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April 2020

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Wondering how assignments work?

Ms. Goedeke and Mr. Catapano collaborated on a video that walks you through how assignments are created, how students access them and complete them, and then how students can find feedback from their teachers.  We hope this is helpful!  

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Know a Prospective Lafayette Family? Ask Them to Sign up for Enrollment and Tour News

Do you know other families who is thinking about enrolling at Lafayette in the fall? If so, we want to get to know them! Please ask them to fill out this form. Then we can keep them up to date on enrollment news, an upcoming virtual tour, plans for...

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HSA Updates: Budget Vote, Elections, and General Meeting

With the end of the school year rapidly approaching, the HSA is prepared to engage our community virtually to take care of some important HSA business! Please save the date for a virtual end of year General Meeting: May 27, 2020, at 6:30 pm. At that meeting, we will...

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Seeking Candidates for the 2020-21 HSA Executive Board: Deadline May 6

The nominating committee is seeking, by May 6, nominations and self-nominations for executive officers of the HSA for the 2020-21 school year.  Co-president Brianne Cohen and Co-treasurer Paul Brodsky will each remain on the Board for their second term – all other positions are open to the parent community....

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HSA SY2019-20 Budget Reallocation Update and COVID-19 Resources

The HSA Board has sent checks to our eight dedicated aides and nurses, who as contract staff rather than DCPS employees, were the members of our community most directly impacted by the school closure. To fund this important community need, we reallocated $4,000 from two programs; JustMe, which was...

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It’s Enrollment Time!!!

IT’S ENROLLMENT TIME AGAIN! WHEN SHOULD I ENROLL MY STUDENT(S) Students returning to Lafayette for the 2020/2021 school year should register by Friday May 15, 2020. Pre-K 4 lottery families have until Monday, June 15th, 2020 to enroll students New, in-boundary families will enroll on a rolling basis.  The sooner the better!   HOW DO I ENROLL? WHERE SHOULD...

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LSAT Needs You!!! Seeking Nominations

Our LSAT is a group of elected and appointed members that consists of parents, teachers, non-instructional school staff, and a community member to advise the principal on matters that promote high expectations and high achievement for all students. We are specifically looking for parents who bring a diverse perspective to...

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Lafayette’s Annual Auction Was a Record-Breaking Success Because of YOU

Because of you, the 2020 spring auction raised more than $135,000 ($105,000 in net proceeds) to support Lafayette! We’re so grateful to our community for its generosity – from the parents who made generous bids to the local restaurants and businesses that donated terrific items and services to the...

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Upcoming Parent Meetings – LSAT and ASAT

There are two upcoming parent meetings – LSAT and ASAT.  All are welcome to attend.   We would love to see you there! LSAT Meeting  Wednesday, 4/22 @ 8 am. Agenda –  -Update on Distance Learning – questions from LSAT members -Survey questions for distance learning -Next Steps on nominations...

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FoodPrints/Garden Updates from Mrs. Wolfish

Here are three quick notes from Mrs. Wolfish, the FoodPrints teacher: You are probably wondering what’s happening with the garden now, especially as spring is in full swing! Here is a quick update for you. The city is working on a plan with our FoodPrints team in which all...

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COVID-19 Information for Children

We’re several months into the COVID-19 pandemic, and the amount of information we’re seeing every day can be really overwhelming!  Here are a few good, well researched, online sources of information that are appropriate for children. Nosy Crow, a publishing imprint, has collaborated with the illustrator of The Gruffalo,...

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A Note from Ms. Ryden

Dear Parents,    Parenting during this pandemic has been really challenging. In case you missed it, The Washington Post did a special section on parenting during the pandemic that included a piece I wrote about how mindfulness can help.  I am holding live, mini Peace Classes for all of...

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Behavior Management Resources from our SEL Team

The SEL/Mental Health team is here to support families with any needs you or your child may be experiencing. Many students are already connected with one of us for individual or group counseling supports. However, if  you have a need or know of a community need, we are here...

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A Note from Dr. B- 4/17/20

Happy end of Week 4 of distance learning.  I hope this note finds you all well.  Below are several significant announcements and resources.  Please take time to read all the way through for updates on the following topics: Academic Calendar Update Need help with food, shelter, books, technology or...

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DCPS Parent University

Welcome to DCPS Parent University Online! The Communications and Engagement Office is hosting a series of free online workshops to support DCPS families as students learn at home and we all practice social distancing.  Topics have included managing stress for adults, how to use Teams, and information on the...

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We Need YOU to Make Images 2020 Happen!

Lafayette Traditions Continue… both the Yearbook AND our Art and Literary Anthology! Please make sure your child has completed their Images Illustration! Pre-K and K you are DONE! Grades 1-5, there will be sadness when our book comes out if your child only has a story. 🙁 Drawings were...

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Virtual Spirit Week!

Who’s ready to show their Spirit from internet land?!  Starting on Monday, April 13, we’re having our first ever Virtual Spirit Week!  Starting off with Monday, get nice and cozy as you learn in your pj’s or extra comfy pants. Tuesday is the day to explore your closet and...

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Special Subjects Learning Fun Continues!

Has your child visited the special subjects teams? Have they been asking when they have art or Spanish class? As we’re navigating this world of online learning, your special subjects teachers are here to help and support your family!    The special subjects teachers have been working hard to bring...

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Time for the Spring Reading Challenge! 

Celebrate the arrival of spring by reading!  This year, the Lafayette Literacy Committee will be holding a reading competition from Sunday, April 12th to Saturday, May 2nd.  The class that reads the most minutes per student will win bragging rights for the year and new books for their classroom library!  Students can log their minutes...

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DCPS lessons available on TV!

For our elementary families, DCPS “Fun with Phonics” lessons are now available on TV every weekday from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. and then again from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. These videos are a great way for your student to continue to develop early literacy skills and are available on...

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COVID-19 Suggested Organizations from the Lafayette Community

All,  After our email yesterday, we received a number of suggestions of organizations that are helping people in our area. We’ve compiled some of them in a list, and invite you to submit any organizations that are helping our community. These can be places to give help, places to...

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Update From the HSA: Supporting our Community

Dear Lafayette Community: We hope you are all remaining safe and healthy during these challenging times. We have been inspired by our community: many of you are bravely fighting this pandemic on the front lines as first responders, healthcare workers, and other essential employees. Others are doing their part...

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