Lafayette Newsletter

November 2015

Highlights from Mrs. Russo

A Message from the PTO

Greetings LAF families! I hope you had a fun Halloween and an enjoyable fall break.

RUMMAGE SALE: The PTO’s big event this month is the annual LAF Rummage Sale this Saturday, November 14th from 9am – 2pm in the LAF Gym. The LAF Rummage Sale is a community tradition that provides great toys, bikes, clothes and many other kid items at truly affordable prices. We would appreciate your donations of the following types of items: Clothing & Shoes (infant through adult), Toys/Games/Dolls/Puzzles, Books, Kids

DVDs/Music, Kid’s Video Games and Electronics, Kids Outdoor Toys, Sports Equipment and Bikes, Baby Gear, and Kids Arts and Crafts. If you are unsure of an item, please contact us via email at LAFRUMMAGE@GMAIL.COM.

Donations will be accepted today 11/13 from 9am- 2pm and 4-6pm in the LAF gym.

If you wish to donate but cannot make those times, please email us at LAFRUMMAGE@GMAIL.COM for alternate drop-off options. Donations are tax-deductible and tax receipts will be available upon request. Additionally, please consider volunteering to help with the sale. We still need volunteers to help with collecting donations, setting up for the sale, working the sale, and breaking down after the sale. Please go to to sign up to volunteer.

Please pass the word on to members of our Chatham community who do not have children at LAF. Let’s make this a great event for both the LAF family and the whole community! Thanks to Melissa Cavallone and Barb Marshall for all their hard work on this event.

BOOK FAIR: Wendy Moynihan and Kelly Slate did a terrific job running the LAF book fair this year. The taco truck on Tuesday night was a hit and we sold a record number of books this year! Thanks to Wendy and Kelly and all the other parent volunteers who helped with the book fair.

MINI MARATHON: The mini marathon was held on a beautiful fall day and our runners had a blast!! The event was very well organized and there was great spirit in the crowd. Thanks to Charissa Horton and Kelly Slate for all their hard work in chairing this event and to all of our volunteer parents who helped out in practices and on race day.

HALLOWEEN CANDY COLLECTION: Thanks to Janine Coletta for organizing a candy collection. We collected a lot of extra Halloween candy and it is being sent to American troops overseas! I’m sure that they’ll appreciate it and that many parents were glad to get rid of some candy from their houses.

PTO DUES: Ninety percent of our families have paid their PTO dues. If you have not yet paid your PTO dues of $15, please send in cash/check (made out to PTO) with your child. If you aren’t sure if you paid your dues this year, Kathy Jenkinson ( will be glad to double check our records for you.

GENERAL FUND: Thanks to all of you who have contributed to the LAF PTO general fund- it has been very successful thus far! This collection drive is still going one and we look forward to putting these funds to use toward various projects/equipment at LAF.

We are excited to announce that we will use some of the funds collected toward the purchase of another robot (for the fifth grade) and a 3D printer for the 4th grade! Return envelopes for both PTO dues and the general fund were sent home on the first day of school. If you have misplaced them, please just return them to your child’s teacher in an envelope marked LAF PTO. Thank you again for all your support!

NEXT PTO MEETING: Our next PTO meeting will be held on January 7, 2016 at 9:15am. Wishing you a wonderful holiday season!

Wendy Kuppenheimer

LAF PTO President

Mr. Marco Freyre, Assistant Principal

As we continue through the month of November, I begin to reflect on all that I am thankful for. I feel so blessed to be a part of the Lafayette community. There is not a day that goes by that one of the students doesn’t impress me with a kind act towards a classmate or staff member.

Our teaching staff is so professional and dedicated in all that they do for their students.

Please remember as the days grow colder, we go outside for recess. Kindly remind your children to dress appropriately and label all their clothing.

I wish you all a safe and happy Thanksgiving.

Rockin Robots

Rockin Robots, a Lego Robotics team from Lafayette is proud to launch a campaign called Lafayette Recycles to help create awareness around responsible recycling.

Lafayette Recycles will support National Recycle Day (Sunday, November 15th) with activities in the weeks ahead.

Activities will include: Watching a short recycling video by Waste Management, a parody video by the Rockin Robots Lego Team , poster and/or flyers placed in classrooms, launch of Weekly Waste Free Lunch Wednesdays and Recycle Right Points which will be rolled up under the Lafayette House Cup Program.

The Rockin Robots Lego team and their parents would like to send a big "THANK YOU" to Mrs Russo for her tremendous support and encouragement to help launch the Lafayette Recycles Campaign.

CHASE - Chatham Association for Support in Special Education

Does your child have special needs? Do you have questions and concerns? Do you need support? Please join the us at our next meeting on November 19, 2015 from 7:00-8:30 p.m. at the Office of Special Services, 233 Lafayette Ave. All are welcome!

The goal of CHASE is to provide support and advocacy for families, to develop more effective communication between parents and special services personnel, to provide programs and information for parents and professionals on current topics in special education, and to keep abreast of federal, state and local registration that may affect special education services.

Waste Free Lunch Wednesday

Every Wednesday is a Waste Free Lunch Wednesday. Won't You Help Us?

*It has been estimated that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to 18,760 pounds of lunch waste for just one average-size elementary school

A Waste-free Lunch:

  • sandwiches and other main dishes, fresh fruits and, fresh vegetables, and treats in a reusable lunch container or containers
  • cloth napkins
  • stainless-steel forks and spoons
  • reusable drink containers
  • reusable lunchboxes

*For more information and tips on waste free lunches, please visit

For 4th Graders - Head Show Narrator Try Outs

A team of about 8 fourth grader students is needed to serve as head show narrators. If chosen, the narrators need to be available for all our rehearsals from 3:15-4:30 pm (some of the last ones will go till 5 pm). The rehearsal dates are as follows: December 4, 7, 8, 9, 11, 15, 16, 21, 22, January 4 and 5. The performance is January 6, 2016 at 7 pm (snow date Saturday, January, 9 at 2 pm)

You are not eligible to be a narrator if you are already in the Head Show. The try-outs will be at 8 am in the art room on Thursday November 19. If you are interested in trying out you will need to bring in a signed document with the following information:

  • Student Name
  • Parent Name and Signature
  • Parent Phone Number
  • Student’s Homeroom