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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 7                                                   
October 7, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Sept. 24-Oct. 8|October Student Count
Oct. 9       |Grandparent Club Dinner at Olive Garden
Oct. 13     |Talent Show Auditions, 3:15-5:30 p.m.
Oct. 14     |Talent Show Auditions, 3:15-5:30 p.m. 
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
Nov. 7      |Picture Retakes-7:45-8:30 a.m.
Nov. 7      |Hearing and Vision Screening  
Internet Safety Night
Internet predators are closer than kids might think. According to the Coloradoan, 32-year-old Jack Levi Kelley of Fort Collins was arrested just a week ago for Internet crimes. CLICK HERE to learn more about him. Attend the annual LCHS Internet-Safety Night to learn more about how to avoid Internet predators.
Parents, mark your calendars now for our annual
Internet-Safety Night on Monday, October 20st from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.  The presentation is targeted for Liberty students grades 5th - 8th.  Parents, and all other students, are welcome to attend, too.  Those who attended last year's presentation had lots of positive comments.  The same detectives from the Fort Collins Police Department will be on hand to facilitate the meeting and educate students about risks, dangers, and hazardous trends regarding Internet usage, social media, and electronic communications.  Several teachers are offering extra credit for students who attend.  CLICK
HERE for a summary of a previous Internet-Safety-Night presentation.
PowerSchool: Use It To Stay Informed 
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.

WATCH D.O.G. Dad, Wes Cardenas celebrates his birthday with Mrs. Shockley's Kindergarten Class.  If you would like to volunteer as a WATCH D.O.G.  please contact WATCH D.O.G. coordinator, Todd Arndorfer at


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.)


In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
WATCH D.O.G. Program
Immunization Updated Records Needed
Odyssey of the Mind
Liberty Talent Show
Liberty Choirs Performing National Anthem
Save the Date for Grandparents Day
Dinner Invite From Grandparents Club
Mind Your Manners
Share Your Action Photos
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.

Liberty Welcomes Ms. Becky McDougall, Assistant Business Manager
By:  Tim Ricketts, Business Manager
Please join me in welcoming Ms. Becky McDougall, Assistant Business Manager, to Liberty Common School.  Becky is familiar with Liberty, has school business operations experience, and will be a great addition to our team.  Becky's role will include: administrating fringe benefits and retirement plans, figuring and distributing monthly payroll, maintaining personnel files with an eye for best practices in human resources management and accounting duties.

Liberty Common School's transition to a K-12 program has allowed for hundreds of new students, and consequently, has required an expansion of our employee roster to over one hundred dedicated professionals.  Four years since the launch of the high school, the school board's decision to hire an assistant business administrator serves to better meet the needs of our growing faculty and staff.  

This realignment of duties and time will allow a shifting of my efforts to lend support to the Board's long-term goals. Currently poised as strategic initiatives, there is still a lot to do to complete the planned facilities and to work toward well-deserved improvements to employee compensation programs. I am also looking forward to networking, and sharing some experience with charter school counterparts.

Becky will utilize the office across the hall from me and next to Mr. Churchill's office, if you would like to drop by to welcome her in person.  Becky is familiar with Liberty, has school business operations experience, and will be a great addition to our team.

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

Please note:  If you are not able to attend the informational meeting and are interested in volunteering as a Odyssey of the Mind Coach, please contact Liberty Common's Odyssey of the Mind Co-Coordinators, Pinky Tiwari at

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!

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.


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   


Join The Liberty Grandparents Club For Fellowship, Food and Fun 

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


Math Club Seeking Leader
LCS After School Math Club for 3rd and 4th grade student(s) that meets Mondays from 3:15-4:00 p.m., is needing an adult volunteer to run this fun and effective program.  The volunteer will assist Math Club students playing online math games focusing on the four operations. The goal is for them to develop speed and accuracy with math facts. Fluency with the basics enables them to focus on the process of applying their knowledge to more difficult areas of math, such as multi-digit multiplication, long division, fractions, problem solving, etc. Please contact Casey Churchill at to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity.  

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, presented 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.   

Answer: The far left fork is the salad fork   


Liberty Common Tennis Team


Jr. High Boy's Basketball Tryouts: Open to 6th graders

Lunn announcement

When:October 8th and 9th

What Time: 3:30pm - 5pm

Where:LCS Gym



Parent meeting will be on Monday, October 13th at 5pm in the gym.


Liberty has hired Mr. TJ Norris as the new Jr. High boys basketball coach.  Coach Norris played basketball in high school and college and loves to work with Jr. High students. 


6th grader's Athletic Packets are due to Mrs. Ronen, in the Front Office by Friday, October 10th.  A blue card will be exchanged for the packet. The athlete will then give the blue card to Coach Norris. Click here for the Athletic Packet.


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.
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.