Liberty Common Elementary School 
1725 Sharp Point Dr. 
Fort Collins, CO 80525 
Fax: (970)482-8007

Attendance Line:
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, and A Gilder Lehrman Affiliate School  

Board of Directors  
You may contact all members of our Board of Directors at or by telephone:
  • Patrick Albright: 232-8257
  • Joel Goeltl: 593-8556
  • Paulette Hansen: 282-8455
  • Jeff Webb: 545-9636
  • Bill Werst: 631-8379
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • John Rohrbaugh: 225-2259

Next Board of Directors Mtg., 

Sept. 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.

Liberty Common Elementary


  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. 

Mark Your Calendar

September 4|Deadline to order 2015-16 Yearbooks
September 7
Labor Day, No School 
September 16-18|
Eco-Week-6th Graders at Pingree Park 
September 17|
BOD Mtg., 6:00 p.m.
September 18|
SchoolReach Test, approximately 4:00 p.m.
September 18|
Liberty T-Shirt Day
September 21|
Running Club, 3:20-3:50, LCS, see announcement below   
September 25|
Individual Student Photos
September 25|Free Dress Day 
September 26|
Liberty2Liberty 5K Run
September 28|Character Assembly. (K-3) attend 8:10-8:45, (4-6) attend 8:55-9:35  
September 28|
Public Info. Night, 6:30 p.m.
  2015-16 School Calendar
Dan Knab, Athletic Director
LCS Sports News
This week in Junior-High Sports:

8/31  4pm  vs Immanuel
9/02  4pm  vs Ft. Lupton

8/31  4pm  vs Ridgeview
9/02  4pm  @ Immanuel 

Seeking Art Volunteers
for K-4 Art Classes with  
Mrs. Nichols 
This opportunity is a really fun way to volunteer! Sign up for 1 1/2 hour to 3 hour chunk of time every week.  Use this link to sign up! CLICK HERE to volunteer.

King Soopers Cards: An Easy Way to Fundraise

The Eagle's Nest

Volume 19
Issue 2
August 31, 2015 
Newsworthy Announcements
Security Cameras
Over the summer, we installed an array of security cameras around LCHS and the elementary school.  The system is now operational.  Video is recorded and stored for use in the unfortunate circumstance an event requires us to determine who, how and when.  Big thanks to Mr. Tom Stokovaz, Director of Information Technology for birddogging acquisition, planning and installation.  Even bigger thanks to Liberty families who pitched in at the Spring Gala to raise money for this important school-security enhancement.

Fall Festival Is Just Around the Corner! 
"Come Along Little Doggies" and bring your friends and family to Liberty Common Fall Festival. Reserve Friday, October 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m., as the place to be. Games, crafts, bouncy houses and prizes await all who attend the fun. Delicious grub provided by Paninos Restaurant.  Many volunteers are needed to make the festival a fun Liberty event. Watch for the Volunteer Sign-Up Genius Link coming soon. 

Grandparents-Day Planning
Volunteers are needed now for planning this year's November 24th Liberty Grandparents Day.
The Grandparents Day (GPD) Planning Committee is mustering up next week, and more volunteers are needed.  Our big annual Grandparents-Day tradition will be here before you know it - Tuesday, November 24th.  Get that date on Grandma & Grandpa's calendar now, book their flights, whatever it takes.   GPD Chairperson, supermom, and organizational genius,
Mrs. Erin Mihulka, has set the
first planning meeting for Friday, September 11th, 8:30AM in the LCHS Curia.  She runs tight, efficient meetings, and they never last more than one hour.  The GPD Committee will meet the next nine subsequent Fridays (except for Parent/Teacher Conference Day - Oct 23rd), same time, alternating locations between LCHS and LCS.  This is a really fun group of Liberty moms (mostly moms - then there's me, Bob, LCHS principal and Mary's dad, and I can attest this is an ultra-cool group of moms.  Volunteering on this committee is a blast).  CLICK HERE to email Erin and volunteer.  She'll follow up with a Sign-Up Genius link to coordinate specific volunteering opportunities for this event.  From Erin herself, "On behalf of the Grandparents Day Planning Committee, we look forward to organizing a fun, special, memorable day for the students and their grandparents!"

