May 6, 2016

As we're closing in the last few weeks of the school year, we have quite a bit of information to share - the message might be truncated in your email, so please make sure you open the entire email. We appreciate your reading the whole Dragon Weekly!

 Monday, May 9-Friday, May 13
  • Volunteer Appreciation Week

Monday, May 9
  • Board of Directors Meeting
  • PM Driveline-Turn in BOD Election Ballots

Tuesday, May 10
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • PM Driveline-Turn in BOD Election Ballot

Wednesday, May 11
  • Fifth Grade Field Day
  • End of Year Picnic Talent Show Tryouts: 2:30PM
  • PTO Executive Bd Mtg-6:30PM
  • Last day to t

    urn in BOD Election Ballots

Thursday, May 12
  • Fourth Grade Music Concert-6:00PM

Friday, May 13
  • Volunteer Appreciation Coffee-8:00AM
  • Last Day for LMC Checkout 
  • BOD Election Results Announced

Tuesday, May 17
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • SAC Meeting-5:00PM
  • Band/Choir Concert-6:30PM

Wednesday, May 18
  • Talent Show Tryouts 4th-8th Grade
  • PTO General Session-6:30PM

Thursday, May 19
  • Principal's Coffee-8:30AM/2:30PM

Tuesday, May 24
  • Weekly Daytime Tour-9:30AM
  • School Wide Field Day-8:00AM
  • End-of-Year Picnic-5:30-8:00PM

Wednesday, May 25
  • Last day of School - PK3/PK4 ONLY
  • 100-Mile-Club Assembly-8:30AM
  • 8th Grade Graduation and Dance-6:30PM

Thursday, May 26
  • 8TH Grade Field Trip to Elitch Gardens
  • Kindergarten Graduation-8:30AM
  • 5th Grade Graduation-10:00AM


Hi Parents, 

Next week, May 9-13, is Volunteer Appreciation Week for our school. This is a wonderful time of year for us because it is a time when we get to say a special thank you to our volunteers. You know, we absolutely could not do this job without each and every one of you! The hours you spend helping with small groups, laminating, cutting out things for bulletin boards, taking things home to work on them, chaperoning trips, working in the front office...the list just goes on and on. This year alone our amazing volunteers gave more than TEN THOUSAND hours of their time to benefit our school.

We'll be recognizing and thanking our volunteers all week long, including a daily gift card drawing, and a Volunteer Appreciation Coffee with Funky Brewster on Thursday, May 13 between 8-10:30 AM. Please stop by and let us say thank you!
You know the old African proverb, "It takes a village to raise a child"?  Well, here at Flagstaff, our parents and staff are truly a village raising our children together. We are so grateful for your continued support and honored that you take time from your schedules to help make Flagstaff the amazing, supportive environment it is!  

Thank you!!

Robin Lowe
Executive Principal,
Flagstaff Academy


Dear Flagstaff Dragons,

Legend has it that dragons are a very connected species. They are well-known to support each other through any challenge. When we talk about our "dragon family", it is this kind of spirit that we are acknowledging. Many of you may have heard that 4th grader, Odin Mitchem, has been very ill since Spring Break. He has been in the ICU at Children's Hospital as they help him battle viral pneumonia. The healing takes time, and is a slow process. The doctors have Odin in a medically-induced coma so his body can rest while healing. As you might imagine, this is a difficult time for the whole Mitchem family. His parents, Robert and Shannon are splitting their time with Odin and his 2nd grade sister, Leilani.

A friend of theirs has set up a GoFundMe page to help them tackle the growing medical bills, significant extra driving, missed work, eating out at the hospital, etc. We are sharing the link with you, our Flagstaff family, knowing that many of you may want to offer some support in the form of a donation to their fund. We also invite you to keep the Mitchem family in your thoughts, and send them some powerful dragon energy for Odin's recovery.

Thank you for you consideration!

Kevin Pugh, 
Dean of School Culture
Flagstaff Academy


This year, the School Accountability Committee (SAC) implemented a new parent survey with a third party administrator.  Now that the survey period is completed, SAC would like to know how you felt about the survey.

