Dear Peirce Families,
As always, October is proving to be a busy month! Holidays gave us an irregular schedule for the past couple of weeks, but we are now back on track with full and productive weeks of school. In just this week alone, we look forward to the Book Fair (thanks to the hard work of Cindy Chew, Meggan De Jesus, Karen Ghiron, Jaime Mason, and Patricia White), a presentation of The Dragon King by the Tanglewood Marionettes (thanks to the hard work of Nancy Ghabai and Karen Ghiron), and our annual Mystery Dinner (thanks to the hard work of Rebecca Anderson, Lauren Dictenberg, and Christina Sliwa). Please join us on Thursday evening for pizza (5:00-7:00) at the Book Fair, which will be open until 8:00!
Thanks in advance to all hosts and participants for Saturday’s Mystery Dinner. This is always a wonderful time for building community and raising funds to support the work of our PTO. The resources and programs brought into our school through the Peirce PTO greatly enhance the quality of our students’ education, and we are grateful for everyone’s support.
On Friday, we held our October Town Meeting in the Auditorium, and Third Grade presented a video based on the book What If Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick. In their video, Third Graders acted out various behaviors that impact the whole community (e.g. cleaning up messes we create, remembering to be respectful of others’ space), and students in the audience had the opportunity to share their ideas about what would happen if everybody made the same choices. All students in the school read the book with their “buddy classes” before the assembly, and this experience was part of our effort to make our school a safe and enjoyable learning community for all. Our next Town Meeting will be on November 23rd, when we have our annual school sing-along after the Friendship Walk.
Please keep in mind that Conferences start next week, and everyone should sign up with classroom teachers for an appointment to discuss your child’s progress toward our grade-level expectations.
With best wishes,
Parent Coffee Dates: You are invited to join the principal for coffee on Friday, November 18th, 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. On the morning of November 18th, we will also have a visit from School Committee members, who will answer questions about potential changes to High School Start Times. Future coffees will be held in the Art Room (8:35-9:15 a.m.) on January 6th, February 3rd, March 17th, and May 5th.
Early Release Dates: Please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences: November 3rd, December 8th, February 1st (Wednesday), March 9th, and May 11th.
Concert Dates: Please mark your calendars for the Fourth and Fifth Grade Band/Strings/Chorus Concert dates. The dates are: January 24th (Snow Date of January 26th) and May 30th. There will be 10:00 a.m. (for students and staff only) and 7:00 p.m. (for families) performances on both dates.