February 19, 2016

Friday, February 19
  • Aluminum Can Drive - 2:30PM
  • StuCo Pancake Breakfast Early Bird Discount Deadline
  • Dragon Flight Summer Camp Registration Opens - 6PM

Monday, February 22
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist in Residence-4-8th Grade

Tuesday, February 23
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • Junior Achievement in a Day at Flagstaff

Wednesday, February 24
  • Junior Achievement Finance Park Field Trip-8th Grade
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence: 4-8th Grade

Thursday, February 25
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence: 4-8th Grade

Friday, February 26
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence:4-8th Grade

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

Monday, February 29
  • MS Track and Field Registration Begins 
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence: 4-8th Grade


Tuesday, March 1
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence: 4-8th Grade
  • Board of Directors General Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, March 2
  • Late Start Day - 50's Day and $3 Burritos

Thursday, March 3
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist in-Residence: 4-8th Grade

Friday, March 4
  • Think 360 Arts-Artist-in Residence: 4-8th Grade
  • Staff Basketball Game-6PM

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Hi Parents,

This week we had our first Parent Book Study with Building Resilience in Children and Teens by Dr. Kenneth Ginsberg. I'd like to thank the parents who were able to attend - we had a great discussion!

One of the most significant factors to being successful in life is the ability to handle and overcome the challenges that life throws at us. As parents, how do we know if we are helping our children develop these skills? If you're curious, I would encourage you to read this month's Parent Book Study selection, or conduct your own research on how to build resilience. I've share an article that was recently in the New Yorker, which I encourage you to read! While I don't think there is a magic bullet (secret formula!), I do believe this is something we all need to be reminded of - too often we feel guilty and we want our children to be happy and not have to experience things that hurt our hearts. But sometimes, rescuing our children sends them the message that are not competent to handle challenges on their own. Goodness - it would be so much easier if kids just came with a parenting guide!

For our next Parent Book Study on Thursday, April 14, we will be discussing Mindset: The New Psychology of Success by Dr. Carol Dweck.

Have a wonderful weekend - enjoy this beautiful weather!!


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 23
  • Tuesday, March 1
  • Tuesday, March 8
  • Tuesday, March 15
  • Tuesday, March 22
  • Tuesday, March 29

Thank you for your support of our school!


K to Career Discovery Expo - Rescheduled for Tuesday, March 29

K to Career Discovery Expo 
Date: Tuesday, March 29
Time: 5:30-7:30 p.m.
Location: Gym

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've rescheduled our K to Career Discovery Expo so that we can have an even more amazing group of Science or Technology business leaders for our students!

Do you work in a Science or Technology Industry? 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.


Be a part of the future of Flagstaff's digital presence! We're exploring the possibility of re-designing our school website and if you have website experience, either from the design or behind-the-scenes end, we could use your expertise! If you're interested in serving on a committee to help out in an advisory capacity, please contact Lisa Trank-Greene, Communications Coordinator at ltrankgreene@flagstaffacademy.org.
The initial time commitment would be twice a month beginning in March, and then some additional help down the road in April.

Thank you!


We are very excited to announce that the PM Kindergarten Class, starting in the 2016-2017 School Year, is a go! The new offering will reduce overall class sizes throughout our Kindergarten program, as well as fulfill the increased demand for a PM Kindergarten class. 

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


The Flagstaff Academy Annual Staff Basketball Game is ON!

Come watch Middle School vs. Elementary School staff members as they face off for a fun and friendly game. All proceeds go to benefit upcoming May graduations. 

Date: Friday, March 4 
Time: 6:00 pm.
Cost: $1 at the door

Candy and water will be sold by Student Council and NJHS.

Don't miss this great event!


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 is needed for every other Thursday, from 10-11:00 a.m., starting March 3rd.

Flagstaff Volunteers Rock!



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!


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. 


Kate Salgado
Ms. Salgado
Coach Bellis
Mr. Joe Bellis
The Flagstaff PE Switch Up is On!
We are excited to announce a 4-week PE switch-up! Middle school Physical Education teacher Kate Salgado will be conducting a Climbing Wall unit with our K-5 grade levels from March 7th-April 1st. During this time Elementary Physical Education teacher Joe Bellis will be taking on the Middle School Net/Fielding/Target games classes conducting a Golf unit. We are really looking forward to this and appreciate your support. 

If you have questions, please reach out to Kate Salgado at at ksalgado@flagstaffacademy.org or Joe Bellis at jbellis@flagstaffacademy.org
We are also currently seeking donations for used golf equipment, specifically 9 iron clubs and putters, as well as croquet and bocce ball sets. 
Here's to a fun Switch Up!

On Your Mark, Get Set, GO! 

Middle School Co-Ed Track and Field Season is Here! 
 6th-8th Grade Registration Week: February 29th - March 4th 
 Season starts on Monday March 7th (6 Weeks Long) 
Practices take place Monday-Thursday from 3:30-5:00 p.m.
***Registration packets due to Coach Salgado with a check for $55.00***
Visit the Middle School Sports Page!
Questions? Contact Coach Salgado at ksalgado@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!

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.

What is the Festival of Cultures?
Friday, March 11
6:30-8:30 p.m.
A celebration of cultures of the world and especially those represented at Flagstaff Academy. The Festival of Cultures PTO Committee invites parents and their children to host a "Country Booth." Countries that have been represented in previous years are: China, Ireland, Germany, Philippines, Sweden, Turkey, Colombia, Norway, India, Japan, Hungary, Mexico.
The committee would love to have these and more!
World booklet, country maps, and country signs are provided.
Share the cuisine of the country. Bring a dish or beverage.
Free to attend event.
Could YOU Host a Country?
If so, please fill out the online form found at 


CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Slinker's Classroom. With 757 Box Tops they have won Chew Gum at School!

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 951 - Slinker 757

Classes on their way to collecting 750 BoxTops to Chew Gum at School are:
Burnett 679, Lewis 652, MacKay/Happel 593

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

Current Dragon Flight Classes:
    • Irish Step Dancing - K-5
    • Chess Club - K-8
    • Yoga Kids - K-4
    • LEGO Mindstorms  4-8
    • After School Fitness Fun - K-3

Summer Camp 2016

Survivor: Outsmart/Outlaugh/Outfun!

Registration for Summer Camp 2016 will begin on Friday, February 19 at 6:00 p.m. Check this week's Friday folder for the brochure!

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

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.

Two more students have reached 100! 
Congratulations to Annika Sesselman and Oliver Neves!
RUNNER OF THE WEEK...Jacob Dorris is a Kindergartener who wakes up early every day to be at 100-mile club. Jacob has worked so hard this year and just made it to the 50 mile mark!
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.
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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