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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 32                                               
April 21, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

April 25|Liberty T-Shirt Day
Show your Liberty Spirit for the last time this school year.


April 25|Last Day of Chess Club
 
April 25/26|5th & 6th Grade Dessert Theater, Beauty and the Beast. 


Tickets for the Beauty and the 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.   
 

 

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

 

   

Desert Theatre - Beauty and the Beast DVDs On Sale

Order your DVD of the performance now!  Star Painter Productions will video record the performance and sell individual DVDs for $15.00. Please complete the order form prior to May 2nd.  Attach payment and drop it off at the Front Office.  DVDs will be delivered to your child's classroom by May 12th.  CLICK HERE for a DVD order form or order via their website http://www.sp-digi-vid.com/Welcome.html Don't miss out on this chance to watch the performance again and again.  Perfect for Grandparents or out of town family.  Order now.     

 

April 28th-May 2nd|Liberty Common School Spirit Week|See below for details

 


May 2|Mayfest**

No lunch will be served, no microwaves available. Please pack a sack lunch and a drink. 

 

May 5th-9th|Teacher Appreciation Week

 

May 12|5th/6th Grand Band/Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m.  

May 15|LCS Awards Ceremonies

Times                    Grade                    

8:15-9:15               K                             

9:30-10:30             1-2                           

11:00-12:30           Lunch (wood side)

12:30-1:30             3-4                           

1:45-2:45               5-6                          

 

 

May 22|Olympic Day

No lunch will be served, no microwaves available. Please pack a sack lunch and a drink.

May 23|Last Day of School, 1/2 Day, 11:00 release.

No lunch will be served

   

April 28th-May 2nd|Liberty Common School Spirit Week

 

crazy ties Monday- Crazy Tie Day

Students may wear a crazy tie along with their normal dress code clothing.

 


Twins Tuesday- Twin Day

Students may choose a partner or group of friends and be twins (multiples) for a day! Students do not have to be in dress code. Students should not be in spaghetti straps or sleeveless shirts. Please follow dress code guidelines on length of shorts and skirts. Need a partner? Ask a friend, teacher, or staff member!    

 

Wednesday- Pajama Day  

Students may wear pajamas to school. Slippers are acceptable, but students should bring alternative shoes for P.E. and recess. Students should not be in spaghetti straps or sleeveless shirts. Pajama pants should be full length or to the knee. NO pajama shorts.   

 

    

Thursday- Fancy Day  

Students may wear fancy clothes. Examples would be a dress shirt and tie or a fancy dress. No denim on this day. Students should not be in spaghetti straps or sleeveless shirts. Please follow dress code guidelines on length of skirts and dresses.  

 

Friday- Crazy Hair Day/Crazy Hat Day

Students should be in dress code clothing.   

If hair color is used, it must be completely washed out by the following Monday.  

 

*** Spirit week activities are optional but encouraged. Dress code on any of the above days is acceptable. ***

 

 

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.    

 

Library Pal Applications Available

 

Part of the 2014 Summer Reading Program in Poudre River Public Library District is the Library Pals Volunteer program.  Kids who have finished grade 5, 6, 7, or 8 can apply to be Library Pals.  If accepted, they'll receive training and then work one two-hour shift a week during June and July, helping with all sorts of library tasks-straightening shelves, washing books, listening to younger kids read, suiting up as the library mascot, and much more. 

 

Applications are available on line at: http://read.poudrelibraries.org/kids/ or at any of the three libraries and will be accepted through May 16, 2014.  Since a limited number of positions are available, the sooner an application is turned in, the better the chances for placement.  For more information, phone 221-6740.  

 

Create your own video game at summer camp, ages 10-16.  Build a game in 2 weeks!
Register online at http://dreamquestcamps.com/
Save $100-code LIBERTYEAGLES 

 

LCHS music instructor Mr. Dave Lunn delivers last Tuesday's Liberty Lecture about the history and richness of music emanating from Vienna.
Liberty Lecture BRAVO!  Last Tuesday's Liberty Lecture on "Reflections on Vienna - The City of Music" was outstanding.  Big thanks to LCHS music instructor Mr. Dave Lunn for walking the audience through the classical history of music development and the great Viennese composers.  This was the last Liberty Lecture of the year.  We'll launch a new series of lectures in August.
In This Issue
Principal Writing by Bob Schaffer
Liberty Common School Charter Quiz
LCS Summer School
LCHS Summer Enrichment
Liberty Common Fundraisers
This Week in Jr. High Sports
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  

 

  

May 22, 2014  

6:00 pm
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School
       1725 Sharp Point Dr.

