WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW >
- REMINDER: PICTURE DAY THURSDAY, 10/27
- 7TH GRADE POTLUCK FRIDAY, 10/28
- PRINCIPAL'S FORUM FOLLOW-UP
- CONGRATS TO PIERCE CROSS-COUNTRY RUNNERS
- 2011 FLU CLINICS SCHEDULED
- FREE MATH ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP FOR GRADES 5-8
|PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
Thank you to all of the Pierce families that donated food and came out Sunday to walk our donated food over to the Brookline Food Pantry. We collected more than 60 bags of groceries! Thanks for your time, your generosity and your commitment to our community.
Fall Principal's Forum Follow-Up
We had a very successful turn-out for the Fall Principal's Forum, where we discussed "How We Build Community."
Parents in grades K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 were divided into groups. Each group learned about and practiced the techniques and strategies from the Responsive Classroom program (http://www.responsiveclassroom.org) used in grades K-5 and the Developmental Designs program (http://www.originsonline.org/dd_index.php) used in grades 6-8.
The forum gave parents an opportunity to learn more about these classroom methods. It also reinforced the underlying principles of Responsive Classroom and Developmental Design, teaching respectful listening and interaction skills, building community and creating feelings of safety about participating in a classroom/group.
While not every classroom employs these methods, teachers in every classroom are using general principles and strategies and will begin moving toward adopting Responsive Classroom and Developmental Designs throughout the year.
Many teachers who use these strategies learn more about them from trained colleagues. The district will be offering introductory training for both programs during our Professional Development (PD) Day and additional training throughout
the school year and summer.
The forum succeeded in helping parents understand how teachers work with students to create a safe and respectful community throughout the school. The evening's success was confirmed by the feedback of many participating
parents who stated and/or wrote that the event was truly informative and
Thank you to all who came out and to the following Pierce staff who
planned for the forum, attended, facilitated and participated.
Special thanks to Gretchen Adams, John Badger, Amie Buchman, Jin Yu Chen,
Daryl Frischling, Brian Gallagher, Dawn Galolo, Jenna Goodearl, Susan
Harvey, Kelly Hayes, Melissa London, Kim Manasevit, Chris Smith, David
Vitale-Wolff, Yaping Tang and Heidi Young for sharing your work with our
Our next Principal's Forum will be held this spring. The topic will be Technology's Impact on Education. More details to follow as we get closer to the date.
SCHOOL NURSE'S CORNER >
FLU SHOTS AVAILABLE NOW
Flu shots are available now, so check with your doctor. It is not to early to protect yourself and your children!
* All persons 6 months and older are eligible and there is no charge for the vaccine.
* Please bring a health insurance card. Call (617)730-2336 if you have any questions.
* 2011 Brookline Seasonal Flu Clinics:
Nov. 1, 2011 Brookline Senior Center 10am-1pm
Nov. 6, 2011 Baker School 11am-2pm
Nov. 9, 2011 Devotion School 3pm-6pm
Nov. 30, 2011 Brookline Health Dept. 4pm-6pm
Mary A. D'Amore, RN
Pierce School Nurse
ATHLETES' CORNER >
LARS ANDERSON CROSS-COUNTRY MEET A SUCCESS!
Congratulations to the 88 Pierce students in grades 5-8 who participated in a town-wide, 1-mile cross-country race at Larz Anderson Park last Friday.
All Pierce athletes did a fantastic job training to prepare for the Oct. 21 race and were strong competitors.
Many students finished within the top six places, which is impressive given that the largest race had 108 students racing. The top finishers in each category are:
Emma Larrabee - 2nd Place, Girls, 8th Grade, with a time of 7:20
Jack Miller - 5th Place, Boys, 8th Grade: 6:08
Nathan Ewen - 1st Place, Boys, 7th Grade: 6:08
Duncan Grant - 1st Place, Boys, 6th Grade: 6:14
Jake Sacks - 3rd Place, Boys, 6th Grade: 6:25
Lisa Gerbi - 4th Place, Girls, 5th Grade: 7:42
UPCOMING EVENTS >
FALL POTLUCK DINNER -
Pierce 7th Grade Parents Network
Friday, 10/28 @ 7 Elm Street, Apt. 3 (home of Laurence Mialot, Alex's mom)
Please RSVP to Eka Maraneli (Nana's mom) at firstname.lastname@example.org.
CALLING ALL CRAFTERS!
2nd Annual Craft Fair
Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, Pierce School Cafeteria.
This event will be held Sat., Dec. 10, 2011, in the Pierce School Cafeteria. Applications can be downloaded at www.divinelotushealing.com, under the Holiday Marketplace tab. There's a discount if you apply by November 4, 2011. The deadline to apply is Friday, December 2, 2011. Space is limited so register early!
