•  12/3/2021


    Principal’s “First Friday” Update

    December 3, 2021  



    Month in Review

    Upcoming this Month

    • Parent/teacher conferences for students began in November and continue into December.  If you have not yet scheduled a parent teacher conference for your children in grades K-5, please reach out to your child’s classroom teacher to schedule.  In grades 6-8, please check in with their homeroom teacher if you feel like you need a conference.
    • Early this month the Pierce School Building Committee met and selected option 3B-H to put forward as the preferred schematic for development.  This plan razes the 1970’s building (all of units A, B and C) and preserves, renovates and reincorporates the original “Historic Building”. Stay tuned for more as the process unfolds.
    • December 3 thru 5 - Screen Free Challenge weekend. 
    • December 8th - 12:40 dismissal
    • December 10th - PTO coffee 8:15am
    • December 17th - Pierce Spirit Day - wear your Pierce wear, green, or clothes adorned with penguins!
    • December 23rd - 12pm dismissal, only grab and go lunch served
    • December 24 thru January 2 - Winter vacation
    • January 3rd - Return to school

    Shout Outs

    Family Engagement and Education

    • Shout out to Tim Hintz (K-2 Guidance counselor) and Chloe Wheaton (3-5 Guidance counselor) for their in class Second Step lessons, which target social emotional skill building for all students in grades K-5.  
    • Shout out to our incredible teachers, who continue to work to build strong classroom communities and build self-efficacy skills through daily check-ins with students and engaging community activities.
    • Shout out to our parent volunteers who helped our staff and students as we adjusted to lunch life outside.  We appreciate you!
    • Some of our younger grade teachers have been enjoying virtual assemblies this year through Poway Onstage Arts in Education Initiative.  The organization provides high quality asynchronous assemblies, and created this Hanukkah song, which I’m happy to share with our community.  
    • A note from Mr. Hintz: The latest Imagine Neighborhood episode is out. .a tale of adoption and about feeling two things at the same time.  See how Cap'n Marion and Scotty go through these waters together (and learn about a special piece of clothing called a shkarf) . The Imagine Neighborhood is the podcast affiliated with Second Step, the social-emotional learning curriculum used in grades k-2.  The episode is 21 minutes long and can be enjoyed by students and/or the adults in their lives.  Shkarf Attack
    • How are the Teens & Tweens? Insights into Adolescent Mental Health & Connectedness During COVID-19

    Date/Time: Thursday, 12/9 3-4 pm (ET)



    Description: Join CERES Institute for Children & Youth at Boston University Wheelock College for a discussion on adolescent mental health and the importance of connection during COVID-19. The event will feature a presentation of some of the latest research on adolescent mental health during the pandemic and offer first-hand perspectives from individuals supporting adolescents through their roles as practitioners, parents, and policy advisors.

    How You Can Help 

    • As the number of Covid cases in the state and the state’s positivity rate increase, at the same time that we are being forced inside for lunch more frequently, I need to remind you how important it is to do the following
      •  Ensure that your child has a properly fit mask, and remind them at home about the importance of wearing it over their nose and mouth. 
      • Monitor children for any possible symptoms and keep them home if they may be sick.  I know it’s hard to navigate keeping kids home with what were once considered normal cold symptoms, but it is crucial that we all abide by health and safety guidelines, especially right now.  Consult with our incredible nurses prior to sending a child into school after illness.
      • Continue to remind your children to wash their hands, avoid touching their face, and maintain social distance where practical.
    • Due to the increasing frequency of vacations taken by families outside of the district’s school vacation periods, we would like to remind you that children miss important instruction, discussion, and activities that cannot be replaced. Please do not request work in advance from teachers, as instructional plans change in response to the active learning that happens in classes each day.  Reading and journal-writing are two activities that parents/guardians may provide for their children while on vacation. As laid out in the district’s policies, “all enrolled students are required to attend school, including all scheduled classes, on each school day, and to arrive on time to school and to all scheduled classes.” Except for specific reasons listed in the policy, student absences will be marked as “unexcused.” Please do not hesitate to contact the Pierce Administrative Team with any comments, questions or concerns you may have.
    • Drop off and pick up reminders
      • Please do not drop off or pick up in the garage circle off of School Street. This circle is the access point for two active garages, and students transition through this space as well.  Car pick ups and drop offs should be at the upper campus, in the bus circle. 
      • Do not park and exit your car in the bus circle at any time. This is a live parking only zone.
      • We have received complaints about cars pulling into the private lot off the bus circle.  Please understand that this lot is not used for school drop offs.  You can pull into the town hall parking lot, or any metered spaces in the year.
      • As the weather gets colder and snowier, more parents will be dropping off.  Use extra caution when driving in the area, especially when pulling into or out of parking spots.  Remind children never to step out into traffic between two parked cars.
    • Reminder about cell phones:  Student cell phones should be turned off and away during the school day.  Please do not text your children during the day.  If you need to get a message to your child during the day, please contact the main office.  




