Monday, December 30, 2013

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser

Tuesday, January 7th is Flatbread Pizza Night for Pine Glen!!!

We earn $3.50 for all large flatbread pizzas and $1.75 for all small flatbread pizzas ordered on January 7th.  This applies to all take out or eat in orders! 

No need to tell them it's for Pine Glen and no coupons to present.  Just order and enjoy and Pine Glen gets the credit! 

The Flatbread Pizza restaurant is located on the Bedford/Burlington line at 213 Burlington Rd, Bedford, MA 01730, Phone 781-275-8200. 

Look forward to seeing you there. 

Monday, December 2, 2013

Gift Card Orders Due Weds by Noon

Friendly Reminder:

Gift card orders are due Weds, December 4 by noon. 

Do you give gift cards from Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks or iTunes for the holidays? Consider buying them from the PTO.  The gift cards are full value.  Instead of other stores getting the commission from the sale of the card(s), the school will receive it.  

The form(s) seem a bit complicated, but it is really quite easy.  If you have any questions on the process, please contact Joanne Shortell at

Other popular cards:
AMC Theatres $8.50 Gold ticket or $25 
Barnes & Noble $5.00 or $25
Claires $10
Chipotle $10
Dunkin Donuts $10
Gap $25 
iTunes $15, $25
Panera $5, $10, $25
Starbucks $10, $25  
Target $10, $25

Don't forget gift cards for teachers, the babysitter or the nice neighbor who lets you borrow the snowblower. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Food Drive

Reminder - Tuesday morning is the last opportunity to donate to the food drive for the Burlington Food Pantry.  Please consider sending in at least one non-perishable food item to help out others in our community. 

Brief list of items needed:  Canned soup, spaghetti sauce, box of cereal, box of mac and cheese, can/packet of tuna fish, juice boxes, canned fruits/vegetables, oatmeal, peanut butter, crackers and dry pasta.

The collection bin is located in the school lobby.

Do you give gift cards from Dunkin Donuts, Starbucks or iTunes for the holidays? Consider buying them from the PTO.  The gift cards are full value.  Instead of CVS or the grocery stores getting the commission from the sale of the card(s), the school will receive it.  

The form(s) seem a bit complicated, but it is really quite easy.  If you have any questions on the process, please contact Joanne Shortell at
Gift card orders are due Weds, December 4 by noon.

Wishing you and your family a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Activites and Save the Date

Current PTO Activities and Fundraisers

Reminder that there is no school on Monday and Tuesday of this week.  Monday is Veteran's Day and Tuesday is parent/teacher conference day at the high school and middle school.

Genevieve orders have arrived and are ready for pick up in the school lobby.  Please plan to pick up your orders this week (Weds - Fri).  Questions, contact Carol McDonald Macri at 781-389-6184.

Spirit Wear orders are due this week too.  Please send in your order form to school for collection.  You can pay by check, payable to the Pine Glen PTO or by pay pal. Questions contact Beth Reith at

Food Drive - The Pine Glen PTO has organized a food drive with the Burlington Food Pantry for this upcoming holiday. A list of items needed for the pantry was sent home last week.  If you need a copy of the list please click here.  The donations will be collected and delivered to the food pantry on Tuesday, November 26.


Gift Card fundraiser

Our SCRIP program is simple: order gift cards through the Pine Glen PTO and earn money for the school!  These are the same gift cards you would purchase from the stores, but all in one place!  

To help support our school, SCRIP participating retailers agree to pay the Pine Glen PTO a certain percentage of all gift card sales.  You get full card value - Pine Glen PTO receives a small "commission"  (see list for exact percentages from specific retailers or go to THERE ARE NO HIDDEN COSTS OR FEES!!

The program starts immediately with a firm deadline of December 4th at 12 NOON!   Orders will be processed and available by December 16th.  

Information on the fundraiser went out on Friday, Nov. 8th.  Later this week the information will be available for download on the blog.  This a great opportunity to stock up on gift cards for the holidays, birthdays, teacher gifts and more.  Any questions, please contact Joanne Shortell at

Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser

Save the date!  Pine Glen has a fundraiser date of Tuesday, January 7th.  More information coming soon on this fantastic fundraiser! 

