The Eagle's Nest
Eagle Mosaic


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 19                                           
January 13, 2014
What's Happening at LCS
Jan. 14|Geography Bee after school in Library
Jan. 16|BOD Mtg. 6:00, LCS
Jan. 17|Spelling Bee after school in Library 
Jan. 20|Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL  
Jan. 21|Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m., LCS
Jan. 21|Liberty Lecture Series, Soak Up Some Solar Radiation, 6:30-7:30, LCHS
Jan. 23|Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m., LCS
Jan. 28|Character Assembly|Speaker: Dakota Collins from Rocky Mtn. Slack Line
K-3rd: 8:10-8:45
    4th-6th: 8:55-9:35  

Jan. 30|Grandparents Club Social Function(see info. below)

Jan. 31|LibertyT-shirt Day 
Show school spirit and wear your favorite Liberty T-shirt. 

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

NOTICE:  Lottery Policy Changed.  Message to current lottery-list parents:  The Liberty Common Board of Directors has made a change to our enrollment policy and process.  Effective January 1, 2014, the parent or guardian of a child currently on the Liberty Common School/High School lottery list must attend one Parent-Information Session.  The next such sessions are scheduled at the high school on Monday, January 13th, Wednesday, January 15th, and Tuesday, January 28th; and at the elementary school on Tuesday, January 21st ; and Thursday, January 23rd.  All meetings start at 6:30 PM and last about two hours.  Effected parents may attend a meeting at either campus location to satisfy this requirement.  Those who attend a Parent-Information Session will be given priority position on the lottery over those who do not attend a session.  The Board believes it is vital that all parents are given the opportunity to understand Liberty's unique educational approach prior to enrollment in the school. If you have questions as this policy change relates to grades K-6 please inquire at the elementary school. 



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.   

Save the Date!

Winter Carnival Sock Hop

February 21, from 6 - 8 in the gym.

Look for more information to come soon!





Sign Up Now for the 23rd Annual Fort Collins Cotillion-Winter 2014  


Wherever you go, whatever you do, whoever you meet...

Social skills are essential for success.


Reminder to sign up soon on line.  First class starts January 26th!  


Values that match up with your school and family values in a fun and friendly setting.  Dancing instruction, manners, etiquette for our modern technological age and dinning instruction (what is that fork for anyhow??).


"Acquiring social and emotional competencies fosters the ability to recognize and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, appreciate the perspectives of others, establish and maintain positive relationships, make responsible decisions, and handle interpersonal situations constructively."

Collaborative for Academic, Social and Emotional Learning


NEW LOCATION: Hilton Fort Collins

Classes held Sundays in January, February and March


Club Cotillion for 4th-5th grade Students

Social Skills Essentials for 6th-8th grade Students

Advanced College Prep for 9th-12th grade Students


Information at 




In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Principal Writing
Liberty Common Charter
Grandparents Corner
Lecture Series
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 [email protected]

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  



January 16, 2014  
6:00 pm
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School
       1725 Sharp Point Dr.      







Liberty Lottery Still Better than the Mega Million Dollar Jackpot
Spread the Word
by:  Casey Churchill, LCS Principal

The odds are not good.


This past December a Georgia woman, Ira Curry and a Michigan woman Amy Gourlay had one of several winning jackpot tickets and claimed their stake of the 648 million dollar Mega Million Dollar Jackpot. All this frenzy about winning is exciting but the odds are not good. Not good at all.

What are they, you ask?


1 in 258.9 million


No one can deny that it is exciting to dream of making it rich by randomly picking several numbers. This dream does not happen to many people. Countless time, energy, and most importantly money will be spent on not winning anything. In my mind, we are better off focusing something we can control. We should focus on the dream of having a quality life for ourselves and our children where we are happy with our jobs, family, and community. With the New Year upon us, it is important to focus on the future and what it brings. This year, Liberty Common School Board of Directors and Administration is making an effort to educate our parent population to make sure we are all on the same philosophical page.


One of the beautiful things about charter schools is the community effort to education our children. It takes Administration, Teachers, Parents, and Students to come together to make a quality education happen. Liberty does just that.


Each year the administrators give information talks about our school to approximately 200 interested parents. We feel that these information nights are critical for parents to get a solid understanding of the Liberty history and philosophy of our school. Mr. Schaffer and I both give about an hour long presentation followed by a tour of the buildings. When the night is over, most if not all parents are asking questions about how they can sign up. It is always disheartening to me since we have very few openings. I let them know this, but they still put their names on the lottery in hopes that they someday could get their children a top notch education that we offer here at Liberty.


We would like to invite all parents to these information nights coming up in January. These nights are informative to both new interested parents and parents that have been here for a while and are interested in refreshing their understanding of the school. The objective of the evening is to educate parents about the history of our school, Core Knowledge Curriculum, classical education, and other academic philosophies that set us apart from other schools in the area.


A recent BOD policy change has given priority to interested parents that have attended an information night. We have sent emails encouraging all lottery parents to attend one of two information nights in January to learn more about our school.

The Elementary Information evenings will be held at the elementary school gym on January 21st and 23rd from 6:30-8:00. The High School Information evenings will be held at the high school in the Great Hall on January 13th, 15th, and 28th from 6:30-8:00. You can help by spreading the word of these information evenings or joining yourself. We have a lot to share about our school.  


This year Liberty Elementary will draw approximately 20 Kindergarten spots during the week of January 27th. If there are 200 students on the lottery, the odds are better than you think.   


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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?

The purpose of the Business Manager is

a)        To relieve the Principal from day to day administrative duties
b)        Accounting and facility management
c)        To oversee administrative services not purchased from PSD
d)        To ensure coffee and donuts are provided at staff meetings


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


Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty
The 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.  Supper is at 6:30pm.  We would love to have many of you come and enjoy a simple night out relaxing and enjoying stories about our, (of course) grandchildren.  For reservations, please call Walter and JoAnn at 970-226-4473, or let them know by e-mail, [email protected]
Know Your Charter?  The answer to today's quiz is "b."  The purpose of the Business Manager is accounting and facility management.
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.


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.


Know Your Charter?  The answer to today's quiz is "b."  The purpose of the Business Manager is accounting and facility management.