DRAGON WEEKLY
Friday, January 19, 2018

Saturday, January 20
  • SVVSD Girls Basketball Tournament-TBA

Monday, January 22
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM
  • The Great Kindess Challenge Week Begins!

Tuesday, January 23
  • The Great Kindness Challenge

Wednesday, January 24
  • The Great Kindness Challenge
  • PTO CHUBurger Fundraiser-11AM
  • Girls Basketball Home vs. Prospect Ridge-3:30PM
  • Mathematics Curriculum Review-6:30PM


Thursday, January 25
  • The Great Kindess Challenge
  • Coffee w/ the Principal-Mathematics Curriculum Review-8:30AM
  • NJHS Induction-6:30PM

Friday, January 26
  • The Great Kindness Challenge

Monday, January 29
  • 2018-2019 Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM

Tuesday, January 30
  • SAC Meeting-5PM


Friday, February 2
  • Coffee with the Counselors-9AM

Friday, February 3
  • SVVSD VEXiq Robotics Tournament-8AM

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal


Dear Flagstaff Community,

This month highlights "Math in Focus" for Grades K-5. This year we've held several coffees to receive input from parents on the important topic of K-5 math. We have heard from both teachers and parents that math is very important. Parents who have attended our coffees indicate that they desire the following:
  1. Math needs to be deeper - and more engaging.
  2. We don't want students to have gaps.
  3. We want students at higher levels to have advanced pathways.
  4. We want students and lower levels to be supported.
  5. We want to understand math grouping better.
  6. We want clear communication about math.
  7. We want to be able to meet with the math teacher.
  8. We want math facts and online components to use at home.
  9. We want students to have a balanced curriculum, with math foundations, but also to be able to do well on the state assessments.
In order to reflect deeply for K-5 mathematics, we have focused on:
  • Listening to teachers and parents about the current needs in mathematics.
  • Looking at our curriculum materials to see if the content matched what students needed and provided both support and advancement - and built this into lessons.
  • Sharing the 21st century thinking for math that students are being asked to do and built this into lessons.
  • Discussing resource needs.
Our main curriculum (EnVision) is eight (8) years old and is at the natural end of its term; therefore, our hardworking teachers would like renewed resources that do the following:
  • Provide a firm foundation of math including math facts.
  • Present concepts in an engaging way.
  • Provide a deep understanding of math concepts.
  • Provide for support and advancement.
  • Have a variety of online options for students and parents for extra support.
  • Materials that do all this and are also aligned to Core and CAS Standards.
  • Address math problem-solving and critical thinking and allow students to problem solve in a variety of ways and to defend their answers.
  • Tests and assessments that help teachers quickly see how students are doing and what they need and don't leave students blind-sighted on state assessments.
  • Manipulatives, games, centers.
As we review resources, please see our process:
  • We are reviewing three curriculums that are highly rated.
  • Teachers will receive a full presentation, as well as see and touch the materials.
  • Our process will include all K-5 teachers who teach math.
  • Teachers will rate the curriculum based on specific criteria and give feedback (their input is consultative).
  • We will show parents the major highlights of the curriculums.
  • We will gather parent feedback (also consultative) - better in writing so we can consider and use in decision-making.
  • Our internal math committee will make a recommendation for our school to the Board of Directors.
  • We will then have teachers and our internal math committee work on a very clear plan for Math Pathways (Math Grouping and Advanced Math)
  • We will convene a panel of parents to discuss our Math Pathways plan.
  • We will provide communication to our school community.
We've held two very successful "Math Chat" Coffees, and have two more scheduled. I look forward to seeing you there!

View and Give Input for 21st Century Math Resources and Materials  
Please attend any of these sessions and give input!
Materials will be showcased in the LMC during January and February
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 
Parent Coffee with Demonstration and Opportunity for Input and Feedback 
6:30PM in the Commons

Thursday, January 25, 2018 
Parent Coffee with Demonstration and Opportunity for Input and Feedback 
8:30AM in the Commons

At the meetings, you will be able to share any further thoughts you have about the present math program, receive an overview of the math programs being considered, and provide comments that will be recorded and taken into consideration as we renew materials for our staff.

If you're unable to attend the meetings, but wish to provide insights or comments about math, please provide your ideas at the following link:


Thank you for showing your Dragon pride!

