Wednesday, June 8, 2016

End of Year Events

Hello fifth grade families,

The last two weeks of school are a whirlwind of activities and  learning!  Today students throughout the school participated in Career Day.  Representatives from Burlington police and fire departments along with a banker, veterinarian, video game programmer, carpenter, scientist and many more professionals  took time from their day to share their jobs with our students.  A big thank you goes to Ms. Z for organizing this day and to all the volunteers, we appreciate you!

Gutter Boats - Engineering Challenge
Today Mr. Mussleman stopped by to introduce this special 5th grade project. Every year fifth grade students across Burlington are challenged with the task of designing and building a boat that will travel the length of a gutter in the shortest possible time.  We gave students some guidelines to follow:  they must use the piece of styrofoam given to them as part of the base and the width of the boat should not exceed 11 cm.  (The gutter is 11 cm wide and 3 meters in length)  Beyond that, their creativity and engineering thinking should takeover.  We love when fifth grade learning is shared at home. We encourage parents to talk about the project with your student, the design process, what goes into an efficient design, what types of materials would work best etc. and of course parents should oversee the safety of the construction.   The construction of the boat, however, is the responsibility of the student.  

Next Monday, June 13th  is an exciting day in fifth grade- the entire day is dedicated to scientific exploration, discovery, and the design process  Three separate hands-on engineering activities will be set up in our classrooms for students to participate in.  One of the activities will be the Gutter Boat trial run.  Students will have the chance to test their boat design and be given time to redesign.  As Mr. Mussleman said, engineers identify the problem, brainstorm a design and then test and retest that design making better each time.    Please be sure the gutter boats are sent into school on Monday in a safe container - such as a shoe box.  Many boats have not survived the bus ride tucked into a backpack.  Students can also bring in their extra materials for their redesign.   The final race will be Wednesday afternoon.  Monday will be testing and redesigning.

This Thursday!!    A reminder notice went home yesterday but here the highlights: We will be leaving Pine Glen at 9am and plan to back before 2:30. Students will take their regular mode of transportation home.  Be sure to pack a bag with water, a towel, and a change of clothes as well as sunscreen.   Students will be able to purchase lunch from 11-12.    A big thank you to the PTO for helping to cover some of the costs of this trip and for our awesome t-shirts!

Moving up Ceremony
Please join us Friday, June 17th at 9:00  as we celebrate and acknowledge your child’s completion of 5th grade here at Pine Glen.  At this ceremony students will receive a moving up certificate and perform for you.   Later that day students will receive their fifth grade yearbook and will be given time to have classmates sign their books.  Thank you to the Yearbook parents for their tireless work putting this book together.

Grade 6 Summer Reading
Incoming 6th graders are required to read a book over the summer and complete a note sheet that they can use to complete a multiple choice test in September.  The list of books and other details can be found at
We have had a terrific year with your children and we hope you all have a wonderful summer!
Fifth grade team,
Mrs. Fitzpatrick
Ms. Lane
Mrs. Sheppard

Monday, May 16, 2016

end of year activities

Good Afternoon 214 Parents!

I just wanted to send a quick email about important dates we have coming up.  The end of the year is always crazy, but it is especially crazy in fifth grade! We will send home reminders closer to the dates of our 2 field trips about lunches / departure times.  This is just an outline of what to expect throughout the next few weeks.   

MCAS Monday 5/16 and Tuesday 5/17
Today we completed session 1 of our science MCAS.  We will wrap up session 2 tomorrow in the morning.  PLEASE make sure your child eats a healthy and filling breakfast as snack time will be a bit later than usual.  

Arts & Technology Night Wednesday 5/18 starting at 6 p.m.  
Make sure to get there early so you can take a peak at some of the great art work in the main hallway! Make sure to stop by the Book Fair and check out the new selections.  Students will be visiting the book fair in their ELA classes throughout this week to make "wish lists".
Concert begins at 7pm in cafe.  

Bank Assembly Thursday 5/18
Reading Cooperative Bank will be coming in and talking to students about good savings habits for now and their future.

MSMS Visit Monday 5/23
We will be visiting MSMS from 9-10:30 on Monday morning.  Our visit will include a preview of Vaudeville, a quick tour through the school, and a snack in the cafe.  Buses will be leaving PG at 8:40 a.m

Parent Night is Monday 5/23 at the Middle School Auditorium at 7:00

Concord Museum Field Trip Wednesday June 1st.
Reminder notices will be sent home closer to this date. 

Field Day Friday, June 3rd (Make up date is Friday June 10th)

Cedardale Wednesday June 9th
Please send lunch money / permission slips in ASAP! For those who have sent them in - thank you! Reminder notices will be sent home closer to this date. 

More information about this project will be sent home closer to this date.
1st Trial: Monday June 13th
Final Trial: Tuesday June 14th

Moving Up Ceremony - Friday June 17th 9:00 a.m in the cafe

Thursday, April 28, 2016

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Career Day
Pine Glen Elementary School
Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Presenters are needed! Do you have an interesting career and would you like to share with our students? Please come and talk about your career with our students!

Come and join in on a great time and share your career with our students! We would love having you!

Interested? Contact Lauren Zanotti, School Counselor
Pine Glen Elementary School
781-270-1715 or
Fill out this form and return to Lauren Zanotti, School Counselor if you would like to present:

Presenters Name: _________________________________
Child’s Name/Grade: ______________________________
Career Title: ________________________________
Phone Number: _____________________________
**Volunteers needed from 9:00-11:00 AM**
____ I can only present for a specific time period (Please list the hours you are available).
Comments (special set up, equipment needed, etc):

Wednesday, October 28, 2015

Dear Parents,

Are you looking for an activity that will allow your child to continue learning and have fun during the weeks surrounding Halloween? Then check out Greg Tang’s Halloween Math Challenge! ( During the holiday, students can go to to complete the activities on the game board. This is an optional activity. Students who can’t participate will not be penalized in any way. Students who complete the challenge can earn a certificate and a chance to win a personalized signed copy of one of Greg Tang’s books. It is fine for students to get help from you or someone else if they need it. They can also move to harder or easier levels of the games to make them more or less challenging. After your child completes the activity, just sign their sheet and send it back to school with them by November 5th.


Christine Sheppard

Wednesday, October 21, 2015

I'm sure that most of you know that I have not been in school since Columbus Day.  Unfortunately, my dad passed away and I needed to be there for my mom and family.  I will be back in school tomorrow (Thursday 10/22) and look forward to seeing all of the students.  I have missed them. Thank you for your understanding.
Christine Sheppard

Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It was nice to see so many parents at "Back to School Night" tonight.  I will send information home with those that were unable to make it.  We did have sign ups for conferences on Dec. 3rd.  Please contact your child's ELA teacher for a conference time.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

September 8, 2015

Today was out first day of switching classrooms for ELA (English language arts), math and science/social studies.
With the first day of switching came homework.  Please make sure to check your child's agenda each day for homework assignments.
If they have me for math or ELA they had homework tonight.

Mrs. Sheppard