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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 27                                          
March 10, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

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

March 10|Jr.HighTrack Meeting- Parents and students,at 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.  


Liberty Common School took 2nd place in the Elementary School Division at a local chess tourney on Saturday, March 1st. The team scored the most points for a Colorado based team. Members of the team include Ryan Green, Ian Brannock, Brady Poore,  Alexander Marsh and Eric Alexandrakis. 

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
Penny War
Principal Writing
Liberty's Spring Gala
LCS Summer School
LCHS Summer Enrichment
Liberty Common Athletic News
Fastpitch Softball
Understand Common Core Debate
Liberty Common Charter
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.





It Does Our English Good by Casey Churchill,
LCS Principal


It Does Our English Good  


What do all these words have in common?


Per se                                                 Visa versa                                          Bona fide

Alma mater                                         Magnum opus                                    Quasi

Alter ego                                             Verbatim                                            Status Quo


Yep, you guessed it, Latin. Latin is far from dead in the English Language. In fact, it is very much alive and well all around us. True, we are not used to speaking formal Latin in our everyday language, but the influence of Latin on our English vocabulary is abundant. Latin provides us access to thousands of rich and nuanced words. Latin is the root for 90% of the English words with more than one syllable and is the foundation for Romance languages.


One of Liberty's goals is to increase our student's knowledge and understanding of English. To do this, we teach Latin in grades K-7. Kindergarten through 3rd grade in the classroom, 4th through 6th in a specials class taught 2 times a week for 45 minutes, and all 7th grade students take Latin 1. After their 7th grade year, students have the background knowledge to continue their study of Latin or branch out and try another language: French or Spanish. Latin provides the necessary framework to understand these foreign languages.


Liberty has seen incredible gains with our students' vocabulary throughout the years with our increased focus on Latin. Our students are prepared to take any ACT or SAT tests, they are prepared to learn a wide variety of foreign languages, and they are prepared to dissect any unknown English words. Latin provides our students with the tools to systematically break down words to understand their meaning.  


We treat Latin just like we would Math. Math is orderly, logical, and cumulative where each skill builds on the previous one. We see Latin in the same context. Students learn basic Latin roots as building blocks to understanding the English language. But Latin is more than a language, it is a discipline. Decoding instills logical and precise thought. Like math, it provides invaluable experience of studying one systematic subject to mastery.


This last week our 3rd through 6th grade students took the Exploratory Latin Exam and this week Latin 1-4 and AP Latin (grades 7-12) students take the National Latin Exam. Each year our students take these tests to show all that they have learned. These assessments provide us with valuable data to adjust and make improvements with our instruction.


The study of Latin has proven to be a beneficial component of the curriculum we teach here at Liberty. Liberty High School students have had the highest ACT scores in the state for two years running. We are continually impressed with the value of teaching this alive and well language. Latin, it does our English good.



Liberty's Annual Spring Gala
Come Sail Away for  
Liberty's Annual Spring Gala,  
Friday, April 4th!

Join us Friday, April 4th from 6-11pm at the Embassy Suites in Loveland for our night of fun and celebration! 


Purchase your tickets by Wednesday, March 12th! 
Tickets purchased by Wednesday, March 12th will be only $40 per ticket.  After the 12th, ticket prices increase to $50 each.

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 New Belgium Cruiser Bike!
  • Coyote Gold Airstream Trailer Including Bartender, Qdoba Buffet and Icy Cold Margaritas!  
  • Private Tour of New Belgium Brewery!
  • Personal Photography and Editing Class with Mrs. Grandprey!
  • 3-Month Premier Family Membership to Miramont Lifestyle Fitness!
  • Duck Hunt Showdown and Pizza Lunch with Mrs. Cardenas!
  • Adorable Storybooks Illustrated by Each First Grade Class! 
  • Christmas Tree Skirt with Angels Drawn by Fourth Graders!
  • Reserved VIP Parking at LCS and LCHS Just for YOU!
  • A Basket Filled with Everything Your Second Grade Boy Will Need!
  • Stationary Hand-designed by Fifth Graders!
  • Announcements for a Week for Mr. Churchill!
  • A Visit to the Fort Collins Museum of Discovery with the Kindergarten Teachers!  
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:  


Summer School: Liberty Offers Math, Reading and Individual Tutoring
reading Math Research at Liberty Common School has shown that a whole summer without regular math and reading practice can cause a HUGE drop in reading levels and fluency and a drop in math testing and grades.

To combat this trend, Liberty Common School is offering a summer Reading and Math Camps and individual tutoring of students entering grades 1st-6th.  Space is limited, so register now!

Click Here to learn more about the Reading Camp.
Click Here to learn more about the Math Camp.
Click Here to learn more about the individual tutoring program.
Click Here to download a Liberty Common School Registration form.

Other Summer Enrichment Programs
The following summer enrichment programs are now available.  Enrollment is limited is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Please click on the links below for the informational flyer.   Inquires should be directed to the teachers running the sessions.

Summer English Program:   Contact:  Mr. Dybzinski (Grades 7th-12th)
Summer Keyboarding Program:  Contact:  Mr. Kranz (Grades 4th-12th)
Summer Math Program:  Contact Mrs. Salehi (Grades 7th-12th)


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.



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!

Charter Quiz Answer:

a)     Is passive and discourages creative play

b)     Is diametrically opposed to reading

c)     May stifle cognitive development and imagination

d)     Trivializes information

e)     Undermines values

f)      Distorts cause and effect

g)     Is unable to portray thought


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 regrettably 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 this radical experiment marches forward.  The Colorado State Senate Education Committee recently considered a bill to delay Colorado's implementation of Common Core for a year.  Liberty's Resolution was specifically mentioned 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 second of two expository videos produced by the Massachusetts-based Pioneer Institute which describes why Liberty prefers proven academic strategies over the nationalized and unorthodox experimentation of Common Core.   
Setting the Record Straight on Common Core: Part 2

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




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. 

19.) Non-instructional television viewing is discouraged because it

       (Circle all that apply)

a)     Is passive and discourages creative play

b)     Is diametrically opposed to reading

c)     May stifle cognitive development and imagination

d)     Trivializes information

e)     Undermines values

f)      Distorts cause and effect

g)     Is unable to portray thought

h)     Is the agent of a vast right-wing conspiracy