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One of the wonderful aspects of this community is the mutiple ways in which Pierce gives. The PTO's Annual Appeal:Pierce Gives is in full swing and we are thankful to all of you who have already made donations to this crucial fundraising effort.   


This is an opportunity for all to find the most appropriate way to be a part of this campaign. Every donation truly makes a difference.   


PTO funds directly impact every child at Pierce, supporting a variety of academic enrichment programs (such as Bingo for Books and Pierce Reads), classroom supplies, activities, and field trips.  We count on this partnership to make our school a robust community that we are all proud of.   


Take some time this week to get familiar with the PTO, its budget and its programs. Please find a way to be a part of the PTO's Appeal and its activities.


Here are a number of other opportunities that support Pierce students:


 *  Art Work for Education: Orders are currently underway for greeting cards created using artwork of Pierce students.


 * Gift wrapping at Henry Bear's Park, Dec 1-4: Yet another fundraiser that symbolizes the variety of ways that parents give both money and time. 


 * Pierce Community Crafters: a new event and a collaboration hosted by Pierce & Co. The Craft Fair Holiday Marketplace will be held at Pierce on Dec. 10 from 4-7 p.m. 


Thank you!  

Pipier Smith-Mumford







2011 Brookline Seasonal Flu Clinics:  


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





School Health Services values Wellness Initiatives that support health and promote learning. Spark, authored by John Ratey, MD, cites brain research that supports physical exercise and its positive impact on learning.


Twelve school nurses attended the Spark offering on professional development day at BHS to support this system-wide goal.

The National Sleep Foundation reports that in their nationwide survey studying the sleep habits of teenagers, roughly 80% of teenagers (ages 11-17) polled are getting significantly less sleep than the recommended nine hours needed for optimum physical, emotional, and cognitive functioning.

Tip: make sure your teen is shutting off his or her cell phone during sleep.
In October, 4,355 students were seen in the K-12 health clinics for illness, first aid, medication or special procedures. Of these students, 4,176 or 95.9% were assessed by school nurses, treated and able to return to class.
Visit our web page at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
At the top click on Enrolled Families and then Health Services where you may read about Health Services and download forms.






Parents frequently ask for guidelines for when to keep their children home with illnesses. Most germs have already been shared in the day or two before your child is feeling ill. Therefore, whether your child stays home may depend on his/her ability to carry on during the school day and the impact their illness has on the other student's health and learning in the classroom.


COLD (Upper Respiratory Illness): If your child has a constantly runny nose and lots of sneezing and coughing, and/or a mild sore throat, keep your child home until these symptoms lessen, usually 24 to 48 hours. Children with mild cold symptoms may attend school.


FEVER: If your child has a temperature of 100F degrees (37.7C) or more (UNMEDICATED), keep your child home until 24 hours after the temperature returns to normal without medication (i.e.Tylenol, Acetaminophen, Motrin, Ibuprofen, Aleve.)


FEVER and RESPIRATORY SYMPTOMS: If your child has a fever of 100F degrees

(37.7C), a runny or stuffy nose, cold and/or cough, sore throat PLEASE keep your child home and consult your pediatrician. Notify your school nurse.


VOMITING AND/OR DIARRHEA: If your child has vomiting or diarrhea, keep your child home until 24 hours after the last episode.


CHICKEN POX: Vaccinated children have a small chance of having "breakthrough" chicken pox. Notify your primary care provider if your child has chicken pox and let the school nurse know as well. For a suspected case of chicken pox, keep your child home until all the scabs are crusty and dry or there has been a medical diagnosis of another cause of the rash.


TAKING MEDICATION: When your primary care provider prescribes antibiotics for Strep Throat, Bacterial Conjunctivitis or Impetigo keep your child at home until he/she has taken at least 24 hours of medication. Call the school nurse before your child returns to school.


RASH: If your child has an undiagnosed rash, keep your child home. Call your child's primary care provider and inform the school nurse. Once diagnosed, please consult the school nurse before sending your child back to school.


SKIN FUNGUS: If your child has a skin fungus (ringworm), keep your child home and contact your primary care provider. Your child may return to school if the ringworm is small and in a covered area. For exposed ringworm, your child may return to school after 24 hours of using the recommended medication. If possible, the affected area should be covered.





If you have not already done so, please send in your child's updated immunization record. New regulations REQUIRED all 7th graders to have the following vaccinations before entry into 7th grade: 2 doses of MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella), 2 doses of Varicella (Chickenpox), and 1 dose of Tdap (Tetanus, Diphtheria, Pertussis).  


Seventh grade is also the year to submit an updated physical examination. If your child is not currently in compliance with these regulations, please contact your primary care physician immediately and submit the updated information to your school nurse.


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The Appeal continues.  To date, we've received 21 donations totaling almost $5,000. Our goal is $20,000. Be a part of it and give what you can. Thanks to all for your contributions!   




