WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW >_________________________________________________________
SCHOOL NURSES CORNER >
Status: A total of 3,479 students were seen by Health Services in November.
94.7% were assessed, treated and returned to class.
- MDPH mandates the following screening programs for all students attending
School in the Commonwealth. Hearing and Vision screening in grade K-6 is near
completion.Gr. 9 Hearing and Vision will be completed during Heath and Fitness
- Heights/Weights/BMIs will be initiated in Jan/Feb for Gr.1,4,7,10 in collaboration
with the Physical Education Department. Letters will be sent home with results to
- Children 6 months of age and up should get the influenza vaccine to reduce their risk
of cathing the flu. The Flu vaccine does not cause the flu!
- Cold weather does not cause colds or flu. But the viruses that cause colds and
flu tend to be more common in the winter, when children are
in school and are in closer contact with each other. Frequent hand washing and
teaching your child to sneeze or cough into the bend of her elbow may help
reduce the spread of colds and flu.
It is not too late to get a flu shot, which can prevent the spread of a serious illness
in our most vulnerable populations. Call your pediatrician or Barbara Westley,
RN, at the Health Department to schedule an appt. at 617-730-2320 or email
Health Services would like to extend our best wishes for a restful and healthy winter break and New Year!
|PTO CORNER >
HATS FOR HAITI: FRIDAY, JAN 13!
Wear your favorite hat to school!
Your $1 donation to Partners In Health will support work in Haiti. Over 93% of all donations go directly to PIH's programs in the field, providing health care to impoverished communities. Partners In Health (PIH) is an international non-profit that began working in Haiti over 25 years ago. Co-founded by Dr. Paul Farmer and Ophelia Dahl, PIH works at the local level to deliver high-quality health care as an act of social justice. In response to the 2010 earthquake, PIH has built up rehab and mental health services and will soon open a state-of-the-art teaching hospital near Port-au-Prince. In the next months, cholera vaccination will be provided to 100,000 vulnerable Haitians.
"Men anpil, chay pa lou" ("With many hands, the burden is light") -- Haitian proverb
K-3 EVENT: JOIN US FOR MARCH MADNESS PLANNING
We are looking for parent volunteers to help out with March Madness. March Madness is a series of events in the evenings of March 6, 7 and 8 for K-3. We need help on those evenings, as well as some prep and promotional work. March Madness is a 2nd Grade volunteer event, however, all parents are welcome. If you are able to volunteer or want to learn more, please contact Bobby Zuker at firstname.lastname@example.org
Also, look for more exciting information in the coming weeks about March Madness, including Pierce's first ever March Math Madness.
PTO EVENING MEETING, Jan. 25, 7 pm, Pierce Cafeteria
Curious about the structure of the PTO leadership? Want to hear about proposed changes to the PTO structure and by-laws? Wondering what the co-chairs do? We will also discuss volunteer opportunities. Find out what works for you! Come and join us.
5TH GRADE PARENT MEETING: Jan. 18, 7-8:30 p.m.
The first "Fifth Grade Parent Exchange" meeting will be held Wednesday, Jan. 18, 2012, from 7-8:30 p.m. in the Pierce Library.
These meetings will be held every six to eight weeks during the school year to discuss parenting issues.
The model for the group will be guided by BPEN, The Brookline Parent Network -
Please come and bring issues and topic ideas for future meetings, as well as thoughts for the format and location of upcoming meetings.
7th GRADE PARENTS POTLUCK, FRIDAY, Jan. 20, 6:45pm
Where: 403 Washington St. #6 (home of Eileen and Serge Regis, otherwise known as Becca's parents)
Time for the 7th grade parents to have some fun! Let's get together for a potluck dinner.
Topic: Parents Choice. At some point during the night, we'll break for a short discussion about questions/concerns on the minds of 7th grade parents! Feel free to submit your questions/topics in advance.
Please bring a dish to share (appetizers, salads, entrees, desserts)
6:45 - 7:45 p.m. Potluck and chatting
7:45 - 8:30 p.m. Discussion
8:30- 9:15 p.m. Dessert
Please RSVP to Eka Maraneli (otherwise known as Nana's mom) at <email@example.com
LOST AND FOUND >
At the end of the skate night a grey, rectangular wallet was found on the floor. Please contact PTO at Pierce.PTO@gmail.com for more details.
Buffer Zone Special Committee - Open Forums 1/26 and 2/9 7pm
Brookline Public School Special Subcommittee on Buffer Zones will hold an open forum meeting Jan. 26 and Feb. 2 at 7 pm. This subcommittee is reviewing the buffer zones to determine if changes need to be made in the future to these zones. Important to note that Pierce is a buffer to 5 other Brookline schools so the decisions may affect the Pierce community in the future.
|MATH CORNER >
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #9: Tangram Cost
A tangram is a set of 7 puzzle pieces used to make different shapes.
