Friday, August 11, 2017


Sunday, August 13
  • All School Pool Party at Sunset Pool - 6:30-8:30PM

Monday, August 14
  • Middle School New Student Day - 10:00AM-2:00PM
  • Pingree Park payments can be accepted

Tuesday, August 15
  • First Day of School - 1st-8th -Grade (Noon Dismissal)
  • Evening Kindergarten Camp- 6:30PM

Wednesday, August 16
  • First Day of School - Kindergarten (Noon Dismissal)
  • First Day of Preschool - PK3 (A-L Parent and Child)
  • First Day of Preschool - PK4 (A-L Parent and Child)

Thursday, August 17
  • Coffee with the Principal-8:30AM
  • First Day of Preschool - PK2 (A-L Parent and Child)
  • First Day of Preschool - PK4 (M-Z Parent and Child)
  • MS Back-to-School Night-6:30PM

Friday, August 18
  • Kindergarten Noon Dismissal

Monday, August 21
  • Total Solar Eclipse-11:30AM

Wednesday, August 23
  • Back-to-School Night:
    Grades 1-3 only-6:30PM

Thursday, August 24
  • Back-to-School Night:
    Grades 4-5 only-6:30PM

Wednesday, August 30
  • Volunteer Information Breakfast-8:30AM
  • Pingree Park Parent/Chaperone Meeting-6:30PM


Dear Dragon Families!

I am just thrilled to be here at Flagstaff Academy. The heartfelt job of the Executive Principal is found in Bill Bradley's quote, "Leadership is unlocking people's potential to become better." We have accomplished so much in the past several years. We are on the path to "Excellence" and continued progress for our students. My passion lies in discovering and empowering the strengths of our staff and children to help them realize their full potential. Ways to do this include creating a safe environment, facilitating others in discovering their strengths, encouraging creativity and personal differences, and high expectations. My door is always open, and I welcome you to visit with me to talk and share about your hopes and dreams for your children.

I have been working in the school since July 10th and am just so impressed with all that Flagstaff Academy has to offer! Excellent programs, staff, families, curriculum, and resources, just to name a few! I am so lucky to be at Flagstaff Academy and am looking forward to a great year ahead. I want to get to know all our families, students, and staff and make this the most welcoming year possible.
Some things to look forward to this year include:
  • An upgraded STEM K-8 and Technology K-5 curriculum that includes more engaging Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math for all students. The emphasis is on collaboration of students, authentic problem based learning, and having students work together to share the products of their effort and employ the skills learned in other parts of their lives.
  • A new emphasis on Professional Learning Communities (PLC) Data Teams, where we will be looking at students' learning and formulating instructional shifts to increase student success and achievement.
  • Utilizing the Core Knowledge and Common Core Standards to deepen the school curriculum.


Coffee With the Principal


Please join me for the first Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, August 17 at 8:30 a.m. in the Commons! We'll be discussing our Academic Focus for the 2017-2018 school year, with plenty of discussion time. 

Thank you for the warm welcome to Flagstaff Academy and I know we'll have a great school year. Go Dragons!


Sharon Aguina,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Welcome to Our New Staff and Staff Updates!

We are excited to share with you our new staff members, as well as returning staff who are taking on new roles to enhance instruction and leadership at our school:
Previous Role
New Role
Tracy Applehans Kindergarten Teacher Intervention
Christine Becktold Intervention Special Education
Abby Bok (Rooks) Assessment Coordinator Intervention
Lauren Gourley 4th Grade Teacher Reading Specialist
Hunter Hamilton 2nd Grade Teacher Intervention
Lori Ledbetter MS Math MS Technology
Gael Lester Elementary Interventionist Elementary Assistant Principal, K-2
Jaime Light Preschool Instructional Aide 5th Grade Teacher
Kristie Rollman 4th Grade Instructional Aide MS Instructional Aide
Melissa Slinker 5th Grade Teacher MS Math
Joy Vigil 1st Grade Instructional Aide Specials Instructional Aide
2017-2018 New Staff
Sharon Aguina Executive Principal
Jordan Baxter 4th Grade Teacher
Debbie Bennett Kindergarten Teacher (Full Day)
Kahlie Benz Gifted and Talented Teacher
Jon Fidelak 5th Grade Instructional Aide
Nicole Frazer Kindergarten Instructional Aide (PT)
Jenny Mills 2nd Grade Teacher
Shannon Mitchem 4th Grade Instructional Aide 
Anita Small 3rd Grade Instructional Aide
Shannon Stone MS French Teacher
Jennifer Spillman Special Education Instructional Aide
Susan Thompson 3rd Grade Teacher
Jessica Warner Elementary Assistant Principal, 3-5
2017-2018 School Supply and Class Lists

Our class lists and school supplies are listed on our Current Parents section of our website.  To access your child's class list, use the password dragons1718. 
Please don't share this password. 

If you have questions about your child's class, please contact the following:
School Accountability Committee - We Want You!

We are actively looking for a few more members for SAC, our School Accountability Committee. Meetings are held on the last Tuesday of each month during the school year from 5:00-6:15 p.m. 

