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Snow Day – Wednesday, 3/21!

Due to inclement weather, school will be closed on Wednesday, March 21st. Stay safe in the snow, everyone!

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Volunteers Still Needed for the Book Fair This Week

Reminder that this week is the Lafayette Book Sale with scholastic in the Library from March 19 to 23. This book fair is just in time for Spring Break, so your child can pick up some good reads for the break. We still have a lot of empty slots...

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Reminder: RSVP for the HSA Fundraising Small-Group Sessions!

Have thoughts about next year’s auction, fairs or membership drive? Now is your chance to help set the plan for 2018-19. Our budget small group sessions were very productive and helpful in sorting through and advising on the HSA’s proposed budget for next year. So now we look to...

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Update on FoodPrints Program

If you have been in the building lately, you may have wondered what that amazing aroma wafting through the hallways at Lafayette was. This year we began FoodPrints, a FRESHFARM program in partnership with DC Public Schools, which brings together a kitchen classroom, a school garden, and a standards-based curriculum to engage...

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Auction 2018 Thank You! Plus, See a Slide Show of all the Fun!

As we wrap up Auction 2018, “St. Paddy’s Day Bash”, we want to take a moment to thank all of the savage leprechauns that helped us fill our pots of gold at this year’s Auction.  So, to…  …the solicitors. Without them, it would have been a wee bit difficult to have a...

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March is Arts in Our Schools Month!

Celebrating the arts is what we do at Lafayette every day! Here are a few of the many highlights from the art room this month: We are in the thick of editing and illustrating our beloved art and literary anthology: IMAGES. Next up, scanning and layout! Hand prints for the...

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Schedule of Events and Key Info for Tomorrow’s St. Paddy’s Day Auction Bash!!

Schedule of Events:  6:00 – Golden L Reception  6:00 – Silent Online Auction Opens (except Parties)  7:00 – Let the Party Begin!  7:30 – Lafayette Parties Open  7:30 – Dinner is Served!  8:20 – Teacher Treats Closed  8:30 – Class Creations Closed  8:45 – Silent Auction Closed  9:00 –...

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Music In Our Schools Month – March 22nd Concert Reminder

March is Music and Art in Our Schools Month! We’ve been celebrating all month with special music and art related themes in school. We plan to end the month strong with a fun filled concert. Here’s everything you should know: ​The concert is set for Thursday, March 22nd @ 2:00 and...

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Get to Know The Pre-K Teachers

Robert “Bobby” Johnson started teaching at Lafayette in 1983! He teaches Pre-K in Rainbow Base with Ms. Warbington. Mr. Johnson was the first black male early childhood teacher to teach Pre-K! He has coached the boys and girls basketball teams and considered the Lafayette Bears one of his favorite...

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Amazon Smile: Triple Impact for Lafayette Through March 31

3x Your Impact! From March 12-31, Amazon is tripling the donation rate on your first smile.amazon.com purchase! Go to smile.amazon.com/ch/52-6049055 and Amazon donates to Lafayette Home and School Association D C Public School. Be sure to check that your account is set up to credit “Lafayette Home and School Association D C Public School” and start shopping! To find out...

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Auction 2018 This Saturday! Tickets Still Available

St. Paddy’s Day Bash – Saturday, March 17th at 7 PM Tickets So, you missed the deadline to buy $75 tickets—what a holy show. Don’t be daft and miss the next deadline…tickets are $90/person through 5 p.m. Saturday, March 17th . Click here to buy your tickets today. Alright? Grand! Get Your Green...

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Final Pizza Night of the School Year on March 14

What better thing to do on National Pi Day, in addition to running 3.14 and eating pie, but how about some pizza pie! Join us again on 3/14 for our 3rd and final Potomac Pizza Night of the school year. Let’s make it a good one as 20% of...

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Jump Rope for Heart Donations Still Accepted

What a great way for our kids to get at least 60 minutes of moderate to vigorous activity. Last Friday over 500 our students pumped their hearts during our annual Jump rope for Heart Community service project. We jumped and danced to the disco beat to help support the...

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Support Our Young Readers at the Lafayette Scholastic Book Fair

Reading an average of 20 minutes per day is one of the easiest ways to build your child’s vocabulary and reading skills! Kids love reading with their family and they enjoy it even more when they choose their own books. Lafayette is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair in our...

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RSVP for the HSA Fundraising Small-Group Sessions

Our budget small group sessions were very productive and helpful in sorting through and advising on the HSA’s proposed budget for next year (we will be communicating out detailed report from those meetings as well as the results of the survey once the survey closes). So now we look...

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Kaleidoscope Kids! Upcoming Discussions

As some of you may know there is a new club this year at Lafayette. It is Kaleidoscope Kids! All year we have been meeting during flex and lunchtime with interested students and discussing a range of topics. Through out the year our topics have ranged from physical and...

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Lafayette Afterschool Spring Tennis Starts Monday, March 26 In addition to the Flex tennis classes at Lafayette this Spring, we will have additional tennis classes for kids who don’t get registered into the Flex tennis classes.  The Spring afterschool tennis season starts March 26 and it is also open to kids at...

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See Ms. Ryden’s Washington Post Story About Teaching Peace in Today’s Schools

Please take a moment to read Ms. Ryden’s March 9 story: “My students call me the ‘peace teacher.’ My job has never felt more important.” Ms Ryden writes, “…social emotional skills — which over time allow us to make good decisions and maintain healthy relationships — are important for all...

