Friday, November 10, 2017

Friday, November 10
  • StuCo Canned Food Drive
  • NJHS Winter Coat Drive
  • Girls Basketball Registration, 8th Grade
  • MS Dodge Ball-6:30PM

Saturday, November 11
  • Boys Basketball Tournament at Trail Ridge MS

Monday, November 13
  • NJHS Winter Coat Drive
  • Girls Basketball Registration, 6th/7th Grades
  • Daytime Tour-9AM
  • Spring Break 2019 Trip to Greece Info Meeting-5:15PM

Tuesday, November 14
  • PreK2 and PreK3 Conferences-3:30PM
  • 2018-2019 Open House-6:30PM

Wednesday, November 15
  • PTO Executive Board Mtg-6PM
  • PTO General Mtg-7PM

Thursday, November 16
  • Coffee with the Principal-8:30AM
  • Scholastic Book Ambassador, John Schumacher, Visit
  • MS Advanced Band, Jazz, and Choir Concert-6:30PM

Friday, November 17
  • 5th Grade State Celebration

Monday, November 20-Friday, November 24

Monday, November 27
  • Daytime Tour-9AM

Tuesday, November 28
  • SAC Meeting-5:30PM

Friday, December 1
  • 2018-2019 Enrollment Begins!
  • 2018-2019 Intent to Return Forms

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Dear Dragons,

I am presently reading The Global Achievement Gap , written by Harvard professor Tony Wagner, which argues that our schools need 21 st Century Skills and educational outcomes. We need to teach the skills that employers and society most need. Wagner says that the "Seven Survival Skills" for the 21 st Century are:

      1. Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
      2. Collaboration Across Networks and Leading by Influence
      3. Agility and Adaptability
      4. Initiative and Entrepreneurialism
      5. Effective Oral and Written Communication
      6. Accessing and Analyzing Information
      7. Curiosity and Imagination
Here at Flagstaff Academy, our teachers are focused on teaching 21 st century skills. Our professional development program for teachers is aimed at deeply understanding instructional shifts necessary for 21 st century learning and teachers are deeply involved and committed to the work it takes to provide this learning.

Others have conceptualized desired learning outcomes for students a little differently. Most prominent among these has been the framework developed by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills . The Partnership has a nice graphical representation of what they deem to be the essential skills students should attain:
The Partnership explains itself very well in a short document which includes this graphic. The Partnership and Wagner are making similar arguments: that our curriculum is not well enough directed toward providing kids with the skills they will need for success in postsecondary life.

In general, I agree with what Wagner. In too many places kids are filling in worksheets instead of writing. If we work to teach the higher-level skills Wagner calls for, our students should be able to do very well. I have no desire to just focus on basic skills, where we drill and kill. We need to activate kids' curiosity, to tap into the power of their motivation when they latch on to something that they see as interesting, powerful, and relevant.  

I am glad to be at Flagstaff Academy where we are moving our learners towards 21 st Century Skills.

Have a great weekend,

Sharon Aguina ,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Volunteer  Greeting Dragons Volunteer! 

This is a great time of year to sit back and reflect on the growth we have seen in our Dragon Volunteer program. In this month of thanks, I would like to personally express my gratitude for your continued patience and support. 
During this month of giving and gratitude, please know that you're giving such an important gift all year long - your time! Material gifts only stay with us for a short time, but the memories you share with your student's school community will often last a lifetime!  I know our students, teachers, and staff benefit from your service as a volunteer. I hope you, as  parents  and members of our community, benefit as well! 

Jeannie Torres
Flagstaff Academy Volunteer Coordinator

National Junior Honor Society 
Winter Coat Drive

Monday, Oct. 23-Friday, Nov. 17

Drop new and gently used coats off in the bins in your student's hallways

2018-2019 Enrollment Season!

Our Weekly Daytime Tours are happening every Monday morning at 9:00 a.m. Our first Open House is on Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30 p.m. New family enrollment applications will be accepted as of Friday, December 1, 2017.  

