DRAGON WEEKLY
Friday, January 26, 2018

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

Tuesday, January 30
  • SAC Meeting-5PM


Friday, February 2
  • Coffee with the Counselors-9AM
  • MS Ice Skating Party at Roosevelt Park-6:45PM

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

Monday, February 5
  • 2018-2019 Weekly Daytime Tour-9AM

Tuesday, February 6
  • Board of Directors Mtg-5:30PM

Wednesday, February 7
  • Late Start:
    • MS Drive Line-10:30AM
    • MS Start Time-10:45AM
    • ES Drive Line-10:45AM
    • ES Start Time-11AM
  • Spirit Day: Mythical Creatures
  • 5th Grade "Move to Middle School" Pancake Breakfast-8AM

Friday, February 9
  • Sunshine Dental Clinic-9AM

CoreVirtues  Letter from Wayne Granger, Executive Director


Hello Dragon Families,


I'm reaching out with some important information for the health and welfare of all of our students and staff. If you have been following the news, you have heard that this is one of the worst flu seasons in more than a decade. We have had more than 90 students reported sick with flu symptoms just this week. I have personally felt the impact as I was sick for four days at the beginning of this week.

No prevention program is perfect, but I wanted to share how we try to combat the spread of illness at Flagstaff Academy. Our teachers and instructional aides are diligent in using disinfectant wipes appropriately in our classrooms and handwashing and hand sanitizer as needed. Our lunchroom staff uses professional cleaning and disinfection solutions before and after each grade's lunch. Our support staff sprays hard surfaces such as fountains, faucets, toilets, and doorknobs a couple times a day. During the months of January and February, our custodial contractor disinfects the common areas, restrooms, drinking fountains, and kindergarten toys with a hospital-grade disinfectant that has a lasting effect. That disinfection was scheduled for every other weekend and I have just instructed them to increase to weekly through February.

The single most effective way to fight illness, however, is to never let the germs inside the building  in the first place. Please keep your child home when they are sick! We can do our best to fight the spread of illness in the school, but we cannot compete with sleepovers, sports practice, and scouts. I know it can be a burden to have to take a sick day and stay home with your child, but our healthy Dragons are counting on it. Please remember the following guidelines:

  • Our health partner, Children's Hospital of Colorado, advises that in the event of vomiting or diarrhea, students must stay home for 24 hours after the last episode. 
  • With a fever, a student must be fever free without the use of medication for 24 hours. 
  • Please remember that medication may bring a fever down, but does not make them any less contagious. 
  • If a student is prescribed medication, they must be on it for at least 24 hours before they are no longer considered contagious. 
  • Children's Hospital of Colorado also states that if your child does not feel well enough to take part in normal activities, or the child needs more care than teachers can give and still care for other children, please keep your child home.
If your child does exhibit any of these symptoms such as vomiting or fever, we will be calling to have you to come pick up your child for their safety and those here at school.

Thank you for helping us get through this nasty flu season safely.

Wayne Granger,
Executive Director
Flagstaff Academy

CoreVirtues  Letter from Sharon Aguina, Executive Principal


Dear Flagstaff Community

We appreciate the community interest in our K-5 Math Initiative and for those families and Board Members who came to our Math Curriculum Coffees. We have heard from both teachers and parents that math is very important. We have received a variety of input and feedback from parents to consider.

As you know, EnVision, our main curriculum, is eight 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.
Here is our process for renewing our materials:
  • We are reviewing three curriculums that are highly rated.
  • Teachers will receive a full presentation and see and touch the materials.
  • Our process will include all teachers K-5 that 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 BOD.
  • We will then have teachers and our internal math committee work on a very clear plan for Math Pathways.
  • We will convene a panel of parents to discuss our Math Pathways plan.
  • We will provide communication to our school community.
Please find attached four Power Point presentations showing our process and our considerations for renewed materials.
If you wish to provide any 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

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. 
Volunteer  Special Dragon Volunteer Opportunity: VEXiq Robotics Event at Flagstaff Academy!


Flagstaff Academy will be hosting a VEXiq Robotics event at our school on  Saturday, February 3, 2018 ! We are looking for volunteers to help make this an exceptional event!  A light breakfast and lunch will be provided for all of our volunteers! Here are some areas we could use your help with:
  • Emcee: During VEXiq Challenge events, the emcee provides the play-by-play of the match describing the robot game action for the audience. The emcee also introduces the participating teams in the matches and provides informative program knowledge between matches
  • Inspector: The inspection process ensures that the robots meet the requirements to play.
  • Judge: Judge volunteers may evaluate student teams through interviews, review Engineering Notebooks and multi-media presentations, observe on-the-field performance, and even present awards as needed.
  • Queuing: Queuing volunteers assist the Field Manager and Head Referee with staging teams for upcoming matches.
  • Support Scorekeepers: Assist in scoring one of the competitive or skills fields and act in a referee role to interpret and enforce the rules of the game. Score matches upon completion. Might need to organize queuing of participants and instruct the field reset volunteers to reset fields if necessary
  • Pit Managers: Assisting teams and guests with pit issues. Control the flow of people who are allowed in and out by checking bracelets.
Please sign in to our  Dragon Volunteer Site and Sign up for the  VEXiq Tournament-Robotics volunteer opportunity

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!

      2017-2018 Annual Activity Fees:
If You Haven't Paid Yours Yet, it's Time To!!

The items we purchase with Annual Activity Fees are utilized throughout the school year, so your payment MATTERS for the school year we're currently in. 

    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.

Middle School 
Ice Skating  Party!

Flagstaff Academy Middle School Social Committee will be hosting an Ice Skating Party for Flagstaff Academy M iddle School students only .

Date : Friday, February 2nd 
Time: 6:45 - 8:45 PM
Where: Longmont Ice Pavilion at Roosevelt Park, 725 8th Avenue
Cost : $5.00 (includes skate rental)

***$1.00 Concession items will be offered at the rink by the Middle School Social Committee. Hot cocoa will be complementary. Hand and toe warmers are recommended .

Any questions please contact Raelene Navulur at (303) 549-3928 or Teresa Marney at (720) 684-8828.

Cheers to Flagstaff Spring Gala! Save the Date!
Date: Saturday, March 10
Time: 6:00-11:30 p.m.
Location: Oskar Blues Oak Room, 1800 Pike Road, Longmont, CO 80501
(west side of the Tasty Weasel building) 
Tickets will be available Thursday, February 1, 2018
Look for weekly messages about exciting classroom baskets and more! 

Babysitting with Dragon Flight at Flagstaff Academy - Details to Come!

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
CONGRATULATIONS! With 600 Box Tops Mrs. Gianetti's Classroom has won Chew Gum at School!

Classes in the lead for Kickball (2,400 Box Tops): Preschool 1,499

Classes in the lead for a Popcorn Party (1,200 Box Tops):
Shaffer 1,060 - Townsend 998 - Thompson 747


Classes in the lead for Chew Gum at School (600 Box Tops):
 Jamieson 541 - Light 499 - Smith 498


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.

February Late Start Care:
Registration Due by February 2nd to avoid drop fees. 
7:00-10:45AM - $25 (plus Dragon Flight registration fees)
8:00-10:45AM - $20
                       
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!   
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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