Lafayette School

November 20th

Parent Teacher Conferences - Update

As of today, you should have received a questionnaire from your child's homeroom teacher to help plan for conferences. I wanted to make you aware that as we started planning for conferences more ideas on how to manage this year's conferences developed. In light of this, I have given teachers choice in how to manage their meetings with you. Therefore you should not be surprised if your conference structure and length of the conference look different from your neighbors' conference schedule. Thank you in advance for your understanding.


Remember that due to conferences, teachers will not be meeting with any students during the afternoon virtual hour. Students should work on math practice and read, read, read.


Exciting Update!

The Related Arts Team (i.e., Art, Music, Design & Technology, etc.) will be offering LIVE Wellness Day activities on December 8th and December 10th during the afternoon virtual hour. This link will be posted in all of the Related Arts teams' Google Classrooms. Stay tuned for more information.

In the event......

If there is a need for us to all learn virtually, we will continue to implement our current classroom schedules. This will allow all of our related services to continue and it will give our students a little bit of consistency. We will also be LIVE teaching this time and grading students in all areas. Please know that LIVE teaching does not mean that your child's teacher will be talking through the whole class period. This is not effective instruction virtually or in-person.

What you might see:

  • Ten-Fifteen minutes of direct instruction from a teacher
  • Independent practice
  • Teacher setting up small Google Meets/groups
  • Students working independently
  • Online conferencing via chats and or email

It is expected that students attend school and engage in all content areas. We will continue afternoon virtual schedules/expectations. You will receive more specifics from your child's teachers if we move to all virtual learning.


I also wanted to share that although we collaborate on every lesson that is taught to your children there will be, at times, some differences in how they are presented and managed. All students are different as are all teachers. Last spring there was a lot of chatting and comparing of teachers and student work. This caused unnecessary stress on everyone. Everyone's path to teaching and learning is different and may take unexpected turns; your patience and understanding of these paths are appreciated.


The links below will assist you in navigating our digital resources there is also a link to the recording of the November 19th PTO Meeting which provides an overview of these resources.

PTO Meeting

Reminders

  • If your child is learning virtually for a day or two, you must still mark them as absent in the Parent Portal. Please place VIRTUAL in the comments section and we will update their attendance accordingly later in the day.
  • No one should be using the LAF Circle for drop off and pick up unless you have been given special permission or it is after 8:45 a.m.
  • Our drop off and pick up at the high school circle is moving very quickly. Please use this area instead of our side streets for drop off and pick up as this is the safest option for everyone.

Thanks a Latte!

Beginning on Monday, November 9th, Lafayette families can show Chatham’s Fire Department, Police Department, and Chatham Emergency Services how much we appreciate them by donating $5 coffee cards from any local coffee shop.

Next time you grab a cup, can you please give a cup? Drop boxes will be outside the LAF main entrance and in the front office for parents and students to drop their donations.

CEF Teacher Tributes

Chatham Education Foundation (CEF) has launched its Holiday Teacher Tributes to honor Teachers, Coaches, Administrators, and Staff. Each donation in the name of an Educator is a thank you that gives back. CEF will deliver a hand-crafted Chocolate Star to Your Honorees with a personal note from you. Teacher Tributes may be ordered by following this link, Chatham Education Foundation: News & Events: Teacher Tributes

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Starting today until November 29th, try decorating a sidewalk or driveway with drawings, calligraphy, or anything else that will cheer up any pedestrians passing your street! Participants can submit their creations using this form, and all will be featured in a Chatham Chalk Walk Gallery. To support local businesses, gift card prizes will be awarded to the top drawings - so get creative this Thanksgiving and make Chatham beautiful!

If you have any questions, feel free to contact willychan@chatham-nj.org for more information.