Thursday, May 24, 2018

5-24-18 FSE Thursday Blast

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, May 25th
            -6th Grade Continuation from 9:20am-11:00am in the gym
            -Kindergarten Award Ceremony from 11:00am-12:00pm in the gym
            -Last Day of School-Full Day

Support for Flagstone Student
Please see this Go Fund Me page to help support this precious boy.

Elementary Progress Reports
Report cards will be released on May 30th.  Please click on this link to access your child's report card.
As you may remember, you are able to view your child's information in two ways. The highlights page includes a snapshot of how your child performed on content standards (reading, writing, math) and how your child met our school ROCKS traits.  Teachers also included general classroom comments and individual student comments. The comprehensive view allows you to see how your child did on all subject areas and specials.  If you forgot your parent portal access password please call the office.

End of Year Medication Pickup
If your child has medications that are stored in the health room please plan to pick those up on Friday, May 25th, the last day of school, between 8:00am-4:30pm. There will be one more opportunity to pick up on Wednesday, May 30th, between 10:00am and 2:00pm. After that, medications will be disposed of properly. Please email Angela Thornton with any questions.

Summer Reading Matters!
One of the most important things that you can do with your child this summer is read.  Reading over the summer matters!  As you can see below, 20 minutes a day impacts students' academic achievement.



2018-2019 School Supplies
1st Day School Supplies--Must order by June 15th. A portion of the proceeds go to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)

Office Summer Hours
MAY 29TH-MAY 31ST 10AM-2PM

OFFICE WILL OPEN AGAIN JULY 30TH FROM 10AM-2PM

THANK YOU! ENJOY YOUR SUMMER BREAK!!


Starting the 2018-2019 School Year & Beginning of the Year Meet and Greet
Next year all K-6 students will start school for a FULL DAY on Thursday, August 9th.  As always the doors will open at 8:55 and students will go directly to their classrooms.

We continue to believe that it is essential that students meet their teacher and visit their classroom prior to the first day of school.  Families are asked to come to their assigned time slots on Monday, August 6th to meet your child's teacher, bring their classroom supplies, visit the classroom and receive the teachers' classroom packet with back to school information.  Please adhere to the time slots below by your CHILD's last name:
3:00-3:30 Last Names of A-H
3:30-4:00 Last Names of I-Q
4:00-4:30 Last Names of R-Z

More information will come in July about this event.


PLEASE SEE THE BELOW OPPORTUNITIES

Thursday, May 17, 2018

FSE Thursday Blast 05-17-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, May 17th
            -Field Day Morning, 9:30am-11:50am (Grades: 4, 5, 6 & AM Kind.)
            -Field Day Afternoon, 12:35pm-3:00pm (Grades:1, 2, 3 & full day Kind.)
            -Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A, all day
Friday, May 18th
            -Student Council Members-pancake breakfast at 8:15am in the cafeteria
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym: Moving Up Ceremony
Friday, May 25th
            -6th Grade Continuation from 9:20am-11:00am in the gym
            -Kindergarten Award Ceremony from 11:00am-12:00pm in the gym
            -Last Day of School-Full School Day

Support for Flagstone Student
Please see this Go Fund Me page to help support this precious boy.

Student Council:
Join us for an end of year breakfast on Friday, May 18th at 8:15am in the cafeteria. Please join us for a celebration of another great year for the FSE Student Council. We will be providing pancakes for the students. Please let Karen AllenAly English or Kristi Swen know if you have any questions.

End of Year Medication Pickup
If your child has medications that are stored in the health room please plan to pick those up on Friday, May 25th, the last day of school, between 8:00am-4:30pm. There will be one more opportunity to pick up on Wednesday, May 30th, between 10:00am and 2:00pm. After that, medications will be disposed of properly. Please email Angela Thornton with any questions.

2018-2019 School Supplies
1st Day School Supplies--Must order by June 15th. A portion of the proceeds go to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)

PLEASE SEE THE BELOW OPPORTUNITIES
FSE Happenings

















Thursday, May 3, 2018

FSE Thursday Blast 05-03-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, May 4th 
             -Last Day to turn in Fun Run T-Shirt designs
             -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym
Monday, May 7th-Friday, May 11th 
            -Book Fair
            -Staff Appreciation Week
Monday, May 7th
            -Paws for Books with Canine Friends 6pm
Tuesday, May 8th
            -Seussical the Musical at 3:15pm and 6:00pm in the gym
Friday, May 11th
            -Muffins for Moms from 8:00am-9:00am in the cafeteria
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym

End of the Year Final Thoughts
It is so hard to believe that the school year is coming to an end, these months certainly fly by!  Thank you so much for all the families that filled out the community (FSE report card) survey to let us know how we are doing.  Our School Accountability Committee will take these survey's and compile the data so we can get a comprehensive view of things we are doing well and things we need to improve on, so thank you for taking this time to give us your thoughts.