A tangram company is making pieces out of a new plastic, and they need to figure out the cost based on the amount of plastic needed to make a small triangle. If a small triangle costs 25 cents to make, how much will it cost the company to make the whole tangram puzzle?
Hint: You can cut up the pieces or borrow a tangram set (in the Math Center).
Be sure to show your work: DUE DATE: THURS., JAN. 19, AT 8 a.m.
SOLUTION TO POW #8
Congratulations to the 111 students who submitted a solution to the last problem, "How Much Do I Have?"
The answer is that if Ken continued to earn one more cent each day for the month, he would have earned a total of 55 cents on Wednesday, the 10th.
Special congratulations to 3rd graders at Pierce - nearly 50 of 3rd graders submitted solutions!
PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE FOR MATH GAMES
Math Games Afternoon for Grades 1 and 2 will be Wednesday, February 1st,
from 4:00-5:30 in the Pierce auditorium.
|MATH LEAGUE CORNER >
Math League is back and ongoing. Practices will be held every morning in the Spanish/PSED room and on Thursday afternoon. Math League Thursday afternoons (2:25-3:00) topic: Problem Solving in the room next to 6G.
Mondays: Problem Solving
|PSED CORNER >
The Pierce School Extended Day (PSED), as part of our Community Service
Projects, collects food for the Brookline Emergency Food Pantry at the St.
Paul's Church. This is an ongoing project and food can be left in the Food
Pantry Box in front of the Pierce School Main Office at anytime.
The Food Pantry is in need of:
*Jams and jellies
*Meals in a can (canned pasta, stew, soup, etc.)
*Mayonnaise (medium size preferred)
*Packets of powdered milk
*Shelf-stable milk (Parmalat, Bordens)
*Personal care items (shampoo, body lotion, deodorant, etc.)
STUDENT'S CORNER >
PIERCE STUDENT TO PLAY TOTO IN WIZARD OF OZ PLAY
WHEELOCK FAMILY THEATRE, JAN. 27, 7:30PM
Come and support Sofia, second grade 2-H Pierce student who was selected to play Toto in the Wheelock Family Theatre's production of Wizard of Oz.
In early October of last year, Sofia participated in The Wheelock Family Theatre's casting call and auditioned for a particular role in front of an audience of producers and casting directors. Not too long after the audition, she received the exciting news that she was selected to play... Toto!
Sofia will be playing alongside young Broadway actor Katherine Doherty, who is playing Dorothy. Sofia has already begun an intense schedule of rehearsals and is excited for her opening night on January 27th, 7:30pm. To check the full schedule please visit: www.wheelockfamilytheatre.org/current-season.aspx.
For more information contact Eldin Villafane, 617.922.7621, firstname.lastname@example.org
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
JOIN US FOR A PRESENTATION: METCO MERITS MORE
The History and Status of METCO @ the School Committee Meeting
Thursday, January 19, 2011 at 7:00 PM
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street
For more information check out www.piercepto.weebly.com or download the full report from the Pioneer Institute.
TEAM BROOKLINE OPEN TO RUNNERS FROM ACROSS GREATER BOSTON
Dreamed of running the 2012 Boston Marathon? Join Team Brookline!
Team members will receive:
- An official marathon bib number
- Personalized training with a coached team along the marathon course
- Nutrition and fitness guidance
- Fundraising support
Apply online: www.brooklinecenter.org/marathon or call 617-277-8107.
WINTER CLOTHING DRIVE January 7-16
Sponsored by BROOKLINE ROTARY in conjunction with CRADLES OF CRAYONS
Current most needed items:
*Boys clothing sizes 7/8-18/20
*Girls clothing sizes 2T & 3T
*Winter coats sizes newborn-11/12
*Hats and Gloves
*Baby Board Books
*Toys for age 0-2
What Cradles to Crayons accepts:
*Clothing (kids' sizes 0-20 and adult sizes Small & Medium)
*Shoes, sneakers, and sandals (infant/child sizes 0-13 and youth/adult sizes 1-10)
*New socks and underwear
*Books, especially baby board books
*Brand new arts and crafts/school supplies
*Baby supplies, especially bedding
*Diapers, all sizes (we also accept clean open diaper packs)
*Baby equipment, especially strollers and car seats within five years old
*Brand new toys (for birthday gifts)
*New hygiene supplies for ages 0 to 12
*Laundry detergent, batteries
There are six dropoff centers in Brookline; they are:
*Chobee Hoy RE Associates * 18 Harvard Street
*Johnnie's Fresh Market *1028 Beacon Street
*Brookline Bank * 1018 W. Roxbury Parkway
*Phillips TV and Radio * 87 Harvard Street
*Fast Frame * 1628 Beacon Street
*Coldwell Banker * 1375 Beacon Street
BROOKLINE PASSPORT TO HEALTH AND FITNESS 2012
BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK 2012: JANUARY 21-29
Put Brookline Climate Week on your calendar and look for more details soon on family and eco-friendly events and displays happening around Brookline. Over 40 events & displays from Larz Anderson Park to Brookline Village, including a Winter Marketplace, Eco Arts installations, Smart Energy workshops, Celebrate Winter events at Larz Anderson Park and more.
