September 18, 2015

Calendar Reminders
Saturday, September 19
  • Flagstaff Fall Festival - 4:00-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, September 23
  • MS Pingree Drop Off - 6:45 a.m.
  • Elem. School Conf.- 4:15-8:00 p.m.
  • GTT Parent Nominations Due
  • PTO General Meeting - 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Thursday, September 24
  • Elem. School Conf. -1:15-8:00 p.m.
  • All School Noon Dismissal
Friday, September 25
  • No School
  • MS Pingree Pick Up - 2:00 p.m.
Thursday, October 1
  • School Activities Fees Due


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!


To All First - Fourth Grade Parents:

Since the start of school, our teachers have been working with their students to assess current levels of performance in math and reading. In collaboration with our administrative team, our assessment coordinator and our interventionists, teachers are establishing reading and math groups. At the Parent Conferences days next week, your child's math and/or reading groups will be discussed, along with establishing specific annual learning goals for your child.

If you are interested in knowing more about what your child is learning this year and ways you can extend that learning at home, I encourage you to access the Core Knowledge website, for the "What Your _____ Grader Needs to Know" series.

You will find a complete explanation of the Core Knowledge sequence, as well as suggestions on books to read to your child and activities you can do at home for all core areas.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child's classroom teacher, Ms. Long, or myself should you have any questions.


Robin Lowe
Executive Principal


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.


There has been been a noticeable increase in distracted driving in our parking lots. For safety of all our children, please no cell phone use in moving vehicles on our property. 

Thank you for your continued commitment to keeping our students safe.
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

Parents' Night Out 
Go to the Farm-to-Table Dinner - or just go out! 
For Everyone!
Saturday, September 26
4:30-9:30 p.m.
Drop off and pick up at Flagstaff, in the Commons
Cost: $15/first child; $10/each additional child

Provided by the Flagstaff National Junior Honor Society

For Current Flagstaff Students Only

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 paired with fresh Gravity Brewing craft beers
  • 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. 


Pingree Park Important Announcements

Due to transportation issues, we will need to be pulling out and on our way to Pingree Park no later than 7:30AM on Wednesday, September 23rd. 

You must drop off your child NO LATER than 6:45 AM, Wednesday, September 23rd.

If you have any questions, contact

Boys Basketball is Coming Up! 
Registration for the season will be on
Monday, September 28th-Thursday, October 1st. 

Registration forms can be found on the Dragon's Athletic Web Site or can be picked up from Mrs. Salgado. The team is limited to 30 participants. Eighth grade boys will have the priority, followed by seventh, and finally sixth grade, to complete the roster limit. Any class that takes the roster limit above the 30 maximum limit will be entered into a lottery for a spot. 

Only a complete registration form that includes jersey and short size and has a check to Flagstaff Academy for $55.00 will be accepted. The season is six weeks long and practice will begin on October 5th. The coaches will be Ms. Rooks and Mr. Debenport.

Questions? Please contact Mrs. Salgado at


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



Music Program and MS Choir Accompanist Volunteers Sought!
We are still 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


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: 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

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:

The Dragon Spectrum, the Middle School student-run newspaper, is now online! The journalism staff, supervised by Mrs. Wilkins, launched the new Spectrum, featuring photos, exciting features, and more! The new format allows the students to have much more flexibility with their content, as well as be more environmentally and budget-friendly by moving to a non-paper option. 

This year's Spectrum Staff includes Chelsea Bandi (8th Grade), Sid Bhushan (7th Grade), Anna Clayborn (8th Grade), Jacey Curd (8th Grade), Samree Dishon (8th Grade), Ethan Hughes (8th Grade), Mason Nieberger (7th Grade), Anjana Mallya (7th Grade), Adena Stein (8th Grade), Natasha Terekhova (7th Grade), Cole Toothaker (8th Grade), and Julea Trank-Greene (8th Grade).

1516 Spectrum Staff

Read this week's issue here and on your phone, computer, and tablet!
(The Flagstaff Academy App is available in Apple and Android versions)


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 BoxTop 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:

Lewis 323, Burnett 200, Cynkar 193

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!!!


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.

Enrichment registration is happening now. New classes will be starting over the next few weeks. Conference Care will be offered 9/24 and 9/25. 

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!

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Due to low participation, the PTO executive board has decided to postpone the super-fun Amazing Flagstaff Geocaching Race until the spring. Stay tuned for more information about this fast-paced family adventure activity after spring break!


Fall Festival Is Here!
Saturday, September 19
4:00-6:30 p.m.

Our Fall Back-to-School Celebration is a just about here! 
Come join in on all the great activities - carnival games, a petting zoo, climbing wall, and of course, our deliciously fun cake walk. 

Wanted - K-Cups for our Wonderful Staff!

The PTO Hospitality Committee is asking for K-Cup donations to help stock the staff room for the fall!

We'll be collecting K-Cups during driveline on Tuesday morning, Sept. 22nd. Thanks for your support of our wonderful Flagstaff staff!

Jog-a-thon is Back . . .
to the Future! 
Friday, Oct. 16, 2015 
Dragon Dash Season starts in October, but check your Elementary Friday Folder today, Sept. 18, or click on the Volunteer button to sign up for your Event Day Shift for Race Day, Oct. 16th. We also need Pre-Event Helpers for a variety of tasks. The funds we raise are for Flagstaff's Future like cutting-edge Technology and Fine Arts equipment, school events, and other items that enhance your student's experience. For more information, contact: Angelique Plath, Volunteer Coordinator,

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