Thursday, March 31, 2016

Household Hazardous Waste Collection

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Pine Glen Coding Club

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Early College Planning Night Recap 2016

Early College Planning Night Recap- 2016

Early College Planning Night, sponsored by the Burlington High School Guidance Department, was well attended. Parents of students in Kindergarten through 8th grade were present. Jonathan Hughes from MEFA gave a very detailed and informative presentation. Many facets of financial aid were covered. Click here to view a copy of the slides covered that night.

Jonathan discussed the College Navigator Web-Site which gives tuition prices, % of students receiving merit aid and % of students receiving need based aid. We encourage parents to further research this web-site. The other two hot topics of the night were the Massachusetts U Fund 529 Plan and the U Plan Prepaid Tuition Program. One quote that resonated with the audience was " Children are 3 times likelier to enroll in college and 4 times more likelier to graduate if their parents save for them". 

For Parents that missed the event it will be televised and streamed on BCAT.  Please see BCAT for times.

Spring Book Sale

Burlington Softball - Junior Level Openings  Softball still has openings at the Junior level, 1st and 2nd grade girls.  We are excited to offer after much success, year 2 of our new format.  This format offers an introduction to the game in a fun environment with professional instruction including 1 skills session per week led by Assistant Varsity Coach Bob Mahoney along with team managers and 1 game play per week.  Come join us on the field!

Monday, March 28, 2016

Welcome to Pine Glen in 14 Languages

When entering Pine Glen if a person looks to the left of the main office they will see the word "Welcome" in 14 different languages. Our Pine Glen community has students that sometimes speak a different language at home. There are 14 different languages that might be spoken at homes in our community. The display at the front of the school has a small number next to each of the words. People viewing the display can try to match up the where the language is spoken with the corresponding country.

Mary Poppins

Students from Burlington High School visited Pine Glen and performed some of numbers from the Broadway Musical Marry Poppins today. It was great to see so many former Pine Glen students in the cast. The students greatly enjoyed the performances particularly the song "Supercalifragilisticepialidociois!"

Coordinated Program Review

Burlington Public Schools will undergo a Coordinated Program Review by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education during the week of April 4, 2016. Please see the Press Release below for further details. Also note it is posted in multiple languages.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Phonemic Awareness and Phonics

The following pictures show some of the tools we use at Pine Glen to teach phonemic awareness and phonics. Using objects when segmenting sounds allows students to use their motoric memory to store information in their long term memory. This in turn helps students learn to read.

Grade 4 Ms. Merlino

Today, students in Ms. Merlino's class did a presentation for Mr. Lyons on the benefits of having a service dog at Pine Glen Elementary School.  (Students write persuasive narratives as part of the curriculum.)  The research and categorization of information in the presentation was fantastic!

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: Matthew Kilfoyle

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

You Cubed - Math Resources

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Brian Lies visits Pine Glen

Author and illustrator of children's books Brian Lies visited Pine Glen Elementary School today and talked to grades K-3. Brian is a the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling bat series (Bats at the Beach, Bats at the Library, Bats at the Ballgame, and Bats in the Band). This great enrichment was provided by the Pine Glen PTO.

Autism Awareness Day on Friday April 1st - Wear Blue!

Monday, March 21, 2016

Pine Glen Winter Carnival

Thank you very much to all the volunteers, people and companies for your time and donations in helping us have a great Winter Carnival! This community event was a lot of fun and helped raise money for student enrichment at Pine Glen Elementary School.

Friday, March 18, 2016

Student of the Week

Student of the Week: Nicholas Guerrero

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

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Message from Chief Kent of the Burlington Police

Burlington Police Department

Michael R. Kent, Chief of Police

45 Center St.
Burlington, MA 01803


Burlington Police Investigating Suspicious Vehicle Approaching Children

BURLINGTON -- Chief Michael R. Kent reports that the Burlington Police Department is investigating reports that a suspicious man in a vehicle approached a child near a bus stop.
As a result, Burlington Police are urging residents and parents to be on the lookout for an older model green Cadillac car driven by a white male, likely in his mid-60s.
Yesterday, at approximately 3:05 p.m., a 6-year-old boy told his mother that he was approached by a man in an "older green car" near the intersection of Gedick and Gibson roads. The man allegedly asked the boy's name and where he lived. The children ran home and told his mother who called Burlington Police.
Police responded to the area and talked to two other children who said that they had seen an older model green Cadillac car, either two or four doors. 
A license plate was subsequently called in by an off-duty officer but an investigation determined that this was not the suspect vehicle, and that this vehicle had not been in the area of theWednesday incident.
Burlington Police are investigating the incident and have taken the following additional measures:
• Additional patrols around school bus stops indefinitely 
• Additional patrols near schools during arrival and dismissal indefinitely 
• Messaging to surrounding cities and towns, letting their police departments know about the incident and the suspect vehicle
• Alerting public and media
Additionally, Chief Kent and Superintendent of Schools Eric Conti are encouraging parents to have frank and honest discussions with their children about strangers and safety while walking to and from school or the bus stop. 
"The safety of our children priority number one, and we want to get this message out to the public to ensure that people have their eyes open at all times," Chief Kent said. "Anyone who sees anything suspicious is urged to contact Burlington Police right away."
If anyone sees anything suspicious or has any information on Wednesday incident, they are urged to contact Burlington Police Youth Services Officer Steve Cross at 781-272-1212.

Burlington Education Foundation Raffle

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Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Visitors from the British International School

Teachers from the British International School visited fourth grade classrooms today at Pine Glen Elementary School.  Michelle Ardizoni, our technology integration specialist, Mr. Lyons along with the fourth grade students and fourth grade teachers helped to show our guests some of the ways we integrate technology into instruction.  Our guests loved seeing how students used Foundational Apps on their iPads to show knowledge, skills and learning. 

England has recently adopted a  national curriculum for computing or coding beginning in the primary grades.