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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 15                                                           
December 1, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Dec. 2      |Kindergarten Concert, 6:30 p.m.
Dec. 12    |Free Dress Day
Dec. 15    |5th and 6th Gr. Band & Choir Concert, 6:30
Dec. 16    |Character Ed. Assembly|Cooperation

                  4th-6th Grades-8:10-8:45
                  K-3rd Grades-8:55-9:35
Dec. 17 and 18| Jr. High Girl's Basketball Tryouts:
                           3:30pm - 5pm, LCS gym
Dec. 19    |Liberty T-Shirt Day
Dec. 22-Jan. 2|Winter Break-NO SCHOOL 
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!



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. 

6th Grade Band Rings In the Holiday Season


On Friday, November 28th, the 6th grade band performed in downtown Fort Collins. They represented Liberty at the Red Kettle Kick-Off, which is an event sponsored by the Salvation Army. It's the start of raising money for those in need throughout the holiday season.  


The band played festive carols in Old Town Square, and did a great job. Thanks to everyone who came to support them! The official LCS Band and Choir concert will be held here at LCS on December 15th at 6:30. Hope to see you there!


Liberty Robotics Rock 

On Saturday, November 22, 2014, Liberty's own...Liberty Team Ortiz The Mammouth 5000(see photo below)  competed at the Preston FLL Lego Robotics Qualifier competition receiving the prestigious Core Values Trophy Award.  The Core Values Award is carefully selected to the team that demonstrates:  Inspiration, Teamwork and Gracious Professionalism emphasizing on extraordinary enthusiasm, effective problem solving, excellent time management, strong communication and respect for each other and other teams.  This Liberty team did just that,  recognizing that both friendly competition and mutual gain are possible, on and off the playing field.   

Pictured from left to right:  Brody Cinnabro, Austin Younger, Tony Ortiz, Coach Lance Ortiz, Cohen Stern and Eric North



The Enginysics, sixth grade Lego Robotics team, won the Second Place Champion award for overall performance at the Preston Qualifier last weekend.  The team coached by CJ Smith and consisting of Ian Smith, Liam O'Malley, Ryan Saladanha, David Gao, Charlie Wang, and Kellen Hansen not only advanced to the state competition in January, but were also awarded scholarships to a STEM camp this summer.



In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Incoming Kindergarteners
Save the Date for Spring Gala
Be A Watch D.O.G
6th Grade Band
Liberty Robotics Rock
Healthcare Reminder
Quiet Zone
Gala 2015 Needs You
Clothes Closet Needs Boys' Pants
Principal Writing
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
  Dec. 18, 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.

Skillman Offering
School Portrait Make-Up Day

FRI., DEC. 5th
. 3:00 to 5:30
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.

"Poneying Up For Liberty"
By:  Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal
What's the difference between pony and poney?  Understanding the distinction is very important as it impacts every kid at Liberty Common School.  How? You must keep reading.

About a week ago, Elementary Principal Casey Churchill and I sent a letter to the households of all Liberty parents, grandparents and alumni.  It is unlike the routine letters sent by the school.  

This one asks for money and includes a return envelope to make giving even easier.  Have you sent yours back yet?  That is, with a check in it?  

Thank you to the many parents and Liberty supporters who have immediately generously responded.  Your contributions will be put to productive use straightaway.  It turns out we sent the letter at just the right time.

In fact, the urgency of our request increased two weeks ago when our Board of Directors approved extremely frugal school-budget adjustments.  Liberty's budget optimistically counts on parents increasing their annual year-end contributions to the school.  

If the funds do not come in, the seven parents who serve on Liberty's Board could be required to go back and tighten our program funding a bit more.  They would have no other choice.

As Liberty parents, you and I do.

That brings us to a pony. It's a small horse important to the settlement of the West.  Consistent with our Western heritage, we know what to do when money is tight.  

Rather than panic or complain, we decide what's important, "cowboy up," and ride ahead with purpose.  That's what we're doing at Liberty now - with confidence and optimism.  

Both school campuses still need facilities improvements and modernizations in our classroom materials and supplies.  Our school is widely regarded as the best in Colorado, and we excel in educating our students on about 80% of what our school district spends on students in its regular public schools.

Between running an efficient organization and nearly all of our parents kicking in, our students receive the best education around.  

That brings us to poney.  In days of old, "pone" was a legal writ authorizing the court to take a defendant's property if he didn't show up for trial.  Today we call it bail.  Pone, (pronounced poney) comes from the Latin word ponere which means to seize.  

We have no intention of seizing anything.  But the necessity of showing up, or in this case pitching in, really does have a bearing on the outcome for our school.  We really need everyone to answer our recent mailing appealing for contributions - generously.  

Additionally, we could use more parents participating on Liberty's fundraising committee.  If interested, please send committee chairman
Sarj Gill an email by CLICKING HERE .  We could also use more parent help on our grant-writing committee.  To help with that, CLICK HERE to email Board Chairman Bill Werst.

We wouldn't ask for ongoing financial support if it were not truly important.  Pone, by the way, is where we get the phrase "poney up," which is what we're counting on everyone in the Liberty community to do.

There is the difference between pony and poney; and that's how it impacts every student at Liberty.