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Latest Edition of Cub Facts

See the latest edition of Cub Facts.  Cub Facts is a publication specifically written for Pre-K and Kindergarten students. It is created by 4th and 5th grade students.

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Security Technician (Crossing Guard) Recruiting Fair at Lafayette on Nov. 5

Lafayette Elementary school will be hosting a Security Technician (Crossing Guard) recruiting fair on Monday, November 5 from 9 am to 11 am. The District Department of Transportation Talent Acquisition Team will be on hand to conduct onsite pre-screening for potential candidates. This is for a part-time position with full...

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Holiday Season Support

Holidays can sometimes be stressful or present unique challenges. We want to ensure that all of our Lafayette families have access to supports and resources if needed. If you are in need of any assistance during this holiday season, please let our counselors know by returning this form or...

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Community Notices Oct. 30

Saturday, November 3: Huge Annual Church Bazaar! Come by this Saturday to National United Methodist Church (a/k/a Metropolitan Memorial) from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. to peruse a wide range of nearly-new merchandise – Toys and children’s books, Attic Treasures, Collectibles, Kitchen Boutique, Gifts, Crafts, Jewelry, Accessories, Baked Goods...

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Survey: We Want to Hear From You!

While we’re still on a high from the 2018 Fall Festival, we’re already thinking about how to raise the bar for next year. We want to hear from you to help us make 2019 the best Fall Festival yet! Please click here to complete a brief survey. 

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Community Notices

Expert ISEE/SSAT & Transitions Tutor Available I’m a lifelong neighbor who coaches Lafayette students and their families through successful middle school transitions. I hold an advanced degree in linguistics from Georgetown University, and offer extensive experience with the ISEE/SSAT, Eureka and accelerated math, academic writing, and competitive middle and...

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A Note From Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – WOW!!!! This weekend’s Fall Festival was one for the record books! THANK YOU to our Fall Festival chairs – Sheri Lockwood and Heather Schwenk – and their army of parent volunteers. Saturday was a beautiful display of our community. It was a truly amazing day...

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Attention Fairies, Zombies and Superheroes: The Halloween Parade is Tomorrow

Parents, grab your cameras for Lafayette’s annual Halloween Parade!  Starting at 1:30 p.m., the entire school will display their Halloween finery! Students will circle the fields (see map here) before retiring to their classrooms for their Halloween parties. Send your best pics to *protected email*!

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Special Subject Bulletin

Want to know what “Beanstack” is? Or how to sign up for your archery clearance? Or who is learning about the Kindness chain and which kids know about the THiNK test? Each week, the Special Subject Bulletin is crammed with info and useful links to to our art and...

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Collecting All Box Tops!

Bring in your box tops! It’s an easy way to help Lafayette get some free money. Drop off your bags of box tops in the labeled box in the office. Make sure to include your child’s grade — the top grades (one from PK-2 and one from 3-5) will...

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Online Mindfulness Workshop Today

Parents – Are you interesting in learning to communicate more mindfully with your kids? Consider “attending” this online workshop. It should be great. The presenters, Susan Kaiser Greenland and Oren Jay Sofer are two of the leading mindfulness teachers in the country and are funny and interesting people.  

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See all the Fall Festival Fun!

If you missed the Fall Festival or just want to relive the highlights, please click to see the slideshow. A shout out to John Benevelli, Stacy Beck & Sheri Lockwood for these great shots.

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What A Fall Festival!

Wow, what a Fall Festival! We really could not ask for more from our Lafayette community; a fall-filled event infused with Lafayette love. The rain that had threatened all week never arrived, and clear, crisp fall weather took center stage. At the end of the day, we exceeded our...

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Get Ready! The Fall Festival Is Saturday from 11am-3pm

From maps, price lists, bracelets, pumpkin sales and more- here's what you need to know for Saturday.

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Trick-or-Treating at Knollwood Retirement Home

Want another opportunity to show off your costume, get some early Halloween treats and enrich the lives of neighborhood seniors? Join Lafayette Gives Back for a fun costume parade, talent show and trick-or-treating extravaganza to share the Halloween spirit with the residents at Knollwood from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM on...

