Lafayette Public Charter School
February 22nd-26th, 2021
What’s New at LCS
As spring break season is approaching, I wanted to share the CDC guidance on travel. Please consider the guidance when partaking in any spring break travel/activities.
This week is bus driver appreciation week. Thank you to Kevin, Ron, Sandy & Dean for your dedication to our children. Thank you for providing a safe mode of transportation every day- you’re amazing!
Reminder that Thursday is Pajama day and there’s also an early out at 12:30pm for Kindergarten-8th grade students. There will be no school on Friday due to teacher workshops.
Last week, the State of Minnesota announced the launch of the Vaccine Connector. Please see the letter below.
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.
P-EBT benefits for 2020-2021 school year available
starting in late March
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.
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.
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: email@example.com
Tally Clobes, Interim Director, Lafayette Charter School PO Box 125, Lafayette, MN 56054
Want to help give back to LCS? Check this out!
MORE School Rewards program
1) Sign up for MORE Rewards at moreRewards.com or any participating Coborn’s, Cash Wise, or Marketplace. Foods store. Designate your preferred school (Lafayette Charter School) by logging into your account at moreRewards.com or via the MORE Rewards mo- bile app.
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*Learn more or get started today at moreRewards.com/school*
Thank you New Ulm Farm City Hub Club for the book donations to add to our Library
Dear LCS families,
The State of Minnesota has announced the launch of the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector, which is a tool that helps Minnesotans find out when, where and how to get their COVID-19 vaccine.
This system is a proactive way for all Minnesotans to indicate their interest in receiving a vaccine, so that when they become eligible, they can be alerted and connected to resources to schedule a vaccine appointment.
Below is some information about the Vaccine Connector that you may find helpful.
Should I complete the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector form?
All Minnesotans who would like to receive a COVID-19 vaccine should fill out the form to ensure they stay updated on vaccination opportunities in their area when they become available.
Who can get vaccinated now?
Demand for vaccine far exceeds supply, and Minnesotans are encouraged to remain patient as more vaccine arrives in the weeks and months ahead. Minnesota is continuing to distribute vaccines using a phased approach to immunize for impact by focusing on populations with the highest risk of getting COVID-19, as well as those most at risk of severe illness and complications if they become infected.
In Minnesota, you are eligible now to get vaccinated if you are a:
- Minnesotan age 65 or older
- Health care worker
- Long-term care resident or staff member
- Prekindergarten through Adult Basic and Community Education school staff member, or contracted school staff member
- Child care staff member at a licensed and certified child care center or program
How do I sign up?
- Signing up for the Vaccine Connector is easy, safe and secure.
- All Minnesotans 18 years of age and older should sign up, no matter their current vaccine eligibility status.
- There will be no cost and no restricted time period for signing up.
- Health insurance and personal identification forms are not required for signing up.
- Go to gov/vaccineconnector to sign up.
- Minnesotans unable to sign up online can have family or friends help them sign up online, or call 833-431-2053 for assistance signing up over the phone.
- Translation is available by phone in all languages. Minnesotans can call the translation hotlines at 833-431-2053 and 651-318-0989 for assistance signing up over the phone.
- All Minnesotans have to do to sign up is provide basic information such as contact information, demographic data, medical history, and employment to determine their eligibility based on state guidelines.
- The State of Minnesota is committed to the equitable distribution of safe and effective vaccines for protection against COVID-19 and the Vaccine Connector form has included questions about gender identity, sexual orientation, race, cultural identification, and disabilities to help us track and measure equity and fairness throughout the vaccine distribution process. These questions do have the option to select “prefer not to answer” or “none of the above,” and selecting these answers will not prevent you from signing up for the Vaccine Connector.
What happens after I fill out the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector form?
As more vaccine becomes available, the Minnesota COVID-19 Vaccine Connector will send you updates about your COVID-19 vaccine eligibility and opportunities to receive the COVID-19 vaccine in Minnesota.
In the months ahead as vaccine supply increases, the Vaccine Connector will help Minnesotans know where vaccine is in the state, find out when they are eligible to get it, and connect them to a vaccine opportunity near them — no matter where they live or their personal circumstances. Before and after you are vaccinated, it’s important to continue to take simple steps to slow the spread of illness by wearing a mask, staying 6 feet away from others, washing your hands, and staying home whenever possible
For more information, please visit https://mn.gov/covid19/vaccine/
The Vaccine Connector is open to all Minnesotans. Please feel free to share this information with your family, friends and others who may be interested.
Tally Clobes, Interim Director
Dates to Remember!
Feb. 24th- Bus Driver Appreciation Day
Feb. 25th- PJ Day
Feb. 25th- Early Out @ 12:30pm
Feb. 26th- No School- Teacher Workshop
March 2nd & 4th- Kindergarten Round Up/Pre-K Open House-by appointment only call 507-228-8943
March 5th- Early Out at 12:30pm
Breakfast Cookie, Two choices of Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Turkey Gravy over Rice, Corn, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Muffin, Two choices of Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Grilled Chicken Sandwich, Diced Carrots, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Yogurt, Granola Bar, Two choices of Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Hotdog on Bun, Baked Beans, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Muffin, Two choices of Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk
Pork Riblet Sandwich, Green Beans, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, 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