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New Student/Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018


  • Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens on January 3, 2017 and closes on February 24, 2017.

  • To register click here. Starting January 3rd

  • To find out more information about all of our schools and the registration process click here.


If you would like to visit our school, here are this year's tour dates:

Monday, January 9, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 2, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.

Please call the school at 864-8478 to let us know that you are coming.

If these dates cannot work for you, please call for a tour by appointment.

February is Black History Month
Whereas Black History is American History and should be acknowledged not just in February alone, Black History Month is an opportunity to honor and highlight the contributions and legacies of Black and African American people throughout history. We strive for an inclusive approach and the day that we no longer need to remind ourselves to integrate the curriculum. Black History Month is also a time to be reflective about the affirmation of the voices that have traditionally been left out of our history.
Here is a great collection of resources including ready-to-use lesson plans and student activities. There are also collection guides and research aids to use with the many, many primary sources offered from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art and National Park Service.

Message from Superintendent
Message to Students and Families from Superintendent Yaw Obeng
January 30, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing to let you know that today, and every day, the Burlington School District welcomes ALL students, from every background, faith, language group and national origin. We promise to keep all students safe in our schools, and to continue to teach them to the best of our ability. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly, through your school leader, or through your Multilingual Liaison.
Title I and PTO meeting
Join us on Thursday, February 2nd for the Annual Title I meeting and our monthly PTO meeting.
Flynn Library
Provided: babysitting, pizza and dessert!
5:30-6:15 p.m. Review Title I policy, Home-School Compact, and BSD's Parent Involvement Policy
6:15-6:30 p.m  Dinner
6:30-8:00 p.m. PTO Meeting

Great Kindness Challenge
NO SCHOOL on January 16th and January 19th for Flynn students.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is returning to JJ Flynn and we need COACHES!
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each ten week session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
GOTR is a spring program that starts at the end of March and runs through the first week of June.  Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each.  You do not need to have running experience to coach! 
We appreciate our GOTR coaches for their time, energy and dedication to this program!
Visit us at www.gotrvt.org to find out more or contact Jenny Fuller, Program Administrator, at jenny@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802.099.7941 for more information.
jenny fuller  |  northern vt program administrator
Peter Katz, Generator Artist in Residence
Winter Wonderful
5th Grade Rocket Launch Dec 21, 2016
Come Retrieve Items from the Lost and Found by Thursday!
The Jenkins' 2/3 Crew has been busy organizing the many items in the Flynn lost and found. We appreciate their service to the school! Now is a great time to come and retrieve missing items before the holiday break. Items still here after Thursday will be donated to charity.  Click to watch their public service announcement below. 

If you cannot see/view the embedded video below, use the following link instead:

Hour of Code

What are YOU coding this week?

Flynn Firefly Food Drive

During the upcoming season of giving, our wonderful Flynn School Community has decided to collect canned and boxed food for our local food shelf!  Our kind-hearted and respectful Flynn students need your help too.

Please help your children to remember to bring in canned and/or boxed food from Monday, November 28th - Monday, December 19th. Items will be collected in each classroom then gathered near the Kindergarten/multi-purpose room entrance so that everyone can see how very generous Flynn Fireflies are and how every little bit of giving helps others in our community.  

The Flynn Staff feels very fortunate to be a part of our generous community.  In lieu of gifts to us, please consider donating to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf on our behalf.


Sunflower Art
Kindergarten classes investigated sunflowers in art. They looked carefully at real sunflower parts and whole sunflowers. They even made playdough impressions of the texture of a sunflower head.  Children looked at sunflower paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, then painted petals and seeds to create beautiful flower heads.

Harvest Food Drive

Flynn School's Annual Harvest Food Drive is November 1-18. If you wish to donate canned goods or Hannaford gift cards, we are collecting contributions in our Main Office. All food collected will go to Flynn Families.  Please contact Liane Couture at 864-8445 if your family is in need of receiving food items this holiday season.
Teacher Conferences
Scheduling Your Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences
Flynn will continue to use the electronic scheduling system PTC Fast to schedule our November 2016 conferences.  This system will allow you to select the teacher(s) with whom you would like to conference.  By registering your email address, you will be able to view and select conference times that work best for your family.
If you have more than one child at Flynn School, you may begin scheduling your conferences on Friday, November 4th.  If you need to schedule conferences for more than one child, you should select (check) all teachers with whom you need to conference from the list of available teachers.  You will be prompted to enter your children's names for their corresponding teachers.  You can then proceed with registering your email address.  You will receive a link via email to access and email the teachers' schedules.  You will see all selected schedules at one time.
Follow this link to begin scheduling:
Supporting documentation can be found at:
Families that need to schedule for only one Flynn student may begin on Tuesday, November 8th.
If you are not able to access this online system and need help ,please call the Flynn Main Office (802-864-8478) to schedule a conference appointment with our Mrs. Karen Priebe, our Administrative Assistant.
Mulan Jr.

