November 20, 2015

Monday, November 23-Friday, November 27
  • Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
Monday, November 30
  • Lost and Found Items Donated
LOOKING AHEAD TO DECEMBER
Tuesday, December 1
  • Weekly Daytime Tour - 9:30AM
  • Board of Directors Meeting - 5:30PM
  • Gingerbread Contest - 6:30PM
Wednesday, December 2
  • Late Start Day
    • Elem. Driveline: 10:45AM
    • Elem. Start Time: 11AM
    • MS Driveline: 10:30AM
    • MS Start Time: 10:45AM
  • Late Start Burritos and Hot Chocolate Sales from Student Council and NJHS
  • School-wide Hour of Code - 11AM
Thursday, December 3
  • PreK Hearing and Vision Testing - 10:45AM
Saturday, December 5
  • Open Enrollment Kickoff Event
    • 9:30AM Coffee, Hot Cocoa & Donuts
    • 10-11AM - Onsite Application Opens
    • 11AM - Online Application Goes Live
Thursday, December 10
  • School Band and Choir Concert - 6:30PM

HELLO FROM EXECUTIVE PRINCIPAL LOWE


Dear Parents,
At this time of year we reflect on things that we are thankful for and I honestly must say that I am so thankful I am here at Flagstaff. I am absolutely loving the challenge of learning new curriculum standards, new parent and community expectations, and of course, the ever wonderful state assessments!! But most of all, I am loving getting to know your children. The best parts of my day are greeting them at the front door each morning and saying goodbye to them as they leave for home in the afternoon. Their enthusiasm, their excitement for learning, and their pure joy and amazement at things we often take for granted leave me speechless.

I want to thank each and every one of you for entrusting your children to our care. I promise we do not take that trust lightly - they are not just your children, but they are a part of a much larger family - the Dragon family.

Have a safe and restful Thanksgiving. I am heading to Texas to visit my children and grandchildren, but I look forward to seeing everyone back healthy and happy on the 30th!

Take care,

Robin

Robin Lowe ,
Executive Principal

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL UPDATES - REPORT CARDS


 
Dear Parents and Guardians,

You'll find your child's report card in their Friday Folder. This will be the final paper copy of report cards you will receive. In the future, as they are now, they will be made available on Infinite Campus. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me or your child's teacher.


Warmly,

Terri Long,
Assistant Principal, Elementary School

PILOT PM KINDERGARTEN IN 2016-2017!



We are very excited to announce that we are piloting a PM Kindergarten Class, starting in the 2016-2017 School Year. This initiative will reduce overall class sizes throughout our Kindergarten program, as well as fulfill the increased demand for a PM Kindergarten class. 

To enroll your child in Kindergarten, we encourage you to come to the in-person/onsite Open Enrollment Kickoff event on Saturday, December 5 from 10:00-11:00AM, or online starting at 11:00AM. 

If you are a current pre-kindergarten parent, you MUST apply for Kindergarten enrollment. As a current Flagstaff family, your application will be given priority preference. 

Depending on the response we receive during the Enrollment Application period, we will make be able to make an informed decision on whether there is enough interest  to fill an afternoon kindergarten class and reduce class sizes. 

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


2016-2017 WEEKLY DAYTIME TOURS


Our Weekly Tuesday Tours are going strong!  Principal Lowe will be leading our weekly tours, joined by other members of our wonderful staff. Weekly Tuesday Tours run from November 2015-May 2016.

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

Weekly Tuesday Tours with Principal Lowe
(November/December 2015 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30AM

 

(No tour on Tues., Nov. 24 due to the Thanksgiving break)

  • Tuesday, December 1
  • Tuesday, December 8
  • Tuesday, December 15

Thank you for your support of our school!

TIME CHANGES TO 2016-2017 OPEN ENROLLMENT APPLICATION KICKOFF


We're changing up our approach to the Open Enrollment Application process for families interested in Flagstaff! 

Our "Open Enrollment Application" Kickoff is set for Saturday, December 5, starting with Coffee, Hot Cocoa, and Donuts from 9:30-10:00AM in the
Commons. 

We'll open the tech lab for Onsite Open Enrollment Applications
from 10:00-11:00AM. 

At 11:00AM on Saturday, December 5, our online Open Enrollment Application process will go live at www.flagstaffacademy.org.

The Open Enrollment Application process continues through October 1, 2016
at 3:00PM (MDT).  

All entries are time-stamped and we accept new enrollments on a first-come, first-served basis, as well as according to our priority preferences. Our full enrollment process can be found on our website at www.flagstaffacademy.org/our-programs/enrollment

Please tell your friends and family members interested in Flagstaff Academy that there is NO NEED to either camp out or arrive in the middle of the night!
In fact, we discourage it!

Our goal is to provide a fun and non-stressful community-building morning for prospective Dragon families. Staff and board members will be on hand to help and to answer questions. We want to create a new "buzz" around our Open Enrollment process...We have room for interested families!  

2016-2017 "Intent to Return" forms for currently enrolled families will be distributed in mid-January 2016. 

 Questions? Please contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar, at enroll@flagstaffacademy.org or 720-864-9090.

Would you like to be part of our Kickoff Welcome Team?
Let us know at enroll@flagstaffacademy.org

DECEMBER LATE START
 (PLUS BREAKFAST BURRITOS AND HOT COCOA!)

