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Arlington Center for the Arts’ Afterschool Artists Club

Arlington Center for the Arts has introduced “Afterschool Artists Club,” which will provide children in grades 3 – 5 the opportunity to come, relax, and create fun and engaging artwork following the Arlington Public Schools’ early Tuesday dismissal.

This afterschool class will run for two sessions (one 7-week session and one 8-week session) from 1:30pm – 3:30pm on Tuesdays during the school year. The first session will run from  09/15/15 – 10/27/15 and the second will run from 11/03/15 – 12/22/15. Tuition is $190 for the first session, $210 for the second.

For more information, feel free to look at their Fall 2015 Catalog at www.acarts.org or call their office at (781)-648-6220.

Mrs. T’s Camp

Mrs. T’s Playcare will run summer camp from August 24-28 and August 31-September 4. She will also be open for kindergarten children from September 8-11 (kindergarten starts September 15). Registration is required; please contact her at 781-316-3742.

2015-2016 Class Assignments and Supply Lists

Class assignments and supply lists for next year are finalized and were mailed to families the week of August 17th. Supply lists are also posted here on the Peirce web site.

2015-2016 School Calendar

The Arlington Public Schools calendar for next year is available here on the APS web site. Please note that elementary school hours have changed to 8:10 AM-2:30 PM on Monday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Tuesdays, elementary students will be released at 1 PM (lunch will be served).

To add the elementary dates to your personal online calendar, see the directions on the Peirce Calendar page.

Meetups for Incoming Kindergarten Families

Do you have an incoming Peirce Kindergartner?  If your child is entering Peirce in the Fall of 2015, join our mailing list and Facebook group to connect with other parents and to be notified of meetups that we will be scheduling over the next few months.  Email lisa.m.dasilva@gmail.com to join our email list, and join our Facebook group at https://www.facebook.com/groups/424471251061870/.

Upcoming meetups:

  • Fri 8/28, 3:30 PM at McClennen Park
  • Sun 9/13, 12 noon at McClennen Park for picnic lunch

Kindergarten Playground Project

The Kindergarten teachers, with the help of the PTO, have launched a fundraising effort to update the Kindergarten Playground! The Kindergarten teachers approached the PTO about this project early in the 2014-2015 school year, proposing the addition of musical instruments or art space to the playground to give children a creative alternative when waiting in line for the two swings, and seating so kids are not sitting in the dirt to eat snack.

In December the PTO voted unanimously to fund $3,000 toward this project. In April, Mrs. Lloyd submitted an AEF Grant for further funding.

This is NOT a discussion about a playground tear down or expansion of the existing footprint. Rather, the teachers want to use the existing structures and landscape as the foundation for designing a space that allows our children to better utilize their limited recess and to give our teachers the opportunity to use the playground as an outdoor teaching area, thereby increasing the amount of time children spend outside.

The School District will not begin looking at playground updates until the 2017 school year at the earliest, and we have been told that Peirce will be at the bottom of the list because the condition of the existing structure is good.

If you would like to support our Kindergarten Teachers in their effort to give our youngest students a play space that allows them to spend more time outside, and develop their sensory play, please consider donating to the Go Fund Me Campaign at: GoFundMe.com/peirceplayground. Please also consider sharing this link far and wide.  We also have a sign that you can print and hang up in your neighborhood (click here to download).  Many neighborhood families who do not yet have children at Peirce use the playground and might be interested in helping out.

If you would like to help out with the playground project, please reach out to the PTO at 2014peircepto@gmail.com.