Important Weekly Reminders and Information – September 22, 2016

ACTIONS, REMINDERS & UPCOMING DEADLINES: 

  • CURRICULUM NIGHT — Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM:   Hear presentations by Mr. Chitty, members of the staff and the PTO, and visit the classrooms to hear an overview of the coming year from your student’s teacher.

                6:30-7:10   Grades K-2 with teachers in classrooms 

                7:15-7:45   General Session in Auditorium: Principal and PTO                                                Presidents

                 7:50-8:30    Grades 3-5 with teachers in classrooms

                 7:00-8:15     Specialists in the Gym

Also, it has been an unofficial school tradition for parents to gather at a local restaurant after curriculum night to connect with friends. While this is NOT a PTO-sponsored event we would like to carry on the tradition.  This year parents will be gathering at The Local in West Newton. Hope to see you there.

  • PRINCIPAL PARENT COFFEE:  Please join Principal Chitty for coffee on Friday, September 30, at 8:35AM in the Art Room.  A major topic will be the Responsive Classroom program, which we use as a key part of our social-emotional learning and culture-building at Peirce.   
  • SAVE THE DATE — PEIRCE ANNUAL BOOK FAIR:  Mark your calendar for the Book Fair on Thursday October 20 & Friday October 21.  More information in the coming weeks!
  • PEIRCE 2016 MYSTERY DINNER:  Please put Saturday, October 22, on your calendar for a CULINARY ROAD TRIP ACROSS AMERICA!Think New Orleans Gumbo, St. Louis Ribs, Maryland Crab Cakes or Texas Steak.  We also need a family to host/co-host the dessert party as well as a number of families to host/co-host individual dinners.  If you would like to volunteer or need more information before making a decision, please contact Rebecca Anderson randersonlubov@gmail.com,  Christina Sliwa cgsliwa@yahoo.com or Lauren Dictenberg  lcasagra@hotmail.com.  The evening starts at 6PM.  Tickets will be on sale in early October. Thank you!
  • FLU CLINIC:  The Flu vaccination clinic will be held at Peirce Elementary School on Friday, October 7, 2016.  The following forms, in paper (not emailed or faxed)  are due to the school nurse no later than Wednesday, October 5, 2016:  
  1. Consent/Screening Form
  2. Student Vaccine Administration Record/Insurance Information Form

Forms are available online at http://www.newtonma.gov/civicax/filebank/documents/77654 or in the school nurse’ office.  Students who are not signed up will not receive the vaccine.  Information about the flu vaccine, including its risks and benefits, is described on the Vaccine Information Statement posted at www.newtonma.gov/flu.  The school nurse also has information and can answer any questions.  The CDC recommends the flu vaccine for everyone 6 months and older.
FYI…NO ACTION NEEDED:

  • FIRST LONG DAYS FOR KINDERGARTENERS:  The first long day for Group A Kindergartners will be Monday, September 26.  The first long day for Group B Kindergartners will be Friday, September 30.  
  • EARLY RELEASE THURSDSAY, SEPTEMBER 29 AT 12:30PM:   Please note that it is NOT noon, as was incorrectly posted in a couple of places.
  • IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
    • Tuesday 9/27 — Curriculum Night (6:30PM)
    • Thursday 9/29 — Early Release (12:30PM)
    • Friday 9/30 — Principal Parent Coffee (8:35AM)
    • Monday 10/3 — No School (Rosh Hashanah)
    • Friday 10/7 — Walk-to-School Day & Peirce Flu Clinic
    • Monday 10/10 — No School (Columbus Day)
    • Wednesday 10/12 — No School (Yom Kippur)

From the Principal- September 19, 2016

Dear Peirce Families,

            It was wonderful to see many of you at last Wednesday evening’s Back-to-School Picnic!  Many thanks to the team of Chris Hahm, Allison Kessler, Grace Niwa, and Prachi Samudra for bringing us this enjoyable evening.    

