Friday, September 22, 2017

Friday, September 22
  • Boys Basketball Registration-7th Grade Only

Saturday, September 23
  • PTO Fall Festival-4:00PM

Monday, September 25
  • Boys Basketball Registration-6th Grade Only
  • Girls Volleyball Home Game vs. Sunset MS-3:30PM

Tuesday, September 26
  • Harvest Day/Tomatoes-11AM

Wednesday, September 27-Friday, September 29
  • MS Pingree Park

Saturday, September 30
  • Farm to School to Dinner-6PM
  • Farm to School Child Care-5:30PM

Monday, October 2
  • PTO Jog-a-thon Spirit Week-Wear your grade level colors!
  • October Count Day

Tuesday, October 3
  • PTO Jog-a-thon Spirit Week-Crazy Socks Day
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, October 4
  • Late Start Day
    • MS Drive Line: 10:30AM
    • MS Start Time: 10:45AM
    • Elem. Drive Line: 10:45AM
    • Elem. Start Time: 11AM
  • PTO Jog-a-Thon Spirit Week- Crazy Hair Day

Thursday, October 5
  • PTO Jog-a-Thon Spirit Week-Mustache Day
  • Parent Education for Preschool and Kindergarten Parents-6PM

Friday, October 6
  • PTO Jog-a-Thon Is Here - Mad Scientists Day!

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Influencing the Future Hopes and Dreams of Our Students

If you ask students in Grades K-8 what they want to do when they grow up, most often they will answer more than a few things: "I want to be a veterinarian, a scientist, or maybe a sports star!" Even as students are picking their major in college, they are making adjustments based on who they believe they are becoming.

One unspoken factor in inspiring the future hopes and dreams of our students is the assumption that school performance in specific areas highly influences future goals and career options. Students often feel that they cannot pick future goals in subjects they don't feel that they excel in. Too often we stop pursing things we're not especially talented at in favor of pursuing things that are naturally easier for us.

Sometimes as students are being asked to pick what they are interest in, they are also asked, "What are you good at?" In other words, there is pressure from a very young age to pursue only those endeavors, subjects, or hobbies that you're already good at.  

Here at Flagstaff Academy, we want to nurture students to expand their experiences through hands-on, engaged learning. For example, in STEM all students get to see engineering, physics, and math in action and see how STEM subjects are applied in the real world and how STEM is changing the world. When students see these math and science principles in action in a project they have led that involved critical thinking and problem solving, the answers to what they previously thought of as confusing, frustrating formulas and equations, suddenly leap off the page and come to life.

Many careers will require STEM skills on a regular basis. According to Dr. Vince M. Bertram, author of Dream Differently-Candid Advice for America's Students"An estimated 1.2 million STEM jobs will go unfilled because the workforce will not possess the skills to fill them. And not only that - these careers are among the best for making a difference in the world."

We want students to try many varied educational experiences - because what is true is that you don't need to be THE BEST in a subject to pursue it as your dream or career. Encourage your student to break out of his/her comfort zone and expand their horizons each and every day here at school.

It will lead to incredible and reachable dreams.

Remember, the Flagstaff Mission:  Our mission 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.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend!

Sharon Aguina,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Core Virtue for September - Perseverance!

This month's core virtue focus has been on Perseverance ...the practice of sticking to it, even when faced with difficulty, hardship, and a temptation to give up. It's especially relevant for me personally this month, as I was diagnosed with West Nile Virus, gifted to me by a generous mosquito at the end of August. It's no fun, and after being out of the school sick, and returning this week...I'm now faced with the daunting task of catching up, while still not feeling like I'm back to my normal energy levels or focus.

One of the things I've talked with students about is the power of the word " yet, " and how that word can help us access our perseverance. Social scientists have identified that our positive self-belief is the #1 factor related to perseverance . The use of the word "yet" is directly linked to our ability to maintain that positive self-belief.

Students have heard me mention this in morning announcements, and there's a great bulletin board about perseverance in the middle school hallway. I've also shared a short slideshow and video link with teachers for them to use with their students in Character Education, which I'd also like to share with you.

