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  

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
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
  • Kelly Notarfrancesco: 295-4643
  • Jeff Webb: 545-9636
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
November 17, 2016, 6:00 p.m. 
Liberty Common Elementary   
 
CALENDAR of EVENTS 
October 31|
   Thanks to speaker, and guitarist, Scott Von, who performed at today's Responsibility Character Assembly. CLICK HERE to view Scott's website.
Oct. 31-Nov. 4th|Liberty's Annual Canned Food Drive Benefiting House of Neighborly Services and residents of Larimer County.
2016
cans = Free Dress Day.
4032
cans = EPIC Teacher Surprise 

November 1|Liberty Lecture Series, "Computer Security"6:30 p.m., LCHS| (See below article for more information.)  
  
November 4|Picture Retakes
7:45-8:30 a.m., Gym.
CLICK HERE
for information
CLICK HERE for an order form.

November 6|Daylight Savings Time Ends  
set clocks ahead one hour.

November 10| December Lunch Calendars Due.  Calendars will not be taken  after Nov. 10th.CLICK HERE to print out lunch calendars.

November 11|Chess Club  
November 18|Hearing/Vision Screening (Volunteers needed see article below and link for Sign-up Genius).
November 22|Grandparents Day.
November 23-26|No School-Thanksgiving Break



High School Fall Musical 2016 Theater Production, "Guys and Dolls"

T
ickets are now on sale for the Fall Music Theatre Production, "Guys and Dolls!"

Show times are:
Friday, November 11, at 7 p.m.
Saturday, November 12, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at LCS.

Tickets are $10 for general admission and $5.00 for students and LCS/LCHS Faculty. To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE:
 


Kindergarten Sibling List.
If your child is a sibling of a student currently enrolled in Liberty, and will be attending Kindergarten in the 2017-2018 School Year, please make sure that they are on the Sibling List.  We will begin running the Kindergarten lottery during the week of January 23, 2017. Please contact Julie Russell, LCS Registrar at 482-9800, ext 1114, to get on the list. 
 

Volunteers Needed for Vision and Hearing Screening, Nov. 18th. 

We are getting ready for our annual Vision and Hearing Screenings and are looking for 12 Volunteers for Friday, November 18th.  The time will be from 7:45 am to approximately 1:15 pm.  Experience is appreciated but not required.  It is important to have volunteers that are available for the  ENTIRE  event so that the screenings go smoothly. Snacks will be provided for our wonderful volunteers.Please sign-up by CLICKING HERE if you are interested in volunteering.

Thank you,
 
Natalie Dybzinski, RN, BSN
School Nurse Consultant
Liberty Common School
Jen Hopkins, LCS Health Tech.

Major Dates
2016-17 Calendar
  • 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

The Eagles Nest    
Thank you Brooklyn Cardenas, for your amazing art work. Other students' submissions will be rotated throughout the year. 
 


October 31, 2016 
Issue 10  
Volume 20 
 
Board of Directors Update
In the late summer of each year, the Board of Directors and Administration meet for a planning session. This year we heard from founders Randy Everett and Laurel Van Maren. Dr. Everett urged us to keep united in how we frame our purpose and to hold tight to our mission which is to provide excellence and fairness in education for school children through a common foundation by successfully teaching a contextual body of organized knowledge, the skills of learning including higher order thinking, and the values of a democratic society.  Laurel Van Maren explained our rigorous vetting and interview process and the value it produces. Top candidates will have thorough content knowledge of their primary subject. They will also possess intense intellectual curiosity for their area of expertise.

The Board participated in a priorities brainstorming session, as well.  During that session, it was determined that the development of a strategic plan will be a key focus for Liberty this year.  At our recent Board meeting, we formed a committee of Paulette Hansen and Aislinn Kottwitz who will determine our next steps in the strategic planning process. We are looking for someone to facilitate the Board's strategic planning session. Please contact Paulette at paulette.hansen@libertycommon.org or Aislinn at Aislinn.kottwittz@libertycommon.org  if you, or someone you know, can provide assistance.

Please be aware that the Board of Directors officially opposes Ballot Issue 3B and 3C proposed by the Poudre School District. Please CLICK HERE to read the resolution in opposition.

