March 25, 2016

A Week At A Glance

Tuesday, March 29
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • K to Career Discovery Expo-5:30PM

Wednesday, March 30
  • RESCHEDULED PTO General Session-6:30PM

Thursday, March 31
  • 2nd Grade Concert-6PM

Friday, April 1
  • Board of Directors Election Applications Due-5PM

Monday, April 4-Friday, April 8

Monday, April 11-Friday, April 22
  • PARCC/CMAS Testing

Tuesday, April 12
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, April 13
  • Late Start Day
    • MS Drive Line: 10:30AM/Start Time: 10:45AM
    • Elem. Drive Line: 10:45AM/Start Time: 11AM
  • PTO Executive Board Mtg-6:30PM

Thursday, April 14
  • Parent Book Study Group-6PM

Friday, April 15
  • Aluminum Can Drive-2:30PM
  • Yearbook Ordering Deadline


Dear Parents,

I'm excited to update you on our Math curriculum process.  We have created a Math Pathways for our school, which you can access via this link. The pathways articulate the courses from grades K-8, including the accelerated learning paths for math.

For 2016-2017, we will begin our compacted curriculum (compressing grade level objectives so we can cover more content) in fourth grade and the compacted math will continue until Algebra I. The compacted curriculum is for students excelling in math. At the end of each year, all students in grades 3-6 will take an end of the year math exam. This test will be one data point in a matrix to determine student readiness for an advanced math curriculum. Other data points include: iReady scores, grades, state testing, and teacher recommendation. Beginning this spring, each year we will share the matrix and our recommendation for your child for the new school year before we leave for the summer break.  

Our math pathways ensures that students can enter the advanced track at any point along the way, as long as they show mastery of their content. Suppose your child begins to rapidly excel in fourth or fifth grade instead of showing that at the end of third grade - rest assured they can still accelerate to the advanced track. By eighth grade, your child may be in one of the following classes: Pre-Algebra, Algebra I, Geometry, and / or Algebra II. I put "and/or" with the Geometry and Algebra II because those classes can actually be taken simultaneously, with Algebra II as an elective choice if desired.  

In addition to our advanced math pathways, we've also been working on our math curriculum for each grade level and will continue that work through the summer. Our goal is to ensure that we are teaching the Core Knowledge sequence, rather than a textbook, since there are no textbooks published that follow the CK math sequence entirely. Our teachers are using all textbooks as resources to write the curriculum and we are working on purchasing more resources and manipulatives as they work through this process.

I wanted to let you know that due to PARCC testing, our principal's coffee for April is cancelled; however, I'll be briefly updating parents on the new curriculum and pathways immediately before the Wednesday, April 20 PTO General Session at 6:00 PM in the LMC. I hope you can join me for the conversation and stay for the PTO meeting afterwards.

Have a wonderful weekend.

Robin Lowe
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Applications Accepted Through Friday, April 1 at 5PM

Join the Flagstaff Board of Directors - Now Accepting Applications!

Why I Serve: Neal Enssle

Q:  Why did you volunteer to serve on the Board of Directors? 
A:  As parents of children with special needs, we'd chosen Flagstaff because not only is it one of the best schools in the region academically, but it is also a place that clearly puts a lot of thought and energy into creating a warm, safe, diverse, and welcoming learning environment. I wanted to help support the teachers, staff, and administrators who had created this amazing place, and find ways to continue to help improve it.
Q: How long have you served and in what roles?
A: This is the end of my third year on the Board.  I've  served as President, Vice-President, Elections Committee Chair, and on the Organizational Design Advisory Committee. 

Q:  What will you take away from your Board of Directors experience?
A: Being on the Board has definitely been challenging at times, but it is also one of the most deeply rewarding things I've ever done. After jumping in and serving on the Interim Executive Director Hiring Committee following Principal Andrew Moore's departure, I helped lead the Organizational Design Advisory Committee which re-structured our organization to better meet the dual needs of our community -- we are both a high-performing school and a $7M per year business with over 100 employees and more than 900 students -- by separating the role of Principal into two jobs: the Executive Director (responsible for primarily for strategic planning, operational oversight, financial planning, business development, and organizational culture), and the Executive Principal (responsible primarily for academic success and professional development of our teaching staff). For the past two years, as Board President, I've helped recruit and hire our fantastic Executive Principal, Robin Lowe, and worked closely with Executive Director, Wayne Granger and the rest of the Board to implement key aspects of our strategic plan such as 1:1 Chromebooks, improved teacher compensation, curriculum improvements, enhancements to the organizational and professional structure and culture, a successful marketing and enrollment campaign, and key facilities improvements such as a network systems overall to help support the science and technology mission of the school. 
Q: Any last thoughts before your term is over?
A: I am so proud to have been able to serve the school and all our students during this period of transition and evolution. Flagstaff is a truly great school, and volunteers are such an essential part of what makes us so successful! I would strongly encourage you to find time to volunteer and help in classrooms, on committees, with the PTO, or on the Board of Directors. Please feel free to reach out to any of us on the Board if you have questions, or just want to have coffee and chat about how you can help!

