Lafayette Email Blast

December 18th

Early Dismissal on Wednesday, 12/23

Students will be dismissed at 12:45 p.m.

Staring Vacation Early?

If you are starting the holiday break a little early, please inform Mrs. Kelly (sally.kelly@chatham-nj.org) and Mrs. Timpanaro (margaret.timpanaro@chatham-nj.org) so we can input the absence correctly.

Creature Comfort

We are excited to be working with Creature Comfort Pet Therapy in the upcoming new year. Creature Comfort Pet Therapy was incorporated in November 2011 as a 501 ©(3) non-profit organization with the goal of providing a network of dependable, caring volunteers dedicated to sharing their pet’s love by visiting people in need of comfort or therapy.

  • Pet therapy is a broad term that includes animal-assisted therapy and other animal-assisted activities.

  • A therapy dog is a dog trained to provide affection and comfort to people in hospitals, schools, disaster areas, and to people with special needs.

  • A therapy dog does not provide a service directly related to an individual’s disability.

  • Students will learn how to approach and treat an animal.

  • Creature Comfort will help increase social language and recall skills.

  • Creature Comfort will help decrease student anxiety.

Allergy Concerns

  • Mrs. Kelly, school nurse, has scanned all of our student medical files and identified the students who have related allergy concerns on file.

  • Creature Comfort will not enter the work spaces of students who are allergic to dogs.

Fear of dogs

  • Creature Comfort will be kept away from any students who are afraid of dogs. We will maintain a list of these students, and avoid walking past their classrooms when Creature Comfort travels the hallways.

Students and parents are encouraged to communicate any allergies and/or fears of dogs to Mrs. Russo directly.

Our relationship with Creature Comfort will begin in Janaury and occur two times each month. This visit will include only two or three classrooms; not the whole school. More information will follow if your child’s classroom will be directly involved in these visits.

Safe Routes to School Update

Thank you to those who answered the Safe Routes to School Survey about possible pedestrian safety improvements. Most notable for LAF were comments on Dellwood pedestrian safety dangers, given that there is two way traffic and parking on both sides of the road. Please join us at the PTO meeting on January 7th at 9:15 a.m., to discuss the problem and the potential solutions. If you have more ideas and observations about Dellwood or other areas near LAF, please come to the meeting and express your thoughts. We hope to see you there.


The NJ Safe Routes to School Mission: Empower and assist communities with identifying issues, creating partnerships and implementing projects and programs to encourage walking and biking to and from school as a safe, daily activity. http://www.saferoutesnj.org/