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 16                                                            
December 8, 2014
What's Happening at LCS

Dec. 10    |January Lunch Calendars Due-No    calendars will be accepted after Dec. 15th.
Dec. 12    |Free Dress Day

Dec. 12    |Lil Dribbler Registration Due.
Open to 1st and 2nd Grade Girls and Boys. 
Click Here for registration form. 
Dec. 15    |5th and 6th Grade Choir Concert-6:30           
                 |6th Grade Band Concert-6:30
Dec. 16    |Character Ed. Assembly|Cooperation

                  4th-6th Grades-8:10-8:45
                  K-3rd Grades-8:55-9:35
Presentation by The Studio dance troop. Directed by Alicia Nightengale, Performance/Competition Director and Music Department Director.  Click Here for more information about The Studio. 

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 

PLEASE VISIT LOST & FOUND BEFORE WINTER BREAK.  All items not claimed by 3:00 p.m. on 12/19  will be given to a local charity. Thank you. 
5th and 6th Graders Invited
Attention all 5th and 6th graders!  Any student interested in participating in this year's 5/6 Musical - Peter Pan - needs to attend an informational meeting in the Choir Room at 3:15 on Tuesday, December 16th.  This meeting must be attended with a parent and will give you all the information you need in order to audition for the musical in January.
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.

Register Now for 2nd Semester Liberty Chess Club
Chess pieces

Liberty Chess Club will meet the following Fridays from 3:15-4:15.

January 16, 23,30

February 6, 20, 27
March 6, 13, 27
April 10, 17, 24

CLICK HERE to print registration form. Return completed form with payment to the Front Office.
LCS Community Bulletin Board Ready for Postings

In an effort to help build more community within our school, we have designed a community board on our website.  This community board is to be used by families within our school to share services.  After registering, you will be able to log on and begin viewing and posting items for sale, services provided, events, help wanted, etc.  What a great way to connect with other families.  A big thanks to Terra Drobny in our IT department.  She did a great job designing and developing this forum for us to use.

CLICK HERE for Community Board website. 
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! 
News from the Board of Directors 
by:  Paulette Hansen
Latin is being considered for additional instruction.

At Liberty, our mission is to provide excellence and fairness in education for children through a common foundation by successfully teaching a contextual body of organized knowledge.  Vocabulary and domain knowledge are developed by teaching the rich body of content knowledge defined in the Core Knowledge Sequence.  Vocabulary is further defined through Greek roots and Latin language instruction.  A desired result of Liberty's foreign language instruction is an increase in student knowledge and understanding of English.  We believe Latin instruction is integral to becoming proficient in written and verbal communication.

The Academic Advisory Committee has initiated a discussion around the effectiveness of requiring Latin instruction for all 8th grade students.  Latin instruction is currently required through 7th grade.  The Board of Directors is considering this proposal.  We have many perspectives to review and more research to complete.  We think it is important for the entire community to be aware of this consideration. 

In other news, the annual budget has been finalized, our math scores overall are phenomenal, fundraising never stops, and a huge thank you to everyone who made Grandparent's Day a big success.  

Paulette Hansen
Board of Directors
In This Issue
What's Happening at LCS
Peter Pan
Incoming Kindergarteners
2nd Semester Liberty Chess Club
Community Bulletin Board
Save the Date for Spring Gala
News from BOD
Healthcare Reminder
Quiet Zone
History of Liberty
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 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

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.

History of Liberty Common School

How Did We Get Here? 

Part 1 of 5

By Dr. Maureen Schaffer 

Liberty Common School has a unique history that is important for all to know.  

There  were many hardships and roadblocks encountered along the way. The Founders persevered to make our school what it is today, but it wasn't easy. We are fortunate to have had such persistent pioneers with a vision to make one of the best charter schools in Colorado.

 

For the next three weeks, we will run, "How Did We Get Here?" by Dr. Maureen Schaffer.  Dr. Schaffer does a superb job of detailing the events that took place to develop Liberty Common School as we know it. Our hope is that by sharing our history, we will better value the efforts by our Founders to get where we are today. It is because of their vision and foresight that we have the top elementary and high school in the state of Colorado.

We continually thank our founding parents for their hard work and dedication. We could not have asked for a better educational system to educate children. Our hope is that you feel the same.

  

The History of Liberty Common School

By Dr. Maureen Schaffer (Founding Parent)

 

Liberty Common Elementary School first opened its doors in September of 1997, but the story of The Liberty Common School dates back much further.

  

In the early 1990s, true educational choice was non-existent in Poudre School District.  Parents without resources for private school sent their children to neighborhood schools.  Nebulous curricula were largely determined by individual classroom teachers, leading to gaps and repetition in student learning. Dissatisfied, small groups of parents began to read, research, and meet throughout PSD in search of better options.

  

One young couple, with a seemingly insatiable interest in education issues, emerged with a solution.  After months of research, Dr. Randy Everett and his wife, Ruth Ann, identified several fundamental elements they believed most parents desired in their children's schooling:

Parental choice in education
A core curriculum of specific content knowledge
Solid, content-driven skill instruction
Teaching the values of a democratic society
School-based management

  

Randy and Ruth Ann took their message on the road, placing advertisements in the local paper, and speaking in living rooms and meeting halls throughout the county.  Soon, hundreds of parents had joined the cause.

  

In the spring of 1993, Dr. Everett submitted a proposal to the PSD Board of Education to establish an Elementary School of Choice organized around the Core Knowledge Sequence.  The educational community fought the proposal with gusto.  District teachers testified before the school board, pronouncing the Core Knowledge Sequence too difficult to teach or learn.  In spite of this strong opposition, the school board approved the request, and the Washington Core Knowledge School opened with 125 students that fall.  This progressive episode in PSD's history is documented on pages 62-63 of The Schools We Need by E.D. Hirsch.

  

Washington Core Knowledge School flourished. Parents painted the run-down school building and gathered curriculum resources. Courageous teachers joined the team, and students began to outperform their peers at neighborhood schools.  In two years, enrollment had nearly doubled, and the waiting list numbered in the hundreds.

  

To meet this high demand, the school board allowed Washington Core to further increase enrollment and move into a portion of the old Fort Collins High School building.  In a monumental construction effort led by parent volunteer Carol Christ, the high school building was converted to an elementary school over the summer of 1995.  Things were going well for Washington Core, or so it seemed.

 

The school district notified Washington Core that its two-year pilot program had ended.   Faculty would now be determined by the district, rather than the school's parent board.  Sadly, the district immediately fired two teachers, replacing them with "tenured excess" teachers from within PSD.


The founding parents were dismayed.   How could the school retain its integrity, if PSD brought in teachers who were not committed to the school's curriculum?   Fortunately, the Colorado legislature had provided an answer - the Charter Schools Act.

  

TO BE CONTINUED....