April 11, 2016

Effects of Budget Cuts

This document below was collated by BEA per teacher feedback.  Teachers were asked two questions:
  • How have the last two years of cuts to direct instruction affected student learning and achievement?
  • How will the new cuts affect student learning and achievement?
The question is, why cuts to direct instruction?  We have the highest budget in Chittenden County.  We spend the most on students (6 of 9).  Our teachers are 6th of 9 in terms of salaries and benefits (so, contrary to Porter’s marketing, it is not teachers salaries).  So where is the money?

School Board Meeting, April 12, 7pm

All BSD students, parents, grandparents, community members, and friends:

Please come to the School Board Meeting scheduled for Tuesday night to show your support for the following concerns:

  • The importance of parent and community involvement in BSD’s future;
  • Student safety (emotional and physical) K-12;
  • Transparency about the budget, potential changes at schools, etc.;
  • Impact of proposed cuts on our students’ access to classroom time;
  • Concerns about Special Education students falling through bigger cracks in the wake of these cuts;
  • Importance of enrichment and co-curriculars;
  • BHS’ accreditation in 2016;
  • Community climate resulting from current management style.

The meeting will start at 7:00 p.m. in Contois Auditorium at City Hall. We encourage students, families, BSD staff, community members to gather on Church Street outside Contois Auditorium at 6:30 p.m.  The opportunity for public comment is quite limited, so it is important to show our support through numbers for those who have the opportunity to speak.

Spring Book Fair, Tuesday, April 12, 5-7pm

Let’s celebrate reading at the Flynn Scholastic Book Fair!  We will be holding a Family Book Fair on Tuesday, April 12 from 5:00-7:00 pm in the cafeteria.

Along with picture books, non-fiction books, early readers, and chapter books, Scholastic will send us award winning and low-priced books.  All proceeds from the book fair supplement library funding to help with the purchase of books, furnishings, and equipment for our school library.

Visit the ONLINE fair at http://bookfairs.scholastic.com/homepage/aprilfair which opens April 7th!

In addition, the book fair is a great way to connect with your child about books they would like to read. Families may also choose to make book donations to classroom teachers.  Just let us know at the register, and we will hand deliver your gift!

We look forward to seeing you at our book fair where you are sure to find some fabulously funny, wildly adventurous, and marvelously mysterious reading material!  If you have any questions or would enjoy helping out with this fun event, please contact Cara Clopton (cclopton@bsdvt.org) or Corey Wallace (cwallace@bsdvt.org).

Happy Reading!

Bike to School Day, May 4

Bike to School Day, May 4, is a national event that gives communities across the country the opportunity to join together in bicycling to school on the same day. Bike to School Day is part of the movement for year-round safe routes to school. Communities use the event to encourage biking (and walking) to school as a healthy way for kids and families to make their school commute fun and active.

If you would like to volunteer to help organize or be present on the day please email flynnschoolpto@gmail.com

Day in the Dirt, April 30

We have been chosen to by Vermont Community Gardens to receive support in installing our two new garden areas (orchard in front of school and outdoor classroom in courtyard) on Day in the Dirt on the morning of April 30th.  Yay Flynn!!
This link http://vols.pt/2dZhBv allows you to sign up to volunteer.  We plan to work from 8-12 and I believe there is lunch afterwards at the Intervale.

Maker Faire Pictures?

If anyone has pictures from our recent Maker Faire can you please forward them to Nick Mack. This will allow some of his students to put together a slide show presentation.
Thanks to Cara, Courtney, Graham, Karen and Rebekah – we have your pics.

Strategic Planning Process: Community Forums

The Burlington School District invites all to attend one of two upcoming Community Forums, to collaborate and gather input on District mission and values, as well as priorities for Multi-Year Strategic Planning. Please consider participating in this process of improvement, which will guide us to the type of educational system we can all be proud of. 

Thursday, April 28th, 6:30-8:30PM
Integrated Arts Academy, 6 Archibald Street
Monday, May 2nd, 6:30-8:30PM
C.P. Smith Elementary School, 332 Ethan Allen Parkway
Childcare provided.
Please RSVP if you require childcare to Maryann Kalman:
For details on translation services at the event, contact Miriam Ehtesham-Cating:

Change Race

Change Race is off to an amazing start!  At this time Mr. Mack’s class is off to a strong start.  Money raised from the Change Race will be used to buy items from the teacher’s wish list.

Thank you for the support!


If you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com.  Thanks!


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