December 16th, 2022
Happy Snow Day!
12/22- 2nd Annual Celebration of Light- Volunteers Needed Here
12/22-11:30 Early Release-No Burlington Kids/No Sara Holbrook
12/23-1/2-Winter Recess/ No School
1/3-Back to School-Happy New Year!
1/5-PTO Meeting- 6:30-7:30 Meetings are held in-person in the Flynn library or via Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/fuj-omkp-bnv). Childcare is provided by the wonderful Ms. Wanda!!
1/12- Chess Club Start date postponed until we have Volunteers in place
1/16-Martin Luther King Day- 11:30 Release- No Burlington Kids-No Sara Holbrook
1/20-Traditions Family Dinner/K-2 Art Show 5-7 PM
Flynn Fire Fly Celebration of Light
IT CAN BE HARD TO BE A FIREFLY
in the Dark of December
The Darkest Day of December approaches but with it comes the
FLYNN FIREFLY CELEBRATION OF LIGHT!!
On Thursday, December 22, the Flynn School Community will imagine the warmer, sunnier days that lie ahead by heading to “the beach.”
In connection with this event, we have several requests:
Join us! Sign up to help out on:
Wednesday night, Dec. 21, from 6-7:30pm for some top secret decorating and set-up projects
Thursday, Dec. 22 from 7:45-11:45 to support or even lead an activity with students.
Let us borrow by delivering to school on Monday, Dec. 19 or Tuesday, Dec. 20:
Colorful beach towels
Low beach chairs
Fun-shaped hole punches
Strings of holiday lights
(all items clearly labeled with your name and child’s teacher)
Feel free to email Amy Cudney, email@example.com with questions!
Video Made by our own 5th Graders
From the Principal
Greetings Flynn Families,
As we move into our final school week of 2022, I am left reflecting on all the strengths and assets of our community! Flynn students and staff care deeply about each other, meaningful learning, and being reflective thinkers.
In 2022, we identified 5 key values that are important to us as a school (Joy, Friendship, Accountability, Growth, and Curiosity), and those values have been driving how we show up for each other every single day. Rather than leaning into a system of material rewards and punishments as may have been the culture of the past, students have been learning about how to align their behaviors and actions with the values that our community collectively aims to live. This has had a momentus impact on behavior overall in the building for both students and adults - because we know who we are at Flynn Elementary School.
Now that we have a clear understanding of who we strive to be, we will continue working on building out our culture of learning and commitment to each other. I am so grateful to have joined Flynn this year, and I am looking forward to where we go next in 2023.
Attendance Policy Updates
Burlington School District recently revised their attendance and truancy policies. Our goal is for Flynn students to be in school as much as possible.
For students with 5 or more absences this school year (unexcused or excused), myself and our school counselors will begin reviewing attendance on a monthly basis. Families will receive letters in the mail for 5, 10, and 15 or more absences.
At 10 or more absences, myself and our school counselors will review the absences for each student and make a determination about next steps. If the absences demonstrate a pattern or trend over the course of weeks/months, myself or our school counselors will reach out to families to find a comfortable time and place to meet to talk about supporting you and your child, and removing barriers to accessing school consistently.
We want to emphasize that this process will not be about punishment - rather, we want to be supportive of families who may be struggling with extenuating circumstances that create challenges to being in school. Our goal is to help remove some of those barriers and connect families with in school and outside of school resources. -- Nikki Ellis (they/them) Principal Flynn Elementary School
Nikki Ellis (they/them)
Flynn Elementary School
Teacher Wish List
If you have been looking for a way to support a classroom here at JJ Flynn Elementary School, stop by the wish list in the front lobby. Items needed for classrooms are listed on hangtags. Participating is easy! Choose a classroom or teacher to support, take a tag, shop for the item listed, and send it into school with your child!
Thank you so much for making teachers wishes come true and supporting our students with the best possible resources!
The JJ Flynn PTO”
BHS Students visit Flynn!
BHS computer science students developed and programmed games for some of our students! Mr. Mack’s class and a group of 4th and 5th grade students met with their high school partners a few times to plan and test the game. High school students first interviewed their elementary partners and used that information to guide their game design. We met again last week and the high school students shared their games with our students. Flynn students gave feedback on what they liked about the game and what they wanted to change. The partners then worked together to program some of those changes in Scratch. Thank you to Nora LaCasse, the BHS teacher who made this collaboration happen! Here are some student thoughts on the project:
It was fun to be able to work with kids from different schools and see how they were able to code because we just started coding so it was cool to see how advanced we could get.
Melodie, Ms. Campanelli’s class
What I liked about my game was that my partner made me. He made it based on what I liked from the survey. - Edin, Mr. Mack’s class
My favorite thing in general was probably the end where they let us make a game. I also really liked when we would just joke around and they showed us games they made and we showed games we made and they were way worse because we’ve barely been coding.
Lily, Mr. Brown’s class
I liked my high schooler because he was funny. - Chrissy, Ms. Simmons class
I liked that we got to customize the games and when they showed us the games we got to give them our thoughts and share what we wanted to change about it. - Maggie, Mr. Brown’s class
Food Drive Continues
We are continuing our food drive until December 21st. We would like to help our Flynn Families through the upcoming winter break.
Mac and Cheese
If you are in need of food please contact Emily Russen ( firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Jill Everett (Jeverett@bsdvt.org), our school counselors.
In PE the past few weeks our amazing students have been using scooters! We have learned how to ride scooters on our bottoms, knees and bellies! This has led us into a new game at Flynn called Scooter Hockey!! See below some pictures of the game being played! Flynn students have enjoyed playing scooter hockey with lots of skills and laughs in the gym!
We also have added a positivity bucket in PE! Any student can leave or take a note! See below some kids leaving kind notes for other students!
Interested in the Flynn PTO? If you are an adult in the life of a Flynn student, you are already a
member! We invite you to participate in the PTO in a way that works for you!
Here is the link to our meeting minutes from our meetings this year:
Our next meeting is Thursday, January 5th at 6:30 pm. Meetings are held in-person in the Flynn
library or via Google Meet (https://meet.google.com/fuj-omkp-bnv). Childcare is provided by
the wonderful Ms. Wanda!!
Choose J.J. Flynn as your AmazonSmile beneficiary. When you shop on Amazon, a percentage of
what you spend gets donated to the PTO at NO cost to you!
How to use AmazonSmile on a web browser:
- Visit smile.amazon.com
- Sign in with the same account you use for Amazon.com
- Select your charity
- Start shopping! Remember to checkout at smile.amazon.com to generate donations for your chosen charity.
Tip: Add a bookmark to make it easier to shop at smile.amazon.com.
How to use AmazonSmile using the Amazon app on your mobile phone:
- Open the Amazon Shopping app
- Navigate to the main menu (≡)
- Tap on Settings and then select “AmazonSmile”
- Select your charity and then follow the on-screen instructions to turn ON AmazonSmile in the mobile app.
Once AmazonSmile has been activated in your app, future eligible app purchases will generate a
donation for the charity you have selected.
Note: The tablet app is not yet supported. Please visit smile.amazon.com/onthego to learn
Donate via Venmo. The PTO is a non-profit organization that relies on fundraising to continue
its support of the Flynn community. If you are able to give a monetary donation to support the
PTO programming, then it’s easy—scan, donate, done! Our Venmo account is @jjflynnpto.
Scan those Box Tops!
Click this link to download the app: https://www.boxtops4education.com/s/get-the-app
When prompted to find a school, type in the zip code ‘05408’ and choose Flynn from the
choices and you are ready to start scanning those receipts!