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From the HSA: Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year

Welcome to the new school year!  If your families are like ours, you’re feeling a mix of excitement and anxiety, coupled with a healthy dose of gratitude to our administration, teachers and staff for their hard work, positivity and leadership.  We are also so proud to be a part...

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Happy First Day of School!!!!

Rise and Shine!  It’s the first day of school!  This is one for the history books, so live it to the fullest! Although I won’t see you at drop off, I’ll be online for open, drop by office hours from 8 am – 8:30 am.  Drop by and get...

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Countdown to the First Day of School!

Happy First Day of School Eve!  Below are helpful hints to get ready for a successful first day of school!  Morning announcements will come at 8:25 am and your morning meeting begins at 8:30 am! Make sure you have:  Schedule for the week from your teacher Workspace for your...

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ART FAQ from Ms. McLaughlin and Ms. Perll

Q: Why didn’t I get my artwork back from last year? A: We have many, many thousands of pieces of art which we logistically weren’t able to distribute to you during pickup last week, but we are keeping them all safe and sound and will distribute them through portfolios...

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Send Us Your First Day Photos!

It’s a very different start than year’s past but we’d still love to see your first day photos. Send them to and   (please note the “s” on the end of “Lafayette”) for our yearbook and online slide show! Special thanks to the staff and teachers who worked...

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Are you ready for Item Distribution?!

The big days are finally here!  Thursday and Friday we will be returning student belongings from last year and giving students new materials for this year – for every grade!  In order for this epic undertaking to be successful, I made a video with some reminders.  I thought I’d...

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Back to School Night!

Join us online for Back To School Night.  The sessions will be hosted by grade level.  The first session starts at 6 pm and the second session starts at 6:45 pm if you need to go to another grade level. Please see the TEAMS links below to join. PK4...

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Notes on the First Two Weeks Schedule and Back To School Night Links!

This afternoon, our amazing staff of teachers sent your child’s schedule for the first two weeks of school.  First, HUGE SHOUT OUTS go to all of the coaches, teachers, and instructional aides who have been on the clock for a total of 12 hours.   Because their commitment to a...

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Item Distribution Schedule and FAQ – Please read!

The time has finally come to retrieve your belongings from last year (yes you, almost 6th graders!) as well as collect new learning materials for the upcoming school year.  A few clarifying notes: Anyone who requested a laptop and all 3rd and 4th grade students will be issued Microsoft...

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Back To School Huddle Powerpoint – 8/20/20

Thank you to everyone who was able to join us!  I forgot to record, but here is the powerpoint for your review! Back to School Huddle Powerpoint 8/20/20 **Edited 8/26 to include 2020-2021 Student Acceptable Use form.

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HSA and LSAT Elections Coming Soon!

This year, the Home & School Association (HSA) and Lafayette ES Local School Advisory Team (LSAT) are conducting elections concurrently.  The HSA Nominating Committee seeks nominations and self-nominations for the executive officers of the HSA for the 2020-21 school year.  Co-President Brianne Cohen and Co-Treasurer Paul Brodsky will remain...

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Virtual Learning Lunch Packages

W. Millar & Co. Catering is now offering “Virtual Learning Lunch Packages.” By providing premade meals for each day of the school week, they are hoping to help alleviate some of the stress parents are dealing with and make everyone’s life a little bit easier (and yummier!) Here is...

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Harmonic Music Studios is going Virtual!

Harmonic Music Studios is going Virtual! Starting  on September 8, 2020, Harmonic Music Studios is going to be offering virtual music lessons.  Ages 5 and up and beginners are welcome. We will offer virtual music lessons for: Voice, Piano, Harp, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Violin, Viola, Cello, Upright Bass, Ukulele,...

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Get your Lafayette Spirit Gear Today!

Stock up on t-shirts, sweatshirts, tanks, masks and other gear for kids and adults! All orders will be online and shipped directly to you (for a small additional fee) and proceeds will support the HSA.   Click here to view this year’s Grizzly Gear options and to place orders....

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Room Parent Volunteers Needed!

We are in need of Room Parents for the 2020-21 school year and your help to reimagine the role of the room parent in this virtual world.  We’re looking for up to three dedicated volunteers for each class! We have included some typical room parent duties, but this year...

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Attn: Pre-K Parents!

