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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: " 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 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!

Saturday, May 12, 2018

Improving Comprehension Skills: The Read Aloud

Reading aloud is one of the most precious gifts anyone can give to a child. Although we traditionally associate it with 'snuggle time' for the very young (e.g. Dr. Seuss, Nursery Rhymes, Pat the Bunny, etc.), it can also be a tremendous source of critical thinking and high-level comprehension as well. Just because your child has started school (or has been in school for several years) doesn't mean that reading aloud to your child now is any less important than it was at two or three years old. :)

Recently, this TedTalk by Rebecca Bellingham, caught my attention. It is a short and sweet explanation of how reading aloud to children can significantly enhance their understanding beyond the walls of the classroom. 

Friday, May 4, 2018

Burlington Science Center Needs Newspapers!

If you have any old newspapers that you are planning to recycle this week, please consider donating them instead to the Burlington Science Center at the High School. Many of the animals that are used for science programs and learning experiences are housed at the high school all year long and some require newspaper for their homes. They will gladly take them if you are willing to drop them off! One caveat: no circulars or color inserts, please. Thank you!