Friday, March 28, 2014

Reading Train

Kindergarten students in Mrs. Potts and Mrs. Kearney's class boarded the "Reading Train" today. The train whistle helped create the perfect atmosphere for the trip.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014


Educational consultant and author, Kelly Boswell, worked with kindergarten, first grade and second grade teachers on Friday. Kelly and classroom teachers discussed nonfiction reading, written expression and the Common Core Curriculum.

Mona Lisa

Ms. Fallon was discussing Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting the Mona Lisa yesterday with students.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Pine Glen Digital Citizenship featured on BCAT

From the Pine Glen Library & Technology Center: Burlington Cable Access Television came to the Pine Glen LTC last week to talk with Mrs. D'Elia and Mr. Callahan about how we teach students about digital citizenship. See the embedded video below for last week's episode of BCAT News. The story about Digital Citizenship starts at 2:53.

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Library Logins on Destiny Quest

from the Pine Glen Library & Technology Center

Students in third grade have been learning how to access and manage their own library accounts using the Destiny library software. It's a great way for students to learn to be responsible library and to practice their digital citizenship skills of proper online behavior. See the flyer below for more information!

--Mrs. D'Elia

Friday, March 14, 2014


Students from Burlington High School stopped by Pine Glen today. They performed songs from the play Grease.

Relay Skate For Life

Parent PARCC Night March 18th

We are hosting a Parent PARCC Night at the Marshall Simonds Middle School Library at 7:00 PM on Tuesday, March 18th.  We will have computers set up with sample field test questions for parents to explore.  We will also be available to answer any questions about the new Common Core Standards and the PARCC Field Test occurring in Burlington at the end of March and May.  If you are interested in more specific facts about the PARCC Field Test, please visit the Massachusetts PARCC Trial Blog

Thank you.


Pine Glen Carnival!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Pine Glen Technology Use Featured on NECN

From the Pine Glen Library & Technology Center blog: NECN came to Pine Glen last week to do a story on the PARCC and how we're preparing our students for it. The segment features interviews with 5th grade teacher Ms. Marcus, 5th grader David, and Commissioner Mitchell Chester who was filmed in the LTC! "Students say they enjoy learning when technology is involved."

Monday, March 10, 2014

All-Town Band Concert

Congratulations to our Pine Glen 4th and 5th graders for a great performance at the All-Town Band Concert. Also, congratulations to all the performers. It was amazing seeing students from grades 4 through 12 all performing together.

Friday, March 7, 2014

The Pine Glen Carnival Committee

This year’s annual Pine Glen Carnival is scheduled for Saturday, March 29th.  We are once again holding a popular stage raffle in the cafetorium where dozens of gift certificates, new items, and gift baskets are raffled off at the end of the day. 

We would like to invite you to participate as a class this year by organizing a raffle basket or item.  Last year, there were wonderful and creative donations made. Any theme is welcome. Our goal is to have the items on display in the school by mid-March to encourage donations and participation in the raffle. 

If you have a room parent to pass this on, great!  If not, perhaps a team of parents can help out. We don’t want any one person to assume the entire cost of the raffle donation. Rather, it should be a shared class expense if you decide to participate. As always, participation is optional.

If you decide to participate, please label your donation and include classroom teacher, room number and title of gift. Also, please let the raffle chair listed below know about your intended donation.

The money raised through the carnival will benefit Pine Glen in various ways. It will be used to purchase books, instructional materials and playground equipment. In addition, funds will be used to sponsor educational field trips and enrichment programs the town is unable to fund.

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Denise Desmond at 

Thank you for attention to this matter.

The Pine Glen Carnival Committee

Thursday, March 6, 2014

After School Cooperative Games

After School Cooperative Games

March 3, 2014

Dear Parents:

We are pleased to announce that Burlington Public Schools will be offering an After School Cooperative Games Group for children in Grades 1, 2, 3, 4, and 5.  The program will be held on Tuesdays from 3:15pm to 4:15pm at  Burlington High School. This is a first come first serve basis. Parents will be notified if their child is chosen to participate.

The Cooperative Games Group will:

  • provide student support in developing peer relationships
  • provide student support in building conversational skills
  • provide student support in developing problem solving skills
  • Be supervised by certified Guidance Counselors, Speech and Language Pathologists or School Psychologists

The dates of this session of the After School Cooperative Games Group are:
April: 29
May:  6, 13, 20, 27
June: 3

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from the program.
The cost of the program is free during the Pilot Session.