Please join the Back to School Huddle on Thursday, August 20th at 6PM (details below).  The HSA Outreach Committee will host a panel of rising Kindergarten parents to learn about their experience with PreK distance learning.     Although the details regarding schedules and the PreK curriculum are being finalized,...

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Welcome to the Tuesday Bulletin!

Welcome to the first Tuesday Bulletin of the 2020-21 school year! For new families, the Tuesday Bulletin is a weekly newsletter published every Tuesday (summer and school-year breaks excepted.) The Tuesday Bulletin is created through submissions from teachers, school staff, and parents, and edited and emailed by parent volunteers....

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Voting Results for Technology Reserve Spend

Thank you all for your questions and votes regarding the HSA proposal to purchase 60 computers for teachers through our reserve spend for a total of $55,000. After five days of voting, we received a total of 308 votes: 290 in favor of the technology reserve spend and 18...

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Calling all Babysitters!

We’re compiling a listing of neighborhood babysitters for the print edition of the Lafayette Family Directory. This is intended for neighborhood students–usually Lafayette alums or siblings–who will be available for weekend, evening and other casual babysitting. The listings are free, but please only submit a listing if you expect...

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DCPS Parent University is in session!

Not long after we went online, DCPS began a great series of workshops for families called Parent University, focusing on technology, social-emotional learning, and other helpful topics.  These workshops continue, including some important ones this week!  Tuesday the 17th, at 3:00 p.m., they’re presenting a session on “Supporting Specialized...

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Voting Closes Tonight on Technology Reserve Spend

The HSA is proposing to use reserve funds to purchase 60 computers for teachers totaling $55,000 and needs your vote. If you have not already voted, click here to vote. Voting closes tonight at 9 p.m. To read more detail about the spend and rationale, click here for an...

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Make Sure to Sign Up for the Lafayette Family Directory

Every year the HSA compiles a family directory using a service called A-Z Connect 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 each week when arranging virtual play dates,...

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Interested in Donating School Supplies?

The HSA is committed to ensuring every student has the supplies they need at home for the coming school year. If you would also like to make an in-kind donation of supplies, please fill out this form to contribute. If you need support for supplies, please reach out to...

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Back To School Huddle Powerpoints

Thanks to those of you who were able to join us and ask questions during our last several Back to School Huddles.  Below are the powerpoints that were shared: Back to School Huddle 8/6/20 Back to School Huddle 8/13/20 – PPT Back to School Huddle 8/13/20 – Recording Next...

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Your Vote Needed for Technology Reserve Spend

Dear Lafayette families, As distance learning approaches, many of our teachers are in need of new laptops to fully support our virtual classrooms. As an HSA Board, we are proposing that we use our reserve funds to support this expenditure. We are presenting a reserve spend down plan to...

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Back To School Huddle Tonight

A reminder that this evening we will host another optional Back to School Huddle for families.  I’ll answer some commonly asked questions, will share more about the schedule as we know it, and answer other questions you may have.  PK4/KDG Families @ 6:00 pm Join Microsoft Teams Meeting +1...

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Lafayette Gives Back Book Drive Update

Lafayette Gives Back, our school’s community service program, wants to thank all of the generous Lafayette families who donated books to our summer book drive to benefit our sister school, Takoma Education Campus (TEC). We collected more than 2,000 books and each TEC student who comes to school to...

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Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year!

Dear Lafayette Families, This year marks my 7th year as the proud leader and member of the Lafayette community.  As I was reflecting on the other six “welcome back” letters I have written, I realized that every year there is a major event or challenge we face as a...

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Class Lists to be Emailed After 6 p.m.

On pins and needles waiting for class lists? They will be emailed after 6 p.m. tonight! 

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From the HSA: Welcome to the 2020-21 School Year!

Dear Lafayette Families, The importance of community may be the strongest it has ever been.  We hope, as the Lafayette Home School Association (HSA) Board members, your elected parent representatives, we can provide connection, security, and support to all of our families during these unprecedented times. To those of...

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Class List Update and Back To School Communication

Class lists will be emailed out on Monday, August 10th.  I have pushed the release date back by a few days to allow teachers one last opportunity to review the lists and to be sure that they are as accurate as possible.  If you do not see your child’s...

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Back to School Huddles Tonight!

Back to School Huddles – Every Thursday evening until we open This evening, we will host our first of several community conversations and updates every Thursday evening.  These are optional meetings where I will share any updates for school opening, share reminders, and answer questions.  We invite any PK/KDG...

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