Monday, March 19, 2018

Study Skills Bingo

For the month of March, I am focusing on study skills lessons for students in grades 3-5 as they will be taking the MCAS in a few weeks. We learned about and review test taking/study skills through a Bingo/Study game. We had fun and went over some great tips to be well prepared for MCAS. Some of the skills included: have test materials ready, stay focused, get a good night's sleep and eliminate wrong answers. Best of luck with MCAS, Pine Glen!

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Kindness in February

For the month of February, our counseling theme was kindness. We focused on how we can use kind words and do kind acts in school and out in the community. For all grades, we used different books to present/discuss the topic. The books we used were:

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This book talks about a boy who writes two unkind valentine's to students who were previously mean to him. Students discussed the importance of writing kind messages and using kind words on a holiday that celebrates caring about one another. We also discussed the importance of not seeking revenge and using kindness and respect to cope with situations from the past where someone has not treated us kindly.

The other book we used was:
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In this story, a new student arrives at school and she attempts to make friendships and connections by being kind and asking other kids to play. In the story, no one reaches out to the new student and she ends up moving away. Students discussed and learned about the importance of simple acts of kindness such as saying hello and smiling and how they can make a huge difference in someone's life.

To close up the lesson, we created a heart of kind acts to be posted in each classroom. Students gave examples of kind words and actions they can take in their classroom or community to make the world a better place. I wrote these ideas down on a heart and laminated one for each classroom. They are posted in a prominent spot to remind all students about the kind acts they can engage in every day.

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: