Thursday, August 31, 2017

Listening Conference Scheduling

If you have not scheduled a time for a listening conference, it is not too late. Please email Mrs. Hoyt at Additional times can be arranged for the week of Sept. 5.  

September 5 - 9:00 a.m.   
                     September 5- 2:00 p.m.
                     September 5 - 2:15 p.m

                     September 6 - 7:45 a.m.
September 8 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 8 - 8:00 a.m.
                     September 12 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 12 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 13 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 14 - 2:00 p.m.
                     September 14 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 15 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18- 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18 - 2:00 p.m.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Eclipse Information

The blog post below has been re-posted from the Burlington Science Center.  Be sure to click the link and follow the Burlington Science Center throughout the year!

The Solar Eclipse is Nearly Here! August 17, 2017

Posted by MrMusselman in Burlington CommunityScience

Mr. Musselman trying out his solar glasses. Even when the eclipse is over these glasses will still let you observe the sun safely!
As you have undoubtedly heard, a partial solar eclipse will be visible in Burlington on Monday, August 21st. Roughly 60% of the sun radiating on Burlington will be blocked by the ‘new moon’ directly between the Sun and Earth between 1:28 p.m. EDT and 3:59 p.m. The maximum partial eclipse will be visible at 2:46.
Solar and Lunar eclipses can be incredible sights! Even though solar eclipses occur as frequently on Earth as lunar eclipses (when Earth’s shadow is cast on a full moon), only people in the small band of Earth’s shadow can see the solar eclipse. They are also shorter in length, making them more rare to see in any one location.
When viewed properly, solar eclipses can be incredible sights! Below are some common myths dispelled along with information and support from NASA Solar Eclipse educator, Charles Fuco.

Myth #1:  “The Sun is more dangerous during an eclipse.”

An eclipsed Sun is no more dangerous than the “everyday” Sun. However, because the intense radiation of the sun is diminished our eyes do not “alert” our brains as effectively and we can be more inclined to look toward the sun… which can still do damage to the sensitive layers of light sensing tissues in our eyes. Therefore, its important to know how to view an eclipse safely which brings us to myth #2…

Myth 2:  “There are no safe ways to view an eclipse.”

There are many proven, safe ways for to observe an eclipse: young children can cross-hatch their fingers to make little pinhole cameras and stand with their backs to the Sun while they project the solar image through their fingers onto the ground—no equipment needed! They also will enjoy seeing the myriad undulating “mini eclipse” crescents on the ground under a leafy tree while remaining safely under its cover; older students can construct a solar viewer, which also satisfies an NGSS Science & Engineering Practices requirement. Anyone can hold a pasta colander as another way to project crescents on the ground; and one can look directly at the eclipse using certified-safe solar glasses (on a non-eclipse day as well). In Burlington, we will not be experiencing a total solar eclipse, so it is never appropriate to look directly at the sun without solar glasses.

Myth #3:  “You can see it better on TV.”

I can remember the first time I ever experienced a solar eclipse as a young elementary age child in Melrose. My brother and I used Cheez-its to observe the shadow on our front porch! It’s hard to imagine this experience would have left such an indelible mark on my memory if I had merely been watching footage on TV or via YouTube (assuming it existed then!) While I strongly encourage everyone to check out later footage of the eclipse totality, be sure to take the time to experience the eclipse first hand in your own backyards and playgrounds. This myth is spoken by those who have never experienced an eclipse live, seeing the dimming of the light in the sky, the sudden cooling of the air, and how our Earth’s wildlife seems to prepare for night to come… in the middle of the day! Experience this rare opportunity with your child today, so that they might reflect on it when the next partial eclipse comes our way another eight years from now!

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Blog Translation Available

This blog is available with translation.  Click the button on right and select the language you would like to view the blog in.  We hope this is a helpful tool to our students' families.

We Are Listening

Listening Conference - Pine Glen Room 103
A listening conference gives you, the parent an opportunity to connect with and tell us about your child. Our role will be to listen and learn more about your child and home-life. The conferences are an optional opportunity, can be held in person or on the phone, and are intended to be brief (approx. 10 - 15 min).
Available conference times are listed below.  Please select 2 or 3 times that you would like to meet and email Mrs. Hoyt (

To assist you in the preparing your thoughts, please complete and bring the enclosed form along to our meeting. The questions are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent. Thank you for sharing your son/daughter with us!

Listening Conference Time Slots:

                    August 29  - 7:30 a.m.
         August 31 - 7:30 a.m.
                    August 31- 2:00 p.m.
                    August 31 - 2:15 p.m.
                    August 31 -  2:30 p.m.
                    September 5 - 8:45 a.m.
                    September 5 - 9:00 a.m.   
                    September 5 - 2:00 p.m.
                    September 5 - 2:15 p.m
                    September 6 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 6 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 7 - 2:00 p.m.
                     September 8 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 8 - 8:00 a.m.
                     September 12 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 12 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 13 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 14 - 2:00 p.m.
                     September 14 - 2:15 p.m.
                     September 15 - 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18- 7:45 a.m.
                     September 18 - 2:00 p.m.

Please email Mrs Hoyt if there is not a time that works for you and we will try to coordinate a better option.

NOTE:  If you elect not to participate in a listening conference, please take a few minutes to complete the form and return to us at Orientation on September 7.

