Friday, February 16, 2018

Safety At Pine Glen

This post originally appeared on Mr. Lyon's principal's blog.  We love your babies like our own and work to ensure their safety!


Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families, teachers, administrators, and students in Florida who are dealing with the terrifying events that happened yesterday. 

We regularly schedule lockdown and fire drills at Pine Glen in coordination with the Burlington Police and Burlington Fire departments.  Pine Glen was scheduled to have our lockdown practice today. I have decided to reschedule the lockdown drill. 

Teachers continue to regularly review and practice our Standard Response Protocol.  We are fortunate in Burlington to have excellent communication with the police and fire departments who, like our teachers, care deeply about all our students.  

John Lyons, M.S. Ed.


Pine Glen Elementary School

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Happy Valentine Celebrations

Some very fancy students arrived at room 103 on Valentine's morning!  Students clad in dresses, ties, jackets and smiles were eager to start the day!  We all looked so handsome and beautiful that we had to start with a photo session!

Photos were followed by some time to work on some math skills.  Everyone logged onto their ST Math accounts and practiced.  JiJi rewarded us by letting us know our class had achieved 60% status!  It was exciting to see where JiJi had traveled.  He was back in North America visiting a Whooping Crane!

Then some 2nd grade friends, Lindsay and Tasheen stopped in.  They had earned a special prize in their class and asked if they could read to us!  How fun!  We were very impressed.

When our guest readers left we sang some Valentine songs and danced!  We can never have too much dancing time!  Dancing helps us get the wiggles out and with wiggles out we began our secret Valentine gift exchange.  Students had worked hard on their thoughtful and creative gifts.  Homemade treasure boxes, bracelets and cards were given along with book written and holiday decorations created!

We were wonderful classmates during the exchange and were very polite recipient and super proud gift givers!

Once all the secret Valentine's were given we each opened our mailbags full of Valentine's.  Lots of helping hands in the room helped us to read and explore all the notes and treasures!

Following the opening of our class Valentine's we enjoyed a book, sang a song in which we practiced spelling the word H-E-A-R-T and marched around the school playing instruments while the adult volunteers put the final touches on our dining set up.  The tables looked beautiful!

The luncheon feast was delicious!  Students loved it all: pizza, drinks, carrots, strawberries, cookies and ice-cream!  Yum!
While indulging we all practiced appropriate manner.  Napkins were on our laps, polite conversation was had and lots of please and thank yous were heard!

Everyone was all smiles!

We certainly had a lovely day and are grateful for all the contributions of time and treasure to help make is possible!  
One of the highlights of the morning was caught on video.  Enjoy our class presentation of the song A You're Adorable!

Room 103 Is Adorable!

  We had a wonderful day celebrating Valentine's day today and believe that you will agree that Room 103's students sure are adorable!  A special thank you for all our staff and families for helping to make our special day possible. 

Check back later for more photos and videos of our day!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Closing In On 100 Days!

100 Days of Learning!

On February 16 we plan to celebrate our 100th day of kindergarten.  Students were asked to reflect on this, what they have learned and what new things they can do. This is what they shared.

I can write my last name!

I can read.

I am good at sending notes.

I can do ST Math.

I am better at reading.

I can do Gonoodle dances.

I am better at telling the time.

I can do Lexia on the ipad.

I am better at letter sounds.

Girl, Books, School, Reading,

I learned to eat somethings good for my body.

I learned to do ST Math.

I can write lower case letters.

I can write my last name.

I learned art at school and I like art!

I know how to sing.                                                                  

Keeping Everyone Healthy

The following information has been emailed to families and will appear on BPS blogs:

Burlington Public Schools
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Dear Parents/Guardians:

Several parents have called the district administration offices and schools with concern of what our district is doing to protect your children and prevent the spread of the flu. Please know that as the district head nurse I speak with the Burlington DPH nurse on a daily basis.  We do not currently have any atypical concerns in our schools and we took steps several months ago with the retraining of the custodial staff on the correct cleaning process of our schools to prevent the spread of the flu.  We have created this educational email to assist you in your understanding of the flu and the actions our district is taking.  The health and safety of your children are always our priority.

