The Eagle's Nest
Eagle Mosaic


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 18 Issue 1                                                  
August 25, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Aug. 26, 2014| Back to School Night(Parents Only)
                  6:30 p.m.
6:30-6:50  Announcements in the gym
6:55-7:15  Rotation 1
7:20-7:40  Rotation 2
                 (Kindergarten parents will stay for Rotation 1& 2)
7:45-8:05  Rotation 3 (6th gr. Eco-Week mtgs. in student homerooms)      

Aug. 28, 2014| BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Aug. 29, 2014| Liberty Common T-Shirt Day. Show your Liberty Pride by wearing any Liberty Common T-shirt. Purchase your 2014-2015 t-shirt in the Front Office, $5.00.  

Sept. 1, 2014| Labor Day, NO SCHOOL
Sept. 8-10, 2014| Eco-Week-6th Graders
Sept. 15, 2014|Primary Public Info. Night, 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 18, 2014| BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Sept. 26, 2014|Individual Student Photos
Sept. 27, 2014|Liberty2Liberty 5K Run


Charter Schools Are Extraordinary.  As parents, grandparents, students, and employees of Colorado's best charter school, we are part of a truly revolutionary movement in public education.  In Colorado, we're approaching 200 charter schools, and we're educating an ever-growing percentage of schoolchildren.  Most Colorado charter schools belong to the Colorado League of Charter Schools, and Liberty Common School has been a member for many years.  In fact, LCHS principal Bob Schaffer serves on the Board of Directors of "The League."  If you're new to Liberty this year:  Welcome to the revolution!  The League has recently overhauled its website and provides lots of useful information about charter schools, how they work, how they function, and how they provide superior education.  CLICK HERE to learn more about the epic history of charter schools in Colorado. Watch the video and see if you recognize anyone from Liberty.

The DAB (District Advisory Board) is gearing up for another productive school year and are looking forward to some new ventures in our partnership with PSD.

Liberty is looking for a primary and secondary representative designated for DAB.  Please send names and contact information for your schools' representatives to our membership  chair, Lani Williams at  [email protected].  Our first meeting is on Monday, September 8th at 7:00pm and we'd like to have all members in place by this meeting.

We are also launching PSD Insight, a leadership training program for community members that will highlight the functions of the district while cultivating ambassadors and champions for PSD.  The 4 sessions will commence in September and participants will be visiting many of your schools as part of this program! Topics include governance and policy; finance; curriculum and programs; and safety and facilities.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with questions, ideas or for more information.  I look forward to working with all of you this year and strengthening partnerships between parents, the community and PSD.

DJ Anderson
2014-2015 DAB Chair 

Immunization Reminder   
If your child has received shots over the summer and you have not turned in an updated immunization record yet, please have your doctors office fax a copy to the school (482-8007)Thank you, Jen Hopkins, LCS Health Tech.

Hug N'Go Initiative

Dear Parents,


Hug n' Go was an initiative we started last year to ensure a safe school and a prompt start to the school day.  We are asking all parents of first through sixth graders to not enter the building in the morning.  Parents should drop off their children (hug) and head out (go).  There are staff outside and inside on duty to assist all students.   


This worked wonderfully last year.  Teachers started their day on time with no distractions and students were safe.  Thank you.  It is great to have such supportive parents.   


One more last request from administration and staff is to not have parents in the building before 3:00 unless you are volunteering.  In years past, parents came in the school and waited outside the classroom.  Some would wait quietly and others would talk.  This crowds the halls and can be distracting to some students.  Please wait in the hall just outside the front office or outside by the flag pole.  This will preserve the integrity of instruction in the classroom.  Students will get the most out of their day.  Parents will be allowed in the building at 3:00.   


Do know that now more than ever parents are welcome to be in the school throughout the day to volunteer.  We love our parent volunteers.  If you are coming to volunteer, please make sure to sign in and wear a name tag from the front office.


Thanks for your continued support.


In This Issue
Principal Writing
Chess Club
Liberty Common Tennis Club
A.S.K. Program
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 [email protected]

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  



August 28, 2014 

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


Please no food on Liberty Common buses this year.  Thank you, Liberty Common Transportation Department


Box tops Please continue to bring in Box Tops and Morning Fresh milk lids!  We are no longer taking Campbell's soup labels.  



Cartridges for Kids

Please bring cartridges outside of boxes/ packaging. Thanks for helping us cut down on waste!

