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Lafayette Peace Program Highlighted by DCPS

Last week, DCPS showcased our very own Peace Program (see the Chancellor’s email). Thank you Lafayette Parents for funding this through our HSA. Our students’ experience with this unique social and emotional program wouldn’t be possible without our community’s support. 

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Give the Gift of Warmth

It’s time to start the collection for one of our time-honored projects: our Annual Lafayette Coat Drive. The Wonder of Fall: Annual Coat Drive September 28 – October 21, 2017 Each year, Lafayette families contribute scores if not hundreds of gently used winter coats to children in need throughout...

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Spend Less. Read More.

Drowning in books? Here’s your chance to clear out and donate them to the Lafayette Fall Festival book sale. The Wonder of Fall: Book Drive Saturday, October 21, 2017 Please consider donating your gently used books to be resold at the Lafayette Fall Festival. We’ll take any fiction or...

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Sugar and Spice and All That’s Nice!

Is your kitchen full of sugar and spice and all that’s nice? If so, please share some of your goodies with us at the Fall Festival Bake Sale. ANY parent can bake for the bake sale and help us ensure that we don’t run out of treats.  Sign-up to...

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New: Special Subjects Bulletin Board

Want to know what's happening in specials classes this week? See our new Special Subject’s Bulletin Board, which will be updated in coordination with the 6-day week.

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Meet the Artist: Lafayette Alum Rose Jaffe

When Rose Jaffe came to Lafayette to paint the new first-floor mural, she didn’t have any trouble finding the school – she had been a Lafayette student from preK, graduating from 6th grade in 2000.

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Feeling Hot Hot Hot?

Sign up details coming soon for the first annual Chili-Cook off taking place at this year’s Fall Festival. Yes, get your chilis ready as you compete to win the coveted Best Chili Award of Lafayette Elementary School.  Are you feeling hot, hot, hot?   The Wonder of Fall: Chili...

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Pumpkins, Apples and Mums…Oh My!

The Wonder of Fall: FarmRaiser September 25 – October 9, 2017 The Fall Festival FarmRaiser sale is back! Get your Halloween pumpkins, orchard fresh apples and cider, fall veggies and beautiful mums – all while supporting the Lafayette HSA. Order here from now until October 9th, and pick up your products at the Fall...

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Wanted: Volunteer to Help Write a Welcome Packet for the HSA

Lafayette is a big school with a lot going on and it can be overwhelming for new families — we want to create a document to help! The packet will explain everything from color-base classes to arts nights to HSA fundraisers and beyond. You can be a seasoned parent...

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Walk or Bike to School Day – next Wednesday 10/4

Get your sneaks ready and your bikes tuned up! Walk or Bike to School Day 2017 is next Wednesday, October 4th! Be green, be healthy, be social! Get free snacks! How to participate: Walk or bike your own route to school, or join one of the Bike Trains or Walking...

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Save the Date: The “Wonder of Fall” Festival on October 21

Top 10 Things to Know about the Fall Festival 1.What is it? This annual Fall Festival is an opportunity for the Lafayette community to come together to celebrate “The Wonder of Fall”. This year expect more than before,  as we merge this Fall Festival with the Spring Fair. 2....

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Spirit Week Slide Show!

Spirit week was a joyous success! See the slide show below for a display of the best PJs, team jerseys, dots, future careers and school spirit around!  

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Banana Splits

Ms. Adams, our school psychologist, with the help of our SEL team, will be starting a “Banana Splits” group for students in all grades. Banana Splits is a group for students whose parents are divorced or separated. The group provides students with a place to meet with others who...

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Chipotle Gives Back to Lafayette Tonight!

Don’t cook this evening…..head to Chipotle for a worry-free dinner, and best of all you’ll be supporting Lafayette Elementary School. Bring in this flyer, show it on your smartphone, or tell the cashier you’re supporting the cause to make sure that 50% of the proceeds will be donated to...

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Community Notices 9/19

Reading Prizes at the DC Public Library; Expert Tutor Available

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Lafayette Homecoming Success; All Hail our New King and Queen

Brendan Hart, ‘92 and Marjorie McClure, ‘73 Crowned at 3rd Annual Homecoming Mixer   Around 100 alumni, parents, teachers, staff, and friends gathered Friday evening for the culminating event of Spirit Week, the 3rd annual Homecoming Mixer! Guests enjoyed reconnecting with old friends and making new ones, playing games,...

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Last Chance to Register for Fall LEP/FLEX Enrichment Classes

Don’t miss out! There are still many classes open for registration. Be sure to check the website and register today. Registration closes at 5:00 p.m. Tuesday, September 20th. Classes begin on Monday, September 25th. You can sign up for those classes here. 

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Weekly Wonder Question #4

As we see the world around us contemplate the statues and monuments in our public areas, talk with your family about the following precept and what it means to the way we live: Your deeds are your monuments. – Inscription on an Egyptian tomb

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Volunteer for Walk to School Day on October 4

It’s time to get your walking shoes out – Wednesday, October 4th is Walk to School Day at Lafayette! We could use your help to make this day another great success. If you like to walk short distances with happy children, please sign up to chaperone a walking school...