November 10 at 12:30 p.m.
November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
November 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
Playbills, flowers, and baked goods will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday performances.
Bottle Drive

Annual Bottle Drive
Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
802 Redemption Center, Hannaford Shopping Plaza
Help support our FLYNN PTO!
BSD Halloween Guidelines
Halloween Guidelines
October 30, 2016

This memo outlines District guidelines regarding Halloween activities to allow students to feel safe, respected and included.

Birding at Flynn

BurlingtonKids, Flynn and UVM Collaboration makes NBC National News

“Once a week, University of Vermont student Nathaniel Sharp trudges through Burlington's wildlife-rich Derway Island with the nature club from the J.J. Flynn Elementary School, hoping to spot a turkey vulture or a pileated woodpecker.” This is the opening line of a NBC News article posted today on their national website. Read the full article with great photos at this web page, http://nbcnews.to/2eaoPu0

Mandi Harris and Karlie Gunderson were so instrumental in organizing this collaboration which will run all year in its second year. Nancy Margolin oversees the program with Prof. O’Kane. Feel free to ask her more about it when you are in the Flynn library.
Our FALL Scholastic BOOK FAIR
will be Wednesday night,
October 26th from 5-7 p.m. in our multipurpose room. 

Click here for the online fair!
It opens October 19th and runs through November 3rd.
This is a super way to shop from home!

Your purchases will help us buy more great Flynn library books.
Thank you for supporting our library
and helping kids become strong readers!
School Picture Retakes
School Pictures Retakes
Monday, October 17th at 1:45 p.m.
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Try out this Animals and Science database with your family! Use it with Kindle, Mac, PC, iPAD, Android, and Kindle Fire HD tablet or Chromebook over any network with speakers or headphones. Need a username and password? Ask your child's teacher or stop in our library.
Movie Night
Join the Flynn PTO for "The Spiderwick Chronicles" movie night
Popcorn and water provided!
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23rd
Dot Day!
On Thursday, September 15th Make Your Mark with us.
Let's get Dotty together!

Back to School BBQ
Picture Day
School Picture Day has been rescheduled for
MONDAY, September 19th. Bring your smiles!
Welcome Back Fireflies!
Back to School Letter
August 15, 2016 - Click here to read Superintendent Yaw Obeng's letter to families. 
June in our Gardens
Come harvest a snack or a salad!
Free Summer Meals for Kids!
Free Summer Lunches in Burlington For All Kids 18 And Under!
BeginninMonday, June 20, lunch will be provided at no charge to kids 18 and under at a variety of Burlington Schools and other locations.
No fees. 
No registration. 
Just show up! 
For more information on dates and locations, call 802.864.8416 or visit www.bsdvt.org.
Call 2-1-1 for information on free summer lunches for kids across Vermont.
Text mealsVT to 877-877 for information on lunch sites nearest you.
Summer Reading with the Fletcher Free Library

Join the Fletcher Free Library Summer Reading Program. It's open to all kids and it's FREE! Go to http://www.btvsrp.com to sign up! Watch for Mr. Tim on the Bookmobile in your neighborhood, too, this summer with great books to read!
Outdoor Classroom Celebration
Thank you to the many volunteers who made our new outdoor classroom, fruit orchard, and south side gardens possible! 
*UVM Design and Build students, who created beautiful and creative designs for both the outdoor classroom and orchard
*Felix Wai and Carli Motto, Professor and TA of UVM’s  Design and Build Class,  who provided support during the project
*Mr. Clarke and the Outdoor Learning Committee: Ms. Asaro, Ms. Rebekah, Ms. Tinson, Ms. Dag, Mr. Abbey, and Mr. Mack
*Mustafa Semic, Shawn Vestrand, and John Benway (Property Services), who assembled benches
*Mustafa Semic and Mr. Tim, who are our outdoor learning heroes!  They dug holes, moved mulch, watered plants, weeded, and planted trees. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without them!!
*Christy Gallese (Burlington Afterschool), who provided some of the funds for this project
*Jessica Hyman and 10 “Day in the Dirt” volunteers: Ms. Noble, Ms. Rebekah, Mr. Tim, Ms. Karlie, Ms. Pecor, Ms. Jenkins, Mr. Clarke,  and Ms. Asaro
*Darren Martin (Blade Runners), who excavated the space for the outdoor classroom
*Libby Weiland and Vermont Community Garden Network, who provided funding for picnic tables and networking opportunities for future work
*Doug Davis and Sarah Huesner (Burlington Food Service), who planned for blueberry bushes and the cherry tree orchard
*Marty Spaulding and Leonard Smith (Property Services), who helped with building regulations and planning
*Sarah DeShaw; Kelly Brooks; Mason, Henry and Melissa Sweetser, who planted cherry trees donated by Branch Out Burlington
*Adam’s Berry Farm, which donated 10 blueberry bushes
Art by the Lake
Creating artwork beside our beautiful Lake Champlain

Summer Reading with the Fletcher Free Library
Thank you Ms. Rebecca and Mr. Robert for coming to Flynn today to tell us all about the On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program which kicks off June 13th.  Look for more information in your child's upcoming report card.

