Flynn Flyer

October 23,2020

Upcoming Events

October 26-Picture Day

October 30 -Cliff Book Giveaway

November 1-Daylight Savings Time-Turn Clocks Back One Hour

November 5-Monthly PTO Meeting 6:00

November 12- Principal Coffee 5 P.M.

November 20-Report Cards Go Home

November 23 and 24- Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual)

November 23-27- No School Thanksgiving Break

Special “Treat” for Flynn Readers!

This small red car is chock full of books for each Flynn student. The Year of the Book grant from the Children’s Literacy Foundation (CLiF) included hundreds of books arrived for our pre K - 5 students.

We will hold our “Fall for Books” event on Friday, Oct 30 where each student will be able to choose two books to take home. A committee of Flynn staff is planning this fun, socially distanced event to encourage literacy and celebrate the fall season. We hope that you and your child enjoy reading these books together!

Picture Day is Monday October 26th for ALL Students

Please remember to send your order forms in on Monday. All students will receive a class photo. If you do not order a packet you will receive a 3.5 X 5 photo of your child. Extra order forms are available.

Morning Drop Off

At morning drop off , please make sure your child is ready to get a temperature check by having a mask on and by having all their belongings ready to exit the vehicle once the adult has completed the temperature check . This will allow us to keep the line moving and not cause a traffic jam on North Avenue .

Principal Coffee and Flynn PTO Meeting

Monthly PTO Meeting

Thursday November 5th at 6:00 P.M.

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

‪US‬)‪+1 219-281-4434‬

PIN: ‪558 508 142#‬

Principal Coffee

Thursday November 12 5:00

Follow this link to join the coffee:

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 224-701-0029‬

PIN: ‪323 012 351#‬

Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences Monday and Tuesday November 23rd and 24th.

More information will be coming soon on how to sign up for this year's virtual conferences.

Library News

The Library-less Librarian’s

September 2020 Book Circulation Report

Amy Cudney, J.J. Flynn School Librarian

How do you let students choose the library books they want to read without ever stepping foot in the library? This is not a riddle, unfortunately, but an actual question to which we have developed several different answers during this first month back at school!


Our youngest readers have been asked to choose which animal they would most like to read about using an interest inventory. Kindergartners circled a picture of either a whale, a horse or a bear, and first graders chose between a penguin, a cat, or a monkey. Once the librarians knew their animal choices, we selected both a fiction book and a non-fiction title which featured that animal. 96 books went home to our kindergarten families with horses being the most read about animal. 72 books went home with first grade readers with cats being the most popular animal.


3rd, 4th, and 5th graders had the opportunity to book “shop” from a new mobile book cart filled with three categories from our non-fiction section of the library. “Inspiring People to Meet” offered biographies of artists, scientists, athletes, leaders, artists and more. “Fun and Clever Things to Do” included cookbooks, magic tricks, drawing, science experiments, origami, hairstyling, and crafts. “Cool Places to Visit” allowed readers to travel to famous buildings and monuments, mountains, cities, states, countries, and a variety of habitats. All told 210 books went home from this cart with books that offered activities students could DO on their remote days as the leading category!


Second graders (who spent the first few weeks of school with an actual librarian in their classrooms every day) learned to use the library online catalog to do subject searches as a way of finding books about their interests. Students recorded the title and the call number for 63 books about everything from flamingoes to robots and diving to dinosaurs that the librarians then found and delivered.

IN TOTAL...Altogether, we’ve circulated 441 books during our first three weeks of school. Special thanks to our wonderful library assistant Ms. Livingston who scanned, stamped the due date, and bagged all these books for students to take home! We love our enthusiastic readers!


  • All books are checked out for a two week period and are stamped with the due date near the front cover of the book.

  • Books can be returned to a designated spot in the student’s classroom whenever a student feels done with them.

  • Returning books will be quarantined for a minimum of 3 days before being scanned back into the system to be available to the next reader.

  • Parents and caregivers are also invited to open a library account at school! Please don’t hesitate to contact your librarian for help selecting library books to supplement the reading material you have for your student at home.

PE News

By Maggie Dimasi

Flynn PE Teacher

K-2 classrooms received an amazing donation through a DonorsChoose project run by Ms. DiMasi, Mrs. Haggerty and Ms. Tinson. They were able to fundraise over $1,700 dollars to help buy seated pads for students to sit on while learning inside and outside the classroom. Here are some fun pictures! Thank you to all who donated!

