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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 33                                                
April 28, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

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


crazy ties Monday, April 28th-Crazy Tie Day

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




Twins Tuesday, April 29th-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, April 30th-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- May 1st-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-May 2nd-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 Monday, May 5th.    


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


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 Grade 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



Liberty Common's Award Ceremony Needs A Special Touch From A Parent Volunteer
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 if you are interested. 


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: 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.  

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In This Issue
BOD Update
LCS Summer School
LCHS Summer Enrichment
Request from Liberty's Health Offic
Grandparents Corner
Invitation to All Liberty Common Grandparents
Liberty Common Fundraisers
This Week in Jr. High Sports
ASK Summer Programs
Adventure Summer Kamp
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  



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.

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.

The Strategic Plan - What Every Parent Should Know

by Paulette Hansen, BOD Secretary  

The Board of Directors spends time in the spring and fall reviewing and setting our strategic plan. I have included the goals recently set in the plan below. Every goal has objectives, tactics, measurements, and leaders responsible for each. Some of the goals are ongoing efforts and some we consider projects. The entire plan can be found by CLICKING HERE


Liberty Common School Strategic Plan 2014-2015

  • Implement 100% of the Core Knowledge Sequence in addition to specific K-8 supplementary skills programs (K-8).
  • Implement a rigorous classical college preparatory curriculum so that all LCHS graduates are prepared to be successful citizens and university students (9-12).
  • A highly effective Board of Directors that maintains the founding philosophy and educational strategies of the school, while continuously driving educational improvement.
  • Develop a highly effective administration that is capable of managing the school to ever higher levels of success.
  • Hire and retain knowledgeable and highly qualified teachers - Provide the training and environment that allows teachers to progress towards master teacher level.
  • Meet all fiscal obligations while complying with all policies and regulations.
  • Focus on grants and donations to help finance and equip the Science and Engineering and classroom expansions.
  • "Establish the structure for a capital campaign for the next phases of extra-curricular facility expansion - over the next 3 - 10 years.
  • Increase the involvement from new parent volunteers.
  • Athletic and extracurricular budgets called out separately so spending and revenue can be tracked.
  • Form an alumni outreach group for graduates of 9th grade and graduates of the high school.
  • Facility upgrades and improvements at both campuses: allocate the appropriate percentage of funds to maintain and improve both facilities in order to support the success of students and staff.
  • Engineering & Ingenuity Building and additional classroom space for the 2014-15 school year.
  • Extracurricular activity space is currently available at both schools. Improving and adding to that space will be done cautiously so the school is not at financial risk.
  • Continue to maintain the safety of Liberty Common School.
  • Instill in students a sense of community and citizenship while having fun.
  • Document the athletic philosophy and policies for the Junior High and High School athletic program.
  • Promote parent education of Liberty's philosophy, founding principles, etc.

Our Board consists of parent representatives. Please familiarize yourself with our Strategic Plan. We are interested in your input and assistance in reaching our goals. You are always welcome at our meetings. I would love to see you there!


Good news. We have approved one new Board member, Denise Benz, and we have one returning Board member, Jeff Webb. Denise and Jeff will officially be added to the Board in August. Because we had two candidates for two openings, an election was not necessary. We are excited for Denise and Jeff's participation.


Paulette Hansen

Board of Directors Secretary



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)
Requests from the Liberty Common Health Office

Dear Parents:


As we are coming to the end of the school year, we want to remind parents to pick up all medications from the Health Office. For the safety of your children, the following procedure are in place.


A)     No medication will be sent home with students. All medications must be picked up by parents by the last day of the school year (including emergency or "as needed" medications, such as Epi-pens, Tylenol, inhalers).


B)     If you need to pick up your child's medication before the last day of school, the needed number of pills may be counted out and kept at school in the original container. You may take the remaining pills home in a plastic bag.


C)     Any medications not picked up by the last day of school will be disposed of by the school nurse, according to state guidelines. We will no longer make reminder phone calls.


D)     If medication will be brought back to school in the fall, you may pick up the medical permission form when you pick up the medication.


We know the last day of school is a busy day for you and your students, so if their medication isn't a daily essential, you may consider picking the medication up earlier in the week. Medication may be picked up between 7:40-3:40 (Monday -Thursday) and 7:40-11:00 (Last day of school).


We hope everyone will understand thus procedure is important for safeguarding your children.


Thank you for your cooperation,

Jen Hopkins (Health Tech) & Natalie Dybzinski (RN)




The Colorado Department of Public health and Environment requires all students entering 6th grade to have proof of receiving the Tdap booster vaccine, or a signed exemption. This is based on the Center for Disease Control recommendations to prevent cases of Pertussis (Whooping cough).


Please submit clinic documentation to the school health office to verify that your child has been immunized, or submit a signed exemption. The information will be included in your student's school immunization record.


Thank you,

Jen Hopkins (Health Tech) & Natalie Dybzinski (RN)


Grandparent Corner by Jan Dougherty

Words of encouragement
It takes stamina, perseverance, patience, and love with balance of discipline to raise children.   We all should remember that we don't know everything about raising children.  We didn't raise our children with perfect instruction.  Here it comes, BUT, if you don't know the answer to something that is having a double take on how to proceed in a matter, do ask for input from someone you think is wise, has understanding, that you trust, and you see has done a great job with their children.  Or, get professional help.   It is never too late to ask for, yes, help.  


Here are some quotes that are outstanding to keep us going.


"A good name is more desirable than great riches; to be esteemed is better than silver or gold."  "A good name is better than fine perfume.""Better to be poor and walk in integrity than to be crooked in one's ways even though rich."If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him."  "He who guards his lips guards his life, but he who speaks rashly will come to ruin."  "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."  "Even a child is known by his actions by whether his conduct is pure and right." "Be wise in the way you act toward others;make the most of every opportunity.""Be kind and compassionate to one another."  "All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty."


An Invitation to All Liberty Common Grandparents from the Liberty Common Grandparents Club

There is still plenty of time to RSVP to join Liberty Grandparents and celebrate our outstanding school and students at our May lunch. We expect several students to join us and to share the successes of their year.


We're meeting:

May 1, 2014  at  11:30

C&B Potts at Collindale

1441 East Horsetooth Road


Our menu will be a buffet of sandwiches and salads. Cost is $17.35 including drinks.


To RSVP, please contact Scarlett and Wayne at 970-484-2072 or email at Get your reservation in soon, so we can give the restaurant an estimate of our attendance.


We hope you'll join us; it is always fun to meet new people who share your interests and to renew old friendships.  We always have a good time!


Liberty Common Grandparents

Supporting Common Knowledge, Common Virtues, Common Sense

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.  


This Week in Jr. High Sports




4/28 3:30pm Track @ LCHS

4/29 4pm      Soccer Red and Blue Team (Everett Field)

4/30 4pm      Soccer (Possible Playoff Game Away)

5/2   4pm      Soccer (Playoff Game Home/Away TBD)



Adventure Summer Kamp

1st Choice Offers Adventure Summer Kamp