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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 25                                           
February 24, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Feb.24-Feb. 28| Liberty Common Penny War

LCS Student Council is sponsoring our Annual Penny War with money collected going to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. 

We will NOT accept money after lunch, on 2/28/14.

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|Character Awards Assembly
  4th-6th: 8:10-8:45
K-3rd: 8:55-9:35
Presentation by Professional Yo-Yo Expert, Jon Gates

Feb. 25|New Kindergarten & Parent Orientation-6:30,
LCS. Please enter thru the Main Office door, drop off any paperwork that has not already been turned in and report directly to your child's kindergarten classroom.  

Feb. 28|LCS Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
Performers please arrive at 6:00 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.  


March 7|Class Pictures  

March 10|LCS Information Night-6:30-8:30   

March 14| 6th Graders to Visit Liberty Common High School-All 6th graders will be taken to LCHS for a daylong orientation to help ease their transition to Jr.-high school.  

March 17-21|Spring Break  

March 28|Liberty T-shirt day  


Please note:

The Liberty Common Board of Directors has approved the 2014-2015 School Calendar.  Please mark your calendars for the following: 

First day of school: Aug. 25, 2014

Last day of school: May 22, 2015 


to all our wonderful parent volunteers who helped make this year's Scholastic Book Fair such a success.     


Adriena Shafer, Tiffany Burgess, Elsie Miller, Bella Miller, Kody Miller, Lori Lunn, Joyce Waller, Kim Arnett, Tami O'Malley, Amorette Helm, Marji Triaen,Valerie Trujillo, Jennifer Stalcup, Heather Burkley, Joy Mitchell, Dan Black, Cathy Swanson, Denise Benz, Kathy Taylor, Melanie Claxton, Adrienne Jacobs, Rebecca Hicklin, Katie Shea, Elke Tidwell and Staci Langford.



LCHS English Department Chair Mr. Jared Dybzinski delivered last week's Liberty Lecture on Dante's "Divine Comedy."
Dybzinski's Dante Discourse.  Last week's Liberty Lecture was fantastic.  The rather large crowd was treated to Mr. Jared Dybzinski's high-level presentation on Dante's Divine Comedy.  If you missed it, don't let that happen again.  The next Liberty Lecture is March 24th presented by the LCHS art department. 


Taxonomy of Aesthetics.   The next Liberty Lecture will focus on art and will take place on Tuesday, March 24th from 6:30 - 7:30PM in the LCHS Great Hall.  Attendees will learn about various classifications of art, artistic relationships and art appreciation.  LCHS instructors Megan Ellis and Rex Seiple will walk the audience through key characteristics of classical and modern art, providing commentary on art history, appreciation and theory.  They will also underscore the intensity of art instruction in the Core Knowledge Sequence.  The pair provided a preview at a recent LCHS staff meeting, which was received by the faculty and administration with great enthusiasm.  

As with all Liberty Lectures, this interesting lesson is open to the general public and is intended for adults and students alike.  



Liberty Common Winter Carnival Sock Hop  




Thank you to Rodney James and the High Gear Daddies for performing at the Winter Carnival Sock Hop

In This Issue
Penny War
Principal Writing
BOD Election Notice
Liberty Common Charter
Sail Away With Us
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  



  March 27, 2014    
6:00 pm
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School
       1725 Sharp Point Dr.      
Front-Office Fundraising.
"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.




Thank you to every volunteer who helped with the Sock Hop carnival.  What a fun time we had!  We couldn't have done it without you!




Thanks to Moms In Prayer

for the wonderful lunch on Thursday, February 20th.   

RSVP Now For Spring Gala

by Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal  

Ahoy!  It's time to mark - in ink - calendars for this

year's Liberty Spring  Gala. This  annual event is a ton of fun.  


It's our fifth year for the soiree, and every year since the first it's gotten bigger, better, and more fun.  Everyone in the Liberty community should go. 


Invitations hit everyone's mailboxes just last week.  In addition to marking the event on your calendars now, please also rush in your RSVPs.  Early headcounts help raise more money for the school just through the economy of early planning and efficiency.


This year's event takes place Friday, April 4th from 6 - 11 p.m., at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.  For further details, CLICK HERE 



Between now and Wednesday, March 12th, tickets are $40 each.  After that date, the price jumps to $50.  The RSVP cutoff date is Friday, March 28th.


This year's Gala takes on a nautical theme which reinforces Liberty's longstanding philosophy that education is a journey, or in this case a voyage full of discovery and adventure.  It also signifies the many truly remarkable navigational beacons visible on Liberty's immediate horizon.


