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Picture Day and Open House
are tomorrow!
 Wednesday September 17th! 

Open House is 6-7!
Extra picture forms are available in the office!
Flynn Garden
Our Flynn garden is flourishing!
There will be an open house on Tuesday August 26th from 12-1 for all Kindergartners, First Graders and students that are new to Flynn School.

Placement Letters
Placement Letters will be mailed out on Friday August 15th!

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
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