• June 15, 2018
     
    Dear Pierce Community,
     
    As usual it is a busy time at Pierce as we continue our learning, enjoy end-of-the-year activities, and begin to prepare for next year.
     
    Look out for an update soon about next year from my office, including student placement, an updated Pierce School Handbook, and other pertinent information. 
     
    Today, I'm writing to inform you of some of the staffing changes for the upcoming school year. We're excited to welcome new and returning members of our team, and to celebrate those who are moving on to pursue future endeavors.
     
    Pierce is a phenomenal teaching and learning community where staff collaborate, build relationships, and work in support of students every day. We are thankful for the tremendous efforts of our faculty and staff. Please join me in thanking everyone who has given so much to our community, and getting to know those that are joining us!
     
    CELEBRATIONS 
     
    Gayle Van Hatten (Guidance Counselor, 34 years of service) is retiring after a longstanding career here at Pierce. She is going to enjoy time with her grandchildren and her mom, and prepare future guidance counselors at Boston College.
     
    Amie Buchman (Kindergarten & Grade 1 teacher, 20 years of service) is retiring and will enjoy personal interests and her three children. Amie was an integral part of spearheading our grade K/grade 1 loop.
     
    Kathryn Gramigna (Grade 3 teacher, 3 years of service) recently got married and is relocating to Montréal, Canada.
     
    Ricardo Turner (Part-time Math Specialist, 1 year of service) is relocating to Middleton, Connecticut.
     
    Dan Green (Vice Principal, 10 years of PSB service) has been on leave this year while pursuing his doctorate and has recently accepted a principal position at the Field Elementary School in Weston, MA.
     
    Jessica Lundgren (Secretary, 2 years of service) is relocating to Raleigh, North Carolina, with her husband and two children in July.
     
    TRANSITION
     
    Mikaela Newell is returning to the Kindergarten team after three years teaching first grade, and will loop to first grade the next year.
     
    WELCOME
     
    Tim Hintz (K-3 Guidance Counselor) joins us from Framingham Public Schools. He has over 20 years of guidance experience and is a Brookline resident with knowledge of the Brookline schools.
     
    Heather Roberts (Grade 5) completed her teaching practicum at Pierce and will take on a Grade 5 position for next year.
     
    WELCOME BACK!
     
    The following educators have been at Pierce this year and we are thrilled to have them return to Pierce next year in permanent roles. Throughout the year I have received overwhelmingly supportive comments from parents, teachers and students regarding their practice.
     
    Xiaoxue Cao (Grade 6,7,8 Mandarin) joined us in March and is joining us in a permanent role next year.
     
    Maryam Rahmani (Grade 5) covered a leave this year and is returning as a Grade 5 teacher in a permanent role.
     
    Angelica Rodriguez (Grade 7,8 Spanish) joined us in March and is taking a permanent role next year.
     
    TEMPORARY LEAVES IN 2018-19
     
    Nicole Costello (Gr. 3-5 Learning Center teacher) will be on maternity leave beginning mid-September through the 2018-2019 school year.

    Sincerely,

    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Upcoming events
     
    6/21 8th Grade Graduation: Amphitheater, 4pm
    6/22 6th Grade Family Breakfast, Slide Show, and Talent Show: Amphitheater/auditorium, 7:30-9:30
    6/24 Celebration for Gayle Van Hatten's retirement: Amphitheater, 12:30-2:30pm
    6/26 Last day of school!
    9th School Alternative Site Study vote
    The School and Select Board have made decisions to pursue renovations at Pierce and at other sites in Brookline to address the growing student population. Superintendent Andrew Bott provides all the details in this letter. As I learn of new developments, I will be sure to keep our community informed and updated. Thank you to all of you who have discussed and advocated for ideas to address our town's education needs!
    Parents for Equity & Inclusion
    On Monday evening, June 18th, parents and guardians from all Brookline Schools are invited to meet and discuss how to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for every student in every grade. Connect on issues that are most urgent, identify successful efforts across the district, and organize and advocate for necessary changes in the coming years. Superintendent Andrew Bott will be attending to listen and meet the community. Food and childcare will be provided. The meeting will be held on the first floor of Town Hall from 6 to 9pm. Please RSVP to Sarah Griffen.
     
    June 1, 2018
     
    Dear Pierce Families,
     
    It's hard to believe that we are so close to the end of the school year! 
     
    As we get closer to summer vacation, we hope that you will join us in our Pierce Summer Reading Challenge. All Pierce students in grades 1-8 should read as much as they can this summer, but they are required to read at least three books:one fiction, one non-fiction, and one classic. Last summer we were able to read almost 10,000 books. Let's see if the Pierce School, grades K-8, can beat that total this summer! 
     
    There are no requirements to read specific titles in each grade, and no written responses are required. Students simply need to complete a reading log and choose one favorite book that will be discussed in September. Completed reading logs should be brought to your child's homeroom or English Language Arts (ELA) teacher no later than Friday, September 7th, 2018.
     
    How to get ideas for books? The Brookline Public Schools Summer Reading Lists have a wonderful selection of new and old titles appropriate for each grade level: fiction, non-fiction, and classic stories. Your child will receive a paper copy too. Another list of classics, both picture and chapter books, is on the Pierce School website here. You can find many of these titles at the public libraries and local bookstores. 
     
    Please encourage your child to read all summer long. Thank you for supporting this effort. If you have any questions, please reach out to our fabulous librarian, Amanda Kretschmar. Happy Reading!

    Sincerely,

    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Upcoming events
     
    6/5 Pierce PTO Picnic: Pierce Park, 5-7pm
    6/12 Kindergarten early release (for incoming Kindergarten Peek and Practice)
    6/21 8th Grade Graduation: Amphitheater, 4pm
    Spring concerts: parents welcome! 
     
