Lafayette Public Charter School

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February 15th-19th, 2021

What’s New at LCS

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This Wednesday brings mid-quarter to Quarter 3. Please watch your e-mail for updates from your child’s teacher. If you have any questions about your child’s JMC account, please contact your child’s teacher. Communication is key to continuing a successful school year- and we’re all here to help along the way.

Thursday’s dress up day is Rainbow or Favorite color day. Students can dress as crazy or bright as they’d like. We encourgae students to take part in these dress up days as it’s fun for all involved.

Friday be will be celebrating mid-terms by playing all school bingo. Each group will play in their classroom via Zoom with the rest of the school! Students will earn a treat thanks to the LCS PROS organization for their donations. If you would like to contribute to prize donations, please let the LCS Office know- we’re always looking for help with these events.

Help Wanted

If you have a 4 year degree and are interested in subbing, LCS is still looking for substitute teachers, paras, food service and office help. Contact Mrs. Clobes if you’re interested.

SAVE THE DATE

Pre-K Open House & Kindergarten Round Up will run the week of March 1st. Families will need to sign up for individual visits. Virtual visits will also be offered. See flyer below and contact the LCS Office to reserve your time.

More help coming for hungry children

P-EBT benefits for 2020-2021 school year available starting in late March
February 10, 2021

More help is on the way for hundreds of thousands of hungry Minnesota children for the 2020-2021 school year. To ensure children receive the food benefits known as P-EBT, families should make sure they are approved for free or reduced-price meals at their school through the National School Lunch Program as soon as possible.

P-EBT, which is short for Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer, provides food benefits for children who are not receiving the free or reduced-price school meals that they normally would because their school is using a distance- or hybrid-learning format. 

“We understand the unplanned financial strain placed on family budgets when children are eating all of their meals at home,” said Human Services Commissioner Jodi Harpstead. “These new benefits will ease the burden on families so they can purchase nutritious food for their children.”

Who should apply?

Children will be eligible for P-EBT benefits for the 2020-2021 school year if they are approved to receive free or reduced-price meals at their school through the National School Lunch Program, and their school was in a distance- or hybrid-learning model for the majority of one or more months. There is no separate P-EBT application.

For children in grades kindergarten through 12 to receive free or reduced-price meals, their families must:

  • Receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, or
  • Receive Minnesota Family Investment Program benefits or Tribal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families, or
  • Attend a community eligibility provision school, or
  • Submit an Application for Educational Benefits and be approved through their school. Completing the application for free or reduced-price school meals does not guarantee eligibility for the current school year’s P-EBT benefits. During the COVID-19 pandemic, many schools in Minnesota may be providing no-cost school meals through their own programs. These students may be eligible for P-EBT benefits but must submit an application to their school.

Families who are receiving SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF benefits, or whose children are already approved by their school to receive free or reduced-price meals, do not need to take any action to ensure eligibility. 

“Our schools are the centers of our communities, providing not just an education but support for the whole child, which includes serving nutritious meals that would otherwise not be available to some students,” said Education Commissioner Mary Cathryn Ricker. “At the Minnesota Department of Education, we are working in partnership with the Minnesota Department of Human Services to make sure as many eligible families as possible receive the benefits they need to provide children with the healthy meals they may be missing with students learning away from their classrooms.”

An estimated 385,000 Minnesota children may be eligible to receive P-EBT benefits. The amount of benefits will vary based on the number of each school’s distance- and hybrid-learning school days each month. Benefit amounts also may vary for different children in the household if they attend different schools or grade levels. Families must use the P-EBT benefit to purchase food within a year of the date issued. 

When will families receive benefits?

The Minnesota Department of Human Services will begin mailing new P-EBT cards, issued in each child’s name, in late March to eligible families who are approved by Feb. 28, and in subsequent months for families who apply after that. All benefits will be retroactive to September 2020. 

“We urge families to apply right away,” said Commissioner Harpstead. “We know how vital these benefits are and want to put them in the hands of families as soon as possible.”

Where can families get more help?

Families who are interested in receiving P-EBT benefits and who are not currently receiving SNAP, MFIP or Tribal TANF benefits are encouraged to contact their children’s schools for more information. Additional information can be found on the P-EBT webpage at mn.gov/dhs/p-ebt

Families in need of additional assistance accessing healthy foods are urged to contact their county or tribal human services offices, or Hunger Solutions Minnesota at www.hungersolutions.org

Greenhouse/Garden Volunteers

Due to COVID, we will not be planting in the outdoor greenhouse this spring. Instead, we hope to use a portable greenhouse to plant in our classrooms! Each class will have the opportunity to plant/grow. We then plan to transplant those vegetables into the garden later this spring. We hope to have enough vegetables for our LCS students in the fall!

We will need some help this summer. We’re currently looking for individuals and/or families to help with the garden. Volunteer duties include watering, weeding and picking produce. If interested, please contact the LCS Office to sign up.

Distance Learning/In Person Learning Options

Currently, we give families the opportunity to attend school in-person or via distance learning. If your family would like to switch to/from either learning model, please let the LCS Office know. We need at least 1 weeks notice to prepare materials/meals/technology/classrooms. If you have any questions, please contact the office.

Job Postings

Part-Time Custodian- 11/18/2020

Lafayette Public Charter School is now accepting applications for a Part-Time Custodian. Candidates with considerable experience in performing custodial and building maintenance, cleaning, and skills in facilities maintenance and safety protocols are preferred. This position is responsible for the overall cleanliness, sanitation, security, safety and maintenance of the school building, grounds and equipment. Hours vary from 15-20 hours per week.  A typical schedule is Monday-Friday 3:15-6:15pm with an hourly range of $11-$12 per hour.

Please email or mail an application (found on the Lafayette Public Charter School website  www.lafayettecharter.k21.mn.us) to clobes@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us

OR

Tally Clobes, Interim Director, Lafayette Charter School PO Box 125, Lafayette, MN 56054

Technology Coordinator

Lafayette Public Charter School is now accepting applications for a Technology Coordinator. This is a part-time position. Knowledge with SMART boards, Apple Products, website maintenance, basic troubleshooting, testing set-up and serving on the Technology committee is required.

Please email or mail a cover letter, resume, and application (found on LCS website) to: clobes@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us  

OR

Tally Clobes, Interim Director, Lafayette Charter School PO Box 125, Lafayette, MN 56054

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Dates to Remember!

Feb. 15th- No School

Feb. 17th- Mid-Quarter

Feb. 18th- Rainbow or Favorite Color Day

Feb. 19th- Early Out @ 12:30pm

Feb. 24th- Bus Driver Appreciation Day 

Feb. 25th- PJ Day

Feb. 25th- Early Out @ 12:30pm

Feb. 26th- No School- Teacher Workshop

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Menu

Monday

Breakfast

NO SCHOOL

Lunch

NO SCHOOL

Tuesday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Tomato Soup, Grilled Cheese, Peas, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Wednesday

Breakfast

Yogurt, Granola Bar, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Hotdog on Bun, Baked Beans, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Thursday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cheese & Beef Nachos, Green Beans, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit,White or Chocolate Milk

Friday

Breakfast

Assorted Cereal, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cheese Pizza, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Green Beans, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

This menu is subject to change. Fresh vegetables are utilized in the daily menu whenever possible. Vegetables will vary dependent on the availability in our Farm to School Program. Whole wheat grain products are used unless otherwise noted. This institution is an equal opportunity provider. Our Lunch Program is Offer vs Serve. See handbook for more information