LAF Update

April 8

Spring Picture Day - Wednesday, April 10th!

Dates to Know

  • 10 Spring Picture Day
  • 12 Last day to order a yearbook
  • 15-19 Spring Break-School Closed
  • 22 Delayed Opening for Students - School Begins at 10:45am
  • 25 Take Your Daughter/Son to Work Day
  • 26 Hickory Pizza Day
  • 29 & 30 NJSLA (Formerly PARCC) Testing Grade 5


  • 1 & 2 NJSLA Testing Grade 5
  • 3, 6-8 NJSLA Testing Grade 4
  • 6-10 Staff Appreciation Week
  • 7 Staff Appreciation Day
  • 9 & 10 NJSLA Testing Grade 5 Science
  • 16 PTO Meeting -9:15 am in Cafeteria
  • 16 3rd Grade Parent Orientation -7:00 pm
  • 17 Field Day & Hickory Tree Pizza Day
  • 21 PTO Assemblies/Music Technology 9:00 am & 10:30am
  • 24 Memorial Day Weekend Extended - School Closed
  • 27 Memorial Day - School Closed
  • 28 Delayed Opening for Students - School Begins at 10:45 am
  • 31 Rain Date for Field Day

Cafeteria Experiment Update

This has been an interesting couple of days with lots of questions and some messy outcomes. I thank you for your patience and suggestions. Each day we made some adjustments to the original plan to accommodate some problems that came to our attention. These changes may alter the original intent of the experiment although, with all good experiments, changes are inevitable.

My overall goal is for the students to be aware of what they are eating, what they are wasting, and the waste they are producing. I believe that we are starting to achieve this in the cafeteria. Students are excited to show me waste-free lunches and students are eating their lunches, not just the snacks that you are packing. Here are a few changes that have occurred since we implemented the program.

  • We have started to compost fruit scraps only. We will increase our composting but it will be a slow process so we are managing it correctly. Everyone can compost their scraps. The students will not be allowed to throw away full pieces of fruit.
  • Open yogurt and fruit cup containers can be rinsed in the sink. Please consider putting these items in a small reusable container.
  • School lunches will begin to be served on red reusable trays. Our dishwasher needs a small "tune-up" and then we will be reusing the trays.
  • There is a Girl Scout Troop helping to spread this message. Troop 96147 has worked with me to launch a campaign encouraging everyone to pack waste-free lunches and be aware of the impact that single-use plastics have on our environment and our health. The girls have created posters that are displayed in the LAF lunchroom as the first step in communicating with fellow Cougars.

I know change on all fronts - home and school - is hard but I think that teaching our kids about food and waste is worth the challenge that comes with change.

Read a Thon Update

Thank you to the Lafayette community for your outstanding support for our month long March Read-a-Thon! Our LAF readers exceeded the reading goals by over 38,000 minutes for a total of 538,585 minutes read over 30 days! Amazing reading!

As a school, we raised nearly $30,000! The generosity and notes with mail-in donations from grandparents, aunts and uncles were heartwarming. Thank you for all your donations! Once all pledges are collected, we will be able to determine how the funds will be used to support our school, BlinkNow and a local NJ school in need of completing their own library.

We appreciate your support!

Author's Day Follow Up

We hope your child told you all about meeting author Chris Grabenstein last Friday. In order to show our gratitude, we would like to send letters to his publisher. Chris explained that he has an idea for the sequel, but we thought some persuasive letters from LAF students and families might help the book along!

Please send any letters (or emails) describing your family reading, enjoyment, and experience reading Island of Dr. Libris to the LMC by the end of the month. We hope to flood Random House Publishers with reasons why we all would love to read another book!


Mrs. Cifrodella


Yearbook Sale - LAST CHANCE!

Our 2018/2019 Lafayette Yearbook is on sale now through Friday, April 12.

It features 108 pages in full color. There are individual pictures of all students and staff, as well as small group pictures of band, chorus, orchestra, other clubs, and many candid pictures. The price is $20.00.

You can only purchase your yearbook online at

When prompted enter the code 32849H, your child's name, grade, teacher, etc. The publisher strongly encourages families to print your receipt.

PTO Chairs for 2019-2020 - Sign Up Information

Calling all LAF parents…the Lafayette 2019-2020 PTO Committee Chair positions and descriptions are currently available on at Lafayette PTO Committee Boards 2019-2020. If you are interested in chairing a committee, please review the descriptions and sign up directly. If you have any questions, feel free to email Sally Allen at or Lauren Golio at Thank you for your consideration.
Community News

Check out the Community News Section of our webpage. There is a lot going on around town this season.