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

PTO Meeting this Thursday

This month's PTO Meeting, Thurs Nov 7, will be held at 
Border Cafe in Burlington.

Our special guest is the new school psychologist, 
Madeline Lormand.

The meeting will start at 7pm and 
drinks (soft) and appetizers are available.

Look forward to seeing you at Border Cafe!

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Halloween Dance

A big shout out to Jill Gills and Monica Brown for orchestrating the Halloween Dance!  Thank you!

Also many thanks to all the parents that volunteered to make this such a great event at Pine Glen.

Happy Halloween!

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Spirit Wear on sale now

On display at the Halloween Dance this past Saturday, Burlington or Pine Glen sweatpants, jackets, sweatshirts, shorts and hats!  Some the examples are pictured below.

Show your pride for Pine Glen or Burlington (new popular "B" logo) or both!

Order forms will be sent home in the kids' backpacks this week.  Orders will be delivered in time for the holidays.  Pay via paypal on the PTO blogspot or personal check, made payable to the Pine Glen PTO.  All items embroidered shirts and jackets also have optional names on sleeves.

For an order form please click here.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Halloween Dance

Saturday Night (10/26) from 6pm to 8pm is the annual Halloween Dance at Pine Glen!

Bring the whole family for a fun, safe Halloween celebration!! You can wear your costume to this awesome event.  There will be a Haunted House and music by DJ Jack Ferren.

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

We also ask you to please leave all weapons and dangerous props at home.  These items will be collected at the door, if necessary.

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Collection Contest Winners

And the winner of this fall's collection contests are: 

The Box Tops "Batty" Contest winners are:
1st Place - Emma Naddaff (3rd Grade) = 51.5 sheets
2nd Place - David Downie (5th Grade) = 28 sheets
3rd Place - Samantha Mirra (5th Grade) = 21.5 sheets

The Labels for Education winners are:

1st place - with 57 labels - Ayden Ceurvels - 3rd grade
2nd place with 56 labels - Wesley Lewis -Kindergarten
3rd place with 44 labels - Samantha Mirra - 5th grade

Saturday, October 19, 2013

It's Not Too Late.... send in Box Top and/or Campbell's Labels               collection sheets.


They will be accepted on Monday.  So keep cutting and pasting this weekend and we'll announce the winners on              Tuesday morning. 

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Fall Collection Contest

It's time for the fall collection contest.  This week contest flyers were sent home for Box Tops and Campbell's 1 Point Labels.  Contest sheets for Campbell's 5 Point Labels are available on this blog below.

It's an easy contest with fun rewards, collect as many Box Tops and Labels possibl and cut and paste them on to the sheets.  Additional sheets are available on this blog (below) or in the front office.  The deadline to submit the sheets is Friday, October 18th.  Be sure to hand them into your teacher on or before Friday morning (10/18).

The top three collectors for Box Tops and the top three collectors for Labels for Education will win:

1st Place:   $20 gift card to Party City and admission to the Halloween Dance at Pine Glen.
2nd Place:  $15 gift card to Party City and admission to the Halloween Dance at Pine Glen.
3rd Place:   $10 gift card to Party City and admission to the Halloween Dance at Pine Glen

Additional Contest Sheets - click below

Batty for Box Tops

Campbell's 1 Point Flyer

Campbell's 5 Point Flyer 

If you have any questions about the collection contest, please contact Lillian Mahoney for Box Top questions at, for Campbell's Labels please contact Adrienne Mattson at

Happy Collecting!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Upcoming Community Telethon

Burlington Community Scholarship Foundation Telethon, Wednesday 10/16/13 live on BCAT @ 6:30PM; all donations welcome.  Students will call and solicit donations Tues - Thurs evenings please donate "a dollar for a scholar".

If you would like to be a guest and make a walk on donation and promote your cause or business contact, Jack Ferren 781-238-8702.

Thursday, October 3, 2013


Upcoming important dates

Monday, October 14
Columbus Day
No School

Saturday, October 26

Halloween Dance
6pm to 8pm
This is not a drop off event.

Thursday, Nov 7
PTO Meeting

Monday, Nov 11
Veteran's Day
No School 

Thurs & Fri, Nov 28 & 29
No School


Fall Fundraiser
The Genevieve fundraiser has been extended one week.  All orders are now due by Monday, October 7, 2013.  Questions?  Contact Carol McDonald Macri at (781) 389-6184.