    Principal’s “First Friday” Update

    November 5, 2021  



    Month in Review

    Upcoming this Month

    • Picture Day was fantastic!  Photos should be arriving at school any day now.
    • Our Pierce Community meeting to discuss the proposed MSBA supported renovation was well attended.  Be sure to check this page for updates and details.
    • The Pierce PTO hosted a great community evening, full of fun and Pierce School tours on October 22.



    • Upcoming early dismissal dates:
      • 11/10 K-6 dismissed at 12:40. 
      • 11/18 K-8 dismissed at 12:40
      • 11/24 K-8 dismissed at 12 - no lunch
      • 12/2 K-8 dismissed at 12:40
    • Upcoming no school dates:
      • 11/11, 11/25, 11/26
    • November is Native American heritage monthThese PBS resources might be fun to explore together with your child at home.
    • November 15 - Picture Retake Day

    Shout Outs

    Family Engagement and Education

    • Shout out to our PE staff and our grade 5-8 students who participated in the Cross Country meet on October 28th.  I’m proud of every single child who had the courage and grit to run the course - all our Pierce runners finished!  We also had three “top 10” finishers in the race: Nate B in grade 5 placed fifth, Jack H in grade 6 placed sixth, and Santi S in grade 8 took first place! 
    • Shout out to the many incredible Pierce educators who worked to plan and deliver meaningful, targeted in-house training for other Pierce educators on our 11/1 Professional Development day.
    • Shout out to our School Site Council parent members, Molly Cohen, Brad Coleman, Audrey Lee (co-chair), Susie Ma, and Emily Weiss.  If you have issues that you’d like to see discussed by School Council, feel free to reach out to any of them!
    • Shout out to Aaron Williams and Nurit Zuker, our two parent representatives on the Pierce Building Project Committee.  If you have questions about the Pierce building project, they are great resources!
    • Parent teacher conferences begin this month.  We recognize that for some families Zoom is the most convenient and safest method, while for others in person is better.  Teachers will do their best to accommodate both formats. In person conferences will only be held after students are dismissed from school.   If you opt for an in person conference, you will be asked to complete a health attestation (attached) upon arrival.  It is important to remember that you must wear a mask while in the building and you may not come into the building if you have any symptoms of illness. Please help us keep Pierce staff healthy and safe!
    • Sign up to receive our PTO updates through The Bridge.  The PTO sends important reminders, information about parent and community events, and more.  Please sign up to stay connected!
    • It would be helpful to hear from YOU about how you would like to receive communication (and on what topics).  Please fill out this quick 30 second survey!

    How You Can Help 

    • Reminder from the nurses: If your child wakes up with Covid-19 symptoms please do not send them to school.  Per policy, we can not test children who develop symptoms at home.  Complete guidance can be found here. We understand that keeping kids home with cold symptoms is a burden, however this is the best way to keep our students and staff safe.  Also note that Covid tests administered at home can not be accepted by the nurse.  For nursing questions call 617-730-2584.
    • Is your child applying to independent schools? In order to ensure teachers have adequate time to write these letters, all requests for Letters of Recommendation should be submitted by December 15th. When requesting letters of recommendation please note the following district policies:
      • Teachers may use the Brookline letter of recommendation form for all applications.  
      • Please provide teachers with the email contact information for each admissions office so that teachers can email these forms.  Letters will not be given directly to families.  

