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 35                                                                              
May 11, 2015
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. 
Important Dates
May 11|5th & 6th Grade Band/Choir Concert, 6:30 
May 14| End of the Year Awards Ceremonies

Times                    Grade                  

8:15-9:15              K                            

9:30-10:30           1-2                         

11:00-12:30         Lunch (wood side)

12:30-1:30           3-4                         

1:45-2:45              5-6                         

**Please note: If your student is receiving an award,  you will be notified by his/her teacher.  Perfect Attendance will be calculated on the 13th and parents will be notified.  Mr. Churchill will announce names at the Award Ceremonies.  If the student maintains Perfect Attendance thru the last day of school, a certificate will be mailed to the student's home by May 29th. Any questions re: perfect attendance, please direct to Jill Ronen at [email protected].    

May 15|T-Shirt Day
May 20|Free Dress Day
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.

Please note: No bus service between schools will be provided
on the last day of school.

May 22|4th Quarter Ends
June 5|Final Report Cards mailed home
June 18|BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.

Sunscreen Use At School
Although sunscreen is allowed at school, teachers or staff passing it out, as well as sharing among students is prohibited.  Students must bring their own sunscreen for use at school.  Sunscreen will no longer be provided at Olympic Day.


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
Openings Still Available for Summer Reading and Math Camps
Registration for Liberty Common School Camps has been very impressive and there is still time to sign up.  Please see below for camps that are full and have a waiting list

Click Here for Reading Camp Information and Registration Form.
            1st-2nd Grade-FULL with w.list
            3rd-4th Grade- 2 openings, will cap at 15             and start w.list.
            5th-6th Grade-6 openings, will cap at 15             and start w. list.

Click Here for Math Camp Information and Registration Form.
1st-2nd Grade-1 opening, will cap at 15
and start w.list.
             3-4th Grade-7 openings, will cap at 15              and start a w. list.      
             5-6th Grade-5 openings, will cap at 15              and start w. list.
Click Here for Individualized Tutoring Information and Registration Form.

End-of-Year Medication Pick-up
If your child has medication in the health office, please note the following procedures for medication pick-up:

We know the last day of school is a busy day for you and your students, so if their medication isn't a daily essential, consider picking up the medication earlier in the week. Medication may be picked up between 7:15-3:45 (Monday -Thursday) and 7:15-10:45a.m. (Last day of school).
A)     No medication will be sent home with students who do not have a self-carry form on file. All medications must be picked up by parents by 10:45a.m. on the last day of the school year (including emergency or "as needed" medications, such as Epi-pens, Tylenol, inhalers).
B)     If you need to pick up your child's medication before the last day of school, the needed number of pills may be counted out and kept at school in the original container. You may take the remaining pills home in a plastic bag.
C)     Any medications not picked up by 10:45 a.m. on the last day of school will be disposed of by the school nurse, according to state guidelines. We will no longer make reminder phone calls.



The Colorado Department of Public health and Environment requires all students entering 6th grade to have proof of receiving the Tdap booster vaccine, or a signed exemption. This is based on the Center for Disease Control recommendations to prevent cases of Pertussis (Whooping cough).


Please submit clinic documentation to the school health office to verify that your child has been immunized, or submit a signed exemption. The information will be included in your student's school immunization record.


Thank you,

Jen Hopkins (Health Tech) & Natalie Dybzinski (RN)


Incoming 7th Graders Invited to Register for Summer English Program.    
Summer English Program Announcement Update:  Classes are filling up, so time is running out to enroll in this summer program.  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.

Summer Math Program Available for Liberty Common Incoming 7th Graders
The Summer Math Program is a supplementary math enrichment course for students going into grades 7 - 12 who either struggle with mathematical concepts/skills or those who want additional reinforcement of a particular topic in order to be successful at the next level. The course runs for 4 weeks and uses the Accelerated Math computer program coupled with individualized instruction from Liberty Common School's math department. Advanced students may also enroll as an enrichment opportunity.  CLICK HERE for the flyer.  Direct any questions to Mrs. Salehi.


