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Cookies and Coding is Saturday- Have You Signed Up?

Back by Popular Demand! Lafayette’s second annual Cookies and Coding event is this Saturday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM. Last year we had an amazing turnout and we hope to fill the school with happy coders again on Saturday.  RSVP NOW! Students in grades Kindergarten – 5th and their families can...

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Reminder: Join Us Tonight at Child’s Play!

Support Lafayette at our 3rd Annual “After Hours at Child’s Play” Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Barstons Child’s Play, our neighborhood toy store, is opening their doors tonight, Wednesday, November 29, from 7 to 9 PM for an exclusive private shopping night for friends of Lafayette Elementary School.  Come demo...

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Family Science Night Next Thursday 12/7

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Family Science Night, bigger and better than ever! Join us on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8 PM in the cafetorium for hands-on science and engineering experiments and projects. Drop by when you want and stay for as long as you want.   The activities...

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Giving Tuesday: HSA Donations Matched 25% Until Midnight Wednesday!

Thanks to a generous family, all donations made between now and midnight on Wednesday will be increased by a 25% match!  Donate $500 and the HSA will receive $625! Donate $1000 and the HSA will receive $1250! Don’t wait! Click here to donate now! If you aren’t sure if you have...

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Support Lafayette at our 3rd Annual “After Hours at Child’s Play” This Wednesday 11/29

Come enjoy a great night at Child’s Play! This Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Barstons Child’s Play, our neighborhood toy store, is opening their doors Wednesday, November 29, from 7 to 9 PM for an exclusive private shopping night for friends of Lafayette Elementary School.  Come demo the...

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Get to Know Our 3rd Grade Teachers

Donna Cobb, a long-time 2nd grade teacher at Lafayette, made the switch to being a departmentalized 3rd grade teacher of Math & Science. Donna is a native of Louisiana and graduate of Louisiana Tech University. In fact, she was crowned Little Miss Dubach at her home town’s famed Chicken...

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News and Updates from the Social Emotional Learning Team

We have had a busy past few months! On October 31st, Lafayette celebrated our first ever Mix-It-Up at Lunch Day. Mix-It-Up is a nationally recognized day promoted by the Teaching Tolerance organization. Instead of sitting with their usual class/friends, students “mix it up” in some way to sit with...

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Lafayette Holiday Book Sale Coming Up!

Hi parents,  The Lafayette HSA and our amazing library team are excited to partner with Barston’s Child’s Play again this year for the book sale, which is happening Dec. 4-8 in the Lafayette library.  The book sale is a great way to raise funds for extra curricular activities —...

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2nd Annual Cookies and Coding Event – This Saturday 12/2

We will be holding our second annual Cookies and Coding event for Lafayette students and families this Saturday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM. We are holding this event to help kick off Computer Science Education Week and our own Hour of Code event held in-school the following week. Students...

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Register for Winter LEP/FLEX Enrichment Classes

LEP/FLEX After School Enrichment Classes – General Registration For the Winter Session Opens November 30th @ 10:00 AM Our partnership with Flex Academies enables us to offer a diverse lineup of after school activities. General registration begins  November 30th @ 10:00 AM. See what classes and sports are available and...

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Save the Date: March 1st is the 3rd Grade’s DC Theater Cafe

A limited engagement is coming soon to a theater near you… 3rd Grade’s DC Theater Cafe! Thursday, March 1, 2018 Performances from 9:30 AM to 3 PM in the Lafayette Cafetorium   Please consider volunteering your talent and your time behind the scenes and on the scene, while watching...

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Being Thankful…and Giving

We hope everyone will have a happy Thanksgiving on Thursday! The HSA is thankful for all the donations given so far by parents this year. Those funds support the Peace Program, enrichment programs and so much more. In fact, here’s what your donation dollars can buy: $15,000 pays for 1st-5th grade choir instruction $3,000 pays for the science-night expo $2,500 pays for professional development opportunities for teachers...

