Eagle Mosaic
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 [email protected] 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
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
January 21, 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

 January 12|6th Grade Registration Mtg. 2:00 p.m., LCS Gym. Parents are invited to attend.   
January 12|Geography Bee, 3:00 p.m.-5:00, LCS Library
January 14|Spelling Bee, after school, LCS Library
January 15|5th & 6th Grade Science Fair
January 18|Martin Luther King Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL
January 21|
BOD Mtg. , 6:00 p.m., LCS, Teacher's Lounge.
January 25|
Character Assembly-Citizenship. Representative from the Wild Animal Sanctuary.  CLICK HERE for information about the Wild Animal Sanctuary.

January 25|
Public Information Night, LCS, 6:30 p.m.
January 28|Liberty Lecture-New Orleans and the Birth of American Music, 6:30-8:00, LCHS  
January 29|Liberty T-shirt Day
January 29|6th Grade Movie Night, 5:30 p.m.
February 8-12|Volunteer Appreciation Week
February 9|1st and 2nd Grade Concert, 6:30 p.m.

February 12|Teacher Professional Development Day.  NO SCHOOL
February 15|President's Day.  NO SCHOOL
February 18|BOD Mtg. 6:00 p.m., LCS Teacher's Lounge
February 19|Winter Carnival, 6:30 p.m.
February 19|Free Dress Day
CLICK HERE for 2015-16 School Calendar

Attendance Policy
Please call our attendance line by 8:30 am if your child will not be attending school due to illness, appointment or is out of town.
The number is 482-9800, option 2.

If you need to take your child to an appointment during school hours, please come to the Front Office, sign them out and we will call them out of class.

All students who arrive after 8:00 a.m. must be signed in at the Front Office.  It is important that a reason be included on the sign-in sheet.

If your student is ill and you want any/all homework, please contact the teacher my email as early as possible and homework will be available after 3:00 pm in the Front Office. 
Dan Knab, Athletic Director
LCS Sports News

GO EAGLES - CLICK HERE to access our webpage.
JH-Girl's Basketball
1/4 - 1/8, 3:30pm - 5pm, Practice at Elementary School
BLUE CARDS - Download the  Parent Athletic Packet, complete and turn in to Mr. Knab with copy of a sports physical.  This is due Friday, January 8th, 2016.
CLICK HERE for full schedule

Brand-New Convenience.
We now accept payment by credit/debit cards.  You can conveniently pay your athletic fees online on a financially secure website called CheddarUp.  Start now by clicking HERE.  Just click on the sport of participation and pay.   If you have already paid the athletic fee for basketball, I will enter your method of payment on the site and you will receive a receipt from CheddarUp.

Booster-Club Committee Forming.
If you have any interest in athletics and are considering deepening your support for the school by volunteering, Mr. Knab suggests joining the LCHS Booster Club.  This is a parent-run club that is very instrumental in the success of our athletic programs.  There is a lot of work that has been put into this club, but most of the weight has been carried by a very small few.  Our vision is to build the LCHS Booster Club to a number of people that would make the work light.  Being at every athletic contest is not required.  Members can go to the games or events that interest them....and free of charge.  Thank you for considering this opportunity.  If you are interested, contact LCHS Booster Club President, Rebecca Finkel.

The Eagle's Nest

Volume 19
       Issue 18

January 4, 2016

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 them. To that end, we will post articles pertaining to each, written by an expert in that domain. Please make the time to read and absorb them.

By Patrick Albright, Member of the Board
I began observing the 8th Grade Latin Requirement discussion in March 2015. The bulk of the discussion that I heard from the board and other commenters revolved around grammar, vocabulary, English language acquisition, usage of Latin in Science, and Latin vs. modern foreign languages. The vote for Latin failed 3-4 at the May meeting, and I knew that since I would be replacing one of the "No" votes, it was very likely that the Latin question would be revisited, and with me receiving heightened attention.
My initial reaction when I heard about making 8th Grade Latin a requirement was one of skepticism. Why is this necessary? I pondered the question within the context of the discussion I had already heard, and wasn't able to solidly bring myself to commit to one side or the other.
Then I had an epiphany. I saw the question in an entirely different context, and things made sense. There were three specific foundational values that underlie Liberty's philosophy regarding the Latin question:

1.  Content knowledge
Teaching content to students gives them the cultural literacy and common framework to relate to others. It provides a superior foundation and context in which skills and critical thinking can be applied, rather than trying to learn skills and critical thinking in a vacuum without context.

2. Mutually reinforcing curriculum
The Core Knowledge curriculum aligns topics across subject areas. For example, when second graders are learning Ancient Greece in History, they are also reading Greek stories like "Pandora's Box" and other Greek myths. In Art, they are looking at Greek art and architecture. Understanding the architecture of Ancient Greece gives context to the stories in literature. The stories give insight to the structure of Greek society. Understanding Greek history gives context to what students are reading in the stories. This mutual reinforcement both broadens and deepens the understanding and appreciation of Ancient Greece.

3. Emphasis on the development of modern Western Civilization
Liberty places an emphasis on the development and evolution of modern Western Civilization. We want our students to be leaders, and to be successful leaders they need to have an understanding of how our world has been shaped. So much of our culture and institutions have their roots in Ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, that a strong emphasis is placed on these civilizations in our curriculum.

Read the exciting conclusion next week!
Make A New Year Resolution To Be A Liberty Common Watch D.O.G.
WATCH D.O.G.S. is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering . It began in 1998 in Springdale, AR and has since grown into a nationally recognized program that has brought hundreds of thousands of fathers and father figures into our nation's classrooms and hallways.
The WATCH D.O.G.S. program provides many benefits for our children and our school:
  • Students win because the father and father-figures give their time and energy as a positive role model.
  • Fathers, father-figures and grandfathers get a glimpse of their student's everyday school life.
  • Liberty gains another set of eyes and helping hands for the day.
  • Fathers, father-figures and grandfathers gain an awareness of the positive impact they can have in their student's lives.
CLICK HERE to learn more and become a part of the Liberty WATCH D.O.G.S. program.

Chessmates Begins again on January 22nd. Registration is now being done on line only. Sign-up and Pay for 2016 Chessmates by Clicking Here.

Next Liberty Lecture. Attention all perpetual students:  If you consider yourself an intelligent person who enjoys learning, make sure to put on your calendar the next "Liberty Lecture."  On Thursday, January 28, 2016 from 6:30 - 8:00PM in the LCHS Great Hall, Maestro Dave Lunn will deliver a spectacular lecture entitled "New Orleans and the Birth of American Music."  Liberty Lectures are designed for parents, the community, and students.  It's a great way to learn together from authentic academic experts.  Don't miss this one.

Future Liberty Lectures.  Everyone who misses a Liberty Lecture regrets it when they hear from others what they missed.  Put these upcoming Liberty Lectures on your calendars now and make sure you participate in one of the most unique and valuable aspects of our school community:

Tuesday, February 16, 2016 | 6:30-8:00PM | LCHS Great Hall | Topic:  Art:  The Sustenance of Western Tradition | Presenters:  Mrs. Megan Salazar, Mr. Rex Seiple.

Wed, March 30, 2016 | 6:30-8:00PM | LCHS Great Hall | Topic:  Sharing Common Knowledge - Students' Rights to Read Original Sources | Presenters:  Mrs. Natalie Scarlett and Dr. Bob McMahon of Ridgeview Classical Schools.