Peirce Principal News
December 17, 2023
A Message from Ms. Vargas
Dear Peirce Families,
Our community represents many different winter holiday traditions. At the core of each one are themes of light, peace, and love. I wish Peirce families all three of these as we approach the upcoming school vacation.
Thank you, Peirce Community!
A Message Regarding Physical Education
Gary Nye is currently on medical leave, and we look forward to his healthy recovery and return to Peirce in late January. Last week Peirce welcomed Sirin Buruk, who will serve as Peirce's PE teacher during Mr. Nye's leave. Here's Ms. Sirin leading kindergarten students in yoga on Friday. Welcome to Peirce!
Student Phones and Smartwatches
Please be mindful that students are not permitted to have access to smartwatches or phones during the school day. For a variety of reasons, these devices are distracting and disruptive to both the academic and social goals of elementary school. Unfortunately, we have had several instances of misuse of phones and smartwatches by students. If a student must bring a phone or smartwatch to school , it should remain in silent mode in their locker for the entire school day. Teachers will hold devices that are used during school hours until caregivers are able to reclaim them.Thank you for understanding and supporting this policy.
In coming weeks, our 4th and 5th grade Green Team members will be reminding drivers to refrain from idling during car drop off and pick up in the rear of the school. I congratulate their efforts to combat pollution from cars and uphold local law.
As a reminder, cars dropping off at Peirce should pull up along the blue zone in the back parking lot. The space following the blue zone (where the sidewalk turns inward toward the school buiding) is reserved for buses and handicap parking only.
Staff Spotlight: Georgia Smith
Inspiring students to express themselves through art and to learn to appreciate the artistic expression of others
First Year at Peirce:
Impossible Question! A few of my favorite authors: Geraldine Brooks, William Kent Krueger, Erik Larson, Colum McCann, Amor Towles, Barbara Kingsolver, Louise Penny, Kent Haruf
Favorite Travel Destination:
Another Impossible Question! Some of my best trips: Galapagos Islands, Tanzania, Morocco, Portugal, Costa Rica, Vietnam
Reading, Cooking, Gardening
Favorite Ice Cream:
Burnt Sugar from Christina's in Cambridge
What's something that makes you unique?
I grew up in New Orleans.
Who inspires you?
What is the best part of your job?
Helping my students create something they are really proud of
Mark your Calendar!
December 18- 3rd Grade Publishing Party, 8:15
December 21- 4th Grade Field Trip to Lowell Mills
December 25- Winter Break Begins
January 2- School Resumes
January 15- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
3rd Grade ELA- March 25 & 26
3rd Grade MATH- April 29 & 30
4th Grade ELA- March 28 & April 2
4th Grade MATH- May 2 & 3
5th Grade ELA- April 4 & 5
5th Grade MATH- May 6 & 7
5th Grade STE-- May 13 &14
Peirce Elementary School
170 Temple Street
Newton, MA 02465