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September 13, 2017
PARENT CORNER
WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!
How the PTO will keep you informed

The Pierce PTO is here to help us parents and guardians of Pierce students informed and connected. 
  • Emails: You can get news and announcements here in The Bridge every Wednesday, and Principal Miller will share updates on Thursdays with Principal's Corner. (Sometimes you'll get reminders and event promotions throughout the week--we call those messages "A'Bridged.") 
  • Facebook: You can also Like the Pierce School Brookline PTO Facebook Page to get news there, and join the Friends of Pierce School Brookline Facebook Group to post your questions, suggestions, and stories. 
  • Website: Our website is where you'll find information about the PTO, the Problem of the Week print-outs, archives of newsletters, and soon we'll have this year's co-chairs and committee members updated. Check it out to learn who to reach out to with your questions and suggestions! 
PTO COFFEE THIS FRIDAY
Friday, September 15 at 8am in the cafeteria

Meet other Pierce parents, and reconnect with old friends! Stick around after drop-off on the first Friday of every month for a free cup of coffee and conversation with other caregivers, hosted by the PTO.

FITTEST THIS SUNDAY
Sunday, September 17 from 1-3pm
Boylston Street Playground

Come to the 11th annual Pierce back-to-school Fitfest, filled with family fun! Group stretching starts at 1, followed by a fun run, fitness carnival (including the famous zip line), dunk tank, and bouncy house. Everyone gets a medal for participating! Tickets are $5, dunk tank tickets are $5 for three balls, and $10 gets you this year's souvenir T-shirt! Rain date is September 24th.

ADD YOUR NAME TO THE FAMILY DIRECTORY

Make sure the PTO has your updated contact information by entering it into our new, easier-to-use family directory. No one outside of Pierce will have access to this info, but ensuring that it's accurate helps you stay connected with the families in your child's classes.

VOLUNTEER WITH THE PTO!

There are many ways to help out the Pierce community, and the PTO can help find the best way for you to contribute! We need folks to help plan events, raise money, design souvenirs, and more. From leadership roles on projects to quick tasks, you can make a difference in helping every Pierce family feel engaged in our community. Contact Cher, Hilary, and Marianna at piercepto@gmail.com and let them know you're interested.


SCHOOL CORNER
DONATE SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO CRADLES TO CRAYONS
Through September 15th, 2017

As a part of Pierce student Liora Cohen's Bat Mitzvah, she is collecting new school supplies to donate to Cradles to Crayons. While you are doing you child's school supply shopping, consider buying something for children who can not afford it. The donation box will be set up outside of the main office until Friday. Thank you!

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 from 6-8:30pm
Town Hall, Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor

The public is invited to hear discussions including introductions of new staff, district goals, high school expansion, and subcommittee reports. Sign up in advance or sign in on arrival to make comments. Review the docket here .

CODERS' CLUB
Mornings in October and November from 7:20-7:55am

Pierce Coders' Club will meet again this autumn, from the first week of October through the third week of November. It is open to all students in 3rd through 7th grades who are interested in programming. As always we have a wide range of coding activities, including some fun new options for this upcoming session. There will be groups on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings, meeting in the computer lab, from 7:20-7:55 before school. To sign up a kid-coder, please contact Will Provost, provost@tiac.net. Also, we need coaches! so please consider helping out. Coaches typically come in on the same morning as their kid(s), and support them and a few others at nearby workstations.

PROBLEM OF THE WEEK
The Problem of the Week and the Mathletes Problem of the Week are fun math challenges open to all students. Print out a copy in the links below or pick one up under the bulletin board near the front office. 

Solutions are due every other Thursday! When your student solves a P.O.W., they should write their first and last name and class on it and drop it in the solution boxes under the bulletin board (red for P.O.W., green for Mathletes).
If you have any questions, please contact Tara Washburn at tara_washburn@psbma.org or Alison Hansel at  alison_hansel@psbma.org.

#1: APPLES, ORANGES, AND BANANAS
Due Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

Katie and her friend Jackson went to the grocery store. Jackson bought 3 apples and 4 oranges. Katie bought apples, oranges, and bananas. She bought the same total number of fruits as Jackson. What are all the possible combinations of fruits that Katie could have bought?


MATHLETES PRESENTS: MINIMAZE/MAXIMAZE
Due Thursday, September 21st, 2017

To travel through the maze of operations, begin at START with a score of 1. As you move toward GOAL, calculate your new score at each step. You may cross over your own path, but you cannot take the same path twice or return along a path you've already taken.
  1. Find a path through the grid that will result in the lowest possible score.
  2. Grab another copy of the maze and find a new path through the maze that will maximize your score. What is the highest score you can make?

COMMUNITY CORNER
Have something for Community Corner? Submit  this form by 5pm Monday.

