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The International Potluck Supper scheduled for November 3rd has been



As we began to plan for this event we realized that our

present enrollment, now at 722, our inadequate auditorium space, and the

construction in the amphitheater, make this event particularly challenging

to manage safely.


Our hope is that we will identify other opportunities in our existing

programming to continue to recognize and celebrate the diversity of



We are considering our ongoing efforts in the classrooms,

assemblies, concerts and other PTO and family-sponsored events.


Thank you for understanding and for your support for this event over the



Pipier Smith-Mumford,  

Ph.D., Principal







We are already looking ahead to the winter months and what they may bring.  Flu shots are available now, so check with your doctor. It is not to early to protect yourself and your children!


* 2011 Brookline Seasonal Flu Clinics:  


Nov. 1, 2011 Brookline Senior Center 10am-1pm

Nov. 6, 2011 Baker School  11am-2pm

Nov. 9, 2011 Devotion School 3pm-6pm 

Nov. 30, 2011 Brookline Health Dept.  4pm-6pm 


All persons 6 months and older are eligible and there is no charge for the vaccine. Please bring a health insurance card. Call (617)730-2336 if you have any questions.


* Families of all new students, and those entering kindergarten, 4th, 7th, and

10th grades are to provide updated physicals and immunizations to the 

school nurse. There are new vaccine requirements for the Varicella and

MMR vaccine for kindergarten and 7-12, and Tdap is required for 7th graders. Please check with your doctor or school nurse, as these new regulations can impact school attendance.


* The Massachusetts Department of Public Health mandates yearly hearing

screening in grades K-3 and 6, and vision screening in grades K-6.  These

will be taking place in schools from October through January.


*  Please make sure you have brought in updated medical paperwork and

medications such as EPI PENS and INHALERS if your child will need to use

these meds while at school.


Thank you for your help in keeping our Pierce community healthy!


Mary A. D'Amore, RN

Pierce School Nurse



PTO CORNER >  FoodWheels

How is YOUR money spent? 

Join us for several upcoming meetings to discuss this year's PTO spending.

We will review how the PTO spent your funds over the last year to support activities for your children and potential changes for this year. We'd love to hear from you as we (the PTO co-chairs) make these decisions.

The PTO budget is a direct reflection of your fundraising efforts as a community.  Learn more. Get involved. Be engaged. 

DATES: THIS FRIDAY, Oct. 21 @ 8 am in the Pierce cafeteria
Tues., Oct. 25 @ 7pm in the cafeteria

FOOD ON WHEELS 10/11 - 10/21 


The Pierce School PTO and The Brookline Food Pantry are excited about all of the

donations of non-perishables and supplies that we have collected so far for Food on

Wheels! It's not too late to donate. Collection boxes will be in the front of the Main and Historical Buildings until October 21. Please donate non-perishable foods like canned tuna, canned fruits and personal care items like shampoo and toothpaste.


AND, we're really looking forward to a fun-filled parade on October 23 at 1pm to

hand-deliver donations to the Brookline Food Pantry. Join us with your whole family, wagons, backpacks, shopping carts, etc., as we hand deliver all of our donations to the Pantry. We can't carry everything without your help! At the Pantry, they will be waiting for us with drinks and snacks for all.  


THE NEED IS GREAT, and WE CAN HELP!!! Please join us in this family-fun way to

help those in need!

Questions? Please contact: Toby Raybould, Jen Rothstein or Marissa Heller-Treistman, or email pierce.pto@gmail.com




Come check out some new but limited PierceWear items between 7:45-8:30 a.m. on October 24, 25 and 28.   


We will be selling between the two buildings if weather permits. In case of rain, look for us inside the new building in the main hallway.


Volunteers are welcome to help us sell or carry merchandise.   


We will also be looking for some volunteers willing to model new Pierce merchandise in photos for the online store. Questions or comments, please contact Robbyn Issner through the PTO website.  





SATURDAY, October 22 from 10am-2pm

@ Pierce School  


Bring your car to the "circle" at Pierce off School Street to help support the 7th Grade Farm School field trip.  


Price: Sedans $5; SUVs $7. Tell your friends!

Come and support us!

Sponsored by the 7th graders at Pierce School.


Pierce 7th Grade Parents Network

Friday, 10/28 @ 7 Elm Street, Apt. 3 (home of Laurence Mialot, Alex's mom)


Time for the 7th grade parents to have some fun!  Let's leave the kids at the RAFT Open Gym or at home and get together for a potluck dinner. 


Topic: Parents Choice. At some point during the night, we'll break for a short discussion about what's on the minds of 7th grade parents. Feel free to submit your questions in advance.


Bring a dish to share (appetizers, or salads, entrees, desserts).


6:45 - 7:45 p.m.    Potluck and chatting

7:45 - 8:15 p.m.    Discussion

8:15 - 9:15 p.m.    Dessert


Please RSVP to Eka Maraneli (Nana's mom) at eka@bu.edu.





2nd Annual Craft Fair

Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, Pierce School Cafeteria.


Pierce & Co., the Pierce Community Crafters Team, is looking for crafters of all kinds (jewelers, knitters, authors, calligraphists, etc.) to join us at our 2nd Annual Craft Fair at the New Holiday Marketplace.   


This event will be held Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, in the Pierce School Cafeteria. Applications can be downloaded at www.divinelotushealing.com, under the Holiday Marketplace tab. There's a discount if you apply by November 4, 2011. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2011. Space is limited so register early!


This event is only weeks away. Contact the Pierce & Co. co-chairs,

Robin O'Malley at Robin_O'Malley@Brookline.k12.ma.us or Laura

West at divinelotushealingwest@gmail.com for more details.





DeCordova Sculpture Park & Museum, Lincoln MA.


Pierce School art teacher Steven Rae is represented in a group show now on

view at the DeCordova Museum in Lincoln, MA. His sculpture is included in a

show titled: Art and Nature, which runs through the end of October.


For questions and inquiries please contact Steven Rae at Steven_Rae@brookline.k12.ma.us






Does your child need some help in math? Brookline High students will soon start offering free tutoring to Pierce students in grades 3-6 on Wednesdays from 4-5pm.


The sessions start on November 2, and run almost every Wednesday in the

cafeteria through the first week of May. Starting in February, they'll even provide MCAS practice.  


Don't miss out on this great opportunity!


For an enrollment form or more information please email math specialist jeanne_wilson@brookline.k12.ma.us, or inquire with your child's teacher. 





The Value of a Picture

It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.

It is also claimed that words are a "dime a dozen".

Assuming these propositions are true, what is the dollar value of a picture? 


Show your work using number, pictures, a table, and/or words. 


When submitting your solution, remember to write both your first and last name on your solution as well as your class. Listen for the clues!


Due date is November 3rd. 




Counting Shells 


It �s time for the Problem of the Week, and we've already broken a record

for the second week in a row.  We had 166 students complete the second

Problem of the Week.  There was a tie for the class with the greatest

number of solutions.  Both 1W and 3B submitted 18 solutions.

Congratulations to all 166 Pierce mathematicians!  Stop by the Problem of

the Week bulletin board by the front office to see the list of names as

well as a variety of solutions.


The correct answer was: Jack had 55 shells. 





FOOD DAY: MONDAY, OCTOBER 24 outside of Brookline Town Hall, 11am-3 pm. 


Brookline is participating in this nation-wide celebration to promote a healthy, sustainable and just food system with: 


* Free cider samples   

* Allendale Farm selling apples and cider.

* Bountiful Brookline showing how easy it is to create edible gardens in limited space.

* Free copies of Edible Boston

* Healthy eating tips and recipes from Savory Living owner and chef Sue Levy.


Bring your colleagues, bring your class, bring yourself!


For more information contact Lynne Karsten, Director of Community Health at 617-730-2336 or lkarsten@brooklinema.gov.  




Thursday, 10/20 @ 6pm @ Town Hall

James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor

Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.

Docket for this meeting can be found at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.

The public is invited to attend.


Robin E. Coyne, Executive Assistant

Brookline School Committee

333 Washington Street

Brookline MA  02445





Thursday Oct. 27, 8 a.m. - 10:30 a.m.

Brookline High School, Martin Luther King Room


Facebook, YouTube, Twitter, texting, gaming, skyping, internet surfing - kids as well as adults are often spending more time in the virtual world of cyberspace than interacting with the real world. B-PEN invites you to join BHS Peer Leaders, school staff and local experts a special community forum to address "Cyberspace - The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly." An expert panel will give mini-presentations examining current trends in technology, followed by table discussions to craft action plans for helping our children use this technology in ways that are healthy and productive.


For detailed invitation/program and to RSVP, please click below:



And if you haven't seen it yet, be sure to check out the latest Parent Network Newsletter on TEENS AND PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE, which examines current trends in Brookline and highlights the wealth of ideas on the issue that were brainstormed at the last community forum. Learn about the new action committee being formed to help create awareness campaigns in Brookline that address this growing problem. Find out what's happening and what parents can do to help keep their teens safe:



Brookline Teen Center OPEN HOUSE!                                                         

Sunday, OCT. 30 @ 1 - 4 pm


Come tour The Garage, the future home of the new Brookline Teen Center at 40 Aspinwall Ave., and envision what's to come. We'll feature live entertainment, great food, details about the new Teen Center and lots of surprises. This event is free and open to the public.


What you can do:

1. Please help spread the word! Forward this news to your people!

2. Volunteer to make this event incredible. Email Volunteers@BrooklineTeenCenter.org

3. If you are an electrician, or know someone who is, there is a small event-related task that needs doing. 


Please email Volunteers@BrooklineTeenCenter.org for more info. 

For the most current info about the BTC visit BrooklineTeenCenter.org.  



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