The Eagle's Nest
Eagle Mosaic
  

 

Liberty  
Common 
Elementary 
School 
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 12                                                        
November 10, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Nov. 3-14 |Liberty Common Canned  Food  Drive (see details below)
Nov. 18    |Character Education Assembly-Self-Control
                 K-3rd grade-8:10-8:45
                 4th-6th grade-8:55-9:35
                 Speaker: Carin Avila from the Rocky Mtn.                    Raptor Program. CLICK HERE for more info.                      about this program.
Nov. 20    |BOD Mtg., 6:00 p.m.   
Nov. 21    |Liberty T-Shirt Day
Nov. 25    |Grandparents Day
Nov. 26-28|Thanksgiving Break, No School
Dec. 2      |Kindergarten Concert, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12    |Free Dress Day
Dec. 15    |5th and 6th Gr. Band Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Canned Food Drive 2014
Ends Friday At Noon

When: November 3-14**All food needs to be at LCS by noon on Friday, Nov. 14th.  

 

Benefits: Food Bank for Larimer County

 

Most Needed Items: Peanut butter, canned meat/fish, canned fruit in juice, whole grain cereal

 

PLEASE check expiration dates on food.  Expired food has to be thrown away and cannot be donated.

 

If students collect 2014 Food Items they will receive a Free Dress Day.

 

If students collect 4028 Food Items their teachers will treat them to a Fashion Show.   

 

Attention Parents of Incoming Kindergarteners
If your child is a sibling of a student currently enrolled in Liberty, and will be attending kindergarten in the 2015-2016 school year, please make sure that they are on the sibling waiting list.  We will begin running the lottery for the general public on January 26, 2015.
Please contact Julie Russell, LCS Registrar at 482-9800, ext. 3114, to get on the list.
Spring Gala 2015-Save the Date!

We want you to attend this year's Liberty Annual Spring Gala! Please mark your calendars so you don't miss this spectacular event!

 

The Spring Gala will be held on Friday, April 10th, 2015 at the Embassy Suites in Loveland and we hope to see you there!

 

Check out all the fun photo booth photos from Gala 2014 by Clicking Here!

 

 

Gala 2015 Committee 
Ready for Volunteers and Book Donations

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!

 

THANK YOU TO OUR AMAZING VISION AND HEARING VOLUNTEERS

Kim Arnett, Mary Lou Banning, Dawn Burkhart, Maria Good, Heather Jones, Kelly Kuppinger, Kathleen Petersen, Marlo Rhea, Andrea Seiner, and Melissa Stein.

 

WE COULDN'T HAVE DONE IT WITHOUT YOU!

 

Natalie Dybzinski, LCS Nurse and Jen Hopkins, LCS Health Tech 

Dress Code Reminder

   

Congratulations to Cotillion Winners
Winners from the Jon D. Williams Cotillions® Raffle.  From Left to right: Lily Heiden (4th grade), Evan Kent (4th grade) and Sophia Space (6th grade).  These excited students will attend free cotillion classes beginning in January.  

5th and 6th Graders Perform National Anthem at CSU/CU Hockey Game  
Members of the 5th and 6th Grade Choirs, under the direction of Mrs. Erin Grandprey, performed the National Anthem at the CSU/CU Hockey game on  Nov. 6th. Alex Goetl, 6th grade student at Liberty, led the CSU Rams onto the ice prior to the beginning of the game.  Way to shine Liberty Common.   

 
High School Musical Coming to Liberty

Ahoy!  High School Musical Ahead!  Gilbert & Sullivan's H.M.S. Pinafore is set to sail on Friday, November 14th and Saturday, November 15th at LCS (1725 Sharp Point Dr.) from 7-10pm.  Tickets can be purchased online in advance by CLICKING HERE or on the picture above (admission is $10/adult or $5/student or senior).
In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Canned Food Drive
Incoming Kindergarteners
Save the Date for Spring Gala
Gala 2015 Needs You
Thank You
Dress Code Reminder
Cotillion Winners
Star Performers
LCHS Musical
Healthcare Reminder
Quiet Zone
Basketball Season Passes
King Soopers Gift Cards
Lost and Found Makeover
Principal Writing by Bob Schaffer
Sign Up Genius for Grandparents Day
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.

