December 18, 2015

Friday, December 18-Friday, January 1, 2016
Monday, December 21
  • 100-Mile-Club @Sandstone Ranch-Noon
Tuesday, December 29
  • 100-Mile-Club @Sandstone Ranch-Noon
January 2016 

Monday, January 4
  • Back to School!

Tuesday, January 5
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM 
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, January 6
  • January Late Start-Dress Like Your Favorite Movie Character!
    • MS Driveline- 10:30AM
      Start Time- 10:45AM
    • Elem. Driveline- 10:45AM
      Start Time- 
  • Spelling Bee-11:20AM

Friday, January 8
  • Aluminum Can Drive


Dear Parents,

This is our final message for 2015. Wow - how time has flown by this year! It seems like only yesterday that my husband and I arrived in Colorado, excited about our move, but more excited about my new adventure at Flagstaff. I cannot thank each of you enough for welcoming me into the Dragon family and I want to assure you that you really are at a top-notch school!

I came in not really knowing what to expect, but as I walk the classrooms, talk to students, and meet with teachers, I continue to be amazed at the quality of the teaching and learning that is happening in every class from PreKindergarten through 8th grade, each and every day! This school is packed with caring, committed staff members and everyone of them work diligently to make your child feel safe, welcomed, challenged, loved, and respected. We will be tweaking a few things here and there to ensure that we remain at the top educationally because there is always room for improvement. But honestly, I wish my grandchildren lived here in Longmont so they could attend Flagstaff. I cannot think of a better place for them to receive a challenging, well-rounded education from a caring staff!

And speaking of grandchildren, I am looking forward to my time off because my family is coming here to visit us and I am so excited for the grandkids to see snow for the first time! If any of you have suggestions on things to do with children over the holidays, please let me know.  

Have a wonderful holiday with your families and we'll see you in 2016!!


Robin Lowe,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


While SVVSD is not having a January Late Start Day, Flagstaff's first Late Start Day of 2016 is Wednesday, January 6, 2016. 

Late Start Schedule:
Middle School
Driveline - 10:30AM
Start Time - 10:45AM
Elementary School
Driveline - 10:45AM
Start Time - 11:00AM


We are very excited to announce that we are piloting a PM Kindergarten Class, starting in the 2016-2017 School Year. This initiative will reduce overall class sizes throughout our Kindergarten program, as well as fulfill the increased demand for a PM Kindergarten class. 

If you are a current pre-kindergarten parent, you MUST apply for Kindergarten enrollment. As a current Flagstaff family, your application will be given priority preference. To apply for the 2016-2017 school year, click here.

Depending on the response we receive during the Enrollment Application period, we will be able to make an informed decision on whether there is enough interest to fill an afternoon kindergarten class and reduce class sizes. 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar at or 720-864-9090.


The 2016-2017 Intent to Return forms for CURRENTLY enrolled Flagstaff families will be distributed in mid-January 2016. Look for the email! 

If you have any questions, please contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar,

Thank you!


Our Weekly Tuesday Tours are going strong! Principal Lowe will be leading our the tours, joined by other members of our wonderful staff, which will continue through May 2016.

Please share this information with a family who would benefit from our educational approach and culture - Enrollment Information.

Weekly Tuesday Tours with Principal Lowe
(December/January 2015 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30AM
  • Tuesday, January 5
  • Tuesday, January 12
  • Tuesday, January 19
  • Tuesday, January 26

We'll also be holding an Open House for interested families:

Date: Tuesday, January 12
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Gym

Thank you for your support of our school!


Our beloved band and music teacher, Mr. Timothy Baldwin, has announced that he will be retiring at the end of the 2015-2016 school year, and joining his family out of state. Mr. Baldwin has been a dedicated teacher for an amazing 42 years, and counts his years at Flagstaff Academy as a wonderful and rewarding experience: "Starting our band program has been an honor and I hope the Flagstaff Bands will be a source of musical enrichment and pride for many years to come."

Mr. Baldwin will be assisting us in our search for a highly capable replacement.

We look forward to a wonderful second semester with Mr. Baldwin and thank him for his endless service to our community. We wish him all the best in this transition. Thank you!


We are happy to be bringing Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain to Flagstaff Academy for grades K-7th on Tuesday, February 23, 2016 for grades K-7th

Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, Inc. (JA) is part of the world's largest organization dedicated to inspiring and preparing young people to succeed in a global economy. Through a dedicated volunteer network, JA provides programs for students which focus on three key content areas: entrepreneurship, financial literacy and work readiness. The goal is to teach concepts through experiential learning, allowing young people to put their new knowledge and skills into practice. 

Junior Achievement's Mission: To prepare young people to thrive in the 21st century workplace and global economy by inspiring a passion in free enterprise and entrepreneurship, and instilling an understanding of personal financial literacy.

We will need a volunteer in every classroom. Junior Achievement provides the training, including an online option if needed. Click here to download the flyer about the volunteer processPlease email Principal Lowe with your interest:

To learn more about Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, visit their website at

Issue 4 is now Live!
The Dragon Spectrum, the middle school-run newspaper, has just published Issue Four, which is now live. Enjoy articles on "Respect as a core Core Virtue" by Executive Director Wayne Granger, as well as the 8th grade trip to the Boulder Rock Club, Boys Basketball Season, the History of Thanksgiving, Flagstaff Myths, and more! Read the new issue now!


