October 2017

 The Power of the Growth Mindset


Dear Families,


We are firm believers in the power of a growth mindset, and approach each year with the belief that all students are capable of learning and growth.

What is a growth mindset? Simply put, it is the belief that intelligence and ability are not fixed traits or that we are born with only so much of them. Rather, with effort and perseverance all students are capable of academic achievement.

Every day your child will be immersed in the growth mindset at Brewster-Pierce. Students will be asked to take educational risks. They will be praised not for their mental quickness or natural intelligence but for approaching the process of learning with grit and determination. And they will grow in ways they never thought possible.

Here's the thing, these messages cannot only come from school, and so we're writing this letter to ask for your help. How can you help? You can value growth and improvement in your home. We're not a school that only emphasizes a premium on high test scores or the number at the top of the paper or on the report card. Yes, grading is a valuable tool for tracking progress and helps teachers devise appropriate instruction for students, but the most important thing is that we see students grow.

Here are some things that you can do to extend and promote growth mindset in your home:

  • Encourage your child to take risks and tackle new challenges at school
  • Praise your child not for the ease with which he or she learns a concept but for the amount of effort put into learning it
  • Emphasize perseverance and effort in extracurricular activities. For example: "I'm proud of how much effort you put into that basketball game!"


We hope you'll commit to joining us on this growth mindset journey. We cannot do it without your help. Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

For the children,

Sally Hayes &

                               The Brewster-Pierce Staff


Important Dates

October 11th :            2-Hour Delayed Start

October 19th:             Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School for Students

October 20th:             School Recess, No School for Students & Staff

October 24th:             Community Open House -HVAC  6pm


Notes from P.I.E.

Box Tops are Due!

Thank you to all for clipping Box Tops for Education. It is time to turn them in as the submission date is fast approaching. Please bring your clipped box tops to the school by Thursday, October 12th!. This is a great fundraiser for the school that involves the whole community. Thank you for doing your part!

Silent Auction Solicitations Underway

We have moved up our annual Silent Auction, and this year, it's our 15th year! It will be from November 13th until December 1st, online. However, in order to make this a success, we need your help! Please visit the SignUp Genius to see how you can help by either making a donation to the auction, or by contacting a local business to donate an item! Last year we raised over $5,000 - our best year yet - and we hope to match this again this year! Please visit the SignUp Genius here:  

Original Works

Please be on the lookout in your Home/School folder for your student(s) Original Works Artwork Order Form. It will be coming home on Friday, October 13th and is due back to the school by Friday, October 20th. Find great gifts for the holidays and students, the orders will be returned by the end of November! This is a great fundraiser, but also a great way to support our young artists!


Trunk-or-Treating at BPMS

Join us on Saturday, October 28th from 5:30 to 6:30 in the BPMS parking lot for our Second Annual Trunk-or-Treat celebration! Decorate a trunk or truck bed and show your creative side, or just come by in costume to celebrate with the community. Be on the lookout for more information coming soon!

Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza!

We will again be holding our Third Annual Kids Only Shopping Extravaganza! in December….however, in order to make this successful, we need your donations. Please start collecting small household items that might be of interest to young shoppers and gift-givers: picture frames, jewelry, household decorations, small toys/puzzles/games, candles, the opportunities are endless. Should your donations be taking up too much room, please feel free to contact us at for a pick up, otherwise, please hold on to these items until we have donation boxes set up later in the fall.

Pies for P.I.E.!

Thank you to all the families that donated a pie to the Pies for P.I.E. fundraiser at Open House! And thank you to all the families that purchased a pie or cake! We hope you enjoyed this yummy BPMS tradition!

Want to be involved in P.I.E.?

We are always looking for new members and new ideas! Feel free to join us at one of our two meetings each month. We hold planning meetings the first Friday of each month just after All School Morning Meeting in the Art/Music room to discuss upcoming events, and we hold a business meeting the third Thursday of each month. Can't make one, but can make the other? We are happy to be flexible with what is covered! For more information please email, or free free to contact Carrie Wyatt at home at 434-5703.

Thanks for your continued support!

After School Enrichment



 Hello BPMS! There is still space in the Monday Open Studio Crafting class. All ages, snack and all materials provided. Class runs till 4:15 with after care available. $16 per class.
For more information or to sign up contact:
Chris Billis


120 School Street, Huntington, VT 05462           



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