Friday, February 9, 2018

Monday, February 12
  • 2018-2019 Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM
  • SAC-5PM
  • Raising Resilient Girls-6:30PM

Wednesday, February 14
  • StuCo Flower Sale-7:35AM

Thursday, February 15
  • Coffee with the Principal-8:30AM
  • 2nd Grade Music Concert-6:30PM

Friday, February 16
  • NO SCHOOL-Teacher Inservice

Monday, February 19
  • NO SCHOOL-President's Day

Tuesday, February 20
  • Board of Directors Meeting-Budget-5:30PM

Wednesday, February 21
  • PTO General Meeting-7PM

Thursday, February 22
  • PTO Restaurant Fundraiser: China Gourmet-11:30AM
  • Regional STEM Fair at CU Boulder-11AM

Friday, February 23
  • Junior Achievement in a Day

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Dear Flagstaff Community,

Students across the school have just taken their iReady exams in Reading and Math. The results of these tests show students' strengths and needs in a variety of areas. These diagnostic tests are "adaptive." This means that the tests will adjust and add test items to your student's level based on their responses.

With the results of the tests, teachers can customize instruction and see groups of students that would benefit from specific instruction and strategies. Your student's progress in iReady was sent home to you by teachers and will be discussed with you at conferences.

Please see below the following areas tested by iReady:

During the month of April, students will be taking their CMAS exams.   

Colorado's current statewide, end-of-year assessment is called the Colorado Measures of Academic Success, or CMAS. CMAS measures student performance in four key content areas and are aligned to Colorado's academic standards. CMAS tests students in:
  • Math (grades 3-9)
  • English language arts (grades 3-9)
  • Science (grades 5, 8, and 11)
  • Social studies (a sampling of students in grades 4 and 7)
Rather than previous fill-in-the-bubble tests, CMAS was designed to assess higher-level skills such as critical thinking, writing, and problem-solving. It is based on PARCC - and really tests the application of higher level thinking to concepts students know.  

It is important for students to take the exam and to do their best work. The exams show us how students apply concepts and strategies. It is also serves as a statewide comparison to other schools - and we want to demonstrate our Dragon Pride in this endeavor.

Be sure to attend the  Coffee with the Principal on Thursday, February 15th at 8:30 a.m. addressing this important topic.

Here is an excerpt of an article by Sofia Malin from the Policy and Research Division of Colorado Succeeds: 

Have a good weekend!

Sharon Aguina
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

February Core Virtue:  Mercy

January went by quickly, and it's time to focus on February's core virtue: Mercy . This core virtue is about compassion and forgiveness shown towards someone else. However, it's important to consider that forgiveness isn't just something we do for someone else...it's also something we do for ourselves.

When we forgive someone else, it's a choice we make to let go of the anger or hurt associated with something that person did. It doesn't mean we forget what happened. We can still remember, but we choose not to hold onto the anger or hurt that it caused. This frees us up to move on and become stronger if we choose.

Another way to look at it is that we can show mercy to ourselves. We all make mistakes, and they are typically valuable opportunities to learn and grow. So, let's not "beat ourselves up" about our own mistakes. Focus on it long enough to get something positive out of it, and then give yourself some mercy...and move on.

Many athletes find success using "mercy rituals" in which they use a gesture or self-talk that helps them to move on after a mistake, instead of getting "stuck" on it. These can be outward or inward rituals. An example of an outward ritual is a soccer goalkeeper who makes a "flushing" movement with her hand after a mistake (like flushing it down the toilet). It's a self-signal to flush the mistake down the drain (put it behind her) and focus on the next opportunity. Internal rituals often involve positive self-talk, with words of encouragement or motivation. This can give your brain the permission to forgive yourself, learn from it, and move on.

Dinnertime discussion prompts:
  • When you receive an apology, how do you respond? Do you say, "It's OK," or "I accept your apology" or "I forgive you"? How are those different?
  • When you make a mistake, do you have a ritual that helps you get past it?  
Kevin Pugh,
Dean of School Culture
Flagstaff Academy
Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Location: Flagstaff Academy
Cost: $10 -  Register here!

Eager to learn about the pressures that are unique to being a girl in 2018 and how you can help girls navigate these challenges with confidence?
We invite you to join Girls Leadership's Colorado Senior Educator, Kim O'Malley, as she guides parents and teachers in how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and societal leadership. Kim's engaging presentation is based on the nationally recognized presentation given by Simone Marean, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Leadership, teaching girls to be brave, resilient, and connected from kindergarten through high school.

This event is for adults, only. No childcare provided. 
Keep Your Wheels in Your Shoes at School!

We've seen an uptick in students wearing heelie's (shoes with wheels) in the hallways on on campus. Heelie shoes are fine at Flagstaff Academy as long as the student is not riding on the wheels. Riding on the wheels is unsafe anywhere on our campus and is not allowed. Repeated violations may be documented as unsafe behavior.

