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Common Knowledge, Common Virtues, Common Sense 
A National Charter School of the Year, A Nationally Recognized Blue Ribbon School,
 A Certified Official Core Knowledge Site School, A John Irwin School of Excellence ,
A Gilder Lehrman Affliate School  
Volume 17 Issue 17                                         
December 16, 2013
What's Happening at LCS
Dec. 16|5th/6thBand and Choir Concert-6:30 pm
Dec. 17|Character Assembly
Dec. 17|Mandatory Informational Mtg. for 5th and 6th graders who are interested in auditioning for Beauty and the Beast, 3:15, Band Room (See below)
Dec. 18 and Dec. 19|Jr. High Girl's Basketball Tryouts- 3:15, at LCS, open to 6th graders|(See below)
Dec. 19|BOD Meeting-6:00 pm
Dec. 20|2nd Quarter Ends
Dec. 20|T-shirt Day
Dec. 23-Jan.3|Winter Break, NO SCHOOL
Jan. 8|Registration deadline for Love and Logic Training    Jan. 17|Spelling Bee after school in Library 
Jan. 20|Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL 

Jan. 21|Liberty Lecture Series, Soak Up Some Solar Radiation, 6:30-7:30, LCHS

Lost and Found is overflowing with jackets, lunch boxes, water bottles and much more. Please take a few minutes to visit the lost and found and claim your student's missing items prior to Winter Break.  

February Lunch Calendars are due, Jan. 10th. by 4:00 p.m. Please CLICK HERE for a calendar. 


Liberty Intramural Basketball for 5th-6th Graders begins Thursday, January 16th from 4:00-4:10 and will meet four additional times.  The cost for the five weeks is $10.  CLICK HERE for more information and a registration form.  Deadline for registration is Friday, December 20th.   

Chess piecesSchedule and Registration Now Available for 2014 Chess Club.CLICK HERE for information and sign up.




The Jr. High girl's basketball tryout is December 18th and 19th in the gym at 3:15pmBlue Cards must be obtained from Mr. Knab no later then January 7th. To do this a parent packet must be completed.  This packet must be accompanied by a doctor's physical form that has been done in the last calendar year (January 7th).  

CLICK HERE for the packet. The Fee for Jr. High Athletics is $80.



6th grade boys play a part in the Jr. High Boys Basketball Team having a 10-1 regular season, going 4-0 in playoffs and winning the NCIL Basketball Championship!  Way to go Jai Ramchander, Ryan Weaver-Bidwell and Brandt Bachelet!  Congratulations to Coach Matt Siemens, and Coach Brandon Bidwell.  












Pi Contest Winners

Mr. Huey's Accelerated Math class has been studying circles for the past two weeks.  To calculate the perimeter and area of a circle, you must know pi, approximately 3.14, but the decimal point in pi actually has no end. Pi is the 16th letter of the Greek alphabet and is used to represent a circle's circumference divided by its diameter.       

For extra credit, the accelerated math class was challenged to memorize as many digits of pi within a week as they could.  This year produced two winners who broke the all-time record for 6th grade.  Leo VonBargen memorized 282 digits for first place, and Robert Packham memorized 253 digits for second place, both beating the all-time record from last year of 192.  Their award?  A pie. Congratulations Leo and Robert!




Thank you to the Madrigal Singers from Ridgeview Classical School for sharing the holiday spirit with LCS 6th graders.                                    Happy Holidays!

Two Liberty Lego Robotics teams won awards at the State Championships this past Saturday. This is a significant accomplishment given that 68 teams competed in the State Championship, comprising the top 25 percent of Lego Robotics teams in Colorado.


Liberty team MindQuakes was awarded second place in Project Research. The team focused on the natural disaster of earthquakes and created a shield to protect pedestrians from falling debris.  Congratulations to Mind Quakes!  You make us very proud.   

Team MindQuakes: Kellen Hansen (5th grade),Charlie Wang (5th grade),Liam O'Malley (5th grade) Ian Smith (5th grade), and Coach CJ Smith.  Not pictured: Ryan Saldana (5th grade), and David Gao (5th grader at Trout)

Liberty team 5th Gear won the overall Championship award and also the Robot Performance award, and will advance to the World Festival.