The idea is simple: when you catch yourself (or a friend) thinking or saying something negative, add the word "yet" at the end. For example, "There's no way I'm going to get caught up...yet", or "I can't focus like I used to...yet". The practice of adding "yet" helps to shift that negative self-belief into something positive and possibility-oriented . It allows us to hold on to a growth mindset and resist the temptation to give up. Essentially, it allows us to access our perseverance potential . Remember, none of us are perfect...yet! Stick to it, Dragons!

Dinnertime discussion prompts
  • When have you felt like you just needed to give up on something?
  • How did you access your perseverance potential?
  • How did you keep yourself from giving up?"
Kevin Pugh,
Dean of School Culture
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2017-2018 Activity Fees are Due OCTOBER 1st!

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.)
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.
Volunteer Calling all Dragons! 
Flagstaff Academy wants to make your involvement in your student's academic career easy and rewarding. Students become more vested in their education when they see significant adults from their lives involved at school. Please visit our Dragon Volunteer Site  to view and sign up for our current volunteer needs. 

Opportunity Spotlight: Ms. Smith in Third Grade needs a homeroom parent(s) and a Friday Folder parent volunteer! 

Volunteer Spotlight: Corrin Lipinski, Pamela Hora,  Angelique Plath,  Angie Adams,  Sarah Omann,  Bethany Pugh   and the rest of the Dragon Dash committee who have been hard at work to make this a great event. Thank you for all your dedication to our school! 
  Monday, October 2nd is October Count Day! 
Why October Count "Counts"!

Did you know that at least 70% of our per pupil funding comes from the official October student count? 

Please make sure your student is at school on Monday October 2nd! If you have an appointment scheduled for your child, do your best to have them in attendance before or after!

Thank you for your cooperation. If you have questions, please contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar, at  sstrukel@flagstaffacademy.org.

*We apologize for the incorrect date information in last week's Dragon Weekly.
Jog-a-Thon Spirit Week!
Jog-a Thon Spirit Week is coming up the first week of October. Please wear clothing that goes along with the theme to show your Dragon Pride! 
Monday: Grade-level Colors!
  • Prek: Rainbow 
  • K: Red 
  • 1st: Orange 
  • 2nd: Yellow 
  • 3rd: Green 
  • 4th: Blue 
  • 5th: Purple 
  • 6th: White 
  • 7th: Black 
  • 8th: Gray

Tuesday:  Crazy Socks

Crazy Hair


Mad Scientis
Late Pick Up Fees

Flagstaff Academy students must be picked up before the school closes at the end of each school day. School closes 30 minutes after classes end. On regular school days, classes end at 3:30 p.m. and the school closes at 4:00 p.m. On early release days, school closes 30 minutes after classes end.

After 30 minutes, parents will be charged a fee of $5.00 at the 5th minute after the school closes, and $1.00 for each minute thereafter for late arrivals. Fees will be applied to the student's Infinite Campus account. This is effective immediately.

The Dragon Flight after school child care program is available for students who cannot be picked up during regularly scheduled school hours. The Dragon Flight program and registration information is available on the Flagstaff Academy website. Please contact the Dragon Flight Director, Jeanna Peppler at  jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org for questions regarding the program. For families needing financial assistance, Dragon Flight participates in the Colorado Childcare Assistance Program (CCAP). Families must complete the online registration process prior to students attending drop-in care.

In the event of an emergency, please contact the school as soon as possible at 303-651-7900, so arrangements can be made for your student(s).

Thank you for your attention to this matter.
New Lost and Found Process!
Beginning Monday, September 25th, a new lost and found system will be implemented. This system will maximize limited storage space and organize the lost items.