In an effort to keep students safe during drop-off and pick-up times, please refrain from using cell phones.  The front, middle and back drop-off and pick-up areas are designated NO CELL PHONE AREAS.   



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. 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 included on the sign-in sheet.  

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 jronen@libertycommon.org

Healthcare Reminder
If your student is sick with a fever of 100 degrees or higher or is throwing up or has diarrhea, he or she is not allowed to attend school.  Your child may return to school after having been healthy and fever-free for 24 hours without fever reducing medications.
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 
6:00 p.m. 
Teacher's Lounge
Liberty Common School

1725
Sharp Point Dr.

Quiet Zone
Please remember that the front office is an office of business and the use of cell phones is prohibited.  We also ask that conversations be kept to a minimum so that front office staff can provide quality customer service to students, staff members and other parents.  Thank you.

Basketball Season Passes-Buy Now
King Soopers Gift Cards

 
Lost and Found Makeover
Before Lost and Found  makeover.

Ta-Dah, the finished project 

Parent Volunteer, Tiffany Green, or as we like to call her, Tornado of Goodness, has once again shared her talent of sprucing up our school.  A big Liberty thank you also goes out to parent volunteer, Diane Colvin for organizing and maintaining our Lost and Found.  Thank you ladies for your hard work and dedication.  

Hyvää Isänpäivää! And "Glad Fars Dag!"
By:  Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal
Father's Day was celebrated yesterday in Finland and Sweden.  These two countries are especially important to the Liberty community because Milla from Finland and Louise from Sweden are two of our three foreign-exchange students at the high school this year.  

Liberty loves them both; and we love you, too, Marco from Italy.  Italians, and most Europeans, celebrate Father's Day in March corresponding with St. Joseph's Day.  

In the U.S., we celebrate fathers in June; but, since the holiday falls amid our summer recess, we miss the opportunity to express school-wide gratitude to Liberty dads for the essential role they play in the education and upbringing of their children.

In honor of Milla and Louise, we can embrace their national traditions as an occasion to celebrate all Liberty dads, starting with Milla's, Louise's, and Marco's.

 
"Hyvää Isänpäivää!" (Finnish), "Glad Fars Dag!" (Swedish), and " Felice Giorno del Padre!" (Italian).

 
One nice recent addition to the Liberty culture has been the Liberty Watch D.O.G.S Program.  D.O.G.S. stands for "Dads of Great Students."  The program consists of fathers, grandfathers and others, who volunteer for at least one day at the elementary school each year.  

Each Watch D.O.G. has a schedule to follow during his day in the school and wears an official t-shirt and 'DOG Tag' while on site. CLICK HERE to learn more, and to sign up.   

Having dads in the school helps communicate parental leadership and family support to the students and staff.  It also helps reinforce the idea that good schools are indeed run by parents who are onsite, present, active and engaged.

Dads matter - a lot.  Just as there is no substitute for a loving, nurturing mother, there is no substitute for a loving, nurturing father.  Kids bereft of good fathers face an enormous disadvantage, especially at school.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, nearly 25 million American children - about a third of all children - do not live with their biological fathers.   The fatherlessness trend is alarming.  

In the years following World War II, nearly 90% of children grew up with two biological parents who were married to one another.  Today, less than 70% spend their whole childhood in an intact family.

There is ample research associating virtually every vestige of social decay with fatherlessness.  The impact upon a child's education is particularly pronounced.  

On a statistical basis, fatherless children are more likely to have emotional and behavioral problems.  They're more likely to be physically abused.  They're more likely to smoke, drink, and use drugs.  They're more likely to act out at school with aggressive and violent behavior, and they're more prone to criminal behavior disrupting the educational process.  

