Friday, November 30, 2012


Mrs. D'Elia, our Library Media Specialist, read to students today. Opportunities like this allow students to see oral expression and enunciation being modeled.

Thursday, November 29, 2012


Yesterday in Mrs. Potts room I saw students working at some of the literacy centers. In one picture you can see Mrs. Kearney our new Kindergarten Instructional Assistant working with a student.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

New Bark Mulch for Play Structure

I would like to thank the Burlington Recreation Department for delivering new bark mulch for the play structure today.

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Calendar Reminder

A friendly reminder to everyone that students do not have school on December 3rd 2012 (this Monday).

Parent Tech Night Postponed

Due to the inclement weather, Parent Tech Night is postponed until December 5 at 6:30.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Camp Bournedale

The following are some more pictures from Camp Bournedale.  Some of the pictures show students on the Adventure Challenge.  Also, included are some pictures of students playing Dodge Ball.  I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to play ball with the students.  In addition, there are pictures of students on the lobster boat.

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Turkey Trot 2012

Congratulations to all the participants who ran in our 8th Annual Pine Glen Turkey Trot! This event helped us collect a lot of food to donate to the Burlington Food Pantry.

I would like to wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Support the Pine Glen Book Fair!

All proceeds go to buying more books for the library! When you support the library, you support every learner at Pine Glen.
Sneak Preview Day
Friday, November 30
Students and Staff can preview the items on sale and create Wish Lists.
Parent Shopping Day*
Monday, December 3
Open during Parent Conferences, parents may purchase for the holidays.
Student Shopping Day*
Tuesday, December 4
Online Book Fair
November 25--December 7
You can also help support our school by shopping online.
All orders ship free to the school before the holiday break.
*Cash, Checks, and Credit Cards accepted.
Make checks payable to Pine Glen LTC
Don’t forget to add 6.25% sales tax
at the Book Fair and Online
If you have any questions, please contact Laura D’Elia at or 781-221-7798



Last week the SCRIP/GIFT CARD fundraiser information was sent home in your child's backpack.

Please support our school while enjoying the convenience of shopping for gift cards without traveling from store to store!  The retailer list was condensed, so if you are looking for a particular gift card, go to and add the retailer to your order.
The fundraiser starts immediately with a firm deadline of December 3rd.  Orders will be processed and available by December 14th.

Physical Education

Second Graders in Ms. Govoni Class are doing a variety of fun activities to promote fine and gross motor strength.

4th Grade Research

Students in Mrs. Visocchi's 4th Grade Classroom are doing research on immigration. The students called me over to share some of their interesting findings. The students love this unit and are very excited to learn about the role immigration played in our nation's history.

Monday, November 19, 2012

Genevieve Orders

The Genevieve Orders from the PTO Fundraiser can be picked up before the Thanksgiving Break. The school will not be open over the break.

Wednesday Dismissal

Students will be dismissed this Wednesday for the Thanksgiving Break at 11:15.  We look forward to seeing everyone back at school on Monday.

Friday, November 16, 2012

Revolutionary War and Grade 5

Mr. Cormier is doing a presentation on the Revolutionary War to the fifth graders at Pine Glen Elementary School. The presentation is called Hands on History.

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Parent Tech Night

The Pine Glen LTC is excited to announce our first Parent Tech Night for parents of 4th and 5th grade students on November 27 at 6:30PM! We'll be discussing the 1:1 iPad program, a student technology survey, and technology use at home. We'd love for you to join us! Please see the below flier for more information.

Ropes Course at Camp Bournedale

5th grade students at Camp Bournedale are completing the ropes course.

5th Grade Group Picture at Camp Bournedale

The Pine Glen Fifth Graders on the last day at Camp Bournedale all together.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Dodge Ball

The fifth graders are enjoying a game of Dodge Ball before dinner at Camp Bournedale.

Marine Biology and Tide Pools

The fifth graders are really enjoying the Marine Biology Class at Camp Bournedale.

I greatly enjoyed hearing what they learned.

Adventure Challenge

5th Graders at Camp Bournedale are doing the Alligator Challenge as a team building activity.

Snack Time

5th grade students are taking a snack break at Camp Bournedale in between classes.
5th grade students watching a Spiny Dogfish Shark dissection.

5th Graders at Camp Bournedale

5th grade students just arrived at Camp Bournedale and are listening to an overview of upcoming events.

Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Picture Retake

Picture retake will be this Friday (1/16/12).

