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Principal's Letter
Thank you to all of the families who donated hundreds of pounds of canned and
boxed food items during Flynn School’s November food drive. Several local families
truly appreciated their holiday meal and our community’s generosity.
This week I had the opportunity to speak with dozens of parents at the PTO meeting.
Also, this Friday morning I met with the Burlington School District’s Multilingual Liaisons
(MLL) and New American parents. Several topics were covered, including
communication with families about the modified lockdown we had at Flynn two
weeks ago. One change that we will be implementing based on these meetings is that,
if we have a lockdown or modified lockdown in the future, we will notify the MLL
and families using the Connect 5 phone system. We will send that message by the end
of the school day (this differs from our last message, which was sent at 5 pm). The
reason for making this change is to ensure that parents will receive this information
from the school first. We are not in the position to share specific information about
lockdowns or modified lockdowns; the police department has that information. We
will share when the lockdown began and when it ended.
Starting this weekend, many grade 2 students and families are headed to Smuggler's
Notch Ski Area to rip down the bunny hill as part of the First-Timer Snowboard Program.
Every Flynn second grader received a free lesson, gear rental, and a lift ticket as
part of their Burton Snowboard-sponsored field trip to the ECHO Science Center.
During the field trip, students learned some snowboarding exercises, tricks, and
safety tips from Burton experts. Students also engaged in a Science Challenge, investigating
how friction, force, and motion affect snowboarders--concepts they will continue
to study in an upcoming science unit. The kids who have chosen to participate
in the free snowboard lesson are really stoked to learn a new skill and experience the
science of snowboarding. Parents are carpooling students up to the mountain this
weekend, and future trips are being arranged for upcoming weekends. If your grade 2
student is interested in participating in one of these free lessons, please feel free to
contact Ms. Jenkins, one of our 2nd grade teachers. Let's hope they get a powder day!
Many thanks to parent drivers, Ms. Jenkins, and Burton Snowboard for offering this
great opportunity to Flynn students.
Thank you,
Graham Clarke