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Happy Last Day of School!

Dear Lafayette Families – HAPPY LAST DAY OF SCHOOL!!!!  There are no words to express the feelings that the 2019-2020 school year have evoked.  We have had all the feels – joy, excitement, sadness, worry, anger, love.  But through it all, we have had all of those feelings together....

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The Last Tuesday Bulletin of the Year: Editor’s Note

Today’s email marks the last of the 2019-20 Tuesday (and occasionally Covid Wednesdays- sorry about that) Bulletins until school starts up again in the fall. Putting these newsletters together is a labor of love and sometimes a test of technological patience. It is also a wonderful way to significantly...

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Last HSA General Meeting of the School Year Tomorrow at 6:30 p.m.

Please join us via Zoom for our final general meeting!  We will answer any end of year or budget questions, discuss the plan for elections, and announce our Marquis de Lafayette award recipients! Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/5140823060?pwd=NFNHcXY0WXpXc1dsTEFWVVNWcVRjdz09 Meeting ID: 514 082 3060 Password: 4MF5Nx Dial by your location  ...

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Invitation to Vote on the HSA 2020-21 Budget

Thank you so much for participating in this Virtual Vote on next year’s budget. You can review the draft budget, previously approved by the HSA Board and presented to the community at the HSA General Meeting on March 2, online. We understand our budget may need to be adjusted in the...

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Summer reading, fun activities and useful resources

Special for this coming summer, Lafayette teachers have put together a collection of fun learning activities your student could do while school is out!  You’ll find Peace videos from Ms. Ryden, art activities from Ms. Perll and Ms. McLaughlin, Spanish lessons from Ms. Rincon and Mr. Foley, recipes from...

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Teddy Bear Scavenger Hunt This Summer!

Calling on all Lafayette Families! Ms. Howes and Ms. McClure are putting together some outdoor scavenger hunts for the summer. One of them is going to be a Teddy Bear Hunt.  In order for this to work we are asking Lafayette families to put a Teddy Bear in a window...

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IMAGES 2020 on Its Way!!!

Watch your mail in the next few weeks! Your Images orders should be on their way soon! When you get a chance, please thank the following people for making this happen: Your LHSA for their financial support Parent Sophie Hanrahan who made it possible to receive our Images 2020...

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Lafayette Artists Featured in the DCPS Arts Showcase 2020

A DCPS Citywide Virtual Art Showcase Is Coming! Art teachers in DCPS were invited to submit a limited number of photos of artwork created by students during the 2019-20 school year including during this period of distance learning. The following Lafayette students will have their artwork featured in this...

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DCPS Summer School Enrichment for K – 5 Students

K-5 Enrichment Opportunities DCPS will continue their summer enrichment program on a virtual platform. They are excited to dive into SpringBoard’s project-based learning approach in Literacy and Humanities or STEM. While students will participate in a series of learning modules, they will also have one-on-one learning session, whole-group sharing,...

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Report Cards, Summer, School Opening and other Frequently Asked Questions

FAQ for Parent/Teacher Conferences Report Cards, Summer, School Opening and other Frequently Asked Questions 1. When will my child receive Term 3 and Term 4 Report Cards? Report cards will be mailed from Central Office in June. 2. How are Term 4 Grades being determined? Term 4, students will...

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Final HSA General Meeting, Delayed Elections, Virtual Voting for SY 20-21 Budget and Reserve Spend Proposal for Emergency COVID-19 Relief Fund

The HSA would like to provide some important updates following Monday’s Board meeting. As always, full meeting minutes will be available on our website. General Meeting Reminder Our final General Meeting: May 27, 2020, at 6:30 pm. We will circulate and post a dial in number/Teams invite on the...

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More Virtual Clap Out footage needed!

Calling all PK4 – 4th Grade Students! Thank you so much for all the clips we received in the last couple of days but we need more! An annual tradition for our 5th graders is the much-beloved “clap out”;  all 800+ students line the halls of the building creating...

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Returning library books

The school year is drawing to a close, and we still have 3,079 books checked out!  And you know what?  That’s a-okay.  This year is different.  There won’t be a countdown sign in front of the library, telling you how many books still out.  I won’t be sending you...

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Images Goes to Press Tonight! Last Hours to Order Your Copy

More than 300 Already Sold! Final Hours to Order! Images, Lafayette Elementary’s beloved Art and Literary Anthology, is on sale only until midnight tonight! Order now and it will be shipped to your home in early June! Still only $20! More than 300 families have already ordered this collection...