Please email Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal, at saguina@flagstaffacademy.org, if you are interested. 
2017-2018 Preschool Openings

We have a few openings in our Flagstaff Academy Preschool for PK3, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30-11:20 a.m. Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Patty Quinn, Preschool Director, at pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org
From the Health Clerk Office

Immunization Information

Please review the immunization information on the health clerk page at the Flagstaff Academy website to ensure your student is current on all vaccinations.

If you're filing a religious or personal exemption, a new form must be signed every year for a student to remain compliant. We cannot accept a personal letter of belief; we must have a form from the State of Colorado on file. State exemption forms can be found HERE.

Medications Drop Off
Appointments for medication drop off will begin the week of August 7th-August 11th. Please sign up for yours HERE. Appointments are REQUIRED to ensure each family can have the health clerk's undivided attention to go over all forms and answer any questions you may have. Please note the following important information:  
  • Due to heavy foot traffic in the front office on the first day of school, no medications will be accepted on Tuesday, August 15th. 
  • All medical forms can be found on the health clerk page at the Flagstaff Academy site by clicking HERE.
If you have any questions,  please call  (303) 651-7900, ext. 211  or email Renee Moen, Health Clerk, at  rmoen@flagstaffacademy.org
 Volunteer Dragon Volunteers!

An integral part of the success of Flagstaff Academy students is due to our wonderful volunteers. To become a volunteer at Flagstaff Academy, all parents, grandparents, community volunteers, and alumni must be registered as a  Dragon Volunteer
Please register on our Dragon Volunteer Site.

We have an immediate need for Lunch/Recess Monitors.
Please sign up at our Dragon Volunteer Site
Volunteers are required to sign in using their name tag before volunteering in the building. If you are volunteering somewhere other than the Flagstaff Academy building, please use our Dragon volunteer site to enter your hours.  
Once you are a registered  Dragon Volunteer, you will be able to view and sign up for available opportunities. Thank you in advance for your help!
2017-2018 Activity Fees are Now Available to Pay!

Annual Activity Fees go toward purchasing essential items such as:
        • Student workbooks
        • Consumable classroom supplies
        • Software licensing for technology programs
        • Buses and tickets for field trips
        • Elementary specials program materials
        • Middle School electives
        • Special educational guests
        • Community school supplies
        • (copy paper, tissues, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
Pay Fees Online through
You may also pay with cash or check, payable to "Flagstaff Academy."
Partial Payments also accepted. 
Families eligible for Reduced/Free Lunch are eligible for reduced or free student activity fees.

To apply, for free/reduced lunch,
click here.

Student Activity Fees payments are non-refundable.

 Middle School New Student Orientation Day!

For ALL incoming 6th graders, and NEW 7th/8th graders

Date:  Monday, August 14
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Drop off/Check in and Pick Up: At the vestibule on the north side of the school

Bring a sack lunch!

We will be holding our start-of-school  orientation for all  NEW middle school  students in grades 6, 7 and 8, to help with an easy and friendly transition!

Every  new  student has been assigned to a Dragon Buddy, a current middle school  student who they will meet at  orientation, and who will be available throughout the year.  Students will have an opportunity to learn how to use their lockers, visit their classrooms, meet teachers, as well as Mrs. Gustafson, Assistant Principal, Middle School, and our Middle School counselor, Ms. Aubrie Tarantino. 

We will also be distributing Chromebooks during the  orientation day. Learn about our 1:1 Chromebook program, as well as student and parent responsibilities. 

You will need to read, sign, print out, and turn in the Chromebook Contract on Monday, August 14, at the New Student Day. 

Feel free to bring school supplies to drop off!

We're so excited to have you join our Dragon Family!

If you have any questions, please contact Katie Gustafson, Assistant Principal, Middle School at  kgustafson@flagstaffacademy.org.
Middle School Girls Volleyball is Now Registering!
Girls Volleyball Information:

8th and 7th Grade Traveling Team
6th Grade Practice Team

2017 Registration Week:
Tuesday, August 15th- Friday, August 18th.

Registration week is almost here!

Complete registration forms can be turned into Mrs. Kate Salgado starting Tuesday, August 15th, through Friday, August 18th. Complete registration forms should include jersey (top) size and a check to Flagstaff Academy for $55.00.

6th graders will not be eligible to play in the SVVSD schedule, but will practice with the 7th and 8th grade team and will receive a jersey top. Scrimmages are possible, but that is TBD.

7th and 8th graders will be part of the traveling team, playing games at Flagstaff Academy, at other district schools, and in a district-wide tournament at the end of the season. 

Registration forms can be found on the Middle School Sports Page, can be picked up from Mrs. Salgado or downloaded here

The season is 6 weeks long with practices Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:00. The season schedule can be found on the Middle School Sports Page in the Volleyball section.

Questions? Contact Mrs. Salgado at ksalgado@flagstaffacademy.org

It's Total Solar Eclipse Time!

On  Monday, August 21st at 11:47 a.m., a total eclipse of the sun will be visible across parts of the United States. This rare event has not occurred in the past 99 years.

