Award-winning author and illustrator Bryan Collier spoke to students
in grades 2-7 last Thursday. 

His presentation was inspiring
. Students and teachers were fascinated by his stories about the research he did for books like Martin's Big Words, Dave the Potter and Rosa. 

one student wrote about Mr. Collier's visit: "You are that inspiration
I've been waiting for." 

Mr. Collier showed his original artwork that
became the illustrations for some of his well known titles. He also explained the process of how picture books are printed. 

For more about Bryan Collier's life and work, please visit http://www.bryancollier.com.

Thank you to the Saker Fund and our generous Pierce PTO for
sponsoring this wonderful event. Thanks to Pierce Librarian Amanda Kretschmar.

Memorial Day Assembly, 2012

This year we again celebrated and recognized the Memorial Day holiday with
two assemblies. Thank you to Sytske Humphrey, who has organized the assembly for the past five years.

We were moved by the
speeches of two 4th graders, Sana of 4S and Ben of 4H. Both shared their families' stories of moving to this country for the freedom to pursue their goals and dreams.  They both did an excellent job in delivering their speeches at both the K-4 and 5-8 assemblies. We thank their families for helping them share their stories.

Thanks go out to our music teachers Anne Sheridan and Rachael Ziering,
and band director Ryan Moser, for leading our students as they sang and
played many of the patriotic songs. 

Also a special thanks to our office assistant Robin
O'Malley for refurbishing the Pierce Memorial Wreath and poster pictures on display in the main lobby. This wreath and pictures are of our very own Pierce relatives who made the ultimate

Ms. Humphrey shared two stories from her family history. She
recounted the days before and after World War II as a very young child
listening to her parents talk about the limitations they experienced
during the war and the happiness they enjoyed after it ended. 

were captivated by her story about her older brother taking the Dutch flag
that her mom had made after the war and proudly displaying it and giving
it to their 3-year-old brother. 

Ms. Humphrey told the students in the K-4 assembly about how her
younger brother took the flag and stuck it down the sewer as he played with it.

Though initially upset, Ms. Humphrey's
mother realized she could make as many of the flags as she wanted since the war was over and they were free.

Ms. Humphrey
shared the importance of voting to the students in the upper grade assembly.  She recounted her mother's delight and pride in voting after losing the right to do so during the war. 

stories were enlightening to all of us and a stark reminder of the
sacrifices the U.S. military has made to benefit not only our country but countries
far and wide.

We thank Ms. Humphrey for sharing these stories and for
continuing to be a role model in reminding us of the reasons why we recognize the Memorial Day holiday.

Pipier Smith-Mumford





Attention: 6th 7, 8th-Grade Parents: Middle School
Community Forum, Wed., May 30, 8:15-9:15 am Town Hall
Email to follow with details.
The ABC's

*The Fair is on:

Wednesday, May 30, 7:30 am - 7 pm.

Thursday, May 31, 7:30 am - 4 pm. (CLOSED from 12-2:30 pm)


*Activity Night is Wednesday from 6-7 pm in the cafeteria. It is NOT a drop-off event, but you CAN shop at the Fair!


*Every class visits the Fair during the day with their teacher. PLEASE remember to send $$. A dollar goes a long way at this fundraising event.


*Stay tuned for teacher wishlists. They'll be online this year.


*Use the PTO Amazon link for new books! www.pierceschoolbrookline.org


*Brookline Booksmith is generously donating a portion of in store sales during our Book Fair week! Mention you are from Pierce at check out!


Questions? Contact Carin Aquiline caquiline@mindspring.com or

Jessica Roland jessroland@gmail.com




Save the Date  for the Annual Pierce Picnic - 6/6 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. 






Thank you to all Pierce families who came out to play math games!


Thank you Pierce PTO for your support!


"I never knew math could be so fun."(Pierce student)


We had 55 third, fourth and fifth grade students playing math games with their families and teachers! It was quite a sight to see so many children and families engaged and excited about math.


Thank you to all Pierce families who came out to make it such a successful evening! We'd like to extend a special thanks to the Pierce staff for helping to create such a memorable evening, especially - Gretchen Adams, Elise Dabritz, Jeanne Wilson, Caroline Babbage, Kim Barnum, Jenna Goodearl, Brian Gallagher, Ben Conlon, John Galligan, David Vitale-Wolff, Amy Woogmaster, and Kaity MacDonald from 4S.

Thanks to two parent volunteers - Dianne Malabanan and Bobby Zuker. And thank you to Pierce's exceptional custodial staff!


A note to families: if you're interested in playing more of these games at home, many can be checked out from Pierce's library.


-Tara Washburn and Dave Carter





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 kehsutton@gmail.com for information.  

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 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 piercepto@gmail.com! 

The Physical Education Department held its annual 5/6 and 7/8
Track and Field meet at Downes Field last week. 

All the students at Pierce participated in our T&F unit during P.E. class. Students in grades 5-8 who were interested signed up for events and competed for Pierce at the meet.  Mr. Parent and Ms. Croteau also held practice after school, where the student/athletes came to practice and train for their events.
All the students who were selected to go represented Pierce in a very
positive manner and competed to the best of their ability. We are proud
of all of the students who represented Pierce.

Michael Miceli, Ralph Parent and Sarah Croteau

MATH CORNER > MathCorner




PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #18 - Friends' Birthdays


Due date: 06/07/12 



PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #17 - Palindrome Numbers



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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.


Driscoll School's 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.



2012 Annual Charitable Golf Tournament - 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 


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.   
Spring into Reading 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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