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Poem in Your Pocket Day
Friday, April 21st is Poem in Your Pocket Day.
Bring a poem (or two!) to share with your classmates.


Snow Day Makeups
Snow day makeup days will be Friday, June 16th and Monday, June 19th.
Both days will be 1/2 days with dismissal at 11:30 a.m.

2017-2018 K-8 School Year Calendar: Click here
Mini Milers
Calling all runners!  Mini Milers registration is open!

The Mini Milers program consists of a ten-week program that enables Vermont youth to learn and practice fitness, good nutrition, citizenship, helping hands and goal setting, all while having fun and being safe. Children meet weekly with Mini Milers leaders to get motivated, interact with others and work towards learning the education components of the program. With the help of their leader, each participant tracks their mileage, while earning incentives as they strive towards the goal of accumulating the distance of a marathon distance or beyond. In addition to mileage incentives, t-shirt, medal and finisher's certificate, participants receive monthly e-letters filled with ideas, citizen challenges and tasty recipes. The cost is $35 per participant and scholarships are available.  This program is open to all students in grades K-5.  The program will meet Thursdays, from 3:00-4:00, starting on April 6.  Snacks will be provided!  Registration forms are available from Mandi in Burlington Kids, or from Ms. Clopton or Ms. Rebekah.  

For more information or to register online, visit: http://www.runvermont.org/youth/ready-set-run/
Spring Book Fair
Tuesday night
April 11, 2017
5:00-7:00 p.m.
Online sales begin April 6th. Click here!
Would you like to volunteer to help?
Please contact Mrs. Clopton (802) 864-2224
Kindred with Kids kickoff
The Children's Literacy Foundation gave two brand new books to each student in our first grade classrooms today. These kids will be reading books with our senior friends across the street at Birchwood this spring.

Spring Conferences
Flynn will continue to use the electronic scheduling system PTCFast to schedule our March 2017 Parent-Teacher Conferences.  This system will allow you to select the teacher(s) with whole you would like to conference.  By registering your email address, you will be able to view and select conference times that work best for you.
If you have more than one child at Flynn School, you may begin scheduling your conferences on Wednesday, March 15th. If you need to schedule conferences for more than one child, you should select (check) all teachers with whole you need to conference from the list of available instructors.  You will be prompted to enter your children's names for their corresponding teachers. You can then proceed with registering your email address.  You will receive a link via email to access and view the teachers' schedules.  You will see all selected schedules at one time.
Follow this link to begin scheduling:
Families that need to schedule for one child only may begin on Friday, March 17th.
If you are not able to access this system, and need help, please call our Administrative Assistant Karen Priebe in our Flynn office (864-8478) to schedule a conference appointment.
City Arts Show--March 28th 5:00-5:45 p.m.
Dear Families,
The City Hall Art Show at the Contois Auditorium that was scheduled for Wednesday,  March 15th at 5:00, has been rescheduled due to the weather. There will be a special awards ceremony for participants and families with Mayor Weinberger on Tuesday, March 28th from 5:00-5:45 p.m. at City Hall.
Girls on the Run starts March 20th
Girls on the Run is a spring program that starts March 20 and runs through the first week of June. Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each. 
Mondays meet in Mr. Mack's room
Wednesdays meet in Ms. Burdick's room
Visit us at www.gotrvt.org to find out more or contact Jenny Fuller, Program Administrator, at jenny@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802.099.7941 for more information.
Preschool Registration

The Burlington School District Early Education Program is now accepting applications for our play-based preschool classrooms for the 2017-2018 school year.  Children must be 3 years of age by September
1st, 2017.


Morning and afternoon sessions are offered at each of our school district sites:

JJ Flynn, Integrated Arts Academy, Ira Allen, and the Sustainability Academy

A full day program is also offered at JJ Flynn and Ira Allen.


Applications can be completed online by going to the BSD web page

(www.bsdvt.org) and clicking on ‘Registration.'


All applications will be reviewed with notification of acceptance beginning April 1st. Spaces are limited.

Please contact us at 802-864-8463 if you have further questions

New Student/Kindergarten Registration 2017-2018


  • Registration for the 2017-18 school year opens on January 3, 2017 and closes on February 24, 2017.

