Liberty Common School  
1725 Sharp Point Drive, Fort Collins, CO 80525
Phone: 970-482-9800 | Fax 970-482-8007 | www.libertycommon.org
Attendance Line: (Please call by 8:30 AM) 970-482-9800 Option 2 
Office Hours:  Monday -  Friday 7:50AM - 4:00 PM
Mark your Calendar 

December 15|  BOD Meeting, 6:00 p.m.
December 16| Free Dress Day
December 19| Character Education Assembly: Cooperation
  • 4th-6th graders attend assembly: 8:10-8:45
  • Kindergarteners-3rd graders attend assembly: 8:55-9:35


Character Education Assembly Featured Speaker, Zack Allison
Zack’s affinity for cycling started at the early age of 14 racing on the east coast. He quickly moved up the amateur ranks to race on the elite national circuit. After moving to Fort Collins to attend Colorado State University, Zack kept racing and winning medals at collegiate nationals each year he was in school in various events on the track and on the road. While racing for Mercy cycling Zack saw continued success on the road and track. Eventually landing a spot on Elevate Pro Cycling Team after winning the team pursuit event at track nationals and placing 3rd in the Nationals Criterium.   Zack will race with Team Clif Bar for 2017 and continue to strive for wins at the highest level of domestic pro cycling. 
   
December 19| 5th and 6th Grade Band and Choir Concert, 6:30 p.m. 
December 23|Liberty T-Shirt Day
December 26-Jan. 6| Winter Break
January 16|Martin Luther King Day, NO SCHOOL
January 19|Spelling Bee, after school
January 19|BOD Meeting, LCS, 6:00 p.m.
January 23|Public Information Night, LCS, 6:30 p.m.
January 27|5th/6th Grade Science Fair

      Major Dates- 2016-17 Calendar
  • Winter Break- Dec. 26-Jan. 6
  • Martin Luther King Day-Jan. 16-NO SCHOOL
  • Professional Development Day-Feb. 17-NO SCHOOL
  • Presidents' Day-Feb. 20-NO SCHOOL
  • Spring Break-March 13-17-NO SCHOOL
  • Good Friday-April 14-NO SCHOOL
  • Last Day of Classes-1/2/Day May 26
  T-Shirt Days
  • Dec. 23rd
  • Jan. 27th
  • Feb. 24th
  • March 31st
  • April 28th
  • May 19th

  Mrs. Dawn Karr’s evening lecture on the biology of the Galapagos Islands drew the largest crowd in LCHS Liberty-Lecture history. 
Liberty Lecture Series
Last week's "Liberty Lecture" on the biology of the Galapagos Islands drew the largest Liberty-Lecture crowd in the school's history.  Big thanks to LCHS Science Department Chair Mrs. Dawn Karr for leading the discussion. 

The next Liberty Lecture is scheduled for Thursday January 12, 2017 6:30 – 8:00PM in the LCHS Great Hall, and is entitled "Wake Up To Weird:  Experiencing Contemporary Art."  The lecture will be led by Americas best high-school art instructors Mrs. Megan Salazar and Mr. Rex Seiple .  Put it on your calendars now, bring the whole family.
Liberty Legacies Books For Sale The Liberty Legacies book was written and published by LCHS students and is for sale.

The stories of the students’ grandparents, and family members are incredible. The book is on sale for $20. Contact Mrs. Deitrick, visit here , or the office to purchase a copy.
 
News from Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal

 
Another Glorious Milestone For Liberty

By:  Bob Schaffer, LCHS Principal

This coming Saturday evening, Ms. Alauna Sutton (LCHS ’13) will become the very first Liberty Common High School graduate to receive a four-year college diploma.  Alauna is graduating from Colorado State University a full semester ahead of her peers. 
 
This is glorious milestone for Liberty Common School.  We’re asking all Liberty families – of students from any grade, kindergarten through 12th grade – to consider attending Alauna’s graduation ceremony at 5:00PM in Moby Arena on the CSU campus.  Afterwards, we’re heading to the high school for a pizza feast.  We have a bus.
 
