From the Principal-April 5

Dear Peirce Families,

I hope that all of you enjoyed the beautiful weekend and that all of you who celebrated Easter had a wonderful holiday.  It was thrilling to have all of our in-person students back in the building this morning, and everyone was working hard to revisit the routines that help us learn safely and effectively together.  Thank you to all who remembered to send a towel or blanket in with your child so that we can have lunch and snack outside whenever possible.

On Tuesday morning, students will join staff members (who began on March 23rd) in the voluntary pooled testing program.  We strongly encourage families to enroll their children in this program as testing is one of the best ways we have to quickly identify infection and reduce the possibility of in-school transmission. If you would like your child to participate, please complete the opt-in form in Aspen.  Students will then receive their QR code from school staff members.  Please collect the sample at home and remember to send it in on Tuesday morning!  We will collect the samples in the classrooms. 

Many thanks to everyone for observing safe traffic and pedestrian behavior around our school, including both the Temple Street and parking lot sides.  On the parking lot side, it is imperative that students be dropped off only at the curb and that no one park or drop off students in the middle of the driveway.  We also request that parked cars be left on the street rather than in our lot, which is needed for staff members.  On the Temple Street side of the school, please be sure that your children cross the street only with the crossing guard at the crosswalk.   We depend on all adults in the community to follow these rules so that we can keep students safe!

With Best April Wishes,

Mark Chitty

School Photos are Next Week!  Please see the attachments below.

Tuesday, 4/13 – In-Person Photos

Wednesday, 4/14 – DLA Photos (Start time 1:00PM)

Coffee Pond -DLA Photo Day.pdf 

Coffee Pond Covid-19 Safety Measures.pdf 

Coffee Pond Online Ordering Guide 2020.pdf 

School Lunches:  Lunch will not be provided at school on Wednesdays or other Early Release Days (e.g.  April 5th and 8th) except for students who are staying for Peirce Extended Day.  Families who wish to obtain “Grab and Go” lunches on those days may do so at Newton North and Newton South High Schools.  On all days when students each lunch at school, free bagged lunches are available for all who want them.

Kindergarten Registration Reminder:  If your child will be 5 years old before September 1st and you have not yet begun the Kindergarten registration process for the 2021-22 school year, please contact Trisha Carey at 617-559-9630.  More information can be found here.  Please also share this information with neighbors for whom it may be relevant!

From Music Teacher Olivia de Geofroy:  There are a number of wonderful summer music camps and programs available in this area for children ages 6-18. If your child is interested, please take a look at this list: Summer Music Camps and Programs. There are out-of-state and overnight camps as well as local day camps on this list. Please feel free to email me at if you have any questions!

Fifth Grade Parent Information Night for Day Middle School:

 Peirce Parent Meeting

Time: May 13, 2021 07:00 PM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

Meeting ID: 860 2601 0136 ; Passcode: 567607

Revised MCAS Dates:

In-person students:

  • 5/10    ELA Grade 5
  • 5/11    ELA Grade 4
  • 5/13    ELA Grade 3
  • 5/17    Math Grade 5
  • 5/18    Math Grade 4
  • 5/20    Math Grade 3
  • 5/24    Science Grade 5

DLA students

  • 5/12    ELA Grades 3-5 
  • 5/19    Math Grades 3-5 
  • 5/26    Science Grade 5

Absences:  If your child will be absent from school for any reason, please call the Student Absence Line at 617-559-9650 before 8:00.  Also, please be sure that teachers have accurate information about dismissal routines for your child.

Parent Coffees:  Our next PTO/Principal Coffee will be held on Tuesday, May 4th.  Please join the PTO Presidents, Principal, and other parents on Zoom at 8:30 a.m. for coffee and conversation about topics of interest in our school community, including how we are maintaining connectedness with others during this time of pandemic. ; Passcode: 988612