Thursday, October 19, 2017

FSE Thursday Blast 10-19-17

Coming up events:
Thursday, October 19th 4-8pm Panera Spirit Night-- please use the flier that came home in
Tuesday, October 31st
  • Halloween Parade @ 3:20pm
November 6th-10th
  • Parent Teacher Conference week
November 7th: PD Day No Students
November 10th: 3:15 Veteran’s Day Assembly

Conferences are Coming!
  • By Friday, October 20th you should have received your child’s conference sign up.  Your children are excited to share their progress so far and their upcoming goals!  Please expect to spend time hearing your child talk about their academic progress and next steps, in addition to time with your child’s teacher during this 30 minute time block.  As always, nothing in this conference time should be a surprise.  Your child’s teacher is always available to meet in person or talk over the phone should any questions come up during the year.  Please reach out to your child’s teacher if you have questions about conferences.
Halloween at FSE:
  • Please read guidelines and information on our 2nd annual Halloween parade here.
Veteran’s Day
  • We are inviting all military to come to our Veteran’s Day Assembly on Friday, November 10th at 3:15 for a short presentation honoring our hometown heroes.  We hope you are able to attend.
Fun Run Money Raised
  • Please let Kelli Smith know if you are interested in serving on the staff committee for the update and purchase of new literature books with our fun run money.  We are looking for one parent representative to serve on this committee.
School Accountability Committee
  • We had one of our parent representatives let us know that they are no longer able to serve on our committee.  If you are interested in becoming part of this committee please email our SAC chair, Rossana Urbina at

From Student Council:

Friday, October 20th-Student Council meeting at 8:15 in the Learning Commons for ALL Student Council representatives 3rd-6th grade.

At tomorrow's Friday Assembly we will be announcing the 2017-2018 Student Council President, Vice President, Treasurer, and School Story Manger.

Box Tops for Education-Families, please continue to send in any Box Tops for Education that you have clipped from food items.  This is a very easy way for Student Council to raise money to support their initiatives.   Student Council will be collecting box tops from classrooms on October 27th.

Enrichment opportunities:

FSE Happenings

Thursday, October 5, 2017

10-5-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming events:
Friday, October 6th
  • 3:20 Jump Rope for Heart Assembly/Spirit Assembly
October 9th - 13th  No school, Fall break
Monday, October 16th
  • SAC Meeting @ 4:15 in the Learning Commons
Tuesday, October 17th
  • Red Ribbon Week (Wear red)
  • Black Hawk helicopter landing 10:15am-11:15am  Field with Anti Drug Message
Thursday, October 18th  
  • PTO meeting 7pm - 8pm Learning Commons
Friday, October 19th  
  • Spirit night at Panera Bread (4pm-8pm)

Red Ribbon Week
The week we come back from fall break we will honor Red Ribbon Week with announcements about staying drug free, the contest below, and a visit from the National Guard in their Black Hawk Helicopter to talk to the kids about staying drug free.  Please join us in wearing red on Tuesday the 17th when the National Guard visits to support our pledge to stay drug free.

It’s time for Douglas County’s Annual Battle of the Books!
If you aren’t familiar with the Battle of the Books program, teams from different schools read the same set of books and compete against each other by answering questions about the books. All the questions in the competition begin with the words, “In which book…” and the correct answer is the title and author of the book. For an application please have your child ask their teacher.
Applications are due October 17th and selections will be made on Friday October 20th.
Practice will begin Thursday, October 26th and our first battle will be the last week of January.

Teams will be decided based on the following criteria:
  • Application
  • AR Record - Consistently reading at or above grade level
  • Teacher Recommendations
  • STAR Reading Scores

Halloween at FSE:
  • Please read guidelines and information on our 2nd annual Halloween parade here.

  • Please make sure to sign in at the office if you enter Flagstone for any reason.  All visitors are required to wear a badge and sign in at the office.

Community opportunities:

FSE Happenings

Thursday, September 28, 2017

9-28-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming events:
Wednesday, October 4th - Walk to School Day
Friday, October 6th - Jump Rope for Heart assembly  3:30  Gym
October 9th-13th - No school Fall break

Discovery Program:
The Discovery Application Process for the 2018 -2019 school year is now open.
The application process may be initiated by a teacher or other professional, parent, or student. The application deadline for the 2018-2019 school year is​ ​November 17, 2017. For applications submitted after that date, students identified for the program are placed on a space availability basis. The Discovery Program is a self-contained, center based, magnet program for highly gifted learners located regionally at four elementary school sites in Douglas County. The program is intended for those students who require intensity of instruction and acceleration beyond what can reasonably be expected from the regular school gifted programming.

Due to the intensive nature of the Discovery Program, a body of evidence is needed to determine the best match between student and programming.  Information considered includes documented cognitive ability, standardized achievement data, classroom performance data, student, parent, and teacher input. Three major criteria for placement are
1) Exceptional intellectual/cognitive ability
2) Documented above grade level performance in multiple content areas, and
3) no below grade level performance in any content area.