Liberty's 2012 Spring Gala 4.13.12
Liberty's 2012 Spring Gala built a great foundation for this annual event.  This year's Gala will be bigger and better.
As Liberty parents, our acquaintances with one another tend to be made in school parking lots, at school sporting events, and school performances.  The one and only occasion we all have to gather, visit, socialize and have fun is at the annual Spring Gala. 


Parents from both schools attend.  Teachers attend.  Administrators attend.  Grandparents attend.  School supporters attend.  School founders attend.


The theme also draws attention to the heroic efforts of so many parents, from the 

epic story of the founding, to the ongoing determination of our leaders to raise the bar and manage an independent charter school that is literally owned and operated by all of us who are Liberty parents. 


There are some exciting items that guests will have the opportunity to take home with them.   For example, someone will win a spectacular margarita fiesta for 12 complete with a rollup Airstream party station. 


You might win a Costa Rican vacation, orthodontic treatments valued at $6,000, or an iconic classic bicycle provided by a local brewery.  Then there are valuable grab bags in which winners will discover treasures that always exceed expectations.


Celebrating an adventurous voyage at the Spring Gala also brings to mind the happiness that all Liberty parents should embrace when we consider what we're all doing now - together - to make Liberty succeed where many other schools are not.  Liberty's curriculum, philosophy, and parent-led management truly make us unique. 


Of course, a lot of hard work - from all of us parents - goes into making Liberty a top-performing school.  Gathering together in a festive, joyous setting like our Spring Gala is the perfect way to have fun, to get to know the faculty, staff, and one another better, and to talk about our fantastic kids. 


And don't forget, our students really do appreciate seeing their parents congregating to support their school.  It sets a perfect example of community leadership, of responsible stewardship, and it lets them know that their education is of enormous importance. 


Need more proof?  CLICK HERE and hear them say it themselves.  See you at the Spring Gala!



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 .
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. 

Development of literacy is to be achieved by:

a)    Reading

b)    Explicit, systematic phonemic awareness and phonics instruction

c)    Word memorization and the use of illustration and context

d)    a and b

e)    a and c

f)     b and c

g)    All of the above

Sail Away With Us for Liberty's Annual Spring Gala
Join us Friday, April 4th from 6-11pm for our night of fun and celebration!  This year's event will be held at the Embassy Suites in Loveland.

Already planning on attending the Gala?  FANTASTIC!  Be sure to invite your friends, too!  There is something for everyone at the Gala-from kids' precious and unique artwork to special activities with our teachers to valuable auction items-in a variety of price-ranges.  An evening spent celebrating our terrific school with fellow Liberty parents and teachers is absolutely priceless!

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

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!

Your Kids as PE Teachers for the Day!

A Painting Party for Kids with Mrs. Nichols!

Stay in a Costa Rican Vacation Home!

Horseback Riding Lessons!

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!

To become involved as a volunteer, please contact
Marnie Dame:
Attention 6th Graders:  Liberty Common Athletic News
Jr. High Girls Soccer


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, or Administrative Assistant, Mrs. Ronen, at LCS.  You must have a blue card 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.


Jr. High  Boys and Girls Track

Jr. High Track and Field Parent Meeting:  Monday, March 10th., 6:00- 6:45 p.m. at   Liberty Common High School Gym


First Day of Practice - Monday March 24 - 3:30-5:00 pm Liberty Common Elementary


First Meet & Last Meet-Thursday April 3rd & Monday May 5th. (Full schedule should be set and handed out at the meeting).


CLICK HERE for the sports packet on the Liberty Common website.

All paperwork must be turned in to Mrs. Ronen at LCS before the first day of practice on March 24th.  Once completed paperwork is received, a blue card will be issued by Mrs. Ronen.    

If you have any specific questions ahead of time please contact coach Reeves  or coach Wilcox at 


What if your son/daughter has played a fall or winter sport?
Parent packets do not need to be filled out again, however, athletes still need a BLUE CARD from Mrs. Ronen or Mr. Knab. If your son/daughter has played two previous sports for Liberty this year, then the spring is free.  Also, there is a family cap of $600 per school year.  "Free-and-Reduced" benefit applications are available in the front office if your family is in need of fee assistance.

Charter Quiz Answer: Development of literacy is to be achieved by:

Reading and explicit, systematic phonemic awareness and phonics instruction


Congratulations to LCS Lady Eagles
A big Liberty Common congratulations to the Lady Eagles Jr. High Basketball B Team who went 10-0 this season.  The team roster included 6th graders, Emily Way, Alexa Kopren, Ashley Gilbertson, Taylor Fritzler, and Lauren Gamlin.  The B Team was coached by Liberty Common Alum, Emily Ronen