Lafayette Elementary School Programs
The Six Pillars of Character is a framework for teaching good character and is composed of six ethical values (characteristics) everyone can agree upon: Trustworthiness; Respect; Responsibility; Fairness; Caring; and Citizenship. Each of the six character traits are used within our CHARACTER COUNTS! program to help instill a positive learning environment for students and a “culture of kindness” making schools a safe environment for students to learn. The Six Pillars of Character values are not political, religious, or culturally biased. LES promotes these six pillars throughout the year with different events.
LES parents volunteer to sponsor grade specific events to help bond the classes and families outside of school.
LES is equipped to handle emergencies should they occur. Team ensures packs and procedures are in place should an emergency arise.
Our Garden Club manages and engages kids on our various garden boxes throughout the campus. Boxes are planted and maintained throughout the year.
Lafayette Elementary School continues our work to encourage conservation and build awareness of our potential to have a positive impact on the environment. We work hard to make sure our school events and community celebrations are gentle on the planet. From kindergarten to 5th grade, our students have many experiences learning about our environment and how to protect it.
Making kindness matter is a priority for Lafayette Elementary. Our club helps foster events and activities that teach kids that kindness matters.
Our social meetings are a great way to plan events and get to know one another. We also sponsor work days around the school, volunteer at the parent socials, and help out however needed. Attendance at any event is voluntary and any dad can participate as much or as little as he likes.
Throughout the year be on the lookout for restaurant options offering a percent of their proceeds to LES for dining in their establishment.
The Lafayette Elementary School Library has a vast variety of books for children of all ages. The library sponsors author visits and the annual book fair. If you would be interested in helping in the library, please indicate on the Volunteer Interest form.
Lafayette Partners in Education sponsors our art program here at LES. Each class is given art instruction at various times of year held by qualified art instructors. An art fair is also scheduled during the year. Occasional art volunteers are needed throughout the year to help in the classroom, distribute art projects, and to help during our Art Fair.
Students (3rd-5th grade) think outside the box and develop creative solutions to technical or theatrical problems. They learn how to identify challenges and solve those problems collaboratively. Teams develop skit writing, costume and set design, engineering principles, and mostly teamwork!
Coaches (aka parents) can teach skills, but otherwise serve only as guides - the teams must solve the problems themselves! No adults tell them how to do it - and the students love that!
Teams can be 1 to 7 students and require at least one volunteer coach. Parents are coaches and volunteer team supporters. www.odysseyofthemind.com
Attend our various parent education nights with guest speakers and special guests.
PTA is a strong supporter of the arts. National PTA provides one of the few programs for students that extends from elementary school, all the way through high school. LES PTA hosts a school-wide Reflections art contest each year. The winners move on to state and national competition.
LES works with Town Hall to put on an annual school play involving our 4th and 5th graders.
Both Boy and Girls Scout programs are available for LES students wishing to participate. Some meetings are held on campus after school.
SEED provides a wide range of support and resources to families of children with special and diverse learning needs, as well as training programs for educators who work with these children. The programs include recess facilitation, after school social skills play groups, educational seminars, support groups and socials for parents and teacher training.
Spanish language classes are led by native speakers. Students will learn vocabulary related to a variety of everyday themes, practice using it in sentences, and master useful phrases. The program uses a full-immersion approach, and students learn while singing songs, playing games, and doing hands-on projects. Numerous optional culturally-oriented field trips and activities are offered throughout the year. Maximum enrollment of 12 students per instructor. Space is limited.
Stanley Middle School is the middle school kids at Lafayette Elementary feed into. We have an advisory contact that helps spearhead information and activities to help familiarize students with Stanley especially for those in 5th grade.
We LOVE our teachers at LES, and it is fun to treat them from time to time! If you love delighting and encouraging the people who invest in our kids every day, this is a great place to start. Each teacher fills out a "wish list" at the beginning of the school year. If you ever want to give them a surprise or are the parent in charge of celebrating their birthday or appreciation week, check here first!
Keepsake yearbooks are created each year with the help of some great volunteers. If you are interested in helping memorialize your child's time here at LES, consider volunteering to work with the team!
Last Updated: July 8, 2020