Monday, December 22, 2014

Grade 4

The fourth graders had an amazing Cultural Day. The students learned a great deal about immigration and different cultures.

Grade 1

The first graders had a lot of fun today at their Winter Wonderland.

1st, 2nd, and 3rd Grade Winter Concert Video

On Friday, December 19th, our first, second, and third graders presented a wonderful daytime winter concert for their families. They performed under the direction of Mrs. Agati, and Ms. Berger, our music specialists at Pine Glen.  Our students enjoyed performing and we were fortunate to have many family members attend the show.  Thank you to the Pine Glen PTO for their generous gift of the video camera used to record the performance. Enjoy the video below.

Friday, December 19, 2014

Winter Concert Grades 1, 2 & 3

The first, second and third graders had a great winter concert this morning under the direction of Mrs. Agati and Ms. Berger. The show even had a Rock N' Roll Snowman!

Thursday, December 18, 2014

Winter Concert Video

On Tuesday, December 16th, our fourth and fifth graders presented a fantastic daytime winter concert to our younger students and staff. They performed under the direction of Mr. Napierkowski, Mrs. Agati, and Ms. Berger. Their concert was a celebration of food and the holidays. Thank you to the Pine Glen PTO for their generous gift of the video camera used to record the performance. Enjoy the video below.

Community Outreach

Two members of the student council today gave a check to a representative from the Burlington Food Pantry. This money will help feed Burlington families during the months of January and February. The money was raised during the Walkathon in November. Thank you very much to the PTO for all their help with the Walkathon.


Congratulations to Rania Ahmed who won the name the alligator competition. Rania picked the name, Snaparella. Ms. Pavlicek came to Pine Glen Elementary School today to announce the great news.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Winter Concert 2014

The fourth and fifth graders had a terrific Winter Concert last night under the direction of Mr. Napierkowski, Mrs. Agati, and Ms. Berger. The concert was a celebration of food and the holidays.

Friday, December 12, 2014

Computer Science

Students throughout Pine Glen Elementary School have been coding this week. Every student I have talked to during my walkthroughs has had a smile on his or her face and and told me how much they love coding. It has been wonderful to see the students learning about computer science. We are so fortunate to have 1:1 iPads in our schools that allow us to work on higher level thinking and skills such as coding.


I greatly enjoyed reading to all the kindergarten students today.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014


Today during my walkthroughs I saw Ms. McCarthy working with first graders on phonics. The first graders were working on constant digraphs and suffixes. We use the Fundations program for phonics instruction in grades K-3.

Friday, December 5, 2014


Today in Mrs. Lynch's classroom her third grade students did some incredible math! Mrs. Fortunato, district math coach, stopped in to join the fun.

Message from the PTO

Genevieve orders have arrived!

Please come into the school and in the hallway to the left of the lobby pick up your order.  
Orders are orgainzed by grade.

Student prize certificates will be sent home through their classroom teachers.

CONGRATULATIONS to Joey O'Hare for winning the
 "Uno's Pizza for a Year" gift card!  
 Enjoy your pizza Joey!

Thanks for your support!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014


Today during my daily walkthroughs I saw students in Mrs. Visocchi's fourth grade classroom doing research to use for their persuasive writing. I also looked at student's personal narratives from Ms. Varrell's second graders that were displayed on the wall. In addition, I enjoyed seeing kindergartners in Mrs. Potts' Room working at center developing their fine motor skills.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Message from Cub Scout Pack 105

Let the Den leaders of Cub Scout Pack 105 take care of your children, grades K-5, while you do your holiday shopping, take in a movie, or enjoy some much deserved time to yourselves on Friday 12-12-14 for Parents Night out. Contact Monique Grasso 339-227-9868 or email her with any questions.

Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Today we had our first ever Walkathon at Pine Glen Elementary School. It was a lot of fun. I would like to thank all the volunteers and PTO for their assistance with this great event.

Turkey Trot

Today we had our annual Turkey Trot. Congratulations to all the third, fourth and fifth graders who ran.