Fatherless children are delinquent from school more often.  They're tardy more frequently.  Their school performance is poorer.  They're more likely to be expelled.  They're more likely to drop out.

At Liberty, we're fortunate to have so many fathers committed to their families, to their children, and to their children's education.  Having dads in the school, whether as Watch D.O.G.S., guest lecturers, Board Members, committee members, and other volunteers adds strength to our school.  And, we have an unusually high number of fathers who work at the school, which adds further depth.

Fathers showing up at school events, Back-to-School nights, Parent/Teacher Conferences, and reinforcing school behavioral standards yields colossal advantages for students.  Financial support for the school reminds students and our community that parents are in charge at Liberty, and that high-quality education is an important family investment.  They own it.

There are thousands of articles, research papers and websites focused on the importance of fatherhood, intact families, and good parenting.  We reflect on this kind of research all the time here at the school as we consider studies, trends, and other valid findings about optimizing a child's education.

We are grateful to all the Liberty parents and grandparents - both genders - who pour their hearts into our school and into their children's education.  It's among the most important things in life.  

But, especially to all Liberty granddads and dads, upon the occasion of Finnish and Swedish Father's Day: Thank you for your loving commitment to our fantastic students and their extraordinary school.  Hyvää Isänpäivää! and Glad Fars Dag!
Sign Up Genius for Grandparents Day 2014

Liberty Common families and grandparents who have attended previous 

Grandparents Day events and filled-out informational table cards at those 

events should have received their invitations for Grandparents Day 2014.

 

This portion of the newsletter is also a reminder and 'save the date' notice for those families who may have family coming from out of town and would like them to attend!


If you do not receive an invitation, please visit our Grandparents Day Webpage as an open invitation to all grandparents of Liberty Common students.   

 

Please read the content of the page for lots of information about the day and check the FAQ section to see if your questions can be answered there.

 

Parental families of Liberty Common students who receive an invitation should

share the invitation with their childrens' grandparents if they have not been able 

to add their addresses to our Grandparents Day mailing list.


We ask that if grandparents cannot attend, parents do not come in their place.

We do not have the capacity to host every parent plus grandparents.  Please

allow this to be a special day for grandparents and grandchildren.  


Grandparents Day 2014 promises to be the best event yet!  At the elementary 

school, grandparents will be treated to a fantastic, home made breakfast that 

is a recipe of a fellow Liberty Common grandparent, as well as performances 

by students, and a chance to visit their grandchildren's classrooms, meet the 

wonderful Liberty Common teachers, and get a grand tour of the fantastic 

school given with pride by their own grandchildren.  


At the secondary school, grandparents will be treated to some afternoon 

snacks and performances by the amazingly talented students as well as get

to tour of the newly expanded, beautiful building and classrooms as well as 

experience some interaction with the amazing teachers at this exceptional 

educational institution.  


Grandparents who are able to attend should not miss this wonderful experience

to spend a wonderful morning and/or afternoon with their bright, excited, and

proud grandchildren.  Liberty Common staff, teachers, administration, the 

Grandparents Day Planning Committee and all of the students look forward to

hosting people who are so special to the lives of the Liberty kids!  

 

This event cannot exist without the support of parent volunteers.  The Grandparents Day Planning Committee is still seeking volunteers to help the evening before the event beginning at 5pm in the elementary gym to set up seating, tables, and decor. Also needed are volunteers to help the day of the event anywhere from 7am am to 11:00am. The high school is seeking volunteers to help from noon until 3:30pm.

 

If you would be interested in helping make this wonderful, unique event a smooth 

success, please use this SignUp Genius page to secure your spot!  

CLICK HERE to volunteer, CLICK HERE to donate.   

 

If you have any questions about volunteering for the event, contact Erin Mihulka 

via email at coolfam@q.com