05.17.2017
PTO CORNER  
 
OPEN POSITIONS: PIERCE PTO! 
Pierce School needs your support! The PTO leadership team has wonderful opportunities for parents and grandparents for the 2017-2018 school year. Being part of the PTO is a rewarding way to connect with and enrich our school community. Open positions include:
 
Book fair leader: The current leaders of the beloved annual book fair are moving on after this year's fair. If you want to lead or be part of a leadership team, get in touch. Feel free to wait until after the book fair to see what it's all about. 

Fundraising chair: We are looking for someone to lead and coordinate fundraising efforts during the year. The PTO cochairs and the fundraising chair work together on all projects as a team. This is a great way to add new skills and contacts to your resume.
 
Pierce picnic leaders (fall and spring)
Plan and execute the fall and spring school-wide picnics with a team of volunteers and PTO leadership. This entails finding a date, space, music, food, activities and advertising, with co-chairs helping all the way! It's fun!
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL
Want to find a way to make your shopping contribute to the school? When you shop at Amazon through the school website, the Pierce PTO receives a percentage of your purchases at no extra cost to you. Each time you shop at Amazon, remember to go to the Pierce homepage first, and click on the icon below: 

 
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SCHOOL CORNER   
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UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES & SIMILARITIES  
Begins Tues., 5/23  
 
Parent Volunteers  are needed for 8:00-10:30am the day of each unit. We schedule a training meeting at  7pm  one evening the week of each unit. if you cannot make the training meeting, there is a brief online training video that you may use.
 
Brookline schools have a long tradition of offering an annual parent-run disability & inclusion awareness program, using curriculum provided by Understanding Our Differences in Newton, MA. Every year at Pierce, 4th graders are introduced to four units using interactive materials, small group workshops, engaging guest speakers, & organized group discussion. We do this in collaboration with the 4th grade teachers and with the essential support of parent volunteers, as well as our school and town administrators.  
 
Pierce 2017 UOD dates and topics are:
Tues., 5/23  -- Blindness/Spectrum of Sight
Tues., 5/30 -- Deafness/Spectrum of Hearing 
Thurs., 6/8 -- Physical Challenges/disabilities 
To  volunteer , please follow the link below to a Google document to sign-up: 
No experience necessary! Many, many thanks for helping us to keep this going!! Please e-mail or call Ann with any questions:  annkamensky@gmail.com or (617) 835-9586.  
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MUSIC PERFORMANCE DATES
5/22 Memorial Day Assemblies, students only
5/23 8:15am Kindergarten Sing, parents welcome
5/31 6-8pm ARTS NIGHT K-8 Art Show, 4-8 Band, 5-8 Chorus, parents welcome
6/1 8:15am 3rd Grade Spring Sing, parents welcome
6/5 7pm 4-8 Strings at Lawrence School, parents welcome
6/9 8:15am 4th Grade Spring Sing, parents welcome
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 5/18  6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion between the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by participants. The meeting includes a Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen (7:00pm in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall). Please see the full meeting docket here. Questions? Contact Robin Coyne ( 617-730-2430 robin_coyne@psbma.org ).
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BE A SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENT REPRESENTATIVE
Submit your name & information for the ballot by Fri., 5/19 
Would you like to participate more directly in Pierce's improvement efforts with other parents, teachers, community members and the principal? Run for a seat on the Pierce School Council. Comprising parents, teachers, community members and the Principal, the School Council helps identify school goals and formulates an annual school improvement plan.

School Council meets approximately once a month during the school year, plus a couple of hours per month on tasks related to the school goals. Representatives serve a two-year term. One parent seat is vacant for the upcoming term. To run, please contact the PTO at  pierce.pto@gmail.com, and provide your name, your email address, the grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce, and a brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council that will be used on the ballot. For more information about School Council, including a list of current members who can be reached for questions, go here.  
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THE RETURN OF THE GOLDEN SHOES
Mon., 5/1- Wed., 5/31
PierceWalks, a group of parents interested in promoting physical activity, will be hiding Golden Shoes again throughout the month of May. Anyone who finds a Golden Shoe receives a t-shirt and will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Get out and search for Golden Shoes with kids before and after school and on the weekends. Have fun, be fit and get rewarded! 
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MEET THE AUTHOR!
Thurs., 6/1 6-7:30pm 
Come meet author David A. Kelly (author of the Ballpark Mystery series, the MVP series and many other books). He will touch on many topics, including how children can become writers and the process of creating a book and will also have time to answer questions.
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INTRODUCING THE PIERCE READ-A-THON! 
Leading up to the book fair, engage our reading community in a little healthy competition. The purpose is to get our students excited about reading while also raising important funds for the PTO. Look for the packet in your student's folder this week. 
- From May 19-May 24, collect pledges for number of pages read.
- May 24-June 1: Read, read read!
- June 1-June 8: collect pledges for PTO
Individual prizes (gift cards) will be given based on number of pages read and classrooms with the most participation will be rewarded with a class pizza party.
 
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BOOK FAIR!
Mon., 6/5 - Wed., 6/7 @ Pierce auditorium
Every spring, Pierce hosts a used book fair, where students and families alike can shop for books for a buck. Classes will visit Mon.-Wed. and the fair will be open to the public Wednesday night only (2:30-8 pm). Family night on Wed., 6/7 will host activities and a book-themed performance. You can donate books up through Fri., 6/2. Email Shoma at dhar11235@gmail.com with questions and follow this link to sign up to volunteer!  

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
 
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #2: BOOK FAIR MONEY
Due Thurs., 05/18
I had $12, in 2 bills and 8 coins, to spend at the book fair. I spent all $12 on books! What were my bills and coins? Show your work using pictures, numbers or symbols.
Look for POW#1 on the board this Thursday and visit the POW page on the Pierce website. 
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #2: IT'S A MATH PARTY
Due Thurs., 05/18
A mathematician decided to throw a party. Including the mathematician and her husband, there were five couples, which means there were 10 people in total at the party.
After several minutes of mingling everyone meets and shakes hands with every other person in attendance, excluding his or her partner. How many total handshakes were exchanged at the party?
During the party, the mathematician posed the following math puzzle to the group: "I have three daughters. The product of their ages is 72, and the sum of their ages is the same as our house number. What are their ages?" The guests opened the front door and checked the house number. One guest asked for more information. The mathematician responded, "my oldest daughter loves strawberry pudding." The same guest then announced their ages. What are the ages of the mathematician's daughters?

Solutions & Explanations:   (Solve one or solve them all. Attach more paper if you need to!).  Copies of the Mathletes Problem of the Week are available in the front lobby and on the Pierce website 
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COMMUNITY CORNER 
There's lots going on this week! For a list of community events, please click here.
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