DRAGON WEEKLY
Friday, August 25, 2017

Wednesday, August 30
  • Volunteer Information Breakfast-8:30AM
  • Pingree Park Parent/Chaperone Meeting-6:30PM


Friday, September 1
  • NO SCHOOL - Teacher Inservice

Monday, September 4
  • NO SCHOOL - Labor Day 

Tuesday, September 5
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, September 6
  • LATE START
    • MS Driveline-10:30AM
    • MS Start Time-10:45AM
    • Elem. Driveline-10:45AM
    • Elem. Start Time-11AM
  • Girls' Volleyball 1st Game at Thunder Valley
  • Spirit Day - Superheroes!

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

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal


 
Dear Dragon Families,

It was heartwarming to meet families and students on our "Back to School Nights" and see our teacher presentations to parents. 
 
This school year will be a year of setting and reaching attainable goals, working harder and smarter, and taking our school and student achievement to the next level of "Excellence"! This is because we are dedicated to a student-centered program that promotes academic excellence through an enriched, rigorous interdisciplinary curriculum. Our administrative team is here to support you as professionals in all respects and to ensure that students receive a high-quality experience.  While continuous improvement is sometimes intensive and challenging, I am confident in the ability of our staff and children as we encourage students to become critical thinkers, active problem-solvers, inquisitive readers, diligent researchers, and avid writers.
 
Please feel free to make an appointment or drop by to see me. We have an open door policy here at Flagstaff Academy and I am always interested in hearing your ideas and perspectives.

Enjoy a beautiful weekend!

Sharon Aguina,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


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Core Virtue of the Month: Respect and Responsibility
 
Dear Dragon Families,

Each month, we highlight a different "Core Virtue" from the Core Knowledge curriculum, and align it with our school culture. Students hear the core virtue in morning announcements, see it written on Dragon Link recognitions, and the core virtue anchors character education lessons. Classroom teachers are great at making connections to it throughout the school day as well. For August, we have been focusing on Respect and Responsibility .

Respect is the foundation for our relationships, practices, policies, and culture. On the surface, and especially at younger ages, we teach that being kind and polite is an important way to show respect. From there, respect is developed through an open appreciation of all points of view, and the practice of deep listening, where we listen fully even when we disagree with another person's thinking. One way we acknowledge respect is by making sure that participation in a restorative problem-solving process (a mediation or conference, for example) is optional and voluntary. Respect keeps things safe, especially when tensions run high.

Responsibility is often wrongly assumed to be synonymous with "fault". At Flagstaff Academy, however, we value responsibility as if it was written this way: " response - ability ". We teach that each one of us has an ability to choose our response to anything. We encourage students and staff to do their part for the groups that make us whole, and to remember that each of our actions and choices affect others around us, positively or negatively. When harm is caused, we must "own" our actions and any harm that was created from them (even unintentional harm) so that we can begin to repair harm and strengthen relationships.

Here are a couple of suggestions for dinnertime or drivetime discussion prompts on August's core virtues: 
  • "Who made you feel respected today...and how?" 
  • Can you share something you did today that affected others in a good way?"
Go Dragons!

Kevin Pugh
Dean of School Culture
Flagstaff Academy


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.
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! 

Scent Sensitivities

We have a number of staff and students with fragrance and/or chemical sensitivities. Individuals who are sensitive to fragrances and chemicals may suffer potentially serious health and respiratory consequences.
 
In order to accommodate employees and students who are sensitive to the chemicals in scented products, Flagstaff Academy requests that you refrain from wearing strongly scented products.
 
Our employees and students with fragrance and chemical sensitivities thank you for your cooperation.

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 one opening in our Flagstaff Academy Preschool for PK3, which meets Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30-11:20 a.m. Students must be 4 years old by October 1, 2017. For more information, please contact Patty Quinn, Preschool Director, at pquinn@flagstaffacademy.org
 Volunteer Dragon Volunteers!

Volunteer Information Breakfast
Date: Wednesday August 30
Time: 8:30-9:30 a.m.
Location: Commons
Bring a friend, a spouse, a grandparent! 

During this event you will:
  • Be introduced to our Administrative Team
  • Receive information on becoming a Dragon Volunteer
  • Hear from our PTO representatives
  • Have the opportunity to register and sign up for our open volunteer opportunities
  • Enjoy a delicious light breakfast
We look forward to seeing you there!


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

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


Student Council is sponsoring " Superhero Day" for our September Late Start Day. Wear your favorite superhero gear! And remember, no masks or weapons!

DONATIONS NEEDED!

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/

Please drop these items off at the LMC by the end of August! Thanks in advance for all your help!
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
Wednesday, August 30:

Pingree Park Parent and Chaperone Volunteer Information Meeting
Time:  6:30-8:30 p.m.
Place:  The Commons
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!

Save the Date!!

Dragon Dash - the PTO's largest fundraiser - will take place on Friday, October 6th! This year's event will be a 'Mad Scientist Bubble Run' that offers every student the opportunity to run, jog, or walk in order to raise money for our school and it's amazing Science and Technology programs. Watch this space and Friday  Folders for more information on how you and your students can get involved.

With just 42 days till the event, we're 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  FlagstaffAcademyPTO.org or contact Jolene Rodemich at 303-818-5311.
 
Go Dragons!



 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.




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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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