Yes, we want to provide Alauna the biggest cheering section in the history of CSU graduations ceremonies.  But, the chief reason to attend this splendid event is to reinforce for current Liberty students the importance of academic milestones, and to fully embrace them as guideposts for their own academic journeys. 
 
All Liberty students should see parents, administrators, teachers, classmates, and graduates cheering from the balconies as “one of us” earns an award truly worth celebrating.  Winter graduations don’t last that long, so it will be an efficient festivity and a wholesome use of everyone’s time.  The pizza will be especially good.
 
Alauna is earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Cultural Anthropology with three minor degrees – geography, Spanish, and linguistics.  Her AP classes at LCHS transferred 17 credits to her college transcript before she even set foot in a college classroom. 
 
Her study skills allowed her to tackle 17 credit hours in coursework in her first semester, and to maintain that ambitious pacing.  Her college advisor urged her to slow down and take 15 hours like most college freshmen.  “You don’t understand,” she told the counselor.  “I’m a graduate of Liberty Common High School.” 
 
She aced all of her freshman courses.  Liberty’s requirement that all students take four years of math waived her through all of CSU’s basic math requirements and fast-tracked her to an upper-level statistics class needed for her major. 
 
Alauna’s first exposure to Spanish was in Liberty’s 3rd grade.  She took a high-school Spanish I course as a Liberty 8th grader.  That allowed her to master the highest levels of high-school Spanish including AP Spanish.  “I didn’t want to let that accomplishment just sit there,” she told me last week.  “So I decided to minor in Spanish at CSU, too.”
 
The study skills Alauna learned at Liberty were invaluable in college.  “Personally, I’m a big procrastinator,” she said.  “I think most people are really that way, too, but I was used to Liberty’s homework strategies going back to third grade.”   She knew how to manage her homework, economize her time, and stay atop of heavy, college-level assignments.  Oh, and she held down a job on the side.
 
Alauna wasn’t the high-school valedictorian, or salutatorian.  She was a solid Liberty student, not much different than any other Liberty kid.  She worked hard in high school, participated in extracurricular activities, kept her focus on her academic priorities, and had some fun, too.
 
She conquered more college coursework than most graduates do, and now finishes college well ahead of schedule, and under budget. Alauna is a perfect example of a Liberty Common School student and a Liberty Common High School graduate.  A duplicate original copy of her CSU diploma is being acquired by LCHS and it will be displayed in our hallway forever. 
 
It’s a bonus that Alauna chose to attend college close to home.  The CSU campus location allows us all an easy and convenient way to come together this Saturday to celebrate and commemorate this auspicious milestone, and to be roused by one whose academic milestone becomes an inspiring guidepost for the rest of us. 
 
For details about the ceremony, the bus ride from LCHS to CSU (and back), and the post-graduation pizza feast, please see the nearby news item about Alauna’s graduation ceremony.  
 
Go Eagles!  Go Rams!  Way to go Alauna! 
Jack and the Giant 5th and 6th Grade Musical Informational Meeting-December 21st., 3:15 p.m.
There will be a mandatory informational meeting for all 5th and 6th grade students interested in auditioning for this year’s musical – “Jack and the Giant” – on Wednesday, December 21st., at 3:15 in the Choir Room.  Students must attend this meeting with a parent in order to audition for the show in January.
LIBERTY COMMON SUMMER THEATRE CAMP
 
Please visit  http://bit.ly/LibertyTheatreCamp  for more information.   

