Dear Lafayette Families –
I hope this note finds you enjoying one another and your spring break. Thank you for your patience as we work to reorganize our school structure one more time for Term 4 to continue to meet the needs of our students and community in the best way we know how.
As promised, below are links to the new class lists. I added a few notes to each grade level to help explain how we approached instruction, class assignments, and our recohorting. If your student is not on the class lists, please email me (). This process usually take about 4 weeks to complete – for Term 4 we did it in 10 business days. I apologize in advance for any errors. I will email the links to the class lists immediately after this message to avoid posting our class lists on the website.
This weekend, please be on the lookout for more information about arrival and dismissal procedures.
**Remember that there is no in person learning on Monday, 4/19. Students will have a virtual morning meeting with their Term 3 Homeroom. The remainder of the day will be asynchronous for all students.**
Please join us Monday, 4/19 at 6:30 pm for a Parent Huddle with all the information you need to know for Term 4!
PK4 Class Lists
No class/teacher changes. Your teacher has emailed you the transition schedule.
KDG Class Lists
The am/pm cohorts were combined. Students were recohorted with their original teacher if they were returning to in person learning to the greatest extent possible. Due to classroom size, classes were capped at 20 students. We are still working through a couple of staffing issues. The teacher for our virtual kindergarten class will be shared on Monday, 4/19. We apologize for the delay.
1st Grade Class Lists
The am/pm cohorts were combined. Students were recohorted with their original teacher if they were returning to in person learning to the greatest extent possible. Due to classroom size, classes were capped at 22-24 students. At this time, all in person learning seats have been offered for Term 4. If we have space at a later date, I will share that information with any families remaining virtual.
2nd Grade Class Lists
The am/pm cohorts were combined. Students were recohorted with their original teacher if they were returning to in person learning to the greatest extent possible. Due to classroom size, classes were capped at 22-24 students. There will be a teacher to replace Ms. McKee when she goes out on maternity leave. However, knowing that there would be another transition for students, very few students were added to her classroom for Term 4.
3rd Grade Class Lists
A Week/B Week cohorts were combined. We are welcoming back Ms. McArthurs, as well as Ms. Culver. Until Ms. Culver joins us in person on 5/10, there will continue to be a proxy teacher in her homeroom while she teaches virtually.
In order to eliminate the need for teachers to teach both virtually and in person (and to have proxy teachers), we have combined all virtual students into one Virtual Homeroom. This will be taught by our ELA specialist, Ms. Cruz. We are incredibly grateful that she will be teaching our virtual students for Term 4. The students will have Ms. McNeal as a virtual math teacher. As a current 4th grade math teacher (and former 3rd grade math teacher), Ms. McNeal is a great asset for our virtual students.
4th Grade Class Lists
A Week/ B Week cohorts were combined, and all virtual students were combined into Ms. Ratliff’s virtual homeroom. She will be providing ELA instruction and Ms. McNeal will teach virtual math. This also means that Ms. Rives and Ms. Styles have been reunited again!
We are also eternally grateful to Ms. Rogers who will now be a 4th grade homeroom teacher (in person) and teach ELA. Ms. Duchinsky will partner with her and be the in person math teacher. This is a power team for sure and pinch hitting in the 4th quarter….THANK YOU!!!!
Teachers who are in the building are all teaching in person students only. This eliminates the need for proxy teachers. Students in person will also receive all instruction from in person teachers (no virtual teaching). We know 4th grade has had several teacher switches for some students. We deeply value the relationships between teachers and students. But we are also balancing the instructional needs of students to receive in person instruction. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we just keep on pivoting….
5th Grade Class Lists
A Week/ B Week cohorts were combined, and all virtual students were combined into Dr. Fields’ virtual homeroom. She will be providing ELA instruction and Ms. Duchinsky will teach virtual math. Our virtual students will have a power team with their ELA and math instructors!
This also means that Ms. DiRenzo will now teach Math and ELA to her students. Students in her homeroom will no longer have a partner teacher and will receive all instruction in person from Ms. DiRenzo (no more proxy teachers). Please say an extra thank you to Ms. DiRenzo for stretching outside her preferred content areas to be sure that students are receiving in person instruction in both Math AND ELA.
We are also welcoming back Ms. Cantu to in person learning on 5/10. She will continue to teach virtually with her proxy teacher in the room until 5/10.
We know that 5th grade experienced a few teacher switches for some students this quarter. We deeply value the relationships between teachers and students. But we are also balancing the instructional needs of students to receive in person instruction. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we just keep on pivoting….
An Update on Lunch
Every teacher has made a lunch plan that involves creating as much space as possible for students during lunch time. We recognize that there is some concern about the students being unmasked and eating and 3 ft apart from one another. Your teacher will be sending you their lunch location/plan. Many of these locations include outdoor lunch (with indoor contingency plans).
Spring Break Travel
If you travelled outside of the DMV you must:
- email .
- Your student must quarantine for 10 days OR produce a negative COVID test taken at least 72 hours after your return.
**THE SAFETY OF OUR COMMUNITY RELIES ON EVERYONE BEING HONEST ABOUT THEIR TRAVEL AND QUARANTINE**. Please be sure to loop us in, have your student quarantine and/or tested at least 72 hours after return. Please help protect our teachers, staff, students and families. We are counting on you.
Safe travels, safe quarantines, and enjoy one another.