Thursday, December 22, 2011

And the second winner is...

Congratulations to Lisa Bodi!  She won the 50/50 Raffle at the morning concert.  

The two raffles raised $191.00 for the Pine Glen Family Fund.  Thank you to everyone that participated.

Happy Holidays from the Pine Glen PTO.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

And the winner is...

The O'Callaghan Family won the Tuesday evening 50/50 Raffle at the Holiday Concert.  Thank you to everyone who participated, a $100 was donated to the Pine Glen Family Fund.

Monday, December 12, 2011

Holiday Concerts

As many of you know, the PTO offers a 50/50 Raffle at each of the holiday concerts in December to support the Pine Glen Family Fund.

I'm looking for a couple volunteers to assist at each of the concerts.  If you are able to assist for an hour selling tickets, please contact Catherine Gillespie at or by cell 617.290.5968.

Dates and Times:

Holiday Concert 4th & 5th Grade - Dec 13th.  Concert starts at 7pm. 
Volunteers should arrive at 6:15pm.

Holiday Concert 1st - 3rd Grade - Dec 20th. Concerts starts at 9am. 
Volunteers should arrive at 8:15am.

Thanks and remember to bring a dollar (or two) for a raffle ticket!  Help Support the Family Fund!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

December Fundraiser

Come on down   

 Uno Chicago Grill in the Burlington Mall

 Wednesday, 12/7 and Thursday, 12/8
for a

“Dough Raiser”

Simply hand in the coupon 
(coupons will go home in child's backpack Monday)


Uno Chicago Grill will donate 15-20%

Pine Glen friends and family sales back
Pine Glen School.

Book Fair

Next week - December 5th - 9th - is the Pine Glen Book Fair.  In your child's backpack is the class designated day to view and purchase books.  Friday is Parent Only Shopping Day.  While your kids are not at school,  you can shop for gifts before or after your scheduled Parent/Teacher Conference.

The book fair is open from 8:30 to 2:00pm each day.  

Parent volunteers are still needed.  If you can give an hour or two during the week, please contact Laura D'Elia at or at 781-221-7798.

NOTE: All volunteers will need to have a BPS CORI Check on file in order to help at the Book Fair.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Friday, November 18, 2011


The winner for the 4 circus tickets....Judi & Jeremy Golden.  Congratulations and have a great time at the circus this weekend! 

A big thank you to Paula Boermeester from the BEF would provided the complimentary tickets to the Pine Glen PTO.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

BEF - Donated Circus Tickets

The BEF generously donated 4 circus tickets to the Pine Glen PTO.  We will draw from the pool of PTO Members who returned the Volunteer Form back in September.  

Mr. Lyons will draw the name later today.  

Stay tuned....maybe your name will be pulled.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

The Circus is coming to Burlington

Cirque Du Jour! 
Hosted by The Burlington Education Foundation

The circus will be held on Saturday, November 19th at the Burlington High School.  There will be three shows: 11:00, 1:30 & 4:00.  Along with the circus routine there will be clowns, acrobats and daredevils, and a BMX bike show! a sponsor of The Burlington Education Foundation, is offering a great deal for the show.  We are currently featuring a 4-pack of tickets available for $30, saving you 25%.  To order tickets,
click here!

The Burlington Education Foundation is a non-profit organization that promotes community support for education excellence in the Burlington Public Schools.  The BEF's Mission is to channel donations from businesses and individuals to provide Burlington educators with an additional source of funding for creative and innovative curriculum enrichment programs.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Food Pantry Donation

Thank you to all the families that contributed to the Pine Glen food drive for the Burlington Food Pantry.  Last week we donated three large boxes of food.  Janet Sullivan, Food Drive Coordinator, was very appreciative of all our support.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Fundraiser - Uno Chicago Grill

The Pine Glen PTO will be hosting a "Dough Raiser" at the Uno Chicago Grill in the Burlington Mall on Wednesday, December 7th and Thursday, December 8th.

Simply hand in your coupon for in-store or take-out on 12/7 or 12/8 and Uno Chicago Grill will donate 15-20% of Pine Glen friends and family sales back to Pine Glen School. The more we eat, the more we earn!

We will distribute the tickets/coupons the week of the "Dough- Raiser."

Please show your support for the school and come on down to Uno's.

