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A note from Dr. Kosena

Hello Flynn Falcon Families,

This bitter cold weather serves as a reminder that we live in Colorado and can experience adverse weather. Sometimes we even have to call "snow days" and cancel school to ensure our students and staff stay safe and avoid being out in the elements. In previous years, our snow days were a day off from school. One silver lining from the past year of COVID-interrupted schooling, is we were forced to learn how to do schooling from home. Luckily, Westminster Public Schools had been forward planning and was ready to distribute a Chromebook to every student last spring. As you know, this personal Chromebook remained in place this school year and allowed us to continue schooling remotely during our extended shutdown in November and December. This experience along with every WPS student having a Chromebook presents new opportunities for us not possible before.

One of these is the ability to no longer miss a day of learning because of inclement weather. I'm keeping my fingers crossed that we will not experience any snow days this year, because I'm personally pretty well tired of winter, but if we do, we will run the same remote schedule we did during our extended COVID closure instead of cancelling school for the day. I know this news will be hard for many of our students to hear, but hopefully ending our day at 2:00p will still allow time for kids to get outside, make snowmen, and enjoy the winter wonderland a big storm brings, while also ensuring they don't lose another day of school.

Although weather forecasting is getting better each year, it is still unpredictable. Toward this end, we will continue to have kids take their Chromebooks home with them each day to be charged at home and ready for use the next day, whether that be here at Flynn in the classroom, or at home during one of our Colorado blizzards.

One of my favorite expressions is, "The only thing that remains constant is change itself". As we continue to recover from the COVID pandemic, I know we will see that many of the changes we've experienced in the past year will permanently alter the way things "used to be". I guess we can put the beloved snow day into this category...for better or worse.

Happy Valentine's Day everyone. I hope you all enjoy the holiday weekend and see you all back here next week.

Dr. Kosena

Upcoming Dates This Month

Friday, February 12th: Picture Re-takes

Monday, February 15th: President's Day (No school)

Monday, February 22nd: Parent/Teacher Conferences 2p-6p

Wednesday, February 24th: Parent/Teacher Conferences 4p-8p

Monday, March 22nd through Friday, March 26th: Spring Break (No school)

Additional Announcements

  • Chromebooks Charged and Ready: Please ensure your student(s) bring a fully charged Chromebook to school every day
  • Free and Reduced Lunch Applications: Please be sure to complete your household's Free and Reduced Lunch application if you have not done so already. Even if you don't believe your family will qualify, Flynn receives additional funding and grant opportunities based on these applications, so 100% completion by all families is important. You can complete the application online by clicking here.
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