Archive for the month “January, 2013”

Preschool Activities

I came across the following blog titled Busy Bee Speech (not to be confused with our Busy Bees!).  The blog’s author, a school based speech-language pathologist, is dedicating all post this week to preschool activities and tips.  Check it out!

Message from the Burlington Special Education PAC

Burlington Special Education PAC invites you to join the upcoming meeting on “Transitions Between Schools” on Monday, February 4th 7pm -9pm in the school committee room at Burlington High.  Parents will have the opportunity to discuss the transition process for each school with representatives from special education staff members.  Team chairs from various schools will be hosting tables where they will provide parents with information regarding their respective schools and programs.  Tables will include transitions from Early Intervention to Preschool, Preschool to Elementary School, Elementary to Middle School, Middle to High school and High school to post secondary. Also available for families will be Danielle Flaccavento, Guidance Memorial, Kim Settelen, Psychologist at Fox Hill, Joe Attabato, Director of Guidance at BHS, and Chrissy Robinson, Social Worker at BHS.

This is a great opportunity to learn what is in store for your child as well as gain information about the various departments in schools that take part in special education programming.

Encouraging Literacy and Language Development in Young Children

Below is a link to a blog with ideas to help develop your child’s literacy and language skills.  As you will see, parents can use everyday experiences to build language and vocabulary to promote literacy.

Welcome Olivia!!!

We are very excited to announce that Olivia Gabrielle Gearin was born on Monday, January 14 at 4:33 PM weighing 7lbs, 4oz and measuring 21 inches.  Mom, Dad, and baby are doing well.  Congratulations Jes!

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Kindergarten Registration

The following is a press release regarding kindergarten registration for the 2013-14 school year.


Burlington Public Schools

Student Information Office
123 Cambridge Street
Burlington, MA 01803

Phone (781) 270-8179

Fax (781) 229-4893


Registration of children entering Kindergarten in September 2013 will be held the following dates and times at the
elementary school they will be attending:

  • Francis Wyman School – February 4th, 5th, and 6th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Fox Hill School – February 7th and 8th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Memorial School – February 11th, 12th, and 13th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.
  • Pine Glen School – February 14th and 15th – 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.

If you are unable to attend registration for your child at the above dates and times, you may register your
child at The Student Information Office located at the Burlington High School beginning Monday, February
25, 2013 thru Friday, March 1, 2013 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. We will also hold registration
during the evening of February 27, 2012 between the hours of 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Please refer to the link for a list of street address and elementary school listings.

A child entering kindergarten must have attained the age of five by August 31, 2013. At the time of registration,
parents are required to bring:

  • Original birth certificate for your child.
  • Two proofs of residency need to be provided in the Town of Burlington. This requirement can be satisfied
  • with: settlement document on a new home, presentation of a lease, a recent utility bill, bank statement,
  • payroll records, insurance bill, DTA benefit verifications.
  • Medical forms with current physical and up-to-date immunizations must be completed by your physician
  • and returned to school two (2) days prior to the opening of school. Children will not be able to attend
  • school in September 2013 unless a complete medical form is provided. Your family physician
  • must detail that your child has been given the following immunizations and also indicate the dates the
  • immunizations were given:

-5 doses Diphtheria, Pertussis, and Tetanus (DTaP)
-4 doses Polio
-3 doses Hepatitis B
-2 doses Measles, Mumps, Rubella (MMR)
-2 doses of Varicella Vaccine or Chicken Pox disease
-Proof of Lead Screening
-Vision and Hearing Screening

The medical forms can be picked up at registration or by referring to the following links:


Therapist Blog

The BECC has a new resource for our parents.  Our speech, occupational, physical, and behavior therapists have started the “BECC Therapist Blog”.  Each week you will see a different post regarding speech and language, motor, and social skill development.  Our therapists will take turns posting on this blog each week.  We hope that you will find these ideas and activities helpful to connect school and home.

Here is the link:

The first post will be Friday, January 18.  Enjoy!

Message from the School Nurse

With the increase in flu cases reported in Massachusetts, I wanted to pass along this link regarding information from the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and Centers for Disease Control.

We have not experienced an increase in cases here,  but I though you would find this information helpful.  If you are calling your child out sick, please let us know the symptoms that your child is experiencing (e.g., fever, cough, etc.)

Thank you,

Jessica Gearin, R.N., B.S.N.



Helpful Hints for Cold and Flu Season

It’s that time of year when we start to see colds and flu making an appearance.  We have been getting phone calls regarding when to send children to school and when to keep them home.  Our nurse, Jessica Gearin, though it would helpful to share the district guidelines with you.


Below please find a few guidelines for you to follow when your child becomes sick. These guide lines can be helpful when deciding whether or not to keep your child home from school. They have been put in place to ensure the health and well being of all Burlington students and staff.

 Red Light Symptoms: Children don’t attend school! Fever (100 or higher), diarrhea, vomiting, and sore throats (sore throats could be strep which is highly contagious). These are the big four to keep your child at home. Children need to free from these symptoms for 24 hours before returning to school. Also, if a child is taking an antibiotic they need to be on it for a full 24 hours before returning to school. If your child has any type of flu symptoms, fever, chills, low energy, please keep them home from school.

 Yellow Light Symptoms: Children could or couldn’t attend school, you need to use your best judgment. If your child has cold symptoms and you feel they should go to the doctor, please keep them home from school. If your child has a runny nose that is green and thick and a hacking cough,they should stay home. If your child has a bad cold, has no energy and requires any type of medicine to get through the day, they should probably stay home: Remember children are not available to learn if they aren’t feeling well.

 Green Light Symptoms: Children can attend school. Your child has allergies and has a clear runny nose or cough. Your child has been sick but has been symptom free or on antibiotics for 24 hours.

We request that you call your child in sick if they are going to miss school at 781-270-1808. Please include in your message what is wrong with your child. This is helpful for us to track different types of colds, viruses and infections going around.


Reading Resources

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone had a fun and relaxing break.  I wanted to share a link from the New York Public Library with you.  The NYPL librarians compiled list of books for children that are creative, humorous, imaginative, mysterious, and make for exciting reading experiences.

Below you will find the link to the picture books listed under “Children’s Books 2012:  100 Titles for ReAding and Sharing”.  Enjoy!

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