Membership Perks

The School Directory and new school refrigerator magnet were sent out last Wednesday in your student's backpack.  Thank you to all the families and teachers who have become members.  Your support is instrumental to our success.  We are currently at 60% of our families and teacher/administrators at Pine Glen.

A big thank you to Julie Gosselin for putting together the Directory.  It takes a lot of time and coordination to create the directory for the PTO and we sincerely appreciate all her efforts.

It is never too late to join the PTO and receive the perks.  Dues are $20 per family.  There are membership envelops available in the front office, however any envelop will do.  Just be sure to put PTO Membership Coordinator on the front of the envelop and it will get to the right person.   Also, if paying in cash/check, be sure to include your name, your child's name and email address.  Checks should be payable to the Pine Glen PTO.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011






  ·        Large orders are boxed by student and separated by grade.

·        Smaller orders are in labeled bags by student in larger boxes.

.   Please keep pick-up location neat and be sure to only collect your child’s order.

•       Mail the Pre-paid Correction Postcard (found in your order) immediately to Genevieve’s to report any problems.

•        If you ordered a Magazine Subscription or a Personalized Gift, complete and mail the Pre-paid Voucher (found in your order) to start the subscription or receive the gift.

•        Online orders may still be placed at using school code #398.

·       For orders of 6 or more, the Coco Key pass will be sent home with student within a couple of weeks. The recent storm and power outages have created unexpected delays at company.

Contact Maria Woods at

or 781-270-4584 with any other questions.


Wednesday, November 2, 2011

PTO Meeting - Tomorrow

Tomorrow's PTO Meeting will feature Ms. Laura D'Elia, Library Media Specialist.  It will be a great opportunity to tour the newly expanded library and meet Laura.

There will also be yummy apple crisp a la mode and warm drinks to enjoy at this month's meeting.

Meeting starts at 7pm - School Lobby - Look forward to seeing you! 


The Annual Pine Glen Halloween Dance was held last Saturday evening before the worst of the weekend storm hit our area.  We'd like thank all the families who joined us despite the weather forecast.  The Haunted House was installed again on the school stage and was haunted by Pine Glen fifth graders.  Refreshments were served in the cafetorium, while children danced in the gym to music provided by DJ Jack Ferren.  All in attendance seemed to have a wonderful time.

We would also like to thank everyone who volunteered for or made contributions to this event including:  parents, Pine Glen students, faculty, staff, middle and high school students, Roche Bros., NSK Inc., iParty, Target, Genevieve, Joanne Ryan, Jack Ferren, Carol McDonald Macri, Nancy and Bill Keddy, Monica Brown, Jill Giles and Maria Woods.   Thank-you all for being part of this special Pine Glen tradition.

Congratulations to the following guests who won prizes that evening:

Kim Quattrocchi - Hershey Kisses estimation jar

Mary Emerson: Genevieve gift basket

Joanne Sullivan: Genevieve gift-wrapping supplies

Sean Desrochers: Genevieve Dog Lover's gift basket

The Grand Prize winner of an overnight stay for four including passes to the Coco Key Water Resort was Emma Naddaff.  All students with orders over $100 were entered into this raffle.

We hope everyone had a happy Halloween/snow day and have a safe time trick-or-treating Friday evening.


The Pine Glen PTO Board

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

PTO Meeting - Thurs. Nov. 3rd

The November PTO Meeting will be this Thursday at 7pm.  Our featured guest teacher/administrator this month is Laura D'Elia, Library Media Specialist.  Please take this wonderful opportunity to see the newly expanded library and meet Laura.  

Our next PTO meeting will be in January after the holidays.

Look forward to seeing you on Thursday evening.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Attn: 5th Grade Parents

A Yearbook Permission Slip was sent home a couple of weeks ago, and we're trying to collect these slips by Tuesday, November 1st. 

If you haven't submitted your permission slip, please do so as soon as possible.  We are asking for you to return the slip, your child's signature, and your child's baby photo to his/her homeroom teacher in an envelope marked "5th Grade Yearbook". 

If you need an additional permission slip, the Yearbook Committee will be available at the Halloween Dance on Saturday night and/or we can email you an additional permission slip. 

Please email your request or any questions you may have to: 

Thank you for your help, the 2012 Yearbook Committee.

Monday, October 24, 2011


Pine Glen
Halloween Dance
SATURDAY, October 29th
6:00 – 8:00 p.m.

Bring the whole family for a fun, safe Halloween celebration!

Wear your costumes!!! 

