Friday, September 30, 2016

Read Aloud

Renee Sacco, our district literacy coach, did a Read Aloud this morning with first grade students. A Read Aloud builds foundational reading skills, models fluent reading, introduces vocabulary, and helps students see the joy of reading.

Students of the Week

Students of the Week: Ryan McElroy, Yonas Esayas and Vivaan Pandey

Congratulations to Ryan McElroy, Yonas Esayas and Vivaan Pandey for being our Students of the Week. Ryan, Yonas and Vivaan have done great work showing appropriate, safe and kind behavior (ASK). Thank you for being role models!

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Grade 4 Art

During my daily walk through today I saw fourth grade students in Ms. Fallon's art class studying birds of prey.  It is very exciting to see cross curriculum instruction and the merger of art and science.  Cross curriculum instruction has many benefits.  One of the main benefits is an increased vocabulary.  An increased vocabulary is critical to improving reading comprehension.  In short, art is helping students become better readers, scientists and creative problem solvers.

Burlington Education Foundation Fall Raffle

The Burlington Education Foundation is pleased to announce:

2016 BEF Fall Raffle

Hello BEF Supporter,

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Raffle tickets can be purchased online through our secure donation website at the link below.

Thank you and good luck!

The Burlington Education Foundation

The Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is a non-profit organization supporting educational excellence in Burlington Public Schools. Our mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative ideas that demonstrate innovation, collaboration, and have a potentially broad impact upon students and the school district.

Pine Glen After School September Newsletter

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Grade 4 Science

During my daily walk through today, I saw students in Mrs. Finn's 4th grade class studying the concepts of force, flight and motion. Students were using the scientific method to design paper airplanes and measuring how far they would travel.

Grade 4 Science

During my daily walk through today I saw students in Mrs. Visocchi's 4th grade class studying the concepts of push, pull and gravity.  Students were using the scientific method to create a "flipper" to catapult a mini-marshmallow as far as possible.

Halloween Costume Party

Tuesday, September 27, 2016


The Standard Response Protocol is a uniform response for any incident at Pine Glen Elementary School and all the schools in Burlington.  This response could be for an accident, intruder, weather event, wildlife, fire or any given situation.  Through a standard vocabulary (Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter), parents, teachers, students, and public safety can understand the response and status of the event.  Also, the Standard Response Protocol enables a rapid response determination when an unforeseen event occurs from public safety.   

A copy of the Protocol is being sent home today with students.  In addition, it can be viewed as a tab on my blog.  

Monday, September 26, 2016

Board of Health Flu Vaccine PSA

Highlighting in Music

Today during my walk-through I saw one of our music teachers, Mrs. Agati, showing students how to highlight on an iPad. This will help students know their parts of a song to sing.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Grade 3

Students in Mrs. Hayes third grade classroom are studying poetry. The students put on theater performances as a way to show comprehension of the poems.

Friday, September 23, 2016

Students of the Week

Students of the Week: Lea Maguire, Sunny Plewa and Nehemiah Ruhuma

Congratulations to Lea Maguire, Sunny Plewa and Nehemiah Ruhuma for being our Students of the Week.  Lea, Sunny and Nehemiah have done great work showing appropriate, safe and kind behavior (ASK).  Thank you for being role models! 

Thursday, September 22, 2016

3rd Grade Violin

Sign up today for …
3rd Grade Violin
Now offering Violin to all 3rd graders at Pine Glen, Fox Hill, Francis Wyman, and Memorial Schools. See letter for details.
Follow these steps to sign up!
  1. Reserve your violin from Leonard’s Music in Bedford!
(flyer from Leonard’s attached)
3) Email Mrs. Canzano with questions,

Science Night October 6th!

Pine Glen families are welcome to join 
the Pine Glen PTO 
Burlington Science Center 
for an out of this world school community event!

October 6th
6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Come experience:
Nocturnal Animal Show
Straw Rockets
StarLab Tours
Mysterious Matter

Come as a Pine Glen family! Event is FREE for kids and
adults. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Energy Assistance Program

Wednesday, September 21, 2016

SUPER BINGO is back!!

