The Eagle's Nest 
  Liberty Common Elementary School
1725 Sharp Point Drive
Fort Collins, CO 80525

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 32                                                                            
April 20, 2015
Important Dates
April 20-April 24 Scholastic Book Fair
Geronimo, from the book series, Geronimo Stilton, invites all to the Liberty Common Book Fair, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. in the Library.    

April 24 and April 25| 5th and 6th Grade Dessert Theatre, Peter Pan in the LCS Performance Hall.  Doors Open at 6:00 p.m., dessert is served at 6:30 p.m. and during intermission, show begins at 7:00 p.m. Buy your tickets online only by CLICKING HERE

Donations of juice boxes for the Dessert Theater are needed.  Any amount of juice boxes provided are appreciated.  Please bring juice box donations to the Front Office.  We are also requesting dessert platters/serving trays to borrow.  Please label your platter with your name.
They will be returned.  

Dessert Theatre DVDs on Sale
Order your DVD of the performance now!  Star Painter Productions will video record the performance and sell individual DVDs for $15.00. Please complete the order form prior to May 5th.  Attach payment and drop it off at the Front Office.  DVDs will be delivered to the school by May 19th.  CLICK HERE for a DVD order form.  Don't miss out on this opportunity for watch the performance again and again.  Perfect for Grandparents or out of town family. Order now.  

April 24|Liberty T-shirt Day 

April 24|Last Day of Chess Club

April 28|Character Ed. Assembly-Perseverance
(K-3) attends assembly at 8:10-8:45
(4-6) attends assembly at 8:55-9:35
Speaker: Ellen Martin, Visual Arts Administrator for the City of Fort Collins. 
May 1|Mayfest-(No hot lunch will be served)
May 4th-May8th|Teacher Appreciation Week
May 11|5th & 6th Grade Band/Choir Concert, 6:30 
May 14|Awards Ceremonies
May 21|BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
May 21|Olympic Day-(No hot lunch will be served)
May 22|Last Day of School, 1/2 day, 11:00 release
May 22|4th Quarter Ends
June 5|Final Report Cards mailed home
June 18|BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Student Not Returning to Liberty?
If you know that your student will not be returning to Liberty Common for the 2015-2016 school year, please contact Julie Russell at 482-9800 ext. 3114, as soon as possible.  There are many anxious parents waiting for a spot. To ensure a smooth transfer of your child's records, you may pick-up dis-enrollment paperwork in the office.  Thank you. 
Mathnasium Supports Liberty's Spring Gala

Recycle Cartridges for Kids at Liberty Common School
Unsure what to do with your used cell phones, laser & inkjets cartirdges, laptops, MP3s, PDAs and tablets, eReaders and notebooks? Donate them Liberty Common!  We partner with Cartridges For Kids to recycle used electronics and raise money for our school. You can drop off your items in the Front Office in the box located on the credenza. We will have a pickup on May 8th. Thank you for your support!

Important Dates
School Year
Classes Begin|Aug. 24
Thanksgiving|Nov. 25-27
Winter Break|Dec. 21-Jan. 1
Spring Break|March 14-18
Last Day of School|May 27
3rd-6th Graders Encouraged to Participate in Standardized Testing   
Liberty's participation in the State of Colorado's standardized testing begins soon. Liberty's participation in the State of Colorado's standardized testing begins soon.  Although Liberty is opposed to Common Core, we are encouraging students to take the state tests.  Ridgeview Classical School Principal, Mr. Anderson, recently wrote a wonderful perspective that mirrors our stance on the tests.  Please CLICK HERE to read Mr. Anderson's article. 

Only 3rd-6th graders will be taking the tests.  Attending school during these days is of utmost importance and we greatly appreciate your support.  Please do not plan any vacations or medical/dental appointments on testing days. CLICK HERE to view the schedules.  Be sure to scroll thru the entire document to know when your student will be testing.  Thank you. 
Summer Math and Reading Camps and Individualized Tutoring Coming to Liberty. Plan and Register Now
reading Research at Liberty Common School has shown that a whole summer without regular math and reading practice can cause a HUGE drop in reading levels and fluency and a drop in math testing and grades.

To combat this trend, Liberty Common School is offering summer Reading and Math Camps and individual tutoring of students entering grades 1st-6th.  Space is limited, so register now!

Click Here for Reading Camp Information and Registration Form.
Click Here for Math Camp Information and Registration Form.
Click Here for Individualized Tutoring Information and Registration Form.

7th Grade Summer English Program  
Attention Sixth Grade Parents: Liberty Common High School Summer English Program-Get on Track and Get Ahead!

