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Lafayette Gives Back Book Donation Thank You!

A huge THANK YOU to the entire Lafayette community for your generous donations to our book drive! This afternoon, we delivered 30 boxes of books to our sister school Takoma Education Campus (TEC). The best part was watching a TEC student pick out some new books. Thanks to our awesome...

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Survey on DCPS Social Studies Standards

DC’s State Board of Education is soliciting public feedback on DC’s current Social Studies Standards until 10/6. This is a great opportunity for DCPS parents and students to provide constructive feedback on the standards and how they can be improved so that the standards are culturally responsive, anti-racist, impart important...

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A Note From The HSA and Two Reminders!

We hope you are finding some balance in this new (temporary) normal. We, like you, have had great days and not so great days; but, we recognize the privilege we have to be surrounded by a teaching staff, administration, and parent community who work tirelessly towards a common goal...

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Important: Special Subjects News!

Because you have asked… Good to know info about your child’s specials: Kindergarten has live PE, Library, Spanish, and Art/Music each week. Grade 1 has live Art, Music, PE, Peace, Library, and Spanish classes every week. Grade 2-5 has alternating live Art, Music, Peace, and Spanish on an A/B...

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Vote Now for HSA and LSAT Candidates

Thank you for your continued support of our school community as well as engagement with our two Home School Association votes thus far. The pandemic delayed our election (usually held in the spring) for both the Home School Association and Local School Advisory Team. These are usually separate elections...

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Save the Date: Potomac Pizza Night October 7th

Join us for the first Potomac Pizza Night of the school year! This is a GREAT way to raise money for Lafayette, support a neighborhood business, and enjoy a night-off from dinner prep!  On Wednesday October 7, Potomac Pizza will donate 20% of all evening sales from dine-in, take-out...

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Kid Connect Chats Are Live

Kid Connect Chats started on Thursday, September 24 for our students in grades one through five! Kid Connect is a virtual space for students at Lafayette to connect and socialize. Chats are held weekly and monitored by members of the Kid Connect committee. This year’s topics include puppies, graphic...

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A Note From Dr. B

Dear Lafayette Families – This week we mourn the loss of a pioneer and a warrior for women’s rights, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  The year 2020 continues to provide us with countless invaluable lessons on resilience, civic responsibilities, and the power of community working together.  This fall, there will...

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Lafayette Gives Back

Happy new school year, Lafayette Families! We are the co-chairs of Lafayette’s community service program, Lafayette Gives Back, and are excited to announce some socially distant ways for your families to participate in giving back during the first term of the 2020-2021 school year. Many of these activities will...

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Meet the LSAT Candidates

Please see the below candidate statements for the 2020-21 Local School Advisory Board (LSAT). The pandemic delayed our election (usually held in the spring) so we will hold a virtual vote starting shortly and ending on September 30. Please take a moment to read the statements of interest by...

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Specials Rotation for Grades 2-5

For clarity, we have added the rotating specials schedule to the HSA calendar. Also, please see below for additional details on the weeks for A/B. Week of Sept 21-B Week of Sept 28-A Week of Oct 5-B Week of Oct 12-A Week of Oct 19-B Week of Oct 26-A...

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Interested in Kid Connect?

If you haven’t heard yet, Kid Connect is a virtual space for students at Lafayette to connect and socialize. Kid Connect Chats are held throughout the week and monitored by members of the Kid Connect committee. Last year’s topics included puppies, birdwatching, books, magic, talents and more!  As we...

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HSA Fundraising Equity Pledge Passes

Thank you all for your questions and votes regarding the HSA Fundraising Equity Pledge to donate 10% of funds raised during Lafayette’s annual fundraising campaign. After ten days of voting, we received a total of 154 votes: 138 in favor of the pledge and 16 against. As a result...

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Morning Announcements

Missing the morning announcement on your phone? Don’t miss a thing: you can now read them on the website available daily at www.lafayettehsa.org/morning-announcements The link is also accessible under the “Quick Links” drop down of the website If you aren’t receiving these via phone, please contact Donna Beck at...

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Join the Tuesday Bulletin Team!

Our weekly newsletter is edited by several parents and news submissions come from Dr. B, teachers, the HSA, parents, and other sources. Submissions should be emailed to by 9:00 p.m. on Sundays. This is a hard deadline! Editor Needed! We are also looking for a new editor to...

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Last Day to Vote on HSA Equity Pledge

Today is the last day to vote for the HSA Fundraising Equity Pledge. As a reminder, the HSA Board presented a Bear Fund Equity Pledge to the parent community. In short, the board hopes to pledge 10% of funds raised during Lafayette’s annual fundraising campaign (known as our Bear...

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Today is Dot Day!

Today, our school community celebrates International Dot Day. Based on the story, “The Dot”, by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. We encourage everyone to wear their dots, or wear something creative that expresses your courage and your individuality.   Be...

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She Reigns is Back!

