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September 27, 2017
parentcornerPARENT CORNER
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FOOD SERVICE UPDATE

Your voice matters! Brookline Public Schools have adopted a new food service vendor, Whitsons Culinary Group, promising increased variety, quality and freshness in school breakfasts and lunches. When first-week school menus were released, many parents and community members had concerns over menu items, particularly breakfast, which included a day each week when Cocoa Puffs and Teddy Grahams were the main course. In response, the district instructed Whitsons to remove cereals with more than 6 grams of sugar per serving, and to remove juice boxes from the lunch menus. The full story is featured in the Tab and community discussion can be found on the Brookline Public Schools Discussion Facebook page. If you have additional comments about the menus , contact the superintendent's office.

ROOM PARENTS & GRADE REPRESENTATIVES STILL NEEDED

We still need some room parent and grade representative volunteers!
Being a room parent is an important role that helps create a great sense of community in your child's class. Room parent responsibilities include keeping classroom families connected to and informed about announcements from the Pierce PTO, organizing family breakfasts, and putting together class gifts. If you are interested in becoming a room parent in 2017-18 or have already volunteered, please forward your contact information to Volunteer Coordinator Audra Keefe: audrakeefe@gmail.com

SET DESIGNER WANTED

The Pierce School Musical is looking for a qualified set design director for the current play, Aladdin, and future plays. Our ideal candidate is a parent with skills in building things out of wood, cardboard and other lightweight materials and who has time to commit to design, build and working with students. Please see a full description at  pierceschoolmusical.com/sets and contact Phil Schroeder at philschroeder@mac.com if you'd like to discuss!

MOVIE NIGHT: ALADDIN + PTO INFORMATION
Thursday, October 5th, 6pm
Amphitheater

Come mingle and learn about the Pierce PTO while your kids enjoy  Aladdin on a big outdoor screen in the amphitheater! Bring a blanket.  Pizza for $1 until it runs out.  This is NOT a drop off event.  In case of rain, the movie will be in the auditorium. (If you'd like to volunteer to help with movie night, contact Audra Keefe at audrakeefe@gmail.com.)

COFFEE: ENRICHMENT & CHALLENGE SUPPORT
Monday, October 13th, 8-8:45am
Smith-Mumford Auditorium

Please come learn about the Enrichment and Challenge Support program, which develops curriculum and fosters enriching learning opportunities for every student in Brookline schools. Meet Matthew Rosenthal, the program director, and the ECS teachers here at Pierce. 

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!

schoolcornerSCHOOL CORNER
PIERCE CELEBRATES NATIONAL HISPANIC HERITAGE MONTH
September 15th-October 15th

National Hispanic Heritage Month continues, as we celebrate the histories, cultures, and contributions of Hispanics and Latinos from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. We invite you to get involved:
  • Donate a gift card of $10 of your choice
  • Donate a small gift or prepare a fun cultural basket for the raffle
  • Donate food or treats for our "Celebrating Diversity" meetings
  • Be a guest speaker at our Young Scholars meetings (topics: diversity, college, career explorations, financial literacy, civic engagement, etc.)
  • Have your child buy lunch on Tuesdays during this time so they can enjoy a Latin meal
Contact Milly Arbaje-Thomas, METCO Pierce parent, at milly.arbajethomas@gmail.com, or Joeanna McPherson, 6th grade math teacher, at  joeanna_mcpherson@psbma.org.

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thursday, September 28th, 6pm in Town Hall
Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor

The public is invited to hear and comment on updates about the Devotion School renovation, school facility assessment, budget development, and reports from the superintendent and subcommittees.

DONATE TO THE FOOD PANTRY FOR FOOD ON WHEELS
October 2nd-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).

CAR-FREE DAY AT BROOKLINE SCHOOLS
Wednesday, October 4th

More than four million children from 44 different countries will be getting to school without cars on October 4th as part of International Walk to School Day. Join them for Car-Free School Day here in Brookline! Reduce carbon emissions, get great exercise, and get your hand stamped with the green footprint. Sponsored by the schools' Green Teams, the Department of Public Health, the Department of Recreation, Climate Action Brookline, and the Selectmen's Climate Action Committee. Email Lynn Karsten with questions.

MATHCOUNTS PRACTICES BEGINNING SOON!
Friday, October 6th, 7:15-7:55am in the Math Center

MathCounts is a national mathematics competition open to 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. Students practice each week in a collaborative environment by solving challenging problems together, sharing their solutions, and learning new strategies. The regional competition takes place in February.  If you are a Pierce middle schooler and would like to be a part of MathCounts, join us! Practices are held every Friday morning from 7:15-7:55 in the Math Center (behind the Pit). Our first practice will be Friday, October 6th.  If you have any questions, please contact Alison Hansel at  alison_hansel@psbma.org .

STILL NEED SET AND TECH CREW FOR ALADDIN
October-November

Students interested in building and managing sets for the stage and running lights and audio for the Grade 7-8 fall musical should sign up at www.pierceschoolmusical.com/crew. Set building begins in October and technical work begins in November, with shows on Dec 7th, 8th and 9th. Any questions? Please contact Phil Schroeder at philschroeder@mac.com

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.