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.


2016-2017 Academic Calendar

The 2016-2017 Academic Calendar is now live! You can view it on our Parents' section of our website, or download it here. The 2015-2016 calendar is also current and available. 


Date: Tuesday, March 29, 2016
Time: 5:30-7:30PM
Location: Commons

Ever wonder what the largest sticker ball in the world looks like and how it gets produced? Curious about a career as a bird conservationist, or police officer, neurologist, farmer, a veterinarian, or how Robotics can change our world? 

Attend the Flagstaff K to Career Discovery Expo.
We'll be joined by local business that include:
      • StickerGiant
      • Medtronic
      • Longmont Police Explorers
      • Boulder Neurological Association
      • Mountain West Productions
      • The Aquaponic Source - in our Greenhouse Classroom!
      • Ollin Farms
      • Longmont Modern Dentistry
      • KM Labs
      • Mountain Ridge Animal Hospital
      • Up-A-Creek Robotics Team - and more!
Come learn what hard boiled eggs have to do with our teeth, visit our Greenhouse Classroom for a hands-on demo with the Aquaponic Source, and m eet "Saul," StickerGiant's humongous sticker ball - can you guess how many stickers it took to make him? 


Weekly Tuesday Tours with Principal Lowe
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.

(March/April 2016 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
  • 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!


   Calling 7th Grade Parents!

We're seeking a group of dedicated 7th grade parents to be on our 8th grade graduation committee.  It is one of the wonderful traditions at Flagstaff Academy that our current 7th grade parents take part in helping to make 8th grade graduation a very special event. 

If you'd like to volunteer, please contact Kevin Pugh, Dean of Culture, at kpugh@flagstaffacademy.org.

Thank you!


Just a few weeks left to order yours!

Flagstaff Academy yearbooks are:
$25 Soft Cover
$30 Hard Cover

Deadline to order: Friday, April 15, 2016

Turn in your order form (available in the front lobby) and check, or order online 
at  www.mjthomasphoto.com and follow these instructions:
          • Click on "Order Here"
          • Select "Flagstaff Academy"
          • Enter Access Code: fayb201516 and your email address


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 all the difference to the parents, teachers, staff, and children at our school!  

Please note: The PTO General Session cancelled due to the snow day has been rescheduled for Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m. in the LMC. 
Let's Raise Funds for Our Children's Education! 
Join us for an evening of fun and relaxation with the community of Flagstaff as we raise funds for the future of our children's education. The Gala will include a silent auction with cocktail reception, great food, entertainment, call to cash, music from the "Wild Ivories," and lots of time to socialize with other Flagstaff parents.

Date: Saturday, April 16, 2016
Time: 6:30pm-12am
Location: Best Western Plaza Convention Center
1850 Industrial Circle, Longmont, CO 80501
Ticket Price: $45 per person
The event is restricted to persons 18 years old and over
To Purchase Tickets:  www.flagstaffacademypto.org/gala.html

Deadline to Reserve Your Flagstaff Academy Spring Gala Sponsorships 
is Friday, 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!

How close is your classroom is to winning the first BoxTop Prize?
Visit www.flagstaffacademypto.org 

Classes in the lead: Gianetti 293
Hamilton 146, Brown 137

CONGRATULATIONS!!! With 900 Box Tops, Mrs. Gianetti's classroom, and with 768 Box Tops, Mrs. Brown's classroom has won Chew Gum at School!!

Classes on their way to collecting 1,500 Box Tops for a Popcorn Party are: 
Wilkins 1,102, Cynkar 1,091, Gianetti 900
Classes on their way to collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum at School are: 
Burnett 719, MacKay/Happel 716, Applehans 651

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.
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.
Dragon Flight Summer Camp 2016 - Specialty Camps are Here!
Week 1: June 6-10
Week 2: June 13-17
Week 3: June 20-24
Week 4: June 27-July 1
Week 5: July 11-15
Week 6: July 18-22
What a great summer we have planned! Registration for the specialty camps starts on Friday, March 18. Look at some of what we have in store for a fun-filled summer!
Chess Club
Comic Creations
Lego Mindstorm

International and Healthy Cooking!
Magic Science

Science Explorers

Check your Friday Folders this week, or download the Specialty Camps Registration Packets here!
Spring Break Quest with Renaissance Adventures

Date: April 4-8  
Time: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Academy
Cost: $389 
Register through Renaissance Adventu res: www.RenaissanceAdventures.com

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. 
Please dress your child accordingly: gloves, hats, and jackets are important.
Upcoming Events: March/April
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.  
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!  Register here!
Have more questions about the 100-mile club? Email Ms. Cynkar for more information at  ecynkar@flagstaffacademy.org.
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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