Wednesday, December 23, 2015

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Sports Casting

Before the break, we had a fun lesson with Mr. Larkin, Assistant Superintendent, on sports writing. We then took our writing to the green screen to record!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Our Gerbils Need A Home!

November 2015
Dear Families,

Our classroom pets, Opal and Midnight (gerbils) need a place to go for WINTER break! December 23rd - January 4th
If you are interested in taking them, please write me a note or email. You will be provided with food and shavings for one cleaning.  They are real easy to take care of!  

Thank you in advance,
Ms. Merlino


November, 2015

Dear Parents:

Our class will be attending Pine Glen School’s Scholastic Book Fair on
November 30 at 11:30.  Students are invited to browse or buy their books at this time. Wish lists will be provided so that students may record items they may want to purchase and discuss those items with their families. Please note that the Massachusetts sales tax of 6.25% will be applied to all purchases at the Book Fair. The last day to purchase items will be Friday, 12/4/15.

The fair will be open all day (8:30am-2:30pm) during Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, 12/3/15, and parents are invited to stop by the fair to browse for holiday gifts for their students.

As always, there is no obligation to purchase anything at the book fair. Proceeds from the Book Fair are used to purchase materials for our library.

We thank you for your support of the Book Fair and the Pine Glen Library.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Statue of Liberty Crowns

Thank you to Ms. Fallon for doing an integrated Social Studies and Art lesson today on immigration and the statue of liberty.

Tuesday, November 17, 2015


We have reached our class cash goal of $500!

We will celebrate with a movie day coming up in the near future. Look out for permission slips soon!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Conferences are coming up; December 3

Hello Families,

This year, I am using VolunteerSpot to organize parent/teacher conferences. Conferences will be on Thursday, December 3, 2015. This is a no school day for the students. To select a time that is most convenient for you, please follow the steps below.

Here's how it works in 3 easy steps:
1) Click this link to see our Sign-Up on VolunteerSpot:
2) Review the options listed and choose the spot(s) you like.
3) Sign up! It's Easy - you will NOT need to register an account or keep a password on VolunteerSpot.

Note: VolunteerSpot does not share your email address with anyone. If you prefer not to use your email address, please contact me and I can sign you up manually.

Mystery Readers

Hello Room 213 Families!

In the month of December, I would like to welcome you into the classroom as a "Mystery Reader"! I would like to surprise the students with a reader and one of your favorite picture books. It can be a holiday book, a family book, ANY picture book you would like! If you would like to participate, please reply to me with the book you would like to read and a day and time that works best for you (see below). If there isn't a time that works for you below, please email me and we can see what we can do!

Please be sure you  have an up to date CORI on file in Burlington and have attended Mr. Lyons' confidentiality meeting (if you are not sure, please let me know).

Thank you! Keep reading! AND remember shhhhh it's a Mystery who's coming in!
~Ms. Merlino

PS: SAVE THE DATE 12/21 @9:45-11:00 in grade 4 classrooms
Grade 4s 2nd Annual "Cultural Day"

MYSTERY READER day and times:
MONDAYS @ 10:00am

TUESDAY 12/1 @ 9:30am or 1:15pm (2 people on this day)
TUESDAY 12/15 @ 1:15pm

WEDNESDAYS @10:00 or 1:15 (2 people on these days)

THURSDAYS @10:00am

FRIDAYS @10:00 or 1:15 (2 on these days)

Please email me at if you would like to come in.

Thursday, October 22, 2015


We planted tulips out front of Pine Glen today. We are not only taking care of our school, but are learning about plants! We will be able to study these tulips in the spring when they pop out of the ground. 


Tuesday, October 20, 2015