Friday, November 9, 2012

5th Grade Ice Skating

The 5th Grade Ice Skating Program will be starting on January 3rd.  The program will run from 9:30-11:00.  The dates for the program are January 3rd, 17th, 24th and 31st.  

Thursday, November 8, 2012

Second Step

Ms. May, our school guidance counselor, is doing a lesson with kindergarten students from the Second Step program on ways to be fair.

4th Grade Guided Reading

In this picture Ms. Hayes is teaching guided reading.


Mrs. Agati, our music teacher, is teaching her third grade students the connection between dance and music.

National School Psychology Awareness Week

National School Psychology Awareness Week:
Helping Students, Staff and Families Know Their Own Strengths!
 (Adapted from the National Association of School Psychologist’s parent resources.)

Dear Families,

Supportive learning environments help children discover their individual strengths, share them, and celebrate them across all areas of learning and throughout the school community. Tapping into individual and collective strengths can build children’s resiliency and ability to meet challenges successfully. This capacity is essential to success in school and life.

School psychologists are in a unique role to facilitate this process at school. We work directly with students providing assessments, leading individual and group skill development sessions, consulting and collaborating with teachers, counselors, aides, administrators, and parents. We also serve on school problem solving and leadership teams, analyzing and explaining educational data, developing classroom accommodations and modifications, and meeting with parents and community members.

Helping our students to identify their interests, passions, and accomplishments is why Pine Glen is participating in national School Psychology Awareness Week, November 12–16, 2012. The theme is Know Your Own Strengths. Discover Them. Share Them. Celebrate Them.” While school staff creates many activities to promote awareness, you too as parents or guardians can help build and celebrate your children’s individual strengths! For example, you can:

·      Encourage your children’s individual strengths. Explore how they might differ from those of their siblings or classmates and why they can make a difference.
·      Have family discussions celebrating each other’s strengths. No one is good at everything, but everyone is good at something. Be sure to highlight individual strengths across all family members; everyone’s strengths may be different, but they are all important to share.

·      Pay it forward. Challenge your children to use their strengths to help someone this week, such as teaching a friend to play a sport or helping a classmate with a project.
As part of School Psychology Awareness week, we at Pine Glen are “weighing” our strengths. If you and your child are interested in contributing to our Pine Glen Garden Strength weigh in, full instructions are attached.

I look forward to working with all the students this year and hope to see the numbers on our strength scale growing.


Lea Garneau, M.Ed., Ed.S., NCSP
School Psychologist
Pine Glen Elementary School

Genevieve Orders Have Arrived

"Genevieve orders are in the school lobby and are ready to be picked up!"

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Turkey Trot

The Pine Glen annual Turkey Trot will be held again this year on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving. Students in grades 3,4, and 5 are invited to run. It is a one loop run around the school, starting and finishing in front of the building. It will begin at 8:30 and the runners will be grouped by grade level and gender. In the spirit of Thanksgiving and helping others less fortunate, students are encouraged to donate food items to the Burlington Food Pantry. Parents are welcome to cheer on the runners outside! This is a weather permitting event, so unfortunately it will be cancelled in the event of a heavy rain. Hope to see you all there!  Happy and Healthy Thanksgiving from Physical Education!

Pine Glen Community Hurricane Sandy Collection

Hurricane Sandy Collection

Please help the Pine Glen Community collect items to help those who lost so much during Hurricane Sandy. We will be collecting items until next Friday, November 16th.  Items can be placed in the appropriate bins in the lobby area of Pine Glen.  These items will be driven to the Ocean City area of New Jersey by Paul (former Burlington Police/Dare Officer) and Brenda Anderson.

Items needed:
·      dry milk
·      baked beans and other non perishable food items
·      bleach and other cleaning supplies
·      dish washing detergent (small sizes)
·      juice
·      diapers
·      baby wash
·      laundry detergent (32 oz)
·      new blankets and linens
·      new clothing
·      toiletries

* They are also in need of plastic tubs with lids to pack things in. 

Monetary donations in the form of checks can be made payable to OCNJ Care.  Please place any checks in an envelope and address the front to Krystel Anderson (Gr. 2). 

For more information regarding the cleanup efforts and needs in this area visit:

Monday, November 5, 2012

Grade 5 Math

Mrs. Fitzpatrick, Mrs. Fitzgerald, and Mrs. Constantine are working with small groups during math instruction.

Monday Morning in Kindergarten

Mrs. B is starting the day by having her kindergartners do gross-motor activities like hoping and jumping to consonant and vowel sounds. In this picture Mrs. B is jumping along with her students. Phonemic awareness activities like this help students keep information in their long term memory.