Thursday, November 30, 2017

Kindergarten and Fourth Grade Collaboration

Kindergarten and fourth grade students had a showing of their research project on animals. Students in both grades greatly enjoyed learning about various animals and their characteristics.

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Fall Birthday Book Club Members

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Pictured below are newest members of the Fall Pine Glen Birthday Book Club.

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Osmo and iPad

Today during my walkthrough's I saw students in the Learning Commons (A.K.A. Library) using iPads with attached Osmos to play Tangram. Students need to utilize spatial organizational skills and learn visual problem-solving by playing Tangram.

Chess Club at Pine Glen Elementary School

The following pictures are from the Chess Club which meets after school at Pine Glen in the learning commons.  The students participating in it and Mr. Kip have all greatly enjoyed it.   

Monday, November 27, 2017

Pine Glen Turkey Trot

When:  Friday, December 1, 2017, at 9:00
Where:  1 lap run around the school, start and finish in front of school
Who: 3rd, 4th and 5th graders

Parents are welcome to come down and cheer on the runners!

(The run was originally scheduled for November 22nd but, was canceled due to the weather.)

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Science Assembly

Thank very much Mr. Papodnis, retired director of the Burlington Science Center, for the amazing science presentation during our all school assembly today. Students and staff loved learning about concepts like force, chemical reactions, and simple machines during the presentation.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Grade 5

Today during my walkthrough's I saw Mrs. Fitzpatrick working with a guided reading group. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was showing her students how to distinguish between main ideas and details with nonfiction text. Her students were also learning how to take notes in a two column note style which is a critical skill for higher education.

Career Day

As an all school reward day for earning Hoot Cards, Pine Glen had career day today. Students dressed in outfits showing what career they would like to have when they grow up. Staff dressed up as what career they might be doing if they were not in education.


We are collecting donations for the Burlington Food Pantry today and tomorrow.

Monday, November 20, 2017

October Reading Connection

We have purchased Reading Connection newsletters for primary and intermediate grades. These newsletters provide simple tips and activities parents can use to help build a solid foundation for reading success.

Articles cover:

  • reading aloud to children
  • tips to build comprehension
  • vocabulary-building games
  • developing phonemic awareness and phonics skills
  • embracing nonfiction
  • finding books that fit your child
  • everyday writing

Reading Connection newsletters are aligned to the Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts.

Below are the links for the October newsletters.

K-2 Reading Connection
3-5 Reading Connection

In the future, we will send paper copies home as well as post them on this blog.

Kindergarten Concert

Kindergarten had their concert and lunch today. The students had turkey hats and sang songs like Albuquerque Turkey and Timothy Turkey.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Cultural Day

The fourth graders did a great job at their Cultural Day yesterday. All the students learned a lot about different cultures.

Friday, November 17, 2017

Students of the Week

Congratulations to Leo, Michael, Liam, Ashleigh, Jillian and Braedan for making W.I.S.E. choices and being our Students of the Week. Thank you for being role models! 

Make W.I.S.E. Choices

Work to be appropriate
Important to be safe
Strive to be Kind
Everyone matters

Thursday, November 16, 2017

LABBB Collaborative

The LABBB Collaborative helps students with special needs reach their full potential through high quality programs that integrate academic, social, recreational and vocational services and enable participation in the least restrictive environment. Their Burlington classrooms are located in BHS, Memorial, Fox Hill and Francis Wyman. On December 2, 2017, the LABBB Best Buddies are holding their 9th Annual Craft fair to support various programs and activities. See the flyer below for more information.

Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Grade 4

Today during my walkthrough's I saw Ms. Merlino using categorization to teach reading instruction. This high order thinking lesson helps students cement information into their long term memories. It is also very engaging to students.

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Boston Bruins

Thank you very much to the PTO for organization the BFit presentation from the Boston Bruins. John Whitesides, the strength and conditioning coach for the Bruins, along with members of the Bruins promotion team talked to students at Pine Glen today about the importance of nutrition and exercise.

Thank you to all the students who volunteered to exercise. Also, thank you to Mrs. Hanafin, Ms. Merlino, Mrs. Visocchi, Mrs. Petelle, Ms. Trahan, Ms. Tigges, Mrs. Hilton, Ms. Jackson, Ms. Miliano, and Ms. Mills for helping to demonstrate how to exercise.

Monday, November 13, 2017

BEF Presents "Education in Action": Screenagers

Wednesday, November 15, 2017 from 7:00-8:30pm at the MSMS Auditorium


Join the BEF and come see Screenagers, a film about the challenger of parenting in the digital world.

After the movie, we'll have a lively panel Q&A discussion with:

Dr. Eric Conti, Superintendent of BPS

Colleen Jenkins, M.S.CCC-SLP, Speech-Language Pathologist for BHS
Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent of BPS
Kim Lynch, Grade 5 Teacher, Francis Wyman Elementary School
Barbara Oliver, Lahey Health Behavioral Services


Fitness Assembly Tomorrow

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Tomorrow, we will be having an all-school assembly on health and fitness being presented by the Boston Bruins.   Students and staff are invited to wear athletic clothes and/or Boston Bruins clothing. 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Grade 1 Science

Today during my walkthrough's I saw first graders in Ms. Jackson's classroom categorizing the parts of a plant. The first graders were taking great pride in their work and having fun during science class.