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Upcoming Events
8/15/2014
8/25/2014
- Welcome Back BBQ
5:30 PM - 7:00 PM
8/26/2014
8/27/2014
- First Day of School
8:10 AM - 1:50 PM
- First Day Coffee
8:15 AM - 9:00 AM
 
Flynn News
Flynn Olympics
The Flynn Olympics will be held Monday, June 9th.
The rain date will be Tuesday, June 10th. Modeled on the Olympic Games, each class will compete in several contests as a team to reach goals and win meadls for their class. We will having Opening Ceremonies, the events (3-5 and K-2), and a Closing Ceremony at the end of the day (2:20 p.m.)
Each class will be awarded the medals they have earned.

To help make sure that this is a safe and positive experience, we need volunteers.  
There are 2 time slots on June 9th.
1st slot: 8-9 a.m. set up and 9-11 run the event for 3rd-5th graders
2nd slot: 12:!5-1:45 p.m. for K-2 events and take down stations & clean up

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your start time. There will be a quick debriefing session for volunteers in the
Flynn Library on Thursday, June 5th at 3 p.m. We appreciate any help you could give.
Please email Lida Dvorak at ldvorak@bsdvt.org before noon on Friday, June 6th if you can volunteer.


Freezy Pop Fridays
 Freezy Pop Fridays are Back!
For the next 3 Fridays Freezy Pops will be sold right after school. We will have tables set up in the courtyard, out front, at bus lines, on the Kindergarten pick up side and at Burlington Kids! Pops are 25 cents and all the money helps support the 3rd grade Camp Abenaki Trip!
Spring Concert
Our annual Spring Choral Concert will be held this Thursday May 8th at 6:30. In order to accomodate all familes it will be held at the Hunt Middle School. If you need help with transportation or have any questions please call the Flynn office at 864-8478. There will be a bake sale following the concert to help support the 4th grade field trip to Fort Ticonderoga.
Spring Fest
 "Come to Spring Fest Sunday, May 18 from 1-4pm here at Flynn School near the back playground. There will be a Fun Run, face painting, bouncy castle, great games, bake sale, silent auction and much more!! Bring the whole family for a fun filled time!! See you there!! " 
Common Core Information for Parents
The Common Core State Standards for Mathematics
What Elementary School Parents & Guardians Need to Know
 
The Common Core State Standards (CCSS) provide a practical way to prepare children for the challenges
of a constantly changing world – by learning step-by-step the real-world skills they need for career and
college. Like an orchestra learning a challenging new symphony, bringing these standards to life in our
schools will take time and energy, and costs that must be managed over time. These standards are
intended to provide all students regardless of geographical location with the same sheet music – that is
the clear goals of career and college readiness.
 
What are the 6 Key Shifts in the Math Standards?
1. Focus: learn more about fewer, key topics
2. Build skills within and across grades
3. Develop speed and accuracy
4. Really know it, Really do it!
5. Use it in the real world
6. Think fast AND solve problems
Will There Be New Tests for the New Standards?
 
Yes, Vermont is a governing member of the SMARTER Balanced Assessment Consortium (SBAC). The
consortium is developing new tests that will measure student progress toward career and college
readiness. The new assessment will be administered in the spring of 2015. You may learn more about the
new tests at: http://www.smarterbalanced.org/parents-students/
 
How Will the Transition to the Common Core State Standards Impact Communication with
Families?
 
During the 2012-2013 school year we implemented a new math report card at Kindergarten and Grade 1.
This past summer teachers with support from the BSD Curriculum Office and The Vermont Math Institute
revised the report card for grades 2-5. These new report card template is part of a pilot and is intended
reflect our shift to the Common Core. A new tool for reporting to families is a necessary step as we revise
our curriculum and instructional practices. To review the updated report card templates visit: BSD K-5
Report Cards (www.bsdvt.org – select Curriculum Department).
 
Common Core Resources for Parents:
 
Council of the Great City Schools Parent Roadmaps: http://www.cgcs.org//site/Default.aspx?PageID=244
National Parent Teachers Association Guides http://pta.org/parents/content.cfm?ItemNumber=2583
Video Overview of the Common Core Standards (3 minutes) http://vimeo.com/51933492