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ANNUAL APPEAL: PIERCE GIVES UPDATE
Thank you to all who have already made their donation! As of today approximately 72 families have donated a total of $12,059! Pierce community includes 540 families! Please consider making a donation, big or small, as part of your holiday season giving. We thank you for helping make Pierce a wonderful community as we are working hard to reach our goal of $20,000!
Donate today at pierceschoolbrookline.org! Be a part of Pierce Gives!
SHOP FOR HOLIDAYS AT AMAZON.COM AND DONATE TO PIERCE PTO
Dear Pierce families,
As you begin your holiday shopping - and through the year that comes - please consider doing any shopping at Amazon by clicking on the Amazon banner at the bottom of the Pierce PTO website. By doing so, a significant percentage of the money you spend will return to Pierce School. Let your family and friends know about this great opportunity!
MESSAGE FROM THE SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS ABOUT GIFT-GIVING POLICIES Office of the Superintendent of Brookline Schools
William H. Lupini, Ed.D.
November 23, 2011
Dear Brookline Families:
At this time of year, many teachers and school leaders are confronted with the ethical question of whether or not to accept gifts from our students and their families. I am writing to provide you with some direction on this topic.
Current School Committee policy reads that, "[n]o teacher shall receive gifts from the pupils under his/her charge." In addition, the Massachusetts State Ethics Commission advises that the "simplest and best rule that public employees can follow to further the public's trust and to ensure compliance with the conflict of interest law is to decline an offer of a gift or gratuity that is made in connection with their work or their position."
However, the Commission advises that gifts made for public rather than private use do not violate the ethics law; therefore, a donation made to a non-profit organization such as the local education foundation in the name of an employee, or a fruit basket that is accepted on behalf of a public employee's agency and shared with all agency employees and/or the public, if applicable,would not violate the ethics laws.
I understand that there have been occasions when families have joined together as a group torecognize individual staff members during the holidays. These group gifts could be given as described above or used to purchase items appropriate for classroom use.
Have a safe and happy holidays!
William H. Lupini, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
7 & 8th GRADE MUSICAL "ANYTHING GOES" - TICKETS ON SALE NOW!
Madcap antics aboard an ocean liner bound from New York to London.
Great music! Amazing Pierce talent! It's going to be a great ride!
Come along with us & support our 7th & 8th grade actors.
Thursday, Dec. 8 at 7 pm (New York cast)
Friday, Dec. 9 at 7pm (London cast)
Saturday, Dec. 10 at 2pm (London cast) and 7pm (New York cast)
Tickets are $7 and go on sale Friday, Dec. 2. from 7:45-8:15am outside the school office and also at the door prior to each performance. If you have any questions please contact the producers Susanne Elovecky (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Jessica Roland (email@example.com).
2012 3rd - 6th Grade Play!
BEAUTY AND THE BEAST!
Registration will open on December 5, 2011 - Stay tuned for registration links!
Audition workshop for actors will be held on December 15, 2011
Auditions for actors will be held on December 16, 2011
(All other roles to begin in the New Year)
The following opportunities are available for this production:
Actors: 5th & 6th Grades
Chorus: 3rd & 4th Grades (limited spaces available)
Set Design: 3rd - 6th Grades
Tech: 5th & 6th Grades (limited spaces available)
Thursday March 15, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Friday, March 16, 2012 at 7 p.m.
Saturday March 17, 2012 at 2 p.m.
Saturday, March 17, 2012 at 7 pm.
Contact Producers Deb Dowd (firstname.lastname@example.org) or
Josh Abrams (email@example.com) with any questions!
PRESENTING THE 2nd ANNUAL CRAFT FAIR AT NEW HOLIDAY MARKETPLACE
50 School Street Brookline
Enter to Win Raffle Prizes!
Shop local ~ Shop for a cause!
Proceeds to benefit Pierce School.
SHOW PIERCE PRIDE: BUY PIERCEWEAR!
Consider volunteering to help sell PierceWear. If we have enough volunteers, the sale will continue in the afternoon on Mon. Nov 28th and December 19th and 20th.