School Reach Test. LCS and LCHS will be conducting a test using our alert system that informs parents and guardians of school closures, delayed starts, or other issues that may be important. The test will be September 18th around 4:00 PM.

Mr. Churchill, LCS Principal,
reads Katy and the Big Snow to Mrs. Olson's 1st Grade Class.  

Carpool Lists are now available in the Front Office.  Help us reduce traffic congestion and pick up yours today.

Principal Column By: Bob Schaffer

Fiddling With Tradition
By Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal
If the first week of school was any indication, we are well off to another outstanding year.  Perhaps the best happy indicator is the observance of numerous Liberty traditions keeping our students on the path to academic success and virtuous maturity.
Traditions are important, especially at school.  Traditions ease trepidations for those experiencing things for the first time. Particularly for children, just knowing many others have done it before inspires courage. 
Evidence that others have trod the same path provides comfort.  In fact, simply having a path to follow is reassuring. 
Celebrating successful accomplishments of those who went before erases fear and turns anxious transitions into cheerful milestones.  The best of these milestones should be well marked by excellent traditions.
Tevye, the main character in the musical Fiddler On The Roof, puts it this way, "Traditions, traditions.  Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as... as... as a fiddler on the roof!"  The image of a fiddler on a roof is a perfect metaphor for attending a rigorous school like Liberty where expectations are high and time moves fast.
"A fiddler on the roof.  Sounds crazy, no?  But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you might say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck.  It isn't easy," explains Tevye.  "You may ask, 'Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home.  And how do we keep our balance?  That I can tell you in one word: tradition!"
The first quarter of the school year is filled with many important traditions that help each of us - students, parents, instructors, staff and administrators - maintain our balance throughout a challenging year.  Participating in these events is imperative.
Think of our Liberty traditions:  New-student orientations, registration days, August staff training, class T-Shirts, the Ambassador's Club Summer Splash, the Ice-cream Social, the junior-high pool party, the Torch Trek, The Island, the first day of school, welcome assemblies, soccer games, volleyball games, cross-country meets, student council, the House System, the Order System, Liberty T-Shirt Days, the Autograph Dance, Back-To-School Night, Eco Week, Spirit Week, Homecoming, Parent-Teacher Conferences, etc.  And these are just some of the wonderful Liberty traditions occurring in the first quarter alone.
"Because of our traditions, we've kept our balance for many, many years," expounds Tevye in words that could have been written for our school.  "We have traditions for everything:  how to sleep, how to eat... how to work... how to wear clothes."
Tevye goes on, "You may ask, 'How did this tradition get started?' I'll tell you! [pause] I don't know.  But it's a tradition... and because of traditions... Every one of us knows who he is and what God expects him to do."
Yes, a lot is expected of each student at Liberty Common School.  A lot is expected of parents.  A lot is expected of the entire school staff. 
One of the reasons we seem to exceed expectations year after year, is because our many school traditions directly and powerfully reinforce the philosophy and purpose of our unique brand of education.  They also accentuate our institutional character and the leadership role Liberty Common School plays in preserving traditional, classical, high-quality education in America.
To give our children the greatest advantages in life, Liberty's traditions should be embraced by everyone, vigorously.  They should be celebrated, boldly.  In fact, we ought to invent even more. 
Liberty's traditions are good, wholesome, and fitting.  They do indeed help everyone maintain balance along our lifelong journeys.  

Liberty Roadrunners
Attention 4th - 6th graders!
Lace up your running shoes and join the Liberty Roadrunners!
Find your passion for running while training to run the CSU Veteran's Day 5k on Nov. 7th
  • Weekly group runs are Mondays and Thursdays from 3:20 - 3:50
  • September 21st - November 7th
  • Find out more at the Parent Meeting on Thursday, Sept. 17th at 3:15 in Mrs. Hersh's room
LRR is a club for beginners - no experience necessary!