05.31.2017
PTO CORNER  
 
PIERCE SPRING PICNIC
Sat., 6/10 4-7:30pm @ Emerson Park
Come celebrate the end of the school year at the spring picnic!! We will have a DJ, ice cream, a food truck, and Pierce hats for purchase. Bring a blanket or chairs and join us for food, dancing, games and to enjoy our wonderful community. Bring the whole family!
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ORGANIZE AN END-OF-YEAR SCHOOL PICNIC!!
With the school year coming to a close soon, we encourage room parents and families to organize end-of-year class or grade gatherings in local parks. It's fun, easy, and builds community!
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OPEN POSITIONS: PIERCE PTO! 
Pierce School needs your support! The PTO leadership team has wonderful opportunities for parents and grandparents for the 2017-2018 school year. Being part of the PTO is a rewarding way to connect with and enrich our school community. Open positions include:
 
Book fair leader: The current leaders of the beloved annual book fair are moving on after this year's fair. If you want to lead or be part of a leadership team, get in touch. Feel free to wait until after the book fair to see what it's all about. 

Fundraising chair: We are looking for someone to lead and coordinate fundraising efforts during the year. The PTO cochairs and the fundraising chair work together on all projects as a team. This is a great way to add new skills and contacts to your resume.
 
Pierce picnic leaders (fall and spring)
Plan and execute the fall and spring school-wide picnics with a team of volunteers and PTO leadership. This entails finding a date, space, music, food, activities and advertising, with co-chairs helping all the way! It's fun!
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SHOP AMAZON AND BENEFIT PIERCE SCHOOL
Want to find a way to make your shopping contribute to the school? When you shop at Amazon through the school website, the 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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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 6/1 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@psbma.org ).
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UNDERSTANDING OUR DIFFERENCES & SIMILARITIES  
Parent Volunteers  are needed for 8:00-10:30am the day of each unit. We schedule a training meeting at  7pm  one evening the week of each unit. if you cannot make the training meeting, there is a brief online training video that you may use.
 
Brookline schools have a long tradition of offering an annual parent-run disability & inclusion awareness program, using curriculum provided by Understanding Our Differences in Newton, MA. Every year at Pierce, 4th graders are introduced to four units using interactive materials, small group workshops, engaging guest speakers, & organized group discussion. We do this in collaboration with the 4th grade teachers and with the essential support of parent volunteers, as well as our school and town administrators.  
 
Pierce 2017 UOD dates and topics are:
Thurs., 6/8 -- Physical Challenges/disabilities 
To  volunteer , please follow the link below to a Google document to sign-up: 
No experience necessary! Many, many thanks for helping us to keep this going!! Please e-mail or call Ann with any questions:  annkamensky@gmail.com or (617) 835-9586.  
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MUSIC PERFORMANCE DATES
5/31 6-8pm ARTS NIGHT K-8 Art Show, 4-8 Band, 5-8 Chorus, parents welcome
6/1 8:15am 3rd Grade Spring Sing, parents welcome
6/5 7pm 4-8 Strings at Lawrence School, parents welcome
6/9 8:15am 4th Grade Spring Sing, parents welcome
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RUN A MILE FOR EXTENDED DAY!
Sun., 6/11 2pm @ Harvard and Linden St.
The Village Fair Road Race is a USATF sanctioned one-mile road race with all proceeds going to scholarships for Brookline Extended Day Advisory Council (BEDAC). The course is flat and straight, making it perfect for experienced and novel runners alike. An award ceremony at 3pm will recognize top runners per age group, and kids get a commemorative race t-shirt! Registration is ONLINE ONLY, so don't forget to register today for this fun event at https://racewire.com/register.php?id=7946! If you'd like to volunteer to help at the race or fair, please sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080e4ca4a92aa6fb6-village.
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THE RETURN OF THE GOLDEN SHOES
Mon., 5/1- Wed., 5/31
PierceWalks, a group of parents interested in promoting physical activity, will be hiding Golden Shoes again throughout the month of May. Anyone who finds a Golden Shoe receives a t-shirt and will be entered into the grand prize drawing. Get out and search for Golden Shoes with kids before and after school and on the weekends. Have fun, be fit and get rewarded! 
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MEET THE AUTHOR!
Thurs., 6/1 6:30pm 
Come meet author David A. Kelly (author of the Ballpark Mystery series, the MVP series and many other books). He will touch on many topics, including how children can become writers and the process of creating a book and will also have time to answer questions.
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INTRODUCING THE PIERCE READ-A-THON! 
Leading up to the book fair, engage our reading community in a little healthy competition. The purpose is to get our students excited about reading while also raising important funds for the PTO. Look for the packet in your student's folder this week. 
May 30-Jun 6 - READ READ READ
June 7 - June 11 Collect pledge money from your sponsors!
June 12 - Return Read-a-thon packet.

Individual prizes (gift cards) will be given based on number of pages read and classrooms with the most participation will be rewarded with a class pizza party.
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BOOK FAIR!
Mon., 6/5 - Wed., 6/7 @ Pierce auditorium
Every spring, Pierce hosts a used book fair, where students and families alike can shop for books for a buck. Classes will visit Mon.-Wed. and the fair will be open to the public Wednesday night only (2:30-8pm). Family night on Wed., 6/7 will host activities and a book-themed performance. You can donate books up through Fri., 6/2. Email Shoma at dhar11235@gmail.com with questions and follow this link to sign up to volunteer!  

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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
 
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #3: SINKING SHIP
Due Thurs., 06/01
SOS! Fifteen people are trapped aboard a ship that is going to sink in exactly twenty minutes. Their only chance for survival is the five-person life raft stowed on their vessel. To make matters worse, the waters around the ship are teeming with sharks, so swimming to safety is out of the question. A round-trip to the nearest island takes nine minutes. How many people can get off the ship before it sinks ?
 
Look for POW#1 on the board this Thursday and v isit the  POW page   on the Pierce website.  
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #3: FENCE ME IN
Due Thurs., 06/01
Zaria and Mei played the game Fence Me In. The game is played on a 20 by 20 grid. During each turn, one player rolls two six-sided dice and calculates the product of the two numbers that were rolled. This product could be considered either the area of a rectangle or the perimeter of a rectangle. The player then has to draw a rectangle on the game board with either that area or that perimeter (the side lengths must be whole numbers but they do not have to be the same as the two numbers rolled). Players take turns rolling the dice and then drawing a rectangle. If either is unable to draw a rectangle in the remaining area, the player loses a turn. Play continues until the entire board is completely filled with non-overlapping rectangles.
 
a)  How many possible products can Zaria and Mei roll?
 
b)  What is the area of the largest possible rectangle that can be drawn during a turn in this game?
 
c)  What is the minimum number of rectangles it could possibly take for Zaria and Mei to completely fill the game board?
 
Solutions & Explanations:   (Solve one or solve them all. Attach more paper if you need to!).   Copies of the Mathletes Problem of the Week are available in the front lobby and on the Pierce website.  
 
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COMMUNITY CORNER 
There's lots going on this week! For a list of community events, please click here.
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HOUSE OF COLORS, SUMMER PROGRAM
The House of Colors offers a creative artistic summer program  from  July 24- August 11
Check out our website,  thehouseofcolors.com or call Michelle at  617 365-5625.

ASA HOOPS - SUMMER CAMP
ASA Hoops is celebrating it's 20th year of summer camps in Newton. Summer 2017 will offer camps from 6/26 - 8/24  in and around Newton. Camps are for boys and girls ages 7-15.  For more information, visit http://www.asahoops.com or contact Coachb@asahoops.com.
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