10.19.2016
PTO CORNER  
Stay connected! Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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IT IS ANNUAL APPEAL TIME -- DONATE TODAY!!
This week, we kick off the Pierce PTO Annual Appeal to raise money to support academic, cultural, and enrichment activities for the Pierce community. Once a year, during this Annual Appeal, we ask families to be as generous as they can be. N o donation is too small! The PTO will spend $160/student to enrich their educational experience at Pierce.   Please help us continue to offer our students all that we can by making a donation today.  This year's theme is  #PiercePride and we will be celebrating our pride in the Pierce community with a pledge week starting 11/14. Throughout the week we will have daily activities for kids and families to show their Pierce pride and have fun! To give, donate online at  pierceschoolBrookline.org or write a check  to "Pierce PTO" and drop it into the donation box by the main office. THANK YOU in advance for showing your Pierce pride and helping our kids have a once-in-a-lifetime experience! All contributions to the Pierce PTO are tax deductible and will be acknowledged with a receipt for tax purposes. The PTO's tax ID number is 35-2197562. Please also consider using your employer's matching grant program.
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PIERCE FALL PICNIC
Sat., 10/22 4-7:00pm @ Emerson Garden 
Bring your dinner, pack a blanket and join the Pierce Community for a family picnic! If you ordered a new Pierce Sweatshirt, come pick it up at the picnic!! Extra sweatshirts and Piercewear will be available for purchase as well.    
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FOOD ON WHEELS!! 
DONATE 10/4-21; Sun., 10/23 1:00pm meet @ Pierce to walk to Food Pantry
Please donate non-perishable food and supplies in the bins at the entrance to the Main and Historical Buildings from 10/4-10/21. Possible donations include canned and boxed goods such as soups, oatmeal and pastas, and new items such as toiletries. On Sunday, 10/23, join other Pierce families for a parade from school to the Brookline Food Pantry (St. Paul's Church, corner of St. Paul St. and Aspinwall Ave.) to hand deliver our collective donation. Bring your whole family, wagons, shopping carts, etc.!! The Brookline Food Pantry has been serving our community, including families with children, for years. THE NEED IS GREAT, and WE CAN HELP!!! Questions? Please contact Marissa Heller-Treistman ( marissaheller@gmail.com), Toby Raybould ( tobyraybould@gmail.com) or Jen Rothstein ( Jennifer.rothstein@comcast.net).
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THANKS FOR A SUCCESSFUL HARVEST FEST!!! 
We had a great night of fun, laughter and music at Harvest Fest last week! Thank you so much to Jennifer Amigone, Jennifer Rothstein and Deb Troderman for putting
together another successful Harvest Fest! 

Thank you to Maria and Dave McDonald for leading decorations, and for setting and cleaning up. Thank you to Marcita Thompson, Geoff Hunt, Mara Littman and Gretchen Heefner for donating our wonderful raffle items. Thank you to Wegmans-Chestnut Hill for donating food. Thank you to Marissa Heller-Treistman, Katrina Driscoll, Hisako Yoshida, Claire Hochleutner and Jennie Greene for helping out at the event. Thank you to Nitzel Palacio and Jeff Walker for designing the Harvest Fest poster and flyers. Thank you to the entire crew who helped Maria and Dave set up: Hisako Yoshida, Neslin Ergen, Katherine Jane, Mary Roark, Alton Hughes, and Helen Greeley.
 
And most importantly, thank you to all the Pierce staff and teachers who attended the event and for all the parents who came out.
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL
When you shop Amazon through the school website, 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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STOP & SHOP A+ REWARDS
Welcome to another year of A+ School Rewards!! After you register your Stop & Shop card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop earns cash for our school! Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. But you MUST register your Stop & Shop card and designate Pierce School in order to make it happen! (NEW: If you registered previously, you do not need to re-register!) Your friends and families can designate Pierce School, too. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@psbma.org. Log on to  www.stopandshop.com/aplus  to register online (use ID Code 07899) OR call 1-877-275-2758 to register your card.
