Dear Peirce Families,
I hope that all of you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving weekend. It was wonderful to see many of you along the route of our Friendship Walk last Wednesday, and the children participated with enthusiasm in our Sing-Along following the parade. I look forward to hearing their stories about holiday travels and other adventures as I visit classrooms and see them in the hallways this week!
With only twenty school days left until our next break, we are taking advantage of every moment for learning. Thank you to everyone for helping us have a strong start to each school day by getting your children to school before 8:30 a.m. We are now entering the season when more gear is required [e.g. coats, hats, gloves, snowpants (soon!), and boots (soon!)], so please help your children plan ahead for an on-time start each morning. Thank you also for encouraging and supporting their independence with morning routines, including the management of materials.
One final request as we head into the winter months is that all adults please review and follow our parking/drop-off procedures. Adults should never drop off children on Temple Street. Drivers should drop off children only at the curb in the back parking lot. Please note that the curb is not available for parking, and the lot should be reserved for staff members. If you need to park and enter the school, please park on one of the streets surrounding the school. These rules are essential for keeping all children safe, and we appreciate your cooperation.
Next week, we will complete the first third of our school year! Fall conferences ended a few weeks ago, and mid-year progress reports will come home at the beginning of February. Please continue to review work and information sent home by teachers. If you have any questions or concerns about your child’s progress toward grade-level benchmarks or other aspects of your child’s experience at Peirce School, please do not hesitate to reach out at any time. We are eager for feedback to help us better facilitate your child’s growth and strengthen our communication with all of you..
In this season of gratitude and reflection, I am thankful to be a part of such a vibrant and supportive learning community. It is a pleasure and privilege to be your principal.
With best wishes,
Private School Applications: As families are considering private school applications for the 2017-18 school year, we respectfully ask that reference/transcript requests be given to Peirce staff as early as possible (preferably by December 1st) so that they may be completed well ahead of application deadlines.
Parent Coffee Dates: You are invited to join the principal for coffee on Friday, January 6th, 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 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: 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.
School Council: Our School Council, an Advisory Group comprised of parent, staff, and community volunteers, will meet at 7:30 a.m. on December 15th, January 12th, March 16th, May 11th, and June 8th. All meetings are held in the school library and are open to the public.