February 5, 2016

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

Monday, February 8
  • Pre-orders for Valentine's Day Flower Sale Start!

Tuesday, February 9
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • Board of Directors General Meeting (Rescheduled) - 5:30PM

Wednesday, February 10
  • Pre-orders for Valentine's Day Flowers Sale Ends
  • PTO Executive Board Meeting-6:30PM

Thursday, February 11
  • Student Council Flower Sale: Before School and during 4-8th Grade Lunch
  • First Grade Concert-6:00PM

Friday, February 12
  • No School

Monday, February 15
  • No School

Tuesday, February 16
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM

Wednesday, February 17
  • Corden Pharma Colorado Regional STEM Fair at CU
  • Living History "Rosa Parks" Performance-6:00PM
  • PTO General Board Meeting-6:30PM

Thursday, February 18
  • Coffee with Exec. Principal Lowe
    8:30AM and 2:30PM 
  • Parent Book Studies with Exec. Principal Lowe

Friday, February 19
  • Colorado Shakespeare Festival Middle School Visit
  • Post Super Bowl Aluminum Can Drive-2:30PM

Tuesday, February 23
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • Junior Achievement in a Day
  • K to Career Discovery-5:30PM

Saturday, February 27
  • Student Council Pancake Breakfast for the OUR Center-8:00AM
  • Scripps Spelling Bee Regional at Boulder High School

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As always, feel free to email Lisa Trank-Greene, Communications Coordinator, at
ltrankgreene@flagstaffacademy.org if you're experiencing email issues.

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Dear Parents,

This week is National School Counseling Week and we can't let it go by without acknowledging our incredible counselors - Kait Druhot (Elementary School) and Cindy Soulliere (Middle School). For the first time, Flagstaff Academy has two counselors on campus to work with students and help them navigate peer relationships, academic achievement, and personal growth. Our counselors are an important part of our school team - I honestly don't know what we would do without them! When you can, please drop them a line and let them know how much they are appreciated for their work with our students.

I'd also like to remind you of two upcoming events I'm hosting:

Coffee with Principal Lowe

Date: Thursday, February 18
Times: 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Location: In the Commons

Come and let's talk!

Please join me for our first "Parent Book Study" meeting.

We'll be discussing 
Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Kenneth Ginsburg.
Date: Thursday, February 18
Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Location: The LMC

Have a wonderful orange weekend!  Go BRONCOS!


Robin Lowe,
Executive Principal
Flagstaff Academy


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
(February/March 2016 Schedule)

Every Tuesday at 9:30 a.m.
  • Tuesday, February 9
  • Tuesday, February 16
  • Tuesday, February 23
  • Tuesday, March 1
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Tuesday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, March 29

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.


Upcoming Board Meeting - Rescheduled

The Board of Directors will be meeting on 
Tuesday, February 9 at 5:30PM 
at the school in the LMC. The meeting is open to the public.

The Board will be hearing updates on operations and the state of the business from the Executive Director, updates on our academic programs from the Executive Principal, and updates from various Board subcommittees. 

About the 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." 

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: board@flagstaffacademy.org.


 We "Heart" Flowers for Valentine's Day!

Student Council is selling Valentine's Day flowers to benefit the OUR Center.

Prek-5th graders can pre-order flowers from Monday, February 8th through Wednesday, February 10th. Flowers are $1 each and money can be given directly to your child's teacher. 

StuCo will also be selling flowers before school and during 4th grade through 8th grade lunch periods on Thursday, February 11th.  

$1 a flower
Make someone feel special!


Exhibitors Wanted! 
K to Career Discovery Expo 
Date: Tuesday, February 23
Time: 5:30-7:30 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.


Our wonderful LMC is now on Twitter!

Make sure to follow all the great updates on new books, happenings in the LMC, and of course, our dynamic duo, Ms. Von Minden and Ms. Young!

Now, this is definitely something to check out!

And while you're at it, follow @flagstaffacad as well!


The Health Room is in immediate need of boys and girls pants in size 6-8, boys and girls underwear in those same sizes, and plastic shopping bags. 