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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Put those Box Tops for Education to use for Pierce School!! Cut them out from your cereal, snack, tissue and other boxes at home and bring them to school. Pierce School earns money with every Box Top you donate! You can drop them in one of the collection boxes around Pierce, which are in the foyer by the Main Office, in the "Pit" and in the hall just outside KM in the Historical Building. Please contact Colleen Muldoon (colleen_muldoon@psbma.org) with any questions.
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SCHOOL CORNER   
Stay connected! Visit  http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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OFFICE OF STUDENT SERVICES EVENTS
FAMILY ENGAGEMENT MEETING  
Wed., 10/19 7-8pm @ Town Hall, School Committee Room, 5th floor 
SEPAC with Deputy Superintendent Sam Zimmerman hosts a discussion for parents and guardians. Topics include the results of family surveys and information about
c ommunity programs available for families and students, social and emotional support and supporting students with Autism. Light refreshments provided.
 
SEPAC MONTHLY MEETING 
Thurs., 10/20 8:30am-9:30am @ Town Hall, School Committee Room
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ART BARN PERFORMS "TECH MESSAGE"
Fri., 10/21
Artbarn's touring group, Out of the Box Productions presents  TECH MESSAGE, A Brief Communication About Modern Technology for Grades 1-6. The show tackles the benefits and caveats of our relationship with the gadgets, gizmos and screens that are rapidly becoming ubiquitous in our society. While these new technologies provide us with unprecedented resources and security, they also allow us to disconnect from the real world. The play asks: When the virtual world is just as appealing and complex as the real world, how plugged in do you really want to be? The production features 7 Pierce students: 5th grader Rowan Boyd and 6th graders Eleanor Bergstein, Malcolm Grant, and Gabriel Nigrovic will perform on 10/21, whereas 5th graders Jasper Milstein and Graham Horowitz and 6th grader Taj Horowitz will perform at other Brookline schools. The performance is presented by the Pierce Arts Council. We thank Artbarn for their generosity in bringing theater productions to our school each year.
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GET READY FOR THE PIERCE BOOK FAIR!!
Looking for a great way to get rid of all of those books that are cluttering up your home? Donate them to the Pierce Book Fair!! This beloved annual used book fair is for the classes and general school community and is held in the spring. We accept books for all ages, from preschool to adult, of course with particular need for books for school-aged kids. Starting Monday , we will have a collection bin in the front lobby for your donations.  Also, we are looking for volunteers who may be interested in helping throughout the year to move, store and sort books. If you are interested, please contact Shoma at  dhar11235@gmail.com  or Joan at  joandugganmahon@gmail.com .
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MATHCOUNTS PRACTICE!
Fri., 7:15-8:00am @ Math Center (behind the Pit)
MathCounts is a national math 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. The top teams & individuals continue on to the state and then national competitions, where they have the chance to win thousands of dollars in scholarships.  If you have any questions about MathCounts or our Piece team, please contact Ms. Hansel at  alison_hansel@psbma.org .
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PIERCE CODERS' CLUB
Thurs., until 11/17 7:20-7:55am @ Computer lab
New this year is the Pierce Coders' Club, open to 3r d through 6th graders who are interested in computer programming. The Club has prepared a range of coding activities, from elementary graphics and maze-solving to more challenging procedural languages. The goal is to promote a social environment in which members share their enthusiasm and help one another to learn. Parent coaches will be available to assist, explain, and give advice and feedback.  If interested, contact Will Provost at provost@tiac.net .
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ATTENTION ALL 7th AND 8th GRADERS!!
