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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 22                                             
February 3, 2014
What's Happening at LCS
Feb. 7|Professional Development, No School
Feb. 10-14|Volunteer Appreciation Week

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

Feb. 11|1st and 2nd Grade Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Next Liberty Lecture Features Dante.

The next Liberty Lecture is scheduled for Tuesday, February 18th 6:30 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.  As with all Liberty Lectures, this interesting lesson is open to the general public and is intended for parents and students alike.  At this lecture, LCHS English instructor and Department Chairman Mr. Jared Dybzinski will lead a lecture entitled Dante's Divine Comedy - Highlights and Reflections.  Familiarity with the epic poem is not necessary.  Mr. D will fill us in on the key features and the essence of Divina Commedia which is considered one of the greatest works of world literature. The lecture will be of particular fascination to those interested in Christian theology and philosophy as Dante's Fourteenth-Century work is an allegorical representation of the soul's journey toward God.


Feb. 21|Free Dress Day
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 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. 25|New Kindergarten & Parent Orientation-
6:30 p.m., LCS

Feb. 28|LCS Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
Feb. 28|Liberty T-Shirt Day

Liberty Common Elementary School
TCAP Schedule
3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th Graders
Please do not plan any vacations or medical/dental appointments on testing days.  Attending school during these days is of utmost importance and we greatly appreciate your support.  

Congratulations to Ryan Green, Liberty Common School's Spelling Bee Winner. Ryan has advanced to the  District Bee on Feb. 12th.  The District Bee will be taped by PSD Channel 10 so tune in and watch Ryan compete. Good Luck Ryan!





Moderator Steve Ronen (4th grade teacher), Tyler Cox (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). 

Please note that Tyler Cox represented Mr. Ronen's class in the recent Liberty Common School Spelling Bee. He was inadvertently omitted from last week's photo. Apologies to Tyler and his family.   


On Friday, January 24th, the Liberty Common Forensics Team traveled to Loveland for the Wildcat Invitational Speech and Debate Tournament. Congratulations to 6th graders Harper Minton and Gabby Webb for their impressive finish in Duo Humor Interpretation! Their enthusiastic and hilarious performance earned them 4th place in a large and competitive event.  Good job Harper and Gabby.


A big LCS thank you to Rocky Mountain Slackline who spoke to and performed for our students during our Character Assembly-Self-Control on Jan. 28th. 



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.     


Labels for Education
Box tops


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)  



survey 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
Winter Carnival Sock Hop
Principal Writing by LCS Principal, Casey Churchill
BOD Election Notice
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

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  Thank you!  

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!



Core Knowledge Colorado Network 
By Casey Churchill, LCS Principal 
"If you don't know where you're going, you'll never get there."

And that, my friends, is why we write goals for ourselves. At the beginning of the school year, I wrote 3 goals for our school. The second of which was to stay a Colorado Core Knowledge leader. To do this we will teach 100% of the Core Knowledge Curriculum and we will continually assess all that we do to make sure students are getting meaningful instruction in all areas.   The second strategy to accomplish this goal is to host the first ever Colorado Core Knowledge Network.  


On February 7th, Liberty will be hosting approximately 180 teachers from Colorado and Nebraska to come to our school and share ideas about Core Knowledge. We are very excited to host this networking opportunity. We will gain valuable insight on what other schools are doing and we will be able to show others the great things we are doing here. One of the most powerful things about teaching Core Knowledge is the power of networking. Not only can teachers talk about instructional pedagogy but also the content in which we teach. The content in most other non-Core Knowledge schools vary so teachers are confined to discussions about behavior management and instructional pedagogy.  


We have invited Dianne Hamilton from the National Core Knowledge Foundation here to update us all on the great things that have been happening at the Foundation. Dianne is the Director of School Consultations and Professional Development. She will be speaking about the basics of Core Knowledge, the people that work there, the various departments, location of schools around the world, recent publications, professional development, and more. We are excited to have Dianne with us for the day.  


The Liberty High School teachers will be joining us and have prepared content presentations. Participants will hear a variety of Core Knowledge content talks about the Human Body, The Cold War, Chemistry, Geometry, The Taxonomy of Visual Arts, Electricity, to name a few. Again, here is an example of shifting the focus to the content we teach and modeling a love of learning. The better we as teachers understand the content we teach, the more our students will learn.  


We will end the day with grade level round tables where teachers will share Core Knowledge units they teach with colleagues in the same grade level. This is when the real networking begins. Names can be put with faces and contact information can be shared. Teachers can then communicate throughout the year to ask Core Knowledge questions to help them grow as professionals.  