Many Ways to Support Liberty Common School
Amazon Smile.  We are excited to announce a new and easy way for you to generate donations for Liberty.  Earn money for Liberty while you shop through Smile.Amazon.com


AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way for you to support Liberty every time you shop, at no cost to you. When you shop at Smile.Amazon.com , you’ll find the same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as Amazon.com , with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price back to Liberty.
  • Simply go to http://smile.amazon.com and enter “Core Knowledge Charter School Foundation.”  CKC School Foundation is the technical name for our non-profit organization.  You will not find us by searching for 'Liberty.’
  • The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases back to Liberty.
Chessmates Bring Home 2nd Place
At this month's chess tournament, Sicilian Defense(named after a famous chess opening), eight of Liberty's Chessmates, took 2nd place. There were 180 players and 15 elementary teams competing in the tournament. Congratulations to the team and good luck at your next  tournament, January 21st.
Delicious Gala Desserts Impress Many
Gala Desserts Auction.  We have several very talented bakers among our Liberty Common School families, at both the elementary and high school. A special thank you to all of the Liberty families that provided a dessert for our Dessert Auction tasting. The elementary school teachers all had a delicious treat last Monday when they were honored to taste several of the submissions for the Gala Dessert Auction. 
The Time is Now to Sign Up for Chess Club
 Chessmates at Liberty Common
All grades welcome!
Beginner and Advanced Groups
Fridays 3:15 - 4:15PM

Meet in: Art Room

Dates:
Jan 20, 27
Feb 3, 10, 24
March 3, 10, 24, 31
April 7, 21, 28

Cost: $65 for 12 weeks of class and chess instruction.

Each class includes 30 min of instruction and 30 min of playtime taught by an experienced
chess coach.

Registration: Online at www.chessmatesfc.com >SCHOOL CLUBS > Liberty Common
Fill out Form and make payment.

Question or Comments?
Contact Us:

Chessmates Chess Club
www.chessmatesfc.com


www.facebook.com/chessmatesfc

(970) 658-9976 (call or text)


Refund policy: Any participant may receive a full refund until after the second class is completed. After the second class there
will be no refunds granted, or partial credits given, for any reason.

Attend a Liberty Graduation Ceremony
Attend Landmark Graduation Ceremony.  The first LCHS graduate to graduate from a four-year college is Alauna Sutton ’13.  The momentous commencement takes place this Saturday, December 17th, at CSU’s Moby Arena.  Our goal is to fill the stands with the largest cheering section in CSU history and let Alauna know how much this milestone means for the entire Liberty community.  We’re loading up a bus of faculty, students, supporters – anyone who wants to go – and leaving LCHS at 4:15PM bound for Moby Arena.  We’ll return directly afterwards and celebrate with pizza at the school (winter grad ceremonies are not that long).  Please see Mr. Schaffer's column in today's Monday Notes for more information about this Liberty milestone.   This will be a great opportunity for Liberty families to gather, have fun, whoop-and-holler, and show young Liberty scholars just how important academic achievements are in life.  We’re hoping for a big showing.  Please consider attending.  Please email hsinfo@libertycommon.org if you plan on boarding the bus and joining us for pizza afterwards.   

 
Board of Directors
Paulette Hansen:  282-8455
Patrick Albright:  232-8257 
Joel Goeltl : 593-8556 
Jeff Webb : 545-9636 
Denise Benz : 420-4184 
Kelly Notarfrancesco:  295-4643
Aislinn Kottwitz : 217-5925

Upcoming Board Meeting- December 15, 2016,  LCS 6:00PM


You may contact all members on our Board of Directors at  BOD@libertycommon.org .
Give Your Child the Gift of Time and Energy: Be a Liberty WATCH D.O.G.
WATCHD.O.G.S . (Dads of Great Students) is an innovative father involvement, educational initiative of the National Center for Fathering (see www.fathers.com for more info). 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.  

Liberty Common School's WATCHD.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.

Become a WATCHD.O.G. today by CLICKING HERE.  Please scroll down the page to WATCHD.O.G. registration. 

Already a WATCHDOG? Take a few minutes and Sign-Up. Remember part-days are also appreciated.

Thank you for wanting to make a difference in the lives of Liberty Common School students.