            Information about grade-level benchmarks, curriculum, and instructional strategies will be presented at Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 27th.  PTO Co-Presidents Suzanne Demeo, Sarah Kish, and April Stein and I will also hold a general session in the auditorium to give a general overview of life at Peirce School and ways in which all of you can get involved to make this an outstanding learning community.  Please see the evening’s schedule below and note that this event is for adults only.  If you are unable to join us on Curriculum Night or would like to preview some of the information that will be available that evening, please see the Newton Public Schools’ Curriculum page at:   http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/770.

 

Curriculum Night Schedule (Tuesday, September 27th):

 

6:30-7:10         Grades K-2 with teachers in classrooms

7:15-7:45         General Session in Auditorium: Principal and PTO                                      Presidents

7:50-8:30         Grades 3-5 with teachers in classrooms

7:00-8:15         Specialists in Gym

 

                       Kindergarten families, please note that the first long day for Group A will be next Monday, September 26th.  The first long day for Group B will be Friday, September 30th.

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

Important Weekly Reminders and Information – September 15, 2016

ACTIONS, REMINDERS & UPCOMING DEADLINES: 

  • CURRICULUM NIGHT — Tuesday, September 27, 6:30PM:   We hope to see everyone at Curriculum Night.  Hear presentations by Mr. Chitty, members of the staff and the PTO, and visit the classrooms to hear an overview of the coming year from your student’s teacher.

6:30-7:10   Grades K-2 with teachers in classrooms 

7:15-7:45   General Session in Auditorium: Principal and PTO Presidents

7:50-8:30    Grades 3-5 with teachers in classrooms

7:00-8:15     Specialists in the Gym

  • PARENT COFFEE DATES:  You are invited to join Principal Chitty for coffee on Friday, September 30, at 8:35AM 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 (8:35-9:15AM) on November 18, January 6, February 3, March 17 and May 5.
  • SAVE THE DATE — PEIRCE ANNUAL BOOK FAIR:  Mark your calendar for the Book Fair on Thursday October 20 & Friday October 21.  More information in the coming weeks!
  • PEIRCE 2016 MYSTERY DINNER:  Please put Saturday, October 22, on your calendar for a CULINARY ROAD TRIP ACROSS AMERICA!Think New Orleans Gumbo, St. Louis Ribs, Maryland Crab Cakes or Texas Steak.  We also need a family to host/co-host the dessert party as well as a number of families to host/co-host individual dinners.  If you would like to volunteer or need more information before making a decision, please contact Rebecca Anderson randersonlubov@gmail.com,  Christina Sliwa cgsliwa@yahoo.com or Lauren Dictenberg  lcasagra@hotmail.com.  The evening starts at 6PM.  Tickets will be on sale in early October. Thank you!

FYI…NO ACTION NEEDED:

  • A BIG PICNIC “THANK YOU”!:  Thank you to all the families and friends who came to the Back-to-School Picnic last night!   A special thank you to Allison Kessler, Grace Niwa, Prachi Samudra and Chris Hahm for putting it all together, and to all the volunteers who helped out during the event! We hope everyone had a good time and were able to reconnect with old friends and make new friends.
  • EARLY RELEASE DATES:  Please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences:  September 29, November 3, December 8, February 1 (Wednesday), March 9, and May 11.
  • CONCERT DATES Please mark your calendars for the 4th & 5th Grade Band/Strings/Chorus Concerts.  The dates are:  January 24 (snow date 1/26) and May 30.   There will be 10AM (for students and staff only) and 7PM (for families) performances on both dates.
  • IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
    • Thursday 9/29 — Early Release (12:30PM)
    • Friday 9/30 — Principal Parent Coffee (8:35AM)
    • Monday 10/3 — No School (Rosh Hashanah)
    • Friday 10/7 — Walk-to-School Day & Peirce Flu Clinic

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Have any questions?
Reach out to the Peirce PTO Tri-Presidents anytime at:

