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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 14                                                          
November 24, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Nov. 25    |Grandparents Day
                 8:30-11 a.m., at LCS for grades K-6
                 12:30-3:30 p.m., at LCHS for grades 7-12 
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 and Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m.

Presidential Thanksgiving Proclamation - 1789:
"WHEREAS it is the duty of all nations to acknowledge the providence of Almighty God, to obey His will, to be grateful for His benefits, and humbly to implore His protection and favor; and Whereas both Houses of Congress have, by their joint committee, requested me 'to recommend to the people of the United States a DAY OF PUBLICK THANKSGIVING and PRAYER, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness:'
"NOW THEREFORE, I do recommend and assign THURSDAY, the TWENTY-SIXTH DAY of NOVEMBER next, to be devoted by the people of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being who is the beneficent author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be; that we may then all unite in rendering unto Him our sincere and humble thanks for His kind care and protection of the people of this country previous to their becoming a nation; for the signal and manifold mercies and the favorable interpositions of His providence in the course and conclusion of the late war; for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed;-- for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enable to establish Constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national one now lately instituted;-- for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge;-- and, in general, for all the great and various favours which He has been pleased to confer upon us.

"And also, that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech Him to pardon our national and other transgressions;-- to enable us all, whether in publick or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually; to render our National Government a blessing to all the people by constantly being a Government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed; to protect and guide all sovereigns and nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us); and to bless them with good governments, peace, and concord; to promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and us; and, generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.

"GIVEN under my hand, at the city of New-York, the third day of October, in the year of our Lord, on thousand seven hundred and eighty nine.  George Washington."


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.

Liberty Lego Robotics Triple Play!

On Saturday November 15, three Lego Robotics teams from Liberty Common competed at the First Lego League Poudre High School regional qualifier event. Lego robotics, which starts in late August every year, is an international competition where over 15,000 teams compete around the globe during the school year. The tournament is structured with regional qualifier events, state competitions, and an international final in the early spring. The actual competition consists of three activities: building a robot and running it through timed missions; researching a topic, developing a solution, and presenting it to judges in a presentation; and lastly working through a core values teamwork exercise. Teams compete at a regional qualifier event, and the top 25 percent of teams on a cumulative score basis are invited to compete at the state competitions in Denver in January. Teams who place in the top at state are invited to the Finals, which last year were held in New Orleans.


Fifth Gear, the Liberty team consisting of Michael Hofinger, Sydney Reinke, Taylor Reinke, Joshua Rohrbaugh, and Mikey Werst swept the regional competition, winning first place at the tournament for the robot missions, and was also awarded the overall top team at the regional qualifier for the third year in a row. They were invited to compete at the state tournament in January.


The second Liberty team competing, the Super Crazy Disco Squirrels, were the only all-girls team at the regional qualifier. The squirrels, consisting of Ellen Benz, Carolyn Carpenter, Olivia Good, Amber Kranz, Sarah and Sophia Solis, and Lilly Wilson won an award for their research project presentation, titled "How to Teach Students About Internet Safety". This was the Squirrel's second year competing as a team for Lego Robotics.


The third Liberty team competing was an all-boys 4th
grade rookie team, the EV3 Craftians. Jack Carpenter, Joshua Good, Evan Kent, Mason Sanfilippo and Adam Weibler ranked 7th out of 42 teams in points for the robot missions - a fantastic accomplishment for a rookie team. Their competitors consisted of other teams from schools ranging in age from 9 to 14 year olds.

The day was filled with high-energy, lots of excitement, and an awards ceremony, where the Liberty teams showed strong support for each other, with lots of cheering for each other.

There was a second regional qualifier event with two Liberty teams competing at Preston Middle School on 11/22. The results of that tournament were not available at the time this article went to press, but we are all excited to hear how they all did in next week's newsletter!


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!



Give The Gift of Time: Sign Up to be a Liberty WATCH D.O.G.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering . It began in 1998 in Springdale, AR and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation's classrooms and hallways.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program provides many benefits for our children and our school:
  • Students win because the father and father-figures give their time and energy as a positive role model.
  • Fathers, father-figures and grandfathers get a glimpse of their student's everyday school life.
  • Liberty gains another set of eyes and helping hands for the day.
  • Fathers, father-figures and grandfathers gain an awareness of the positive impact they can have in their student's lives.
CLICK HERE to learn more and become a part of the Liberty WATCH D.O.G.S. program. 

In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Lego Robotics
Save the Date for Spring Gala
Be A Watch D.O.G
Healthcare Reminder
Quiet Zone
Gala 2015 Needs You
6th Grade at Observatory
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 [email protected]

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 if they are not throwing up or fever-free(WITHOUT FEVER REDUCING MEDICINE) for 24 hours.
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

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.

Scoreboard Update


Support Our Eagles
Skillman Offering
School Portrait Make-Up Day

SAT., DEC. 6th. 9:00 am to 12:00 pm

Call (970) 484-3403 with any questions.
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!


Clean Out the Closet

The Clothes Closet is in desperate need of boys' pants of all sizes.  Please bring in gently used pants to the front office. Thank you.

6th Graders Reaching for the Stars

The Little Thompson Observatory in Berthoud was gracious enough to host two viewing nights for the 6th grade students. They began by teaching the students about our sky on their constellation wall and then students and parents were able to go up and look through two telescopes (an 18" Tinsley Classical Cassegrain and a 24" telescope from the Mount Wilson Observatory in California) at various objects in space including a ring nebula, an open cluster, a globular cluster, and a double star. This observatory is run completely by volunteers. The students had a great time and commented how cool it was to actually see what we are learning about in class. The observatory website is for more information.