PierceWear sale schedule:
Dec. 5., 12. and 19. - 7:45-8:30 AM
Dec. 10. @ the Pierce craft fair
Please consult the Pierce Bridge for schedule changes. For more info please contact PiercePTO@gmail.com. Thank you for your continued support!
HOPE FOUND OUTREACH PROJECT BY THE PIERCE SCHOOL 8th GRADERS
Dear Pierce Families,
This year 8th graders will carry on the tradition that beloved retired teacher
Ginny Carroll initiated with her 3rd graders, by giving "self-care" items to guests at Hope Found (formerly called: Shattuck Shelter). The shelter is located in Jamaica Plain and houses between 200 and 250 men and women.
Items you can donate: soap shampoo conditioner moisturizer shaving cream, razors toothpaste toothbrushes, playing cards
Please take the time to dig into your storage closets to find some items worth donating. Each item should be in good condition and sealed closed.
Simply send your child to school with the items to be donated and she/he can drop them off in the collection bag in his/her classroom.
THANK YOU FOR HELPING WITH THIS IMPORTANT PROJECT!
CORI FORMS REQUIRED FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS
CORI forms are required for all volunteers in the Pierce School. This includes field trips, math league, school play volunteers, event volunteers, etc. If you volunteer now or plan to volunteer in any capacity it is important that you have a current CORI form on file. CORI forms are valid for 3 years only. The form can be found on the PTO website and must be accompanied by a
photo ID. Not sure if you have a current CORI on file? Stop by the principal's office and ask Annette Hughes as she has a list.
|MATH CORNER >
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #7
Due date Dec. 15.
You have blue pants, green pants, brown pants, and jeans
and a blue shirt, red shirt, and orange shirt.
How many different outfits can you make?
Problem Solving Strategy: Make an Organized List!
Show your work using numbers, pictures, a table, and/or words.
Remember to include your full name and class!
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
FORMS FOR RESERVING FIELD TIME WITH BROOKLINE RECREATION DEPARTMENT
PTO's presidents/contacts should use the forms bellow when planing an activity or event at a park, field or facility.
Brookline Rec Forms
This should be submitted as far in advance as possible.
For more information please contact Melissa Battite, CPRP, Asst. Director of Brookline
Recreation, phone:617.730.2069 or brooklinerec.com
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, Dec. 1., 6pm @ Town Hall
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor
Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.
The public is invited to attend.
CAMERAS FOR KIDS WATCH-A-THON FUND-RAISER!
DECEMBER 2nd & 3rd
Registration has just begun for our upcoming Cameras For Kids Watch-a-Thon fund-raiser! We are raising money to create camera kits, which will include video cameras, laptops, editing hardware and more for use in educating Brookline youth in visual media arts programs. It will also give teachers and organizations of the Brookline community easier access to resources for creative presentations and activities both in the classroom and for community based after school programs.
We would love to get as many people as possible from the Brookline Community
involved in this event! Please take a look at the events webpage for a list of movies and registration information: batv.org/content/watch-thon
2011-2012 BROOKLINE RECREATION BASKETBALL REGISTRATION NOW OPEN!
Remember to sign up early to avoid being shut out of the program. We are currently accepting
- Joel Noe Clinic (boys and girls in grades K-2),
- Joel Noe Recreation Program (boys and girls in grades 3-8)
Registration is non-refundable. New for this year, students who are selected for a travel team will not be allowed to also play in the Joel Noe league.
Please visit our website at brooklinerec.com to login and register online today!
For specific questions about the basketball programs, please visit our website
or call 617.730.2069
BHS FACULTY/STAFF VARIETY SHOW ~~ MOONLIGHT SHINES ~~
Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m. @ BHS, Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
Tickets $5 students, $10 adults
Forget the singing nun and the singing trooper!
BHS's wild and wacky faculty/staff variety show, Moonlighting, has the singing/guitar- playing headmaster and the dancing dean. Come see Brookline High School's most esteemed faculty and staff set their academic priorities aside and let their hair down to perform songs, dances, skits, and routines that are anything but routine.
