Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Today we had our first ever Walkathon at Pine Glen Elementary School. It was a lot of fun. I would like to thank all the volunteers and PTO for their assistance with this great event.

Turkey Trot

Today we had our annual Turkey Trot. Congratulations to all the third, fourth and fifth graders who ran.

Pumpkin Experiment

Today, retired Burlington Science Director, Mr. Papadonis returned to Pine Glen Elementary School. We had an all school assembly and saw Mr. Papadonis conduct the pumpkin experiment. It was amazing.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lockdown Practice

Safety is our top priority at Pine Glen Elementary School.  Today students practiced a lockdown drill during lunch.  Students did a great job following the procedures.  Drills like today are ways we help our students practice being safe.

Wednesday Dismissal

This Wednesday is a half-day.   Dismissal time is 11:45.  I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hour of Code - December 8 - 14, 2014

The Hour of Code is coming December 8 - 14, 2014 and is our opportunity to join the largest learning event in history.  It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.  Coding lessons will be available to all Pine Glen Students, using their iPads, during this week and we are encouraging teachers and students to participate.  For more information about this global event, please watch the video below and/or visit the website The Hour of Code.  Here are some sample coding exercises Coding Exercises for all age groups, as well as specific elementary grade ranges.  Give it a try!  Please contact Michelle Ardizzoni(emailPine Glen Instructional Technology Specialist, for Hour of Code support in your classroom.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Blog

Our guidance counselor, Lauren Zanotti, has recently created a blog (Pine Glen Guidance Counselor ).  This resource will have ideas on how to help students be successful both at school and home.   It will also feature some of the great things Ms. Zanotti is working on with students at Pine Glen Elementary School.  

"A Taste of Girl Scouting"

Student Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance is available through ISI New England.  If you are interested in purchasing insurance for your child, information and enrollment forms are available online at  When you reach the home page select MASSACHUSETTS Enrollment Form (Voluntary).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Message from Burlington PAC

Burlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our upcoming presentation:
Monday, November 17th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marion Tavern*
Presented by Naomi O’Brien M. Ed
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), BPS

 This workshop will discuss how to help bridge the gap between school and home behavior and create positive behavior systems for any environment. We will explore and discuss the four areas of the Life Skills Curriculum which is currently implemented throughout the district:  Instruction-Following, Functional Language Skills, Tolerance Skills, and Empathy Skills.  Strategies around how to teach these skills, reinforce them at home, as well as differentiate both the teaching and skill selection will be discussed.
*Marion Tavern is located next to the Burlington police department. 
Doors open at 6:30 presentation begins at 7:00
If you have any questions please contact Lisa DeRosa at

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Confidentiality Meeting

I will be hosting a confidentiality meeting on November 13, 2014 at 8:15 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 chaperon field trips and volunteer.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Treats for Troops

Pine Glen is once again joining other Burlington schools in collecting wrapped 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 an 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!