September 11, 2015

Calendar Reminders
Monday, September 14
All School Picture
Tuesday, September 15Board of Directors Special Meeting - 5:30 p.m.
Pingree Park Chaperone Info meeting - 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 16PTO General Meeting - 6:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 17Coffee with Principal Lowe - 8:30 a.m./2:30 p.m.
Project Produce Harvest Day!
Saturday, September 19
Flagstaff Fall Festival - 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23
Elem. School Goal Setting Conf - 4:15 - 8:00 pm.
GTT Parent Nominations Due
Thursday, September 24Elem. School Goal Setting Conf. - 1:15-8:00 p.m.
All School Noon Dismissal
Friday, September 25
No School


I'd like to invite you to our first Principal's Coffee of the year which will be held on Thursday, September 17th at 8:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m. in our Commons area.  We'll meet on the third Thursday of each month to discuss various items of interest. 

At our first meeting I'd like to hear feedback about the start of the school year, as well as ways we can improve our beginning of the year processes. I'd also like to generate a list of topics you would like to discuss throughout the year.

I hope you'll be able to make either the 8:30 a.m. or 2:30 p.m. time frame.

I look forward to speaking to you further about our school and school community.


Robin Lowe, Executive Principal



This year, we're changing our parent/teacher conference format in order to provide more accurate and individualized information, as well as more prompt testing feedback. 

Elementary School Goal Setting Conference Schedule:
Wednesday, September 23
4:15-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 24
1:15-8:00 p.m.

All School Noon Dismissal on Thursday, September 24


Please sign up with your Homeroom teacher ONLYYour child's teacher will meet with you to go over goals for the school year based on Fall 2015 Assessments, observations from the teacher, and conversations with your child.  
Thank you for partnering with us for your child's success!

Dragon Flight will be offering care on the Thursday, September 24th from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. and on September 25th from 7:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

Please fill out the registration packet and waiver, and return to the front office no later than Friday, September 18th. Due to staff scheduling/ratios, late registration may not be accepted.

(If there is not a minimum of 30 students signed up by September 18th, the field trip will be cancelled. Families will be notified, and payments will be returned.) Space is limited, register now!

Farm-to-Table Fiesta at Ollin Farms
A Latin Feast to Celebrate Flagstaff!


Second Annual Farm-to-Table Fiesta at Ollin Farms
Saturday, September 26
            5:00 - 9:00 p.m.             
Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St. Longmont 80504

Join Flagstaff Academy, Ollin Farms, Chef Justin from Niwot Market, and Gravity Brewing for a unique and fun farm-to-table experience to celebrate
and benefit Flagstaff Academy. The special evening will include:
  • Latin menu of freshly harvested Ollin Farms produce prepared by Chef Justin
  • Salsa music provided by D.J. Manólis from Puente Fuente Productions
Cost: $65.00 per person
Includes dinner and beer tasters, courtesy of Gravity Brewing! 
Additional beer and wine may be purchased.

Reserve Your Spot Now! 
*A portion of the proceeds will go to benefit the Adam J. Burton Memorial Scholarship Fund, which provides direct financial support to Flagstaff Academy students for academic and school events.

Parents' Night Out Babysitting
with Flagstaff's National Junior Honor Society 
Current Flagstaff Students Only.
Cost: $15/first child; $10/each additional child
Time: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Drop off and pick up at Flagstaff in the Commons



Music Program and MS Choir Accompanist Volunteers Sought!
Mr. Mieras, our wonderful Elementary School music and Middle School Choir teacher, is seeking enthusiastic volunteer accompanists. The accompanist role can be filled by more than one person, which would bring more parent involvement in the music program. What's needed: 
  • Daily accompanist for the Middle School Choir: 
    • Choir meets Monday-Friday, 11:00 a.m. - Noon. 
    • The commitment would be for two days a week, and one more day for concerts. If you'd like to do more, that is also welcome!
  • Elementary Music Program: 
    • Accompanists for each grade level who could come as often as you'd like, as well as to be on call for rehearsals. 
You don't need to be a virtuoso! Needed skills? Basic music reading skills and ability to cover the material. The atmosphere is easy going!
If you're interested, please contact Mr. Mieras at


Flagstaff will be conducting Gifted and Talented screenings for all 4th grade students in October. At this time, parents of students in grades K-8, 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 Wednesday, September 23.
Incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted. Student records will then be evaluated, and testing needs determined.