I am looking forward to sharing all the great things we are doing here at Liberty and I hope to learn more about other schools in the area. Liberty Common School is not only a leading school in Fort Collins, but also in the state. We hope this tradition of sharing knowledge will continue for years to come.  


We do know where we are going, and we are getting there.



Board of Directors Election Notice

Elections for two (2) seats on the Board of Directors for Liberty Common School will be held during the week of April 21, 2014 through April 25, 2014. Applications must be received by 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 5th, 2014. Board members are elected to three-year terms.
Liberty relies on our parents to help make this school a success. The Board of Directors' responsibilities include: maintaining a strategic vision of the School, creation and promotion of the school's curriculum and teaching philosophies, final responsibility for all School decisions, hiring and evaluation of the administration, and meeting contractual obligations with the Poudre School District.
Some of the qualifications to be a BOD member include:
  • Registered voter residing in Poudre School District
  • Attendance to at least one of the BOD meetings during the school year of the  election
  • Read and support wholeheartedly the views presented in the following three books:
    > Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch Jr. 
    >Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong by William Kilpatrick 
    > The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
  • Submission of Letter of Interest for BOD Membership
  • Submission of Statement of Educational Philosophy
  • Have had a student enrolled at Liberty for a minimum of two years by the time the candidate's term on the BOD would commence
  • Volunteer in the school
  • Embrace the principles of Liberty's Charter and founding books (evaluated through an interview process)
  • Receive a recommendation from principals at either the elementary or the high school

After election a BOD member will be expected to:

Complete and sign the following documents:
  • Volunteer Application for the current school year
  • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
  • Volunteer Oath
  • Volunteer Agreement
  • Board of Directors Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement
  • Board of Directors Affidavit (subject to a criminal background check)

Please Click Here for complete information about running for a seat on the Board.

For more information about the election, contact Board Chair Amy Redstone at,  Casey Churchill at,
or Bob Schaffer at .

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 # 14:   The ability to act morally comes from
a)    Obedience to parental authority
b)    Focus on rules or required expectations
c)    The formation of good habits which occurs through a) and b) above.
d)    Listening to Amy Grant recordings (before the divorce)

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


Liberty Common Athletic News


The Jr.-High-girls basketball team is still undefeated.  Come out and cheer on our Lady Eagles. 













Jr. High Girls Soccer Letter From the Coach:

Dear Parents,
Girls' soccer season is fast approaching!  My name is Chuck Hubbeling and I'm excited to be returning to coach the Liberty Eagles this spring.  I am certified with state "E" license and have coached soccer for 11 years, of which six are at the 6th to 8th grade level.   

Season: March 10th to May 6th

Try-outs: Monday, March 10th, 3:30PM to 5PM, Location to be announced on website:
Practice: Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays 3:30-5PM.  Location TBD.

Games: 1st game March 24th.  Mondays and Wednesdays at 4 p.m. Home games will be played at the elementary field (LCS). CLICK HERE for the game schedule.
 CLICK HERE for the sports packet on the Liberty Common website.

The team is open to all girls in grades six through eight who are interested in playing soccer.  The ideal roster size is 16-18 committed players. We are competitive - we play hard.   Cuts will be made - if necessary.  All paperwork must be turned in to our athletic director, Mr. Knab, before tryouts.  You must have a blue card issued by Mr. Knab in order to tryout.  The $80.00 fee may be paid after the team has been formed but must be paid before the first game.

Player availability will be a factor for team selection.  For example, if your player has late club practice, she is expected to be at Liberty's practice as well.  If she needs to leave a little early for another practice, that can be arranged.  It is important that the entire team practice together as much as possible!  If availability is a factor, please email me a schedule of your daughter's club practices and other commitments before the first day of try-outs.

I'm ready to get this season started!  

Get your Red Shirt On!

Chuck Hubbeling, Ph.D.


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.



The ability to act morally comes from
c) The formation of good habits which occurs through obedience to parental authority and a
focus on rules or required expectations.  


Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty

Were we excited for our children's report cards?  Or were we concerned about what they might have received??  As Grandparents, some of us might have felt such things.  Thinking back, and looking forward, maybe we could suggest to be aware of what is going on in the classroom with our Grandchildren's grades and citizenship before they come to you.  Dropping in and checking on them and giving them your support. Asking questions both of the teacher and of your child in how they think they are doing and what could be improved.   I know that we want them to be sufficient in, in school daily work, and in school behavior.  You never know what you might find out when you ask how they are doing once in a while. This keeps communication open, and may bring things to the surface that needs some encouragement and some instruction.   It is always a blessing to share in the joys and the successes of your children. We thank you teachers for your time, concern, love,and correction you tenderly give.  We are thankful for you parents, that you do the same.  We want the best also, and are proud to be your Grandchildren's  Grandparents.  Do take a peek .