Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Community Outreach

Students at Pine Glen brought in food this morning that was presented to the Burlington Food Pantry later in the day.

Turkey Trot & Walk-a-Thon 2016

Thank you very much to our physical education teachers Ms. Govoni, Mr. Kip, and the PTO for organizing and running a great Turkey Trot and Walk-a-Thon.

Chemical and Physical Reactions

This morning Mr. Mussleman from the Burlington Science Center and Mr. Papadonis, retired director of the center, participated in an all school assembly. They helped students understand the difference between a physical and chemical reaction. The presentation went off with a "bang" as a pumpkin exploded showing students a chemical reaction.

Chemical Reaction with a Pumpkin

Friday, November 18, 2016

Scholastic Book Fair: Volunteers Needed

Our first Scholastic Book Fair will be December 12th-16th. 

Rachel would love your help! If you're willing and able, please fill out this form. (Choices are automatically deleted once the time slots are filled.) She will need assistance setting up, writing wish lists, selling, wrapping, restocking, and closing up. 

Please let Rachel know if you have any questions, comments, and/or concerns:

Box Top Winners

Congratulations to Will Brady, Mackenzie Carter and Colin Grzelak for bringing in the most box tips and winning the PTO's Fall Collection Contest!

Students of the Week

Students of the Week: Erin Shortell, Ethan Thomas, Nathan Kim, Camilla Pelayo, Missy Skehan, Matty Conte, and Ryan McWhinnie

Congratulations to Erin Shortell, Ethan Thomas, Nathan Kim, Camilla Pelayo, Missy Skehan, Matty Conte, and Ryan McWhinnie for being our Students of the Week. Erin, Ethan, Nathan, Camilla, Missy, Matty, and Ryan have done great work showing appropriate, safe and kind behavior (ASK). Thank you for being role models!

Thursday, November 17, 2016

Walk-a-thon & Turkey Trot - Wednesday November 23rd

Turkey Trot is scheduled to begin at 9:30am and the 3rd annual walk-a-thon will begin immediately after.
**Please note if you don’t want to miss the fun plan on arriving at the school by 9:15am

Setup your Online Fundraiser!  Click for Directions  $365 has been raised online so far!

Donations are Due December 5th!
**The Walkathon is one of Pine Glen's 3 fundraisers during the year and proceeds directly benefit all of the children.  Please consider this when making your donation.

Things to remember for the Walk-a-thon & Turkey Trot
  • Dress Warm!  Hats & Mittens & Comfy Shoes
  • All students are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation.
  • Pine Glen will make a donation to the Burlington Food Pantry with the funds raised at this event.
  • The top 5 fundraising families will win Pine Glen carnival tickets.
  • Parents are invited to come watch and enjoy a cup of coffee (better yet, please consider volunteering!
**All donations are tax deductible – your cancelled check or online donation confirmation will serve as your receipt.


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Dr. Conti

This morning fourth graders learned that their substitute teacher was Dr. Conti. The students greatly enjoyed having Dr. Conti as their fourth grade teacher today.

Morning Message and Responsive Classroom

This morning during my walk through I saw Morning Meeting and Responsive Classroom taking place in Mrs. Hoyt's kindergarten classroom, Mrs. Bourgeois's first grade classroom and Ms. Jackson's first grade classroom too.

The Morning Meeting is a great tool to prepare students to learn, work on social-emotional learning, and build a culture of respect.

Responsive Classroom is an approach that shows the link between social-emotional learning and academics. It also creates a community and enhances a culture of kindness.

Both Morning Meeting and Responsive Classroom are great practices that strengthen our message of being appropriate, safe and kind (ASK). We recognize ASK behaviors at Pine Glen with "Hoot" cards. The reason we call them "Hoot" cards is because our mascot is an owl.

Monday, November 14, 2016


During my walk through today I saw Ms. Fallon, art teacher, and Mrs. Sheppard, first grade teacher, co-teaching a lesson on sentence structure and the relationship to illustrations found in books. Students were creating a sentence with matching illustration to show comprehension of the book they had previously read and their knowledge of story elements.

Friday, November 4, 2016

Pine Glen Birthday Book Club

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Below are the newest members of the Pine Glen Birthday Book Club. Members were invited to the library to select a book from the new acquisitions. A special bookplate with their name and the name(s) of the donor were placed inside the front cover. Photos with the birthday book are on the Birthday Book Club Wall outside the learning commons (library). Ms. Small appreciates the donations. Pine Glen Elementary School students will love these new books. Applications will be accepted again in the spring.

(A huge thanks to Mrs. Naddaff for orchestrating this!)