Parent Chaperone Meeting
Tuesday, September 15 at 6:30 p.m. in the Commons
 If you're interested in volunteering, please contact Kevin Pugh at

Scholarship Donations
Each year we assist students who may not be able to afford the trip by offering needs-based scholarships. If you'd like to contribute, please contact Kevin Pugh at

Board of Directors 

The members of the Board of Directors are volunteers who serve the entire Flagstaff community. Our mission, and the mission of our school is "to develop students who are equipped to be well-rounded, ethical leaders in the world community with a foundation based on science and technology."

Call for Board of Directors Subcommittee Volunteers

On behalf of the Board of Directors, I'd like to invite members of the community to volunteer to serve on one 
of our Board subcommittees. The following committees are looking for volunteers:

School Accountability Committee (SAC)
Policy CommitteeAngela Groeninger
Facilities CommitteeDanielle
Finance CommitteeCaren

More information about each committee is available on Flagstaff's website:
. If you're interested specifically in the School Accountability Committee (SAC), please visit the Flagstaff SAC webpage. If you're interested in volunteering, or have questions about the role and function of a specific committee, please contact the Board representatives listed above.

Volunteers are a huge part of what makes our school successful, and volunteering on a Board subcommittee is a great way to learn more about how our school works. Please consider sharing some of your time to help make our amazing school even better!

Go Dragons!

Neal Enssle,
President, Board of Directors 
Flagstaff Academy

The Board of Directors will be holding a special meeting on Tuesday, September 15, 2015 at 5:30 p.m. in the LMC 

All Board meetings are open to the public.

The Board will be hearing an update from Wayne Granger, Flagstaff's Executive Director and his team on the results of their selection process for the marketing firm being hired to work on a re-branding and enrollment marketing campaign.

There is only one vote currently on the agenda:
  • Approve Marketing Firm Selection
For your information, the following votes were taken at the Board meeting on September 1, 2015:
  • Building Corporation: Elect New Officers (Approved)
  • Building Corporation: Approve Funding Allocation (Approved)
  • Finance: Approve Reserve Spending Requests (Approved)
  • Finance: Approve July 2015 Actuals (Approved)
  • Elections: Bylaws Change: Clarifying Board Election Process Dates - 
    1st Reading (Approved)
  • Approve Marketing Firm Selection (No vote taken; deferred)
  • Meeting minutes from the August 4, 2015 meeting (Approved)
Please note that you can view the documents for each of these votes on Flagstaff's website, under the Board of Directors section.

All Board meetings are open to the public. Meetings are normally held on the first Tuesday of every month starting at 5:30 p.m. at the school. Please see the 2015-2016 School Calendar or the Board of Directors section of the school website for scheduled meeting dates. Meeting agendas are posted no later than 24 hours in advance of the meeting in the display case outside the front entrance of the school (the official posting location), and on the school website. Meeting minutes and public documents are also available on the website

You can contact the members of the board at:
Goes Live and Online Next Week!

The Spectrum newsroom has been buzzing with activity and the journalism team is excited to share the new look and feel!

Stay tuned for the launch announcement next week!


The 100 Mile Club is a club open to all students at Flagstaff Academy. The 100 Mile Club gets students moving before, during, and after school with the end goal of reaching 100 miles by the end of the year. Students are welcome to come to any and all practices!

Afternoon Practices - M, T, W, and Th 4:00 - 4:30
Morning Practices - M, T, Th, and F 7:15 - 7:45

Haven't registered yet? It's not too late. You can sign-up anytime through out the year with the Online registration.

Have more questions about what the 100-mile club? Contact Miss Erin Cynkar for more information at

Project Produce is Coming To Flagstaff!


Flagstaff Academy is proud to be a recipient of a 2015-2016 Project Produce: Fresh Fruit and Veggie Grant from the Chef Ann Foundation! 