5th GearTeam members: Joshua Rohrbaugh,(7th grade) Michael Hofinger, (7th grade) Taylor Reinke, (7th grade) David Rohrbaugh,(9th grade)and Mikey Werst (7th grade). The team is coached by John Rohrbaugh and assisted by Janelle Rohrbaugh.

In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
News Tidbits
History of Liberty, Part 1
Love and Logic
Grandparents Day Thank You
Grandparents Corner
LCS Shuttle Servic
Lecture Series
Liberty Common Charter
Fundraising Opportunities
Contact Us
Liberty Common School
1725 Sharp Point Drive 
Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-9800
Fax: 970-482-8007

Office Hours: 7:50-4:00 p.m.

Our attendance line is (970)482-9800, option 2, please call by 8:30 a.m.

If you need to take your child to an appointment during school hours, please come to the Front Office, sign them out and we will call them out of class.

All students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the Front Office.  It is important that a reason be written as this determines if the tardy is excused or not.  

Please note that you may go to your student's classroom and wait for them to be dismissed only after 2:50 p.m.

If your student is ill and you  want any/all homework, please contact the teacher by email as early as possible and homework will be available after 3:00 p.m. in the office. 

If you have any questions about these policies please contact Mrs. Ronen at

Board of Directors
Sarvjit Gill            227-4202
Joel Goeltl           593-8556
Paulette Hansen 282-8455
Jeff Webb            545-9636
Bill Werst            631-8379
Amy Redstone    378-1170
John Rohrbaugh 225-2259


You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at  



December 19, 2013  
6:00 pm
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School
       1725 Sharp Point Dr.      



News Tidbits

Liberty Directories now in the front office.  Pick up yours today for only $1.00. 

Answer: c

Within the classroom when possible

Library in Use and off limits to families and students Monday- Friday 3:20- 4:30 with an after school booster.  We apologize for any inconvenience and appreciate your consideration.     


School Closures-
LCS adheres to Poudre School District's school closures due to inclement weather causing hazardous road conditions.  If PSD schools are closed due to hazardous road conditions, so is LCS.  If PSD delays the start of the school day due to snow or ice, so will Liberty.   CLICK HERE for up-to-the-minute PSD snow-day announcements.    

Last Minute Holiday Shopping at Liberty 
If you haven't already bought a Liberty Common t-shirt, now is the time.  We have sizes from XS Youth-Adult Large.  All sizes are $5.00 and can be purchased in the office.    



History of Liberty Common School
Part 3 of 3
Liberty Common School has a unique history that is important for all to know.  There were many hardships and roadblocks encountered along the way.  The Founders persevered to make our school what it is today, but it wasn't easy.  We are fortunate to have had such persistent pioneers with a vision to make one of the best charter schools in Colorado.  

For the past two weeks, we have run, "How Did We Get Here?" by Dr. Maureen Schaffer. Dr. Schaffer does a superb job of detailing the events that took place to develop Liberty Common School as we know it.  Our hope is that by sharing our history, we will better value the efforts by our founders to get where we are today.  It is because of their vision and foresight that we have the top elementary and high school in the state of Colorado.

We continually thank our founding parents for their hard work and dedication.  We could not have asked for a better educational system to educate children.  Our hope is that you feel the same.   

The History of Liberty Common School
By Dr. Maureen Schaffer (Founding Parent)

The following is the conclusion of "The History of Liberty Common School" written by Maureen Schaffer.

It was June of 1996.  Advocates for the Core Knowledge charter school had come up short after being legally out-maneuvered by the school district. The parents faced a $5000 debt for legal filings and newsletters to its growing list of supporters.  

The unsinkable charter group wasted no time mobilizing its next charter effort. They "passed the hat" yet again, this time requesting additional donations to hire a lawyer of their own.  

The parents contacted local attorney Mike Maxwell to assist in rewriting and negotiating their charter. Maxwell was immediately captivated by the critical nature of the school choice movement. He and his partners donated their time and expertise to the cause.

The name of the new school would be Liberty Common.  At a common school, students of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds could obtain a common education.  

