Friday, October 31, 2014

Sing Along

Students participated in a sing-along today. Our music teachers, Mrs. Agati and Ms. Berger, lead the students. All the students did a fantastic job singing!

4th Grade Rocket Day 2014

The fourth graders, their teachers and parents all had a 'blast' at Rocket Day today.  With help from Ms. Pavilcek and Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science Center students learned about such concepts as gravity, thrust and force.  The students greatly enjoyed launching their rockets.

Message From New Guidance Counselor

Dear Parents and Guardians,

My name is Lauren Zanotti and I am the new School Counselor at Pine Glen Elementary School. I am thrilled to be a part of this wonderful school and to begin my work with students and families.

I received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology from Emmanuel College. Shortly after college, I started working as a Counselor on a psychiatry floor at Children's Hospital Boston. It was during that time that I made the decision to spend my life working with children and families in a counseling capacity.  I went on to earn my Masters Degree in School Counseling from the University of Massachusetts Boston. Before coming to Pine Glen, I was employed as a School Counselor in the Springfield and Boston public schools.

In my free time, I love spending time with friends and family, being active, cooking and traveling. I recently became an aunt for the first time which is very exciting! Also, I will be adopting a dog soon and very much look forward to having my first pet. These other "roles" in my life contribute so positively and strongly to my work as a counselor. 

As a School Counselor, my primary responsibility is to promote the academic, personal, and social well-being of all students.  I look forward to offering support to the students, staff, families and community.  I will be meeting with students individually and in small groups, conducting classroom lessons, meeting with parents, collaborating with teachers and staff, and consulting with community organizations to support and meet the needs of all Pine Glen students and families.

I am here to help students achieve their personal/social and academic goals, as well as provide support for the parents and teachers. I can be reached by email at or phone at 781-270-1715.


Lauren Zanotti 

Thursday, October 30, 2014


Students in Ms. Fallon's Art Class were doing value studies of light utilizing charcoal today. It was fascinating to she students create works with the contrasting colors and light.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Message from the Burlington Food Pantry

The Burlington Food Pantry is looking for donations of TOOTHPASTE and TOOTHBRUSHES.
If you can contribute, please place your donations in the Food Pantry Box in the Main Office.
The Burlington Food Pantry provides food to approximately 120 needy Burlington families every month.
Thanks so much!!!

Monday, October 27, 2014

PTO Halloween Party

A BIG thank you to the PTO and all the incredible volunteers that made the Halloween Party a huge success! The dancing was great and the haunted house was amazing.

Friday, October 24, 2014


Dear Pine Glen Community,

Mrs. Ogren will be leaving Pine Glen Elementary School for a short time.  I know we will all greatly miss her. Mrs. Fallon, a retired Burlington Elementary School Teacher, has graciously agreed to take over the position in the meantime.

I can not thank Mrs. Ogren enough for her dedication to the library and students of Pine Glen Elementary School.  Also, we are incredibly thankful to Mrs. Fallon for her assistance.

The district is still actively looking for a candidate to be our permanent librarian.


John Lyons, MS. Ed.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Congratulations to Benjamin Parrillo

Ms. Pavlicek, Director of the Burlington Science Center, came to Pine Glen today to announce that Benjamin Parrillo is our 2014 Sunflower Contest Champion. Benjamin's sunflower grew to a height of 12.5 feet. We are all very proud of Benjamin and his accomplishment.

Monday, October 20, 2014

PTO Collection Contest

We have our winners for the Collection Contests! All of the winners will receive Party Lab Gift cards along with free tickets to the Halloween Dance. The PTO wants to thank everyone for participating, the collection contest brings in hundreds of dollars to the PTO which will be funneled back to the students. Please keep collecting those labels and box tops and stay tuned for our next collection contest! Campbell's Labels for Education Poleena Risman, 166 points, (tied for 1st) Ellie Risman, 166 points, (tied for 1st) Seema Risman, 166 points, (tied for 1st) Box Tops Emma Naddaff, 275 box tops (tied for 1st place) Brooke Naddaff, 275 box tops (tied for 1st place) Christopher Peckham, 210 box tops, (3rd place )

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Burlington PAC

Join the Burlington PAC at our next event: Childhood Stress & Anxiety : Causes, Impact & Strategies 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. October 23, Library, Marshall Simonds Middle School Presented by Joel M. Ristuccia, a certified School Psychologist with over twenty-five years experience working in the public schools. Come hear Joel talk about Anxiety in students k-12, why it happens and what you can do about it. For more information please contact us at

Thursday, October 9, 2014

English Language Arts

Mrs. Visocchi in this picture is working with fourth graders during English Language Arts (ELA).


Today Mrs. Agati worked with fifth graders on Ostinatos and used various instruments.

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Change of Staff

Dear Parents, 

Alexis Dwyer, guidance counselor, has left Pine Glen to spend more time with her family.  Lauren Zanotti has been hired to be our new guidance counselor and will be starting her first day at Pine Glen Elementary School on Monday, October 20, 2014. Ms. Zanotti is very excited to work with the students and staff at Pine Glen.  She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge with her to this position.  If you need the assistance of a guidance counselor prior to Ms. Zanotti's start, please feel free to contact Mrs. Perry, school psychologist, or me. 


John Lyons, M.S. Ed.

Tech Savvy Parenting

Monday, October 6, 2014

Confidentiality Meeting

I will be hosting a confidentiality meeting this Friday (10/10/14) at 8:30 am.

All parent volunteers are required to have an updated CORI form on file at Central Office and also attend a Principal’s Confidentiality Meeting to be eligible to chaperone field trips and volunteer.  

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Main Office Renovation

We are thrilled with the main office renovation that took place at Pine Glen this summer. The new conference room and entrance have made our school more inviting and safer. I greatly thank the Burlington Community for all their support and the dedication they have shown to the students.

5th Grade Visiting Field Trip

Today museum educators from the Concord Museum visited the fifth grade classrooms at Pine Glen Elementary School. The students learned about early settlers and Native American interactions. Students also learned about the culture and geography of Concord at that time. The educators will also be here tomorrow.


The PTO will be holding their first meeting of the year tomorrow night.  The meeting starts at 7:00.  We look forward to seeing everyone.