Pumpkin Experiment

Today, retired Burlington Science Director, Mr. Papadonis returned to Pine Glen Elementary School. We had an all school assembly and saw Mr. Papadonis conduct the pumpkin experiment. It was amazing.

Monday, November 24, 2014

Lockdown Practice

Safety is our top priority at Pine Glen Elementary School.  Today students practiced a lockdown drill during lunch.  Students did a great job following the procedures.  Drills like today are ways we help our students practice being safe.

Wednesday Dismissal

This Wednesday is a half-day.   Dismissal time is 11:45.  I hope everyone has a Happy Thanksgiving!

Hour of Code - December 8 - 14, 2014

The Hour of Code is coming December 8 - 14, 2014 and is our opportunity to join the largest learning event in history.  It is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anyone can learn the basics.  Coding lessons will be available to all Pine Glen Students, using their iPads, during this week and we are encouraging teachers and students to participate.  For more information about this global event, please watch the video below and/or visit the website The Hour of Code.  Here are some sample coding exercises Coding Exercises for all age groups, as well as specific elementary grade ranges.  Give it a try!  Please contact Michelle Ardizzoni(emailPine Glen Instructional Technology Specialist, for Hour of Code support in your classroom.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

New Blog

Our guidance counselor, Lauren Zanotti, has recently created a blog (Pine Glen Guidance Counselor ).  This resource will have ideas on how to help students be successful both at school and home.   It will also feature some of the great things Ms. Zanotti is working on with students at Pine Glen Elementary School.  

"A Taste of Girl Scouting"

Student Accident Insurance

Student accident insurance is available through ISI New England.  If you are interested in purchasing insurance for your child, information and enrollment forms are available online at  When you reach the home page select MASSACHUSETTS Enrollment Form (Voluntary).

Friday, November 14, 2014

Message from Burlington PAC

Burlington Special Education Parent Advisory Council
Please join us for our upcoming presentation:
Monday, November 17th
6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Marion Tavern*
Presented by Naomi O’Brien M. Ed
Board Certified Behavior Analyst (BCBA), BPS

 This workshop will discuss how to help bridge the gap between school and home behavior and create positive behavior systems for any environment. We will explore and discuss the four areas of the Life Skills Curriculum which is currently implemented throughout the district:  Instruction-Following, Functional Language Skills, Tolerance Skills, and Empathy Skills.  Strategies around how to teach these skills, reinforce them at home, as well as differentiate both the teaching and skill selection will be discussed.
*Marion Tavern is located next to the Burlington police department. 
Doors open at 6:30 presentation begins at 7:00
If you have any questions please contact Lisa DeRosa at

Thursday, November 6, 2014

Confidentiality Meeting

I will be hosting a confidentiality meeting on November 13, 2014 at 8:15 am. 

All parent volunteers are required to have an updated CORI form on file at Central Office and also attend a Principal’s Confidentiality Meeting to be eligible to chaperon field trips and volunteer.  

Monday, November 3, 2014

Treats for Troops

Pine Glen is once again joining other Burlington schools in collecting wrapped Halloween Candy for our troops overseas.  Over the last few years we have been able to send over 6000lbs of candy to troops stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan.  Please join in again and donate some of your Halloween candy or pick up and an extra bag at the store and help us send a little Halloween cheer overseas!  Soldiers love getting cards and letters from kids back home.  If you would like to send a special message to a soldier overseas, please put your letter in the Orange Collection box along with your candy and we will make sure it gets to a soldier!  

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sing Along

Students participated in a sing-along today. Our music teachers, Mrs. Agati and Ms. Berger, lead the students. All the students did a fantastic job singing!

4th Grade Rocket Day 2014

The fourth graders, their teachers and parents all had a 'blast' at Rocket Day today.  With help from Ms. Pavilcek and Mr. Musselman from the Burlington Science Center students learned about such concepts as gravity, thrust and force.  The students greatly enjoyed launching their rockets.