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Pierce Newsletter ~ October 28, 2022 ~

DASH...tommorrow! Join Us! Saturday October 29th 9AM at Pierce

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Principal's Message

Dear Pierce Families,


Tomorrow is the day: Dash for a Playground will be Saturday, October 29th starting at 9AM. There is still time to register. Come out to support the runners, walkers and the community. We can't wait to see you there!


Community Suppers are Back!

Come join us at Pierce for a Community Italian Dinner, sponsored by the Pierce PTO. The dinner will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the school from 5:30 - 6:30. Please feel free to contact the school if you are interested in volunteering at the Supper or helping to prepare food.


4th Grade Field Trip

The 4th graders had a wonderful adventure exploring Great Bay, photos can be seen below.


Black Bear Day - Outdoor Learning

We had a wonderful afternoon in Black Bear Outdoor Learning activities. Each of the children worked in mixed age groups to explore the forrest and learned about chipmunks. Children made obsevations and recorded their observations in their nature journal. Later they read about chipmunks and created headbands. inally they working in teams to have relay races and a scavenger hunt. It was a beautiful afternoon.


Special: Art


Halloween Parade:

Monday, October 31st at 10:30. Please join us! If it is raining we will still have the parade, inside the school.


Warmest regards,

Beth Gibney — Principal

Bear Den News - Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS


10/29/22 - Dash for a playground 9:00AM - Saturday


10/31/22 - SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - Art

10/31/22 - Halloween Parade - 10:30AM

11/8/22 - Reminder: No School NOVEMBER 8TH

11/15/22 - Picture retake day


10/29/22 - Pierce PTO Dash for the Playground 5K @ 9 am

10/31/22 - SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - Art

10/31/22 - Halloween parade @ 10:30 am

11/2/22 - Lanterns with Jeannie Connolly (following specials schedule)

11/2/22 - PTO Meeting @ 6 pm

11/3/22 - 3rd Grade to GEP Library @ 2:20 pm

11/8/22 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (K-8/CVHS PD DAY)

11/10/22 - 4th Grade to GEP Library @ 2:10 pm

11/10/22 - Community Supper - PTO ran @ 5:30 pm

11/11/22 - NO SCHOOL - Veterans Day

11/14/22 - SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - Library

Turkey Raffle

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Pierce PTO Sponsors Turkey Raffle

The Pierce PTO is sponsoring a farm fresh turkey raffle for Thanksgiving. The L&L Farm in Deering NH has donated two 15+ lbs. turkeys. Tickets will be sold for $10 each and will first be available for purchase at the Dash for a Playground event this Saturday. Tickets will be sold up until the raffle pull just before Thanksgiving (date to be announced) through the QR code or in person at the school. Two winners will be chosen the day of the raffle pull.

Great Bay Field Trip - Grade 4

Together FES 3rd and 4th grade and Pierce 4th grade attended a field trip to Great Bay Natural Estuarine Reserve this week and had an amazing time exploring the natural world. The trip was focused on the cultural heritage of the area. The children hiked trails, observed and learned about wildlife, conducted experiments alongside scientists and learned about the history of the people and land over the past two centuries.

Title 1 with Mrs. Pope

Happenings in Title 1 with Mrs. Pope



Did you know that the English language may very likely have more words than any other language? I recently learned that the Oxford dictionary has 600,000 words. Most of us adults probably know somewhere between 40,000 and 100,000 words. The average kindergarten student will begin the year knowing 4,000 words. What we are talking about here is vocabulary.


Vocabulary is a foundational component for learning to read, write, and speak. It can really be helped along , at home and at school, by listening to a wide variety of content rich stories and videos, that bathe your child in oral language. Very young children at home will certainly develop strong receptive vocabularies the more we talk with them and listen to them talk with us.


