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January 29th, 2021

January 4th-February 22- Kindergarten Registration (after this date, registration is on a rolling basis)

February 4th- PTO meeting 6:00

February 10-Student Council Meeting 2-2:45


February 17- Principal Coffee 8:15-9

Meeting ID

Phone Numbers

(‪US‬)‪+1 224-701-0029‬

PIN: ‪323 012 351#‬

February 19- Report Cards go home

February 19- 3rd Book Giveaway

February 22-March 2- Winter Break

March 3-Student Council Meeting 2-2:45

March 18- Early Dismissal 11:30-Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 19- No School- Parent/Teacher Conferences

Save the date!

Parent/Teacher conferences are March 18th (students dismissed at 11:30) and 19th ( no school for students). You will be able to sign up online after break. We will be sending more information in the near future.

Note to Parents regarding Flynn Waterbottles

There seems to be some confusion around the green Flynn water bottles. These bottles are meant to be at school for use during the day. They were sent home initially so that you could give them a wash before their first use and to note that they are NOT DISHWASHER SAFE!.
They will be sent home periodically for cleaning.

Please enjoy the video below starring Flynn's Student Council!

JJ Flynn MLK Day 2021


In December, 5th Graders at Flynn were fortunate enough to be able to participate in the Starbase VT program. This program, which has been a long-standing highlight of 5th grade year, provides students with the opportunity to visit the Starbase classroom on the Vermont Air National Guard Base. During the program students engage in exciting activity-based learning that raises their interest level and skills with STEM topics. The program’s focus is on the fields of physics, chemistry, technology, applied mathematics, Computer Aided Design (CAD) and the Engineering Design Process. Students get to participate in many fun and engaging activities such as designing a shuttle to protect an egg upon impact, experiments involving physical and chemical changes, designing a space station using CAD, fingerprint analysis, touring the “Bone Yard'' of retired planes on base, using Flight Simulator, building and launching rockets, and much more! A special thanks to 5th Grade families and Starbase Vermont for your generous donations toward transportation to make this dream a reality for our Flynn 5th Graders!

Thank you!

The gardening committee would like to say a huge thank you to Gardener's Supply! They donated $100.00 dollars towards our garden that will be kicking off this spring! We thank you dearly! We are beyond excited to start harvesting this spring!

Fridays are for Hot Chocolate

Last Friday Flynn Staff were treated to hot chocolate and marshmallows. Thank you to the Thomas-Demeritt Family and Mobile Short Stop for this wonderful treat.


A great big thank you to the Flynn PTO for buying JJ Flynn Hats for ALL students. They have all been labeled with students name and classroom. We are hoping to see a sea of Flynn hats outside for recess each day!

Kindergarten Registration


Registration for the 21-22 school year opens on January 4, 2021 and closes on February 22, 2021 (after this date, registration is on a rolling basis)

Welcome to Burlington Schools! The Burlington School District has six excellent elementary schools that families can choose from when registering their children. Please read below to learn more about these schools and then rank your preferences for which schools you would like your children to attend when you register online at the district website:, then going to “Students and Families” and then to “School Registration.” If you do not have access to a computer or need assistance you may stop by your neighborhood school where they can give you access to a computer and help you as needed with any questions.

How do we determine which elementary school a student will attend? We ask families to indicate a first, second and third choice school for their children. Enrollment is ultimately determined by school capacity or how many spots are available in schools, and if necessary, these factors: 1) Siblings. What elementary schools do any sisters or brothers attend? We try to keep families together if we can. 2) Family Income (magnet schools only). We want our schools to be as representative as possible of all families in the Burlington community. 3) Proximity. What schools are close to where you live? Please note that middle school placement is based upon your home address and is not based on where your child attends elementary school.

Registration for the current 2020-21 school year is now on a rolling basis. Registration for the 2021-22 school year opens on January 4, 2021, and closes on February 26, 2021, with school placement notification sent out no later than the week of April 26, 2021. If there are more First Choice registrations than there are spots, we will look at families’ Second and Third Choices. When a student does not receive their First Choice school, a district employee will contact the family to discuss their options for schools.* Applications received after February 26, 2021, will be considered based upon available space.


Learn about the day in the life of a kindergartener. In a normal year we would extend the offer to join us at an information session in your community and at each school, where you could hear from kindergarten teachers, talk to our Afterschool team, connect with our Preschool director, and ask questions of the registration team. Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, we are offering alternatives to learn more about our schools. By the end of January, 2021 we will be offering pre-recorded and live introductions to the kindergarten experience and to each individual school. Please check back in late January on our website, this page and Front Porch Forum for more information.


Champlain Elementary: Champlain’s mission is to provide opportunities for students to achieve their personal best, become responsible and productive citizens, and embrace lifelong learning. Striving for academic excellence in our caring, diverse learning community represents our highest ideal. Champlain’s faculty, families, and community partners plant and harvest together in our school gardens and cook healthy treats in our classrooms with a mobile kitchen. Our students learn in our forest and outdoor classroom, and especially enjoy our annual fall Harvest Fest and community focused events. Located in the South End of Burlington at 800 Pine Street, Champlain serves approximately 260 students K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit, where you can read the principal’s blog and Champlain’s Family Handbook. Feel free to contact Principal Joe Resteghini at 864-8477 or, see also the Champlain Community Facebook page to get a sense of community and read the Blue Notes.

