Lafayette Elementary School Programs
Unlike Events, Programs are held throughout the year and are not date-specific.
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.
Chairperson: Kerin Megibow
LES is equipped to handle emergencies should they occur. Team ensures packs and procedures are in place should an emergency arise.
Chairperson: Jennifer Brown, Angela Ristow
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 and big on fun. 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 Social, 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. Each class has an allotted library time one day each week. If you would be interested in helping during library hour 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 and to distribute art projects and to help during our Art Fair which displays our children's art during Open House.
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!
An information session for all families from Lafayette Elementary is scheduled for Thursday, September 5th at 7-8 pm at the Lafayette Elementary MPR. Please come with your children to find out more about the program and learn how to start your own team or discover an opening for your child on an existing team.
What to expect at the meeting?
- We will explain how the program works.
- Team Formation
Teams can be formed on this day, but not suggested. If you’re curious about the program, I highly recommend asking your child who they would choose to build a lemonade stand with, BEFORE this meeting. Make a list, contact the parents, and invite them to the informational meeting.
Teams can be 1 to 7 students and require at least one volunteer coach. Parents are coaches and volunteer team supporters. Attend the orientation meeting and learn more about the program.
If you are interested in participating but cannot make the meeting or have other questions, contactIf you are interested in participating but cannot make the meeting or have other questions, contact Nicole Garrett-Hoppe at firstname.lastname@example.org or 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 sponsors an annual school play involving 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. To learn more see below.
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 we fund include recess facilitation, after school social skills play groups, educational seminars, support groups and socials for parents and teacher training.
Spanish language classes led by native speaker — Students will learn vocabulary related to a variety of everyday themes, practice using it within sentences, and master many useful phrases. 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 offered throughout the year. Maximum enrollment of 12 students per instructor. Space is limited.
Storytelling, music, art, games, culture and TONS of fun - in "español"!
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 your the parent in charge of celebrating their birthday or appreciation week, check here first!
Yearbooks are created each year with the help of some great volunteers. If you are interested in helping with memorializing your child's time here at LES consider volunteering for Yearbook!
Last Updated: August 27, 2019