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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 30                                             
April 7, 2014
What's Happening at LCS


April 7| 5th grade informational parent meeting 6:00 p.m. 5th Grade classrooms

We are going to provide information on our economics unit, Mini-Society, and our Core Knowledge Human Growth and Development unit. The meeting will begin at 6:00p.m. in the 5th grade classrooms, and we are requesting only parents attend.


April 8| 3rd & 4th Grade Concert-6:30 p.m., LCS   

Please have your child report directly to their 3rd grade/4th grade classroom between 6:00-6:15.  No later than 6:15! 

Students should come dressed in red, white, and blue. This is a patriotic concert and we would love to see their USA pride! Jeans are acceptable, as well as red, white, or blue hats or bandannas.

Should you have any questions or need additional information, please feel free to contact:


April 10| May Lunch Calendars Due to Front Office 


April 11|Kindergarten Roundup for Kindergarteners entering Kindergarten 2014-2015   


April 14-April 17|Grades 4th and 5th Science and History Testing (CMAS)  

4th grade: 8:30-10:00  

5th grade: 10:30-12:00     



April 15| Liberty Lecture  6:30 - 7:30 p.m. in the LCHS Great Hall.  Topic:  "Reflections on Vienna- The City of Music." The presentation will cover Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven, Brahms, etc.  The lecture will be presented by LCHS music instructor Mr. Dave Lunn.   


April 18|Good Friday, NO SCHOOL  


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

Tickets for the Beauty and Beast play are now available. CLICK HERE  to purchase tickets.   

Doors open at 6:00 p.m.  

Dessert served between 6:00-6:45   

                                  Show runs from 7:00-9:00 p.m.  


juice box Donations of juice boxes for the Dessert Theater are needed.  Any amount of juice boxes provided are much appreciated.  Please drop-off juice box donations to the Front Office.  



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

Thanksgiving Break: Nov. 26-Nov. 28 

Christmas Break: Dec. 22 - Jan. 2

Spring Break: March 16 - March 20   

Last day of school: May 22, 2015 


Enrollment for 2014-2015 School Year
Please contact the office, 482-9800, ext. 3114, if your child will not be returning to Liberty for the 2014-2015 school year.  We are preparing for next year's enrollment and like to give new students and their families as much notice as possible.


Drake Road Closed For Two Weeks. Any LCS parents or carpoolers using Drake Road to get to the school should mind a city traffic alert about Drake being closed for part of April. A full closure of eastbound Drake Road between Silver Creek Drive and Timberline Road in April is expected to last two weeks. CLICK HERE for more information, and plan an alternative route to avoid students being tardy from first period.




In This Issue
Safety Letter
Thank You
LCS Summer School
LCHS Summer Enrichment
Liberty Common Charter
Liberty Common Athletic News
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  


April 17, 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.



Lost and Found is overflowing with jackets, lunch boxes and H20 bottles. Items not claimed within two weeks of being misplaced, are donated.

Please take a few minutes and visit the lost and found before the last day of school.



Safety Letter to LCS Parents




Dear Parents,


We, the teachers of Liberty Common School, are asking for your support with some changes for the 2014 - 2015 school year and all subsequent years. In order to ensure better student safety and to continue providing the best education for your children, we would like to ask you to support us with these two changes.


The first request is that parents not enter the school with the children in the morning (except Kindergarten parents). Dropping the students off in the carpool lane is truly the safest option for the kids, and it frees up our limited parking. As per Liberty's philosophy, we would like to encourage student independence. Parents needing to enter the building for pre-scheduled volunteer times will be directed to go through the front office and sign in before heading into the halls. Not allowing adults to use the back doors ensures student and school safety.


To further ensure student safety, we are asking you to help us by having cellphone free carpool lanes. Signs will be placed in the front, middle, and back as reminders to parents. We truly believe cell phone use is a danger to staff and students as drivers are distracted and not as focused as they should be.


