Peirce Principal News
October 29, 2023
A Message from Ms. Vargas
Dear Peirce Families,
It's hard to believe that my own children- ages 17 and 13-- are still planning on dressing up and trick-or-treating this year. They used to always have themed costumes together: different crayon colors, Wonder Woman and Superman, or a hot dog and fries. This year we get Wednesday Addams and a t-rex.
With all the excitement and fun this holiday brings, I also want to share some important reminders:
- Students should continue to bring a healthy, filling snack to school each day this week. It can be tempting to make a dent in your candy stash at home, but candy does not qualify as a snack that will fuel students to do their best learning in school.
- Sharing candy (or any food) with other students is not permitted. To protect students with food allergies and to encourage healthy habits, students may not share or exchange food items at Peirce.
- Not all students celebrate Halloween. We often think of Halloween as a universal holiday, but please be mindful of the fact that some families do not participate in Halloween traditions for religious or other reasons.
Library Book Circulation Resumes
Dear Peirce School Community,
We are pleased to share that our library will resume circulation of library materials as of Wednesday, November 1st. As you remember, we had temporarily suspended book borrowing while we addressed the discovery of booklice in our collection.
Since that time, we have taken the following steps to remediate the issue:
Consulted with the Newton Department of Health and Human Services and our pest control vendor
Purchased and installed a dehumidifier for the library space
Monitored humidity levels regularly
Conducted periodic checks of books
As a reminder, book lice are a harmless organism that often live in warm, humid environments.
Please see the linked memo from the Newton Health and Human Services Department for more information.
We will continue to monitor the library books periodically. If you have any concerns about the books that your child brings home or any other issues, please contact Principal Andrea Vargas via email.
Director of IT and Library Services
Newton Public Schools
Coordinator of Library Services K-12
Newton Public Schools
Community Block Update
In Community Block, students have been working with their advisory groups to create posters. This past week, we also held our first Town Meeting of the school year. Students excitedly gathered to cheer for their advisory group names, a moment akin to the sorting hat placing students in houses in Harry Potter books and movies! Additionally, the Town Meeting reinforced themes that students have focused on during Community Block so far: getting to know one another and cooperating together.
Community Impact Event: Halloween Clean-Up
Let’s celebrate the Peirce School value of "I take care of my community" by cleaning up candy wrappers in your neighborhood the day after Halloween. We enjoy all that candy, now let’s make sure our community looks good too! Equip your kids with tongs and paper bags to collect as many candy wrappers as they can after Halloween night - your family will be helping both your neighbors and the Earth! Deliver the bag of wrappers and Halloween detritus to Peirce on November 1 or 2. We will have collection cans at the front and back doors. How many pounds of trash do you think our school community can collect? We'll let you know! To sign up to help with the collection bins on November 1 or 2, please contact Devon Villarreal at email@example.com or Noreen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Peirce Needs Your Pets!
Peirce now has a Missed Pets board outside the auditorium, featuring the animals we miss when we are at school. Peirce students are welcome to contribute pictures of their own furry, hairless, feathered, scaled, or even plush friends.
Students at Peirce can then use this board throughout the day to help stay (or get) ready to learn.For example, it can be incorporated into a movement break as a destination, used as a cognitive distraction when a child needs to "change the channel" in their brain, or as a small pick-me-up when they are missing their pet.
You can either email a picture to SEL Interventionist Dave McVey at email@example.com or print out a picture and send it in. Students will get a chance to put their pet's picture up themselves during a snack or recess time.
Staff Spotlight: Elsa Carvalho
I support ELL (English Language Learning) students to feel comfortable at Peirce while developing the English language and celebrating their home language. I spend my day moving around the building pulling ELL students for language instruction, as well as going into their classrooms to support their learning.
First Year at Peirce:
The Picture of Dorian Gray
Favorite Travel Destination:
walking, hiking, yoga, golf, piano, music
Where were you born?
What's something that makes you unique?
I speak three languages.
Who Inspires you?
Peirce FORJ: Anti-Discrimination Policy Discussion
Peirce FORJ invites all caregivers to join our next virtual meeting on Monday, October 30th. We will be joined by Newton’s Director of DEI, Kathy Lopes, to learn more about the NPS anti-discrimination policy. 7:30pm-8:30pm
Meeting link: meet.google.com/nji-qqri-ygm
Caregiver Coffee: Monday, November 20th
Caregiver Coffee: Technology at Peirce
You are invited to join other caregivers to discuss the role of technology in the lives of elementary students. Learn about current instructional uses for technology and advice for monitoring access and activity online. This conversation will be led by Principal Andrea Vargas and Jen Roy, Peirce's Technology specialist.
Monday, Nov 20, 2023, 08:15 AM
MCAS- Spring 2024 Dates
ELA- March 25 & 26
MATH- April 29 & 30
ELA- March 28 & April 2
MATH- May 2 & 3
ELA- April 4 & 5
MATH- May 6 & 7
STE (science, technology and engineering)-- May 13 &14
Mark your Calendar!
Peirce Elementary School
170 Temple Street
Newton, MA 02465