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Pierce Newsletter ~ September 24, 2022 ~

Open House Tuesday, September 27th

Principal's Message

Dear Pierce Families,


September has been full of celebrations and success. Our first school field trip was wonderful. You may have already seen some pictures from the field trip on our website. Thank you to Gould Hill Farm for welcoming us to the Orchard.


This past Friday, we held our first Black Bear Day. The children made nature journals, hiked in the Bruce Edes Forest and made observations of the changes in our garden in the fall. It was a wonderful opportunity for a whole school event. Our fourth grade students demonstrated their leadership skills by helping to lead each group.


Title I Family Meeting and Open House

Please join us this Tuesday, September 27th, for the Title I parent information meeting and our fall open house. The Title I parent information meeting will be from 4:30 – 5:00 PM in the library. This meeting will allow us to plan events and activities for the school year together. It is important that we partner to best meet the needs of all students.


The Open House will follow from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Please remember to stop by the multipurpose room for resources from our community partners. Open House will give you a chance to see what your have been learning for the first few weeks of school.


Volunteers

Attention All Volunteers! We are in need of people to make popcorn before our assemblies, Friday's bi-weekly starting at 8:00am, and we need volunteers to help with lunch and recess duty daily from 11:00 – 12:30. These volunteers do not need to be the same person each time. Sign up for times that may work for you and we will provide training. The only requirement is that you have been fingerprinted. Please contact Robin in the main office if you are interested in volunteering.


If you would like to join us as a chaperone or volunteer at school events, field trips or throughout the school day, you will need to have updated fingerprinting completed. Per School Board Policy IJOC all parent volunteers must complete a background and criminal records check prior to volunteering in the schools. At our Open House from 5:00 – 6:30 we will have a representative from the SAU present to print those interested in volunteering.


PTO

The PTO mum fundraiser is now complete. If you have not picked up your mums, please contact the main office. We are pleased to report that the PTO earned nearly $1600.00 profit from mum sales.


In October, our first annual Fun Run 5K will be held on October 29th at 8 am. Please remember to register today through this link. If you or someone you know is associated with a local business I would like to sponsor the Fun Run, please contact either the main office or Amy Powell, our PTO president, at ptopierceelem@gmail.com. We are very excited to celebrate fall with all of you at the Fun Run. We encourage friends and family, neighbors in Bennington and surrounding towns to register today. We will also be in need of volunteers for this event! Please contact the main office if you can help.


Special: Next week we will welcome Miss Brett, our library media specialist, for library class.


The NWEA MAP Test (Measures of Academic Progress) is an adaptive achievement and growth test. It creates a personalized assessment experience by adapting to each student's learning level—precisely measuring progress and growth for each individual student. Grades 1 - 4 will be assessed three times per year in reading and math and Kindergarten will be assessed in the spring in reading and math. Fall NWEA testing will be held this week and next. Families will receive performance reports with first trimester progress reports.


I am looking forward to seeing you all on Tuesday!


Warmest regards,



Beth Gibney — Principal

Gould Hill Farm Apple Orchard

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Apple Prints Grade 2

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Black Bear Day

Thank you, Dave Murray from Murray Farms in Concord NH

Our fourth graders demonstrated their leadership skills when helping to unload the truck of over 300 mums with Dave Murray. Great job fourth grade!
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Picture Day, Tuesday, October 4th

Join PTO Today! We need you!

We want you to partner with us! As you know, we have raised nearly $40,000 for the new playground. Our PTO has been the lead force to raise those funds. Please consider joining our PTO and help to raise money, plan special events, field trips, after school activities and support our school. Our PTO meetings are held on the first Wednesday of each month in the school library beginning at 6:00 PM. Child care will be available. Even if you cannot make every meeting, we still need you! For any questions please contact Amy Powel, PTO president at ptopierceelem@gmail.com.

Social - Emotional - Behavioral Support - Corner

Resource of the Week:

Child Mind Institute's Family Resource Center - A website full of helpful articles on a variety of topics to help parents in supporting their children at home


Article of the Week:

(From Child Mind) What to Do (And Not Do) When Children Are Anxious by Clark Goldstein, PhD


Family Activity:

Make a "Fall Bucket List"! Take time as a family to write down all of the fun fall-only things you want to do before the season is over (whether it's carving pumpkins, enjoying a cup of cider, or taking a walk to find the prettiest leaf!) Brainstorming together can help communicate our hopes and expectations with one another, and have even more fun as a family.



