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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 18 Issue 6                                                  
September 29, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Sept. 24-Oct. 8|October Student Count
Sept. 30   |Character Edu. Respect Assembly,
                  K-3 attend assembly from 8:10-8:45
                  4-6 attend assembly from 8:55-9:35
                  Speaker from Jon D. Williams Cotillions
Oct. 1       |Fall Festival Pre-Order Ticket Forms Due
Oct. 3       |Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m.
Oct. 9       |Grandparent Club Dinner at Olive Garden
Oct.13      |5th/6th Grade Drug and Alcohol Ed., 6:30
Oct. 16     |BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
Oct. 16     |Odyssey of the Mind Info. Mtg. 6:30-7:30
Oct. 17     |First Quarter Ends
Oct. 17     |LCS Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 24     |Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL
Oct. 27     |Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28     |Character Edu. Responsibility Assembly
attend assembly from 8:55-9:35
attend assembly from 8:10-8:45
31     |Liberty T-Shirt Day       
Fall Festival Fun Friday
100 bouncy balls, clappy hands, glow in the dark eyeballs, and many more prizes are waiting to be won at this year's Fall Festival! Not enough? What about cotton candy and fresh popcorn! Both will be available for your enjoyment at the festival as a great way to support Liberty Common School!

Bring your family and friends to this year's Fall Festival, this Friday, October 3rd., from 5:30-8:00 in the gym and south yard. There will be games, crafts, bouncy houses and prizes too.  This year we will be serving baked pasta from Panino's Restaurant and there is even a gluten-free pasta option this year!

Tickets and meal vouchers are required for all activities (see order form below). Please see the bulletin board by the front office for extra order forms or print your own at home. See ya Friday night~

Many volunteers are still needed to make the Fall Festival a fun Liberty event, please contact Vedra Osborn at 


October Count-School Attendance is Vital For Funding

All public schools in Colorado receive funding from the State based on the number of students who attend their school.  It is critical that your student be present during the October Count period.

The count occurs Sept. 24th-Oct. 8th.  October 1st is the official count date set by the state.  If your child will be absent for more than two days in a row during this time period for other than an illness, please contact the office for an official document to sign.
Please Use PowerSchool
PowerSchool is a valuable resource that allows parents to access lunch transactions, grades, attendance records and fee payments. 

This year we are using a daily bulletin option that alerts you of any "happenings" at Liberty.  To access the Daily Bulletin, log into your child(rens) PowerSchool account, look on the left hand side of the screen and click on Daily Bulletin.

Please use this communication option to keep you and your family informed of Liberty news and important dates If you are a new family to Liberty Common and have not received your student's log-in information, please visit the Front Office to obtain.

Attention Parents of New Students, Kindergartners, and 6th Graders

If you have not turned in a current immunization record the Liberty Common Health Office will be sending home exclusion letters this week explaining that ANY child not up-to-date on immunizations will not be allowed to come to school beginning November 1, 2014.


Your doctor's office can fax over the immunizations to: 482-8007.


If you are unsure of what your child is missing please call the health office at 482-9800, ext. 3113 and we can assist you.  


Thank you,  

Natalie Dybzinski (RN) and Jen Hopkins (Health Tech.)



Support Liberty

In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Fall Festival Fun
October Count
Immunization Updated Records Needed
Principal Writing by Casey Churchill
News from the Board of Directors
Newly Elected Student Council Representatives
Fall Festival Pre-Purchase Form
Mind Your Manners
Odyssey of the Mind
Save the Date for Grandparents Day
Dinner Invite From Grandparents Club
Liberty Talent Show
Share Your Action Photos
Liberty Choirs Performing National Anthem
6th Grade Forensics Team
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.

Please call our      attendance line by 8:30 a.m. if your    child will not be attending school due to illness, appointment or is out of town.
(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.  

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
Denise Benz       420-4184
John Rohrbaugh 225-2259

You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at  

October 16, 2014  
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School

Sharp Point Dr.

Due to the Poudre River bridge construction on Mulberry, east-bound traffic on Mulberry/Hwy 14 will be redirected to E Prospect if heading to I-25.  This may potentially affect the morning commute to Liberty.  The detour will be in place for the next 14 months.  Details here:   






Fall Festival Through the Eyes of a Kid

by Casey Churchill, Liberty Common School Principal
Step 1: push bamboo stick through bottom of whipped cream tub (secure with duct tape)
Step 2: tie tea towel around neck
Step 3: go outside and wage make-believe battle with wild turkeys

These are the three steps I took when I was little to "protect" our rural home from feathered fighters. A few times a year these bumbling fowl would visit our home and it was serious business. My parents would sit in the kitchen laughing and taking pictures as I became lost in my own world protecting our castle from these pretend dragons.

The Fall Festival will take place this Friday, October 3rd
This Festival brings back memories as I watch the excitement in our students. This party is a big deal and very exciting.  Liberty's after school party isn't just bouncy houses and pasta. This after school event-when seen through the eyes of a kid-is a full-on fall festival with magical castles, enchanting sleigh rides, immersive crafts and an indulgent feast.