Tech Crew Registration for the 7-8th Grade Play, Pippin, is NOW OPEN. Tech Crew will help create Sets and Props and work with the Tech Director during the show with the lighting and Set and Prop placement and other backstage duties. This is a once a week commitment starting in October, and more in December in the week leading up to the show. Show dates are the evenings of 12/8-10, and the afternoon of 12/10 though not everyone works every show. Register at https://pierceplay.wufoo.com/forms/pippin-7th8th-grade-tec/ . Questions? Contact Joshua Abrams, at  jlabrams@me.com
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IT IS TIME TO UPDATE THE PIERCE FAMILY DIRECTORY!
If you already have a login for the directory, please login, place your child(ren) into the correct class and verify that all contact info you want available is correct. If you are new to Pierce, please follow the instructions to request a login. Click here to access the directory website. If you have any questions about the directory or experience problems logging in, please email the directory administrators, Beth Ng and Jennifer Hunt, at piercefamilydirectory@gmail.com . Thank you!
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COMMUNITY CORNER
Occasionally, the Bridge features a selection of community news and events in the weekly PTO newsletter. For a full listing, click on over to Community Corner.      
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BROOKLINE SISTER CITY WEEK!
10/16-10/22
Did you know that Brookline has had a Sister City in Nicaragua for the past 28 years? Well, now you do!!! Come celebrate this week with a variety of unique events!!! More information at www.brooklinesistercity.org.
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DONATE FRUITS AND VEGETABLES TO CELEBRATE NATIONAL FOOD DAY!
Thurs., 10/20 1:30pm-dusk @ Brookline Farmers' Market
Help celebrate National Food Day by adopting the Town of Brookline's motto "One for me... one for the Brookline Food Pantry." Place fruits and vegetables in the bins at the big green tent when you shop at the Farmers' Market this week and help provide those in need with healthy, nutritious food. For more information, visit www.foodday.org and the Brookline Food Pantry website at www.BrooklineFoodPantry.org.
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NINJA WARRIOR FIELD DAY 
Sat., 10/22 10:00am-2:00pm @ Baker School 
Professional trainers from Action Athletics will run obstacle courses and other activities in the American Ninja Warrior style for this Baker PTO fundraiser. Fun for all ages ! Food trucks, too! CASH ONLY admission: $5 per person, $20 maximum per family. Also, join the 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for grades 3-8. Register at  http://www.bakerschoolpto.org/uploads/1/2/5/0/12506508/baker.3on3form.pdf.
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ATTENTION TUTORING
Attention tutoring is a non pharmacological approach for students with ADHD/ADD, attention and executive function difficulties. This program trains the brain -1- through neurofeedback computerized attention training, -2- executive function/organization skills training, and -3- relaxation breathing. Lessons are delivered at home by Attention Tutoring certified tutors. For more information please email  info@attentiontutoring.com , call  857-364-7103 , or visit  www.attentiontutoring.com .
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PIANO LESSIONS BY JULIA HAWKINS, FACULTY AT NEC PREP
Julia Hawkins , piano faculty at NEC Prep, is accepting new students of  classical piano in private studio. All levels and ages are welcome.  Comprehensive study includes technique, repertoire, and performance skills offered in a gentle, affirming setting.  Please contact by phone 617-566-4215 . Interview includes private lesson at no cost. 
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GOLDEN CHICKPEA AFTER-SCHOOL PROGRAM EEC CERTIFIED
Looking for high-quality, reliable after-school care in a safe and enriching environment?  The Golden Chickpea after-school Program is now open for enrollment. To schedule a tour or for more information, call (857) 210-9122 or email info@thegoldenchickpea.com.  
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HELPING KIDS COMMUNICATE!
Speech-language services in your home, all year round
Meryl Heller Schram, MS, CCC-SLP , an experienced and respected pediatric speech-language pathologist, provides individual services for children with communication difficulties. Services are available for toddlers through middle-schoolers with developmental speech-language disorders, language-learning disabilities, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. Treatment programs are tailored to each youngster's needs and parent involvement is encouraged, resulting in steady and measurable progress. For more information or to make an appointment, contact:  Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP ; 617.733.1995 mhschram@comcast.net.
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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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