If you are interested in helping your child to become a better reader, writer and speaker, then exposure to more and more oral language may be the key that you are looking for. Try a nightly family read aloud, using a higher level text than your child can read on their own. Listen to audiobooks on car trips, rather than relying on videos or games. Visit the local library to see what audio books may be available.


Most of all, enjoy your time together, learning about the world around us….and watch that receptive vocabulary grow!!

SPOOOOOKY Stories by Fourth Grade


THE CREEPY STRANDED ISLAND

Adam Richard Healey


You are on a boat traveling to Australia,when a big tidal wave strikes the boat. Thankfully you survive by riding a piece of the boat to the shore because there are 10 bloody human eating sharks waiting to eat you if you fall off the boat.


You wash up on a stranded island. There are 500 huge spiders, and 100 bite killing snakes. There is a scary, creepy bat filled cave with bats that can fly up to 500 miles per hour. You find the dark scary cave and you go into the dark scary cave.


There are scary, creepy bats guarding a dark, creepy black box. What is in the dark creepy box? It is another dark creepy box. What was in the second dark creepy box? It is a small creepy doll. You see it blink, you rush and grab the doll and throw it into the ocean. When you are rescued, you never go back to the stranded creepy island again.

THE END



The Tale of Ivy and Lucky


By Ainslee Powell


Once there was a little girl named Ivy and she had a cat named Lucky. They loved taking walks around the block. One day they were taking a walk when a demon came out of nowhere and kidnapped them. Ivy and Lucky both fainted from fear.


When they woke up they were in the basement of the town school! Ivy's Dad told her to never go to the town school! It was too dangerous and had been abandoned for 100,000 years!


Ivy woke up and was shaking in fear. She tried to open the door but it was locked! She finally unlocked the door and opened it. When she opened the door she was in shock because there was a zombie standing there! Ivy grabbed Lucky and ran as fast as she could for the front door right before the zombie could eat her! She never went near the school again.



THE DEMON

BY CARTER SMULLEN


ONCE UPON A TIME THERE WAS A KID NAMED ADAM. HE WAS OUT LOOKING FOR SOMEONE TO TAKE HIM HOME BECAUSE HE WAS LOST. hE SAW A HOUSE AND HE WENT INTO IT BECAUSE HE WAS STARVING AND HADN’T EATEN FOR SEVEN DAYS. WHEN HE ENTERED THE HOUSE, IT FELT CREEPY. SUDDENLY, THE DOOR CLOSED RIGHT BEHIND HIM!

THERE WAS SILENCE ALL AROUND HIM. SOMETHING TOUCHED HIM. HE LOOKED BEHIND HIM AND HE CAUGHT A GLIMPSE OF A DEMON. tHE DEMON ATTACKED ADAM AND ATE HIM. NO ONE EVER SAW ADAM

AGAIN AND NO ONE EVER WENT IN THE HOUSE AGAIN…


THE END

All the Information: Dash for a playground!


Register up to the morning of the race!


Come support the Pierce School PTO in raising funds towards a new playground.

This race will feature a loop of about 3.5 miles, half on the road, and half on the Bennington rail trail. The course has two small hills and is otherwise flat. Refreshments and baked goods after the race.


Walkers: 9:00 am - Runners: 9:30am - Kids Run: 10:15AM


Registration: $25, The first 50 registrants recieve a commemorative t-shirt.


Registration can be found in this link.


Want to donate more? Click here!

Conval News - Public Forum

ConVal News

ConVal Community Forum – Thursday, November 10, 2022

Alia Spring

Oct 27

Location - Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal High School and Live Stream

As part of our continuing commitment to provide an open, transparent and informative dialogue with the ConVal community, your School Board and Administration announce our fourth ConVal Quarterly Community Forum. This forum will take place both at the Lucy Hurlin Theater at ConVal High School and via live stream on Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6:30 PM until 8:30 PM

Live stream participants will be able to submit questions to the forum presenters, school board and administration during the forum via email.