We realize that these are major changes for some of you, but we hope we have your support because we are concerned about the safety of our school and our students. Please use the remaining two months of the 2013-2014 school year to plan and practice for these changes. Feel free to talk to any teacher for more information if you have any questions or concerns. This is an initiative by the teachers based on what we see every day while on duty. Your support is greatly appreciated.





The Teachers and Administration of Liberty Common School


News from the Board of Directors

by:  Paulette Hansen, Board Secretary

The Results are In 


285 parents completed the annual parent survey - THANK YOU! We received over 8 total pages of comments and have read every one. We found several themes in the survey that we plan to discuss and take action on. One is financial awareness. There seems to be uncertainty in some as to how our fundraising dollars are spent. The Financial Advisory Committee will discuss how to address this opportunity. A second theme is pertaining to the increase of parent awareness in Liberty's unique philosophy. A committee has been considering this over the past year and will continue to find targeted ways to offer details around what makes us unique.


The Principals also use the survey results in their strategic plans and for performance improvement.


I am very impressed in our overall scores. The vast majority of parents are strongly satisfied with Liberty Common Schools. That said, we will continue to look for ways to raise the bar in the education of our students. Thank you again for your thoughtful participation in the survey.


Paulette Hansen, Board Secretary



Liberty's Annual Spring Gala

Thank You!

On behalf of all Liberty Common Schools Students, William and Isabella Notarfransco say, "thank you." 

Thank you to everyone who made last Friday's Spring Gala such a tremendous success! We had a wonderful time celebrating Liberty Common Schools with founders, faculty, grandparents and parents. Guests went away with fun memories and tons of terrific items from both the silent and live auctions. We raised a significant amount of money toward the purchase of a new bus for our kids, too!   It will be hard to forget the auctioneer circling the ballroom while auctioning off the bike on which he rode as well!


Marnie Dame, LCS Volunteer Coordinator

A special thank you goes out to all the volunteers who made the Spring Gala possible. The evening was a success because of you! Thank you for your dedication to making Liberty such an awesome school!


The Spring Gala Committee would also like to recognize our committee chairs-Qeryldine Hofinger and Jodi Fraser. Their vision and leadership, hard work and perseverance throughout the past year culminated in a wonderful celebration Friday. They worked endless hours and the Gala Committee is grateful to them!


Gala Volunteers, Jill Wear and Kim Kent, share their fundraising optimism 

We look forward to reporting the financial results of our fundraiser as soon as final numbers are available. Please look for an update in a future newsletter!


Until next year!


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)




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. 

22.) Parents
a)    Should demand individual preferences within the classroom.
b)    Are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of the Charter
c)    Are required to participate on committees
d)    Cannot be trusted to make good educational decisions for their children




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

Liberty Common Athletic News


THIS WEEK IN JR. HIGH SPORTS (All start times are 4 p.m.):


4/8    Soccer (Red)   @ Windsor
4/8    Soccer (Blue)  @New Vision
4/10  Track               @ Frontier
4/10  Soccer (Red)   Loveland Classical
4/10  Soccer (Blue)  @ Frontier
4/11  Soccer (Red)   @ Loveland Classical
4/11  Soccer (Blue)   Cornerstone

We still need a couple volunteers for both home track meets.  Contact Mr. Knab if you are available to assist.



Grandparents Corner 
A Note to Liberty Parents, Our Children
by:  Jan Dougherty

We grandparents hope that you and our grandchildren had a pleasant, restful and fun spring break. We also hope that you enjoyed the Spring Gala. To the parents who put on this amazing event, thank you for your hard work and time.  Wow, the year goes by so fast, it is already time to think about summer.  We grandparents hope that you plan on bringing our grandchildren to visit us.  We so love seeing all of you.  Time spent together with family is the best time spent, nothing is better.  We look forward to seeing you and look forward to serving Liberty Common next year.  Keep up the great job that you are doing with our grandchildren. 

Answer to Charter Quiz:  


a)     Are responsible for knowing and understanding the contents of the Charter