Peirce Principal News
October 15, 2023
A Message from NPS Principals
Over the course of this week, NPS building and district leaders and the superintendent have been working together to support our community and to reflect on the week’s events. Collectively, we felt it was important to share the following message as an expression of our ongoing care and learning in these difficult times.
We share outrage and horror at the Hamas-led terrorist attack against Jewish and Israeli civilians and we recognize that some families did not hear us name those events and feelings in some of our initial communications. The unspeakable acts of violence that have been committed against innocent people are an atrocity. The loss of civilian lives in this attack, and ensuing war, has caused deep and lasting trauma for so many students and families here in Newton.
As an NPS team, our messages earlier this week were intended to convey support for our Israeli and Palestinian families, our community members with ties to the region, and all those impacted by violence and war. As a part of our commitment to keeping all children safe, we will continue to listen and engage in thoughtful conversations about how best to communicate and to be responsive to our diverse community's needs.
Through all of our shared work this week, it is abundantly clear that there is a common thread to the diverse viewpoints, opinions, feedback, stories, and reflections we have heard from our NPS families and students. Everyone, regardless of background, faith, or experiences yearns for reassurance that their children are safe and their identities are honored and protected.
As Dr. Nolin has written and reaffirmed in recent remarks at the city’s forum on hate and antisemitism, please know that our educators remain steadfast in their commitment to ensuring all students are valued, respected, and supported and that our communities are free from harassment, discrimination, and hate. We will continue to work together with our district and school leadership teams to support our students.
Newton Public School Principals
Caregiver Coffee Next Monday
Managing Bullying Behavior
What is bullying, and how do we prevent and address bullying behavior at the Peirce School? Please join a caregiver discussion about distinguishing peer conflict from patterns of bullying and helping students to manage both.
Monday, Oct 23, 2023, 08:15 AM
Peirce Book Fair
Community Block Update
Our last two Community Blocks have involved class and grade level groups focusing on cooperation, working together, and sportsmanship. The picture below shows Ms. Salzseider's class engaged in a challenge where students were asked to form groups according to colored dot stickers secretly placed on their foreheads-- all without talking! It was impressive and fun to see students cooperatively succeed in this activity using teamwork, nonverbal signals, and creative gestures.
Safety Day is October 18th
On Wednesday, October 18th, all Peirce students will participate in safety drills, including a fire drill, shelter in place, lockdown, and evacuation. The walk to our emergency site, the Neighborhood Club, will be supported by school resource officers, especially at street crossings. Prior to Safety Day, students will preview all drills with their classroom teachers, who will use kid-friendly language and age-appropriate information. At all times, students will be reminded that Safety Day is for practice. Please note that this is a yearly event that has been planned since the start of the school year; it is not a response to recents events or any specific threats.
Mark your calendars for the most popular Peirce adult event of the year!
Mystery Dinner is Peirce's largest fundraiser and a fun way for the adults in the community to enjoy an evening of socializing, food, and drink. The evening begins with a cocktail hour at 6PM
at The Neighborhood Club, then guests attend randomly selected small dinner parties. The night is capped off with everyone coming together for an end-of-the-night party at the dessert house.
The suggested donation is $75 per person. Donations above $75/person are graciously accepted and help fund the Creative Arts & Sciences program and other educational enrichment for our kids.
Purchase Tickets HERE
Dr. Alison Mountford
I have a varied job! I provide counseling support to individual students and groups of students. I also evaluate students to help better understand their learning profiles and identify learning disabilities. I work with teachers and parents to help support students and help them do their best learning. I have a stuffed pig named Bob who lives in my office and loves to visit classrooms on Fridays!
First Year at Peirce:
Dogs and Pigs
Children's Book: The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Adult Book: A Home at the End of the World by Michael Cunningham
Favorite Travel Destination:
Block Island, Rhode Island
Swimming, reading, hiking, and visiting new places,
Who Inspires you?
My students, my mom Lura who is 90 and still playing tennis and making new friends. The incredibly hard working teachers at Peirce.
What is the best part of your job?
Joking around with students! Seeing students push through a challenge and experience success.
Resources for Parents and Caregivers
The following resources can be helpful to those caring for teenagers. However, they can also provide assistance for elementary aged children as well. If you have any questions about. these resources or have any additional needs for supporting your child, please reach out to social worker Michal Shapiro, psychologist Alison Mountford, or to principal Andrea Vargas.
Mark your Calendar!
October 17- PTO Meeting, 7:00
October 18- Safety Day
October 23- Caregiver Coffee: Managing Bullying Behavior, 8:15, Peirce Library
October 23-27- 5th Grade Pumpkin Raffle
November 4- Mystery Dinner
November 7- Special Early Release
November 10- School Holiday: Veteran's Day
November 20- Caregiver Coffee: Elementary Students and Technology, 8:15, Peirce Library
Peirce Elementary School
170 Temple Street
Newton, MA 02465