For more information, visit  www.flagstaffacademy.org

If you know of a family who would benefit from our amazing educational environment, share this information with them! 

2018-2019 "Intent to Return" forms will be sent out on Friday, December 1, 2017, so stay tuned!
Report Cards
Elementary and Middle School parents, report cards are available for viewing/downloading on Infinite Campus. Below are instructions on how to view and download your child's report card through Infinite Campus. 4th and 5th grade parents,  PARCC scores will be in  Friday  Folders this week. Thank you!

2017-2018 Girls Basketball Information: Please read the registration process carefully. There are only 28 spots available for the Girls Basketball Team
  • On Friday, November 10th, registration will open for 8th grade only. 
  • Should there be remaining spots, registrations will be accepted on Monday, November 13th, for 7th and 8th graders. 
  • The process will continue on Tuesday, November 14th, for 6th grade, 7th grade and 8th grade, if there are remaining spots, on a first come first served basis. (In this instance interested players should line up outside the west vestibule doors behind the designated orange cone. Registrations will be collected ONLY by Mrs. Salgado, starting at 7:45 a.m.)
  • Again, there are only 28 spots available and registration will close when that number is reached. 
  • Only a complete registration form that includes jersey size and short size with a check made out to "Flagstaff Academy" for $55.00 will be accepted.
  • Registration forms can be found on the Dragon's Athletic Web Site or can be picked up from Mrs. Salgado. Registration Form Link 
  • The season is 6 weeks long and practice will begin on Monday, November 27th. The season ends with a tournament on Saturday, January 20th.
Go Dragons!
Have you heard?  
  A Trip to Greece is happening on Spring Break 2019!!!  

Informational Meeting:
Date: Monday, November 13
Time: 5:15 p.m.
Location: Leha Moskoff's Room

Learn more about this exciting trip that aligns perfectly with the 6th grade history and language arts curriculum.  The trip is open to 2018-2019 Middle School students and Flagstaff Academy alumni, although this is a non-Flagstaff Academy trip.

Questions? Please contact Ms. Moskoff at lmoskoff@flagstaffacademy.org or Mrs. Ledbetter at lledbetter@flagstaffacademy.org
                   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.
              Gingerbread House Contest!

Date: Tuesday, December 5
Time: 6:30-8:00 p.m.
Theme: Favorite Movie!

Please join the PTO in the Commons with your Gingerbread Creation! There will be hot chocolate, cookies, and a fun winter craft. All creations must be edible for the fun-filled (and yummy) annual family event. 

To see the contest rules and for more information, visit 

Flagstaff Academy PTO Barnes & Noble Holiday Bookfair 
and Cheesecake Sale!

Date:  Saturday, December 16th
Time:  9:00 a.m.-10:00 p.m.
Location:  Barnes and Noble Boulder, 2999 Pearl Street, Boulder, CO 80301
     A percentage of cheesecake and Barnes and Noble sales go to support Flagstaff Academy PTO (in-store and online).

In-store events include   Art display from students   Crafts
  Author signings    Readings    And more to come!

Look for the order form in Friday Folders, or download it here.
If you'd like to pay by credit card, you must do so at 

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops): Preschool - 972

Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops): 
Shaffer 506 - Jamieson 464 - Townsend 412 

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: Hip Hop, Private Piano Lessons, Lights Camera Action, and Creek Companions, a special mentorship program providing social, emotional, and academic support for 3rd and 4th graders!

Parents' Night Out:

Friday, November 17

(cost will increase to $22/per student on 11/10)
November Non-School Days

Monday, Nov. 20: 
Mid Air Adventures

Tuesday, Nov. 21: 
Dizzy Family Fun Center

Wednesday, Nov. 22:
CoCo and Lunch

Questions?  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!

Getting ready for the holidays? 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!   
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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