Friday, September 2, 2016


Friday, September 2
  • Pingree Park Payments Due

Monday, September 5
  • No School - Labor Day

Tuesday, September 6
  • Board of Directors Meeting-5:30PM

Wednesday, September 7
  • Late Start Day
    • Middle School: 
      • Driveline: 10:30AM
      • Start Time: 10:45AM
    • Elementary:
      • Driveline: 10:45AM
      • Start Time: 11:00AM
Spirit Day - Spirit Wear!

Thursday, September 8
  • School Picture Day!
  • Pingree Park Chaperone Meeting: 6:00-7:00PM

Thursday, September 15
  • Harvest Day - Sweet Peppers!
  • Coffee with Principal Lowe- 8:30AM

Saturday, September 17

  • Farm-to-Table Dinner at Ollin Farms-5:30PM
    • NJHS  Babysitting 4:30pm

Save the Date!
Carpool Night at Flagstaff Academy!

Date: Wednesday, Sept. 14
Time: 6:30 p.m. 
Location: The Commons

Come and meet other Dragon families in your neighborhood who are looking for carpools. You'll leave with a RideShare sticker, which will allow you to move to the front of the Driveline. You'll help the environment, save time and gas money!. 

More details to come!


Happy Friday everyone!

I wanted to share a fantastic article I came across this week about some of the very real stresses of middle school, from both the standpoint of the student and the parents. Nothing is harder than coping with a "tweenager" - those kids between the ages of 10 and 16. My favorite saying about the teen years is:  "Raising teenagers is like trying to nail jello to a tree" - a futile effort!

But seriously, these are the years that you need to be the most involved. Know who their friends are, monitor their social media, and most importantly, talk to them on a deeper level than what they did at school that day. There are some awesome resources that are called "moral dilemma cards."  They have various scenarios that are great at breaking the ice when you want to talk to your child about a difficult subject. Sometimes, using those cards and putting it a "What do you think about it?" type of conversation, it is easy to for everyone involved.

Whatever you do, hang in there. This too shall pass. Not without some wonderful laughter, a few tears, and lots of gray hair, but it will. Let us know if there is anything we can do to help! 

Here is the link to the article - hope that you find it helpful!

As you can tell, things are bustling here at school - new electives in the middle school, our exciting Innovations program, which is just getting underway in the elementary school, CHAMPS for classroom management, and our new Aquos Touch Screens in every classroom.  So many exciting new opportunities for students and our teachers!

Don't forget Monday is Labor Day and we will out of school, so enjoy your three day weekend!  I hope you find time to relax and have fun with your family.

See you next Tuesday!

Robin Lowe
Executive Principal


Upcoming Board of Directors Meeting
      • Tuesday, September 6 at 5:30PM in the LMC
Board of Directors meetings are open to the public. All are welcome!

Dragon Flight is Hiring!

Our Dragon Flight is hiring two positions! They are looking for the following talented people:
    • Dragon Flight Aide: 
      • 2 hours a day and non-school days
      • M-F - 3:15-5:15 p.m.
      • Must be 16 years old or older - Perfect for High School students who are great with kids!
    • Dragon Flight Group Leaders:
      • 2-3 hours a day and non-school days
      • M-F - 3:00-5:00/6:00 p.m.
      • Must be 18 years or older
Join a fantastic team! If you're interested, please visit Flagstaff Academy's Employment page for the full job descriptions and how to apply. 


As the Colorado Department of Education has scheduled the official 2016 October count day on the same day as the normal Late Start Wednesday, October 5, we are following suit with the St. Vrain Valley School District and cancelling the Late Start for that day.

October 5, 2016 will be a regular school day, with normal start times.
Download our updated 2016-2017 Academic Calendar

Middle School Pingree Park Trip Updates!
It's hard to believe that our annual Middle School Pingree Park trip is only a little bit more than a month away! Please note the following important dates:
  • Friday, September 2: Pingree forms, payments, and requests for financial assistance are due.
  • Thursday, September 8: 
    • What: Pingree Park Chaperone Meeting
    • Time: 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
    • Location: The Commons 
  • Wednesday, September 21-Friday, September 23: Middle School goes to CSU Mountain Campus Pingree Park!
To access the Pingree Park Forms, click here. Payments can be made through RevTrak, or by check (made out to Flagstaff Academy) or cash. 