The grants help schools increase kids' access to fresh fruits and veggies, as well as nutrition education. As part of this wonderful opportunity, Flagstaff is working with the SVVSD and local farmers on four Harvest Days:

September 17: Tomatoes
November 12: Hakurei Turnips
January 21: Winter Squash
March 10: Spring Carrots
(produce and dates subject to change)

Students will sample the fresh produce, as well as a delicious and simple prepared taste featuring the monthly vegetable. Stay tuned for more details!


It's BoxTops Time!

Box Tops 
Want a $25 Itunes Gift Card? Guess the number of EXPIRED BoxTops at the Fall Festival to win! Bring actual BoxTops to get extra guesses! See you at the BoxTops Table!

This year all classrooms have the opportunity to win BoxTop awards for submitting the following amount of BoxTops:
750 BoxTops = Chew Gum at School
1,500 BoxTops = Popcorn Party
3,000 BoxTops = Kick Ball Party

Classes in that have already started clipping and are on their way to Chew Gum at School:

Cynkar 116, Applehans 105, MacKay/Happel 97

 Please note that eBoxTops will not count towards these totals! Although, we appreciate all eBoxTop submittals, there is no way to track all of them to a specific classroom. eBoxTops will be included in the school totals, so please submit them. Only actual BoxTops that are turned into the teacher will count towards these classroom awards.

Important Reminders:
Please remember to put the student's name, grade and TEACHER in with all BoxTops in a sealable bag/envelope
BoxTops with no teacher name will be included in the general BoxTop fund.
Please continue to trim the BoxTops prior to submitting them.
Please only include NON EXPIRED BoxTops. BoxTops do expire!!!

The Aluminum Can Drive is Back!

And the Results for 2014-2015 Can Drive are In:

Flagstaff Academy came in #2 in Colorado!

What does that translate into?

We recycled 1,740.28 pounds of aluminum (double last year's total) and made $725.00 for the school!

Thanks to all the families for saving your aluminum!!!! 
Aluminum Can Drive 2015-2016

We'll meet at the
Tasty Weasel parking lot,
1800 Pike Rd, Longmont, CO 80501, 
(the paved lot on the very west side) 
2:30-4:30 p.m. on the following days:
  • Friday, September 11 (bring all of the aluminum you saved over the summer)
  • Friday, October 16
  • Friday, November 20 (last one of 2015)
  • Friday, January 8 (bring holiday aluminum, like recyclable trays)
  • Friday, February 19 (first available Friday since the Super Bowl - which is on February 7)
  • Friday, April 15 (The final Can Drive for the school year)

Dragon Flight

Before and 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.

Dragon Flight Enrichment registration is happening now. Please visit the Dragon Flight page for more information at

Before and Afterschool registration is almost full. Reserve your spot today. Conference Care is available for September 24th and 25th. Registration will close on September 18th. Don't miss out! 

Space is limited, register now!

For more information, please contact Jeanna Peppler,
The PTO executive board would like to thank all parent volunteers for helping to build and strengthen the Flagstaff Academy community through your participation in the PTO. Participating makes a difference to the parents, teachers, staff, and children at our school!

September 2015 Regular Meetings
Upcoming General PTO Meeting - Wednesday, September 16
Regular day and time for general PTO meetings will be the third Wednesday
of the month at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC. (This is a change from last year.) 

Visit www.flagstaffacademypto.comfor more information.
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The Amazing Flagstaff Race...With a Techie Twist

Race Day is Saturday, September 19 at 1:00 p.m.

The popular Amazing Flagstaff Geocaching Race is back again this year! Embracing the techie vibe at Flagstaff, the Amazing Flagstaff GeoCaching Race is an event for Flagstaff Academy families/friends, teachers, and staff. It is designed to be a fun-filled afternoon of teams working together to find ten (10) geocached items or challenges along the race course throughout Longmont.  

Registration Deadline is Wednesday, September 16!
Registration forms can be found here.

Fall Festival Advanced Tickets are Available!
Check your Friday Folders for information

When: Saturday, September 19
Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.

Our Fall Back-to-School Celebration is gearing up! We'll have carnival games, a petting zoo, climbing wall, and of course, our deliciously fun cake walk. 

Want to volunteer to help? We'd love to have you! 

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