Friday, May 4, 2018

Friday, May 4
  • Board of Directors Elections Ballots Available Online, in Friday Folders and MS Advisory

Monday, May 7
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Flower Sales-AM Driveline
  • Board of Directors Elections Ballots Collection Opens
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM
  • 5th Grade District Field Day
  • Girls Leadership: Brave Goals, Balanced Friendships-6PM

Tuesday, May 8
  • Board of Directors Elections Ballots Collection 
  • Teacher Appreciation Week Flower Sales-AM Driveline
  • PTO Restaurant Fundraiser at Marco's Pizza-All Day!

Wednesday, May 9
  • Board of Directors Elections Ballots Collection Closes-4PM
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Elementary Band and Advanced Band Concert-6:30PM

Thursday, May 10
  • Teacher Appreciation Week
  • Board of Directors Election Ballot Collections Closes-5PM
  • 5th Grade Overnight Trip to Cheyenne Mtn Zoo

Friday, May 11
  • Teacher Appreciation Week

Monday, May 14
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week!
  • Girls Leadership: Brave Goals, Balanced Friendships-6PM

Tuesday, May 15
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week!
  • Talent Show Tryouts-4PM

Wednesday, May 16
  • 5th Grade Wax Museum-1:15PM
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week!
  • Volunteer Appreciation Dinner-6:30PM

Thursday, May 17
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week!
  • Coffee with the Principal
  • MS Choir, Beg., Interm. Band and Jazz Band Concert-6:30PM

Friday, May 18
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week!

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Dear Flagstaff Families,

As the culmination of a year's work to renew and improve our K-5 Math curriculum, there were many important steps in order to unify goals, philosophies, knowledge about critical teaching components, and resources. I'm happy to share them with you:

  • Looking at the new and deeper standards and reviewing how to teach them
  • Developing a crosswalk of best instruction with current curriculum
  • Providing new resources such as iReady instruction
  • Reviewing best practice curriculum and choosing 21st century math resources
  • Refining Math Pathways
  • Future summer math planning for implementation by teachers
  • Ongoing professional development and monitoring of math instruction

This next year you will have access to many more math options for your student that include games, resources, tutorials, and access to student homework and tests. Also, we will be launching a dedicatred webpage in late May with clear information for parents about the math program.

Next school year, each grade level will post resources for math. Clear communication to parents about math grouping, student needs, and the math progress for each individual student at conferences. Please find several resources below that outline Math Pathways.
  • We believe in the nationwide push for students to take more advanced math courses in Middle School and High School - this is a goal of ours!
  • Continuation of the Advanced and Compacted Classes (provision of the materials)
  • Planning together to use Engage NY as Capstone-Embellishment for Advanced Students
  • Students who test out can move to higher grade level or meet with GT Teacher
  • Three (3) level groups (at Grade Level) beginning in 2nd grade and Advanced Group (at above Grade Level)
  • The Intervention and Gifted Teachers will be available for every grade level math period to increase ability to meet student needs
  • We will be increasing the amount of minutes in math and using them for rigorous study for grades 3-5 from 60 to 75 minutes
  • Parents will receive straightforward information about what group their student is in with a composite of why this decision was made
  • Parents will receive increased information at conferences along with the Student Profile showing what students are good at and what are the next skills they will need

More news to share!  For next school year, as K-5 Math is firmly in place, we will be focusing on Science, Science Labs, and our New STEM LAB!

We also held our first Principal's Coffee on the topic of PreK-8th Grade Gifted and Talented Students on Tuesday, May 1st. Parents showed a great deal of interest and had many questions and ideas for our guest speaker Catherine Zakoian, MA, NCC, LPC.  We want to make sure we are providing opportunities for our gifted and talented students and parents, and are working towards:
    • Additional coffees and workshops for parents on topics of interest
    • Inservice and training for teachers
    • After school enrichment activities for children
    • Consultation to our Gifted Teacher
If you would like to provide input about GT topics and activities, fill out the survey (anonymous):  Survey for Workshops/Activities for GT Students and Parents
Enjoy the weekend,

Sharon Aguina
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

It's almost time to VOTE! 

Look for ballots in your Friday Folders this Friday, May 4, or dowload online. Middle School parents, ballots have been provided to your students' advisory teachers. 

Ballot collections will begin  Monday, May 7 through Wednesday, May 9 at 4PM . Ballots will be collected in PM Driveline, or by dropping off at the front desk, only. Please note that  ballots cannot be given to students to turn in to either the front desk or to their teachers.

 Candidate applications are available for viewing on the

Board of Directors Elections page


Calling ALL 7th Grade Families! 

We NEED YOU to carry the torch of our 8th grade graduation! We're looking for volunteers for a number of important roles, which allow our 8th grade families and middle school staff to enjoy the night of celebration. Thanks in advance for considering this volunteer opportunity! Please click on the opportunity to sign up. 

Here's what we need: 
 Thank you in advance for your help!
Questions? Contact Jeannie Torres, Volunteer Coordinator. 
Parking Lot Lighting

We are aware of our parking lot lighting not working at this time. We've had electricians working on the problem over the last couple of weeks, which appears to be related to the recent windstorm. 