They'll tear up the Roberts/Dubbs stage on Dec. 2. Expected highlights include several big group dances by Lynn Model and Christien Polos, including a tangled tango, Social Studies coordinator Gary Shiffman's acoustic duo with Tyler Wooley-Brown, a band fronted by Paul Priestly, and a rockin' ensemble featuring BHS Headmaster John Ritchie on vocals and guitar.
It's a can't-miss evening that's fun for the whole family. Come support the performing arts at BHS in the department's biggest and baddest fundraiser of the year.
For more information, contact Lynn Modell, 617-713-5228.
DIGITAL CITIZENSHIP - THERE ISN'T AN APP FOR IT
Monday, December 5, 2011 - 7 - 8:30 pm @ Devotion Auditorium
Hosted by Edward Devotion School
Digital citizenship is quickly becoming the newest buzzword used in conversations around cyber safety. But what does it really mean to be a responsible digital citizen? Kids continue to become more digital savvy and parents, teachers and community leaders work to keep pace. Now is the time to start important, active conversations about how to navigate cyberspace safely, while embracing all the benefits, creativity and innovation that it offers.
JOIN US - In response to requests from across the Brookline community, a local expert in cyber security will lead the first in a series of highly informative and interactive conversations. You will walk away with new information, greater understanding, and tools to help you and your family stay safe online.
For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BHS FRESHMAN PLAY: SHIPWRECKED! AN ENTERTAINMENT
Black Box Theater
This year's Freshman Play is Donald Margulies' fanciful Shipwrecked! An Entertainment, a tale
of a sickly young lad who vows to see the world before he is no longer able. He embarks on
a magical adventure involving exotic lands and remarkable creatures.
Dec. 7 @ 3:30
Dec. 8 & 9 @7:30
Dec. 10 @ 3:30 and 7:30
SHOP MAGIC BEANS DEC. 14 TO SUPPORT THE BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION!
Wednesday, December 14, 6-9 pm @ The Magic Beans Store
Magic Beans in Coolidge Corner is sponsoring a night of shopping for BEF supporters, with
10% of all proceeds going to the BEF. This is a great opportunity to support a local business
and the work the BEF does to drive innovative and creative education in the Brookline Public Schools.
So collect your children's wish lists, grab a friend and head on over to Magic Beans on Wednesday, December 14, for a fun night of shopping.
Support a local business, help the BEF and get your holiday shopping done all at the same time!
HONOR A TEACHER AND SUPPORT THE BROOKLINE EDUCATION FOUNDATION
During this time of end-of-year giving what better way is there to honor a teacher than with a donation to the Brookline Education Foundation?
Let your child(ren)'s teacher(s) know that you recognize their efforts by giving to the organization that seeks out and supports innovation and leadership among teachers and administrators from preschool through grade 12.
Your gift enables us to provide educators with opportunities for continued professional and personal development and touches the teachers you honor in a very special way. In the words of a Lawrence School teacher:
"Following my trip to China, I certainly have a deeper understanding of the experience of my Chinese students, both of their home culture and of the effort of adjustment to such a different place."
Please visit brooklineeducation.org to honor a teacher today!
BHS WINTER CONCERT
Dec. 17, 7:30 @ Roberts/Dubbs Auditorium
Tickets $5, FREE TO ALL ELEMENTARY STUDENTS
Brookline High School's annual Winter Concert is the single best introduction to the wealth of music going on at BHS, and it's one of the liveliest concerts of the year to boot.
Jazz Band, Orchestra, Camerata, Concert Choir, A Cappella Choir, Concert Band: this one has it all!
It's a fabulous showcase for Brookline High School's top musical ensembles performing repertoire ranging from classical masterworks and jazz/pop tunes to movie theme music and original student compositions.
Don't miss this rousing musical extravaganza by more than 200 of BHS's finest. This accessible and inexpensive family evening also offers Brookline's elementary students an inspiring glimpse of what they have to look forward to at BHS.