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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 21                                            
January 27, 2014
What's Happening at 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. 31|Free Dress Day/Bronco Spirit Day

Scholastic Book Fair-in LCS Library,
CLICK HERE to volunteer at the Book Fair

Feb.18th|Liberty Lecture series-Dante's Divine Comedy-Highlights and Reflections, 6:30 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.
Feb. 21|Liberty's Winter Sock Hop-6:00-8:00p.m. (See more information on flyers included in this Monday Notes Edition)

This year the Winter Carnival committee is looking for 4 people to help with the coordinating of decorations, craft tables, games and food services before and during the event.The planning for these is already underway, we would just like a few people to step in and help lighten the load.


Please email Marnie Dame at [email protected] if you are interested in helping out, please CLICK HERE.  

If you are interested in donating 2 liters of soda, store bought sugar cookies, store bought decorated cupcakes, containers of frosting, containers of sprinkles or bags of pre-wrapped candy, please CLICK HERE.  

Feb. 26 and Feb. 27|TCAP Reading Testing for 3rd Graders

Liberty Common Spelling Bee-held Jan. 17th
Moderator Steve Ronen (4th grade teacher), Campden Mills (4th grade), Ryan Green (4th grade), Matthew Grimm (4th grade), Maddie Giles (5th grade), Katie Magloughlin (5th grade), Ryan Saldana (5th grade), Rose Ganshert (6th grade), Sophia Geary (6th grade), Anoushka Dasi (6th grade). 
Ryan Green (4th grade), Liberty Common 2013-2014 Spelling Bee Winner.  Congratulations to all who participated.  Way to go Ryan!
Final two contestants, Ryan Green (4th grade) Anoushka Dasi (6th grade). Ryan and Anoushka competed against one another for 13 rounds. 













Liberty Lecture Sizzled.  Last Tuesday's Liberty Lecture on the effects of solar radiation shed intellectual light on the fascinating topic of photochemistry.  LCHS's Dr. John Allen described how ultraviolet light damages human DNA, and how the varying chemicals in sunscreens and sun blocks work - and how they sometimes don't work very well.  


"LCHS's Dr. John Allen explained the photochemistry of sunscreens at last week's Liberty Lecture.  The Jablonski Diagram helped the crowd understand how certain chemicals absorb and release energy."



The next Liberty Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th 6:30 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.  Then, LCHS's English instructor Mr. Jared Dybzinski will lead a lecture entitled Dante's Divine Comedy - Highlights and Reflections.  Don't miss it.

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.     



Box tops

Labels for Education

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.


Picked Your Pink Bag Project?

Liberty's Spring Gala Committee needs YOUR help!  


Thursday mornings from 8-9:30a.m., the Spring Gala Steering Committee is in the Teacher's Lounge ready with Pink Bag Projects waiting for you!

The bags are filled with simple projects which require minimal time to complete.  You are welcome to work on your project in the Teacher's Lounge during that time, or take your project home to finish.  Simply return your completed project in its fabulous Pink Bag to the LCS front office when you are done!

Questions? Please contact Jodi Fraser (988-1570) or Qeryldine Hofinger (219-4374)  



Surveys Distributed Soon: Your Feedback is Vital  

It is the time of year when The Board of Directors seeks parental input on your child's educational experience at Liberty.  The Board values your opinion and strives to do its very best to be one of the top schools in Colorado.  A general survey focusing on our institution as a whole will be distributed to all families via email February 3, 2014.  The following week, on February 10, 2014, families will receive an individual teacher/class survey.  One survey will be sent for each child attending school.  Please take a few minutes to fill out these surveys.  If you have any questions regarding the surveys, please call the front office at (970)482-9800We value your feedback.    



In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
BOD Update
Winter Carnival Sock Hop
Spring Gala
Liberty Common Charter
Liberty Common Athletic News
Grandparents Corner
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  



February 20, 2014  
6:00 pm
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School
       1725 Sharp Point Dr.      



