There is a sense of exhilaration in classrooms as students and teachers
look at the progress that has been made since September. 

This progress is reflected in work showcased at class breakfasts, concerts and
performances, and student achievement in local and regional events. 

As we complete our year-end activities, trips, celebrations and
special events, we have mixed emotions.  While the excitement mounts as
summer vacation approaches, we are also saddened to say goodbye to good friends and valued members of our school community.

While saying goodbye to classmates and friends for the summer, we must
also say farewell to staff who will not be returning to Pierce in the

We extend our best wishes to teachers who will be moving on from
Pierce: Third grade teacher Brian Gallagher, fifth grade teacher, John
Galligan, kindergarten teacher Abby Gedstad, Spanish teacher Talia
Poncz and Mandarin teacher Muqing Gu. We thank them for their service
to Pierce students and families and wish them all the best.

We also wish our retiring second grade teacher Sytske Humphrey a very happy
retirement as she embarks on a new stage in her life. Ms. Humphrey has
dedicated over 35 years to teaching, many at Pierce! We thank her for her hard work on behalf of the hundreds of Pierce students and families who have been touched by her wisdom and care.

Without the support of a great team of teachers, specialists, support
staff, interns and student teachers, along with the tireless efforts of so
many parent volunteers, a successful school year would not be
possible.  I thank everyone who has contributed to our school community
this year.

I look forward to starting a new school year with the enthusiasm and hope
that a new beginning brings.  In the meantime, I wish you all a very
healthy, happy, restful and enjoyable summer!

Pipier Smith-Mumford 





Here's a good story: a community pitches in and cleans out its shelves, hauls in the books, sets them up, sells them to happy readers, and raises $4,000 for the school! A heartfelt thank you to the generous volunteers who did all this and more. We wish we could mention you all by name. 

Special recognition goes to:
Gioia Perugini, Daria Cohen, Gretchen Heefner, Jennifer Hecht, Liz Erdman, Libby Berke, Marie-Caroline Smadja, and Jamie Bakem for their help on special projects. Our activity night coordinator and our talented performers and readers Kate Ewen, Ms. Muldoon, Mr. Conlon, Ms. Yee, Ms. Herard, and the Rinne family; our volunteer coordinator Ann Abrams; our communications support from the PTO, the Bridge, and the Pierce website; Sandra Sicard for technical assistance, our teachers and staff for bringing in those enthusiastic readers; and a special thanks to Jackie McCarthyfor his help and support.

Thank you to the Brookline Booksmith for being our community partner. 

We raised over $4,000 - one dollar at a time. Leftover books were donated to two wonderful organizations Rosie's House and More than Words.

See you next year! 
Jessica and Carin 



The Annual Pierce Picnic DATE CHANGE - 6/7 5:30pm @ Pierce Park

6th Grade Volunteer Event! Email Nora O'Farrell at noraofarrell3@gmail.com or Adele Munger Mathieu at  madelemm@gmail.com Bring your own food or purchase food there. 




Would you like to help Pierce by volunteering your calligraphy talent for a one-time project that can be done at home any time before Monday, 6/18?
If you can help or have questions please contact: 
Much appreciated!




Wednesday, 6/13, 6pm @ Cafeteria 




Thursday, 6/14, 4pm @ Auditorium

Congratulations to the Brookline Youth Orchestra and Voices of Brookline
for their outstanding performance on May 29th.  The Brookline Youth 
Orchestra is led by John Ferguson, the strings music teacher at Pierce. 
Pierce students included Dania (6G) (Voices of Brookline), as well as 
Arthur (gr 8), Henry (gr 7), Emerson (6L), Scott (6G), Ella (6F), Charlie 
(5A), Cassidy (5A), and Cherry (5VW).  Well done all! 

On May 25th , Pierce sent 7th and 8th grade students to participate in the 
Middle School Model UN Spring Conference held at Brookline High School. 
The Pierce group met through late winter and early 
spring to prepare for this event.  Thank you to club advisor and Spanish 
7/8 teacher Kelly Hayes for stepping up to lead this enthusiastic group 
of students.  Congratulations to the Pierce Middle School Model UN Club 
Eva C., 8th 
Josh G., 8th 
Jennifer T., 8th 
Jack M., 8th 
Michela O., 8th 
Ivy Y., 8th 
Priscilla C., 8th 
Barbara D., 8th 
Malcolm C., 8th 
Jonah S., 8th 
Linda O., 7th 
MATH CORNER > MathCorner




PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #18 - Friends' Birthdays


Due date: 06/07/12   









Please claim all lost and found items by Friday, June 8, at 3 p.m., in the bins located on the second floor of the main building outside of the gym.  All unclaimed items will be donated to Cradles to Crayons.



For complete community news please click: pierceschoolbrookline.org/news  




Emerson Garden Annual Neighborhood Yard Sale
Saturday, June 9th 9am - 2pm, weather permitting.
Treasures await! Contact huntley.martha@gmail.com 
Thursday, 6/31,  6:00pm @ Town Hall
James F. Walsh School Committee Room, 5th floor
Statutory notice of this meeting has been filed with the town clerk.
Docket for this meeting can be found at www.brookline.k12.ma.us.
The public is invited to attend.



Massachusetts Rugby Skills announces Summer Clinics:

U-15 clinic July 9-13; U-19 clinic July 16-20 in Belmont. 

For Registration at www.massrugbyskills.com

For more info contact Jack Miller at curleymiller@gmail.com.


