One Week Count DOWN!

Hi Lafayette Families! 

We are one week away from welcoming students into our classrooms for the 2023-2024 school year!     Below is a list of “things to know”…please read carefully and use it as a resource!  The HSA has also created this handy “Back to School Checklist” for families.

Parent Huddles Thursday, 8/24 – students and families are welcome!  We hope to see you all according to last name below:

  • 6:00 – 6:40 – Last names A – F
  • 6:45 – 7:25 – Last Names G – O
  • 7:30 – 8:10 – Last Names P – Z

During the Huddles, I will go over the following topics:

  • Day 1 Logistics (school supplies, parent coffee, etc)
  • Drop off and Pick Up procedures/Using the drop off line
  • School Lunch Details
  • Aftercare/Flex drop off and pick up procedures
  • Emergency procedures

Families will also be able to tour the building and see where their classrooms are located (although not go into the rooms).  I will post the powerpoint slides to our website after the Huddles.  Families are welcome to bring and drop off school supplies on Thursday.  Otherwise, school supplies should be brought to school on the first day of school.

School Supplies

Students in grades K – 5 should plan to bring their school supplies with them to school on the first day.  We have a system for brining them into the building – not to worry!

Need financial support to purchase school supplies?  Please email Ms. Diesner () and we’ll make sure your child has a set of school supplies


Class Activity Fee
Each year, we collect a one-time payment from each child to pay for costs associated with field trips (buses, etc), field day t-shirts, and end-of-year parties for each grade level.  In 2022-23, we will be rolling over unused funds from previous years. If you have questions, please read our FAQs here.   Pay Your Class Activity Fee

Medication Drop Off

We will be accepting medications starting later this week.  More information to come.  IF you have updated medical forms to submit, please email them to .

Please remember we require provider orders for ALL medications, including over the counter and topicals. There are no “stock” medications in the health suite; all medications must be provided by parents. Medication and treatment orders are valid for one year from the date they are written. The medication form can be found here: DOH Medication and Treatment Form


Please remember that prescription medications must have the original pharmacy label and the order must match the label. Over the counter medications do not need a pharmacy label, but they do need to be unopened, in the original packaging and match the order. (i.e. the medication plan says to administer 10ML Motrin PRN, but the medication provided is in tablet form–this cannot be accepted). Please also double check your medication’s expiration date before bringing them in!

We are currently awaiting our nursing assignment for the year.  I will share more information as we learn more.

Grades 3rd – 5th Team Teachers

            In 3rd, 4th and 5th grade our teachers teach in teams.  This means there is a teacher who teaches reading/social studies and a teacher who teaches math/science.  Wondering who your child’s team teacher is?  See below!

3rd Grade
Reading/Soc. Stu Math/Science
Ms. Vessa Ms. Skubel
Mr. King Mr. Howard
Ms. Willimann Mr. Rosas
4th Grade
Reading/Soc. Stu Math/Science
Ms. Nantais Mr. Matthews
Ms. Cobb Ms. Martin
Ms. Dalton Ms. DiRenzo
**Ms. Ratliff teaches all subjects and students don’t switch 


5th Grade
Reading/Soc. Stu Math/Science
Ms. Wojtas Mr. Mentzer
Ms. Bell Ms. Taylor-Calhoun
Ms. Cassidy Ms. Cantu


Specials Teachers Update

Students will all have “special subjects” each day that include art, music, PE, etc.  Our schedule is run on a 6 day schedule.  Your teachers will explain all you need to know, and your students will help you too!  For example, Art may be on Day 3 (not Tuesdays).  Below is the breakdown of which grades get which specials and the amazing teachers they will have!  Want to know more about the teachers?  Visit their bios on our website:


Art Ms. Perll
Music Mr. Brockman
PE (twice per week) Ms. Braswell
Library Ms. Leese
Peace Classroom Teacher



Art Ms. Perll
Music Mr. Brockman
PE (twice per week) Ms. Braswell
Library Ms. Leese
Peace Ms. Diesner/Classroom Teacher
Technology Mr. Gregal


1st Grade

Art Ms. Perll
Music Mr. Brockman
PE (twice per week) Ms. Braswell, Ms. McClure, or Ms. Dunleavy
Library Ms. Leese
Peace Ms. Diesner


2nd – 5th Grade:

Art Ms. McLaughlin
Music Ms. Gemar
PE (twice per week) Ms. McClure or Ms. Dunleavy
Library Ms. Leese
Peace Mr. Goldman
Spanish Mr. Foley
Technology Mr. Gregal


Whew!!!  So much information, but all so very exciting!  As you are planning your last final days of summer, be sure the following dates are marked on your calendars!

  • 8/21– Teacher’s First Day Back!
  • 8/24 – Parent Huddles; 6 – 8:30 pm (Please attend according to your student’s last name
    • 6:00 – 6:40 – A – F
    • 6:45 – 7:25 – G – O
    • 7:30 – 8:10 – P – Z
  • 8/25 – KDG Teacher Meet and Greet; see flyer from your teacher
  • 8/26 – New Family Popsicle Social
    • All Pre-K families – 10:00am to 11:00 am
    • New Kindergarten families – 11:15 am to 12:15 pm
    • New 1st-5th grade families – 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm 
    • Location: Lafayette-Pointer Park, near the Recreation Center
  • 8/28 – Student’s First Day of School (K – 5th)
  • 8/31 – PreK students’ First Day of School
  • 9/6 and 9/7 – Back To School Nights

I’m looking forward to seeing everyone soon!!! 

Dr. B