    Monday, June 4th
    7pm, Lawrence School
    Spring Strings Concert
    grades 4-8
    Tuesday, June 5th
    8:15am
    2nd Grade Spring Sing
    Wednesday, June 6th
    8:15am
    4th Grade Sing
    Thursday, June 7th
    8:15am
    1st Grade Spring Sing
    Tuesday, June 12th
    8:15am
    K Spring Sing
    Thursday, June 14th
    8:15am
    3rd Grade Sing
    Annual Pierce Spring Picnic
    Tuesday, June 5th, Pierce Park
    Come celebrate the end of the school year! Fun with family and friends: aunts and uncles, kids, sibling, parents, guardians, and grandparents. DJ and dancing, games. Pierce wear and toys for sale. Bring your own food and beverage or enjoy the Chick Chak food truck and ice cream. To volunteer or for more information, email PiercePTO@gmail.com.
    Support Angell Memorial & Girl Scouts
    Do you love animals? Do you want to help make animals living in shelters more comfortable? If you say yes, help Girl Scout Troop 62559 complete their Bronze Award project to close out the school year. Donate your old blankets, towels, and household linens to the Angell Memorial Shelter. You can also donate unopened containers or bags of pet food. Donation boxes will be located right by the front office and at the entrance to the Historical Building from June 4th to June 15th. Every donation counts! Thank you for your generosity.
     
    May 18, 2018
     
    Dear Pierce community,

    With a little over five weeks of school ahead, our faculty and staff are working diligently to continue the incredible amount of learning that happens every day here at Pierce, as well as preparing some special end-of-year activities for students and families.

    We are also beginning our preparations for next year. We are concluding our class placement process, working on K-8 scheduling, reviewing space needs, taking stock of upcoming vacancies, and beginning hiring.
     
    In a school the size of Pierce, turnover is inevitable. I know that the unknown can be anxiety-provoking for families as you wait class placement information. I'm very pleased to say that we have a deep pool of highly qualified candidates, including some extremely strong internal ones. You can expect to receive updates regarding new hires, class placement, and other information relevant to next year beginning in July.

    As always, please do not hesitate to reach out to me with any comments, questions, and/or concerns you may have.

    Take care,
    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Upcoming events
    5/21 - 5/22 MCAS: Science Grades 5, 8
    5/21 Track meet, grades 7-8 (rain date 5/22)
    6/5 Pierce PTO Picnic: Pierce Park, 5-7pm
     
    Spring concerts: parents welcome! 
     
    Friday, May 18th 
    & Saturday, May 19th
    Pierce Drama Recital
    grades 4-8
    Wednesday, May 30th
    6-8pm
    Pierce Arts Night
    K-8 art show, 4-8 band, 5-8 chorus
    Monday, June 4th
    7pm, Lawrence School
    Spring Strings Concert
    grades 4-8
    Tuesday, June 5th
    8:15am
    2nd Grade Spring Sing
    Wednesday, June 6th
    8:15am
    4th Grade Sing
    Thursday, June 7th
    8:15am
    1st Grade Spring Sing
    Tuesday, June 12th
    8:15am
    K Spring Sing
    Thursday, June 14th
    8:15am
    3rd Grade Sing
    8th grade end-of-the-year activities
    It's time to prepare our 8th grade students for their transition to high school. Our incredible 8th grade Pierce Student Council Leaders, teachers, and parents have scheduled a variety of end-of-the-year activities throughout the week of June 18th. These activities will be a combination of celebratory events and events that allow our students to give back to their community via service. The week of activities concludes with our 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony on Thursday, June 21st at 4pm in the Amphitheater. 
     
    8th grade families should have received information regarding end-of-the-year activities and a separate document about graduation. If you have not received either of these documents or have questions, please contact guidance counselor, Kate Sullivan, or Vice Principal John Badger.
    Maker workshop for parents and guardians
    The Makerspace at Pierce is a place where teachers, students, and whole classes can come to work on projects of all types. It contains a multitude of materials, tools, and workspace which enable students to think critically and creatively, while being deeply engaged in learning from all curriculum areas. The projects are rigorous, relevant, and authentic, and are designed to teach many important skills such as collaboration, persistence, and reflection. You can come and learn about the Makerspace and design thinking from ECS specialists Tanya Gregoire and Leslie Fagen and Pierce parent Aaron Williams at our Maker Workshop on Tuesday, May 29th, from 8:05-9am.The Pierce Makerspace is on the mezzanine level in Unit A, and is sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) program and the Pierce Makerspace Committee.
    The return of the Golden Shoes
    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 into the grand prize drawing to win Puma footwear signed by Usain Bolt! Get out and search for Golden Shoes with kids before and after school and on the weekends. Have fun, be fit and get rewarded!
     
    May 4, 2018
     
    Dear Pierce community,

    Congratulations to Pierce students and teachers who have recently been honored with awards!

    Several Pierce students have been awarded citations from the Massachusetts State House of Representatives for their 3rd Annual Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge projects:
    • Myles Decosimo (Project: "Blue Planet" eco-poem and artwork)
    • Mateo-Price Otero (Project: CO2 filter)
    • Calvert Ross, Lysander Duffield and Pierre-Alexandre Fry (Project: hydro-powered electric car)
    • Kaitlin Balog, Sophia Jane, Anita Pira and Frances Hochleutner (Project: Building artificial icebergs to protect narwhals from the effects of climate change)
    And please join me in congratulating the following Pierce teachers on their Collaborative Grant and Metzger Fellowship awards from the Brookline Education Foundation. All of the proposals receiving grants will provide professional development that supports teaching subject matter, strategies, and pedagogy that consistently engages students in learning experiences that enable them to acquire complex knowledge and critical skills. 
    • Alison Hansel, Amanda Dulberg, and Dominique Herard (Pierce Equity Action Team and Leadership Training, building in-house capacity to lead equity work for our entire school community) 
    • Alison Manion (Plant Kindness and Gather Love)
    • Laura London (Landmark School Outreach Training) 
    • Chris Smith (Beyond the South to The Land of Smiles and A Million Elephants)
    • Lindamood-Bell (On Cloud Nine Math Professional Development Training)
    • Michelle Gokarakonda (Exploring Language Education) 
    • World Language Dept. (Fostering Spanish Language Comprehension and Literacy with Puppets)
    • Melissa London (2018 Margaret Metzger Fellow)
    Huge thanks to the Brookline Education Foundation, as well as to the Town of Brookline Department of Public Health, Climate Action Brookline, and the Pierce PTO who organized the Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, for their support of Pierce staff and students. 