Just in case you didn’t know, WE have a powerful, impactful, and critical affinity group for our girls of color in grades 3rd-5th here at Lafayette. She Reigns, girls of color group has been powered by myself Rashida Mosby, school counselor, and several other magical women on staff here, since 2017. ...

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Community Announcements

Become a Girl Scout family! #WhereGirlsConnect   The pandemic can’t stop the Girl Scout fun. New Girl Scout troops are forming now for girls in Kindergarten and 1st grade. This is also a great time for older girls to find a space in an existing troop. Complete the form at https://bit.ly/GS-DC425 to express...

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Update: Tennis Action Has Started at Lafayette Park on September 14

There are lots of spots still available in the Fall tennis program.  If you register after September 15, your registration fee will be prorated if your tennis player missed a class. The Lafayette Tennis Association will be offering some outdoor tennis exercise to Lafayette students and friends in the...

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Welcome to Sora’s ebooks and audiobooks

Great news readers and listeners!  DCPS and DC Public Library have partnered to offer us a great website and app, Sora!  On Sora, you’ll have access to DCPL’s large collection of ebooks and audiobooks, available for free all year and no library card required!  Sora is created by Overdrive,...

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Meet the HSA Candidates

Please see the below candidate statements for the 2020-21 Lafayette HSA Board. The pandemic delayed our election (usually held in the spring) so we will hold a virtual vote starting later next week and ending on September 30. Please take a moment to read the statements of interest by...

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Time is Running Out to Get Grizzly Gear!

Time is running out to 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...

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Missed the First HSA Meeting? Watch the Recording

On Tuesday, September 8, the HSA held its first general meeting of the year. If you weren’t able to join, you can read the minutes here along with links to the Zoom recording for each section. At the meeting, we discussed the Equity Fundraising Pledge as well as provided...

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Rain Delay! – Item Pick Up Make Up Days, Health Forms, and a Parent Huddle

Three quick announcements: Makeup Item Retrieval, Health Forms, and Thursday’s Parent Huddle Rain Delay!!!!  (We’ve moved the dates from this Thursday and Friday to next Tuesday and Wednesday! Item Retrieval if you missed the first round: Any families who were unable to retrieve student items that were left behind...

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Reminder: Join Us Tonight for the HSA Meeting

We hope that you will join us for the first HSA General Meeting on TONIGHT at 6:30 pm via Zoom.   First, we will be holding a vote on a proposed fundraising equity pledge passed by the Board at our last meeting. While we will be providing much more detailed...

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A Note from Ms. Ryden about an Upcoming Event

Last year historians from Historic Chevy Chase visited our school to talk to our older students about the racist history of the land that Lafayette and the Rec Center were built on. Some of our students were so moved that they wrote letters to the Council and the Mayor...

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Calling all Tennis Pods to Action Starting September 14

The Lafayette Tennis Association will be offering some outdoor tennis exercise to Lafayette students and friends in the afternoons.  We will have virus safe classes of 4-6 players on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday at 3:00PM, 4:00PM and 5:00PM on the two upper courts at Lafayette Park.  If...

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Monetary Donations Needed for School Supply Boxes

Many thanks to several families who have already donated toward purchasing school tool boxes for Lafayette families needing assistance. The school has been purchasing grade-specific boxes with the funds collected, but we could still use additional support. If you are interested in donating towards the purchase of school tool...

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HSA Equity Pledge

Dear Lafayette families, The HSA Board is presenting a Bear Fund Equity Pledge to the parent community. In short, we hope to pledge 10% of funds raised during Lafayette’s annual fundraising campaign (known as our Bear Fund campaign) to be donated to the DC Public Education Fund (DC Ed...

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Save the Date for Dot Day: Tuesday, September 15

On Tuesday, September 15th, our school community will be celebrating “International Dot Day.” Based on the story, “The Dot”, by Peter H. Reynolds, Dot Day is a global celebration of creativity, courage, and collaboration. We encourage everyone to wear their dots, or wear something creative that expresses your courage...

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Schedules for September 14th – November 6th

This first week of school has been incredible!  Thank you for your support, patience and encouragement.  It feels great to see all of our students back on line with us. Below are the links for the schedules for grades KDG – 5th that will begin Monday, September 14th.   PreK teachers...

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Welcome to your library!

Welcome to a new school year!  I’m Ms. Leese, your librarian.  This is my fifth year at Lafayette, and it’s such a joy to be starting another year with our students.  This is certainly a different sort of learning than we’re used to, but we’re committed as a school to nurturing our...

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Your Public Library Is Ready To Help!

Dear Students & Families: Welcome to a new school year! DCPL staff are aware that this school year will come with many unprecedented changes and challenges. As such, we want to make sure you are informed about all current public library offerings. Although the Chevy Chase Neighborhood Library is...

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First Day of School Slideshow

On Monday, Lafayette students started a new and very different year at home. While the settings were different, the smiles and enthusiasm didn’t change. See a few pics of our first day below!  

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