Saturday, September 23, 2017

From the Superintendent's Blog

Below are the proposed start times for all of the Burlington Schools next year if we go to a later start time at Burlington High School.
As a reminder, we will hold community forums at the following times:
Community Forums:
Tuesday, October 3, 8:30 a.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Tuesday, October 3, 7:00 p.m. in the Francis Wyman Elementary School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 8:30 a.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium
Thursday, October 5, 7:00 p.m. in the Burlington High School Auditorium

Hoot, Hoot

The students at Pine Glen are WISE.

know it is
Important to be SAFE
Strive to be KIND
Everyone matters!

This week we had 2 lessons with Mrs. Tilton our school guidance counselor.  She introduced our building wide program on Thursday.  AND...HOOT, HOOT!

3 of our students earned Hoot cards before the week ended!  Each student who earns a Hoot card is caught be a staff member in the building doing the just right thing!  The adults, like wise owls are always observing, watching and listening!

Hoot card recipients are entered into a weekly drawing in which one student from each grade is congratulated for their accomplishment and receive a special certificate and photo,  They become "famous for a whole week" as one of our students put it!

Room 103 had adopted these guiding principles for our classroom as well and work to make WISE choices both in and out of the classroom!  Be sure to ask students how they earn tickets, hoot cards and prizes.  We are impressive!

Choice Empowers Our Learners To Be Their Best!

Students have lots of choice in how they learn in room 103.  They work collaboratively, communicate with classmates and teacher and are engaged!  When we break off to work on tasks, students are given the opportunity to work anywhere they would like with the stipulation they are safe and are able to be the best student they can be.

Flexible seating empowers students.  Visitors to our room may see students lying on the floor, sitting at low tables on their knees or on pillows, standing up or sitting in chairs.

We have many school tools that are utilized daily.  Tool kits, glue sponges, wipes and more!  Some students utilize specific tools to help them be their best. We have elastic bands to to help us wiggle our feet while sitting, chairs for the rug that allow us to rock while sitting and other chairs with bumpy cushions and firm backs.  In the coming months, room 103 will be receiving additional flexible seating options as our class was just awarded a grant from the Burlington Education Foundation.  Stay tuned for more exciting photos and news about our seating and learning!

Greetings, Games and Fun Galore!

Our days have been full of a wide variety of activities.  We always set the tone for the day with a morning meeting.  As we have been learning each other's names we have played some fun games.  On Friday we picked apples with classmates' names on them and then had to find and great specific people. 

 Students wrote and then read the first published copy of the Room 103 kindergarten news this week.  We even hunted for certain words and circled them!
Hunting for words in the kindergarten news.  Students like kneeling at our low table.

Everyone was clad in Patriots gear on Friday.  We put our game faces on and got to work reading the news and hunting for words!  Thank you for your generosity room 103.  Lots of money raised to send to our friends in Texas!

We have many fine motor activities thanks to the generosity of the Burlington Education Foundation. Students love our new bin activities!

Thanks to the generosity of the Burlington Education Foundation, we have many new and popular fine motor activities for students to explore!

More Fine Motor activities!

Our visit to the library this week included a book about a young child who takes some big breaths to help them focus and relax.  We then learned about meditating and centering ourselves.  Every day after recess we have a quiet time to help us get ready for our afternoon of learning.  Ms. Small taught us that we will do something similar at the start of our library lessons.  We liked taking deep breaths and feeling our tummies go up and down.

Of course the highlight of a library visit is selecting books.  Everyone could not wait to dive right into reading them!

We Are Already Authors and Illustrators!

We are excited to report that our class has already published 4 class books!  

To start the year we created books about the alphabet, stealing cookies from a cookie jar and the things we can do.

Students in Room 103 can…
play with race cars,
swing on the swings on their own,
kick a soccer ball,
draw pictures,
do ST Math,
solve math problems,
play on the slide,
play soccer,
jump and count, and
draw the American flag.

This year the friends in Room 103 hope….

to learn to draw a tree,
we go to the Aquarium,
to learn to be a chef,
to have purple hair,
to learn about math and counting,
to make new friends,
to make bracelets,
to meet animal visitors,
to become champion soccer players,
to make new books and to learn to color,
to read new books, and

to go on field trips on buses.