Kristina Styren, School Psychologist

Kara Shoen, School Counselor

Fun Run / Walk 5K October 28th 8:00AM

Dash for a playground!


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!

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Calling all Businesses: Sponsor our Fun Run and your Logo will be on our race t-shirts

Sponsorship donation is $150 or more and business logo must be provided to allow printing on shirst. Businesses interested should contact the front office at Pierce (603)588-2131 or email Beth Gibney bgibney@conval.edu, if you are interested in sponsoring the Fun Run.

ConVal News Blog

The ConVal School District has news blog to serve as a hub for the latest updates, information and news about the district’s schools, students, faculty, events and accomplishments.


The blog, ConValNews.com is integrated into the schools and District’s Facebook and Twitter accounts and will automatically broadcast news blog content onto these platforms, connecting directly with the district community.


With a clean, user-friendly and mobile responsive layout, the news blog allows for easy navigation throughout. It can be accessed on computers, cell phones and tablets. Community members can subscribe and be notified by email when new posts are published.


Parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members should still utilize the district’s main website, Convalsd.net, to access the District-wide calendar of events, contact information, school committee meeting notices and minutes, important documents and notices and to view general information about the district and its schools.

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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RESOURCE: Fuel Assistance Application

SOUTHERN NEW HAMPSHIRE SERVICES, INC.

Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

P. O. BOX 5040 MANCHESTER, NH 03108- 5040

FUEL ASSISTANCE PROGRAM 2022-2023

This is an EARLY REGISTRATION for households that applied for Fuel Assistance last year. Eligibility is usually based on the household income for a 30-day period. Complete the application and send it back to us with accompanying documentation before 4/30/2023.

1. To apply by MAIL please do the following:

  • Complete both sides of the application form.
  • List everyone actually living in your home at the time that you fill out the form.
  • Report all income for everyone in your household during the same 30 day period.
  • Send proof of all income received for the last 30 days prior to the date that you send in the application. Send in last 6 weekly or the last 3 biweekly stubs. Documentation that you send in, checks, payroll stubs, bank statements, award letters, and wage forms, etc. must be for income received after July 1st, 2022 and received in the last 30 days before you mail us your application.
  • Send in a complete signed copy of the 2021 Federal Tax Return (Form 1040) for each adult in your household.
  • Send in copies of the Social Security cards for all the members of your household.
  • If one or both parents are not in the household, please fill in the top part of the Child Support Verification Form.
  • If you need additional wage or child support forms, pick them up at one of our outreach offices.
  • If you rent and your heat is included, send in the completed Landlord Verification Form. Your application will be denied for insufficient documentation if you are a renter and we do not have your completed form as this is a mandatory form for all renters with heat included.
  • If you are behind on your rent or mortgage, please provide a statement from your landlord or mortgage company showing the amount you are behind.
  • If you receive Food Stamps, send us a copy of your most recent award letter with all pages.
  • Please request and send in a 12 month usage history from your vendor if you heat with oil, propane or kerosene.
  • Please write in your primary fuel type and indicate how much fuel you have in your tank at this time.
  • Although the Fuel Assistance Program can only pay for permanently installed electric heat, you may still apply for The Electric Assistance Program for non-heating electricity needs.
  • If there is a supplementary benefit this year, it can only go to your primary fuel vendor.
  • SIGN THE APPLICATION. We cannot process it without your signature.
  • This application should be filled out and returned to us immediately through the mail.
  • Please note: We will be processing applications this summer before the official opening of the program. You may receive a letter, an email or a phone call asking you for additional information. We cannot process an application until we have all the necessary information and documentation per the program rules. Thank you for your cooperation.
  • A secured drop box has been installed at all Resource Centers to make it easier to get documents to us.

2. To apply On-Line:

· Please visit www.snhs.org/programs/energy-programs/low-income-home-energy and print out the Program Year 23 Fuel Assistance application and return to SNHS via mail or the drop box located at each Resource Center.

PLEASE READ!

The level of federal funding for next winter’s Fuel Assistance Program (FAP) may not be known for several months. You will not receive written notification of your eligibility until NH has received notification of available funds. You WILL receive written notification if your application is incomplete or your household has been denied for any reason. Please complete and submit your FAP application for the 2022-2023 heating season as soon as possible. COMPLETE applications that meet all FAP requirements will be certified as eligible. We cannot pay any bills until the program officially opens generally on December 1st, 2022.

