Friday, September 7, 2018
 Coming Up This Week and Next

Monday, September 10
  • 100-Mile Club Begins-7:15AM

Tuesday, September 11
  • 100-Mile Club-7:15AM
  • School Picture Day!

Thursday, September 13
  • 100-Mile Club-7:15AM

Friday, September 14
  • Gifted and Talented Nominations are Due-5PM
  • No School-Teacher Inservice Day

Monday, September 17
  • 100-Mile Club-7:15AM

Tuesday, September 18
  • PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Smashburger-
  • 100-Mile Club-7:15AM

Wednesday, September 19
  • MS Pingree Park Trip
  • PTO General Meeting-7PM

Thursday, September 20
  • MS Pingree Park100-Mile Club-7:15AM
  • Dragon Cafe-8:30AM

Friday, September 21
  • MS Pingree Park Trip

LEADERSHIP LETTER: Kevin Pugh, Dean of School Culture
Hello Families,

Martin Luther King, Jr. stated: "Intelligence plus character...that is the true goal of education." Parent surveys indicate that our Character Education program is one of the top three reasons for choosing Flagstaff Academy. High school principals tell us they can spot a Flagstaff graduate on the first day of school...because of their character qualities. We've always taken character education seriously, and you may be interested to know a bit more about how we do it.

When we first started Flagstaff Academy, we developed our own Character Education curriculum built from the best parts of many other existing curriculum as well as the creation of our own unique components. We purchased and adapted from curriculum such as Peace Scholars, Safe & Caring Schools, PeaceWorks Education Foundation, In Focus, Core Knowledge-Core Virtues, It Takes Courage, Rachel's Challenge, The Power of One, and the University of Minnesota's Neurobehavioral Science Institute. We customized and adapted these resources to maximize the fit to our unique needs and culture, and we layered in learning about restorative practices. We secured a grant to kickstart these efforts with the purchase of storybooks, curriculum guides, student workbooks, and support materials.

At that time, I served as the primary teacher for Character Education in elementary grades, as well as the teacher for a Peacemakers class offered as an elective in middle school. Gradually, our school counselors and teachers were brought into more involved roles. This was for two reasons: 1) to increase both my and the counselors' availability, and 2) to maximize the research-backed benefits of having classroom teachers in the driver's seat with Character Education.

Fast-forward to today, and we've got a detailed, comprehensive, and scaffolded Character Education program that is primarily taught by classroom teachers, with support from me and the counselors. Everything, from the storybooks that accompany lessons (that are also digitally available), to animation, videos, and activities, is focused on helping our students to be the best version of themselves possible.

In middle school, character education is embedded in Advisory classes, and uses the anchor text The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens by Stephen Covey. As in elementary, a variety of lessons and activities are used to encourage self-awareness and exploration of character concepts, social-emotional learning, respect and appreciation for differences, bullying prevention, and career development. Students have opportunities to address high-risk behaviors and wellness topics as well.

Want to know more about Character Education? Here's a link to slides used to train our teachers on this. Or please contact me at your convenience.

Kevin Pugh,
Dean of School Culture
Flagstaff Academy

2018-2019 Activity Fees are Due by October 1st!

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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.

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Activity Fees

Student Activity Fees payments are non-refundable.
Meet Your Administrators at the "Dragon Cafe"!

Join us for a new and improved approach to monthly conversations with your Principals, Dean of School Culture, Executive Director and more, to discuss important topics about our school!

Date: Thursday, September 20th
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: The LMC
Topic: CMAS Results and Communications

We'll have coffee and tea! Bring your questions and your mugs and let's connect!
2018-2019 Preschool Openings - Only Colorado Shines 5 Star Rated Preschool in SVVSD and BVSD!

We have a few openings in our Flagstaff Academy Preschool for PK2 and PK4. Students must be 3 years old by October 1, 2018 for PK2 and 4 years old by October 1, 2018 for PK4. For more information, please contact Patty Quinn, Preschool Director, at pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org
 Volunteer Dragon Volunteers!

Hello Dragons! We are off to a great start to our school year! New volunteer opportunities are added almost daily, so please sign in or register on our Dragon Volunteer Site. Thanks in advance for considering these important volunteer opportunities! Here are a few of our immediate needs:
Questions? Contact Jeannie Torres at jtorres@flagstaffacademy.org.

2018 Middle School Pingree Park Trip 

Wednesday, September 19 - Friday, September 21, 2018 at  Colorado State University Mountain Campus and Sky Ranch

Important Dates for Pingree Park

Friday, September 7:
Deadline for Permission Slips, Signed Medical Forms and Payment - Turn  in to homeroom teachers or pay online through RevTrak.

Financial Assistance: We want as many of our middle school students to benefit from this experience. If the cost is a concern, financial assistance is available. Please contact Kim Hagen Rapp, Business Office Assistant, at  khagenrapp@flagstaffacademy.org  for more information by  Friday, September 7th Help make Pingree Park a reality for all our students! Donations now being accepted. 
100 Mile Club at Flagstaff Academy is Back Starting Monday, September 10th!

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays - 7:15-7:45 a.m.
$50 per student for the year ($40 Dragon Flight registration and $10 activity fee; includes a challenge accepted card, t-shirt, pencil and more!)

The 100 Mile Club "provides  all individuals the opportunity to experience fitness and TRUE personal success by Accepting the Challenge of running (or walking) 100 miles at school during a single school year." 

Everyone is welcome no matter what the fitness level or grade level! 

For more details or questions, contact Joy Vigil at  jvigil@flagstaffacademy.org.

Check out the 100 Mile Club page on our website!

*For Free and Reduced, there will be NO Dragon Flight registration fee. Opportunities to sponsor a runner at $10 will be available. 

Fall Festival is Coming!
When:  Saturday, September 22 
Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Academy

 Please go to the PTO page at https://www.flagstaffacademypto.org/fall-festival.html 
to order your meals and tickets.

Flagstaff Academy Restaurant Fundraiser!

Date:  Tuesday, September 18th - All Day
965 S. Hover St., #A-1, Longmont 
20% Back to Our School

Flagstaff Academy Dragon Dash Fun Run - COMING SOON!

Flagstaff Academy PTO has a goal to raise  $45,000!!

By partnering with Boosterthon, our students will participate in a multi-day, fitness-based fundraiser where they will run, jog or walk in order to raise money for our school and learn essential character traits through this year's theme:

Last year, our students raised more than $52,000 to help fund the Innovation Lab, coding software, a digital piano, posture chairs for music, library books, bouldering wall, Colorado Mountain Club Outdoor Education, Chromebooks, and many more items. Help us reach our goal this year by connecting with sponsors!  Many thanks to our Silver Sponsors:  Red Line Athletics , Mr. Green Thumb and  Todd Roby, DDS .
Load up your shoping cart AND your King Soopers gift cards in support of the Flagstaff Academy PTO.  http://www.flagstaffacademypto.or

Did you know that when you select Flagstaff Academy PTO  as your "Amazon Smile" organization, our school will  receive 0.5% of the price of all your eligible  smile.amazon.com  purchases?   


Before/After School Care and Enrichment Classes

Coming Up in  September 
Non-School Care Day at Gateway!
Friday, Sept. 14
Parents' Night Out
Friday, Sept. 21
Movie  Night: Early Man
Friday, Sept. 28

New Enrichment Classes!
Pulley Engineers
Little Coders
Science Matters
Junior Video Games
Musical Theater
Hip Hop Dance
Project Runway
Mountain Yoga
Chess Champs
Soccer Shots
Renaissance Adventure
Learn more here!


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Longmont, CO 80501

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