Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Burlington Public Schools Parent University
SAVE THE DATE Saturday October 21, 2017
8:00am - 12:45pm Burlington High School
Burlington Public Schools are proud to host our 2nd Parent University!  Parents of students grades PreK-12 will have the opportunity at this free event to attend workshops and interact with education and health professionals regarding a variety of topics related to your child’s learning and development.
Our keynote speaker will be Jon Mattleman, who will be sharing his “Secret Life of Teens” presentation.  "The Secret Lives of Teens" is a high-energy presentation that actively focuses on what teens are really thinking, what they fear, why they do not share more, and how adults can effectively support the teens in their lives. This presentation covers areas such as depression, suicide, 'acting out' behaviors, drug and alcohol use, and more. Parents of students k-12 will gain valuable insight into adolescent behaviors and the decision making of our students. More information on Jon and his presentation can be found at:
Additionally, to better serve our parents, BPS will be providing free childcare for this event (pending child registration).  Please keep an eye out for follow up materials including the release of our updated website and event schedule.
Mark your calendar – more details to follow!    

Friday is Pine Glen's Patriots Day Fundraiser

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This Friday, September 22nd

Help Pine Glen support students who were affected by hurricanes in recent weeks.  On Friday, September 22, wear your best Patriots gear and bring in a dollar or more to help give back to a school in need.  

Proceeds from the donations will go toward purchasing books for Berry Elementary School in Houston, Texas.  Together we can make a difference!

Pine Glen Student Council

Sunday, September 17, 2017

ST Math Introduction and Password Training

Burlington Public Schools Math Coach, Mrs. Carrie Fortunato came to Room 101 Friday afternoon. She introduced us to a new math program called ST Math. We will be using this program as a center in our classroom. In the future information will be sent home for you to help your child access ST Math at home. 

Mrs. Fortunato introduced us to JiJi the penguin and character in the program. She had a small stuffed animal JiJi that she shared. She also had us watch a short video about how students help JiJi get past obstacles in the way. The student use mathematical problem solving to help JiJi. Mrs. Fortunato helped us log into ST Math for the first time. Each student is assigned an eight character password! To assist the students in remembering their password the program has them solve lots of different puzzles to help them remember these individualized picture icon passwords. It was really interesting to watch the students go through initializing their passwords. The students were wonderful listeners and the appeared to enjoy learning about the program. 

Mrs. Fortunato rewarded us with three scoops of popcorn and a Hoot card since the students did such a wonderful job!  Tomorrow morning after our Morning Meeting we will attempt to log back into ST Math on our own. We are crossing our fingers that all the students remember these individualized passwords. (Our fingers are crossed!)

Introduction to the Pine Glen Learning Commons

On Friday morning we visited the Pine Glen Learning Commons for the first time. The Learning Commons is the library but we will be doing different things in the Learning Commons this year. We will be reading many books but we will be doing many other things too. More to come on this! Ms. Small talked to us about Dot day. She showed us the book video of The Dot by Peter Reynolds and a song and dance to go along with the book. Then we were able to choose a book to check out for the week. Please return books by Friday. Our Learning Commons time is Friday at 10:20.

New Friends

We will be working on a book "Look How I Changed". Last week we visited the scaled and got our heights and weights for September. Then we went out in front of the Pine Glen School sign so we could track how much we grow over the kindergarten year.

Ordering Numbers 1-10

We had a math challenge this week. The students needed to order the numbers from 0-10 and then match the corresponding dot card. This was difficult for some of our students but they all persevered and did a GREAT job!

Twinkle Friends & Go Noodle

One of our Morning Meeting activities this week was Twinkle Friends. This is a song by Dr. Jean and the students switch partners for this activity.

Another activity we tried this week was a Go Noodle brain break. Many students enjoy this website. We project the movements on the Touch It board and we move to the music. We tried Pop See Ko 2.0, and Zap It this week.