Friday, 11/18 @ 8am, Pierce Cafeteria


The PTO will present the budget and discuss PTO events and priorities. Here's your chance to talk with fellow parents!  





All proceeds from PierceWear go to the PTO and the Pierce community. 


PierceWear on sale in front of the school if weather permits; if not - inside the main building.

New item for the holidays: Pierce pajama bottoms and sweatpants
.  Limited numbers, particularly the organic cotton items, so they are first come, first serve!


Consider volunteering to help sell PierceWear. If we have enough volunteers, sale will afternoons on Mon. Nov 28th and December 19th and 20th.  


PierceWear sale schedule:
November 18th from 7:45-8:30 AM and 2:15-3:30, 
Nov. 21 and 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19 - 7:45-8:30 AM
Dec. 20th - 7:45-8:30 AM
December 10th at 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! 




1. Order using the paper form by Wed. 11/16 

3. Orders made using the paper order form don't include shipping. 


REQUEST FOR PROPS  7th and 8th Grade Pierce School Play: "Anything Goes"


Have you always wanted to be on stage but were just a little too afraid? 

Here is the next best thing: GET YOUR STUFF ON STAGE!

Please look through your closets, basements, attics for the list of items below and contact Pierce Parent, Wendy Swart Grossman (wswart@usa.net617-429-2954) if you would be willing to share them with us.



4 cocktail glasses (plastic is fine)

Ice bucket

Old fashioned suitcases

Hat Boxes

1930's women's hats

1930's Reporters Hat

Photographer's camera

Plastic Tommy Gun

Violin Case


Small Gong and Stick

Costume jewelry


Renaissance or Medieval Sword

Purses - 1930's style clutch bags

Women's 1930's hats

Plastic flowers to use as a wedding bouquet.

2 black "reverend robes" (can be choir or graduation robes)

5 white robes (choir or graduation)

A smoking jacket or velour/velvet bathrobe

 Chinese pajamas and/or clothes.


Get ALL your holiday shopping done while supporting the Pierce PTO!


Thursday, December 1st
Friday, December 2nd
Saturday, December 3rd
Sunday, December 4th


This is a kindergarten-sponsored event. 


For more information contact Nancy Leventhal or Sarah Bishins


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. 




RAFT (Recreation Activities For Teens) is a year-round club for teens in grades 6-8. In order to participate in RAFT program, students must register and pay a $10 yearly membership fee. Registration is here:



Please mail the form and a check for $10 to the Brookline Recreation Department.


Then come to the next RAFT Open Gym and/or dance!   







How Many Digits?

Due November 17 


The owner of the Number Line Hotel is renovating and wants to put new room 

numbers on all of the rooms. She is making a list of how many of each digit she 

needs to buy before going to the hardware store. The room numbers go from 0-99.


How many of each digit does she need to buy in order to label all 99 rooms? 

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


Hint: You need to find out how many 1's she will need to buy, how many 2's and so on. 





What is Math League?

Math League is a district-wide program for Brookline students grades 4-6.  The regular Math League season will start the week of Dec. 5 and run until March 8. We will have practice sessions every morning (each day is focused on 1 topic) as well as a Thursday afternoon practice session. There are 3 meets in which Pierce competes against the other schools in Brookline.  The meets are open to 5th and 6th graders, 4th graders can participate in the practices but not the meets. The meets take place at Devotion School, from 1:30-5:00, bus transportation will be provided to and from Pierce. The meets are: January 18, February 16 and March 6 (with a snow date of March 8).


Math League practices are a parent-coached activity.  Starting Dec. 5, Pierce's team will have "practice" every morning, and on Thursday afternoon.  There are 5 topics: Problem Solving, Geometry, Operations, Bases, and Patterns.  Starting Dec. 5, each topic will meet on the same weekday each week.  Kids select the topics they want to practice (typically 1 or 2 topics) and come each week on that day(s).   The morning sessions are from 7:20am - 7:55am.  The afternoon session will be on

Thursday from 2:25pm - 3pm.  We will assign each topic to a day based on coach interest and availability.


There will be an informational meeting on Thursday, November 17th from

8:00-8:15 am, following morning announcements. The meeting will be held in

the pit for students new to Math League as well as students who

participated in the past.

Pre-season Math League, Grades 4-6

Beginning Nov 9th, pre-season Math League will begin. There will be 3

pre-season Math League practice sessions (on 11/16, and 11/30) on

Wednesday mornings from 7:20-7:55 am in the PSED/Spanish room (upstairs,

near the gym, the same room as last year).  The pre-season practice will

include practice problems from all five areas: Problem Solving, Geometry,

Operations, Bases and Patterns. This will continue through December 2nd,

when the regular Math League season will commence.


Parents - Are you interested coaching Math League? 