Join the BHS Athletic Boosters at our Fall fundraising event: 

                          Saturday October 1st,  6:30 pm:

               Woburn Elks, Washington St. Woburn 

Come play for a chance to win some fabulous prizes. 

To reserve a table:

send in the attached form and payment to the BHS Athetic Boosters ( address on form)



4th grade Instrumental Music Lessons

Registration is still open for all students interested in playing flute, clarinet, alto sax, trumpet and trombone. For more information please go to  A commitment to practicing at home is essential for success. Lessons with instruments will begin the week of September 26.  Any questions please email Mr. Napierkowski at

Friday, September 16, 2016

Student of the Week

Student of the Week:  Kevin Conte

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

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Back to School Night 2016

It was great to see everyone last night at Back to School Night.

In the following pictures you can see our reading specialist, Deidre Dowling de Salvador, talking to first grade parents about topic areas such as literacy, Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS), and universal screens (iReady).

A Multi-Tiered System of Supports (MTSS) often referee to as Response to Intervention (RtI) is a highly researched best practice. A MTSS/RtI approach allows us the capacity to best draw upon our staff to address individual student needs. Please be mindful of the fact that in utilizing this approach a student's classroom teacher might be different than their reading or math teacher. This affords teachers the opportunity to work with a narrower teachable range, provide interventions, and maximize efficiency. This is not leveled instruction. We are providing flexibly grouped reading instruction that changes based on data. We continue to use universal screening like iReady to become aware of where to focus our instruction and provide interventions for students.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Pine Glen is Cool!

This post was originally posted on the Pine Glen PTO blog here

Pine Glen students and staff kick off the year with a Hero’s Assembly and some great school spirit!

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Hero Assembly 2016

Yesterday, We had our Hero Assembly at Pine Glen Elementary School. On this day we say thank you to the police officers, firefighters, first responders, and members of our different military branches that help keep our community and country safe. In addition, we remember Lieutenant Commander Thomas McGuiness, a pilot in the Navy, and alumni of Pine Glen Elementary School.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Back to School Night for Grown-Ups 2016

Back to School Night for Grown-Ups is scheduled for this Wednesday, September 14th from 6:00 to 7:30.  The night will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00 with opening remarks from the principal.  We will leave the back doors of the cafeteria open to parents in order that they can enter and exit the building through the cafe.  At 6:15 parents are free to proceed to classrooms.  We will continue to have two informational sessions.  The first session will be held from 6:15-6:45.  The second session will run from 6:55-7:25.   Parents are welcome to attend either session.

This is a great evening when teachers and parents can discuss expectations, curriculum, classroom
procedures and establish a partnerships between home and school.  We regret that we are unable to
provide child care.  We appreciate parents making arrangements for the care of their children in order 
to attend this important evening.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Music Class

Third grade students had a lot of fun today in Mrs. Agati's music class I noticed while walking through the room.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Library Volunteer Openings
The Pine Glen Library is looking for adult volunteers for 2-4 hours per week who can assist with:

Circulation duties (check in)
Assisting students/faculty
Accomplishing collection projects
Refilling Displays
Managing overdue notices
Keeping library shelves organized
Managing hold requests
Processing and labeling new items
Scholastic Book Fairs

For more information or to sign up, please contact Rachel Small via phone at
(781) 221-7798 or via email at

Thank you for your help!

Please note: All volunteers are required to have a completed CORI on file & attend a confidentiality meeting w/ Mr. Lyons.

Kindergarten Orientation

Kindergarten students and their parents came to Pine Glen today for Kindergarten Orientation. Kindergarten Instructional Assistant Ms. Miliano took some of the kindergarten students for a tour of the building. Mrs. Burke, our speech therapist, and Ms. Ryan our speech therapy assistant had an opportunity to say hello to the students during the tour.

First Grade

Today during my daily walk-through of classrooms I saw Ms. Jackson working with her first grade students.   All the first graders really like the new chairs in their classrooms.