For details and updates go to climatechangeactionbrookline.org. Together we can keep making Brookline green!
Brookline Climate Week 2012 is sponsored by Climate Change Action Brookline, Selectmen's Climate Action Committee, Brookline School Committee, Brookline Adult and Community Education, Brookline Department of Public Health and New England Institute of Art. ________________________________________________________
Brookline High School Gym, Jan. 24, 7-8pm
Did you know that there is a rock-climbing wall right at Brookline High School? Join us in a safe and structured environment where both you and a child can learn to climb. Brookline Adult & Community Education has a Beginning Rock-Climbing for Adults and Children class that meets for 4 Tuesdays, 7 - 8 pm. Begins January 24, Brookline High School Gym, $61 per pair ($51 plus $10 materials fee). Please call 617-730-2700 for more information or visit us online aded.brooklinema.gov/detail.php?id=537448
HOW TO RUN FOR LOCAL OFFICE WORKSHOP
Monday, January 23, 2012, 7:00 - 9:00 P.M.
Brookline Town Hall, Room 103, 333 Washington St.
This workshop will provide prospective candidates for town-wide and town meeting member offices with the resources and tools they need to run an effective campaign.
Panelists will describe the duties and responsibilities of each office on the ballot for the spring 2012 Town Election. Also, panelists will discuss campaign strategies and requirements to run for local office in Brookline._________________________________________________________
Be a part of Brookline's democracy! Run for local office in 2012.
ASPINWALL HILL NEIGHBORHOOD ASSOCIATION ANNUAL MEETING
The Brookline Center, 41 Garrison Rd.
Sunday, Jan. 29, 3-5 p.m.,
In addition to our business meeting with election of officers and sharing of ideas and information, we will also enjoy a wine-tasting presentation by Vinodivino of Washington Square. AHNA membership is required. Membership is extended to residents of the Aspinwall Hill neighborhood (bordered by Beacon, Washington and Greenough Streets, the D-line tracks and Regent Circle) who have paid dues of $5/person or $10/family, and dues may be paid at the meeting. Come join your neighbors!
PIANO INSTRUCTION - about 1 mile from Pierce
Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with over 30 years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners welcome. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: email@example.com
FEET OF CLAY POTTERY STUDIO - NEW CLASSES FOR KIDS
21 Station Street, Brookline Village
Feet of Clay is now offering a Wheelthrowing & Handbuilding class for kids
The winter session will be
January 4th-February 15th on
Wednesdays 4 - 6:30 pm.
START THE NEW YEAR OFF RIGHT WITH DanceFIT STUDIO
DanceFIT's award winning children's dance program has open enrollment right now for our ballet classes for dancers ages 3-10 and our NEW zumbatomic™ class for ages 4-9. Our high rated adult fitness program runs year round with fun & effective fitness classes geared for all levels. Some of our popular classes include: BalletFIT™, Zumba�, Cardio KickFIT, Arms and Abs, Music Video Dance, Love your Legs and MORE! Join today at dancefitstudio.com_________________________________________________________
ULTIMATE GRIND - PROFESSIONAL GROUP FITNESS
Want to do your exercising right after drop-off?
Want to exercise with other Brookline moms?
Want personalized fitness training?
UG's Personalized Group Fitness program could be perfect for you!
Easy Parking, Right next to Whole Foods
For more information call 781-588-4757 or visit www.ultimategrind.com
Read in 2012 at:
"Reading is Amazing!" a Brookline Village reading tutoring service supporting
students from Kindergarten through grade five.
. Remedial reading support for emerging readers in phonemic awareness,
phonics, fluency, vocabulary and reading comprehension
. Reading enrichment
. Homework help
. Personal book shopping for your child
I am a veteran Literacy Specialist with over 23 years experience as a
Reading/Literacy Specialist, Reading/Literacy Coach and Reading Recovery
Teacher within MA public schools.
I also volunteer in Ms. Buchman's first grade classroom.
Credentials: Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University with a
specialization in Reading. Certifications: Reading and Reading Recovery
Phone: 617 734 6718
phone: (617) 730-2580