    If you have questions, please contact me at jamie_yadoff@psbma.org

    • Think you might want to volunteer to support Pierce this year (field trips, lunch support, etc.)  Please fill out the attached CORI form and bring it to the main office with your ID.  It is good for 3 years.
    • As the weather gets colder, it’s important that children come to school dressed appropriately for outside time.  As lunchtime temperatures move into the 40’s we will be shifting to lunch indoors, however recess will be outside weather permitting for most of the fall and well into the winter.  Please send your child with appropriate layers (including raincoats, warm coats,  hats, mittens, boots, snow pants) each day.  We encourage families of children in K-2 to ensure that a clean, dry set of seasonally appropriate clothing is in your child’s cubby year round.  If you need help procuring cold weather gear, please let your child’s guidance counselor, or any member of the administrative team, know.



    Principal’s “First Friday” Update

    October 1, 2021



    Month in Review

    Upcoming this Month

    • September had 19 school days!  This is the longest September of school ever in Brookline :-)
    • Tremendous thanks to all Pierce families for their support in the opening weeks of school as we reestablished arrival and dismissal routines.
    • The PTO hosted a parent coffee on September 10th, and it was wonderful to see so many families.  Please consider joining us for one of these monthly gatherings!
    • Pierce Spirit Day was Friday, September 24th.  The last Friday of every month is spirit day.  Dress in your Pierce gear, rock some penguins, or wear green!
    • October 4 - Picture Day grades 5-8 (auditorium)
    • October 6 - Picture Day grades K-4 (auditorium)
    • October 6 - iWalk International Walk to School Day
    • October 6 - FLARE community gathering 5:30-7 at Emerson Park
    • October 7 - School Site Council 5:30-6:30pm
    • October 11 - No School - Indigenous People’s Day
    • October 14 - Pierce Partners Family Picnic
    • October 25 - SAVE THE DATE Pierce Renovation Project Community Meeting 7-9pm on Zoom 
    • October 29 - Pierce Spirit Day

    Shout Outs

    Family Engagement and Education

    • Thank you to our teaching staff who worked so hard to prepare safe and informative Open House presentations, and to parents who came and engaged with us here at school. 
    • Thank you to the parent volunteers who are supporting us with outdoor lunches each day.
    • Shout out to 7th grader Kais Al-Fakhuri who served as an interviewer at a Climate Change panel on September 21st.  Way to go Kais!
    • As many of you know, Social Media platforms continue to find ways to engage younger and younger students.  It’s important that parents stay informed about current social media trends, risks, and ways to support young students.  This webinar is a great resource to get you started.
    • And, on the theme, consider visiting SmartSocial.com and accessing their resources.  You can also sign up to receive email updates from them about social media trends.

    How You Can Help 

    • Make sure your child comes to school every day with a mask that properly fits over the nose and mouth.  This saves teachers from having to constantly remind students to “cover your nose!”
    • Please make sure to carefully read teacher emails / updates!  Crucial information comes through homeroom teachers regularly.  In addition, if your child has a home school folder, make sure you are regularly emptying it and sending it back to school.
    • When dropping off and picking up in the bus circle, remember these three rules:
      • Live parking only! The driver should never get out of the car. (If you need to park, find a meter spot!)
      • Stay to the right so that cars can pass on the left.
      • Remind your children NEVER to run out into the bus circle as they are getting out of or into a car.
    • Attention parents of students in grade 4-8!  Many, many students are leaving their conservatory instruments here at school all week. This means they are not doing any practicing at home!  Conservatory meets 2x a week for 45 minutes.  In order for students to make progress on their instrument they need to bring it home to practice.  (Also note we don’t have secure storage here, so instruments may disappear or be damaged if left here all week.)  Please remind your children to bring those instruments home!
    • Do you have either of these book titles at home and are willing to lend (or give) them to Pierce for a book studySo You Want to Talk About Race by Ijeoma Oluo or Cultivating Genius: An Equity Framework for Culturally and Historically Responsive Literacy by Gholdy Muhammad.  If you’re willing to loan the book, please write your name inside the front cover and we will get it back to you in January.  If you’re willing to donate a copy, please write “Donated by (your name)” inside the front cover, and we promise to ensure it is read by many here at Pierce and beyond!  We will be using these books starting in early December, and are hoping to limit the number of copies we need to buy.



    The Public Schools of Brookline

    The John Pierce School
    50 School Street, Brookline, Massachusetts 02445

    Main Office: 617-730-2580


    August 11. 2021


    Dear Pierce Students, Families, and School Community, 


    As principal of Pierce School it is my pleasure to welcome everyone to the 2021-2022 school year!  It’s hard to believe that the summer is already winding down! This will be a year of firsts for my family. While I have been at Pierce in numerous capacities since 2005, this is my first year serving as the interim Principal. Meanwhile, my son is starting his first year at Northeastern University, and my daughter is beginning her freshman year at BHS.  I am looking forward to, as a family, sharing about new people we meet each day, our fears, our moments of excitement, and our moments of growth.  I am eager to continue the work Lesley Ryan-Miller spearheaded for the past four years, as we support and nurture respectful, responsible, curious learners.


