PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
PRACTICING EMERGENCY DRILLS
As part of the school district's security measures around emergencies, we are scheduled for an upcoming lockdown drill in the coming weeks. Last Wednesday (1/23) we had a malfunctioning fire alarm which sent many of our students and staff out in the very cold temperatures. Brookline Fire Department officials quickly assessed that the problem was with the one fire alarm, and we were back in the building within 15 minutes. Some staff made the decision to seek shelter in the Town Hall building or the town library until we were given the okay to return to Pierce's main building. This unusual circumstance provided a learning experience for all involved and presented Pierce's Crisis Management Team with additional issues to consider during our monthly meetings.
Our scheduled drills have been very successful in the past, and we expect that this success will continue. We work closely with Brookline's emergency personnel and plan the lockdown and evacuation drills with Brookline Police representative, Peter Muise, to ensure a smooth experience for all.
The overall goal is to practice the lockdown drill procedures first, then sometime later in the spring practice the evacuation drill. Our evacuation site, should we need shelter, is the Brookline Main Library on Washington Street. Teachers will be reviewing the procedures for lockdown and evacuation drills so our students are also prepared. Please look for a letter which outlines the age-appropriate language that teachers use when discussing these emergency drills. I share this information to help students and families understand the basics of our practice drills. Please ask your child about the drill once it has been completed. I will also notify all families through email once we have completed the drill. If you feel it appropriate, please discuss the details with your child. Thank you for your continued collaboration and support.
Pipier Smith-Mumford, Ph. D.
PTO CORNER >
PIERCE TRIVIA NIGHT: PLANNING MEETING & CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Friday, 2/8, 8am @ Pierce Cafeteria
Mark your calendars! This year's adults-only Trivia Night will be held the evening of Saturday, 4/27. Interested in helping out? Have ideas on how to improve upon last year's event? Come to our planning meeting! If you have questions or would like to volunteer, but can't make the meeting, please contact Michele Mendoza at email@example.com.
SAVE THE DATE: 7TH GRADE PARENT EXCHANGE MEETING
Thursday, 3/21, 7:30pm @ TBA
Please save the date for the next 7th Grade Parent Exchange Meeting. Details to follow.
MADESE 2012-2013 BROOKLINE PARENT INVOLVEMENT SURVEY
Please participate in the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (MADESE) 2012-2013 Parent Involvement Survey: http://www.MAparent1.com. This anonymous, online survey should take about 10 minutes to complete. MADESE surveys school districts to evaluate how well schools are partnering with parents to promote parental involvement in children's education.
An informative letter from MADESE and additional survey details are posted on the district's website, www.brookline.k12.ma.us
, in the District Announcements section.
PIERCE BOOK FAIR - DONATIONS NOW BEING ACCEPTED
Gather your gently-used book donations for the annual Book Fair coming in May. Donation bins are located outside the main office and in the north entrance to the historical building.
The Book Fair depends on donations from the community to make the event a success. Donations of most used books for all ages are welcome, especially for school-aged children.
Visit the Book Fair page on the school website for more information: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/book-fair.html. Email Carin Aquiline with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org.
SCHOOL CORNER >
FIRST ANNUAL CALDECOTT NIGHT
Tomorrow: Thursday, 1/31, 5-7pm @ Pierce School Library
Each year, the American Library Association nominates and awards the prestigious Caldecott medal to the best picture book of the year. As part of our library program, Pierce students in grades K-3 will be learning about the 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 the event. See the list here:
On Caldecott Night, students and families in grades K-3 are invited to take one last look at the "Caldecott Contenders" and place their vote. Students unable to attend may vote at school the following day. We look forward to seeing you at our Pierce Caldecott Night! Happy Reading!!! Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/library.html, then click on monthly announcements.
Hard to believe, but we're halfway through the school year! Check with individual teachers to see if your child's class is doing anything for the occasion.
