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  

May 2-6|Teacher Appreciation Week
May 2-6|Spirit Week***
See agenda below***
May 2-6|Scholastic Bookfair
May 6|May Fest
May 6|WatchDOG, Wes Cardenas.
May 6|Chess Club
May 9|5th/6th Band/Choir Concert.
May 19|End of the Year Awards
May 20|T-Shirt Day
May 26|BOD Mtg.
May 26|Olympic Day
May 26|WatchDOG, Rodney Good, Mike Hersh, Wes Cardenas.
May 27|Last Day-11:00 Release, no lunch will be served.
May 27|Free Dress Day 

Chess pieces
Please Note: Chess Club only has ONE more sessions: 5.6.16
Watch for Chess Club Fall Registration Info. in your summer mailing packet.

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., 
May 12, 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. 
Major Dates Have Been Finalized
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
Liberty Sports News
This Week In Junior-High Sports:  
 Track Season In Pictures.  Want to see what a fantastic junior-high track season looks like?  Click on the above spectacular photo montage produced by Mrs. Tiffany Green.  Even if you don't have a kid on the track team, you'll want to watch this.  

 Jr.-High SportsGirls Soccer  Monday, 5/2, 4pm, Away @ Ft. Lupton  Wednesday, 5/4, 3:30pm, Home vs Weld Central    
 Monday, 5/2, 4pm, Home - NCIL Championship Track Meet Volunteers still needed - Meet Mr. Knab at the tent in the infield at 3:30pm if you are able to assist.  

Future High-School Baseball Players.  Parents of current 6th - 8th graders interested in learning more about the LCHS baseball program, please come to a meeting on Wednesday May 4th  at 6:00 PM at the high school to meet LCHS head baseball coach Nathan Thurlow and his coaching staff to discuss the summer baseball program, and plans for this summer and next summer.

For parents of current 3rd - 5th graders playing baseball this summer, please e-mail your information to Coach Thurlow at [email protected]   Especially, if you are involved in coaching a team with Liberty Common students, Coach would like to make himself available to meet with the various Liberty Common teams during the summer as he develops the high-school program and the program for future players on the high-school team.

The Eagle's Nest

May 2, 2016 
Volume 19 
  Issue 31    
News from Board of Directors
Liberty Founder
Dr. Randy Everett offered a passionate and in-depth review of Liberty's Founders' educational philosophy at an informational lecture Monday, April 4th, hosted by Liberty BOD member
Denise Benz.  Dr. Everett covered a fascinating range of topics which included the history of educational philosophy throughout the world and the United States over the past 100 years and how those philosophies impacted Liberty's founding.  BOD members and all Liberty parents with a vested interest in Liberty's continued success need to appreciate why Liberty is successful.  Liberty's founding philosophy must be continuously reviewed and understood so its history and purpose can be appreciated and maintained.  The event was attended by several Liberty Founders, current and newly elected BOD members, as well as key members of Liberty's administrative staff.  Everyone went home with a deeper understanding of the philosophy of Liberty's founding and a greater appreciation of the tenacity with which we must adhere to the principles on which Liberty was founded.  In addition to the educational philosophy books recommended on Liberty's website, Dr. Everett also referenced and suggested the following:

The Mystery of Capital: Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else by Hernando De Soto

A Conflict of Visions: Ideological Origins of Political Struggles by
Thomas Sowell

The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy by Thomas Sowell
Two bills beneficial to charter schools are making their way through the Colorado Legislature. Senate Bill 187 streamlines charter school requirements for accountability reporting, auditing, accounting, and continuity of funding. Senate Bill 188 levels the playing field for charter schools when it comes to school district mill levy overrides, land acquisition, and access to BEST state funding. Click here to read more about SB187, and click here to read more about SB188.  Please contact your state legislators and share your opinions about these bills.

Scholastic Book Fair,
May 2-6, 8:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Volunteer at our Feelin' Groovy Book Fair!
Volunteer at our spring Book Fair - a far-out celebration of reading with hundreds of fun, engaging, affordable books for kids to discover.

Join our volunteer team to help with one or more of the following tasks:
* Bring creative flair to signs and decorations
* Secure community sponsorships
* Help serve food and refreshments
* Organize and merchandise displays
* Offer a helping hand - set up or pack up
* Help shoppers of all ages find their perfect book

We are so grateful for your support.  Please CLICK HERE and volunteer for the Scholastic Book Fair.

