INSIDE LaFayette Central Schools A Message from School Superintendent February 2009 Peter Tigh Nurturing Academic Success and Community Spirit Student Email Rules Join the Lancer Spirit Competition! How to Make Your Senior Year Even Better First Quarter Honor Roll The latest from The Big Picture School Meet the 7th STORY PAGE 13 & 8th Grade Students of the Month ONS Students Earn 3rd Place! Student Programmed Robot Serves Punch at Holiday Event Lunch Menus Board Games are the theme of this month’s TOP TEN Books Community Council News STORY PAGE 14 Creating Holiday Houses3 DETAILS PAGE Published Monthly by LaFayette Central Schools www.lafayetteschools.org A.I.M. for Excellence From the desk of the Superintendent “I’m proud to be a Lancer!” It’s been one year since again. Sarah had the numbers I needed I joined the LaFayette and I wrote them down as I sat in the parking community as Superintendent lot of Dunkin’ Donuts. There were three or four of Schools. Some of you may key people I needed to call in the morning to remember my auspicious (or gather weather and road information. Instead inauspicious depending on if of waiting for the morning I called them from you are a parent or a student) the parking lot. Dan Sawkins (LaFayette start, here’s how my first day Transportation Supervisor) and Kraig Pritts went… (Tully Superintendent) agreed to call me early I worked a full day on the next morning; they did. January 31, 2008 in Portville, As you may remember, February 1, 2008 was my former district. As I Peter A. Tigh a snow day in LaFayette. My first official act jumped into my truck to drive LaFayette was to cancel school! east to LaFayette I received Superintendent Time has passed rather quickly since then. a phone call from Sarah at We have gone around the sun one more time. the District Office, “It’s snowing here and I We have accomplished a lot. There is more to do just wanted to let you know.” Naturally my and together we’ll do it. first questions were, “How do I get accurate I am proud to be a Lancer and will do information in the morning regarding road everything I can for the students in our district. conditions? If I need to, how do I cancel school?” She agreed to call me back with Dr. Peter A. Tigh phone numbers. LaFayette Superintendent I was in Bath when the cell phone rang FREE Private & Parochial DENTAL HEALTH Transportation When: ASSESSMENTS!! Saturday February 7th Requests 10:00am-2:00pm If you will require school bus Where: Kinney Drug Stores transportation for your child to (see locations listed below) a private or parochial school for February is Children’s Dental Health Month. Kinney Drug stores, in the 2009-2010 school year, you will conjunction with local volunteer dentists, are offering free dental health need to submit a written request assessments for children. A law passed in 2007 in New York State encourages to the District Office no later than parents to submit a statement of dental health at the same time state- April 1, 2009. The school you are required physicals are due (grades Pre-K, K, 2, 4, 7, 10 and new entrants). considering should have forms for At the time of the dental assessment the dentist will determine if the this purpose. The deadline date child has any condition that would interfere with school activities or require further treatment (i.e., a cavity). If the dentist determines your child is in is set by the State of New York. good dental health, you will be provided with a certificate you may give to Requests received after this your child’s school. This is a great opportunity, and hopefully many of you deadline may be denied. will be able to take advantage of this at the following Kinney Drug locations: If you have questions Tully 596 Route11 315-696-8796 concerning private or parochial Syracuse 104 LaFayette Road 315-492-0248 transportation, please contact our Cortland 3666 NYS Route 281 315-753-9359 Transportation Supervisor, Daniel East Syracuse 7065 Manlius Center Road 315-656-9925 Sawkins, at 677-9700. Liverpool 7608 Oswego Rd. Suite 19 315-652-6584 Camillus 4202 W. Genesee St. 315-487-0326 A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 2 PRINCIPAL Yearbook News COMMUNICATION 2008-2009 Dear Parents and Students: Jr. & Sr. High School Testing! Testing! Testing! From midterm exams to the 7th and 8th grade ELA assessments, our students have worked hard to successfully complete these important exams. That being said, we are now half way through the school year. January 30th marks the end of the first 20 weeks of school. Every day counts, and attendance continues to be an important part of your child’s success in school. Thank you for making sure your child(ren) are in school and on time. Important dates to remember: February marks the beginning of Black History Month February 16th through 20th is our Winter Break February 26th is our Jr./Sr. High Parent Meeting March 9th through 12th is 7th/8th Grade NYS State Math Assessments Show Your LaFayette Pride! As well, this year’s drama production Pirates of Penzance will be performed on March 13th and 14th. Make plans for a family outing and attend the play featuring the musical and dramatic talents of our students. It is sure to be an excellent production!!! Again, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns. WHO HAS THE MOST Sincerely, SCHOOL SPIRIT? Paula Cowling Jennifer Blossey EACH CLASS HAS BEEN Principal Assistant Principal ASSIGNED A COLOR SENIORS – BLACK LaFayette JUNIORS – LIGHT GREEN STUDENT SOPHOMORES – YELLOW FRESHMEN – RED 8TH GRADERS – LIGHT BLUE EMAIL RULES 7TH GRADERS – WHITE FACULTY – ORANGE LaFayette District student email is to be used ONLY for educational WEAR YOUR CLASS purposes and school related business. COLOR EVERY FRIDAY IN I will send only to people I know. FEBRUARY— BE COUNTED I will get teacher permission to mail to people I do not know. AND WIN POINTS FOR I will keep my message short and to the point. My messages will be polite and friendly and contain no offensive language. YOUR CLASS. I will have a reason to send a message. I will put in a subject in the subject box. ANY CLOTHING ITEM I will use the proper greeting and sign my name. Name of the receiver of the message. WILL COUNT BUT COLOR WAR T-SHIRTS CAN Message Sign my first name only BE PURCHASED FOR I will double-check my message before sending. $10.00 THROUGH THE I will double-check my address box before sending. YEARBOOK. I will delete unnecessary messages in my in box. I will notify my teacher if I receive junk mail or offensive messages. SEE MR. FOX OR MRS. I will not send any software (games, programs, etc.) through e-mail. FLEMMING FOR DETAILS. I will get permission from my teacher before sending any pictures through e-mail. I will not allow anyone else to use my account. www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 3 GUIDANCE&COUNSELING News COLLEGE ACCEPTANCES Financial Aid Night Congratulations to the following SUNY’s Statewide Student Financial SCHOLARSHIPS students who have been accepted Aid Days are offered as a service to All scholarships that come to the guid- to colleges for the upcoming 2009- all prospective college students and ance office are listed online on the 2010 school year: their families. The programs are guidance webpage. Click on scholar- designed to answer questions and ship opportunities to view. Most you Joe Coffey College of Environmental provide assistance regarding the can apply to online; some you may Science and Forestry financial aid application, types of have to pick up an application for in aid available, and the award process. guidance. Kim Henderson Wells College Most programs will be offered across Kirsten Lyons Syracuse University New York State on February 21. You ATTENTION JUNIORS need to go on-line to find out what you Beginning in late January, the school Brittany Miller Russell Sage counselor will meet with juniors and should take with you and to register Elmira College at www.suny.edu/studentevents or by their parents/guardians. The purpose St. John Fisher calling 1-800-342-3811. of this meeting is to schedule for the Finally, as a follow-up to the senior year and discuss preparing LeMoyne College for college or other post-high school Financial Aid Night, the LaFayette York College Guidance staff will host two evening plans. If you would like to make an Siena College programs for parents of seniors to evening appointment, call 677-7849 to assist in completing the FAFSA. set up a meeting on Tuesday, March Cansiuis College 3rd (see below).for college or other Representatives from SUNY Cortland Mike Tassini Syracuse University Financial Aid will come in on post-high school plans. Holly Santimaw LeMoyne College February 10th and February 26th at STUDENT SCHEDULING Cansius College 6:00 p.m. in the Computer Center. Students are signing up for their Nicholas Schrader College of Environmental Please contact Bill O’Leary at 677- courses for the upcoming 2009-10 7849 if you would like to attend either academic year. Please call the Guid- Science and Forestry session. Detailed information will be ance Office at 677-7849 if you have Gerrit Vanderwerff Cazenovia College mailed home prior to these evenings any questions or would like to set up for those who sign up. an appointment with Mr. O’Leary, Mrs. Cool or Ms. Rourke regarding student schedules. New Wellness Center Hours NEWSLETTER DEADLINE Parents of 8th and 11th grade students are invited to sign up for This is a joint effort between of the Town of LaFayette and the scheduling meetings with their school LaFayette Central School District to provide this opportunity counselor. This is the time to plan and to families of LaFayette. learn about high school and gradua- The deadline Monday 3:30-8:00 PM tion requirements for your student for the Tuesday 3:30-4:30 PM & 6:00-8:00 PM and we encourage you to attend. Mrs. Wednesday 3:30-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:00 PM March 2009 Thursday 3:30-5:00 PM & 6:00-8:00 PM Cool will be meeting with 8th grade Newsletter Friday 3:15-4:15 PM families, Mr. O’Leary will be meet- Saturday 8:00-10:00 AM (Beginning 1/10/09) ing with 11th grade families and is Monday, Ms. Rourke with 8th and 11th grade February 9. The Wellness Center use is free of charge for all families from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Please residents, students, and employees of the LaFayette on Tuesday, March 3rd. Please call School District 677-7849 to set up an appointment send all for these evening meetings by Febru- The Wellness Center is closed whenever school is closed– check the information local media for weather related closure. ary 25th. Students must attend these and pictures LOCATION: The Wellness Center is located in the basement of the meetings with their parents. (in jpg LaFayette Jr. /Sr. High School. Park in the NORTH parking lot & enter the farthest door to the left. You will go down the stairs and take a right. format, UPCOMING DATES please) Wellness Center Volunteers Needed SAT Test Date Deadline Late Fee Deadline to the In an effort to increase the number of evenings the Wellness Center March 14 February 10 February 24 is open for community use, we are looking for volunteers to help May 2 March 31 April 9 Newsletter supervise those evenings. All volunteers must have updated First Aid/ June 6 May 5 May 15 AED and CPR certification. Supervisors will also be trained on proper editor at: use of all equipment. ACT ritabush@ If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Mark Wilson at 677- Test Date April 4 Deadline February 27 Late Fee Deadline March 13 secny.net 3131, ext.105, or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. June 13 May 8 May 22 A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 4 www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 5 LaFayette HONOR ROLL 7th Grade High Honor Amber Griffin Leigh Hubler Tyler Verzosa Noah Walburger Honor Lauren Connelly TUTORING Kaitlyn Agedal Cassley Jackowski Stephanie Yacco Kayla Cornelius The Cornell – LaFayette Halee Beebe Ashley Jarvis Jerome Gibson Tutoring Program will resume Chloe Blaisdell Savannah Krigbaum 10th Grade Christopher Klaiber on Wednesday, January 28, Bryce Haynes Kayla McElhannon High Honor Nicole Lees 2009. We meet in room 123 Leann Lambert Christopher Mueller Abigail Adams Melissa Peterson Eric Liddy Jamus Mulholland Victor Dupuis Christopher Plumley from 3:30-5:30 p.m. every Alexis Manley Christopher Sargent Shawn Evans Emily Reiss Wednesday. There is always Elliott Mueller Nina Schaefer Daniel Hughes Nicholas Seiter plenty of good food, friends Alexa Peebles Christopher Wheeler Devon Knapp James Turner and fun! Daniel Prince Christopher Williams Daniel Murray Amber Vanderwerff Krysten Robinson John Schneible Matthias Vesterdal Skye Schumacher 9th Grade Evan Terrell Nicholas Wheeler Have a great semester! Paige Skinner High Honor Jarrett White Jennifer Spelder Monica Blaisdell Honor Sloane Ferenchak Lina Akl 12th Grade Honor Alexandria Amidon Christopher French Jesse Blum Stefan Curtis High Honor Allison Camilleri We are currently Zachary Anthony Alexander Jones Nadine D’Agostino Madalyn Dorward searching for a parent member Cole Brunet Courtney Lyons Stephan Dodge John Greeley Kaitlyn Dodge Julia Martin Gavin Gretsky Cassandra Haight Dalton Houde Abbey Hoxie Brenna Murray Emily Peebles Logan Kinney Kevin Klaiber Kimberly Henderson Judson Knappen to serve on S.I.T. Mikhail Kenealy Thomas Sargent Zachary Leblanc Robin Loughlin Since its inception in 1994, S.I.T. has been very Patrick Liddy Jeremy Mitchell Kirstin Lyons influential in the decision making process. Stephanie Macmackin Honor Daniel Moltion Brittany Miller In an input and advisory capacity, S.I.T. has John Miske April Aungier Kelsey Nash Devin Murray contributed to the overall well-being of our Douglas Myrdek Raymond Barclay Scott Phelps Daphne Palmer students ranging from academic to social to Valeria Robinson Allena Barrett Aliza Potter Ashley Steinberg emotional growth. Most recently, S.I.T. has provided direction regarding the high school Ainsley Smith Shannon Barry Elaina Powless Gerrit Vanderwerff schedule, supported the creation of driver’s Bailey Storrier Matthew Beebe Alieshaia Rosinsky Bryan Verzosa education, guided code of conduct additions/ Aidan Tinelli Elise Camilleri Ryan Scholes revisions, supported school & community David Turner Alyssa Cosentino Jacquelyn Sutton Honor efforts to curb drug and alcohol abuse and Cody Custer Rena Thomas Lucas Amidon provided significant input with regard to rank- 8th Grade Kacy Gardiner Ashley Travis Eric Bonawitz ing and weighting of student performance. High Honor Increased communication between home and Louis Geswaldo Jessica Wilson Shauna Bort school has always been supported by S.I.T. Nabil Akl Edward Gibson Joseph D’Agostino resulting in parent access to online student Jessica Baird Christopher Grzymala 11th Grade Valerie DeDell grades, a marquee featuring upcoming events, Laura Favreau Allison Hughes High Honor Amy Evans and a LaFayette Junior Senior High School Allison Field Thomas Kotapka Ryan Anthony Kelsey Gates website which contains all school relevant Megan Field Karli Kott Kyle Barry Jay Gould information including the Student Parent Shannon Knapp Ashley Maloney Nicholas Grzymala Merle Hermneuwohner Handbook and staff e-mail. Ryan Miske Jillian McKee Taviot Jackowski Trenna Hill Please consider serving our school Sadie Ramie Caitlyn Merwin Nicholas Lamson Caitlyn Mitchell community . Meetings are held Ivan Schneible Ross Mohr Daniel Liddy Jamie Plumley once a month, 2:00-3:30 pm at the Ashley Scholes Emily Moltion David Martin Holly Santimaw LaFayette Junior-Senior High School. Kelsey Terrell Ryan Ochsner Keegan Mulholland Nicholas Schrader If you are interested in filling one of Paige Palmer Caroline Myrdek Bobbie Steeprock these vacancies please contact Paula Honor Anna Prince Shannon Walter Eric Stroup Cowling, Principal at 677-5506 or via Blake Christiana Patrick Ready Cynthia Westcott Dana Taylor e-mail email@example.com Matthew Corby Ryan Skeval Rebecca Wolf Jacob Ternosky Wyatt Esposito Trevor Spratt Gabrielle Ubieta Zachary Gretsky Jamie Stirner-Moore A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 6 LHS Student Council Members Attend State Conference On November 23rd, six members of the high school Student Council and their Advisor, Mrs. Palmer, left for Saratoga Springs. Their destination: Saratoga Hilton and the NYSCLSA Council on Student Leadership and Activities conference. The conference was three days long with various workshops, presentations and speakers to help the leaders who attended bring something back to their schools around NY State. The workshops consisted of student members of the state board sharing what their Councils did in various activities within their schools. Later, students from all the schools were able to present at Round Tables and everyone rotated between the different tables gleaning as much information as possible to take back to their schools. There were four main speakers at the Student Council members at State Conference conference: Micah Jacobson, Mawi Asgedom, John (l-r): Tom Kotopka, Alieshaia Rosinski, Lina Akl, April Morello and Jill Esplin. Micah wanted everyone to Palmer, Shannon Walter, Nick Lamson and Tisha understand people should start asking meaningful Knickerbocker. questions and care about the answer. Micah’s main message was being R.E.A.L.: Responding with Enthusiasm and Acting with Love. Let people know you see them, hear them and value them in a positive loving manner. Mawi, who fled civil war in Ethiopia and lived in a Sudanese refugee camp for three years, spoke of reaching out to others and using your personal situation to your advantage. John acted out as a “single man show” how different people, who were involved with drugs or had other personal issues in a ‘high risk’ situation, may survive successfully. Jill talked about how everyone should be fully present in everything that they do and not to wait to do something they want to do. The conference wasn’t all work and learning. The first night there all the students from across the state were set loose, with their advisors, on the town of Saratoga for a scavenger hunt where they had to find items relevant to Saratoga such as a horse statues, pizzerias, and the health springs. There were also different icebreakers and games at different points throughout the conference. We will never forget the elevator rides or hiking up and down five flights of stairs repeatedly throughout the conference! And everyone enjoyed the semi- formal dinner and dance the final night of the conference. The students had a ball and learned a lot. Congratulations to Tisha Knickerbocker who was elected to be a student delegate board member for District 10. She was elected by students from area schools: Central Square, CNS and APW as well as LaFayette. Those who attended the conference will always remember: “I see you!” Submitted by: Shannon Walter- StuCo V.P. www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 7 UPDAT E In late November, we finished up our first round of exhibitions. Lenny and I were proud of all of our students. It really was an awesome step forward for all of them. Imagine standing in front of a panal of 6-10 people and explaining and sharing your learning of the past 10 weeks. Open Enrollment for It would be intimidating for anyone, but overall these guys did a good job. We are also thankful to all of the parents. the Big Picture School Each student had at least one family member in attendance for their exhibition. Parents were able to contribute The enrollment period for the feedback on the students learning. LaFayette Big Picture School begins Students were required to get back and refine their February 1st. There will be two Information Nights: Quarter 2 goals. Parents then came back again for the 2nd Quarter Learning Plan meetings. The exhibitions are Thursday, February 5th at 6:30 p.m. scheduled for the last week in January and the first week of Thursday, February 26th at 6:30 p.m. February. Our students have begun to work within the WORK KEYS The meetings will be held in the and the Virtual College and Career Center. Talk about Grimshaw cafeteria. RELEVANCE. There are many categories (Reading for Information, Applied Mathematics, Teamwork, Listening, The Agenda will be: Observation, Business Writing, etc.) The testing allows the • Introduction to the Big Picture School student to see their current skill level and the required skill levels for a particular career cluster or specific career. Our • Overview of our Structure students will be able to use this information in their search for LTI’s as well as portfolio building. • Year 1: Lessons Learned and Big Picture students are also exploring the Why Try Successes program. We discussed the Reality Ride, which compares life to two roller coasters: one track takes you on a fast • Questions and Answers and interesting ride, but includes a crash, while the other Applications and other materials will track is much more mild but leads to Opportunity, Freedom, be available. and Self-Respect. The students reflect on their own life experiences, journal and plan. In addition, students Applications will be accepted from participate in adventure activities to reinforce the ideas current 8th grade students from the discussed in the lesson. We continue to mentor, and the Big Onondaga Nation School and the Picture students will begin to complete Why Try activities LaFayette Junior-Senior High School. with their grade 4-5 mentees. Who should attend this meeting? Katelin Reusswig and Priscilla Cronin led a campaign to • Students and parents of current collect donations of money and toys for the Pediatric Unit at 8th graders interested in learning Crouse Hospital. They requested $1 donations at the Dollar more about the Big Picture. General and Grimshaw. The girls raised $220 and toys. They delivered the toys to the hospital. They still had many • Any parent or community member stuffed animals left. The girls then took it upon themselves wanting more information about to plan a Saturday visit to Iroquios Nursing Home. They the Big Picture. spent time with the residents and gave them the stuffed The Open Enrollment Period