Liberty Common Elementary School 
1725 Sharp Point Dr. 
Fort Collins, CO 80525 
Phone:(970)482-9800
Fax: (970)482-8007 
www.libertycommon.org

OfficeHours:7:50-4:00
Attendance Line:
(970)482-9800,option2   
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 BOD@libertycommon.org 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 11|Liberty Chess Club
September 11|Green Kindergarteners attend all day.  Blue Kindergarteners do not attend school
September 16-18|Eco-Week-6th Graders at Pingree Park

September 17|BOD Mtg., 6:00 p.m.
September 17|Running Club Mtg., 3:15, Mrs. Hersh's Classroom
September 18|Liberty T-shirt Day
September 18|SchoolReach Test, approximately 4:00 p.m.
September 18|Liberty Chess Club
September 21-November 7th|Running Club, 3:20-3:50, LCS, see announcement below 
September 21|
Odyssey of the Mind Informational Meeting, 3:30 p.m.
September 25|Free Dress Day
Individual Student Photos
Liberty Chess Club  
September 26|Liberty2Liberty 5K Run. See announcement and registration information below.
September 28|LCS Informational Night, 6:30 p.m.
October 2|Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m.
Liberty Chess Club
October 5-October 16|Canned Food Drive
October 9|Liberty Chess Club
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 School Calendar

9.11
LCHS principal, Bob Schaffer served in the U.S. Congress at the time of 9/11 attack on the U.S.A. His account of the event and his visit to "Ground Zero" have been used in the school's history and drama classes as a reference for students learning about the attack.
Remembering Sep. 11th, 2001 at Liberty, Thursday, Sept.11th marks the 13th anniversary of four coordinated terrorist attacks that ended the lives of 2,996 people and set America on a course of warfare that continues today.  Liberty will mark the day with solemn remembrance of the victims and
historic appreciation for the global  significance of this tragic event.
LCHS Principal Bob Schaffer, was a
Member of the U.S. Congress at the
time of the attack and chronicled his experiences including his visit to
"Ground Zero" one month after
the attack. Schaffer's memoir has been used in Liberty classrooms in past years drawing the lessons of 9/11 close to home. CLICK HERE and scroll to the bottom of the page to read it.

Dan Knab, Athletic Director
LCS Sports News

GO EAGLES - CLICK HERE to access our webpage.
This week in Junior-High Sports:

Soccer
 9/9, 4pm, Away @ Ridgeview (FC Soccer  Complex)
 9/11, 4pm, Home vs. Loveland Classical

The junior-high boys soccer team met a competitive opponent last week, dropping their first game to Ft. Lupton, 3-1.  Currently, their record is 4-1.  Mr. Reeves has the boys are playing fantastic soccer.

Volleyball
 9/8, 4pm, Home vs. Westridge
9/10, 4pm, Home vs St. John
9/11, 4pm, Away @ Immanuel Lutheran (Loveland)
The junior-high girls volleyball team is still undefeated after facing their toughest competition yet, last week, against Ridgeview Classical.  They are in for some tough matches this week as well.  
Cross Country
Boys & Girls Cross Country
Thursday, 9/10, 3:30pm, Home @ Stewart Case Park. 
The junior-high cross-country team ran its first meet last week and had a tremendous showing in the PSD competition.  They ran against Lesher, Webber and CLP.  The boys had three top-ten finishes; Tyler Higgins (1st), Hudson Majeski (3rd), and Mark Vosseteig (8th).  The boy's team finished 2nd overall.  The girls had two top-ten finishes: Josie Doman (2nd) and Emily Jauch (5th).  They took 3rd place overall.  Well done! 
The junior-high team hosts their first-ever home cross-country meet this Thursday at Stewart Case Park.  If you would like to volunteer to help with this event, please contact Coach Norris or Athletic Director, Dan Knab.

 
King Soopers Cards: An Easy Way to Fundraise
 

The Eagle's Nest

Volume 19
Issue 3
September 8, 2015 
Newsworthy Announcements

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 September 18th at approximately 4:00 p.m., using our alert system that informs parents and guardians of school closures, delayed starts, or other issues that may be important. This is only a test and is not a cause for alarm or further action from  Liberty parents.    

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

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. Help students with materials or read aloud as they work on their projects. CLICK HERE to volunteer.
 
