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Halloween Parade Update – 2:15 pm start Time

Hi All –    The forecast has shifted again and we are due for rain showers from 12 – 1 pm.  Therefore, we are going to do our Halloween classroom parties first beginning at 1 pm.  The parade will begin from the front doors at 2:15 pm if it is...

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Fall/Winter Gym Use Applications Due This Week

Lafayette will begin accepting basketball applications for outside team/adult use for the 2019/2020 basketball season this week. These applications will only be accepted Monday, October 28th through Friday November 1st, with team practices scheduled to begin the first full week of January. These applications must be sent electronically and...

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And the winners of the 2019 Fall Festival Pie Contest Are…

The competition at this year’s pie contest was steep, and celebrity judges Dr. B, Rachel Martin, and Adam Tuss tasted some amazing pies. Here are the winners!   Best Pie Overall: Paul Brodsky’s Apple Pie (Dad of Luke in 5th grade and Zander in 1st grade) Best Cream Pie: Lauren...

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Trick-or-Treating at Knollwood Retirement Community-Tomorrow, Oct 30!

You’re not too late to sign up to 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 Retirement Community from 3:45-5:00 on THIS Wednesday the 30th! The children will have an opportunity to announce...

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A-Z SCHOOL DIRECTORIES HAVE BEEN DISTRIBUTED

The A-Z School directories were distributed to the classrooms for the oldest child in each household and should come home this week. If you did not sign-up for the directory it is not too late!  The directory is always available digitally and you can sign-up any time from https://atozconnect.com/.  There...

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Sign Up for the Last Lafayette Fingerprinting Day: Nov. 6

We will have our last fingerprinting day here at Lafayette on November 6th from 9 am – 12 pm. Parents/guardians(only) can sign up here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4baca72ea13-dcps2.  ***Reminder: in order to get fingerprinted you: Must present proof of a negative TB test from within the last 12 months. Must fill out the...

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Community Notices

Electronic Devices: How to Save our Sanity Refreshments Sponsored by: Lisa Resch, Realtor with Compass What a great opportunity to hear well-known and highly sought-after speaker, Paige Trevor — a local certified parent educator — present just down the road at the Chevy Chase, Maryland public library (8005 Connecticut...

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Halloween Parade: October 31st at 1:15 p.m.

Halloween is a classic Lafayette tradition! Come see all the fun. Click to see details and a map of the route.

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A Note From Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families –  What an incredible weekend we spent together at the Fall Festival!!!!  It was wonderful to see so many families out enjoying the spectacular day organized by our parent volunteers.  Many, many thanks go out to the Fall Festival Committee, led by Heather Schwenk, Ashley McMaster,...

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Thank You for Another Fall Festival Success! Plus a Slideshow!

We held our annual Fall Festival on Saturday and it was great to see so many of you there! The festival is one of our biggest events of the year both from a fundraising and a planning perspective. Numerous volunteers devoted countless hours to planning and executing this event....

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Lafayette Gives Back Trick-or-Treating!

Sign up here to 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 Retirement Community from 3:45-5:00 on Wednesday the 30th. The children will have an opportunity to announce their costumes, parade for a...

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Special Subject Bulletin

From “juking” to “remote control breathing”… get the lingo, get the language to talk about your child’s special subject classes through the latest edition of the Special Subject Bulletin!

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Seeking Halloween Costume Donations and More

We are collecting gently used Halloween costumes to ensure everyone who wants to is able to participate in the festivities on the 31st. Please send in any you are able to part with between now and 10/31. Another need we have is for gently used sweatpants/elastic waist pants, for...

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In Need of Support? Lafayette Holiday Initiative is Here to Help

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

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Stock The Bar Host and Wines of the World Hosts Needed!

While next year’s auction is 5 months away, we are looking for a host for the Stock the Bar party as well as a host for the Wines of the World party NOW! If you are interested in hosting either of these historically fun parties before the end of...

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Parents of Students of Color: Invitation to Community Meeting

Parents of Students of Color and Allies are invited to a parent meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm. The purpose of the meeting is to inform parents of upcoming opportunities for their children, including the She Reigns and Empowering Males of Color Student groups. We’d also like to...

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Donate Old iPads or iPhones to the ELL Department

The English Language Learner department is looking for old iPhones or iPads that have a voice memo function to practice speaking skills. These will be only used as recording devices, so cell phone service is not necessary. If the old charger could also come with the phone, that would...

