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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 9                                                     
October 20, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Oct. 20     |Internet Safety Night, LCHS, 6:30 
Oct. 24     |Parent/Teacher Conferences, No School
Oct. 27     |Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
Oct. 28     |Character Edu. Responsibility Assembly
4-6 attend assembly from 8:10-8:45
K-3 attend assembly from 8:55-9:35

31     |Liberty T-Shirt Day
Nov. 3-14 |Liberty Common Canned Food Drive
Nov. 7      |Picture Retakes-7:45-8:30 a.m.
Nov. 7      |Hearing and Vision Screening-All students Kindergarten-3rd and 6th grade.  Only 4th and 5th graders new to Liberty Common.  
Nov. 21    |Liberty T-Shirt Day
Nov. 25    |Grandparents Day
Nov. 26-28|Thanksgiving Break, No School
Internet Safety Night

Parents, mark your Parents 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.
Can You Hear Me Now?

Dear Parents-


The Health Office is in need of at least 4 volunteers from about 7:50am-12:40pm on Hearing and Vision screening day, November 7th. Prior experience not necessary, but is helpful.  Volunteers need to stay the whole time, because it is cumbersome to train half way through the day. Light snacks and waters will be provided.


If you are interested please contact Natalie Dybzinski at: or Jen Hopkins at: [email protected]


Pants Needed in Clothes Closet
The seasons are changing and it is a great time to clean out your closets and donate to our closet.  The LCS Clothes Closet is completely out of boys pants, all sizes.  Remember, trade-in your gently used clothing and take home something "new".

Individual Student Makeup Day
"Your School Portrait Professionals"
-SINCE 1968-
Phone (970) 484-3403
818 E. Elizabeth, Ft. Collins, CO 80524
Fax (970) 416-5814 Toll Free 1-888-550-1516

School portrait make-up day will be: FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2014
TIME - 7:45 am to 8:30 am

1. If you were absent or are new to the school you may purchase a new package or have one taken for the records, yearbook and ID.
2. If you had a picture taken but didn't purchase a package you may have a new picture taken and purchase a package.
3. If you purchased a package and want a retake you must return the original package in full with reason for retake clearly stated on package.

Please refer to guidelines on back of package as what justifies a retake.

Order forms for new packages are available in the office
and you may use the order form from first day.OR SECURE PRE-ORDER ON LINE - Students will need to be re-photographed.
Click on pre order fall school portraits and have credit/debit card ready.


In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Internet Safety Night
Hearing and Vision
Clothes Closet Needs
Picture Makeup Day
News from the BOD
Odyssey of the Mind
Fall Festival Thank You
Save the Date for Grandparents Day
Enter Cotillion Raffle
Math Club Seeking Leader
Box Tops
Gala 2015
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 [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
Denise Benz       420-4184
John Rohrbaugh 225-2259

You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at  

Nov. 20, 2014  
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School

Sharp Point Dr.


Please check Liberty Common's Lost and Found  after Parent/Teacher Conferences. The shelves are overflowing.  All items not claimed will be donated to charity. 


News from the Board of Directors 
by: Paulette Hansen


Several new courses approved, a successful audit, and wonderful results from our English department were the highlights of our October 16 Board of Directors meeting.

The Academic Advisory Committee recommended the Board consider three new High School electives and one revision for the 2015-2016 school year.  After review, they were unanimously approved.  The courses are:


  • AP French which will meet our commitment to existing French students with curriculum that reflects Liberty philosophy.
  • Intermediate Sculpture and 3D Design which fills a gap between introductory courses and AP Studio Art
  • Principles of Liberty, a deep dive into United States founding documents, taught by Bob Schaffer.
  • Theatre History and Literature, a revised course that includes an interdisciplinary survey of theatre, incorporating history, literature, art, and philosophy
We are very excited for the opportunity these classes offer beginning in 2015-16.  

