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Could your student use a new sweatshirt or winter hat? Would you like to support your school? Well, do we have deals for you!

The Pierce School store is open for all your school swag purchasing needs. The store is open from now until Friday, Nov. 8th. Make sure to swing on over and help support your school and dress yourself or your students in the coolest stuff in school!

Third Grade Teacher Jennifer Sutton along with Harris Center Naturalist Expert and Teacher, Susie Spikol have hosted a morning walking club for students at Pierce School! In a community partnership with our friends from the Harris Center, students, staff and families are welcome to join us for a brief walk in the woods to start our day in a calming way – outdoors!

Pierce School started it’s after school biking club earlier this month. The biking club is run by our 4th-grade teacher, Valerie Germain, and allows 3rd and 4th-grade students to get out on the trails behind Pierce School with one of their favorite teachers and friends in the fresh fall air. The biking club is held after school on Friday’s throughout the month of October.

Pierce’s black bears had a great time with Cornucopia this week working in the gardens. They harvested a large amount of carrots and purple beans. They even got to enjoy some summer squash and cherry tomatoes. More importantly, they were eager and willing to jump back into the gardens after having a long summer break,

Upcoming Events

February Monday
Special of the Week – Library
February Monday
Winter Recess – No School
March Monday
Special of the Week – Music
March Monday
Special of the Week – Health/PE
March Friday
Assembly – 1st & 3rd grade presenting
9:00 am
March Monday
Special of the Week – Health/PE

Important Things from the Bear Den

Black Bear Bulletin (formerly “The Happenings”)


Black Bear Bulletin October-November 2019


‘Tis the Season for Sniffles and Tissues … Guidelines for Keeping Sick Children Home

School attendance is important, however, your child may need to stay home because he/she is too sick to be comfortable to learn at school, and/or he/she might spread a contagious illness to the other students. Students should come to school able to participate in all school activities, and should not be tired and listless. Below are some guidelines as to when to keep your child home from school.


Children with a new cough or severe cold symptoms such as sneezing, congestion and/or thick or constant nasal drainage should stay home. Minor cold symptoms such as mild stuffiness and clear nasal discharge are OK to be in school as long as your child feels well enough to participate.


Children with a temperature of 100 degrees or higher must stay home from school. Your child may return to school after he/she is fever-free for a minimum of 24 hours – without the use of fever-reducing medicine. Fever (temperature of 100 degrees or higher) is a normal response by the body to fight off an infection. It is also an indication that your child could be contagious. Often, temperatures are lower in the morning and rise during the day. Giving your child acetaminophen or ibuprofen will reduce the temperature but will not prevent him/her from passing the illness to their classmates.


Your child should stay home from school if any of these illnesses have occurred within the last 24 hours.

Returning Students to School: “The 24 Hour Rule/Guideline”

Students may return to school after 24 hours on antibiotics, when their temperature has been less than 100 degrees for 24 hours, and/or no vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours. It is important that the school knows how to reach parents or a designated emergency contact person during the day, particularly if a child has been sick.

Calling the school when your child is home sick.

Please remember to call your child’s school whenever your child will be absent. Messages may be left anytime during non-school hours or sign in to Pick Up Patrol. Please give the actual reason for the absence such as fever, sore throat, headache, nausea, vomiting or diarrhea, so that we may keep track of “what’s going around”. Sick children will be sent home from school. The School Nurse may require a note from your Healthcare Provider before returning to school. Also, please note that children who are sick and stay home from school are not allowed to attend any school functions on that day.

Thank you,

Nurse Mellon