PRINCIPAL'S CORNER >
SALAD BAR COMING TO PIERCE!
Starting the first week of June, Pierce will be the first K-8 in Brookline to have a salad bar! It's a donation from Whole Foods that we gladly accepted. The salad bar will be offered as an option for students or adults. We are trying this out before a full launch in the fall. The salad bar will be full of great veggies, beans, cheese, chicken, etc. The contents will change with the seasons, and as we receive requests from those who frequently purchase from the salad bar. Since this is the first K-8 school to begin using a salad bar, we want it to be a huge success! We welcome any and all feedback on how it's going and what we could do to make it even better.
Please let our Food Service director Alden Cadwell and cafeteria manager Merima Kantardzic know your thoughts.
Looking forward to this additional healthy option to our daily meal offerings!
Dr. Pipier Smith-Mumford
PTO CORNER >
Would you like to participate more directly in Pierce's improvement efforts? Run for a seat on the Pierce School Council!
Comprising parents, teachers, and Dr. Smith-Mumford, the School Council helps identify students' educational needs and school goals. The Council...
... makes recommendations to the principal about curriculum development, implementation, and assessment;
...helps review the annual school budget; and
...helps formulate an annual school improvement plan to boost student performance and meet designated goals.
School Council meets once monthly during the school year, with members doing several hours of work between meetings. Representatives serve a two-year term.
To run for a seat as a parent representative, please email the following information to the PTO at email@example.com:
- Your name
- Your email address
- The grade(s) of your child(ren) at Pierce
- A brief statement about your background and your interest in serving on School Council. This statement will be used to introduce you on the ballot.
Nomination deadline is Friday, 6/7. For more information about School Council, including a list of current members who can be reached for questions, go to http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/school-council.html
PTO EVENING MEETING JUNE 6, 7 PM
The PTO will hold its last meeting of the year on Thursday June 6 at 7 pm. Please join us to share your thoughts on PTO spending priorities for next year. Volunteers for many different positions are still being sought. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you want to be more involved next year!
BOOK FAIR - LAST DAY TOMORROW!
The Book Fair ends tomorrow 5/30 at 7 pm. The Book Fair will be open all day on 5/30 (tomorrow) so stop by for your last purchases from 7:30 am-12noon & 2:20-7pm
Due to an unexpected schedule change, all remaining books need to be packed after the close of Book Fair at 7 pm. Please email Carin Aquiline at email@example.com if you can volunteer for break-down, even for a half hour!
Brookline Booksmith promotion ends tomorrow: Shop at Brookline Booksmith or at www.brooklinebooksmith.com through tomorrow, 5/30, and earn money for Pierce. Simply identify yourself as a Pierce family at checkout (or in the comment box of the online checkout page), and Booksmith will donate 20% of your spending back to Pierce.
Tuesday, 6/11, 5:30pm (rain date 6/12, 5:30pm) @ Pierce Park
SAVE THE DATE: ANNUAL PIERCE PICNIC
To volunteer, please sign up here:
FIRST GRADE END-OF-YEAR GATHERING
Saturday, 6/22, 3-5pm @ Emerson Park, Picnic Area
The entire first grade class (all sections: 1H, 1W, 1D, and 1Y) will have an end-of-year gathering on Saturday, 6/22, 3-5pm at Emerson Park (we've reserved the picnic area). This will be a chance for all students and families to celebrate the end of another great year at Pierce. If you have questions, please contact your room parent.
Wear a Helmet
Wearing a helmet each time you and your children jump on a bike, skateboard, scooter, or in-line skates provides important protection. Helmets are designed to protect the brain and skull during an impact so the helmet absorbs most of the force instead of your cranium. Helmets can reduce risk of head injury by 85% (NEJM). Make sure that the helmet is worn correctly and the fit is snug. The front edge should be worn an inch above the eyebrows. It should be adjusted with the pads to fit snugly from front to back and side to side. Adjust the strap tension so that it is evenly distributed among all points. Once correctly fit, the helmet should not be able to tip or roll off. Unbuckle the straps to remove.
Sunburns can lead to health issues later in life. Use sunscreen that is easy to apply and at least SPF 15 with UVA/UVB Protection. Re-apply frequently, especially if swimming or out in the sun for extended periods. Model for your children and make this a non-negotiable part of the summer.
Physical Exams (PE) are due before entry into Grades 4, 7, and 10. If this applies to your child, please send in the most recent PE (after August 9, 2012). Remember to submit forms to the attention of the nurse. Do not attach to various other school forms to avoid delays in delivery to nurse's desk.
Health services information, guidelines and health forms can be downloaded here: www.brookline.k12.ma.us/healthservices. In September, remember to update contact info on your Emergency Contact Health Card, and complete and sign the health history provided on the back. _______________________________________
SPECIALISTS' CORNER >
The Pierce Spring Concert and Art Show will be held Tuesday, June 4th, from 6 pm-7:30 p.m. This festival-style event will feature performances by the 5th grade, 6th grade, and 7/8 grade choruses, and the 5th grade and 6-8 grade bands. Art work by students in grades K-8 will be on display. Please join the Pierce community for this wonderful occasion!
The 3rd grade music concert is Thursday, June 6 from 8:15-9 a.m. Parents are invited to this performance, which will display some of the songs and recorder pieces that students have been learning in their music classes this year.
The 4th grade Spring Sing is Friday, June 7th, from 8:15-8:45 a.m. Parents are invited to this performance, which will demonstrate the students' study of American folk songs, dances, and stories.
Kindergarten Spring Sing is Tuesday, June 11, from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Parents are invited to this performance.
Congratulations to the first and second grade for beautiful singing and performing at their spring sings!
