March 11, 2016

A Week At A Glance

Sunday, March 13
  • Daylight Savings Ends - Turn Your Clocks Ahead One Hour!

Tuesday, March 15
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • Encore Awards Nominations Deadline

Wednesday, March 16
  • PK-No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences-8AM
  • K-5 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • MS Conferences (by teacher request)
  • PTO General Session-RESCHEDULED for 3/23
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the LMC 4PM

Thursday, March 17
  • PK-No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences-8AM
  • Coffee with Principal Lowe-8:30AM/2:30PM
  • K-5 Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Middle School Conferences Open House-4PM
  • Scholastic Book Fair in the LMC 1PM

Friday, March 18

We have a new neighbor, Premium Powder, in the large warehouse to our northeast on Left Hand Circle. This warehouse has been mostly vacant for years. Please be courteous and remember to not block driveways or use our neighbors' driveways for turnarounds.

Thank you!



Dear Parents,
We already know that our staff is incredible and always go the extra mile (or 100!) for our students. I'm excited to share two opportunities for you to recognize them:

The Encore Awards, presented by the Education Foundation for the St. Vrain Valley, is  a wonderful opportunity for  Flagstaff   Academy  parents to recognize individual teachers who exemplify excellence in teaching. Three teachers from each SVVSD school are honored at the annual Encore Awards "Tribute to Teachers" celebration, held at the Plaza Conference Center in May.  Past Encore Award recipients have included Kate Sloop, Laura Munnelly, Lori Ledbetter, Kyle Sumnicht (also a Spotlight Award Winner), and Tracy Applehans. 

To nominate a teacher, please go to the  Encore Award Nomination Form The deadline is Tuesday, March 15, 2016 . Nominations can be made electronically, by email, or by mail. To learn more about the Encore Awards, visit their website at  http://www.efsvv.org/programs/encore-award-program/.

The 2016 Jared Polis Foundation Teacher Recognition Awards honors 10 Colorado K-12 teachers each year who have demonstrated highly effective, results-oriented teaching and have proven to be compassionate, caring, and dedicated to all of their students, nominated by parents, peers, principals, students, and staff members. The deadline is Friday, April 1, 2016 5:00 p.m. (MDT).  To nominate a teacher, please visit their website and follow the instructions.  

I'm proud of every single teacher in our school and I know you are, too! Let's show them how much we appreciate their commitment to your child's journey at  Flagstaff  Academy

I hope to see you at my upcoming Principal's Coffee date this week!
Thursday, March 17
8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
In the Commons

Have a wonderful weekend - enjoy this gorgeous weather!

Robin Lowe
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


Join the Flagstaff Board of Directors - Now Accepting Applications!

Dear Parents,

As Chair of the Elections Committee, I'm excited to communicate with you about our upcoming Board of Directors elections for the 2016-2017 school year. 

Members of the Board of Directors are volunteers responsible for providing oversight and governance for Flagstaff Academy in accordance with the mission and charter of the school. Board members help set and approve the school's annual budget, define school policies, help guide the academic mission, and oversee the work of the Executive Director and Executive Principal.

This year we are seeking three (3) new members to join the Board of Directors. This year we have a particular need for Directors who have legal, financial, or educational expertise .  However, most importantly, our current Board is seeking people who have a great passion to serve, who can work as part of a team, think critically, be willing to learn, and make decisions for the betterment of the school as a whole . We have had men and women from all walks of life serve as members of the Board.

Serving the Board of Directors has a very meaningful impact on our school, so please consider applying!

Applications are available on the school's website, and are due by Friday, April 1, 2016 at 5:00PM

If you have any questions about the elections process, please email me at Debbie Nelson at dnelson@flagstaffacademy.org .  

The mission of the Flagstaff Academy Board of Directors is to develop students who are equipped to be well-rounded, ethical leaders in the world community with a foundation based on science and technology.


Our Weekly Tuesday Tours are going strong!  Principal Lowe leads our the tours, joined by other members of our wonderful staff, and continue through May 2016.

Please share this information with a family who would benefit from our educational approach and culture - Enrollment Information.

Weekly Tuesday Tours with Principal Lowe
(March/April 2016 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, March 29
  • Tuesday, April 26

  • NO TOURS APRIL 12-19 due to testing

Thank you for your support of our school!


We are implementing a new process for absence, tardy, and sick notifications. Instead of emailing, we are now using a simple Google form, the Attendance Reporting Form. This will allow us to streamline our process and serve you much more efficiently. 

The form IS available on our website, on the Parents page, as well as on the Health Clerk website and on our Flagstaff App. 

Please bookmark this link for future reference. Thank you for your cooperation!


Preschool Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule:  
Wednesday, March 16
8:00 a.m.-6:00  p.m.
Thursday, March 17
8:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
Please sign up here.

