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We are DOING IT!!!! Distance Learning Update

We have done many mighty things as a community, but this may be the most remarkable achievement yet.  On Days 1 and 2, students logged in, had morning meetings, checked in with teachers, learned how to access assignments, had small group instruction, and were overall rock stars!  Much love...

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Happy First Day of (Distance) School!

It’s time to hop out of bed, comb your hair, put on a cute T-shirt (with you pj bottoms) and join your classmates for another “first day of school” – from home!  Every classroom will have a virtual check in between 8:30 am – 10:30 am.  Times were emailed...

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How to Use Microsoft Teams – Virtual Meetings, 3/23

 As Spring Break comes to a close, I’d like to invite you to join us for an online meeting on Monday, 3/23 to learn how to use Microsoft Teams as a community.   These will be our first ever virtual community meetings!  After a short overview, we will answer...

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Further Update on COVID-19

Dear Lafayette Families – Earlier today I shared notification regarding a confirmed case of COVID-19 in a parent member within our school community. I know this has created many questions and worries. I hear you and understand, as your principal and as a parent. Due to the scale of...

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Notification for Families – Confirmed Case of COVID-19

Dear Lafayette Families – I’m reaching out to share that we have learned of a confirmed case of COVID-19 in one of our parents of a student.  Please read the letter from the DCPS Chancellor in full.  It provides details, as well as guidance from DC Health.   The letter...

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Packets? You don’t need hard copies!

Hi Everyone –  I know the Chancellor announced that packets are ready for pick up at school sites Thursday, Friday, and Monday…But we already sent materials home on Friday, 3/16!  If students said they don’t have a computer, we sent home hard copies.  If you have a computer, no...

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Spring Break and Distance Learning

Dear Lafayette Families – Welcome to the next chapter in our adventure together – distance learning.  Today, our entire staff spent the day learning, planning, and creating meaningful experiences for our children.   It was amazing to watch our staff learn how to operate in a brand new way.  The...

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Update as of Friday, 3/13/20

  Dear Lafayette Families –   I know there is a daunting amount of information circulating right now, and major changes to our schedule for the next two weeks.  However, I’m going to give it my best shot at summarizing what we know as of today:  There is no...

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Host Your Own Mini Auction Party: A Guide

We are sad we all won’t be together Saturday evening, but consider inviting a few people over for some stress-reliving fun and take advantage of all the Auction has to offer — including bidding! Food Sign up here to get a platter or two of catered food if you...

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Alert: Auction Party Cancelled; Auction To Go Virtual Instead

Out of an abundance of caution the in-person portion of Saturday’s Auction has been cancelled due to corona virus concerns. We believe this is in the best interest of our community. Instead we will hold a “Virtual Auction” and are encouraging Lafayette supporters to host small gatherings at their homes on...

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A Message from the HSA: Budget update and Thank You!

Lafayette families – Thank you to the families who attended the Budget Presentation on March 2.  At that time, as planned, we presented a proposed budget for the 2020-21 school year, and presented a proposed reserve spend to fund adjustable basketball hoops, a robust professional development plan for academic...

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Sign Up for the March 31 Diversity & Inclusion Book Club for Parents

As part of the HSA’s Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee efforts, we are continuing with offering a monthly book club for parents around topics of race, tolerance, and equity. Thank you to all the parents who joined us in February and our hosts! The March book club will be held...

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A Note from Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – Thank you to everyone who joined together to surprise me in celebration of my recent award. I am beyond floored by the love, generosity, support, and gratitude of our community. Thank you to Julie Vispers, AP Mayhew, AP Bosurgi, Kalena Clark, Bree Cohen, Anu Gupta,...

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Auction Party Cancelled; Auction to go Virtual Instead

Dear Lafayette Community, After much thought, we have decided it is in the best interest of our community to cancel the “in-person” portion of the auction at Lafayette on Saturday, March 14 due to coronavirus concerns. Instead, we will be having a “Virtual Auction” and encourage Lafayette supporters to...

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Love Your Children’s Teachers? Sign Up to Make Them a Meal!

 Want a way to show some love to a teacher or school staff member? Join our auction teacher meal train. This volunteer opportunity includes cooking a meal (3 courses for 4 people- e.g. salad, lasagna and dessert, etc.) on a day of a teacher or staff member’s choosing. How...

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DCPS Letter on Corona Virus

To Students and Families: At DC Public Schools (DCPS), we are committed to ensuring the well-being of our students. Communicating home about issues that impact school communities is important to fostering strong partnerships with families, and I would like to provide an important update around coronavirus (also known as COVID-19). On Friday, Mayor...

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