But, why Liberty? Liberty stood for parents who would now have educational choice.  Liberty stood for teachers who would no longer have to work in a broken system.  And most importantly, Liberty would symbolize the true freedom that can only be achieved when a student possesses an educated mind.

On October 1, 1996 the charter application for Liberty Common School was submitted to PSD, along with a file drawer of supporting documents, reports, and studies.  The new charter provided in-depth rationale for each aspect of the school the parents deemed non-negotiable. Still, negotiations drug on for months.  

Finally PSD approved the charter, and a 5-year contract signed on February 24, 1997.   Now, the real work would begin!

The charter group scrambled to simultaneously find a building and hire staff.  Teams of parents conducted interviews at Dr. Everett's Urology Center.  Applicants were quite relieved to learn that physical exams were not part of the drill!  

Although there was still no school building, one courageous administrator, Dr. Kathryn Knox, took a gamble and signed on as Liberty's first headmaster.  She quickly melded with the team and donated dozens of hours interviewing potential teachers.   

A powerhouse staff with a pioneering spirit was assembled, including Connie Behr, Gretchen Jeffers, Dave Lunn, Beth Olson, Cherie Pederson, Tina Shockley, and Jeff Seiner, who are all still cornerstones of Liberty today.  Teachers joined forces with parents to identify curriculum resources and skills programs to augment the Core Knowledge Sequence.

Meanwhile, parent Peter Kast, worked fervently to pull together a suitable building and financing for the new school.   Pursuing multiple deals simultaneously, Peter never gave up as each financing option ultimately collapsed.   Would anyone lend money to this unknown entity called a charter school?

It was now summer and fall was fast approaching. A building was needed immediately if there was to be sufficient time for renovations.  Peter assembled a small group of investors to purchase the Colgate factory near the detention center and lease the building to the charter school. The deal closed in late June.

The facility question was answered, but substantial reconstruction was necessary to convert the former toothpaste and mouthwash factory into a school. Thirteen Liberty families put up personal assets as collateral for the million dollar construction loan.  It was now July.  Amazingly, the Neenan Company completed the massive remodel in less than 60 days!

The concrete floors were uncarpeted, and the upstairs remained unfinished. A support column stood in the middle of the small gym.  The performance hall was non-existent. But none of that mattered.  

In September 1997, a dream became a reality as Liberty Common School opened its doors to more than four hundred eager young students in kindergarten through 7th grade.  And the rest is history!

Love and Logic Parenting Class-The Gift That Keeps On Giving 

In today's fast-paced and technology driven society, parenting can be difficult and overwhelming.  This holiday season give yourself the gift of a stress-free and chaotic free parenting.  Enroll now in the six-week parent-training program, Parenting The Love and Logic Way.

In only six-weeks learn effective and proven parenting strategies covering everything from getting your kids out of bed in the morning, to establishing household expectations, discipline and positive relationships with teens.


Our expert instructor is Liberty mom, Mrs. Shannon Yockey.  Cost is $125.00 per individual, $175 per couple, which includes workbooks and materials. All profits from the class will go to professional development for LCS and LCHS faculty and staff.

Classes will be held on Tuesday evenings, Jan 14th - Feb 18th 2014 from 6:30-8:15 at Liberty Common School, 1725 Sharp Point Drive.  This class is open to all parents with children of all ages. Please register by printing out registration form CLICK HERE

and submitting payment to the front office. 

For more information about the class, contact Shannon Yockey at (970) 224-2080 ext.1. Class size is limited and you must register by Wednesday, January 8th.

Grandparents Day 2013 - Immeasurable Success by
Erin Mihulka
, Grandparents Day Chairperson
The 2013 Grandparents Day event has wrapped up and we are heading towards Christmas vacation for relaxing, special, cozy times with family and friends. I would like to put out a sincere thank you to our entire Liberty Common community, from kindergarten to seniors in high school, from parent volunteers to teachers and school administration and support staff, without their enormous effort, thoughtfulness, generosity, and enthusiasm it couldn't have been such an amazing success and rewarding experience for all.

In the next few days, I will post hundreds of wonderful photographs taken by professional photographer and Liberty parent, Amy Feist, as well some amateur shots that I took myself.  I will post these to the Liberty Common Facebook group page for everyone to enjoy. 