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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

Raising Kids Who Read Books Available in Front Office-$20.00 


Please Visit Lost and Found

Please take a few minutes to visit our Lost and Found. As you can see, from this photo, it is bursting at the seams with a plethora of items.  Remember items not claimed after 2 weeks are donated to charity.
Thank You

Last week Liberty parents showered all the staff and faculty with daily appreciations. We were told thank you with a coffee cart including danishes and fruit, a lunch with delicious sandwiches,  salads, soups and decadent desserts.  Cindi Ross-Bell, a Liberty parent, pampered us with mini-massages and our Classroom Volunteer Coordinators decorated the teachers' doors and made sure all were spoiled. Thanks to all who made Teacher Appreciation Week very special.

Order, Order! (Our Unique Jr. High Order System)
By: Tricia Diehl, Liberty Parent
One of the many reasons I love having my kids in a smaller school is the richness of experiences they are offered.  It really, at this point, goes without saying that they are receiving an outstanding and well-thought-out education.

We have an impressive school history, and all of us can share the proud testing accomplishments of our current and past students.  What about their social development?

I am continually impressed by the creativity and extent that the staff and kids themselves have woven together meaningful ways to transition through the school year.  Our school allows for fun ways for students to get to know each other on another level and provide leadership opportunities at the same time.

Liberty's unique strategy to assist our kids in their social, moral and leadership development is through our seventh-grade and eighth-grade Order System.  CLICK HERE  to see the details on Order Systems.

At the beginning of each school year, all incoming seventh graders will be placed in an "Order" of approximately fifteen other seventh graders.  They'll stay in the same Order with the same students and the same supervising teacher for two years.

The Orders are named after the teacher who oversees the Order.  As such we get Order names that sound rather dramatic and are just fun to say.  Junior-high students identify themselves as belonging to "The Order of Lock,"  "The Order of Ogg,"  "The Order of Scarlett,"  "The Order of Hultin,"  "The Order of Werner," among others.

The Orders meet regularly during school with their Order advisors to plan dances, rally to raise money for charities, plan fun intra-Order activities, devise plans for some friendly competition against other Orders, ask advice, and bond with other students and faculty in a small, orderly environment.

Each Order establishes a student-leadership structure.  Students who are chosen to be Order leaders meet with other Order leaders regularly.  They learn how to make a meeting agenda and stick to it.  They learn how to raise and manage money.  They learn how to set spending priorities.

Through the Order System, students learn how to participate in a meeting, how to form committees, how to plan an event, how to host an event, how to clean up after an event, how to speak in public, how to interact with adults, and how to be held accountable.

These kids work extraordinarily hard and it is important for them to have opportunities to enjoy each other and blow off a little steam together.  The Liberty Order System gives our seventh graders and eighth graders a unique opportunity to mix competition, community service, leadership and social experiences altogether to make our children's' junior-high years that much more enriched through their Liberty Common School education.

The Order System leads nicely into the high-school's more elaborate House System where student leadership becomes even more refined and proven.  Through the House System, the older high-school students serve as fantastic role models who do a wonderful job showing the younger kids how to grow up with the virtues and character expected at Liberty Common School.

It is always fascinating, sometimes even magical, watching our youngsters become young adults through their junior-high years.  Liberty's Order System is really turning out to be an ingenious invention to help our kids get the best and the most out of their junior-high years.  
Liberty Common Sports News
Congratulations.  Liberty has claimed another Championship.  The boy's track team took first place at the NCIL Track Championship last Tuesday at Frontier Academy.  Our girl's track team took second place.  It was a fight for both teams with excellent athletes all around.  Congratulations to the coaches, Mr. Reeves and Mr. Wilcox as well.

Summer/Fall Sports.   For jr.-high and high-school off-season summer and fall information  CLICK HERE.   If there is specific information that you are looking for and don't see, please email Mr. Knab at [email protected].
If you know of a Liberty student who is making news and would like them showcased for the Liberty Common community, let Mr. Knab know.

1st Choice Before and After School Care Offer

A.S.K Offers Summer Camp