WEEK FOR MORNING READING AND MATH, PLUS: NEW SALAD BAR!

This is the last week for the Morning Reading & Math program. Many students in grades 1-6 have spent time before school enjoying the opportunity to be with a classmate or older-grade student doing some reading and/or math. I want to thank Ms. Leipman, 2nd grade teacher, for coordinating this program. We also thank the student teachers and interns who help supervise the program each morning. Students who have participated at least 50% percent of the time in either reading or math or both will be recognized for their participation at the end of the year.

 

Thank you, parents, for getting your child to school early in order to take part in this program.

We're also very excited to announce that starting the first week of June, Pierce will be the first K-8 in Brookline to have a salad bar! It is a donation from Whole Foods that we gladly accepted. The salad bar will be offered as an option for students or adults. We are trying this out before a full launch in the fall. The salad bar will be full of great veggies, beans, cheese, chicken etc. The contents will change with the seasons, and as we receive requests from those who frequently purchases from the salad bar. Since this is the first K-8 school to begin using a salad bar, we want it to be a huge success! We welcome any and all feedback on how it is going and what could make it even better.  

 

Please let our Food Service director Alden Cadwell and cafeteria manager Merima Kantardzic know your thoughts.

 

Looking forward to this additional healthy option to our daily meal offerings!


Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford

Principal

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PTO CORNER >PTO
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

BE A SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVE - NOMINATIONS DUE FRIDAY, 6/7 

Would you like to participate more directly in Pierce's improvement efforts? Run for a seat on the Pierce School Council! 

 

Comprising parents, teachers, and Dr. Smith-Mumford, the School Council helps identify students' educational needs and school goals. The Council...

... makes recommendations to the principal about curriculum development, implementation, and assessment;

...helps review the annual school budget; and

...helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to boost student performance and meet designated goals.

 

School Council meets once monthly during the school year, with members doing several hours of work between meetings. Representatives serve a two-year term.

 

To run for a seat as a parent representative, please email the following information to the PTO at pierce.pto@gmail.com:

- Your name

- Your email address

- The grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce

- A brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council. This statement will be used to introduce you on the ballot.

 

Nomination deadline is Friday, 6/7. For more information about School Council, including a list of current members who can be reached for questions, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html

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SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL PIERCE PICNIC   

Tuesday, 6/11, 5:30pm (rain date 6/12, 5:30pm) @ Pierce Park
6th and 7th Grade Volunteer Event! Bring your own food or purchase food there. Contact Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Tamisha Atkins at tamisha31@msn.com.

 

To volunteer, please sign up here:

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SUPERINTENDENT'S NOTICE ABOUT 2013-2014 SCHOOL YEAR

A copy of Superintendent Bill Lupini's letter is here on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/index.html

 

As Dr. Lupini describes in his letter, the daily schedule for students will be different next year. The 2013-2014 school calendar is posted here on the school website:

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/calendar.html

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VOLUNTEER AT THE PIERCE LIBRARY

Pierce Librarian Amanda Kretschmar is looking for volunteers. For a list of library programs and ways you can help, please visit
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PTO NEEDS VOLUNTEERS 

The PTO is in need of new leadership for next school year. We 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 interested. 
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SCHOOL CORNER>SCHOOL
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org 
  

BOOK FAIR IS NEXT WEEK!

Class visits - 5/28 & 5/29. Please send $1 (or more) to your child's teacher before Tuesday, 5/28. This year, students will pay in advance for a book they'll choose during class visits to the fair.

 

Then, please visit during public hours to buy as many books as you'd like! Book Fair open to families and the public:
- Wednesday, 5/29, 2:20-7pm (Special activities for grades K-2 from 5-7pm)
- Thursday, 5/30, 7:30am-12noon & 2:20-7pm

Volunteer to help at the fair. Sign up here:
http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60B0B4FABAB2AA31-volunteer


Brookline Booksmith promotion: Shop at Brookline Booksmith or at www.brooklinebooksmith.com from 5/28-5/30 and earn money for Pierce. Simply identify yourself as a Pierce family at checkout (or in the comment box of the online checkout page), and Booksmith will donate 20% of your spending back to Pierce.