Take a tour of our Haunted House if you dare…. 

Music by DJ “Jack Ferren” 

$5.00 Admission per family at the door 

Please leave all weapons and dangerous props at home as these items will be collected at the door.

All children must be accompanied and supervised by an adult at all times during the dance.
This is not a drop-off event.
Hope to see you there!

Saturday, October 22, 2011

School Directory & PTO Membership

In the next week to ten days, all PTO Members will receive a copy of the school directory along with a new school refrigerator magnet.

Currently membership is at 60% of our families and teachers/administrators.  We are striving for 100% participation from the Pine Glen Community.  Please consider joining this worthy school organization.  Your dues are tax deductible and 100% of the money goes toward the enrichment of the Pine Glen student body.

It's never too late to join the PTO.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Gillespie at

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Burlington Food Pantry

The Burlington Food Pantry needs our help.  The Food Pantry provides food and other basic necessities each month to over 300 people.  All donations are distributed to needy families and individuals living in Burlington.

Please consider helping this important community organization by donating just one of the following items.  The collection bin is located in the school lobby.

Please check expiration dates on food and other non-perishable items to make sure that they have not expired before donating them. 

Burlington Food pantry donated items:
100% Juice boxes
100% Juices in Cans & Plastic Containers (no glass please)
Baked Beans
Canned Beef stew
Canned Broth, chicken and beef (regular and low sodium)
Canned Chicken or Turkey
Canned Fruits (regular and no sugar added)
Canned Ham or Roast Beef
Canned or Jar Spaghetti Sauce (regular, no sugar added, low sodium)
Canned Soups (regular and low sodium)
Canned Tomatoes (diced, whole, pureed)
Canned Tuna fish
Canned Vegetables (regular and no salt added)
Cold Cereal
Coffee, Hot Chocolate & Tea
Cookies & Crackers
Jelly (regular and sugar free)
Macaroni & Cheese
Oatmeal, instant packets and quick oats (regular and no sugar added)
Pancake syrup (regular and no sugar added)
Peanut Butter
Shelf Stable milk 1%

Friday, October 14, 2011


My Coke Rewards will match every point you donate to our school from October 18th - 20th!

That means, the more points you donate in these three days, the more points our school can earn for art supplies and educational tools even faster.

Send in bottle caps to the school (collection box is located in lobby) or donate points directly by logging onto

Products include:
Dasani Water
Minute Maid Orange Juice/Lemonade,
Coke-brand sodas and more.

By entering codes found under caps or inside carton boxes, Pine Glen will redeem points for art supplies.  You may send in the caps/carton codes to school or log on yourself and enter the codes.   Simply log onto the website, click right-hand tab "Donate to Your School", enter 01803 zip code, tab down to "Pine Glen", register and enter codes.  Contact Laura Kaye at with any questions.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Burlington Food Pantry

The Burlington Food Pantry has notified us that their shelves are bare.

The Pantry is in need of shelf stable milk, tuna in water, peanut butter, brownie mix, canned vegetables, bottled juice, spaghetti sauce, and instant oatmeal.  Drop off items to the donation bin in the Pine Glen School lobby.  Donations go to the Burlington People Helping People Pantry which serves people weekly. Food is distributed to the elderly, the handicapped and economic struggling families. Please consider helping out this great community organization.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Fall Fundraiser

The packets for the fall fundraiser - Genevieve - went home last Thursday in student's backpacks.   Inside the Genevieve catalog, there are a number of terrific gift and gift wrap products available.  Last Thursday at Open House, the PTO displayed a number of offered products.  If you'd like to get a closer look at some of the items available for purchase, please stop by the PTO table at the Ice Cream Social.

Friends and family have the option of purchasing products online or completing the order form enclosed with the catalog.  The envelop says orders are due October 4, however we will accept orders up until Tuesday, October 11.  Thereby giving students the long weekend to talk to family and friends.

There are a number of "awesome prizes" based on the number of items sold.  For 6 or more items sold, students will receive a Bonus Prize pass to Coco Key Water  Resort in Danver's MA. 

If you have any questions please contact Maria Woods at

Thank you for your continued support of the Pine Glen PTO.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Ice Cream Social

The annual ice cream social is next Thurs. Sept. 29th.  This year we are asking all families to RSVP to the event for our planning purposes.  We want to be sure to have plenty of ice cream for everyone.  Please go to the Principal's Blog to sign up.