Smile - It's School Picture Day!
Thursday, September 8

It's that time of year again - to smile and have your child's 2016-2017 school picture taken! 

You can either pre-pay online, or download, print, and turn in your child's form with cash or a check (made out to MJ Thomas Photography). Look for an envelope from MJ Thomas in this week's Friday Folder.

A New Year for 100-Mile Club!

We're excited to get started this fall with a new and improved 100-Mile Club, now in its third year, and which is now a part of our fabulous Dragon Flight. Last year we had 292 people register and ran over 11,000 miles. Let's top that this year!

The program will be the same as last year, with the fun incentives, group morning runs, and occasional afternoon runs, as well as weekend gatherings. The difference is that last year's 100-Mile club was the result of a grant, which we don't have this year. That is part of the reason for the increase in registration price, as we are absorbing the cost of this great program for staffing and club resources. Be on the look out for after school fun runs and off site family runs! 

About the 100-Mile Club: The 100 Mile Club is a club open to all students at Flagstaff Academy. The 100 Mile Club gets students moving before, during, and after school with the end goal of reaching 100 miles by the end of the year. After they register, students are welcome to come to any and all practices!  

Morning Practices  are M, T, Th, and F from 7:15 - 7:45 a.m. 
Practices will begin Thursday, September 8. 

Parents and Guardians! 
In order for 100-mile club to be successful we are in need of parent volunteers. Please sign-up here to help! 
Save the Date! 
Farm to Table at Ollin Farms

Flagstaff Academy and Ollin Farms are excited to be partnering for our 3rd year with Chef Justin from Niwot Market for a unique farm-to-table experience to benefit our school. Enjoy a menu of freshly harvested Ollin Farms produce with beautiful music alongside the stunning cottonwoods of Left Hand Creek.

Date: Saturday, September 17
Time: 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Location: Ollin Farms, 8627 N. 95th St, Longmont, CO 80504

Cost: $65 per person
(A portion of the proceeds goes to benefit Flagstaff Academy)

Babysitting will be provided by our NJHS students!
Time: 4:30-9:30 p.m.
Location: Flagstaff Academy
Cost: $15 for first child/$10 each additional child in a family
(cash and checks only, made out to "Flagstaff Acacemy")
Fun and Games for Flagstaff Academy children, ages four (4) and up.

Calling All Dragon Volunteers!

Students love seeing their parents involved and invested in their school community! The good news is that we have many volunteer opportunities for you to be involved. We will be working on getting a volunteer database set up this year, but in the meantime, we will be using Signup Genius as a way for our volunteers to sign up for different volunteer needs. 

Some immediate volunteer opportunities:
  • Library Media Center: Our LMC staff needs help with the checkout counter while the media assistant is teaching the class. If you are computer-savvy and enjoy interacting with students, this is a great volunteer opportunity for you!
  • Health Clerk Office: Ms. Moen, our health clerk, would like to have one or two parents to cover her lunch break from 12:30 p.m.-1p.m. daily. Ideally, she would like the same parent(s) to commit to the same day every week for the 2016-17 school year.
  • Front Office: Several volunteers are needed every month to help with general office help. Volunteer needs include cutting, copying, sorting, inventory, etc.
  • Playground Project: Looking for a parent or volunteer who has good woodworking experience for a playground project. We are looking to refinish/repair our benches with some special touches. Contact Kevin Pugh, Dean of School Culture, at kpugh@flagstaffacademy.org for more information.
If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up at this link:

We love and appreciate parent and family volunteers because we want to share the joy of teaching and learning with our community. Every hour you spend adds value to your student's experience, and the greater school community. We depend upon your support and leadership to realize our vision. This past year our school benefited from over 10,000 volunteer hours!

Volunteers of the Month
Every month, we recognize our volunteers by holding a drawing for our "Volunteers of the Month." Thank you for everything you do every day, to make Flagstaff a wonderful place to learn!

