Friday, January 29, 2016

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: Hannah Stephan 

Congratulations to Hannah Stephan for being our Student of the Week. Hannah has done great work showing appropriate, safe, and kind behavior (ASK). Thank you for being a role model Hannah!

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Owl Cam

The second floor hallway has a tv which is currently showing a live web cam feed of a barn owl (Live Barn Owl Cam).  This technology, provided through a BEF grant, allows our students to learn while in the hallway.  In addition, it helps us to bring the outdoors inside.  

Monday, January 25, 2016

Pine Glen Celebrates Students Being Appropriate, Safe, and Kind

Recently, our Pine Glen students got to participate in a school-wide dance performance of the "Whip and Nae Nae" song by Silento. Students earned this school-wide reward by earning 50 Hoot cards per grade by showing appropriate, safe, and kind behavior the last few months. The students and staff had a great time and enjoyed the dance party! Great work, everyone!

Ms. Lauren Zanotti
Pine Glen School

Friday, January 22, 2016


Miss. Pavlicek worked with fourth grade today and studied the lifecycle of a chicken. It was interesting to learn the importance calcium played in developing an egg.


Miss Pavlicek from the Burlington Science Center worked with first grade today to understand the life cycle of a chicken.

Intervention/Enrichment Block

All students at Pine Glen Elementary School have a half-hour intervention/enrichment block.

I noticed some fantastic enrichment work students completed hanging up in Mrs. Fitrparick's classroom today during my daily walkthrough.

During the enrichment lesson students researched a Wondering Question such as "How big is Fenway Park?" The students presented their research findings on a poster board with an attached QR Code. The students all showed excellent critical thinking skills in their research.

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: Jillian Noke

Congratulations to Jillian Noke for being our Student of the Week. Jillian has done great work showing appropriate, safe, and kind behavior (ASK). Thank you for being a role model Jillian!

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation

Burlington Science Center - "Our Trash, Our Choices"

Dear Families,
Bringing up our children to take good care of our Earth is a goal all of us share. The Science Center aims to support those efforts through our show, “Our Trash, Our Choices” to be shared with Pine Glen students next week​. During the show students will participate in a “trash audit” of the school’s cafeteria waste and learn how sorting their waste and making thoughtful choices can reduce the amount of trash that goes to our landfills everyday​.
During the show, students will be challenged with reducing the amount of trash and food waste they produce over the next school week​.​ Many ideas will be shared. You can support your child and school’s efforts to reduce their waste by:
● Using reusable bags and containers.
● Limiting the amount of snacks that use disposable packaging (think fewer wrapped bars and more fruits and veggies!)
● Sending appropriate portions of food to school.
In addition, we encourage you to have conversations with your kids about ways to reduce your waste at home! Your child may ask you what things your family reuses or recycles​.​ You can talk about hand-me-down clothing/toys, ways you might recycle plastic bags at the grocery store or as pet waste containers, and how you might save leftovers for a next-day meal​. All of these actions will speak louder than words alone​.​ For more ways to participate and engage in the recycling and conservation conversation, look to the Burlington Science Center’s website this week for more ideas and resources to share with your children, family and friends​.​ Thank you for being a part of this special experience for your child​.
The Burlington Science Center ​

Burlington Science Center - "Our Trash, Our Choices"

Miss Pavlicek and Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science Center did a lesson today with all the students at Pine Glen Elementary School titled "Our Trash, Our Choices." Students learned critical thinking, data collection and categorization.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

From Principal Sullivan’s Blog at Burlington High School


Anonymous Threat At Burlington High School 

Burlington High School received an anonymous Skype phone call at approximately 12:15 this afternoon threatening the school.

The Emergency Response Team was immediately gathered, which includes school personnel and the Burlington Police Department.  After evaluating the situation, and due to the fact that many other schools in Massachusetts received this type of threat last Friday, and many more today, the police assessment was that this is a low level threat and most likely a hoax. 

Students have already been dismissed because of mid-year exams and, as an added layer of precaution,  we have decided to cancel all afternoon activities and dismiss faculty and staff as well.

There will be an increased police presence in the morning and during dismissal times tomorrow and we will update everyone if the situation changes.

Boys and Girls Varsity and JV Basketball will leave from MSMS today.   Girls Basketball will leave at 2:00, Boys Gymnastics - 3:00 and Boys Basketball will leave at 4:00.

Girls Varsity Gymnastics scheduled at home vs. Wakefield will be cancelled and rescheduled to a later date.

Track practice will be cancelled for today and the Fitness Center will also be closed.

Toys and School

Recently Shopkins have become a very popular toy. I have seen them first hand in my house, relatives and friend's homes how much children enjoy playing with them. Please remind students that Shopkins are toys and need to stay at home. Also, students are not allowed to trade toys including Shopkins at school and on the bus.

Pine Glen Handbook Page 8

Electronics and Toys
Children may not bring electronic games, ipods, or other electronic equipment to school.  If a parent believes a cell phone is warranted for safety reasons the cell phone must be turned off and left in a student’s backpack during the school day. If a child removes an electronic device or cell phone from the backpack for any reason that electronic device  or cell phone will be confiscated by administration.  The administrator will return the electronic device or cell phone to a parent and/or disciplinary action will be taken.  The school is not responsible for the loss of any electronic equipment.

Similarly, toys, collectible cards and stuffed animals are not allowed at school. However, if  these items are needed for after school activities, all non-educational items are to remain in the backpack for the school day.   

Any child who brings a potentially dangerous object to school is subject to disciplinary action.  Toy knives, toy guns or any other sharp or dangerous objects are not allowed at school at any time for any reason.  Any child who brings such items will have these items collected by staff and parents will be contacted by the principal   Students are not allowed to sell or trade toys.  

Friday, January 15, 2016

Community Outreach

The student council presented a check to a representative from the Burlington Food Pantry.   Money for the donation came from the Walkathon hosted by the PTO on November 25, 2015.    It is wonderful when Pine Glen Elementary School can provide community outreach and help others in need.

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: John Gatta

Congratulations to John Gatta for being our Student of the Week. John has done great work showing appropriate, safe, and kind behavior (ASK). Thank you for being a role model John!

Friday, January 8, 2016

Jim Plunkett Fundraiser

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: Joey Capparelli
Joey has done a fantastic job working hard and showing appropriate, safe and kind behavior. Congratulations, Joey!

Valentine Fundraiser

Come to a Family Valentine Tea at Grand View Farm Saturday, February 13th. This is a fundraiser for Burlington nonprofit, The Mama Bear Effect. There will be a 1:00 service with magic show and a 4:00 with live classical guitarist. Tea or cocoa will be served along with buffet of refreshments, raffles, silent auction, and craft for children. For more information visit: or search: Mama Bear Effect on for tickets. You may also contact Adrianne Simeone at or 617.571.6802

Thursday, January 7, 2016

Basic Rights in Special Education







Basic Rights In Special Education


Wednesday, January 13th  |  Marion Tavern  |  6:30/7:00-9:00pm

Presented by the Federation for Children with Special Need

The Basic Rights workshop provides families with an introduction to their rights in regards to their child’s education.

This workshop is designed to help parents learn to be effective partners with their child’s school to decide their
child’s eligibility for special education, and to plan, make decisions and monitor their child’s progress in school.

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

Cafeteria Substitutes Needed

Our school cafeterias are in need of substitute help.  The pay rate is $10.00/hour.   If you are interested, please contact Karen Damaso at or 781-270-1756. Thank you.

January 2016 Lunch Menu

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Kindergarten Registration