Did your student struggle to manage the various, demanding language arts this year: grammar, vocabulary, writing, etc.?  Are you worried that waiting until next school year to revisit these areas will only result in a deeper hole at the next level?  Is your student going to be new at Liberty next year, and are you worried whether he/she will be ready for the cumulative nature of Liberty's English curriculum-especially the rigorous grammar training?  Maybe you just want your child to refine and bolster his/her language skills, guided by close instruction and support.  Regardless of the reason, this summer's four week English "booster" is the perfect, economical opportunity.  The cost is much less than typical tutoring, the tutor-to-student ratio is small, and the instructor is Mr. Dybzinski, head of Liberty's English department.  Regardless of whether your student is ahead or behind, he will set your child up for more English success.  Furthermore, he plans to have much fun in the process!  CLICK HERE for the flyer.
Please Visit Lost and Found

Our Lost and Found is bursting at the seams with a plethora of items.  Please take a few minutes and visit our collection.  Remember items not claimed after 2 weeks are donated to charity.

In This Issue
Contact Us
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
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.

Job Openings at LCS

Dear Parents,

Liberty will begin hiring for upcoming 2015-2016 positions starting in April.  We could use your help.  Please spread the word to anyone you know that would be a good fit for Liberty.  Here is a link to our website listing all available positions.



Liberty Administration

News from the Athletic Director, Dan Knab
2015 Jr. High Track Meet Schedule:
 *Click on away location for directions to meet site.

April 20, 2015  @


April 27, 2015 @ Liberty    

May 4, 2015 @ Frontier NCIL Championship


Contact Coaches: Donny Reeves
Jon Wilcox

Jr. High Girls Soccer Schedule

4/22 Quarter Finals

4/27 Semi-Finals

4/29 Finals




End of the Year Medication Pickup
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Medications cannot be sent home with students at the end of the school year.

Parents must pick up all medications on or before the last day of school.

If medications need to be picked up before the last day of school, the needed number of pills can be counted out and kept in the original RX container. The remaining medication can be taken home in a plastic bag.

Emergency or as-needed medications (Epi-pens, Tylenol, Inhalers, etc.) must also be picked up.

The school nurse will follow DEA procedures and deliver all medications not picked up to the DEA to dispose of properly.

If medications will be brought back to the school in the fall, you may obtain a medical permission form from the health tech in your school.

If you have any questions please contact our Health Tech, Jen Hopkins at 482-9800, ext. 3113.


Raising Kids Who Read Books Available  

Thanks to all Liberty Common staff and parents that attended Daniel T.  Willingham's informative lecture on Friday, March 27th.  Dr. Willingham was a dynamic speaker who displayed a strong commitment to Core Knowledge. We hope you can join us for future speakers such as this. If you missed the lecture, and would like to purchase Dr. Willingham's book, Raising Kids Who Read, books are available for sale in the front office for $20.00 (cash or check). Please stop in to buy your copy today.  

Primary Classroom Placement, Jr. High and High School Schedules
By:  Casey Churchill, LCS Principal
It is the time of year when activities begin to wind down in each class and for the school in general. While most thoughts are still on finishing this year out strong, some are thinking about next year. One thing that the parents and students start to think ahead about is who their teacher or teachers will be for next year.
The Kindergarten placements have already taken place. Key considerations for placement of our new little ones include gender balance and birthday balance. It is important to not have classes with all early or all late birthdays.
For students entering 1st - 6th grade, the current teacher determines what teacher the student will have for the next year. On occasion, a discussion with the academic support team or administration occurs to assist in the decision-making process as well. Liberty teachers take this responsibility very seriously and put a great amount of thought and energy into making the placements.

Please note that younger siblings of any K-6 students will not automatically be assigned the same teacher that the older sibling had. Placement considerations include:

  •     The student's learning style
  •     Reading ability
  •     Academic strengths and weaknesses
  •     Personality
  •     Behavior
  •     The number of boys and girls in each class
  •     Peer relationships
  •     Equal distribution of new students.
Our faculty looks long and hard at this information and ultimately attempts to properly place each student into the classes for the next year. The teachers have just spent nine months working with the students and have developed a great understanding of them. It is important that we support their decisions. The class rosters will be released one week prior to the ice-cream social at the school and on the web.
If for some reason there are serious concerns that you feel need to be taken into consideration, you may submit an appeal to Mr. Churchill by May 1, 2015. Again, please understand that any appeal should occur for only serious matters of concern. Those matters shall be given careful consideration, but there is no guarantee that a change of placement will occur. Thanks for your cooperation and understanding with this matter.
All 7th - 12th grade students will have their schedules developed for the 2015-2016 academic year. Throughout the pre-registration process, which occurs during the spring semester, students and parents are encouraged to thoughtfully select courses. LCHS builds the Master Schedule based upon those course requests. While many courses are required for 7th - 12th grade, there are still a number of elective choices that must be made. We will do everything we can to give to give students their priority electives choices.  When students do not receive their priority course requests, we work to ensure students receive their alternate course requests. The class schedules will be available during August Student Check-In. Please contact Mrs. Stoltzfus with questions regarding schedules for 7th - 12th grade students.
We look forward to working with you and your children for the upcoming 2015-2016 school year.  Thanks for helping us make this preparation go smoothly for the coming year.

A.S.K Offers Summer Camp

1st Choice Before and After School Care Offer