On Stage: In the Heights.  Our friends at the Eagle Rock School (charter) in Estes Park have invited everyone in the Liberty community to see their production of Lin-Manuel Miranda's Tony-award winning production of In the Heights. The dress rehearsal is free Wed March 19th at 1PM at the Lincoln Center here in Fort Collins.  Eagle Rock School is especially reaching out to music, theatre, social studies, and Spanish teachers because In the Heights provides an excellent springboard for conversations in any of those disciplines. It's also just extremely fun to watch, having won Best Musical (among many other awards) at the Tony Awards, and has been hailed by critics since its debut.  Reserve tickets by emailing theatre instructor Brighid Scanlon Tickets for the regular performances (March 20th-22nd) are pay-what-you-like by reserving at the Lincoln Center website. Proceeds benefit the Eagle Rock Graduate Fund. For more information about the show, please visit, or call 970-586-7498.



Liberty Spring Gala Committee Needs YOU!

We are in need of five or six more volunteers to join our Procurement (Donation) Committee.  These incredible volunteers contact around 20 businesses each to request sponsorships, item donations or monetary donations for this year's fabulous Spring Gala.  This is a great opportunity to volunteer for school that can be done on your own time!  If you can put your skills to use for Liberty, please contact our Procurement Committee Chair, Rebecca Hicklin at [email protected].  Thank you!  

The four stages of the student's cognitive journey, i.e. the Thinking Framework are: 
Knowledge Acquistion 
Pattern Recognition 
Mental Modeling 
Problem Solving 

BOD Update by Amy Redstone, BOD member

On January 16, your Board of Directors passed a resolution against the Common Core State Standards (CCSS). You can read the entire resolution here.


What are they? CCSS are K-12 academic standards adopted by Colorado in order to enter the federal Race-to-the-Top grant competition in 2009. The state lost the competition but had to keep the standards.


Why does Liberty Common object to them? The list is long. Here are just a few reasons.


The Common Core Standards:

  • Remove local control of education and cede it to unelected bureaucrats who can alter the standards whenever they choose.
  • Are not internationally benchmarked to ensure high-quality. The math and English content experts brought in to validate the standards would not sign off on them.
  • Aim students for "career-readiness" or community college instead of providing a rigorous education with the goal of attending a 4-year college.
  • Are accompanied by intrusive and costly computerized testing starting in 3rd grade. The assessments take longer to administer than the current tests, taking time away from learning.
  • Will reduce textbook variety: providers will write texts to the national standards in order to stay in business.
  • Will limit parental freedom to select a curriculum which best suits their child. Sandwiched between the standards and accompanying assessments lies the curriculum. You can be sure that the curriculum will bend to agree with both sides of this sandwich. This limits choice.
  • Substitute additional non-fiction texts for the reading of high-quality literature. Some Common Core aligned textbooks dumb down rich subject matter. For example, instead of reading all of Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, students might only read an excerpt and see some cutesy cartoons showing the Frankenstein character. The standards do not require reading the entire US Constitution. How does this ensure a well-educated populace?

And the list could go on...


What does this mean? Liberty Common School will not change the content or rigor of its curriculum or content of its classical education in response to these standards. But, it will take vigilance on our part to remain true. A recent parent education initiative to require attendance at an information session prior to lottery enrollment is one effort to ensure all parents understand and value our approach. Unfortunately, Liberty must follow the expanded testing schedule accompanying Common Core. Our students will be tested on a few topics before they're taught them at Liberty. Where we've had success teaching in a particular order, we will not bend to meet the test. The goal is a well-educated child, not a test-taking star.


What can I do?

  • Become educated. Learn more about Common Core and its implications to parental choice. Our own Principal Schaffer recently led an informative pro/con debate at Steamboat Institute.
  • Join the fight locally: There are several anti-Common Core parent-led groups across CO. In Northern Colorado, Core Concerns started a few months ago by several Ridgeview Classical parents and is looking for energized parents.
  • Attend a talk by Dr. Sandra Stotsky on Jan 27 at 6:30 pm. She is one of the content experts who could not sign off on the standards. She will be speaking at the Midtown Arts Center.