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Student Council Election Results; Slide Show of Posters

Congrats to all the winners of this year’s student council elections! 5th Grade: President — Cole Anderson Vice President — Jonah Levy Secretary — Yannick Ioffe Treasurer — Tobias Stewart Historian — Luke Brodsky 4th Grade: President — Cara Braden Vice President — Josiah Eney Secretary — Luther McClinton...

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Parent Mindfulness Evening – All Welcome!

Where: The NEW Ida B Wells Middle School (405 Sheridan St NW, Washington, DC 20011) When: October 16 2019 at 5:45 pm Please RSVP to  Curious to know what mindfulness is all about? Wondering what your children are learning in Peace of Mind Class?  Would you like to know...

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The Fall Festival is Here! What to Know Before You Go

We can’t wait to see you at the Fall Festival this Saturday, October 19th from 11am-3pm!   It’s a magical event for children and adults filled with food, fun and festivity.  Every single ride, activity, decoration and attraction is made possible by our amazing community of parent volunteers.  There are...

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Parents of Students of Color and Allies Meeting

The SheReigns committee would like to invite the Lafayette community to a parent meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm.  This meeting is specifically for Parents of Students of Color and Allies.     The purpose of the meeting is to inform parents of upcoming opportunities for their children, including...

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LAST CHANCE-Fall Festival Sponsorship and Vendor Tables

This is your last chance to become a Fall Festival Sponsor or sign up for a vendor table. We welcome business, families or individuals to sponsor a ride or activity. All sales for sponsorships or vendor tables will end on Wednesday October 16th at 12 pm.  Benefits of sponsorship include: ...

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Community Meeting re Lafayette Community Center

Please join the Department of General Services (DGS) and Department of Parks and Recreation (DPR) on Tuesday, October 29, 2019 at 6:30 PM for a community meeting and discussion for the Lafayette Recreation Center project.  Meeting discussion will include an update on lighting, stormwater management, and construction.  MEETING DETAILS:...

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Fall Festival: Volunteers Needed

One of the best days at Lafayette is just around the corner…the Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. It is a fabulous, fun-filled day with rides, the fifth grade haunted house, face painting, balloon twisting, crafts and food. The success of the Fall...

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Picture Day is Almost Here! Get all the Details

Get Your Duds On! When: Individual student portraits and class photos will be taken by Freed on Friday, October 18 (with a rain date of Oct. 25.)  What: Students will be photographed outside using natural light and the backdrop will be various spots around the school and/or park. In...

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Coffee with the Counselors: Learn More About ADHD

Coffee with the Counselor’s Presents…Let’s TALK ABOUT ADHD on Friday, Oct. 18 from 8:50 a.m. to 9:50 a.m. in Room 127, the Foodprints Kitchen. Meet us right after school drop-off. Parents, please join us for a collective conversation about ADHD, as we dispel the myths, discuss what having ADHD...

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Photo Day is Oct. 18; 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 3 p.m. on Friday, October 18.    Volunteer for Photo...

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Fall Festival: Donate Books

Clear some clutter and donate your unused or outgrown books to the Lafayette Used Book Sale. Drop off your books* anytime during school hours in the bins set up in the front foyer of school, in the entranceway directly across from Officer V’s desk (under the mural of Lafayette)....

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Fall Festival: Pie Contest

Back by popular demand, there will be a pie eating contest at this year’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19. Drop off your pie between 10 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. on the morning of the Fall Festival for a chance to win best pie and eternal bragging rights. Our...

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Fall Festival: Bake Sale

Do you wish you could compete on the Great British Baking Show? Well, this is your chance to show off those baking skills! Sign up to contribute baked goods for the Fall Festival bake sale. All baked goods are welcome including cookies, cupcakes, brownies, pie, etc!    Where: The bake...

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Fall Festival: Face Painters Needed

We are looking for face painters to sign up for this year’s Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Simple designs and copying from a book are fine. Ways that you can support us include: Let your middle and high school students know about...

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Fall Festival: Sponsorship Opportunity

We are still looking for more sponsors for the Fall Festival, which is roughly two weeks away. We invite business, families or individuals to consider sponsorship. We already have a great group of current sponsors, but there is opportunity for more! The benefits of Lafayette Fall Festival Sponsorship include:  ...

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New Podcast Offers Parenting Tips

Ms. Ritchie wanted to share a new resource, Notes from the Backpack: A PTA Podcast, intended for busy parents who are juggling home life, work, and school. Each 30-minute episode features conversations with real parents and experts to give you the inside scoop on topics you care about. Each...

