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  

School Attendance Is Vital
All public schools in Colorado receive funding from the state based on the number of students who attend their school.  It is critical your student be present during the October-count period. The count occurs Sept. 24th-Oct. 8th. If your child will be absent for more than two days in a row during this time period for reasons other than an illness, please contact the office for an official document to sign.  

CALENDAR of EVENTS 
September 21|CVC Meeting, 8:00 a.m., Teachers' Lounge
September 23| Individual Student Photos
September 23|Free Dress Day
September 23| Chess Club
September 24-October 8|
* October Student Count-state funding is based on attendance during these two weeks
September 26|Public Info Night,
LCS, 6:30 p.m.
September 26|Character Assembly-Respect. Presenter, Brandon Harrington, Harrington Arts Alliance. See Mr. Harrington's bio. below.
September 30|Liberty T-Shirt Day 
September 30|Chess Club
October 7|Fall Festival, 5:30 p.m., Liberty Common Elem. School.
October 7|Chess Club
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
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Brandon Harrington was a teacher in the San Francisco Bay Area of California for 8 years and moved to Colorado in 2011.  Brandon has taught at Conrad Ball Middle School  in Loveland the past three years where he was awarded "Teacher of the Year" in 2014.  He is also the founder and creative director for the Harrington Arts Alliance, a theatre arts school in Loveland, where they have written, directed and performed over 30 shows, produced amazing haunted houses, and have helped many at risk youth build confidence and character.  He has performed his anti-bullying assemblies throughout school districts in Colorado and has twice been awarded "Hero in the Community."  Besides his growing family and loved ones, nothing is more important to him than being a teacher and expressing himself through the wonderful world of theatre.
 
CLICK HERE  to learn more about Harrington Arts Alliance. 
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Mr. Churchill continues the tradition of reading to classrooms during the first few weeks of school. In the above photo, he is sharing a story with Miss Rencher's 1st grade class. 
Major Dates
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
  • Denise Benz: 420-4184
  • Aislinn Kottwitz: 217-5925
  • Kelly Notarfrancesco: 295-4643
  • Jeff Webb: 545-9636
Next Board of Directors Mtg., 
September 15, 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. 
Seeking Art Volunteers

Attention  
Parents and Grandparents

Volunteer for the Art Room with K- 4th graders! CLICK HERE to sign up for a morning, afternoon, or one or two classes. Sign up for a Semester or the year!   

Our test of the emergency-contact system went well. If you didn't receive a call to your home or cell phone last week please CLICK HERE to view directions on how to sign up. If you have any questions please e-mail Tom Stokovaz, Liberty's IT Director. 

Carpool Lists Now Available In the Front Office 

Exciting Changes to  
The Clothes Closet

  • Please bring in GENTLY, uniform approved items
  • Items can be dropped off ONLY on Thursdays or Fridays
  • Sizes 4t- 14 accepted
  • Stain free, no holes, rips, or tears
  • Freshly laundered
  • Thank you for your generous donations!
 
The Eagle's Nest

September 19, 2016 
Volume 20   
   Issue 4         
  
From Principal Casey Churchill
Continuous Improvement  
Goal setting is an important component of any organization.  It is hard to have any direction if there isn't an end result to achieve in place.  Each year Liberty Common School sets goals.  The students write goals, the teachers write goals, and the school writes goals.  This year, I asked the staff to write down things they thought went well last year, things they thought could be better, and then from that information glean 3 top goals for the coming year.  The staff did a wonderful job with this exercise.  After this activity, they all voted on the top goals for the year.  Below are the goals for the elementary this year.

Liberty Elementary 2016-2017 Goals


1.    Teachers, AST Staff, and Problem Solving teams will work collaboratively to find solutions to help struggling students achieve positive academic and/or behavioral gains.
 
a.  Use data to drive instruction.
  i. Use NWEA to assess   student needs

ii. Better understand how to use and interpret         summative assessment.

iii. Better understand how to use and interpret  Aimsweb data as a formative assessment.
b. Continued use of Pearson Inform as our data mining software. Since Pearson will be discontinued next year, look for alternative software.
c.  Our academic focus this year will be around student engagement.  All staff attended a two day Quantum training.
d.  Administration, staff, and parents will work together as a team to find ideas to help these students. 

2.    Create a happy, healthy culture and environment for staff, families, and students.
a.   Staff will incorporate Quantum techniques in the classroom to better engage student learning.
b.   Staff and administration will focus on an increase in communication amongst ourselves and with the families we serve.
c.   Staff will participate in yearly check-ins to assess their needs.

3.    Increase Core Knowledge cross-curricular connections
a.  Teachers will participate in roundtables on a shared Core Knowledge domain topic.  We will conduct several in house professional development roundtables.
b.  The entire Liberty Elementary Staff will attend the Colorado Core Knowledge Network on Feb. 17th.

These three goals frame up the initiatives for this coming year. By setting these goals we can reflect on our progress and areas for improvement for the years to come. It is because of this type of continuous improvement that we outperform other schools in the area. We are looking forward to another great year.