    Sincerely,
    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Upcoming events
     
    5/5 Pierce PTO Spring Gala, 7pm
    5/8 & 5/10 MCAS: Math Grades 3, 5, 6
    5/15 - 5/16 MCAS: Math Grades 4, 7, 8
    5/21 - 5/22 MCAS: Science Grades 5, 8
    5/21 Track meet, grades 7-8 (rain date 5/22)
     
    Join the PTO tomorrow night, May 5th from 7 to 11pm to celebrate the Pierce community and Cinco De Mayo! Mexican food, drinks, live entertainment from Tierra del Sol and Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, live auction, Teacher Treasures, silent wine auction, and tons of raffle items. For $10 per child, get babysitting with PSED teachers, a screening of the movie Coco, and Cinco de Mayo crafts. All proceeds go to raise needed funds for our amazing teachers and programs. Tickets ($30 each, 2 for $50) available online here!
    Maker workshop for parents and guardians
     
    The Makerspace at Pierce is a place where teachers, students, and whole classes can come to work on projects of all types. It contains a multitude of materials, tools, and workspace which enable students to think critically and creatively, while being deeply engaged in learning from all curriculum areas. The projects are rigorous, relevant, and authentic, and are designed to teach many important skills such as collaboration, persistence, and reflection. You can come and learn about the Makerspace and design thinking from ECS specialists Tanya Gregoire and Leslie Fagen and Pierce parent Aaron Williams at our Maker Workshop on Tuesday, May 29th, from 8:05-9am.The Pierce Makerspace is on the mezzanine level in Unit A, and is sponsored by the Enrichment & Challenge Support (ECS) program and the Pierce Makerspace Committee.
    Friendly reminder about dogs on campus 
    Please note that dogs are not allowed inside Pierce school buildings and also should not be left outside unattended (tied to railings, in doorways, etc.). Many of our students have a fear of dogs and/or allergies. Thank you.
    The return of the Golden Shoes
    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 into the grand prize drawing to win Puma footwear signed by Usain Bolt! Get out and search for Golden Shoes with kids before and after school and on the weekends. Have fun, be fit and get rewarded!
     
    April 12, 2018
     
    Dear Pierce community,

    As we head into the April vacation, I wanted to take a moment to thank everyone for their kind words, well wishes, and confidence in me to take on the role of Pierce School principal. I feel thankful and humbled to have been selected as the principal of such an extraordinary school.

    Pierce is a true community school in that it hosts a variety of community resources. The support of our families and community partners strengthens our ability to provide strong educational programming.

    I can't say enough about the dedicated and strong teaching staff at Pierce. I have worked in many schools and I have never been as impressed as I have been at Pierce with how our team of teachers and office staff come together and collaborate to ensure the success of students. I know that I cannot do this work alone. The hard work our teachers and office staff engage in every day is one of the greatest strengths of this school.

    Inevitably, there will be challenges in any school. I believe it's how we approach solving those challenges that is important. Many have heard me say that our teachers and parents are extremely solution-oriented. Pierce staff and families have demonstrated a desire to come together and collaboratively problem-solve around challenges that arise. 

    This fits well with my core beliefs as a school leader: keeping students at the forefront of our decisions, and sharing leadership: guaranteeing decision-making opportunities for teachers, staff members, students, parents, and community members--and, when necessary, making mid-course corrections that benefit student learning and safety.
     
    Please know that I always welcome your comments, questions, and concerns. I look forward to partnering in your child's education for years to come.

    Sincerely,
    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Upcoming events
     
    4/16-4/20 April vacation: NO SCHOOL
    4/9 & 4/11 MCAS: ELA Grades 4, 7, 8
    4/25 Early dismissal (K-6 only)
    5/5 Pierce PTO Spring Gala, 7pm
    5/8 & 5/10 MCAS: Math Grades 3, 5, 6
    5/15 - 5/16 MCAS: Math Grades 4, 7, 8
    5/21 - 5/22 MCAS: Science Grades 5, 8
    Pierce parent named new CEO of METCO
     
    Congratulations to Milly Arabaje-Thomas, who was recently named CEO of METCO, the voluntary school desegregation program that Brookline Public Schools has partnered with for more than 50 years. Read a wonderful profile of her and the organization in the Boston Globe here. Thank you to all the METCO students, families, and supporters for being a cherished part of our community!
    Wrestling clinic next Saturday 
    Boys and girls grades 3-8 are invited to join the Brookline High School Wrestling Team and coaches for an introduction to the world's oldest (and toughest) sport on Saturday, April 22nd from 2 to 3:30pm at Brookline High School's Shluntz Gym, 115 Greenough Street. Team wrestlers and coaches will be conducting a FREE clinic and demonstration of this wonderful sport that introduces children to many important values that they will carry on throughout life, including confidence, hard work, sacrifice, responsibility, and accountability. Listen to stories from prior athletes and parents of current wrestlers, go through a short warm-up and fun workout, learn some basic wrestling rules, and apply easy-to-learn techniques in a safe and fun environment. Dress: T-Shirt, shorts, and wrestling shoes or sneakers. Free T-Shirt for the first 60 kids! Families are welcome to watch this community event. Sign up here. For additional information, please contact hsgrapplers@gmail.com.
    Last day of school announced
    The last day of school for the 2017-2018 school year will be Tuesday, June 26th, 2018. On the last day of school, students will be dismissed at 12:00 noon and lunch will not be served. There were five cancellations for inclement weather during the 2017-2018 school year.
    Pierce science teacher 2018 Metzger Fellow
    The Brookline Education Foundation announced that Pierce 7th-8th grade science teacher Melissa London is one of its 2018 Margaret Metzger Fellows. Metzger Fellows will workshop this summer, writing about their experiences in teaching, led by BHS English teacher John Andrews. They will then read their essays at a BEF reception on Friday, September 28th. Congratulations, Ms. London!
     
    Pierce Spring Gala: "Cinco de Mayo"
    Join the PTO on Saturday, May 5th from 7 to 11pm to celebrate the Pierce community and Cinco De Mayo! Mexican food, drinks, live entertainment from Tierra del Sol and Mariachi Veritas de Harvard, live auction, Teacher Treasures, silent wine auction, and tons of raffle items. For $10 per child, get babysitting with PSED teachers, a screening of the movie Coco,and Cinco de Mayo crafts. All proceeds go to raise needed funds for our amazing teachers and programs. Tickets ($30 each, 2 for $50) available online here!
     