 
Liberty Lecture-Computer Security

The first Liberty Lecture of the school year intended for all Liberty families (both campuses - K-12),  is next week,  Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 beginning 6:30 - 8:00PM in the LCHS Great Hall. Last week's Internet-Safety Night was canceled in hopes more students and parents will attend next week's special event.  Maintaining computer security and privacy of personal information is becoming more and more important every day. Particularly when it comes to student use of the Internet, please be informed on risks, threats, and strategies to utilize the Internet safely.  Dr. Indrajit Ray of CSU (and a Liberty parent) will be our special lecturer.  The school highly encourages all Liberty families to attend.  
Liberty Makes 3B/3C News
Liberty's Board of Directors opposes Ballot Issues 3B and 3C which unfairly distribute school proceeds raised through new public taxes and debt. CLICK HERE to read why.
 
The Coloradoan (a Fort Collins daily newspaper), last Wednesday, wrote about Liberty's Board of Directors (BOD) and its official opposition to tax-hike and public-debt Ballot Issues 3B and 3C.  Also featured was opposition by Liberty's sister school Ridgeview Classical Schools.  CLICK HERE to see the story which mentions the BOD's resolution ( CLICK HERE to read the resolution). For additional information, please CLICK HERE to watch a recent debate on these questions in which Liberty parent and Vice-Chair of Liberty's Board of Directors Patrick Albright articulated reasons for opposing both measures.  Albright debated PSD officials who support the measures.  Charter schools educate 7.5% of the Poudre School District, but receive 0.1% of the bond.  Nearby school districts are proposing similar tax increases (Thompson Valley, Boulder, Denver, Jefferson County) which include their charter schools in equitable funding distribution, while PSD does not.  Liberty parent Mr. Bill Werst wrote an editorial opposing 3B/3C- CLICK HERE.  Additional statements can be found by CLICKING HERE.   
 
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.
 


Have an item or service to donate for the Gala 2017 auction?
 

CLICK HERE to pledge your donation of an item, service, or a cash donation online. Then, bring your donation labeled with your name and a brief description to the front office at the school.

Or, get a donation form from the office and return it to the school with your donation. 

Not sure what to donate?
Gift cards - restaurants, car care, health/beauty, etc. 
Travel- timeshares, airline miles, bed and breakfast stay, condo stay, family recreation 
Your own time and talent! Fly fishing, cooking, etc.
 
Have a business?
Donate an item or service and gain exposure for your business at the same time. By making a cash donation, you'll become a sponsor and get additional visibility for your business.

Thank you for your support of our fantastic school!

Contact us at: Gala@libertycommon.org
Qeryldine Hofinger: 970-219-4374
Jodi Fraser: 970-988-1570


 
Liberty Pom Cheer & Dance Team
Would your student like to be a part of the first Liberty Common Pom Cheer & Dance Team? The Liberty POMS is a new student formed club that would like to invite all 4th through 6th graders to join. The idea is to promote school spirit by cheering on the other sports teams at home games/events and to give students another option to participate in a school related activity. Practice times, costs and other details will depend on the amount of students that participate and if there is someone willing to coach. If your child is interested in participating, and/or if there are any parents who would be interested in coaching, please contact Jen Stalcup, ASAP at (970) 250-6297 or jen10_@hotmail.com.
 
Sports News by Dan Knab, Liberty Common Athletic Director

The men's soccer team played a valiant game last Friday against Bruce Randolph, however, lost in overtime, 2-1. The game was played at Vanguard High School in Colorado Springs. This brings its successful season to an end as the sophomore- dominant team looks to get faster and stronger in our new weight room during the off-season.
Josie Doman finished in 64th place (154 runners) on Saturday morning at the CHSAA cross-country state meet in Colorado Springs. Her brother,
Jacob Doman also finished 64th (157 runners) running beside Nate Dowdy most of the race.  Dowdy finished 75th as he battled a knee injury throughout the race. Coloradoan Article


Girls Basketball. 7th-grade and 8th-grade girls who want to play basketball this winter for Liberty Common need to add their name to the sign-up sheet on Mr. Knab's office door.

This Week In Jr.-High Sports:

Boys 7th-grade basketball
Tuesday, 11/1, 4pm, Away @ Frontier Academy
Thursday, 11/3, 4pm, Home vs Ft. Lupton Middle School
Boys 8th-grade basketball
Tuesday, 11/1, 4pm, Home vs Frontier Academy
Thursday, 11/3, 4pm, Away @ Ft. Lupton Middle School
 
First high-school home basketball game is 11/30 at 4PM.  CLICK HERE for all jr.-high and high-school basketball schedules.