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.
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.
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.
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:
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.