Monday, March 30, 2015

Beatrix Potter's Nursery is open!

Students were introduced to Beatrix Potter's nursery today.  We discussed how the artist/author/illustrator loved to draw/sketch and paint little animals.  Our class pets; Gus and Hermie will be the subjects of today's paintings.  We are expecting a special delivery from the science center tomorrow to enhance the nursery's offerings!

Sunday, March 29, 2015

Student Council Presents
“Light It Up Blue Day”
for Autism Awareness
April 2, 2015!  

Please spread the word and wear BLUE to support Autism!.

Autism Speaks Light It Up Blue

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Terrific Thursday

We had a terrific Thursday morning!  Room 101 friends were busy and focused.  As you can see from the photos, we accomplished quite a bit.  Actually, these photos are reflective of a typical morning at school.........117 days of kindergarten and we are doing great!

We built CVC words using letter tiles.  The words have to match the pictures on the page.
Teen numbers!  
Time to make our calendar markers for April.
Our dictionaries are almost complete!  Today we worked on Ww.
Reading Groups!  Today they read Who Has These Feet?

Small group support

Mrs. Berry was in today and helped friends working on counting on from 10 and 20  with dimes and pennies!
Mrs. Horton did some review of fundations with one group and then took another group to practice math skills!
We are so lucky to have many teachers, working in various capacities, but always will to jump in and work with smaller groups!

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Pine Glen Carnival March 28

Come join us this Saturday for the Pine Glen Carnival!!  Festivities start 9am and continue until 2pm

Games!  Inflatables!  Prizes!  Cake Walk!  Raffle!

The RE/MAX balloon will be at the school from 9am - 11am (weather permitting)

Silent Auction - Boston Red Sox Package -- 4 tickets, 5/3, New York Yankees, credentials to batting practice, run the bases, personal visit with Wally the Green Monster and more!!

Class Baskets include --- "Kid Zone", "Family Fun", "Keep Active", "Diva For A Day", "Run & Build", Legos - Boy, Legos - Girl, Lottery Tickets, Fitness, Scooters and much, MUCH more!  Thanks to all classes & teachers that participated! 
For more information check out

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Rock climbing - think before you move

Thank you Ms. Govoni!

This afternoon P.E. teacher, Ms. Govoni spent some time with us introducing us the rock climbing wall.  It was a special treat as this is an activity typically reserved for the bigger kids at Pine Glen.  The wall was installed as part of a grant given by the Burlington Education Foundation a few years ago.

There are many guidelines and rules that we adhere to in order to ensure that all are safe.  All kindergarteners were challenged to cross the wall only using the green hand and foot grasps.  It sure was tricky.  As students made their way across the wall they had to think of each move and look ahead to the impact of where they go will be as they need to make sure they can reach the next step.  As we discussed it was physically active being submerged in one of the coding activities we did last month!

This was really tricky!
Got to think before each move
It was super fun.
Stay on green all the way......

Reminder - Rock your socks day - Friday

Rock Your Socks Day for Down Syndrome!

Please join the Student Council and help bring awareness to National Down Syndrome Day by donating a dollar and wearing your missmatched, fuzzy, crazy, colorful, favorite socks on Friday March 20, 2015

The money raised will be donated to the MDSC in support of Pine Glen students and their families.

Thanks for your support!
Student Council

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

We posed with our new leprechaun hats.

We voted and graphed our's prizes from Paddy were our favorite by a landslide!

A great way to introduce our bar graph activity!

Today was a green-filled day.  The entire school wore green to show Pine Glen pride!

We watched an introductory performance of the high school musical which opens on Friday evening.

Paddy the leprechaun left us more treasures.  We did a few St. Patrick projects.........writing about why we are lucky, reading our books about where the leprechauns are, colored and read another leprechaun book, graphed about our treasures and even did some public speaking.

Be sure to see other blog entries posted earlier today.  Each of us took the microphone and shared our leprechaun creations.  We made leprechauns on the ipad, wrote about them and then read our presentations. Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Hoyt were very impressed and we hope you will be too!

Paddy the leprechaun brought us more treasure today!

It ain't no blarney!  Paddy the Leprechaun visited room 101 quite a few times over the last week.  Today we were thrilled by the treasure he delivered: hats and stickers!

Wearing of the Green

Lots of Green in the Pine Glen Cafeteria as we get ready to watch a snippet of the BHS play Music Man!

Wearing of the Green

It ought to come in April,
or better yet in May
when everything is green as green.........
I mean St. Patrick's Day

With still a week of winter
this wearing of the green
seems rather out of season............
it's rushing things, I mean.

But maybe March is better
when all is done and said:
St Patrick bring a promise,
a four-leaf-clover promise,
a green-all-over promise,
of springtime just ahead!
-Aileen Fisher

Every week we learn new poems and we thought you might enjoy the one we recited this week.
















