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October 11th, 2017
parentcornerPARENT CORNER
FALL VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES FOR PARENTS

There are many ways to volunteer at Pierce. Here are some:
  • ROOM PARENTS: We still need a few! Please contact Audra Keefe ( audrakeefe@gmail.com) if interested.
  • PICTURE DAY VOLUNTEERS: click here to sign-up. 
  • HARVEST FEST VOLUNTEERS: click here to sign-up. 
  • PIERCE ANNUAL APPEAL: For more information or if interested in helping out,email Audra Keefe (audrakeefe@gmail.com).
COFFEE: INNOVATIVE TEACHING AT PIERCE
Friday, October 13th, 8am in the Pierce cafeteria and auditorium

How will your child benefit from innovative teaching at Pierce?  Join the PTO  this Friday  for coffee and pastries and learn how the office of Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) is fostering innovation with learning opportunities for all students, including the creation of a makerspace at Pierce. Refreshments will be available in the cafeteria and the talk will start in the auditorium at  8am . The speakers will be Matthew Rosenthal, ECS Coordinator, and Leslie Fagan and Tanya Gregoire, ECS Specialists. All are welcome!  Read more on ECS here.

HARVEST FEST: ADULTS-ONLY SOCIAL
Friday, October 20th, 7-10pm
Cafeteria & amphitheater

Looking for a way to get to know more families at the school? Have a night out at Harvest Fest and socialize with other parents! This free, fun event for Pierce parents and staff will have a cash bar, light bites, music, and a raffle with awesome prizes. Book your sitter now, you won't regret it!

BUILD OUR PARENT DIRECTORY!

You control how much information other families have about you with our new system, MySchoolAnywhere. Just click the button and enter the contact info you'd like other Pierce community members to have access to:
Enter yourself in the 

schoolcornerSCHOOL CORNER
IMPORTANT MEETINGS ABOUT 9TH SCHOOL
Thursday, October 12th, 7pm at Town Hall Room 103
Monday, October 16th, 7pm at Brookline High School

The Board of Selectmen and the School Committee invite the public to hear and comment on recent developments in the effort to identify a location for a potential ninth Brookline school. This is an important decision that will affect everyone in the town, and your point of view is important!

TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT PIERCE WHILE YOU SHOP
Stop & Shop A+ Rewards and Box Tops for Education

Two companies will contribute a portion of their profits to Pierce every time you shop:
  1. Register your Stop & Shop card for the A+ Rewards program online and each shopping trip earns cash for our school! Your friends and families can designate Pierce School, too. Go to stopandshop.com/aplus and use school ID Code 07899, or dial 1-877- 275-2758 to register your card over the phone. If you registered previously, you do not need to re-register!
  2. Look for Box Tops for Education badges on packages you buy, clip them out, and drop them in one of the collection boxes around Pierce: in the foyer by the main office, in the Pit, and in the hall just outside KM, Historical Building. Pierce School earns money with every Box Top you donate!
Please contact Colleen Muldoon ( colleen_muldoon@psbma.org) with any questions.
CROSS COUNTRY MEET
Thursday, October 19th, during school at Larz Anderson Park

The annual cross-country track meet is open to all students in grades 5-8.  Please pick up a information packet in the gym if you are interested.  If any parent is willing to volunteer to help out at the meet, please contact Mr. Miceli at  michael_miceli@psbma.orgPermission slips are due  on Friday , October 13th. No exceptions!!!!

BROOKLINE PARENTS ORGANIZATION MEETING
Thursday, October 19th, 8-9pm  in the Pierce Auditorium

Join us for an open meeting of parents from across Brookline. At the BPO Open Meeting we will discuss recess, green schoolyards, food in the schools, testing, and data collection. BPO members will talk about their initiatives and there will be plenty of time for open discussion. Everyone is welcome!

