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Only Three Days Left Before the Bear Fund Installment Plan Goes into Hibernation!

The HSA must collect all donations by the end of its fiscal year, so if you would like to donate over the course of 10 months, please do so by Sept. 30!  The installment plan makes it easy to spread a donation over the course of the school year....

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Last Chance to Sign up For Thursday’s Family Portraits

Freed Photography will be taking family and sibling portraits on Sept. 27 from 4:30-6:30, when that gorgeous fall light is at its best. The sitting fee will help support the Lafayette HSA. When: Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30 pm Cost: $25 sitting fee, which includes a free 5X7 photo of your choice...

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Community Notices

Lafayette Parent’s band Brulee on September 27 Join Lafayette parents Aura Kanegis (Kai and Zola’s mom) and Louis Matza (Freya’s dad) when their band Brûlée returns to the neighborhood at Villain and Saint in Bethesda, MD (7141 Wisconsin Ave), 8 PM this Thursday, September 27. This great music venue less than 10...

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Come Enjoy Fall Fun at the Lafayette Fall Festival!

Crisp weather, apple cider, and changing colors are just around the corner as fall approaches! And … what is a better way to enjoy the season than at Lafayette’s Fall Festival? Bring your families and friends to the annual Lafayette Fall Festival – the first major fundraising event of...

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Fall Festival: Rides, Rides, and More Rides!

Here’s the awesome new rides lineup for this year’s Fall Festival: For the big kids – a Rock Climbing Wall For the little kids – a Moon Bounce exclusively for kids in grades PK-1 For everyone: Flying Dragon – Pendulum swinging ride Dual Lane BMX Slide – two lane...

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Volunteers Needed for Lafayette Gives Back

Are you interested in helping to plan and facilitate Lafayette’s community service activities this year? If so, please join the Lafayette Gives Back committee for our 2018/19 launch meeting this Friday, September 28th from 8:00-8:45am (at the Lafayette library). All interested parents, staff and students are encouraged to join us. Lafayette Gives...

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Bear Fund Installment Giving Available Only Until Sept. 30

Will you help us reach our goal? Don’t miss your chance to give all year long! Have you said to yourself, “We’ve been meaning to give…”   Don’t miss your chance to support The Bear Fund all year long by spreading out your giving all year long with our monthly...

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Walk to School Day 2018 is coming up on Wednesday, October 10th!

Be green, be healthy, be social! Get free snacks! Walk or bike your own route to school, or join one of the Walking School Buses (please plan to accompany your children who are in first grade your younger): At the corner of Tennyson and 32nd Streets, departing at 8:15 a.m. At the corner of McKinley and...

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From Dr. B: Spirit Week, Flex Time, PARCC News & the Stanley Cup!

Dear Lafayette Families, We are nearly one month into the start of the school year, and already there are amazing things happening!  Last week we had a very fun spirit week  culminating in Dot Day !  Thank you to all the parent volunteers and our fabulous art teachers –...

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Bear Fund Installment Giving: Only Available until Sept. 30!

Just until the end of September, we’re offering 10-month installment.  Installment plans are a great way to support the our school all year long and offer you the flexibility to spread your donation out throughout the year.

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Lead Volunteers Needed for Fall Festival

We have two lead volunteer positions still open for this year’s Fall Festival: 1) Arts & Crafts  2) Vendor Coordinator. If one of these opportunities to lend a hand sounds like a good fit and fun, we need you! Email for more information.

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Fall Festival Painters Needed

We are looking for face painters to sign up for this year’s Fall Festival on Saturday, 20 October from 11-3 PM. Simple designs and copying from a book are perfectly fine. Ways that you can support us include: Let your middle and high school students know about this Community...

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New This Year: Sponsor the Fall Festival

Help support Lafayette and be a sponsor of our October 20th Fall Festival. Businesses, families, and individuals are invited to sponsor an array of fun-filled rides and activities. The fall festival is an amazing community event attended by thousands. Festival sponsors will be recognized with their name or logo...

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Looking for Financial Volunteers

Do you want to give back to the Lafayette community? Do you have experience with retail sales or finance? Consider volunteering to work sales for the HSA! We are recruiting parents who can form a team of volunteers who will staff the point of sales at the HSA events...

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Do These Faces Look Familiar? See Last Year’s Family Portraits and Sign up Now

See a few of last year’s Lafayette family photos, and then sign up for your spot for our family and sibling portraits session! Freed Photography will be taking family and sibling portraits on Sept. 27 from 4:30-6:30, when that gorgeous fall light is at its best. The sitting fee...

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Join the Lafayette Gives Back Committee

Are you interested in helping to plan and facilitate Lafayette’s community service activities this year? If so, please join the Lafayette Gives Back committee for our 2018/19 launch meeting on Friday, September 28th from 8:00-8:45am (at Lafayette, exact location TBD). All interested parents, staff and students are encouraged to...

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Dot Day: A Creative Extravaganza

It all felt magical! Bubbles swirling around the playground, kids happily playing with dot daubers, bubble prints and tie dye dots, all served to remind us of the message of Dot Day: “We are creative and we have the courage to persevere and Make Our Mark!” Author Peter Reynolds...

