Thursday, August 17, 2017

8-17-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Upcoming events:
August 18th, Fire Drill 9:30 am
August 23rd Shelter in Place Drill
August 24th, 4pm-8pm FSE Spirit Night at Freddy’s
August 24th, 6pm-7pm FSE Back to school night
September 8th at 8:00 am Grandparents Day

The Great American Eclipse-- August 21, 2017
On Monday, August 21, FSE students and staff will be given the amazing opportunity to view the solar eclipse via live streaming in their classrooms.  For the safety of all students, all recesses will be held indoors on this day.  We are asking that parents of our part-time kindergarten classroom pick up their children in the classrooms to avoid the temptation of looking up at the sun while waiting for pickup.  While the length of the eclipse will last from 10:23am to 1:15pm that day, the maximum viewing time will be at 11:47am.  If you would like to live stream the eclipse, visit  We hope you’ll talk to your children about this once-in-a-lifetime event! If you would like to check your child out during the eclipse to view it you certainly can and it will not affect their attendance, just sign them out in the office.

We will be at 92% totality in Castle Rock, CO.  

Flagstone SAC
We have three parent openings for our school accountability committee please see this link for more information.  If you are interested in one of these positions please contact the office or email Kelli Smith at

Stampede to Read
Below are pictures of our current book room.  We are hoping to earn enough money to update this 15 year old room with current texts for our teachers to use for instruction in their classrooms.

Spirit Wear Orders
Due Sept 29th

Enrichment opportunities:

DCSD Parent Guide--click here

Community Activities
As a reminder of the prizes:
Four winners will get their poster on the side of a fire truck for a year.
One winner will get an ice cream social for their entire class with special guests, Castle Rock Firefighters. This means, the more entries each class turns in, the better their chances!

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8-10-17 FSE Thursday Blast-- First Day of School!


It was a GREAT first day of school today.  Students and staff were very excited to be back and everything went very well!  We are excited about this school year and thrilled to have all of our families back at FSE.

Upcoming events:
Spirit Assembly - August 11th  Gym, 3:30pm
Picture Day - August 14th  Gym, 9:15am - 3:45pm
PTO meeting - August 16th , 7pm-8pm in the Learning Commons
Back to School Night, August 24 6-7 pm


  • Please remember to not park in kiss and go this is a drop off area only.  Here are the arrival and dismissal guidelines.
  • We will have our rolling start tomorrow, Friday, students will go directly into the building (front door only) from 8:55 to 9:10.  If students are eating breakfast they may enter at 8:45.
  • Don't forget to complete your express check in.  The deadline is August 15.  All students must register through Online Express Check In Click here to login.

Flagstone SAC
We have three parent openings for our school accountability committee please see this link for more information.  If you are interested in one of these positions please contact the office or email Kelli Smith at

Fall Fun RUN: Stampede to Read
Mark your calendars for our annual PTO fun run on September 20th.  More information will be coming soon!

Fall enrichment classes:

Picture day volunteers needed:
Our picture day is August 14th, starting at 9am and ending at 3:45pm. If you would like to volunteer to help out, please email Kellie McKenzie or call the office. 303.387.5225, kellie.mckenzie@dcsdk12org. Thank you!

Nutrition Information

Thursday, August 3, 2017

8-3-17 FSE Thursday Blast

Dear FSE Parents,
We are anxiously awaiting your children’s return to school! Please see the below events for the first few days of school and let us know if you have any questions!

Upcoming Events
  • August 8th: Meet at Greet from 3:00 to 4:00 pm
  • August 10th: First Day of School
  • August 14th: Picture Day
  • August 24th: 6-7pm Back to School Night
  • August 30th to Sept. 1st 6th Grade Outdoor Education

Beginning of School Events
  • Tuesday, August 8th from 3:00-4:00 pm Meet and Greet and Ice Cream Social.  We believe that it is essential for students to have the opportunity to meet their teachers and visit their classrooms prior to the first day of school.
    • Please join us for ice cream at 3pm then visit your classroom.  If weather permits ice cream will be by the flagpole, if not it will be in the dining room.
    • Please come at 3:00 with your school supplies (if you need access to the supply list please see this link) and meet your teacher.  If you ordered supplies through the school they will be in your new classroom.
    • Drop off any any medication students will need during the school day in the office with our health assistant, Cindy Rychlick
  • Grade Level Locations in the building
    • Kindergarten: Between the Blue and Berry Pods
    • 1st and 2nd Grade Classrooms: Blue Pod
    • 3rd and 4th Grade Classrooms: Berry Pod
    • 5th and 6th Grade Classrooms: Green Pod

First Day of School: Thursday, August 10th: Full Day!
  • Students will meet their teacher on the blacktop on the first day of school.  Your child’s teacher will have a sign with their name.  At 9:10 teachers will take the students into the classroom.
  • Please follow our arrival and dismissal policy to ensure student safety as you drop your child off at school  each day.
  • On the second day of school students will enter the building using our rolling start protocol.  Please see procedures here.
Express Check In:  July 28th to August 15th
  • All students must register through Online Express Check In Click here to login.  You will use Online Express Check In to update your contact information, pay school fees and sign up for volunteer opportunities.  All students must register via Online Express Check In by August 15th.  For assistance please contact one of the individuals below:
    • FSE Registrar: Kellie McKenzie at
    • FSE Administrative Assistant: Jennifer Talley at
    • Student Data and Information Services Summer Hotline: 303-387-0016
IT Support Center: 303-387-0001

Fun Run: Stampede to READ!
This year we will fundraise for books to support student learning in the classroom. Please read more below as to why this is so important for students at Flagstone!

To grow readers who not only CAN read, but WANT to read, you must provide them with materials that they want to read. There are other critical variables, like having parents and a teacher who read and are enthusiastic about reading, providing time and opportunity, and of course, great instruction about the mechanics and purposes of reading. But at the heart of all of that is one kid with one book that he is motivated to read.

We have many good books in our book room, but the vast majority of the books we have there were written before any of our current students were born. Let that sink in for a minute. Many of them are great books, but lots of great books have been written in the past 13 years and our kids deserve access to those books as well.

We use these book sets for book clubs and small reading groups, where critical instruction takes place. When I begin a new round of book clubs in my classroom, I usually have 4-6 groups, and offer 6-8 choices. They each get to rank their top three. Then kids get the choice they need to do their best learning, and I get to match kids to books. Imagine the excitement when those books are great titles their friends have been talking about or the latest book in a favorite series like The Wings of Fire or Percy Jackson. Or new books by favorite authors like Barbara O'Connor, Kwame Alexander, Dan Gemeinhart, Jennifer Nielsen, Lisa McMann... When we can offer students books they want to read, they clamor for book clubs.

If we want kids who are excited to read, we must provide them the books. There is nothing more important that we could spend our money on than growing readers.
--Tamara Jaimes, 5th and 6th Grade Teacher