The Eagle's Nest
Eagle Mosaic


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 26                                          
March 3, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

March 7|Class Pictures  

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

March 10|Jr.High(includes 6th graders) Track Mtg. parents and students,LCHS-6-6:45 p.m.      

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

March 17-21|Spring Break  

March 25|Liberty Lecture Series-6:30-7:30 p.m., LCHS     March 28|Liberty T-shirt day  

April 4| Spring Gala-6-11p.m.-Embassy Suites, Loveland April 8| 3rd & 4th Grade Concert-6:30 p.m., LCS 

April 11|Kindergarten Roundup      

April 18|Good Friday, NO SCHOOL 

April 25/26|5th & 6th Grade Dessert Theatre, 6:00p.m.     


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 



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.  

Tuesday Is Political Caucus Night.  All Liberty parents ought to be active voters and engaged in the political process.  Charter schools are partially funded by state and local governments.  In fact, the state laws governing charter schools  and (inequitable) funding are subject to annual political debate.  As such, every parent who is registered with a major political party ought to attend their precinct caucus tomorrow night.  Local Democrats and Republicans will be gathering at several nearby locations to talk politics, vote on political resolutions and choose neighborhood delegates who will then help pick candidate nominees for local and statewide offices.  All the caucus meetings start at 7:00PM, they're always interesting, and they're actually pretty fun.  We need candidates who support equitable funding of charter schools, and charter-school autonomy.  Therefore, we need charter-school parents to step up at the precinct caucuses to support candidates who understand why charter schools improve public education generally.  For locations of precinct meetings:   CLICK HERE for Larimer County Democrat meetings.  CLICK HERE for Larimer County Republican meetings.  CLICK HERE for Weld County Democrat meetings.  CLICK HERE for Weld County Republican meetings. You must be a registered Democrat or Republican voter to participate.    


Mr. Jon Gates displaying his professional yo-yo skills at last week's Character Award Ceremony. 

Penny Wars Bring In the Big Bucks

Thank you to all who participated in the Liberty Common School Penny War, held February 24-28th.  Total amount collected for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society : $3238.91.  Amazing!  The winner of the classroom competition will be announced soon.   





Taxonomy of Aesthetics.   The next Liberty Lecture will focus on art and will take place on Tuesday, March 25th 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.  

In This Issue
Join the Board of Directors
Liberty's Annual Spring Gala
BOD Election Notice
Liberty Common Athletic News
Fastpitch Softball
Liberty Common Charter
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  



  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.






Join the Board of Directors

There are many ways to help ensure your child(ren) receive a high quality education. Getting involved at Liberty as a volunteer is essential. There are numerous ways to participate. I have chosen to serve as a member of the Board of Directors. This is the first of my three year term and I have been on quite a learning curve. We have a wonderfully diverse group with expertise in areas such as finance, engineering, and human resources. The Board is composed of committed professionals who are charged with the guidance of the school. We set the strategic direction and are responsible for adopting, repealing, or amending, governing policies.


A few of the priorities we have focused on this year are the Common Core State Standards and what those changes will mean to Liberty, the design and construction of the Junior and High School expansion, and parent education as it relates to our unique philosophy. We have a strategic plan that you can review on the Board page of the website for more details.


At this time, we have two seats open on the Board starting this June. If you have a desire to ensure Liberty's high standards of excellence, please consider applying for a position on the Board. In my short time as a member, I can tell you that I have thoroughly enjoyed getting to know and working with not only the Board members, but also the talented administration. The deadline for submitting your application is March 5th. I would be glad to answer any of your questions regarding what is involved; get in touch with me any time.


Paulette Hansen


Liberty Common Board Secretary

Mother of Twins in 5th Grade


Come Sail Away 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.



Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, March 12th!


The Spring Gala is an exciting and important fundraiser for Liberty each year! Charter schools receive only 85% of the funding of traditional public schools, so please show LCS your support by attending the Spring Gala this year.


Enjoy time with Liberty friends and staff during the cocktail hour and delicious dinner.  The Gala features a few different types of fun-filled auctions, games and events, including 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 Mountain Bike Ride with Mr. Siener!


Coyote Gold Airstream Trailer Including Bartender, Qdoba Buffet and Icy Cold Margaritas!


   Stay in a Costa Rican Vacation Home! (Click for Details) 


Reserved VIP Parking at LCS and LCHS Just for YOU!


A Visit to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery and Ice     Cream with the Kindergarten Teachers!    


Full Auction Preview and Frequently Asked Questions Here!


The Gala is important to Liberty and great fun!  Join the excitement and buy your tickets today!


RSVP before Wednesday, March 12th to take advantage of lower ticket prices!  


Invitations were mailed to all Liberty families OR access the RSVP form online here  


Spring Gala questions?  Please contact Qeryldine Hofinger: 




 To Volunteer for the Gala Click HERE! 



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 .
Liberty Common Athletic News

The Jr. High Girl's Basketball team is playing in the Semi-Finals.
3/3  Monday   4pm   Liberty Common @ St. Mary's 

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.



Girls Fastpitch Softball for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders

Would your daughter enjoy playing fastpitch softball with other Liberty Common students in a fun, recreational league?  Heather Dannahower and Sandy Stoltzfus (LCS moms) are coaching a 10U team in the Indian Peaks Girls Softball association league (  Players must be born after Jan. 1, 2002.  Cost is $120 plus uniform.  Please contact Heather ( or Sandy ( if you would like more information.  Registration deadline is March 17.  Thanks!
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. 

Higher Order Thinking will be taught :  

a)  As a stand-alone course                                     d) a and b

b)  As instruction integrated within content              e) a and c         

c)  Through disconnected knowledge                       f) b and c


Grandparents Corner by Jan Dougherty

It is that time of year that we are all getting anxious for Spring to be here and the flowers are starting to come up and the trees are starting to bud.  We all want to get outside to smell the fresh air and feel the warm sun. What an invigorating  time to take the family out for a walk.  I hope that you are all looking forward to spending time with your children come summer.  Here it comes, the big BUT,  we want to encourage parents to press on toward the mark of finishing the school year with more understanding of our Grandchildren and a great academic year.  So continue to sit with them and help them when they are in need.  Hang in there, it may seem tedious, but oh my, the rewards, and they seem to be gone in no time.  Ahh, those days when we had you parents home with us.  Loved it.  So, if the little rascals aren't doing their homework, maybe they'd rather sing for their dinner.  Ha, maybe they then might do it.   Encouragement----, hope for the future.


Just another reminder that the grab bags are being filled for the Spring Gala.  If you have any last minute items quickly get them to the office at the Elementary School.  We so thank you. You probably have received your invitation, we encourage you to fill it out and get your tickets for April 4th.  We know you had a terrific time last year, come and have another.  See  you there. 


Charter Quiz

Higher Order Thinking will be taught:b) As instruction integrated within content