Fools for the 80s!

What a Feeling! The first-ever 80’s Night party – a fundraiser hosted for the Peirce PTO – will be on April 1st…because we are Fools for the 80s.  Register today at http://foolsforthe80s.eventbrite.com
Kick off your Sunday shoes and get to know your fellow parents and raise some funds for our kids in the process! DJ 5461 (a Thompson School parent) will be spinning great 80s tunes, and there will be an 80s dress-up contest (come as your favorite 80s character or just throw on two polo shirts and peg your jeans), and “prom night” photo booth. This party is too rad to keep to ourselves, so please share it with your friends in other neighborhoods.  It’s open to the whole Arlington Public Schools community!
The spread of party snacks that will bring you back to long-ago parties in your friend’s rec room. Cash bar available too!
We’ll also have a super raffle and silent auction with great local prizes.  We are still accepting donations, so if you have any services, Sox tickets, or other great prizes to raffle off, please contact Julie Goff (jlg528@gmail.com) or Emily Almas (ezalmas@gmail.com.)
Sign up to help out here: Sign Up Genius
100% of the proceeds will benefit the children of Peirce School — our events, field trips, enrichment programs and more will be funded by this event.
Event details:
Fools for the 80s 
A fundraiser for the Peirce School PTO
Saturday, April 1st, 8:00 – 11:00 PM
Sons of Italy: 19 Prentiss Road, Arlington
$20 in advance; $25 at the door
DJ, 80s snacks, cash bar, raffle, silent auction, and costume contest

Volunteers needed for Second Grade Pedestrian Training

April 11th from 8-9:30: Peirce SRTS 2nd grade pedestrian safety training

Other important dates:
Fifth grade bicycle safety training April 11th 10-11
Mass Walk to School – May 3rd – Music in main playground
National bike to school day May 10th

Help Peirce Win the All-School Textile Recovery Challenge!

Next week (Monday, March 27th – Friday, March 31st at 1pm), Peirce is collecting textiles in the [add bin location here]. All Arlington public schools are competing to collect the most textiles and receive a prize and town recognition. Clothes, shoes, bedding, towels, stuffed animals, etc are welcome in any condition (worn, torn, stained is fine). Please bag all items and place them in the collection bin. For more information, you can contact Rachel Oliveri, Arlington School Sustainability Coordinator atroliveri@arlington.k12.ma.us.

International Fair – Volunteers Needed

We’re looking for volunteers to help explore the CULTURES OF THE WORLD at Peirce’s International Festival on Friday, April 7th at 6:30pm

. This event is a fun way for kids to learn more about cultures of the world, especially those culture represented by Peirce families. The event will feature three distinct sections (ie, ways to help!)
  • Connect with cultures: Families are encouraged to create a table featuring art activities, games, stories, national trivia, a chance to interact with local alphabets–really, any hands on way to introduce Peirce students to your culture or a culture with which you are familiar. (Pinterest is a great help for ideas!) Participating students will get to do a scavenger hunt by completing activities at each table.
  • Cultural performance: A local dance troupe will perform, and Peirce students/families are welcome to perform a dance or song that represents their culture.
  • Taste of culture: Families are encouraged to bring a dessert to share in our international potluck.
To volunteer, please visit the Sign Up Genius:  www.SignUpGenius.com/go/10C0E48AFAF2BA5FB6-peirce1

Spring “Happy Camper” Book Fair (March 24-29)

It’s time to head to the great outdoors with the Happy Camper Book Fair: S’more fun with books! Pack up your gear for a happy hike into the Book Fair State Park (aka Peirce Library) where kids will discover great books, find reading inspiration, and have fun all week long! We’ll kick off on Friday, March 24 during the family dance and run through the following week. We will also be open before and after school on select days and will be visited by all students during the week. In order to make this a success for the PTO we need your help. Please consider signing up for an hour or more — we need help with set up, during the dance, during regular library hours, and to break down. You can sign up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0b4aa5ae2ca02-happy
If you can’t attend and want to shop online, or just to preview some of the titles we may have, please visit our book fair website:  https://bookfairs.scholastic.com/bookfairs/cptoolkit/homepage.do?method=homepage&url=peirce
Any questions, please contact Marian Hanley at hanleymead@comcast.net Thank you!

Bulb donations

We are collecting bulbs again this year!  Please save your holiday/spring bulbs after they have stopped blooming, and bring them to Peirce where they will be planted around the school by students with the school social worker!  This has been a wonderful addition to the program and students from many classes enjoy participating. Donations of perennials or fresh bulbs are also welcome! We look forward to seeing all of the bulbs we planted last year, coming up in the next few weeks.

5th Grade Car Wash Scheduled for May 13th

Come get your vehicle sparkly clean and support the 5th graders! This year’s car wash to raise money for the 5th grade graduation will be Saturday, May 13th from 9-1 in the Newland Road parking lot.

Spring Family Dance

The Spring Family Dance will be held on Friday, March 24th from 6:30-8pm.  Sign up to help here.  Any questions?  Contact Angela Carlson-Bancroft.

Arlington Patriots Parade

If any parents would like to organize a group of Peirce students to march in Arlington’s Patriots Parade, click here.z

 MCAS Final Dates






APRIL 6,7,12

MAY 4,5


APRIL 3,4,5

MAY 8,9


APRIL 13,24,25

MAY 2,3

MAY 23,24

 Reminder – we collect BoxTops!

Peirce School PTO collects Box Tops to raise money for our school. Box Tops coupons are found on packages of hundreds of products that you probably use every day.  Each Box Tops coupon is worth ten cents, so the coupons add up fast! Click here for a link to Box Tops products.  BoxTops can be taped to a collection sheet or sent in in plastic baggie.  Please be sure that they are not expired.

Support Peirce While You Shop!

AmazonSmile is helping to combine your support for the Peirce PTO with your everyday online shopping!  It is a simple and automatic way for you to support the PTO every time you shop, at no extra cost to you.  Peirce PTO will earn 0.5% on eligible purchases!  Shop at http://smile.amazon.com and select Peirce PTO as your charity, or click here: Amazon Smile

Let’s pull together for the Peirce PTO Annual Fund! 

The Peirce PTO Annual Fund subsidizes the PTO’s Annual Operating Budget, which supplements school resources and funds community events.  We ask each family to make a minimum one-time annual donation of $60 to the Annual Fund to achieve our annual goal of $7,000.00 and 100% family participation.  For more information or to donate online, visit: https://peirceschool.info/pto-annual-fund Please contact Molly Gillis at:339.707.0691 or peirceannualfund@gmail.com with any questions. We truly appreciate your support!

Safe Routes Volunteer Needed

The Safe Routes to School proram is looking for another volunteer.  Responsibilities include assisting with walk to school events, safety patrol, pedestrian and bicycle trainings and one monthly meeting a month.   Contact Mary Alice Vallerino for more info. Click here for more info on Safe Routes to School.

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.

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.