DONATE TO THE FOOD PANTRY FOR FOOD ON WHEELS
through October 20th

The Brookline Food Pantry, housed in St. Paul's church at the corner of St. Paul and Aspinwall, has  been serving our community, including families with children, for years. The need is great, and we can help! Please donate non-perishable food and supplies to the Food Pantry in the bins at the entrance to the Main and Historical Buildings starting Monday. Anything you can donate will be appreciated: canned goods such as soups, boxed goods such as oatmeal and pastas, toiletries, etc. Then, on Sunday, October 22nd at 1pm,  bring your whole family, wagons, backpacks, and shopping carts to Food on Wheels--a parade from Pierce to the Food Pantry to hand-deliver our collective donation and help sort our donations when we arrive! Questions? Please contact Marissa Heller-Treistman ( marissaheller@gmail.com), Toby Raybould ( tobyraybould@gmail.com) or Jen Rothstein ( Jennifer.rothstein@comcast.net).

EXECUTIVE FUNCTION SKILLS SEMINAR
Friday, October 27th, 10am-noon at the Brookline Teen Center

Is your child forgetful? Impulsive? Disorganized? Easily distracted? Discover innovative, practical strategies to better understand and build your child's executive function skills, including the role and order of working memory, situation awareness/intelligence, cognitive flexibility, and time management. For more information and to register, visit BeTheParentBoston.com/services.

problemoftheweekPROBLEM 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.

PASSIVE PATTERNS
due October 19th

The core of a pattern is the shortest string of objects that repeat in a given order. In the attached print-out, we have the core of a pattern that contains five objects. What would be the 15th object in this pattern? What would be the 28th object in this pattern? What would be the 101st object in this pattern? Show your thinking using pictures, words, or numbers.


LAST WEEK'S SOLUTION:  Spencer ran 70 meters in total. Possible solution: 8+16+11+8+16+11

MATHLETES PRESENTS: KNIGHT'S TOUR
due October 19th

On a chessboard, the knight piece moves in a special way: either two spaces vertically and one horizontally, or two spaces horizontally and one vertically. In our problem, we have a chessboard in the form of a cross (see second image).
  1. Can the knight start on the square shown and travel around this chessboard, using the usual knight's move, passing through each square exactly once and ending up on the same square it starts on? 
  2. What if the knight starts on a different square? Is it always possible, sometimes possible, or never possible? Explain.
Draw out your best solutions and describe them on your answer sheet.


LAST WEEK'S SOLUTION: 
a) P = 4,  b) S = 7


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RUN FOR TEAM BROOKLINE & THE MENTAL HEALTH CENTER
Register by Friday, October 13th

In case you don't know, the Town of Brookline has a Boston Marathon Team and the deadline to apply is Friday! As a board member/supporter of The Brookline Center for Community Mental Health, I want to encourage you to consider running on behalf of the Center, which serves hundreds of Brookline kids and families, including many in our school. I'm happy to tell you more or direct you to the right people at the Center. You can also apply directly to be a runner at teambrookline.org. Thanks very much from Sidhu Gangadharan.

SULAM: AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM IN COOLIDGE CORNER

Sulam  is a Hebrew immersion and Jewish education program open to children in grades K-4. The program is a great model for families who want to enjoy our excellent Brookline public schools and also receive a rigorous, fun, Jewish education with reliable after-school care. Students can attend between two and four days a week, Monday-Thursday. The program is inclusive, non-denominational, and pluralistic. The student-teacher ratio is capped at 1:5, so each student learns at their own pace and ability. Visit us online at  sulambrookline.org  or email at  hmsulambrookline@gmail.com .

CORNER CO-OP NURSERY SCHOOL OPEN HOUSE
Monday, October 16th, 2017 from 7-9pm 
1773 Beacon Street (corner of Dean Road)

Corner Co-op Nursery School is celebrating our 45th year! A unique
opportunity to participate in your child's formative years and create
an extended family with others. We nurture children's natural need to learn and grow through a dialogue-centered process. We regard play as an essential medium of learning. Ages 2 years 9 months to 6 years, flexible schedule options, devoted staff, nut-free school. Meet staff, children, and parents at our open house, contact us for more information at 617-738-4631, visit us online at cornercoop.org and check us out on Facebook.

