LAF Update

March 8 - Early Edition

Goal Reached! 125,00 Minutes

The students read over 125,000 minutes since Friday, March 1st! Simply AMAZING!! We will celebrate with an all school PJ Day tomorrow, March 8th. Congratulations LAF students. Thank you, families, for your support. Next goal, 250,000 minutes by Thursday, March 14th. Another all school celebration will be announced on March 14th.

The Island of Dr. Libris

Read pages 132-175 (Chapters 32 - 41)

by Friday morning, 3/15

Turn and Talk Questions

Here are this week's dinner table conversation questions.

  1. Which book do Walter and Billy choose to help them find the treasure? Why?
  2. How does Billy convince the Sheriff of Nottingham to not arrest them?
  3. What new character appears in Chapter 28? Should Billy trust him? Explain.

Amazing Reading Results

Thank you for supporting the LAF Read A Thon. The students met their weekly reading goal to win an all school pajama day today. Please click below as we begin to prepare for the author Chris Grabenstein to come to LAF. Mr. Grabenstein has a lot of other entertaining books to read.
Author's Day Book Order

Click above to review and purchase other titles by Chris Grabenstein.

In case you missed it....

Just in case you missed the information below from last week's newsletter, I have printed it for your review.

LAF Read-a-Thon 2019

Lafayette will be running a 2019 Read-a-thon Fundraiser from Mar 1, 2019 to Mar 31, 2019. This year we are very excited to donate part of the proceeds to support a nonprofit foundation that works to empower Nepal’s children by providing quality education, a safe environment and inspiration to the community. We will also use part of the proceeds to purchase books that will be donated to Ecole Toussaint Louverture in East Orange, NJ to help make a difference locally.

A Read-a-thon is like a jog-a-thon, except your child will be reading books instead of running laps, and earning pledges based on how much they read. Pledges can also be made for a fixed dollar amount. Everything is tracked online, which makes inviting sponsors and logging reading much easier! It’s a great way to encourage your kids to read while raising money for great causes that will impact school aged children far and near.

During their library period your child will receive their log in information for their private online account. Parent and student instructions on how to use the website have been sent home. Your child will not be able to invite any sponsors without your authorization. In order to authorize your child's account, simply have your child log in and hit the “Invite Sponsors” button, then follow parent authorization instructions.

Thank you so much for your support!


Anna Geppel & Jen McNally

PS. Please feel free to contact us with any questions at or

4th Grade Trip Update

We have just finished booking the new 4th grade end of year trip to the DaVinci Science Center in Pennsylvania. The students will be able to explore the center, watch an interactive science show, and participate in a hands on science workshop directly linked to the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The number of parent volunteers needed for this trip will be shared in the upcoming months. Thank you to the 4th grade team leaders for actively pursuing many trip ideas over the past two years. Thank you to the PTO for funding this trip and the charter bus with seat belts to get us there safely.

Housekeeping Items

Riding the Bus: For your information, students are not allowed to ride other buses home. When playdates are arranged we can not allow the students to switch buses. With a note, students can get off the bus at different locations.

Delayed Opening Lunches: Thank you for your help in keeping the numbers in the cafeteria lower than last week by sending in peanut free lunches. Due to the altered schedule, half of the school eats in their classrooms. We do ask all students with peanut lunches and snacks to eat in the cafeteria on delayed openings. During the last delayed opening, a larger number of students relocated to the cafeteria causing overcrowding. Please continue to send in peanut free lunches for delayed openings.

Read as a Family

I have reminded the students to take their books home today and to keep them at home. This book is not intended to serve as an independent reading book. It is a "read as a family-read aloud".

The purpose of this school-wide event is to take 10 minutes a day or 30 minutes over the weekend to read aloud as a family. Our students are captivated when their teachers read to them in school. This age group continues to benefit from read alouds. Studies show that reading to children helps them to listen better and longer, to build bigger vocabularies, to understand concepts better, to feel positive about both books and learning.