    March 29, 2018
     
    Upcoming events
     
    4/3 & 4/5 MCAS: ELA Grades 3, 5, 6
    4/4 PTO parent talk: 
    Jon Mattleman, "Secret Lives of Teens"
    6:30-9pm, Pierce Auditorium
    4/5 Pierce Got Talent! Open Mic/Talent Show
    6-8pm
    4/7 Brookline Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge, 11am-1:15pm
    4/9 & 4/11 MCAS: ELA Grades 4, 7, 8
    5/5 Pierce PTO Spring Gala, 7pm
    5/8 & 5/10 MCAS: Math Grades 3, 5, 6
    5/15 - 5/16 MCAS: Math Grades 4, 7, 8
    5/21 - 5/22 MCAS: Science Grades 5, 8
    April conferences are coming 
    Look out for information from your child's classroom teacher regarding meetings with parents in April!
    30,000 books circulated 
    The Pierce School Library is the heart of our school. It serves over 850 students in Kindergarten through 8th grade and over 120 staff members, Monday through Friday from 7:45-3:20pm.Our library program is now on a completely flexible schedule for students in grades 3-8. Students visit the library on an as needed basis and are taught to self-checkout their own library books. So far this year, over 30,000 books have been circulated through the Pierce Library. Impressive! Tremendous thanks to Amanda Kretschmar, Andrea Davenport, and David Weinstein for all they do to make our library amazing and a joy for all!
    Pierce Got Talent: Open Mic Night
    Next Thursday, April 5th, from 6-8pm, come see students and teachers perform before an audience of family, friends, and school community at the second annual Pierce Open Mic/Talent Show. With 8th grade emcees Owen Molloy and Maya Frey!
    Join the Green Team at Pierce
    Pierce parents who are excited about helping the Pierce community and building become greener are restarting a Green Team. In the past, Climate Action Brookline, a nonprofit that works to help reduce climate change impacts of the Brookline community, had established these Green Teams throughout the Brookline schools. Some survived, but Pierce's has gone dormant. Let's change that! Parents can join the effort to find ways that we can reduce our impact on the environment while helping our students become great climate citizens. They are planning a Pierce-wide action for Brookline Climate Week around the same time as the Youth Climate Adaptation Challenge on April 7th. If you have some ideas, get involved. Please contact Christi Electris at christi.electris@gmail.com if you are interested!
     
    Order Your 2017-18 Pierce School Yearbook!
    You can order a school yearbook for your child quickly and easily online by following these steps:
    1. Go to coffeepond.com
    2. Click on the "Place an Order" button
    3. Select "Yearbooks"
    4. Type in this password: Pierce2018
    5. Complete the online order form to purchase yearbook for $25 with a credit card
    6. Orders must be placed by April 27th
    If you have any questions, please email Emily Thomas at emily_thomas@psbma.org.
     
    February 1, 2018
     
    Dear parents and guardians,
     
    The flu has been much in the news this year. While we are aware of a few cases of the flu or flu-like symptoms in Brookline Schools, we have not seen clusters or an appreciable uptick in cases. We are seeing some cases of gastro-intestinal illness in our schools as well, but also not in clusters of illness.
     
    The flu season is expected to continue for at least two months. It is not too late to receive the flu shot if you have not already done so. Contact your health care provider for more information. Our public health nurse, Barbara Westley, also has some of the vaccine. She can be reached at 617-730-2320 to make an appointment for you or your child to receive the vaccine.
     
    Hand-washing is the single best thing we can do to limit or prevent the spread of these illnesses. Soap and water is much more effective than hand sanitizers. For household cleaning, it is recommended to disinfect hard surfaces with a bleach solution (½ cup bleach mixed into 1 gallon of water).
     
    Below are links to helpful information:
    Please keep your children home when they are ill. Read more guidelines in the section called "When to keep your child home from school for illness" on the Pierce website, and remember when you are keeping your child home to call the Pierce Absence Line (617.730.2572).
     
    Sincerely,

    Mary A. D'Amore, BSN, RN, NCSN 
    School Nurse 
     
    Tricia Laham RN, Med, NCSN
    Coordinator of School Health Services
    Upcoming events
     
    1/8 - 2/7 ACCESS testing for English language learners
    2/6 6th & 7th grade parent meeting
    6:30-8pm
    2/12 Pierce WL selection via X2 during 5th grade homerooms (Details sent home with all 5th grade students on 2/2
    2/15 8th Grade elective visits at Brookline High School, 8-10am (during the school day)
    2/15 Movie screening: "Hidden Figures" 
    6pm, Smith-Mumford Auditorium
    3/10 Pierce Skate Day, 2-3:50pm
    Reilly Memorial Rink, Cleveland Circle
    Black History Month T-shirts
     
    The African-American and Latino Young Scholars of Pierce are selling T-shirts in celebration of Black History Month. The cost of each T-shirt is $10. We have adult sizes (Small - 3XL) and youth sizes (Small - XL) available. On Wednesday, February 28th, we hope that Pierce staff and students wear their T-shirts to commemorate Black History Month in unity!
     
    T-shirts will be on sale in the cafeteria most mornings before school, as well as on Friday, February 2nd from 1:40 to 2:15pmand on Thursday February 15th from 5:30 to 6pm (just before Family Movie Night!) Please make checks payable to "Pierce PTO." Quantities are limited! Email Joeanna_mcpherson@psbma.org with any questions.
    Library LEGO wall: LEGO donations needed!
    Thanks to an Idea Lab Grant through the Brookline Education Foundation, we now have a LEGO wall in the library! Mrs. Kretschmar and Mrs. Sicard have been working with a small group of seventh graders to build and brainstorm ways to use this wall at Pierce. We will be rolling out weekly challenges for specific grade levels to participate in each week. Our hope is to get every student at Pierce excited to be in the library-- designing, building, problem-solving, creating, researching, collaborating, reading and thinking. But we need your help!  In order to get it up and running as soon as possible, we need your LEGO donations. We are accepting all types of LEGO, although only the small ones will work on our wall. Please drop them off in our library at your earliest convenience. 
    Lost & Found
    We have collected quite a few items in our Lost & Found, which is located close to the gym. Please stop by to claim lost items. Unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity very soon.
     
