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,
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.