January 22, 2016


Tuesday, January 26
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • SAC Meeting-5PM
  • Current 5th Grade Parent Night-6:00PM
  • Special BOD Meeting-6PM

Thursday, January 28
  • Middle School Meeting for Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents-6:00PM

Sunday, January 31
  • 2016-2017 Intent to Return Forms Due

Tuesday, February 2
  • Board of Directors Meeting

Wednesday, February 3
  • Late Start:
    • Middle School
      • Driveline: 10:30AM
      • Start Time: 10:45AM
    • Elementary
      • Driveline: 10:45AM
      • Start Time: 11AM
  • 5th Grade Pancake Breakfast-7:45-10:15AM

Friday, February 5
  • MS Ice Skating Party-7:30PM

Wednesday, February 10
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting-6:30PM

Thursday, February 11
  • Student Council Flower Sale: Before School and during 4-8th Grade Lunch

Friday, February 12
  • No School

Monday, February 15
  • No School


Dear Flagstaff Parents,

We've arrived at the time of year when struggles with homework completion, organization, and following through on assignments can really come to a tipping point. If your child is experiencing any of these concerns, I'd like to suggest a few strategies that can help you address this at home.   
  • Establish a school/homework routine for when your child comes home from school, after school care, etc. I like to call it a "school routine" because it's easy for a student to say homework was finished at school, which puts an end to the routine before it is even established. The routine should include a specific conversation about what was learned in the classroom. You might want to try rotating the subject each day - one day talk about math, the next reading, etc. Do not allow your child to say "nothing" - press for detailed information. This helps your child to get in the habit of reflecting on his or her learning. Once you have reviewed the learning, then talk about what is coming up - tests, projects, etc. Help your child create a plan for completion. Even if there is no homework, get your child into the habit of spending between 15 - 30 minutes reading (either aloud with you or silently). Then be sure to ask your child about what is read - being able to summarize and sequence story events are critical to learning.
  • Create a specific space for the school routine. Whether it's at the kitchen table or a desk doesn't really matter as long as you are consistent with the area. Get a container and stock it with pens, pencils, tape, glue, scissors, and paper. This way you eliminate the need for searching for these materials each time work needs to be completed.
  • If mornings are an issue, create a space where all backpacks, lunch kits, shoes, etc. are placed each day so you and your child know exactly where to find each item. This should cut down on the morning rush. I kept a crate for each of my children with their name on it - without that system we would never have made it out the door!
  • If organization is an issue, try getting your child an accordion file to store papers in instead of individual folders or a notebook. Have a section in front for papers that need to be completed. Periodically check through the file to make sure your child is putting papers in the right sections.  

As a mother of four and grandmother of three, I remember how hectic it was trying to deal with making dinner, helping with homework, and getting everyone and myself out the door each morning. Parenting is hard, but creating some routines can help make your life a little easier.

If you have any questions or would just like to chat about things, give me a call. I am happy to assist or lend a listening ear.


Robin Lowe,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


We're getting a great response with our 2016-2017 Intent to Return forms - please take a few minutes to submit yours by Sunday, January 31, 2016. 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Sheila Strukel, Registrar, at sstrukel@flagstaffacademy.org.


Our Weekly Tuesday Tours are going strong! Principal Lowe leads our the tours, joined by other members of our wonderful staff, and 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
(January/February 2016 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, January 26
  • Tuesday, February 2
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Tuesday, February 23

Thank you for your support of our school!


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 enroll@flagstaffacademy.org or 720-864-9090.


 Special Meeting of the Board of Directors
Tuesday, January 26 at 6:00 p.m. in the LMC. 

This is a special meeting to review and approve the amended 2016 FY budget. 

Open to the public. We look forward to you joining us. 


We are happy to be bringing Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain to Flagstaff Academy for grades K-7th for "Junior Achievement in a Day" 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: rlowe@flagstaffacademy.org

To learn more about Junior Achievement-Rocky Mountain, visit their website at http://www.jacolorado.org/.


Exhibitors Wanted! 
K to Career Discovery Expo 
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Location: Gym
Do you work in a Science or Technology Industry? The Flagstaff Academy K to Career Discovery Expo is an opportunity for our students to see live, interactive demonstrations of how different careers and industries use science and technology, every day. We are looking for exhibits where students can get hands-on interaction and connect their science and technology knowledge from Flagstaff Academy to the real world. Industries may include robotics and automation, space exploration, health care, computer science, forestry and environmental sciences, energy, entertainment and the arts, and education --just to name a few! 