ends on animals. The residents loved the gift and the girls enjoyed Thursday, March 19th. If we have not the time they spent there. reached our enrollment capacity, we will To end 2008, we held a Holiday Breakfast. Lenny and I open a secondary enrollment. acted as short order cooks providing bacon, sausage, eggs and toast. The students were then supposed to provide If you have any questions: contact lunch for us—let’s just say we are still hungry! Susan Osborn at 677-5509, or sosborn@ lafcs.cnyric.org A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 8 PRINCIPAL NURSE COMMUNICATION NEWS Grimshaw School Grimshaw School Dear Parents and the LaFayette Community, January is a very busy month. Our students and teachers return to school Dear Parents, from our holiday break and need to be ready to take the New York State I hope everyone is having a healthy Assessments in ELA in grades 3,4,5,6. Isn’t that a wonderful welcome! In winter! We’ve had the usual viral ill- March we will be doing the Mathematics State Assessments in grades 3, 4, nesses at school (upper respiratory 5, and 6. Remember – these are state assessments all students in grades infections, stomach bugs, conjunc- 3-6 must take to comply with federal requirements in NCLB (No Child Left tivitis). Please be sure your child is Behind). It is very important that 95% of our students take these assessments dressed for the cold weather, as most so we are in compliance with state and federal requirements. classes will play outside if possible. Parenting requires many judgment calls and homework is a topic I hear As many of you know NYS is now about often. We stress that it is very important for parents to be involved in requesting parents to submit a certifi- homework but we don’t want parents doing students’ homework for them; cate of dental health at the same time you already went to school! Homework should be something your child can a required physical is due (Pre-K, K, 2, do on his/her own with a minimum of assistance. Parents need to provide 4, 7 and 10). In honor of February be- encouragement, a calm place for kids to work that allows them to focus on ing Children’s Dental Health Month, the assignment, a set time for doing homework on a regular basis, and a firm local dentists are partnering with commitment to knowing what homework is expected. Our older students Kinney Drugs to provide free dental each have planners they should be bringing home nightly. We provide the health assessments. If your child is in planners so kids can be organized about their assignments. I also do a good dental health you will be pro- lunchtime homework room (grades 4-6) for those kids who are behind or vided with a certificate you may give simply missed an assignment; it provides another time for kids to catch up so to the school. These assessments will their grades aren’t affected by missed homework assignments. I have noticed take place on Saturday, February 7th, that when faced with no alternative, most students have little problem doing 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. at your local Kin- their homework quickly and well. It is usually a matter of just doing it. ney Drugs. You will find the addresses/ Our Community of Caring assemblies have been fantastic, so many of our phone numbers of local Kinney Drugs students have worked hard to earn recognition for respect, responsibility, printed elsewhere in this Newsletter caring, trust, family and perseverance. We are so proud of all of them! with more information regarding this Our December assembly had a special visitor: Beca Lloyd came to accept free service. Grimshaw students’ letters to Santa on behalf of the MACY’s - Make A Wish There are just four students who program. MACY’s donated a dollar to Make A Wish for every letter our have not submitted a copy of their students generated. Beca made us aware of this program and contacted us required physicals for this year. If you to see if our students would care to participate. Ms. Ginsburg organized the are one of these, please get them in effort and Mrs. Long set up the Community of Caring presentation. Students to me as soon as possible! You may wrote almost 300 hundred letters to Santa. fax a copy to 677-3154, if it is more We also had an assembly to promote our recycling initiative at Grimshaw. convenient for you. If you are plan- Mr. Tigh, Mr. Kesler and Susan Stewart from OCCRA attended our pledge ning ahead for next year, students in kickoff and were the first to sign our pledge. We are asking all of our Pre-K, K, 2 and 4, as well as any new students and teachers to redouble their efforts to recycle at school and at students, will need a physical exam. home. Each classroom has a special pledge poster for students and teachers Please remember: if your child to sign and display. requires any medication at school, Monday, March 2nd we will celebrate Dr. Seuss Day. Our K – 3 students including OTC meds, a doctor’s note is and staff members look forward to this every year. Get your Cat in the Hat required, as well as a parent request. books out! Also, please notify the school if your If you know of anyone with a potential kindergarten student for next year, child is absent for any reason. One please have them call the office to register for our screening/registration more reminder -- if a doctor puts your week. We also are looking to continue our Pre-K program next year; children child out of PE, we require a writ- must reside in the district in order to be eligible for the Pre-K lottery ten note before they can participate drawing. If you have a district student you believe would be a candidate for again. our Pre-K, please call Cindy for the information and paperwork. Remember Thank you for your cooperation our Pre-K currently must be transported by parents and the day goes from on the above and please keep updat- 8:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ing your emergency information. As We have a significant number of items in the lost and found, please check always, call me with any concerns, and it out when you come to school for any reason. It’s HUGE! have a great winter break! As always, call us if you have a concern or an idea to share. Sincerely, Sincerely, Dona McIntyre Paula Bush, Grimshaw Nurse Grimshaw Principal 677-5501 www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 9 lafayette S AY NO On Tuesday, Decem- ber 23rd, Grimshaw Elementary School held the DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Program graduation ceremony for our fifth grade students. Mr. Risavi taught the multi- lessoned curriculum. The program included DARE Graduates weekly topics such as defining what drug abuse buttons on their remote. her personal bout with some strategies on how is, the consequences of She gave each student a cigarettes and how that to insulate themselves using drugs, dealing with small remote and asked experience impacted her from the negative effects peer pressure, learning them to carry it with life then and now. She of substance abuse. how to “say no,” and them as a reminder to went on to mention how I would like to thank understanding what make good decisions she lost a close personal Mr. Tigh, Mrs. McIntyre, it means to be asser- throughout their day. friend and a family mem- and the fifth grade teach- tive. Fifth graders also LaFayette Superinten- ber to lung cancer. She ers whose flexibility and learned about tobacco, dent