    6th & 7th grade parent meeting
    All 6th and 7th grade parents are invited to a special meeting addressing "Navigating the Middle School Years" on Tuesday, February 6th, from 6:30-8pm at Pierce School. This is a terrific opportunity to meet and brainstorm with other middle-school parents around common developmental and social challenges that 6th and 7th grade students face. BHS social worker Hope Schroy will introduce the Parent Network Initiative and facilitate tabletop discussions on a variety of common middle school social and emotional challenges, including:
    • Social media (helping children be responsible cyber- citizens)
    • Managing and negotiating homework, electronics and after-school activities
    • Pressures children face based gender and gender stereotypes 
    • Healthy relationships
    • LGBTQ issues and gender identity
    • Substance use (alcohol/marijuana/vaping)
    • Stress
    • Fostering independence while also staying involved as a parent
    RSVP here (not required--it will help us gauge how many people to expect). Contact Kate Sullivan, Guidance Counselor 6-8, for more details.
     
    January 19, 2018
    Dear Pierce community,

    This week was "No Name-Calling Week" (NNCW at Pierce)!

    Pierce's student Gender & Sexuality Alliance (GSA) implemented NNCW. GSA members hung posters throughout the school and read quotes and affirmations during morning announcements to spread positivity. Our goal is for students to advocate for themselves and for others when name-calling happens and continue to foster a safe environment for everyone at Pierce.
     
    NNCW was created by the Gay, Straight, Lesbian Education Network (GSLEN) in 2004 to address name-calling, bullying and bias in schools, and to help students feel safe and respected in their school environment through mutual respect and understanding. 

    Although this initiative is only a week long, the idea behind this event lasts longer than just a week at Pierce!
    Upcoming events
    1/8 - 2/7 ACCESS testing for English language learners
    1/25 Pierce School Council Meeting, 5 - 6:30pm
    1/31 METCO Breakfast (new date), 7:45 - 9am
    2/2 Pierce PTO Coffee, 8 - 9am
    2/15 8th Grade Elective Visits 
    at Brookline High School
    The Second Annual Pierce Read-a-Thon
    We are excited to announce the second annual Pierce School Read-a-Thon! The purpose of the Read-a-Thon is to get our students excited about reading while at the same time raising important funds for the PTO that directly support our teachers, students, and library! You should have received a Read-a-Thon packet in your child's folder, but here are some dates to keep in mind: 
    • Week of January 15th: Start collecting pledges
    • January 22nd-January 26th: READ, READ, READ! 
    • January 29th-February 2nd: Collect pledge money from your sponsors
    • February 2nd: Return Read-a-Thon packet 
    Individual prizes (gift cards) will be awarded based on the number of pages read. The classrooms with the most participation will be rewarded with a class pizza party.
    Pierce Student Handbook
    The Pierce Student Handbook has been recently updated. The student handbook provides an easy reference for Pierce policies and procedures. As always do not hesitate to contact Principal Lesley Miller, or Vice Principals Jim Stoddard or John Badger with any comments, questions and/or concerns you may have.
    Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Assembly
    This week we held three assemblies (grades K-1, grades 2-4, and grades 5-8) that celebrated the life, legacy and core values of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. All three were powerful as we had student- and teacher-led performances that honored the life of MLK and promoted social justice and equality for all. Please ask your child(ren) what they learned and continue to learn about the impactful contributions of Dr. King.
     
    January 8, 2018
     
    We hope that everyone is safe, warm and successfully navigating the cold weather and snow. 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 (Gayle VanHatten, grades K-3; Amy Reed, grades 4-5; Kate Sullivan, grades 6-8) for assistance.  
    Upcoming events
     
    1/8 - 2/7 ACCESS testing for English language learners
    1/10 Pierce School Listening Session: 
    9th School Project Update
    8:10 - 9:10pm, Smith-Mumford Auditorium
    1/12 Skate Night 
    5pm, Larz Anderson Park's Jack Kirrane Rink
    1/15 Martin Luther King, Jr., Day: NO SCHOOL
    1/17 METCO Breakfast (new date)
    7:45 - 8:45am, Pierce Conference Room
    8th grade students & families: mark your calendars for these informational meetings!
     
    Below please find the dates for the upcoming 8th grade Articulation Meetings this year at Brookline High School (BHS). Kate Sullivan, grade 6-8 guidance counselor, will follow up shortly with additional information. 
     
    Monday, 2/5 Curriculum Night
    Evening event for PARENTS ONLY
    7 - 9pm, Brookline High School Auditorium
    2/8 - 2/13 World Language Road Show to K-8 schools
    Thursday, 2/15 8th grade visit to Brookline High School
    Daytime event for STUDENTS ONLY
    Wednesday, 2/28 Life@BHS Night
    Evening event for students AND parents
    7 - 9pm, Brookline High School Auditorium
    Monday, 3/12 Athletics at Brookline High School Night
    Evening event for students AND parents
    7 - 9pm, Brookline High School Auditorium
    Cafeteria Upgrade
    In an effort to expedite lunch service and improve the overall look of the Pierce cafeteria serving lines, the Public Schools of Brookline's Facilities Department has installed hot and/or cold serving wells and new sneeze guards in the Pierce Cafeteria.  We've already seen an improvement in the time needed for students to get their food as they go through the cafeteria lines and the upgrades look great! Thanks, Facilities!
    Student Attendance
    Due to the increasing frequency of vacations taken by families during the school year, we would like to advise parents/guardians of the following:  
     
    When families take extra vacations children miss important instruction, discussion, and activities. Instructional time that is missed cannot be replaced. Since written assignments are directly related to classroom instruction, it is not possible to send class work. Reading and journal-writing are two activities that parents/guardians may provide for their children while on vacation. 
     
    All students enrolled in the PSB 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. Students will be excused from attending school or class or from arriving late to school or class on a particular day only if one or more of the attendance exceptions set forth in the Brookline School Committee Policy manual. In all other cases, student absences will be marked as "unexcused."  Read the complete policy here
     
    Please do not hesitate to contact the Pierce Administrative Team with any comments, questions and/or concerns you may have.
     
    Conservatory Instruments (grades 4-8)
    Please remind your child(ren) to bring their conservatory instruments to school on the day(s) they have music conservatory classes. Additionally, please encourage them to being their instruments home on the days they do not have conservatory classes so they can practice.
     
    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. Shortly, unclaimed items will be donated to a local charity.
     
