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  

CALENDAR
March 4|Classroom Pictures
March 14-March 18|Spring Break|NO SCHOOL 
March 24|Liberty T-Shirt Day
March 24|BOD Mtg.
March 25|Good Friday|NO SCHOOL

2016-17 Calendar
  • Classes Begin-Aug.  29
  • Labor Day-Sept. 5
  • Parent/Teacher Conferences-Oct. 28
  • Thanksgiving-Nov. 23-25
  • Winter Break-Dec. 26-Jan. 6
  • Martin Luther King Day-Jan. 16
  • Professional Development Day-Feb. 17
  • Presidents'Day-Feb. 20
  • Spring Break-March 13-17
  • Good Friday-April 14
  • Last Day of Classes-1/2/Day May 26

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
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
March 24, 2016 
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. 
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.
 
Liberty Sports News
This Week In Junior-High Sports: 

JH-Girl's Basketball

Monday, 2/29, 4pm vs Heritage Christian (Spirit Game)


-Attention 6th graders - Anyone interested in participating on the school track and field team, must turn in a completed athletic packet to Mrs. Ronen(Front Office)before the first day of practice on Monday March 7th.  You may pick-up a packet from the front office.
 -There will also be a track and field meeting for your parents to attend next Monday, February 29th at 6:30PM in the elementary school gym.
 -If you have any questions please talk to Mr. Reeves or Mr. Wilcox.

Kindergarten Store Donations
Every February the Kindergarten classes begin learning about money. To provide a real-life experience, we open a toy store in each kindergarten classroom. We could use help stocking our stores. If you have any gently used toys or books that are cluttering your house, the kinders would greatly appreciate them. Please drop donated toys by one of the Kindergarten classrooms.
 
The Kindergarten Teachers 

Child Care
Students, do you babysit? Be a part of our Spring Gala's Babysitter Club Auction Item.  If interested call Tami O'Malley at 970-224-4341 or email me at yellamotami@yahoo.com to learn more. Don't wait -- let us know by February 29th.
By participating, you would:
*Allow a great set of parents a night out.
*Get your name out as a fabulous babysitter.
*Be sharing your loyalty and love for Liberty Common.
*Raise money for Liberty.

Grandparents Day Video
Thank you to parent Gina Hepworth for having Ben Shumate with Inspire Films video tape the Grandparents Day Performances.  What a great way to remember this day and for parents to see the performances of their children.
CLICK HERE to view.
The Eagle's Nest

February 29, 2016 
Volume 19 
  Issue 24    
   
A big Liberty hug goes out to Tad, Jona and Isaac Johnson for speaking at Liberty's Character Assembly on integrity today.  The Johnson family began the non-profit Alexa's Hugs to spread the word about seat belt and vehicle safety after the death of their daughter and sister, Alexa.  We encourage you to speak with your children about the assembly and what they learned. For more information about Alexa's Hugs, CLICK HERE. 

 
 

Tonight: Spring Sports Meeting
MANDATORY Parent Meetings for ALL Spring Athletes:
FEBRUARY 29TH

Volunteer for K-4th Grade Art Class
 It's a lot of fun!
 CLICK HERE TO VOLUNTEER 
 
Board of Directors Election - Deadline Correction
The correct deadline for applying for candidacy for the Board of Directors is March 9th.  Applications encompassing a letter of interest and statement of educational philosophy are due no later than March 9th to ensure adequate time for consideration. Elections will be held April 18th. To complete an application, go to http://www.libertycommon.org/k-6-school/staff/board-of-directors/.   Board members serve three-year terms and are instrumental in the governance of our school. You are welcome to contact Board Chair, Paulette Hansen at phansen@libertycommon.org or any Board member who can answer your questions regarding membership.

