WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW
PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
PIERCE SIXTH GRADER WINS NATIONAL WRITING AWARD
It is with much pleasure and pride that I write to inform the Pierce
community that sixth grader Ilana of 6G has won the historical essay
contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR).
Ilana's essay described a historical person who made a significant
contribution to American history. Ilana wrote about Francis Scott Key
during the War of 1812.
Eileen Temporo, Brookline DAR Chapter representative, was thrilled to
inform us that Ilana's essay went through a strenuous process. She won in
the 6th grade division at the chapter level, the state level, the New
England regional level and then at the national competition.
Her essay was among more than 20,000 submitted around the country to local DAR chapters. Ilana is the first national winner in the 100-year history
of the Brookline chapter's essay contest.
Ms. Temporo explained that Ilana's writing style was impressive. She said that Ilana won at the chapter level last year so it is very exciting to have her become the national winner as a sixth grader.
With Ilana's and her parents' permission, the essay will be on display in
Ilana will receive a monetary award as well as recognition for this
accomplishment at the Continental Congress of the DAR in Washington, DC
We extend our congratulations to Ilana and her family on this
very special achievement!
|PTO CORNER >
FINAL PTO MEETING - IMPORTANT CHANGES!
The PTO's last meeting of the year will review major changes in the PTO. We will:
-ratify the new by-laws (shorter co-chair terms, additional Advisory Board)
- review budget priorities for next year
- develop new strategy on smaller PTO role to better reflect our changing community and proposed reduction in activities
We have been actively seeking new parent leadership for co-chairs, committee chairs and event captains, but do not yet have new PTO leadership to be ratified, Thanks to those who have already decided to get more involved!
In recognition of our changing communityand leadership capacity, we will discuss a new strategy to reduce the scope of the PTO. This includes a reduction of events, less communication and more delegation to the room parents. It may be difficult to accept that there will be some activities that will be put on 'pause' for the foreseeable future, so we are looking for many voices to help in developing this strategy. It is important that we, as a community, take an active role in determining what we want our PTO to look like, the priority areas for funding and for volunteers.
This is an opportunity to make change that is sustainable and represents the strong community that is Pierce.
We hope to see you tomorrow night. We hope you will consider a more active role in the PTO leadership. Please stop one of us or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions or ideas.
Get Involved. Stay Connected. Have Fun.
The 3rd Annual USED Book Fair will take place May 29th-31st, 2012.
SPRING CLEANING? Remember the Fair! Collection bins near the office in the
Main Building and in the Historic Building.
VOLUNTEER to work at the Fair by clicking here.
The Saker Family Fund and Pierce PTO Present:
Award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier
Thursday, May 24, @ Pierce School
Some of his most well-known titles include Uptown, Martin's Big Words, Dave
the Potter, Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of Hope, and Rosa. He will be
speaking with students in grades 2-7.
Save the Date for the Annual Pierce Picnic - 6/6 5:30pm @ Pierce Park
6th Grade Volunteer Event! Email Nora O'Farrell at email@example.com or Adele Munger Mathieu at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bring your own food or purchase food there.
SCHOOL CORNER >
PIERCE SCHOOL ARTS NIGHT
Tuesday, May 22, 6-8 pm @ Pierce auditorium and cafeteria
Performances by the 5th grade chorus, the 6th grade chorus and our new 7/8th grade chorus.
K-8 art exhibit is on the same evening. Between performances, you
can explore our "pop-up gallery."
Pierce's Family Math Game Afternoon for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grade families
Thursday, May 24, 4:00-5:30 pm @ Pierce Auditorium
It'll be an afternoon of fun with plenty of math games
for all. Drop by and play a game with your parent,
friend or favorite teacher and you'll go home with
your own math game!
Questions? Or interested in volunteering?
Contact Tara Washburn at: email@example.com
SCHOOL COUNCIL CORNER
ELECTIONS FOR 2 NEW COUNCIL MEMBERS: MAY 30
The Pierce School Council will be holding elections for two new Council members on May 30th. Please consider running and contact council co-chair, Karen Sutton at firstname.lastname@example.org
for information. Details below.
The Pierce School Council is an advisory board, consisting of parents, teachers, and the principal. It helps identify students' educational needs and school goals. Council meets once a month during the academic calendar to discuss current issues, policy, and school related affairs introduced by the Principal. This is a structured volunteer opportunity, with a limited commitment of time with a total of eight Council meetings over the course of the school year. Meetings typically run an hour to an hour and a half.
The Pierce School Council is comprised of teacher representatives, parent representatives, and the principal. Specifically, the Council:
- Makes recommendations to the Principal about the development, implementation, and assessment of the curriculum.
- Assists in reviewing the annual school budget.
- Helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to improve student performance and meet designated goals.
- Coordinates the Principal Forum events held throughout the school year
This is a vibrant, active Council and we encourage all Pierce parents to consider running for these two positions.
|KUDOS TO KIDS >
Kudos To Kids is a new Bridge feature that will highlight all the cool things Pierce kids do. Teachers, parents and community members please send us your news at email@example.com!
Congratulations to Jayden (5VW), Sasha (4H) and Callie (5A) for their great designs, Beadrock Designs, now being sold at Redress Boston. All profits go to Children's Hospital. Stop by and check them out!
MATH CORNER >
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #17 Palindrome Numbers
Due date: 05/24/12
A palindrome number is a number that is the same when read from left to right, and from right to left. For example, 2002 is a palindrome number. So is 3!
How many 3-digit palindrome numbers are there?
List all the 3-digit palindrome numbers.
Be sure to show your work using pictures, numbers or words.
Don't forget to include your full name and class.
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #16 - Animal Store
Last week we had 80 students submit solutions to the "Animal Store" problem. It was a challenging problem for many, as you need to buy exactly 100 animals for a cost of exactly $100. The correct answer was: 3 sheep, 41 chickens, 56 mice.
Congratulations to all Pierce mathematicians! Several classes should be recognized for outstanding participation - 1W, 3B and 3Ga! Stop by the Problem of the Week bulletin board by the front office, to see the list of names as well as a variety of solutions.
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Wednesday, 5/16, 6:15pm @ 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.
BELIEVE IN BROOKLINE KIDS 2012
Saturday, 5/19, 1- 4pm @ Fenway Park; All proceeds benefit the Brookline Center Kids' Fund at Brookline Mental Health Center. Info: believeinbrooklinekids.org
Art Barn Community Theatre
Barncats Ensemble (5 & 6 grades) presents: ANNIE
Saturday, 5/19, 7.00pm and Sunday, 5/20, 4.30pm
The Maliotis Cultural Center @ Hellenic College, 50 Goddard Avenue, Brookline
Tickets: $10 at the door; Info: www.artbarn.org
Write Under the Willows
Saturday, 5/19, 1:30pm at Griggs Park (rain date is Sunday, 5/20)
Brookline's inaugural poet laureate Judith Steinbergh invites all Brookline residents and families to join her for an hour of writing and drawing.
Free and open to public. For more info contact Ms. Steinbergh firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 617-734-1416. RSVP or just stop by! Further info: brooklinearts.org
Driscoll School 29th Annual Spring Fair
Wednesday, 5/30, 4-8pm (rain date next day). Tickets at the door.
Carnival for all ages with rides, games, food, music, dancing, and more.
Garden-sharing is a way to share the physical space, the work, the knowledge, the camaraderie and the produce. Connect with people who want to make a match for garden sharing. Visit our website at bountifulbrookline.org.
phone: (617) 730-2580