PEDP June Newsletter 2017

Unbelievable that June is upon us! I hope that you all enjoyed a lovely holiday weekend even though the weather was less than perfect. I spent a few days up in Bar Harbor, ME with a group of 8 gal pals—we had a great time and a lot of laughs. It was like these Adirondack chairs were just beckoning me to sit down and enjoy the view from the lawn of the house we rented. Heavenly.

The Ellie Kai event was not only a lot of fun but we raised just under $2500 for our Scholarship Program!  Thanks so much to all who supported it!  We plan to do it again next year and hope for an even larger turnout.

Also, our walking trip to CVS to make purchases for the care packages to take to Tufts Medical Center was very successful. The kids were very thoughtful in picking out items they thought would make people feel better. Children back at school decorated the bags and made cards. We’ll be working with another group of children to assemble all the bags so that they can be delivered.

June is always super busy with all the end-of-year events. This year is no exception…


Our theme this month will be Transportation. Think planes, trains, and automobiles! And hot air balloons and ferries and bikes and rockets and so much more!


May 31st (Early Minnows, Group B): Kids Place, Needham

June 2nd (Early Minnows, Group A): Kids Place, Needham

June 6th (Adventurers AND Explorers): Scooper Bowl, Boston


We will be having a SLIDE SHOW on Thursday, June 15th at 7:00 PM in the Peirce Auditorium! There will be pictures of all the PEDP children throughout the year set to some fun music. We’ll be sending an invite out soon!


Come to our Annual PEDP Picnic and celebrate the end of a terrific year with us! It is going to be held on TUESDAY, JUNE 20TH at WARE’S COVE, a beautiful picnic area next to the Charles River here in Newton. PEDP will supply the charcoal for the grills, cooking utensils, water, condiments, and paper goods. Each family should bring their own main course to grill i.e. burgers, hot dogs, chicken, rolls, etc. We ask that you also bring a dish to share with others such as: potato salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, or another side. There is a sign-up sheet posted at the dismissal area. ON THE DAY OF THE PICNIC, THE PROGRAM WILL BE CLOSING AT 5:00 P.M. If your child attends PEDP on Wednesday, make sure that your pick-up person knows about this change. If you cannot make it here by 5:00, please arrange for another parent or sitter to pick up your child. Please let us know who that person will be. Our regular late fees will be billed for any pick-ups past 5:00 that day.


We started a tradition several years ago of having our graduating 5th graders leave their mark on PEDP in the form of a handprint on the wall outside the PEDP office. I’d like to ask our 5th graders to come to PEDP on Friday, June 16th right at 8:20 a.m. so that we can do this fun project. We’ll be done in time for them to get up to class.


The last day of school will be Friday, June 23rd. This will be a 12:00 PM Release. Peirce EDP will NOT be open that afternoon. ALL overdue payments must be in by the last day of school! This includes money owed for: extra hours, field trips, late pick-ups, calling fees, classes, and tuition.


If your child is attending PEDP next year and you have submitted your application, you will now receive a bill for the one-month deposit that is required. The deposit is applied to your last month’s tuition (June 2018). The bills were put in your mail files last Friday so please remember to check your mail file. Any bills not picked up by June 7th will be mailed out through the USPS. Payment is due by June 14th. Be aware this is a very short turnaround time.


Our annual meeting of the corporation will be held on Monday, June 12th at 7:00 PM. Please see me for the location if you are interested in attending.


As you know, Peirce EDP is not open during the summer. If you need to reach me, e-mail ( is usually the quickest way to do so. I will be checking e-mail throughout the summer on a regular basis. You can also leave a message on our machine here at school but I only check that sporadically.

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Wishing you a wonderful summer!


MINNOWS MESSAGE from Kim Ryan, Minnows Coordinator

Early Minnows

The Early Minnows embraced our “Farm Life” theme in May and really got into creating all the animal projects.  From pig noses and sheep to roosters and cows!  They also learned about the life cycle of a chicken!  The Early Minnows have a field trip (dates above) to The Kids Place for Fun to paint some plaster creations!  There may also be some dancing under the disco lights!  It has been a real treat to be able to get to know your kindergartners this year, they have grown tremendously, not only in their skill levels but also in their social interactions.  I look forward to seeing many of them next year as 1st graders!

Late Minnows

The Late Minnows had a great trip to the zoo on the early release Thursday.  The weather was perfect and the animals were loud and on the move.  The lion was especially talkative!  Our theme was Farm Life” and the Late Minnows learned a lot about living on a farm.  They even milked a cow and sheared a sheep!!  Miss Laurie P. made up a great farm board game that they can continue to play with at EDP.  The Kids Cooking Green class was a great success and the kids really enjoyed all the recipes they learned.  As we wind down this school year, it saddens me to see the 1st graders move on to become Barracudas next year; I will certainly miss having them in the Minnows and know they will continue to grow and thrive in the older group.  I look forward to seeing the kindergartners as 1st graders and meeting our new batch of EDP’ers! Have a wonderful, fun-filled summer. You can reach me at

BARRACUDA BUZZ from Joanne Malouf, Barracudas Coordinator

It’s hard to believe the year is winding down. We’ve been so busy all year long and it looks like we’ll be just as busy in June as we were in May. In June, we will say goodbye to our third graders as they move on to the Sharks group.  While we will miss them next year, we look forward to having a new group of second graders join the Barracudas.  In May, the Wednesday Barracudas were busy with clubs.  Some worked on a garden in the back playground with Chris.  Others learned the art of cartooning with Rachel K.  Those in my sewing club went home with a stuffed whale (I couldn’t find a Barracuda pattern!).  Laurie F, who doesn’t work on Wednesdays, had cooking on Tuesdays and created some sweet-smelling treats with the kids.

Explorers Program – At the beginning of the month, the Explorers created a carnation ice cream soda with the help of members of the Temple Shalom Garden Club.  The arrangement had a sand base and the flowers seemed to last for weeks.  The end of the month found the group on the links, sort of.  We had a great time playing miniature golf at McGolf.  We actually made it through all eighteen holes! We were so lucky with the weather for all of our outdoor trips this year.  Let’s hope we’ll be just as lucky on June 6 for our Scooper Bowl trip.  Have a wonderful summer!

Please feel free to contact me at with questions or concerns about your child or the Barracuda Program.

 SHARK TALES from Rachel Bastarache, Sharks Coordinator

What a great year the Sharks have had! I can’t believe we are swimming to the end. This past month with our “Farm Life” theme the Sharks were busy cooking up things like homemade butter, pickles, and molasses cookies. They also had fun making their own potholders, hand dipped candles, farm life dioramas and farm animal piñatas!

Swimming into this final month, the Sharks will be having their annual “Ice Challenge” event on Thursday June 22nd. I will be sending more info as the date get closer. Also, the Sharks will be getting a lot more outside time. Since the weather is warming up, please remind your child to bring a water bottle as we want to keep them hydrated.

On a bittersweet note, the Sharks are graduating 23 amazing 5th graders this year! Many of them have been part of PEDP for all six years! We wish them well and look forward to their visits and possibly some middle school helpers.

I thank you all for anther wonderful school year and wish you all a safe and fun summer break. As always, please don’t hesitate to contact me with any questions or concerns at