    Shout out for the Sock Drive
    Huge thanks to all that participated in the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program Sock Drive. Pierce contributed 611 pairs of socks! Way to go Pierce! Also, a huge thank you to Jamie Yadoff, grade 7 teacher, for organizing. #PiercePride
     
     
    December 1, 2017
    Dear Pierce community,

    The Pierce School Library is the heart of our school. It serves over 850 students in Kindergarten through grade eight and over 120 staff members Mondays through Fridays from 7:45-3:20pm.Our library is located in the middle of the Unit A building and surrounded by classrooms, as well as our new Makerspace. We are staffed by one full-time certified librarian (me: Amanda Kretschmar) and one part-time library assistant (Andrea Davenport) who is at Pierce School on Tuesdays and Wednesdays. We have over 35,000 print materials in our collection and an additional 500 digital resources such as audiobooks and databases. We circulate approximately 35,000 resources per year.

    Due to increasing enrollment, our library underwent some significant changes for the 2017-2018 school year: 
    • This past summer, our third-floor library was moved to the first floor in order to better meet the needs of students and manage the space, as well as make room for our new Makerspace.
    • Our library program is now on a completely flexible schedule for students in grades 3-8. Students visit the library on an as-needed basis and are taught to check out their own library books. 
    • The librarian collaborates with teachers on various projects throughout the year, teaches specific information literacy skills when needed, and provides reading programs and guidance to get students excited about books. 
    • Kindergarten classes come to the library every other week for Storytimes, lessons, and book check-outs, while grades 1 and 2 are invited for a weekly book check-out in addition to collaboratively planned lessons. 

    Our hope with this change in scheduling is to provide more strategic programming and instruction to our growing student body.


    Our library program is able to provide author and storyteller visits, promotional reading programs and incentives, and additional resources. These programs are thanks in part to the volunteers and funding provided by the generous Pierce PTO during the 2017-2018 school year.

    Last summer, the students and teachers at Pierce were challenged to read 15,000 books over the summer. Our wonderful math specialists have been collecting summer reading logs and working with students to tally the numbers for each class and grade. The results are being graphed in the cafeteria. In order to celebrate, we will have a reading celebration day with guest storyteller Len Cabral on November 29th, 2017.

    Please be on the lookout for other exciting library programming coming soon!

    Amanda
    Upcoming events
     
    12/5 K-8 early dismissal 12:40
    12/6 ADL Training for specific middle-grade students: contact Kate Sullivan for details
    12/7 Aladdin: 7th & 8th grade musical
    Sultan cast: 6:30pm
    12/8 Aladdin: 7th & 8th grade musical
    Genie cast: 7pm
    12/9 Aladdin: 7th & 8th grade musical
    Genie cast: 2pm
    Sultan cast: 7pm
    A note about classroom celebrations
    Out of concern for student allergies and dietary restrictions, and in alignment with the work of the Public Schools of Brookline's Wellness Committee, student celebrations at Pierce (e.g., for birthdays) are food-free. Some examples of food-free celebrations include special pencils or stickers for each child, or a special book, puzzle, or game that the whole class can enjoy. We encourage you to contact your child's teacher for more information on how you can contribute to celebrations within your child's classroom.
    The PTO Fund Drive ends today!
    Thank you to all who have donated to the Pierce PTO Fund Drive. It's been a huge success! You can still make Big Dreams come true on this last day of the campaign. Please consider making a contribution--the funds directly benefit our awesome teachers and students. You can donate at pierceschoolbrookline.org/give. And don't forget: if you do holiday shopping on Amazon, use the PTO's affiliate link. The PTO gets a whopping 7+% back if you do!
     
    November 10, 2017
     
    Dear families,

    Visual math is happening at Pierce! Using pictures and visual models helps students see mathematical ideas, which supports their development of a deep understanding of numbers and concepts. Visual mathematics facilitates higher-level thinking, enables communication and helps people see the creativity in math.

    As Stanford professor and math educator Jo Boaler writes:

    Inviting people to think visually about mathematics is liberating for teachers and students alike. Mathematics is a multi-dimensional subject, and problems can be solved with numeric, abstract or visual mathematical pathways. Our brain networks are correspondingly multi-dimensional and need to be developed and used. It is our belief that learners would develop stronger mathematical understanding if we helped them develop the visual networks in their brains, increasing their ability to work mathematically with a fully developed brain network.
     
    At Pierce, classroom teachers are incorporating visual representations of numbers and mathematical situations into their teaching. 
    • In first grade classrooms, students are creating a variety of number arrangements with pattern blocks, cubes, or buttons. 
    • In second grade classrooms, students are using and drawing base-10 blocks to represent the place values in our number system. 
    • In third grade, 3B made representations of the numbers 1 through 25 using intersections, which is a visual model for multiplication. You can check out their work on the ramp! 
    • And in 4th grade, 4G and 4M made grid art, using multiplication arrays to break apart a large grid into smaller partial products. Look for 4G's artwork at the top of the ramp!
    We encourage you to talk with your child about the ways they are visualizing the mathematics they are doing in school.

    Alison Hansel & Tara Washburn
    Math Specialists
    Upcoming events
     
    11/10 Professional development day for teachers
    NO SCHOOL for students
    11/14 K-6 early dismissal 12:40
    11/21 Term 1 Report cards published
    11/22 Early dismissal K-8
    11/23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving break
    11/24 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving break
    School Arrival Reminder
    Our school day begins promptly at 8am. Morning arrival is an important transition time as teachers are focused on getting students settled and prepared to begin instruction. Students may begin entering the main building at 7:30am. If students arrive between 7:30am and 7:55am, they must go to the cafeteria in the main building. If students are involved in an early morning program, they may go to the program's
    location instead. If a student arrives after the 8:00 start time, they should check in at the kiosk in the lobby of the main building.
    Dress-Up Day: November 15th
    Pierce Dress Up Day will be November 15th. On this day students are encouraged to dress in their finest clothes and buy a turkey dinner for lunch in the cafeteria.
    K-6 Conferences Are Soon!
    If you haven't already received information from your child's teacher, be on the look-out for information regarding scheduling parent-teacher conferences. Teachers are looking forward to discussing your child's progress, school experiences and your hopes and dreams for your child.
    Pierce PTO Fund Drive 2017
    The PTO is raising $70,000 by December 1st so that we can support the amazing learning experiences that teachers and staff create all year long. The campaign is zooming along, with more than 100 contributions already! Any amount is welcome. Big dreams can come true--with your help! Donate here: pierceschoolbrookline.org/give.