Our staff is in the middle of planning for next year, part of this planning is to reflect on our instruction and make new goals based on our commitment to improvement.  As you know, we focused quite a bit of attention on our math instruction this year with the purchase of our new math program.  As a K-6 team, we have identified standards at each grade level that we believe students MUST master to be successful in the next grade and have tailored our instruction around these.  As a school, we feel our math instruction has never been stronger thanks to the partnership that our students' families have had with us in supporting your children in math and our continued growth and reflection on best instructional strategies.

Next year we will continue to support high-level learning in math while adding a similar focus to reading instruction.  We have been working hard this year to select titles for a new book room that will be available for teachers and students this August.  This book collection will have hundreds of new titles, leveled to students specific personalized reading and instructional levels and will be used by teachers to instruct critical pre-reading, reading and fluent reading skills in all grades K-6.  We are excited to re-define our grade level literacy framework K-6, laying out specific mastery level expectations for each grade level. 

In addition to reading and math, our staff and community have had many discussion on the social-emotional well being of our students and staff.  We believe as a district and as an FSE community that school safety includes not only the physical safety of our students but the emotional safety of them as well.  Over the last several years, with the increase in social media, texting and online gaming we have seen a significant increase in the amount of conflict between students.  Although we do not allow students to text, use social media or connect with others online through gaming sites at school, many of them are doing it at home and bring these conversations into school.  We are in the process of hiring an elementary school counselor that will work closely with our school psychologist to identify specific areas of concern that are causing students to have conflict with one another while identifying instruction to support our teachers during this new age of technology.  We understand that as the adults in our students lives we are the number one role models when it comes to digital citizenship, so we continue to appreciate your partnership as we move into this important part of our curriculum this coming school year.

Lastly, I want to give lots of props to my staff and parent community for a year well done.  Our teachers and support staff are on the front lines every day supporting kids and families through another year of high-quality education.  We have worked over the course of the last several years to keep our class sizes as low as possible (three years and running with no classes at 30 or above, our average is 25 students in a class with some as low as 22), and keeping resources in our classrooms for our kids, by supporting the needs of our teachers through our site based budget.  I am also proud to say that our staff retention rate going into next year is well over 95% (this includes teachers and support staff), the highest retention rate since FSE opened in 2003, a true reflection to the continued work on our school and community climate. 

As this school year comes to a close, take time to stop, enjoy, reflect and cherish this time with your kids, it goes too fast, way too fast!

#oneflagstone

Kelli Smith, FSE Principal

6TH GRADE FAMILIES
The FSE Student Council would like to honor your outgoing 6th grader during the month of May. All families should have received a letter in the mail regarding this project. Here are the documents if you did not receive them. The front office also has copies if needed. We encourage all students to participate in this annual celebration. If you have any questions please contact Karen Allen, Aly English or Kristi Swen.

CLICK HERE FOR MAY'S LINKS WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (plus the links from above):
  • 5th Grade Tdap Letter
  • 6th Grade Honor Wall
  • Book Fair Volunteer Letter
  • DC Libraries Summer Reading Program
  • 2018-2019 School Supplies--Must order by June 15th a portion of the proceeds goes to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)
  • Kid2KitLit Camp: Summer camp taught by our very own Mrs. Miller
  • Camp Invention: Run by our very own Ms. Lossin
  • Speed & Conditioning Camp
  • Youth Football Camp
  • Children & Adolescent Summer Program
  • Tri the Rock

Thursday, April 26, 2018

FSE Thursday Blast 04-26-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, April 27th
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym
Monday, April 30th
            -Castle Rock Regional Budget Meeting, 6:00pm at DCHS
Tuesday, May 1st
            -FSE School Surveys due
            -Fun Run T-Shirt designs are due
Wednesday, May 2nd
             -Talent Show from 6:00pm-7:00pm in the gym
Friday, May 4th 
             -Talent Show Assembly from 2:30pm-3:00pm in the gym     
Monday, May 7th-Friday, May 11th 
            -Book Fair
            -Staff Appreciation Week
Friday, May 11th
            -Muffins for Moms from 8:00am-9:00am in the cafeteria
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym

6TH GRADE FAMILIES
The FSE Student Council would like to honor your outgoing 6th grader during the month of May.  All families should have received a letter in the mail regarding this project.  Here are the same documents if you did not receive it.  The front office also has copies if needed. We encourage all students to participate in this annual celebration.  
If you have any questions please contact Karen Allen, Aly English, or Kristi Swen.  