Visit the Music page on the school website:
PROBLEM OF THE WEEK >
POW #18: AMUSEMENT PARK
The POW #18 will go up Friday. The problem is "Amusement Park" and it will be due on Tuesday, 6/11. Visit the POW page on the school website: http://www.pierceschoolbrookline.org/problem-of-the-week.html
SOLUTION FOR POW #17: BOOK FAIR MONEY
The solutions for POW #17 - "Book Fair Money" is to make a total of $12.00 with 2 bills and 8 coins you could use:
- Two $5.00 bills and 4 quarters would total $12.00 (with 2 bills and 8 coins)
- One $10.00 bill, one $1.00 bill, 2 quarters, 4 dimes and 2 nickels
- One $10.00 bill, one $1.00 bill, 3 quarters, 5 nickels
|COMMUNITY CORNER >
EMERSON PARK & WHITE PLACE - MULTI YARD SALES
Saturday, 6/1, 9am-1pm
Treasures to be had this Saturday! Emerson Park & White Place Neighborhood Multi Yard Sales this Saturday. Too good to miss! Contact Martha Huntley at martha@WeGush.com or 617-650-4688 with questions. (Rain date Sunday, 6/2.)
BROOKLINE YOUTH HANDBALL - FREE CLINIC
Saturday, 6/1, 12-3pm @ Brookline High School, 115 Greenough St.
All students in grades 3-7 are welcome to learn one of the world's premier sports - handball - as demonstrated by national team players and international Boston Club members. Go to firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
CAREERS FOR PERFORMING ARTISTS - PANEL DISCUSSION
Wednesday, 6/5, 7-8:30pm @ Black Box performance room at BHS
Learn about performing artists' chosen paths, and discover where their passion has taken them. This panel discussion will cover everything from college programs to employment, including jobs in the performing arts and jobs using arts-related skill sets. Panelists include:
Paul Daigneault, Founder and Producing Artistic Director for SpeakEasy Stage Company;
Steven Lipsitt, Music Director of the Boston Classical Orchestra (formerly led BHS Orchestra);
Jody Leader, licensed clinical psychologist and psychotherapist;
Mark Kates, CEO, Fenway Recordings;
Michael Nash, Independent College Counselor supporting high school students in performing arts;
Jake Brennan, musician (worked with Bodega Girls, solo artist with Confidence Men and Cast Iron Hike); and Melanee Alexander, Associate Dean of Students and English Teacher at BHS.
BHS ATHLETICS OPEN HOUSE
Wednesday, 6/12, 6-7:30pm (Drop-in Format) @ Schluntz Gym
Elementary students and families welcome. Meet BHS coaches and student-athletes. Learn about BHS sports, find out which sports are offered during which seasons, and when tryouts and practices are scheduled. Learn about necessary time commitments, how to balance academics & athletics, and how to prepare in the off-season. Visit www.brooklinewarriors.net
for information, or call Pete Rittenburg at 617-713-5288.
SAVE THE DATE! AUTISM LAW ENFORCEMENT COALITION COMMUNITY DAY
Saturday, 6/15, 10am - 12pm @ Brookline Fire Department, 962 Hammond St.
The Autism Law Enforcement Coalition will host a community day for members of the Brookline Community diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, or related developmental disabilities, and their friends, families, and caregivers. Emergency responders will answer questions about emergency preparedness for family or friends dealing with these disorders. Families will see equipment and vehicles used in emergencies, and may take home information and supplies to educate loved ones on what to do in a crisis.
The open house is co-sponsored by the Doug Flutie, Jr. Foundation for Autism, and is offered through a collaboration between the ALEC Program of the Arc of South Norfolk, Brookline Police Department, Brookline Fire Department, Fallon Ambulance, and the Brookline DPW. Preregistration is required.
For more information, contact Sgt. Jennifer Paster, Brookline Police Department, 617-264-6437 or email@example.com
WHAT ARE YOU DOING THIS SUMMER? ZOOCAMP REGISTRATION OPEN
Give your child an incredible experience at Zoo Camp this summer. Campers at ZooCamp learn about a new theme every day through hands-on-activities designed to engage youth and get them excited about the natural world. Meet animals up close, tour behind the scenes, and make new friends - all under the leadership of our diverse, enthusiastic, caring staff.
For ages 6-13; Junior ZooKeeper for ages 12-13, with even more behind-the-scenes opportunities.
Monday-Friday 9-3, extended care available. For camp dates, flexible pricing details (as low as $220/week), and registration, visit www.campfireusa-emass.org or call 617-745-4150.
SAVE THE DATE: 18th ANNUAL PUBLIC HEALTH POLICY FORUM
Wednesday, 6/26, 6pm @ Brookline Senior Center, 93 Winchester St.
Please attend this free forum for an engaging panel discussion with experts in the field.
6-7pm - Light Refreshments
7-9 pm - Panel Discussion
No registration required. Please call the Brookline Department of Public Health at 617-730-2300 or visit www.brooklineadulted.org with questions.
PLEIN-AIR ART ACADEMY
Plein-Air Art Academy - art classes for kids in open air. Enrollment for summer classes and camps ongoing. Classes held in Newton/Brookline/Boston parks and in a cozy centrally located studio on rainy days. Includes museum/gallery trips, weekly art history lessons and FREE monthly workshops. Check out the website at www.plein-air-academy.com and/or become a fan on Facebook. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
BROOKLINE CONDO FOR SALE - 275 CYPRESS ST.
1 bedroom, 667sq ft, Central air, Elevator, Corner unit, 14ft ceilings, 1 deeded pk space, Locked storage room for unit, Free laundry room for owners, Bike room, Pet friendly, Great location. $382,000. Please contact Carol at email@example.com or 617-694-2628.____________________________________
phone: (617) 730-2580