Families will be treated to a banquet of good food, cotton candy, and sodas. The "sleigh" ride is a big attraction as the night will be crisp. What a perfect time of year for a hayride! The three castles will have a continuous flow of kids. Crafts will be abundant on all sides of the gym, the joyful kids will leave arms full of crafts and prizes.

Special thanks to Vedra Osborn, who is taking the lead on organizing this event.  The planning takes countless hours and preparation.  Thanks also to all the families that have signed up to volunteer.  We could not host this party without you.  It may be chilly but all the excitement will warm things right up. What a great opportunity to see you all and to catch up on the school year. We are so fortunate to have families with a common vested interest in supporting one another and raising our children the best we can.

Liberty's Fall Festival is only made magical through the efforts of our committed volunteers. Again, thank you to all that have volunteered to help set up, run the craft booths and activities, and helped clean up at the end. We truly appreciate your commitment to our school and students.
News from the Board of Directors 
by:  Paulette Hansen

Each fall the Board of Directors and Administration meet for a strategic planning session. This year, our Chairman invited several school founders to participate in the meeting. They provided exceptional insight into how to conduct our responsibilities in an efficient manner and govern according to the bylaws. The Board is responsible for the strategic leadership of the school not the administrative details. Dr. Everett stated, "The Board has three main priorities; to exercise their will through strategic priorities, the policies and procedures they put in place, and the supervision of their three employees, the two Principals and Business Manager." The founders were very thorough in writing policies that guide the governance of the school. The Board is responsible for ensuring they are followed. I welcome and encourage you to review them. Whenever there is a question regarding governance, they are always the first place to go for guidance. You can access them via this link


I am very grateful for the vision and determination of the school founders as well as for their ongoing involvement.


Paulette Hansen, Board Member


Congratulations to Liberty Common 2014-2015 Student Council Representatives
Congratulations to the 2014-2015 Student Council Representatives. Back Row (Left to Right): Eva Windler(6th grade), Parker Stern (6th grade), Noah Bohner (5th grade), Liam O'Malley(6th grade), Ryan Green (5th grade), Eric North (5th grade), Marissa Trujillo (5th grade). Front Row (Left to Right): Morgan Jenkins (5th grade), Dakota Moon (5th grade), Corinne Hansen (6th grade), Sarah Solis (6th grade), Anna Johnson (6th grade).     


October 3rd, 5:30pm - 8:00 pm

Pre-purchase Ticket form


By pre-purchasing your Fall Festival carnival tickets, you save money and time.

Pre-purchased tickets: 5 for $1

 Tickets at the night of the event: 4 for $1
Baked Pasta from Panino's Restaurant

-Penne pasta with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese or

-Gluten-free pasta with marinara sauce and ricotta cheese

Either available with a $6.00 meal voucher

Add sausage: $1.00 more per meal voucher: total of $7.00

(Meal includes pasta, salad, breadstick, and a drink)

Soda or Bottled Water alone......................................... 2 tickets

Bread alone.............................................................................. 2 tickets

Games, crafts, & bouncy houses..................................... 1 to 4 tickets each

There are many crafts and games, both inside and outside. Make sure you pre-purchase enough tickets at the discounted price! Gluten-free pasta is only available for pre-purchase



Meal vouchers requested (indicate number of each desired):

Penne pasta meal: __________________ at $6.00 each

Gluten-free pasta meal: ______________ at $6.00 each

Add Sausage to your meal for $1.00 more per meal: _______________

Number of tickets for games and crafts (5 tickets for $1): ____________________________

Check number:                                                  Total money paid: _________________________

Please attach your check to this bottom portion of the flyer and return to the Front Office no later than October 1st. Pre-purchased tickets may be picked up at the Fall Festival in the pre-purchased express ticket line. Thank you!!



Mind Your Manners
Question: Which is the salad fork? 


Liberty Common School would like to encourage all families to take a look at the upcoming Jon D. Williams Cotillions  classes offered in Fort Collins in January.  Click Here to view the Winter 2015 schedule.


The cotillion program teaches elementary through high school students courtesy and consideration through the art of social dance. Students learn essential social skills, such as how to introduce themselves to adults and peers, table manners and etiquette and how to treat each other with respect. From the traditional fox trot and waltz, to the electrifying beat of Latin and swing, Jon D. Williams Cotillions offers one of the most unique and extensive educational programs for children in the United States.   


These are great character building classes for your 4-8 grade students. Britta Murphy , one of the Cotillion instructors, will present at our Respect Assembly on Tuesday, September 30th.  We have found Cotillion presentations to be spot on with our character education philosophy here at Liberty.   


To show our support for this program, Liberty will conduct a drawing at our Fall Festival on Oct.3rd to send two 4th-6th grade students to one of the Cotillion classes offered.  Please make sure to stop by and put your name in the hat.

Answer: The far left fork is the salad fork   


Odyssey of the Mind Information Night Coming to Liberty



Odyssey of the Mind Information Night

Liberty Common School

Thursday, October 16, 2014

6:30-7:30 pm



Odyssey of the Mind is an international program that promotes creative problem solving for students from kindergarten through college. Under the guidance of a coach, teams of five to seven students learn creative thinking and problem solving skills while finding innovative solutions to a variety of technical and performance problems.