Elementary School Parent/Teacher Conference Schedule:
Wednesday, March 16
4:30-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 17
1:00-8:00 p.m.

Middle School Parent/Teacher Conference Open House: 
Thursday, March 17
4:00-6:00 p.m.

Your child's teacher will meet with you to go over goals for the school year based on Spring 2016 Assessments, observations from the teacher, and conversations with your child.  Thank you for partnering with us for your child's success!

All School Noon Dismissal on Thursday, March 17

Scholastic Book Fair during Conferences!

Looking for a few great books for your children to read over break? Stop by the LMC during conferences to check out the Scholastic Book Fair. All proceeds go back to your child's classroom in the form of books!

 The book fair will be open:
Wed., March 16, 4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thurs., March 17, 1:00-8:00 p.m. 

Also, we are in need of volunteers to help with the bookfair. If you'd like to help, please fill out this form. Thank you!

Dragon Flight is offering care on Thursday, March 17 from 12:00-6:00 p.m. 
and on Friday, March 18 from 7:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Fill out the  registration form . After March 9th, a $10.00 drop-in charge will be added. Please note: registration is not complete until payment is made online. Please make payment online at  https://flagstaffacademy.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=regwerks
and choose "Before and Afterschool Care". 


K to Career Discovery Expo - Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 29

K to Career Discovery Expo 
Date:  Tuesday, March 29
Time:  5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Gym

The  Flagstaff Academy  K to Career Discovery Expo is an opportunity for our students to see live, interactive demonstrations of how different careers and industries use science and technology, every day. 

We've rescheduled our K to Career Discovery Expo so that we can have an even more amazing group of Science or Technology business leaders for our students!

Do you work in a Science or Technology Industry? We are looking for exhibits where students can get hands-on interaction and connect their science and technology knowledge from  Flagstaff  Academy  to the real world. Industries may include robotics and automation, space exploration, health care, computer science, forestry and environmental sciences, energy, entertainment and the arts, and education -- just to name a few! 

If your company would like to participate, please contact Wayne Granger, Executive Director, at  wgranger@flagstaffacademy.org, for more information.


The Spectrum team has done it again! Issue Six, full of great articles, is now live. Read about Elementary School Assistant PrincipalTerri Long's OUR Center Super Bowl challenge, the STEM Fair, NJHS Induction, Colorado Shakespeare Festival, School of Choice Rally, and more!

Applications for next year's Spectrum staff now live! Interested students can download an application here. Completed applications should be handed in to Mrs. Wilkins (room D24) no later than Monday, March 21st, at 4:00 p.m. 
The staff for next year's Spectrum will be announced before Spring Break.


We are very excited to announce that the PM Kindergarten Class, starting in the 2016-2017 School Year, is a go! The new offering will reduce overall class sizes throughout our Kindergarten program, as well as fulfill the increased demand for a PM Kindergarten class. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar at  enroll@flagstaffacademy.org or 720-864-9090.


Every single Flagstaff volunteer makes a difference every day for our school. 

You too can become a part of our fun, caring, and connected community of volunteers!

Most Immediate Volunteer Needs - 

 Front Office Volunteer:
    • Monday and Fridays, 12-2:00 p.m.
    • Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, 2-3:30 p.m.
    • Thursdays, 10:00 a.m.- Noon. 
Health Room Volunteer is needed for every other Thursday, from 10-11:00 a.m., starting March 3rd.

Flagstaff Volunteers Rock!

The PTO executive board would like to thank all parent volunteers for helping to build and strengthen the Flagstaff Academy community through your participation in the PTO. Participating makes a difference to the parents, teachers, staff, and children at our school!
Upcoming Meeting - NEW DATE
Due to the Parent/Teacher Conferences, the General PTO Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 23, 6:30 PM in the LMC

Help the PTO's Hospitality Committee During Conferences! 
We're trying something new and we need your help to provide dinner for Flagstaff's teachers on the evenings of Parent/Teacher Conferences!  We've created a SignUpGenius for the meals that we have planned for each day:
Questions? please contact Elizabeth O'Hara at  ejmorris22207@yahoo.com

Thanks in advance!  

Flagstaff Academy PTO  Hospitality Committee

Flagstaff Academy Spring Gala  Sponsorships Available!
Reserve Your Sponsorship Position BY APRIL 1.
Present your business to 600+ families daily for as many as 15 full days!
View and download sponsorship information, here.
Contact Leah Herrera at  chipsandsalsa04@yahoo.com
or call 303-834-2701.


Be the classroom that brings in the most Box Tops for the month of March and receive FREE kids meals to Texas Roadhouse! Let's not forget your teachers...they will win a $30 gift card to Texas Roadhouse as well!