A reminder that beginning in January 2016 100-mile club afternoon practices have been cancelled. 

Haven't registered yet? It's not too late! You can sign-up anytime throughout the year with the Online registrationThe revised 100-mile club schedule, effective January 4, 2016, is as follows:

Morning Practices - M, T, Th, and F 7:15-7:45 a.m.

Students are welcome to attend as little or as many practices as they can.
It has been so great seeing your students come out to all the 100-mile club events. We started the year off with a bang! We have over 50 students that have earned their t-shirt and 5 that have hit the 50 mile mark!

*Just a reminder that even though it is chilly outside we will still be running outside! Please dress your child accordingly: gloves, hats, and jackets are important to have. 

Upcoming December Events
100-mile club run @ Sandstone
Date: Mon., Dec. 21
Time: Noon-2AM
100-mile club run @ Sandstone
Date: Tues., Dec. 29
Time: Noon-2AM

Have more questions about the 100-mile club? Email Ms. Cynkar for more information at


Every single Flagstaff volunteer makes a difference every day for our school. 

We had an amazing 252 volunteers for the month of November!
The winners of our November Gift Card Drawing are: 
          • Tammy Copeland
          • Christina Godwin
          • Vickie Mims
You too can become a part of our fun, caring, and connected community of volunteers!

Most Immediate Volunteer Needs:

 Front Office Volunteer

We also need help with:
Health Room Volunteer for additional shifts

Flagstaff Volunteers Rock!

As we enter the holiday shopping season, Amazon has created an easy way to give back to Flagstaff Academy with AmazonSmile. 

AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Flagstaff every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at, you'll find the exact same shopping experience as, with the added bonus Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of all eligible AmazonSmile purchases to Flagstaff Academy. To learn more, visit

Thank you for your support!


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. To register for any of Dragon Flight's offerings, click here.

Dragon Flight Kid's Night Out!

Dates: Friday, December 18 
Time: 6:00pm-10:30pm 
Grades: K-8
Cost: $20.00 per child 
Where: Please use the cafeteria doors to drop off/pick up
(Dinner will be served/snacks will be available ranging from .50 - $1.00)

Parents...Do you need a night out, some time to shop, wrap, or maybe
just a relaxing night in? Dragon Flight has the answer for you! Your child will enjoy a safe night of fun. We will have dinner, movies, games, prizes, gym time, Wii, Chromebooks, arts and crafts, science, and more!

You must complete the Kid's Night Out Registration Form (hardcopy-check your Friday Folders!) and pay online. 

For questions, please contact Jeanna Peppler at 303-217-6764 or

Dragon Flight Winter Break Care!

Come and join us over winter break for some Dragon Flight fun! Let your kids enjoy fun activities with their friends while you work or prepare for the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Our program is open to all students grades K-8th (preschool students are welcome as long as they are 5 years old), and will be available from 7:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.for the following days: 
  • December 18th - Field trip to The Children's Museum, must arrive by 10:00am will return by 4:30pm. Extra $ optional. 
  • December 21st - Field trip to Centennial Lanes, must arrive by 9:00am will return by 2:00pm. Extra $ optional. Wear socks.
  • December 22nd - Field trip to Chuck E. Cheese, must arrive by 9:00am will return by 3:30pm. Extra $ optional. Lunch provided. 
  • December 23rd - Field trip to Mid Air Adventures, must arrive by 9:00am will return by 4:00pm. Extra $ optional. 
  • December 28th - Field trip to Dizzy's Family Fun Center, must arrive by 10:00am will return by 3:00pm. Extra $ optional.
  • December 29th - Field trip to Casa Bonita, must arrive by 9:00am will return by 4:00pm. Extra $ optional. Lunch provided.
  • December 30th - Field trip to Battle Zone Arena, must arrive by 9:00am will return by 4:00pm. Extra $ optional. Wear socks and tennis shoes. 
Students will need two snacks and a disposable sack lunch every day unless noted. We ask that everyone wear weather appropriate clothing, we will play outside if the weather cooperates. Other fun activities include: gym games, arts and crafts, science, Wii, Chromebooks, games, prizes, plus much more!
*field trips subject to change
          Current Dragon Flight Classes:
          • Crackpots Moose Mugs!
          • Knitting Club

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!

January 2016 PTO Meetings:

PTO Executive Board Meeting
Wednesday, January 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC

PTO General Meeting
Wednesday, January 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC

All PTO meetings are open to the general members of Flagstaff Academy and the public. Parents, guardians, grandparents are encouraged to attend.
Flagstaff PTO Seeking Spring Gala Coordinator
PTO has a slightly different, less impactful plan for this year's spring Gala and needs a creative, deadline-oriented volunteer to be "Gala Coordinator".

If you love party planning and feel passionate about providing the best educational opportunities for Flagstaff's students, then please contact Raelene, Navulur at ASAP.

Flagstaff PTO Seeking Festival of Cultures Committee Chairperson

The Festival of Cultures is an evening of fun and education where volunteers (Flagstaff families) present a country through slide shows, artifacts, foods to taste, dance performances, clothing, or anything having to do with that country. We are seeking a committee chairperson (or even two co-chairs) who can bring this special enrichment experience to life for the Flagstaff community! Interested? Contact Kathleen Meuse at

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See how close your classroom is to winning the first BoxTop Prize

Classes that are on their way collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum
at School are:

Lewis 560, Burnett 549, Cynkar 513, Mehus 473

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!!!
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