Candidates for the BOD must meet the following criteria to quality for election or appointment to the BOD:
  • Registered voter residing in Colorado.
  • Parent, grandparent, or legal guardian of a student enrolled at Liberty for a minimum of two years by the time the candidate's term on the BOD would commence.
  • Attendance at least one of the BOD meetings during the school year of the election.
  • Complete and sign the following documents:
    • Volunteer Application for the current school year
    • Volunteer Confidentiality Agreement
    • Volunteer Oath
    • Volunteer Agreement
    • Board of Directors Non-Disclosure and Confidentiality Agreement
    • Board of Directors Affidavit
    • Read and support wholeheartedly the views presented in the following three books:            
      • Cultural Literacy by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
      • Why Johnny Can't Tell Right from Wrong by William Kilpatrick
      • The Schools We Need and Why We Don't Have Them by E.D. Hirsch Jr.
      • Submission of a Letter of Interest for BOD Membership
      • Submission of Statement of Educational Philosophy
      • Volunteer in the school
      • Embrace the principles of Liberty's Charter and founding books
      • Receive a recommendation from a School Principal
 
Paulette Hansen, Chairman
Liberty Common School Board of Directors


Gala News
Look for your Gala 2016 invitation in the mail.
Visit libertycommon.org and click the Gala 2016 icon to learn all about the event, register to attend online, or donate.


Liberty Common Academic
Summer Camps

Dear Parent/s,
Summer will be here before you know it! Liberty Common Elementary School is offering a SUMMER CAMP for reading and literacy, math, and academic individualized tutoring, for students entering 1st.-6th. grades.  Spots are filling up, so register early.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for  Reading and Literacy Camp.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for Math Camp.

CLICK HERE for information about and to register for Individualized Tutoring.   

We are excited to offer our summer camp and hope your child can join us!

Sincerely,
Keith Churchill
Principal, Liberty Common School

Liberty Common High School Summer English Program.  Get on Track and Get Ahead.
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 to engage our rich English curriculum at LCHS.  Furthermore, he plans to have much fun in the process! 
CLICK HERE for information about the program.
Register and pay by CLICKING HERE.

Coming Soon: An Opportunity to 
Purchase A Lasting Impression
Legacy Bricks. Purchase a Liberty-Legacy brick to show your support for finishing the gymnasium. 

Bricks will be available in two sizes and can be purchased online as well as at the upcoming spring Gala. 4" x 8" is $250, 8" x 8" is $500, 8" x 8" with Eagle logogo is $550.
 
Bricks will be laid in a garden area outside the new gymnasium at the high school. Design your brick and be part of Liberty Common High School's foundation forever.

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR BRICK

Board of Directors Update

At our recent meeting, the Board received a report from the Academic Support Team (AST).  At the Elementary school, the AST matches students with AST services based on several types of objective data.  This ensures that the students who are most in need of support receive it.  The support is managed by the AST staff, which affords classroom teachers more time to teach all students.  The AST and teachers work together to strategize on the best approach for students who need specific help.  A main focus this year at the High school is for the AST to be viewed by students as a service that they can choose rather than a place where they are sent.  The excellent Liberty 101 web site contains useful sections such as Study Skills, Note-Taking, and Organization and Planning.  Any student is able to attend the 9th hour help sessions, which provide 30 minutes of assistance in most subjects.

Congratulations to the Junior class for their excellent PSAT results.  The median Junior at Liberty scored at the 92nd percentile nationwide.

The deadline for submitting an application for the Board of Directors is March 9th.  The seven of us meet monthly with the Administration.  Our primary responsibility is to oversee and establish the educational and operational policies of the school consistent with the vision, philosophy, and mission of the school as defined by our Charter Application.  Please attend our next meeting on March 24th at 6pm to learn more.

John Rohrbaugh
Board Member

Liberty Lecture: "Living What We Teach: Combating Anti-Intellectualism in Culture and Education"
Roll Back The Frontiers Of Ignorance.  Attention LCHS students, parents, grandparents, friends and supporters:  Please attend the next Liberty Lecture scheduled for
Wednesday, March 30, 2016 | 6:30-8:00PM | LCHS Great Hall | Topic:  "Living What We Teach: Combating Anti-Intellectualism in Culture and Education" | Presenters: Mrs. Natalie Scarlett and  Dr. Bob McMahon of Ridgeview Classical Schools | Put this last Liberty Lecture of the school year on your calendar now and make sure you participate in one of the most unique and valuable aspects of our school community. 
 
Colorado Eagles at Liberty; March 8th.