Multiple criteria will be considered in the placement process to provide evidence of the best match between student academic need and the rigorous environment of the program.

Please visit the DSCSD Gifted Education Webpage linked HERE for more information and application materials.

Hi Flagstone Families!  Thanks again for all of your hard work earning pledges for the Stampede to Read.  We still need your help collecting all of the pledges.  You can log on to your Fun Run accounts to see what is still outstanding!  We are currently at 87% collected.  Please help us get to 100%! Thank you for your support!

From the Student Council:
All Student Council representatives that are running for an officer position will be giving a short speech at tomorrow's assembly, beginning at 3:30.  Parents are welcome to come watch their student deliver their speech to the student body.  Student voting will occur the following week and all newly elected officers will be announced at the Friday, October 6th assembly.

Please continue to send in any Box Tops for Education that you may find on select food packages.  Last year the Student Council was able to collect over $1,000 just by clipping box tops!  We want to earn even any more this school year.  Thank you for your support of the FSE Student Council.  Questions?  Contact Karen Allen, Aly English, or Kristi Swen.

Prevention Curriculum
Dear Flagstone Families,

As we work towards promoting student wellness in all areas, we want students in Douglas County to not only accept and appreciate themselves, but also accept and appreciate the uniqueness of others.  For elementary school children, factors such as physical appearance, cultural traits, and disabilities begin to be recognized and can potentially impact relationships. When we learn to value each other for who we are, then we are less likely to engage in negative coping mechanisms.  Based on students’ development levels, we have explored these topics in the classroom with our students:
  • Students are being introduced to differences from the angle of “All of us are unique.” The students will deepen their understanding of how to recognize, respect, and embrace such differences.
  • Students learned about Safe2Tell, a program to help students learn what to look for, listen for, and what to report.  
  • Students learned about Tattling vs. Telling/Reporting.
  • Students learned about Bullying vs. Normal Conflict and how to report that.

We will survey students in 3rd and 5th grade to ensure we have a base line data point to drive our work in empowering our young people.  Survey questions are only about knowing “when they need help and where to get help” and are taken anonymously.  

We encourage you to support our efforts by discussing this month’s topic of Acceptance & Appreciation of Ourselves and Others.  Check us out next month when we explore: How to Help Friends and Family Members in Need.

Remember that if your child shares thoughts or behaviors that concern you there are many resources available to you at your student’s school (counselor, mental health provider, teacher) and in the community. Your child’s safety is of the utmost importance, and we at Flagstone will do all we can to support every student’s well-being. Please consider the resources offered on the  PREVENTION and SCHOOL CULTURE ( website if you would like to learn more about this topic.
In Partnership,
Gerri Dionisio, School Psychologist
Kristi Swen, School Interventionist
Kelli Smith, Principal
Meg Jacques, Assistant Principal
And of course, All Staff at Flagstone

Thursday, September 21, 2017

9-21-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming events:
Friday, September 22nd - No School,  Professional Development Day
Monday, September 25th - Picture retake day, Gym 9am-1:30pm
Wednesday, October 4th - Walk to School Day
October 9th-13th - No school, Fall Break

We want to continue to have a collaborative relationship with our neighbors that surround our school so I am asking that all parents be considerate during drop off and pick up.  I have gotten complaints regarding drop off and pick up on Lovington outside our mobile classrooms.  There are cars that are making u-turns in the street, running over sidewalks and blocking our neighbor’s driveways.  When our neighbor’s are asking our parents to be considerate they are getting yelled at our ignored.  Please help us keep a collaborative relationship with them by being considerate during our drop off and pick up times. Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Drama Club
A reminder to 1st and 2nd Grade Performers! You can still join Drama Club for "A Day in the Life of Crayons"
We are getting ready for our musical on October 26th and we need some actors and actresses to help tell the story. Come before school at 8:00 am on Tuesdays and Fridays to practice Sept 26, 29 & Oct. 3, 6, 17, 20 & 24th. All participants should be ready to memorize small speaking parts and perform in front of the whole school as well as for their families and friends that evening at 6:00 pm. A total of 24 students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis. Club cost is $13.75 per student. You can register here:
If you have issues regeistering please contact Kelli Mckenzie at

Stampede To Read
FSE would like to give a big shout out to our families for helping run our fun run this year.  We are close to our 25,000 goal!  As of last night we have earned 19,500 dollars and counting!

Community Information

Community Events with the Denver Center for the Performing Arts
Denver Center for the Performing Arts Complex Tickets available after August 11.
Enter promo code: DCSDFUND.
The Snowy Day
September 21 – November 18-
Tickets $15
A Christmas Carol
November 24 – December 10
Tickets $35
Elf The Musical
December 14 & 16 only (Limited number of tickets available for these shows)
Tickets $30/$45

FSE Happenings