The Soaring Eagle

News From The Nest - September 2020

Beak Speak

The school building is empty and very quiet, but as Ms. Drake and I walk down the halls, and peep into the classrooms, it is evident that our teachers are fervently teaching their students daily with great passion and fortitude. Virtual learning has proven to be an alternative during our school closure. I am very aware of the struggle this learning environment has been for students, parents, and teachers. Although there have been technology glitches, and many learning curves, we have found a way to stay connected and continue educating our students.

September 28th will provide a new journey for our campus as we receive students into an A/B Cohort Learning Environment. I am confident that although we will not have everyone on campus daily, that our students will soon return to school five days a week. Until then, we are committed to providing excellence both virtually and face to face. Please take time to review the newsletter this month for updates regarding events on our campus that impact your child.


Principal Smith

Celebrate Creativity, Courage & Collaboration!

Thank you Mrs Gaines and Mrs. Folli and many others for your creative new display in our foyer at LES to remind our students to "Make their mark and see what happens." Dream BIG & WIN! Our dreams can change the world! Each one of us can make a mark that inspires change and amazing discoveries. This is a visual reminder for our students as they enter our building.


"International Dot Day, is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration began by a teacher (Terry Shay) when he introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds' book The Dot on September 15, 2009. The Dot is the story of a caring teacher who dares a doubting student to trust in her abilities by being brave enough to "make her mark". What begins with a small dot on a piece of paper becomes a breakthrough in confidence and courage, igniting a journey of self-discovery and sharing, which has gone on to inspire countless children and adults around the globe." This butterfly is a reminder daily that we must continue to "Dream BIG" and make our mark!

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Principal Update - In-Person Instruction

Principal Smith Video Message

Title I Annual Parent Meeting Invitation

Title I Parent Night information Letter/Invitation

Title I Annual Parent Meeting Invitation - Spanish

Title I Parent Night Information Letter/Invitation - Spanish Letter

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Eagle Beak Breaks


LaFayette Eagles K-5 grade will wear a cloth face covering during the day while on campus. All students that picked up devices were offered 5 cloth face coverings/masks provided by the State of NC. We have requested more masks to have available for students. Cloth face coverings must also be worn by teachers, staff, and visitors. Face coverings are also required on buses or other school transportation vehicles, inside school buildings, and on school grounds.


Students will have Eagle "Beak" or Mask Breaks throughout the day and during breakfast and lunch. The schedule will be shared by the grade level teacher once the Master Schedule is complete.


A cloth face covering will not be placed on:

- Anyone who has trouble breathing or is unconscious

- Anyone who is incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the face covering without assistance.

-Anyone who cannot tolerate a cloth face covering due to developmental, medical or behavioral health needs. (Documentation for this accommodation will kept private for each child or adult)

School Improvement Team

Explanation of what SIT is and how to become involved.

LaFayette Parent Question & Response Form

Use this form to post questions regarding our return to campus on Sept. 28th.

LaFayette Elementary Principal's Table

This year while we are in a more socially distanced setting, students will join Ms. Drake and Mrs. Smith for a "Virtual Principal's Table" lunch event. Teachers will nominate students for outstanding behavior, participation/effort, and recognizable character traits such as: respect for others, responsibility, trustworthiness and excellent citizenship. We are excited to invite students to the Principal's Table for the 2020-21 school year! This is one lunch date you don't want to miss!
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LaFayette Nightly News - L.N.N. - FriYaY September 25th - 6:00 PM

Hey Ms. Drake, Hey Ms. Drake, Hey Ms. Drake. . . . . Do you know what time it is? It's time for another episode of L.N.N.!!!!


A new episode of L.N.N. will air prior to our transition to in-person learning on Sept. 28th. Look for us to share some funny, uplifting humor, news about re-opening, lots of confetti and maybe a guest or two. We might even have a few bloopers! We will post our news on Facebook and our website. Get the popcorn ready - FriYaY September 25th at 6:00 PM.

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Yearbooks for Sale!

We still have some yearbooks for sale in the office for $25.00. We would love to sell all we have by the end of September. If you are interested, please stop by the front office and someone will be glad to assist you. These yearbooks help provide incentives for students and teachers. We need your support!