FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 06, 2016
PEOPLE’S UNITED COMMUNITY FOUNDATION PROVIDES VERMONT SCHOOLS WITH GIFT OF CLASSROOM SUPPLIES
BURLINGTON, VT – In the spirit of holiday giving, People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, teamed up with DonorsChoose.org to surprise Vermont students and teachers by fully funding every classroom project request in the state.
A unique charity created to support public school teachers, DonorsChoose.org provides educators with an online venue to submit classroom project requests describing much-needed school supplies for their students. The public can then browse the projects and choose those they would like to support.
People’s United Community Foundation provided more than $28,000 to DonorsChoose.org to fund every classroom project in Vermont. A total of 25 projects were funded, reaching more than 1,700 students across the state. Schools included Edmunds Middle School, John J. Flynn Elementary School in Burlington, Colchester Middle School in Colchester, Ludlow Elementary School in Ludlow, and Elm Hill School in Springfield, among others.
The most notable result among the schools and requests meeting the foundation’s criteria was John J. Flynn Elementary School, which had all 12 of its active projects funded by People’s United Community Foundation.
“People’s United Community Foundation is delighted to help make the holidays brighter for students and teachers with a gift of much-needed materials for classrooms throughout Vermont,” said Michael Seaver, Officer of People’s United Community Foundation and President of People’s United Bank in Vermont. “We have a strong focus on STEM education, so we were thrilled to hear that John J. Flynn will be receiving 3-D printers, which will provide students with an opportunity to obtain the 21st century skills that are sought after by employers and critical to competing in a global economy. We hope our gift of classroom materials will reignite students’ interest in education throughout the New Year and beyond.”
People’s United Community Foundation has partnered with DonorsChoose.org since 2010, providing $450,000 in support of initiatives in school districts across the People’s United Bank footprint. More than 1,200 classroom projects have been funded through this partnership.
Established in 2007, People’s United Community Foundation was formed to help support programs and activities that enhance the quality of life for citizens in the communities that People’s United Bank serves. People’s United Bank, founded in 1842 and serving customers from New York to Maine through a network of more than 400 branches, is the largest independent bank headquartered in New England. The funding priorities of the Foundation include affordable housing, community development, and youth development.
First grade students were recently inspired by Lois Ehlert's picture book called Snowballs to create their own wintry artwork.
Flynn fireflies are exploring an Hour of Code this week, Dec. 7-11. Try your hand at Star Wars, Lightbot, Minecraft, and many more computer programming challenges! www.hourofcode.com
Hey Fireflies! We've earned over 10,000 firefly cards for being responsible, respectful, and safe at Flynn School! It's time to celebrate together and get "wacky-tacky" on Tuesday, November 24th. Wear a silly hat, put on an outfit that doesn't really match, or make your hair look super silly. Let's be wacky-tacky wonderful!
Here in the Burlington Schools, we will work with students and staff around discussion of the events, as well as closely monitoring the need for counseling and other grief-related resources.
Thursday, November 12th at 12:30 p.m.
(in-school performance for all our Flynn students to attend
and any families unable to attend the evening or matinee show)
Friday, November 13th at 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, November 14th at 4:00 pm
Hello Flynn Parents! As you know the play is coming up and as a way to off-set the cost of the play we ask local businesses to advertise in the playbill. Prices start at $20 for a business-card size and go up to $100 for a full-page ad. Do any of you work at or own a business that could purchase an ad? Would you be willing to ask the business you visit often? Snap Fitness? Burlington Barbershop?
If each of us could tackle one business it would be so helpful and appreciated. Please check out the list of businesses to reach out to and spaces to add a new business you could contact. Please message me for pricing sheet and fundraising letter to provide to businesses. The deadline is
cover of the playbill for Flynn's school production of "Superheroes"?
Design a cover and you could win!
Your cover must:
Represent the play
Fit on an 8.5 x 11" piece of paper
Be completed and submitted to the Main Office by Friday, October 30th.
Friday night, October 16th
Join us in our Stage Gym for Ponyo
Popcorn and water provided
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Greetings parents and community members of Flynn Public School,
My name is Yaw Obeng and I am the new Superintendent for the Burlington School District. I had the pleasure of speaking with parents in the Flynn community last night through the PTO. Considering the richness of the meeting, I conclude that other parents who were not in attendance would be interested in hearing about the conversation.
Parents were inquiring about the “Lock Downs” that have taken place on the last few Fridays. Last Friday there was a “Modified Lockdown” which was due to a medical situation within the building. The previous “Lock Down” which involved the police and took place early September was a result of an alleged shooter in the neighborhood. This turned out not to be the case and it was determined that a transformer near the school blew.
Parents at the meeting wanted clarification on communication, protocol and how do we make it better in the event a real situation arises.
Below I have highlighted a few areas I will be bringing to our Central Safety Committee in order to review and incorporate into our practices to share with all schools.
- Communication – (parents, connect 5, central office control, within school among staff)
- Consistency – Ensure we have well trained staff that have consistent practice
- Develop one process so central office does communication so that staff can focus on students
- Share as much as possible to parents around details of incident, therefore parents can be prepared for conversations with their children as needed
- Communicate resource and supports for students and staff after an incident
- Clarify language in emergency situation so parents, staff and students are clear on expectations
- Work with Burlington Police Department to develop School/Police Protocol for interactions with schools
I hope this information is helpful in understanding our next steps in providing a process that works even better for all of us.
Burlington School District Superintendent
Put our Garden to Bed for Winter
- Friday, November 6th right after school.
- We will be cleaning out our garden beds, pulling out annuals and weeding if needed.
- Please bring a wheelbarrow and gloves if you have some. We have garden tools.
- All family members welcome!
What have been some of YOUR favorite things to read about this school year?
Don't forget to sign up for SUMMER READING starting on June 15th with the Fletcher Free Library.
This year's theme is "Every Hero Has a Story."
Track your reading progress online! Earn cool prizes!
Sign up begins June 15 at 11 a.m. at the Fletcher Free or online @ http://www.btvsrp.com