Friday, September 16, 2016


Saturday, September 17

  • Farm-to-Table Dinner at Ollin Farms-5:00PM
    • NJHS  Babysitting 4:30PM

Wednesday, September 21
  • Gifted/Talented Nominations Due
  • MS Pingree Park Trip
  • PTO Exec. Board Meeting-6PM
  • PTO Gen. Meeting-7:00PM
  • Girls Volleyball-3:30PM (home)

Saturday, September 24
  • PTO Fall Festival- 4:00PM

Tuesday, September 27
  • SAC Meeting-5:00PM

Wednesday, September 28
  • Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences-4:00-8:00PM
  • PTO Fundraiser at Chilis - ALL DAY!

Thursday, September 29
  • Schoolwide Noon Dismissal
  • Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences-1:00-8:00PM
  • MS Conferences Open House-

Friday, September 30


Hi Parents, 

We're well into our school year and now is the time to reflect on your child's organizational skills and how you can assist. If you can help them establish effective patterns for organization now, it will pay off throughout the school year.

When your child comes home from school, have a specific area where school items are placed.  Knowing exactly where to put things helps to develop a routine. Next, set up a time and a place that is dedicated to school work. It could be the kitchen table while you are fixing dinner, etc. Even if your child does not have specific homework, this is a time for them to reflect on what they learned during the day and articulate that learning to you. If your child can't remember or says "Nothing" (the most famous response!), then prompt them to look in his or her planner or review the weekly email you have received from the team about what the students are learning that week. Also, this is a great time to have your child read aloud to you to practice reading fluency.

When you have finished with the dedicated school time, have your child pack their backpack with exactly what is needed for the following day. This prevents homework from being left on the counter! It also gives your child a sense of security knowing that everything is in order for the next day.

If you ever have any questions regarding your child and their developmental or academic progress, be sure to reach out to your child's teacher or grade level counselor. We are always happy to assist you with anything we can!

Have a wonderful weekend!


Robin Lowe
Executive Principal

Elementary School Goal Setting Conferences

Our Goal Setting Conference format has been created to provide more accurate and individualized information, as well as more prompt testing feedback. 

Elementary School Goal Setting Conference Schedule:
Wednesday, September 28
4:00-8:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 29
1:00-8:00 p.m.

All School Noon Dismissal on Thursday, September 29

Your child's teacher will meet with you to go over goals for the school year based on Fall 2016 Assessments, observations from the teacher, and conversations with your child.  

Thank you for partnering with us for your child's success!

Conferences for Middle School are designed to be on demand, and at the point of need, to best serve our students. For parents wishing to meet and do a short check in with teachers, we invite you to our Middle School Conference Open House.

If you're needing more than a five minute check-in regarding your child's progress, please email the teacher directly and request a meeting. 

Questions? Email Katie Gustafson, Middle School Assistant Principal at kgustafson@flagstaffacademy.org.

Thank you for partnering with us for your child's success!
2016-2017 Gifted and Talented Parent Nomination Process  

Flagstaff Academy will be conducting Gifted and Talented screenings for all 3rd and 4th grade students in October. At this time, parents of students in grades K-8, other than 3rd and 4th graders, who wish to nominate their student for GT testing may do so. 

To nominate your student, please visit the Front Office and pick up a District nomination form, as well as a parent input form. All forms must be returned to the Front Office by Wednesday, September 21. Incomplete nomination forms will not be accepted. Student records will then be evaluated, and testing needs determined. Please do not contact homeroom teachers. 

If you have any questions, please contact Abby Rooks at arooks@flagstaffacademy.org.

Charting the Galápagos Islands
Spring Break 2017

The Galápagos Islands are most famous for the profound discoveries of Charles Darwin. Carry on that scientific tradition as you learn about the unique species of birds and other animals that call the islands home...many of which can't be found anywhere else in the world. On mainland Ecuador, experience the local culture in Quito. Independence Plaza and the Intinian Museum provide social context to the biological wonders of this fascinating country.

Come to the first informational meeting about this trip:
When: Tuesday, September 27, 2016 at 4:15 p.m.
Where: Mrs. Ledbetter's room D24. 