Listening Conference Guiding Questions
The questions below are a guide to focus our conversation, however you are welcome to share anything you feel would be pertinent.
Your child’s name _____________________________________________________
Parent(s) name _______________________________________________________
Conference date and time _______________________________________________
1. Tell me about your child? (No one knows your child better!). ______________________________________________________________________________
2.  What motivates your him/her?  ______________________________________________________________________________
3.  What are your child’s likes and dislikes?
4.  What are your child’s strengths and weaknesses?
5.  Tell us about your family. What special family traditions do you celebrate and what traditions do you have?  (Example - Our family celebrates Hanukkah, or We are from Ireland and like to recognize St. Patrick’s Day)

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Listening Conference Guiding Questions Continued
6.  Do your family members speak another language in your home regularly?  If so, what language do you speak? Is your child’s primary English or other?

7.  Was your child born in another country?  If so, where? ________________________________

8. Anything going on at home that we should be aware of? (Situations like illness, divorce or a new baby may affect your child's school experience, so please inform us if anything that is not your family normal is happening).___________________________________________________________________
9.  Does your child participate in extra curricula activities? (sports, clubs, play groups, etc?)
10.  What, if any, were your child’s experiences with school prior to kindergarten?



11.  Do you feel you have the resources you need to be well informed about happenings at Pine Glen and our classroom?  If not, what can we do to assist with our parent/community connection?



12. Is there anything else/special you would like us to know about your child (tell us about any strengths, concerns, life experiences you would like us to know about)?



Examples of things you might want to share with us:
  • Does your child visit the public library regularly?
    -     What titles/authors does your child particularly enjoy?
    -     Does your child use an iPad/tablet/gaming system- what apps/games do
             they like to play?

Addition Information to Help Us Get To Know Your Child
At the beginning of our school year we participate in a number of activities to help us get to know one another.  Some of our students may be a little timid or confused when it comes to communicating. Please help us with this by providing answers to some questions in advance……..just in case.

How many people live in your house.


Who lives in your house?




If your child has siblings at Pine Glen, what room are they in?



Do you have any pets? _____________

If so, what kind and what are the names of your pets?



Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Read Aloud Tips

We are big believers in the benefits of reading aloud to children.  Please make time to read with your son/daughter daily.  Below are some tips from the PBS show "Between the Lions".

* Read to your child every day.  If you can't ask someone else to be your child's designated reader.
* Try to find a regular time and quiet, comfortable place for reading together.
* Turn off other distractions, such as the radio or television.
* Read slowly enough so that your child has time to take in the story and look at the pictures.
* Children may enjoy holding the book or turning the pages.  Invite your child to point to words on the page or help you read the words.  Explain unfamiliar words.
* Encourage your children to ask questions about he characters, pictures, and words.
* Talk about the story with your child.  Did he or she like it? Why?
* Your child may want you to read the same story over and over again. after several retellings, ask your child to tell you the story.
* Older children enjoy reading aloud, too.  They can read their favorite parts, or you can take turns reading chapter books.
* Visit the Between the Lions website ( for more on children and reading.

Meet Room 103

See the tab at the top and click on Meet Room 103!

Friends in our class are invited to introduce themselves by sharing a photo and sharing something they might like us to know.  This information will be updated as more students send in photos.

Have something to add?  Email Mrs. Hoyt

Welcome Room 103 Families!

Welcome to Kindergarten Room 103 at Pine Glen! We can not wait to meet all of our incoming students and families. Letters will be mailed out shortly to students and their parents. Below is a summary of what those letters cover.

- Thursday, September 7th is our kindergarten orientation.  This is an important day for both parents and students as we will have lots of
information to share and will hopefully answer many of the questions you may have.

-Be sure to bring contact information for cell phones, emergency contacts and medical information as there will be many forms to complete.

-In the note addressed to students I invited them to do two things:
1) Complete an All About Me page for sharing with new friends.
See the tab at the top of the blog to go to the Meet Room 103 page - Mrs. Hoyt's All About Me page has been posted.
2) Share a picture or video of themselves and a statement
about a favorite summer activity by emailing me.  I will post
these messages on our class blog!

-There are many ways to learn about and be in touch with room 103 - 
Class blog:
Class twitter account: @MrsHoytsKSs
Mrs. Hoyt email:
Class telephone number: 781-221-7784

- Parents, get started now by exploring this blog. Visit the page links at the top. Perhaps you would like to contribute to our creative classroom supplies?(Visit the wishlist page).

-September 11 is the first day of kindergarten! We can not wait!

-September 13 is Pine Glen's back to school night. This is a parents only event. Please plan to join us to learn about our curriculum!

Have those sunflowers that students planted back in May been growing? Send a photo to Mrs. Hoyt and she will share them on the class blog!

Advice For Incoming Kindergartners

Kindergarten, here we come!

To help our incoming students prepare for the year ahead, our former students wrote some advice for future room 103 students.  Read below to find out what they have to say:

You don’t have to be nervous.  You should be excited about kindergarten!

I love books and did lots of reading in my classroom.

You do not need to be scared because kindergarten is really cool.

Oh kindergartners, don’t be scared.  My kindergarten was so so fun.  It was a fun time and the best year.

At lunch, eat before you talk to each other.

We made lots of books and I did not need to be nervous at school.

You can make lots of friends at recess.  I love it.  It is awesome.

Just being at school is fun, but try to do your best work.  

In kindergarten you will learn math.  

The teachers are nice and they teach us to be nice.  We went to the Aquarium in Boston and we learned about a baby shark.

I made new friends in Kindergarten.

I liked when I made new friends.  I love math.  It is fun.

Don’t be nervous!

I love my friends.

Kindergarten is the best and you learn lots of math!

We did fun art and math and read books.  I like sitting on the rug.  I was scared in the beginning, but it was great!

Kindergarten is fun because you will learn and play and have friends!