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Fall Festival Bracelets/Tickets Pickup & On Sale During Morning Drop-off Wednesday & Friday

Bracelets can be picked up during morning drop-off (8:15-8:50 AM) on Wednesday or Friday (October 17 and 19) at the corner of Northampton St. and Broad Branch Rd. The day of the festival (October 20) at one of the ticket tables.  There will be a designated line just for...

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A Note From Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – Fall has finally arrived! With fall, comes many exciting events. Thank you to our GROW committee last week for hosting Walk/Bike to school day. What an amazing and healthy way to start our morning. This Saturday we are all looking forward to our Fall Festival!...

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Buy and Pick Up Your Fall Festival Bracelets, Festival Tickets, and TwentyTables Food Truck E-tickets This Week

The much-loved annual Fall Festival is this coming Saturday, October 20th from 11 AM to 3 PM. Here’s a quick guide to help explain what bracelets, festival tickets, and TwentyTables app food truck e-tickets provide you at the festival and where to purchase/pick them up this week. Bracelets This...

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Fall Festival Volunteers Needed

The Fall Festival cannot happen without volunteers! Why volunteer? Volunteering is easy, fun, and a great way to meet new families. Over 350 kids have already secured bracelets, yet we only have 60 of the 260 spots we need filled. If you bought a bracelet – grab a slot...

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Grizzly Gear for Sale at the Fall Festival

Looking for for some new Lafayette duds? Grizzly Gear will be available for sale at the Fall Festival on Oct. 20. Come check out some of the latest styles in school spirit here.

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Bring Home Fall Decor! Purchase Pumpkins, Hay Bales, and Corn Stalks at the Fall Festival

See a beautiful pumpkin that would look perfect on your doorstep? You are in luck! At this year’s fall festival, we will be selling a variety of pumpkins, hay bales, and corn stalks. On the day of the festival (October 20th), just head over to ticket sales, purchase a tag,...

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Lafayette Gives Back Annual Coat Drive- Donate Now

Please help provide a coat to a child in need this winter. There are two ways to help: (1) Purchase a coat from our Amazon wish list; or (2) Drop new or gently used cold weather gear (coats, fleeces, hats, gloves, boots) at the school.  Bins are located at the...

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Be A Lafayette Weeding Warrior

Be a Lafayette Weeding Warrior! We’re looking for volunteers to help weed and maintain the front entrance to Lafayette. Join us every Tuesday morning this fall from 9:00 am to 9:45 am., starting next Tuesday (10/23). Gloves will be provided. If you’re able to *protected email*, it would be...

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Special Subjects Bulletin: Grades 1-5

Special Subject Weekly Update Grades 1-5 Want to know how to be a part of the “Five Million Minutes Reading Challenge”? Want you like to see our Peace teacher on TV?… the link is on the Peace page. Want to go bike riding in Rock Creek Park with second graders?...

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Kids Ride Free SmarTrip Cards

The Kids Ride Free (KRF) program allows students to ride for free on Metrobus, the DC Circulator, and Metrorail within the District to get to school and school-related activities. Beginning October 1, 2018, students will no longer be able to use their DC One Cards to access public transportation. The...

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Lottery for Lafayette Gym Use

For the 2018-2019 Lafayette gym use calendar, we will lottery approximately 13 slots for gym use weekday evenings beginning at 5:30 PM and running until 8:30 PM Monday through Friday. Any applicants wishing to use Lafayette’s gym can complete and submit a building use application, which can be found...

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A-Z School Directories Have Been Distributed

The A-Z School directories were distributed last Friday to the classrooms for the oldest child in each household. Please check their backpack and let the directory team know if you do not receive yours by the end of this week. If your child belongs to more than one household...

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International Family Coffee Hour

Enjoy coffee and pastries while sharing stories of living, working and traveling abroad with children. Tuesday, October 23 at 8:45 AM in the Lafayette Cafeteria. All families are welcome.  