If you have coached or are interested in coaching, please contact Tara

Washburn (tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us) or Ira Heffan

(heffan@yahoo.com).  An informational session for all Math League coaches

will be Tuesday, November 15th from 7:30-7:55 am in the PSED Space/Spanish

room (upstairs, near the gym)


For questions about Math League, contact Ira Heffan, heffan@yahoo.com or

Pierce Math Specialist Tara Washburn, tara_washburn@brookline.k12.ma.us.




Saturday, November 19 @ 10am

Here's our Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/Griggs.Brookline




Sunday, 11/20 3-5pm @ 15 Salisbury Road, Brookline


Driscoll 6th Graders would like to invite all Bionicle fans for an afternoon of sharing and building.  Please bring your favorite Bionicles, Bionicle mocs and creative building ideas to 15 Salisbury Road, Brookline, on Sunday, November 20th from 3-5pm. Please RSVP or send questions to staceybatista@gmail.com or call 617-686-0587.   




Downes Field, 50 Highland Ave., Brookline 



Brookline Youth Lacrosse  (BYL) is holding annual Fall Lacrosse Clinics for both new and returning boys and girls in grades 1 through 8 on Nov. 20. The clinics are one-hour sessions led by veteran coaches with assistance from Brookline High School players. All interested players and newcomers are welcome at any or all sessions.  Equipment will be available for those who do not have their own and the clinics are FREE.


Looking forward to seeing kids Nov. 20 at the following times:


11 am - U13  

12 pm - U15  

2 pm - U11  

3 pm - U9


ALL KIDS PLEASE BRING MOUTH GUARDS: can be picked up at sporting goods stores (for new players who don't have the rest of equipment we will sticks, gloves, & helmet available)

Put first names on all boys' helmets write on tape, large enough for coaches to read.

Check-in at the registration table. Look for Brookline Youth Lacrosse (BYL) banner & pop-up canopy on the sideline between girls and boys practices.


On behalf of all the coaches, thank you!

John Werner

Recruiting and Community Relations & Boys Coach - U11, BYL

RSVP for the Fall Lacrosse Clinics to johnwerner@post.harvard.edu; (c) 617-474-2400

For more information: brooklineyouthlacrosse.org.




Sunday (Thanksgiving weekend), 11/27 @ 9:30 am

(Late registrants please arrive by 9 am)

Larz Anderson Skating Pavilion,

Newton Street, Brookline MA 02445-7406


Brookline High School's cross-country teams invites you to join the 3rd Annual Warrior 5K Run. We look forward to seeing runners of all ages on the Sunday after Thanksgiving.


Come and run the 5K or cheer from the sidelines and join the breakfast. The race will be followed by a raffle, awards and a bagel breakfast for all inside the warm skating pavilion. The event will end by 11 am, allowing alumni to catch trains and planes.


Advance registration is $10 and includes ten raffle tickets; day-of-race fee is $15. Please visit the Pierce PTO web-site for the event application and mail it back to the address on the application.


Any questions about the race, please email mglennontrack@rcn.com or call 

Chris McArdle (617) 566-3316








Saturday, 11/19,  9:30AM - 11:30AM, 8 Lowell Road, Brookline
- 10 Gallon Fish Tank with Stand and All Supplies
- Reptile Tanks with Heaters
- Large & Small Rodent Cages (Gerbils, Hamsters, Guinea Pigs, Rabbits, and so on)
- 8 foot diameter, low, kids' trampoline in excellent condition
Please email with questions: mpames123@comcast.net

Young Leaders. Hard Work. Real World Impact.  

JetSet provides ambitious 5th-8th graders with the resources and support to make films, write books, start businesses, conduct research, engineer solutions, and address social issues. The focus is hard work and real world impact. JetSet operates similar to business incubators for startup companies. You decide how you want to make a difference in the world. We provide the resources and support you need to make it happen. Your ideas. Your team. Your impact.


Winter 2012 programs run Jan 17-Mar 30. Learn more at jetsetleaders.com.



Greenough Street, Brookline 


I am offering individualized remedial reading and reading enrichment services. I am also offering diagnostic reading assessments and parental consultation. My service encompasses more than just direct service in reading and includes other areas or literacy.


Tutoring offered in your home or in agreed upon location.


Harriet Yoffee, a literacy specialist with over 23 years public school experience.

Certified in reading and as a Reading Recovery teacher.

Master's Degree in Education, major: reading.

Website: literacycoach.net


For more info contact Harriet Yoffee, harriet@literacycoach.net



Sara's Supper Club 

Brookline's new and affordable solution for busy families!

Just imagine opening the cupboard and fridge each night to find not only some culinary inspiration but also the exact ingredients you need! Our ready-planned grocery bags with family-friendly recipes, delivered to your door weekly, provide a convenient way to do just that. With fresh produce and other groceries for four weeknight dinners, Sara's Supper Club will help you put a stress-free, healthy and delicious meal on the table each weeknight for only $125/week.

Visit our web site: sarasupperclub.com



PIANO INSTRUCTION: One 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



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