Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Fit Girls fall 2017

We are so proud of our 4th grade girls for another fantastic season of Fit Girls! The girls worked hard after school 2 days per week for seven weeks and ran the Turkey Trot 5K in Boston this past Sunday. We were also lucky to have two of our 4th grade teachers join us for the run--Mrs. Visocchi and
Ms. Merlino. We are proud of you for your dedication and commitment to the physical and emotional aspects of the program! Great work, ladies! :)

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

September counseling theme: Appropriate behavior

Welcome back for another school year! We are so excited to see new and familiar faces and get the routines and activities kicked off. This summer, a group of Pine Glen staff met to go over our PBIS plan for the school year. We reworked our ASK model to be in line with our school mascot, the owl and came up with this:

W - Work to be appropriate
I - It's important to be safe
S - Strive to be kind
E - Everyone Matters

We encourage all students to be WISE with their decision making and how they treat themselves, their peers and their community. The group also worked on monthly themes to guide the counseling lessons for the year. For September, I went into classrooms and discussed appropriate behavior with all grades. We used two books to discuss the theme:

K-2: "David Goes to School" by David Shannon

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3-5: "What if Everybody Did That?" by Colleen Madden

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Both books explore appropriate and expected behaviors that we need to use both in school and out in the world. Students discussed why inappropriate behaviors such as littering, calling out in class and being loud in the library can impact both the school community and the Burlington community at large. We discussed more appropriate behaviors to use in school and the community and how it creates a more positive impact. I am very excited to continue going into classrooms to both teach and learn from my students throughout the year!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Fit Girls

Congratulations to our Fit Girls runners who completed the 5K in snowy and windy conditions this past Saturday around Jamaica Pond. We are so proud of the girls for their commitment, dedication and positive attitudes all season long. We look forward to another season of Fit Girls when the warm weather returns!

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

November lessons on Gratitude

Hello PG families!

It's hard to believe we're halfway into November. I apologize for the lack of updates but it's been a busy start to the year!

This month, we're focusing on the theme of gratitude in counseling lessons. It's a wonderful time of year with several holidays coming up to stop and think about the value in having family, health, friends, an education, etc. I have visited several classrooms and read the Todd Parr book, "We are Thankful." After reading the book, we discussed being thankful for non-material things (i.e. nature, clean water, having access to a school, our home, clothing, food, etc). We also discussed ways we can show others that we are thankful and the importance of gratitude. Several students contributed very thoughtful ideas and we made lists. In 1st grade, we then made a gratitude chain. Each student filled out a slip of paper and wrote down/drew three or more things they are thankful for in their own lives. We put the chain together and it is now hanging outside of the first grade classroom.

Enjoy the pictures below!

Monday, June 13, 2016

Career Day 2016

Last Tuesday, June 7th, we were lucky to have our second annual Career Day at Pine Glen. We had several representatives present at the event including some from the Burlington Fire Department, Burlington Police Department and several parent volunteers from our school community. Thank you to all for sharing your knowledge and passion for your careers with our students. The hope is that by the time our Pine Glen students leave the building, they will all be college and career ready! Please enjoy the photos below from the event:

Wednesday, May 4, 2016

Summer Prep!

Hello PG families!

It's hard to believe we're almost a week into May. The end of the year is 'nigh! It is a very exciting time for students and staff to start making summer plans whether it be trips to the beach or enrolling in summer camp. It may also be a great time to enroll your child in swimming lessons to learn all about water safety. It's also a great time to reinforce summer safety with your children. There are some great resources available from the CDC on how to keep your children safe this summer: http://www.cdc.gov/family/kids/summer/

I also love the image below which is kid-friendly and easy to understand:

The most important thing to emphasize for our little ones is that we can be safe and still have fun! Happy spring!

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Lessons on Gossip

Happy Spring!

In February, I was able to go into 4th and 5th grade classrooms and give a valuable lesson on gossip. Several students already knew the meaning behind gossip and we talked about how it can take on various forms (rumors, exclusion, untrue stories, etc.) We talked about the impact gossip can have on peers and how it isn't safe, appropriate or kind. We also discussed that gossip can occur online through text messaging, group chats, etc. We also talked about the concept that once words leave our mouth, they cannot be taken back. To give the students a visual, we took a tube of toothpaste. Each student got to squeeze a bit out onto a plate (this represented the student starting to spread a rumor). Students watched as the toothpaste pile began to grow and how much bigger it got with each rumor that was spread. Eventually, all students had taken their turn and they could see how big the gossip had grown. I then asked the students to try and "take back" the rumors, or get the toothpaste back into the tube. The students found this VERY difficult as it doesn't go back in very easily. The idea behind the activity is that once our words leave our mouth, it is difficult to take them back. We did discuss ways we can try and fix the situation by apologizing or admitting that we had contributed. We also discussed ways we can stop gossip in it's tracks: by NOT passing the rumor/gossip along, notifying the person who it is being spread about, or reaching out to an adult for help. I believe our students loved discussing the subject and loved the opportunity to have some fun with toothpaste!