February 20, 2016

Art Volunteers

Mrs. Plumer is in need of some art volunteers. Do you like to decorate? She needs a parent helper or two to hang some artwork in our hallways. Additionally, it’s time for our smocks to have a bath. It would be great to have a volunteer wash them over winter break. You can contact her at jplumer@bsdvt.org.

Staff Appreciation Luncheon

Staff Appreciation Luncheon will be held on May 20th.  This is a time for all Flynn parents to come together and make salads or yummy snacks for the staff at JJ Flynn.  In addition, parents cover lunch and playground duty so all the teachers and staff can enjoy a wonderful break with their fellow co-workers.  If interested in helping please let Flynn PTO know.  A sign up genius will be coming out in March!

Family Skate Night

Family Skate Night will be on March 18th, from 5:30-7:30, at Leddy Park Ice Arena.

It’s a treasured favorite of Flynn School.  Mark your calendar!

Springfest Volunteer Call

This has been a well attended event at JJ Flynn but we are in need of volunteers to help continue Springfest this year.  If you have not attended in the past there has been a bouncy house, face painting, carnival games, a fun run, food and much more.  This year Springfest would occur on May 22nd.  Please respond if interested in helping with any of the different events.

Talent Show Thanks

A huge thank you to Karen Carr for organizing a terrific event this year with 48 acts and all the other parents volunteers!

Read the STEM blog!  Here’s an excerpt:

Video Presentations of Robots

A few months ago, fourth graders were given a challenge to create robots with Lego WeDo Robotic sets.  These sets are a user friendly and simplistic way to enter into the world of robotics and code them to do simple tasks.

The following videos were created by our Lego Robotic teams and shared at an all school assembly.  The challenge they were given was to create a robot that used either the motor or the sensor and solved a problem.  The ideas students came up with were varied and creative, many hoping to help humanity tackle problems.

(Read on to see some of the videos they created!)

https://stemteacherburlington.wordpress.com/2016/02/15/video-presentations-of-robots/

Submissions

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

February 11, 2016

Be Our Superhero!!  Whose Hero Will You Be?

A wish list for staff has been set up by Joanna Elliott (our own PTO Superhero) to help our amazing staff receive any items they are needing.  Please take some time to browse the items.  If you are unable to come in please let us know and we can give you some options.

Partnership for Outdoor Learning from Rebekah Thomas

Please respond to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com if you have any suggestions or want to volunteer.

  1. We are trying to use logs/stumps as seats for our outdoor classroom spaces.  We are looking for pieces that are approximately 12-18 inches tall.  We are wondering if there are parents or community members who can help us find, cut, and/or move them to Flynn. Continuing steps of sanding and shellacking would be necessary.
  2. Does anyone install irrigation or pipes underground or recommend an installer?  We’d love help with our garden irrigation system. (Money available for installing/necessary equipment)
  3. We are looking for seed starts to put in the garden on the South side when spring arrives.  Are there any folks with gardening center connections who may be able to help us acquire these?

Leadership Opportunities

PTO will be looking at some upcoming openings in leadership next year.  These are very exciting and you can be part of an amazing team!

Upcoming Events

Many upcoming events are being planned with more information to come:

PTO Meeting:  March 3rd from 6:30-7:30.  Regular meeting from 6:30-7:00.  7:00-8:00 Jess Kell will be coming in to have a discussion regarding LGBTQ youth and roles of school.

Flynn Skating Night @ Leddy on March 18th from 5:30-7:30

Spring Fundraiser

Submissions

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

December 16, 2015

We Can Make a Difference!

Every year the teachers at Flynn chose a charity in place of personal gifts. This year they chose The Food Shelf. You can donate money or non-perishable items for families in need in our community.

December 4th-December 21st have your student turn in items to their teacher.

Thank you!

Winter Assembly – December 22, 2015, 1:30-2:30

In the cafeteria. All parents welcome!
Come listen to all the signing from each class and the entire school.

Online Holiday Auction-December 18th-20th

Follow the auction on Facebook. Make your bids. Have some fun!!
Camp Cody in New Hampshire has decided donated three two week camp sessions. Check out their camp online.
Last minute donations are being accepted!!

PTO meeting on January 7th from 6:15-8:00

Let’s start the new year with the largest group ever!

Family Traditions Dinner – January 21st 5:30-7:30

If interested a sign up link will be going out soon.
This has been an amazing event year and to families new at Flynn this a potluck dinner where we celebrate all of the different cultures within the Flynn community.

Lost and Found

Located in Cafeteria
Please look to see if any items belong to your children. This year the lost and found is out of control!!!

4th Grade Wrapstravaganza – December 19th

Flynn Lobby
Donation suggestions: 50 cents a package

Help support 4th grade field trips!

1st Grade Bottle Drive

You can continue to support 1st in their bottle drive throughout December. Let 802 BWS know you would like to donate to 1st grade at Flynn.

Cookie collection for Monday, December 21st

The PTO would like to show our appreciation for the Flynn Staff this month.  To do so, we are inviting Flynn families to contribute some sweet treats on Monday, December 21st.  Just bring a sampling of your favorite goodies!  They can be dropped off in the staff room Monday morning.  Thank you!  We love our Flynn staff!

Submissions

We try to get the blog out at the end of the weekend with info for the week ahead.  So if you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com by Saturdays.  Thanks!

December 2, 2015

PTO Meeting

You are Personally Invited to the PTO Meeting this Thursday from 6:30-8:00. Look forward to seeing you then! 6:15 for pizza and free childcare provided.