What you need to know:
  • Any item labeled with a legible first and last name will be returned to the student if not picked up by the student within a week.
  • Lost and found volunteers will take a picture of any items without a legible first and last name and post them on the Dragon Lost and Found Google Drive: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6kHSlBUvwGjxbU8Z2
  • Any unlabeled item will be donated to the OUR Center after 7 days.
  • A donation master schedule is available to view at any time through the following link: http://bit.ly/2yiWjuT
  • Date Found refers to the date an item was placed in the lost and found, not necessarily the day it was lost.
  • Any item without a legible first and last name placed in lost and found that is leaking, very stinky, or very soiled will be thrown away immediately. This decision will be made by the lost and found volunteer. An effort to empty food containers, water bottles etc. will be made to keep items from being thrown away unnecessarily.
  • All items found prior to Monday, September 25, will be placed in the purple bin immediately and donated on October 2nd.
  • Mind Map of Process, also with links: http://bit.ly/2wGK7rw
  • Please e-mail questions or concerns to DragonLostAndFound@gmail.com.
Flagstaff Academy Preschool is happy to present FLIP IT ®, a special series of classes for parents and guardians of PreK and Kindergartners. FLIP IT is a strategy that uses four supportive steps to help young children learn about their feelings, gain self-control and reduce challenging behavior. 

Dates: Thursdays, October 5, 19 and 26
Times: 6:00-9:00 p.m.
Location: Library Media Center
Cost for all three classes: $30 before October 1; $40 after October 1
Taught by Cathy Moyer, Early Childhood Education expert.
Participants must attend all three sessions.

Register at:  https://familyflipit.eventbrite.com

About the FLIP IT Training:
The four steps are embodied in the FLIP IT mnemonic which stands for F - Feelings, L - Limits, I - Inquiries, P - Prompts. FLIP IT is nothing new, but transforms best practice into a strategy that is easy to remember, applicable in a variety of challenging situations and portable. Children who are frequently "FLIPPED" become emotionally aware problem-solvers who develop healthy coping skills that will last a lifetime. 

Employment Opportunities for Parents!

Middle School Boys Basketball Head Coach wanted!  The middle school boys basketball team is currently seeking a head coach for the upcoming season, which begins on October 2nd.  The season is six weeks long and includes four games (two home/two away) and one Saturday tournament. Specific dates can be found on the Dragon Athletic site. Practices are afterschool Monday- Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m. Coaches are required to be first aid and CPR certified and take a free online concussion training course.  This is a paid position If you are interested, contact Kate Salgado ksalgado@flagstaffacademy.org with your coaching background, philosophy of coaching middle school aged boys and knowledge of the sport.

Join us for this fantastic community building event! Carnival Games, Bouncy Castles, Climing Wall, Cake Walk and more!

Date:  Saturday, September 23, 2017
Time:  4PM-6:30PM
Location : Flagstaff Academy!

We can't wait to see you!

Dragon Dash 2017! We're Mad About Science!

We're sprinting to the starting line!

Dragon Dash - the PTO's largest fundraiser - is just TWO weeks away on Friday, October 6th. It takes more than 65 volunteers to make this event happen. We need your help! Signing up to volunteer is easy, simply follow this 
link . Deadline to sign up is Wednesday, September 27th.
During today's pep rallies, we officially kicked fundraising off. Every student should have received a Pledge Packet - so check backpacks and Friday Folders and start raising money for our amazing school today. And remember, when it comes to fundraising, every cent counts! Send in your loose change for the Cents for Science classroom jars. If we collect $1000, we'll be putting on a special Science Assembly with Mad Science of Colorado for all students.

All the details you need to know about this year's event (including the running schedule for the day) can be found at FlagstaffAcademyPTO.org .

Many thanks to our "Distinguished Scientist" Sponsor Santiago's !

Day - Terrific Tomatoes!

On Tuesday, September 26 we will be celebrating our first Harvest Day of 2017-2018. We will be showcasing tomatoes from Ollin Farms! Salad bar will be free for all students on this day as well!

Join your child for lunch to experience the Farm to School fun!

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
Every classroom/home room that brings in the following amount of Box Tops will earn a prize: 
600 Box Tops = Chew Gum at School 
1,200 Box Tops = Popcorn Party 
2,400 Box Tops = Kickball Party  

Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School are: 
Light 337 - Preschool 297 - Jamieson 264  

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.

Current classes include: Science Matters/Earth Rangers, Rachet Mechanics, Little Coders, Video Game Development, Renaissance Adventures, Mountain Kids Yoga, Street Hockey, Chess Club, Parents Night Out, Non-school Days, Late Start Days, and more!

Contact Jeanna Peppler at jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org, 303-217- 6764.


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

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,
our school receives 0.5% of the price of your eligible  smile.amazon.com  purchases? B ookmark this  link!   
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