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People's United Community Foundation gifts


January 06, 2016




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.
Supplemental Educational Services
The January enrollment window for SES is now open.  There are a limited number of spaces available but new students are encouraged to apply.  Students do not need to reapply if an application was completed in the Fall.  All new applications should be returned to the main office in each school by Monday, January 25, 2016. Click here for the application.
Let it Snow!
First grade students were recently inspired by Lois Ehlert's picture book called Snowballs to create their own wintry artwork.
Hour of Code Week

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
Schoolwide Annual Fundraiser
During the month of December we will be collecting money and/or canned goods and any nonperishable food items for the local food shelf.  Students may bring donations to school between now and December 21st.  Please help hungry neighbors and support this service-learning project by sending in your donations today!

Wacky-Tacky Tuesday!
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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!
Beirut and Paris Attacks
Our hearts and thoughts go out to the families of the victims and the Beirut and Paris communities as they grieve the loss from the recent attacks.

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.
Family Survey
Greetings Parents/Guardians and Community Members,
Thank you to all who were able to participate in the Community Forums and contribute to our system vision. I wanted to give you an individual opportunity to share your thoughts regarding your child's school. This information will assist me in the analysis of areas that need improvement in specific schools. Your responses will also contribute to the development of our Strategic Plan and Multi-Year planning process. 
Visit https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/JVB3JN6 to complete the survey. Or, find a link to the survey posted at www.bsdvt.org
If you prefer to complete this in hard copy format, please pick up a survey from your school administrative assistant and return to:
Maryann Kalman
150 Colchester Avenue
Burlington, VT 05401
If you require translation or assistance completing the survey, contact Nijaza Semic at (802) 288-6048.
Please take 10 minutes to support our schools and provide this feedback by Monday, November 30, 2015
Thank you. 
Yaw Obeng, Superintendent
Superheroes Production
Flynn Elementary & Very Merry Theatre present
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 
Playbill Advertising

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 Oct 31st. Thank you so very much.
Lisa Matanle,
Flynn PTO

Superheroes Art Contest
Would you like to see your artwork on the
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.
Have Fun!
Picture Re-take Day
Picture Re-take day is scheduled for October 19th starting at 2 PM. If any family would like their child's individual picture to be retaken, please send in the original package of pictures with your child that day. If your child was absent for the first picture day, please stop in the school office to pick up an order form. Thank you!
Movie Night, Friday Oct 16th
Flynn Family Movie Night
Friday night, October 16th
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Join us in our Stage Gym for Ponyo
Popcorn and water provided
Children must be accompanied by an adult
Letter from Superintendent, Yaw Obeng
October 6, 2015

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
The conversation last night was very insightful and had a great more detail than described above. I am thankful that no one was injured in any of our situations and praise staff for their response in caring for our students.

I hope this information is helpful in understanding our next steps in providing a process that works even better for all of us.

Yaw Obeng,
Burlington School District Superintendent 
Put our Garden to Bed for Winter
Please Join the Outdoor Learning Committee to
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!
STEAM Learners in the news!
Dr. Declan McCabe teaches Flynn 5th graders to use a microscope. Our 1st graders learned about the life of a scientist! Learn more here: http://epscor.w3.uvm.edu/2/node/2858
Dot Day Fun! We made our mark!
"Rock On" in the Flynn Garden
Flynn Gardens
Come and see what's greening up and starting to bloom in our school garden!
Mr. Tim is "Loaded and Ready" with Books for Summer!
Look for the Flynn summertime bike-mobile. Mr. Tim is headed through our neighborhood Mondays and Wednesdays through August 12th with GREAT books and your summer reading logs. Check it out!
Summer Reading
Thank you, Flynn Readers, for returning your library materials!
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