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  

CALENDAR of EVENTS 
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 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 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 


School Attendance Is Vital

All public schools in Colorado receive funding from the state based on the number of students attending 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. 
 
It is crucial your student attends school on October 5, Official Count Day so we may continue delivering quality education and extracurricular programming. The importance of attendance on October 5 cannot be overstated. 

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!   

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 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. 
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!
 
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  
 

The Eagle's Nest


                                       September 26, 2016 
Volume 20   
 Issue 5         
  
Update From Liberty's BOD
Top 3 Items from the 9/15 LCS Board Meeting

1) Hope you were able to be part of the audience! Our very own LCS Board Vice Chairman  Patrick Albright was part of a panel discussing the PSD bond that will be on the ballot this  November. On September 22, he participated in the live taping of CrossCurrents television 
program that aired on Channel 14.  
CLICK HERE  to view the program.

2) The BOD approved the creation of the Liberty Fundraising Team, whose mission is to
maximize fundraising effectiveness and efficiency. The team will coordinate and organize all  fundraising and donation activities within Liberty Common School and Liberty Common High  School. Members of the team include representatives from the Booster Club, the Spring Gala,  LCHS administration, Liberty's Financial Advisory Committee and the BOD. The chairperson of 
the Fundraising Team will be Kelly Notarfrancesco.
Please contact Kelly at knotarfrancesco@libertycommon.org with any questions. 

3) Mr. Seiple and Mrs. Salazar from the Art Department reported to the board. Continuity is key in  developing LCS artistic students. The art depart adheres to the Core Knowledge Sequence,  continuity in artistic disciplines, and cross curricular connections through writing, literacy, and  historical context of artworks. Unfortunately, art classes at LCHS are limited in size due to the  physical restriction of space and the large equipment required. Mrs. Nichols has her challenges  teaching art to the K-2nd graders, especially when there is a lack of consistent classroom  volunteers. Fortunately, this challenge has been addressed by Mr. Churchill and his ability to  assign a TA who can help provide assistance to Mrs. Nichols during the K-1st art classes. If you are interested in volunteering in Mrs. Nichols class, CLICK HERE.  As  you all can  probably agree with me, our students are amazing artists thanks to our wonderful Art  Department!


Family Fun Fall Festival
Now Is The Time To Purchase Your Meal and Activity Tickets.

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!  CLICK HERE for meal and ticket order form. 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!
      

 
Be A Part of Gala Fundraiser 
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!

 

7th Annual Liberty 2-Liberty 5K 


The 7th annual Liberty-to-Liberty 5K is this Saturday, October 1st (registration at 8:00AM, race start time at 8:30AM, cost $25 to include a t-shirt). As in years past, runners will be running from the LCHS parking lot to the LCS soccer field at Everett Field.  New this year, though, the 5K will be a costume friendly, spirited event, so runners are welcome to dress up. This year's homecoming theme is Emerald City, so participants are encouraged to wear their wackiest Wizard of Oz costumes.

Also new this year, children can participate in the free, kid-friendly costume fun run.  Kids will race around the LCS track twice in their costumes and be met at the finish line with a cold treat. The first 3 finishers will be awarded cool prizes. Ages 12 and under are welcome. Kids will meet at the track at 9:00AM and the fun run will begin at 9:10AM. Be sure to sign your child up on the registration sheet in either the LCS or LCHS front office.

After the race, stay to watch the men's homecoming soccer game vs. cross-town rival Heritage at 10:00AM and see a small parade of floats from LCHS. Members of the LCHS service club Key Club will also be holding a car wash to raise money for their service projects.  

Email Domus Fortitudinis House Captains Halley Miklos ( miklos.halley17@libertycommon.org) or Johnny Berg ( berg.john18@libertycommon.org) with questions.
News from Our Music Departments

ATTENTION LIBERTY COMMON ELEMENTARY STUDENTS:

Do you have a special talent you'd like to let shine?  Can you sing, juggle, dance, tell jokes, play an instrument, bend yourself into a pretzel... or ANYTHING else you can imagine?  Then come and show off your stuff at this year's LIBERTY'S GOT TALENT!  Sign-up spots for auditions are in the hallway across from front office.

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

This Week in Jr.-High Sports:
       
 Boy's jr.-high soccer
           Mon., 9/26, 4PM, @ Lincoln Middle School (FC)         
           Wed., 9/28, 4PM, @ Ft. Lupton Middle School           
7th-grade girl's volleyball
              Mon., 9/26, 4PM, @ Ft. Lupton Middle School
              Wed., 9/28, vs Frontier                
8th-grade girl's volleyball
             Mon., 9/26, 4pm, vs Ft. Lupton Middle School
             Wed., 9/28, 4PM, vs Frontier
Cross Country
            Friday, 9/30, 4pm, @ Fossil Creek Park

        
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