Wednesday, August 9, 2017


Welcome to Kindergarten Room 101 at Pine Glen! We cannot wait to meet all of our incoming students and families. Letters were just mailed out to our students and families. Please read all the information in this envelope. There is a LOT of information! Below is a summary of the mailed information.

- Thursday, September 7th is our Kindergarten orientation. Please see the first letter in the envelope from Mr. Lyons. Your child's orientation time will be listed on the bottom of this letter. 

**This is an important day for both parents and students as we will have lots of information to share and will hopefully answer many of the questions that you may have. (Be sure to bring contact information for cell phones, emergency contacts and medical/dental information as there will be forms to complete.)** 

- The second letter is a note for your child from me. In this note I asked your child to complete their first homework assignment, an All About Me worksheet. Please assist your child with completing this homework. My All About Me paper is a post on the blog- All About Mrs. Parnell for you to have an example to show your child. We will be sharing these All About Me papers and we will use them to get to know each other better. Please bring this paper with you to our Kindergarten orientation on September 7th. (The All About Me page is the third note in the envelope)

- The fourth note (purple paper) is a welcome letter to the parents from me.

- The fifth note (green paper) is and informational note about myself and my classroom. 

- The last two pages front and back are the Listening Conference questions. I hope I get the opportunity to talk with all of you soon. I am looking forward to learning more about your child and your family. 

- There are many ways to learn more about and be in touch with Room 101-

Class twitter account: @MrsParnellsKSs
Mrs. Parnell’s email:

Class telephone number: 781-221-7788

All About Mrs. Parnell

Hello new 101 friends! I cannot wait to officially meet you. Here is a picture of my All About Me paper that I will share with all of you soon!  Please fill out yours and bring it to our orientation on September 7th. 


Listening Conference - Pine Glen Room 101
A listening conference gives you, the parent an opportunity to connect with and tell us about your child. Our role will be to listen and learn more about your child and home-life. The conferences are an optional opportunity, can be held in person or on the phone, and are intended to be brief (approx. 10 - 15 min).
Available conference times are listed below.  Please select 2 or 3 times that you would like to meet and email Mrs. Parnell (

To assist you in the preparing your thoughts, please complete and bring the enclosed form along to our meeting. The questions are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent. Thank you for sharing your son/daughter with us!

Listening Conference Time Slots:

                    August 29  - 7:30 a.m.- TAKEN
                    August 30  - 3:00 p.m.
         August 31 - 7:30 a.m.
                    August 31- 2:00 p.m.
                    August 31 - 2:15 p.m.
                    August 31 - 2:30 p.m.
                    September 5- 8:45 a.m.
                    September 5- 9:00 a.m.
                    September 5- 12:00 p.m.- TAKEN
                    September 5- 2:00 p.m.- TAKEN
                    September 5 - 2:15 p.m - TAKEN
                    September 6 - 7:45 a.m.
                    September 6 - 8:00 a.m.
                     September 6 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 7 - 2:00 p.m.
          September 7 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 8 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 8 - 8:00 a.m.
                     September 12 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 12 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 13 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 14 - 2:00 p.m.
                     September 14 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 15 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18- 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18 - 2:00 p.m.

Please email Mrs. Parnell if there is not a time that works for you and we will try to coordinate a better option.

NOTE:  If you elect not to participate in a listening conference, please take a few minutes to complete the form and return to us at Orientation on September 7.

Listening Conference Guiding Questions
The questions below are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent.
Your child’s name _____________________________________________________
Parent(s) name _______________________________________________________
Conference date and time _______________________________________________
1. Tell me about your child? (No one knows your child better!). ______________________________________________________________________________
2.  What motivates your him/her?  ______________________________________________________________________________
3.  What are your child’s likes and dislikes?
4.  What are your child’s strengths and weaknesses?
5.  Tell us about your family. What special family traditions do you celebrate and what traditions do you have?  (Example - Our family celebrates Hanukkah, or We are from Ireland and like to recognize St. Patrick’s Day)

Please see reverse side
Listening Conference Guiding Questions Continued
6.  Do your family members speak another language in your home regularly?  If so, what language do you speak? Is your child’s primary English or other?

