12.14.2016
PTO CORNER  
 
PTO ANNUAL APPEAL SUMMARY  
Thank you to all who gave so generously to the Pierce Annual Appeal! To date we have raised $60,371 toward our goal of $70,000. Thanks to your generosity, we'll be able to provide incredible enrichment opportunities for every Pierce student. The Annual Appeal may have ended, but the #piercepride never does. It's not too late to give - support for our students is always welcome (donations can be made anytime at http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/give.html). On behalf of all the children, thank you again!
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*NEW* PENGUIN POST EDITION
The twelfth edition of the Penguin Post, the 5th and 6th grade newspaper, is now available!!!  To read more about the history of Pierce including reflections from longtime staff and their views on school leadership, visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/pierce-post.html. 
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL
Shopping at Amazon this holiday season? If so, you can get great deals and benefit Pierce at the same time!! 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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*NEW* SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 12/15 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion between the Brookline School Committee and the public. 
Docket for the meeting can be found here.
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*NEW* PUBLIC NOTICE OF SCHOOL COMMITTEE VACANCY
Deadline to submit letter of interest: Tues., 1/3 12pm
The 
Brookline  School Committee is seeking applicants to temporarily fill the School Committee seat now available due to Rebecca Stone's resignation . The interim appointment will begin in January 2017 and will continue until the May 2017 town election. Candidates must be registered  Brookline  voters. If interested, please submit a letter of interest and resume by the deadline to Robin  Coyne (robin_coyne@psbma.org) , Executive Assistant,  School Committee Office,  Town Hall, 5th Floor,  333 Washington Street,  Brookline , MA 02445. Candidates will be interviewed by joint session of the School Committee and Board of Selectmen shortly thereafter.
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*NEW* 2017 PIERCE ANNUAL CALDECOTT PROGRAM! 
Each year, the American Library Association nominates and awards the prestigious Caldecott medal to the best picture book of the year. Pierce students in grades K-3 will be learning about the picture book evaluation process and reviewing and analyzing the top contenders. Students, teachers, and families are encouraged to read as many of our "Caldecott Contenders" as possible before our voting event in late January. Due to  growing enthusiasm for this event, we have decided to replace our Caldecott Night with a Caldecott Day event. Classes will be scheduled to come to the auditorium to take one last look at the "Caldecott Contenders" and vote for their favorite. Check out the list of "Caldecott Contenders" here.
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MATH LEAGUE FOR GRADES 4-6 HAS BEGUN!!
Daily until mid-March 7:20-7:55am @ Ms. Greco's room (behind Mr. Rae's room)
Students are welcome to attend any of the topics, which are Operations (Mon.), Problem Solving (Tues.), Bases (Wed.), Patterns (Thurs.) and Geometry (Fri.). If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Carter or Ms.Washburn at piercemathleague@gmail.com .
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MATH LEAGUE IS LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS
7:20-7:55am
Love math and want to spread that love to the next generation? Math League, a math club for students in 4th to 6th grade, is looking for more parent volunteers to coach one morning a week before school from 11/28 to mid-March. During the practice sessions, 2-3 coaches help the children work through sample math league problems. Coaches will be provided with plenty of practice problems and each topic will have an experienced coach for support. If you are interested in coaching, please contact Tara Washburn or Dave Carter at piercemathleague@gmail.com
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COMMUNITY CORNER 
For a list of community events, please click here.
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CLASSIFIEDS
Want to see your ad here? Send an email to  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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MAESTRO MUSICIANS ACADEMY
Based in Coolidge Corner, the Maestro Musicians Academy serves ages 4-104 and specializes in teaching all instruments in both private and group instruction. We care deeply about the unique parent-teacher-student relationship that establishes the foundation for success in our lessons and our unique Parent tested, Child approved philosophy means that we offer a free trial lesson for anyone seriously considering us. 
For more information, please contact Daniel at 857-756-5230 or lessons@maestromusicians.comFind out more about The Maestro Musicians Academy at www.maestromusicians.com. Give the gift of music lessons to your child - Enrollment deadline for the second semester is January 15!
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ETIQUETTE CLASSES
Now enrolling for 1-day and 8-week etiquette classes for grades 2-12 in Boston and Brookline. The program will cover topics such as improving social and communication skills, projecting confidence, combating shyness, strengthening self-esteem and leadership skills, navigating friendships, resolving conflict, basic manners, table manners, and much more. For more info and to enroll visit  theetiquetteacademy.org   or call 617-608-3920.
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RED APPLE LUNCH IS NOW AVAILABLE IN BROOKLINE
Hello Parent! Looking for some help with healthy lunch prep this holiday season? Red Apple Lunch is now available in Brookline!  Red Apple Lunch thoughtfully sources, preps and delivers home made school lunches.  For each lunch purchased they provide a healthy snack pack to a child in need in the area.  We've just rolled out and moms and kids are loving our service!  Visit our site to learn more and sign up:  www.RedAppleLunch.com.
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PIANO INSTRUCTION  - about 1 mile from Pierce
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. Gloria Jasinski, phone:  617.566.9704, email:  piano566@comcast.net.
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