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
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • John Rohrbaugh: 225-2259

Next Board of Directors Mtg., 

Oct. 15, 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
October 5-October 16|Canned Food Drive
October 12|5th-6th Grade Alcohol & Drug Education, 6:30-8:00 p.m., LCS.
October 15|BOD Mtg. 6:00 p.m.
October 16|Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
October 16|
First Quarter Ends
October 22|Service men and women photos due.
October 23|
Parent/Teacher Conferences, NO SCHOOL|No Chess Club
October 26| Character Assembly, Responsibility: Speaker, Wes Kenney, the Director of the Fort Collins Symphony
4th-6th-
attend assembly
8:10-8:45
1st-3rd-attend assembly
8:55-9:35

October 26|
Public Information Night, 6:30
October 30|Chess Club
October 30|Liberty T-shirt Day
November 13|Hearing /Vision Screening
November 19|BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m., LCS
November 24|Grandparents Day
November 25-27|Thanksgiving Break, NO SCHOOL
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 School Calendar


Liberty's Annual Spring Gala-our premier fundraising event is scheduled for Friday, April 8, 2015 at the Hilton Fort Collins.

The Gala Team is currently collecting donations of items for both our silent and live auctions.
Do you have something you could donate to benefit our school? We appreciate all donations and remember, Gala donations are generally tax-deductible.
  • Do you have time in a vacation home? DONATE
  • Do you have Broncos football tickets? DONATE
  • Do you have autographed sports memorabilia? DONATE
  • Do you have gift cards you don't need? DONATE
  • Do you have Legos you bought on sale, but ended up never giving to the child you thought you'd give them to? DONATE
Can you donate any of these items?
  •     A wire basket just perfect   for a cruiser bike.
  •     A tour on My Handle Bar
  •     Food from any of the local area food trucks
  •     Any brand-new electronics (Kindle, iPad, etc.)
To benefit Liberty with your donation, please contact
Own a business and want to be a Gala Sponsor? Benefit our amazing school and see your name in lights? Please contact Maia Elmore
Dan Knab, Athletic Director
LCS Sports News

GO EAGLES - CLICK HERE to access our webpage.
This Week In Junior-High Sports: There are no jr-high games or meets this week.  Athletic Sport Packets for Jr. High Boys Basketball are due this Friday. See Mrs. Ronen, in the Front Office, for a blue card. 

Lunn announcement The first boys basketball game is next Monday, October 19 when Liberty Common hosts Dayspring Christian

Junior-High Cross Country 
 
Junior-High Cross Country
The Jr-high cross country team had a fantastic inaugural year. The team competed in the Poudre School District Cross Country Championship meet this last Saturday and the boys team took 2nd place.  Liberty Common hosted our first cross country race this year where the boys team finished first and the girls finished third place overall.  There were enough highlights this year to keep everyone looking forward to next year.
 


 
Liberty Ladies Represent at Chess Tourney
Julia Yalin (left) and Isabelle Knowles (right).
Julia placed 5th and Isabelle placed 2nd at a recent chess tournament. Way to go Liberty Ladies 


Health Tips From Liberty Common Health Office
To reduce the chance of you or your child contracting a case of head lice, start by not sharing items that touch the head. Though it may be tempting to share personal belongings (especially for kids), doing so can lead to the spread of head lice. Avoid sharing:
  • combs and brushes
  • hair clips and accessories
  • hats and bike helmets
  • scarves and coats
  • stuffed animals/ toys
Ask your child to keep their belongings-especially hats, coats, scarves, and other clothing inside their backpack zipped up.

Thank you,

Jen Hopkins

Liberty Common School Health Technician
482-9800 extension 3113
jhopkins@libertycommon.org
The Eagle's Nest

Volume 19
Issue 8   

October 12, 2015


Newsworthy Announcements; Events, Activities and Reminders:

National, State Holiday
Today is Columbus Day, a public holiday in the United States that commemorates the voyage of Christopher Columbus to the Americas in 1492.  Despite national observation of the holiday since 1937, LCHS students do not get a day off.  Americans have been observing the anniversary of the voyage since colonial times, and LCHS students are celebrating by learning as much as they can in one day.  Per Castilla, y por Leon, Nuevo Mundo hallo Colon!  For more information about Columbus and Columbus Day CLICK HERE. 
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Dear Parents,
Thanks for your response to our emergency message opt-in text you received October 10 (This is a day later than originally announced).  If you wish to receive emergency messages via text please respond with a Y to opt-in. Contact the office if you did not receive a text as we may not have your correct cell information." 
 