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Community Notices 11/21

K-3 Literacy, Math and Study Skills Tutor Available   I am an experienced teacher and tutor available to provide literacy or math support or enrichment for your K-3 student or to help your child become a more efficient, organized planner. I hold a dual Master’s degree in Early Childhood...

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Get to know our Special Subject Teachers

Did you know Ms. Rincon roots for Real Madrid? Or that Mr. Wieand is a certified snowboarding instructor and sushi chef? These Special Subjects teachers bring their diverse experience and expertise to our kids every day. Take a moment to learn more. Here staff profiles for our fabulous Special Subjects teachers...

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Potomac Pizza Night Tonight!

Don’t forget tonight is Potomac Pizza Night, Tuesday, November 21. You are busy basting your turkey, mashing potatoes and cubing bread for your stuffing, so take a break from cooking and have some Potomac Pizza. 20% of all sales that evening will be given back to Lafayette, either dine...

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Fall Festival Book Drive Update

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Fall Festival Book Drive and to Amy Joyce, Thea Kendler, and LaShonda Steward for all of their hard work leading this initiative. We are happy to report that we collected almost $500 in book sales for the Fall Festival and invited Lafayette...

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Grizzly Gear Holiday Pop Up Shop

Start your shopping early with the Grizzly Gear pop up shop. We have great items for gifts or showing Lafayette spirit! Get your knit beanie logo hat $10, spirit stuffed bear $20, kids flannel pants $25, kids hoodies $35, car magnet $5, and drawstring backpack $10. Fill out this...

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Happy Planksgiving to All!

We are continuing our celebration of Planksgiving! Don’t forget that you should be completing the following challenges this week with your 3rd-5th grader! We’ve also challenged our students with some different types of planks; ask them to show you their favorite! The celebration of Planksgiving is a great way...

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Not Sure if You Have Donated This Year? Find Out!

If you’d like to donate now, click here.

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Wilson Feeder Working Group on Overcrowding: No Clear Solution

Earlier this year, a working group was formed to address school overcrowding in the Wilson Feeder network. The group met again last Tuesday to continue discussions with representatives from DC Public Schools. DCPS representatives discussed the projected growth in enrollment at schools that feed into Wilson High School, as...

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Photo Re-Take Sign Up for December 7

Not happy with your child’s photo? Was your kid absent for picture day? Sign up below for the re-take day!  

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School Photos Are In!

Individual and class portraits are now available online! They make great holiday gifts for the whole family. A portion of sales also goes to benefit the HSA and all the programming it provides. Not thrilled with your child's portrait? Was your child absent that day? We will be...

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What Do HSA Funds Pay For?

  As the HSA ramps up its fundraising campaign, we want to make sure you know how those dollars directly impact your children’s education and enrichment. The priorities for these funds are set through a coordinated effort of the HSA and the school each year, looking at both the...

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Reminder: RSVP for the HSA New Member Wine and Cheese Party

Want to know more about HSA membership and how to get involved? Come join us this Saturday evening for some wine, cheese and conversation! Please click here for details and to RSVP!

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Support Lafayette at our 3rd Annual “After Hours at Child’s Play”

Come enjoy a great night at Child’s Play! Wednesday, November 29, 2017 from 7:00 to 9:00 PM Barstons Child’s Play, our neighborhood toy store, is opening their doors Wednesday, November 29, from 7 to 9 PM for an exclusive private shopping night for friends of Lafayette Elementary School.  Come demo the hottest...

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2nd Annual Cookies and Coding Event – Saturday, December 4th

On Saturday, December 2nd from 1-4 PM we will be holding our second annual Cookies and Coding event for Lafayette students and families. We are holding this event to help kick off Computer Science Education Week and our own Hour of Code event held in-school the following week. Students...

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Spreading the Warmth Through the Fall Festival Coat Drive

Thanks to everyone who donated to our Fall Festival Coat Drive and to Lydia Weiss for leading this initiative. We are happy to report that we collected more than 100 coats!   We donated the infant, 12 month and most of the 2T coats to St. Ann’s Center, which operates three supportive housing...