Welcome Back
by: Casey Churchill, LCS Principal
and Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal
By:  Casey Churchill

Welcome back to Liberty Common School! We have worked hard getting the school  ready for the coming year and we are excited to fill the halls and classrooms with students and parent volunteers. Those of you that are returning can attest this is the best school in Colorado and those of you that are new are in for a treat. The Liberty Common Schools have much to offer and have a proven record of success.

Liberty recently hosted the Milton Friedman Legacy Day event at Gravity on July 31. Milton Friedman was a famous economist ahead of his time.  As an advocate of the free market, Friedman was also an advocate of school choice based around the same principals of a free market economy.

As a Core Knowledge consultant, I used to say that the number one factor of a quality education is to teach the Core Knowledge Curriculum. Shortly after joining the Liberty Common school community 11 years ago, I realize I was mistaken. There are 2 factors that make a school successful. The rich Core Knowledge curriculum and choosing a school to attend that meets the needs of your child. We firmly believe in a choice for education. It is the parents' rights and responsibility to choose the best education for their children.

Liberty is a community that strives for excellence in all areas. Our teachers work hard to become specialists in the subject areas they teach, they come to school each day to motivate students and work with parents. Our parents are committed to helping students at home and model the importance of learning. The administration is dedicated to following the founding parent's mission and philosophy of our school.

To the new parents, I welcome you to the ranks of school choice.  You have chosen wisely as your child will flourish here at Liberty. Liberty strives to provide a high quality rich base of knowledge that will push your limits as parents of what you know and will liven up any dinner conversation from now until your child(ren) graduate.

By:  Bob Schaffer

Congratulations to Liberty's Class of 2015 upon achieving the highest composite ACT score ever in the history of Colorado.  Once again, our seniors have the highest college-readiness test scores in the entire state. The ranking was just released two weeks ago by the Colorado Department of Education.

It's the third year in a row Liberty has ranked #1 on the ACT assessment.  This historic record is a huge distinction that opens college doors for all of Liberty's students.

With so many successes to celebrate around Liberty, it's easy to under-appreciate the magnitude of Liberty's ACT accomplishment.  And, while the incoming seniors deserve the heft of credit for the yeoman's work they've done preparing for college success, these seniors would be the first to credit their parents and teachers going all the way back to kindergarten.

The mighty Class of 2015 is setting the tone for the entire high school and junior high. They've come up with a class motto intended to inspire all students, staff and parents alike:  Ad Altiora - Towards Higher Things.  I'm having these words posted in every classroom and throughout the school.

It's more than just a nice motto. Liberty scholars have established solid credibility to make such a motto bigger than mere words.  Starting off the 2014-15 school year, for the third year in a row, with the state's top ACT score is the perfect context for an ambitious and festive year of learning.

We've got lots of new classrooms, features, some new instructors, and new plans for the year which I'll describe more in subsequent newsletters.  But for today, the big news is all about our fabulous students returning to school for another year of hard work and academic success. Oh, they'll have a ton of fun, too.

It was a real privilege to be at the front door this morning greeting Liberty students as they came back to school. They're enthusiastic, joyful, optimistic and ready to work towards higher things, indeed.

Thank you for choosing to educate your kids at Liberty Common School. The entire staff and I are blessed and honored by your trust, your confidence, your partnership, and most of all, by your children.
Check Mate-All Are Invited to Join Chess Club
Chess pieces

Attention all Liberty Common Chess players.  Now is the time to sign up for our Liberty Common Chess Club. Sessions available for Beginners to Advanced players and include lessons, chess games and tournaments.  Act now.  Sessions begin September 12th.  Click Here for a registration form.  Please return registration form and payment to the Front Office.  Liberty Chess Club 2014 Schedule: September 12, 19, 26, October 3, 17, 31, November 7,14,21, December 5,12,19. 

Liberty Common Tennis Club
Dear Parents of 6th Graders,

The Liberty Middle School Tennis Club is starting registration for any interested 6th, 7th, and 8th graders (girls and boys). The season will run from September 2nd to October 9th with practices on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:00 at Lee Martinez Park. First week we practice every day after school 9/2 to 9/5.  All levels are welcome and the cost is $40 per student.  


We will have a series of 3-4 scrimmages with other area middle schools. CLICK HERE for registration and information forms.  Please turn in the form and the check to the front offices at either school by August 29th.  After school meeting for student and parent will be Wednesday August 27th at 3:30pm at the High School.


1st Choice Before and After School Kare A.S.K.