Odyssey of the Mind Informational Meeting September 21, 2015, 3:30 p.m.

What do kids do in Odyssey? 
Team members solve a "Long Term" problem, which they create, produce, practice, and then present at competition in the spring. The problem might be to design a vehicle, produce a play, build a balsa wood structure, or design & incorporate a special effect in the presentation. The problems change every year. In addition to this long term problem, the team is presented with a "Spontaneous" problem that they must solve or respond to in a short period of time. Teams are scored on their creative problem solving abilities, style, and teamwork.
Why is Odyssey of the Mind good for students?
Odyssey teaches them to learn creative problem-solving methods while having fun in the process. By tapping into creativity and encouraging imaginative paths to problem solving, students learn skills that will provide them with the ability to solve problems - great and small - for a lifetime. Odyssey of the Mind teaches students how to think divergently by providing open-ended problems that appeal to a wide range of interests. Students learn how to identify     challenges and to think creatively to solve these problems. The creative problem-solving process rewards thinking "outside of the box."
How can you get involved? 
Students can be team members and problem solvers. Adults can be coaches, judges, or volunteers at competition. Each team consists of 5-7 students and one adult coach. The coach is a coordinator who holds regular meetings for the team to work on their projects. The main role of the coach is to guide the team by asking questions to help students expand their approach. Coaches receive training and are supported throughout the Odyssey season.
Want to learn more? 
Come to our informational meeting September 21, 3:30 p.m. 
 
Mr. Churchill shares story and song with Mrs. Shockley's Kindergarten Class
 

News from the Board of Directors
by: Bill Werst, BOD President

Welcome back to school. The BOD had its first meeting of the new school year. We meet the 3rd Thursday of every month starting at 6 P.M. in the elementary school teacher's lounge. The meeting is open to the public, and community comment is always at 8 P.M. Please join us at a future meeting.

At the August meeting we swore-in our newest BOD member
Patrick Albright, who is the parent of a 3rd grader,
Claira, at the Elementary School. We would also like to thank
Dr. Sarj Gill, who served on the BOD the past three years. His youngest daughter, Mira, will graduate with the Class of 2016 next Spring.

New officers were elected for this year's BOD:
Chairman-Paulette Hansen
Vice-Chairman-Patrick Albright
Treasurer-Joel Goeltl
Secretary-Denise Benz

The major topic of discussion was facility expansion possibilities including:
* New high-school gymnasium
* Expansion of the Great Hall at the high school
* Elementary school new entrance vestibule
* Elementary school new roof
* Other internal improvements at the elementary school.

The goal of the BOD is to decide at the September 17th BOD meeting, whether we can financially afford to proceed forward with construction starting in Spring 2016.

Finally, some more good news on the performance of Liberty Common. You may have read about surveys comparing US schools to schools in other countries. This past year, LCHS was invited to take an international assessment called the Programme for International Assessment (PISA). This test of 15-year-olds from 70 economies showed that Liberty Common continues to do the right thing. As you can see, Liberty Common scores higher than the top-performing economies of Shanghai and Singapore in both reading and science. In math we outscore Singapore, showing how we take their Singapore Math curriculum and do it even better. Singapore and Shanghai-China were the top 2 countries in the world. Peak to Peak is another top performing K - 12 school in the Boulder area who also took the test.

Way to go K - 9th teachers! The BOD is so appreciative and proud of the results you are achieving.

To learn more about the PISA test CLICK HERE
 
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!
6th Annual Liberty-2-Liberty 5K, September 26, 2015
It is time once again for the annual Liberty-2-Liberty 5K, which is being organized by Domus Fortitudinis and will be held on Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 9:00 A.M. (registration begins at 8:30 A.M.). CLICK HERE for registration forms and return to either front office by September 18th for an early-registration discount. The registration fee is $20 if received by 9/18, but $25 after that (including race-day registrations). Please note: If you turn in your forms by the 18th, you will receive your t-shirt on the 26th when you check in. However, if forms are turned in after that, then you will get your t-shirt the following week. Volunteers are more than welcome. If you or your student wishes to volunteer, send an to DF House Captain Mary-Claire Spurgin (LCHS Class of 2017). Please come out and join us. It should be a great time to meet new and old Liberty families while bringing our Liberty community closer as a whole!