Sharon Aguina
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


The  Great  Kindness Challenge is a nation-wide challange that encourages a culture of  kindness and we're bringing it to Flagstaff Academy!  Students will be given a checklist with acts of  kindness  to complete throughout the  week  of Monday,  January 22-Friday, January 26 . Here are some the great events we have planned:
  • Local Fire and Police will visit and greet students during morning drive line, encouraging the students to continue with their great acts of kindness. 
  • Kindness Stations will be out during the students lunch recess, encouraging students to create a Valentine's Day card for a local disabled veteran or senior citizen. 
  • And more!

If you have any further questions about The Great Kindness Challenge please reach out to Paula Mulholland, Elementary School Counselor at pmulholland@flagstaffacademy.org, or Aubrie Tarantino, Middle School Counselor at atarantino@flagstaffacademy.org.


Thanks for allowing your student to serve in a  week of  Kindness! Learn more about the Great Kindness Challenge here!

Health Office - New Year, New Updates

With the start of a brand new year, please take a moment to update any new or existing health conditions that the school should be aware of. (food allergies, asthma, etc...)

On the Flagstaff Academy website under the " Health Clerk" section you will find current forms available for download and information on most school health related topics.

If your question isn't answered on the website or you need clarification, please contact the Renee Moen, Health Clerk, by email:  rmoen@flagstaffacademy.org or by phone  (303) 651-7900 ext 211.

Thank you!
Volunteer  Dragon Volunteer Opportunities!
 


We have some fun opportunities coming up that require the help of many volunteers. Please consider signing up for the following opportunities:

Thanks in advance for signing up! For questions please contact our volunteer coordinator, Jeannie Torres


Middle School 2nd Quarter Report Cards are Now Available! To access your student's grades, please follow these easy instructions depicted below!

Date: Monday, February 12, 2018
Time: 6:30-8:00PM
Location: Flagstaff Academy
Cost: $10 -  Register here!

Eager to learn about the pressures that are unique to being a girl in 2018 and how you can help girls navigate these challenges with confidence?
 
We invite you to join Girls Leadership's Colorado Senior Educator, Kim O'Malley, as she guides parents and teachers in how to help girls practice assertive self-expression, emotional intelligence, and healthy relationships, preparing them for a life of personal and societal leadership. Kim's engaging presentation is based on the nationally recognized presentation given by Simone Marean, Founder and Executive Director of Girls Leadership, teaching girls to be brave, resilient, and connected from kindergarten through high school.

This event is for adults, only. No childcare provided. 
                   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.


Dragon Dash Prizes

Dragon Dash Jog-a-thon fundraising prizes were distributed this week. Please email any questions or concerns regarding prizes directly to FlagstaffDragonDash@gmail.com.


Become a Flagstaff Academy PTO "Cheers to Flagstaff" Sponsor!

Introduce Your Business to 600+ Local Families from Longmont, Erie, Boulder, Niwot, Frederick, Firestone, Lafayette, Louisville, Dacono, and Berthoud.

Visit  http://www.flagstaffacademypto.org/cheers-to-flagstaff.html to learn more about the various sponsorship levels and their extensive promotional benefits.

If you have an employer, own a business, or know a group/person that can contribute to our cause, ask them to become a sponsor! Sponsorship is a great way to introduce your business to the Flagstaff Community!

Visit the PTO website: www.flagstaffacademypto.org
Classes in the lead for Kickball (2,400 Box Tops): Preschool 1,343

Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops):
Shaffer 1036 - Townsend 998 - Thompson 704


Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops):
 Gianetti 591 - Jamieson 506 - Light 499


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. 

 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.
 

January Classes include:
Science Matters, Video Game Development, Junior Robotics, Gear Engineers, Extreme STEM, Project Runway, Little Coders, Mountain Kids Yoga, Fencing, Renaissance Adventure, Chess Club and Private Piano Lessons.

Parent's Night Out - Friday, January 19th!

                       
Questions?  Contact Jeanna Peppler at jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org ,
303-217-6764.

  SupportFlagstaff SUPPORT FLAGSTAFF ACADEMY


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 the school year round:  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,  we receive 0.5% of the price of the eligible  smile.amazon.com  purchases? B ookmark this  link!   
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2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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