At the elementary, two Liberty parents and local business owners, the Beck family of
Paninos and the Mayes family of Sri Thai prepared and served approximately 500 grandparents a hot, delicious breakfast.  The grandparents enjoyed a beautiful performance from our band and choir.  The representative Cub Scouts from Liberty gave a wonderful flag ceremony and Mr. Churchill read a heartfelt and wonderful essay about his own grandparents that he wrote when he was a young student.  The grandparents engaged in a question and answer session in which they received prizes for their answers; our student council emceed the entire presentation.  After the presentation, the grandparents went to their grandchildren's classrooms and did activities and enjoyed time with them. 

At the high school, parents stepped up to the plate in an amazing display of generosity, donating so many delicious treats for the grandparents to enjoy throughout their afternoon.  The afternoon began with a presentation emceed by Laura Bradley, captain of House Domus Gratitudinis, which organized and planned the entire secondary school event along with the Grandparents Day Planning Committee; they did such a fantastic job.  The presentations included talks about the house and order systems, character education capstones, the amazing rank and scores (#1 ACT scores in the state - two years running!), as well as a very neat video with many of the teachers talking about why they love Liberty Common.  The orchestra, band, and choir performances were incredibly beautiful demonstrations of the talent and dedication of Liberty students.  There was also a demonstration of a new class, Social Dance, in-which students learn classic dances like The Charleston, Lindy Bop, Jitterbug, swing dancing, etc; what a fun, great time that was for all!

I would like to thank each parent individually who donated their time, energy, resources, and goodies to this event.  Unfortunately, I do not have every name of so many good, generous people.  Please take this as a sincere thanks to all of you.  You showed up the night before the event and helped set up beautifully decorated tables and seating for 500 guests, you showed up the morning of the event and helped with finishing touches like candle-lighting, filling balloons, and helped grandparents find seating.  You helped with food service, clean up, and break down of all those tables, chairs, and decor like lightening to make the gym ready for the kids to come eat lunch.  I was truly astounded at the volume of help.  Thank you so much, Liberty parents!

I would also like to extend a very special thank you to the high school students who came to the elementary and were such wonderful helpers.  You showed such a kind and professional attitude towards the whole event and took the initiative throughout, looking for anything you could do to help.  At the high school, the entire event was set up and orchestrated mostly by the students.  Below are all the students from the high school who took ownership of their event and generously helped at the elementary:
Elementary School in the morning:
Mady Allen
Liliana Bachli
Caroline Black
Kalee Blanchard
Laura Bradley
Anna Davis
Nico Forcatto
Sofia Forcatto
JJ Garland
Gabe Garrett
Garrett, Gabe
Ashley Glasgow
Alissa Huggins
Amanda Huggins
Amy Huggins
Sam Huggins
Payton Jacobs
Micayla Kirkman
Rob Knab
Elizabeth Luttrell
Lexi Macan
Gill Mira
Casey Oberto
Ande Peerson
Sarah Schaffer
Ben Trout
Jonathan Tschetter
Elizabeth Tsiouvaras

High School in the afternoon:
Olivia Bachelet
Matthew Bertram
Kalee Blanchard
Laura Bradley
Miranda Coby
Alyssa Crooks
Austin Geary
Molly Gillis
Asha Gupta
Mikayla Hraban
Olivia Joyce
Jason Kearl
Kelley Kendall
Micayla Kirkman
Rob Knab
Josie Lunn
Shelby Moon
Russ Murphy
Sydney Otto
Kayla Rhoads
Bryson Rhodes
Daniel Scott
Sammy Woodson

- Thank you to Dawn Karr and Laura Bradley for recruiting all of the help.  You ladies
did a wonderful job.
- Thank you to our amazing support staff, Jill Ronen, Julie Russell, Bev Hanawalt,
and Richard Rencher for all you did behind the scenes to make it a successful day and for being patient with all our requests and changes.  
- Thank you to the music teachers, student council, and Cub Scout Leaders, Erin
and Dennis Ross for preparing the highlights of the entertainment for the grandparents.
- Thank you to The Grandparents Club RELLICS for contributing so much to our school and this event.  Your involvement in your grand children's education and lives makes such a positive difference to them and our entire school.
- Thank you to all the teachers for opening your classrooms and showing the grandparents what makes Liberty such a fantastic school. 