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Important Announcements – Field Day, 5th Grade photos, and the Mayor’s Update

Field Day is Friday, 5/15 Get your pajamas ready because tomorrow is our first virtual Pajama Party Field Day! We’re looking forward to a fabulous day in our pajamas and staying active in our homes. Can’t find the Field Day materials?  Field Day (Link under construction) 5th Grade Photos...

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Free Tutoring from Serve Your City DC

College students and recent grads working with “Serve Your City DC” are offering free virtual tutoring to DC school students. Serve Your City DC is a group of volunteers that have experience with every subject, every age group, and have availability every day of the week. Parents and guardians...

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Free sources for ebooks and audiobooks

As we finish up the school year and head into the summer, it’s important that we all continue to read!  Luckily, there are lots of places online where students (and adults) can find quality books to read or listen to.  Some websites will be available all summer, but access...

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Get Ready…Field Day is Friday!

The moment you’ve been waiting for…. Pajama Party Field Day is going LIVE on Friday, May 15th! Click here for all the materials that your child needs to participate, and here to see the Field Day Link. Since the live link is connected to your students’ Microsoft Teams account,...

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Advertising in the AtoZ Directory for 2020-21

Dear Lafayette Parents and friends, Each year the HSA publishes a Directory that is an invaluable resource for all Lafayette families. This year we will once again work with AtoZ Directories to produce the Directory, and we’d like to invite our Community families and area merchants to purchase advertising...

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Update on Construction and Some End of Year Details

As hard as it is to believe, we are entering our last three weeks of the school year.  While some traditions have been lost this year, some are enduring!  Our first ever virtual Field Day is scheduled for Friday, May 15th!  Thanks to our amazing PE teachers (Ms. McClure,...

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Only 5 Days Left to Order Images!

Images, Lafayette Elementary’s beloved Art and Literary Anthology, is on sale only until Friday! Order here before May 15 and it will be shipped to your home in early June! Still only $20! Each Lafayette student has contributed a piece of writing and it is full of delightful student illustrations, adorable class photos,...

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Spring reading challenge winners!

Thank you to everyone who participated in this year’s spring reading challenge!  As a school, we logged 51,686 minutes between April 12 and May 2.  A special shout-out is due to the third grade, who collectively logged 35,698 of those minutes! With an effort like that, it’s no surprise...

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Kate DiCamillo on WAMU – Monday, May 11

WAMU radio’s next “Kojo for Kids” show airs Monday, May 11 at 12:30 p.m. and features multiple Newbery Medal-winning author Kate DiCamillo.  (She wrote Because of Winn-Dixie, Flora and Ulysses, Tale of Despereaux, and more.)   Kids (and kids only please) can call into the show during airtime at 1-800-433-8850 or they can...

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To Teachers and Staff: Thank You!

Teachers, Staff, and Administrators, The Lafayette Home and School Association, on behalf of all students and parents, would like to express our deepest appreciation and gratitude this Teacher Appreciation Week.  This year has been the most challenging times in most of our lives, certainly in the lives of our...

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Images is on Sale Now! Order Your Copy Today!

Images, Lafayette Elementary’s beloved Art and Literary Anthology, is now on sale! Pre-order here before May 15 and it will be shipped to your home in early June! Still only $20!   For those new families, Images is different than the Lafayette Yearbook – it’s a collection of writing and art...

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Introducing Kid Connect Chats!

As we finish up the school year, we wanted to provide opportunities for our students to connect in a relaxed, social setting, just like they would during lunch or recess.  Our SEL team and others have been working very hard to put together Kid Connect, our new selection of...

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Online technology workshops

In the month of May, DCPS is partnering with Microsoft to provide online workshops for students and families.  This is a great way to learn new skills that will help students finish out the school year strong!  It’s quite likely that some of the online tools we’re using this...

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Learning at home survey – Due 5/6

During this period of school building closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DCPS is reaching out to families to get an understanding of how learning at home is going for you and to receive feedback to help our teachers and staff continue to provide support. Please take a few...

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Images Loose Ends

Important Notice for Parents in Grades 1-5: As we wrap up layout for our 2020 Images Art and Literary Anthology this next week, we are noticing some missing pieces! Parents, please check HERE for grades 1&2 and HERE for grades 3-5 to make sure YOUR CHILD’S ART IS INCLUDED!   ...

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Pajama party field day!

Despite the quarantine, we are having our first ever Virtual Field Day!  The fun will take place on Friday, May 15!  Students will participate from home, in their PJ’s, in numerous, fun-filled activities with simple items found in the home. All instructions will be available in Teams and the...

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Helping your child with worries

This is understandably a very anxious time for our students!  The SEL team has gathered a few resources to help you work with your child to address those worries. Ms. Ayers created a social story that explains why school is closing early.  It’s a great way to talk through...

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