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Lafayette Gives Back: Trick-or-Treating

Mark your calendars for Trick-or-Treating at the Knollwood Retirement Home after-school on Oct. 30 with Lafayette Gives Back! Join us to show off your costume and share the Halloween spirit with the residents of Knollwood during this costume parade, talent show and trick-or-treating extravaganza. Get more information and sign...

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Robot Bear Contest Winners!

Excitement was high this past week as our contest to design a logo for our new robotics club came to a close. Congratulations to the following fabulous artists for their winning submissions to the Robot Bear contest. Mr. Scott and Ms. McLaughlin were super impressed with the quality of...

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SheReigns Parent Meeting

The SheReigns committee would like to invite the Lafayette community to a parent meeting on Thursday, October 24th at 6pm.  This meeting is specifically for Parents of Students of Color and Allies.     The purpose of the meeting is to inform parents of upcoming opportunities for their children, including...

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Lafayette Gives Back: Donate School Supplies

As many families know, Lafayette has a “sister” school, Takoma Education Campus that we support throughout the year. TEC is a neighborhood public school on Piney Branch Road with a focus on arts integration. The school serves more than 500 children from pre-kindergarten through the 8th grade and is...

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Successful Walk to School Day

Thanks to everyone who walked, skipped, biked and scooted to school on Thursday, Oct. 2 for Walk to School Day! Lafayette had an incredible turn-out, and it was great to see so many of our families out on the sidewalks. Please consider making walking or biking to school part...

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New Date for DCPS Clearance Fingerprints: Oct. 15

New date for DCPS clearance fingerprints: Oct. 15 from noon-4. Parents/guardians(only) sign up here: https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/70a0f4baca72ea13-dcps2 If the signup sheet is full, get on the waitlist here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/70a0f4baca72ea13-dcps1

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Last Chance-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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Inaugural Lafayette Used Toy Sale

We are excited to announce the inaugural Lafayette Used Toy Sale! A new event at the annual Fall Festival (10/19), the Toy Sale will be much like the Book Sale; you are encouraged to donate the toys that aren’t getting any attention in your house anymore, and you are...

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Walk to School Day at Lafayette is THIS THURSDAY – October 3rd!

Be green, be healthy, have fun! Walk to School Day is a fun morning to leave the car behind, and to instead use a non-motorized vehicle (bike, scooter, etc.) or just our own feet to get to school. If your family lives too far to leave motorized vehicles behind, consider...

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Special Subject Bulletin

Jumpstart that dinner table conversation when you know who’s learning about “remote control breathing” or who is playing “Snakes and Lizards” or “Volcano Survival”! Find out which days your child has choir and which artists are looking at art from 30,000 years ago and exploring the origins of creating!...

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We Heard You! Here’s What’s New & Improved at the Fall Festival

Three more days to get your kids’ all-access bracelets for the Fall Festival before the price goes up! Buy them here. Last year you told us we need more rides and activities at the Fall Festival to shorten lines and keep up with our wonderful growing community.  We heard...

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Credit Cards are King and Queen at the Fall Festival!

At this year’s Fall Festival, credit cards are highly preferred. Here’s a handy guide to which currency is accepted where.  Get your kids’ all-access bracelets here before the price goes up on Saturday!  In lieu of a bracelet, you can also purchase tickets for individual rides and activities online...

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Potomac Pizza Night: Tuesday, October 1

A GREAT way to raise money for our school, enjoy a night-off from dinner prep, and make the kids jump for joy!  TODAY Tuesday, October 1, Potomac Pizza will donate 20% of all evening sales, dine-in or take-out, to Lafayette Elementary!  Just mention Lafayette!  Located at 19 Wisconsin Cir.,...

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Parent Mindfulness Evening – All Welcome!

The New Ida B Wells Middle School (405 Sheridan St NW, Washington, DC 20011) October 16 2019 at 5:45 pm Please RSVP to . Curious to know what mindfulness is all about? Wondering what your children are learning in Peace of Mind Class?  Would you like to know more about...

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Got Books? We Need Them For the Fall Festival Book Sale

Please save the date and your books for a favorite Lafayette tradition – The Used Book Sale at the Fall Festival on Saturday October 19th! If you are finished reading them and they are in good condition, we want to sell them!* Please drop your book donations in the...

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