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Freed Family/Sibling Portrait Day Thursday, September 28

Only a Few Spots Left! Looking for that great shot to send to family and friends over the holidays this year? On September 28th, Freed & Lafayette will host a family portrait evening with sittings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  There will be a “sitting fee” of $25 per person...

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Last Day to Buy Homecoming Tickets Before the Price Rises!

Last chance to buy your tickets for $40! Tomorrow night the price increases to $50!  (Golden L and staff get in for free, but need to RSVP as well.) The decor is planned, games are ready, and cold beverages are awaiting us. We can’t wait to see you there!...

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Send us Your Spirit Week Photos!

Lafayette colors, PJs, career costumes and more– send your photos of your child during spirit week to news@lafayettehsa.org. We’ll post them in a slide show!

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Message From the HSA

Fellow Parents, The school year is off to a great start, thanks in part to our wonderful Lafayette community. As we wrap up our first month of school, we wanted to flag a few housekeeping for you: New Outdoor Info Board – A big shout out goes to Lafayette’s Class of...

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Community Notices 9/12

Reading Prizes at the DC Public Library; Expert Tutor Available

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Last Chance to Get Your Tickets for the Homecoming Mixer

Do you have your tickets for the Homecoming Mixer this Friday? Join the Lafayette community for a night of dancing, whimsical school treats and drinks, prizes for folks showing their best Lafayette blue and yellow spirit! We’ll crown our homecoming king and queen and welcome back the Class of...

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Sign Up for Golden L!

Have you heard about the Lafayette HSA Golden L membership? What is Golden L? Families who contribute $1,000 or more are part of Golden L. Besides helping to support the HSA, Golden L families receive two free tickets to Homecoming, as well as free tickets to our other big...

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See You Wednesday Night at the HSA General Meeting

Please join us at the first HSA General Membership Meeting tomorrow, Wednesday, September 13th at 7pm in the cafetorium.  Thanks for making time to join this community conversation. Babysitting available! Thanks, Chris Lisi & Margaret Lidstone  

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Pumpkins and Rides and Volunteers, Oh My

That’s right, the Fall Festival is coming up on October 21st and it’s going to be a Fall Extravaganza to celebrate the wonders of the season with the community.  If you are looking to get involved with the event, you are in luck, as we are still looking for...

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Lafayette Summer Camp Expo – Volunteer Needed

We just wrapped up summer, but it’s never too early to start thinking about camps for next year and the upcoming Lafayette 2018 Summer Camp Expo. This is our third year hosting the Fair, and we are fortunate with the incredible turnout and growing enthusiasm for this Expo. We...

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Umbrella Drive for Malcolm X Elementary School Sept. 13-20

Malcolm X Elementary School is a high-poverty school whose attendance dips dramatically when it rains because families don’t have umbrellas and don’t want to bring their babies and young children out in the rain. Let’s choose kindness and make it easier for kids to get to school by providing...

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Weekly Wonder Question #3

What does this precept mean to you and your family? Do a deed of simple kindness; though its end you may not see, it may read, like widening ripples, down a long eternity. – Joseph Norris

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Dot Day This Friday

Lafayette celebrates DOT DAY with over 9 million children around the world. Don’t forget to WEAR YOUR DOTS this FRIDAY, SEPT 15! Lafayette students wear dots to show they are creative, kind, and have the courage to make their mark on DOT DAY and every day. For more info and pics...

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Lafayette Directory Deadline is Monday, Sept. 18

New and returning families, please add or verify your contact info in the Family Directory database, no later than Monday September 18th, so that our volunteers can finalize and distribute the directory.  New Families Please submit your contact information for the Lafayette School Directory in one of the following ways:...

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Make Spirit Week Shine with Grizzly Gear!

Pop-up shop with limited items for sale at the flagpole, Monday, Tuesday and Thursday morning. Get your tie-dye t-shirt: $20.00, spirit bear: $20.00 and car magnet: $5.00.       Credit/debit cards and checks accepted. No cash, please.  Any questions, please email Janine Finck- Boyle.   Go Lafayette!

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#ChooseKind Student Column: “Welcome to Lafayette”

The One Book/One School #ChooseKind committee is running a bi-weekly column in the Tuesday Bulletin this year. Each column will be written by a student. Many of the pieces, especially early in the year, will be written by new students, but other students can also submit work. The theme will always highlight some act...

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International Club Call for Volunteers

The International Club is looking for volunteers to do mini presentations (10-15 min) about countries around the world for our meetings. If you are from another country or have lived abroad we would love you to share your experiences with our 3rd – 5th  graders.  We meet once a month...

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Freed Family/Sibling Portrait Day Thursday, Sept. 28th

Looking for that great shot to send to family and friends over the holidays this year? On September 28th, Freed & Lafayette will host a family portrait evening with sittings from 4:30pm to 6:30pm.  There will be a “sitting fee” of $25 per person which will be donated directly...