Only 6 spots left and there will be a price increase as of October 1! Locking in your reservation now ensures the lowest possible price!

Want to know more about the trip? Check out the website:

*Please note that EFTours are not Flagstaff-sponsored trips.
Dragon Flight is Hiring!

Our Dragon Flight is hiring two positions! They are looking for the following talented people:
    • Dragon Flight Business Assistant - Part Time
      • Combination work-from-home and onsite office duties
      • Hours will vary, but will most likely be 12-14 hours per week
      • Responsibilities: Accounts receivable, purchasing, human resources, general office assistance.
    • 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. 

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:
  • Health Clerk Office. Volunteering in the Health Room requires 30-60 minutes a shift. Shifts may be one (or more) days a week, Monday-Friday, between the hours of 1:00-2:00 p.m. Ideally, one person would take the same shift throughout the school year, to keep the health office a familiar place for students.·        
  • Front Office. Several volunteers are needed every month to help with general office help. Volunteer needs include cutting, copying, sorting, inventory, etc. 
  • Room Parent. Room parents needed for the following teachers: Ms. Saam and Ms. Gianetti. **Please contact Jeannie at jtorres@flagstaffacademy.org if you have any questions about being a room parent.
  • 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 will be recognizing 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.
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. 

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! 
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. Thank you to our generous sponsors!

*All proceeds will go to benefit the Adam J. Burton Memorial Scholarship, which provides direct financial support for Flagstaff Academy students for academic and school events.

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 few spaces are available! Reserve your place here!

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.

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.
 Ahoy Book Mateys!
Our next Scholastic Bookaneer BookFair is right around the corner! 

Wednesday, September 28, 4:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Thursday, September 29, 1:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Location: LMC 
Stop by before or after your parent/teacher conference to check out all the terrific books!

We'll also have fun stationery items like spy pens, erasers, bookmarks, and posters for sale!

Calling all Bookaneer Volunteers!
Sign up and help this BookFair sail to success!

2016-2017 Enrollment - Limited Spots Available

We have a few spots left in our 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! 

Upcoming PTO Meetings:

Wednesday, September 21
Executive Board Meeting from 6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
General Board Meeting and Volunteer Celebration at 7:00 p.m.
Location: LMC
PTO volunteers, the PTO is celebrating you! Whether you are a room parent, volunteer in the office, assist at our events, make phone calls for fundraising, or just are interested in how to start volunteering for the PTO, this meeting is for you! Come meet the PTO board, your teacher liaisons, event chairs and get to know all the wonderful parent volunteers who, just like you, are coming together to make this an awesome place for our kids. Come learn more about the PTO, and explore how you can get involved.

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  

Dragon Dash is Flagstaff's Be Fit Fundraiser!
Friday, Oct. 14, 2016

Dragon Dash is an all-school athletic event and major PTO fundraiser. Pledge Packets will go home on Thursday, September 28th. Check your Elementary Friday Folder today or click on the Volunteer button to sign up for your Event Day Shift on Friday, October 14. We also need Pre-Event Helpers for a variety of tasks. 

The funds we raise are for cutting edge technology and fine arts equipment, school events and other items that enhance your student's experience at Flagstaff Academy. 

For more information on volunteering, contact: Pam Hora, Dragon Dash Volunteer Coordinator at pjfhora@gmail.com

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.
Classroom and Home Room Contests for the 2016/2017 School Year: 
600 Box Tops = Chew Gum at School 
1,200 Box Tops = Popcorn Party 
2,400 Box Tops = Kickball Party  

Classrooms and Home Rooms in the lead for Chew Gum at School: 
Slinker 227 - Veum 164 - Shaffer 153 - Nielson 148

PLEASE REMEMBER TO PUT YOUR TEACHERS NAME ON THE SUBMISSION! Submissions without a name go into a general pool and do not count towards the classroom and homeroom totals! 

Please note that eBox Tops will not count towards these totals! Although, we appreciate all eBox Top submittals, there is no way to track all of them to a specific classroom. eBox Tops will be included in the school totals, so please submit them. Only actual Box Tops that are turned into the teacher will count towards these 


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 in the Flyer!

2016-2017 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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