ARTS GRANT DEADLINE AND GRANT-WRITING WORKSHOP
Wednesday, September 13th, from 7-8:30pm 
Brookline Town Hall Room 111

If you have a project, performance, or program for 2018 development that you feel will enrich the cultural fabric of Brookline's vibrant and diverse community, consider applying for an LCC grant.The 2018 LCC grant application is now available online at  mass-culture.org and due October 16, 2017. For local Brookline priorities and guidelines go to brooklinearts.org. To discuss your project and the online application process, visit members of the Brookline Commission for the Arts at Brookline Day on Sunday, September 24th from 11-3pm at Larz Anderson Park. You can also come to the BCA's free grant-writing workshop on October 16th.

COFFEE CONNECT AT ALLANDALE FARM
Thursday, September 14th, 2017 from 8-9:30am
Allandale Farm, m259 Allandale Road

Enjoy an outdoor networking event with coffee, light fare, conversation, and a tour of Brookline's last working farm. $10 Registration fee for members, $20 for the general public. Register now at http://tinyurl.com/CCAllandale. The Brookline Chamber strengthens businesses and the community.

BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER FALL CLASSES ENROLLING NOW!
Open House: Saturday, September 16th from 1-3pm

The BAC has a full schedule of exciting art classes this fall! Parent-child classes for  ages 4 and under  are a wonderful way to introduce art to your child, with classes such as Sensory Play and Family Art Stations. Students  ages 5-7  activate their imaginations in classes like Art in Motion and Adventures in Clay, while students  ages 8-12  learn focused techniques in classes such as Draw Like a Pro, Mixed Media Illustration and Form & Sculpture. Exciting classes for teens include Intro to Photography, Jewelry & Metals and Oil Painting. Learn more at our Fall Open House on Saturday.  To view all fall classes and register online, visit  brooklineartscenter.com .

RUN THE 2018 BOSTON MARATHON FOR BROOKLINE SCHOOLS!
Application deadline: Saturday, September 30th, 2017

The Brookline Education Foundation is seeking runners for the 2018 Boston Marathon. Receive amazing training and camaraderie from Team Brookline and support excellence in the Public Schools of Brookline at the same time! Contact Team Brookline at teambrookline.org for more information today.

BYSTANDER INTERVENTION WORKSHOP 
Monday, October 2nd, 2017 from 6-8:30pm
Main Library in Hunneman Hall

Not sure what you can do when you witness unfair treatment of another community member? Ever wonder about how you yourself could be more welcoming to others within your community? Participate in this engaging workshop hosted by the MLK Celebration Committee and True Story Theater to share and explore effective ways that you can safely intervene in difficult situations in your community through storytelling, presentations, and role play.  Tickets are free, but registration is required here.

OKTOBERFEST 
Thursday, October 5th, 2017 from 5:30-7pm 
Courtyard Marriott, 40 Webster St.

The Brookline Chamber of Commerce invites you to enjoy this social networking event with live music and complimentary food and drinks including Bavarian Pretzels, BBQ, beer, and more! The first 70 attendees take home a free beer stein and event koozie! $20 registration fee for members, $30 for the general public. Register at http://tinyurl.com/BCCOktoberfest.

SALARY NEGOTIATION WORKSHOP FOR WOMEN
Tuesday, October 17th, 2017 from 6-8pm 
Pine Manor College, 400 Heath St., Presidents Building

Women working full time in the U.S. typically are paid  just 80% of what white men are paid, a gap of 20%--a nd it's even  worse for women of color . Attend this FREE two-hour salary negotiation workshop to gain the skills and confidence to successfully negotiate your salary and benefits packages. AAUW Work Smart in Boston is an initiative of AAUW and the Mayor's Office of Women's Advancement to train half the working women of Boston to negotiate their salary and benefits packages over five years. R egister here.

BASEBALL FOR PLAYERS WITH DISABILITIES  
Wednesdays & Saturdays from 4:45-5:45pm 

The Sean Roberts Baseball Challenger League, based in Brookline, welcomes children with disabilities ages 7 and up. No experience necessary, no limitation too great.  Children with intellectual, physical, emotional and behavioral challenges will all enjoy being part of a team in this relaxed, supportive environment.  For more information about becoming a sponsor, donating, player registration, volunteering, or anything else please contact Melissa Isles Smith at challenger@brooklineyouthbaseball.org Register at brooklineyouthbaseball.org.

BROOKLINE RECREATION FALL PROGRAM GUIDE

Explore the sports and activities for adults and youth, from swimming to hiking, offered by the town. Download the guide here!

CLASSIFIEDS
Want to promote a service for Pierce parents? Email piercebridge@gmail.com by 5pm Monday.
PIANO INSTRUCTION, ABOUT ONE MILE FROM PIERCE
Gloria Jasinski, 617.566.9704,  piano566@comcast.net

Learn Jazz/Blues/Classical, theory, sightreading from a Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, upbeat, and caring instructor. Beginners especially welcome. Have a positive and successful learning experience. 

THE VILLAGE WORKS: A NEIGHBORHOOD COWORKING SPACE
Tours Tuesdays at 10am and Thursdays at 3pm
202 Washington Street

The Village Works is a new shared workspace in Brookline Village, offering coworking, meeting rooms, events, community connection and free-flowing coffee. Email hello@thevillageworks.com for details on our flexible memberships, plus summer and Pierce parent specials. thevillageworks.com

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