Lafayette Public Charter School

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May 3rd-7th, 2021

What’s New at LCS

clobes@lafayettecharter.k12.mn.us 

Happy May!

The countdown to the last day of school has begun in many of our classrooms at LCS. The weather is getting nicer and testing is wrapping up. We will begin our last round of testing this week with NWEA’s. The kids continue to show us how great they are by trying their best; we will be having a reward afternoon in the coming weeks for all their hard work testing.

Throughout the month of May, LCS will be celebrating charter schools. We’re 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. Thank you for your participation! We also have extra LCS lawn signs available at school. If you’d like one to proudly display at your home, let me know.

Dress Code

As the weather get’s warmer, please keep in mind the school’s dress code. I’ve included the dress code below from our Student Handbook:

DRESS AND CLEANLINESS

We encourage our students to dress in a neat and clean manner.  Students should dress appropriately for the weather and for the activity (i.e., physical education or the classroom).  Clothing should be appropriate for school attendance.  Appropriate footwear is required.  Hats are not to be worn in the building during the school day except with the approval of the LCS Staff.

Inappropriate clothing includes, but is not limited to the following:

  1. Short shorts, skimpy tank tops (spaghetti straps), tops that expose the midriff, and other clothing that is not in keeping with community standards.
  2. Clothing-Upper Garments
    • Shirts must cover the body appropriately
    • No backless, spaghetti straps, or strapless shirts
    • No exposed midriffs (skin should not show at the waist when standing or sitting)
    • No sleeveless garments that expose undergarments for females
    • No low-cut necklines (must cover appropriately)
    • Overalls-shirts worn underneath overalls must meet specifications listed above
  3. Clothing-Lower Garments
    • Pants/shorts/skirts must cover the body appropriately
    • Pants/shorts should be worn at the waist-no undergarments will be visible at any time
    • Pants/shorts must cover undergarments at all times
    • No short shorts are permitted
    • Dresses/skirts should be mid thigh or longer in length and worn at the waist
    • Outerwear such as jackets, sweatshirts, sweater, etc. will not be worn to cover dress code violations.
  1. Clothing bearing a message that is lewd, vulgar, or obscene.
  2. Apparel promoting products or activities that are illegal for use by minors.
  3. Objectionable emblems, badges, symbols, signs, words, objects or pictures on clothing or jewelry communicating a message that is racist, sexist, or otherwise derogatory to a protected minority group, evidences of gang membership or affiliation, or approves, advances or provokes any form of religion, racial or sexual harassment and/or violence against other individuals.
  4. Any apparel or footwear that would damage school property.

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.

Summer School

Based on enrollment, interested families, and staffing availability, LCS will be offering a FREE summer school program for Kindergarten-8th graders. The program will run 3 days per week beginning the end of June-the end of July (off the week of July 4th). Families must provide their own transportation. Any families that are interested in signing their students up, please contact your child’s teacher or the LCS Office. More details will be provided at the end of the regular school year.

LCS Yearbook

If your family would like to order a yearbook, please return the slip and payment by Monday, May 10th. Students will receive their yearbooks by Friday, May 14th. If you did not receive an order form, please contact your child’s teacher.

 

Parent help needed!

May 17th-21st, LCS will be celebrating Charter School Week & Teacher Appreciation Week. LCS staff are busy with planning Charter School Week and are excited to share the activities with the students. LCS PROS are looking for parent volunteers to help with teacher appreciation week. If you would like to provide a meal/snack  or, if you have any other ideas of ways to honor our teachers, let any PROS member know. Thank you for your help with this!

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

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.

Garden Volunteers

The fruit and vegetables have been planted and are growing beautifully in the our portable green house. Now, we need your help!

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

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 11th- School Board Meeting @ 5:30pm

May 14th- 6th-8th grade Ditch Clean-Up- Morning

May 14th- 8th graders visit NU High School

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

May 19th- Track & Field Day

May 20th- Last Day of Pre-K

May 21st- Family Picnic (weather permitting)

May 26th- 8th grade Graduation

May 26th- Last day of School- Early out at 1pm

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Menu

Monday

Breakfast

Breakfast Cookie, Fruit or Juice, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

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

Tuesday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Turkey & Cheese Wraps, Vegetables, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Wednesday

Breakfast

Yogurt, Granola Bar, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Hamburger Rice Hotdish, Vegetables, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Thursday

Breakfast

Muffin, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Meatloaf, Bread, Vegetables, Lettuce, Veggie Sticks, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Friday

Breakfast

Assorted Cereal, Fruit, White or Chocolate Milk

Lunch

Cheese Pita with Dipping Sauce, Salad, Vegetables, 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