Things to Do This Week

  • 4/1: Attend the PTO meeting at 6:30 PM in the library (check the agenda here)
  • Sign up for BOKS
  • Send in your order form for Peirce Pride car stickers

3/31 – BOKS Begins

We are pleased to announce the return of BOKS, a before school physical activity program, at the Peirce School this spring. BOKS prepares children for a day of learning and is an important step in helping children gain an appreciation of the benefits of exercise and healthy choices that will last a lifetime. BOKS was inspired by Dr. John Ratey’s book “Spark.” Dr. Ratey, of Harvard Medical School, states that “exercise is the single most powerful tool that we have to optimize the function of our brains.” Classes are filled with team-oriented games and provide plenty of opportunity for play, since the program focuses on fun! A typical BOKS class is 40 minutes long and includes fun warm-up game or movement drills; running activity, relay races, obstacle courses and strength movements; fun game; and cool down and a BOKS Bit- a nutrition component of the program.

BOKS will run every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:20am to 8:05am. The session starts the week of March 30, 2015 and ends the week of June 22, 2015. Parents will be responsible for transporting their children to school. Children who attend a before school program are eligible to enroll and participate. Children in BOKS will be released to get into line outside (or inside) at the first bell. Kindergarteners will be escorted to the Kindergarten playground by one of the parent volunteers.

To sign up, please visit the registration page. Please note that a separate registration is required for each child. Children who participated in the fall session must fill out a new registration form in order to participate (although they will not be required to going forward).

BOKS is designed to involve the whole community and family. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or have any questions please contact Angela Snyder. You can also visit the BOKS website for more program details.

4/1 – PTO Meeting

Please join us at next week’s PTO meeting on April 1st at 6:30 PM in the library (see the agenda here). We will be discussing how to best staff next year’s PTO events. One idea that will be up for discussion is assigning leadership for 1-2 events/fundraisers for the year to each grade level. We’d love your input!

Volunteers Needed for Spring Fair

This year the Peirce PTO will again host the annual Spring Fair in June. We are looking for some folks to assist the current organizers (a few lovely ladies who have been running the fair for many years!) in planning this year’s fair and then take it over next year. If you are interested in running the Crafts, Food, or Planning please contact Lori Pescatore. We would love to be able to show you the ropes this year and then hand it off next year. This is a wonderful tradition we have had at Peirce for many years and we would love for it to continue.

Benefit the PTO by Running the Cause + Event 5K

Sign up to run the Cause + Event Boston 5K on Sunday, May 17th, choose Peirce Elementary PTO as your nonprofit, and $15 will be donated to the PTO! The more runners we have, the more money we raise; if you would like to start or join a Peirce team, please contact Angela Snyder. This race is extremely family friendly featuring a kids fun run and other kids programming; it has also been chosen as the goal race for the Arlington Fit Girls program, where 125 fourth and fifth grade girls including girls from Peirce will be running this race as their first 5K.

If Peirce provides 10 or more volunteers for packet pick-up or race day logistics on May 17, Cause + Event will donate $100 to our PTO. This opportunity is limited to the first five nonprofits to register 10 or more volunteers, so please let Angela know if you can volunteer!

Check out the website www.causeandeventboston.com for more information and to register runners, or email Angela Snyder to discuss a Peirce team or to discuss volunteer opportunities!

Peirce Pride Stickers

Order forms have been sent home for Peirce Pride vinyl car stickers. The stickers are 5” in diameter and are $3 apiece or 2/$5. To order, send in the form with cash or a check payable to Peirce PTO. Your stickers will be sent home in your child’s folder.

Coming Soon…

Orrell_flamingosThe Peirce flamingo flock is looking forward to warmer temperatures and the chance to roost on lawns in our community. Start thinking about the friends you’d like to surprise with a flock of flamingos, and watch for the order forms in early April!
(photo by Emo Orrell)