This event is only weeks away. Contact the Pierce & Co. co-chairs,
Robin O'Malley at Robin_O'Malley@Brookline.k12.ma.us or Laura
West at email@example.com for more details.
|MATH CORNER >
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #4
The Value of a Picture
It is said that a picture is worth a thousand words.
It is also claimed that words are a "dime a dozen".
Assuming these propositions are true, what is the dollar value of a picture?
Show your work using number, pictures, a table, and/or words.
Don't forget to include your full name and class with your work.
SOLUTION TO "CLIMBING CATERPILLARS"
It�s time for the Problem of the Week! We had 134 students complete the
third Problem of the Week, "Climbing Caterpillars". Hats off to 1W for
contributing the greatest number of solutions with 21 students completing
the challenge. Congratulations to all 134 Pierce mathematicians! Stop
by the Problem of the Week bulletin board by the front office, to see the
list of names as well as a variety of solutions.
The correct answer to "Climbing Caterpillars" is either 30 or 32 minutes.
When submitting your solution, remember to write both your first and last
name on your solution as well as your class.
The 4th problem of the week, "The Value of a Picture" is out. Solutions
are due in 2 weeks, on Thursday, November 3rd.
BHS STUDENTS TO PROVIDE FREE MATH TUTORING
Does your child need some help in math? Brookline High students will soon start offering free tutoring to Pierce students in grades 3-6 on Wednesdays from 4-5pm.
The sessions start on November 2, and run almost every Wednesday in the
cafeteria through the first week of May. Starting in February, they'll even provide MCAS practice.
Don't miss out on this great opportunity!
For an enrollment form or more information please email math specialist firstname.lastname@example.org, or inquire with your child's teacher.
COMMUNITY CORNER >
BASKETBALL SHOOTING AND SKILLS CLINIC
Open to both boys and girls in grades 4-9
When: Nov. 1, Nov. 8, and Nov. 15 (Three Tuesdays)
Grades 4-6 from 6:30 to 7:30pmGrades 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 email@example.com to reserve a
spot. Each session is limited to 25 participants. Walk ins
accepted if there is room.
FREE MATH ENRICHMENT WORKSHOP FOR GRADES 5-8
My name is Ilya Bronshtein, and I am a Pierce School alumnus and co-founder of a local math and computer science education organization (gentleknowledge.com).
We are trying to excite kids about math by bringing together professional mathematicians with strong education backgrounds to teach classes and to run free enrichment workshops. We run classes for kids in grades 3-8, but this year we are also launching a free weekly math enrichment program open to all kids in grades 5-8. You can find more information about it here: gentleknowledge.com/mathcircle.
Contact Ilya at 617-792-9998 with questions
BROOKLINE HIGH ROWERS PARTICIPATE IN ERG-A-THON
HALLOWEEN GRAVESTONE HUNT @ BROOKLINE'S OLD BURYING GROUND
Sunday, Oct. 30, 3-5p.m.
@ Walnut Street (across from the Lincoln School playground)
Fun for the whole family! Come enjoy the annual treasure hunt at Brookline's most historic graveyard, with refreshments and prizes for all participating kids.
Sunday, 10/30, 1-3:30 pm
Come see Brookline High School students row on Devotion School's front lawn this weekend. They'll row over 60,000 meters on stationary rowing machines called ergometers, taking part in the Friends of Brookline Rowing's annual "Erg-a-thon" fundraiser.
Please support these students as they row for donations that have been pledged to them in advance. To learn more about crew at Brookline High School and this team's accomplishments, go to brooklinerowing.org.
Brookline Teen Center OPEN HOUSE!
Sunday OCT. 30, 1 - 4 pm
@ 40 Aspinwall Ave. in Brookline
Please email Volunteers@BrooklineTeenCenter.org for more info.
For the most current info about the BTC visit BrooklineTeenCenter.org.
CELEBRATE BROOKLINE'S UNSUNG HEROES
Wednesday, 11/2, 6:00-7:30PM
The Arcade Building, 318 Harvard St.
The Brookline Community Foundation (BCF) is excited to announce the winners of the 6th Annual Unsung Hero Awards. The awards celebrate community members who work to make Brookline better, without calling attention to themselves or seeking recognition. They work hard to make a difference in our town and inspire others to give back.
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org
NEED HELP AT PICK-UP TIME?
I am a Pierce 6th grader available to walk your child home after school or to the Brookline Public Library, where I can even help with homework.
I am responsible and friendly and enjoy helping little kids. If you are interested, we can get acquainted and discuss details. Contact me via my mom's email: email@example.com
phone: (617) 730-2580