Barnes and Noble Fundraiser for Pine Glen Learning Commons

March 20, 2017

Stop by Barnes and Noble in Burlington today to purchase some books and beverages…proceeds go to the Pine Glen Library Learning Commons. Tomorrow all students at Pine Glen will see Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen talk about their new book, Triangle. We are so excited and appreciate Barnes and Noble for making this happen! If you go to Barnes and Noble today, please let the cashier know you’re there for Pine…


Mac Barnett and Jon Klassen at Pine Glen!!!

March 9, 2017

Author, Mac Barnett and author/illustrator, Jon Klassen, are coming to Pine Glen on Tuesday, March 21st at 9:00 a.m. for an assembly. This opportunity is brought by Barnes and Noble (Burlington). Students (and staff members) will have the opportunity to have Mac and Jon sign books purchased from Barnes and Noble. The three books Mac and Jon created together are available. As are all three books Jon created by himself…


Read Across America Day at Pine Glen

March 2, 2017

Today Pine Glen is celebrating Read Across America Day and the birth of Dr. Seuss. This morning we had an all school reading celebration in the gym as all students and staff members read independently. Classroom teachers orchestrated guest readers to come into their classrooms. Many classrooms are getting together with other classrooms to read to each other. And the cafeteria is serving green eggs & ham for lunch. What a…


Persistence in Coding

January 5, 2017

A quick Google search returns a definition of persistence as “firm or obstinate continuance in a course of action in spite of difficulty or opposition.”   In Mrs. Visocchi’s fourth grade classroom, we say that persistence is, Trying again and again, even when something is very hard. Students begin coding lessons believing that learning the language or commands is the essence of their work.  As our work progresses, they are…


Introducing Team Drive for G Suite

December 13, 2016

Please Note: Team Drive is currently in BETA (early release). Users may encounter bugs. There is no guarantee Team Drive will be a permanent feature in G Suite (formerly Google Apps for Education).  Streamlined Collaboration with Team Drive for G Suite Back in September, Google announced their new “G Suite for Education” name change along with the new Team Drive feature, available to schools in the Early Adopter Program. Today,…


Coding in Elementary

December 5, 2016

Last week was an exciting one as Sarah Visocchi’s fourth-grade class at Pine Glen began integrating coding lessons into their math classes.  The objective of using coding lessons is to help students hone their computational thinking and problem solving skills, generalizing them into their work in all academic disciplines and areas of their life where logical thinking and problem solving occurs. We are beginning with’s Code Studio Course 2,…


Hopscotch Coding App – 3rd Grade Turkey Tails at Pine Glen

November 23, 2016

Hopscotch is a visual programming language designed to allow young or beginner programmers to develop simple projects. Hopscotch’s characters and colors are fun and engaging for students, empowering them with many options to individualize their own learning. The app is also a good example of scaffolded learning. The intuitive visual block interface allows students to become comfortable creating programs with blocks to build confidence before they encounter the complexities of…


What Does PEACE Feel Like?

Today kindergarten, second, and fifth grade students and I read the book, What Does PEACE Feel Like? The book is beautifully written and illustrated by Vladimir Radunsky. Children from all around the world share their heart warming responses to the question throughout the book. After reading the book, students came up with their own responses to the following questions: What does PEACE feel like? What does PEACE smell like? What…

November 9, 2016

Global Read Aloud 2016

In 2010, Pernille Ripp started the Global Read Aloud “with a simple goal in mind; one book to connect the world. From its humble beginnings, the GRA has grown to make a truly global connection with more than 1,000,000 students having participated.” This year students at Pine Glen (with students around the world) read picture books that were illustrated by Lauren Castillo. (Lauren Castillo wrote and illustrated Nana in the City and The…

November 7, 2016

Pine Glen Birthday Book Club

November 4, 2016

Below are the newest members of the Pine Glen Birthday Book Club. Members were invited to the library to select a book from the new acquisitions. A special bookplate with their name and the name(s) of the donor were placed inside the front cover. Photos with the birthday book are on the Birthday Book Club Wall outside the learning commons (library). I appreciate the donations. Pine Glen Elementary School students will love these new books. Applications will be accepted again…