Lafayette Public Charter School

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May 17th-21st, 2021

What’s New at LCS

clobes@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us 

With the announcement from the CDC and Governor Walz stating that fully vaccinated individuals no longer need to wear a mask, you may be wondering how this announcement effects schools.

Since the majority of Minnesota’s students are not yet fully vaccinated, the MDE has directed that the current, existing face covering guidance for schools and child care settings must remain in effect through the last day of school. This means that through the end of the 2020/2021 school year, masks must continue to be worn by everyone inside school buidlings or on school transportation.

Charter School Week is upon us! We have lots of fun things planned for Charter School Week. Just a reminder, students need to be caught up with all their work and testing needs to be completed in order for them to participate.

Lunch Accounts/Tuition balances must be paid by Friday, May 21st, 2021. Please send payments to the LCS Office. Thank you!

Yearbooks have arrived and have been distributed to those that pre-purchased. If you missed the deadline and would like one, contact your child’s teacher. The cost is $6 per book.

Ditch Clean-Up has been postponed to Monday, May 17th @ 9:30am. 

Track & Field Day is on Wednesday, May 19th. Have students dress in layers as the mornings are cooler and the afternoon is much warmer. Don’t forget a water bottle and sunscreen! Rain makeup day will be Thursday, May 20th or Monday, May 24th.

The Family Picnic is on Friday, May 21st- weather permitting (if it rains, we will have to cancel and a message will be sent) at 11am. Families will need to bring their own lunch. Students have the option to order a sack lunch through school. We ask that families eat in pods outside. Families can wait outside and teachers will bring the students out to meet you. There will also be an early out at 1pm. Students are allowed to leave with their families but must sign out with their teacher.

We will be celebrating our 8th grade graduates on Wednesday, May 26th. Social hour with cookies and juice will be from 9-9:30 with the ceremony begining at 9:30. Each 8th grader will be given 4 tickets (tickets will go home this week) for their families. The ceremony will be held outside (weather permitting- if rain, it will move to the gym). Any siblings that are students at LCS will be able to join without needing a ticket. Please let Mr. H know if you have any questions.

We’re still looking for families/parents/grandparents to tell us why they love Lafayette Public Charter School. Responses can be sent to your child’s teacher or the LCS office at lcsoffice@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us. We also have extra LCS lawn signs available at school. If you’d like one to proudly display at your home, let me know. Thank you to the families that have responded!

Stolen Bike

We’re asking families to keep their eyes open for a stolen bike. It’s a black and white Huffy with a little rust on the handle. It has a unique seat with a hole in the middle of it. If anyone has seen this bike or knows anything about it’s disappearance, please contact the LCS Office. Thank you for your help!

COVID 19 Testing- Message from Minnesota Department of Education

Minnesota is experiencing high circulation of variants of COVID-19, according to the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). Currently, MDH estimates that 60% of all COVID-19 cases in Minnesota are the B.1.1.7. variant, which is a new version of the virus that spreads more easily. The B.1.1.7 variant has caused a sharp increase in COVID-19 cases, with many of them happening in school and youth sports and activities.

MDH is encouraging all students to get a COVID-19 test every other week to identify children who are having no symptoms of COVID-19 but can still be spreading the virus to others.

Additionally, all youth in grades 6-12 who are participating in club or school sports are strongly encouraged to get tested at least once per week for COVID-19. Learn more on the Stay Safe Minnesota – Organized Sports webpage.

As long as students don’t have symptoms and have not been close to someone with COVID-19, they do not need to stay out of school, sports or activities while awaiting test results. Learn more about student COVID-19 testing.

There are several options to get a COVID-19 test at no cost, including:

In-person or language line assistance is available at community testing sites. Some testing sites also have COVID Community Coordinators to help walk people through the testing process. Learn more on the COVID Community Coordinator page of the MDH website.

Piano Lessons

Did you know LCS offers on-site, during the school day, piano lessons? Jeanne Bruss, piano instructor, comes in every Monday from 8am-Noon. She’s accepting new students for the 2021/2022 school year! Please contact Jeanne at jeannepiano88@gmail.com or 507-317-1965 if you would like more information.

Please continue to be cautious with COVID 19. If you or a family member are getting tested for COVID, please keep your children home until test results have been received.  Our goal is to keep everyone healthy and safe so we can continue in-person learning for the remainder of the school year.

Thank you for your continued support this school year. Please continue to follow the COVID-19 Decision Tree if you have any concerns or questions regarding your child’s health.

As usual, if you have any questions or concerns, please contact me.

Tally Clobes, Interim Director

Job Postings

Part-Time Custodian

Lafayette Public Charter School is accepting applications for a part-time custodian. Candidates with considerable experience in custodial and building maintenance, cleaning, and skills in facilities maintenance and safety protocols preferred. This position is responsible for the overall cleanliness, sanitation, security, safety and maintenance of the school building, grounds and equipment. Summer job duties include waxing, cleaning carpets, painting and preparing classrooms for fall. Hours vary from 15-20 hours per week. Typical schedule is weekdays 3:15-6:15 p.m. with an hourly range of $11-$12 per hour.

Email an application (at www.lafayettecharter.k21.mn.us) to clobes@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us or by mail to 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!

May 17th-21st- Charter School Week & Teacher Appreciation Week

May 17th- Ditch Cleaning (6th-8th gr.) at 9:30am

May 19th- Track & Field Day

May 20th- Last Day of Pre-K

May 21st- Family Picnic @ 11am (weather permitting)

May 21st- Early Out @ 1pm

May 26th- 8th grade Graduation @ 9am (Social) Ceremony @ 9:30am

May 26th- Last day of School- Early Out @ 1pm

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Menu

Monday

Breakfast

Breakfast Cookie, Fruit or Juice, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cook’s Choice

Tuesday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cook’s Choice

Wednesday

Breakfast

Yogurt, Granola Bar, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cook’s Choice

Thursday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cook’s Choice

Friday

Breakfast

Assorted Cereal, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cook’s Choice

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