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  • A reminder: NO SCHOOL this Thursday 9/29 (Rosh Hashanah)  
  • Sixth grade parent network meeting 10/4@7:30pm, Pierce School Library 
  • The Annual Cross Country Meet for Grades 5-8 10/20 
  • New PTO website! Visit www.piercepto.weebly.com.


Huge Open House Turnout!

Both the K-6 and the 7-8 Open Houses were well attended and well received

by Pierce families.   


Many parents shared with me that they were very pleased with what they learned  

about their child's teacher, the curriculum, and the overall enthusiam expressed by

Pierce teachers and staff.


I want to extend my thank you to the Pierce faculty and staff for their

stellar work in preparing and presenting to our families at the these Open

Houses. The goals of the evening, to meet the teachers and hear

about the curriculum, were achieved with flying colors!  


Our specialists were also happy to meet and greet many parents.


Thank you Pierce families for coming out and supporting your child at this

most important annual event!


Pipier Smith-Mumford, Ph. D.





Calling all Cooks - Pierce Cooks!


Don't know what to take to the potluck? We've got a recipe for that.

Not sure what to make for dinner tonight? We've got a recipe for that, too.

Want to try to cook food from another culture but don't know where to start?  We've got many recipes for that as well!


Pierce Cookbooks are available for $10 each.

Enjoy hundreds of favorite recipes submitted by the Pierce community.

Eat well, try new things and support Pierce!


Cookbooks are available by contacting Meredith Saillant (dggmls@yahoo.com or 617-501-6901) and payment will be arranged through her via cash/check/charge.  Delivery guaranteed to your door or your child's classroom.  Now that's service!


"This is from the Pierce Cookbook? This is phenomenal!" (from the happy mouth of a kindergardener) 



Directory - Coming Soon!


Pierce School directory information and "opt out" decisions are due by Oct. 1. 


Key highlight: We're excluding addresses to protect the privacy of our kids. 


You are in control: choose which information do you wish to be include in the Directory nest to your child's and your name: both email and phone or just one of them! 


We need your help with Directory printing: We are looking for donations for printing the directory; Do you have a business that can print our directory at discount and/or for opportunity to advertise in our weekly newsletter?  



One-time Volunteer Needed for Food on Wheels Walk

Pierce School needs one volunteer to coordinate with the town's other elementary schools
on the Food on Wheels walk to benefit the Brookline Food Pantry. The walk, led by Driscoll School, will be held  Oct. 23 from 1-3pm. The food will be hand-delivered to the food pantry. Pierce
cannot participate without a coordinator. This is a great opportunity for kids and an easy way to get involved with a finite project that ends Oct. 23!  Please email piercepto@gmail.com for more



Volunteers needed!

PierceWear will be sold outside the school this Friday between 7:45 and 8:30am. If you are interested in volunteering please join us during these times to help sell shirts, sweatshirts, water bottles and more. PierceWear will be sold regularly thought the year so please watch for updates on PierceWear-related events. 




The PTO recognizes how busy we all are and that many hands make light work. Based on 

that philosophy we are asking you to volunteer and help where you can. There is always a place for you no matter how much time you have to give and when you have to give it! 

We are very open to your ideas on how to improve things and how to build teams that can work together to make the work manageable! Check out our new website, contact us at   pierce.pto@gmail.com or stop one of the co-chairs if you are interested.




 EARN CASH FOR PIERCE SCHOOL through Stop & Shop A+ Rewards  


Welcome to the start of a new school year and another year of A+ School Rewards. 

Pierce School is, once again, earning cash through the Stop & Shop A+ School Rewards

Program. But you MUST register your Stop & Shop card and designate Pierce School in order to make it happen! (Even if you registered last year, you must re-register.) Your friends and families can designate Pierce School, too. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website.


If you have any questions contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@brookline.k12.ma.us


Log on to www.stopandshop.com/aplus to register online- use ID Code 07899. 


Dial 1-877-275-2758 to register your card over the phone. 





There is yet another way to support Pierce School! Collect box tops for education.
Simply clip the box tops at home and bring them to school. Pierce School earns money with every box top you donate. Please drop them in one of the collection boxes around Pierce: 


1. In the foyer by the Main Office.
2. In the hall just outside KM.
3. In the area by "The Pit."

Please contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@brookline.k12.ma.us with any questions.

More info at Boxtops for Education.  





The Pierce Physical Education Department is looking for gently-used 

sneakers with either velcro or laces. Please drop off any sneakers you wish to donate to the gym or give them to your child to bring to P.E. class.