Firefly Gardeners
Vermont Substitute Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Denise Haggerty, Vermont Substitute Teacher of the Year! Denise has been recognized for this important award due to her consistently exemplary work supporting Flynn students. Denise’s application was supported by more than a dozen Flynn staff who wrote testimonials of her tremendous work. Thank you Denise for being such an important part of the education of Flynn students.
Day in the Dirt! April 30th
Thank you to our volunteers!
Superheroes Worthy of Recognition

Mandi Harris | Site Director, Flynn Elementary School, BurlingtonKids, Burlington, Vermont
Being a superhero in the field of afterschool means that you have to be strong with a variety of groups of people, not just the kids. When we read the submission about Mandi Harris, it was obvious that management, coworkers, and parents are big fans as well! Here's just a bit of what they had to say.

"The afterschool Site Director role is challenging and Mandi does it with commitment, grace and enthusiasm. It requires a great deal of balance between the relationship building and administrative management, which Mandi clearly recognizes. I have been tremendously impressed by Mandi's professionalism and skills that she displays with everyone she interacts with whether it is a challenging student, a family member, school staff, or one of her own staff members."—Christy Gallese, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities

"Mandi is a great leader for the Flynn afterschool team. She has set expectations high for staff and supports them to meet and exceed those expectations. She holds herself to those same expectations and leads by example."—A staff member

"Mandi is awesome. She is always positive and shows caring and concern where it applies. I can't say enough how much my daughter cares for her!" —A parent

Nominated by: Christy Gallese, Director of Expanded Learning Opportunities for the Burlington School District

- See more at: http://naaweb.org/about-us/awards-recognition/item/507-five-afterschool-super-heroes-worthy-of-recognition#sthash.OMQDKFpq.dpuf
The Flame Challenge
Flynn School to Participate in The Flame Challenge

J.J. Flynn Elementary School is 1 of 10 schools worldwide selected to Skype with Alan Alda and participate in The Flame Challenge on Tuesday, April 26th at noon.

The challenge:

“What is Sound?” That is the question that The Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science at Stony Brook University is challenging scientists to answer in video or written form for the Flame Challenge 2016.

The Flame Challenge is an international competition where scientists answer the question in a way that is most appropriate for 11-year-olds. Entries will be judged by thousands of 5th and 6th grade school children around the world.

Day in the Dirt
We have been chosen to by Vermont Community Gardens to receive support in installing our two new garden areas (orchard in front of school and outdoor classroom in courtyard) on Day in the Dirt on the morning of April 30th.  Yay Flynn!! This link http://vols.pt/2dZhBv allows you to sign up to volunteer.
Google Expeditions
Kids in grades 1-5 had a wonderful day at Flynn taking virtual field trips to the Galapagos, swimming with sharks, exploring the Seven New Wonders of the World, and looking at our moon!  Thank you Google Expeditions!
Hannaford Helps Reusable Bag Program
For the month of April, Flynn School will receive a $1.00 direct donation from each purchase of a blue Hannaford Helps reusable bag at the Hannaford store located at 1127 North Avenue, Suite 11 in Burlington.  Learn more here: wwww.hannaford.bags4mycause.com

Our Spring Scholastic Fair will be...
 this Tuesday night, April 12, 2016 from 5-7 p.m.
in our Flynn cafeteria!

You can click here for the online fair which will be open on April 7th.
Every purchase will support our school library.

We look forward to seeing your family there!
Children's Art Exhibition at City Hall
March is Youth Art Month! Flynn 5th grader, Chenoa Hunt's, artwork was chosen for the cover of the advertising posters! Mrs. Plumer selected a work of art by at least one child from each homeroom to participate in the exhibit. Our kids are really proud and excited! The award ceremony and reception was held on Tuesday, March 29th at 5:45 p.m. in the Contois Auditorium. 
Thank you for enjoying our Maker Faire!
Flynn Family Maker Faire!
Monday, March 28 from 5:30-7:15 pm
Join us for a STEAM event merging Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math through hands-on projects that blur boundaries.
Explore over 20 stations!
3D printing
Makey Makey Piano
Origami Insects
Smoothie Bikes
 Estimation Jar
(The winner this year will be given a free Dell tablet worth over $400!!)
 Also new this year--students and staff from Burlington Technical Center will be bringing a real-life jet engine to Flynn!  They will also have fingerprinting activities, and every student will receive a BTC-Maker Faire medallion printed off of their 3D printer!
Family SKATE Night
Family Skate Night at Leddy Park Ice Arena
Friday, March 18 from 5:30-7:00 p.m.
Skating is FREE!  
Food purchases will help raise funds for upcoming school field trips for our firefly learners!

Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!