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01.09.2013

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PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >Principal

 

BULLYING PREVENTION PROGRAM ORIENTATION FOR PARENTS THURSDAY
Who: Pierce parents/guardians
What: Information session on the bullying prevention curriculum
When: Thursday, 1/10, 7:30-8:30am
Where: Pierce Auditorium
Why: We need your help as an integral part of bullying prevention at Pierce!

Get your questions answered and meet members of the Bullying Prevention Coordinating Committee! For information about the Olweus approach, read the materials posted here.
  
Thank you,
Pipier Smith-Mumford, Principal
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PTO CORNER PTOCORNER
Stay connected! Visit pierceschoolbrookline.org
 
PIERCE PTO ANNUAL APPEAL A HUGE SUCCESS! 
Thank you so much to the 229 Pierce families (nearly 42% of families) who donated to the Pierce PTO during the Annual Appeal. With these donations the PTO raised $36,980.51. Thank you for your generosity and commitment to the Pierce School! These funds will be used to help support and enhance learning and build community at Pierce.
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THANKS FOR SHOPPING ON AMAZON THROUGH THE PIERCE WEB LINK
Thanks to those of you who shopped on Amazon.com and used the link from the Pierce PTO website to get there. Thanks to you, the Pierce PTO will receive $750 from Amazon for the shopping you did in November and December! Remember, you can shop all year long on Amazon through the link on the top of the Pierce website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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ANNUAL PIERCE BOOK FAIR: VOLUNTEER & DONATE

Introductory Meeting, Friday, 1/11/13, 8:15am @ Pierce Cafeteria
We're looking for volunteers now to help make the May 2013 Pierce Book Fair the best yet! Interested, with even a small amount of time to give? We want your ideas for improvement, and need your help in many areas, including publicity, donations and special events. If you'd like to volunteer but can't make it on the 11th, contact Carin Aquiline at caquiline@mindspring.com. Have books to donate now? It's not too early. Please contact Carin!

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6TH GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING

Wed. 1/23/13, 7pm @ Pierce School Library - New Date

Please come to the first meeting of this year's 6th Grade Parent Exchange! We got off to a great start last year, building a community of parents to share ideas and perspectives on navigating the challenging world of pre-adolescence.  

 

In this meeting, we'll discuss striking a balance between setting boundaries and encouraging independence in our preadolescent children. For those of us who attended the Principal's Forum in November (see Dr. Smith-Mumford's summary here), this discussion will provide useful followup. How can we help our children develop the ability to control their urges while remaining safe? How can we work together as a school and a community to foster safe, healthy development as our children grow increasingly independent? We look forward to the discussion!

 
Please contact Sarah Bishins (sarah.bishins@verizon.netor Jennie Roffman (jroffman@rcn.com) with questions.
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MARCH MADNESS - VOLUNTEER(S) NEEDED

 
Each year in early March, March Madness is a week-night sports/games/fitness activity for families to chase away the winter blahs. We are in need of a coordinator if this event is going to happen this year. Interested? Contact pierce.pto@gmail.com. This event will not be held unless a coordinator can be identified.
SCHOOL CORNER >SCHOOLCORNER
  

HATS FOR HAITI - FRIDAY, 1/11

Wear a hat to help Haiti! This month marks the anniversary of the devastating 2008 earthquake in Haiti. On Friday, 1/11, Pierce School students, teachers and staff will have permission to wear a hat at school in exchange for a donation to help Haiti. Wear any kind of hat! Donations will be collected Friday morning in the classrooms, and donated to Partners in Health efforts in Haiti. We ask that each person bring in at least $1, but any donation is appreciated!
"Men anpil, chay pa lou." With many hands, the burden is light.

-- Haitian proverb

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8TH GRADE SPECIAL EDUCATION PARENTS' NIGHT AT BHS
Thursday, 1/17, 6:30-8pm @ BHS Auditorium

For parents of 8th Graders with an IEP or 504 Plan. Contact Wendy MacMillan with questions at wmacmillan1117@gmail.com.

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TECHSPLORATION: SIMPLE MACHINES MADE FUN! 