The facts:
DPH has reported 6 confirmed flu cases in Burlington between the dates of February 2nd and 12th in children under 18 years of age.  

What is flu?
Flu is a disease of the body’s breathing system, including the nose, throat and lungs. Flu is short for “influenza.” Flu is caused by a virus. In New England, the yearly flu season usually begins in the fall and lasts through March. Flu that occurs every winter season is called “seasonal flu.” New and very different flu viruses that appear every 30-40 years, like the H1N1 flu virus in 2009, are called “pandemic flu.” Seasonal flu and pandemic flu have similar symptoms, are spread the same way, and are prevented the same way.

What are the symptoms of flu?
The most common symptoms of flu are fever, cough, and sore throat. Symptoms can also include body aches, headache, chills, runny nose and feeling very tired. Some people, especially young children, also have diarrhea and vomiting. Symptoms last from a few days to up to a week or more.

Is flu serious?
Yes, flu can be very serious. Every year in the U.S. seasonal flu causes thousands of hospital admissions and deaths. Some people are at higher risk of serious health problems when they get the flu. This includes pregnant women, infants, the elderly and people with medical conditions like asthma, diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, neurological and neuromuscular conditions and weakened immune systems.

How does flu spread?
The flu virus is in the wet spray (droplets of saliva and mucus) that comes out of the nose and mouth of someone who coughs or sneezes. If you are close enough to a person with the flu (3 - 6 feet) when they cough or sneeze, you can breathe in the virus and get sick. Flu symptoms start 1 - 4 days (usually 2 days) after a person breathes in the virus.  Flu is spread easily from person to person. The virus can also live for a short time on things you touch like doorknobs, phones and toys. After you touch these objects, you can catch the virus when you touch your mouth, nose, or eyes. Adults with flu can spread it from about one day before symptoms appear to about one week after. Children can spread the flu even longer after they get sick.

How is flu treated?
There are drugs available that your doctor may prescribe to treat flu. The drugs work best if started soon after symptoms begin. Your doctor can determine if you need treatment.

People sick with flu should make sure to drink plenty of fluids, get plenty of rest, eat healthy foods, wash their hands often and stay home to avoid spreading the flu to other people. Over the counter pain relievers may help people with the flu feel more comfortable. Children and teens with the flu should never take aspirin, because a rare but serious disease called Reye syndrome can occur. Do not give cough or cold medicines to children younger than 4 years of age.

What do schools need to do for cleaning and preventing the spread of the Flu?
It is important to match your cleaning and disinfecting activities to the types of germs you want to remove or kill. Most studies have shown that the flu virus can live and potentially infect a person for up to 48 hours after being deposited on a surface. However, it is not necessary to close schools to clean or disinfect every surface in the building to slow the spread of flu. Also, if students and staff are dismissed because the school cannot function normally (e.g., high absenteeism during a flu outbreak), it is not necessary to do extra cleaning and disinfecting.  Flu viruses are relatively fragile, so standard cleaning and disinfecting practices are sufficient to remove or kill them. Special cleaning and disinfecting processes, including wiping down walls and ceilings, frequently using room air deodorizers, and fumigating, are not necessary or recommended. These processes can irritate eyes, noses, throats, and skin; aggravate asthma; and cause other serious side effects.
What can you and our schools teach your children to assist them on preventing the spread of the flu?
Influenza (flu) and other serious respiratory illnesses, like respiratory syncytial virus (RSV), whooping cough, and severe acute respiratory syndrome (SARS), are spread by cough, sneezing, or unclean hands.
To help stop the spread of germs:
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and warm water for 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth.
  • Practice other good health habits. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill. Get plenty of sleep, be physically active, manage your stress, drink plenty of fluids, and eat nutritious food.
Please refer to these brochures!
When do I keep my child home?  Please follow the Burlington Public School guidelines as to when  your child becomes sick.  See below:
• Red Light Symptoms: Children don’t attend school!  Fever (100.0 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting,  or sore throat (sore throats could be strep, which is highly contagious).  Children need to be free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school.  If a child is taking an antibiotic they need to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school.  Also, red or pink itchy eyes with crusty and/or green/yellow drainage should be evaluated by a physician -- child may return to school the day after he/she is examined by a physician and treatment has begun.  If your child has any type of flu symptoms (fever, chills, body aches, low energy) please keep them home from school.  The nurse also has the discretion to send a student home with a rash of unknown cause that needs physician evaluation and clearance to return to school.

