Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!

Our day was brief but the excitement was huge!

Retired Burlington Science Teacher John Papadonis and Burlington Science Teacher, Sean Musselman visited Pine Glen to present some science experiments!  They were awesome!

We witnessed science experiments, cheered on students in grades 3-5 as they ran the turkey trot and then participated in the Pine Glen walk-a-thon.  We read the Nutcracker in preparation for our upcoming field trip and then enjoyed the music of the nutcracker too!   Students discussed continents and even took some time to do some syllable work and first sound identification!

Ms. Miliano and Mrs. Hoyt are thankful we have the opportunity to work and learn alongside our students every day.

We wish everyone a wonderful and restful Thanksgiving celebration filled with good food, family and fun!

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Grade 2 Friends Are Fabulous Reader Role Models

A special thank you to our friends in grade 2 who invited us to read with them today.  What fabulous reader role models they are.  Students in Ms. Varrell's class selected books appropriate for us.  They read to us while employing many of the reading strategies we will be learning about in the coming months.  Reading with various people is a tremendously positive experience for us and encourages us to work at this new skill.  

Everybody reads!  

It is especially fun when our reading buddy is our sister!  Delilah had a special treat!

Monday, November 21, 2016

Thanksgiving Readers and Writers

Today we read through our books:  Thanksgiving, What Will You Eat?  Students are encouraged to read these books to lots of family members at home.  The more they reread familiar texts the more confident and fluent readers they will become!  They are very proud of their efforts and are looking forward to reading them to you!

Friends in Room 103 are proud to share their page contributions to our thankful book!

More photos of Our Thanksgiving Celebration

Preparing to sing as a group!

There are a lot of kindergartners and they all sang wonderfully!

Students from all 3 classes all sat in different lunch seats with new friends!  We practiced our social skills of striking up a conversation with someone you are not familiar with.  It was great fun!

After lunch and recess we reflected upon our singing and luncheon experience and used this time as a jumping off point to work on writing our own personal narratives.

Ms. Horton then read some of the Nutcracker story to us.  We know that Dr. Drosselmeyer gives his niece a lovely nutcracker doll and that her brother, Fritz broke it.  We are eager to learn what happens next.

Thanksgiving Sing-a-long with all Kindergarten Friends!

Friday, November 18, 2016

Thankful to be able to learn....

Friends worked to record the beginning, middle and end of their personal narratives.

On Fridays we work on our news.  Students hunt for familiar words and also add a sentence that presents their highlight of the week.  Students and parents are encouraged to read the news together.

We have much to be thankful for.  Students worked with Ms. Miliano to create their own thankful trees.

Ms. Zanotti was in to room 103 to discuss gratitude.  She read us a book and we share our class book of thanks and our thankful trees.  We realized how lucky we all are.  We are thankful to be able to go to school, have food, shelter and clothing.  We are thankful for our teachers and friends.

Students in room 103 have much to be thankful for. Over the course of the past week we have spent much time reading about giving thanks, writing about this topic and sharing ideas.  Here are some of the things we are thankful for:

Our families
Our pets
dogs, cats and chickens
Our homes
Our favorite colors
Baby Sisters
Moms and Dads
Our Brothers

Mrs. Hoyt and Ms. Miliano are thankful for their wonderful students!


Thursday, November 17, 2016

Beautiful Books and Magnificent Math

We visited the library today and students were able to select 2 books as we will not be visiting the library next week.  Our next library visit will be Monday, December 6.  Today Ms. Small read Maybe Something Beautiful by Rafael Lopez.

Students enjoyed the challenge of our online mathematics screening tool today.  Each student worked independently to solve challenging mathematics questions presented through a program on the ipad.  We were impressed with students focus and effort!

Turkey Trot and Food Drive

Families, please remember Pine Glen Students are invited to participate in the non-perishable food drive.  Students are invited to bring in a good anytime between now and next Wednesday morning.  The drive will culminate on Wednesday as we begin the annual Turkey Trot.  Kindergartners will be cheering on students in grades 3-5 as they race the course.  Then we will be participate in the PTO sponsored walk-a-thin!  

See more information below - Taken from Mr. Lyon's Blog:
Posted: 17 Nov 2016 12:28 PM PST

Turkey Trot is scheduled to begin at 9:30am and the 3rd annual walk-a-thon will begin immediately after.
**Please note if you don’t want to miss the fun plan on arriving at the school by 9:15am

Setup your Online Fundraiser!  Click for Directions  $365 has been raised online so far!

Donations are Due December 5th!
**The Walkathon is one of Pine Glen's 3 fundraisers during the year and proceeds directly benefit all of the children.  Please consider this when making your donation.

Things to remember for the Walk-a-thon & Turkey Trot
  • Dress Warm!  Hats & Mittens & Comfy Shoes
  • All students are asked to bring a non-perishable food donation.
  • Pine Glen will make a donation to the Burlington Food Pantry with the funds raised at this event.
  • The top 5 fundraising families will win Pine Glen carnival tickets.
  • Parents are invited to come watch and enjoy a cup of coffee (better yet, please consider volunteering!
**All donations are tax deductible – your cancelled check or online donation confirmation will serve as your receipt.


Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Kindergartners and 4th Graders Collaborate

Today we visited our friends in grade 4.  The had pre-selected an assortment of books and prepared some information to help them read with us.  Students in grade k and 4 worked together to answer a few questions about the book.

Before we departed, kindergartners selected stuffed animals from a bin.  The 4th graders will do some preliminary research to find some sources of information.  When we meet again students will work with one another to do some research and begin to create a group project!

We are thankful for our 4th grade freinds!


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

With Much Gratitude....

 Visit the twitter #BurlingtonGivesThanks  as there will posts about what people are thankful for.  Friends in room 103 will be discussing gratitude in the coming days.  Mrs. Hoyt and Ms. Miliano are grateful they get to spend their days with these wonderful, loving and enthusiastic learners.  We love our jobs!

Here are a few photos of our recent lessons.

Lots and lots of counting and comparing of values!

We are learning about the continents.  Today we colored North America.  We learned that we live in North America!

Roll the dice and color in the turkey!

One of our fun seasonal math activities is adding feathers to our turkeys!  We use mini-clothespins and clip on requested amounts of them.  It is both a great math skills activity and a fun fine motor activity!