DRAGON WEEKLY
Friday, January 5, 2018

Monday, January 8
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM

Tuesday, January 9
  • Board of Directors Mtg-5:30PM

Wednesday, January 10
  • Spirit Day: Retro/PJ Day!
  • Girls Basketball @ Imagine/Aspen Ridge-3:30PM

Thursday, January 11
  • PTO K-Cup Collection-AM Driveline
  • MS STEM Fair
  • MS STEM Fair Assembly-2:35PM
  • 18-19 Enrollment Info Open House-6:30PM

Friday, January 12
  • NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Monday, January 15
  • NO SCHOOL - Martin Luther King Day

Tuesday, January 16
  • The College Funding Coach-6:30PM

Wednesday, January 17
  • Girls Basketball Game Home vs. Sunset MS-3:30PM
  • PTO Executive Board Mtg-6PM
  • PTO General Mtg-7PM

Thursday, January 18
  • Coffee with the Principal-8:30AM
  • Mathematics Curriculum Review-6:30PM

Saturday, January 20
  • SVVSD Girls Basketball Tournament-TBA

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal


Happy New Year! I hope all of you had a wonderful holiday and were able to relax and spend some quality time with your families. As we begin the New Year, please know that instructional excellence is at the forefront of my thoughts.

January is always about fresh beginnings and renewed commitment to the goals that are most important. I love the promise of the New Year and all the possibilities that exist for our children here at Flagstaff and their future.
Educator Carol Ann Tomlinson wrote the following about the aim of education for our students, "Excellence in education is when we do everything that we can to make sure that they become everything that they can." At Flagstaff Academy, we want students to be problem solvers and this idea is embodied by writer Robert John Meehan, who is recognized as "the Voice of the American Teacher." Meehan wrote, "A student's progress should be measured in terms of the questions they are asking, not merely the answers they are receiving."   

During the months of November and December, I was out observing classroom lessons and talking to teachers about instruction. I want to share some of what I saw:
  • Engaging and beautifully designed lessons where students are active learners.
  • Reading instruction where students are voracious readers engaged in independent reading, word work, partner reading, and writing - and the teacher is engaged in conferencing with students about their reading goals or meeting in guided reading groups and developing important reading and comprehension strategies.
  • Hands-on science and technology lessons where students are researching, building prototypes, developing products, and presenting their projects with proposals for how they can be best used. One of these projects is a new irrigation system for the Greenhouse where one of the proposals will be accepted and then students will build the new irrigation system.
  • Math lessons that allow for exploration and small group presentation of a skill at students' conceptual level.
  • Collaboration between the classroom teacher, Greenhouse, Science Lab, and LMC to work on a thematic project and research.
  • Poignant novel studies where students are questioning and debating the author's intent.
  • Debates about political events where students present their viewpoints and argue a specific stance.
  • Rigorous physical education training where students are involved in a variety of fitness course activities as students are setting goals and achieving them.
  • Students speaking, writing, and fluently interacting in a foreign language through songs, discussion, readings, and written expression.
  • Students working together to create a beautiful musical piece.
  • And...our students articulately and openly involved in deep discussion in their lessons.
On the horizon for the new year, we will be seeing an increase of engaged literacy practices and coaching reading strategies; expansion of writing skills to defend a viewpoint or position through citing text and expressing personal connections; problem-based learning where students are creating a technology or solutions orientated products with presentation of their work; expansion of STEM education; and upgrades to mathematical practices.

Please look at the below important dates for parents.

View and Give Input for 21st Century Math Resources and Materials  
Please attend any of these sessions and give input!
Materials will be showcased in the LMC during January and February
Tuesday, January 9, 2018
Board of Directors Meeting
Demonstration to the BOD and Opportunity for Input and Feedback
5:30-8:30PM in the LMC
Thursday, January 18, 2018 
Parent Coffees with Demonstration and Opportunity for Input and Feedback
8:30AM in the Commons
6:30PM in the Commons
Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Parent Coffees with Demonstration and Opportunity for Input and Feedback 
8:30AM in the Commons
6:30PM in the Commons

Have a great weekend,

Sharon Aguina
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Thank you to all of you who have taken the time to fill out your 2018-2019 Intent to Return forms! We're so happy that so many of you will be back for the next school year!