  • To register click here. Starting January 3rd

  • To find out more information about all of our schools and the registration process click here.


If you would like to visit our school, here are this year's tour dates:

Monday, January 9, 8:45 a.m.
Wednesday, January 25, 10:00 a.m.

Thursday, February 2, 4:30 p.m.

Tuesday, February 7, 10:30 a.m.

Wednesday, February 22, 10:00 a.m.

Please call the school at 864-8478 to let us know that you are coming.

If these dates cannot work for you, please call for a tour by appointment.

February is Black History Month
Whereas Black History is American History and should be acknowledged not just in February alone, Black History Month is an opportunity to honor and highlight the contributions and legacies of Black and African American people throughout history. We strive for an inclusive approach and the day that we no longer need to remind ourselves to integrate the curriculum. Black History Month is also a time to be reflective about the affirmation of the voices that have traditionally been left out of our history.
Here is a great collection of resources including ready-to-use lesson plans and student activities. There are also collection guides and research aids to use with the many, many primary sources offered from the Library of Congress, National Archives, National Endowment for the Humanities, National Gallery of Art and National Park Service.

Message from Superintendent
Message to Students and Families from Superintendent Yaw Obeng
January 30, 2017

Dear Students and Families,

I am writing to let you know that today, and every day, the Burlington School District welcomes ALL students, from every background, faith, language group and national origin. We promise to keep all students safe in our schools, and to continue to teach them to the best of our ability. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us directly, through your school leader, or through your Multilingual Liaison.
Title I and PTO meeting
Join us on Thursday, February 2nd for the Annual Title I meeting and our monthly PTO meeting.
Flynn Library
Provided: babysitting, pizza and dessert!
5:30-6:15 p.m. Review Title I policy, Home-School Compact, and BSD's Parent Involvement Policy
6:15-6:30 p.m  Dinner
6:30-8:00 p.m. PTO Meeting

Great Kindness Challenge
NO SCHOOL on January 16th and January 19th for Flynn students.
Girls on the Run
Girls on the Run is returning to JJ Flynn and we need COACHES!
Over a period of 10 weeks, girls in the 3rd through 5th grade participate in an after-school program like no other. Designed to allow every girl to recognize her inner strength, the Girls on the Run curriculum inspires girls to define their lives on their own terms. Throughout the season, the girls make new friends, build their confidence and celebrate all that makes them unique.
The Girls on the Run lessons encourage positive emotional, social, mental and physical development. Participants explore and discuss their own beliefs around experiences and challenges girls face at this age. They also develop important strategies and skills to help them navigate life experiences. We start with helping the girls get a better understanding of who they are and what’s important to them. Then, we look at the importance of team work and healthy relationships. And, finally, the girls explore how they can positively connect with and shape the world.
Physical activity is woven into our program to inspire an appreciation of fitness and to build habits that lead to a lifetime of health. At the end of each ten week session, the girls participate in a Girls on the Run 5k event. This celebratory, non-competitive event is the culminating experience of the curriculum. Completing the 5k gives the girls a tangible understanding of the confidence that comes through accomplishment as well as a framework for setting and achieving life goals. Crossing the finish line is a defining moment when the girls realize that even the seemingly impossible IS possible.
GOTR is a spring program that starts at the end of March and runs through the first week of June.  Sessions meet twice a week for 90 minutes each.  You do not need to have running experience to coach! 
We appreciate our GOTR coaches for their time, energy and dedication to this program!
Visit us at www.gotrvt.org to find out more or contact Jenny Fuller, Program Administrator, at jenny@girlsontherunvermont.org or 802.099.7941 for more information.
jenny fuller  |  northern vt program administrator
Peter Katz, Generator Artist in Residence
Winter Wonderful
5th Grade Rocket Launch Dec 21, 2016
Come Retrieve Items from the Lost and Found by Thursday!
The Jenkins' 2/3 Crew has been busy organizing the many items in the Flynn lost and found. We appreciate their service to the school! Now is a great time to come and retrieve missing items before the holiday break. Items still here after Thursday will be donated to charity.  Click to watch their public service announcement below. 