Fall Collection Contest
The fall Collection Contest will begin soon.  Keep an eye out for the "Batty for Box Tops" sheet and the Campbell's 1point sheet.  The contest will end on Friday, October 18.  A list of prizes and downloadable sheets will be available on the blog soon. 

Tuesday, September 24, 2013

PTO Meeting

This Thursday is the first PTO Meeting of the 2013-2014 school year.   Our special guest this month is Mr. Dan Callahan, Instructional Technology Specialist at Pine Glen. 

Take a look at his shared blog with the librarian at

Thursday's meeting will be held in the school lobby start at 7pm. 

Look forward to seeing you there.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Fall Fundraiser

Last week the packets for the fall fundraiser, Genevieve, were sent home.  

This is great opportunity to stock up on holiday gifts, wrapping paper for all occasions, magazines, kitchen gadgets and more.

The deadline to submit orders is October 1.

You can send in a hard copy order form with checks payable to the Pine Glen PTO or order online at  All online orders are shipped directly.

Questions?  Contact Carol McDonald at 781-389-6184.

Monday, September 9, 2013

PTO Membership

New PTO membership materials will be sent home this week.  Please take a few minutes to read over the important role that the parent teacher organization plays in the overall success of our school.

The PTO provides additional classroom resources, contributes to the costs of field trips and organizes a number of fun activities for the students, like the Halloween Dance and the spring Carnival, to name a few.

We hope you join the PTO this year.  Dues are $20.00 per family. You can send a check in to the school in the envelop provided or you can pay online using a debit card, credit card or pay pal account.

Thank you for being part of a great educational organization.

Monday, August 26, 2013

First Day of School

School start dates:

Grades 1 - 5 - Tuesday, September 3

Kindergarten - Monday, September 9

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Family Picnic

It's Picnic Time!  Hope to see everyone tomorrow night at Pine Glen for the Family Picnic and 50th Anniversary Celebration!!!

There will be lots of fun things at this year's picnic - a mascot, jumpy house(s) and music by DJ - Jack Ferren! This is a terrific family event and a great way to celebrate Pine Glen turning 50 years old.

The Scholastic Summer Reading Book Fair hosted by the Pine Glen Library and Technology Center will be displayed in the school lobby.  EVERYTHING is buy one, get one FREE!!!  

Bring your own drinks, chairs, blankets and bug spray.  This is a rain or shine event, so you may need to bring an umbrella too! 

The fun begins at 6pm and goes until 8pm.  Pizza was pre-ordered this year, so if you forgot to turn in your slip it's ok to bring your own picnic to the school. 

See you tomorrow night. 

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Square 1 Art - you can still place orders

It's not too late to order for Father's Day gifts. 

This is for online orders only.....

Order by June 3 to receive Father's Day gifts.  Create an account using the unique access code located in your order packet.  If you've lost or misplaced your order packet you can contact Square 1 Art Customer Care at 888.332.3294 for your unique access code OR you can contact your school coordinator, Catherine Gillespie at 

The website for Square 1 is at 

Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Carnival Update

Where do we begin with thanking all of those who helped with the carnival? To start with, Denise Desmond & the Raffle committee; Jill Giles, Lillian Mahoney, Jill McCabe did a wonderful job with organizing and gathering all of the Raffle items. Thank you to the teachers, classroom helpers and room parents for the ever popular Classroom baskets. Thank you to all the volunteers who help with setup, working the day of the carnival and cleanup.

Thanks to Kim Daly for running the Cake Walk & for anyone who was able to donate a cake! Thanks to True North, Super Cuts on Mall Rd, Al Fay & the Burlington Fire Dept for donating their products & time! To Carol Macri/ReMax for the balloon! Thanks to Lynn Barnstein for organizing all of the volunteers! And to Julie Gosselin, the cafeteria staff & the custodial staff for all their help. Finally, to all of the families who came to support the school for this wonderful fundraiser!

It's a group effort to have such a big event go off with such ease! A huge THANK YOU to everyone, especially Deb Murphy and Michelle Grossman for the tireless hours they put in to make this a special day.

Monday, May 13, 2013

PTO Meeting

Thursday at 7pm is the final PTO meeting for the school year. 

