Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween

Mrs. Agati and Ms. Fallon along with the fifth grade team are showing their Halloween Spirit.

4th Grade Grammar

Mrs. Visocchi's 4th grade students are studying grammar using the new grammar pilot materials.

3rd Grade

Today Mr. Mussleman from the Burlington Science Center worked with third graders to learn about the concept of pitch.

Crazy Hats

Second graders learned about team work and math today while wearing crazy hats.

First Grade

Today first graders participated in a Fall Scavenger Hunt, designed scarecrows, and built trees.


Miss P. from the Burlington Science Center talked to kindergarten students today about owls.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Halloween Dance and Haunted House

I would like to thank the PTO for a great Halloween Dance and Haunted House on Saturday Night! Thank you very much to all the volunteers! I would especially like to thank the Keddy Family for their many years of volunteering on the Haunted House. Congratulations to Sofia Grinnell on winning the estimation jar!

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tomorrow Monring

Tomorrow Morning, 10/30/12, Burlington Public Schools will have a two-hour delay.  I hope everyone in our Pine Glen Community is safe and look forward to seeing everyone on Tuesday.

Friday, October 26, 2012

Science Night

I would like to thank Mr. Musselman, Miss Pavlicek, Mrs. Welch, the Burlington High School Volunteers, Mr. and Mrs. Papadonis, and the Pine Glen PTO for a great Science Night last night. It was so wonderful to see over 200 students and their families attend.   The Burlington Science Center's Blog has additional information on last night (Burlington Science Center).

Cub Scouts Charity Event

PACK 555 really ROCKS the pies!!!
Help needy Burlington families this thanksgiving by supporting the local Cub Scouts charity event. Come to Shaws at 180 Cambridge Street on November 17th from 9am to 1pm and purchase a pie for a needy family. Cub Scouts from Pack 555 will be waiting outside the door to collect your donation. These pies will be combined with donations from the local food pantry to create a complete thanksgiving meal for the near 200 needy families in Burlington. Support Cub Scout pack 555 as they participate in the "people helping people" community feeling that is alive today in Burlington. Thank you in advance for your support.

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Grade 5 Math

While I was doing my daily walk through today, I watched 5th grade teacher Ms. Marcus instructing her students on decimals.

Bus Safety Evacuation Drill

Today, our Safety Officer, Bernie Schipellti, conducted a Bus Safety Evacuation Drill with students at Pine Glen Elementary School.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Tuesday, October 23, 2012


Today we had a team of educators from Arlington Public Schools come to visit Pine Glen Elementary School. The team included the Arlington Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent. The team wanted to see some of the great instruction and learning taking place at Pine Glen Elementary School. The Team had a lot of praise. As the team was leaving one member put it simple words to me, "This is a great school!"

Monday, October 22, 2012

Friday, October 12, 2012

TED Talk on ST Math

This year we are piloting with some students a math program that teaches math concepts with visuals alone.  ST Math instructional software is a research-proven, comprehensive, grade-level math program that is align to the Common Core.  Spatial- Temporal (ST) reasoning is the innate ability to visualize and manipulate images through a sequence of steps in space and time.  Through visual learning each student can problem solve and formulate mathematical understanding.  It is a self-paced learning program that engages students who struggle to learn with traditional materials and methods.  It also extends the learning  for others with challenging activities.

The program is designed to complement our core program -Investigations.  If your child is part of the pilot he or she will be using ST Math for about 60 minutes a week this school year.  You may hear your child talk about JiJi, the penguin,  Jiji is part of ST Math.

We are very excited and fortunate to have ST Math in our classroom!

A TED Presentation is posted below to learn more about the program or please go to

Burlington Youth Wrestling

Burlington Youth Wrestling is now accepting registrants for its 2012-2013 wrestling season. The first practice is on Monday, November 26th from 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm in the Burlington High School wrestling room. The program is open to children in grades 2nd-8th (no experience necessary). Practices are Monday & Thursday evenings, cost is $150.00 per child. The regular season runs through early March. We belong to the MVC dual meet league and compete in regular scrimmages, meets and tournaments in and around Mass and N.E. Give us a try!  Wrestling provides a great opportunity for all size athletes. You only compete against opponents that are your own weight. Send questions to
Registration and payment is made through our League Lineup website at

Candy for Troops Overseas

Pine Glen Elementary School is once again joining other Burlington schools in collecting Halloween Candy for our troops overseas.  Over the last few years we have been able to send over 6000lbs of candy to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Please join in again and donate some of your Halloween candy or pick up and extra bag at the store and help us send a little Halloween cheer overseas!  Soldiers love getting cards and letters from kids back home.  If you would like to send a special message to a soldier overseas, please put your letter in the Orange Collection box along with your candy and we will make sure it gets to a soldier!  If you know of a soldier stationed overseas who would like to receive a box, please email their info to Thank you!


Officer Cross, our DARE Officer, works with fifth graders about making good choices and being safe.

Math and Science

Amanda Lane, RTI tutor, is helping fourth grade students build their rockets in anticipation of the upcoming Rocket Day. This project is in cooperation with the Burlington Science Center.

Art and Science

Today I stopped by Ms. Fallon's Art Class. Students are studying range of motion and the human body. Students are incorporating this knowledge into their art work.

Google Docs

Mrs. Gover is watching her third grade students setting up their Google Docs.