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.
Statue of LIberty from Tracy Nichols
Liberty Common's Award Ceremony Needs A Special Touch    
We are seeking volunteers to transform our stage into a celebratory setting for Liberty Common Awards Ceremony on May 15th.  This is an undertaking that would be fun to do with others and is not difficult.  Ask friends to commit with you and contact Jill Ronen in the Front Office at 482-9800 or jronen@libertycommon.org if you are interested. 



Social Web Safety
Are your kids active on Instagram, Snapchat and Facebook?  If so, CLICK HERE for a website that guides parents through steps to make sure your kids are safe.  The site also provides guidance regarding various safety flaws, associated with viruses, and other tactics used by Internet attackers.
Read Lots Of Books
By:  Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal

Successful people share many common habits, but one seems rather obvious:  

They  read lots of books.

 

As the 2013-14 school year rushes to an end, those of us who teach, lead, and organize Liberty Common School trust the journey undertaken by our Liberty students will only blossom beyond the final bell.  We know the Liberty curriculum is powerful, though it is certainly not exhaustive. 

 

This year's high-school seniors are only 33 calendar days away from their graduation.  For any seniors that might be counting them down, there are only 19 school days left for you. 

 

Liberty's philosophy, policies, organization, and curriculum give our graduates tremendous advantages in college and in post-high-school life in general.  Still, developing background knowledge and the refined qualities of a leader's character take far more time and effort than can be dispensed by even thirteen years attending our school.  

 

Hopefully, all of our students will take it upon themselves to develop the necessary habits that will define them as obedient children, superb students, sure leaders, and active citizens. 

 

In his autobiography, Benjamin Franklin wrote, "From a child I was fond of reading, and all the little money that came into my hands was ever laid out in books."

 

George Washington's book collection indicated his vast interest in classical and modern literature.  His many volumes on agriculture shared shelves with books on history, and politics. 

 

The General owned more than 40 military works and a similar number of religious volumes.  His library also revealed a curiosity for law, geography, science and travel.

 

Throughout much of the last century, a studious image of a young Abraham Lincoln was seared into the imaginations of American schoolchildren by Carl Schultz' famous 

In the log school-house, which he could visit but little, he was taught only reading, writing, and elementary arithmetic. Among the people of the settlement, bush farmers and small tradesmen, he found none of uncommon intelligence or education; but some of them had a few books, which he borrowed eagerly. Thus he read and re-read Ęsop's Fables, learning to tell stories with a point and to argue by parables; he read Robinson Crusoe, The Pilgrim's Progress, a short history of the United States, and Weems' Life of Washington. To the town constable's he went to read the Revised Statutes of Indiana. Every printed page that fell into his hands he would greedily devour, and his family and friends watched him with wonder, as the uncouth boy, after his daily work, crouched in a corner of the log cabin or outside under a tree, absorbed in a book while munching his supper of corn bread. In this manner he began to gather some knowledge, and sometimes he would astonish the girls with such startling remarks as that the earth was moving around the sun, and not the sun around the earth, and they marveled where "Abe" could have got such queer notions. Soon he also felt the impulse to write; not only making extracts from books he wished to remember, but also composing little essays of his own. First he sketched these with charcoal on a wooden shovel scraped white with a drawing-knife, or on basswood shingles. Then he transferred them to paper, which was a scarce commodity in the Lincoln household; taking care to cut his expressions close, so that they might not cover too much space, -- a style-forming method greatly to be commended. Seeing boys put a burning coal on the back of a wood turtle, he was moved to write on cruelty to animals. Seeing men intoxicated with whiskey, he wrote on temperance. In verse-making, too, he tried himself, and in satire on persons offensive to him or others, -- satire the rustic wit of which was not always fit for ears polite. Also political thoughts he put upon paper, and some of his pieces were even deemed good enough for publication in the county weekly.

 

Indeed, if knowledge is power, then reading books is absolutely essential - and almost as indispensable as a Liberty Common High School diploma.  Like Lincoln, we can all make much of ourselves by reading lots of books.

 

Congratulations to all of our Liberty Common School students who are about to complete this extraordinary school year.  Whether you are about to finish kindergarten, or graduate in the intrepid LCHS Class of 2014, you are all winners in my book.


 

 

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.

Extra Credit:  In June 2000, the Charter was amended to replace the term "Higher Order Thinking" with ______________________________________________.

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

Time is Running Out.  Register Now for Summer School: Liberty Offers Math, Reading and Individual Tutoring
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)
Thank you, Thank You, Thank You
Liberty Common Fundraisers

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.


Charter Quiz Answer: In June 2000, the Charter was amended to replace the term "Higher Order Thinking" with Thinking Framework.    

This Week in Jr. High Sports
This week in Jr.-High sports:

4/21  4pm Soccer - Red Team @ KQA

4/21  4pm Soccer - Blue Team Windsor

4/21  3:30pm Track @ Frontier Academy

4/23  4pm Soccer - Rez

4/23  5:30pm Soccer - St. Mary's