Contact Jeannie Torres, Volunteer Coordinator, at jtorres@flagstaffacademy.org with any questions.

2nd Through Fifth Graders - 
It's Recorder Time!

Please note that Recorders are for 2nd through 5th Graders!

To help us sound our very best, this year we will all be using the same Yamaha model YRS-24B. If your child has a recorder from last year, please consider the option of buying another so that one recorder may be left at home and one kept at school; It's one less thing to remember on music day! 

Also, to help minimize the impact of the cold and flu season, each student will use their own recorder. We will be implementing a strict no sharing policy

Please look in your Friday Folders this week for the Recorder Order Form. You can also download and print the form and return it with $8.00 cash/check (payable to Flagstaff Academy) before Friday, September 9th. Your student's homeroom teacher will collect the money and recorders will be delivered shortly after.
Now Accepting 2016-2017 Activity Fees Payments!

Did you know you could pay your 2016-2017 activity fees now? Annual Activity Fees go toward purchasing essential items such as:
  • Student workbooks
  • Consumable classroom supplies
  • Software licensing for technology programs
  • Buses and tickets for field trips
  • Elementary specials program materials
  • Middle School electives
  • Special educational guests
  • Community school supplies
  • (copy paper, tissues, paper towels, disinfectant wipes, etc.)
Pay Fees Online through

Or pay with cash or check, payable to "Flagstaff Academy." Partial Payments also accepted. 
Families eligible for Reduced/Free Lunch are eligible for reduced or free student activity fees.

To apply, for free/reduced lunch,
click here:

Payment is due October 1, 2016
Student Activity Fees payments are non-refundable.
2016-2017 Enrollment - Limited Spots Available

We have a few spots left in our PK4 and Elementary lower grade classes - we always love referrals from our Dragon family!

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

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! 

Date: Saturday, September 24
Time: 4:00-6:30 p.m.  
Join us for the annual community event!
We'll have carnival games. bounce houses, petting zoo, barrel train, Canyon Critters, face painting, climbing wall and lots of fun.

Volunteers are needed! Cake walk donations are needed! Contact Patricia Bicknell to sign up at bicknell@indra.com.

2016 Fall Festival Sponsorships Available!

ONLY 10 SPACES  - Reserve Your Sponsorship Position Today!

Showcase your business to 600+ families daily for 10 full days, including the highly attended Fall Festival for only $300!

Fall Festival Sponsorship runs from Sept. 14-24 and includes:
  • Fence banner* placement on the most prominent display area of the schoolyard fence, facing toward the parking lot/driveline and street.
  • Individual promoted posts (one individual post per sponsor per day) to the PTO Facebook page with logo, website link, and our thanks.
  • Logo, website link, and thanks posted to the PTO website homepage (www.flagstaffacademypto.org)
*Banner provided by participating business.

To learn more, contact Jolene Rodemich, Fall Festival Chair at jrodemich@flagstaffacademypto.org

The PTO is relaunching the King Soopers fundraising program - a super easy way to raise money for our school. Purchase a $10 reloadable cash card from PTO reps at the back-to-school events or turn in an order form. Load the card up and then buy groceries or gas at any Kroger locations. 5% of what you spend goes to the school we love. 

For more information: 

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.


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.

Fall Classes
Extreme ElectronicsSpanish Classes - Includes Cooking!100-Mile Club
(now part of Dragon Flight!)
Way Out WaterRocketryLights Camera Action
Become a MagicianProject RunwayExtreme LEGO
YogaKidsRenaissance AdventuresPrivate Piano Lesson
Chess ClubHip Hop DanceFencing

Conference Care is available on September 28-30th - details to come!

Late Start Care:
    • Option #1: $25 (Care from 7:00 a.m. to First Bell)
      • *Dragon Flight Registration Fee is Required. 
    • Option #2: $20 (Care from 8:15 a.m. to First Bell)
      • No Registration Fee Required

There will be a $10 drop-in fee charged for all registrations made after the Friday prior to Late Start, starting October 28. *Reminder that there is NO LATE START in October

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


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Longmont, CO 80501

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