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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECIALIST
 

PHYSICAL EDUCATION  

K-2

Track & Field: Students have been practicing the high jump, long jump, target throwing, and varied distance-running events. They had the opportunity to participate in a relay-race team, and to compete individually against a partner in the shuttle run. This past week, students got down on the dance floor! The dance unit covers tempo, beat, and different ways to move body parts to get exercise. Students mastered the Macarena, Chicken Dance, YMCA, and Bunny Hop, and enjoyed free dancing to various types of music.      

 

3-8

Track & Field: Students have been honing their technique in the high jump, long jump, turbo jav (alternative to javelin, grades 4-6), and shot put (grades 7 & 8). All students have practiced running the 60-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter, and, for grades 7 & 8, the 600-meter and hurdles. Students in grades 5-8 had the opportunity to try out for the annual Brookline Track & Field meet, and were selected for the team based on scores recorded in class and at after-school practices. Last week, all students began a dance unit where they learned different group or line dances such as Cupid Shuffle, Cha Cha Slide, Macarena, Cotton Eyed Joe, Square Dancing, Jamaican Ska, and Beyonce. It was a fun week that got people moving and sweating!

 

Visit the Physical Education page on the school website: 

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/physical-education.html   

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW
 

POW #17, "BOOK FAIR MONEY": ANSWERS DUE TUESDAY, 5/28

I had $12 dollars to spend at the book fair. I had 2 bills and 8 coins, and I spent them all on books! What were the bills and coins I spent? Show your work using pictures, numbers, or symbols. 

Visit the POW page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER   

     

TOMORROW! READY FOR SOME FOOTBALL? READY FOR SOME CHEERLEADING? POP WARNER REGISTRATION!

Thursday, 5/23 & Wednesday, 5/29, 5:30-7:30pm @ Brookline Police Station's Community Room

Brookline Jamaica Plain Pop Warner is gearing up for the 2013 season! Registration begins tomorrow! We are looking forward to a season of fun, friendship and learning. Boys and girls between 5 and 15 are encouraged to sign up. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! If you are a returning participant or new to football and cheer, we look forward to seeing you at registration.

For information and to download applications, visit www.brooklinejppatriots.org. Call Thomasina at 215-421-5772 or Ellie at 617-35-0030 with registration questions. (Please do not call the Brookline Police Station.) 
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TOMORROW! BAAFN PRESENTATION: ADOPTEE AND MULTIRACIAL STUDENTS
Thursday, 5/23, 7-8:30pm @ Unified Arts Building, 4th Floor, 46 Tappan St.
The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) invites you to a presentation on "Asian Americans Speak: Adoptee and Multiracial Students." For information or to RSVP, email BAAFN1@gmail.comCheck out BAAFN at www.BAAFN.weebly.com or www.facebook.com/groups/baafn.
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BROOKLINE YOUTH HANDBALL - FREE CLINIC

Saturday, 6/1, 12-3pm @ Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St.

All students in grades 3-7 are welcome to learn one of the world's premier sports - handball - as demonstrated by national team players and international Boston Club members. Go to bostonyouthhandball@gmail.com to register.

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CAREERS FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS - PANEL DISCUSSION

Wednesday, 6/5, 7-8:30pm @ Black Box performance room at BHS

Learn about performing artists' chosen paths, and discover where their passion has taken them. This panel discussion will cover everything from college programs to employment, including jobs in the performing arts and jobs using arts-related skill sets. Panelists include: 
Paul Daigneault, Founder and Producing Artistic Director for SpeakEasy Stage Company; 
Steven Lipsitt, Music Director of the Boston Classical Orchestra (formerly led BHS Orchestra); 
Jody Leader, licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist; 
Mark Kates, CEO, Fenway Recordings; 
Michael Nash, Independent College Counselor supporting high school students in performing arts; 
Jake Brennan, musician (worked with Bodega Girls, solo artist with Confidence Men and Cast Iron Hike); and Melanee Alexander, Associate Dean of Students and English Teacher at BHS. 
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BHS ATHLETICS OPEN HOUSE 

