January 8 2018
FALA Buzz
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FALA Welcomes Corrina Wall - Dance
Ms. Wall was born in Northern California where she began her formal dance training in her youth. Her experience has allowed her to train and perform nationally and internationally throughout her career. Since relocating to Flagstaff in 2006, Ms. Wall has had the pleasure of teaching at Coconino Community College and Canyon Dance Academy, as well as several public and private schools; she also continues to enjoy training and performing with Canyon Movement Company. Ms. Wall is very excited and honored to be a part of the FALA dance program and looks forward to growing and evolving with the FALA family.
FALA Viola Award Nominees!
FALA has a BIG presence in the   2018 Viola Award Nominations -
FALA Student Ember Crowley and FALA Alum Daniel Stigmon for Emerging Artists
Rich Krueger for Excellence in Science Education
Betsy Hamill and Leslie Baker for Excellence in Arts Education.

Congrats to all of our nominees!
Tutoring is Back!
Tutoring is Back!  FALA Tutoring Schedule Link
FALA Advisory Workshops
FALA students had a special opportunity to participate in thirteen different workshops Friday before the Winter Break. The theme was centered around mindfulness and coping skills.  (Right: David "Giraffe-man" McCain's workshop on Communicating with Heart.)

Janine Birchard and Gessica Neilson our FALA counselors went above and beyond to provide a special learning experience for our students.

Flagstaff professionals and FALA were invited to share info and tools with FALA students. 

Special thanks to: Michelle Rauss, Northland Family Help Center, Therapy Pets of Northern Arizona, David McCain, Aaron Cohen and staff presenters: Dean Crawley, Janine Birchard, Carol Hixson, Leslie Baker, Betsy Hamill, Kayla Richards, and Allison Gruber

Loving Vincent
January 18, 2018 7:00PM - Mark your Calendar - Loving Vincent - Is coming to the Orpheum Theater. Great entertainment and FALA gets a share of the profits.

Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bRDSTw6mNwY
Chairs for Change is Coming!
FALA needs your furniture donations
FALA's Grand Canyon Youth
FALA's Grand Canyon Youth program is excited to announce that we are extending the application deadline to our April 6th-9th San Juan trip, to January 15, 2018!

If you would like to participate in this incredible learning and community experience, plan to get an application from Ms. Birdwell when we get back from Winter Break. The application and deposit of $337.50 will be due Jan 15th.

GCY would like to remind the community that financial assistance is available! We are also participating in fundraising and tax credits can be applied to your trip fee! Don't let finances stop you from this amazing opportunity to learn and share on the water!
Screen Time Symposium
Screen Time Symposium, January 28, 2018
FALA Intro to Theater Students will be performing!
Special Message
Larry Wallen - FALA Executive Director & Laura Umphrey - FALA Board of Directors, President
January 4, 2018

Dear Parents and Students,

Last night, FALA’s Board of Directors held a special meeting. The purpose of this meeting was to look critically at our current finances as we move into the second half of the 2017-2018 school year. Because current student enrollment (which determines our funding) is lower than projected for this year, the Board felt that it was important to gather information to ensure that we move forward carefully and thoughtfully.

In response to these concerns, the Board asked our Executive Director, Larry Wallen, to present us with every potential avenue to reduce spending through the end of the 2017-2018 school year. Our goal is to explore each and every possible cost-cutting measure and the implications each would have to the Academy. Because of the potential impact of the different ideas being considered, Mr. Wallen proactively shared this information with teachers in a meeting on Monday afternoon.

Though many possible options to protect our financial outlook are being considered, we want to assure you that, at this time, no decisions have been made. We want to act conservatively to ensure that any disruption to student learning is minimized. Our first goal is to find ways to increase revenue, rather than making cuts.

It is unfortunate, though, that the intent to be transparent about our commitment to finding creative solutions that benefit both the short- and long-term stability of the school led to rumors that FALA is closing its doors or cutting programming. These rumors are simply not true, and, regrettably, our students have been most hurt by them.