7.  Was your child born in another country?  If so, where? ________________________________

8. Anything going on at home that we should be aware of? (Situations like illness, divorce or a new baby may affect your child's school experience, so please inform us if anything that is not your family normal is happening).
9.  Does your child participate in extra curricula activities? (sports, clubs, play groups, etc?)
10.  What, if any, were your child’s experiences with school prior to kindergarten?



11.  Do you feel you have the resources you need to be well informed about happenings at Pine Glen and our classroom?  If not, what can we do to assist with our parent/community connection?



12. Is there anything else/special you would like us to know about your child (tell us about any strengths, concerns, life experiences you would like us to know about)?



Examples of things you might want to share with us:
  • Does your child visit the public library regularly?
    -     What titles/authors does your child particularly enjoy?
    -     Does your child use an iPad/tablet/gaming system- what apps/games do they like to play?

Addition Information to Help Us Get To Know Your Child

At the beginning of our school year we participate in a number of activities to help us get to know one another.  Some of our students may be a little timid or confused when it comes to communicating. Please help us with this by providing answers to some questions in advance……..just in case.

How many people live in your house.


Who lives in your house?




If your child has siblings at Pine Glen, what room are they in?



Do you have any pets? _____________

If so, what kind and what are the names of your pets?



Sunday, June 25, 2017

Good Bye for Now- Summer Challenge- Last Events of the School Year!

We had a wonderful year in room 101 and are so lucky to have spent this time with our kindergarten friends. Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Kearney know all our friends are going to do great in first grade.  Over the summer we will be working hard to prepare for next year, reading, taking classes, writing curriculum and relaxing with our families.  We encourage all of you to rest, relax, play and read all summer too!  Remember we encourage our students to keep a journal over the summer!   


Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Kearney would LOVE to read about all our (now former) students summer adventures.  If students write at least once a week every week (at least 10 entries!) of the summer adhering to the kindergarten expectations- at least 3 sentences and an illustration with 6 colors (on each entry) a PRIZE will be earned!  Please have the students bring in their journal the first day of first grade- September 5, 2017.  We hope we will be reading LOTS of summer journals! The past two years we have had two students each year complete this challenge. We hope to have even more this year!

Our Last Time on The Playground as Kindergartners!

Some of our siblings were out playing at the same time as us!

Thank you to Mrs. Gordon who was our last Mystery Reader this year. 

We ended our school year with a popsicle with friends and we posed with our JiJi penguins. We made it to 89% this year in ST Math. 

We also celebrated our Summer Birthdays. We hope Ella, Rocco and Steven enjoy their special days this summer!

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Kindergarten Water Day 2!

Today we had a great time outside again. Room 102 joined us today! We had the same activities but enjoyed them with different kindergarten friends! We also had Mrs. Finn's 4th graders join us for the water balloon toss. The kindergartners did a great job in this friendly competition. Our water days are a great time to visit and spend the last few days of kindergarten together. Thank you to all our parent volunteers who helped supervise these fun days.

Kindergarten Water Day 1!

On Tuesday the Kindergartners in Room 101 and Room 103 enjoyed water day together! The day started off a little rainy but turned into a beautiful day. There were many water activities along with some dry activities for the students to enjoy together as the school year winds down. The students could choose to be in the bigger pools, the little pools, the sprinkler, use the bubbles or shaving cream. They could also color, play in the sand or with the legos or explore some field games. Our morning ended with a water balloon competition! Fun has had by all. After lunch and recess we met up with Room 103 again and enjoyed a Popsicle treat. Tomorrow, Room 101 will enjoy another water day with Room 102.