05.03.2017
PTO CORNER  

PTO COFFEE AND ANNUAL MEETING
Fri., 5/5 8am @ Pierce cafeteria
Please join us for the PTO coffee and Annual meeting.  The Principal, vice Principals, including the new Vice Principal will be there!
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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:

PTO co-chair (1 position) 
As a PTO executive, you will be part of a trio of leaders. Along with numerous volunteers, we raise money annually to use for the arts, sports and academic enrichment at Pierce, including helping fund teachers' projects. We also create and run many social activities to continue to build the Pierce community. All of our annual activities are continually changing and open to suggestions by teachers, families and school leaders. As PTO co-chair you help make good things happen and drive results. There are also communication responsibilities, helping families, community, teachers, etc. get the information to the groups who need to know. Prepare to be creative, be busy, and have fun. We are all volunteers and keep this in mind to keep it reasonable!  
 
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!
 
Pierce Communications Chair (1 position available)
The PTO seeks a volunteer to work closely with the PTO to develop and execute a strategy for open, consistent and accurate communication between the school and the Pierce community, including publishing The Bridge (the Pierce weekly newsletter) and Principal's Corner.  For additional information, contact  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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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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THE PIERCE HOEDOWN HOOTENANNY
Sat., 5/13 7-9:30pm @ Pierce Cafeteria, $35/person
The Pierce Hoedown Hootenanny ADULTS ONLY event include music, dancing, food, drink AND many, many great auction items. Babysitting available from 7-9:30 at $10 per child. Please volunteer to help at the event!! You can sign up to volunteer at http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0c49a5a92aab9-pierce2. 
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PIRATES OF PENZANCE 
Fri., 5/5 9:15am @ Pierce
Welcome aboard, matey! PIRATES OF PENZANCE visits second, third and fourth graders at Pierce. Several Pierce students will be invited to participate in the show! Join in the fun as the Pirate King, Ruth, and Frederick meet Mabel and the Major General for some olde English merriment. Romance blossoms, loyalty is put to the test and mistakes are forgiven in this "jolly good" adaptation of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic masterpiece. Featuring ultra-clever word play and zany physical comedy. The Pirates of Penzance is also an excellent springboard for discussing the values of honesty, integrity, and respect for commitment. Sixteen of our students will perform onstage with professional artists as the chorus of rollicking pirates, carefree wards, and timid constables! The entire audience is invited to sing along with the chorus.
 
The New England Gilbert and Sullivan Society (NEGASS) is an organization dedicated to fostering the appreciation of the works of Sir William Gilbert and Sir Arthur Sullivan, who jointly produced 14 comic operettas in Victorian England. Founded in 1976, NEGASS is affiliated with the original Gilbert and Sullivan Society in England, which has branches throughout the world. This opera appreciation is brought to you by the Pierce Arts Council and your PTO dollars.
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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 4/6 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. Please see the full meeting docket here. Questions? Contact Robin Coyne ( 617-730-2430,  robin_coyne@psbma.org).
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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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PARENTS/GUARDIANS OF 7TH AND 8TH GRADERS: SAVE THE DATE
Tues., 5/16 7-8:30pm @ Pierce Auditorium
Based on interest from a survey of parents of Pierce middle schoolers, B-PEN's Family Resource Advocate Hope Schroy, LICSW and BHS Peer Leaders will be at Pierce to discuss common parent concerns about transitions to the high school and 8th grade. June Harris will tell us more about forming Parent Network groups, which can help parents understand some of the tricky social and emotional issues of adolescent development, as well as establish community standards around common concerns such as curfews, after-school "roaming," unsupervised houses, house parties, drug/alcohol experimentation, and general limit-setting. Since "it takes a village to raise a child," some of our best sources of support, insight and guidance on understanding and navigating the common issues our children face can be each other. Come with specific issues you are currently facing, questions you'd like answered, or just to listen and learn. Based on interest, additional meetings may be scheduled. If you have any questions, please contact 7th grade parent, Debbie Raisner Thompson (draisner@yahoo.com) or 8th grade parent, Jennifer Hunt (jhunthello@gmail.com).
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PLEASE DONATE YOUR ITEMS AND SERVICES TO THE PIERCE AUCTION
The Pierce spring party and auction will be on the night of Sat., 5/13. Pierce families help to make this a success by donating to the auction. We invite you to donate and to be creative. In the past families have donated: sports and concert tickets; interior design services; coaching and lessons; art work; vacation home time; restaurant gift certificates and much more. Please conAtact Cher Duffield ( Cher.duffield@gmail.com) with your donation ideas or questions. 
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ANNUAL ALL SCHOOL ART SHOW
Wed., 5/31 
Save the date for our annual all school art show!!! Details coming soon. Follow us on Twitter at pierce art-news to see what is happening in the art rooms. 
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PIERCE SPRING BOOK FAIR
Mon., 6/5 - Wed., 6/7
The Book Fair is coming! 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 we will be open to the public Wednesday night only. Family night on Wednesday 6/7 will host activities and a book-themed performance. Please do:
   - bring in your gently loved book donations for the fair. We are accepting books for kids and adults.
   - look out for an email from your room parents with a volunteer sign up. This event is successful because of all of your help!
   - mark your calendars to come see David Kelley, author of the popular Ballpark Mysteries series, kick off the book fair on Thursday 6/1.  
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PROBLEM OF THE WEEK 
 
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #1: BUILDING BLOCKS
Due Thurs., 05/04
The tower shown is made of identical blocks stacked on top of each other. Some of the blocks are not visible. How many blocks were used in all to make the tower ?
Look for POW#1 on the board this Thursday and visit the POW page on the Pierce website. 
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MATHLETES PROBLEM OF THE WEEK #1: FUN WITH 2017
Due Thurs., 05/04 
  1. The sum of the digits of 2017 is 10. What is the next year in which this will occur? 
  2. The number 2017 requires 4 digits when written in base 10. Does it take 10 digits to write 2017 in base 4?
  3. The number 2017 can be expressed as the difference of the squares of two consecutive whole numbers. What are these two numbers?
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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SPECIALISTS' CORNER 
This week, to learn what our students are learning in Spanish, click here.
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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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WORKS WELL COLLABORATIVE 
Are you looking for a dedicated workspace within a community of established independent professionals who support your productivity and success? 
Come to   workSwell collaborative  May 17 spring networking event from 5:30-7pm to meet like-minded people and check out our workspaces and conference room. RSVP at Eventbrite .
 
MAESTRO MUSICIANS ACADEMY
Based in Coolidge Corner, the Maestro Musicians Academy serves ages 4-104 and specializes in teaching all instruments in both private and group instruction. We care deeply about the unique parent-teacher-student relationship that establishes the foundation for success in our lessons and our unique Parent tested, Child approved philosophy means that we offer a free trial lesson for anyone seriously considering us. 
For more information, contact Daniel at 857-756-5230 or lessons@maestromusicians.com. Find out more about The Maestro Musicians Academy at  www.maestromusicians.com . Give the gift of music lessons to your child - Enrollment deadline for the second semester is January 15!

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