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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 35                                                 
May 12, 2014
What's Happening at LCS


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 16|Liberty T-Shirt Day





Lego Robotics Demonstration

Interested in Lego Robotics? Come to the Elementary auditorium on Friday, May 16th from 3:15 to 4:00 and see "5th Gear", Liberty's State Champion Lego Robotics team demonstrate their award-winning robot! There will also be a short informational presentation for students and parents to learn more about Lego Robotics at Liberty. This will be of special interest to students currently in 3rd through 7th grades. Lego Robotics is a great way to introduce kids to engineering concepts, including teamwork, research, design, programming, debugging, and project management, plus several other related areas. Please email if you have any questions or if you are interested but unable to attend.



May 22|Olympic Day

Schedule for Olympic Day '14 
8:15-8:35    Opening Ceremony - Meet in Gym 
8:38-11:30   Participate in Stations

11:30-12:00 Lunch-In classroom
12:00-2:00   Participate in Stations     
2:00 Clean-up stations    
2:10-2:55 Watch dodge ball- In Gym  

No lunch will be served, no microwaves available. Please pack a sack lunch and a drink.
Volunteers Needed for Olympic Day.   CLICK Here to sign-up.

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

No lunch will be served  

Please note: Kindergarten students do not have school on May 23rd.



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.    


Liberty Common MayFest, held May 2nd, was a great success. MayFest involves students 4th-6th grade creating activity booths focusing on topics learned in the Core Knowledge Curriculum.  Students in younger grades visit each booth and participate in the activity.  Booths are judged on presentation of CK subject, organization and preparation, originality, creativity, student participation and behavior. The following booths the were voted winners:

1st Place- Mrs. Galeener's class(5th grade),The Secret Garden.

2nd Place-Tie between Mrs. Schupp's class(5th grade),

Wild West and Mrs. Rickett's class(6th grade), Immigration Station.
3rd Place-Tie between Mrs. Canfield's class(6th grade),
Journey Under the Sea and Mr. Huey's class(6th grade), Liberty Labyrinth.
Mrs. Canfield's 6th grade class posing at the Journey Under the Sea Mayfest Booth















Students from Mr. Huey's 6th grade class assembling the Liberty Labyrinth Mayfest Booth



A few of Mrs. Trout's students enjoying a Mayfest Booth.     









Free Language and Speech Screenings.  In recognition of May being Better Hearing and Speech Month, Aspen Speech Therapy is offering free language and hearing screenings.  CLICK HERE for more information.

In This Issue
Principal Writing by Bob Schaffer
LCS Summer School
LCHS Summer Enrichment
Request from Liberty's Health Office
5th Grade Tdap Booster Vaccine
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.

Masonic Accolades.  Local Masons associated with the Fort Collins Masonic Lodge recently recognized Sarah Solis, 5th grader in Mrs. Galeener's class at an  evening ceremony in the temple's main hall.  Students from throughout our region were recognized for academic excellence.  On hand for the ceremony were parents, both Liberty principals, Mrs. Galeener, PSD superintendent and two members of the PSD Board of Education - in addition to lots of Masonic officers. Congratulations Sarah!  We are very proud of you.  

Exchange Students Add Character to Liberty

By: Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal

Liberty's experience with high-school foreign-exchange students over the past four years has been wonderful. Exchange students have added quite a lot to the school's character, and they have enriched the learning experience for all our students.


Hopefully, over the past year, everyone has had a chance to meet Anugraha (India), Berit, Ingvild and Ida (all from Norway), and Vincent (Denmark). We're sure going to miss them when they return to their home countries in just a few weeks.  

Liberty's 2013-14 foreign-exchange students Ida Fredriksen (Norway), Vincent Kortenbach (Denmark), Berit Skogvang (Norway), Ingvild Vibe (Norway), Anugraha George (India) 


The U.S. State Department initiated the exchange programs we utilize at LCHS to improve diplomatic ties with important countries around the world. In the past four years, Liberty has received exchange students from eight different international coordinating programs that work directly with the U.S. State Department.


Students chosen for these programs have competed against tens of thousands of others to win scholarships necessary to become exchange students. They must be fluent in English. They spend one full academic year at our high school.


Not only do they attend school, they volunteer and learn about US culture, politics and society. Their scholarships provide all travel, orientation, health insurance, local support, reimbursement funds for school expenses and a monthly stipend for incidentals and spending money.


We're grateful for the local host families who have stepped up over the years to provide meals taken in the home, a bed, a place to study, and adult guidance. These generous families often say they receive much more in return.  


Exchange students become active members of the host families and the Liberty community. At home, they help with chores, with little ones, and with other family endeavors. At school, they participate in sports, extracurricular activities, the House system, and more.


If you think you might want to consider being a host family, any family configuration is okay - single parent, retired couples, empty nesters, families with young children as well as high-school age children.  It is not required that host families have a direct connection to Liberty in order to host a Liberty exchange student.


For our regular Liberty students, lifetime bonds and friendships have been formed with the 16 exchange students we've educated so far. By accepting so many exchange students, Liberty's students have learned much about many other cultures.  


They also now have friends and homes that are always open for them in many far-flung parts of the world.  Liberty's exchange students have been true blessings. They have not only enhanced the character of LCHS, but of the greater Fort Collins community.


LCHS 7th graders Mikey Werst and Isaiah Jonas hold up an award Liberty received last Monday from the U.S. State Department for active participation in State-Department-Sponsored foreign-exchange programs.  Liberty is recognized as a "Partner for Global Diplomacy."


Liberty has been officially recognized twice by the U.S. State Department for our aggressive efforts to contribute to the country's goals of promoting international exchange. After their full school year is over and they return home as Liberty alumni, our exchange students continue with leadership-development in their own communities and give presentations about their US experience.



Liberty's local coordinators are currently looking for new host families for next year's exchange students. We need yearlong hosts, as well as short-term "Welcome Families" who commit to hosting the student for only the first six weeks or so of the school year - enough time to get settled at LCHS, make some friends, and connect with a longer-term host family.  


Our list of students identified for LCHS next year includes Thea (female/Norway), Christian (male/Norway), Frida (female/Sweeden), and Xi (male/China). I'll be adding more to this list in the coming weeks.


The sooner we have host families for next year, the quicker we can get students enrolled, establish their schedules, and get them ready for school. If there's a specific international interest, host families may also request students from countries other than the ones represented, or with certain characteristics. Just let me know.


To Anugraha, Berit, Ingvild, Ida, and Vincent: We love you all, and wish you well as you move onward. Thank you for being such outstanding LCHS students. Thank you for teaching us so much about your home countries. Your hard work, happy times and many friendships are now a permanent part our school's legacy. You will always be part of the Liberty family, and Liberty will always be "your school."


Farvel. फेर्वेल. Farewell.



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)
Please Come Pick-Up Your Student's Medication

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.  


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 7:40-10:30 (Last day of school).


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)


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
Liberty Blue soccer team finished in the first round of playoffs to Frontier.  They finished with a record of 2-5-2.
Liberty Red soccer team finished in the semi-finals, losing to Windsor Charter.  They finished with a record of 7-2-1. 
Both the boys and girls track teams finished in 2nd place to Resurrection Christian in the NCIL Championship Track Meet. 
Thank you to all of the parent volunteers that helped out this year.  You add greatness into what we do! 



Adventure Summer Kamp

1st Choice Offers Adventure Summer Kamp