Upcoming events: 50th Anniversary of Pine Glen, Field Day, the Family BBQ, 5th Grade Moving Up Ceremony.  We'll also be voting for new board members. 

See you there.

Monday, May 6, 2013

Square 1 Art is here!

The Square 1 Art orders are available for pick up today.  They are located in the lobby near the vending machine.  Orders are arranged by grade with mug and water bottles located on the table.  

Don't forget: tomorrow is Teacher Appreciation Day and a great time to drop off a yummy treat for the teacher's breakfast or lunch and pick up your Square 1 Art order!  

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Teacher Appreciation Day

Springtime always means it's time for our Annual Teacher Appreciation Day!! This year we will be holding the event on May 7th.  

This is a great event for the parents to give something back to the teachers for all the hard work they do. See below for the list of the items needed to make the breakfast and luncheon a success. 

If you'd like to donate something or have any questions/suggestions please email Joanna DeFrancesco at

Bagels and cream cheese – 2 dozen
coffee cake
fruit tray

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

Assorted Salads
 Green salad
 Pasta salad
 Potato salad
Veggie Tray
Hot Dishes

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

Gift Cards
Small Gifts

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pine Glen Food Drive

Pine Glen School is running a food drive this week of the Burlington Food Pantry.  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 donating just one of the following items by Thursday April 25:

100% Juice Boxes
Baked Beans
Canned Beef Stew, Canned Tuna
Canned Broth, Canned Soups
Canned or Jarred Spaghetti Sauce
Canned Fruit or Vegetables
Boxed Cereal
Mac 'n Cheese

For a complete list of items to donate please refer to the purple hand-out sent home prior to the school break or click here.

There is a collection box located in the school lobby.  Please remember the collection will be taken to the Pantry on Thursday, April 25th.

Thank you.

Sunday, April 7, 2013


Reminder - Square 1 Art orders are due tomorrow. 

They provide the option to order online or send in a paper order form along with a check or money order.  Please make checks payable to Square 1 Art. 

This is a great opportunity to buy personalized gifts for Mother's Day or Father's Day! 

Any questions, please contact Catherine Gillespie at 

Monday, April 1, 2013

Carnival Volunteers Needed

The Pine Glen Carnival needs all hands on deck!  Please consider volunteering this Saturday for the carnival.  This is an amazing event that is successful because Pine Glen has a dedicated team of parents able to help run the show.  Please consider giving an hour to make this great event a continued success.

If you'd prefer to be outside, the hot-air balloon team needs strong volunteers to help manage the balloon from 9am to 11am.

Please contact Lynn Barnstein and let her know your availability.  She can be reached at or 781.229.0360.

The carnival is from 9am to 2pm.

Thanks in advance.

Carnival Planning Committee

The volunteer sign-up sheet can be downloaded by clicking here

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Square 1 Art Fundraiser

Earlier this week personalized Square 1 Art order packets were sent home.  During art class each student at Pine Glen had the opportunity to create a unique picture that could be transferred to a number of products provided by Square 1 Art.

Orders are due on April 8, which will give us plenty of time to receive the items prior to Mother's Day.  This is a great opportunity to give personalized gifts to moms and grandmas. 

Square 1 Art now accepts online orders.  Instructions are available on the back page of the order form.  Checks are payable to Square 1 Art, if you decide to use the paper order form.  

If you have any questions, please contact Catherine Gillespie at

Friday, March 15, 2013


Classroom Raffle Baskets for the Carnival
Each year the room parents put together a wonderful collection of baskets to raffle off at the carnival.  This year many classrooms do not have room parents.  If you haven't already been asked by your classroom teacher, please consider taking the lead to create a basket for your child's classroom.  For more information you can contact your child's teacher or Denise Desmonds at

Carnival Volunteers
The Pine Glen Carnival is in just a few weeks, April 6 from 9am to 2pm. Volunteers are needed for the day of the event.  Even if you only have an hour to give, your help is much appreciated.  You can complete and send in the bright orange sheet that came home this week or contact Lynn Barnstein directly at

Calk Walk - one of the more popular events at the carnival.  Please consider donating a store bought cake for the Calk Walk.  Any questions, please contact Kimberly Daly at

A big thank you to all our parent volunteers who make this such a special day for the kids. 