PIERCE SPIRIT NIGHT AT BHS BASKETBALL GAME
Tuesday, 2/5, 4pm @ Schluntz Gym, Brookline High School
The BHS boys basketball team invites all Pierce families to their 2/5 game vs. rivals Newton North. Tickets are free and can be obtained from the Pierce office. Wear your Pierce gear and colors and cheer on the BHS team. Pierce dad Dave Ford is part of the coaching team! If any Pierce student, staff or parent is interested in singing the National Anthem, please email Dave at email@example.com
B-SPACE MEETINGS TO ADDRESS SCHOOL OVER-CROWDING
AFTER-SCHOOL MATH TUTORING FOR GRADES 3-5
After-School Math Tutoring, which continues to meet after play rehearsals, has room for a few new students. The remaining sessions until spring break will focus on the types of multiple- choice and open-response questions that students encounter on the MCAS. We will build confidence as well as review the math skills required. Enrollment forms are still available in the office. Contact Jeanne Wilson at firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Check the school website for details!
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
POW #10 - HOW MANY COINS?
Due Tuesday, 2/5, 8am
SOLUTION TO POW #9 - RECTANGLES
There are actually 30 different rectangles (remember, a square is a type of rectangle). Out of 78 solutions, only 23 found all the possible rectangles. Stop by the POW board to see all the different ways to count the rectangles within a rectangle. Special recognition goes to 1W and 3B for the greatest participation - more than half of their students submitted solutions!
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
IT'S NOT TOO LATE TO PROTECT AGAINST THE FLU
Appointments are available for the 2013 Brookline Seasonal Flu Vaccine. Open to all adults, seniors, and children 6 months or older. Please call Barbara Westley, Public Health Nurse, at 617-730-2320 to make an appointment.
BROOKLINE CLIMATE WEEK 2013
"Choose It! Steps to A Greener Future: Food, Transportation & Home Energy"
CLIMATE WEEK SPECIAL EVENT: MEET KRISTIN KIMBALL
TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/31, 7-9pm @ Hunneman Hall, Brookline Main Library
This year, the Trustees of The Public Library of Brookline invited Climate Action Brookline to partner and coproduce "Brookline Reads, a Community Reads Together." Please join our community in reading The Dirty Life: A Memoir of Farming, Food and Love, by Kristin Kimball, which chronicles Kristin and husband Mark's visionary plan to grow all the food a local community might need. Then, meet the author!
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
TOMORROW: Thursday, 1/31, 6pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, Town Hall 5th Fl., 333 Washington St.
A TREE GROWS IN BROOKLINE - AHNA ANNUAL MEETING
Sunday, 2/10, 4-6pm @ The Brookline Center, 43 Garrison Rd.
Brookline Greenspace Alliance has designated 2013 as The Year of the Tree! On Aspinwall Hill, we have seen the loss of many trees this year. Learn more about our trees and how we can preserve them. We will have a brief business meeting with election of officers and executive committee, introduction of neighborhood precinct Town Meeting Members, and discussion of neighborhood concerns. Then we'll welcome Brookline Tree Warden and Town Arborist Tom Brady and members of the Tree-Planting Committee for an informal discussion about the current state of the trees lining our streets, parks, and playgrounds. Topics will include species diversity, tree health issues, and heritage trees. Bring your questions and concerns about trees, or you may send them in advance to email@example.com. Light refreshments. Open to all.
BCW ESSAY CONTEST: "A WOMAN WHO INSPIRES ME"
Due Friday, 2/15
In celebration of National Women's History Month, the Brookline Commission for Women is sponsoring its 21st annual "A Woman Who Inspires Me" Essay Contest. All students in grades 5-8 who live in or attend public or private school in Brookline may submit an essay honoring an inspirational woman. The contest helps chronicle women's history in Brookline, and encourages students to reflect on important women in their lives. Winners will be announced on the BCW website around 2/20, and will be honored at an awards ceremony on 3/18, in conjunction with the Commission's naming of the 2013 Brookline Woman of the Year.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org for information/contest forms, or download at www.brooklinema.gov/BCW. Essays may be returned to the School's Main Office by Thursday, 2/14, or delivered to the BCW c/o Brookline Police Department, 350 Washington St. Brookline 02445, by Friday, 2/15. Contact BCW Co-Chair Casey Hatchett at 617-730-2734 or Treasurer Aimee Tallarico at 617-413-9068 with questions.
