Clean Your Closets for Cradles to Crayons & Help Stuff a Van

Student Council and Social Action Need Your Help!!

CRADLES TO CRAYONS “STUFF-A-VAN” EVENT AT PEIRCE:  2 Ways to Participate!

(1) ORGANIZING DONATIONS & STUFF THE VAN ON FRIDAY MARCH 10, 3:30-5:00

  • Student volunteers and parent helpers/chaperones needed (ADVANCE SIGN-UP REQUIRED)  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/10C0C45A5A728A5FE3-cradles2/
  • Kids will sort and inspect donations in the Peirce gym and then will “Stuff the Van”! Kids can also participate in a project to provide well wishes to a recipient child.  
  • Note: this is not a drop-off event but if you need supervision for your child, volunteers are available.  Please contact Patty Eagan at patty.eagan@verizon.netor Paula Minella at pminella2010@gmail.com.

(2) BRING IN DONATIONS THIS WEEK (We need more donations to meet our collection goal!) 

  • New or gently used children’s clothes size 0-20, new socks and underwear, and new children’s toiletries (diapers and wipes are always in high demand). 
  • Purple collection bins are in the hall at Peirce.
  • The more donations we have, the more fun the children will have sorting and inspecting – and we want to STUFF that van!!!

Thank you!

Important Weekly Reminders and Information – March 2, 2017

ACTIONS, REMINDERS & UPCOMING DEADLINES: 

  • LAST CALL FOR ANNUAL APPEAL!:  THANK YOU to those of you who have given during this year’s Appeal!  Tomorrow is the final day of the Appeal so, if you haven’t yet given and you are one of those people who likes to push things to the very edge, the time has come!  No contribution is too small!

DONATE ONLINE NOW  www.peircepto.com/donatenow or leave your check in the box across from the office.

The PTO is operated and funded solely through the support of current Peirce families.  Every student benefits from the money raised!  Thank you in advance for your help in this final push!

  • KICK OFF THE MARCH MADNESS READING CHALLENGE BY DONATING BOOKS TO THE PEIRCE LIBRARY!:  Stop by the book table on Friday March 3rd at drop-off to purchase a book in honor of a special person in your life.   For each $15 donation a book will be plated with your honoree’s name and given to the library.  You can also donate online at http://peircepto.com/peirce-library-book-donation/ or via the forms sent home.   This drive is an important source of new books for the library – please join us in showing your support!
  • PEIRCE EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM:   Applications for the 2017-18 school year are now available. Is your child looking for something fun to do after school next year? If you are not familiar with Peirce EDP, you may think it’s only for children whose parents are working. Actually, many of the children who attend do so for the enrichment and social benefits.  Did you know that you can do just one day a week if you want? The Program offers many activities both indoors and out. Thematic units, field trips, special events, a musical, and classes like skiing/snowboarding, woodworking, and sports all make PEDP a great place for kids to be! For information, stop in, call the Program at 617-332-5881 or email us at kids@peirceedp.com.  Application deadline is Friday, March 10!  Kathy Lynnes, Executive Director

FYI…NO ACTION NEEDED:

  • IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
    • Through Friday 3/10 — Cradles-to-Crayons Drive & Library Book Donation Drive
    • Friday 3/3 — Walk-to-School Day
    • Thursday 3/9 — Early Release (12:30PM)
    • Friday 3/17 — Principal Parent Coffee (8:30AM)
    • Friday 3/31 — Peirce Family Movie Night

 

From the Principal- February 27, 2017

Dear Peirce Families,

I hope that all of you enjoyed the Vacation week!  Spring is in the air as we head into this next stretch of seven school weeks before April Vacation.  This Friday, we will have our monthly Walk to School Day, and we also will launch our annual March Madness reading tournament at Town Meeting.  During the four weeks of March Madness (March 3rd –30th), students earn points for their class teams as they read, and points are awarded for time spent reading rather than the number of pages read.  (For Kindergarten and First Grade, 15 minutes= ten points.  For all other grades, 30 minutes=ten points).  In an effort to make the competition fair for classes of varied size, we will be using the average number of minutes read per student for each class rather than the total minutes per class.  Information about submitting minutes will be sent later this week.  The winning class will be announced at our Town Meeting on April 7th

Thank you to everyone for your support of our Peirce PTO during the Annual Appeal.  These funds bring enriching Creative Arts and Sciences Programs into our school, provide essential instructional materials for our classrooms, build community through family events, and provide significant help with acquisition of Technology and Library Resources.  We appreciate your generosity!