In addition to the delicious ice cream, Ritchie's Italian Ice will also be available. Both are generously provided by Roche Bros.

We are also integrating family game night into the social.  It will be a great opportunity to sit down with friends and play your favorite game while enjoying delicious ice cream provided by Roche Bros. Feel free to bring your own game to the event.

If you are interested in volunteering at this event. We need assistance at the following times:

Cleanup 8pm-8:30pm

If you're able to volunteer, please contact Joanna DeFrancesco at

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Back to School Night

We hope to see you tomorrow evening, Thursday, September 22nd during Pine Glen's Open House from 6:30pm to 8:00pm.

Please look for the PTO table in the lobby.  If you haven't had the chance to submit your PTO membership dues, you may do so then. 
If you have a smartphone stop by the table and read the new QR Code for the PTO Blog.  Courtesy of the PG Tech Dept.  Thank you Dan Callahan.

Monday, September 12, 2011

PTO Meeting

This Thursday, September 15th, is the first PTO meeting of the new school year.  Meetings are held at Pine Glen School, starting at 7pm.

On the agenda for this meeting is Dan Callahan, the Tech Wizard at Pine Glen.  Dan, along with Principal Lyons, will demo the new iPads and some of the great engaging educational tools our students will be using this year.  

Other topics on the agenda will include the following PTO-sponsored events: Ice Cream Social/Game Night, Genevieve Fall Fundraiser, and Halloween Dance.

We look forward to seeing everyone there.

Thursday, September 8, 2011

Welcome Back

Welcome back to school!  We hope your summer was both relaxing and fun.  The PTO Board has been busy preparing for another school year.  In your child's backpack this week you will find important PTO information including the 2011-2012 Pine Glen PTO pamphlet with Board contact information, PTO Volunteer Form, Membership Dues envelope, and a flier listing "Free Ways to Support Pine Glen School".

We would like to thank Catherine Gillespie, PTO Co-Vice President, for investing a great deal of time and thought updating and assembling all the PTO handouts.  Also, many thanks to Julie Gosselin for copying and distributing all the materials and much appreciation to Nancy Keddy for printing the new colorful PTO pamphlet. Special thanks also to Denise Desmond for organizing the Kindergarten play dates held over the summer; the final Kindergarten summer social will be held this Saturday, September 10th at 10 a.m on the Pine Glen playground.  We hope all Kindergartners and their parents/guardians were able to attend a session.

As many of you know, the main mission of the PTO is to provide enrichment opportunities for all Pine Glen students.  We hope you have appreciated the many activities and supplemental materials and programs the PTO has sponsored.  We also hope that you again join the Pine Glen PTO and become active participants by attending PTO meetings (held at 7 p.m. on the first Thursday of most school months) and volunteering on any of the many PTO committees.  Perks for paid members include a student directory, a new school magnet, and emails with updates and special announcements.

The first PTO-sponsored event of the school year will be the Ice Cream Social/Bingo Night scheduled for Thursday, September 29th from 6-8 p.m.  If you're able to volunteer some time to setup, serve, or cleanup, please contact Joanna DeFrancesco at

Thank you for your continued support and participation,

Maria Woods and The Pine Glen PTO Board

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Kindergarten Play Date - Coming Soon

For all incoming Kindergarten students to Pine Glen:

Please join us at Pine Glen School on Saturday morning, September 10th at 10am for an informal play date before school starts in September.

It's a great opportunity for kids to meet new friends and feel comfortable at the school before school officially starts.  We will meet around the back of the school on the playground.

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Gillespie at

We look forward to meeting all the new students.

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Year End Activities

June is traditionally a busy time for year-end school activities.  The Pine Glen PTO has sponsored some popular events this month, in addition to the Pine Glen Barbecue highlighted in a previous email.

Children in grades 1-5 enjoyed a fun-filled Field Day on Thursday,  June 2nd.  Inflatable rides, water and pizza for volunteers were donated by the PTO.  We would like to thank former Principal Jane Dwyer for face painting many of the children.  Thanks also to PTO member Robin Hurley, for donating additional pizza when we ran out due to the great number of parent volunteers that came to help.  Thanks to all the volunteers and P.E. Instructor Christie Govoni, who chaired this event.  We received many priceless thank-you notes from the students.

On Friday, June 3rd, the fifth graders attended their final field trip together at the Cedardale water and recreation park.  The PTO funded the bus costs, water, and T-shirts for this trip.

