Lion's Ledger

February Newsletter

Message from Mrs. Wheeler

Happy February!

I trust that 2020 has gotten off to a great start for you and your family. As usual, Lafayette Upper is buzzing with a variety of events taking place this month:

· Students are currently fundraising to help support St. Jude and its lifesaving mission. Please view the links below to help support your scholar and their fundraising efforts. Our St. Jude Kid Gala will take place at the Fredericksburg Field House on February 10th, 13th, and 14th. Permission slips were sent home in Wednesday folders, please contact the front office if you need another one.

· Interim reports will go home on Friday, February 7th. Please take time to discuss these reports with your child, and if you have questions reach out to their teacher.

· February 14th is Wear red/Healthy Heart day; we are encouraging all to participate in this Spirit day.

· Our 4th grade scholars will hold their chorus concert on February 19st at 6:00 PM. This year’s performance will celebrate African American culture and heritage. We look forward to seeing you there!

As we approach testing season, please remember that these tests should not become a point of stress for our scholars. The staff and I are working hard to create an environment that is stress free for them. Have positive conversations at home and remind them that it is just another day!

*Please scroll through the remainder of the newsletter. We have included a lot of information and want to make sure you have the opportunity to read it all.*

First Snow!

Storybook Character Spirit Day

Everyone had a great time dressing up as their favorite storybook character for Spirit Day!

Grade 3 Update

Third grade has entered the new year being both reflective and open-minded! In Reading and Language Arts, students are focusing on analyzing Traditional Tales derived from many different cultures around the world. Students will practice valuable reading and writing skills to compare the themes, settings, events, and characters in these stories. Students will also use their creativity to compose their own Traditional Tale. Our upcoming IB Unit encourages students to “think like an archaeologist” as we explore and learn about the Ancient Civilizations that influenced the modern world. Students will create their own analysis of an artifact of their choice, like the exemplar artifacts used in class from the civilizations of Mali, Egypt, Greece, Rome, and China. In math students will collect and analyze data, explore probability, and create and extend patterns

Grade 4 Update

In 4th grade science, we are continuing our unit on scientific investigations and trying out some fun experiments! Then we will start studying magnets and electricity. In math, we will be focusing on measuring weight and mass and then switch to capacity and volume. By the end of February, we will be starting our probability unit.

In 4th grade literacy, our writing will be focusing on historical fiction and students will be writing their own historical fiction stories! We will finish up working on cause and effect in reading, and then start working on synonyms, antonyms, and homophones.

Grade 5 Update

In math scholars are classifying and measuring right, acute, obtuse, and straight angles. They will also investigate the sum of the interior angles in a triangle and determine an unknown angle measure. Scholars will become familiar with using a protractor, as well as recognizing and applying transformations. Make sure that your scholar practices these skills in their nightly homework!

In core, we have started social studies. Scholars have learned the physical regions of the United States. They are also able to identify important bodies of water (i.e. rivers, lakes, and the gulf), continents, and the five oceans. We will continue to progress through social studies and review science skills in preparation for the SOLs.

In literacy, scholars are working on their adventure unit. While reading Storm Runners, scholars are asked to reflect on what they would do during a natural disaster. They are also continuing to work on honing in their skills and knowledge of theme, literary conflict, main idea, summarizing, and other standards that will lead them toward success for the SOLs. Please make sure that your scholar is reading for at least 15 minutes per night so that they can earn steps toward their reading goal!

IB Update

Third Grade: This month, Third Grade is beginning their unit on Where We Are in Place and Time – an inquiry into personal histories. Their central idea is: Historical thinkers use artifacts and sources to draw conclusions about ancient civilizations and their influences on our world today. Within this unit, they will be focusing on their Social Studies SOLs on Ancient Greece, Rome, China, and Egypt. They will be inquiring into influences of cultures on our world and comparing and contrasting their characteristics. They will also be continuing to explore the theme through their literacy unit on Traditional Tales by inquiring into how setting impacts action.

Fourth Grade: In Fourth Grade, students are finishing up their unit on How We Express Ourselves – an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values. Then they will begin their next unit, How the World Works. Within this unit, students are looking at the central idea: Technological advances change the way that our society operates. Through this unit, they will be studying their SOLs on magnets, electricity, and force and motion.

Fifth Grade: Fifth graders are continuing their unit on Where We Are In Place and Time – an inquiry into explorations and migrations of humankind. They are focusing on the central idea: Humans are impacted by their environment. This month, they are inquiring into how people adapt to their environments as they study Native Americans. They will also be researching the causes and motivations for exploration as they learn about exploration of the North American continent. Fifth graders are also continuing to prepare for their Exhibition on March 25th by doing research for their Exhibition topics.

IB Spotlight - Observing the Characteristics of the Solar System


School Counselors are licensed professionals trained in human development; career information and development; tests and measurements and social cultural issues. The school counselors at LUES provide programs that include preventative services; individual and small group counseling; classroom guidance lessons; informative and referral services.