Wednesday, 6/12, 6-7:30pm (Drop-in Format) @ Schluntz Gym

Elementary students and families welcome. Meet BHS coaches and student-athletes. Learn about BHS sports, find out which sports are offered during which seasons, and when tryouts and practices are scheduled. Learn about necessary time commitments, how to balance academics & athletics, and how to prepare in the off-season. Visit www.brooklinewarriors.net for information, or call Pete Rittenburg at 617-713-5288. 

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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 host 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 answer questions about emergency preparedness for family or friends dealing with these disorders. Families will see equipment and vehicles used in emergencies, and may take home information and supplies to educate 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, 617-264-6437 or jpaster@brooklinema.gov.
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WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER? ZOOCAMP REGISTRATION OPEN

Give your child an incredible experience at Zoo Camp this summer. Campers at ZooCamp learn about a new theme every day through hands-on-activities designed to engage youth and get them excited about the natural world. Meet animals up close, tour behind the scenes, and make new friends - all under the leadership of our diverse, enthusiastic, caring staff.

 

For ages 6-13; Junior ZooKeeper for ages 12-13, with even more behind-the-scenes opportunities.

 

Monday-Friday 9-3, extended care available. For camp dates, flexible pricing details (as low as $220/week), and registration, visit www.campfireusa-emass.org or call 617-745-4150.

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SAVE THE DATE: 18th ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FORUM

Wednesday, 6/26, 6pm @ Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.

Please attend this free forum for an engaging panel discussion with experts in the field.

6-7pm - Light Refreshments

7-9 pm -  Panel Discussion

No registration required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org with questions.

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

TUTOR FOR READING, WRITING, VOCAB, MATH
Tutoring in Reading (all levels), Writing, Vocab, and Math through Pre-Algebra. Margaret Kelner, EdM, Harvard Grad Sch of Ed, 2001, Reading and Elem certif., offers tutoring in your home or nearby location. I have extensive experience with children of all ages as well as adults and ESL students; about half of my students are non-native English learners. Please contact me at margaretkelner@gmail.com or 617-921-0539. 

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BROOKLINE CONDO FOR SALE - 275 CYPRESS ST.

1 bedroom, 667sq ft, Central air, Elevator, Corner unit, 14ft ceilings, 1 deeded pk space, Locked storage room for unit, Free laundry room for owners, Bike room, Pet friendly, Great location. $390,000. Please contact Carol at carol183@comcast.net or 617-694-2628.

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BABYSITTER AVAILABLE
Rising 9th grader at Brookline High School (Pierce graduate) available for babysitting now, over the summer, and next year. Weekends (and some weekday/weeknights over the summer). She has experience and also has taken the Town's babysitting course. Great with kids! References available. Please call 617-738-9404 or 617-320-0548. 

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STOP THE SUMMER READING SLIDE AT "READING IS AMAZING!"
Stop the summer slide in reading at "Reading is Amazing!" - a Brookline Village reading, tutoring and enrichment service supporting students from Pre-Kindergarten through fifth grade.

Contact harriet@literacycoach.net or call 617-734-6718. Visit www.literacycoach.net. 

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AUGUST SUBLET AVAILABLE

3-Bedroom furnished apartment. Convenient Location, near Brookline Village, Pierce Playground, Library, Green Lines C and D. $2,300 per month. Not including utilities. Contact: 617-347-1794 or ejsinagra@aol.com
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HEBREW IMMERSION PROGRAM 

After school care / Hebrew immersion program in Brookline, Monday-Friday from 2:20-6pm. Currently enrolling kindergarten and first grade for September 2013. For more info, contact Pierce parent hbsharon@hotmail.com or lila@sulambrookline.org, or visit website www.sulambrookline.org.
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