David Biedrzycki an illustrator and author came to the school on Tuesday, June 7th.  He engaged the students with his stories on how his characters go from sketches to the cover of his books.  He also explained where he gets his ideas.  One place is the Harvard Museum of Natural History that was recently visited by the second graders; they thought that was really cool.  He was generous with answering the students questions at the end of the presentation.  Many thanks to Michelle Gaffney for again chairing the BEEP Enrichment Committee and for coordinating this day.  The PTO annually funds an author/illustrator visit.

Finally, the PTO provided and served refreshments to the 5th graders and their guests after the moving-up ceremony last Thursday, June 16th.  We would like to thank Lisa Crowe, Joanna DeFrancesco, Kristen Downie, Deb Murphy, and Kruti Thakkar for assisting me.  As parents of fourth graders, they were not planning to attend this event with their child, but came to the school to help run this PTO event - an extra effort.  Many thanks to Julie Gosselin for purchasing and delivering the refreshments.  The fifth-graders received yearbooks, purchased by the PTO, after the ceremony.  We would like to thank all the parents who worked on publishing a fantastic yearbook.  Especially, Michelle Gaffney, who also chaired this committee.  These books will serve as precious reminders of their days, friends and teachers at Pine Glen.  We wish them all the best in middle school.

As you can see, the PTO provides wonderful enrichment for all Pine Glen students.  We look forward to working with you next school year and hope that you will continue to support the fine work of the PTO.

Wishing you a terrific and relaxing summer break,

Maria Woods and the Pine Glen PTO Board

Saturday, June 18, 2011


Thanks to the efforts of the Pine Glen PTO, here's a sampling of some of the items the library was able to purchase with our Box Tops for Education money this year!

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

We would like to thank everyone who helped make last evening's Pine Glen BBQ such a fun family time.   Many thanks to Erynn Mitchell for again chairing this event and much appreciation to all the volunteers who helped run it.  With catering from the Outback Steakhouse and music delivered by a DJ, families were able to enjoy dinner near the playground while the children played.  Pine Glen families were also treated to a visit by the Lowell Spinners Canaligator and School Superintendent Dr. Eric Conti!

Katie Lyons (Principal Lyons' wife) won the 50/50 raffle and then generously donated her winnings to the Pine Glen Family Fund, that assists Pine Glen families in need.  Thank-you Mrs. Lyons!  Through the participation of many, we raised $102 for this fund.  Thanks also to Catherine Gillespie, our new PTO Co Vice-President, for assisting me at the raffle table.

The next PTO sponsored event is 5th-grade graduation on Thursday, June 16th, 6-8 p.m.  We need 4th-grade parents to assist with serving refreshments during the reception because parents of 5th graders will be attending the ceremony.  Please contact Maria Woods at 781/270-4584 or, if can you help.

Thank you,
Maria Woods and the Pine Glen PTO Board

Thursday, June 2, 2011

Volunteers Needed - Pine Glen Family BBQ

Volunteers are needed at the BBQ for a one-hour block of time.

June 7th from 6pm to 7pm  OR  7pm to 8pm

Please call or email Erynn Mitchell at 781-698-7324 or and let her know you can help out.

Thank you and we’ll see you at this great Pine Glen Family Event.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Pine Glen Family BBQ 2011

Come to the annual Pine Glen Family BBQ on Tuesday June 7th at Pine Glen Elementary School.  The BBQ is from 6:00 to 8:00pm.  This year there is no rain date, so it's rain or shine for this event.  The cost is $3.00 per person.

Food will be provided by Outback Steakhouse!  Music and fun will be provided by JACK!

Don't forget to bring your own drinks, chairs, blankets and bug spray. There will also be a 50/50 Raffle with the proceeds going to the Pine Glen Family Fund.

Please pre-order by returning the yellow flyer sent home (5/24) in your child's backpack. Please return your payment with the completed order slip no later than June 3rd. Orders will NOT be accepted after this date.  So don't delay, get your order slip in today.  Families are always free to join in the fun and bring their own dinner to the event.

Join us to help with set up, break down or assist during the BBQ.  Contact Erynn Mitchell at 781.698.7324 or

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you at this annual fun family event.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

PTO Board Members - Thank you

We would like to thank Joanna DeFrancesco for her terrific work as PTO Co-Vice President over the years.  She organized the annual PTO membership drive and managed PTO members, committee chairs, and volunteers.  Joanna always assumed her responsibilities with much dedication and grace.