Each year our accounting firm conducts an audit of our finances.  The preliminary audit has been conducted and reviewed with the Board.  It will be finalized within the next week.  A successful outcome is expected.  

The English department head and representatives, Mr. Dybzinski, Ms. Scarlett and Mr. Van Maren reported some impressive TCAP results.  LCS is a standout on the Colorado growth model!  These results are based on a cohesive curriculum and the collaborative efforts of faculty, parents, administration, and students.  Special thanks to all for their ongoing efforts.     



 Registration Forms Available in Front Office. Please return by Thurs. Oct. 23rd.   


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.


Please note:  If you were 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



On behalf of Liberty Common School, I would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to the countless number of parents, grandparents, and siblings who volunteered their time and energy to making this year's Fall Festival such a fun and successful fundraiser for our school!  It would never be possible to list all the people who put forth their time, but you know who you are and we thank you all! I would like to recognize a few members of our school community who really helped out with this event for weeks prior to the night!  


Yolanda Sears, Katie and Greg Piccolo, Robert Crowe, Kristen Stephens, Maia Tomich, Andrea Irish, Kristy Cleaver, Mariah Spalding, Kelly Kupplinger, Jamie Nagel, Matt Hass, our very own Grandparent's Committee for organizing grandparents in to assist throughout the night, John and Marie Beck for catering the amazing food from their restaurant Panino's, and Cory and Jessica Coombs for their most generous contribution of the Brace's U Orthodontics' photo booth.  A special thank you to Linda Magloughlin for her tireless work organizing the tickets, meal vouchers, and money for the event, Jill Ronen and Julie Russell in the front office for all the extra work that this places in their laps, Liberty's own Student Council for providing a photo booth that was a sure hit, Dominic and Richard Rencher for set up and reorganizing the gym for this huge project, and principal Casey Churchill for his support of the event. Thank you all!


Vedra Osborn
Parent Volunteer Fall Festival Coordinator


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 [email protected].  


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

[email protected]   


Attention LCS Parents Enter the Cotillion Raffle
Liberty Common Cotillion Participants-Winter Session 20014

Liberty Common School encourages all families of 4th-6th graders to enter the raffle for free cotillion classes offered by Jon D. Williams Cotillions.  A table with raffle tickets is located right outside the Front Office.  Please view the upcoming Jon D. Williams Cotillions  classes offered in Fort Collins beginning in January by Clicking Here


These are great character building classes for your 4-8 grade students. 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.   


Don't hesitate. Enter the raffle now.  Winners will be chosen on Friday, Oct. 31st.   Your student may be the lucky winner!   


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 [email protected] to learn more about this great volunteer opportunity.  

Box Tops Everywhere You Look
Box Tops - Dimes in disguise. They're everywhere, just look around you. They are in the supermarket, in your office, the pantry, the bathroom, your car, your neighbors' houses. O.K., so maybe I am the only one who sees them everywhere. I just know how much they matter to our school.

Did you know that if every kid brought in just 10 Box Tops a month it would bring in $5,481 a year for our school. That's 10 Box Tops times 29 kids per class, times 3 classes per grade, times 7 Grades, that equals 6090 Box Tops. That's $609 a month, $5,481 a year. That does not even include the summer. Do they matter? I would say so.

On a side note, Box Tops expire. There is an expiration dates fast approaching-November 1st. Please turn in all you have so that I can send them off. I sure would hate to toss them into the trash. Thank you. Every little bit helps.   


You're Box Top Coordinator,

Jeanne-Marie Siegfried


Gala 2015 News

The Gala 2015 committee needs your gently used Reading List books to help raise funds for the school. To donate your books, leave them in the drop boxes located near the front office and back doors to the school.


Pink Bags are back!  Gala planning and preparations are underway, and we've filled pink bags with projects that are simple to complete.  Most of the projects can be done at home.  All the supplies and instructions are included in each bag.  Many hands make light work!  Visit the front office to check out your Pink Bag Project today!