Thursday, April 30, 2015

Shred Day

SHRED DAY: Saturday MAY 2nd 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at the Marshall Simonds Middle School. $5 per paper grocery bag $10 per 11 x 16 copy paper box Identity Theft is a growing crime and more and more people are falling victim to it. Bring your outdated personal and financial documents to be shredded safely and securely by a shredding truck provided by Highland Shredding, Inc. All proceeds collected goes into the Scholarship fund for the Adopt-A-Class 2022. For more information about the event or the Adopt-A-Class program, please contact Kristin Russo at

BHS Post Graduation Party

PLEASE HELP CONTINUE THE TRADITION: Will you be a chaperone at the BHS Post Graduation (all-night) Party?  It's tradition for the parents of underclassmen to chaperone the party for our graduating seniors.  This year the party is going to be held at Kings in Burlington. We need volunteers for shift 2 (midnight - 3am on Monday June 9), shift 3 (3am - 5am on Monday June 9).  You don't need to have a child in the high school, any adult that does not have a senior at the party is welcome.  This is a great way to "pay it forward."  Help us this year and when your child graduates, the parents of underclassmen will be there for you!  To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Tina Pesiridis at 617-605-4496 or

Burlington Community Health Fair - May 2, 2015

The Burlington Board of Health in collaboration with the Burlington Council on Aging will be hosting their first annual Burlington Community Health Fair on Saturday, May 2 from 10 am - 1 pm at Memorial Elementary School. The Health Fair is sponsored by Lahey Health and will provide excellent opportunity for residents to discover the health and wellness services available in their community.

The health fair will include over 35 exhibitors covering a wide range of health and wellness services for people of all ages. There will be educational information, health screenings, fitness demonstrations, chair massages, and other wellness services. Educational information will be provided on nutrition, food safety, gardening, fire safety, poison prevention, and other services. Health screenings will include bone density, blood pressure, body mass index, facial sun damage, digital spinal screenings, oral cancer screenings, and balance assessment. Fitness group and exercise demonstrations will be conducted in the gymnasium and will include personal fitness training, boxing and agility training, yoga stretches and breathing techniques, and a children's obstacle course. All screenings and services are provided free.

Friday, April 17, 2015


Mrs. Visocchi's class made eBooks about the national parks. The students loved showing their work to parents which were featured on their iPads.

Grade 4 and Weather

Fourth grade had their "Weather Wiz Kids" Fair today. The students learned a great about the weather. I loved their trifold's.

Principal for a Day

Mackenzie Goldsmith was "Principal for a Day" today. She did an outstanding job leading the school. Mackenzie completed a walk-through of all the classrooms. The following picture shows her on the phone with Assistant Superintendent Patrick Larkin.

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Principal for a Day

Thursday, April 16, 2015


Mrs. Agati's students in music today were reading musical notes and playing virtual instruments on their iPads. The students were playing music from Trinidid.

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Blizzard Bag Site is Live

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Our Blizzard Bag Site Is Live

We are excited to have the opportunity to pilot learning projects for school day cancellations. We will be the first district in the state of Massachusetts to try this with the assigned “Blizzard Bag” work that is available on this BPS Blizzard Bag site. As with any pilot, we expect that there will be a lot of questions and that not everything will proceed exactly as planned. However, we are committed to offering multiple methods to support students so that they can complete their work successfully.

Questions will be answered live on our Blizzard Bag phone line at 1 (512) SNOWDAY (1-512-766-9329) on Tuesday, April 28 from 4-7 p.m. Voice messages and texts can also be sent to this number during the duration of the assignment and will be responded to daily. In the meantime, we have also created an e-mail address where you can send questions ( We will share all of the questions asked on a “Frequently Asked Questions” section that will be added on this Blizzard Bag site.

Of course, your student’s classroom teachers are also a great resource for questions and we will be adding support opportunities that are available at individual schools in the days ahead as well on the website. Teachers will be checking in with their students during the week of May 4, which is the midpoint of the projects, to make sure that students are making progress. It is our hope that at least half of the assignment will be completed at this time. If students have any questions about expectations or length of assignments, they should ask their teachers.