Items can be dropped off at the front desk.

Thanks in advance for your help! 


You're invited to attend the First Grade Music Presentation

Date: Thursday, February 11
Time: 6:00 p.m.
Location: Gymnasium


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. 



Date: Saturday, February 27
Time: 8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Location: Flagstaff Academy 
Flagstaff's Famous and Fabulous Student Council Annual Pancake breakfast is coming! We'll be flipping pancakes in our own cafeteria, organized and hosted by our very own Student Council. All proceeds will go to benefit the OUR Center. 

Early Bird Tickets: $5.00 per ticket or $15.00 a family of 4 and more     

**Purchase needs to be made prior to February 19th for discount**

Ticket purchases after Friday, February19th or at the door:
$7.00 per ticket or $20.00 a family.

Mark your calendars!


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

Classes on their way to collecting 1,500 Box Tops for a Popcorn Party are: 
Wilkins 1,102 - Cynkar 872 

Classes on their way to collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum at School are:
Slinker 719, Lewis 652, Burnett 634

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!!!


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!


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.

Non-School Day Care
Dragon Flight Care will also be offered Friday, February 12 and Monday, February 15, if there is enough interest. Registration for these dates will open on Friday, January 29. We'll have fun activities on and off site. 


Current Dragon Flight Classes:
    • Crackpots Valentine Frames - K-8
    • Cooking Class -The Next Food Network Star! - K-8
    • Spanish Classes with La Ventana Verde - K-3
    • Irish Step Dancing - K-5
    • Chess Club - K-8
    • Science Matters - Soda Slobber - K-5
    • Hip Hop Classes - K-5
    • Lights, Camera, Action: Acting for the Camera - K-5
    • Renaissance Adventure Quest - 4-7 

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

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!

2016 Spring Gala 
Save The Date!
April 16 at the Plaza Events Center in Longmont - More Details to Come Soon!

 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.

Upcoming Meetings

PTO Executive Board Meeting:
Wednesday, February 10 at 6:30 p.m. in the LMC

PTO General Meeting
Wednesday, February 17 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.

 Deduct Dragon Dash and Gala Donations on 2015 Taxes! 

Your PTO Jog-a-thon donations are tax deductible. Visit FlagstaffAcademyPTO.org to print a receipt. Additional questions to FlagstaffDragonDash@gmail.com 

Spring Gala Donations:
Talk with your tax advisor about the difference between auction purchases and "Call for Cash" donations made during the 2015 Gala. 

Thank you for your continued support - We're all members of PTO!

Visit www.flagstaffacademypto.org for more information. 
Also, please "like" us on Facebook to receive our posts and stay connected!

Valentine's Week Treats for Teachers and Staff

We are organizing a Valentine's week treat for the teachers and staff. We will be decorating the elementary and middle school lounges with decorations and supplying bowls of assorted chocolates! That's where you come in.

What You Can Do: Bring chocolates, any type!
When: Friday, Feb. 5 through Thursday, Feb. 11th
Your student may simply drop off the donation at the front desk, where there will be a box. If your family would like to write a short Valentine note and attach it to the candy, please do so, and we will place it on the bowl with your family's name.

Thank you for helping us show the teachers and staff how much we appreciate them this month! The Hospitality Committee

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.

Congratulations to the following students who have reached 100 miles! 
            • James O'Hara
            • Jack O'Hara
            • Sydney Torchalski
            • Ronan Wilson
            • Ian Richey
            • Jeffrey Wright
            • Aiden Bauer
Upcoming Events
100-mile club run @ Sandstone
Date: Sunday., Feb. 21
Time: 10:00 a.m. - Noon
Frank Shorter RACE4Kids' 
Health 5K
Date: Sunday, April 10th
The school with the highest number of students who completes the 5K wins $250, along with a trophy! 

Have more questions about the 100-mile club? Email Ms. Cynkar for more information at ecynkar@flagstaffacademy.org.
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Longmont, CO 80501