Friday, October 13, 2017

Thursday, October 12
  • Book Fair-1PM

    Elem. Goal-Setting Conferences-1:30PM
  • No PM Preschool (PK4)
  • MS Open House Conferences-4PM

Friday, October 13

Monday, October 16
  • NO SCHOOL (Teacher Inservice)

Wednesday, October 18
  • Boys Basketball Game at Trail Ridge -3:30PM
  • PTO Meeting-7PM

Thursday, October 19
  • Coffee with the Principal-8:30AM
  • Parent Education for Preschool-2nd Grade Parents-6PM

Friday, October 20
  • Wear Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Day

Tuesday, October 24
  • School Accountability Committee Meeting-5PM

Wednesday, October 25
  • PTO Fundraiser: Modern Market-5PM

Thursday, October 26
  • Parent Education Class for K-2nd Grades-6PM

Friday, October 27
  • Ghoulish Glow Gala-6:30PM

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal

Dear Dragon Families,

In the book, " Every Child a Super Reader," by Pam Allyn and Ernest Morrell, the authors talk about reading as "an indispensable key to unlocking the door to children's dreams and unlimited potential."

Students gain access to this key through exposure to a literature-rich environment and exposure to excellent books. We want children to fall in love with reading. The book states, "All children deserve to fall in love with the power of the written word to transport them to new worlds and teach them new ideas, and to experience what author and literacy advocate Pat Mora has called ' bookjoy.'"

Abraham Lincoln is quoted as saying, "A capacity, and taste, for reading, gives access to whatever has already been discovered by others. It is the key, or one of the keys, to the already solved problems. And not only so. It gives a relish and facility, for successfully pursuing the unsolved ones."

A "Super Reader" is a child who enters a text with purpose (regardless of the platform being digital or print or the variety of genre) and reads with deep comprehension and finishes it feeling satisfied, informed, and inspired. Also, the student can respond to and expand on the text in conversation and writing and use what is learned to make points and answer questions. The "Super Reader" is confident and willing to tackle texts that are difficult to comprehend and relishes in the challenge. "Super Readers" pay attention to every part of the book - the diagrams, charts, graphs, tables, captions, table of contents, headings, glossary and index. They read often and deeply and connect with an author, embracing, challenging ideas, and questioning the text. They pay attention and recognize choice of words, interplay of dialogue, and descriptions. They see literary techniques such as flashbacks, foreshadowing, stories within stories, and literary elements such as metaphors, similes, and idioms. Often this level of reader asks the question of how they can improve their own reading.

Freedom to make choices about what is read and access to MANY kinds of texts is one of the important key factors in becoming a "Super Reader."

I forget how much I love books, until the yearly "Book Fair" is displayed. I cannot help but to go in and comb through the books and always must leave with a small handful for my very own. I hope that all students will be able to take advantage of becoming a "Super Reader" by increasing their access to MANY kinds of text and to choose what most interests them. Don't you remember when you read a book and were so spellbound that you could not put it down until you finished every word?

One way to expand reading is develop a personal collection of books. I urge you to take advantage by visiting our fabulous Book Fair now in the LMC.

Have a great weekend!

Sharon Aguina ,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy

Coffee with the Principal!
Date: Thursday, October 19
Time: 8:30AM
Location: Commons

Join Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal, and special guest, Kevin Pugh, Dean of School Culture, who will lead a discussion on Core Virtues. 

We had a wonderful visit this week from Longmont Fire Department Station Six, who spoke to our students about fire safety, including smoke alarms! They have free fire alarms for families who could not otherwise afford them and will be happy to send some to our school. 

If you are in need of a smoke alarm for your home, please fill out this form

photo courtesy of the Longmont Times-Call

2017-2018 Activity Fees are Due OCTOBER 1st!

    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.
From the Health Office

There are many reasons a student may need a fresh change of clothes while at school. It happens at all grade levels:
          • Muddy fields
          • Bloody noses 
          • Food spills
          • Bathroom mishaps
The Health Office is in need of gently used clothing for boys and girls of all sizes (PK to Middle School): 
          • Pants
          • Leggings 
          • Underwear
          • Socks
If your students have outgrown some of their school clothing and you're looking to free up closet space, consider dropping off your gently used clothing during front office hours. Monday - Friday 7:30 a.m. to 3:20 p.m. Thank you!
Volunteer  Calling all Dragons! 

What a great time of year! We have several fun events planned for the next few months and with that comes awsome volunteer opportunities!  Check out our  Dragon Volunteer Site  to get involved. 
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.
   New Lost and Found Process is Underway! 

        • Any item labeled with a legible first and last name will be returned to the student if not picked up by the student within a week.
        • Lost and found volunteers will take a picture of any items without a legible first and last name and post them on the Dragon Lost and Found Google Drive: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6kHSlBUvwGjxbU8Z2
        • Any unlabeled item will be donated to the OUR Center after 7 days.
        • A donation master schedule is available to view at any time through the following link: http://bit.ly/2yiWjuT
        • Date Found refers to the date an item was placed in the lost and found, not necessarily the day it was lost.
        • Any item without a legible first and last name placed in lost and found that is leaking, very stinky, or very soiled will be thrown away immediately. This decision will be made by the lost and found volunteer. An effort to empty food containers, water bottles etc. will be made to keep items from being thrown away unnecessarily.
        • Mind Map of Process, also with links: http://bit.ly/2wGK7rw

 Please e-mail questions or concerns to DragonLostAndFound@gmail.com.

Final Dash to the Finish Line!

Last Friday, our Dragons did an awesome job at the Dragon Dash Mad Scientist Bubble Run! If you haven't seen the results yet, check them out at:

The race may be over, but there is still time to FUNDRAISE! The long weekend ahead is a great opportunity to help your student(s) collect donations from family, friends and neighbors. And don't forget that secure online donations can be made at: FlagstaffAcademyPTO.org . Our Dragon Dash fundraising goal is $45,000.  If every student raises at least $50 , we will make it! Every cent counts when it comes to keeping Flagstaff Academy the amazing school it is! All donations are due by Wednesday, October 18th.

Thanks to all our volunteers, teachers, staff, students, and sponsors for making  this a great event.
And special thanks to our "Distinguished Scientist"  Sponsor, 

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops): Preschool - 868

Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops): 
Shaffer 451 - Light 405 - Jamieson 378

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: Creek Companions, Blast into Space, Private Piano Lessons, Robert Munsch,  Capoeira, Parents Night Out!

November Late Start - Crackpots! 

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!

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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