DON'T FORGET!
We are still in need of submissions for the Fun Run T-Shirt design! Click HERE for more information. You may scan and email your design or turn it into Ms. Angela in the front office by May 1st.

2018/2019 CLASS PLACEMENT:
To learn about the process that we use to create class lists or to find out how you can give input on what type of class you believe your child will thrive in next school year, CLICK HERE.  Due April 27th.

CASTLE ROCK REGION MEETING TO DISCUSS DISTRICT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES
Please join Castle Rock Region Principals and SAC chairs on April 30th at 6:00 PM at DCHS for a special meeting to discuss our current financial struggle in Douglas County School District.  Please see the FLIER HERE and information about the event HERE.



PARENTS OF INCOMING 6TH GRADERS:
In preparation for the next school year, a Tdap vaccine is required for 6th-grade entry. Click HERE for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We need YOU for the upcoming book fair! More info HERE. Sign up by clicking this link.

CLICK HERE FOR APRIL'S LINKS WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (plus the links from above):
  • 5th Grade Tdap Letter
  • CRPD Medication Disposal Opportunity
  • Fun Run T-Shirt Design Flyer
  • Book Fair Volunteer Letter
  • 2018-2019 School Supplies--Must order by June 15th a portion of the proceeds goes to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)
  • Kid2KitLit Camp: Summer camp taught by our very own Mrs. Miller
  • Tri the Rock
  • Camp Invention: Run by our very own Ms. Lossin
  • Overdrive Books
  • Youth Football Camp at DCHS
  • Speed & Conditioning Camp

FSE Happenings
















Thursday, April 19, 2018

FSE Thursday Blast 04-19-2018


UPCOMING EVENTS:
Thursday, April 19th
            -4th Grade Choir Concert at 3:15pm and 6:00pm in the gym
Friday, April 20th
            -NO SCHOOL: Teacher compensation day for conferences
Friday, April 27th
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym



CELL PHONE PARENTING
Cell phones have become very common at Flagstone, students as young as second and third grade are coming to school with phones.  Without proper guidance, and parental controls students CAN be exposed to content that is far more advanced than their emotional maturity.  Please take a moment to help educate your child on the safety and use of proper cell phone use.  The below resource is our number one go-to resource site for how to effectively teach technology in schools and home.  The link below will not only direct you to resources for Tweens on cell phone parenting but also to very useful digital citizenship resources to help teach your child.
Common Sense Media site for great information:  CLICK HERE

Bullying through Text
Recently our fifth and sixth graders have had more incidences of using technology inappropriately causing a disruption to the learning processes.  Some of these incidences include mean texting about friends with other friends, causing significant friendship issues to erupt during the school day and beyond, many of which are bullying.  At FSE we take these incidences very seriously and do follow up on any and all incidences of bullying through texting.  At the beginning of the year, we ask all students and parents in grades 3-6  to sign a tech agreement that outlines our rules.  Please help us guide our students in making good decisions by reviewing this agreement.  It can be found HERE. If your child has been a victim of mean or inappropriate texts please contact the office, as this is not tolerated.

CASTLE ROCK REGION MEETING TO DISCUSS DISTRICT FINANCIAL CHALLENGES
Please join Castle Rock Region Principals and SAC chairs on April 30th at 6:00 PM at DCSH for a special meeting to discuss our current financial struggle in Douglas County School District.  Please see the FLIER HERE and information about the event HERE.

PARENTS OF INCOMING 6TH GRADERS:
In preparation for the next school year, a Tdap vaccine is required for 6th grade entry. Click HERE for more details.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED:
We need YOU for the upcoming book fair! More info HERE. Sign up by clicking this link.

