The Soaring Eagle

News From The Nest - May 2020


Thank you for supporting me during my first year as Principal at LaFayette Elementary School. We have had an marvelous and very productive year at LES! When I reflect on my first year as Principal, I am pleased with the many things we have accomplished as a staff, the strides our students have made academically, and the partnerships we have forged. It is with great pride I say I am a LaFayette Eagle! It is with a humble heart, I truly thank you for believing in my vision, and undergirding and passionately supporting me as your school leader.

I am only part of the leadership at LaFayette. Ms. Drake, our teachers, and all support staff are part of what we call the "LaFayette Dream Team". Together we have Dreamed Big this year. We are still dreaming, and next year our theme will continue to embody the spirit of pursuing our Dreams with a WINning attitude. We will focus on "WIN", we will help students learn to approach dreams with the thought of "What I Need" (WIN) to be successful. We look forward to sharing more information about our Dreams for next year in the coming months prior to our new year.

I am so grateful for the parent support you have provided that has enabled me to give teachers duty free lunch breaks, recogniton and staff appreciation monthly, provide Professional Development opportunities, outfit our new STEM Lab, purchase classroom technology and recognize students at the Principal's Table. You have supported the PTO's fund raising events that have placed new Apple TV's in most classrooms. We are confident we will complete this project in the upcoming year. Your hard work has not gone unnoticed! You have far exceeded my expectations and I am beyond thankful. These attributes and MANY others set you apart from the mainstream culture at most schools. Parent involvement is crucial to the success of any school. Way to go LaFayette Parents and Community Stakeholders!

We have missed our students! The news of school closing for the remainder of the year was a shock to our staff. We were hoping students would be able to come back if even for a few weeks to see their teachers, and say summer goodbyes. We have missed lots of wonderful events that are synonymous with LaFayette Elementary. I have tried to include serveral items in this newsletter to address questions your family may have regarding pick up of student work and belongings, refunds for field trips/events, yearbooks, spring pictures, promotion ceremonies and other school related dates. (The information I give you today is subject to change if public restrictions/social distancing guidelines change in the coming weeks.) Please review the newsletter and let us know if you still have further questions. Please contact me by email while our staff is working remotely. Our phones are forwarded to voicemail, however we make every attempt to return calls in a timely manner. We look forward to seeing you soon!

Leave a Legacy, Principal Smith

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Dream Team Parade

Friday, May 8th, 4-7pm

108 Lafayette School Road

Fuquay-Varina, NC

We would like to invite you to celebrate our Teacher's on Friday May 8th. Make a sign, decorate your car, and join our DREAM TEAM Parade. The schedule for the parade is broken down by grade level to meet the Governor's Social Distancing guidelines. PLEASE check the schedule below carefully, to make sure you arrive when your child's grade level will be outside the school.

The parade will follow our daily car rider route. Please avoid entering the school from the highway as this will serve as an exit only. Remember to blow your horns, play some great music and celebrate with us on Friday. We have the BEST Staff at LES! Let's show them we all mean it!


Kindergarten - 4:00 pm

1st Grade - 4:30 pm

2nd Grade - 5:00 pm

3rd Grade - 5:30 pm

4th Grade - 6:00 pm

5th Grade - 6:30 pm

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Year End Details

I will give further detailed procedures as they are approved. I will update you by phone, website and FaceBook. Please review our website and FaceBook feed daily to stay updated.

Year Books

  • If you are interested in receiving a yearbook, please mail a check for $25.00 to LES -address is at bottom of Newsletter. Put your child's name on the bottom of the check.
  • When yearbooks arrive, we will make decisions about how to pick up your copy. We will not be able to mail yearbooks, however we will have a pick up procedure when they arrive. We will send out information regarding this process.

Fundraiser Prizes

  • We are waiting for the representative to send prizes from the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. The plant that produces and ships the prizes has been shut down during the pandemic. Just as soon as we are able to get the prizes, we will make decisions about how to pass them out to our students. The PTO members have been in contact with Ms. Dunn and she assures us they will deliver just as soon as possible.


  • Science Made Fun - If your child is in 3rd or 4th grade, the fees you paid for Science Made Fun that were not used, can be rolled over for them for the upcoming school year. Your child's teacher will be contacting you soon to discuss this process with you. If you choose not to roll over your child's Science Made Fun fee, a check will be written. All 5th Grade funds will be refunded.

  • Harnett Off Broadway tickets will be refunded by school check. We will pass out checks when students pick up belongings, drop off library books and packets. We hope this will occur mid May, but it ultimately depends on how long it takes to complete the preparation of checks and ensure we have boxes delivered from the county for library book/packet drop off. If you are unable to attend our drop off/pick up time, we will be glad to mail your refund check.

Packet Drop-Off - Library Books & Student Belongings

  • The State has just released guidelines for local districts to follow when allowing parents/students to visit our campus safely. This will include any events we plan for our 5th grade students and all pick-up and drop-off. We are trying to have multiple things ready for you on a specified day to ensure safety and compliance with all local policies
  • We will be discussing local procedures with the county further this week and hope to be ready to facilitate this process during May. Our goal is two weeks, however we are waiting on some drop off boxes, PPE, and other items we need to be in compliance with local guidelines. I will update you by phone, website and FaceBook when we have a solid date. Please review our website and FaceBook feed daily to stay updated.

Fifth Grade Promotion

  • It is our intention to recognize our fifth graders at LaFayette. Fifth Grade teachers are finalizing a very special event for our students. Dates, procedures and times will be announced via, FaceBook, Website, and phone.

Spring Pictures

  • We will be talking with Strawbridge Studios this week to determine if they will be able to set a new date for Spring Pictures. This fundraiser is very beneficial for LES. Once we can finalize a date and time, you will be notified of the procedure to follow if you are interested in a Spring Picture for your child.


We are recognizing our staff members during our weekly staff meetings for their "SuperStar" efforts during our time of closure. We already had an amazing staff at LES, but during this closure they are really stepping up to meet the needs of our students. We have staff that are working hard to prepare lessons, host Google Meets, work on professional development, help with our Nightly News (L.N.N.), clean out huts, help custodians, organize and shelve books, shred documents, prepare packets/mailings and more. We are very proud of our staff for their hard work.

LES Staff Superstar Recognitions

  • What is It? - Kelsey Wood

  • L.N.N. Rookie Award- Judy Kruegar

  • Costume Designer Extraordinaire - Tammy Mills

  • Salvador Dali Award - (Most Imaginative Combination of Subject Matter) Garrett Love

  • Love My Librarian Award - Tracy Gaines

  • All-Star Virtual PE Award - John Black

  • Extra Effort Shug Award! - Wendy Nash

  • Laugh out Loud Recognition - Sharon Jenkins

  • Rocky Balboa Jump Rope Recognition - Anita McKoy

  • Bright Bunch Recognition - Caroline Arthur

  • Tech Queen - Amy Heston

  • Extreme Makeover School Edition - Makisha Everette

  • File Folder Fantastics - Triple Threat Recognition - Donna Tutor & Vickey Hare

  • Mama Duck - Allison Kaiser

  • Collapsible Crist - Paige Crist

  • Super Scanner - Gloria McArthur

  • Feedback Phenom - Justin Parker

  • Bitmoji Queen - Jenny Jones

  • Mr. Clean Award - Todd Faucette

  • Lead Eagle - Daisy McDonald

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