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.