If you cannot see/view the embedded video below, use the following link instead:

Hour of Code

What are YOU coding this week?

Flynn Firefly Food Drive

During the upcoming season of giving, our wonderful Flynn School Community has decided to collect canned and boxed food for our local food shelf!  Our kind-hearted and respectful Flynn students need your help too.

Please help your children to remember to bring in canned and/or boxed food from Monday, November 28th - Monday, December 19th. Items will be collected in each classroom then gathered near the Kindergarten/multi-purpose room entrance so that everyone can see how very generous Flynn Fireflies are and how every little bit of giving helps others in our community.  

The Flynn Staff feels very fortunate to be a part of our generous community.  In lieu of gifts to us, please consider donating to the Chittenden Emergency Food Shelf on our behalf.


Sunflower Art
Kindergarten classes investigated sunflowers in art. They looked carefully at real sunflower parts and whole sunflowers. They even made playdough impressions of the texture of a sunflower head.  Children looked at sunflower paintings by Vincent Van Gogh, then painted petals and seeds to create beautiful flower heads.

Harvest Food Drive

Flynn School's Annual Harvest Food Drive is November 1-18. If you wish to donate canned goods or Hannaford gift cards, we are collecting contributions in our Main Office. All food collected will go to Flynn Families.  Please contact Liane Couture at 864-8445 if your family is in need of receiving food items this holiday season.
Teacher Conferences
Scheduling Your Parent/Guardian Teacher Conferences
Flynn will continue to use the electronic scheduling system PTC Fast to schedule our November 2016 conferences.  This system will allow you to select the teacher(s) with whom you would like to conference.  By registering your email address, you will be able to view and select conference times that work best for your family.
If you have more than one child at Flynn School, you may begin scheduling your conferences on Friday, November 4th.  If you need to schedule conferences for more than one child, you should select (check) all teachers with whom you need to conference from the list of available teachers.  You will be prompted to enter your children's names for their corresponding teachers.  You can then proceed with registering your email address.  You will receive a link via email to access and email the teachers' schedules.  You will see all selected schedules at one time.
Follow this link to begin scheduling:
Supporting documentation can be found at:
Families that need to schedule for only one Flynn student may begin on Tuesday, November 8th.
If you are not able to access this online system and need help ,please call the Flynn Main Office (802-864-8478) to schedule a conference appointment with our Mrs. Karen Priebe, our Administrative Assistant.
Mulan Jr.

November 10 at 12:30 p.m.
November 11 at 7:00 p.m.
November 12 at 4:00 p.m.
Admission is FREE!
Playbills, flowers, and baked goods will be available for purchase on Friday and Saturday performances.
Bottle Drive

Annual Bottle Drive
Saturday, November 5th from 9:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m.
802 Redemption Center, Hannaford Shopping Plaza
Help support our FLYNN PTO!
BSD Halloween Guidelines
Halloween Guidelines
October 30, 2016

This memo outlines District guidelines regarding Halloween activities to allow students to feel safe, respected and included.

Birding at Flynn

BurlingtonKids, Flynn and UVM Collaboration makes NBC National News

“Once a week, University of Vermont student Nathaniel Sharp trudges through Burlington's wildlife-rich Derway Island with the nature club from the J.J. Flynn Elementary School, hoping to spot a turkey vulture or a pileated woodpecker.” This is the opening line of a NBC News article posted today on their national website. Read the full article with great photos at this web page, http://nbcnews.to/2eaoPu0

Mandi Harris and Karlie Gunderson were so instrumental in organizing this collaboration which will run all year in its second year. Nancy Margolin oversees the program with Prof. O’Kane. Feel free to ask her more about it when you are in the Flynn library.
Our FALL Scholastic BOOK FAIR
will be Wednesday night,
October 26th from 5-7 p.m. in our multipurpose room. 

Click here for the online fair!
It opens October 19th and runs through November 3rd.
This is a super way to shop from home!