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From the Principal

Dear Peirce Families,

            I hope that the first week of school has been a good one for all of you.  Today’s fall air was certainly a relief from last week’s humidity!  Students and teachers have been busy getting to know each other, reviewing routines and expectations, discussing hopes and dreams for the school year, and launching the year’s first units of study.  A major feature of the next couple of weeks will be an initial round of Math and Literacy assessments as we gather baseline information about how students are performing relative to beginning-of-year expectations.  This assessment data helps us plan the best differentiation as we strive to meet the needs of each individual child and form effective small groups for instruction.  More information about grade-level benchmarks, curriculum, and instructional strategies will be presented by teachers at Curriculum Night on Tuesday, September 27th.  PTO Co-Presidents Suzanne Demeo, Sarah Kish, and April Stein and I will also hold a general session in the auditorium to give a general overview of life at Peirce School and ways in which all of you can get involved to make this an outstanding learning community.  Please see the evening’s schedule below and note that this event is for adults only.  If you are unable to join us on Curriculum Night or would like to preview some of the information that will be available that evening, please see the Newton Public Schools’ Curriculum page at:   http://www.newton.k12.ma.us/Page/770.

Curriculum Night Schedule (Tuesday, September 27th):

 

6:30-7:10         Grades K-2 with teachers in classrooms

7:15-7:45         General Session in Auditorium: Principal and PTO                                      Presidents

7:50-8:30         Grades 3-5 with teachers in classrooms

7:00-8:15         Specialists in Gym

 We also hope to see many of you at our Back-to-School Picnic this Wednesday evening, September 14th, (5:30-7:00 p.m.).  The picnic is always an enjoyable community-building event thanks to the work of many volunteers, and it is being organized this year by Chris Hahm, Allison Kessler, Grace Niwa, and Prachi Samudra.  Please join us!

We encourage all parents to think about ways that you might be able to volunteer your time, talents, and energy in the life of our school.  Volunteer opportunities may come in the form of field trip chaperones, room parents, Library helpers, coordinators for special curriculum programs, and other roles that teachers will define.  If you are interested in volunteering in the school this year in any role, please be aware that you will need to have active CORI (Criminal Offender Record Information) and SORI (Sex Offender Registry Information) forms on file with the school system.  These forms are available in the school office and must be resubmitted every three years.  Please note that the forms must be returned with a copy of a Driver’s License or other valid picture ID.        

Please remember that Picture Day is this Thursday, September 15th!

      It is a privilege and pleasure to serve as your principal, and I hope that you always feel free to contact me at mark_chitty@newton.k12.ma.us or (617)559-9630 with any questions, thoughts, or concerns.   I hope that all of you have a wonderful weekend, and I look forward to the year of learning ahead!

With best wishes,

Mark Chitty

From the Principal 8/26/16

Dear Peirce Families,

             Teacher assignments for the 2016-17 school year went out on 8/26.   If you did not receive your class assignments, please reach out to me. We continue to prepare the building and classrooms for our September 6th opening, and we look forward to seeing all of you soon!  Supply lists (http://peircepto.com/school-supply-lists-by-grade/) and staffing updates were sent out on Tuesday, and I ask that you please contact me at mark_chitty@newton.k12.ma.us if you did not receive this important information.

               I look forward to seeing all of you after Labor Day, with Grades 1-5 and Kindergartners in Group A starting on September 6th and Kindergartners in Group B starting on September 7th.  September 8th is the first morning that both groups of Kindergartners will attend school.  Please note that our first day of school, September 6th, begins our regular Tuesday dismissal time of 12:30 p.m.  On the mornings of September 6th and 7th, there will be a PTO-sponsored coffee for new Peirce families, 8:30-9:15 a.m.  Please also put our September 14th Back to School Picnic and September 27th Curriculum Night on your calendars.  All of these events are wonderful times to meet other members of the Peirce community, and Curriculum Night contains important formal presentations about your child’s upcoming year at school.

            In addition to weekly Tuesday dismissals at 12:30, please note that the following Thursdays will have dismissal at 12:30 for the purpose of professional development and conferences:  September 29th, November 3rd, December 8th, February 1st (Wednesday), March 9th, and May 11th.

          I welcome your questions, concerns, and thoughts and hope that you will feel free to call me at (617) 559-9630 or communicate through email at any time.  I look forward to greeting you at 8:20 a.m. on September 6th!

 With Best Wishes,

Mark Chitty