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Lafayette Parents, Join a Wonder Book Discussion!

Dear Parents, Lafayette is hosting adult book discussions of our One Book, One School novel, Wonder by R.J. Palacio.  If you’ve had a chance to read it, consider joining our teachers and staff for one of our book chats in the library before or after school. Please click here to sign up. Meetings...

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Calling All Babysitters!

We’re compiling listings of neighborhood babysitters and pet sitters for the Lafayette Directory. This is intended for neighborhood students–usually Lafayette alums or siblings–who will be available for weekend, evening, and other casual babysitting. The listings are free, but please only submit a listing if you expect to be reasonably...

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Homecoming: Spirit Week for Grownups

As our kids wind down their Lafayette Spirit week, we adults are just getting started. Homecoming- where the over-21 set can show its Lafayette Spirit.

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Spirit Week is Here!

Let’s let that Lafayette Spirit fly this week as we lead up to Dot Day and Homecoming on Friday. School Pride Monday – wear your grizzly gear, blue and yellow! Tired Tuesday – a kid favorite, PJ day Workday Wednesday – wear clothes based on your future career Team...

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Come to Homecoming Tonight!

Lafayette Homecoming Mixer: Friday, September 15 | 8-10 p.m. Don’t miss out on the first party of the year!

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Do YOU Have YOUR Dots in a Row?

On Friday, September 15, Lafayette will join almost 9 million children in 168 countries around the world to celebrate creativity, collaboration, and courage!  Wear your DOTS on the 15th and read below to be “in the know”! What’s the fuss all about? Dot Day was started by a teacher based on Peter...

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New Parent Social Tomorrow at Macon

Is your family new to Lafayette? If so, the HSA would like to welcome you with a New Parent Social at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 6, at Macon Bistro. Macon and the HSA are providing the food, and there will be a cash bar. Find out more and RSVP here....

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Community Notices 9/5

Reading Prizes at the DC Public Library; Expert Tutor Available

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Weekly Wonder Question #2

Precepts are words to live by. Pick one of these precepts to talk about as a family: Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible. – Dalai Lama It is not enough to be friendly. You have to be a friend. – Charlotte Cody from Wonder Strong people don’t...

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Class of 2017 Podcast Now Available

Last spring four Lafayette 5th graders, Marcus Han, Jack Pagano, Molly Reeder, and Kathleen Keefe participated in a Book Club for Kids podcast with Kitty Felde. They discussed When You Reach Me by Rebecca Stead. Be sure to listen to their lively book discussion, which is available here and...

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Deadline for Lafayette Directory: Monday, Sept. 11

Everyone: Please add or verify your contact information in the Family Directory database no later than Monday, September 11th, so our volunteers can finalize and distribute the directory. New Families Please submit your contact information for the Lafayette School Directory in one of the following ways: • Go to...

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Flex Time, Win Time, and SAMM tickets… Oh My!

It was great to see all of you at Back-To-School Night last week. What an incredible display of the teaching prowess in our building. While I know you learned a lot during the presentations, you may have heard some phrases come home from school that are a bit perplexing....

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Welcome to Lafayette Video

Welcome to Lafayette! We are an energetic school community who celebrates diversity. Every school day is full of learning, kindness and consideration. Our staff truly cares for each student and engages and challenges everyone to be the best person they can be, every day. We Are Lafayette!

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Choir Starts This Week!

This week marks the beginning of the new Lafayette Choir program. Mr. Kaz, from Learn Now Music, will be teaching vocal music in the music room during flex time. Learn proper vocal technique, performance posture and explore new music. But mostly, join Mr. Kaz for some FUN! Encourage your...

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#ChooseKind Student Column: “Welcome to Lafayette”

The One Book/One School #ChooseKind committee is running a bi-weekly column in the Tuesday Bulletin this year. Each column will be written by a student. Many of the pieces, especially early in the year, will be written by new students, but other students can also submit work. The theme will always highlight some act...

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Aftercare Survey and ASAT Sign-up

As we begin the third week of school, please take a few minutes to share your feedback on CLS as well as the registration process for LEP/FLEX.  The survey is 8 questions, and your feedback is valuable! Aftercare Survey Link The survey will be open until Sunday, Sept. 10th...

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Calling All Babysitters!

We’re compiling listings of neighborhood babysitters and pet sitters for the Lafayette Directory. This is intended for neighborhood students–usually Lafayette alums or siblings–who will be available for weekend, evening, and other casual babysitting. The listings are free, but please only submit a listing if you expect to be reasonably...

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See Back-to-School Night Presentation

If you missed Dr. B’s presentation on Back-to-School night, click here to see a copy. If you missed the “Welcome to Lafayette” video, click here to view it.

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Lafayette to Help Houston School

Dear Lafayette parents: We have all been watching the news about the flooding in Houston and Harris County with heavy hearts. So many families have lost everything. Schools, too, have been severely damaged with many still under many feet of water. Lafayette is in the process of “adopting” an...

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