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Friday, November 23, 2018

Science Magic at Pine Glen!

As promised, here are the exciting videos from Mr. Papadonis' Science Magic presentation at Pine Glen on Wednesday. Mr. Papadonis is the creator and pioneer behind Burlington's Science Center located at Burlington High School. It was a pleasure to see him once again inspiring hundreds of children to be curious, thoughtful and inquisitive about the world around them. 

Thank you, Mr. Pap!

Mr. Pap pours milk into an air-filled bag above a student's head!


Mr. Pap performs a magic science trick with the help of a water-filled plastic bag (over a student's head).


Forces at rest...


The old pull-the-tablecloth trick--but with a candle!


Electricity in the air? What? A Tesla coil?


Did I really volunteer for this!?

Saturday, October 20, 2018

Sharing in the Classroom with Flipgrid

As a teacher, I know how important it is that students be able to share their writing with each other. Most of the time we are sharing in the classroom either with a buddy or with a small group. We rarely have time for everyone to share at the same time--especially as the year goes on and our writing stamina allows for longer and longer drafts! It is important that students be able to share at all stages of the writing process: not just at the end when there is a finished product. Sharing builds community, confidence and most importantly it allows the writer to write for an audience. Sometimes we share to help us solve a problem within the writing process and sometimes we share because we just need an audience to bounce ideas off of. In all cases, it is highly motivating and rewarding for all parties.

Recently, I have been using the Flipgrid app in the classroom. On Friday, we used it as a sharing tool with our personal narrative drafts. It allowed us to share at the same time (thanks to 1:1 iPads) AND be able to view our shares at a later time as well. Embedded in this type of sharing was the need for draft organization, pre- and re-reading for reading fluency and legibility. You may notice that we need to work on some of our recording skills, but our writing shines through!

Below are some examples of personal narrative drafts (not all student recordings were available at the time of this post):


















Thursday, September 27, 2018

Monday, September 24, 2018

September 25th is Pine Glen Picture Day!



Pine Glen Picture Day is scheduled for Tuesday, September 25. Please be sure to order your child's photo choice by visiting the O'Connor Studio website and entering the school code: 625182g6loe or returning the O'Connor Studio photo envelope order slip with the appropriate boxes checked for your child with a check enclosed.

September 25 is a gym day for Room 211 students, so children will be able to change into P.E. attire after their school photos have been taken.

Thank you!

Friday, September 21, 2018

Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest!

The Burlington Science Center’s
2018 Giant Pumpkin Growing Contest!
Pumpkin Growing Contest Rules:
1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes will be awarded for the heaviest pumpkins.

All pumpkins must be grown in the town of Burlington.

Participants must currently be in grades K-5 in the Burlington Public Schools (this will include students that will be in grade 6 as of September 2018).

All decisions are final and made by the Burlington Science Center staff.

All pumpkins will be weighed at the Burlington Post Office across from the town common.  They will stamp your entry form to make it official.

Judging will take place around the first week of October.

The pumpkin cut-off “weigh date” will be Friday, September 28th.

All entries must be turned into the Science Center by Friday, October 5, 2018.  Please include a photo of your pumpkin!

Your pumpkin variety is called “Big Max”
It takes about 120 days and can weigh over 100 pounds when full grown!

Pumpkins are a member of the squash and gourd family of vegetables.

The pumpkin grows on an extremely long vine that hugs close to the ground.  

Vines can sometimes reach lengths of up to 50 feet. Pumpkins start out green, but turn a bright orange color when ripe.  

Some pumpkins have been known to reach sizes of over 2,000 pounds!

Helpful Tips for growing success:

Plant your pumpkin where it will receive sun all day.

Your plant will need about 3 feet all around to grow full size.

For maximum pumpkin size, cut all but one pumpkin off your plant. This will force all of the plant’s effort into growing one giant pumpkin!

Once your pumpkin starts to grow, place a piece of wood under the pumpkin to help keep the insects and grubs from eating it.

Fertilize your plant with compost/fertilizer on a regular basis.

Water your pumpkin regularly.

Plant your pumpkin outside after Memorial Day.

Weigh your pumpkin toward the end of September at the Burlington Post Office, but don’t forget to have it weighed by September 28th and hand in the entry form below by October 5th!                    

Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Come Visit Ms. Pavlicek at the Mass Outdoor Expo!


Miss Pavlicek will be at the Massachusetts Outdoor Expo in Sturbridge, MA this Sunday. If you're looking for a fun family activity this weekend, consider stopping by to say hi!



Monday, September 17, 2018

Back to School Night September 20!

From Mr. Lyons' blog...

Back to School Night for Grown-Ups 2018

Back to School Night for Grown-Ups is scheduled for this Thursday, September 20th from 6:00 to 7:30.  The night will begin in the cafeteria at 6:00 with opening remarks from the principal. We will leave the back doors of the cafeteria open to parents in order that they can enter and exit the building through the cafe.  At 6:15 parents are free to proceed to classrooms. We will continue to have two informational sessions. The first session will be held from 6:15-6:45. The second session will run from 6:55-7:25. Parents are welcome to attend either session.


This is a great evening when teachers and parents can discuss expectations, curriculum, classroom procedures and establish partnerships between home and school.  We regret that we are unable to provide childcare.  We appreciate parents making arrangements for the care of their children in order to attend this important evening.

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Reflection: Young Minds Have No Limits

Children never fail to amaze me. Their innate sense of creativity and problem-solving is incredibly powerful and humbling. We need to make sure we provide a great support system for them with lots of learning opportunities both in and out of the classroom along the way.

But what makes a truly educational support system for a child? Yes, they need positive reinforcement, encouragement, and plenty of praise. But they also need a safe place to fail, accept disappointments and persevere through setbacks. Doing so will not only honor and value their ideas (both successful and unsuccessful) but will encourage critical, creative and reflective thinking.

Below are just a few examples of remarkable achievements by children. Although you may feel as though some of these are extreme cases--I can hear the communal sigh from here: "Ah...my kid builds mashed potato mountains with her peas and sings into a Magic marker. I don't see a CEO there." To which I say, how do you know? Resist the temptation to build a glass ceiling over that mountain (or Magic marker). Perhaps you're raising a budding cartographer or an audio engineer....




And then...

 Three years later: Thomas is 15 years old in this interview.




Feeling the fear and doing it anyway...




Ok. This next one was from a long time ago. But it just illustrates my point. Kids are ALWAYS great thinkers. When they lived makes no difference.

Composed by Amadeus Mozart at age 5.



And lastly...although the video below is a commercial for GE, I felt that its message was the perfect ending to this post. 

Monday, June 11, 2018

Looking for Summer Stay-cations for Animals!




From Ms. Pavlicek...


The Burlington Science Center still has a few animals left that need homes for the summer. See below:

--African Clawed Frog (like having fish-eats hand fed worms)
--Painted Turtle (eats live insects-water change-medium care)
--Cockatiels (needs to be a Teflon/non-stick cookware free or aware home, scented candles/plug-in free, aerosol sensitive)
--Special Need Gerbils (easy-low care)-has leg growth/tumor

  • The Science Center will provide cage, STARTER food, shavings, & care sheet for the animal;
  • Call Ms. Pavlicek (781)-270-2928 or e-mail pavlicek@bpsk12.org ASAP if interested.  
  • Animals are distributed on a first come, first served basis.  

All animals must be picked up by June 14th after making an appointment with Ms. Pavlicek.

Thank you!