Thanks to the Grandparents Day Planning Committee:
Marie Beck
Denise Benz
Michelle Johanson
Diphanee Mayes
Tammy Thomas
Marji Trinen

For your dedication, time, hard work, and fantastic attitudes and enthusiasm. I hope I didn't miss a single thank you.

Most importantly, let's look forward to another great event in 2014.  To all families, teachers, staff, and administrators, have warm, cozy, relaxing holidays with your friends and loved ones.
Erin Mihulka
Chairperson - Grandparents Day Planning Committee
Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty
We want to thank you all,  teachers, parents, grandparents for all your support of the students both at the elementary school and high school of Liberty Common.  What wonderful schools for our grandchildren to receive their educations. Our charter school is making an impact . Your grandchildren are getting the best education. Interestingly,  charter schools are the fastest growing schools in the nation. Enrollment in charter schools increased by approximately 225,000 students in 2012-2013 school year.

Parents, there are still LC Relic Shirts, Proud Grandparents Polo shirts, and mugs to buy for gifts. All the shirts are at LC High School. This would be a welcome surprise and a brag on their grandchildren.  We thank you for all that was purchased on Grandparents Day.  We wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. 

We want to encourage any grandparent to come to our next grandparents meeting on Monday, January 6th, at 9 a.m. in the teachers' lounge at Liberty Common Elementary.   We will be discussing future events and would love to see new faces and hear your input, for you are valued.  We have lots of fun and so enjoy doing the work that helps our wonderful grandchildren. Come see what we are about. 

Grandparents Club is having a social event on Thursday, January 30th at The Olive Garden in Fort Collins.  Friendly interaction will begin at 5:30 pm.  Dinner is at 6:30pm.  We would love to have many of you come and enjoy a simple night out relaxing and enjoying stories about (of course) our grandchildren.  For reservations, please call Walter and JoAnn at 970-226-4473, or let them know by e-mail.  May your Christmas break be joyful, happy, and safe.


Reminder to Families Utilizing LCS Shuttle Service

Please note:  There is limited outdoor supervision at the high school campus during the afternoons; therefore, it is the parents' responsibility to ensure that students are met promptly upon the arrival of the shuttle from the LCS campus. The shuttle arrives at the LCHS campus at approximately 3:15 p.m. Failure to do so on a regular basis will result in loss of bus riding privileges for the academic year.


Thank you for your attention to this important safety issue.


Liberty Common Lecture Series
Soak Up Some Solar Radiation.  It's safe to say our first two Liberty Lectures were outstanding events.  The third one will be, too.  LCHS's Dr. John Allen is a distinguished atmospheric chemist whose career research involved the effects of solar ultraviolet radiation exposure on humans.   Find out if your brand of sunscreen really works, and what happens if it doesn't - directly from a foremost expert on the topic.  Mark your calendar now for Tuesday, January 21st 6:30 - 7:30 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.


The Critical Nature of the Liberty Common School Charter-Test Yourself
Liberty's Board and Administration subscribes to this view: It is the right and responsibility of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. To help you accomplish this goal, we encourage you to learn the foundational principles contained within Liberty's charter. In upcoming Monday Notes, you'll find a new quiz question pulled right from our charter. Test yourself. The correct answer can be found in the notes as well.  The charter can be found on our website. 

How Well Do You Know Liberty's Charter?

Discipline and classroom disruptions will be handled

a)        According to the Poudre School District Code of Conduct

b)        Using corporal punishment when possible

c)         Within the classroom when possible

d)        Only if the teacher has included it in that day's lesson plan


The correct answer can be found somewhere in this edition of Monday Notes.


Giving Back to Liberty
Other Fundraising Opportunities.
"Cartridges for Kids" gives us cash for your old printer cartridges, cell phones, ipods, video games and consoles, laptops, GPS devices, PDAs, digital cameras and DVDs.  "Box Tops for Education," Campbell's soup labels and Morning Fresh Dairy bottle caps also provide our school with additional funding.  Drop-off point is in the front office.