2012 Annual Charitable Golf Tournament - FOR KIDS CLOTHES CLUB

Friday, 6/15, 7am @ Robert T. Lynch Municipal Golf Course

Sponsored by Brookline Chamber of Commerce & Brookline Rotary. Proceeds to benefit the kids Clothes Club of Brookline and Chamber of Commerce. More details at www.brooklinechamber.com/events/event-registration 
Brookline Police Department Youth Academy For 5th & 6th Graders

August 27-31, 9am - 2:30pm, 350 Washington Street, Brookline

For more info/application contact officer McCabe 617.730.2609; KmcCabe@brooklinema.gov 






Do you or anyone you know need an extra bed for the guest room or a futon for the playroom? Are you a student preparing for the 'independent' life in college? We are a Pierce family of three who have lived in Brookline for the past two years and are now moving out of the US. We are selling our household items. For a list with prices, photos or other inquiries, please send a message to lena.roussou10@gmail.com 





Located on block from Pierce, Little Feet has openings. Serving ages 1-3,  loving home environment, three experienced teachers for 10 children, beautiful private playground. There are no limits on outdoor play time. We offer a wide-ranging curriculum including, but not limited to art, music, math, science, literacy and nature; organic and whole foods served  three times daily; full time and part time openings available. Call Laurie@617-734-3500 or visit our website at  www.litttlefeetdaycare.com 



Former Pierce family urgently seeks a 2 or 3 bedroom rental apartment in Brookline within walking distance of the high school. We have a tenth grader and former Pierce student at BHS. We would very much appreciate any leads or suggestions. Please contact Roberta Udoh at newfaerie@msn.com or Mark Warren at 617-312-5519


MIT SUMMER FENCING CAMP 2012 @ Cambridge Fencing Center
All Weapons: July 23-27 (Session 1); July 30 - August 3 (Session 2)
Beginner Saber: August 6-10

For more information contact Ms. Lee Shin at
 617.694.9149 or
IN-HOME PRESCHOOL (Brookline Village)
Pierce parent and certified early childhood teacher opened local preschool in home in the fall of 2011 for children 2.9 years and up.  A few spots open for school year 2012-2013.  Please visit website for details  
or contact Kimberly directly at (617) 955-6653. 


We would like to exchange our four-bedroom house in northeast London for a home(s) in Massachusetts for two weeks this summer, from approximately July 21 to August 5. 


Our comfortable family home is located in Stoke Newington, a village in an increasingly hip area of London, with lots of nice shops, cafes, and parks, about 20 minutes door-to-door from the Olympics site.   


We have a young cat and would like to find someone who'd be happy to feed her once a day. 


We need to be in Boston for a wedding from July 25th-28th, and our fantasy is to find someone with a home in Boston and a home by the sea, so that we could do one simple swap with our home and their home(s)!   


Possible arrangements might be: two weeks in our house in London in exchange for one week in Boston and one week at the beach (long-shot, we realize!); two weeks in London for two weeks by the beach; one week in London for one week in Boston (and we work out the second week separately).  


If you're interested, please contact Elizabeth Ferry eferry66@gmail.com for more information.   

STOP the summer slide at

"Reading is Amazing!" a Brookline Village reading tutoring service supporting students from Kindergarten through fifth grade.


Services offered:
. Individualized remedial reading support for emerging readers and reading
enrichment for more advanced readers
. Diagnostic reading assessments and report writing which includes
recommendations for reading support
. Personal book shopping for your child

In addition to the tutoring service, I am a Reading Interventionist
Specialist at the Dever Elementary School in Boston, MA. I also volunteer in
Aime Buchman's first grade during literacy time.

My experience as a Literacy Educator includes 24 years working with MA
public schools. I have worked as a Reading/Literacy Specialist, Reading/
Literacy Coach and Reading Recovery Teacher.

Credentials: Master's Degree in Education from Lesley University with a
specialization in Reading. Certifications: Reading and Reading Recovery

Please contact: Harriet Yoffee
Website: www.literacycoach.net
e-mail: harriet@literacycoach.net
Phone: 617 734 6718
Announcing a fun and exciting theater camp right in the neighborhood: Stage Soup!  Led by Pierce parent (and director of several Pierce plays) Ryan Bailey, this camp is a great place for your child to have fun, be creative, and develop theater skills this summer!  Students will play drama games, study acting, play outside every day, and put on a show on the final day of camp.  The location is Inner Space Annex on Station Street in Brookline Village.  Stage Soup camp is a ton of fun.  Kids will have fun, make new friends, develop confidence and express themselves.  Dates are August 6-17 for ages 12-18 and August 20-31 for ages 7-12. For more info or to register, please email: Ryan@Stagesoup.com or call 781-654-5218.
PIANO INSTRUCTION - Flexible summer scheduling makes now an ideal time to try piano lessons. Berklee & New England Conservatory graduate with 30+ years teaching experience. Beginners welcome. Build a high quality musical foundation with a patient, caring teacher. Gloria Jasinski, phone: 617.566.9704, email: piano566@comcast.net

BABYSITTER/SUMMER NANNY: Looking for full time summer babysitting job. Brookline High School Senior with lots of experience. Three younger siblings at Driscoll. Completed Red Cross Babysitting Course as well as First Aid and CPR training. Has a driver's license and car. References available. Feel free to contact Hannah Breck at hcbreck@gmail.com.

Looking for an experienced, responsible and fun babysitter this summer? I am a graduating senior from Brookline High School and as well as a Pierce graduate. I have years of experience babysitting for several families and an extremely flexible schedule. References available. Competitive rates. Please email Jessica at jkaklins@gmail.com; hope to hear from you!


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