From the Principal- November 28, 2016

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,

Mark Chitty

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.

 

From the Principal- November 14, 2016

Dear Peirce Families,

            As we look forward to Thanksgiving next week, we are once again planning our Friendship Walk and Sing-Along, an annual event that highlights the unity and strength of our school community.  On Wednesday, November 23rd, Kindergartners will begin our parade at 10:45 a.m. and lead us along the following route:  Out the back door to Berkeley; Left on Berkeley;  Right on Temple;  Right on Sterling;  Left on Sewall;  Right on Prince;  Right on Berkeley;  Left on Exeter;  Right on Commonwealth;  Right on Ruane to the school’s back door.  We hope to see many of you as spectators along the way!  We respectfully ask that families do not accompany us on the walk as children walk with buddy classes and enjoy this time together as a student body.  At the walk’s end, students and staff will enjoy a Town Meeting assembly with a traditional sing-along.  Please note that we are not able to invite parents to the sing-along due to space limitations in our auditorium.   Dismissal will be at 12:00 on that day.

            This Friday morning, I invite all of you to join me for coffee at 8:35 a.m. in the Art Room.  Ellen Gibson, a Newton School Committee member, will be there to talk about the potential changes to school start times for future years.  This is an important issue that will affect everyone, so please join us if possible.

            Please see the paragraphs below for news about other upcoming events.  I wish you all a peaceful and enjoyable Thanksgiving with friends and family.

             With best holiday wishes,

Mark Chitty

 Congratulations to Third Grade Teacher Gennie Salzsieder and her family on the birth of Meta Corine Salzsieder on November 5th                                                   

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, 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.   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:  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.

 

From the Principal- October 17, 2016

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,

Mark Chitty

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.

Important Weekly Reminders and Information – September 29, 2016

ACTIONS, REMINDERS & UPCOMING DEADLINES: 

PEIRCE BOOK FAIR — VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:  

Thursday, October 20, 8AM – 8PM & Friday, October 21, 8AM – 4PM.

If you would like to volunteer to help with this annual event, please sign up at: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aacae2ba46-peirce.  . . . AND SAVE THE DATE!:  This annual event fosters the students’ love for reading and supports Peirce School.  We will have a wonderful assortment of children’s books available. Prices range from $4.99-$25.00.  Your child can even donate a book to their classroom from their teacher’s wish bin! On Thursday’s Family Night, there will be pizza and drinks for sale from 5PM-7PM. Enter a free raffle to win a book.  If you have any questions, please contact:  Patricia White, Karen Ghiron, Cindy Chew, Jaime Mason or Meggan De Jesus.

  • 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. 
  • 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!
  • INTERNATIONAL WALK TO SCHOOL DAY — Friday, October 7:  The Peirce community is an active participant in the National Safe Routes to School campaign designed to improve the health and well-being of children by encouraging them to walk and bicycle to school.  October 7 will be the first of our monthly Walk/Bike to school days and is also International Walk to School Day.  Please look for details about the related flag project that will be coming home in backpacks.   Walks take place on the first Friday of each month: October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5 and June 2. If you would like to meet up with other students, Mr. Nye will be at the corner of Temple & Comm. Ave. at 8:10. Please contact Sarah Keller sarahtkeller@comcast.net or Tamara Shepard shepard@yahoo.comwith questions.
  • FLU CLINIC:  The Flu vaccination clinic will be held at Peirce 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:

  • PEIRCE DIRECTORIES: A hard copy of the Peirce Directory will be going home in backpacks this week. Huge thanks to both Valerie Davisson for putting this year’s online and hard copy directories together, and to Tom at UPS in Newtonville who turned the project around in one day, and (once again!) gave Peirce a very generous printing price.
  • CURRICULUM NIGHT FOLLOW-UP:  Thank you to everyone who attended Curriculum Night on Tuesday.  For those of you unable to attend, the PTO handouts from the presentation will be going home in backpacks this week.
  • FIRST LONG DAYS FOR KINDERGARTENERS:  The first long day for Group A Kindergartners was on Monday.  The first long day for Group B Kindergartners will be tomorrow, Friday, September 30.  
  • PEIRCE EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM:  PEDP has part-time spaces available for the current school year.   PEDP offers many activities both indoors and out — thematic units, field trips, special events, a musical, and classes like skiing, tennis, yoga and cooking.  You can sign up for just one day a week. For information, stop in (downstairs at Peirce), call 617-332-5881 or email us at kids@peirceedp.com.
  • IMPORTANT UPCOMING DATES:
    • 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)
    • Thursday & Friday 10/20 & 21 — Book Fair & Book Fair Pizza Night
    • Saturday 10/22 — Mystery Dinner