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Community Notices March 13

FitCampNation Summer Camp Back again with more fun, excitement, activities and games than ever before! We will focus on fitness, intro to sports and enrichment, structured play, and nutritional education, all in a fun and nurturing environment.  Session info is as follows: Session 1: June 25th through June 29th...

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From Dr. B: Lockdown Drill Completed

Dear Lafayette Families, This afternoon we completed our lockdown drill. The drill started with my intercom announcement that we were going to practice “being safe” by practicing going into our lockdown position. All doors and wings were locked and students in the classroom moved away from the line of...

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FLEX Registration Opens 10:00 a.m. Tomorrow, March 8th

Our partnership with Flex Academies enables us to offer a diverse lineup of after school activities.  FLEX has been busy putting the final details on the spring schedule.  Click hereherefor the full schedule of activities.  Register on the website.   Registration Opens: March 8th at 10:00 a.m. Registration Closes: April 3rd...

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A Note From Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – March has certainly come in like a lion!  Thank you to everyone who braved the winds early Friday morning for Parent Teacher conferences.  Thank you also to everyone for your flexibility as DCPS closed late in the morning and worked to shift course!  More information...

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Auction: 5 Days Until Ticket Prices Rise! Tickets on Sale at the Flag Pole on Thursday

Only 5 more days to get your tickets for $75/person. After March 10th tickets are $90/person, and $100/person at the door. Get your tickets here today! Feel the Buzz – join us at 3:15pm Thursday, March 8th, at the flagpole. Wee Auction leprechauns will be on hand to help...

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HSA Budget Survey Closes 3/10: Everyone Welcome to Weigh In on Priorities

Survey Closes Saturday! We Want to Hear from You!  The Lafayette HSA has experienced a decrease in donations during the current school year, which has resulted in a budget shortfall and a resultant need to draw on HSA reserve funds. The shortfall has initiated a discussion within the HSA...

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It’s Time for the Scholastic Book Fair!

The spring book fair, in partnership with Scholastic, is coming March 19 – 23. Come early, come often to let your kids pick their own books, or shop together to share in the magic of reading. The students will also each get to come with their individual classes.  ...

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GirlsUp Summer Programs

GirlsUP offers extraordinary summer programs for girls age 10-13 focused on developing character, confidence, and critical thinking through an innovative journey toward self-discovery. GirlsUP is a proud partner of the United Nations Foundation’s Campaign for Girls. SUMMER 2018 SESSION DETAILS Session 1: June 25-29 9am-1pm Washington School for Girls...

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Flex Registration Opens March 8th

Mark your calendars! Flex registration opens March 8th.   Our partnership with Flex Academies enables us to offer a diverse lineup of after school activities. FLEX has been busy putting the final details on the spring schedule. Full schedule details are available on the website at https://flexacademieslafayette.jumbula.com/#/spring-2018-activities   Registration...

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Jump Rope for Heart News

Jump rope for Heart is this Friday, March 9th and we are super excited about our 20th annual event. Pk, K and 1st grade will all have their event during the school day. 2nd-5th grade will be moving and groovin’ to the disco beat after school until 5:00. Children...

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Another Win for Archery Club!

This past week end the Lafayette Archery Club sent 40 archers to the 4th Annual DC State tournament. For the fourth year Lafayette has won the Elementary School Division. Highlights of the tournament include the top three spots for boys and girls going to Lafayette and Gabriella Goldberg having...

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Save the Date: Pie for Pi

What better thing to do on National Pi Day, in addition to running 3.14 and eating pie, order some pizza pie! Join us again on 3/14 for our 3rd and final Potomac Pizza Night of the school year. Let’s make it a good one as 20% of all sales...

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Auction Alert! Mr. Wieand’s Auction Video; Last Week Before Ticket Prices Rise

Wall O’ Money for In-School Technology Every year, the Auction provides a unique opportunity to fund a special initiative to benefit the students of Lafayette. Previously known as “Raise the Paddle”, this year we are in trying a different approach by introducing the Wall o’ Money, and the initiative we...

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DCPS Family Survey: Please Participate!

You may have received–or should expect to receive–a Family Survey from DCPS via email today. (If DCPS central office does not have your email address on file, you will receive a paper-based survey which should be received by mail on or around today’s date.) You should expect to receive...

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School Safety Reminders and Drills

I want to take a moment to remind us all of the security measures in place every day at Lafayette, as well as our response plans in case of any type of crisis.  This coming week (mid-week) we will also be practicing a “lockdown” drill for students and staff. ...

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JusTme Brings Together Mindfulness and Music

JusTme, the mindful hip hop artist who wowed Lafayette last spring is coming back to visit us on Tuesday, March 13th. We’ll have three assemblies and many small group meetings. Deputy Chancellor for Academic and Social Emotional Learning Dr. Wanda LeGrand will be joining us for the morning assembly...

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Out of the Darkness Campus Walk for Suicide Prevention

Suicide and mental illness are very real and serious problems that need to be discussed in a responsible manner within our school and community. My name is Jalen Ciagne and I am a junior here at Woodrow Wilson HS and the chair of WWHS’s first annual Out of the...

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DCPS Schools Closed, 3/2/18 – Lafayette Closing at 12 noon

As of 9 am, DCPS has officially closed schools due to inclement weather. Lafayette will close at 12 noon.  We will finish our morning conferences and then close.  There will be no conferences after 12 noon.  Your teacher will email you with rescheduling information. CLS and HoopED will also...

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