What do kids do in Odyssey?

Team members solve a "Long Term" problem, which they create, produce, practice, and then present at competition in the spring. The problem might be to design a vehicle, produce a play, build a balsa wood structure, or design & incorporate a special effect in the presentation. The problems change every year. In addition to this long term problem, the team is presented with a "Spontaneous" problem that they must solve or respond to in a short period of time. Teams are scored on their creative problem solving abilities, style, and teamwork.

Why is Odyssey of the Mind good for students? Odyssey teaches them to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity and encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems - great and small - for a lifetime. Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by     providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify     challenges and to think creatively to solve these problems. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box."

How can you get involved? Students can be team members and problem solvers. Adults can be   coaches, judges, or volunteers at competition. Each team consists of 5-7 students and one adult coach. The coach is a coordinator who holds regular meetings for the team to work on their projects. The main role of the coach is to guide the team by asking questions to help students expand their approach. Coaches receive training and are supported throughout the Odyssey season.


Want to learn more?

  •  Please come to our informational meeting night Thursday, October 16, 2014
  •  Visit the Odyssey of the Mind International Website - www.odysseyofthe
  •  Contact Catherine Allum-Pawlikowski, Regional Director, or 970-388-0445

Grandparents Day-November 25, 2014
This will mark the fifth year of a cherished tradition at Liberty Common School.  For the past four years, on the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, both schools have hosted many proud grandparents of Liberty's exceptional students.  On Tuesday, November 25, 2014, we will continue this tradition.  Grandparents Day at the elementary begins at 8:30 a.m. and concludes at 11a.m. The upper school event begins at 12:30 and concludes at 3 p.m. 

Grandparents Day has been incredibly successful in past years, thanks to our amazing volunteers. We can not put on this event without your time and talents.  Please consider volunteering for one or all of the following:
  • Volunteer to set up and decorate the evening before the event, beginning at 5 p.m. in the elementary school gymnasium.
  • Volunteer to assist with set up and final preparations the morning of the event, beginning at 7 a.m.
  • Volunteer to guide and assist grandparents throughout the event at either or both locations.
  • Volunteer to staff the refreshment tables at LCHS.

If you are interested in volunteering for this beloved event, please contact Erin Mihulka, Grandparents Day Planning Committee chairperson, via email  


On behalf of the Grandparents Day Planning Committee, we look forward to organizing a fun, special and memorable day for the students and their grandparents.


Thank you,  

Erin Mihulka 

Grandparents Day Planning Committee Chairperson   



You are invited to join The Liberty Grandparents Club for fellowship, food and fun.  We'd love to see you there.

Date:   Thursday, October 9th
Time:   5:30 PM
Place:  Olive Garden Fort Collins
              3905 S College (at Boardwalk)
Full Restaurant Menu - Pay individually         

R.S.V.P. by Monday, October 6th
          JoAnn  970-226-4473 or 970-817-3860



This year's elementary talent show is Friday, October 17 at 6:30pmAuditions will be held Monday, October 13 and Tuesday, October 14 from 3:15-5:30pm in the Choir Room.  Auditions are available for any student (or group of students) grades K-6.  Acts must be 3 minutes or less, and singers MUST have accompaniment for their audition.  If you are interested in auditioning for this year's Liberty's Got Talent, make sure you sign up for an audition slot in the hallway outside the front office the week of Monday, October 6 - Friday, October 10!

Share Your Action Photos
Mr. Reeves and Mr. Wilcox are looking for photos of Liberty students participating in their favorite sport or activity (soccer, volleyball, rock climbing, etc.) to fill a bulletin board outside of the gym called "Liberty Common Athletes in Action!"

If you have a great action photo you would like to share, please turn in a 4x6 print to the front office or directly to Mr. Reeves or Mr. Wilcox.  We ask that you do not send in pictures to be printed out at the school.  Pictures will not be returned at the end of the year.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Reeves or Mr. Wilcox.
Liberty Common School's fifth and sixth grade Choirs have been invited to perform the National Anthem at this year's "Rocky Mountain Face Off" - a CSU vs. CU hockey game held at Budweiser Event Center in Loveland.  The event takes place Thursday, November 6 at 7:00pm.  ANYONE attending the game from Liberty will receive discounted ticket pricing (General Admission Only) if the tickets are purchased through the school.  Please CLICK HERE for the order form to purchase tickets. Order forms can be turned in to the front office.


Attention 6th Graders: Still Time to Sign-Up for Forensics Team

Resolved: Single-gender classrooms would improve the quality of education in American public schools.


Would you enjoy debating this resolution? That's exactly what debate students will be doing in the near future as they attend their first forensics competition of the season! It's not too late to get involved and learn all about debate, original oratory, poetry recitation, dramatic interpretation, and more! The Liberty Common Forensics Team is open to 6th through 12th grade, and meets every Tuesday after school at the high school. For more information, please contact Christi Seidman at or 970-219-6959.