Friday, December 14, 2018
 Coming Up This Week and Next

Friday, December 14
  • PTO Bingo for Books-6PM

Saturday, December 15
  • MS Winter Dance-6PM

Monday, December 17
  • 100 Mile Club-7:15AM
  • 2019-2020 Daytime Tour-9AM

Tuesday, December 18
  • 100 Mile Club-7:15AM

Thursday, December 20
  • 100 Mile Club-7:15AM
  • Candy Cane Sale-7:30AM
  • MS Holiday Party-2:30PM

Friday, December 21
  • NO SCHOOL-Teacher Inservice

Monday, December 24, 2018-Monday, January 7, 2019

Monday, January 7
  • No School-Teacher Inservice

LEADERSHIP LETTER: Kevin Pugh, Dean of School Culture

Our Dragon Culture is a Generous Culture! 

Dear Dragon Families,

This time of year reliably shines a light on the concepts of generosity and giving - bell-ringers, food and coat drives, which seem to emerge with the turning of the calendar to November and December. There are opportunities to participate in and donate to benefit runs, walks, and concerts. News channels share stories of pay-it-forward-minded folks who secretly pay off others' layaway items at stores, or for the car behind them at the drive-through.

We can sometimes get numb to this messaging, and forget the importance of this aspect of our lives, not just for "others," but for ourselves. Yes, it seems strange to think of the idea that we benefit from being generous, but it's true. Does that somehow taint our generosity, making it corrupt or selfishly-motivated? No! It's perfectly fine to practice being generous while knowing that it benefits ourselves as well as others. We need to recognize that love and generosity creates an exchange, and grows further love and generosity.

Our students learn this through the idea of "bucket-filling," and the concept that "filling someone's bucket also helps to fill your own bucket." This idea comes out of a book we use in Character Education, How Full is Your Bucket? For Kids,  by Tom Rath. Mary Reckmeyer, and illustrated by Maurie J. Manning (Gallup Press). Students experience it first-hand when they practice generosity and feel how it changes them.

Being a science and technology school, it's good to know that there's actually science behind generosity! According to sociologists Christian Smith and Hilary Davidson in their recent book The Paradox of Generosity: Giving We Receive, Grasping We Lose (Oxford University Press),  there is a scientific, inarguable connection between generosity and happiness. In their research, they surveyed a diverse population of more than 2,000 families over a five-year period about spending habits and lifestyles. Those who volunteered their time an average of 5.8 hours per month identified themselves as "very happy." Those who donated more than 10% of their income reported lower rates of depression. They also found that those who were emotionally generous in relationships (through giving love and being emotionally available) were in much better health (48% better) than those who were not.

Legend tells us that when the Buddha was teaching lay people, he would always begin with a lesson on generosity because it can bring so much joy and self-respect. He found that this helped to open people's minds and hearts to learning and connection with others.

Generosity is a practice, not a task. Give generously of your attention, time, energy, patience, empathy, and care. Take a chance on generosity!

Warm wishes to you and your family!

Kevin Pugh
Dean of School Culture

Our 2019-2020 Intent to Return forms are now LIVE on our website! Fill your's out today!

If you have a new student to Flagstaff Academy, you'll need to fill out the  2019-2020 Online Application.   This also applies to new/current preschool students, and those current students entering Kindergarten. 

For more information, visit www.flagstaffacademy.org .
StuCo presents the

MIddle School Winter Dance!  

Date: Saturday, December 15
Time: 6:00-8:00PM
Location:  The Gym
Cost: $5 entry fee

December Dragon Cafe Cancelled

Due to the hustle and bustle of this time of year, we're rescheduling the Wednesday, December 19th Dragon Cafe. Look for more information in January!
Attention! Activity Fee Payments for the 2018-2019 School Year were Due as of October 1, 2018.   