Spirit Week May 2- May 6, 2016
Monday- Pajama Day
Students may wear pajamas to school. Slippers are acceptable, but students should bring alternative shoes for P.E. and recess. Students should not be in spaghetti straps or tank tops. Pajama pants should be full length or past the knee. NO pajama shorts. 

Tuesday- Theme Day (Class)
Students will be encouraged to join with their homeroom classmates in choosing a class theme for this day. Each classroom teacher will communicate to students and parents the theme of dress for this day. Look for more information in your child's classroom Monday Note!

Wednesday- Sport and Hobby Day

Students may wear clothing to represent their favorite professional sports team.  They may wear clothing to represent their own sports team or hobby. Please adhere to the dress code length requirements for shorts or skirts and no tank tops or spaghetti straps. 

Thursday- Super Hero Day
Students may wear any super-hero themed dress for this day. Students should not be in spaghetti straps or sleeveless shirts. Pants should be full length or to the knee. No weapons or depictions of violence, please. "We use our powers for good....not evil"

Friday - Crazy Hair Day
Students should be in dress code clothing. If hair color is used, it must be completely washed out by the following Monday.
*** Spirit week activities are optional but encouraged. Dress code on any of the above days is acceptable. ***

PSD Denies Charter Funding 

At last Tuesday's meeting of the Poudre School District Board of Education, the Board voted to advance a $375 million school funding package but denied requests by PSD's charter schools, led by Liberty Common School, for equitable funding.   CLICK HERE to read The Coloradoan newspaper's coverage of the Board's vote.  CLICK HERE or on the nearby video link to see a tidy metaphorical summary of the Board's treatment of its charter schools. The PSD spending plan must clear one more (perfunctory) hurdle before going to voters for approval on the November ballot. 

Buying Frenzy

A tide of sales surged last week when Chair of the paver-fundraising campaign Mrs. Tiffany Green announced a purchase deadline of Saturday, May 15th.  An equally huge tidal wave of anxiety is sweeping through the Liberty student body as a few are realizing their parents may not meet the deadline.  Every student wants his/her name engraved into a special brick and placed permanently into the walkway and glorious garden leading to our new gym.  The finished brick-pavement/"Legacy Garden" project will be unveiled at the August 26th back-to-school Torch Trek.  Buying a brick and etching your student's name into it is fully tax deductible. It's also a great way to permanently honor graduates, past Liberty students, future Liberty students, grandparents, special moments, anniversaries - anyone and anything worthy of honoring.  Buying multiple bricks is totally in style right now.  All proceeds help complete and furnish the gym.  To purchase a Legacy Brick simply CLICK HERE.  Questions?  Email Mrs. Tiffany Green  parent/volunteer extraordinaire who stepped up to manage this awesome campaign

News From the Health Office
Immunizations. Starting July 1, 2016, please be aware that parents/guardians seeking non-medical (religious or personal belief) immunizations exemptions for schoolchildren through-12th grade must submit non-medical exemption forms annually according to state law. Medical exemptions only need to be submitted once and require the signature of your child's doctor or advanced-practice nurse. To submit a non-medical or medical go to
and follow the instructions. Children with an exemption may be kept out of school during a disease outbreak. If you have any questions regarding this new process, please ask your health tech, or e-mail the school nurse at [email protected]  
CPR/AED class. Congrats to this group of 6-12th graders (pictured) who are now have certifications through the American Heart Association in CPR/AED, ready for their summer jobs and saving lives!
Due to high interest and attendance, we are going to offer one more of these classes at the beginning of the summer for those who are interested.  Must have a minimum of 10 students in the class and will be capped at twenty:

Class takes place Monday, June 13th, 9am-Noon at the elementary school. American Heart Association Certification (good for two years). Heart Saver CPR/AED (adult, child, infant, to include measures for choking) $35/student (this exact class runs in the Fort Collins Recreator for $70/person)  Register here by Monday, June 6. Questions, contact our school nurse at [email protected].

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!

Keith Churchill
Principal, Liberty Common School

Attention Parents of Liberty Common Rising 6th Graders
Summer English Program.  This summer's four-week English "booster" is the perfect, economical opportunity for students needing a grammar, vocabulary, or writing-skills boost.  For more information  CLICK HERE. 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 to sign up.

Liberty Common School | 1725 Sharp Point Dr. | Fort Collins | CO | 80525