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Learn More About the Peace of Mind Program

In case you missed the last HSA meeting, here is a link to the slideshow and video that Ms. Ryden showed. It features lots of information about Peace Class, Peace Club, Mindful Mentors, Kaleidoscope Kids and lots of adorable photos of Lafayette students. There is even a video featuring...

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School Directories Have Been Delivered!

The A-Z School directories were distributed Thursday to the oldest child in each household.  Please check their backpack and let the *protected email* know if you did not receive yours. If your child belongs to more than one household and another copy is needed, please send us a *protected email* and...

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Family Science Night is Coming Up

Mark your calendars for the 2nd Annual Family Science Night, bigger and better than ever! Join us on Thursday, December 7 from 6-8pm in the cafetorium for hands-on science and engineering experiments and projects. Drop by when you want and stay for as long as you want.   The activities are...

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From the Principal: Notes from the 10/2 HSA General Meeting

Dear Lafayette Families: Thank you to those of you who were able to join us last Thursday at the HSA General Meeting.  During our time together, I was able to share the various parent structures we have to engage our parent community.  The following are our current parent groups,...

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HSA Membership Drive: 1/3 of the Way There!

Help us meet our target by the end of the year! We’re just over 1/3 of the way towards our goal of $150,000 in membership donations to the HSA, with 1/4 of our families participating. Please consider donating today! [thermometer raised=53000 target=150000 width=150px align=right currency=$ alt=‘Thanks for the donations!’...

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Some WONDER-Ful News!

Thank you HSA for making possible our Lafayette SNEAK PREVIEW of the movie “Wonder”! Monday, Nov 13, World Kindness Day, Grades 3-5 will screen D.C.’s ONLY sneak peak of the movie “Wonder” at Mazza Gallerie!!! #choosekind

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See our Halloween Slide Show!

Did you miss the parade? Relive the excitement in our slideshow!

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Getting to Know You – 4th Grade

  Dona Culver is the Math teacher of the Catapulver duo. She is a self-described Washingtonian: born at Howard University Hospital, a graduate of Howard University, and a life-time resident of the District. She has taught nearly every grade at Lafayette in her 20+ year tenure here. On the...

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Original Lafayette Play: Bed, Bath and Beyond

Lafayette’s Drama Club will be presenting an original play entitled Bed, Bath and Beyond on Thursday, November 16. There will be performances at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m. Three siblings decide to explore the Beyond part of the store and end up in a land of adventure and music....

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Happy Planksgiving!

We are kicking off Lafayette’s first celebration of Planksgiving with all 3rd through 5th graders in Physical Education. Not only will we strengthening our core muscles in PE, we will also be sharing what we are thankful for each class period. We are challenging all 3rd through 5th graders...

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Save the Date: November 21st is Potomac Pizza Night

Potomac Pizza Night is Tuesday, November 21st.  You’ll be basting your turkey, mashing potatoes and cubing bread for your stuffing, so take a break from cooking and head out to Potomac Pizza. 20% of all sales that evening will be given back to Lafayette.

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Second Grade Biking Unit A Great Success

The second grade has completed their unit on biking. The culminating activity was a 2-7 mile bike ride throughout the neighborhood and Rock Creek Park. It was a huge success! We would like to thank the many parents and staff that supported us. A big shout out to all...

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November is Career Awareness Month

November is Career Awareness Month! Lafayette will be hosting our 2nd annual Career Day on Wednesday, November 15th for 1st-5th grades. Parents, please consider dedicating a few hours to come talk to our students about your interesting career field. Prepare to have artifacts, visuals, and/or hands-on activities for your table...

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NoteBUSTERS Motown Show: November 21

NoteBUSTERS Celebrates its 15th Annual Thanksgiving show With the music of MOTOWN ! Tuesday, November 21, 6:30  Wilson HS auditorium Free and open seating for family, teachers, and friends!

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