Thank you!

Pierce Physical Education Department

Amanda Grindstaff, Michael Miceli, Ralph Parent 





Sixth Grade Parent Network Meeting 

Tues., October 4 @ 7:30PM at Pierce School Library


Can you believe they are in SIXTH grade already???!! As parents we are finding that this is an  

age that requires relaxing some old rules and creating some new ones.  


How do your peer parents approach these new challenges? Homework? Kids staying home alone? Unsupervised gatherings and travel throughout Brookline? Computer usage? Cell phones? Bed time? Parties and dances? Dating? Bullying?


Parent Networks help us stay Informed, Involved, Connected! Let's start the conversation. 



The Annual Cross Country Meet for Grades 5-8  

Thursday, October 20


Students in grades 5-8 are eligible to participate. Runners will compete in a one-mile cross country course at Larz Anderson Park. There will be a total of eight races divided by grade and  

gender. Parents are welcome to watch their children run and volunteer to help the P.E. staff with

crowd control!


Ms. Grindstaff will be offering six practice sessions. The practices are not mandatory but lots of kids find them helpful.  


The practices will be on the following dates:


Tuesday October 4                      Thursday October 13

Thursday October 6                     Monday October 17

Wednesday October 12                Tuesday October 18


All practices will be held from 2:30-3:30pm in the gym.





Solution due by October 6.


Jack has a lot of shells. He has more than 40 but less than 60. When he

counts them by twos he has one left over. When he counts them by fives he

has none left over. The number of shells is more than half of 100.

How many shells does Jack have?


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



Problem of the Week #1 - A Tale of Cats


We had 120 students complete the first Problem of the Week this year: that may be 

a record!  There was a tie for the class with the greatest number of solutions. 

Both 2Y and 3Ga submitted 15 solutions. Congratulations to all 120 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 was that 7 cats ate mousie meat (2 lucky cats ate 7 mice each 

and 5 unlucky cats ate 2 mice each, for a total of 24 mice). When submitting your 

solution, remember to write both your first and last name on your solution as well as 

your class.







Sunday, 10/2 @ 1:30pm-3:30pm in Coolidge Corner Library Meeting Room

91 Pleasant Street, Brookline


Please join the League of Women Voters of Brookline at a forum discussing the role of the federal government in public education. This is a public event and League members and non-members will receive a ballot and be asked to vote on the issues related to the role of the federal government in public education as part of a national study being undertaken by the League of Women Voters of the United States. Ballot questions can be found at  http://educbrook.wordpress.com/consensus-and-survey.





Though the 2011-12 school year is well under way, kids, particularly middle-schoolers, may still be having a little trouble transitioning from those lazy, unstructured days of summer.  


For ideas on helping your child transition, check out Brookline Parent Education Network's special newsletter on "Teen Transitions" and consider forming a Parent Network.  Informal gatherings  

of parents from your child's grade can offer excellent opportunities for support and insight.  

Visit www.b-pen.org for tips on starting and maintaining a Parent Network at your school.


The link for Teen Transitions is:



Historic Walking Tour 

Sunday, October 2, 2-3 pm, FREE. Meet at the Beaconsfield T-stop


The Aspinwall Hill Neighborhood Association and Brookline Historical Society invite you to "An Experiment in Domestic Economy," a guided tour of The Beaconsfield Terraces. This 19th
century forerunner to today's co-housing movement was located on the south side of Beacon Street between Dean Road and Tappan Street. It featured individual home ownership with
shared central heating plant, park, playhouse, playground, tennis courts, stables, and a bell system connecting stables to homes to call for horse and carriage. Light refreshments follow
the tour. Come share a piece of our neighborhood's history! Questions? Write aspinwallhill@gmail.com or visit www.ahna.us






Seeking three childrens' book writers for a new writing group that will meet monthly in Brookline. Serious writers open to critique only: chapter book, middle grade and YA writers welcome.
Please email Kim at kim.berg30@gmail.com and provide a brief bio if you are interested.




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: piano566@comcast.net.





For children of all ages and experience levels. Our unique course provides the opportunity to start building Spanish skills to prepare for high school AP classes, the AP Spanish Language Test and even the difficult AP Spanish Literature Test, which few students have the ability to take.  


We also provide excellent programs for college students and adults.  


Space is very limited, so reserve now by calling: 617-277-4323 or 617-794-6554 or emailing info@sccofa.org.


Spanish Cultural Center of America


(Run by Runkle School parents)


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