"DEMOCRACY AT A CROSSROADS"
Wednesday, October 18th, at 7pm 
Town Hall, Selectman's Hearing Room

Miles  Rapoport, Senior Practice Fellow in American Democracy at the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center, will speak at the League of Women Voters of  Brookline Opening Meeting, addressing gerrymandering, redistricting, limits on voting and other related issues. There will be a lively Q&A session following the talk. Visit  lwvbrookline.org for more information.  The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan organization encouraging the informed and active participation of citizens in government. It works to influence public policy through education and advocacy.

FREE COURSE ON EMOTIONAL & BEHAVIORAL ISSUES 
October 18th-November 29th, 2017 
Brookline Public Health Department

NAMI Basics  is a free 6-week education program for parents and caregivers of children and adolescents living with emotional and behavioral issues.  Taught by parents/caregivers of children with similar issues, NAMI Basics provides tools that help caregivers make informed decisions about their child. The program addresses a variety of mental health conditions and their treatments, communication and problem-solving skills, and how to navigate the world of mental health care, including the IEP process, health insurance, diagnoses and treatment. Sessions run Wednesday evenings from  6pm-8:30pm at  Brookline Public Health Department.  Class size is limited and pre-registration is required.  Contact Ingrid at  617-448-9938  or  i.lederman@comcast.net.

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.

TALK ON RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM EUGENIA GIBBONS 
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 6:30pm 
Main Library, 361 Washington St., Brookline

Come hear a free talk for the community on "What Is Renewable Energy and How Do We Get More of It?" from Eugenia Gibbons, Clean Energy Programs Director, MassEnergy. Organized by Mothers Out Front. Read more here.

COME TO PUMPKINFEST!
Sunday, October 22nd at Lincoln School, 12-4pm

Lincoln School's Pumpkinfest is coming! Please join us for this annual community event on  at Lincoln School,  19 Kennard Road .  There will be carnival rides, games, yummy treats, and plenty of fun! See you there!

HUMANIST PARENTING SPEAKER SERIES
Sundays, October 22nd, November 19th, December 10th, 2017
from 10:30am-noon
Humanist Hub, Harvard Square

Freethinker/Humanist/secular/atheist families: please join our growing community of Humanist families for a series of free events this fall at the Humanist Hub in Harvard Square. The free weekly events include a speaker, discussion and refreshments. Bring the kids! During the adult event, ages 7-12 can attend The E.O. Wilson Big Question Lab, our "Humanist Sunday School" where they explore big questions. Childcare is also offered for ages 0-6. For details and a list of speakers, visit humanisthub.org/kids.

FAMILY FALL FEST: VOLUNTEERS WANTED
Tuesday, October 26th from 3-5pm
Side lawn of Brookline Main Library

The Children's Department of the Brookline Public Library is looking for volunteers for the 6th Annual Brookline Library Family Fall Fest.  They're hoping for 3-4 volunteers to help pass out cider and pumpkin muffins, manage the line for our face painter, help kids painting their mini pumpkins, and referee our lawn bowling contest. Contact Caroline Richardson, Children's Librarian, at crichardson@minlib.net.

TEDxYOUTH@BEACONSTREET 
Saturday, November 4th from 8am-3:30pm
Lincoln School, 19 Kennard Road

For the sixth year running, the Lincoln School transforms into an interactive, family-friendly conference of ideas in action with TEDxYouth@BeaconStreet. See talks from teen activists, young artists, student survivors, and wise advisors that will change the way you think. Explore amazing booths and mingle with inspiring visitors from around the world. And it's all free! Registration is open now.

PRESENTATION: USING LESS ENERGY
Tuesday, November 7th at 6:30pm
Main Library, 361 Washington Street

Come see "From Lightbulbs to Boilers: Your Personal Guide to Using Less Energy," a presentation of effective ways to reduce your electricity and heating energy use led by Daria Mark, Renewables and Energy Efficiency Task Force. Presented by Mothers Out Front in Massachusetts. Read more here.

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