Burlington Science Center

Yesterday, Wendy Pavlicek, Director of the Burlington Science Center and responsible for the Center's Live Animal Collection, introduced me to a red tailed hawk. We are so fortunate have such amazing resources like the Burlington Science to enrich student learning in Burlington.


Today I saw Megan Rafferty, one of our instructional assistants, working at a center in Mrs. Babajtis' Kindergarten Classroom. Students were completing a summary of what they had learned this week.

Sight Word Singing

Today I saw Ms. Smith and Ms. Parziale have first grade students singing, dancing and finger typing their sight words. This is a great way to store knowledge of how to encode and decode words into student's long term memory.


This morning I saw Mrs. Potts' kindergarten students practicing reading strategies. The strategy I witnessed was framing.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Note From the Burlington PAC

  Dear Burlington Parents,
 There are times when we, as parents, have concerns about our children. The Burlington PAC is there for you, to listen, to share information and to advise. If you, as a parent have concerns about how your child is doing in school socially, emotionally and or educationally. Or if you have concerns about educational supports, how your child is being taught, both in general and special educational classes. Please join the Burlington PAC for it's first morning coffee event of the school year. The meeting place has been changed to allow anyone attending to actually have coffee, tea or some other delicious treat which will be available for purchase at True North Coffee House at 204 Cambridge St on Tuesday morning at 10:00 A.M. on October 16, 2012. Come out and feel free to chat with other parents. Share your experiences both positive and otherwise. We are the group that can help. 
 For more information on the Burlington PAC, contact Dennis McCarron at dandmmccarron@hotmail.comor at 781-273-5663

Box Tops

The fall Collection Contests for Box Tops and Campbell's Labels have begun at Pine Glen.

The contest will run for two weeks, deadline for submission is October 19th.  Collect and paste as many Box Tops or Campbell's Labels to the contest sheets.  Additional sheets are available in the front office and will be available shortly on the PTO Blog. 

Prizes will be awarded to the student who submits the most sheets.

1st Place
$15 iParty gift card and admission to the Halloween Dance

2nd Place 
$10 iParty gift card and admission to the Halloween Dance

3rd Place
$5 iParty gift card and admission to the Halloween Dance

For questions regarding the Box Top Collection Contest, please contact Lillian Mahoney at  For questions regarding Campbell's Labels Collection Contest, please contact Adrienne Mattson at

Last spring's Collection Contest winners were:
1st Place - Ashlyn Biundo (7 sheets)
2nd Place - Sean Derochers (5.5 sheets)
3rd Place - Taylor Girouard (5 sheets)

A big congratulations to our past winners! 

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Helping Your Child at Home

There are many ways to support your child's learning at home. One of the best is to read to your children and have them read to you. Another great support is to practice math facts. An additional fun activity is to visit a museum.

Museums allow children the means to learn and play in an empowering environment. Although the Harvard Museum of Natural History is not a children's museum, museums in general help children transcend time and various places through the many exhibits.

During the Columbus Day Weekend, my family visited The Harvard Museum of Natural History. The museum is free to Massachusetts residents on Sunday morning from 9:00 am to noon with proof of residency.

My preschooler and third grader have been to this museum many times and always want to go back. In addition to this being a great learning experience, it is also a great family experience.

Note from Adopt-A-Class

Are you looking for a fun night out with friends and would like to support the Class of 2016?
Join us for:

Adopt-A-Class 2016 Wine Tasting Fundraiser
Sponsored by: The Liquor Cabinet 
Appetizers, Cash Bar, Music, Raffles, Silent Auctions
$25 per adult
American Legion, Burlington 
7:00 - 11:00 pm
Reserve tickets or questions email:
Purchase tickets using PayPal

Also, if you are a parent of a 9th grader and would like to help with the Wine Tasting or just find out more about Adopt-A-Class, please contact Michelle Tigges and Jennifer Jankowski at:

Cafeteria Positions

"Help Wanted - In need of 3 hour subs for the school cafeteria.  Must be willing to work in ALL schools.  If interested please apply at Click on ADMINISTRATION, then click HUMAN RESOURCES, then click AVAILABLE POSITIONS."

Want More Harry?

On Thursday, October 11, J.K. Rowling, author of the Harry Potter books, is hosting an exclusive live webcast where she will talk about her new Harry Potter fan club web site, Pottermore, and answer questions live from children all over the world.

Pine Glen students in 4th and 5th grade have been learning about Pottermore in library class and will participate in this webcast during lunch on Thursday in the cafetorium. Watch the video below to hear J.K. Rowling explain what you will find on Pottermore.

 Students under age 13 are legally allowed to sign up for an account on Pottermore with parent’s permission.  Ask your child about it!


Tuesday, October 2, 2012

CVC Words

Today I observed first graders in Ms. Smith's classroom working at centers during English Language Arts. Students were making consonant vowel consonant (CVC) words at one center using the interactive white board.

Kindergarten Centers

Today I observed Mrs. Babajtis' kindergarten students working at different centers during English Language Arts.

Monday, October 1, 2012

English Language Arts

Today I walked through Mrs. Visocchi's class and heard her class having a great discussion about pattern writing. Students had just finished a book that featured this style of writing and were going to begin writing their own written pieces incorporating this new knowledge.


Today I saw fifth graders working in cooperative groups problem solving possible answers to math questions.