Resource Centers that are open from 8:30 to 4:30 daily by phone.

40 Pine Street in Manchester 647–4470 or 1-800-322-1073

134 Allds Street in Nashua 889–3440 or 1-877-211-0723

9 Vose Farm Rd in Peterborough 924–2243 or 1-877-757-7048

9 Crystal Avenue in Derry 965–3029 or 1-855-295-4105

55 Prescott Road in Raymond 895–2303 or 1-800-974-2303

146 Lafayette Road in Seabrook 474–3507 or 1-800-979-3507

4 Cutts Street Suite 1A in Portsmouth 436-3896 or 1-800-639-3896

85 Stiles Rd, Suite 103 in Salem 893-9172 or 1-800-939-9172

SNHS FUEL & ELECTRIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM APPLICATION 2022-2023

Hillsborough and Rockingham Counties

If you wish to apply BY MAIL, fill in FRONT and BACK of this application and return to: Southern New Hampshire Services, Inc., Fuel Assistance Program, P.O. Box 5040, Manchester, NH 03108-5040. Application must be received by or before 4/30/23.

Please print clearly on all sections of the form. You must sign the application on the reverse side.

List the names, sex (M or F), Social Security numbers (SSN) and date of birth (DOB) of ALL the people who live in your home. For each member of the household write Yes or No if they have Health Insurance (private, Medicare or Medicaid) and if they are working. If in school write current grade or last grade completed.

NAME Sex SSN

1.__ ________________ /_____ #___________ DOB _________ Insur_______ Work____ School_______

2._____________________________ /_____ #________________ DOB ________ Insur____ Work____ School______

3._____________________________/ ____ #_______________ DOB _______ Insur____ Work____ School______

4._____________________________ /_____#________________ DOB _________ Insur____ Work____ School______

TOTAL # OF PEOPLE living in your house in the last 30 days: __4____ Add a sheet for more people.

YOUR CONTACT INFORMATION:

Street: ______________Apt #______________City: _____NH Zip: ________-_____

Mailing if different: Street ____________Same_________ City: ____________ Zip: _______-_____

Is this a new address? Yes ( ) No ( ) Phone #:____ 0_____Message/Cell #_________________

Email address for additional information if needed: _________________________________________

WEATHERIZATION: Would you like to have your home or apartment weatherized? Yes ( ) No ( x )

See enclosed program description. Renters must have a signed Landlord Tenant Agreement.

HOUSING INFORMATION:

House type: Single _______Duplex ___Multi (3+) family ___ Condo___ Mobile home ___Room ___

TOTAL # of rooms you have: ____Do not count halls, bathrooms, pantries and closets.

Have you lived in this location for one year or more? Yes ( ) No ( )

HEATING FUEL SECTION: Fuel Type: _________Your Fuel Co.: _____________ Account #____________

Have you used this vendor for the last 12 months? Yes ( ) No ( )

How much fuel is in your tank now: __________When was your last delivery? __________

If you heat with Natural Gas or Electricity: Is your service currently disconnected? Yes ( ) No ( )

Do you have a disconnect notice? Yes ( ) No ( )

**Only permanently installed electric heat bills can be paid.

Do you own your home? Yes ( ) No ( ) Monthly Mortgage amount $___­­­­__________

Owners, please send in a current mortgage statement.

Do you rent? ** Yes ( ) No ( x ) Full Monthly Rental amount $________________

**RENTERS: a COMPLETED & SIGNED Landlord Verification Form is MANDATORY for renter with heat included**

Your Fuel Assistance application will be denied if you don’t provide the Landlord Verification form.

Does an agency help you pay your rent? Yes ( ) No ( x ) Your monthly portion of the rent $___________

Is heat included in the rent? Yes ( ) No ( )

ELECTRIC ASSISTANCE PROGRAM: This is the program that provides a monthly discount on your electric bill. Would you like to apply for the Electric Assistance Program at this time?

Yes ( ) No ( x ) Electric Utility: ____________________________ Account #:______________________

TAX RETURN: Send in a complete, signed copy of the 2021 tax return for each adult in the household. DNF

SOCIAL SECURITY CARDS: Send in copies of Social Security cards for everyone in the household.

DO YOU GET FOOD STAMPS (SNAP)? Yes ( ) No ( x ) If yes, send a complete copy of the Food Stamp letter.

INCOME SECTION: Please check the types of income received by all in your household. You must send in proof of all income received and make sure your name is on the documents.