We would also like to thank Jolene Fogarty for her many years of service to the Pine Glen community as a volunteer and PTO Treasurer.  Jolene too handled her responsibilities with grace and diligence.  We will miss her and her family as they join the Memorial community due to redistricting.  Pine Glen's loss is Memorial's gain as she joins the Memorial PTO Board as the new Treasurer.

We wish them all the best.

Thank you,

Maria Woods and the PTO Board

New PTO Board Members

It is with great pleasure that we welcome the following new Pine Glen PTO Board members elected last evening:

Carol McDonald Macri, Co-President

Catherine Gillespie, Co-Vice President

Adrienne Mattson, Treasurer

These members have worked on various PTO committees.  We are grateful to them for stepping up and taking on leadership roles.

Friday, May 20, 2011

BHS Needs Volunteers

BHS Post Graduation Party
PLEASE HELP: Will you be a chaperone at the BHS Post Graduation (all-night) Party?  We still need 10 chaperones (both men and women) for each shift on Monday June 6.  The second shift is 12 am - 3 am and 3rd shift 3am -5am.   Any adult that does not have a senior at the party is welcome.  This is a great way to "pay it forward."  Help us this year and when your child graduates, the parents of underclassmen will be there for you!  To volunteer, or if you have any questions, please contact Michele Shields @ or 781-270-5142

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Upcoming PTO Elections

Just a friendly reminder that the final PTO meeting of this school year will be held on Thursday, May 19th at 7 p.m.   We will be holding board elections. 

Candidates for the Pine Glen PTO Board 2011-2012 are:

Carol McDonald Macri and Maria Woods, Co-Presidents

Joanna DeFrancesco and Catherine Gillespie, Co-Vice Presidents

Monica Brown, Secretary

Adrienne Mattson, Treasurer

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Art & Technology Night & Spring Concert

We hope you were able to attend last evening's Art & Technology Night including the Spring Concert by the 4th & 5th graders.  Everyone seemed to enjoy the splendid art exhibit featuring work by our children.  The Spring Concert which included a band and chorus performance was both entertaining and creative.  Recent uses of technology in the classroom was displayed nearby the popular book fair.  We would like to thank Ms. Fallon, Ms. Agati, Ms. Rzasa, Mr. Napierkowski, and Mr. Callahan for working with our children to prepare for a wonderful evening.

We also would like to thank Robin Hurley who helped run the 50/50 raffle and congratulate Rose Hackett who won the prize.  Thanks also to everyone who participated in the raffle that raised $118 for the Pine Glen Family Fund.

Thank you,

Maria Woods and the PTO Board

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Thank you!

We would like to thank everyone who helped to host  yesterday's Staff Appreciation Day at Pine Glen School.  We've heard nothing but wonderful comments about the menu and service.  The teachers and staff were provided  with breakfast and lunch yesterday in their lounge with the help of volunteers and generous donations of food and drink.  Gift card donations were raffled off to the staff.  Many thanks to Joanna DeFrancesco for organizing this special day.  It was a fine way to say thank-you to all members of the Pine Glen staff who dedicate their work to educating and caring for our children. 

Again, thank you so much for your support and generosity.

Maria Woods and the Pine Glen Board

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Teacher Appreciation Day - May 3rd

Spring is here and Teacher Appreciation Week is right around the corner.  For all of of you new to Pine Glen, we like to say thank you to our teachers by providing them with a breakfast and luncheon.

In order to do this, and have another successful Pine Glen event, we need YOUR help.  I've listed below items that will be needed. On May 3rd you or your child can bring the item to the school in the morning, there will be someone in the lobby to collect  it.

If you're able to contribute please email me and as always THANK YOU!!

Joanna DeFrancesco

Breads (banana, pumpkin, cranberry, etc..)
Muffins-2 dozen
Bagels and cream cheese-2 dozen
coffee cake
fruit salad

2 Boxes of Joe
Orange Juice-2
Apple Juice-2

Assorted Salads (pasta, potato, green, etc...)
Hot Dishes

Dessert (cookies, brownies, etc...)

Crystal Light Bottles-2 cases
Iced Tea Bottles-2 cases
Water Bottles-2 cases

Gift Cards
Potted Flowers

Friday, April 15, 2011

May PTO Meeting

The May PTO meeting has been rescheduled to Thursday, May 19th at 7 p.m. Nominations are now being accepted for PTO Board positions through April 30th. Nomination applications are available in the school office.  Please see Julie Gosselin for copies.