The Live Stream can be viewed on YouTube post Forum. Additional reminders will follow in the coming weeks, including an agenda.

After discussion, the School Board has decided to host a Meet and Greet for in-house attendees of the forum. The Meet and Greet will start at 8:30 PM. It will be an informal get together with you, school board representatives and administration. It is important for all of us to get to know each other as we all have the same goal, with that being providing the best and most cost effective education for our children.

Our planned presentation and discussion topics are:

  1. Building renovations – initial activities and direction.
  2. Strategic Plan - This important and far-reaching topic discusses the Strategic Planning process and summarizes the five year Strategic Plan that will involve the below priority areas:
  • QUALITY CURRICULUM AND INSTRUCTION
  • SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES & CLIMATE
  • SUPPORTIVE STRUCTURES FOR DIVERSITY, EQUITY, INCLUSION, AND ACCESSIBILITY
  • EFFECTIVE AND EFFICIENT ORGANIZATIONAL STRUCTURES, FINANCIAL PROCESSES, AND INFRASTRUCTURE
  • MAINTAIN HIGH QUALITY STAFFING THROUGH RETENTION, RECRUITMENT, AND CULTIVATING AND MAINTAINING A DESIRABLE WORK ENVIRONMENT.
  1. Upcoming Events. Activities that are important for the community to know about. The Safety audit, Key pending legislation impacting education, Status of pre K enrollment, Budget upcoming activities and schedules, School board meetings, Committee meetings etc.

We previously sent out a survey asking questions about the need for childcare and desire to attend the Meet and Greet. Due to logistics, lack of community need, and availability of staff, we will not be offering childcare for this forum. If you did not respond to the survey please click on the below link and fill it out so we will be fully prepared for our in-house audience and attendance at the Meet and Greet.

Please mark your calendars for this forum. Thursday, November 10, 2022 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

  • To see why you should attend in person please click HERE
  • To see why you should attend on-line please click HERE
  • To respond to our survey please click HERE

Thank you in advance for your participation and support.

Your ConVal School Board and Administration



S.E.L.- Behavioral Support - Corner

Happy beautiful fall weekend!

I hope everyone is able to enjoy the beautiful weather coming this weekend and stay healthy despite the many colds and illnesses now going around! Here are some great resources for this week.


Resource of the Week:


  • Smart But Scattered Kids - Dr. Peg Dawson (from New Hampshire!) is a leading expert in executive functioning and supporting students so that they can be more successful. On her website, she has several free resources, and also talks about the books she has written, which are fantastic at helping students both in and out of school. I have all of her books and would be happy to lend them out to anyone interested!



Article of the Week:


  • Executive Functioning Skills Practice at Home - This article breaks down different skills that can be practiced at home and how, with many ideas, as well as links to learn more about executive functioning. These activities can directly support students' organization and other skills while at school.



Family Activity:



  • Family Dinner - instead of a specific activity, this week I encourage you to pick a night to have dinner together as a family and do something together around the same time. Whether you have time for a board game together after dinner or only time to do an activity together over dinner, I encourage you to give it a try. Research has shown that students who are able to sit down and have dinner together as a family, are much more likely to be successful in school. (It can be super hard with work and after school activities, but even once a week is GREAT!). One easy game to play - tell a story around the table - each person shares one sentence, adding to the story as you take turns going around the table. Stories can become silly and fun!


Have a wonderful weekend and great week ahead!

Kristina Styren, School Psychologist

Kstyren@seresc.net

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COMING SOON - PODCAST

Bear Den Broadcast

We are excited to announce the first ever Pierce PODCAST! Where you will get a window into learning from the students' point of view.
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The Pierce PTO will be sponsering the sale of MUMS as their kick off fundraiser. All proceeds will support the NEW PLAYGROUND FUND. Mums will be delivered to the school in mid-September. Order Details will be sent val email prior to August 22nd.

2022 - 2023 District Calendar

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