11.02.2016
PTO CORNER  
Stay connected! Visit http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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NO SCHOOL 11/8 AND 11/11!!
A quick reminder that school will be closed on Election Day Tues., 11/8 (Teacher professional development day) and Fri., 11/11 (Veterans' Day).

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PTO ANNUAL APPEAL: TWO WEEKS DOWN
#piercepride  Raised to date: $9,912/$70,000 goal (14%)
All of our children benefit from the work of the Pierce School Parent Teacher Organization (PTO) every day in their classrooms and throughout the year - for  academic, cultural, and community enrichment activities for Pierce students, teachers, and families. No donation is too small! While 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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STOP & SHOP A+ REWARDS
Welcome to another year of A+ School Rewards!! After you register your Stop & Shop card, each shopping trip at Stop & Shop earns cash for our school! Each month, the amount of cash awarded will be updated on the Stop & Shop website. But you MUST register your Stop & Shop card and designate Pierce School in order to make it happen! (NEW: If you registered previously, you do not need to re-register!) Your friends and families can designate Pierce School, too. If you have any questions, contact Colleen Muldoon, colleen_muldoon@psbma.org. Log on to  www.stopandshop.com/aplus  to register online (use ID Code 07899) OR call 1-877-275-2758 to register your card.
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BOX TOPS FOR EDUCATION
Put those Box Tops for Education to use for Pierce School!! Cut them out from your cereal, snack, tissue and other boxes at home and bring them to school. Pierce School earns money with every Box Top you donate! You can drop them in one of the collection boxes around Pierce, which are in the foyer by the Main Office, in the "Pit" and in the hall just outside KM in the Historical Building. Please contact Colleen Muldoon (colleen_muldoon@psbma.org) with any questions.
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SCHOOL CORNER   
Stay connected! Visit  http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/
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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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SEPAC EVENT: 
ADHD AND ANXIETY, SHINING A LIGHT ON THE CONFUSION 
Thurs., 11/3 7-8:30pm @ Driscoll Elementary School Library, Main floor
Both Anxiety and ADHD can lead to variable behaviors that can be difficult for parents to understand and manage. When children have both ADHD and Anxiety symptoms, it becomes even more difficult to recognize the source of their behaviors let alone know what to do about them. Many children who have both are not diagnosed because their behaviors can vary so much based on their environment (for example school vs. home) and demands. This talk by Kira Armstrong PhD, ABPP-CN will help to "shine a light" on the confusion and give parents a better understanding of how anxiety and attention difficulties can present on a daily basis so they can better understand their children.
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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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IT IS TIME TO UPDATE THE PIERCE FAMILY DIRECTORY!
If you already have a login for the directory, please login, place your child(ren) into the correct class and verify that all contact info you want available is correct. If you are new to Pierce, please follow the instructions to request a login. Click here to access the directory website. If you have any questions about the directory or experience problems logging in, please email the directory administrators, Beth Ng and Jennifer Hunt, at piercefamilydirectory@gmail.com . Thank you!
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SPECIALISTS' CORNER
To find out what the K - 6th graders have been learning in español, click here!!        
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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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SUPPORT THE BEF THROUGH DANCING WITH THE BROOKLINE STARS!!!!!
Sat., 11/5 4-10pm @ Our Lady of the Annunciation, 7 VFW Parkway, West Roxbury
Prominent Brookline "celebrities" have volunteered their time to learn a choreographed dance routine with a professional dancer and dance coaches. This fun evening is the largest annual fundraising event for Brookline Rotary along with partner organizations. Come for an evening of unforgettable entertainment with delicious food and drink - all to benefit the Brookline Education Foundation (BEF) and other nonprofit organizations. To purchase tickets or to support the BEF, please go to https://brooklinerotary.ticketspice.com/dancing-with-the-brookline-stars and click on "Silverston - Brookline Education Foundation."
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Brookline Talks Speaker Series
Mon., 11/7 7:00pm @ Upper Devotion Auditorium, 194 Boylston Street
The first speaker of the series this year is Dr. Donna Pincus. Creator of the Child Anxiety Network, author of Growing Up Brave and a specialist in child anxiety and its related disorders, Dr. Pincus will talk about child anxiety and give strategies to help children and families cope with stress.
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ELL COMMUNITY RESOURCE FAIR
Mon., 11/7 5-8pm @ Pierce Auditorium
S top by to learn about cultural, religious, social, and other resources for ELL families
in and around Brookline! Interpreters available in many languages.
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CLASSIFIEDS
Want to see your ad here? Send an email to  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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APARTMENT FOR RENT
We are a Pierce family and have an apartment FOR RENT: 2+ bedroom 1.5 bath apartment  173 Davis Ave - across the street from Cypress Playground, steps to Brookline High School, easy walk to Pierce School! High ceilings, big bedrooms, laundry in-unit, exposed brick, great natural light! Large bonus room for a home office, playroom or living area! $2650 - move in date 1/1 and no fee!! Contact:  Brehana@gmail.com   -617-981-1937.
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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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HELPING KIDS COMMUNICATE!
Speech-language services in your home, all year round
Meryl Heller Schram, MS, CCC-SLP , an experienced and respected pediatric speech-language pathologist, provides individual services for children with communication difficulties. Services are available for toddlers through middle-schoolers with developmental speech-language disorders, language-learning disabilities, articulation/phonological disorders, autism spectrum disorders, and childhood apraxia of speech. Treatment programs are tailored to each youngster's needs and parent involvement is encouraged, resulting in steady and measurable progress. For more information or to make an appointment, contact:  Meryl Heller Schram, M.S., CCC-SLP ; 617.733.1995 mhschram@comcast.net.
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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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