 

On Wednesday, 1/9, Techsploration visited Pierce School, presenting Simple Machines Made Fun to 2nd, 3rd and 4th graders. Can a student lift their teacher using a lever? How were levers used in medieval warfare? How can you control force using gears and pulleys? Using a 12-foot long lever, 3-foot tall gears and pulleys, a catapult, and a hand-crank music machine, the program will demonstrate how all simple machines help us do work by trading distance for effort. 

  

Thanks to the donations from parents and community members to the Pierce PTO, the Pierce Arts Council uses a portion of these funds to bring a variety of age-appropriate, high-quality arts performances to the school to complement learning in the classroom and expose students to dance, theater, puppetry, music, storytelling, poetry, and more. These performances take place throughout the year for all grades. Be sure to ask your child about this! 

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Notes from PTO Presidents' and School Council Co-Chairs Meeting with Superintendent Lupini, 1/9/2013

  

The superintendent provided updates on the FY 2013 budget deficit, enrollment growth, state aid expectations and school program improvements at the recent meeting. Check the Pierce  PTO website later this week for meeting details. 

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PIERCE ANNUAL FAMILY MATH GAME AFTERNOON FOR 1ST & 2ND GRADERS

When:  Wednesday, 1/23, 4:00-5:30pm

Where:  Pierce School Auditorium

Contact Tara Washburn at tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us with questions. Visit the Math Enrichment page on the school website here: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/math-enrichment.html  

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5TH-6TH GRADE WILLY WONKA JR. REHEARSALS - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED 

Parent volunteers needed for after-school rehearsals: Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays or Fridays, through 3/12/2013 (shows are on 3/14-3/16). Sign up for one day a week, 2:30 to 4:30 time slots at: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheet/ccc?key=0AtPMwkWjJrI1dHVOVE13MTVLMTZSNTZZOHdURTU2aUE. If you have any questions, please contact Sarah Bishins: sarah.Bishins@verizon.net; Deborah Heffan: Heffan@verizon.net; or Kate Risse: Katherine.risse@tufts.edu 

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NURSE NOTES FOR JANUARY 
Please visit the Health Services page on the school website for information about
scoliosis screening beginning this month, how to talk to children about loss and grief, when to keep your children home from school, and more:
http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/health-services-nurse.html
 
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UNDERSTANDING DISABILITIES AT PIERCE - VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

This month, all 4th graders will begin attending the Understanding Disabilities Program. The program aims to raise the awareness of children and adults to the issues facing people with disabilities as they try to live in a world designed by and for able-bodied people.

 

This parent-run program comprises four sessions, 8:30-10:30 am:

 

Friday 1/25/2013: Visual Impairments (contact Silvia Lee, silviawlee@gmail.com)

Wednesday 2/27/2013: Hearing Loss (contact Liz Erdman, lizabethe505@yahoo.com)

Thursday 3/7/2013: Physical Impairments (contact Rebecca Tolkoff, rtolkoff@gmail.com)

Thursday 4/11/2013: Autism (contact Rachna Balakrishna, rachnadhanda@verizon.net)

Time commitment: two hours the morning of, plus possible pre-program training session

 

Understanding Disabilities cannot succeed without a number of parent volunteers. Please consider participating in this rewarding, unique, and important experience. Although the sessions address 4th graders, we welcome parents from ALL grades. It's more fun than field trips, AND we'll bake you homemade cookies - honest!

 

Interested in volunteering? Have questions? Please contact the parent volunteers listed above. 

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SAVE THE DATE: CALDECOTT NIGHT
Thursday, 1/31/13, 5-7pm
Save the date for Pierce's inaugural Caldecott Night for students and families in grades K-3. For a complete list of books up for this award go to
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SPECIALIST'S CORNER >SPECIALISTCORNER

 

CELEBRATE SPANISH!