    Some of you may know that each New Year’s Day I pick a word or a phrase that will be my focus for the coming 365 days. I use that word as a part of everyday routines, incorporating it into my passwords, putting it on post-it notes in my office and at home, and looking for opportunities to practice each day. Similarly, I believe having a common phrase for Pierce this year will excite and unite our community.  Our administrative team has selected “Together we can!” as our theme for 2021-22. Last year really highlighted that there is no obstacle that the Pierce community can not overcome together, with each of us helping and supporting the other.  While we enter this school year facing continued uncertainty, 18 months into the Covid-19 pandemic, the 2020-21 school year proved that our staff has the skills, dedication and flexibility to tackle anything. I have complete faith that whatever this year may bring, we will work through it together.  


    Please also read through the “Information at a Glance” document carefully as it contains important information to help your family successfully prepare for the start of the new school year. 



    • The Kindergarten picnic will be on Sunday, August 29th from 5-6:30pm at the small playground behind the Historic Building. This is an opportunity for new Kindergarten students to gather and meet each other, and for parents to do the same!  (Rain date August 30)  Families are encouraged to respect social distancing.  The school building will be closed during this event.
    • An all school “Welcome Back” picnic, hosted by the Pierce PTO, will be held on Wednesday, August 25th from 5-6:30pm (rain date Thursday, August 26th) at Pierce Park.  There will be grade level band zones where students can gather and meet each other.  Members of the PTO will be present to help with some fun icebreaker activities. Families are encouraged to respect social distancing. The school building will be closed during this event.
    • Wednesday, September 1st is the first day of school for all students in grades 1-8.  The school day begins promptly at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 2:30 p.m 
    • Wednesday, September 1st OR Thursday, September 2nd is the first day for our Kindergarten students.  Kindergarten first day assignment is attached to this mailing. On their first day, Kindergarten students will be dismissed at noon - lunch will not be served.  All kindergarten students will attend school together on Friday September 3th, arriving in time for an 8am start, and being dismissed at 1:40pm (the standard Friday dismissal time) - lunch will be served.



    Pierce School has experienced a significant decrease in enrollment in the past two years.  In 2018-2019 we started the school year with nearly 900 enrolled students.  As we approach the start of the 2021-22 school year we anticipate opening with approximately 750 students.  As a result, we will have two Vice Principals this year instead of three.  The point people for administrative concerns at each grade level are  Jim Stoddard grades K-4  and John Badger grades 5-8.



    With the addition of a school adjustment counselor at each school, there have been some changes to our guidance team.  Our guidance counselors will support the following grades:

    • Tim Hintz:  Grades K-2  (timothy_hintz@psbma.org)
    • Chloe Wheaton:  Grades 3-5 (chloe_wheaton@psbma.org) Chloe is new to the team, and formerly worked as a guidance counselor at nearby Lawrence School. Welcome Chloe!
    • Kate Sullivan: Grades 6-8 (kate_sullivan@psbma.org)
    • Amy Reed: School Adjustment Counselor K-8 (amy_reed@psbma.org)



    • As of this writing, the district has not released its safety and hygiene policy for the fall.  Please know that as soon as this policy is finalized you can expect communication directly from the district and/or from my office.
    • We anticipate continuing to have students eat outside as much as possible in the fall.
    • Arrival and dismissal will continue as it did last year (see below for more information).



    • For those of you who have been at Pierce for many years, you may be pleased to see a blast from the past this year!  Watch the mail (yes, snail mail!) for postcards from Pierce sharing “Good News!” about your student(s).  These will highlight moments when students step up to help other school community members, or to improve the world beyond our school walls.



    • Brookline Public Schools Vision, Mission, Core Values and Goals
    • Brookline Public Schools homepage has important district updates.  
    • Pierce School homepage will provide you quick access to our School Calendar, Food Services, Student Activities, Transportation, Introductions to Our New School Staff, and more.
    • Pierce PTO homepage


    I would like to take a moment to offer my profound thanks and appreciation to our custodial staff. They have worked diligently throughout the summer to clean and prepare the school for the arrival of students on September 1st, resetting furniture that had been stored and moving classrooms and offices.  As the school year commences we look forward to partnering with you to ensure your child(ren)’s safety and school success. 