For those of you haven't filled out your form, it  only takes minutes to complete! We value every member of our Dragon Community and if you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. We're here for you. 

We'd greatly appreciate receiving your Intent to Return form by no later than January 16, 2018. 
Volunteer  Dragon Volunteer Resolutions!
 

Happy New Year to All Our Volunteers! 

We all feel so lucky to be associated with such a wonderful group of volunteers! So, as we start the new year, we want to take this opportunity to thank you each and every one for your time, your support and your care in making Flagstaff Academy the great school that it is.  We know several of you have made your New Year Resoluntions and since we're sure they included volunteering more this year, we want you to know we're here for you!! Here are some great ways to get going on your Dragon Volunteer New Year's Resolutions with these terrific opportunities:
  • Middle School STEM Fair Judges: If you have experience in science and technology, think about being a STEM Fair Judge on Thursday, January 11th from 8:30AM to 2:00PM. Lunch is provided, plus lots of fun!
  • Junior Achievement: Sign up early, especially if you want to be assigned to your student's classroom! 
  • Cheers to Flagstaff: Gala Event Volunteers: Help make the largest fundraising event of the year a huge success! A variety of volunteer positions need to be filled. 
  • Health OfficePatience and a love for filling ice packs is required for this volunteer opportunity. 
If you have not registered as a Dragon Volunteer please click  here  to register. 
 
Questions? Contact our Volunteer Coordinator,  Jeannie Torres.

2018-2019 Enrollment Season!

Our Weekly Daytime Tours will begin again on Monday, January 8, 2018
and continue  every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. 

2018-2019 Enrollment Open House - Thursday, January 11, 6:30-8:00 p.m. 

For more information, visit  www.flagstaffacademy.org

Tell a Friend! If you know of a family who would benefit from our amazing educational environment, share this information with them! If the family becomes a Flagstaff Academy family, you'll be entered into our Dragon Referral Program!

Remember to turn in your 2018-2019 " Intent to Return" form!
 The College Funding Coach at Flagstaff Academy
Date: January 16, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m. 
Cost: Free

Did You Know? 
  • College tuition costs rose 275% from 1970-2013 (after adjusting for inflation)
  • 71% of students that graduate from four-year colleges have student loans
  • Since 1999, student loan debt has increased by 500% while incomes for young workers have decreased by 10% since the year 2000
Are college degrees important? YES! In every measure of economic well-being and career attainment, from personal earnings to job satisfaction to the share employed full time, college graduates are outperforming their peers with less education (Pew Research Center, Feb. 2014).

The College Funding Coach is for families, from preschool to high school, who want to learn and plan on how to pay for  college! It's never to early to start planning!

The College Funding Coach was founded in 2002 to help families better understand the complexities of paying for  college and make higher education more affordable.The  College  Funding Coach's mission is to help families save on the high cost of higher education. They have established an approach that helps parents understand the  college  funding process, reduce their out-of-pocket expenses, and balance the challenge of saving for  college and retirement simultaneously.
This is a free educational event.  
                   2017-2018 Activity Fees!

    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.
It's K-Cup Collection Time!

Thursday, January 11 during AM Driveline

PTO Hospitality committee is holding a K-Cup Collection to help restock the staff lounges! 

Please consider making a donation of the following:
Flavored, light, medium, and dark roast coffees

Thank you in advance for supporting our teachers and staff!

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
Classes in the lead for Kickball (2,400 Box Tops): Preschool 1,259

Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops):
Shaffer 981 - Townsend 946 - Thompson 668


Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops):
 Gianetti 565 - Smith 468 - Jamieson 464


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. 

 DragonFlight DRAGON FLIGHT

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.
 

January Classes include:
Science Matters, Video Game Development, Little Coders, Mountain Kids Yoga, Renaissance Adventure, Chess Club and Private Piano Lessons.

January Non-School Day Care: 
Friday, January 12th - FULL DAY!

Parent's Night Out - Friday, January 19th!

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

  SupportFlagstaff SUPPORT FLAGSTAFF ACADEMY


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,  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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