January Updates and Celebrating MLK Jr

Dear Lafayette Families –

Today we celebrate the life and contributions of Martin Luther King Jr.  In reflecting on the last two weeks, as well as the last two years, his powerful words ring true for me:  “We must learn to accept finite disappointment, but never lose infinite hope”.  As a community, we have weathered more than a handful of finite disappointments through our journey together.  However what makes us so strong as a collective is our unwavering and infinite hope.

 Today I was reminded of that hope when a cadre of parents volunteered to clear the playgrounds of snow and ice.  On behalf of our students and staff – who are equally thrilled to be able to have outdoor recess – please accept our endless gratitude.

We also continue to be hopeful that we are starting to see a decrease in COVID numbers across our region.  A huge thank you is extended to our staff who did everything in their power – including teaching subjects and grade levels beyond their “normal jobs” to keep our building open and our students learning.  We have distributed a thousand plus tests, tracked down results, and all the while provided joyful learning environments for kids. 

Our first full week back was incredible.  Teachers retaught routines, students reinvigorated peer relationships, and we jumped back into our learning where we left off.  We also are in the process of completing our middle of the year (“MOY”) assessments in math and reading.  For our students in K – 2 this includes reading with the teacher to assess phonics skills and fluency.  For our 3rd – 5th grade students, this means taking the “reading inventory” assessment online.  All of our students K -5 take iReady online as well.  While this is helpful information to benchmark our students’ progress, we are also reminded that this is simply one data point, at one point in time.  We are also reviewing our students’ social emotional needs and starting new SEL groups in every grade level to support our students.

This week there are several great parent opportunities for parent and community feedback and engagement. 

  • Wed, 1/19 – Joint HSA and LSAT Budget Engagement Meeting @ 7 pm. We hope members of the community will participate and share their views. You can join the meeting 
  • Thursday, 1/20Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Book Club @ 7 pm via Zoom to discuss “The Hate You Give” by Angie Thomas
  • Saturday, 1/22Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Family Hike Hike at Rock Creek Park

 

As a reminder, our 2nd quarter is quickly drawing to a close.  The last day of the quarter is Tuesday, 1/25.  There is no school for students on Wednesday, 1/26 as teachers have a professional development and records day.  Term 2 report cards will also be sent out shortly thereafter that date.

Finally, a few COVID reminders. 

 

I’ll end with one of my favorite quotes from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr:  “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

Here’s to light and love as we head toward February,

Dr. B