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Eagle Mosaic
  

 

Liberty  
Common 
Elementary 
School 
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 24                                           
February 17, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

This year's Winter Carnival Sock Hop is this 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 are still 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!


Dante This Week

 

   

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

Ridgeview's Semi-Annual Clothing Closet Sale will be held on Saturday, February 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

We sell dress-code pants, shirts, skirts, jumpers, sweatshirts and more at incredible prices! And we have sizes to fit K through twelfth graders! We have many colors and items which follow the Liberty dress code.

Please contact Ann Schmidberger at

with any questions. Ridgeview is located at 1800 S. Lemay Ave.



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: Feb. 24-28th.

We will NOT accept money after lunch on Fri., 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 last week on February 10, 2014, families should have  received 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
BOD Election Notice
ARTICLE TITLE
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 jronen@libertycommon.org

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 hicklin99@ezlink.com.  Thank you!  

 


 

 

Principal Writing by Casey Churchill, LCS Principal

 

 

"Qwerty" Assessments

 

Did you know...

  • Most modern keyboards use the "qwerty" layout.  This name comes from the first five letters on the top row.
  • The qwerty layout was designed for manual typewriters initially by Christopher Sholes all the way back in 1872.
  • He purposely selected a physical layout that was difficult to type, so that typing speeds would be reduced!  This was needed to reduce the jamming of "hammers" used to create individual letters on manual typewriters.

TCAP assessments are right around the corner. In preparation for this state test, Liberty has made multiple requests through the Monday notes to make sure students are here and ready to perform during these testing times. While we do not teach to these tests or hold high value to these tests, they weigh heavily in the decision making process for parents when choosing our school. State testing does provide a common ground to compare schools.

 

This year is the last paper pencil test our students will take. Grades 3-11 will take a paper pencil test one last time. Next year, all tests will be taken on the computer (yes, this makes us a little nervous too). We do have a chance to try out this new testing process as a few grades will test on the computer this year. 5th, 8th, and 12th grade students will take the science test on the computer and grades 4th, 7th, and 12th will take the social studies test on the computer. This will give us an opportunity to try this medium of testing and see how our kids do.

 

Our concern is not what the students know, but how they are taking the test. Because we teach Core Knowledge, our students have a high vocabulary and diverse background knowledge preparing them for any challenge. Taking the test on the computer is different from what we are used to in the past and could potentially be a very slow process for some.

 

To help students that lack in typing skills, we have downloaded a keyboarding program called Typing Club on all the laptops and desktop computers here at Liberty. Teachers may choose to have their students practice at school during ELO (Extended Learning Opportunity) time, but this is not our main focus. We have requested that the teachers send this typing program log-in home with all the students so that time can be used away from school to prepare student keyboarding skills. The better our kids can type, the better they will be able to communicate what they know on these tests. Please take time during the remainder of this year and over the summer to have your children practice typing.  

 

Our hope is that with your help at home to prepare students with their familiarity of the keyboard and our help to educate your child, they will be more than prepared to succeed on this test. Do know that we are bracing ourselves for some ups and downs while our students adjust to these new tests. This will, however, be typical for all schools in Colorado. We appreciate your support at home as we work through these new assessments together.

 

 

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  amy.redstone@liberycommon.org,  Casey Churchill at cchurchill@libertycommon.org,
or Bob Schaffer at bschaffer@libertycommon.org .
 
Understand "Common Core" Debate

Liberty parents need to know what's behind the new debate on "Common Core State Standards."  Much has been written about them in the Monday Notes, and much more will be.  Liberty's Board of Directors recently passed a resolution in opposition to the Common Core standards citing concerns about the new costly mandates and the low academic expectations they represent.  Common Core is very different than "Core Knowledge."  The Colorado Department of Education has embraced Common Core.  The Poudre School District is implementing Common Core for all PSD schools.   

 

Nonetheless, debate rages in these quarters, and across the country, as the experiment marches forward.  For example, just last Thursday, the Colorado State Senate Education Committee considered a bill to delay Colorado's implementation of Common Core for a year.  Liberty's Resolution was considered as a part of the Senate's debate.  Ridgeview officially opposes Common Core, and so do many other charter schools.   

 

Moreover, a handful of states have opted out of Common Core including Texas, Virginia, Alaska and Nebraska.  Please click on the nearby video link to watch the first of two explanatory videos produced by the Massachusetts-based Pioneer Institute which describes why Liberty prefers proven academic strategies over the nationalized and unorthodox experiments associated with Common Core.     

 

Setting the Record Straight on Common Core - Part 1

The Pioneer Institute released two videos explaining why the new Common Core State Standards are destructive to American education.

 

 
Join Us for Liberty's Annual Spring Gala!
Join Us for Liberty's Annual Spring Gala!

 

 

Spring Gala Invitations have been delivered!

 

Register prior to Wednesday, March 12th to take advantage of lower-priced tickets and to ensure your reservation for this popular event!

 

Did you know charter schools receive only
85% of the funding of traditional public schools? Liberty relies on generous support from our community to ensure we are able to supply the tools and faculty needed to remain a nationally recognized, public, tuition-free, charter school.

 
Mark your calendars for Friday, April 4th to join us for our night of fun and celebration! Liberty Common School is a special place; please show LCS your support by attending the Spring Gala this year.

 

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

 

Look at some of the exciting items on which you can bid!

 

A Year of Premier Reserved Parking at LCS and LCHS

One Summer Week-long Stay at a Copper Mountain Condo

Scuba Diving Lessons

 

Let's make this year's event our biggest yet!

 

 

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 (http://libertycommon.org/gala) 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. 

Expansions to the curriculum are determined by the

a)Teachers and Headmaster       c) BOD

b)Parent community                    d) PSD Superintendent


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:  http://sites.google.com/site/eaglessweat/
 
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.
970-672-5517
chubbeling@libertycommon.org

 

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.

 

 Answer to Charter Quiz:  Expansions to the curriculum are determined by the BOD 

Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty

Happy Valentine's Day on Friday.  Hope you all had a lovely day.  Love, love, lovely day.  We Grandparents want to remind you that March 1st is the deadline to get things into the Elementary School Office for the grab bags. We want to thank you all for helping our grandchildren receive a great education.  You will be receiving an invitation in the mail to come to the Spring Gala, April 4th, at the Embassy Suites in Loveland .  Please put this on your calendars and plan to come and  have a grand time.