May 13, 2016
As we're closing in on 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!

Need to Know? New and Improved Quick Links:

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-4:00PM
  • PTO General Session-6:30PM

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

Friday, May 20
  • Student Council Elections
  • Deadline for 8th Grade Chromebook Purchases

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

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

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

Tuesday, May 31
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM


Dear Parents,

We have had a lot of excitement around school this week. First, Mrs. MacKay, one of our awesome 3rd grade teachers, had a beautiful baby boy, Turner, who joins his big sister. Second, Mr. Farmer, one of our amazing intervention teachers, had a beautiful second daughter, Talia. Baby, momma, sibling, and daddy are doing just great!

We've also had other births on campus this week.  Our baby chicks, which have been incubating in Ms. Wolff's science lab, have hatched! Thanks to Richard Raehal, our tech specialist on campus, we have been able to watch the hatching over a live web cam. The campus is truly abuzz with the excitement!

Beautiful weather, new births - it is definitely springtime!

Just a reminder that the next principal's coffee is Thursday, May 19th, at 8:30 a.m. and again at 2:30 p.m.  I will be going over the new initiatives and plans for the 16-17 school year that I presented at the last PTO meeting. Expect an email outlining the details of those initiatives to arrive in your inbox early next week and I look forward to talking about them with you in person! 

Enjoy the weekend!

Executive Principal,
Flagstaff Academy


Principal's Coffee: What's New for Next Year?

Date: Thursday, May 19
Time: 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.
Location: The Commons

Learn more about the new and exciting initiatives and plans for the 2016-2017. 


The Election Results Are In!

Dear Flagstaff Families,

Thank you so much for your time and effort in the recent Flagstaff Academy Board of Directors election. After counting the more than 300 ballots cast in the Board of Directors election, the Elections Committee has determined that Elizabeth Lenski, Kumar Navulur, and
Paul Shoning have been elected by our membership to serve on the Flagstaff Academy Board of Directors.

The Elections Committee would like to thank all of the candidates for their time, energy, and willingness to serve our students, staff, parents, and school.

The election results will be certified at the next Board of Directors meeting on Tuesday, May 31, 2016. The newly elected members will begin their term at the May 31st meeting.

Serving our Dragons,

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


Spring Band and Choir Concert 
Date: Tuesday, May 17
Time: 6:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff gym

As you know, our beloved Mr. Baldwin is retiring at the end of the school year. We will miss him dearly, but know he and his wife Debbie are going to love the next journey in their life that is taking them to Lawrence, Kansas to be closer to family. We'll enjoy our middle school choir led by Mr. John Mieras, as well as our bands under the guidance of Mr. Baldwin, including "Flagstaff Dragon Fire," the new Dragon spirit song of his own composition! 

To honor this special event, we are pleased to have High Plains Video, who will be creating a commemorative DVD for sale for $20, a portion of which will go back to benefit our music program at Flagstaff. If you're interested in ordering, you can do so online, as well as by mailing in your order with this form

We look forward to your joining us!
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 honoring Mr. Tim Baldwin and Mrs. Lisa Wilkins, two beloved Flagstaff teachers who are retiring at the end of the year. 

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! Not to mention 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!)

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! 
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 End-of-Year Information:


Friday, May 20th is the deadline to purchase your 8th Graders' Chromebooks. Cost is $5. Cash and checks are accepted.
Please note that all LMC fines must be paid prior to purchase. 

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 School Culture, at kpugh@flagstaffacademy.org, if you need financial assistance for the trip. 
Final Harvest Day - Volunteers Needed!


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!
The 100-mile club schedule is as follows:
Morning Practices - M, T, Th, and F 7:15-7:45 a.m.

Last day for 100-Mile Club is Tuesday, 5/17!

 Remaining Events for the Rest of the School Year
Happy Smackah
Date: Saturday, May 14
Time: 8:00 a.m.
Location: McIntosh Lake
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.

Instructional Aides Positions for 2016-2017

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!

2016-2017 PM Kindergarten - Limited Space Available

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.


Odin Mitchem's parents have created a Caring Bridge website, where you can go there whenever you want updates on his condition, or to leave messages of support. You will need to create a Caring Bridge account. If you'd like to make a donation, please visit the GoFundMe that has been created to help support his family. 
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 General Board Meeting
Date: Wednesday, May 18
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
Ready to sign up? Great! Contact Kathleen Meuse at ktmeuse@gmail.com and she will contact you with meeting details.

Having Trouble Receiving PTO Emails? 
In most cases, the email address we received for you has a typo or you may have unsubscribed to a previous email. If you suspect this is the case, please send a message to the Email Coordinator [ajpkallal@gmail.com] to make sure we have the most current information for you. You can also set up a filter in your email account to help ensure our messages do not end up in your Junk or Spam folders. Instructions on how to do this for your Yahoo, Gmail or Hotmail account can be found here.
Congratulations to Mrs. Wilkin's Homeroom! With 1,306 Box Tops They Won the Pizza Party!

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 1,256 - Brown 1,227 

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

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.


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

Summer Camp Calendars:

For more information, please contact Jeanna Peppler, jpeppler@flagstaffacademy.org
Flagstaff Academy | 303-651-7900 
2040 Miller Drive
Longmont, CO 80501

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