Lafayette School

October 16th

Book Fair Final Days.....

Please click on the link below to view all the amazing books Scholastic has to offer LAF students for this year's Virtual Book Fair. Using this link will ensure that your purchase counts towards the LAF Book Fair sales. The fair will run through October 18th. We hope you enjoy the fair!

Questions? Contact

Cristina Antenen

Sarah Hadzima

Virtual Afternoons

Next week, you will notice a change in how we are structuring our virtual afternoons. This will come from each teacher individually but this is what you should expect to see.
  • 1:15 - 2:05 Student Lunch Recess
  • 2:10 - 3:15 Virtual Afternoon
  • 3:30 - Homework Time
Times may vary by 10 -15 minutes depending upon the teachers' after school transitions

You will also notice the teachers' open office hours are no longer part of their schedules. While this structure is working well at CHS and CMS, our students will be assigned to small virtual groups. You should expect that each student will virtually meet with their ELA & Math teachers at least once during our six-day cycle. This will be communicated via email to your child. Therefore after lunch, they are expected to check their email to see if there is a Google Meet. Students are expected to not only attend their scheduled meets but to read independently, complete classwork, practice their facts, or complete other assigned activities. About 20 minutes per activity will make up their virtual afternoon.

We are moving in this direction after gathering feedback as well as a 30-day review of our in-person learning model. Now that we are familiar with the students' academic needs our afternoon strategy groups will allow us to cover important information that we were not able to complete during the shortened school day.

If your child is not scheduled for a strategy group, they should follow the schedule of completing classwork, independent reading, math practice, or completing their related arts assignment. Please take a few minutes to read the resources linked below.

Thank you for your on-going support and appreciation.


But Reading is My Homework - Heather Rocco

But Reading IS my Homework by Heather Rocco, K - 12 ELA Supervisor, School District of the Chathams. Mrs. Rocco addresses why reading at home is more critical than ever especially during the shortened school day.

LMC Overdue Books & Fines

This is a final call to check all the rooms in your house for LAF library books from 2019/2020. If the books are not returned, we will be requesting that you pay for the replacement of the book. Mrs. Cifrodella will share with you the price of the book in the coming week. Once you receive the amount of your fine, please submit payment via check made out to Lafayette School. No cash.

For all of our 5th graders, many of the overdue books were sent home in plastic Ziploc bags because we were going to use these books for books clubs in the Spring. We asked the students to take these books home and store the books until they were needed. So please check each nook and cranny in your house for your child's book club books stored in a plastic bag. Thank you.

Halloween @ LAF

YES, we are having a parade details to follow. Starts @ 11:30 a.m.

Costume Guidelines:

  • Students should come to school in their costumes

  • Costumes that blow up and take up a lot of space are not allowed in school.

  • A costume mask does not take the place of the masks we wear on a daily basis.

  • All accessories should be left at home due the fact that many of these items are often left behind.

  • Costumes cannot promote the use of drugs, alcohol or weapons of any kind.

  • No pretend “prop” weapons such as water pistols, knives or swords.

  • Costumes may not be offensive or inappropriate in any way.

  • Students choosing to wear costumes must be able to sit at their desk without distracting others and participate fully in all class activities.

Crafts/Games: A craft will be provided by the PTO. The materials will be individually packaged.

Food: Students will bring their own snacks to the party. As with any snack that is being sent to school, the 'special snack' must be a snack that is permitted in the classroom/school safe snack, ie, peanut/tree nut free.

National Honor Society Tutors

Students or their parents can request a high school student tutor through a link on the High School website under "announcements", or via this link All tutoring services are free of charge, and students have the option to be tutored virtually or in person. In-person tutoring must be done with masks on and proper distancing.

Ms. Meredith Kempson

Mathematics Department

NHS Adviser

Chatham High School

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