Family Fun Fall Festival
  



Liberty families, it is that exciting time of year again for our annual Fall Festival! Please mark your calendars for Friday night, October 7th. from 5:30pm - 8pm for this fun family tradition. Skip the cooking and order ahead for dinner to be waiting! Liberty's own family, the Becks, own and operate Fort Collin's Panino's restaurant, will again be offering wholesome and delicious meals for all to purchase. Please join us for pumpkin decorating, hayrides, games, crafts, bounce houses and more!. This is always one of our school's most popular fundraisers of the year. Families  have a wonderful time celebrating together as autumn arrives. This event always requires the commitment and support of numerous volunteers. Whatever your area of interest, the Fall Festival will have a volunteer opportunity for you! Please contact Vedra Osborn to get involved in the fun!
      

Zipper Merge on Timberline
Some of you that travel northbound on Timberline may have noticed an increase in traffic due to merging. This is a situation when zipper merging would be helpful to move traffic along and prevent backups from extending all the way back to the Drake intersection. Please watch the video below to learn about zipper merging.

Zipper Merge  
 

PSD Bond Issue
PSD Bond Issue. Liberty Common Board Vice Chairman Patrick Albright will appear this week on CrossCurrents, a television program on cable channel 14, as part of a panel discussing the PSD bond on the ballot this November. The show is taped before a live audience, and audience members will be allowed to submit questions to a moderator to be asked to panelists. Poudre School District is asking voters to approve a $375 million bond this November, but will allocate only $150,000 to Liberty Common School, and $342,000 total to the four PSD charter schools, with restrictions.  If Liberty parents would like to attend the taping of this show and submit questions to the panelists, the show will take place from 7:30PM to 8:30PM this Thursday, September 22nd in the Fort Collins City Council Chamber located at 300 LaPorte Avenue in Fort Collins. Show up a little early to make sure you get a seat.  

Easy Ways To Show Your Support  
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Happy  Monday  Liberty Common families. The back to school rhythm of packing lunches, snacks, driving carpool, homework and after school activities sure makes for a full schedule. This mama of four busy kid's sure understands. That is why I like Box Tops so much. It is an easy way to help our school. Just Buy, Clip, Send, Earn. Last school year we earned $1304.80! Way to go! The little things can sure add up to a lot. A few details for you new families and a refresher on how this works for you veterans. Step 1-buy participating products. Step 2-cut out those cute little squares. Please remember to check those expiration dates!  Step 3- send them to school.  Ziploc bags work great!  There is drawer in the front office. Look for the sign. Smile as you drop them off, you helped our  school. My team will take care of the rest. One more detail, all Box Tops that are turned in by  Oct. 26th  will be counted for the first check written to Liberty.  Happy clipping.  

Every little bit helps,
Jeanne-Marie Siegfried,
Liberty Common Box Top Coordinator and parent volunteer



Liberty Roadrunners is Back Up On Its Feet and Ready To Roll 

Liberty Roadrunners is a running club for Liberty 4th -6th graders that meets Monday and Thursday- 3:15-3:45, September 19th- November 3rd. Runners meet by the flagpole. The club commences with the CSU Veteran's 5k, Nov. 5th. Participants must complete a registration packet before participating. Packets are available outside the front office near the bulletin board and can be turned in to Mrs. Hersh or Mrs. Hickman. 

7th Annual Liberty 2-Liberty 5K
 

It is time once again for the annual Liberty-2-Liberty 5K, which is being organized by Domus Fortitudinis and will be held on Saturday, October 1st at 8:00 AM.  Registration forms   can be picked up at the front office of the high school or the elementary school, and are due to the front office by September 21st for an early-registration discount. The registration fee is $20 if received by 9/21, but $25 after that (including race-day registrations). Please note: If you turn in your forms by the 21st, you will receive your t-shirt the morning of the race. However, if forms are turned in after that, then you will get your t-shirt the following week. Volunteers are more than welcome. If you or your student wishes to volunteer, send an e-mail to DF House Captains  Halley Miklos   (LCHS Class of 2017) or Johnny Berg (LCHS Class of 2018). Please come out and join us. It should be a great time to meet new and old Liberty families while bringing our Liberty community closer as a whole!

Sports News by Dan Knab, Liberty Common Athletic Director
Jr. High XC Makes A Difference
 

The Jr.-High cross country team is doing amazing things. On Saturday, September 10th, the middle school cross country team got up early in the morning and volunteered at the Black Squirrel Half Marathon at Lory State Park. The team helped direct runners during the half marathon and handed out food and water at an aid station.  For their service the team received $200 that they donated to Athletes in Tandem, a non-profit organization that provides "a path for anyone, regardless of physical ability, to participate in outdoor events."

This Week in Jr.-High Sports:
         Boy's jr.-high soccer
          
Monday, 9/19, 4PM, vs Frontier          
          Wednesday, 9/21, 4PM, vs Loveland Classical  
          Friday, 9/23, 4PM, @ Estes Park                 
        7th-grade girl's volleyball
             
Monday, 9/19, 4PM, @ Estes Park
             Wednesday, 9/21, vs Weld Central                  
        8th-grade girl's volleyball
            
Monday, 9/19, 4pm, vs Estes Park
             Wednesday, 9/21, 4PM, @ Weld Central
        Cross Country
           
Saturday, 9/24, Girls 9am, Boys 9:30am,
            @ Spring Canyon Park (no bus)