Programs & Events

A quick guide for parents about all the fun happenings at Lafayette.
Check the school calendar to find out when they are happening this year. Learn how you can volunteer at some of these events.

 

  • Art in Action

    Lafayette parents currently teach art to grades K-3 through a program funded by the PTA called Art in Action. In the art bungalow, three to five parents from each classroom lead 12 lessons using masterpieces as teaching tools. You can volunteer to help with set up, leading, assisting, and/or clean up for any or all of the lessons. The only skills you need are the desire to volunteer and be involved with your child’s class. Works of art from each classroom are on display in the auditorium and recently at the Anza Library.
    More questions about AIA?  Read the AIA FAQ (PDF) |  Visit the AIA website |  Check out the students’ artwork

 

  • Auction

    A fun, community-building, parents-night-out evening of great music and food. Parents and friends and family raise money for the school by bidding on great items like gift certificates, wine lockers, sports and event tickets, vacation homes and more. There are two parts to the auction: 1. A silent auction, where you write your bid number on sheets next to items and, 2. a not-so-silent auction, with a professional auctioneer. This is a fun committee to join!
    See recent Silent Auction photos.

 

  • Autumn Carnival

    A fun-filled day in the school yard with traditional games, music, snacks, a cake walk, jumpy house, prizes, and more!
    See recent Autumn Carnival photos.

 

  • Back to School Night

    Teachers host parents in their classrooms to set expectations and explain the curriculum for the upcoming year. It’s a great way to meet other parents and plan for volunteer and field trip opportunities.

 

  • Book Fair

    The Book Fair not only raises money but also puts books in the hands of every student, brings the community together, and supplements each classroom’s collection and the school’s main library. For every Scholastic book sold, Lafayette receives a credit for free books.
    See Book Fair photos.

 

  • Conflict Managers

    In this innovative program, students are trained to help respectfully resolve issues on the playground.

 

  • Field Day

    Hosted by the PTA, this annual all-day school-wide picnic happens in May in Golden Gate Park. Students walk with their classroom to the park where parents have set up the grills and tables and games for a day of fun!

 

  • Garden Days

    Like gardening? Join fellow parents and children cleaning, weeding, and sprucing up our natural garden and along the perimeter of the school, as well as our rainwater cistern. Don’t have a green thumb? No problem. Gardening tools can be supplied. Check the school calendar for dates.

 

  • Halloween Parade/Celebration

    In the morning, the entire school will go on a Halloween parade around the block to show off their costumes. Then, throughout the day each classroom will visit the auditorium, which will be transformed into a creepy Halloween haven, much to the delight of the kids. The kids will enjoy games, face painting, fortune telling, popcorn, and more treats. Interested in volunteering during the ghostly day of Halloween fun with the kids? Whether you have 30 minutes or a couple hours, any help is appreciated.

 

  • Jump for Heart

    Jump Rope for Heart is an exciting fundraising event where kids get exercise, learn heart-healthy lifestyle, and raise money for the American Heart Association, a cause that benefits people and communities throughout the country.

 

  • Math Night

    A fun night where Lafayette students and parents come to the school to play fun math games.

 

  • Multicultural Night

    We celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity that makes up our Lafayette community – there are 23 languages spoken! There will be performances, essay readings, displays of beautiful artwork, and a buffet of delicious dishes from our many cultures. As always, we depend on many parent volunteers to make this event a success, so be on the lookout for more details and opportunities to sign up.

 

  • Parent Teacher Conferences

    Parents meet with their student’s teachers twice a year to hear how their student is doing in the classroom. The teacher will send home a schedule with your student.

 

  • Parking Fundraisers

    Lafayette raises money by offering the school yard as a parking lot for two big concerts in Golden Gate Park: Outside Lands in August and Hardly, Strictly Bluegrass Festival in October. The fundraiser is run by Lafayette parents, but the actual parking is done by a valet company. All proceeds benefit our children and Lafayette School. Hang out with cool Lafayette parents, listen to great music, and do a good deed at the same time. It’s a win-win for everybody! Spread the word to your friends about the easy parking near Golden Gate Park and supporting a public school at the same time.

 

  • Reflections Arts Program

    Since 1969, more than 10 million students across the nation have taken part in this popular national arts recognition and achievement program organized by the PTA. The categories include dance choreography, film production, literature, music composition, photography and visual arts. All students are encouraged to submit entries.
    See past Reflections art entries | Learn more on the website

 

  • School Musical

    This theatrical production is run entirely by the parents. All students are encouraged to audition, and everyone gets a part. The talent and commitment of our students and parents is incredible.

 

  • Science Week

    Families and friends are invited to check out how Lafayette implements the California Science Standards through the Full Options Science Systems (FOSS) curriculum. Classes showcase their projects, investigations, and experiments that they have been learning in science throughout the year. During the week, you’ll see the various experiments and investigations displayed in the halls, and during one evening, students will formally present their work to families and the community.
    See recent Science Week photos.

  • Spellathon

    In this annual fundraiser, students study grade-specific word lists over the course of several weeks, culminating in a school-wide spelling exam. Children ask sponsors to pledge money toward correctly spelled words on exam day. All the funds collected in this event are used to support school programs.

 

  • Stop, Drop & Go

    The award-winning Stop, Drop & Go program enables students to be dropped off safely in front of the school while keeping traffic and parking issues at a minimum. We greet about 150 families every morning and unload 8 to 10 cars per minute. The program’s success is due to the commitment and shared responsibility of all the parents at our school. Each classroom has two rotations scheduled each year.
    Learn more about the program