Today, we met with students to arm them with correct information about where we are in this process and to help alleviate their misdirected fears. Students were also encouraged to share any questions and/or concerns with either Mr. Wallen or Dean Crawley.

If you, as a FALA parent, have any additional concerns or questions, you may also contact Mr. Wallen or Dean Crawley.

Respectfully,

Larry E. Wallen Dr. Laura Umphrey
Executive Director Board President

Financial Aid & Scholarship Fair
Sat, January 20, 2018
10:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Coconino Community College Lone Tree Campus
 
Join LAUNCH Flagstaff to learn about dozens of financial aid and scholarship opportunities at the first annual Financial Aid & Scholarship Fair, sponsored by Coconino Community College. The Commons will be packed with students like you and people who want to support you in achieving your postsecondary goals. This event is FREE and open to all students and families in Flagstaff. No need to register. Tell your friends, and share the news on social media!

For more information, please contact: Northern Arizona College Resource Center at nacrc@nau.edu or call 928-523-1803
Snow?
If winter finally decides to descend upon Flagstaff here is the information about snow delays and cancellation.  FALA Bell Schedule  Note that FALA starts at 10:00am on Delayed Snow Day Schedule

FALA follows the FUSD decision to cancel or delay school. FALA will also post this info on our FACEBOOK and Web pages. 

Remember that you will need extra time to get to school when winter is here. Snowbowl traffic will be a factor getting to school on time. PLEASE allow for extra time. 
Flagstaff Arts & Leadership Academy Art Exhibit
Arizona Tax Credit - Charitable Donations
There are many ways to give to FALA! It is tax credit giving season. Did you know you can designate your 2017 Tax Credit up to April 15th, 2018! Please search this AZ Tax Credit Forms and consult accountant for more info! You can also donate to FALA through Charitable Donations since FALA is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. These donations can go beyond the tax credit limitation.accountant for more info! You can also donate to FALA through Charitable Donations.
Important Dates
January 9th - FALA Strategic Planning Meeting 5:00PM Rm 6
January 11th - Murder in the Knife Room - Stage 7 - FALA Campus
January 15th - Martin Luther King Day - No School
January 17th - 5:00PM Rm 4 - FALA Board of Directors Meeting
January 19th - Teacher Professional Development - Student Early Release
January 25th - 19th Annual FALA Art Exhibit Reception - 4:30-6:30 Brandy’s Restaurant
January 28th - ScreenAgers - Coconino Center of the Arts - noon
January 30th - 5:30PM - Coconino Center of the Arts - FALA Application and Enrollment Info Session
This Week's Lunch Menu
Monday
Mozzarella Sandwich $3.50
Chicken Caesar Wrap $3.50
Salad $2
Pasta with Meat Sauce $3
Mac and Cheese $3
BBQ Chicken Sandwich $3
Bean Quesadilla $3.50
 
Tuesday
Turkey Sub $4
Salad $2
Bean and Cheese Burrito $3
Lasagna $3.50
Curried Pumpkin Soup $3
Loaded Tots $3
 
Wednesday
Mozzarella sandwich $3.50
Chicken Caesar Wrap $3.50
Salad $2
Fettuccine Alfredo $3
Cheeseburger $4
Mac and Cheese $3
Chicken Quesadilla $3.50
 
Thursday
Turkey Sub $4
Salad $2
Nachos $2.50
Mac and Cheese $3
Bean and Cheese Burrito $3
Curried Pumpkin soup $3
 
Friday
Pesto Cheese Pizza $2
Mozzarella Sandwich $3.50
Chicken Wrap $3.50
Mac and Cheese $3
Salad $2
Chicken Quesadilla $3.50

Snacks
Various chips $.75
Chocolate chip cookies $.25
Brownies $.50
Rice Krispy Treats $.50
Gluten free vegan pecan bars $2
 
Drinks
Water $1
Soda $1
AZ Tea $2
Gatorade $2