Thanks for communicating with us about it!  We hope to have them working again soon. 
End of Year Picnic Talent Show Tryouts!

Date: Tuesday, May 15
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Location: Mrs. Veum's Room (B22)

To try out, you must sign up by no later than Friday, May 11th - space is limited, so sign up early!

Talent Show Tryout Information:
      • Talent show participants are for grades 4 - 8
      • Acts are limited to 1.5 minutes (90 seconds)
      • Music must be cut to the desired length and is required on a CD at auditions
      • Only 50 acts will be chosen 
5th Grade Wax Museum

Date: Wednesday, May 16
Time: 1:15-3:00 p.m.
Location: Gym
Come see history spring to life! Fifth grade students will host a Wax Museum filled with historical figures from around the world and across time periods. From Catherine the Great to Ulysses S. Grant, the students have researched and composed a speech to bring a figure to life.  

Tour our museum to see for yourself history come alive! You never know who you'll see!

Flagstaff Academy, Student Council, and National Junior Honor Society invite you to the End-of-Year Picnic, Talent Show and BOGO Book Fair!

Date: Monday, May 21
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Field

And don't miss the Scholastic Book Fair in the gym during the duration of the Talent Show! Not to mention the chance to "splatter paint" your favorite teachers as a fun way to "thank" them for all their hard work this year! 
(Prepare for it to get MESSY, so have your kids in play clothes!)

Our wonderful PTO will be on hand selling Dragon spirit wear. They would love to talk to you about upcoming summer Dragon gatherings and 2018-2019 volunteer opportunities. 

And we'll be honoring our first ever class of K-8th grade graduating Dragon Seniors!
Always a Dragon - Flagstaff Academy Alumni
Calling all Dragon Alums! Check out our new website section dedicated to you! 

Do you have a Flagstaff Academy alumni in your family? We'd love to reconnect with them and see what they are doing in the world! And if your Dragon alum is a graduating senior, we'd like to invite them to our End-of-Year picnic on Monday, May 21 to honor our first graduating senior class. We'll even have some special spirit wear as a graduation gift! They can  RSVP here and we'd love to hear from them. 

On the site, alumni can sign up for Dragon volunteer opportunities, which can go toward service hours, and future alumni ambassadorships. We've also created an alumni Facebook group and alumni parents are welcome to join as well! We'll be sharing stories, as well photos, and more. 

Download here, or on our website

      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.

Flower Sales for Teacher Appreciation Week!
Dates: Monday, May 7 and Tuesday, May 8
Time: Morning Driveline (on both sides of the building!)
Cost: $1 a flower!
Pick a day and show your appreciation for your favorite Flagstaff teachers! 
Monday: " B "  Please bring your teacher a flower. (We will be selling individual flowers for $1 a stem  on Monday  and  Tuesday  morning in driveline for this purpose.) 
Tuesday: "L"  Love notes or notes of thanks handwritten, drawn, created from the children to the teacher. Flower sales will also continue on this day.
Wednesday: "O"  One favorite thing. Room parents should have provided a list of teachers' "favorite things" like color, food, restaurant, etc.
Thursday: "O"  One book for the classroom. Your teacher should have a list of books she/he would like for their classroom library.  
Friday: "M"  Magic Money. Use the favorite things email/link once again to purchase a gift card or gift cards for your teacher to use on herself/himself or for the classroom.  

Last PTO Restaurant Fundraiser of the School Year!
Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
CONGRATULATIONS!!!!! With 1,435 Box Tops Mrs. Townsend's Class Won a Popcorn Party! With 670 Box Tops Mrs. Smith's Class Won Chew Gum at School!

Classes in the lead for Kickball (2,400 Box Tops):
Preschool 2,039 - Townsend 1,435 - Shaffer 1,336

Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops) :
Townsend 1,026 - Thompson 940 - Gianetti 729

Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops):
Gudmundson 522 - Symond 504 - Burnett 490

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 and Summer Camp

Flagstaff Academy's in-house Dragon Flight program provides on-site before and after school care and enrichment classes, as well as summer camp. Dragon Flight provides students a warm, enriching environment while maintaining Flagstaff Academy's standards and values.
2018 Dragon Flight Summer Camp is Now Registering!

May 29-July 27, 2018

 Camp Activity Calendars Now Available!


Specialty Camps include

  • Dinosaurs/Paleontologist Camp
  • Garden Camp
  • Babysitter's Bootcamp
  • LEGO Mindstorm
  • Girl Empowerment
  • Makerspace
  • And so much more! 

Parents' Night Out - Friday, May 18th - 6PM

2018-2019 School Year Dragon Flight Registration is Now Open!
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 our school:  http://www.flagstaffacademypto.org/king-soopers-fundraiser.html

Great News! Purchases at American Furniture ANYTIME will support Flagstaff Academy. Just mention our School ID:  FLAG92 (or our school name) at check-out. 

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!

Remember Flagstaff Academy when you're shopping for Mother's Day at Amazon! Bookmark this link! 

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Longmont, CO 80501

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