See how close your classroom is to winning the first BoxTop Prize
at www.flagstaffacademypto.org 

Classes in the lead:
Mehus 48, MacKay/Happel 40, PreSchool 35
Classes on their way to collecting 1,500 Box Tops for a Popcorn Party are: 
Wilkins 1,102, Cynkar 969, Slinker 757 
Classes on their way to collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum at School are: 
Lewis 724, Burnett 719, MacKay/Happel 716

Please note that eBoxTops will not count towards these totals! Although, we appreciate all eBoxTop submittals, there is no way to track all of them to a specific classroom. eBoxTops will be included in the school totals, so please submit them. Only actual BoxTops that are turned into the teacher will count towards these classroom awards.

Download the March BoxTops Collection Sheet - also in your Friday Folders
Important Reminders:
  • Please remember to put the student's name, grade and TEACHER in with all BoxTops in a sealable bag/envelope. BoxTops with no teacher name will be included in the general BoxTop fund.
  • Please continue to trim the BoxTops prior to submitting them.
  • Please only include NON EXPIRED BoxTops. BoxTops do expire!!!


Before and After School Care and Enrichment Classes

Flagstaff Academy's in-house Dragon Flight program provides on-site before and after school care and enrichment classes. Dragon Flight provides students a warm, enriching environment while maintaining Flagstaff Academy's standards and values. To register for any of Dragon Flight's offerings, click here.

Conference Care!
Dragon Flight will be offering care during parent/teacher conferences:
Thursday, March 17
Noon to 6:00 p.m.

Dairy Queen Day!
Cost: $35 per student
(extra money is not needed, but please send lunch and snacks).
Join Dragon Flight for a fun afternoon of games, gym time, arts and crafts, outdoor play, free play, and a special trip to Dairy Queen. 
Friday, March 18
Time: 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

$45 per student (lunch is provided; extra money for snacks optional).

From the largest elephant to the smallest shrew, the city of Zootopia is a mammal metropolis where various animals live and thrive. 
**Students must arrive by 10:30AM.
Fill out the registration form and return to the front office no later than Wednesday, March 9th. After the 9th, the $10.00 drop in charge will be added to all registrations. Please note: the registration is not complete until payment is made online. Please make payment online at https://flagstaffacademy.revtrak.net/tek9.asp?pg=regwerks and choose "Before and Afterschool Care". 

Space is limited, register now!
Current Dragon Flight Classes:
    • Super Science Smorgasbord - K-5
    • Chess Club - K-8
    • Yoga Kids - K-4
    • After School Fitness Fun - K-3
Spring Break Quest with Renaissance Adventures
April 4-8 at Flagstaff Academy
8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Cost: $389 (Register in February for a $25 discount - Use code S1EARLY 
Register through Renaissance Adventures: www.RenaissanceAdventures.com

Dragon Flight Summer Camp 2016: 
Survivor: Outsmart/Outlaugh/Outfun!
Registration for Summer Camp 2016 is filling quickly! Don't miss out, register today!

For more information, please contact Jeanna Peppler, jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org

Haven't registered yet? It's not too late! You can sign-up anytime throughout the year with the Online registration The revised 100-mile club schedule is as follows:

Morning Practices - M, T, Th, and F 7:15-7:45 a.m.

Students are welcome to attend as little or as many practices as they can.
It has been so great seeing your students come out to all the 100-mile club events. We started the year off with a bang! We have over 50 students that have earned their t-shirt and 5 that have hit the 50 mile mark! 

*Just a reminder that even though it is chilly outside we will still be running outside! Please dress your child accordingly: gloves, hats, and jackets are important.
Upcoming Events: March/April
100-Mile-Club After School "Celebrate Your Culture" Run
Date: Friday, March 11
Time: 4:00-4:30 p.m.
Cost: Free
100-Mile-Club Run at Sandstone
Date: Sunday, March 26
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Cost: Free
Parent/guardian must be in attendance. 
100-Mile-Club Run at Sandstone
Date: Sunday, March 28
Time: 4:30-5:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Parent/guardian must be in attendance. 

100-Mile-Club Run Spring Break Run
at McIntosh Lake
Date: Tuesday, April 5
Time: 10:00 - 11:00 a.m.
Cost: Free
Parent/guardian must be in attendance. Pick up slip and then complete the 3.2 mile loop at your own pace.  
100-Mile-Club Run Spring Break Run
at Sandstone
Date: Thursday, April 7
Time: 1:00 - 3:00 p.m.
Cost: Free
Parent or guardian must be in attendance. 
Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' Health 5K
Date: Sunday, April 10
The school with the highest number of students who completes the 5K wins $250, along with a trophy! 

Have more questions about the 100-mile club? Email Ms. Cynkar for more information at  ecynkar@flagstaffacademy.org.
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Longmont, CO 80501

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