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Community Notices September 18

Girl Scouts at Lafayette Calling all girls* who want to meet new friends, explore the outdoors and learn new skills, all in a girl-led and nurturing environment. If your daughter is interested in being a Girl Scout please complete the questionnaire    New Daisy troops are being formed for...

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Spirit Week Photos

Enjoy these photos from another successful Spirit Week at Lafayette Elementary School!

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New After-School Basketball Programs; Last Days to Sign up for Flex

Flex Academies has added two Hoop Ed basketball programs and there are open spaces in these popular classes – check them out along with several others! Registration closes Monday, September 17– you don’t want to miss the chance! See here for registration information.  

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How do your Donations Help? Hear from our Teachers

"I am so thankful for the HSA at Lafayette. I’ve been teaching for 13 years and anything I needed for the classroom I had to buy out of my own pocket. There have been times in the past that I couldn’t afford to continue to buy supplies for the...

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Save the Date! The Fall Festival is Coming

Save the Date! Saturday, October 20th 11am – 3pm Mark your calendars for Saturday, October 20th and get ready to celebrate all things autumn at the annual Lafayette Fall Festival! Expect face painting, moon bounces, crafts, carnival rides for all ages, food trucks, and all around FUN at Lafayette’s...

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Community Notices

Sign up for The Flying Notes Children’s Choir Ease on down the road with the Flying Notes Children’s Choir! This semester students will learn repertoire from popular African American musicals; Porgy & Bess, The Wiz and Dreamgirls. The semester will culminate in a showcase performance on December 15th! Register...

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Make Sure to Sign up for the A-Z Directory!

We can’t include your family without your info, this is the last call! Each year the HSA compiles a family directory that is delivered to every family in the school and is also available as a mobile app for iPhone, iPad, and Android. This directory is checked many times...

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Calling All Babysitters!

We’re compiling listings of neighborhood babysitters for the print edition of 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...

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2018 Fall Festival Haunted House

Your 5th grader has waited most of his or her Lafayette tenure for this…the opportunity to provide Fall Festival goers with a scary and fun experience when they visit the Annual 5th Grade Haunted House! WE NEED YOU! We’re recruiting 5th grade parents to join a committee that will...

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Math Center News

Math Club: Math Club will be for students in grades 3, 4 and 5. We focus on investigations, games and problem-solving and welcome any student with a love for math. This year we will be meeting on Wednesday mornings from 8:00 to 8:40 A.M. The Lafayette Math Club will...

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Dots Will Reign September 14th!!!

Wear your dots on Friday with millions of kids around the world to show you are creative and not afraid to MAKE YOUR MARK! Check out the Art Room blog for photos of last year’s DOT DAY and ideas for what to wear! Have polka dots? Sport them! Have stickers?...

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Send in Your Spirit Week Photos!

Send photos of your favorite mythical, tired, wacky, team-loving, dotty kids to news@lafayettehsa.org and we’ll post them next week! Reminder of the spirit week schedule: Magical Mythical Monday  Tired Tuesday  Wacky Wednesday  Team Thursday  Dot Day 

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DCPS Water-Testing Information

From DCPS: The health and safety of your child is paramount to all of us at DC Public Schools (DCPS). To ensure the safety of our drinking water, the Department of General Services (DGS) conducts water testing in all DCPS buildings. Filtration systems are installed on all drinking water sources...

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Spirit Week In Full Swing!

Spirit Week Schedule: Magical Mythical Monday – dress up as your favorite magical or mythical creature or character Tired Tuesday – formerly known as Pajama Day! Wacky Wednesday – do it up wacky! Team Thursday – wear your favorite team jersey Dot Day – wear as many dots as...

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Family Portraits are Coming Sept. 27; Reserve Your Spot Now

Despite today’s weather, holiday card and gift season will be upon us soon! Freed Photography will be taking family and sibling portraits on Sept. 27 from 4:30-6:30, when that gorgeous fall light is at its best. The sitting fee will help support the Lafayette HSA. When: Sept. 27, 4:30-6:30...

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Community Notices 9/4/18

Fall developmental basketball (4th/5th grade) with Lafayette Lakers The Lafayette Lakers, a developmental team through PPA has a couple openings for the fall program starting Sept. 19th. Practices will be held at Chevy Chase Elementary School during the week and Sunday games. PPA questions can be directed to Eli...

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Banana Splits Offers in-School Support for Kids of Divorce or Separation

Lafayette Elementary will be once again be offering the Banana Splits program for children who have had a “split” in their family due to separation or divorce. This program consists of six to eight meetings where children are able to receive peer and counselor support around the many issues...

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Dot Day is Coming Sept. 14; Volunteers Needed

Dot-tasitic News!      As you may have heard, Dot Day is coming September 14!  Wear dots to celebrate your creativity and having the courage to Make Your Mark! Volunteers are needed on dot day to help run some fun art stations and bubble machines at recess from 11:30-1:50....

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HSA General Meeting, Thursday 6:30 p.m. – Please Come!

We hope you all enjoyed the holiday weekend.    Please join us this Thursday, September 6 for the first HSA general meeting of the 2018-2019 school year. We will discuss plans for the upcoming school year and learn more about the Bear Fund, the HSA’s campaign to raise resources...

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