Winter Carnival Sock Hop

This year's winter carnival will be a Sock Hop on Friday, February 21st., from 6:00 - 8:00 in the gym. All attendees are welcome to dress up in your favorite "greaser" outfit or poodle skirt.


Volunteers will be needed to help with decorating, running stations, serving food and clean up. We also need donations of items for the various stations.  

                   CLICK HERE to volunteer

                   CLICK HERE to donate items 


Pizza and Subway sandwiches will be available for purchase the night of the carnival.   


The Subway sandwiches must be pre-ordered. CLICK HERE for order sheet.  


Thank you so much for your support. We look forward to having a great time!



Spring Gala Auction Donations Needed!

Liberty's Annual Fundraiser, the Spring Gala, will set sail this year on Friday, April 4th, 2014 and we want to have you on board!  Our Donation Committee is currently collecting a wide-variety of auction items.  They've already received an amazing donation of a week's stay at an incredible home close to the beach in fabulous Costa Rica!

Do you own or work for a business that could donate items or services that could be auctioned?  Perhaps you have sporting event tickets or a vacation rental you can donate?  Maybe some artwork or new digital gadgets?  Perhaps a gift card to a local business?  All donations are appreciated!

To donate, simply fill out a donation form ( and bring it to the LCS office or contact Jodi Fraser (988-1570) or Qeryldine Hofinger (219-4374)

To volunteer on the procurement committee, CLICK HERE

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?

Question # 13:  List the four stages of the student's cognitive journey, i.e. the Thinking Framework.

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


Liberty Common Athletic News

This week in Jr. High Sports:  1/27| Liberty vs. St. John   HOME  4pm  


Ashley Gilbertson (6th grade) puts up a shot as Megan Hammel (7th grade) supports her teammate. 

 The Jr. High Girl's Basketball is undefeated.



Lauren Gamlin,(6th grade) bounce passes the ball to her teammate as Alexa Kopren (6th grade) looks on. 













BOYS YOUTH BASKETBALL LEAGUE- Elementary, K-2, 2/3rd Grade, 4/5th Grade, 6th Grade, 7th/8th Grade Basketball Leagues Forming Now!


Register Today! Cost is $63, plus reversible jersey ($15), except for middle school teams (school t-shirts provided at practice). 1-2 Practices per week with Saturday and some weeknight games.


Register by practice location & current grade:
         K-1 Grades at the NACC

         2nd-8th Grade at school locations

Boys Practices begin the week of January 27


Register at NACC, EPIC, Mulberry Pool, senior Center or by calling 221.6256


INTERESTED IN COACHING? Contact Dave at 221-6262 or Tom at 221-6385.    

Liberty Jr. High Spring Sports  

If you are thinking ahead, the first day of practice for spring sports is Monday, March 10.  Blue Cards need to be collected from Mr. Knab by March 7th.  Schedules for Girl's Soccer and Boy's/Girl's Track will be posted on the website on February 7th.




Know Your Charter? The answer to today's quiz is "a."   Liberty's educational philosophy is agency education.  Its metaphor is a journey that begins with gaining knowledge and ends in self-reliance.  

Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty
Grandparents had a real fine time making yummy food items for the all the staff at Liberty Common Schools.  We certainly hope that you all had an enjoyable time eating them.  Again, thank you for all the time spent preparing our grandchildren for higher aspirations and giving guidance in character building.  We, as you, want to see healthy minds to go out and serve their fellow man.  What a magnitude of influence you have.  We thank you for using it to guide them the right direction.  The grandchildren will be grateful when they realize what a reservoir of information they have received.  Parents, you continue to raise up our grandchildren in the right direction.  You will have a proportionate amount of pleasure in the way your children handle life. 

Keep looking forward to our Spring Gala. We hope that you will put this as a special event on your calendar.  It is so much fun and a time to visit with someone you may not know. And buy something very special.

If you have anything you want to give for the Gala, you may take it to the office at the Elementary School.    

Grandparents Club Social Event
Thursday, January 30th at The Olive Garden in Fort Collins, 5:30 p.m.. For reservations, please contact Walter and JoAnn at 970-226-4473, or by e-mail [email protected].