Teachers will contact you soon to schedule Parent-Teacher Conferences for early March.   We look forward to sharing news about your child’s progress relative to grade-level expectations, and we welcome feedback and questions about your child’s experience as a Peirce student.

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

Family Movie Night: Mark your calendars for Friday, March 31st at 6pm!  The Student Council coordinated the school-wide vote again this year to choose a movie, and the overwhelming winner was Storks.  We hope to see you there!

Peirce STEM Fair:  The Peirce STEM Fair will be held on Wednesday, March 22nd, in the gym.   We are grateful to Coordinators Jay Bhawalkar and Gabriel Kreiman and all parent volunteers who are collaborating to bring our students an exciting day of learning about many aspects of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics!  Students will visit the event with their grade-level classes, and each child will experience six hands-on stations presented by parents who work in a STEM-related field. 

Parent Coffee Dates:  You are invited to join the principal for coffee on two Fridays, March 17th and May 5th, at 8:35 a.m. in the Art Room.  A major topic for coffees this year is the Responsive Classroom program, which we use as a key part of our social-emotional learning and culture-building at Peirce.   Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee will join us at the March 17th Parent Coffee.

Early Release Dates: Please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences:  March 9th and May 11th.

Concert Date:  Please mark your calendars for the Fourth and Fifth Grades Band/Strings/Chorus Concert on Tuesday, May 30th.  There will be 10:00 a.m. (for students and staff only) and 7:00 p.m. (for families) performances.

MCAS Dates:  Families with students in Grades 3-5, please note the following dates for MCAS test administration and avoid these dates when planning vacations and appointments: 

Grade 3 English Language Arts- April 26, 27, 28

Grade 4 English Language Arts- April 4, 5, 6

Grade 5 English Language Arts-April 3, 13, 25

Grade 3 Math- May 4 and 5

Grade 4 Math- May 8 and 9

Grade 5 Math- May 2 and 3

Grade 5 Science- May 10 and 12

27School Council:   Our School Council, an Advisory Group comprised of parent, staff, and community volunteers, will meet at 7:30 a.m. on March 16th, May 11th, and June 8th.  All meetings are held in the school library and are open to the public.

 

From the Principal- February 6, 2017

Dear Peirce Families,

Many students arrived this morning with tired eyes and broad smiles as they celebrated the Patriots victory!  There is also a happy buzz in the air that means Valentine’s Day and February Vacation are not too far away.

Progress Reports will be available at noon today through the Parent Portal online.  Please take time to log in and note your child’s performance relative to our January expectations.  Conference season is ahead of us in early March, and I also encourage you to check in with teachers if any information on the report is different than what you were anticipating based on prior communications.   Our goal is to have consistent communication that flows from the fall conferences and the mid-year report through the spring conferences and end-of-year report.   Please keep in mind that “3” is the target as defined by Newton benchmarks, which are set in accordance with state expectations.  It is always better to ask a question about your child’s performance than to wonder, so please keep the lines of communication open with teachers.

            Tonight, we will have an information session for parents of incoming Kindergartners at Newton North High School Auditorium, 7:00 p.m.  More information about the Kindergarten registration process can be found at http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/2912.  Registration and Screening appointments will be held on the mornings of March 7th and March 14th at Peirce.  If you have an incoming Kindergartner and have not already scheduled an appointment for one of those mornings, please call Mrs. DeSantis at 617-559-9630 to do so.

            Many Thanks to the parents who attended last Friday morning’s Parent Coffee to talk about our work with Responsive Classroom and Classroom Discourse in Math.   I was joined by teachers Anne Carey, Jamie Lightfoot, and Elka Kuhlman, and these professionals were able to give concrete examples about the impact of Responsive Classroom practices on students.  Each day, teachers plan their lessons with the belief that academic and social/emotional learning goals can be achieved simultaneously as students collaborate and learn how to respectfully share ideas.   I look forward to continuing community discussion about Responsive Classroom work, and I encourage you to see the paragraphs below for dates of future Parent Coffees on this topic.

