Welcome Back Letter

Most of you have already received a hard copy of this letter, but just in case:


July 18, 2013


Dear Peirce Families:


It is with great pleasure that I welcome the students and you to the Peirce School for the 2013-2014 school year.


We had some staff changes once again, so here is our lineup:


Two kindergarten classes – Ms. Flynn and Mrs. Lamont – There will be NO Kindergarten/First grade combination as there was last year.

Each room will have a morning assistant.


Two first grade classes – Mrs. Wall and Mrs. Hurley. There will be an aide to help out both rooms.


Two second grade classes – Mrs. Manning and Ms. Coletti – There will be an aide to help in both rooms.


Patricia Lynch, formerly in the 4th grade co-taught, will be the special educator working with the younger grades.  Additionally, we will have Mrs. Smith to help cover many classrooms.


Two third grade classes – Ms. Power and Mrs. Kennedy  There is no job share this year.


Ms. Healey will stay as the 3rd grade special educator


Two fourth grade teachers – Mrs. Hayes and Ms. Burke


Kelsey McKenzie will be the 4th grade special educator


The fifth grade co-taught program will remain in its current model, with Ms. Dooley and Ms. Montgomery.  The second fifth grade will be Mrs. Perkoski and Mrs. Goodbody (job share).


Nadine Solomon joins us as a math coach.  Other support staff has remained the same.


Enclosed is your child’s class list and assignment.  The entire staff worked very hard to make the classrooms as well balanced as possible; we will not change classroom assignments from this point on.



Opening Day


Grades 1-5 open on Tuesday, September 3rd.  It is a full day.  Students should assemble on the playground behind their designated classroom sign.  Teachers will greet the students and walk them in.


In case of rain, 1st and 2nd grade students will assemble in the gym.  3-5 will assemble in the cafeteria.  Due to our increasing numbers, please, no adults in the cafeteria, teachers only.  This will be the routine for all inclement weather days.


Kindergarten opens on Monday, September 9th.  There will be visits scheduled for the 3rd, 4th and 5th.  Please keep those dates open!


Arrival and Dismissal


If you are driving your children to Peirce school, please obey the “Drop and Roll” policy of not leaving the driver’s seat when you are dropping/picking up.


All students, except kindergartners, will enter school by the rear doors located next to the playground.  Please, no dogs allowed on school property when our children are here.


School begins promptly at 8:15 a.m. Students file in the building when the 8:10 a.m. bell is sounded.


School is dismissed at 2:15 p.m.


If your child is tardy please they must report to the office before going to their classroom.  Also, if your child is being dismissed please make sure that you send a written request of the dismissal time to the teacher.  Students will be dismissed from the office at the designated time.


A reminder there is no parking allowed in the drop-off areas in front of the building or in the lot.  If you feel you need to walk your child to their playground, please park in a legal parking spot on Newland Rd. or further down Blossom St.


At dismissal time, students will be released in the following manner:


Kindergarten – Teachers will escort the students to the small playground in the front of the school to their parents.


Grade One – Teachers will escort the students to the front door on and dismiss near the science garden.


Grade 2-5 – Students will be released through the rear doors by the large playground.


No kindergartener or first grader will be dismissed unless met by a parent or responsible adult.  However, please reinforce to your child that they may ALWAYS return to the school office if in need assistance or help.




Safe Phone Number 781-316-3298

Remember to call your student in if he/she will not be attending school by 8:15 AM on the day of absence.  Please do not call the teacher or the secretary to leave this message.  Procedures are as follow:  This phone is on 24/7.


Ÿ   State your name, child’s name, teacher, and reason for absence


Our Safe Alert system will notify you if your child has been marked absent.  We can not override the system, so please expect a phone call even though you have informed us of the absence.

Please bear in mind that only absences for illness and family emergencies are considered excused absences.  Good attendance leads to success!




The federal No Child left Behind Act requires that all volunteers submit to a CORI check.  The CORI is necessary even for a one-time event.  CORI forms are available in the office through Mrs. Costa.


Back to School Events – Mark your calendars!


*Curriculum EVENING

Thursday, October 10 from 6:30 – 7:30,

Peirce teachers will present of overview your child’s grade level curriculum.  This is a parent only event so please consider childcare arrangements now if you are planning to attend. The teachers will provide the same presentation at 6:30 and 7:00 p.m. so parents with children in different grade levels may attend both sessions. We are hoping to be able to provide some level of baby sitting as well, we will keep you posted.



January 16th from 6:30 – 7:30

This will be our open house event




In our efforts to ‘go green’, Peirce strives to be paperless.  Please utilize the Arlington Public School website www.arlington.k12.ma.us/home/ for district news and the school year calendar, also, the Peirce website which is linked there.

Each classroom has additional means of communication, from agenda books to Twitter.  If you do not have internet access or prefer hard copy notices, please alert your child’s teacher at the beginning of the year.




Your child’s success and happiness at Peirce School is important. If a problem or concern arises, please make an appointment with your child’s teacher.  Impromptu meetings at drop off and pick up distract attention from the children.  It is better to set a time to have a focused conversation.  If you need to speak with me, I would appreciate the same.

Enjoy the rest of the summer! Play some math games and read!!!

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