    October 27, 2017

    We are writing to share some very exciting news with you regarding a special program that is beginning in 7th and 8th grade at Pierce this school year. While this is a 7th and 8th grade initiative, it is work that will benefit Pierce as a whole and we'd like the entire school community to know about it.

    The Peer Training Program, which is sponsored by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) and A WORLD OF DIFFERENCE® Institute, will provide our school with the opportunity to communicate and reinforce our core values, such as respect and civility, while giving our students a unique opportunity to lead the conversation.

    We will be kicking off the Peer Training Program with an introductory assembly for 7th and 8th grade students. After the assembly, students will have the opportunity to apply to become a Peer Leader. Peer Leaders will take a leading role in facilitating activities and conversations in our classrooms.
    After the Peer Leaders have been trained, they will lead activities and discussions with other students to:
    • Explore the meaning of community and why it's important for all people in a community to feel like they belong.
    • Examine the ways in which people knowingly or unknowingly might make others feel like they don't belong to their school community.
    • Identify what members of the school community can do to actively promote an inclusive learning environment in which cultural, racial and other human similarities and differences are respected and valued.
    This program will help us continue to promote a safe and supportive school community where people of diverse backgrounds can come together to contribute to our core values and fulfill their responsibilities as caring members of our society.

    As always, we will keep you updated through various communications during the year. Thank you in advance for your support as we embark on this exciting endeavor!

    Sincerely,

    Lesley Ryan Miller
    Interim, Principal
    Pierce K-8
    Kate Sullivan
    Guidance Counselor 6-8
    Peer Leader Advisor
    Upcoming events
     
    10/27 8th Grade Freedom Trail Trip
    11/9 6th Grade Waterworks Museum Field Trip
    Term 1 Grades Close
    11/21 Term 1 Report cards published
    11/22 Early dismissal K-8
    11/23 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving break
    11/24 NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving break
    Trick or Treat for UNICEF
    Once again this year, Pierce School will be participating in Trick or Treat for UNICEF. This program began 67 years ago as a way to help kids affected by World War II. Since then, millions of children have gone door to door on Halloween with UNICEF collection boxes, calling out, "Trick -or-Treat for UNICEF!" The annual tradition of kids helping kids--involving donations big and small--has helped to raise more than $175 million since 1950. Pierce raised over $1,500 last year. Collection boxes are in the process of being distributed to classrooms. They can also be found outside the main office. After Halloween, children may simply bring their boxes back to their classrooms. The money will be collected and sent along to UNICEF to help provide clean water, nutrition, medical care and school supplies for children in need around the globe. Thank you in advance for your support and participation!
    PSED Early Dismissal Programming Change
    In the past, PSED (Pierce School Extended Day) has offered special programming on early release days. This year PSED will NOT be offering any special programming on Early Release Days for children who do not attend PSED due to the large PSED program expansion this school year. Please plan accordingly. For more information contact Ellen Lenoch, PSED Director, pierceprogram@gmail.com.
    Pierce PTO Fund Drive 2017
    The PTO kicked off the annual appeal this week! Your child received a PTO Fund Drive Letter and envelope with more information. The "Big Dreams" campaign will continue through the Thanksgiving break. The Fund Drive is the Pierce PTO's chief means of fundraising. The money raised is what allows the Pierce PTO to generously support Pierce students and staff. We hope you will strongly consider giving at pierceschoolbrookline.org/give.

    October 13, 2017

    Dear families,

    The 5th grade classes are working together to organize a Pierce community fundraiser called Hearts for Hurricanes
     
    The Hearts for Hurricanes Walk will take place right after school on Friday, October 20th, at Pierce Park, rain or shine. Once at the park, students in grades K-8 and their guardians will check in on the basketball courts. Then they will walk or run laps around the park, along the route marked with cones. There will also be a bake sale at the park. All baked goods will cost $1.00 and all proceeds will be a part of the donations. The event will end at 4pm
     
    Participants will make a $5 donation to enter, and are encouraged to ask people to make pledges. All donations are due by Friday, November 3rd in cash (preferable!) or via check made out to the Pierce School PTO.
     
    The goal is two-fold: to help with relief from the devastation, and also to help prevent these hurricanes from happening. As we spoke with the grade, we discussed the importance of empathy as well as using our scientific minds to understand how to help people affected while also understanding the connection between climate change and the severity of the storms.

    The 5th grade students voted on two organizations, one relief-related and one science-related. All funds raised will be split between the two. The relief organization, Portlight Strategies, helps people with disabilities recover from the hurricane. The second, the Solar Foundation, is a nationwide non-profit organization that focuses on increasing understanding of solar energy, training local governments in solar adoption, and bringing solar power to public schools.

    If you have any questions, please email any of the 5th grade teachers. Thank you for your support and participation!

    Sincerely,

    Pierce 5th Grade Team: Amy Woogmaster, Emily Adams, Maryam Rahmani and David Vitale-Wolff
    Upcoming events
     
    10/17 Picture Day 
    Picture forms will come home with your child. Please contact John Badger for more information.
    10/18 Fire Prevention Talks
    Brookline Fire Department
    10/19 Grade 5-8 Cross-Country Meet
    Rain date October 20th
    10/20 Pierce Harvest Fest
    Cafeteria - 7pm
    10/21 PTO Annual Appeal begins
    10/26 Pierce School Council meeting
    Pierce Conference Room, 5pm
    Grades 6, 7, and 8 Progress Reports
    On Thursday, October 12th, mid-term Progress Reports for students in Grades 6-8 became available to view in the Parent Portal. Families should have received an email notification in the afternoon on October 12th when your child's Progress Report was ready to view. For help logging in, click here.
    To access your child's Progress Report, look under Group Resources or the document titled "Accessing Progress Reports and Report Cards."
    Harvest Fest: Build community with Pierce parents
    Next Friday, October 20th from 7-10pm is Pierce School's annual HarvestFest in the cafeteria! This adults-only event is a community-building opportunity for parents and staff to mingle and get to know each other in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. The event is free, with some light food and a cash bar. Come for an hour or stay the whole time. This is a really great way to connect with old friends and to meet new friends. Hope to see you there! Questions or want to help at the event? Contact Jen Amigone at jen@dgnetworks.com.
     