    Finally, as the lazy days of summer start to wind down, and days get shorter, I know that not every student is excited to return to school. For some students, the first days of school bring tremendous excitement, but for others there is overwhelming anxiety.  Please know that all the staff members here at Pierce are here to support you and your child(ren) as we begin the year.  If you have questions or concerns, or feel like your child might need a little extra support, please feel free to contact me, one of our skilled vice principals, or a member of our guidance team at any time.  We are here to partner with you!  In the meantime, enjoy the remaining days of summer and please do not hesitate to reach out to the Pierce School’s main office at 617-730-2580 should you have any questions.



    Jamie Yadoff           Jim Stoddard           John Badger

    Principal                  Vice Principal                   Vice Principal

                                 Grades K-4               Grades 5-8





    March 8, 2020                                                                                 

                                                                                                       PIERCE HEALTH ADVISORY

    Dear Pierce Community,

    Given the updates regarding COVID-19, we are reaching out to follow up on the Pierce health advisory communication sent to families on January 31, 2020 as well as Interim Superintendent Lummis’ health advisory updates ( link to updates).   We are in constant communication with Brookline School Health Services, the Superintendent’s Office, and the Brookline Health Department. They are advising us on the proper protocols for monitoring and implementing the most recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health as they apply to the Pierce community.    We would like to reiterate the immediate steps taken at Pierce:

    • Travel/Illness tracking and Symptomatic Surveillance by the nursing team
    • Wiping down surfaces and commonly handled items with disinfectant.  Our Custodial Team is working with the District to ensure they are using the recommended solutions and procedures to effectively clean and sanitize where needed.
    • Teaching good hygiene practices - cough and sneeze etiquette, proper hand washing/sanitizing (tips for families to help children develop good hand washing habits). Signage with reminders about these practices have been posted throughout the buildings and reminders are given each day during morning announcements.
    • Reminding students not to share food/drinks
    • Reminders to students not to touch their faces and to keep fingers out of mouth/nose
    • Strongly recommending families follow the guidelines on “when to keep your child home”.  Just as a reminder, students that have a temperature of 100 degrees or more need to stay home until the child's temperature returns to normal (98.6 F/37.0 C) for 24 hours (without medication).  Students are expected to stay home for fever related symptoms such as dehydration, temperatures in the 99 degree range after elevated fever illness, and headaches and lethargy that are still present after the fever breaks.  The same is true for vomiting or diarrhea from an illness. (Guidance from the American Academy of Pediatrics-When to Keep Your Child Home)

    We’re aware that many are anxious to know what might happen in the event that the virus presents in our school community.  We would follow protocol and contact the Superintendent’s Office, whom would receive guidance from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health regarding next steps.  We would then follow the emergency preparedness protocol to contact families and inform them of next steps.

    The district is monitoring the situation closely and working to solidify plans to address issues such as how academics continue if students need to be absent and guidance on when/if school would close, etc.   We imagine online learning would be a component of any learning plan for students should school close. If you do not have internet access in your home, please reach out to Kitty Gibbons (kathleen_gibbons@psbma.org), so we have this information and can discuss options for support.

    As a school we are taking the measures outlined above to keep our community healthy while also working to maintain a sense of normalcy and routine for our children. Below are links to resources for talking with children about COVID-19.

    Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any comments, questions and/or concerns you may have. 


    Lesley Ryan Miller                      Mary D’Amore                           Tara Anyaosah

    Principal, Pierce School            Nurse, Pierce School                 Nurse, Pierce School


                   Upcoming Events                s

    The Dreadful Dragon is coming soon…

    Tickets officially go on sale Monday, March 9th for the grade 3-6 musical The Dreadful Dragon!

    Thursday March 12, 6:30 pm • Dragon Cast
    Friday March 13, 7 pm  • King Cast

    Saturday March 14, 2 pm  • Sarna Cast

    Saturday March 14, 7 pm  • Dragon Cast

    Sunday March 15, 1 pm  •  King Cast

    Sunday March 15, 6 pm  •  Sarna Cast

    All people attending the play (students and their family members) need to stay in the auditorium and cafeteria area during the play performance, including intermission. Other parts of the building will be closed. There are student and adult bathrooms within the cafeteria. Thank you for your support, and we hope to see you at one of the shows!

