Thursday, May 31, 2012


Burlington Presbyterian Church and Farmer Dave’s, a sustainable farm in Dracut, MA, continue to bring locally-grown, fresh fruits and vegetables to the town of Burlington with a Community-Supported Agriculture (CSA) program. In the CSA program, consumers will receive a share of freshly-harvested produce throughout the growing season. Shares will be available for pick-up on Monday afternoons from 3:30 – 6:30 p.m. at Burlington Presbyterian Church, 335 Cambridge St.  The season starts on June 11 and runs through Oct 22. For more information about 2012 CSA membership, contact Farmer Dave's at (978) 349-1952 or visit to register.

Summer Literacy Program

There is space still available for the Summer Literacy Program to be held at the Memorial Elementary School.  The program will be held Monday through Thursday from July 9th through August 2nd from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.  You can sign up for 1 two-week session or for the entire month.  Any questions please contact Rosemary DeSousa at 781.270.1804.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Burlington Youth Soccer

Burlington Youth Soccer is now registering grades Pre-K through 5 for fall soccer.  You can register your child at  Register now and avoid the late fee.

DARE DAY June 9th 2012

On Saturday, June 9th, the Burlington Common will be the site of our 24th annual D.A.R.E. Day on the Town Common. We are inviting you to join us on D.A.R.E. Day! Bring your family and friends to the Burlington Common from 11am to 3pm. Enjoy raffles, prizes, games and rides and much, much, more! To volunteer, make a donation or for more information; please contact the Burlington D.A.R.E. Program at 781-270-1919.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

School Spirit

On Friday May 25th we will be having a School Spirit Day.   Students and staff are invited to wear their Pine Glen Shirts donated by the PTO.  We greatly thank the PTO for this contribution.

Also, please note the last day of school for the 2011-2012 school year is a half-day on June 21st.

Announcing! Volunteer Library Positions 2012-2013


The Pine Glen Library & Technology Center is looking for adult volunteers who can assist with running the library by:

Checking in/out books using library software Assisting students/faculty in the LTC
Reshelving Accomplishing collection maintenance projects
Refilling displays Managing overdue notices
Keeping the library shelves neat and organized Managing hold requests
Processing and labeling new items Delivering occasional read-alouds/storytimes


If you need more information before registering, please plan on attending one of the following Information Sessions in the LTC:

Tuesday, June 12

10:00--10:45 am

Tuesday, June 12

6:30--7:15 pm

Thank You!

Laura Beals D’Elia, School Librarian

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Pine Glen School in the Boston Globe

If you happen to read the Boston Globe today on page B5 (The Business Section), you might see some familiar faces.  Yesterday the Boston Globe reporter Hiawatha Bray visited Pine Glen School which he referred to in the article as an "Unusually tech-savvy K-5 school."   The reporter and photographer were very impressed and had a great time talking to students about the ways in which iPads and apps are utilized to provide great instruction.  Dan Callahan our technology integration specialist was sought out by the reporter to do this article.   The reporter was looking for information on apps that are great for children and discovered one of the best resources on great educational apps was Mr. Callahan.  If you go to and have a subscription to Boston, you can read the article and see the pictures.  The article is also available at which does not include the pictures.

Mr. Callahan and Mrs. D'Elia (librarian) our Library and Technology Team have an amazing blog page at which I frequently check for professional information and ideas to use as a parent.   It is my number one resource to check for apps.

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Third Grade Students

Third Grade Students are required by State law to have an updated physical upon entering fourth grade. Health forms were recently mailed to these students. Please return this form to the health office as soon as it has been completed by your physician. If you have any questions, please contact Joanne Ferrick, school nurse, at 781-270-1713.

Friday, May 11, 2012

Youth Related Resources for Military Families

We honor and thank the brave men and women in our military branches who keep us safe.  I am posting below some websites that can be of assistance to families who currently or in the past have had a family member deployed.   Ms. May, guidance counselor, and I would be very happy to help families with loved ones in the military connect with additional resources. is a Department of Defense-sponsored website to help military kids support one another and learn coping and resilience-building skills. recognizes that when parents deploy, kids, deploy too. 24/7 resource and referral for all kinds of topics. 1-800-342-9647 Search "Operation Purple Camps," a free week of summer fun for military kids with parents who have been, are currently, or will be deployed.  Locations are throughout the United States and U.S. Territories.  Check in February for a listing of camp locations. Search "Operation Military Child Care." Child care fee assistance for National Guard and Reserve who are activated or deployed and whose children are enrolled in non-DoD licensed child care programs or call Child Care Aware at 1-800-424-2246. Operation Homefront provides emergency assistance and morale assistance for our troops, for the families they leave behind, and for wounded warriors when they return home. Organizing volunteers in local communities to support military youth by presenting free Ready, Set, Go! workshops to increase awareness of community members of the impact of deployment on military families; organizing and training teams of teens to "Speak Out for Military Kids;" packing and delivering Hero Packs to military youth to show appreciation for their sacrifices; providing support at a variety for activities for youth; and hosting camps. Grants for enrichment activities and tutoring for military youth. new program to help all military service-members find in-home care providers: babysitters, nannies, elder care companions, even pet sitters. free around the clock tutoring in 16 subjects

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Healthy Kids Websites

In the section of this Blog marked Favorite Links and Great Parent Resources I have included some new websites.  These websites are all related to health and wellness. 

Kids Health Website
  • tabs for kids, parents and teens
  • like how they have a kid’s dictionary of medical terms
  • Like a WebMD for kids
  • Also has recipies section and keeping safe
  • Has games and movies

  • Provides links to other government health and fitness websites

  • Fun kids website
  • Has a fitness challenge section
  • Has a “Kid Connector”  - kids can type in their parents e-mail and then send them a message – prompts are there such as “Things I do with friends”, “Help me be better at this”, and “This is what I like to eat for dinner”