05.10.2017
PTO CORNER  

THE PIERCE HOEDOWN HOOTENANNY
Sat., 5/13 7-9:30pm @ Pierce Cafeteria, $35/person
The Pierce Hoedown Hootenanny ADULTS ONLY event include music, dancing, food, drink AND many, many great auction items. Babysitting available from 7-9:30 at $10 per child. Please volunteer to help at the event!! You can sign up to volunteer at
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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:

PTO co-chair (1 position) 
As a PTO executive, you will be part of a trio of leaders. Along with numerous volunteers, we raise money annually to use for the arts, sports and academic enrichment at Pierce, including helping fund teachers' projects. We also create and run many social activities to continue to build the Pierce community. All of our annual activities are continually changing and open to suggestions by teachers, families and school leaders. As PTO co-chair you help make good things happen and drive results. There are also communication responsibilities, helping families, community, teachers, etc. get the information to the groups who need to know. Prepare to be creative, be busy, and have fun. We are all volunteers and keep this in mind to keep it reasonable!  
  
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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*NEW*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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*NEW*KINDERGARTEN SPRING SING!!
Tues., 5/23 8:15am @ Pierce Auditorium 
Kindergarten music students are preparing for their Spring Sing. Parents and guardians, please attend this event to share in their joy of music!! 
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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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PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: SAVE THE DATE
Tues., 5/16 7-8:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Based on interest from a survey of parents of Pierce middle schoolers, B-PEN's Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy, LICSW and BHS Peer Leaders will be at Pierce to discuss common parent concerns about transitions to the high school and 8th grade. June Harris will tell us more about forming Parent Network groups, which can help parents understand some of the tricky social and emotional issues of adolescent development, as well as establish community standards around common concerns such as curfews, after-school "roaming," unsupervised houses, house parties, drug/alcohol experimentation, and general limit-setting. Since "it takes a village to raise a child," some of our best sources of support, insight and guidance on understanding and navigating the common issues our children face can be each other. Come with specific issues you are currently facing, questions you'd like answered, or just to listen and learn. Based on interest, additional meetings may be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact 7th grade parent, Debbie Raisner Thompson (draisner@yahoo.com) or 8th grade parent, Jennifer Hunt (jhunthello@gmail.com).
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PLEASE DONATE YOUR ITEMS AND SERVICES TO THE PIERCE AUCTION
The Pierce spring party and auction will be on the night of Sat., 5/13. Pierce families help to make this a success by donating to the auction. We invite you to donate and to be creative. In the past families have donated: sports and concert tickets; interior design services; coaching and lessons; art work; vacation home time; restaurant gift certificates and much more. Please conAtact Cher Duffield ( Cher.duffield@gmail.com) with your donation ideas or questions. 
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ANNUAL ALL SCHOOL ART SHOW
Wed., 5/31 
Save the date for our annual all school art show!!! Details coming soon. Follow us on Twitter at pierce art-news to see what is happening in the art rooms. 
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PIERCE SPRING BOOK FAIR
Mon., 6/5 - Wed., 6/7
The Book Fair is coming! Every spring, Pierce hosts a used book fair, where students and families alike can shop for books for a buck. This year's book fair is fast approaching. It will be held Monday June 5- Wednesday June 7th. Classes will visit through the days Mon-Wed and we will be open to the public Wednesday night only. Family night on Wednesday June 7th will host activities and a book-themed performance. Please do:
   - bring in your gently loved book donations for the fair. We are accepting books  for kids and adults.
   - look out for an email from your room parents with a volunteer sign up. This event is successful because of all of your help!
   - mark your calendars to come see David Kelley, author of the popular Ballpark Mysteries series, kick off the book fair on Thursday June 1st.
   - look out for an announcement for the new Pierce read-a-thon leading up the the fair with prizes for participation.
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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. 
 
SOLUTION TO THE PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #1: BUILDING BLOCKS
56 blocks were used to make the tower. See the bulletin board for possible solutions
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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 
 
SOLUTION TO THE MATHLETES ROBLEM OF THE WEEK #1: FUN WITH 2017
1. 2026
2. No, 2017 has only 6 digits in base 4.
3. 1,008 and 1,009
 
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER 
This week, to learn what our songbirds are singing in music class, click here.
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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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HomeBASE (BROOKLINE AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT) is now open for enrollment for the 2017-2018 school year!   
Children can attend two to five days per week. Our curriculum is based on a program model that focuses on learning enhancement, health, and recreation, while also building competence and confidence in children.  
For more information visit our website at https://www.ohabei.org/education/homebase/ or email Alexa: aroos@ohabei.org.
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WORKS WELL COLLABORATIVE 
Are you looking for a dedicated workspace within a community of established independent professionals who support your productivity and success? 
Come to   workSwell collaborative  May 17 spring networking event from 5:30-7pm to meet like-minded people and check out our workspaces and conference room. RSVP at Eventbrite .
 
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, contact Daniel at 857-756-5230 or lessons@maestromusicians.com. Find 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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