11.30.2016
PTO CORNER  

MONTHLY COFFEE WITH THE PRINCIPAL'S OFFICE
Fri., 12/02  8:00am @ Pierce Cafeteria
Come meet and mingle with the Pierce Vice Principals Dan Green and John Badger!!!
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PTO ANNUAL APPEAL: SIX WEEKS DOWN
#piercepride  Raised to date: $41,907 (60%) of $70,000 goal  
The PTO will spend more than  $160 per student  for the 2016-2017 school year, any amount you can give is appreciated -- truly. If your family is able to give a bit more, we are delighted to use that extra amount to help subsidize other families.  We're aiming for 100% family participation.   Checks can be made out to "Pierce PTO" and returned to the Appeal bin near the main office. You can also make a secure donation online at   http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org.  
Note: 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. ____________________________________

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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SCHOOL CORNER   
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THANK YOU FROM THE BAKUM/PERUGINI FAMILY!
As we finish Thanksgiving week, we wanted to send our thanks to all who have supported us in the last few weeks after the fire in the unit upstairs from us. We are incredibly grateful for your generosity and for the support of our Pierce community. 
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING 
Thurs., 12/1 6:00pm @ Walsh School Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion between the Brookline School Committee and the public. For the full meeting docket, visit http://brooklinema.gov/Calendar.aspx?EID=3158&day=22&month=11&year=2016&calType=0. Questions? Contact Robin Coyne (617 730 2430, robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us).  
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PIERCE SWEATSHIRTS ARE BACK!
Back by popular demand and j ust in time for holiday gifting or to stay cozy in style! Order your sweatshirts online by 12/4 and pick up during the week of 12/19. To order visit:  http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/piercewear.html or contact mariannayang@gmail.com to order by check/cash or with any questions. 
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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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PIPPIN TICKETS GO ON SALE MONDAY 12/5!
Shows on Thurs., 12/8 & Fri., 12/9 7pm; Sat., 12/10 1pm & 7pm
Don't miss this fabulous 7/8 grade performance! Tickets will be available in the main lobby Mon.-Thurs., 7:45-8:15am & 2:20-2:40pm; Fri., 7:45-8:15am & 1:30-1:50pm. Tickets will also be on sale 30 minutes prior to the shows on Thursday, Friday & Saturday. Tickets are $7, cash or check made payable to Pierce play. It promises to be a great show -- don't miss it!
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INFO SESSION AND REGISTRATION FOR GRADES 3-6 PLAY ANNIE
Wed., 12/7 6:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Is your child interested in participating in Annie, this year's 3rd-6th grade play? Come to an information session with the producer and director to find out about the time commitment, audition and casting process, and other details. Although not mandatory, this session will help your family determine if participating in the play fits your interest and schedule. For more information and to register, visit www.pierceschoolmusical.com . Registration opens on 12/11 at 4pm and we accept the first 60 cast members (spots fill quickly). Audition materials will be available on 12/12 and there will be an audition sign-up board in the cafeteria, which will be held 12/16 and 12/19 after school. 
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IMPROVE YOUR CHILD'S PIERCE EXPERIENCE
The Enrichment and Challenge Support committee is trying to explore different ways of enhancing what students are learning in the classroom. One possible way to do this is by mining the incredible wealth of experience we have among the parent community. Please take a moment to look at and fill out the questionnaire linked below about possible areas of contribution to the curriculum https://docs.google.com/forms/ d/e/1FAIpQLSf1cshuIY8CtGHG0_ U76y4USjtey9jVs-XIPJ6_nnuo-4_ ROA/viewform?c=0&w=1. Thank you!!
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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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GOT KEYS?
William (5W) and Vivianna M. (3B) are pleased to announce the Pierce Key for Hope key drive. For the month of November, please bring in any old keys you have and drop them in either of the two buckets for collecting keys--one located in the Pierce lobby and one in the Historic Building near the exit doors closest to the main building. Key for Hope recycles old keys with all of the proceed going to fight hunger. 100% of the proceeds from our key drive will directly benefit the Brookline Food Pantry. Questions? Contact m_arado@yahoo.com.
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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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It is Not Too Late To Get a 'Flu Shot!!!
Did you miss the recent community 'flu clinics? If so, you can still get yourself or family members vaccinated. Please contact the Public Health Nurse Barbara Westley at 617-730-2320 to schedule an appointment. Courtesy of Brookline Public Health Department.
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MUSEUM PASSES AT BROOKLINE PUBLIC LIBRARIES
The Brookline Library Foundation supports the library's Museum Pass program, which offers Brookline residents discounted museum entry. These passes have only been available to pick up at the Main Library in Brookline Village. As of 01/01/17, the Brookline Library Foundation will fund some additional passes to be picked up at the library's Coolidge Corner and Putterham locations: Boston Children's Museum, Museum of Science, New England Aquarium, and Zoo New England. In addition, the Larz Anderson Auto Museum's pick-up location will be moved to Putterham.  
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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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