04.26.2017
PTO CORNER  

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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BROOKLINE TOWN ELECTION CANDIDATES FORUM
Wed., 4/26 6:30-9:30pm @ 6th floor, Town Hall
Come hear from candidates for Selectmen, School Committee and Library Trustee in advance of the town election on Tues., 5/2. The event is co-sponsored by Brookline Neighborhood Association, Town Meeting Members Association and League of Women Voters of Brookline and will be televised live by the Brookline Interactive Group Channel 3 (Comcast or RCN) and online at   http://brooklineinteractive.org/ . Video of the event will also be available afterward through BIG website. 
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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 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 in to the grand prize drawing. Get out and search for Golden Shoes with kids before and after school and on the weekends, have fun, and be rewarded!
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PENGUIN POST
First meeting Fri., 4/28 1:45 @ Computer Lab
Have you heard the news? The Penguin Post is looking for budding journalists to work on the Spring 2017 issue! We'll be meeting on Fridays starting 4/28  from  1:45-2:45 pm in the computer lab. Any interested 5th and 6th graders are welcome to come to the first meeting ! Parents, if you'd like to hear more about the Penguin Post and receive guidelines and updates, please email your contact information to Jen Barnes ( jenhbarnes@gmail.com ) or Jennie Greene ( jrobingreene@hotmail.com ). 
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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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SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEETING
Thurs., 04/27, 6pm @ James F. Walsh Committee Room, 5th Floor, Town Hall
The School Committee will hold an open discussion with the public, with topics to be determined by participants. All are welcome. 
Please see the  full meeting docket here . In addition, join us at 5:30pm as we honor outgoing member Lisa Jackson. Contact Robin Coyne with questions at 617-730-2430 or  robin_coyne@psbma.org .
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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 contact Cher Duffield ( Cher.duffield@gmail.com) with your donation ideas or questions. 
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PIERCE SPRING BOOK FAIR
Believe it or not, the Pierce spring book fair is around the corner. Drop off books outside the Pierce main office. Thanks for all your book fair donations thus far. Please do keep them coming. If you have donations (or have neighbors who have donations) but are unable to bring them in to school for some reason, please email dhar11235@gmail.com to arrange a pick up.
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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, we hear from music teachers Ms. Manion and Ms. Sheridan on the latest from our little songbirds
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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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CLASSIFIEDS
Want to see your ad here? Send an email to  piercebridge@gmail.com.
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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!

LIN LEARNING CENTER
For those children (4th to 8th grades) who love to eat and make many different types of food, In Home Cooking Fun will be a perfect class this Summer.  In Home Cooking Fun is a week long class starting  June 26th to July 28th The class consists of:
1. Snack, lunch and dessert making daily
2. Outdoor activities and games 
3. Recipe Challenge
Please contact InHomeCookingFun@gmail.com  or 617-383-9848.

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