Lion's Ledger

December 2019

Monthly Update from Mrs. Wheeler

Dear Lafayette families,

I hope you all had a wonderful break with your family and friends. The busy holiday season is among us and we will be busy the next three weeks finishing up the first semester. This will prove to be a challenging task as the minds of children tend to wander to all that the holiday season has to offer and do not even mention SNOW!!

November proved to be a busy month for both our students and staff. Fifth grade began the initial stage of developing their IB Exhibition Project. The students met with their mentors and discussed the next stages in their research. The students were excited and passionate about their topics and I am excited to watch their ideas develop grow over the next few months. Third grade visited Alum Springs and were tasked with thinking like a scientist to make observations and draw conclusions in regards to water and soil resources. Lastly, our fourth grade has been engaging in inquiry based learning activities about the civil war. Take time to discuss these topics at home with your students.

The cold weather is here, please be sure that your children come to school prepared to go outside for recess. Students will be going outside as often as possible. So, please have coats, mittens, gloves, and hats ready. Also, please check the lost and found for any missing items. We are constantly adding new items!

Another piece to the cold weather is the chance for snow days. If the forecast calls for bad weather, please tune into the local radio and news stations. Also, sign up for the district text alerts at

I would like to send a special shout out to our PTA for doing such a wonderful job in our school. We greatly appreciate your hard work and dedication to our students and staff.

Lastly, we would like to wish each of you a peaceful, warm, and safe holiday season! We hope the New Year will be filled with love and happiness.

IB Exhibition Projects Have Begun!

Counselor's Corner

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


The next due date for referrals to Gifted Visual Arts, Performing Arts and General Intellectual – January 30, 2020 Grading Period Ends – December 19

In November, Mrs. Richards shared the book, Bully Beans, by Julia Cook with her third and fourth grade homerooms. Students learned some strategies for bullying prevention. We also discussed gratitude and completed a mindfulness exercise.

From the Nurse: Medication Reminder

*All medications require a written order from a doctor before they can be dispensed by our school nurse or any school employee. This includes prescription and over-the-counter medications.

*Medications are to be dropped off by a parent or guardian. Students are not allowed to carry medications to school in their backpacks.

*Prescription medications need to be in a pharmacy labeled container. Your pharmacy will provide a separate container for school at no cost when prescriptions are filled.

*Over- the -counter medications must be in their original, unopened container.

*Students are not allowed to self-carry inhalers without written medical order from their doctor.

Thank you for abiding by these medication safety guidelines. Please check with our school nurse if you have any questions or need a medication request form.

Grade 5 Update

In the second quarter of the 2019-2020 school year, the fifth grade literacy team will continue covering the Standards of Learning for reading and writing. Our scholars reading focus will be main idea, finding supporting details, text structures (organizational patterns), and word analysis. Our writing focus is descriptive writing and our scholars will use comparatives, superlatives, and transition words (phrases) to write an essay, as well as developing an IB Exhibition project on their chosen topic.

Our IB Theme is “How the World Works,” and our Central Idea is “Earth's cycles and life's systems affect and connect with one another.” We have learned all about ecosystems, animal adaptations, and how human impact affects various environments.

In Reading and Language Arts, scholars are using comprehension strategies and increasing their vocabulary as they read. They are also becoming authors by using the writing process to create their own stories. Our scholars will have their winter MAP (Measures of Academic Progress) assessment the 2nd week of December. Please continue to ensure that your scholar is reading at home on a daily basis and you are initialing their minutes on their reading log.

Your calls, e-mails, and visits are welcomed. Should you have any questions or concerns, don't hesitate to contact us. We thank and appreciate each one of our parents and guardians for supporting us. Please check backpacks for homework on a regular basis and review returned work in Wednesday folders. Together we make a great team. It's always a pleasure to witness all the successes of your scholars.

Grade 4 Update

It is hard to believe that December is already here! Although there are just a few weeks left before a well-deserved winter break, we have some engaging learning experiences in store for our scholars this month.

In social studies, scholars will be exploring Reconstruction and 20th/21st century Virginia. Elapsed time, fractions, and decimals will be the focus in math. In reading and language arts, scholars will start units on historical fiction and author’s purpose, as well as using quotation marks in their writing.

We thank you for all you do to support our scholars at home. Happy Holidays!

Grade 3 Update

LUES 3rd graders are coming to a close in our unit of inquiry this month, “How the World Works.” In math, we will continue to power through our fractions unit and in reading, we are finish our nonfiction unit of study with our bugs and animals research. We will be finishing up our science unit with learning about force and motion and simple machines. Returning from break, we will be diving into our social studies units.

Upcoming Events and Important Dates to Remember

December 2-16 - MAP Testing

December 9 - Family Life Night 4:00-5:30 PM

December 10 - Jingle Bell Jog

  • 8:30 AM Grade 5
  • 10:20 AM Grade 4
  • 1:25 PM Grade 3

December 17 - Spelling Bee

  • Grade 3 9:00 AM
  • Grade 4 1:30 PM

December 18 - Grade 5 Spelling Bee

December 19 - End of Grading Period

December 20 - Teacher Workday/NO SCHOOL

December 21 - January 5 NO SCHOOL/WINTER BREAK