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Thursday's PTO Meeting

The PTO meeting schedule for March 7th has been cancelled due to the town-wide band concert. 

Students from Pine Glen as well as the other elementary schools will join the students from Marshall Simonds Middle School and the Burlington High School for a band concert. 

The next PTO meeting will be on April 4 at 7pm.

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

BBSA Registration

A Message from the BBSA:

The BBSA registration date is quickly approaching.  To avoid a late fee, please register your child for baseball or softball by midnight on March 4th.  We are still looking for managers and coaches at all levels.

You can register your child at

If you have any questions, please contact Laura Vittum, BBSA Secretary at

Thank you all in advance!!


Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Carnival Planning Committee

Message from the Carnival Co-Chairs: 

Hello Everyone,

It is that time of year again!!!  Our carnival is April 6th this year, due to Easter weekend falling on our typical weekend in March.  We have lots to talk about, hoping you can join us on Wednesday (2/27) night at 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Panera in Burlington,  for a brief, productive meeting.  If you are unable to make the meeting, no worries just let us know if you can help out again.  Also, please pass this email on if you know of anyone who may be interested in helping plan as well.

Please RSVP as soon as you can and hope to see you all had a great vacation.

Michelle Grossman, Deb Murphy, & Lynn Barnstein
Carnival Co-Chairs

Friday, February 15, 2013


Collection Contest Winners are...

Box Tops - Winner are:
1st Place -  Kiera Murphy
2nd Place - Elizabeth Gillespie
3rd Place - Erin Shortell

The total amount collected from Box Tops is $373.50.  This is given directly to the Pine Glen Library.  Way to go!

Campbell's Labels - Winners are:
1st Place -Nolan Berkeley
2nd Place -Elizabeth Gillespie
3rd Place -Brendan Shortell

Labels for Education goes by points and we earned 680 pts.  These points will be used to buy recess equipment.  Outstanding!

Prizes for the contest winners are as follows:
Pine Glen Carnival Tickets
1st Place - 20 tickets
2nd Place - 15 tickets
3rd Place - 10 tickets

The carnival will be held at Pine Glen on Saturday April 6th!!  Students can pick up their prize at the carnival.

Congratulations to all our winners. 

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Collection Contests

Since Friday was a snow day, the collection contests have been extended to Monday, February 11. 

There's still time to cut and paste those Box Tops and Campbell's Labels. 

For additional collection sheets, please look at earlier blog entries.

If you have any questions about the contests, please contact:
Box Tops - Lillian Mahoney at

Campbell's Labels - Adrienne Mattson at

Friday, January 25, 2013

Need Extra Contest Sheets?

Click Here for Box Tops Collection Sheet

Click on the sheet below 1 Point Campbell's Labels Sheet

Click on the sheet below for 5 Point Campbell's Label Sheet

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Winter Collection Contests have begun...

Check your child's backpack, Collection Contests for Box Tops and Campbell's Labels starts today!

The contest will run for the next two weeks, deadline for submission is February 8th.  Collect and paste as many Box Tops or Campbell's Labels to the contest sheets.  Additional sheets are available in the front office and will be available here on the PTO Blog (later today).

Prizes will be awarded to the student who submits the most sheets.

There are three collection sheets:
1. Box Tops.
2. Campbell's Labels - 1 point label (white sheet)
3. Campbell's Labels - 5 point label (pink sheet) 

Reminder if the Campbell's Label doesn't have a point value on the label than it is worth 1 point.

Prizes are:
1st Place - 20 Pine Glen Carnival Tickets
2nd Place - 15 Pine Glen Carnival Tickets
3rd Place - 10 Pine Glen Carnival Tickets

For questions regarding the Box Top Collection Contest, please contact Lillian Mahoney at  

For questions regarding Campbell's Labels Collection Contest, please contact Adrienne Mattson at

Tuesday, January 8, 2013

PTO Meeting

The first PTO Meeting of 2013 is this Thursday, January 10th.  

Special guest this month is Patrick Larkin, Assistant Superintendent of the Burlington School District. This is a great opportunity to learn more about what's happening at the district level.  If you are interested in getting a jump start, here's a link to his blog

Doors open at 6:30pm for meet and greet.  Meeting starts promptly at 7:00pm and is held in the Pine Glen lobby.

Look forward to seeing you there.