Peter Tigh rein- stressed the importance cooperation make this marijuana, alcohol, and forced the metaphor of of educational programs program happen despite inhalants. Students the remote control and like DARE to help our the loss of State funding. learned about the nega- stressed that children students make good Special thanks go out to tive effects of the media, ultimately have control choices. our parents for their sup- how to take safe healthy over the choices and Each fifth grade port and to Mrs. Skeval risks, and then discussed decisions they make, and student wrote an essay and Mrs. McElhannon the benefits of having to look at the potential about how the D.A.R.E. for their help with the positive role models in consequences those deci- Program impacted them. DARE T-shirts and the their life. sions can bring about in Three students were graduation programs. I Parents, students, and their lives. selected to read their would also like to thank staff listened as keynote School Safety Office essays to the audience. Mrs. Cowling and Mrs. speaker Debbie Howe Gary Oelkers told the Mallory Edwards was Amidon for allowing Tennant (Coordinator children how intimidat- selected to read her es- student role models from of Youth Development ing it can be when you say from Mr. Fox’s class, the High School to visit at OCM BOCES) talked are in front of a large Samantha Claffey was and talk with our fifth about how students ulti- crowd, especially when selected from Mr. Ma- grade students. Special mately have control over you have to make diffi- honey’s class and Jackie thanks go out to Mr. Be- the decisions they make cult choices. He entrust- Rutter was selected from dell for all the prepara- regarding drugs, very ed each student to make Ms. Ginsburg’s class. tion work he did for the much like they have con- the right choice when After listening to the es- event. trol over what channel the time came. says, it was obvious that they select to watch on Principal Dona each student enjoyed Submitted by Bob Risavi, TV when they push the McIntyre talked about the program and learned Grimshaw Counselor A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 10 D.A.R.E. program High School Role Models (l-r): Shannon Walter and Rebecca Wolf LaFayette DARE Program On December 16th, Devon Knapp, Melissa Peterson, Nick Lamson, Shannon Walter, and Rebecca Wolf from LaFayette High School visited Grimshaw Elementary School to assist our fifth grade students with the LaFayette DARE Program. Thanks to the efforts of Heather Amidon, these students were able to take time out of their busy schedules to talk candidly with fifth DARE Essay winners (l-r): Samantha grade Grimsahw students about such topics as: how to choose your friends; why it is important to be drug-free; Claffey, Mallory Edwards, and Jackie Rutter how to say no to drugs; and how they handled problems in their lives when they were confronted with them. Y S The high school students talked about whom their role models were and how to obtain help and support when A AY you need it. S O ces Several fifth graders wanted to know what it was like N going from elementary school to high school. Grimshaw No i O students asked what future goals and plans the high school students had, and learned about the importance of education relative to achieving those goals. ch Fifth grade students have been learning about the dangers of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs and what it takes to resist the temptations associated with these drugs through the DARE Program offered at Grimshaw D.A.R.E. Elementary. Bob Risavi, Grimshaw Counselor www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 11 Grimshaw Student COMMUNITY of Caring Council News Raffle Winners Grimshaw Student Council would like to thank everyone who bought raffle tickets to support Student Council. The camera was won by Beth Thomas, the Lia Sophia jewelry set was won by Natalie Adamczuk and Chloe Terrell was the winner of the drill. The following students were nominated for COC caring With the money that was raised we were able to for December: Nina Schaefer, Kaylie Marnell, Nick help provide gifts for toys Lamson, Judson Knappen, and Dan Liddy. The $20 for Crouse Hospital and buy materials to create Target cards were given to Kaylie Marnell and Dan Liddy. snowmen pins for the staff to wish them all happy The others will be in a drawing at the end of the year. holidays from Student Council. LaFayette Central Schools LaFayette Central Schools STUDENT OF THE MONTH STUDENT OF THE MONTH Krysten Robinson, Grade 7 Laura Favreau, Grade 8 Where do you think you will be in 10 years? Where do you think you will be in 10 years? I will either be in Law School to be a I’ll be in college either singing or studying to Guardian ad litem, or a high school Math be a radiologist. teacher. What is your favorite subject? What is your favorite subject? Science, because the teacher makes it fun Math is my favorite. and interesting. Who in the world inspires you to do your Who in the world inspires you to do your best? best? My teachers (Like Derb, and Fox…), my My mom, because she taught me to do my Mom and my Dad. best. What hobbies or special interests do you have? What hobbies or special interests do you have? Sports – Softball, Soccer and Basketball. Reading is a big one I love reading and writing. And sports for me too. What is the secret of your success? What is the secret of your success? I always do my work, and try to get high honor roll. I turn in my homework on time, and I make sure that I think it’s the best it can be. What advice do you have for others to be successful? Do your homework, and you have to be a friend to get a friend. The Golden Rule. A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 12 Onondaga Nation School News Kindergarten Dragons The Kindergarten Dragons at the Onondaga Nation School entered a unique gingerbread creation to the Gingerbread competition at the Erie Canal Museum. The creation had a gingerbread longhouse, gingerbread people with traditional clothing, two dogs, a canoe, water made out of candy, a fire and a turtle family. The creation, titled “Canoeing Down The Canal”, placed third in the youth division. Congratulations to the Kindergarten Dragons on their yellow ribbon! Can You Help? The students in the LaFayette Big Picture School are looking for shadowing and internships in the following Career Areas: Creating Music and Learning about all aspects of careers in Music Veterinary Science Auto Mechanics Welding and Construction Careers in Photography (all forms) Careers in Law Enforcement Careers in Nursing/Pediatrics LaFayette Lancer Careers in Aviation Careers in Early Child Care License Plate Frames Careers in Cultural Studies specifically Onondaga Careers in Computer Gaming/Software Design/Modeling Careers in Early Education The Grimshaw Student Council Share Your Knowledge has license plate frames for We are in need of shadowing and internship experiences on Tuesdays and/or Thursdays between 8:00am – 2:30pm. sale. We have them available The school district will provide the transportation to at the front office of Grimshaw your workplace. We can provide you with guidelines and additional information upon scheduling a shadow. Elementary School. They are $5.00 each. Get yours today and show Contact Susan Osborn at 677-5509 or 952-6145 your LANCER PRIDE!!!!!! or email at