    Grade 1 Concert, Tuesday, March 17th, Dr. Smith-Mumford Auditorium 8:15

    Pierce School Council Meeting, Thursday, March 19th, Pierce Conference Room, 5:00pm

    5th Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation

    Please note that the 5th Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge has been rescheduled to Saturday, May 30th.

    For the most current list of Pierce School events, please go to https://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/Page/25

     PIERCE GEO BEE – a note from John Badger, 6-8 vice principal

    On Friday January 23rd, Pierce Middle School students competed in the National Geographic Geography Bee! The GeoBee is held in nearly 10,000 schools across the country, inspiring students to be curious about the world. Over 250 Pierce students took our qualifying exam to try to get a seat at the competition. Nine competitors made it to the table to answer questions about the United States, Environmental Impact, Oceans, Continents, etc. This years’ competition was our longest and most exciting ever. It took seven rounds to get to our Championship round. Sixth grader Isaac Zhang, seventh graders Lysander Duffield and Ben Fusillo and eighth graders Theo Chitkushev, Rowan Boyd and Michelle Yang answered several difficult questions before eventually being eliminated. Sixth grade Ruben Corrdin took third place, giving the fans something to look forward to in the future.

    The real show for the packed Pipier Smith-Mumford Auditorium crowd was, however, about to begin. Eighth graders Anuj Majumder and Clyde Barnes set to square off in the championship competition, and what a competition it was. After three specially designed championship questions were presented, neither finalist was eliminated. Six more championship tiebreaker questions came and went before, finally, the exhausted moderator and ecstatic crowd were granted a champion as Anuj was draped with the first place medal.

    Clyde showed the Pierce community what an outstanding competitor he is and the entire Pierce community is beaming with pride at how all the competitors performed, including seventh grader Graham Martin-Wilson and eighth grader Finn McMillan, who qualified for the Bee but were unable to compete.

    The most recent update, Anuj qualified for the state Geography Bee!  We look forward to cheering him on!



    7th- 3-5-6 grades ELA session 1

    8th- 3-5-6 grades ELA session 2

    14th- 4-7-8 grades ELA session 1

    15th- 4-7-8 grades ELA session 2 


    5th- 3-5-6 grades Math session 1

    6th- 3-5-6 grades Math session 2

    11th-4-7-8 grades Math session 1

    12th-4-7-8 grades Math session 2

    14th-5-8 grades Sci session 1

    15th-5-8 grades Sci session 2

    Pierce Screen-Free WEEKEND CHALLENGE

    • Go screen-free for 48 straight hours.
    • 24-HOUR CHALLENGE: One 24-hour period over the weekend.
    • HALF-DAY CHALLENGE: 8 non-sleeping hours.
    • "Screen-Free ULTRA” (aka ‘old-school’): no cellphones, tablets, computers, TV
    • "Screen-Free PREMIUM”: no cellphones
    • “Screen-Free LITE”: no social media/entertainment

    We hope you consider taking part in our screen-free challenge! This challenge is open to all members of the Pierce community. Choose the challenge and level that fit best for you!

    Looking for ideas of what to do instead? Some options for young and old alike!

    Hard copies will be available in student folders and the main office.

    Congratulations Pierce Math League!

    This past week was the last Math League meet of the year. We've had an incredibly successful season, winning both 1st place overall trophies and a half-dozen trophies for various math topics. Students worked together and supported one another.  Their hard work at 7:20 am paid off. Huge thanks to our Math League coaches, Tara Washburn and David Carter as well as the many parents that volunteered to support our team.

    Way to go 5Ro!               !

    Students in 5RO wrote a persuasive essay to Principal Miller and Erin Gallentine , Director of Brookline Parks & Recreation, asking for support to plant a tree as a means to support the environment. In response, Ms. Gallentine arranged for town arborist, Tom Brady to come and meet with students in 5RO.

    Students enjoyed hearing the process of determining the location for where a tree is planted in Brookline and how the species of tree is selected. At the end of his visit, Mr. Brady confirmed that thanks to student’s advocacy, the class will get to select a species of tree and plant it at Pierce park in the spring.