 With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

  Parent Coffee Dates:  You are invited to join the principal for coffee on two Fridays, March 17th and May 5th, at 8:35 a.m. in the Art Room.  A major topic for coffees this year is the Responsive Classroom program, which we use as a key part of our social-emotional learning and culture-building at Peirce.   Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee will join us at the March 17th Parent Coffee.

 Early Release Dates: Please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences:  March 9th and May 11th.

 Concert Date:  Please mark your calendars for the Fourth and Fifth Grades Band/Strings/Chorus Concert on Tuesday, May 30th.  There will be 10:00 a.m. (for students and staff only) and 7:00 p.m. (for families) performances.

 MCAS Dates:  Families with students in Grades 3-5, please note the following dates for MCAS test administration and avoid these dates when planning vacations and appointments: 

Grade 3 English Language Arts- April 26, 27, 28

Grade 4 English Language Arts- April 4, 5, 6

Grade 5 English Language Arts-April 3, 13, 25

Grade 3 Math- May 4 and 5

Grade 4 Math- May 8 and 9

Grade 5 Math- May 2 and 3

Grade 5 Science- May 10 and 12

 School Council:   Our School Council, an Advisory Group comprised of parent, staff, and community volunteers, will meet at 7:30 a.m. on March 16th, May 11th, and June 8th.  All meetings are held in the school library and are open to the public.

From the Principal- January 24, 2017

Dear Peirce Families,

This week marks the mid-point of the school year, and we continue to focus on both the academic and social/emotional development of our students.  You will receive feedback about both of these learning domains when Progress Reports are released on Monday, February 6th.  The reports will be available through the Parent Portal, and I hope that you will let me know if you have any technical difficulties.  The information in the reports will be a good basis for planning Parent-Teacher Conferences, which will take place in March.   Teachers look forward to sharing insights about your child’s growth as a student, citizen, and well-rounded person, and our goal is for each child to develop a deep knowledge base, effective communication skills, and strong social/emotional intelligence.  We are eager to partner with you in celebrating and strategizing as we move toward this goal.

At Town Meeting on January 13th, First Graders taught everyone in the school about the true meaning of friendship with a poem based on the book Stick and Stone.  All students read this book before the assembly, and the First Graders’ presentation was a perfect complement to the themes discussed and celebrated during the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Weekend.  Please take a moment to ask your child what he/she learned about friendship from Stick and Stone!

This morning, our Fifth Graders, under the direction of Christen Fitts, Ed Harlow, and Tom Sheppard, presented a wonderful Instrumental and Choral Concert.  Parents are in for a treat at the evening performance!

I hope that the rest of this week is a fulfilling one for all of you, and I invite you to let me know how I can assist you with any questions or concerns about your child’s experience at Peirce School.

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

Parent Coffee Dates:  You are invited to join the principal for coffee on Friday, February 3rd, at 8:35 a.m. in the Art Room.  A major topic for coffees this year will be the Responsive Classroom program, which we use as a key part of our social-emotional learning and culture-building at Peirce.   Future coffees will be held in the Art Room (8:35-9:15 a.m.) on March 17th and May 5th.  Superintendent of Schools Dr. David Fleishman and members of the Newton School Committee will join us at the March 17th Parent Coffee.

Early Release Dates: Please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences:  February 1st (Wednesday), March 9th, and May 11th.

Concert Dates:  Please mark your calendars for the Band/Strings/Chorus Concert dates.  The dates are:  January 24th for Fifth Grade only and May 30th for Fourth and Fifth Grades.   There will be 10:00 a.m. (for students and staff only) and 7:00 p.m. (for families) performances on both dates.

MCAS Dates:  Families with students in Grades 3-5, please note the following dates for MCAS test administration and avoid these dates when planning vacations and appointments:

Grade 3 English Language Arts- April 26, 27, 28

Grade 4 English Language Arts- April 4, 5, 6

Grade 5 English Language Arts-April 3, 13, 25

Grade 3 Math- May 4 and 5

Grade 4 Math- May 8 and 9

Grade 5 Math- May 2 and 3

Grade 5 Science- May 10 and 12

School Council:   Our School Council, an Advisory Group comprised of parent, staff, and community volunteers, will meet at 7:30 a.m. on March 16th, May 11th, and June 8th.  All meetings are held in the school library and are open to the public.