firstname.lastname@example.org. www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 13 Paul Henry and his mom work on a snow-frosted house. Special Holiday Project Second graders at Grimshaw enjoyed a special holiday Charles and Thomas work on their snow-frosted houses with project in December. Parents and grandparents joined us their mom. to work with their children as they made candy houses. The houses were built on square half-pint containers. After covering each side of the container with icing, students placed pretzel logs to create little log cabins. Children had Note: This activity is repeated annually, so please, please a wonderful time decorating their “snow”-frosted houses save all your square half-pint containers for Grimshaw and yards with candies. Fun was had by one and all! second graders! Thank you! Robotic Refreshment for the Holiday Concerts By Stephen Young In spite of the shortened holiday music concerts last month at the high school, the audiences enjoyed both shows with punch and cookies afterwards. The refreshments had a new twist this year. The punch was served by a robot arm ladling the punch into cups automatically. Future CIM student watches as the robot arm ladles punch. Project Lead The Way engineering students, who are enrolled in the Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM) class, attached a ladle to a robot arm and wrote a computer program that enabled the robot to scoop punch from a punch bowl and pour it into cups. It took repeated tries to perfect the programming, and a number of problems had to be solved before the process was ready. The CIM students solved all of the problems and completed the assignment very successfully. The CIM students set up the robot arm in the auditorium lobby before the concert, along with appropriate holiday decorations. When the crowds appeared after the concerts the robot was ready. The robot served punch nonstop both nights and CIM student Matthias Vesterdal stands by the robot display. everybody had plenty of punch to drink! Matthias is our exchange student from Denmark. A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 14 LaFayette Central Schools Food Service Program LAFAYETTE ELEMENTARY February 2009 Entrée: Chicken Nuggets w/ Roll 2 Entrée: Hot Meatball Sub 3 Entrée: Toasted Cheese Sandwich 4 Entrée: Mini Corn Dogs 5 Entrée: Stuffed Crust Pizza 6 A La Carte Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Breakfast $1.00 Seasoned Corn Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Tomato Soups w/ Crackers French Fries Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Salt Potatoes Steamed Broccoli Cuts Green Beans Sweet Peas Carrot Coins Lunch $1.65 Fruit Cocktail Cinnamon Applesauce Sliced Peaches Apple Crisp Assorted Fruit Cups Milk .60 Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Reduced Meals .25 Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Hot Dog on Bun 9 Cheeseburger on Bun 10 Soft Taco 11 Chicken Patty on Bun 12 Personal Pan Pizza 13 Menu Subject to Change Sides: Sides: w/ Lettuce and Cheese Sides: Sides: BBQ Baked Beans Potato Gems Sides: Seasoned Corn Cut Green Beans Tossed Salad w/ Dressing SANDWICH MENU 100% Juice Cup Carrot and Celery Sticks Steamed Brown Rice Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Steamed Broccoli Monday- Sliced Turkey Chilled Pears Mandarin Oranges Fruited Jell-O Sliced Peaches Assorted Fruits Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Tuesday- Sliced Ham and Cheese PRESIDENT’S DAY 16 17 18 19 20 Wednesday- Egg Salad Thursday- Bologna and NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL Cheese Friday- The Yogurt Lunch Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Brunch for Lunch 23 Chicken Fingers w/ Roll 24 Fish Nuggets w/ Roll 25 Turkey w/ Gravy 26 Personal Pan Pizza 27 Sandwiches will be made French Toast Sticks (4) w/ Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: on whole wheat bread Sausage (2) Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Potato Gems Mashed Potatoes Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Sides: Hash Brown Patty Seasoned Corn Seasoned Green Beans Sweet Peas Steamed Broccoli Peanut butter and Fresh Fruit 100% Juice Cup Assorted Fruits Chilled Pears Apple Crisp Assorted Fruits Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice jelly, yogurt and pizza available daily. School closed for winter recess the week of February 16-20th. LAFAYETTE HIGH SCHOOL February 2009 Entrée: Popcorn Chicken w/ Roll 2 Entrée: Toasted Cheese Sandwich 3 Entrée: Hot Meatball Sub 4 Entrée: Deli Day w/ Sun Chips 5 Entrée: Stuffed Crust Pizza 6 A La Carte Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Breakfast $1.00 Seasoned Corn Tomato Soups w/ Crackers Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Pasta Salad Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Salt Potatoes Cut Green Beans Steamed Broccoli Cuts Celery Sticks w/ Dip Carrot Coins Lunch $1.75 Fruit Cocktail Sliced Peaches Cinnamon Applesauce Apple Crisp Assorted Fruit Cups Milk .60 Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Reduced Meals .25 Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Cheeseburger on Bun 9 Hot Dog on Bun 10 Soft Taco 11 Chicken Patty on Bun 12 Personal Pan Pizza 13 SANDWICH MENU Sides: Sides: w/ Lettuce and Cheese Sides: Sides: French Fries BBQ Baked Beans Sides: Seasoned Corn Cut Green Beans Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Monday- Sliced Turkey California Blend Veggies 100% Juice Cup Steamed Brown Rice Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Steamed Broccoli Tuesday- Sliced Ham Mandarin Oranges Fruited Jell-O Fruited Jell-O Sliced Peaches Assorted Fruits and Cheese Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Wednesday- Egg Salad 16 17 18 19 20 Thursday- Bologna and PRESIDENT’S DAY Cheese NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL Friday- The Yogurt Lunch Sandwiches will be made on whole wheat bread Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: BBQ Rib Sandwich 23 Turkey w/ Gravy 24 Fish Sandwich w/ Cheese 25 Chicken Patty on Bun 26 Personal Pan Pizza 27 Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Peanut butter and Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Mashed Potatoes Potato Gems Steamed Brown Rice Tossed Salad w/ Dressing jelly, yogurt and pizza Seasoned Corn Sweet Peas Seasoned Green Beans Carrot Coins Steamed Broccoli available daily. Assorted Fruits Pineapple Tidbits Chilled Pears Apple Crisp Assorted Fruits Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice School closed for winter recess the week of February 16-20th. www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 15 LANCER SPORTS CONGRATULATIONS TO THE FOLLOWING FALL ATHLETES WHO MADE ALL-LEAGUE TEAMS: Football Girls’ Soccer Tim Printup First Team Rebecca Wolf First Team Nick Farruggio Second Team Kim Henderson Second Team Kyle Barry Second Team Nadine D’Agostino Honorable Mention Jeremy Beresovoy Honorable Mention Katie Sofranko Honorable Mention Taylor Dwyre Honorable Mention Taviot Jackowski Honorable Mention Ryan Kellogg Honorable Mention Melissa Peterson Honorable Mention Jamie Plumley Honorable Mention Kirstin Lyons Honorable Mention Boys’ Cross Country Girls’ Cross Country Tom Sargent First Team Emily Peebles First Team/qualified for States Dan Moltion Second Team Amy Evans Second Team Mike Tassini Second Team Kelsey Nash Second Team Holly Santimaw Second Team LaFayette