Parking Reminder from Arlington Public Schools

This is a reminder to parents to not to park in no parking areas. Parking to drop off your child on street sides that are marked NO PARKING, or in front of people’s driveways greatly inconvenience those who live in the area and also large vehicles such as fire engines, delivery trucks, trash pick-up, etc.  It does not matter if you will “only be a minute”. There is a reason that these areas are marked NO PARKING.  These laws become more important when there are snowbanks that take up room on both sides of the street. These laws can be found on the Arlington Town website under Traffic Rules and Orders, Article V.

GENERAL PROHIBITIONS: No person shall stand or park or allow, permit, or suffer any vehicle registered in his name to stand or park in any of the following places:

(e) Upon any roadway where the parking of a vehicle will not leave a clear and unobstructed lane at least ten (10) feet wide for passing traffic.
(g) In front of any private road or driveway or within three (3) feet on either side thereof, moreover on the opposite side of any driveway in such a manner as to inhibit the entry or departure from same.
Section 10.
PARKING PROHIBITED AT SCHOOLS – Where official signs are posted indicating no parking upon that side of the street adjacent to any private or public school property, no person shall park a vehicle at any such designated space.
We have not had a great deal of snow yet, but please think about this when we do.
Thank you for your consideration.

Please join us for A CATpella Festival to Belt Out Cancer

Friday, January 20, 2017 @ 7pm
Lowe Auditorium
Arlington High School – 869 Mass. Ave.

All tickets are only $15 – General Admission

Snow Date: Sunday, January 22, 2017 @ 2pm
For more information and to purchase tickets, please go to – http://www.catherinemalatesta.com/a-catpella-festival

Six spectacular local a cappella singing groups will assemble for a beautiful tribute and benefit concert to honor the bright life and beautiful spirit of Arlington High School senior Catherine Malatesta who died in August 2015 from sarcoma cancer. Headlining the program is Vocal Revolution, one of New England’s top-ranked male vocal ensembles and the Season 2 Champions of WGBH’s “Sing that Thing” amateur singing competition show. Tufts Beelzebubs, Tufts University’s oldest all male a cappella group and runner-up on NBC’s “The Sing Off,” will headline the collegiate and high school line up. The Master of Ceremonies will be singer and actress Alexandra Socha, Broadway actress and star of the Amazon Prime series, Red Oaks. All the proceeds from this amazing event will benefit the Sarcoma Foundation of America and the Catherine Malatesta Scholarship Fund.


The lost and found at Peirce is beginning to grow again and we ask that you come on by and see if you have lost a sweatshirt/jacket/waterbottle.  There are really nice items with some fancy names like Gap, North Face etc., and we are sure that you might want them back.   The lost and found is located around the corner from the gym on the bottom floor.  We will give a few warnings before we donate these items but please take a look at drop off or pickup.

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

 PTO Volunteer Positions Available

The following positions are available for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Bottle Rocket Coordinator  – someone is needed to coordinate and run the bottle rocket program.  This is single event, typically run in the Fall.  Contact Sherri Bulmer or Julie Goff if you are interested.
  • Science Garden – Handle the maintenance of the science garden, which is used by the school for various educational programs.  Contact Lori Pescatore.

 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.