Friday, September 1 , 2017

Friday, September 1
  • NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Monday, September 4
  • NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 

Tuesday, September 5
  • StuCo Donation Drive for Houston Flood victims begins
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, September 6
  • Girls' Volleyball 1st Game at Thunder Valley
  • Spirit Day - Be a Superhero Fundraiser for Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief Starts!

Friday, September 8
  • Pingree Park Forms, Payments, Chaperone Applications are DUE-4PM
  • Gifted and Talented Nominations Due-4PM

Tuesday, September 12
  • School Picture Day!

Wednesday, September 13
  • Bad Daddy Burger PTO Restaurant Fundraiser-11AM
  • Girls' Volleyball Away Game vs. Twin Peaks-3:30PM

Friday, September 15
  • 1st Aluminum Can Drive-2:30PM

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Dear Dragon Families,

It is hard to believe that it is already September! School is starting to take form and the busy opening is now settling in. I have a feeling of deep gratitude for our Flagstaff Academy Community and all the work that has gone into making this year a spectacular start for everyone. All of these efforts are for our students and to create an inviting learning environment that will make them lifelong learners.
One of the most important vehicles for the future of our students is the wide reading that they do outside of school. 

Of all the research-based strategies described, wide reading is perhaps the most effective and the easiest to implement. Extensive reading has been linked to improvement in general knowledge, vocabulary, spelling, verbal fluency, and reading comprehension. Also, the amount of reading students do is positively correlated with word identification skills, academic achievement, comprehension, reading fluency, and writing. Wide reading is the window to the world. Finally, increasing the time spent reading independently has been shown to be an effective way to be high achieving throughout life.

A teacher's number one job is to help children fall in love with books. After that, most of reading "instruction" is a matter of making good books available and providing time for students to read. Take time for you and your children to read voraciously, as this is the key to your child's future.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Sharon Aguina,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Wednesday, September 6th

Middle School
  • Driveline begins at 10:30AM
  • Start Time begins at 10:45AM
Elementary School
  • Driveline begins at 10:45AM
  • Start Time begins at 11AM

Be A Superhero for Hurricane Harvey Flood Relief!
Wednesday, September 6th-Friday, September 8th

Our Student Council (StuCo) is using next week's Late Start Superhero Spirit Day to launch a school-wide campaign to contribute to the Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. Our Flagstaff Academy community knows firsthand, from our own devastating floods in 2013, how important it is to feel an outpouring of support in order to recover, heal, and rebuild. 

StuCo is asking ALL students and families to contribute a donation to their classrooms beginning Wednesday, September 6th through Friday, September 8th  to truly BE superheroes for people who need help. Any amount will help! Cash and checks (made out to American Red Cross) only. 

All proceeds will be donated through the American Red Cross.

Dragons care!

September Board of Directors Meeting
Date: Tuesday, September 5th
Time: 5:30 p.m.
Location: LMC

Open to the public. All are welcome!
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.
Dragon  Volunteers!

School activities are more FUN when more parents pitch in! Here are some of our immediate volunteer needs:
We have several new volunteer opportunities. Please visit our  Dragon Volunteer site to sign up!  See you soon! 
Driveline Reminder

There is no cellphone use while driving on our property. Please refrain from using your phone while in driveline, for your children and for the safety of all of our students. If you must answer your phone, please park your car on the street, or in a designated parking spot. 

Thank you for your cooperation. 
Safety is our number one priority! 

2017-2018 Gifted and Talented 
Parent Nomination Process

Flagstaff Academy will be conducting Gifted and Talented screenings for all 3rd grade students in September. At this time, parents of students in grades K-8, other than 3rd grade who wish to nominate their student for GT testing may do so.

To nominate your student, please visit the Front Office and pick up a District nomination form, as well as a parent input form. All forms must be returned to the Front Office by Friday, September 8th, 2017. Incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted. Student records will then be evaluated, and testing needs determined. Please do NOT contact homeroom teachers. 

If you have any questions, please contact Kahlie Benz, Gifted and Talented Teacher, at kbenz@flagstaffacademy.org
2017-2018 Preschool Openings

We have limited openings in our Flagstaff Academy Preschool for the four (4) and five (5) year old age groups. Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Patty Quinn, Preschool Director, at pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org

Employment Opportunities for Parents!

We are seeking a part-time Instructional Aide. T he hours will be from Monday-Friday,  10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.  with the primary focus being working with recess. Read the full job description here.   

100-Mile Club at Flagstaff Academy is looking for a dedicated and knowledgeable parent to manage the before and after school practices, as well as few Fun Run activities after school. If you're interested, contact Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal, at saguina@flagstaffacademy.org

Do you have old electronics/computers/machines, screw drivers, hammers, nails, rubber bands, pony beads, pipe cleaners, bendy straws, string, yarn, masking tape, duct tape, sewing needles, small plastic/paper cups, aluminum foil, pom-poms, and marbles you'd like to unload? Great news! The LMC needs these items for our Makerspace!