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Trick-or-Treating at Knollwood Retirement Home

Want another opportunity to show off your costume, get some early Halloween treats and enrich the lives of neighborhood seniors? Join Lafayette Gives Back for a fun costume parade, talent show and trick-or-treating extravaganza to share the Halloween spirit with the residents at Knollwood from 3:45 PM to 4:45 PM on...

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Last Call for Books for the Fall Festival Used Book Sale

One of the great annual events at our Fall Festival is our Used Book Sale. Literacy, recycling, and fundraising all come together for a triple win event. You have just THREE DAYS left to donate your books! Please bring them to the school during school hours (that is, until...

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Fall Festival Food: Where to Find Your Food Trucks, Funnel Cakes & More

This year’s October 20th Fall Festival will be filled with fabulous food. Broad Branch Road will be lined with food trucks partnering with Twenty Tables. Trucks will feature a variety of choices for lunch from fried chicken to Korean barbeque. Picnic tables will circle the area around the Lafayette...

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Help TwentyTables Support Lafayette Elementary at the Fall Festival 2018

Lafayette Gives Back and TwentyTables are teaming up to support the Fall Festival on October 20, 2018!   Download the TwentyTables app, buy TwentyTables e-tickets, and use them TWO WAYS to help make the Fall Festival fundraiser a success.  FIRST – use your TwentyTables e-tickets (purchased via the app) to buy delicious $6 lunches from awesome...

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Walk to School Day 2018 is TOMORROW – 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...

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Meet the 2018-2019 Lafayette Home & School Association Annual Sponsors

This year we are proud to announce that the following 16 local businesses have signed on as Lafayette Annual Sponsors:   Anslie Stokes & the Stokes Group Barstons Child’s Play Broad Branch Market ByrdSmiles Donovan-Wye Group Fruzsina Di Ruggiero Greenline Real Estate, LLC  Galley Foods Heather Davenport & Matt McHugh, Washington...

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Get Your Bake On!

Do you love baking? If so, please share some of your goodies with us at the Fall Festival Bake Sale on Saturday, October 20. Any parent can bake so we have plenty of treats for the kiddos! All sweets and baked goods welcome. Packaging: Help our volunteers keep your...

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Special Subject Updates, Grades 1-5!

Find out who is learning about Heartfulness and who is playing the distracting game in Peace class. Love to bike in Rock Creek? Check out the PE page for the link to sign up to help grade 2 with with the culminating 7 mile Rock Creek bike ride!!! See what new ways we are...

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Peace Program on TV!

Our very own Peace Teacher, Linda Ryden, was featured on WUSA’s Great Day Washington last week.  Check it out here:    https://www.wusa9.com/video/entertainment/television/programs/great-day-washington/peace-teacher-brings-mindfulness-to-local-elementary-school/65-8267707  

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Community Notices

DC Girls Baseball and Capitol City Little League are teaming up to offer a FREE baseball clinic for girls AGES 6-8. The clinic will be led by Coach Bonnie Hoffman from the Eastern Women’s Baseball Conference and players from DC Girls Baseball’s rosters. We’re planning a fun, low-key morning...

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Picture-Day Volunteers Needed

Love to comb hair, straighten ties and lead long lines of students? Help our Freed photographers on student picture day as they work their magic taking class pictures and individual student portraits. We’ll need help from 8:30 a.m. through to 2:45 p.m. on Friday, October 19. If you can...

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Stanley Cup Spirit!

See a slide show of the fun! Thanks to parent and photographer Stacy Beck, there are even more to see. Check your shutterfly/room parent emails for a protected link and password– coming soon!

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Special Subject News Grades 1-5!

From celebrating Hispanic Heritage month to bike riding to guitar ensemble and so much MORE!!! Don’t miss knowing what your child is up to in art, music, PE, peace, tech, library and Spanish by following the link! 

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Fall Festival Bracelets

Get your kids' discounted Fall Festival bracelets/passes ASAP! Prices go up on October 13!

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Save your Books for the Used Book Sale at the Fall Festival!

Save the date and your books for a favorite Lafayette tradition at the Fall Festival – the Used Book Sale. If you are finished reading them and they are in good condition, we want to sell them! Please drop your book donations in the bins set up in the...

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