Elementary School
Driveline: 10:45AM
Start Time: 11:00AM
Middle School
Driveline: 10:30AM
Start Time: 10:45AM


During the next late  start on December 2,   Student Council will be selling Santiago's Breakfast Burritos for $3.00 and NJHS will be selling hot chocolate for $1.00. All proceeds go to support Student Council and NJHS activities. 

Come support our amazing Student Council and National Junior Honor Society while enjoying a delicious breakfast! 

 

IMPORTANT AFTERNOON 100 MILE CLUB ANNOUNCEMENT


Dear Parents and Guardians,

This fall, we were one of the only schools in the area offering 100 Mile Club activities after school. We are so happy for the amazing response and interest of our students and parents for this physical activity program. Unfortunately, we have learned throughout this semester that there are just too many logistical and facility challenges to continue the after school 100 Mile Club program.

We will continue to run the after school 100 Mile Club program through December 2015.  When we return from Winter Break in January 2016, we will only hold 100 Mile Club before school on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday mornings from 7:15-7:45 a.m. We are announcing this change now to provide families opportunity to adjust their after school schedules and child care options as needed prior to January 2016.

We will attempt to offer more weekend events to help kids maintain their momentum from the fall. Thank you for understanding and your support of the 100 Mile Club.

Please contact me with any questions or concerns,

Wayne Granger
Executive Director


The revised 100-mile club schedule, effective January 4, 2016, is below:

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!


Registration is still open! Online Registration is available here!

*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 to have. 

Upcoming 100 Mile Club Events:

Monday, November 23, 2015
100-mile Club Sandstone Ranch Event
Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.
Free Event!
Thursday November 27, 2015
Thanksgiving Day Runs! 
Participate in one of the below Turkey Day Runs for 100-mile club credit:
  


BOARD OF DIRECTORS MEETING

The Board of Directors will be meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at 5:30PM at the school in the LMC. The meeting is open to the public. Please see the school website for more information.

The Board will be hearing updates on operations and the state of the business from the Executive Director, updates on our academic programs from the Executive Principal, and updates from various Board subcommittees.  

DRIVELINE UPDATES AND APPRECIATION

Driveline Ending before 4:00 p.m. on a Regular Basis! 

Due to the cooperation of our Flagstaff families and the efforts of the Driveline Team, Afternoon Driveline is running smoothly and ending before 4:00 p.m. on a regular basis. 


End of Day Driveline Pickup Awareness

As  Driveline  is completed, our staff is ready to finish up their work and head home. If you are planning on picking up children at the end of  Driveline , please be courteous to our staff by arriving by  3:50 p.m. for the final wave . Recently, there has been an excess of cars arriving after  Driveline  has ended which holds up staff and causes issues at the front office.

Thank you for your help and cooperation!

OUR VOLUNTEERS MAKE ALL THE DIFFERENCE!


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
Volunteer Coordinator

We also need help with:
Health Room Volunteer for Tuesdays only!

Flagstaff Volunteers Rock!

HEALTH OFFICE

PreK Hearing and Vision
 

PreK Hearing and Vision Screening  will be held on:

          • Wednesday, December 2, 9:30-10:00AM. 
          • Thursday, December 3, 10:45-11:15AM and 12:45-1:00PM.  

If you do not want to have your student screened, you must notify Kathy Peterson, Health Clerk at kpeterson@flagstaffacademy.org, by no later than Friday, November 20.

AMAZON SMILES FOR FLAGSTAFF!

As we enter the holiday shopping season, Amazon has created an easy way to give back to Flagstaff Academy with AmazonSmile. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Flagstaff every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at  smile.amazon.com , you'll find the exact same shopping experience as Amazon.com, with the added bonus Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of all eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Flagstaff Academy. To learn more, visit AmazonSmile.com

Thank you for your support!

NOVEMBER LOST AND FOUND REMINDER



As is our policy, all unclaimed lost and found items are donated to a local charity at the end of each month. 

Labeling your child's items makes it super easy for our Lost and Found volunteers to return them to their owners!

DRAGON FLIGHT

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.


Thanksgiving Break Care
Dragon Flight will be offering care on Monday,  Nov. 23 and Tuesday, Nov. 24 from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Must arrive by 9:00 a.m. and will return by 4:00 p.m.  Registration form can be found here!

New Enrichment Classes include:
Crackpots - Moose Mug
Knitting Club
Science Matters - Goose Bumps
Holiday Cooking Around the World!
For more information, please contact Jeanna Peppler, jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org
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!

Visit  www.flagstaffacademypto.org for more information. 
Also, please "like" us on Facebook to receive our posts and stay connected!
2015 Gingerbread Contest is here!

Date: Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Time: 6:30 p.m. - 8:00p.m.
Location: Commons

Please join us in the Commons with your Gingerbread Creation. 
Hot Chocolate, Coo kies will be served and we'll be doing a winter craft.
All creations must be edible for this fun-filled family event. 

This year's theme is Peanuts by Charles Schulz

For contest rules and more information go to, www.flagstaffacademypto.org, event, "Gingerbread Contest"



IT'S BOXTOPS TIME!

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

Classes that are on their way collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum
at School are:

Lewis 540, Burnett 487, Veum 426, Cynkar 415

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!!!
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