Lafayette Newsletter

December 2015

Early Dismissal for Lafayette School ONLY

Friday, December 4th

Lafayette students will dismiss at 12:45 p.m. on Friday

Greetings from Mrs. Russo

It has been wonderful to see so many parents in the building this week. We hope that you enjoyed the time with your children and teachers as we shared news and goals for the school year. As we head into the next two weeks, the teachers will be working together on developing your child's report card. Your child's progress will be reported using a standards based reporting system. Our new website will provide for you an overview of the standards based report card and grading. You can also preview each report card as well as the parent presentation developed by Kathleen O'Connor, Director of Elementary Education, and Karen Chase, Assistant Superintendent. I will also be adding writing and math rubrics to help support your understanding of the grading practices. Please use the following link to begin to understand how the standards based report card will communicate your child's progress.

On Monday, the district launched a new website. The LAF staff collaborated on creating lists of resources for you and your children in each subject area. We are still adding content but I think you will be pleased with the information that is presented to you for your first look. The new website is compatible with smartphones, a feature not available with the old site. Please take a look when you have a moment.

During this busy and exciting time of year, remember to take a moment and think kind and calm. Our Kindness and Calm Challenge is having a positive effect on our students' interactions and well-being. Ask your children to Focus for 5 with you, it might make the busy times seem more bearable.

Book of the Month - Muskrat Will Be Swimming by Cheryl Savageau

Excerpt from Amazon: This is a quiet tale of a Native American girl who, with gentle guidance from her grandfather, learns to find strength, not fear, in her identity as a Native person living in an Anglo society. Beautifully illustrated and complete with a Seneca creation story, Muskrat Will Be Swimming demonstrates how the ancient stories of Native American cultures are used to help today's children find their way in the world. It is a treasure for all who have ever dealt with the fear of being different.

Message from Mr. Freyre

It is hard to believe, but our first marking period is already coming to a close. The Student Led conferences are complete, and they were a great success. As I am out and about in the building, I've seen:

  • Students creating projects using a web based program called Flipsnack. Fourth graders are using this this program as a change to Power Point.
  • Students interpreting Old English passages while reading proclamations written by nobleman from the original thirteen colonies.
  • The students coding the new NAO robot, Codee. Codee will soon be joined by our second NAO robot, Echo. Look for updates on our Facebook page.

I hope your chldren were able to highlight some of these activities during their conferences. As the month comes to a close, I hope that everyone has a wonderful and healthy holiday season.

Message from PTO....


Happy Holidays to the LAF community! I hope you had a good Thanksgiving and that you are enjoying the holiday season.


We had a very successful Rummage Sale on November 14th. I love this event because it benefits so many individuals. People in the LAF community get to de-clutter their houses and people who are in need of the items sold get to purchase them at great prices. Finally, the PTO profits from this wonderful event! Thank you to Barb Marshall and Melissa Cavallone who chaired the Rummage Sale this year. Barb started this event about 8 years ago. She no longer has children at LAF but she continues to donate her time, effort, and expertise to running this event each year. Melissa is very busy as president of the CMS PTO and generously volunteered her time to work side by side with Barb. Thanks to all the parents who donated the wonderful merchandise- the gym was overflowing!


Thanks to your generous donations, we have purchased a robot for the 5th grade students and a 3D printer for the 4th grade students to use in their STEM classes. These items will be here soon and we are so excited for our students to take advantage of them!!! We will keep you posted on other gift ideas as the year progresses.


Thanks to all of you who have donated to the general fund. As mentioned above, we are putting your donations to good use. There is more we’d like to do! If you have not donated yet but would like to do so, please send in a check made out to the LAF PTO. Please address the envelope to the LAF PTO and specify that the money is going toward the general fund.

Wishing you a wonderful holiday season and all the best for 2016!!!

Wendy Kuppenheimer

LAF PTO President

Chatham Education Foundation

Holiday Teacher Tributes

Put a treat in your teacher's mailbox!!! YOU make a contribution in your teacher's honor to the Chatham Education Foundation's Annual Fund. Your favorite teacher receives a delicious Hershey chocolate bar festively wrapped with a card from you! It is simple! Click Here to Order or go to Order deadline: December 12, 2015

Concert DVDs for Sale

Please use the following links access the forms needed to purchase concert DVDs for each grade level concert.

Greetings from the PTO Environmental Awareness and Cafeteria Committees

The PTO Environmental Awareness and Cafeteria Committees are excited to announce that all Wednesdays will be Waste Free Lunch Wednesday.

Waste Free Lunch: Every Wednesday will be Waste Free Lunch Wednesday. Won't you help us by packing your child’s lunch in reusable containers? *Did you know that on average a school-age child using a disposable lunch generates 67 pounds of waste per school year. That equates to about 47,000 pounds of lunch waste per year for Lafayette School. Let’s help the earth and try to reduce our lunch trash!

Our Walk to School Wednesday was rained out this week. Join us again on January 6th. During morning line up, students who walk or bike to school will mark their home on a newly enlarged map, plus all can try to win a prize in a Guessing Game, enjoy Music and sign the I Walk banner!

Please take the Chatham Safe Routes To School Pedestrian Safety Survey so that the Safe Routes to School Committee can prioritize pedestrian safety issues for this year:.

Please complete the survey by this Friday, December 4th.