C.P. Smith Elementary: C.P. Smith Elementary School is a Grades K-5 school of approximately 260 students located on Ethan Allen Parkway in Burlington's New North End. Since 1959, we have worked hard to build a learning community that is respectful, responsible, and safe for all who come through our doors. We offer equal amounts of academic rigor and joy in a wide variety of hands-on learning activities. A focus on science, the environment and place-based education engages students in learning using the Ethan Allen Woods, the Community Sailing Center, Star Base, Shelburne Museum, and Shelburne Farms and other exciting venues in our area as extended classrooms. C.P. Smith serves a diverse population of students and strives to make sure each one of our students becomes an inquisitive learner and contributing citizen. We engage parents and guardians as vital partners in the education of their children. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit or contact Principal Len Phelan at 864-8479 or

Edmunds Elementary: Edmunds Elementary School is a Grades K-5 school of approximately 250 students that has been recognized as an Exemplar School by the State of Vermont five consecutive years, for our achievements in our climate and academics. We work to provide an exciting and engaging school experience that balances developmental needs with academics. We are excited about our research based literacy program, that is used around the world, which successfully meets the needs of all young children through sound, sight, motion and stories. Walking field trips provide our students with access to the Flynn Theater, Fletcher Free Library, Echo Science Center, UVM, North Beach, Centennial Woods, as well as exploring geological formations along Lake Champlain. To learn more about what is happening at EES visit our website at or contact Principal Bonnie Johnson-Aten at 864-­8473 or

John J. Flynn Elementary: Flynn School is a strong, community-based school where adults, parents and staff consistently focus on meeting the various needs of all students, helping them learn, play and laugh. It is a professional community that partners with a wide range of community organizations to support and enrich student learning. Some examples of our community partnerships include: ECHO Center, VT National Guard Starbase Program, Very Merry Theater, Burlington Community Sailing Center and the Flynn Theater. Located at 1645 North Avenue in the New North End of Burlington, Flynn serves approximately 340 Pre-K through 5th grade students. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit or contact Principal Lashawn Whitmore-Sells at 864-8478 or

Integrated Arts Academy (IAA): The mission of the IAA is to explore academic knowledge through intentional art experiences. Our diverse community collaborates and celebrates the world through meaningful learning and creative self-expression as we prepare students for success in the 21st Century. At this magnet school, students are learning through the lens of the four art forms: movement, drama, music and visual arts. IAA core partners include the Flynn Center for the Performing Arts, Burlington City Arts and St. Michael’s College. Located at 6 Archibald Street in the Old North End of Burlington, IAA serves approximately 260 students in grades Pre-K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit or contact Principal Kevin Robinson at 864-8475 or

Sustainability Academy (SA): The mission of SA is to educate and empower all students to improve the quality of life for all - economically, socially, and environmentally - now and for future generations. At SA, one of BSD’s two magnet schools, students are learning through the lens of sustainability by exploring our diverse society, our local economy, and the environment. We do this through hands-on, place-based and project-based learning. Education for Sustainability comes to life through SA’s learning environment. We use geothermal energy to heat and cool our building and solar panels to power our school! Additionally, at SA we have a thriving school garden that each of our classes use to cultivate fruits, flowers, and vegetables as a part of our curriculum. SA’s core partner is Shelburne Farms, which hosts all SA students for learning trips each school year. Located at 123 North Street in the Old North End of Burlington, SA serves approximately 180 students in grades Pre-K-5. To learn more about upcoming activities and events, visit or contact Principal Nina Oropeza at 864-8480 or

5th Grade Art

A Message from School Health

Thank you families for continuing the challenging work of screening your children and sending them to school masked each morning to ensure that we all do our best to keep our school community healthy and COVID free. Please continue to review the symptoms for which to keep your children home. Also, please remember that fever-reducing medication, such as acetaminophen (Tylenol) or ibuprofen (Motrin/Advil) will treat and mask a fever, and that students should be fever-free without medication for at least 24 hours before returning to school.

Just a reminder of COVID-19 symptoms

Fever (100 or over)


Loss of taste or smell


Sore Throat


Muscle pain or body aches

Shortness of breath

Congestion or Runny Nose



Nausea Or Vomiting

If your child has had any of these symptoms in the last two days we ask that you contact your primary care provider for follow up before sending your child to school.

The Vermont Department of Health has advised against any non essential travel. If you travel outside of Vermont, you must quarantine for 14 days upon return or for 7 days then get a PCR test. A negative test result is required prior to reentry of school. For more information visit

We work closely with the Vermont Department of Health to keep our community healthy. The VDOH conducts necessary contract tracing for positive cases by phone call. Please pick up the phone if the VDOH is calling you. Please call the VDOH back as soon as possible if you receive a message from them.

Stay safe and we will get through this together

Nurse Mary

Sara Holbrook Circus Camp

Program Hours: Monday- Friday, 9:00am-4:00pm. You will be assigned a drop off and pick up time.

Camp Begins: February 22,2021-February 26, 2021

Cost: Please make payment at the beginning of the week

Full Day- Monday-Friday: $46 per day(students do not have to attend everyday)

We accept Child Care Subsidy

Scholarships are available through Sara Holbrook

Notes from Camp

  • Circus themed

  • Club activities

  • We will provide breakfast,snack and lunch

  • Electronics and outside items will not be allowed

  • Space is limited

Firefly Celebration in Mrs. Bloomberg's Class: Watercolor Painting

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