11.09.2016
PTO CORNER  
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NO SCHOOL 11/11!!
A quick reminder that school will be closed Fri., 11/11 (Veterans' Day).

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PTO ANNUAL APPEAL: THREE WEEKS DOWN, PLEDGE WEEK STARTS 11/14! 
#piercepride  Raised to date: $18,187/$70,000 goal (26%)
Pledge week has fun activities for kids and families every day to show their Pierce Pride!! 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. 
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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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SCHOOL CORNER   
Stay connected! Visit  http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 11/10 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
This is an open discussion between the Brookline School Committee and the public, with topics to be determined by participants. The meeting includes a Joint Meeting with the Board of Selectmen (7:00pm in the Selectmen's Hearing Room, 6th Floor, Town Hall). Please see the full meeting docket here . Questions? Contact Robin Coyne ( 617-730-2430 robin_coyne@brookline.k12.ma.us ).
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE POLICIES UNDER REVIEW
The  Brookline School Committee, through its Subcommittee on Policy  Review, regularly reviews and, when necessary, revises or creates written  policies governing the Public Schools of  Brookline ( PSB). In an effort to improve public feedback on policy revisions, the proposed draft of any policy  under review is posted on the Public Schools website when it is approved for a First Reading by the full  School Committee.
The  Brookline School Committee currently has three policies under review and welcomes your feedback:
1) Proposed  PSB Meal Charge Policy
2) Proposed  PSB Policy on  Naloxone (also known as  Narcan) Use in the Public Schools  
3) Proposed  PSB Prohibition of Hazing Policy 
Additional information and copies of the proposed policies can be found on the School Website:  http://www.brookline.k12.ma.us//site/Default.aspx?PageID=971.  
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MATH LEAGUE IS LOOKING FOR PARENT VOLUNTEERS
7:20-7:55am 
Love math and want to share 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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KINDERGARTEN REGISTRATION FAMILY INFORMATION SESSIONS
Designed for families who will have children registering for kindergarten in the 2017-2018 school year. This is an opportunity to learn about the kindergarten registration process: timeline, forms, questions. Please feel free to attend the information session most convenient for you:
Tues., 11/15 11am-12pm
Brookline Public Library, 361 Washington Street, Hunneman Hall (2nd floor)
Thurs.,11/17 6:30-7:30pm
Brookline Town Hall, 333 Washington Street, School Committee Room (5th floor)
For more information, please contact the  PSB Office of Student Affairs at studentaffairs@psbma.org or 617-264-6492.
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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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THIRD ANNUAL SOCK DRIVE!!
Until 11/21 
Please donate clean cotton socks to support homeless men, women, and children in MA. The Pierce School Sock Drive hopes to collect at least 600 pairs of new cotton socks (all sizes, white is the best) to donate to the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program (BHCHP) "foot room" program. This program provides homeless men, women and children in the greater Boston Area with clean, dry socks to help avoid foot infections and pre-frostbite. Bring your donations to your classroom and support a worthy cause!!  
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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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SPEND VETERANS' DAY THE BROOKLINE ARTS CENTER
Fri., 11/11 @ The Brookline Arts Center
The Brookline Arts Center is excited to be offering two full-day children's programs on Veterans' Day. The first is their popular ArtVentures program for ages 5-7, with the theme of "Moving Art." Think in 3D as you make creatures and mobiles of your imagination come to life! The second is a Mixed Media Maps Intensive for ages 8-12. Over the course of a day, students will use transfers, painting, pen and ink, collage and fiber arts to make a "map" inspired by one of their favorite subjects or places. Register and learn more at: http://www.brooklineartscenter.com/classes/vacationday .
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Boston songs for syria: A concert for humanitarian relief
           Sun., 11/13 3:00-5:00pm @ Old South Church, 645 Boylston St. Boston             Help save Syrian lives!! This concert will support the efforts of the Syrian American Medical Society ( SAMS ), a non-profit, non-political, educational and humanitarian organization that operates medical facilities throughout Syria. Concert admission is free but donations will be solicited to support SAMS. For more information, visit www.songsforsyria.eventbrite. com .
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CLASSIFIEDS
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APARTMENT FOR RENT
We are a Pierce family with charming 3 Bd, 1.5 Ba at  138 Davis Ave  available for rent. 3-5 min walk to T, Pierce/BHS, Cypress & Emerson Parks! Free laundry (w & d), large storage unit. Private deck. De-Leaded. $3,300/month (no fee!). Includes heat & water. Move in: Jan 1 (could be avail earlier) Contact:  madebyslk@gmail.com (919-225-9540 )
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STUDIO OF ENGAGING MATH OPEN HOUSE 
Sunday, November 6th, 11am - 2pm
Studio of Engaging Math invites new students and parents to learn more about the studio's math classes and our summer program:
- Go from station to station
- Play Math Hunt and win PRIZES
- 3D modeling and engineering
- Logic and strategy games
- Solve challenging and unusual problems and riddles
- Meet the directors and teachers and learn about our challenging curriculum 
Studio of Engaging Math is a K-8 after-school math program, located in Brighton MA. Our small groups and expert teacher provide an ideal environment for developing critical thinking and advanced problem-solving skills. 
For more information, please visit:  
     
LET'S PLAY MATH: FUN WORKSHOPS IN NOVEMBER AND DECEMBER   
Studio of Engaging Math is opening a series of Math Games workshops for children 4, 5 & 6 years old. Join us for a hour long workshop where children will:
-play math and developmental games,
-solve logic puzzles,
-explore geometry by building models,
 
- learn that math goes beyond counting.
We have scouted the whole world for the best educational toys and games, so you don't have to. Come join us, and learn how to play these mathematical and developmental games with your kids at home. Space is limited, please register in advance at:
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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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