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Pierce Newsletter ~ October 24, 2022 ~

STILL TIME TO REGISTER! Fun Run / Walk 5K October 28th 9:00AM

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Principal's Message

Dear Pierce Families,


We are less than a week away from our first ever Fun Run/Walk at Pierce. Dash for a Playground will be Saturday, October 29th starting at 9AM. There is still time to register. We would love to see as many people as possible participate, volunteer or come out to support the event.


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

This Thursday, October 27th, the 4th graders at Pierce and FES will be going together to Great Bay for an exploration at the Discovery Center. Please dress for the weather and in layers, it could be quite chilly. Hats, mittens and jackets!


Black Bear Day - Outdoor Learning

This Friday, October 28th, we will have out October outdoor learning day.


Reminder: Clothing - Rain Gear


It seems as though the rain held off all summer so it could give us more water this fall. If you are able, please send in rain coats and boots. If it is not raining very hard, children will be outdoors for recess, the grass and structures may be wet still and rain gear will help keep us dry. Please send a dry set of clothing to school as well, just in case.


Special: This week, our special is PE/Health.


Halloween Parade:

Monday, October 31st at 10:30. Please join us!


Warmest regards,

Beth Gibney — Principal

Bear Den News - Upcoming Events

UPCOMING EVENTS


This week's special is HEALTH & PE


10/24/22 - SPECIAL OF THE WEEK - Health & PE

10/25/22 - Math Coach, Colleen Roy at Pierce

10/27/22 - 4th Grade -Great Bay Field Trip with FES all-day

10/28/22 - Black Bear Day (PM)

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 - No School - Voting

Congratulations Ms Sutton

It is with great pleasure that I formally announce that Jenn Sutton has been awarded the Harris Center Educator of the Year award for instilling a love of the natural world in her students. Thank you for all of your hard work, devotion and passion. Congratulations Jenn for this very well deserved recognition.
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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!

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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