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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 23                                            
February 10, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Feb. 10-14|Volunteer Appreciation Week

Scholastic Book Fair-in LCS Library. Volunteers still needed for Wednesday and Thursday. 
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.24-Feb. 28| Liberty Common Penny War-Start collecting your coins now!

LCS Student Council is sponsoring our Annual Penny War with money collected going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.  The penny war will be for one week only: February 24 - 28th. We will NOT accept money after lunch on Friday, the 28th.
Rules of the Penny War:
-Coins only! No bills or rolls of coins, please.
-The cardboard boxes are a place to collect coins at home for the next few weeks. The kids are not to go door-to-door.
-The winning grade level gets a Pasta Party from Olive Garden.  

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

Feb. 28|LCS Talent Show, 6:30 p.m. (See info. below)
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.  




Surveys Distributed

Your Feedback is Vital!  


survey 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 was distributed to all families via email February 3, 2014.  This 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)482-9800. We value your feedback.    


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)  


In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Principal Writing by LCHS Principal, Bob Schaffer
Winter Carnival Sock Hop
BOD Election Notice
Tardy Notice
Mark Your Calendars
Spring Gala
Liberty Common Charter
Liberty Common Athletic News
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.      


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!  


A reminder that Valentines Day is Friday. 
Please remember to abide by our school food policy.   


Bringing Homemade Foods into the Classroom:

  •   Service of home-prepared foods is not permitted under Colorado's State Health Deparment regulations for school food service.
  •   Homemade food items and snacks should not be permitted in schools with the intent of sharing these with others, i.e. classroon parties, including birthday celebrations, potlucks, etc.
  •   If it is necessary to have food in classrooms, only commercially prepared foods from retail stores should be served.



Principal's Column
By:  Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal 

School Choice Is The Patriotic Answer


When controversy at a nearby high school made national news, a handful of LCHS students and parents suggested Liberty ought to respond in some public way. Liberty's mere existence is actually the best and most meaningful response to a circumstance like this.


 According to a story reported last week, student-council leaders at a neighboring high school were rebuffed by school administrators when students proposed a "spirit day" dedicated to American patriotism. A national commentator interviewed student leaders who said they were initially told by administrators their idea was a bad one because it might insult non-U.S. citizens.


Journalists quoted a Poudre School District spokesman who confirmed the district's

At the high school, we routinely fly the American Flag alongside the national flags honoring our foreign-exchange students.
overriding concern for the potential of offending foreign visitors. However, public opposition to the school's position exploded prompting its administrators to reverse course and allow the students to go forward with a patriotic "America Day."



Public opinion, energetically expressed, ruled the day as it typically does. The same holds true when opinion and preferences regarding public education are coupled with a parent's ability choose his child's school.


When unsatisfactory circumstances emerge at any school, parents ought to be able to exert sufficient leadership to correct the situation, or to go elsewhere if a solution seems unreasonably difficult to achieve.


People ask me all the time why every school doesn't teach the Core Knowledge Sequence, or why all don't embrace a classical academic philosophy. Some think all schools should teach economics, stress Latin, use Singapore Math, or encourage patriotic citizenship.


While these strategies constitute the best practices, it must be acknowledged that not every parent wants them for their kids. For these and for all parents, there ought to be competing choices, even if inferior ones.


Government, especially a school district, should never be allowed to force its social

The American Flag is reverently displayed in every Liberty classroom including in the school's auditorium, gymnasium and Great Hall.  The school's colors are red, white, and blue.  Pictured here are junior-high students last Wednesday learning about volleyball under the U.S. Flag and Colorado Flag.

objectives upon any family or individual.


Authentic patriotism, in an American context, insists first and foremost upon protecting the rights of individuals, including the right of parents to direct the education and upbringing of their children. School choice is always better than one way - always.


Liberty Common School is quite serious about this philosophy. Last week, Liberty's Board of Directors sent a letter to the Thompson School Board supporting the charter renewal of Loveland Classical School (LCS), a Core Knowledge charter school in Loveland.


Although LCS technically competes with Liberty, we see the existence of one more viable, competitive option as good for all students who reside in Northern Colorado. The competition motivates all schools to perform better. Choice compels respect for the prevailing wisdom of public opinion.


For example, parents who want their children to be encouraged in patriotic citizenship know that both Liberty and LCS will always be attractive and reliable options for them. For parents who prefer their child's patriotism be restrained, they enjoy convenient options, too, elsewhere.


The existence of choice satisfies the most people in the most efficient manner possible. Free markets applied to public education create the greatest value - the highest quality for the lowest cost.


This is part of the reason Liberty Common School promotes both school choice and American patriotism all the time, every day. School choice expands true freedom and allows patriotic citizenship to thrive unmolested.



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!



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 .
Tardy Notice from Casey Churchill, Principal of Liberty Common School


 Attention Parents:


All students need to be present at the start of the day to ensure continuity of instruction. When students arrive late, teachers spend valuable instruction time going over missed directions with these students. Please review your child's attendance records on the Parent Portal of PowerSchool. If your child has been marked tardy several times, discuss this as a family and make a plan to arrive on time to preserve the integrity of instruction.


If you are dropping off students late to school (it happens), please remember to park your car, go to the front office, and sign in your child. We need a signature to verify that you know they were dropped off late. Students dropped off at 7:59 will not make it to class on time, so please plan to park and come in. This is especially important for parents dropping off in the back. Do not drop off in the back if you are arriving late. Please pull around to the front so that you can sign these students in.

Thank you for your help.


Casey Churchill
Principal of Liberty Common School


Join Us for Liberty's Annual Spring Gala!
Mark your calendars for this year's premier fund-raising event! Liberty's Annual Spring Gala is
Friday, April 4th at 6pm., at Embassy Suites, Loveland.  

Join us for an exciting evening filled with laughter, camaraderie and Eagles' Pride!

The Gala will feature a wonderful Silent Auction, Dessert Auction, Teacher Treasures Auction and fun-filled Live Auction.  


We'll have many fabulous items on which you can bid:

10-day stay in an ocean view Costa Rican home

A Year of Premier Reserved Parking Spots at LCS and LCHS

Precious handmade art pieces created by Liberty's kids


Spring Gala Invitations will be mailed this week! Register prior to Wednesday, March 12th to take advantage of lower-priced tickets and ensure your reservation!


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. 

The Core Knowledge Sequence is characterized by knowledge that is
a)    Specific, shared, solid, sequenced
b)    Specific, shared, solid, spiraling
c)    Specific, shared, sequenced, spiraling
d)    Boring and useless

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

Liberty Common Athletic News



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 Core Knowledge Sequence is characterized by knowledge that is
a)    Specific, shared, solid, sequenced