Central Schools Food Service Program ONONDAGA NATION SCHOOL January 2009 Entrée: Chicken Nuggets w/ Roll 2 Entrée: Hot Meatball Sub 3 Entrée: Toasted Cheese Sandwich 4 Entrée: Mini Corn Dogs 5 Entrée: Stuffed Crust Pizza 6 A La Carte Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Breakfast $1.00 Seasoned Corn Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Tomato Soups w/ Crackers French Fries Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Salt Potatoes Steamed Broccoli Cuts Green Beans Sweet Peas Carrot Coins Lunch $1.65 Fruit Cocktail Cinnamon Applesauce Sliced Peaches Apple Crisp Assorted Fruit Cups Reduced Meals .25 Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Menu Subject to Change Hot Dog on Bun 9 Cheeseburger on Bun 10 Soft Taco 11 Chicken Patty on Bun 12 Homemade Pepperoni Pizza 13 Sides: Sides: w/ Lettuce and Cheese Sides: Sides: SANDWICH MENU BBQ Baked Beans Potato Gems Sides: Seasoned Corn Cut Green Beans Tossed Salad w/ Dressing 100% Juice Cup Carrot and Celery Sticks Steamed Brown Rice Mashed Potatoes w/ Gravy Steamed Broccoli Monday- Sliced Turkey Chilled Pears Mandarin Oranges Fruited Jell-O Sliced Peaches Assorted Fruits Tuesday- Sliced Ham Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice and Cheese 16 17 18 19 20 Wednesday- Egg Salad PRESIDENT’S DAY Thursday- Bologna and NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL NO SCHOOL Cheese Friday- The Yogurt Lunch Sandwiches will be made Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Entrée: Brunch for Lunch 23 Chicken Fingers w/ Roll 24 Fish Nuggets w/ Roll 25 Turkey w/ Gravy 26 Personal Pan Pizza 27 on whole wheat bread French Toast Sticks (4) w/ Sides: Sides: Sides: Sides: Sausage (2) Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Potato Gems Mashed Potatoes Tossed Salad w/ Dressing Peanut butter and Sides: Hash Brown Patty Seasoned Corn Seasoned Green Beans Sweet Peas Steamed Broccoli jelly, yogurt and pizza Fresh Fruit 100% Juice Cup Assorted Fruits Chilled Pears Apple Crisp Assorted Fruits Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice Milk Choice available daily. School closed for winter recess the week of February 16-20th. A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 16 News &Views LIBRARY The TOP TEN At the Grimshaw School We were very excited to have The cold winter months keep us inside looking for ways to beat cabin fever. This may be what drove Mr. Milton Bradley when, in 1860, he bought a printing press and began printing a board game called The Mrs. Leslie Porzio, from the Checkered Game of Life. In honor of that, this LaFayette Public Library, share month’s Top 10 contains books that have holiday stories from several cultures some tie to “games” with a board game, a with students in primary grades. video game, or a “life” game. Check this Classes learned about Christmas, month’s Top 10 books with games. (And, be sure to check out this month’s “Did You Hanukkah, and Kwanzaa through Know…” It’s all about games!) stories and activities. Mrs. Porzio brought a dreidel, which PreK 10 Trouble by Jane Kurtz – grades K-2 students enjoyed taking for a spin. 9 Jumanji by Chris Van Allsburg – At the Junior/Senior High School Jessica Hart, from Mrs. Nicholson’s Pre-K, grades K-3 Our 7th graders have just finished plays with a dreidel with Leslie Porzio up their annual Revolutionary from the LaFayette Public Library. 8 Zathura by Chris Van Allsburg – War research project. They grades K-3 learned about online databases, Appelt. A departure from her taking notes, creating Powerpoint previous cheerful picture books, 7 Egypt Game by Zilpha Keatley- presentations and citing sources. We Ms. Appelt’s novel brings together Snyder – grades 5 and up can now call them true researchers! a canine-feline team, an evil bayou Please remember to donate your hunter, and a mystical shape-shifting 6 Chess! I love it, I love it, I love it! by old jigsaw puzzles to the JSHS snake. The animal characters Jamie Gilson – grades 3-5 library. We have some very serious exemplify perseverance through puzzlers who enjoy them very much! their attempts to stay together 5 The Game of Sunken Places by M. T. Thank you to all who have made despite seemingly insurmountable Anderson – grades 5-7 donations in the past. We use them! odds. Readers in grades 5 and up will find this National Book Award 4 Keeping Score by Linda Sue Park – At the ONS finalist hard to put down. grades 3-7 Mrs. Fisher enjoyed celebrating The Jr. High Book Club read the Winter Solstice with the K-3 The Tale of Despereaux by Cornelia 3 Epic by Conor Kostick – grades 7 graders. Thank you for having me Funke this month. Mrs. Mann and up read my two favorite winter stories had never read it and thoroughly as we enjoyed the special day. enjoyed it, cover to cover! It’s a 2 Only You Can Save Mankind by The children drew their favorite wonderful story about a very brave Terry Pratchett – grades 3-7 winter scenes and participated in mouse who triumphs over great other fun winter related activities. odds. This book can be enjoyed by 1 Parasite Pig by William Sleator – This great celebration was put on readers of all ages, as a read-aloud grades 7 and up by the primary grades and I had for young readers, an independent a fantastic time participating. read for middle and junior high Thanks for the invitation. readers, or a great story for anyone! Mrs. Fisher read Welcome Comfort Did You What We’re Reading by Patricia Polacco This beautiful Miss McQuiston just finished Christmas story is a must read for Know? reading The Underneath by Kathi all ages who believe in miracles. Yearbook News DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED FOR YEARBOOK ADS LET YOUR SENIORS KNOW HOW PROUD YOU ARE OF THEM!!! On March 7, 1933, the game Black and White due date February 12, 2009 of Monopoly was invented. Monopoly was created by Payment in full upon approval of ad. Any questions – e-mail Joe Full page BW - $150.00 Fox email@example.com Parker Bros., which is owned by ½ page BW - $85.00 or Amy Flemming Hasbro. Hasbro also owns the ¼ page BW - $50.00 firstname.lastname@example.org Milton Bradley Co. Small world! www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 17 Yearbook News 2008-2009 THANK YOU TO THE MANY COMMUNITY MEMBERS WHO DON’T MISS OUT! CONTRIBUTED TO OUR SUCCESSFUL BOTTLE DRIVE! THE DEADLINE TO ORDER A YEARBOOK IS The LaFayette Athletic Booster Club supports MARCH 28, 2009! all district athletic programs. Parents, coaches, Personalized yearbooks must be purchased students and community members are invited by February 21, 2009 to participate. Our next meeting will be held There will not be any extra copies of the 2008-2009 Yearbooks on Tuesday, February 10th at the LaFayette for sale on Picnic Day! Community Center. Hope to see you there! ALL ORDERS MUST BE PREPAID To purchase a yearbook go to: jostensyearbook.com Buy a yearbook (left side of page) Fill out the form. Pay by credit card or e-check or by phone – 1-866-282-1516 For up-to-date information, visit the Athletic Booster This year will never happen again: Don’t miss out on the memories! Club home page, which can be accessed through the LaFayette web site under High School Athletics. Any Questions contact Joe Fox – email@example.com or Amy Flemming – firstname.lastname@example.org LaFayette Public Library In the last article, we encouraged you to contact to do any one or all of those things, please ask