What is Makerspace? Visit www.makerspaces.com/what-is-a-makerspace/ to learn more!  Please drop these items off at the LMC! Thanks in advance for all your help!

Give your eclipse glasses a second chance!

Astronomers Without Borders
and  Explore Scientific are collecting glasses to be sent to schools in South America and Asia when eclipses cross those continents in 2019.

We have a drop box at the front office. Thank you!
Flagstaff Academy 2017-2018 CAN DRIVE Begins!

Date: Friday, September 15th
Time: 2:30-4:30 p.m. 
Location: West parking paved lot of Tasty Weasel

Help us reach our GOAL of 3000 lbs. this year!
For the 2016-2017 school year, we recycled 2,886 lbs. (3.32lbs per student), w hich made us #1 in Colorado for the second year in a row!

Remember to never bring aluminum to the Tasty Weasel Tasting Room. Thanks!
2017-2018 Activity Fees are Now Available to Pay!

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.)
Pay Fees Online through
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.

2017 Middle School Pingree Park Trip
Wednesday, September 27 - Friday, September 29, 2017

Essential Information and Upcoming Deadlines:
  • Information Packet and Permission Form (required of all students): The A-Z of what you and your student needs to know, from packing lists, to activities, and more! The packet includes the Emergency/Health Form, and the 7th Grade Ropes Course Permission Slip
  • Medical Administration Permission FormW hether your student takes prescribed or over-the-counter medications, such as Advil, Benadryl, Tums, etc., you'll need to have this form signed by your doctor. Summer "well-child" visits are a great time to get this done!
  • All medicines must be turned starting Tuesday, August 29th through Wednesday, September 20th, one week before departure by appointment only with this form. Remember, no medications will be accepted on the day of the departure. 
  • PaymentsThe cost to attend Pingree Park is $150 and includes all meals. Payments are due by September 8, 2017 by cash, credit card (on RevTrak), or check (payable to "Flagstaff Academy).
Important Dates for Pingree Park
Friday, September 8:
  • Deadline for permission slips, signed medical forms, payment, and requests for financial assistance.
  • Deadline for Chaperone sign up with Dragon Volunteer portal.

Financial Assistance: We want as many of our middle school students to benefit from this experience; therefore, if the cost of the trip is a concern, we have financial assistance available. Please contact Kim Hagen Rapp, Business Office Assistant, at  khagenrapp@flagstaffacademy.org  for more information by  Friday, September 8th Help make Pingree Park a reality for all our students! Donations are now being accepted. 

Want to be a chaperone for the  Pingree  Park trip? This year, you will need to  apply through our Dragon Volunteer site. Once you have done this, Katie Gustafson will notify you about next steps. 

We look forward to a great trip! If you have any questions, please reach out to me. 

Katie Gustafson
Middle School Assistant Principal
Dragon Dash 2017! We're Mad About Science!

Dragon Dash - the PTO's largest fundraiser - will take place on Friday, October 6 th . This year's 'Mad Scientist Bubble Run' will offer every student the opportunity to run, jog or walk in order to raise money for our school and its amazing programs. More information about how you and your students can get involved will follow next week - so stay tuned!

With just 35 days till the event, we are currently seeking CORPORATE SPONSORS. If you'd like to get your message out to our community consisting of over 900 families AND support a great cause, visit the PTO website or contact Jolene Rodemich at 303-818-5311.

Many thanks to our first "Distinguished Scientist" Sponsor,  Santiag o's Longmont !
Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org


Last year Flagstaff Academy brought in 19,795 Box Tops.  With every Box Top being worth $0.10,  just imagine how much we could earn...

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:
Veum 150 - Saam 132 - Townsend 112

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.

September Late Start Care

Date:  Wednesday, September 6th
Times and Cost: 7:00 a.m. Bell - $25
Times and Cost: 8:00 a.m. Bell - $20

New Enrichment Classes!
Science Matters: Earth Rangers
Mondays 9/18-10/9
Time: 3:25-4:45 p.m.
Cost: $60
Grades K-5
Chess Club: Chess Champs
Dates: TBD
Time: 3:25-5:00 p.m.
Cost:  $78
Grades K-8
Little Coders
Wednesdays, 9/20-11/15
Time:  3:25-4:45 p.m.
Cost:  $170
Grades K-2
Video Game Developers
Thursdays, 9/21-11/16
Time: 3:25-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $170
Grades 3-5
Capoeira Carnival
Fridays, 9/22-11/3
Time: 3:25-5:00 p.m.
Cost: $66
Grades K-5
Parents' Night Out!
Date:  Friday, September 15th
Cost: $17 per student before 9/8 (goes up to $22 after 9/8)
Includes Dinner from Noodles and a drink


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

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? Bookmark this link!  
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Longmont, CO 80501

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