Elementary School Activity Fees - $240
Middle School Activity Fees - $285

If you have yet to pay, please do so now.  Payments are accepted online at RevTrak  via credit card or echeck, by cash or check payable to "Flagstaff Academy." Check payments are accepted at the school or can be mailed to: Flagstaff Academy, 2040 Miller Drive, Longmont, CO 80501, Attention: Business Office. Activity fees payments are non-refundable.

If making the full payment represents a hardship, partial payments can be made as well. Families eligible for Reduced/Free Lunch are eligible for reduced or free activity fees.  Thank you!
 Volunteer Greetings, Dragon Volunteers!

Season's Greetings! We have a total of 3,540 volunteer hours so far for this school year!  W e're so appreciative of your time and service! Below is a quick  video  to remind you how to log your volunteer hours from home. Have a great winter break! 

Dragon Volunteers-Manually log your hours
How to Manually Log Your Dragon Volunteer Hours

Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator Jeannie Torres.
2018-2019 Preschool Openings - Only Colorado Shines Level Five Rated Preschool in SVVSD and BVSD!

We have a few openings in our Flagstaff Academy Preschool for PK4. Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2018 for PK4. For more information, please contact Patty Quinn, Preschool Director, at pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org

LOVE and LOGIC:  Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun!®

WHEN:  5 Thursday evenings, 5:30 to 7:45 PM,  January 10, 17, 24, 31 and February 7, 2019
WHERE: Flagstaff Academy, 2040 Miller Drive, Longmont CO 80501
COST: $150 per family (one or two people), $10 per book

Flagstaff Academy presents Love and Logic with Cyndi Goldfarb, Love and Logic instructor. This exceptionally enjoyable class from the Love and Logic Institute is designed for parents of children of infancy through age 10 years old.  This parenting class will help you...
  • Show kids that whining, arguing, and disrespectful behavior does not pay
  • Put an end to misbehavior in public, and get you off the "entitlement bandwagon"
  • Reduce morning and bedtime conflicts
  • Calm sibling bickering and battling, and remove you from the middle of disputes
  • Teach problem-solving and responsibility
  • Increase the odds that the teenage years will be fun instead of frightening
  • Stop yelling, pleading and bribing, and put the fun back into parenting!
REGISTRATION: Cyndi.goldfarb@gmail.com; pre-payment necessary - mail checks (made out to Cyndi Goldfarb) to PO Box 3503 Boulder 80307. Please include email address so you can receive a confirmation email. 

Babysitting is available and provided free of charge by middle school students in Flagstaff Academy's National Junior Honor Society. 

Thank you for the Homemade Holiday Treats!

for BOOKS Night!

Come play Bingo with your friends and family, but wait -- there is a twist!!
Everyone will leave a winner!!

Date: Friday, December 14
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m. 
Location: The Commons

6:00-6:30: View all the books available to win!
6:30-8:00: BINGO!!
Popcorn, snacks, and drinks available for $1

How does Bingo for Books work?
  • To play, everyone has to bring at least one (1) book (new or gently used)!
  • Win a game, Pick a Book!!
  • Everyone will leave with a new book!
**All students must be accompanied by a parent/guardian for entire evening.**

Questions? Contact Jolene Rodemich at jrodemich@flagstaffacademypto.org

It's that time of year again! Holiday parties, family dinners, cookie exchanges...REMEMBER to use your Flagstaff Academy PTO King Soopers Reloadable Card!

Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Flagstaff Academy PTO when you holiday shop at  smile.amazon.com


Before/After School Care and Enrichment Classes

December Non School Days
Dec. 21, 26, 27, 28
January 2, 3, 4, 7
Parents' Night Out
Friday, Dec. 21

After School and New Enrichment
Crescendo Private Piano Lessons
Crescendo Choir
Crescendo Group Ukulele Lessons
Afterschool Movie on the Big Screen - ELF!

Thursday, Dec. 20
 Learn more here!


Did you know your purchases can make a difference? AmazonSmile donates to Flagstaff Academy when you holiday shop at smile.amazon.com/ch/02-0688420.

Purchas es at American Furniture ANYTIME support our school. Just mention Flagstaff Academy  at checkout and show them this flyer!!
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2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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