Your purchases will help us buy more great Flynn library books.
Thank you for supporting our library
and helping kids become strong readers!
School Picture Retakes
School Pictures Retakes
Monday, October 17th at 1:45 p.m.
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Try out this Animals and Science database with your family! Use it with Kindle, Mac, PC, iPAD, Android, and Kindle Fire HD tablet or Chromebook over any network with speakers or headphones. Need a username and password? Ask your child's teacher or stop in our library.
Movie Night
Join the Flynn PTO for "The Spiderwick Chronicles" movie night
Popcorn and water provided!
7:00-9:00 p.m.
Friday, September 23rd
Dot Day!
On Thursday, September 15th Make Your Mark with us.
Let's get Dotty together!

Back to School BBQ
Picture Day
School Picture Day has been rescheduled for
MONDAY, September 19th. Bring your smiles!
Welcome Back Fireflies!
Back to School Letter
August 15, 2016 - Click here to read Superintendent Yaw Obeng's letter to families. 
June in our Gardens
Come harvest a snack or a salad!
Free Summer Meals for Kids!
Free Summer Lunches in Burlington For All Kids 18 And Under!
BeginninMonday, June 20, lunch will be provided at no charge to kids 18 and under at a variety of Burlington Schools and other locations.
No fees. 
No registration. 
Just show up! 
For more information on dates and locations, call 802.864.8416 or visit www.bsdvt.org.
Call 2-1-1 for information on free summer lunches for kids across Vermont.
Text mealsVT to 877-877 for information on lunch sites nearest you.
Summer Reading with the Fletcher Free Library

Join the Fletcher Free Library Summer Reading Program. It's open to all kids and it's FREE! Go to http://www.btvsrp.com to sign up! Watch for Mr. Tim on the Bookmobile in your neighborhood, too, this summer with great books to read!
Outdoor Classroom Celebration
Thank you to the many volunteers who made our new outdoor classroom, fruit orchard, and south side gardens possible! 
*UVM Design and Build students, who created beautiful and creative designs for both the outdoor classroom and orchard
*Felix Wai and Carli Motto, Professor and TA of UVM’s  Design and Build Class,  who provided support during the project
*Mr. Clarke and the Outdoor Learning Committee: Ms. Asaro, Ms. Rebekah, Ms. Tinson, Ms. Dag, Mr. Abbey, and Mr. Mack
*Mustafa Semic, Shawn Vestrand, and John Benway (Property Services), who assembled benches
*Mustafa Semic and Mr. Tim, who are our outdoor learning heroes!  They dug holes, moved mulch, watered plants, weeded, and planted trees. We wouldn’t have been able to do this without them!!
*Christy Gallese (Burlington Afterschool), who provided some of the funds for this project
*Jessica Hyman and 10 “Day in the Dirt” volunteers: Ms. Noble, Ms. Rebekah, Mr. Tim, Ms. Karlie, Ms. Pecor, Ms. Jenkins, Mr. Clarke,  and Ms. Asaro
*Darren Martin (Blade Runners), who excavated the space for the outdoor classroom
*Libby Weiland and Vermont Community Garden Network, who provided funding for picnic tables and networking opportunities for future work
*Doug Davis and Sarah Huesner (Burlington Food Service), who planned for blueberry bushes and the cherry tree orchard
*Marty Spaulding and Leonard Smith (Property Services), who helped with building regulations and planning
*Sarah DeShaw; Kelly Brooks; Mason, Henry and Melissa Sweetser, who planted cherry trees donated by Branch Out Burlington
*Adam’s Berry Farm, which donated 10 blueberry bushes
Art by the Lake
Creating artwork beside our beautiful Lake Champlain

Summer Reading with the Fletcher Free Library
Thank you Ms. Rebecca and Mr. Robert for coming to Flynn today to tell us all about the On Your Mark, Get Set...READ! Summer Reading Program which kicks off June 13th.  Look for more information in your child's upcoming report card.

Firefly Gardeners
Vermont Substitute Teacher of the Year!
Congratulations to Denise Haggerty, Vermont Substitute Teacher of the Year! Denise has been recognized for this important award due to her consistently exemplary work supporting Flynn students. Denise’s application was supported by more than a dozen Flynn staff who wrote testimonials of her tremendous work. Thank you Denise for being such an important part of the education of Flynn students.
Day in the Dirt! April 30th
Thank you to our volunteers!