Please know this survey is coming directly from SAC, not the third party. We will be discussing the results, along with the results of the parent survey, to try to improve our process for next year. We appreciate you taking the time to provide us feedback!


 The Board of Directors will be holding their May general meeting on Monday, May 9 at 5:30 PM in the LMC. 

All meetings are open to the public. 


Dear Parents and Guardians, 

Our Board of Directors elections have finally arrived! Look for your ballots in your child's Friday Folder for elementary school, and from your child's middle school homeroom teacher. They will also be available at the front desk, as well to download and print here, and from the Board of Directors Elections webpage.

We will be accepting completed ballots during afternoon Driveline from Monday, May 9 through Wednesday, May 11, as well as at the front desk. To ensure the best possible voting process, we appreciate your cooperation with the following election rules:
  • We will be only accepting paper ballots. While the ballot will be available online, a physical copy must be turned in.
  • Ballots will be collected ONLY at the front office and afternoon driveline.
  • Ballots WILL NOT be accepted from students on behalf of parents.
  • No more than TWO ballots per household.
  • Three pieces of information will be requested at the time of collection - Driveline number (for parents), Teacher or Homeroom teacher last name, and number of ballots submitted.
  • All ballots must be turned in by 5PM on Wednesday, May 11, with election results announced on Friday, May 13.
If you haven't done so already, I encourage you to visit Flagstaff's Board of Directors YouTube Channel to view the Candidate Forum videos, as well as the candidate applications on the Board of Directors Election webpage.

Serving on the Flagstaff Academy Board of Directors is a job of significant importance to the mission and vision of our school. I hope that each of you will take the time to become an informed voter this election and VOTE!

Serving our Dragons,

Debbie Nelson, 
Vice President and Elections Chair
Flagstaff Academy Board of Directors


Congratulations to the Class of 2016!

Graduation date: Wednesday, May 25
    • 5:45 p.m.: Graduates in homerooms for caps/gowns & class photo
    • 6:00 p.m.: Doors open
    • 6:30 p.m.: Graduation ceremony begins in gym
    • 7:30 p.m.: Cake/punch reception 
    • 8:00 - 10:00 p.m.: Graduates stay for Graduates-only Dance Party
This year, we are pleased to have MJ Thomas Photography and they are offering graduation keepsake packages to help commemorate this special day. Download the package options, or pick up a flyer in the front office lobby. 

Other Graduation Information:

8th Grade Elitch Gardens Trip
Date: Thursday, May 26
Cost: $46
(Lunch is catered, but please send money for extra drinks and snacks.) 

What better way to celebrate this milestone than with a fun 8th grade trip to Elitch Gardens??
    • 8:30 a.m. Students arrive at school - don't be late!
    • 9:00 a.m. Buses departs
    • 4:00 p.m. Depart Elitch Gardens
    • 5:30 p.m. Estimated return to Flagstaff Academy
Link to Elitch Gardens Trip Permission Slip - Slips must be submitted and payment turned into homeroom teachers by NO LATER than 
Friday, May 13
*Please note that the Water Park will not be open. 
**Please contact Kevin Pugh, Dean of Culture, at kpugh@flagstaffacademy.org, if you need financial assistance for the trip. 


Student Council and NJHS present
The End-of-Year Picnic!
Date: Tuesday, May 24
Time: 5:30-8:00 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Field

Come celebrate the end of the school year by enjoying a night of good friends, entertainment, splatter paint, and food!!

The highlight of the picnic is the 4th-8th Grade Talent Show, with a very special intermission program that includes honoring two beloved Flagstaff teachers who are retiring, as well as the chance to splatter paint teachers as a fun way to "thank" them for all the hard work this year! (Prepare for it to get MESSY!)

Talent Show Tryouts - 4th to 8th Grade
Date: Wednesday, May 18
Time: After school
Location: Meet in the 4th/5th Grade Hallway
Sign up at Ms. Slinker's or Ms. Mehus's websites!

Don't miss the Scholastic Book Fair we'll be hosting in the gym during the duration of the Talent Show! 