CLICK HERE FOR APRIL'S LINKS WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (plus the links from above):
  • 5th Grade Tdap Letter
  • CRPD Medication Disposal Opportunity
  • Book Fair Volunteer Letter
  • 2018-2019 School Supplies--Must order by June 15th a portion of the proceeds goes to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)
  • Kid2KitLit Camp: Summer camp taught by our very own Mrs. Miller
  • Tri the Rock
  • Camp Invention: Run by our very own Ms. Lossin
  • Overdrive Books
  • Youth Football Camp at DCHS
  • Speed & Conditioning Camp

Friday, April 13, 2018

FSE Thursday Blast 04-12-2018

UPCOMING EVENTS:
Friday, April 13th
            -FSE Spirit Assembly at 3:30pm in the gym
Monday, April 16th
            -SAC Meeting at 4:00pm in the Learning Commons
Tuesday, April 17th
            -Spirit Night at Smart Cow
Wednesday, April 18th
            -PTO Meeting at 7:00pm in the Learning Commons
Friday, April 20th
            -NO SCHOOL: Teacher compensation day for conferences

CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS:
As you may recall, our Fun Run money went into updating the book room at FSE that teachers use to pull from to teach in their reading groups. We are in the very exciting process of seeing our hard work from the Fun Run come to life. We are in need of parent volunteers who are willing to come and help with the process. This is a very important task as it impacts all classrooms in the building and if you'd be willing to help please contact Chelsey Mallory at cjmallory@dcsdk12.org.

2018/2019 CLASS PLACEMENT:
To learn about the process that we use to create class lists or to find out how you can give input on what type of class you believe your child will thrive in next school year, CLICK HERE.


Rehearsal Dates and Times (Flagstone Elementary Music Room):
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 from 4:20-5:30
Wednesday, April 25, 2018  from 4:20-5:30 (Dress Rehearsal)

Talent Show Dates and Times:
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
6:00 p.m. - There will be a performance in the gym at Flagstone for all families and friends of the performers.                     

Friday, May 4, 2018

2:30 p.m. - There will be a performance in the gym at Flagstone for all  students.

FUN RUN T-SHIRT DESIGN:
Calling all artists! Help design our next fun run shirts! CLICK HERE for more details.

NEEDED!! GALLON SIZE ZIPLOCK BAGS
We are in need of gallon size ziplock bags for our book room. We store our books in these to keep them nice and would love any and all donations. Thanks so much!

CLICK HERE FOR APRIL'S LINKS WITH THE FOLLOWING INFORMATION (plus the links from above):
  • 2018-2019 School Supplies--Must order by June 15th a portion of the proceeds goes to the FSE PTO (1st Day School Supplies)
  • Kid2KitLit Camp: Summer camp taught by our very own Mrs. Miller
  • Success in Middle School
  • Tri the Rock
  • Camp Invention: Run by our very own Ms. Lossin
  • Overdrive Books
  • Youth Football Camp at DCHS
  • Speed & Conditioning Camp
Student Council:
All Student Council representatives have a meeting tomorrowApril 13th, at 8:15 in the Learning Commons.  Please encourage your student to wear their black Student Council shirt.  Our last meeting of the school year will be on Friday, May 18th.  

CAMP INVENTION

Also, I'm still looking for a camp parent. Could this also be posted by camp invention?

CAMP INVENTION NEEDS A WONDERFUL PARENT TO HELP PROMOTE OUR PROGRAM!

OVERVIEW OF CAMP PARENT'S DUTIES 
The Camp Parent is responsible for assisting Directors in promoting their program at a local level. Camp Parents help further the mission of Camp Invention and the National Inventors Hall of Fame by making their local camp a success through increased enrollment. Camp Parents receive one (1) complimentary base price registration for their immediate child in return for their completion of the responsibilities below. 

SOME WAYS CAMP PARENTS CAN HELP: 
• Engage in social media (Facebook and Twitter) 
• Are actively involved in their children’s extracurricular and/or community activities 
• Are committed to getting as many children enrolled in the program as possible 
• Are well connected in the local community 
• Exhibit excellent interpersonal skills with both children and adults 
• Demonstrate enthusiasm and generate excitement when representing the program 
• Display creativity, flexibility and resourcefulness 
• Are self-directed and natural problem-solvers CAMP PARENT RESPONSIBILITIES: 
• Post on social media sites to gain interest in the program
• Conduct a parent-to-parent e-mail campaign 
• Work with the PTA/PTO council to help further promote the program 
• Distribute flyers and posters in the community, including at the public libraries, grocery stores, coffee shops, etc. 
• Set up a camp booth at community events: swimming lesson signups, Little League or soccer games, school carnivals, kindergarten roundup (many children have older siblings), etc. 
• Distribute flyers and brochures to private schools and schools in other districts 
• Give information to leaders of local Scout troops 
• Arrange for dates to be placed on community bulletin boards including the local newspaper and outdoor displays in the community

5-24-18 FSE Thursday Blast

UPCOMING EVENTS: Friday, May 25th             - 6th Grade Continuation from 9:20am-11:00am in the gym             -Kindergarten Award Cer...