BHS's 21st CENTURY FUND PRESENTS FREE ANNUAL FORUM
What's the Big Idea? Academic Rigor, Thursday, 2/28, 7-8:30pm @ Wheelock College, Ladd Rm., 43 Hawes St., Brookline
What's the Big Idea? brings together local thinkers in a provocative discussion moderated by respected journalist and Brookline parent Carey Goldberg. Among the questions to be debated: What does rigor mean in a competitive public high school environment? How do we balance standards with intellectual risk-taking? How much emphasis do we place on grades? The public is welcome. Reservations suggested: http://whatsthebigidearigor.eventbrite.com.
13th ANNUAL DEVOTION SCIENCE FAIR
Saturday, 3/9 (must register by Friday, 2/22)
Information and the registration form are here: www.devotionschool.org/curiosity. Visit www.tinyurl.com/devoscience for a video about this year's fair.
SAVE THE DATE: 5TH GRADE SPELLING BEE
Save the date and stay tuned for more information on the town-wide 5th grade Spelling Bee! More information available soon at www.brooklineeducation.org.
B-PEN SEEKS FUNDING TO CONTINUE SERVICES; WE NEED YOUR HELP!
Brookline Parent Education Network is funded by a grant that runs out this September. Over the past three years, B-PEN has made a concerted effort to help keep parents "informed, involved and connected" through newsletters, Parent Networks, presentations, and our website. We are currently looking for alternative funding to continue this work, but crucial to that process is feedback from YOU! Please take the B-PEN Parent Survey, which takes less than five minutes and will help us validate B-PEN's efforts and evaluate effectiveness going forward. Go to https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/B-PEN.
PIERCE PARENT TO RUN BOSTON MARATHON FOR TEAM BROOKLINE!
This spring, the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) is sponsoring five runners for the Boston Marathon who will be dedicating their fundraising efforts to the BEF as part of Team Brookline, Brookline's Official Boston Marathon Team. Support Pierce School Parent Sidhu Gangadharan as a member of Team Brookline. Visit his fundraising page at:
The BEF supports innovation and excellence in all Brookline classrooms by raising funds that are critical to keeping our schools at the leading edge of public education.
CELEBRITY SERIES OF BOSTON TICKETS
Enjoy world-class arts! Through the Celebrity Series of Boston's "Take Your Seat" program, students in K-12 can attend performances of such renowned artists as Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, What Makes it Great? host Rob Kapilow, Itzhak Perlman, London Philharmonic Orchestra, Barbara Cook, Bobby McFerrin, and many more. Many of these performances are just $10/ticket.
"Take Your Seat" makes artistic performances available to urban K-12 schools and community groups who might not otherwise be able to attend. A link to the schedule and order form is posted on the right-hand side of the school's website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/news-and-bridge.html
. Please return your order form and payment to the PTO mailbox slot marked "Celebrity Series" ASAP so we can accommodate as many requests as possible. For more information, please contact Pierce parent Mara Littman at email@example.com.
BROOKLINE YOUTH BASEBALL SPRING REGISTRATION NOW OPEN
Brookline Youth Baseball offers programs for kids from kindergarten through age 15 who live in or attend school in Brookline. The season begins in mid-April when the Town opens the fields, and runs through the end of the school year. Everyone registered by March 10th will be guaranteed a spot (after that it is on a first-come, first-served basis). Tryouts (on March 9th and 10th) are required for kids in grades 3 and up to determine league placement, and you must register before tryouts. Scholarships available. To learn more and to register, visit www.brooklineyouthbaseball.org.
BROOKLINE YOUTH LACROSSE REGISTRATION
Brookline Youth Lacrosse is holding registrations for the Spring 2013 season. All new and returning boys/girls from 1st-8th grade are welcome! No prior experience required, no tryouts, and everyone gets equal playing time. For more information, please visit www.brooklineyouthlacrosse.org or contact boys' director Will Goldthwait (William.Goldthwait@rbs.com) or girls' director George Vien (firstname.lastname@example.org). To register, call the Rec Dept at 617-730-2069.
Pre-professional ballet training in an inspirational environment for young people ages 6-19. We aim to provide students with a rich knowledge of classical technique, and the ability to adapt to all styles and techniques of dance. We offer a hands-on approach, individual attention, and dedication to our students. For more information, please visit www.KoltunBalletAcademy.com or call 617-901-3792.
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, tel. 617-566-9704, or email email@example.com.
phone: (617) 730-2580