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  

October 10|5th-6th Grade Alcohol Education Night, 6:30 p.m.
October 10|November Lunch Calendars Due. No late calendars accepted.
October 14|Chess Club
October 14|Liberty Common Talent Show, 6:30 p.m.
October 20|BOD Mtg., 6:00 p.m.
October 21|Chess Club
October 21|Liberty T-Shirt Day
October 21|End of 1st. Quarter
October 24|Public Information Night, 6:30 p.m.
October 28|No School, Parent Teacher Conferences.
October 31|Character Assembly- Responsibility.  
October 31-Nov. 4th|Liberty's Annual Canned Food Drive 

Nov. 4|LCS
Students may wear non-
dress code clothes for pictures, but must bring code clothes to change into. 

Internet-Safety Night Canceled.
The Internet-Safety Night scheduled for October 17th at LCHS  has been canceled.   

Attention Parents,
We have made a date change to the 5th and 6th grade Dessert Theater.  The original date was May 5th and 6th and we have changed it to April 28th and 29th.  CLICK HERE for updated calendars
Major Dates
2016-17 Calendar
  • 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 or by telephone:
  • Patrick Albright: 232-8257
  • Joel Goeltl: 593-8556
  • Paulette Hansen: 282-8455
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
  • Kelly Notarfrancesco:


  • Jeff Webb: 545-9636
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
October 20, 2016,  
Liberty Common Elementary 
6:00 p.m.  
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. 
The Eagle's Nest

 October 10, 2016              Volume 20               Issue 7             

By Casey Churchill, Principal 

Every summer we provide all teaching staff with a book to help build their professional library.  Books we choose center around our philosophy here at Liberty and best teaching practices.  Our hope is that teachers can grow professionally through book discussions about the content in the books read. This year, Liberty teachers will participate in two book discussion meetings where teachers present on the 8 chapters of the book Mindset: The New Psychology of Success written by Carol Dweck.  Dweck is an acclaimed psychologist that has researched the psychology behind students with a fixed mindset and a growth mindset.  Her research has facilitated great conversations among staff about how we praise students and the role we play in producing growth rather than fixed mindset students.

Have you or your children ever said, "I'm just no good at math." or "I am a horrible artist."?  Both of these comments are fixed mindset comments.  Students that say these things assume their abilities in these areas are unchangeable.  They take on an attitude that some people are good mathematicians or artists and others are not.  They believe these skills or qualities are unchanging.

The two mindsets that she discusses in the book are a fixed mindset where people believe intelligence and other human qualities are static and unchanging.  The other mindset is a growth mindset where people believe intelligence and personal qualities can be changed and developed.  While a fixed mindset person would see a challenge as something to avoid because it would reveal their weakness, a growth mindset person would see a challenge as an opportunity to learn and grow.

As teachers and parents, these ideas are integral to how we praise our children.  We should first point out the two mindsets so students are aware they exist.  The second thing we should keep in mind is how we praise our children.  Praise should not be centered on their intelligence but rather the effort it takes to become successful.  Studies have shown that intelligent students that were praised for being smart and natural "stall out" because if they are not successful the next time they feel they failed.  Struggling students that are praised for effort will continue to work hard because they are motivated by our encouragement and praise that working hard will make you successful.  These growth mindset students make more progress in developing their skills than a fixed mindset student.

Below is a link to a video explaining the book our teachers read over the summer.  While the video is a brief synopsis of the book, I would encourage you all to read this book as this information greatly benefits both parents and our teaching staff.  The better we can all work together and be on the same page the more successful our students will be.  CLICK HERE to view the video

Be A Part of Gala Fundraiser
Look for the Pink Bag Signs
Pink Bags are back!  This is an easy way to help the school on your own schedule!  The Gala is Liberty's annual fundraising social event.  The event has grown into a fun evening that hosts about 500 guests and we've started to prepare for the big night. Many hands make light work, so if you have the opportunity to complete a simple project at home, come get a pink bag in the front office today.  We've filled the bags with all the materials you'll need to complete the project, an instruction sheet, and an example of a finished piece.  The projects are simple and can be done in a few minutes on your own schedule.  When you've finished the project, just put it back in the pink bag and bring it back to the school.

Thank you, in advance, for your help!


News from Our Music Departments

LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL FALL MUSICAL 2016.  Join us on November 11 and 12 for the classic show Guys And Dolls. Tickets will be available for purchase soon, check the Monday Notes each week for more information.
Sports News by Dan Knab, Liberty Common Athletic Director

2016-2017 Liberty Common Tennis Club

The cross-country team was outstanding Saturday. The PSD Middle School cross-country district-championship meet was this weekend and the team recorded several 'personal records.'  The 7th- and 8th-grade volleyball 'B' team tournament was also last Saturday in Estes Park. The 7th- grade team went undefeated.  The  jr.-high soccer and volleyball 'A' team playoffs start this week. Check out the schedule below.

This Week In Jr.-High Sports:

Boy's jr.-high soccer
Monday, 10/10, 4PM, @ Frontier Academy
Wednesday, 10/12, 4pm, @ TBD (Contingent on victory 10/10)  
7th-grade girl's volleyball
Monday, 10/3, 4PM, vs Highland            
Wednesday, 10/12, 4pm, TBD (Contingent on victory 10/10)   
8th-grade girl's volleyball
Monday, 10/3, 5pm @ Milliken (Contingent on victory 10/10)
All playoff information will be updated on the
LCHS Booster Facebook Page. Once you go on the page,  become an LCHS Booster.   

This Week In High-School Sports:
Men's Soccer
Monday, 10/10, 4pm, vs Frontier Academy (rescheduled from last week)
Tuesday, 10/11, 4PM, at Thorncreek Varsity Only (Broomfield Commons Park)
Thursday, 10/13, 4pm, vs Valley High School (Senior Game)

Women's Volleyball
Tuesday, 10/11, 4:30PM, @ Platte Valley
Thursday, 10/13, 4PM, @ Peak to Peak
Friday, 10/14, 4:30pm, vs DSST GVR    
Cross Country
Saturday, 10/15, 10am, @ Wiggins

Honor Our Service Men and Women
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 only be accepted until October 27th., and will be returned.  Photos can also be sent via email to 

Easy Ways To Show Your Support