March 26, 2021
April 1- Flynn PTO Meeting-6PM
April 2- Deadline for SOAR Registration (Summer Program)
April 5-Family Placement Input Forms Due
April 9- Virtual Author Visit with Jason Chin
April 12- Story Walk Begins
April 13-Take Home Maker Faire
April 15-Yearbook Order Forms Due
April 16- CliF 4th Book Give Away
April 19-23- Spring Break-No School
April 28-Principal Coffee, 8:15-9:00
May 6- Early Release School ends at 11:30 am/ No Burlington Kids/No Pre K
May 6-Flynn PTO Meeting-6PM
We need your photos of our students for the yearbook. Please send us photos of our remote students as they are trying to navigate learning at home. Also, please send us photos of our in-person students during their Wednesday remote learning activities.
2021/2022 Family Placement Input Form
Dear Flynn Families:
It’s that time of year when we begin preparing class lists for the next school year. As we begin this process we take into account our goal to create balanced classrooms for our students. Below you will find some of the variables we consider in our decisions:
The objective is to place students with a teacher in a balanced class that will support their learning and growth. At Flynn we are very fortunate to have an exceptional group of teachers and staff working with our students and families.
We need your input as well. On the reverse of this letter you’ll find the “Family Placement Input Form”. This form is not intended for requesting a teacher, rather it gives you the opportunity to share valuable information about your child. We do our best to match your child’s needs and your suggestions. Unfortunately, we can’t guarantee that every request is honored.
Please return the form to the current classroom teacher by Monday, April 5. While the information will be used for placement considerations, ultimately they will be forwarded to your child’s next year teacher once class lists are finalized, which we anticipate by the beginning of June.
Thank you for taking the time to complete the form, and for all you do to support the Flynn School!
Forms will be sent home on Friday, March 26.
Upcoming Author/Illustrator Visit and Window StoryWalk
Covid restrictions haven’t stopped us from finding creative ways to celebrate reading and writing! On Friday, April 9, we will have a virtual visit with author/illustrator Jason Chin. Jason is a notable, award-winning author that writes and illustrates books about science and nature. He will share his experience and process with students and guide them through an interactive activity.
Next, during the week of April 12 students will get to explore a story walk with the book Water is Water, written by Miranda Paul and illustrated by Jason Chin. We will place single pages of the books in windows throughout the school and the children will walk around the school, window to window, to enjoy the pages of the book. The playful, predictable text and beautiful illustrations are sure to delight readers young and old. A follow-up writing activity may inspire budding writers in our school to start their own book.
Families are invited to enjoy the window walk during spring break. Start at the front door on North Ave and follow the signs to the end of the book!
On Friday, April 16 we will wrap up our school week with CLiF book giveaway #4 to stock up the students with good books for spring break to enjoy with their families. Once again we are grateful for all of these opportunities from the Children's Literacy Foundation Year of the Book program.
Preparing the book for the Window StoryWalk
2nd Grade Hermit Crabs
Ms. Bloomberg’s 2nd grade class has been piloting an integrated STEAM program with Ms. Warf. As a class, we studied habitats and then asked students to create a habitat for hermit crabs. We researched, planned, and then built the habitats, which were all connected through tunnels. After the hermit crabs arrived, we wrote down data and observations about which habitat the hermit crabs chose. After a week, we analyzed the data and had a discussion about the patterns we noticed. Then, we had a chance to update the habitats to see if the hermit crabs would visit them more often.
First Grade Phases of the Moon Celebration
Firefly of the Week
As part of our ongoing efforts to promote, teach, and encourage positive behavior we have renewed our Firefly of the Week recognition program at J.J. Flynn School. Teachers nominate students that make positive behavior choices. Each day selected students are announced over the intercom with a brief explanation of their behavior. Some students have been recognized for, ‘never giving up when the work gets challenging’ or ‘kindly offering to help students or staff’ or ‘making great progress on their goals’. Students receive a lanyard with a badge, certificate, and get their photo added to the Firefly of the Week bulletin board. Thanks to the generosity of local businesses, each student receives a coupon for a treat at Mobil Short Stop or a creemee at The Bagel Cafe & Deli. We are grateful for the support from Mobil Short Stop and The Bagel Cafe & Deli. Overall this effort has increased the number of smiles and heightened our awareness of the positive, wonderful young people in our school that serve as important role models in our community.
Week 1- Fireflies of the Week!
Week 2- Fireflies of the Week!
SOAR Summer Program
The Burlington School District is happy to be able to provide the S.O.A.R. (Summer Opportunities Academics & enRichment) Program this summer. In this program, participants will gain critical reading and math skills through five weeks of high-quality project-based academic offerings and theme-based enrichment activities, all designed to prevent summer learning loss.
The program is open to students currently in kindergarten through grade five who meet one or more of the following criteria:
● below standard in math or literacy, or
● eligible for free or reduced school lunch, or
● receive Title, English Learner or Special Education services.
DATES / TIMES / LOCATION:
● June 28 - July 29
● Monday - Thursday, 9AM - 1PM
● C.P. Smith Elementary School
● S.O.A.R. is a FREE program.
● Breakfast and lunch served.
● Transportation is available
CRITICAL HEALTH DETAILS:
● Daily health checks will occur for all students and staff
● Masks will be required for all students and staff
● Staff will remain with the same group for the duration of the program
Registration is through PowerSchool
Registration deadline: APRIL 2nd
Completion of registration form does not guarantee enrollment in the program.
Families will be notified of acceptance in mid-April. A waitlist will be established if needed
PowerSchool Registration Instructions:
If you have a PowerSchool Account:
1. Sign in to PowerSchool: https://psapp.bsdvt.org/public/home.html (Note that this cannot be done using the PowerSchool App. Computers are available at all schools for parents/guardians to access.)
2. Look for your student’s name on the bar in the upper left corner, click on their name, click “Forms” on the left side menu.
3. Scroll down to the S.O.A.R. section of forms and click on the “Welcome and Information” form to begin the application process.
4. Fill in all information on all forms to submit the application. Be sure to click “Submit” at the bottom of all forms. The red bar to the right of the S.O.A.R. section will turn fully green when all sections have been completed.
5. You will need to complete a separate application for each student. If the names of your other students do not appear, call the school and ask for their “Access ID and Access Password”. Then, in PowerSchool, go to:
a. "Account Preferences" on the menu on the left side,
b. Click on "Students",
c. Click "Add Student",
d. Enter your student's name, their Access ID and Access Password,
e. Select your relationship to the student through the Relationship drop down
f. You may now select the student to complete a S.O.A.R. application
If you DO NOT have a PowerSchool Account:
1. Contact the school for an Access ID and Access Password for each student. The Access ID and Access Password are not the same as your PowerSchool Username and Password. The access information is used to add a student to your account. The username and password are used to log into PowerSchool.
2. Sign in to PowerSchool: https://psapp.bsdvt.org/public/home.html (Note that this cannot be done using the PowerSchool App. Computers are available at all schools for parents/guardians to access.)
3. Click on the “Create Account” tab, then click on the “Create Account” button.
4. There are two sections to this form. The top section is to enter your account details and the bottom section is to enter student information. Enter the information under the Parent Account Details.
5. Scroll down until you see the student fields. Enter your student’s name, then enter the Access ID and Access Password below.
6. If you are applying for more than one student, you will need a separate Access ID and Access Password for each student.
7. Once you have completed the steps above, click “Enter”. This will bring you back to the Student and Parent Sign-In Page, where you will enter your new username and password.
8. Follow the steps above to complete the S.O.A.R. application(s).