Online Holiday Auction coming soon

Do you have a special talent you want to share? You can prepare a meal or animal sit. There will be a section for Flynn parents only.

Want to make a special basket of goodies? A basket of movie night supplies, special treats, toys for pets, or any other creative ideas. Challenge your neighborhood to complete basket or have a group of friends put it together.

Have a business you know that will donate a gift certificate?

Please contact Heather at heathers@lundvt.org

Submissions

We try to get the blog out at the end of the weekend  with info for the week ahead(sorry for the lack of updates lately).  So if you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com by Saturdays.  Thanks!

November 23, 2015

STEAM Blog

Check out the school STEAM blog at https://stemteacherburlington.wordpress.com/

Amazon Smile

While doing all of your holiday shopping please do not forget JJ Flynn Elementary is part of the Amazon Smile Program. All you need to do is select JJ Flynn in Amazon Smile and they will donate to our school.

Superheroes DVD

Did you forget to order a DVD of Superheroes? Just follow the link below, print out the form, and drop it off in the PTO box by December 11th.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/17T_6aAEmnO2Tl_6vhf4NYUktueu8yewEumCj7UbFmyU/edit?usp=sharing

Lost and Found

The lost and found bins at Flynn have grown quite large.  If your child is missing anything please stop in and check out the bins located in the cafeteria.

Submissions

We try to get the blog out at the end of the weekend  with info for the week ahead(sorry for the lack of updates lately).  So if you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com by Saturdays.  Thanks!

November 3, 2015

Fundraising Committee Meeting

There will be a fundraising committee meeting this Thursday, November 5th at 5:30.  Please come if you want to help raise money for JJ Flynn.

PTO Meeting

Come join us for our monthly PTO meeting this Thursday, November 5th from 6:30-8:00 in the library.  Topics of discussion:  school pictures, new games for outside, committee updates and the play.  See you early for some pizza!

Interested In Helping Field Trips Happen?

As many of you know there are no buses for the school field trips and if one is located the fee can make the trip impossible to occur.  The PTO is looking for the right person or people that would be willing to research options for transportation for school field trips.  This could be finding grants, buses that are not being used for the day (King Street or Boys and Girls Club) or other creative options.  If you might be willing to help then please contact heathers@lundvt.org  Thank you!

Pay It Forward

A flyer was sent home last week about Pay It Forward.  Please consider donating to your school to help with enrichment activities, teacher mini-grants or other various activities.  If you did not receive the flyer then please reach out to flynnpto@gmail.com and someone will send one your way!

School Play Update – Superheroes!

Playbill Notes:

Would you like to spend a special note to your performer in the Superheroes playbill?  The cost is $10 and you let them know you are thinking of them in this special way.  Teachers or Staff you can send a note to all the performers also.  If interested please contact heathers@lundvt.org with your special message.

Here’s an example:

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Bake Sale Signup:

Help us raise money to support our theater program and the production of the JJ Flynn play! The bake sale brings in a good sum of dollars to offset the cost – the more items we have, the more we can sell!

Please sign up to contribute some snacks or water to our table. Items can be brought in the day before the play or even night or day of!

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090449ABAA29A13-bake

Pasta Dinner Wrap up-Thank you!!

Many thanks to the wonderful J.J. Flynn school community for coming together and making the Pasta Dinner a success! We raised over $800.00!! The money raised for the PTO will support buses for field trips, the school play and other enrichment activities for J. J. Flynn students.

Thanks to the Flynn school staff that helped to make the Pasta Dinner happen.

Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered at the event. Thanks to everyone who brought in the delicious ingredients for our dinner and treats for the bake sale table.

JJ Flynn Bottle Drop Information

Thanks to all who dropped bottles and cans off at 802 BWS at the Hannaford Shopping Center this past Saturday.

If you didn’t make it, no problem. There is still time to bring your deposit cans and bottles to 802 BWS. They will keep a running tab for our school this year. Swing by any time and say you want to donate the deposit to JJ Flynn School.

Have bottles at work? Grab them. Also, let your friends and neighbors know that this is an on-going fundraiser to help support the many activities and enrichment opportunities for our students at Flynn Elementary.

Thanks for your support!

Box Tops for Education

Thank you so much for continuing to collect and send in Boxtops for Education and Labels for Education. Tthe Fall Boxtops have been submitted and we collected approximately $225 for the PTO which should arrive sometime in December. Our next submission is in late February. Please continue to send in Boxtops throughout the year to support the PTO. Thank you!

Submissions

We try to get the blog out at the end of the weekend  with info for the week ahead(sorry we were late this week).  So if you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com by Saturdays.  Thanks!

October 25, 2015

Book Fair and Pasta Dinner: Tuesday, Oct 27, 5-7pm

Last call! Thanks very much to everyone who has signed up to help and brought their food contributions into school already. We could still use a few more pair of hands to help.

Check out the Sign Up Genius:

http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054ca8a722a5fa7-book

Looking forward to seeing everyone Tuesday night!

Here’s a list of what we still need:

Book Fair and Pasta Dinner 2015

School Play Update – Superheroes Art Contest!

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We are having an art contest! The winner will have their artwork on the cover of the playbill for Flynn’s upcoming school production of “Superheroes!”

Students can submit their entry to the main office by Friday Oct 30th!

All entries must represent the theme of the play and fit on an 8.5 X 11 piece of paper.

This contest is open to all students in any grade!

Submissions

We try to get the blog out at the end of the weekend with info for the week ahead.  So if you have any items for the blog, send them on to flynnschoolpto@gmail.com by Saturdays.  Thanks!