    October 6, 2017
     
    Dear families,

    Research tells us that family engagement is a strong predictor of student success. As a school leader, I feel incredibly fortunate to lead a school that values family and community partnering for all students. 

    The Pierce PTO is key in building that solid family-school partnership here at Pierce. The PTO organizes opportunities for parents to get to know one another, build community and raises funds to enhance the academic experience of our children. This includes, but is not limited to, supporting field trips, teacher professional development, technology and providing teacher reimbursements that offset their yearly classroom supply spending. 

    I invite and encourage you to learn more about the Pierce PTO and be an active member in the organization. Please click these three links (featured on the PTO website, PierceSchoolBrookline.org):
    1. bit.ly/godirectory Add your name to the Pierce Directory so your room parents can contact you...and you can get in touch with other parents.
       
    2. facebook.com/PierceSchoolPTO Join the Pierce PTO Facebook group to ask questions and get reminders.
       
    3. bit.ly/PierceAmazon Bookmark this link instead of Amazon.com and donate seven percent of every purchase to PTO activities.
    Hope you're having a safe and wonderful long weekend! We look forward to our students return on Tuesday, October 9th!

    Take care,

    Lesley

    Upcoming events
     
    10/9 Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL
    10/13 Enrichment & Challenge Parent Coffee
    Smith-Mumford Auditorium - 8-8:45am
    10/17 Picture Day 
    Details coming soon
    10/19 Grade 5-8 Cross-Country Meet
    Rain date October 20th
    10/20 Pierce Harvest Fest
    Cafeteria - 7pm
    10/21 PTO Annual Appeal begins

    Parents of kindergarten students wanted
    Two Pierce parents of kindergarten students are needed to participate in a discussion about the revised kindergarten report cards. District offices would like to hear from parents. They understand the importance of hearing what parents want to know in order to understand how their child is doing in school and want to include them in this process, and in understanding district reporting requirements.
     
    Food on Wheels
    The Pierce School PTO and The Brookline Food Pantry invite you to donate non-perishable food and supplies in the bins at the entrance to the Main and Historical Buildings through October 20th. The need is great, so anything you can donate will be appreciated (canned goods such as soups, boxed goods such as oatmeal and pastas, toiletries, etc.) 
     
    AND THEN...please join us for a parade on Sunday, October 22nd at 1pm as Pierce families walk from our school to the Brookline Food Pantry (only a few short blocks away) to hand deliver our collective donation. Bring your whole family, wagons, backpacks, shopping carts, etc.! We can also help sort our donations at the Pantry when we arrive! 
     
    The Brookline Food Pantry is housed in St. Paul's church (at the corner of St. Paul and Aspinwall) and has been serving our community, including families with children, for years.
     
    Questions? Please contact Marissa Heller-Treistman (marissaheller@gmail.com) Toby Raybould (tobyraybould@gmail.com)
    Hearts for Hurricanes Walk
    The 5th grade team (Emily Adams, Maryam Rahmani, David Vitale-Wolf, and Amy Woogmaster) is organizing an event to raise money for hurricane relief as well as awareness around why these hurricanes are happening and prevention for the future. Grades K-8 will be walking or running laps around Pierce Park on Friday, October 20th, and collecting pledge donations for each lap completed. There will also be a bake sale! Look out for permission forms in your students' folders.
     
    September 29, 2017
    Dear families,

    A "makerspace" has arrived at Pierce! 

    As educator John Spencer says, "Creative thinking is as vital as math or reading or writing. There's power in problem-solving and experimenting and taking things from questions to ideas to authentic products that you launch to the world. Something happens in students when they define themselves as makers and inventors and creators." 
     
    That's why we are turning the mezzanine level of Unit A into a makerspace, where teachers and students can come and work on big, messy, projects.

    Classroom teachers will be collaborating with Enrichment and Challenge Support (ECS) specialists to use this space for discovery. Coming up, a 5th grade class will use the design thinking process to build classroom furniture, and a 3rd grade class will participate in the International Cardboard Challenge
     
    We passionately believe that maker thinking and maker skills are essential for our students so they will be innovative problem solvers during school and beyond. This new space will help make that happen every day!

    Tanya Gregoire and Leslie Fagen
    Enrichment and Challenge Support

    Upcoming events 

    10/2 Grade 3-4 Homework Center begins
    Ben Conlon & Elizabeth Balzano will share details with families 

    Grade 7-8 Homework Center begins
    Kate Sullivan will share details with families
    10/3
    10/4
    10/5
    Hearing, Vision, Height & Weight Screenings
    Performed during school 
    K-3rd, 6th: hearing
    K-6th: Vision
    1st, 4th, 7th: Height and weight
    10/5 PTO information & movie night - 6pm
    Aladdin in the Pierce amphitheater 
    10/9 Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL
    10/13 Enrichment & Challenge Parent Coffee
    Smith-Mumford Auditorium - 8-8:45am
    10/17 Picture Day 
    Details coming soon
    10/19 Grade 5-8 Cross-Country Meet
    Rain date October 20th

    Training for parents on Aspen and Canvas

    Wondering how to use Aspen to update contacts and view your child's progress report? Heard about Canvas but want to learn how students and teachers use it? Come to an overview of both of these tools on Thursday, October 5th at 7:25 am in the Pierce auditorium. We will start with a review of Aspen's capabilities and then move to Canvas and its uses. Or learn on your own with these websites provided by the school district:

    ArtBarn performances

    Local children's theater group ArtBarn will be performing its Out of the Box production, Follow the Leader: A Look Beyond Leadership, at Pierce on Friday, October 6th! Grades 1-3 will see the show at 8:15am and grades 4-6 come at 9:30.

    Morning reading and math games

    Pierce students in 1st through 5th grades are invited to school early to play math games or read independently or with a friend! Starting Monday, October 2nd, students can drop in to the pit from 7:30-7:55am any Monday or Wednesday to read, and any Tuesday or Thursdays to play math games. Books and games are provided. No sign up is necessary. Students will not be admitted after 7:40. Please contact Susan Leipman for details.