Ms. Janet Nelson-Counselor for all 5th grade homerooms and the following 4th grade homerooms- Swider, Scovell, Scruggs, Bolling, Murray and Okert

Mrs. Annette Richards – Counselor for all of 3rd grade and the following 4th grade homerooms-Brady, Hoosier, Graebner, Cosner, Herrera and Stadler

National School Counseling Week 2020 (#NSCW2020) is Feb. 3–7, 2020. The week, sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA), highlights the unique contribution of school counselors within U.S. school systems and the tremendous impact they can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. Follow #NSCW2020 on social media.

To learn more about National School Counseling Week, visit


Interims go home - Friday, February 7

End of Grading Period - Thursday, March 12

Referrals due for 3rd Quarter Gifted Intellectual/Visual Arts and Performing Arts - January 30

Referrals for 4th Quarter Gifted Intellectual - April 9

After School Remediation

After School Remediation starts back in February. The programs will be held on the Tuesdays and Wednesdays, from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Transportation will be provided on Tuesdays and Wednesdays listed below.

February 4, 5, 11, 18, 19, 25, 26 and March 3, 4, 10, 11

After School Clubs

After school clubs will be resuming in February. After school clubs will be held on Thursdays from 3:15 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. The dates of the upcoming sessions are as follows:

Session 2 February 6, 13, 20, 27

Session 3 March 5, 12, 26, and April 2

Upcoming Events

February 10th, 13th, and 14th - St. Jude Fundraiser Kids Gala @ Fredericksburg Field House

February 12th - Early Dismissal Day

February 14th - Wear the color Red for Spirit Day/Healthy Heart

February 19th - 4th Grade Chorus Performance - African American History Program (LUES Cafeteria) from 6:00-6:30 P.M. - All are welcome to attend!

February 25th- LUES Spirit Night at Malawi's Pizza from 5PM-9PM


Lafayette St. Jude Kid Gala February 10th, 13th, and 14th at the Fredericksburg Field House

All money raised will be given to St. Jude to support its life saving mission: Finding cures. Saving Children®.

Please click on the links below to view the gala and prizes flyers.

Order your yearbook today!

Please click on the link below for information on ordering your yearbook online.

Spirit Night for LUES

Please click the link below to view our PTA sponsored Spirit Night at Malawi's Pizza on 02/25/2020.

NHS Valentine's Day Carnation Sale

The James Monroe High School National Honor Society is sponsoring a Valentine's Day carnation sale. Please see the below flyer for more information. Any questions, please contact Ragan Bolick at
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February Breakfast and Lunch Menus

National Online Safety Helpful Information

National Online Safety have put together some resources for parents about social media apps, online games, and trending issues so they can have informed discussions with their children. All resources, plus much more can be accessed from the National Online Safety website:…/wake-up-wednesday/

Proud to be a Title I school

Title 1

Title I is the largest federal aid program for elementary, middle and high schools. Through Title I, the federal government designates money to school districts around the country based on the number of students in need in each district. Each district uses its Title I money for extra educational services for children, such as:

· Class size reduction

· Additional teachers and paraprofessionals

· Parent resources

· Instructional materials and supplies

· Tier 2 and Tier 3 support services

The focus of the Title I program is to ensure all students meet challenging content and achievement standards. Title I also authorizes federal grant programs that provide funds for reading instruction, services to migrant children, services to neglected and delinquent children, comprehensive school reform and dropout prevention.

All FCPS students in grades K-8 are eligible to receive programs funded through the Title I grant.

Hugh Mercer Elementary School

Dr. Kimberly Doucette

Kisha Frye-Title I

William Wishard


Lafayette Upper Elementary School

Courtney Wheeler -Title 1

Pam Diggs-Reading

PJ Pcsolinski- Math


Walker-Grant Middle School

Justin Woodside

Stephen Ventura-Reading, Title I

Keesha Keels- Math


Lafayette Upper Elementary School is a Title I school. If your child is in need of Title I services for support with mathematics or reading please contact Sarah Cook, Math Specialist or Pam Douglas and Patricia Balwanz Literacy Coaches at 540-310-0029.


If your child has any type of learning or physical problem, he/she may qualify for accommodations under 504 or special education services. Please call the Counseling Office if you have any questions or would like to refer your child for screening and possible assessment.

No otherwise qualified handicapped individual in the United States shall, solely by reason of his/her handicap, be excluded from the participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any program or activity receiving federal financial assistance.

Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973: The Rights of Individuals with Handicaps Under Federal Law.

IN THE MATTER OF NON-RESIDENT STUDENT ENROLLMENT The Fredericksburg City Public School Division does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability in its educational programs or activities.

Any questions should be referred to Sue Keffer, 210 Ferdinand Street, Fredericksburg, VA 22401 or by calling (540) 372-1130.

SEX OFFENDER STATEMENT The Fredericksburg City Public School Division recognizes the danger sex offenders pose to student safety. Therefore, to protect students while they travel to and from school, attend school and school-related activities, the FCPS Division shall request automatic electronic notification of registered sex offenders in the same or contiguous zip codes as any school within the division. Such request and notification shall be made according to the procedures established by the Virginia Department of State Police (State Police). The Superintendent shall serve as the contact person with the State Police for receipt of the registered sex offender information.
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