the staff your local legislator to show support for the library. It when you come in about that service. is not too late to do so. The state cuts in library funding We have a list posted at the circulation desk are still disproportionate to other areas in the state and by both of the public access catalogs, called budget. It is that funding in part that allows us to “Automatically Yours Authors”. This is a list of popular provide the goods and services for you: authors whose books we automatically have gotten or Assemblyman Stirpe will get as they are published. The list has the author, StirpeA@ assembly.state.ny.us title, and the date it came out or is expected to be out. 5720 South Bay Road, Cicero, NY 13039 (315) 452-1115 Here are some more examples: Senator DeFrancisco February, 2009 email@example.com • Green, Tim – Above the Law 800 State Office Building • Michaels, Fern – Under the Radar 333 East Washington Street Syracuse, NY 13202 (315) 428-7632 • Bunn, T. Davis – Centurion’s Wife • Parker, Robert B. – Night and Day Speaking of programming, we have M. Beau the Clown returning to the library during the winter break: Speaking of favorite authors, you can get an RSS Mr. Beau will appear on February 18, at 10:30 a.m., feed for new titles coming out by your favorite authors in the library. Mark your calendar! via the new online catalog. Go to www.onlig.org and As always, we would like to remind all of our patrons click on ‘Catalog’ and then ‘search’. On the search page, that we have eight computers that have Internet in the left hand column there is an explanation about access, as well as a full Microsoft Office package. We RSS feeds and how to get them sent to your email. have wireless Internet as well. We also can arrange If anyone is interested in putting a display in to set up a connection in the community room for the our display case, please contact Janine Baker at the Internet to suit your group’s needs. And don’t forget library: 677-3782. that we have color scanning, printing and copying! We also have a wireless hookup connected to the copier so Story hours: you can print in color off of the Internet. If you need Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday mornings –10:15-11:15 a.m. A.I.M. for Excellence February 2009 18 You’re Invited! LaFayette’s Adult Prom Alumni, staff, parents, and any other adults are welcome to attend the Adult Prom on Friday, March 20th from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the LaFayette Jr./Sr. High School! Any and all adults are invited for a night of food, fun, and dancing! Not to mention being served by your very own Student Council! Join us to spend time with old friends, or come and make some new ones! The costs will be $10.00 per person, but if there is a financial problem, please let us know and we will do our best to ensure that you can attend. Tickets are on sale now through March 6th. To purchase your tickets, or if you have any questions, please contact April Palmer, Advisor, or Shannon Walter, Student Chair of this event, at the High School: 677-3131 x 206 www.lafayetteschoools.org A.I.M. for Excellence 19 Important Dates Please check your LaFayette Central School District Directory/Calendar for the many activities going on in the month of February 2009. Particular dates to note are: Thursday, February 5 Big Picture School Information Night, Grimshaw Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Saturday, February 7 Free Dental Health Assessments, Kinney Drugs, 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Monday, February 9 EARLY DISMISSAL – All Three Buildings – for CASL JSHS at 1:45 p.m. Grimshaw and Onondaga Nation at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 Financial Aid Night, JSHS Computer Room, 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 10 Booster Club Meeting, LaFayette Community Center, 7:00 p.m. Thursday, February 12 Board of Education Meeting, JSHS LGI Room, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 12 Black and White Ads due for High School Yearbook Monday, February 16 through SCHOOL CLOSED – JSHS and Grimshaw – Winter Recess Friday, February 20 Friday, February 20 EARLY DISMISSAL – ONS, 11:30 a.m. – Community Give Sunday, February 22 Toolon Tigers’ Pancake Breakfast, VFW, 8:00 a.m. until Noon Tuesday, February 24 JSHS Parent Group Meeting, Room 117, 6:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 25 GAPS Meeting, Grimshaw School Library, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26 Board of Education Meeting, District Office, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26 JSHS Parent Group Meeting, 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26 Big Picture School Information Night, Grimshaw Cafeteria, 6:30 p.m. Thursday, February 26 Financial Aid Night, JSHS Computer Room, 6:00 p.m. Yoga and Aerobics: Classes are currently in session. You may join in at any time. Please call 677-7272 to discuss. TOOLON TIGERS! COUNCIL Community Baseball and Lacrosse Registration: AVL (Apple Valley League) baseball and softball, and ULA (Upstate Lacrosse Association) lacrosse registration, will be held The Toolon Tigers cheerleaders in the Grimshaw School cafeteria on Thursday, March 5th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. Notes: You need to pay for are hosting a Pancake Breakfast at lacrosse registration and uniform that night. Age limits for the VFW on Sunday, February 22nd, baseball/softball are: T-ball-- must be age 6 by April 1st from 8:00 a.m. until noon. or currently in Kindergarten; Rookies -- typically 1st and 2nd graders, can’t be age 9 before August 1st; T-shirts/ Bantams -- typically 3rd and 4th graders, can’t be age 11 before August 1st; and Minors/Intermediates -- typically 5th and 6th grade, can’t be age13 before August 1st. 3rd Grade Boys and 3rd/4th Grade Girls Basketball: Cub Scout News These will begin after the February break. Flyers will go Upcoming Scout events include the Pinewood home from school. Please call 677-7272 if your child does not attend Grimshaw and you’d like the information. Derby (build and race your own car) and the Klondike (outdoor events at Highland Forest). The older Cub Parents of Players: Please put children first when it comes to playing sports. We run any given program for the Scouts will be staying overnight at the MOST. benefit of the program itself (to ensure its productivity) and Future months activities will include sledding, a maple syrup for the benefits to the participants (fun and learning). It may demonstration, and camping. For more information please call Steve not necessarily match an individual parent’s wishes. We ask that you involve your child for the positive experience to Robson (677-1054) or Gretchen Gretsky (677-3896). be gained and that you remain helpful and cooperative. LaFayette Central Schools Non-Profit Organization CAR-RT Presort U.S. Postage Paid Permit #3 Nurturing Academic Success and Community Spirit LaFayette, New York 13084 5955 Route 20, West LaFayette, New York 13084 OCCUPANT Rural Route/Boxholder LaFayette, New York 13084 NYS Income Tax Code: 325 Peter A. Tigh, Title IX Compliance Officer, LaFayette Central School, 5955 Route 20, West, LaFayette, New York 13084 The LaFayette Central School District does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, creed, national origin, race, sex, or handicapping conditions in its employment practices or educational programs.