PLAYING FETCH
Due Thursday, October 5th

Robbie loves playing fetch with his dog, Spencer. Spencer starts by sitting beside Robbie. After Robbie throws the ball, Spencer runs to get the ball, and he brings it back. Robbie throws the ball 3 times.
  • On the 1st throw, Robbie throws the ball 8 meters.
  • On the 2nd throw, Robbie throws the ball twice as far.
  • On the 3rd throw, Robbie throws the ball 5 meters less than the second throw.
How far does Spencer run in total? Show your work using pictures, words, or numbers.


LAST WEEK'S SOLUTION:  Katie bought 7 fruits. There are 15 different combinations of apples, oranges and bananas. Stop by the Problem of the Week bulletin board (at the bottom of the ramp) to see a variety of solutions.

MATHLETES PRESENTS: BLOCK AREA
Due Thursday, October 5th
  1. Four regular dice have been arranged as illustrated. Also, the numbers on the faces that touch each other always add up to nine. What number must be on the face labeled P?
  2. Ten blocks are arranged as illustrated. Each letter shown on the front of a block represents a number. The sum of the numbers on any three consecutive blocks is always 19. Find the value of S.

LAST WEEK'S SOLUTION:  The lowest possible score through the maze is 18. The highest possible score is 2,824.

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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.

COLUMBUS DAY ART CLASSES
Monday, October 9th, 2017  
Brookline Arts Center

Brookline Arts Center is offering several full-day art classes on Columbus Day! Students ages 5-7 can join ArtVentures: Earthworks! to create eco-art and take inspiration from nature. For students ages 8-12 we are offering a Realist's Studio Intensive where they will learn about perspective, lighting and shadows, and color mixing to create realistic works of art. We also have our popular Jewelry and Metals Intensive for ages 12-17.  Register and learn more  here.

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.

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.

TALK ON RENEWABLE ENERGY FROM EUGENIA GIBBONS 
Thursday, October 19th, 2017 from 6:30pm 
Coolidge Corner Library, 31 Pleasant Street

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.

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.

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.

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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Want to promote a service for Pierce parents? Submit this form  by 5pm Monday. 
IN-HOME LICE REMOVAL
The Nice Lice Lady, 857.777.6666,  nicelicelady@gmail.com

Pick me and I'll pick the rest!  The Nice Lice Lady is available 7 days a week to come to your home and leave you calm and lice-free. Based in Newton, The Nice Lice Lady is a professional lice removal technician trained in several natural delousing  protocols.  Competitive rates.   Clients mentioning this ad get a complimentary $20 product at time of service. Questions welcome! Call, text, or email 24/7  for info or to chat if a home visit is right for you

BABYSITTER & DRIVER FOR CHILDREN OVER AGE 5
Katherine Greenough, 617.312.3994,  kgreenough@verizon.net

Mature, reliable, warm and experienced woman. Will pick up children after school and drive them to activities, plus help with homework. Available from 2:30pm every day but Thursday. Excellent references. Please call, text or email today.


YOGA FOR CHILDREN & TEENAGERS
Diva Jyoti Yoga Therapy, 617.999.6367,   yogadj.com

Ana Mares Guia is a Brookline mom and owner of Divya Jyoti Yoga Therapy, located in the heart of Washington Square in Brookline. A yoga teacher for 20 years and yoga therapist for 15, she created Brilliant Kids, a program offering weekly 30-minute or one-hour individual sessions for children and teenagers. The emphasis of Ana's work is on emotional self-regulation, development of focus/attention at school, compassionate self-confidence, mindful embodiment, social and sensorial ease, and mental and physical fitness. The private aspect of the sessions allows for crafting the therapeutic benefits to each student's individual needs and personalities, supporting each kid in finding their own place of calm.  Learn more here or email  contact@yogadj.com.

WRITING & ORGANIZATIONAL COACH FOR GRADES 8-12
Jane Buchbinder, 617.735-7277,  buchbinderwriting.com

Having relocated to Brookline, I'm introducing my services. I work one-on- one with students on essays, research writing, and creative writing. I also help those struggling with homework organization and task management. I'm devoted to a diverse range of students:
  • challenged by mild disabilities,
  • struggling with writing and deadlines, and
  • seeking extra stimulation.    
For the past decade, I have worked with students in Lexington, Belmont, and Newton, as well as BB&N, Belmont Hill, and Dana Hall.  A special note for 8th grade families: Many middle school students struggle with the transition to high school. I support their self-esteem while developing their skills for the larger challenges ahead.

PIANO/SINGING STUDIO ACROSS THE STREET!
Yelena Gridneva, 617.538.8935,  brooklinesings.com

Dear friends, many of you have already been taking classes from me. Many thanks for years of support! Right now I still have few openings for both piano and singing students. Classes in English and in Russian. Affordable rates.


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. 

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