K-3 students have studied forms and colors, weather, foods and family. Fourth and fifth graders have been learning to describe their personalities and write poems. Sixth Graders also did a cross-grade speaking competition that lasted several weeks. A celebratory party will be scheduled soon for all classes. Please visit the Spanish page on the school website to learn more: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/spanish.html 
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >POW

 

POW #9: RECTANGLES

Determine the maximum number of rectangles in the figure. Hint: Check the definition of a rectangle. Answers due Tuesday, 1/22/13 by 8am. Visit the Problem of the Week page on the school website: 

http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html 

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COMMUNITY CORNER >COMMUNITYCORNER 

  

BHS MUSICAL: THE PAJAMA GAME

Feb. 6 - 9 @ BHS, Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium

Admission: $7 for students, $10 for adults; 8th Graders Free!

The dangers of a workplace romance are explored in this romantic comedy. Conditions at the Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory are anything but peaceful, as sparks fly between the new superintendent Sid Sorokin, and Babe Williams, leader of the union grievance committee. Showtimes: February 6 @ 3:30pm; February 7-9 @ 7:30pm
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PARENT WORKSHOP ON EXECUTIVE FUNCTIONING

Thursday, 1/17, 7pm @ Driscoll School Theater 

Learn about Executive Functioning and strategies to help your child succeed in school. Executive Functioning encompasses skills related to organization, planning and reasoning. Dan Levine, founder of Engaging Minds, an after-school learning center in Newton, will lead an informative workshop. Any questions, contact staceybatista@gmail.com.

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REWARD FOR HELPING PIERCE FAMILY GET THEIR BELOVED CAT LUCY HOME!

The Hitchcock-Smith family (Ginnie, Kathy, Pierce alums Katie and John, and current 4th grader Meg) need help getting Lucy back home. We are offering a reward of $250 for help identifying the woman who has our cat. We will also give the woman who has Lucy a reward of $250 for rescuing Lucy and keeping her safe. 

 

Please go to our Facebook page to see photos of Lucy, the woman, and her car along with more details at http://www.facebook.com/bringlucyhometous?fref=ts

 

Please call us at 617 953 1968, respond to our Facebook page, or email us at bringlucyhome@gmail.com.

 

Thank you so much for your help!!!
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WHAT ARE BROOKLINE MIDDLE SCHOOLERS UP TO? 

Tuesday, 1/15/13, 7-8pm @ Devotion School Auditorium

  

The middle school years are full of exploration and experimentation, from identity development and social connections to substance use and sex. Join us for a presentation on key results and recommendations from the new Brookline Student Health Survey, followed by Q&A and reports on how school, community and parent initiatives are addressing some of these issues. Geared for 5th-8th grade parents, but all parents are welcome. To RSVP and for more information, please go to http://jan15parentprogram.eventbrite.com/.

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WHY CHINA'S NEW LEADERSHIP MATTERS  
 
 
Thursday, 1/17/13, 6:45-9:00pm @ Robert J. Weintraub Atrium, Brookline High School
Please join the China Exchange Program for this presentation by Boston University Professor Joseph Fewsmith and Boston College Professor Robert Ross, who will discuss current leadership changes in China with a panel moderated by BHS' Dr. Gary Schiffman. The format is table seating, with light refreshments served. This event is free of charge, but space is limited and reservations are required. If you are interested in attending, please reserve at http://jan17chinexsymposium.eventbrite.com/ 

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FAMILY BLUEGRASS ENSEMBLE NEEDS FIDDLE/CELLO/GUITAR PLAYERS!
Jam Session, Sunday 1/20/13  

Join our ensemble of Brookline parents and students as we learn traditional old-time/bluegrass fiddle music. The second six-week session features foot-stomping songs led by two well-known Boston bluegrass musicians (fiddle and cello-playing sisters, both graduates of New England Conservatory). We welcome violin, cello, guitar, mandolin and banjo players of all ages. We performed at First Light, and plan to get on stage again! Our next jam session begins on January 20, 2013. Visit our website for more information and registrationhttps://www.sites.google.com/site/familyfolkjam/.