DHHS: For TANF: NHEP, FAP or IDP; FWOC, APTD, ANB and OAA, send in a complete copy of your most recent decision letter. (All pages’ front and back)

CHILD SUPPORT: Complete the enclosed child support form and send in proof of total amount received

and/or paid in the last 30 days.

DISABILITY: For Workers Compensation, Short Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Veteran’s benefit, send in proof of total gross amount received in the last 30 days.

EMPLOYMENT: Send in copy of last 6 weekly or 3 bi-weekly pay stubs for each household member.

SELF EMPLOYMENT: If any member of this household is self-employed, a signed 2021 Tax Return and

all attending schedules are required.

RENTAL INCOME: if any member of this household has rental income, a signed 2021 Tax Return is

required. If you do not file a tax return, please call your local outreach office for additional instructions.

For any PENSION: Send in proof of total gross amount received in last 30 days.

For any Retirement Fund Disbursement (IRA, 401K, 403B, SEP etc.): Send in proof of total gross amount withdrawn in the last 365 days, from the date of your signed application.

SOCIAL SECURITY: Send in a copy of the check or the most recent award letter or current bank statement (all pages) for total amount received monthly for each person receiving Social Security, SSDI and SSI payments.

UNEMPLOYMENT: Send in copies of the last 6 pay stubs for each person receiving unemployment pay.

INTEREST / DIVIDEND: Send in the most recent bank statements for all accounts to show total amount received in last 30 days. Include interest on CD’s, investment accounts, etc.

OTHER INCOME: Not listed above, fill in the spaces below and send the documentation (copies of checks, check stubs, benefit letters, etc.) when you return this form:

Income Type: 1. __________________________ 2. ____________________________

Release and Conditions:

I understand that this application is only a request for assistance. No assistance can be provided until the application is completed and approved. I understand that assistance is based on the availability of funds. I authorize the Fuel and Weatherization Assistance Programs to contact any necessary third party in order to verify my household income and any other information necessary to determine my eligibility for assistance. I authorize the Fuel Assistance Program to obtain a record of my annual energy consumption, costs and billing information from my heating and electric company for purposes of program operation and evaluation. I authorize the Community Action Agency to provide my household data to their internal information systems for the purpose of program evaluation and reporting. I authorize the Fuel Assistance Program to call the listed vendor/landlord in the event of an energy emergency. I understand that a final determination of eligibility for the Weatherization Program does not take place until a home energy audit has been completed by certified Weatherization Program personnel. I understand that the information that I am providing is for the purpose of determining my eligibility for the Fuel and/or Weatherization Assistance Program(s). I understand that if I knowingly give inaccurate or incomplete information pertaining to my eligibility for the program(s), I am breaking the law and can be prosecuted; conviction may result in imprisonment and/or fine. Furthermore, I may be subject to administrative penalties which may include denial of eligibility and/or repayment of the assistance I received. The information that I have provided for this application process is true and correct. NH’s Fuel and Weatherization Assistance Programs prohibit discrimination based on race, color, creed, religion, sex, age, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, familial status and physical or mental disability.

In addition, I authorize the Electric Assistance Program to contact any necessary third party in order to verify my household income, electric usage or costs and any other information necessary to determine my eligibility for assistance. I understand that a final determination of eligibility for the Weatherization or Power Assist @ Home Program does not take place until certified Program personnel have completed a home energy audit. Further, I understand that this benefit is provided to assist our household in making full and timely payments on my electric bill.

We cannot process this application without your signature:

Signature Adult 1: ______________________________________ Date: _______________________

Signature Adult 2: ______________________________________ Date: _______________________

This is an early registration. We may send you a notice requesting additional information.

If you wish to apply later, you must schedule an appointment for a phone interview.

Please note: No payments will be made prior to the opening of the 2022/2023 Program, generally on December 1, 2022. The Fuel Assistance Program can only pay bills for fuel delivered after October 1, 2022 and for metered utilities (electric heat, natural gas and metered propane) billed after November 1, 2022.

If you have any questions about this application, please call us:

Manchester: 647- 4470 Nashua: 889- 3440 Peterborough: 924- 2243 Derry: 965- 3029

Raymond: 895- 2303 Seabrook: 474- 3507 Salem: 893- 9172 Portsmouth: 436- 3896

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Open House - Tuesday September 27th

Open House at Pierce will be held Tuesday, September 27th.

From 5:00 - 6:30 PM

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