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Once again, all of us at Pierce send thanks to our parent community for supporting our ongoing work with such wonderful students!  


Within just the past few weeks, we saw one of our highest participations in the town-wide cross country meet with very impressive results. We also shared in some fun and interactive Halloween activities, donated food items as a school to the Brookline Food Pantry, and applauded several of Pierce's 5th and 6th grade actors who were in the Art Barn production of "Down in the Dump."  


Academically, our students have been making serious efforts to fully engage in their assignments, preparing for quarterly exams, sharing projects and engaging in learning in a commendable fashion.


We are hoping that your conference time has been scheduled or that you are in the final stages of confirming your conference time with your child's teacher. This is a very important opportunity for you to connect with the Pierce staff and hear about your child's learning in more detail. Please be sure to keep this as a high priority.   


Education Leadership magazine offers great tips about questions to ask at your conference. Here are some tips from the 1999 magazine that I think are worthwhile and should be considered timely even in 2011: What skills and knowledge will my child(ren) be expected to master this year? How will my child(ren) be evaluated? What can I do as a parent to stay involved in my child's academic progress? How do you accommodate differences in learning? What is a goal you would like to see my child achieve?


As we approach the holiday season and specifically, Thanksgiving, one of my favorites, please take the opportunity to reflect on all that we have to be thankful for.  Take time during these coming weeks to share with your children what you most value in them.


I wish everyone a very Happy Thanksgiving and a wonderfully peaceful holiday season.  


Pipier Smith-Mumford








2011 Brookline Seasonal Flu Clinics:  


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





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). As well, 7th grade is 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.




Be on the lookout for the Annual Appeal in tomorrow's folder!




Thanks to all who were able to provide input into the budgeting process.  We were able to obtain a lot of input from parents, teachers and staff to develop a balanced budget!  Our goal in this budget process was to match our budget to our revenue generation and allow for some special project costs that we know are forthcoming (such as the amphitheater.)  Feel free to check out the budget on the PTO website: www.piercepto.weebly.com.    



The 2011-2012 school directories will be sent home in folders this Thursday (tomorrow).  If you are a parent of a 7th/8th grader you may want to ask for a copy! Next year, we anticipate being fully electronic so we will be truly 'green.'  Also, a reminder that these directories contain information that is meant to be shared with Pierce families only.  Please do your best to keep an eye on your copy.  Thanks! 
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!  


NOV 11 & 12, 2011 PERFORMANCES


In addition to its regular offerings, The Celebrity Series would like to offer students and chaperones a special ticket price of $20 for the Angelika Kirchschlager / Jean-Yves Thibaudet performance on November 11 at 8 pm in Jordan Hall and the Orion String Quartet with David Shifrin performance on November 12 at 8 pm in Jordan Hall. 


Tickets at this significant discount are only available online at celebrityseries.org, and chaperones are open to this price as well. Discount code is required. For Angelika Kirchschlager / Jean-Yves Thibaudet, purchase tickets online using the code "Brahms111" and for String Quartet with David Shifrin, use the code "OSQ20."


See the full list of Celebrity Series of Boston tickets ($10 each), which require a 1 adult: 4 student ratio, at: piercepto.weebly.com


The $10 tickets need to be ordered through the Pierce School Coordinator for Celebrity Series of Boston: Mara Littman, maralittman@yahoo.com. 




MATH CORNER mathcorner



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. 

POW #4 Solution for 'Value of a Picture'


Did you figure out "The Value of a Picture" if a picture is worth 1000

words and words are a dime a dozen? A special congratulations to all 60

students who persevered through this challenging problem and submitted a

solution.  The correct answer was that a picture is worth about $8.33.


Stop by the Problem of the Week board to see the list of names as well as

a variety of solutions.  Alison in 1H printed out 1000 words in groups of

12 to figure out the value!






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 11/9, 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.





Thursday, 11/17: Animal Farm

Wednesday, 11/30: The Yo Yo People

Thursday, 12/8: Len Cabral

Wednesday, 12/14: Stephen Baird


The early release concerts series is sponsored by PSED. These concerts are designed to provide parents with an attractive child care option on early release days. All Pierce School children in grades 1-5 are welcome to register.

NOTE: if your child normally attends PSED on a concert day, you do not need to sign them up. They will attend the concerts with their PSED class.


For more information and to regrister online visit: psedbrookline.org

Register online November 4 - November 14! 




Public Schools Run Race 

By Philip, 6th grade Mr. Smith's student


Nearly 1,000 public school students at all eight elementary schools ran a breath-taking cross country race at Larz Anderson Park in Brookline on October 21, 2011. It was a true challenge, on a muddy and hilly course a mile long, in a chilly wind.


Many kids were able to enjoy and relax at the meet. When asked what he likes about the cross country meet, Spencer, a Pierce School student in sixth grade, said, "I like going to hang out with friends, skip school, and run the race." His classmate Jake, asked the same question, answers the same. He said, "The teachers are very supportive, so there is not much work to make up." One teacher, Chris Smith from Pierce School who coaches cross-country at the high school, was at the meet, cheering on students and giving advice.


The meet involved eight races, with boys and girls split, and each grade running separately. Pierce School had two first-place boys, in sixth and seventh grades, Duncan (time, 6:12) and Nathan (time 6:08). Nathan and Duncan both raced in under six minutes last year, but because the course's length and geography were changed this year, they had higher times. They did a great job representing their school, but every person from every school at the meet had the weight of their school on their backs.


Even if people did not place first, they had a great time with people from all eight schools. "It was really fun running the race and hanging out with friends," said Jake, who came in third in the sixth-grade boys' race. "I'm definitely going to go again next year."


Sacks is not alone in being excited for next year's cross-country race. Many students will come again. And some are already training.



COMMUNITY CORNER communitycorner




Thursday, 11/10,  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.



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.   





Open to both boys and girls in grades 4-9.  

When: Nov. 15 
Grades 4-6 from 6:30 to 7:30pm
Grades 7-9  from 7:30 to 8:30pm

Where:  Schluntz Gym at Brookline High School
Cost: $10 per session, paid at the door.  
Cash or check made out to Muddy River Boosters.

Contact: Coach Mark Fiedor at brooklinebasketball@homail.com to reserve a
spot. Each session is limited to 25 participants. Walk ins accepted if there is room.      




Downes Field, 50 Highland Ave., Brookline 

11/13 and 11/20


Brookline Youth Lacrosse  (BYL) is holding annual Fall Lacrosse Clinics for both new and returning boys and girls in grades 1 through 8 on 11/13 and 11/20. 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.


Over 200 kids participated in Fall Lacrosse Clinic Sunday Nov. 6. 

Looking forward to seeing kids the next two Sundays, Nov. 13 and 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.


Greening Cities: What Can Brookline Learn from the European Experience?  

Monday, Nov. 14, 7-9 pm, Town Hall, Room 101.


Ever been to a "green" European city, where there are more compact urban centers, more biking and walking, and fewer cars? Entire areas are closed off to traffic. There are are greener building codes, more developed public transportation, and more integrated regional planning.

Climate Change Action Brookline presents two distinguished European speakers, as well as panelists from Brookline, to describe changes European cities are making and discuss measures and obstacles for going greener in Brookline.

Find out what Brookline is doing and explore where we go from here. Light refreshments will be served.  



How To Run for Local Office FREE 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 (the next Town Meeting is November 15 - come and check it out) 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.


Risa Nyman


League of Women Voters of Brookline



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








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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