Our final due date for the assignments is June 1, 2015. If students complete their work prior to that date, they are welcome to turn them in early to their teachers. Since the work is meant to be substituted for two days of school, all students who do not complete the work will be marked absent for two days. Thank you in advance for your patience and understanding as we work through this pilot. We look forward to your feedback along the way.

Please visit this site for information and details about student work that must be completed to ensure learning goals are met. Student assignments are posted by grade levels at the top of the Blizzard Bag Website. High school teachers will be giving students their assignments this week. 

Blizzard Bag Pilot

Career Day

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Career Day
Pine Glen Elementary School
1 Pine Glen Way, Burlington, MA

Monday, June 15, 2015

Presenters Needed:

Outside Presenters: Outside presenters with a vehicle: You will speak with different groups of children from grades K-5 every 10-15 minutes from 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM.

Inside Presenters: You will speak to a different group of children every 15 minutes. The children will rotate through the various rooms from 10:00 AM to 1:30 PM.

We will need all presenters to arrive by 8:45 AM to set up.

Come and join in on a great time and share your career with our students! We would love having you!

Interested? Contact Lauren Zanotti, School Counselor
Pine Glen Elementary School
781-270-1715 or
Fill out this form and return to Lauren Zanotti, School Counselor if you would like to present:

Presenters Name: _________________________________
Career Title: ________________________________
Phone Number: _____________________________
Please check one of the following:
___ Outside presenter with a vehicle available 9:00-10:00 am
___ Inside presenter 10:00-1:30 pm
____ I can only present for a specific time period (Please list the hours you are available).
Comments (special set up, equipment needed, etc):

Tuesday, April 14, 2015


The Student Council would like to invite the Pine Glen Community
to participate in “MSPCA Day”.

Friday April 17, 2015

Students (and staff) are welcome to dress up as their favorite animal and donate $1.00 to the MSPCA. The members of the student council are hoping to build awareness for animals in need.

This link is a great resource for children interested.

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Adopt-A-Class 2026

Monday, April 13, 2015

Teacher Appreciation Week

Thursday, April 9, 2015

Message from Mother-to-Mother

Calling all children entering kindergarten at Pine Glen this fall!  Join us on Sunday, April 26th from 3 pm to 4 pm for a laid-back, friendly play-date at the Pine Glen school playground as part of monthly Pre-K socials being organized by Burlington Mother-to-Mother.  The socials are free and open to all incoming kindergarteners.  This is a great way for kids (and parents) to get to know each other and the school environment. Please rsvp with both your name and your child's name to Sharleen Davis at  Hope you can join us!

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Message from the Burlington PAC

Join Us on April 13th

At the Marion Tavern for a night out with other PAC parents.

For anyone interested in special education in Burlington, the Burlington PAC is holding a networking night. In attendance will be special guest, soon to be School Committee member, Martha Simon. 

Join us at the Marion Tavern (downstairs)
From: 6:30-9:00
Monday, April 13th

Come at 6:30 and meet Martha.
She will give us an introduction, including her background and experience in special education.  Then open it up to questions, concerns, and share ideas for what's working currently and what's not.

After, we will discuss the future of the PAC, how we've been doing, what we can do better and discuss volunteer opportunities for the next school year.

A great night to come out and discuss your experiences both in the school district and with PAC.
For more information on the Burlington PAC or this location contact Lisa DeRosa at or via phone at 781-365-0124
We originally had Math Skills scheduled for this night but the presenter canceled because of a conflict. We will reschedule that presentation and let you know the new date. Sorry.

Grade 4

Mrs. Visocchi today was working with a guided reading group. The students were very invested in their learning. They had great observations. In addition, the students were very adapt at recognizing literary elements, and demonstrating higher order thinking. It was fun to listen to them.

Grade 2 Math

Ms. Anderson's class was learning about surfaces, vertices, and edges in math today. The students were using higher order thinking skills to compare and contrast different shapes. The models, graphic organizers, and hands-on manipulatives helped the students comprehend and understand the different 3 dimensional shapes.