If your company would like to participate, please contact Wayne Granger, Executive Director, at wgranger@flagstaffacademy.org, for more information.


We have THREE amazing middle school events coming up!

Incoming 6th Grade Parents and Students
Date: Tuesday, January 26
Time: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
Location: The Commons

Come meet our teachers, hear about our amazing elective opportunities, learn about our new modified block schedule, and receive the 2016-2017 Course Selection Catalog.  After a brief overview in the Commons about what to expect in Middle School, you will spend time visiting with current students and teachers and learning about what amazing elective choices you have - from Foreign Language offerings to Robotics to Animation to Coding to Creative Writing and the list goes on and on!!  Come see and experience firsthand why Flagstaff Middle School is #1!

Current 6th and 7th Grade Parents and Students
Date: Thursday, January 28
Time: 6:00-7:30 p.m.
Location: The Gym

Come hear about the schedule changes for middle school, how the change will impact your child's school day and the amazing elective opportunities this will open up for your child.  You will receive the hot off the presses new Course Catalog for the 2016-2017 school year.  

5th Grade Pancake Breakfast (Students only!)
Date: Wednesday, February 3
Time: 7:45-10:15 a.m.
Location: The Commons

5th Graders are invited to join middle school teachers and students for a Welcome to Middle School pancake breakfast. Our amazing leadership team will be there to cook breakfast including pancakes, sausage, juice, and milk. After your breakfast, you will enjoy a middle school orientation program in the Middle School classrooms and learn all the exciting things that make Flagstaff Academy middle school so amazing. The program concludes in time for you to return to your normal elementary late start schedule. This is a special breakfast for students only. 

Dragons, these events are dedicated to you!


Parents can purchase ad space for their student(s) in the 2015-2016 Flagstaff Yearbook! These can be messages of congratulations, well-wishes, etc. as our 8th graders leave Flagstaff for high school. Ads are $20.00 per 1/4 page. Cash or check accepted. 

CORRECTION: Please make checks payable to Flagstaff Academy, with "Baby Ad" in the memo

Send photos and congratulations messages, and questions to lmunnelly@flagstaffacademy.org

Electronic submissions only, please! Deadline is March 1st. 


Middle School Ice Skating Party
Flagstaff Middle School Social Committee is hosting an Ice Skating Party for Middle School Students! 

Where: Ice Pavilion at Roosevelt Park, 725 8th Ave., Longmont 
Date:  Friday, February 5th, 2016        
Time: 7:30-9:00 p.m.
Cost: $5.00 (includes skate rental)

Questions? Contact Kathleen Meuse at (303) 718-4679 or email ktmeuse@gmail.com.

Permission slip can be found here

***Concessions will be offered at the rink by the MS Social Committee. Hot cocoa will be complementary. Hand and toe warmers are recommended. This event is for middle school students only. 


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

You too can become a part of our fun, caring, and connected community of volunteers!

Most Immediate Volunteer Needs:

 Front Office Volunteer slots are available for Monday-Thursday, 12-2:00 p.m.

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

Flagstaff Volunteers Rock!
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!

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," as well other volunteer positions. If you love party planning and feel passionate about providing the best educational opportunities for Flagstaff's students, then please contact Raelene, Navulur at rnavulur@msn.com ASAP.

Festival of Cultures Volunteer Help Needed!
Our Festival of Cultures Co-Chairs are looking for dedicated worker bees. Don't want to be in charge, but still want to help? Sign makers, Book creator for country facts and information and other general help is needed and appreciated! 

Interested? Contact Fretche Blair at fretche@gmail.com or Kristie Rollman at krjustducky9@gmail.com

Visit www.flagstaffacademypto.org for more information. 
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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.


Current Dragon Flight Classes:
    • K-8 Crackpots Valentine Frames
    • K-8 Cooking Class -The Next Food Network Star!
    • K-3 Spanish Classes with La Ventana Verde
    • K-8 Chess Club
    • K-5 Science Matters - Soda Slobber 
    • K-5 Hip Hop Classes
    • K-5 Lights, Camera, Action: Acting for the Camera

For more information, please contact Jeanna Peppler, jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org


See how close your classroom is to winning the first BoxTop Prize
at www.flagstaffacademypto.org 

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

Cynkar 717, Lewis 623, Burnett 560, Brown 532

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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