Parents: Burlington School District is looking for substitutes.

More Information Here

Daylight Savings is November 1st!

Set your clocks back one hour!

Information for Families Return to School Following Illness

Traveling Outside of Vermont: Important Guidelines to Follow

Are you and your family thinking about traveling outside of Vermont? If so, here is a link to the Vermont Travel map that shows cases per million; it is color coded and intended to be used to

determine if you need to quarantine upon return or not.

What are the quarantine guidelines when returning to Vermont?

  • If traveling by personal vehicle to a county with less than 400 active cases per one million residents of COVID-19 (GREEN area on the map) , you do not have to quarantine once returning to VT.

  • If traveling to a county with more than 400 active cases per one million residents of COVID-19 (YELLOW or RED areas on the map), you must quarantine for a total of 14 days or 7 days with a negative COVID test.

  • Traveling by airplane, regardless of the color of the place you are traveling to, is considered high risk and the same quarantining guidelines should be followed as traveling to a RED area.

What if the color changes in the county you’re visiting before you return to Vermont; what do you do?

  • If the color changes — Please use the color of the county on the day you leave VT to help you determine whether or not you need to quarantine when you return to VT.
  • What does this mean?

An example: You plan to travel and are leaving today. You check to see what the color of the county you’re traveling to is and it’s GREEN. It is now Sunday and you’re planning to travel home but you notice the county you have been in all weekend is all of a sudden red. As long as you have traveled in your personal/private vehicle, you do not need to quarantine once you’re back in VT since the color was green when you left VT.

Are you hosting friends/family from another county and are unsure as to whether or not your household (not your guests) should be quarantining as well?

  • Hosting friends/family members from outside of VT — While your guests may need to quarantine based on what color the county is that they’re traveling from, you and your family who reside within the household do not need to quarantine as well. Quarantining guidelines are only applicable to the traveler, and therefore students CAN still come to school when someone in the house has traveled from any other area.
  • This also applies to family members who may have traveled. The family member who traveled should follow quarantine guidelines. Those who stayed home can still go to school and out into the community as usual, but the person who traveled should not.

Please note: Be sure to maintain at least 6-feet distance from those who have traveled and wear masks when in common spaces (even inside your home) where social distancing is not possible. Remember to frequently wash your hands as well as frequently touched surfaces (e.g. bathroom, kitchen) until the end of the quarantine period (either 14 days or 7 days followed by a negative COVID-19 test).

2020-2021 YMCA Schoolage Program at St. Marks

2020-2021 Y Schoolage Program St. Marks

The Y School Age Program at St. Marks in Burlington is open. During the increased number of hours that children are not in school, the Y can offer a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for them to learn and have fun.

We will operate an afterschool program, closing at 6pm, on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. The cost is as follows: $35 for 1 day per week, $59 for 2 days, $71 for 3 days, and $82 for 4 days.

On Wednesdays we will operate a full-day programs from 8:30 am to 5:30 pm. The cost is $65.

As both offerings are state-licensed programs, State Subsidy can be used by eligible families.

Our school age program will:

• Offer a place where children can complete their remote
work with educators.

• Support and further their learning.

• Engage them in fun, hands-on inquiry-based learning
through play, STEAM activities, and peer interactions.

We have limited spots available to first come, first served and families must sign up for the same days each week.
** State Subsidy accepted **

Located: 21 Dodds Court, Burlington, VT 05408

Register Here

Sarah Holbrook Community Center

During the first month of the 2020 school year the Sara Holbrook Community Center has been able to offer a full day elementary support program to our students that were in need of support during remote learning days.As students go back to full-day, in person, learning, we will be adjusting our model to fit the needs of families by offering our elementary afterschool enrichment program with the addition of FULL DAY program on Wednesdays. The Elementary Program is for children enrolled in Kindergarten through 5th grade. We will be providing all day childcare for when students are not in school.Below I have listed some of the program details.

Program Hours: Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 3:00pm-5:30pm. Wednesday: 9:00am-4:00pm.

Cost: Please make payment each Monday for upcoming week

After School- Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday: $25 per day

Full Day- Wednesday: $46 per day

Subsidy and Scholarships are available

Program Begins: Monday, October 26th

Our program follows the Burlington School District Calendar. When school is closed or canceled there is no program.

Transportation will be available from the schools to our center.Parents see your child's front office for the transportation form.

Registration Form Here