Monday, March 16, 2015

Rainbow Fish introduces our math lesson

Rainbow Fish!

Rainbow fish introduces our math lesson.  Today we looked at full 10 frames and discussed the many different combinations that make 10.  We noted the commutative property today.
3 + 7 = 10 but 7+3= 10 too!  If we move the parts around they still equal the same amount!  


Starting Monday morning with the Pledge.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Friday at the library

Ms. Carney read us a Pigeon book!

Mo Willems, Pigeon stories are always a big hit.  Today on our Friday visit to the library we listed to Pigeon tell us how much he loved puppies and desperately would like to have one.

Paddy the Leprechaun visited us!

I found a coin!

Students in room 101 have received notes and bits of treasure this week.  Paddy the Leprechaun said he would like to hide his treasure in a quiet classroom.  We have been trying very hard to create an inviting space for him.  This week we wrote him notes suggesting good hiding spots in our classroom.  He liked our suggestions and left bits of treasure throughout the classroom!

Congratulations and thank you!

The first graders have been working hard and filled a token jar.  Each time students are caught being good friends, working hard and doing the right thing the class earns tokens.  When the jar was filled the class as a whole earns a prize.  The first graders very generously decided to pass it forward to other and share their prize.  Each student selected a special eraser and then they visited us in room 101, presenting each kindergartener with a special gift!

Congratulations first grade on filling your jar and on being such generous friends!  Thank you for thinking of us!  It sure made us feel good to receive gifts!  We hope you felt just as good presenting them to us!

Special Events Coming Up

Pine Glen Pride Day
Student council would like to invite the entire Pine Glen


to wear their GREEN on Tuesday March, 17. 2015 to 


their PINE GLEN PRIDE! We are super excited to be

part of

such an amazing community! Join the fun and 

wear your

Thanks for your support!Student Council

Rock Your Socks Day for Down Syndrome!
Please join the Student Council and help bring awareness to

National Down Syndrome Day by donating a dollar and wearing

your mismatched, 

fuzzy, crazy, colorful, favorite socks on Friday March 20, 2015
The money raised will be donated to the MDSC in support of M-E

and Ava and in memory of M-E’s Dad, Kyle Gendron.

Classroom teachers, please collect the donations and

send the money

to Ms. Hayes (207) or Mrs. Beaulieu (208)

Thanks for your support!Student Council

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Touching creatures

Students, teachers and parent volunteers all liked touching the rays!

Touching tide pool creatures was pretty fun.


We had a great trip to the New England Aquarium on Tuesday!
The touch tank with the rays and sharks was a favorite!
The sea lion exhibit was also pretty cool!

Friday, March 6, 2015

Let's find out about lost teeth

Today we read a Let's Find Out magazine about teeth.  Some of us have lost teeth and some have not.  We shared what it feels like to have wiggly teeth and how it feels when they come out.  We also discussed the importance of taking very good care of our teeth and what foods and snacks are better for keeping our teeth strong and healthy.

Combinations for 6 and 7

We started our day building combinations for 6 and 7.

There are many ways to make 6 and 7.  Using the connecting cubes we built each way.

Animal family and fish review

Sorting animals into animal families on the touch it board.
Raise your hand if you agree that it is a mammal.  

We spent some time reviewing the various characteristics of each animal family.  Then we sorted some animals.  Students are asked why they knew an animal belonged in a given family. 

Our trip to the New England Aquarium is next Tuesday and we are looking forward to seeing creatures from nearly all the animal families. 

Next we focused on the fish family for some review.  We labeled the parts of the fish we know and then wrote a journal entry about them.  We are ready for our trip!
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Locate the Leprechaun

This week we had some discussions about leprechauns!  We are making about where leprechauns may be found.  UNDER a rainbow, ABOVE a rainbow, ON a pot of gold.  Next week will continue working on this book and discuss other words that describe location. 

In addition, Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Hoyt shared that in years past a leprechaun has actually visited room 101! Since the leprechaun prefers to only visit the quietest of classrooms we are trying very hard to work quietly..........perhaps he will visit next week???!!!
The leprechaun is under the rainbow.

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

100 Second Scribble!

Late this afternoon we tried a few exercises for 100 seconds.  The students highlight of the day was likely the 100 second scribble!  Mrs. Parnell and Mrs. Hoyt were partial to the 100 seconds of absolute silence.   100 seconds can seem like a long time!

100 collections

Sharing our 100 collections was fun!  Some of the collections looked so much bigger than others.  100 is a lot but the piles are all different sizes.  We had 100 pennies, 100 Legos, 100 hair elastics, 100 stickers, 100 gems, 100 cotton balls, 100 toothpicks, 100 beads.

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Members of room 101 were asked to share what they brought and why.  We demonstrated that we can count to 100 when we counted out our piles.  Many of us found that it was much easier if we grouped the items into bunches of 10.