Thank you for your cooperation in keeping our students safe!
                              DRIVELINE TIP

Please remember to NOT bl ock driveways and access to our neighboring businesses. The ONLY parking lot approved for waiting for your students is across the street at Front Range Community College. Help us be good neighbors! 

Volunteer  Dragon Volunteer Opportunities!

Thank you to all of our volunteers that came in to help with our Vex IQ Robotics Event!

Here are some other ways you can get involved:
  • Junior Achievement Day, Friday, January 23rd
  • Health Office lunch hour from 1-2pm daily (ongoing)
  • Festival of Cultures-Host a booth, Entertain, MC or join the committee! These are just a few needs for the festival this year on Friday, April 6th

Questions? Contact Jeannie Torres, Volunteer Coordinator. 

It's time to order your 2017-2018 Flagstaff Yearbooks! 

Orders will be submitted online only. Visit mymjthomas.com, click on "Yearbooks" and enter the code Flagstaff1718 to place your order. Please note that yearbooks are hard cover only and can only be ordered online.
  • Orders placed between now and April 27th will cost $31.00/book
  • Orders placed between April 28th and May 23rd can still be made, but will increase to $40.00/book
Please complete the necessary information on the website to ensure your student(s) get their yearbook at the end of the year! 

If you have questions, please contact MJ Thomas directly at support@mymjthomas.com or 1.800.219.0199, or contact Mrs. Munnelly
at lmunnelly@flagstaffacademy.org.

      2017-2018 Annual Activity Fees:
If You Haven't Paid Yours Yet, it's Time To!!

The items we purchase with Annual Activity Fees are utilized throughout the school year, so your payment MATTERS for the school year we're currently in. 

    See how your activity fees help our school!

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.

Cheers to Flagstaff 2018
Date: Saturday, March 10 
Time: 6-11:30PM
Location:The Oak Room at Oskar Blues Brewery off of Sunset and Pike Road. 
Cost: Tickets $35/person, $10 for staff and staff guest. 
Enjoy yummy appetizers, drinks, silent auction, raffles, DJ and dancing. 

Great items to bid on:
        • Principal for a day
        • Concert tickets
        • Mountain homes
        • Baskets valued at over $1900
        • Wine tasting for 20 of your closest friends! 
Childcare available at the school through DragonFlight. 

Get your tickets today! 

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org

Classes in the lead for Kickball (2,400 Box Tops): Preschool 1,548

Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops):
Shaffer 1,118 - Townsend 1,033 - Thompson 814

Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops):
Keeslar 566 - Jamieson 541 - Light 499

Remember the class with the MOST Box Tops at the end of the year receives a Pizza Party! Keep Collecting!

Important Reminders:
  • Please remember to put the student's name, grade and TEACHER in with all Box Tops in a sealable bag/envelope. Box Tops with no teacher name will be included in the general Box Top fund. 
  • Please continue to trim the Box Tops prior to submitting them.
  • Please only include NON EXPIRED Box Tops. Box Tops do expire!!!
  • Please note that eBox Tops will not count towards these totals! Although, we appreciate all eBox Top submittals, there is no way to track all of them to a specific classroom. eBox Tops will be included in the school totals, so please submit them. Only actual Box Tops that are turned into the teacher will count towards these classroom awards. 


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.

New Classes include:
Science Matters, Video Game Development, Gear Engineers, Extreme STEM, Project Runway, and Private Piano Lessons.

Plan now for Spring Break Care!

February Non-School Day Care:
Date: Friday, February 16th
Time: Full Day!
Activity: Dizzy's Family Fun Center
Cost: $45

March Non-School Day Care: 
Thursday, March 1
Half Day - Dairy Queen Field Trip
Cost: $35
Friday, March 2
Full Day - Chuck-E-Cheese
Cost: $45

Questions?  Contact Jeanna Peppler at jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org ,


We've raised over $4000 for the PTO! Thank you for all your King Soopers shopping with the PTO-linked re-loadable gift card. We can always use more shoppers, so grab one for relatives or for yourself and get started in the program. It is a "sooper" easy way to support the school year round:  http://www.flagstaffacademypto.org/king-soopers-fundraiser.html

Shopping for toys? Grandrabbits Toy Shoppe will donate 5% of each purchase back to our school through their "Bunny Bucks" Program. It's super easy - simply mention Flagstaff Academy when you check out and you'll be added to the school's account. Plus, they have special "Double Bunny Buck Days" too! Support local business that give back to the community!

Did you know that  when you select Flagstaff Academy as your "Amazon Smile" organization,  we receive 0.5% of the price of the eligible  smile.amazon.com  purchases? B ookmark this  link!   
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Longmont, CO 80501

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