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BROOKLINE RECREATION SPORTS-GEAR EXCHANGE
Saturday 1/26/13 @ Town Hall

Clear out your closets and get ready for the first town-wide, all-sports-gear exchange in 2013! Expanding on our cleat exchange from previous springs, we will now be collecting equipment for all youth sports during January. Donated gear will be available as part of Climate Week. Bring your hockey sticks, soccer cleats, football helmets, goalie pads, ice skates, baseball bats, etc.! No clothing, please. There will be no spring soccer cleat exchange; this will be the ONLY sports gear exchange for 2013. Watch for announcements with additional details this month.

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BROOKLINE'S ANNUAL K.I.D.S. SUMMER CAMP FAIR!  

Sunday, 1/27/13, 12-3pm @ Tappan Street Gym, 66 Tappan St., Brookline

K.I.D.S. 2013 Steps to Success annual summer camp fair features over 60 camp booths showcasing summer opportunities for youth, including day & overnight camps; arts-, sports-, music-, and computer-focused camps; and academic enrichment programs. Email Jessica Hudon at kidsfaircoordinator@gmail.com with questions.

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BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK 2013

Brookline's 3rd annual Climate Week is coming Saturday, 1/26 through Sunday, 2/3, featuring dozens of events and displays across town. Learn what artists and experts have to say and ways to take steps to a greener future.  To learn about many more events and displays, visit www.climateactionbrookline.org

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THE HEALING ART OF SELF-NURTURANCE - WOMEN AT THE CENTER

Tuesday, 1/15, 7-9pm @ Alden Castle, 20 Chapel St, Brookline

Join us for "The Healing Art of Self-Nurturance," a special evening with Dr. Alice (Ali) Domar, a leading women's health expert, as we launch Women at the Center, Brookline Community Mental Health Center's new initiative celebrating the well-being of women and our community.

7-9pm with a wine and treats reception. Program begins at 7:45pm.

Tickets $35. Purchase tickets online at www.brooklinecenter.org/women or call 617.277.8107 

 

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BAAFN LUNAR NEW YEAR CELEBRATION

Saturday, 2/2, 3:30-5:30pm @ Korean Church, 32 Harvard St., Brookline

The Brookline Asian American Family Network (BAAFN) invites you to its Lunar New Year celebration on Saturday, February 2, 3:30-5:30 PM at the Korean Church of Boston, 32 Harvard St, Brookline. For information or to RSVP, email chichiwu@hotmail.com. Check out BAAFN at http://www.brooklineasianamericanfamilynet.weebly.com/ or www.facebook.com/groups/baafn 

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CLASSIFIEDS >CLASSIFIEDS     

FEET OF CLAY - CLASSES FOR KIDS

Wheelthrowing and Handbuilding for Kids (ages 10-15). Eight sessions, January 7 - March 4 (no class Feb. 18). Thursdays 4-6. Instructor: Elizabeth Fieldsteel. Cost: $200. Call and reserve your space 617-731-3262, or sign up on www.feetofclaypottery.com. ________________________________________

 

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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AAU BOYS BASKETBALL TRYOUTS - SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2

Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

5/6 graders: 3:00-4:30. 7/8 graders: 5:00-6:30. Please bring a basketball & copy of birth certificate. $25 fee/pre-registered; $30 @ door. For more information and registration form, please contact Rudy Crichlow, Jr., 617-406-8304 or rudy@masscommanders.com 

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DanceFIT STUDIO 
DanceFIT Studio, Brookline's leading ballet & fitness studio, is accepting new students (18 months to 12 yrs) for our winter ballet program beginning 1/3/13. Our "studio in the church" is a comfortable and nurturing learning environment that teaches the art of ballet - the perfect start for every young dancer. We also offer children's birthday parties, Kids' Dance Nights, and an award-winning adult fitness program. Learn More: www.dancefitstudio.com or email info@dancefitstudio.com. Classes held at Church Of Our Saviour, 25 Monmouth Street.
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MYOPIA (NEARSIGHTEDNESS) CONTROL 
Is your child's nearsightedness worsening each year? Do you know there are ways to prevent myopia progression? The earlier (younger) you start, the better chance for success. Make an appointment today. For more information, please visit www.optimumvisioncare.com or contact us at (617) 903-3538 or info@optimumvisioncare.com.
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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.com or 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, phone: (617) 566-9704, email: piano566@comcast.net
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