• Yellow Light Symptoms: Children could or could not attend school; you need to use your best judgment.  If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school. If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick or a severe/hacking cough, they should stay home.  If your child has a bad cold, has no energy or requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home.  Remember, children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.

• Green Light Symptoms: Children can attend school. Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or mild cough. Your child has been sick but is feeling better and has been fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication).  If your child has been sick and has been put on an antibiotic, they must be on the antibiotic for a full 24 hours plus fever-free for 24 hours (not taking fever-reducing medication).

We request that you call your child in sick if they are going to miss school.  Please include in your message what is wrong with your child.  This is helpful for us to track different types of colds, viruses and infections going around.  If your child has had a fever or is contagious, i.e. strep, flu,  please call your Nurse’s office.
       Fox Hill Elementary School
Suzy Shields, RN, BSN 781-270-1792
Absentee Line 781-273-7638

Francis Wyman Elementary School
Jennifer Hazen, RN, BSN 781-270-1702
Absentee Line 781-270-1707

Memorial Elementary School
Lynn Sakey, RN, BSN 781-270-1724
Absentee Line 781-273-7647

Pine Glen Elementary School
Joanne Ferrick, RN, BSN 781-270-1713
Absentee Line 781-273-7644

Burlington Early Childhood Center
Jessica Gearin, MEd., BSN, RN 781-273-7622
Absentee Line 781-270-1808

Marshall Simonds Middle School
Tracy Nicholas, MSN, RN 781-270-1779
Absentee Line 781-270-1781 x1

Burlington High School
Leigh McGillivray, RN, BSN 781-270-1862
Absentee Line-Freshmen and Juniors
Absentee Line-Sophomores and Seniors

Working together, we can prevent the spread of the Flu and thus decrease the number of cases of the flu.  Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns.  We, as a district, appreciate your understanding and joint efforts in keeping our community healthy.


Barbara Conley MEd., BSN, RN
Burlington Public Schools Nurse Leader

References for this email:

Animals Need Vacation Week Home

Vacation Animal Sitting!
The Science Center is looking for homes for some of its animals over Winter vacation.
The Science Center will provide cage, food, shavings, and care sheet for each animal. Call Wendy Pavlicek (781)-270-2928 or email ASAP if interested.
Animals are distributed on a first come, first serve basis. All animals must be picked up by making an appointment with Ms. Pavlicek.
Thank you.

Saturday, February 10, 2018

Support the BEF

The follow information comes from a recent email from the BEF.  Room 103 has received 2 grants this school year!  Please consider getting involved and having some fun at Trivia Night or some other aspect of the BEF!

Team Registration is now “Open” !!

Tables sell-out quickly. The BEF Annual Trivia Night always has a fun crowd and we hope to see many returning faces for a great night out with supporters and friends.

Reserve your team table this weekend with full payment online at

Team "uniforms" or costumes are encouraged!!! Prizes awarded for Best Team Costumes in addition to Trivia Team Winners! Questions by email to

Click here to view pictures from last year!

Please also consider making a $20 donation to become a 2018 BEF Annual Member.

Through your support, the BEF awarded over $31,000 in grant funding during 2017 to Burlington teachers, and that money is hard at work in K-12 classrooms at each of Burlington's schools.

Membership donations can be made online through our secure donation website

Thank you !!!

The Burlington Education Foundation

The Burlington Education Foundation (BEF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization (Tax ID Number 20-0476145) that promotes community support for educational excellence in the Burlington Public Schools.