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  • PTO Fundraiser meeting Thursday 9/15 @ 8am in cafeteria
    Volunteers Needed!
  • Room parent orientation Friday 9/16 @ 8am in cafeteria
  • FitFest - Sunday 9/18, 1-3pm - Tickets/T-Shirts on Sale NOW.
  • K-6 Open House coming next week 9/21 @ 5:30 - 7pm
  • 7-8 Open House coming next week 9/22 @ 5:30pm
  • New PTO website! Visit www.piercepto.weebly.com  


Dear Pierce Community, 


Safe access in, out and between school buildings is very important here at Pierce.

Our current enrollment has exceeded 700 students for the first time ever
and we have continuing renovations occurring both inside and outside of the school. Safe access in, out and between school buildings is very important to accommodate this growth.

Our growth and the construction have
temporarily limited our outside space and pathways. It is more important than ever to ensure the safety of all of our students and families at pick-up and drop-off time.

We need to work together to make sure that all children are able to get to
their caregivers or after-school activities as easily and safely as possible.


Please attend to these guidelines at pick-up and drop-off:
  • Pick-up and drop-off occur outside the Historical Building only. Do not use the School St. (parking garage) circle.  
  • Drop off in front of the Historical Building. Please do not drop off at other points in the circle. This will increase the number of students crossing the driveway while cars are moving. 
  • No unattended cars or parking in the circle at these times.  
  • We ask that dog owners refrain from bringing their dogs into the transition routes and from tying their dogs in the pathway, especially near the entrances to the school buildings. This does create a safety concern. 

Most importantly, GO SLOW and BE PATIENT!


Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.


Pipier Smith-Mumford                     John Badger
Principal                                       Vice Principal


Grade 6 at 5:30 pm                                    Grades 7 and 8 Open House at 5:30 pm  
Grades 4-5 at 6 pm  
Grades 2-3 at 6:30 pm  
Grades K-1 at 7 pm

Childcare: 7th and 8th grade volunteers will provide free childcare.



Room parent orientation this Friday 9/16 @ 8am in the cafeteria.
If you are a new or returning room parent and would like information on what this role entails please join us for a brief orientation. Your first PTO task is to gather contact information for the students in your class.  Or maybe you are wondering if you can take on this role?  Please join us to hear more about it!


FitFest this Sunday, September 18, 1:00-3:00 pm
At Pierce Park

Please join us for an afternoon of fun

1:00pm: Registration and group stretching

1:20 pm: One mile fun run/walk around Emerson Park

1:30 pm: Fitness Carnival including:


Events hosted by Brookline hockey, soccer, golf (to name a few), Hurdle the Hill,

sack races, baseball radar gun, and our own ZIP LINE,

as well as events hosted by Energy Fitness & Benefitness.





3:00 pm: Closing Ceremonies hosted by Dr. Smith-Mumford

Complete all events and qualify for the FITNESS FANATIC raffle!

Everyone earns a MEDAL just for participating!


Passports (tickets) are $5 each, sold every morning and afternoon this week out front. T-shirts ($10) and water bottles ($5) are also available.



Rain date is September 25th.



7/8 Grade Play: Registration for ANYTHING GOES is now open for tech crew and actors. Actors must register prior to auditions. Auditions will be held on Monday, September 19. (Sign up starts this Thursday!) 

Register here: http://pierce7th8th.wufoo.com/forms/anything goes/    

More info here: http://piercepto.weebly.com/news.html 



The PTO recognizes how busy we all are and that many hands make light work. Based on that philosophy we are asking you to volunteer and help where you can. There is always a place for you no matter how much time you have to give and when you have to give it! We are very open to your ideas on how to improve things and how to build teams that can work together to make the work manageable! 


Check out www.piercepto.weebly.com for ideas and respond to pierce.pto@gmail.com or stop one of the Co-Chairs if you are interested.



First, many thanks to Felina Silver for her 3 years as Editor of the Bridge and countless hours of help publishing the Directories. 
Below are a few highlights of the changes in PTO communications:
The website - Thanks to Libby Berke, Jamie Bakum and Gioia Perugini for designing and populating the new website at http://piercepto.weebly.com .  This new website will become the hub of pertinent information about the PTO, events and school activities.  It is almost there, but please bear with us as we work to complete this transition over the next month.  In the meantime, the old website will remain live in case there is something you need that has not yet made it into the new website, please let us know at piercepto@gmail.com
The Bridge - template has been updated and its processes reviewed to help maximize information that is readily available to you without unnecessary clutter in your mailboxes.  Send all submissions to piercebridge@gmail.com by Monday 10pm for the Wednesday distribution.  All additional criteria for submissions can be found on the website.
'a'Bridged - will continue to be used for time sensitive matters that fall outside the regular Bridge cycle.  See criteria on the website.  Send submissions to piercebridge@gmail.com 




A Tale of Cats

Please submit all solutions to the red "Solution Box" by the Problem of

the Week bulletin board, on the ramp by the front office. Solutions  are

due on Thursday morning, Sept 22 at 8am. If you have any questions,

please contact: tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us.  





The Pierce Physical Education Department is looking for gently-used 

sneakers with either velcro or laces. Please drop off any sneakers you wish to donate to the gym or give them to your child to bring to P.E. class.

Thank you!

Pierce Physical Education Department

Amanda Grindstaff, Michael Miceli, Ralph Parent



Brookline League of Women Voters Meeting 


Join the Brookline League of Women Voters for its Opening Meeting on Monday, September 19, featuring Katie B. Johnson, personal secretary to President Barack Obama in 2010 and 2011. Ms. Johnson will describe her experiences in the White House and work with the President. The meeting will take place at 6:30 pm in Hunneman Hall at the Brookline Main Library, 361 Washington Street.  

All are welcome!


Vipers Basketball Welcomes 6-8th Graders


Brookline Vipers AAU Basketball
All Girls WELCOME!!
6th, 7th, 8th Grade Girls Invited to Participate.
No Experience Necessary!

The Vipers is a team made up of girls interested in learning more about
competitive basketball. We teach basic skills and give girls the
opportunity to attend an AAU sanctioned tournament. It is an eight-week
skills program which ends with an AAU sanctioned tournament.

Starting Date: Sunday, September 25
Practices: Sundays from 5-6:30
Tournament Date: November 12 & 13 UMass Lowell

Coach Ali: alida.castillo@gmail.com or 617-947-8834
Coach Ramos: mcramos01@yahoo.com or 617-935-2902  




PIANO INSTRUCTION - about 1 mile from Pierce.


Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, and sight reading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30 years teaching experience. Build a high-quality musical foundation with a patient, caring instructor. Beginners welcome. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617-566-9704, email: piano566@comcast.net.




Our two girls (9&11) at Pierce School in Brookline need a sitter on weekdays
from 4-6:30PM. We need help with pick-up, organizing, homework supervision,
light kitchen work and dinner preparation. We live near the Brookline Hills T Station but own car is needed some days for children's transportation.
Must have childcare experience and excellent English skills. Please call 617-
734-4684 or email kandmboston@yahoo.com with cover letter and CV. 




Founded by two seniors at BHS, the Brookline Tutor Group looks to provide easy and affordable tutoring to a wide range of students in the Brookline community. Catering to students of all skill levels, we offer help in the subjects of math, science, and social studies. For more information go to www.brooklinetutorgroup.com or contact us at brooklinetutorgroup@gmail.com

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