    Pierce Students Heading to Junior Festival

    Three Pierce 8th graders qualified for the Massachusetts Music Educators Association's Junior Festival. Congratulations to Hannah Intille (band, trumpet), Noa Kitov (treble chorus, soprano) and Sophia Ma (orchestra, viola), who will participate in concerts with students from around Eastern Massachusetts in March.

    Read All About It In The Penguin Post!

    Congratulations to the 5th and 6th graders and their editors who worked hard to produce the Winter 2020 edition of the Penguin Post. If you haven’t read it yet, you can …read it here!

    Help Plan the PTO Spring Party!  -a note from the PTO

    The PTO’s spring party will be May 8th and we need your help to plan it! Are you interested in helping with decorations, music, food, the auction or getting the word out? Do you have great ideas to share? Do you have anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours to help? Join us at the spring party-planning meeting on Friday, February 28 at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria. If you can’t make it to the meeting but still want to help, let us know at pierce.pto@gmail.com. No experience necessary!

    Pierce Yearbook Coming Soon…

    Be on the lookout for information on how to purchase a Pierce 19-20 yearbook! More information coming soon!


    January 3, 2020

    Dear Pierce Community,

    Happy New Year! It’s a joy to see our children and educators back at school after a well deserved break! 

    The start of school after a significant break provides an opportunity to reflect on what’s working, areas for improvement and in response, make mid-course corrections to our practice.   In these first days back, I have observed teachers reviewing school routines, implementing new ones as well as jumping back into the curricula.  

    In addition to the teaching and learning that happens everyday at Pierce, we have much to look forward to in 2020 including the start of Math League, the winter musical the Dreadful Dragon of Dartmouth, the Massachusetts Children’s Book Awards program, our upcoming Martin Luther King Jr. assemblies and the start of grade 7/8 basketball season---to name just a few.  

    I’d also like to take a moment to acknowledge and thank our wonderful custodial team for  an excellent job of making our school look great for our return. They are an amazing team that goes above and beyond everyday. 

    I would like to extend wishes to all for a happy and healthy new year! 

    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Pierce K-8, Principal

    *for the most current list of Pierce School events, please go to  https://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/pierce

    Dressing For Cold Weather

    As a reminder, please send your child(ren) to school with appropriate extreme cold weather gear for these bitter days. We monitor the air temperature and wind chills closely and only go out when temperatures are safe. It is important that students have a warm winter coat, mittens/gloves, and hat. When there is snow on the ground, students need boots and snow pants to play in the snow safely. 

    Please refer to the graphic below from www.weather.gov for some guidelines for how to dress for New England winters which includes dressing in layers since the outdoor and indoor temperatures vary so greatly. 

    Dressing for cold weather

    If you would like assistance purchasing gear to help keep your child(ren) safe in the extreme cold, please reach out to our guidance counselors (Tim Hintz, grades K-2; Amy Reed, grades 3-5; Kate Sullivan, grades 6-8) for assistance.  



    Lost & Found
    We have collected quite a few items in our Lost & Found, which is located close to the gym. Please stop by the Lost & Found to claim lost items. At the end of January, unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.

    Grades 4-8: Conservatory Instruments
    Please remind your children to bring their conservatory instruments to school on the days they have music conservatory classes.  Also, please encourage them to bring their instruments home on the days they do not have conservatory classes so they can practice at home.

    Thank you!
    Huge thank you to all that contributed to the PTO's Piece of Pierce 2019 Annual Fund! Your generous support allows us to implement strong programming and provide our students additional resources beyond what is provided through the district.  Tremendous thanks to our PTO Leadership who continue to be awesome champions for Pierce teachers and students. If you haven’t donated yet, you can still do so. You can Donate online or drop a check made out to the "Pierce PTO" in the mailbox by the main office.All contributions to the Pierce PTO are tax-deductible and will be acknowledged with a receipt. The PTO's tax ID is 35-2197562.

    Clark Road Survey
    Please take a moment to provide your input on the options for Clark Road by completing the short survey: https://www.brookline.k12.ma.us/pierce-survey-staff. The survey will close at 5:00 pm on January 3, 2020. 

    Click on the links below to review the presentation and memo Superintendent Lummis presented to the Capital Improvements Subcommittee, including more details about the options under consideration:

    Safety Reminder
    For safety reasons, please reinforce with your child that all students (and families) should use ‘the bridge’ or the marked crosswalk when walking from Pierce Park to or from the school.