Thanks, Liberty Administration

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Internet-Safety Night.  Parents, mark your calendars now for our annual Internet-Safety Night on Monday, October 19th from 6:30 - 8:00 PM in the LCHS Great Hall.  The presentation is targeted for Liberty students grades 5th - 8th.  Parents, and all other students, are welcome to attend, too.  Those who attended last year's presentation had lots of positive comments.  The same detectives from the Fort Collins Police Department will be on hand to facilitate the meeting and educate students about risks, dangers, and hazardous trends regarding Internet usage, social media, and electronic communications.
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Anticipate Delays
Traffic and trains have recently contributed to a uptick in the number of tardy students. We encourage families to evaluate their usual route to school in relation to current and upcoming roadway projects to ensure their students arrive in a safe and timely manner. The City of Fort Collins lists all current and upcoming road construction projects on their website which can be found by CLICKING HERE.  Despite the best of intentions, tardiness interferes with student learning. Late arrivals interrupt the learning environment and daily classroom procedures. Our school's bell sounds promptly at 8:00 AM at that moment, classroom doors are closed, instruction begins and the student academic day is fully underway. Students arriving after the bell rings are considered tardy and must be checked in at the front desk.

 

2015 Liberty Common School Canned Food Drive; Give the Gift of Health 
When:  October 5th.-October 16th.  All food needs to be at LCS by noon on October 16th.
Benefits:
Food Bank for Larimer County
Most Needed Items:
Peanut butter, canned meat/fish, canned fruit in juice, whole grain cereal
PLEASE
check expiration dates on food.  Expired food has to be thrown away and cannot be donated.
  • If students collect 2015 Food Items, LCS students' will receive a Free Dress Day.
  • If students collect 4030 Food Items, LCS students' will receive a "special" teacher and staff surprise.
Girl Scout Troop 
Liberty Girl Scout Troop 3123, spent  most of last year talking with the Food Bank, studying hunger and nutrition, and coming up with ideas for modifying food drives, starting with Liberty's.  Many of the troop's ideas are being incorporated by Student Council.  
 
 
Can You Hear Me Now? 
Hearing and Vision Screening Eight Volunteers Still Needed 
Dear Parents,

The Health Office is in need of at least 8 volunteers from about 7:50am-12:40pm on Hearing and Vision screening day, November 13th. Prior experience not necessary, but is helpful.  Volunteers need to stay the whole time, because it is cumbersome to train half way through the day. Light snacks and waters will be provided.
Please CLICK HERE to volunteer.
Honor Our Service Men and Women
Mr. Ed Nuedling, Air Force, March 1966-December 1969, stationed in California, Maine and Vietnam. Pictured in Vietnam.
Mrs. Siemen's (2nd Grade Teacher) father. 
Every November, for Veterans Day, we like to honor our men and women veterans and those that are currently serving our country with a display of thanks.  To make our bulletin board a great presentation of respect and appreciation, we are needing pictures of our soldiers, seamen and airmen.  Please bring any photos of service men or women to the office. Include their name, where they served or are currently serving and their relation to our Liberty Common student(s).  Photos will be accepted until October 27th., and will be returned.  Photos can also be sent via email to
jronen@libertycommon.org.
Liberty Stars Perform at Liberty Talent Show, Friday, October 16th., 6:30 p.m., LCS Gym

News from Business Manager,
Katrina Brossia

Wow, where does the time go? Many of us cannot believe that we  are already in October and that first quarter ends next week. As the new Business Manager it is hard to believe I just wrapped up my fourth month here at Liberty. Trust me there has not been a dull moment in those four months. Much work has been done to get us where we are with the board approval of the High School Gymnasium, Great Hall expansion, parking lot expansion, and the new entrance vestibule at the Elementary School.

We are mid-way through the bond process, awaiting our Standard and Poor's rating. Once this step is completed we move on to the bond issuance and the exciting part of final design. Construction will begin early 2016 with a proposed completion date of August 2016 just in time for the 2016-2017 school year.


Why Liberty? A project of the Parent-Education Subcommittee
Why Liberty?
Spreading the word about our unique philosophies is something our Board of Directors and founding parents believe is paramount to the success of our community. It is the responsibility of each parent to understand our philosophy and the policies that support it.  To that end, we will post relevant articles, written by an expert in that domain. Please make the time to read and absorb them. We kick off the series with the following article describing a component of our literature policy by Dr. Maureen Schaffer, founding parent.

"I don't care what my child eats, just so long as he's eating!" How many times have we heard this familiar statement uttered by a parent? Probably never. But change eat to read, and perhaps you've considered the thought yourself.

So why does Liberty require students to select books from approved lists for required "outside" reading?

First, consider that required outside reading is actually homework. And just as math homework problems are assigned for practicing particular concepts, outside reading is assigned for the specific purpose. That is - guiding Liberty students to mature literacy.

According to Liberty's charter, "Mature literacy develops as students become acquainted with a broad and rich body of knowledge and become familiar with many well-written, diverse and meaningful works of literature." To support this goal, grade-level reading lists have been developed by our faculty and Academic Advisory Committee and approved by the Board.

The books on these lists were selected with consideration to exposing children to literature they might not otherwise encounter. The books are intended to nudge students toward higher levels, not just in matters of syntax and vocabulary, but also in sophistication of plot, character development, conflict and resolution, and the sustained reading of lengthy works rather than simply excerpts.

Of course, students can and should read additional books of their own choosing over and above the required reading homework. Parents are encouraged to steer their children toward selections which support the school's mission. For more information on Liberty's approach to literacy, see Policy 7.13 Reading and Literacy and Policy 7.14 Literature Acquisition.