Flagstaff Academy, with a science and technology focus, wants to make the most out of this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for our students.  

Flagstaff Academy will provide safety viewing goggles for all students and staff. For viewing, all students and staff will be required to use special eclipse-viewing safety glasses as safety is our prime consideration. If eclipse viewing glasses and other safety procedures are properly followed, viewing an eclipse can be a safe and rewarding learning experience.  Below is the plan for this special day:
  • Students will be outside to view the eclipse between 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m.; the Eclipse will be at its totality at 11:47 a.m.
  • Parents are invited to come and view the eclipse with their student(s). We do have a limited amount of safety glasses for parents.
  • The parking lot will be closed from 11:30 a.m. and 12:15 p.m. to allow for more viewing space, and parking is available on the street across from the school.
  • Students who have lunch scheduled during the viewing may bring a sack lunch or take their hot lunch outside.
Additional Instructional Components:
  • A link has been constructed by the Science team for teachers and staff to access online instructional resources and projects.
  • Our Science Lab Teacher and Greenhouse Manager will be visiting all K-5 classrooms in order to provide an interactive astronomy lesson to prepare the students to watch the eclipse.
  • Our Middle School students will learn about the eclipse and make pinhole shadow boxes to use during the viewing event.
  • Eclipse information and projects for families and students to view and complete at home are available through our website. This will also include Citizen Science Projects for families who are traveling to see the eclipse.
  • Parents may browse for updated information at http://www.flagstaffacademy.org/apps/pages/solar-eclipse-2017: Flagstaffacademy.org/eclipse2017.

*We apologize for the incorrect date in the previous Solar Eclipse communication, as well as the issues with the Google Form. Thank you!

2017 Middle School Pingree Park Trip Updates

We are so excited for our 2017-2018 Middle School  Pingree  Park trip to Colorado State University's Mountain Campus. This trip is one of the most unique aspects of the middle school experience at Flagstaff Academy - one your student will never forget! We hold this outdoor education at the beginning of the school year to foster community, friendships, and confidence skills building. This year, the trip will take place:
Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29, 2017

In this email you will find essential information including:
  •  Information Packet and Permission Form (required of all students): The A-Z of what you and your student needs to know, from packing lists, to activities, and more! The packet includes the Emergency/Health Form, and the 7th Grade Ropes Course Permission Slip
  • Medical Administration Permission FormW hether your student takes prescribed or over-the-counter medications, such as Advil, Benadryl, Tums, etc., you'll need to have this form signed by your doctor. Summer "well-child" visits are a great time to get this done!
  • All medicines must be turned starting Tuesday, August 29th through Wednesday, September 20th, one week before departure by appointment only with this form. Remember, no medications will be accepted on the day of the departure. 
  • PaymentsThe cost to attend Pingree Park is $150 and includes all meals. Payments can be made as of Monday, Aug. 14th
Important Dates for Pingree Park
Monday, August 14:
Pingree  Park Payments 
by RevTrak, cash, or check (made out to Flagstaff Academy) can be submitted.
Wednesday, August 30:
Pingree  Park Parent and Chaperone Volunteer Information Meeting
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Place:  The Commons
Friday, September 8:
Deadline for Permission Slips, Signed Medical Forms and Payment - Turn 
in to homeroom teachers.
Friday, September 8:
Deadline for signing up with Dragon Volunteer portal to be a chaperone.

Financial Assistance: We want as many of our middle school students to benefit from this experience; therefore, if the cost of the trip is a concern, we have financial assistance available. Please contact Kim Hagen Rapp, Business Office Assistant, at  khagenrapp@flagstaffacademy.org  for more information by  Friday, September 8th Help make Pingree Park a reality for all our students! Donations will be accepted as of Monday, Aug. 14th. 

Want to be a chaperone for the  Pingree  Park trip? This year, you will need to  apply through our Dragon Volunteer site. Once you have done this, Katie Gustafson will notify you about next steps. 

We look forward to a great trip! If you have any questions, please reach out to me. 

Katie Gustafson
Middle School Assistant Principal

We are watching the weather for Sunday and will communicate any updates by Sunday morning, August 13 - look for your emails and on Facebook, from both Flagstaff Academy and Flagstaff Academy PTO. 

Date:  Sunday, August 13th
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Location:  Sunset Pool, 1900 Longs Peak Ave., Longmont, CO 80501

A Flagstaff Academy tradition! Come and meet your friends - and make new ones - before school starts up again! Snacks and refreshments will be available for purchase. Please check out the Spirit Wear booth and support our school!

Questions? Contact Jolene at jrodemich@flagstffacademypto.org


Before/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.


Remember -- You can continue to use your King Soopers Card all summer long! It continues to make money for the PTO year round. Remember to reload your King Soopers gift cards in support of the Flagstaff Academy PTO.  http://www.flagstaffacademypto.org/king-soopers-fundraiser.html

Did you know that when you select Flagstaff Academy as your "Amazon Smile" organization, our school receives 0.5% of the price of your eligible smile.amazon.com purchases? Bookmark this link!  
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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