Thank you,

Maria Woods and the PTO Board

Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Artware has arrived and it is sorted by grade in the main lobby at Pine Glen and is available for pick up during and just after school hours.  If possible, it would be great to collect your order before April vacation (this Friday). Please note that breakable items are labeled and located underneath the table.  Please be careful when sorting through to find your children’s artware.  If you have questions, feel free to email Nancy O’Callaghan at or call at 781-273-3302.

Thank you for your participation and helping the PTO with this successful fundraiser.

The PTO would like to thank Nancy O'Callaghan for chairing the Pine Glen Artware Program and Courtney Fallon for helping the students create wonderful works of art worthy of reproduction into collectible items.

We hope you enjoy a great April vacation,

Maria Woods and the Pine Glen PTO Board

Friday, April 8, 2011

Fundraising & Membership Fees: Where Does the Money Go?

Ever wonder - where does all the money go that is raised through-out the year?

Last night the members voted in favor of:
$125 payment to the Phys. Ed Teachers for help with the installation of a new rock climbing wall.

$300 payment to the 3rd Grade Teachers for help defray costs for a field trip to Boston to take a Duck Boat Tour.

$400 payment to the Kindergarten Teachers to help defray costs for a field trip to the Big Apple Circus.

The PTO also funds other programs through-out the year.

- Agendas for the entire 3rd, 4th &  5th Grades

-Field trips

-Kindergarten: orientation, play dates, & t-shirts

-D.A.R.E. Graduation

-5th grade: Graduation, Cedardale Trip & Yearbook

-FIVE STAR General Rewards

-The Ice Cream Social

-School Calendar & Handbook

-Pre-School Reading Program

-Scholarships AND much, much MORE!!!!

Tuesday, April 5, 2011


Hi Members,

Just a friendly reminder that the next PTO meeting will be held this coming Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

We hope to see many of you there,

Maria Woods and the PTO Board

Monday, April 4, 2011

Carnival Thank You

The Annual Pine Glen Carnival sponsored by the PTO was a great success again thanks to the efforts and teamwork of many.  We would like to thank all members of the Pine Glen Community who helped to make the Carnival a major spring attraction in the town of Burlington.  The event took place with the generous assistance and donations of many parents, high school/former students, teachers, staff, and administration.

Countless thanks go to Carnival Co-Chairs Jolene Fogarty, Michelle Grossman, and Deb Murphy who took care of the many details that needed attention to run a grand-scale event.  We sincerely appreciate all their efforts.  Many thanks go to Cathy Carney for organizing the Cake Walk and to Principal John Lyons and secretary Julie Gosselin for their support of the Carnival Committee.

Over fifty local businesses participated by donating gift cards/certificates, merchandise, and services to the stage raffle.  Please thank them when using their business.  Thank you to the Raffle Committee, including Denise Desmond, Jill Giles, Carol McDonald Macri, Beth Reith and Maria Woods for their time-consuming legwork and follow-up to solicit and collect raffle items.  A sincere thanks to everyone who donated items to the raffle, especially the room parents and teachers who organized group gifts.

We would also like to thank RE/MAX for advertising and planning to give hot-air balloon rides.  Unfortunately, wind conditions made it unfavorable to use the balloon.  We will try to get the balloon ride again next year.  Thanks also to Carol McDonald Macri for making all the arrangements for the ride.  The advertising efforts of Carol and Catherine Gillespie certainly helped to bring many out-of-town visitors to the Carnival.  Please see and  created by Catherine and Carol for Carnival updates, postings, and photos.

We also would like to thank retired Pine Glen Principal, Jane Dwyer, for her famous face painting skills and D.A.R.E. Officers Steve Cross and Keith Sheppard for their police car ride.  Many thanks to the Burlington Fire Department and Firefighters Ernie Covino and Nick Menkello for displaying a fire truck at the front of the school for up-close inspection.

Again, we would like to thank everyone who worked on and attended the Carnival.  Proceeds will be used to enrich the educational experience of all Pine Glen students.  We look forward to seeing all those smiling faces again at next year's Carnival.

Please note that the next PTO meeting will be held on Thursday, April 7th at 7 p.m.

Hope to see you then,

- The Pine Glen PTO Board