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 (firstname.lastname@example.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.
- Childmind Institute
- NPR Just For Kids: A Comic Exploring The New Coronavirus
- BrainPop Video For Young Children on Coronavirus
- Psychology Today: How to Talk to Your Anxious Child About the Coronavirus
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!
MCAS DATES FOR GRADE 3-8 STUDENTS MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
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!
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 email@example.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.
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.