Cooperative Games Group
Burlington Public Schools
Special Education Office
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Please register my child in the Cooperative Games Group

Child’s Name:  __________________________________________

Child’s Grade:___________________________________________

Parent Signature:  ________________________________________________________

Commissioner Chester and NECN News Visit Pine Glen Elementary School

Dr. Mitchell D. Chester, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Schools for the State of Massachusetts visited Pine Glen Elementary School.  Commissioner Chester joined me for my walk-throughs of the classrooms.  We had the opportunity to observe a fifth grade classroom having a Google Hangout (video conference) with students in Sicily, Italy, as part of World Read Aloud Day.  The students had an opportunity to read to each other.  It was very interesting to hear how students in Italy ski on Mt. Etna, an active volcano.  Commissioner Chester also had an opportunity to see the Bridges Together Program ( in Mrs. Visocchi's Classroom.

Melissa Simas Tyler, a reporter from NECN News, also visited today.  She interviewed Commissioner Chester about the PARCC assessment which we will be piloting at Pine Glen Elementary School later this month.  She also interviewed some fifth graders and Ms. Marcus. 

Commissioner Chester told me, "Pine Glen is an outstanding school.  I am very impressed with the technology and high level of instruction I saw in the classrooms."       

Below are some pictures from the visit. 

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Francis Wyman Carnival

Burlington Families: Join Us at the Francis Wyman School on Saturday, March 8 for the Annual Family Carnival, RAIN or SHINE, because all the fun is indoors!
Admission is free, while food, game and raffle tickets will be sold at the Carnival: 2 tickets for $1.
Enjoy a variety of fun carnival activities and of course our famous CAKE WALK - Win a cake and vote for your favorite!
There will be tons of fun activities for kids and their families in the Gym, and be sure to stop by the Cafeteria, where we'll be offering plenty of refreshments!
Our huge Raffle Table, also in the Cafeteria, will feature a ton of fabulous prizes - Don't miss out on your chance to walk away with one or more of these great prizes!!!
Don't miss out!

Summer Programs and Packets

Hockey Sing-Ups

                     MSMS MADDOG 5th grade 
                         HOCKEY SIGN-UPS

Attention all 5th grade hockey players, who are entering 6th Grade Middle School next year, 2014 – 2015 season;  Sign-ups are now being accepted for MadDogs Middle School Skills & Development Hockey Program. This will be geared to get next years 6th grade players ready for MadDog 7th & 8th grade team. 6th Graders will skate all 11 weeks of skills/practices alongside 7th & 8th graders from Sept – Mid November. Based on ability, some may be asked to skate with 7th & 8th graders for some games during our season from Dec – end of Feb. Our goal is to introduce 6th graders to the MadDog Team and let them feel a part of the team, learn our system, attend games, introduce checking properly, off-ice blackboard sessions, receive a team jersey. MSMS MADDOG HOCKEY PROGRAM IS NOW LINKED CLOSELY WITH BURLINGTON HIGH SCHOOL VARSITY HOCKEY TEAM & COACHING STAFF FOR UPCOMING SEASON, AS A FEEDER PROGRAM FOR THE HIGH SCHOOL HOCKEY TEAM!! Be part of the MSMS Maddog team that’s been in existence for 13 years.  Check out the great website to learn more & to sign up NOW @   For more information or questions you can also contact Head Coach Bill Pepicelli @ 781-229-1849 or e-mail

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Early Learner Series

The next session of the Burlington Public Schools Early Learner Series is Thursday, March 6th.  We have pushed back the time slightly to help make it more convenient for everyone, so the session will take place from 7:00 - 8:00pm in the Room B3 of the Burlington Early Childhood Center (BECC).  The topic for this month’s discussion is fine and gross motor skills.  We will cover specific components in each area, how they impact student learning, and how you can help facilitate growth at home.  As usual, we will leave ample time to answer questions, address concerns, and troubleshoot any existing challenges you may come across in this area.  We look forward to seeing everyone Thursday night!
-Tiffany D’Abbraccio, M.S.Ed. and Naomi O’Brien, M.Ed, BCBA

Monday, March 3, 2014

Skype Conversation with Bob Shea

Pine Glen Students in grades 1st through 4th had an opportunity to have a conversation with Bob Shea ( through Skype today. Bob Shea is a an author and illustrator. His picture books are very popular and well liked by students at Pine Glen.

Dress Up As a Favorite Book Character Day

To help us celebrate Read Across America Day and Dr. Seuss's Birthday students and staff came to school today dressed up as their favorite book character.  Below are some pictures from the day including green eggs and ham being made in the kitchen.