We'll have concessions for sale (limited quantities), so bring some cash to enjoy a selection of Chick-A-Fil chicken sandwiches, chips, candy, and refreshments, or bring your own delicious picnic basket! 



We are celebrating the final Harvest Day of the school year in a special way. Instead of serving students during lunch, we'll be sending bags of fresh produce home with students at the end of the day on Friday, May 20

But we need your help to help make this happen!

On Thursday 5/19 at 4:00 p.m., we need 8-10 volunteers to meet up at Ollin Farms to help fill bags. These bags will contain spinach, radishes and Egyptian walking onions. We will be tying the bags with a recipe card and Boulder County Farmers Market information.

On Friday 5/20 at 3:00 p.m., we need 8-10 volunteers to hand out bags of produce to children (one bag per family) during driveline. 

To sign up for shifts, please fill out the spreadsheet to sign up for shifts. Note that "Tab 1" is for Thursday's preparation at Ollin and "Tab 2" is for Friday's handout activity. 
If you have any challenges with updating the Google sheet, send Jodie Popma a note at  a note.

Thank you for supporting Harvest Days and Project Produce this year!



Read all about Mrs. Gustafson's reflections on the past school year, 2016-2017 Dragon Spectrum staff announcements, the SVVSD Middle School Track Meet, and more!


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.



We have job openings for Instructional Aides for the 2016-2017 School Year. If you'd like to apply, please visit our employment page for a full job description and application process. 

Thank you!
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 all the difference to the parents, teachers, staff, and children at our school! 

Join us for the PTO Executive Board Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 11
Time: 6:30 PM
Location: LMC

Join the Flagstaff Academy PTO - 2016/2017 PTO Executive Board Positions Available!

The Flagstaff PTO is seeking five passionate, committed parents, guardians and grandparents who want to make a difference to the students, staff, and community of Flagstaff Academy.

Join in our mission of making Flagstaff Academy the best school to develop the young minds of our children.

Executive Board duties include:
    • Provide your voice in the leadership of the PTO
    • Attend two hours of meetings per month
    • Help develop and organize community-building events
    • Vote on school funding proposals, and more

Find out more! Contact Kathleen Meuse at ktmeuse@gmail.com


YEAR END BOX TOP COMPETITION!!!! Classroom that has brought in the MOST will win a Pizza Party.... Keep Sending them in. Only ONE Week Left!

CONGRATULATIONS to Ms. Applehan's Classroom! With 763 Box Tops they won Chew Gum at School! 

Classes on their way to collecting 1,500 Box Tops for a Popcorn Party are: Wilkins 1,306 - Gianetti 1,199 - Brown 1,188 

Classes on their way to collecting 750 Box Tops to Chew Gum at School are:
Debenport 696, Miller 688, Kessler 687 

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.
Dragon Flight Summer Camp 2016 - Limited Spots Left!
Week 1: June 6-10
Week 2: June 13-17
Week 3: June 20-24
Week 4: June 27-July 1
Week 5: July 11-15
Week 6: July 18-22
What a great summer we have planned! Look at some of what we have in store for a fun-filled summer!

Summer Camp Calendars:

Upcoming Spring Dragon Flight Classes:

Candy Making and Healthy Snacks (K-5)
My Amazing Flying Machine (K-5)
LEGO We Do Robotics (1-5)
eXtreme electroniX (1-5)
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 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. 
Please dress your child accordingly: gloves, hats, and jackets are important.
Remaining Events for the Rest of the School Year
Warrior Relay
Date: Saturday, May 7
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Location: Frederick High School
100-Mile-Club After School Fun Run
Date: Friday, May 13
4:00-4:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Academy
Cost: Free
Happy Smackah
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: McIntosh Lake
Last day for 100-Mile Club is Tuesday, 5/17!

NEW DATE for the 100-Mile-Club Celebration Assembly
Wednesday, May 25 at 8:30 a.m.
Stay tuned for more details!
Have more questions about the 100-mile club? Email Ms. Cynkar for more information at ecynkar@flagstaffacademy.org.
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2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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